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  1. Fraud: civil – Leading sets
  2. Fraud: civil – Leading silks
  3. Fraud: civil – New silks
  4. Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

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Civil fraud continues to generate a huge amount of work for London’s top commercial and Chancery sets. Litigants from Russia, the CIS, the Middle East, and offshore havens continue to pursue their claims through the UK courts. The increase in regulatory and criminal actions by state bodies such as the Financial Conduct Authority and the Serious Fraud Office, have also fed into the workstream, both directly and indirectly. The one significant development affecting this section was the demise of 11 Stone Buildings, after which many of its barristers moved to Wilberforce Chambers.

3 Verulam Buildings provides ‘strength-in-depth’ and an ‘exemplary’ service. The set has achieved some significant victories for clients, including a successful appeal before the Privy Council on behalf of Central Bank of Ecuador in its dispute with Ansbacher.

Blackstone Chambers is commended for its ‘very able core of fraud and commercial litigation experts’. The set contains several first-class silks and juniors, many of whom are acting at every level of the market’s largest fraud cases, including Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale.

Brick Court Chambers is ‘one of the most pre-eminent commercial sets with a range of extremely good barristers from juniors through to silk level’. Members are regularly relied upon for major cases, including Arcadia Petroleum v Bosworth, Bayerische Landesbank v Ecclestone, and Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs.

At Essex Court Chambers, the silks and juniors ‘work incredibly well as a team and are almost invariably of the highest quality’. ‘You can be sure to get not only the best legal brains and advocates, but commercially minded barristers who muck in.’ Highlight cases included Kazakhstan Kagazy v Arip, and Aeroflot v Estate of Boris Berezovsky.

Fountain Court Chambers is ‘one of the leaders in the field,’ with ‘a range of top silks and juniors’. Members have an excellent track record, and can be found on the docket for some of the biggest trials coming down the pipeline. A particular highlight involving several from chambers is Teva Pharmaceuticals and Cephalon v Wockhardt India.

Maitland Chambers is ‘normally the first port of call for any complicated fraud cases, especially those involving freezing orders’. Key cases include Aeroflot v Berezovsky, Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale, and Dar Al Arkan v Al Refai.

One Essex Court has a ‘well-deserved reputation as one of the Magic Circle of the commercial Bar’, and solicitors report that ‘you feel safe in recommending this set to clients’. Members have been involved in several major disputes, including Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale, Cattles v PwC and Dar Al Arkan v Al Refai.

Serle Court is the ‘go-to set for offshore litigation involving trusts and civil fraud’. The set has ‘real strength in depth and can provide a range of counsel, whatever the requirements of the case’. Key cases included Orb v Ruhan and Aeroflot v Berezovsky. Jonathan Adkin QC is now at Fountain Court Chambers.

4 Stone Buildings is ‘a first-class’ commercial Chancery set with ‘superb, in-depth knowledge’ of fraud. Lead roles in major cases such as Pinchuk v Kolomoisky & Bogolyubov, Hewlett-Packard/Autonomy v Dr Michael Lynch, and Ecclestone v HMRC, are reflective of the standing that many members have in the market.

South Square is a top choice for civil fraud work with several highly rated silks and juniors. Some of the cases are linked to the set’s insolvency expertise, such as Rangers FC v Collyer Bristow. Other highlights included Bayerische Landesbank v Bernard Ecclestone.

Wilberforce Chambers is a ‘very responsive’ set that provides ‘good value for money’. It is particularly well regarded for major offshore fraud cases. Recent highlights include Bank St Petersburg v Arkhangelsky, and Bank of Moscow v JFC BVI.

XXIV Old Buildings is ‘particularly strong on fraud and contentious trust matters’, and ‘the service provided is of the highest standard’. Significant cases involving multiple members include Arcadia Petroleum v Bosworth and OJSC VTB Bank v Parline.

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