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  1. Fraud: civil
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The civil fraud group at Allen & Overy LLP is led by Mona Vaswani, a ‘tireless, tenacious and inventive’ commercial litigator. The team is working in conjunction with the firm’s Asian and US offices to pursue claims of £50m against a former employee of a major international hedge fund for breach of confidence and infringement of intellectual property.

Baker McKenzie LLP combines ‘a huge amount of knowledge and experience’ with a vast global reach to make the firm a ‘recognised and respected serious player’. Department co-head Charles Thompson has been involved in the ongoing Grupo Torras fraud litigation since 2002. Andrew Keltie retired at the end of 2015.

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James Kennedy heads the practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, which focuses on high-value multi-jurisdictional cases and has gained a number of new clients of late. The team plays an integral role in the highly publicised Ablyazov litigation.

The ‘particularly impressiveCrispin Rapinet heads Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘first-rate’ practice. The firm has global expertise and has acted for notable clients such as ENRC and Standard Chartered. Rebecca Wales made partner in 2016.

The ‘quick and proactive’ fraud group at Jones Day is headed by Sion Richards, who is praised for his ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of the law’. Craig Shuttleworth and Barnaby Stueck also have a ‘deservedly strong market reputation’. The firm continues to handle ongoing asset tracing for the joint liquidators of Weavering Capital, following the conviction of former chief executive Magnus Peterson.

Ian Hargreaves and Craig Pollack* lead the practice at King & Wood Mallesons. The team’s instructions from Chinese oligarchs and institutions is becoming increasingly voluminous as the London practice works closely with the firm’s ‘market leading’ Chinese offices. *Following publication of The Legal 500 UK 2016, Craig Pollack has joined Covington & Burling LLP.

Linklaters LLP’s dispute resolution team is headed by the ‘tirelessMichael Bennett and Satindar Dogra, the department’s ‘brightest star’. The firm continues to act for Grant Thornton LLP in what has been described as ‘one of the largest financial frauds in history’.

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s ‘top-class’ and ‘highly responsive’ dispute resolution practice is led by ‘fraud grandeeKasra Nouroozi. Kathryn Garbett and Claire Broadbelt are also recommended, as is Annabel Thomas, who recently joined from Enyo Law LLP.

PCB Litigation LLP is perhaps ‘the pre-eminent boutique’ in London’s civil fraud arena. Civil fraud ‘guruSteven Philippsohn is the practice head, while partners Trevor Mascarenhas and Anthony Riem are both ‘brilliant’. Following its successful defence of a $1bn claim arising out of Saudi Arabia, the firm has been extending its reach to some of the world’s emerging markets.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP’s practice is led by ‘fabulous rainmakerKeith Oliver. Work highlights included representing Peter and Yvonne Moore in highly complex multi-jurisdictional proceedings worth upwards of €160m. Jonathan Tickner and Sarah Gabriel are ‘outstanding’, and Jason Woodland was promoted to partner in 2015.

The ‘absolutely first-class’ team at Simmons & Simmons is ‘right at the top of its game’. Jointly led by Patrick Boylan, it specialises in cross-border asset tracing and international enforcements of judgments. Stephen Moses was recently promoted to partner.

John Fordham and Alan Bercow are the practice heads in Stephenson Harwood’s ‘efficient and professional’ civil fraud and asset tracing group. Ros Prince is also singled out as ‘a pleasure to work with’. The team is handling an extremely high-value matter for the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s ‘first-rate’ team is led by ‘go-to’ partner Mark Hastings. ‘Cool under fire’, Hastings was the lead partner in the Dar Al Arkan litigation.

The ‘clear and pragmatic’ group at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is led by Segun Osuntokun, commended for his ‘commercial acumen and genuine desire to do the right thing’. Andrew Tuson made partner in March of 2016.

Sophie Eyre’s civil fraud group at Bird & Bird LLP works across a range of sectors and jurisdictions. The team successfully represented Despina Papadimitriou in a dispute ultimately concerning a bank’s potential liability to non-customer third parties. Ludovic de Walden is also well regarded.

Byrne and Partners LLP continues to expand its civil fraud practice with Tim Beale joining from Reed Smith LLP. Yvonne Jefferies and Ben Davies successfully acted for the defendants in Republic of Djibouti et al v Abdourahman Boreh et al.Nicola Boulton is also recommended.

The ‘client-focused’ practice at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is headed by ‘extremely dedicated’ litigator Stewart Hey. The firm’s work in this area is becoming increasingly international after various successes acting for the Central Bank of Bahrain.

Headed by ‘one of the best commercial fraud lawyers’ in the market, Roger Best’s team at Clifford Chance LLP focuses on high-value matters. It works closely with the firm’s internal forensic accounting unit.

Chris Burdett and Conrad Walker jointly lead Clyde & Co LLP’s ‘uniformly excellent’ practice, which regularly handles matters involving insurance fraud. Work highlights also saw the team representing a Latvian shipping company in a High Court case concerning the recovery of proceeds of a fraudulent chartering scheme.

DLA Piper’s full-service approach and seamless international collaboration is ‘a real help in international commercial disputes’. ‘Streetwise’ practice head Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry and the ‘calm and experienced’ Jeremy Andrews are recommended.

First-rate’ specialist disputes firm Enyo Law LLP includes well-respected partners Simon Twigden, Pietro Marino and Edward Allen. As part of its rapid expansion, in 2015, the firm unveiled its business intelligence unit to assist with cross-border investigations.

The team of emergency relief and rapid response specialists at Fieldfisher is led by ‘shrewd commercial and civil fraud litigator’ Tony Lewis. The group acts for claimants and defendants, and recent work has involved instructions from clients in the energy and finance sectors. The ‘tenacious’ Alexandra Underwood is highly regarded.

Andrew Smith and Andrew Witts are key names at Gowling WLG, which has placed considerable focus on Brazil and South America, following its success in the groundbreaking Paulo Maluf litigation. The ‘down-to-earth and approachable’ Alex Jay is also recommended.

From partner to associate level’, the team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP provides ‘spot-on advice’ with a ‘thoughtful and personable’ demeanour. The practice is led by Jeremy Garson and Philip Carrington. Robert Hunter left to join Edmonds Marshall McMahon.

Macfarlanes LLP is lauded for its ability to ‘bring in a wealth of resources to handle large-scale and complex litigation’. Barry Donnelly and Charles Lloyd jointly lead the department, which includes Dan Lavender. The three partners are involved in a slew of Libor claims.

Tom Ellis and Adrian Lifely lead Osborne Clarke’s UK litigation practice. The team handles substantial domestic frauds, but showcases its international capabilities with ongoing instructions from Wirecard Bank, for whom they co-ordinate litigation in the UK, France and Barbados.

Alan Sheeley’s practice at Pinsent Masons LLP specialises in complex international fraud and is highly regarded for its technological innovation. The team acts for RBS and LLB Verwaltung.

The ‘very responsive’ team at Reed Smith LLP is jointly led by Eoin O’Shea, Charles Hewetson and Patrick Beale. Their practice focuses primarily on the financial services sector, and clients include HSBC and Trinity Capital.

Taylor Wessing LLP’s department head David de Ferrars is ‘an excellent lawyer, outstanding manager of people and a joy to work with’. The practice specialises in fraud and corruption emanating out of Russia and the CIS. Shane Gleghorn is also highly recommended.

Angela Pearson heads the ‘experienced and pragmatic’ group at Ashurst. The ‘exceptionally clever’ James Levy successfully led an audit negligence claim against PwC that was valued at over £1bn.

Founding partner Antony Brown is the key contact at disputes boutique Bivonas Law LLP. With an in-house Russian advocate, the practice receives a significant amount of work from clients in Russia and the CIS.

The ‘responsive and highly creative’ group at Brown Rudnick LLP is headed by Neil Micklethwaite. The civil fraud practice was recently strengthened through the addition of Jane Colston – ‘one of the standout litigators of her generation’ – from Stewarts Law LLP.

Farrer & Co is ‘a polished outfit’ and one of the first ports of call for offshore trusts-related work. Jointly led by Adrian Parkhouse and Jeremy Gordon, the team was instructed by a group of trustees regarding claims of more than $2bn against Sergei Pugachev.

Kingsley Napley LLP’s dispute resolution practice head Richard Foss is ‘a true specialist in commercial fraud claims’. His team has a ‘very strong defence’ focus and is aided by the firm’s renowned criminal team. William Christopher and Fiona Simpson are other names to note.

With almost 30 years of civil fraud experience, Simon Bushell heads the practice at Latham & Watkins. The team has developed a reputation for art fraud and Russian and CIS matters.

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLPpunches above its weight’ and has a ‘superb’ international approach. Kevin Roberts and the ‘dogged and determined’ Jonathan Wheeler are key contacts.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘brilliant’ dispute resolution department is led by Deirdre Walker and includes the ‘hands-on and practicalChris Warren-Smith. The team promoted three new partners in 2015 and receives most instructions from banks and financial institutions.

The fraud and investigations department at Olswang LLP is headed by ‘canny operator’ Bernard O’Sullivan. The team has particular experience in Russian and CIS matters and receives a variety of instructions from Yukos Capital. Anna Caddick made partner in 2016.

Providing ‘thorough analysis and clear advice’, the ‘excellent’ team at Slaughter and May acts for Deutsche Bank in a series of proceedings concerning benchmark manipulation. Deborah Finkler is the practice head and Jonathan Cotton is a ‘first-class lawyer’.

Through offices in London and Leeds, Stewarts Law LLP has ‘a go-to commercial litigation practice with strength in a number of fields’. Clive Zietman’s team is one of the few groups of comparable size to accept instructions against banks and financial institutions. Jane Colston left for Brown Rudnick LLP in 2016.

Travers Smith LLP’s ‘top-end’ dispute resolution department is led by Stephen Paget-Brown. The ‘strategic and knowledgeable’ team is representing Hewlett-Packard in a case concerning claims of around $5bn. Kaupthing and Pathfinder Minerals are also clients.

At Withers LLP, Stephen Ross’ department continues to ‘punch above its weight’. Much of the group’s work emanates out of Russia, the CIS and Cyprus, and it is greatly assisted by the firm’s fraud practice in the BVI.

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP is an ‘outstanding’ boutique that regularly acts against banks in major fraud claims. The team is representing Property Alliance Group in a £30m Libor claim against RBS. Philip Young and Marc Keidan are recommended.

Headed by ‘tenacious litigatorPhilip Barden, the team at Devonshires Solicitors LLP acts primarily on behalf of claimants. Barden is handling litigation in Guernsey and the BVI involving offshore trusts disputes.

Dorsey & Whitney’s trial department is led by Nicholas Burkill, an expert in international e-discovery issues, who founded the Anti-Fraud Network, a global network of asset recovery and fraud specialists.

The ‘exceptional’ team at Edwin Coe LLP has a strong focus on claimant work, and regularly acts for large groups of consumers or shareholders. David Greene’s practice is among the few specialising in sub-Saharan Africa.

At Eversheds LLP, the ‘commercially astute’ fraud and investigations group is led by Neill Blundell and Neville Byford. The team combines an extensive criminal background with expertise in commercial fraud to bring a cohesive, multi-disciplinary approach. Polly Sprenger, in particular, is ‘very good at understanding how the civil and criminal processes can work in tandem’.

Fladgate LLP’s ‘wide-ranging’ practice acts primarily for corporate clients. Led by the ‘tactical and effectiveSophia Purkis, the team handles a number of high-value claims and is involved in ongoing FX investigations.

At Holman Fenwick Willan, Noel Campbell’s ‘unflappable’ team displays ‘great international experience’ and continues to act for Grant Thornton in a series of proceedings arising out of the insolvent estate of Boris Berezovsky. Marina Rogers-Nash is also recommended.

Sue Thackerey’s ‘brilliant’ commercial litigation team at Howard Kennedy LLP is ‘a real alternative to Magic Circle firms’. The practice has a strong reputation in the financial services arena, and also handles fraud concerning property, mortgages and trusts. Fiona Hinds made partner in 2016.

Stuart Shepherd’s practice at Ince & Co specialises in fraud relating to marine insurance, trade and shipping. Clients include HDI-Gerling Industrie Versicherung and XL Specialty Insurance Company.

Signature Litigation LLP includes founding partner Graham Huntley; a litigator ‘you would not want to have on the other side’. The team is currently acting for claimants Blue Tropic and Coppella Ventures in damages claims totalling $40m.

Squire Patton Boggs’ litigation team is led by ‘first-class strategistLaurence Winston, who also leads the firm’s CIS fraud initiative. The group regularly acts for banks and financial services clients.

Derek Bambury heads Browne Jacobson LLP’s ‘robust, diligent and principled’ counter fraud and asset recovery department. The team acts as sole English counsel for the trustees of two of the largest feeder funds involved in the Bernie Madoff fraud scheme. Paul Wainwright is also recommended.

Capsticks LLP’s fraud team is led by Daniel Purcell and acts almost exclusively for healthcare providers. The department is the only national approved provider of counter-fraud services to NHS bodies including insurers, regulators and care providers.

Cooley (UK) LLP’s fraud practice is led by Laurence Harris and James Maton. The team specialises in advising foreign governments and has been carrying out ongoing civil recovery claims for the Turks and Caicos Islands government since 2009.

Gavin Foggo leads Fox Williams LLP’s dispute resolution department. The team defends Salem Mounzer in a $340m claim for conspiracy, dishonest assistance and knowing receipt.

K&L Gates LLP’s civil fraud practice is closely integrated with the crime and investigations group. Headed by John Magnin, the team successfully acted for The Central Bank of Ecuador in Privy Council proceedings involving claims of $579m.

Keystone Law’s civil fraud practice is new to the scene and is led by the ‘bright and pragmaticRobert Lawrie, who joined the firm from Howard Kennedy LLP in 2015. Lawrie regularly represents banks and financial institutions.

At King & Spalding International LLP, Jane Player and Thomas K. Sprange QC are key names in the international commercial dispute resolution practice.

The insolvency and litigation department at Moon Beever is headed by Frances Coulson, who regularly handles civil recovery orders and litigation regarding fraudulent transactions. British Gas and KPMG are among the team’s notable clients.

Agnes Quashie’s team at PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLPexemplifies qualities of both diplomats and warriors’. The group represents clients in the banking and financial services, energy, and pharmaceutical sectors.

SCA Ontier LLP formed after a merger between SC Andrew LLP and ONTIER. The firm is acting for a trustee responsible for the liquidation of Bernard Madoff Investment Securities regarding claims for the recovery of assets in Madoff’s unprecedented Ponzi scheme. Seamus Andrew leads the litigation and arbitration group.

Simons Muirhead & Burton’s ‘experienced and highly regarded’ fraud practice has expertise in civil and criminal law. Led by Susan Monty, the team includes Pamela Reddy, who joined last year from Hodge Jones & Allen LLP.

Neil Dooley joined Steptoe & Johnson from Hogan Lovells International LLP in 2014 to head the fraud and asset recovery department. He is currently acting for Otkritie Financial Corporation in various proceedings including the enforcement of a $150m judgment against various Russian fraudsters.

Alastair Shaw started Swan Turton LLP’s civil fraud department in 2012 and it already ‘punches far above its weight in this area’. Shaw has the ‘ability to manage large commercial litigation’ and is acting for a client in a sizeable claim brought by the Libyan Investment Authority.

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