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  3. Fraud: civil – 2017 silks
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3 Verulam Buildings is β€˜an excellent, well-run chambers’ with a selection of top quality seniors and juniors for civil fraud. Members can regularly be found on the biggest cases working their way through the courts. Notable highlights include acting for Grant Thornton in the defence of a $750m conspiracy claim brought by Vincent Tchenguiz. Other key cases include Manning & Napier v Tesco, and Avonwick Holdings v Azitio Holdings.

Brick Court Chambers is β€˜a first choice chambers’ with β€˜strength in depth at all levels’. The set’s premier standing for commercial disputes, inevitably leads to a huge amount of fraud work, in which several juniors and silks have excellent reputations. Members were involved in several high-value cases, including the high-profile Holyoake v Candy Brothers. Five members are also facing each other on different sides in Gerald Metals v Timis, Benkert & Buehler.

Essex Court Chambers is β€˜without doubt at the forefront of civil fraud’, and its barristers β€˜are always in the line-up for the biggest cases, and rightly so’. Clients commend the β€˜really deep bench, if you can’t get your first choice, there is a conveyor belt of talent waiting to be unleashed’. Four members were involved in PJSC Tatneft v Bogolyubov, while another six had key roles on National Bank Trust v Yurov & others. Other key cases include Avonwick Holdings v Azitio Holdings, and Nigerian Petroleum Company v IPCO.

Fountain Court Chambers is a β€˜high-quality set’ where civil fraud is becoming β€˜a real growth area’. The set fields a selection of heavy-hitting silks and juniors, some of whom also have experience in financial crime. Russian and CIS-related fraud disputes still feature heavily on the agenda, with members involved in Ramilov v Buyanovsky and National Bank Trust v Yurov. More domestic matters include Autonomy v Michael Lynch & others.

One Essex Court is β€˜one of the A-grade sets for this kind of work, with a great selection of junior and senior counsel’. The quality of the cases passing through the chambers’ doors demonstrates the high regard in which its silks and juniors are held. Major highlights include Autonomy v Michael Lynch & others, which is keeping several members busy, as is Red Kite Management v Barclays Bank, which has barristers acting on either side of the courtroom.

Serle Court is β€˜very strong in civil fraud, from silk down to young junior level’ and has β€˜lots of bright people who are easy to work with’. The set also benefits from its strong expertise in the offshore and trusts world. The set has seven barristers involved in the combined Glenn v Watson trials in the Chancery Division. Other major cases on the roster include Tatneft v Bogulyubov, Accident Exchange v McLean and others, and Instant Access Properties v Rosser.

Blackstone Chambers has β€˜excellent strength in depth in general commercial litigation, and, in particular, civil fraud’ and is β€˜full to the rafters with high-calibre barristers with an appetite for a fight’. The set’s barristers have had multiple roles on several significant disputes, including Dana Gas PJSC v San Gas Sukuk & others, Sabbagh v Khour and others, and Libyan Investment Authority v Societe Generale, which settled in 2017.

Maitland Chambers is praised for its β€˜expertise with worldwide freezing injunctions, which applies not just to civil fraud but cases under the Proceeds of Crime Act’. The set’s β€˜knowledge of civil bribery and challenging legal issues, like corporate attribution, is among the most highly developed in the market’. Clients also appreciate the fact that they can β€˜also tackle tricky property law issues when they crop up on fraud and corporate crime cases’. Major cases include Tatneft v Bogulyubov and Red Kite Management v Barclays Bank.

Wilberforce Chambers is β€˜a tremendously commercial-minded set’ whose barristers are β€˜hugely respected in their individual fields, yet prepared to go above and beyond to assist’. Members are involved in a broad range of fraud cases, including many with an offshore element, such as AHAB v SAAD. Other highlights include Sabbagh v Khoury and Abela v Baadarani.

XXIV Old Buildings is an β€˜outstanding set’ for fraud, β€˜particularly where there are offshore trust issues’. The chambers has β€˜excellent strength in depth’ and is singled out for its β€˜strong bench of juniors’. Recent highlights include Arcadia Petroleum & others v Bosworth & others, and Aeroflot v Beresovsky.

4 Stone Buildings has a strong background in civil fraud work with regular commercial mandates, as well as instructions from public bodies such as the National Crime Agency. The set has some top-quality barristers, including several leading name silks. This has led to prominent roles on cases such as Autonomy v Michael Lynch & others, and Shulman v Kolomoisky & Bogolyubov.

South Square is β€˜first class’ with β€˜a great team of silks and juniors’ doing increasingly more β€˜impressive civil fraud work’. Members can be found acting on several of the market’s largest cases, notable examples include Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, Bluewaters v Ecclestone, and Ticketus v RFC 2012.

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