LK Law LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

33 Black Friars Lane

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

LK Law LLP - 'a specialist firm with expertise in big-ticket, international litigation'- is sought out to act for (or against) banks and other financial institutions, while its caseload frequently comprises fraud allegations. The 'outstanding' firm's banking cases predominantly feature international banks and institutions from the Middle East, Russia, Switzerland, and elsewhere in Continental Europe, in addition to the UK. Andrew Ford is an expert in disputes involving banking transactions, derivatives, tort claims, and unfair prejudice allegations; and Caroline Phipps, who is experienced in civil fraud matters, banking litigation, and issues arising out of corporate insolvency, and commercial litigator James Hayton, were both promoted to partner during 2022.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Ford

Other key lawyers:


LK Law has a can-do mindset and is very much solution focused.  It is also fantastically unstuffy and a pleasure to deal with.

‘James Hayton is a good contentious draftsman, well ahead of his peers in this respect.’

‘Caroline Phipps is very talented and diligent – you know you are in safe hands and that she won’t let any balls drop.  Andrew Ford is hugely experienced with strong client handling skills who gives very sensible and practical strategic advice.’

Small but effective. This outstanding team vies competitively with the best litigation firms in London, and it excels at cases involving asset recovery, nationally and internationally.

They work extremely well with international clients; and even though the team is relatively small, they have the ability to run large matters because they use technology to great advantage and plan their campaigns very carefully.

Andrew Ford is an outstanding lawyer and litigator. His strategic insight is unparalleled in the London market.

Andrew Ford is a powerhouse in commercial litigation.

Andrew Ford is an outstanding litigation strategist, who sees not only the big picture but has an in-depth knowledge of its finer details; and Caroline Phipps is very bright and determined.

Key clients

Carlton Huxley

GBT Japan

ICS Investment Consulting Services

Methis Management


Newton Marine Products (2021) Company


Carlton Huxley

Work highlights

  • Acting for Carlton Huxley in claims that relate to claims brought by certain lenders against one or multiple entities, which concern money transferred for the purpose of investing in property redevelopment projects.
  • Assisting Fontaine & Associates with its clients’ appeal from the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 4

Acting primarily for high-net-worth individuals, corporate groups, and government agencies, LK Law LLP‘s dispute team oversees complex and international fraud disputes. The firm often engages in work involving global asset recovery strategies, disclosure orders, and obtaining freezing orders. Andrew Ford leads the department with his expertise in matters concerning banking transactions and derivatives. Elsewhere, Caroline Phipps and associate Adam Flacks are strategically placed to handle civil fraud and corporate fraud matters, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Ford

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Phipps; Adam Flacks; Claudia Scherman


‘Caroline Phipps – very diligent and smart, gives excellent and practical advice with real attention to detail.’

‘Andrew Ford – the number one fraud lawyer in town; he has a great reputation. Caroline Phipps is very dependable and superb with clients.’

‘Adam Flacks is excellent.’

‘Andrew Ford: one of the most experienced, sensible and effective commercial litigators in London. Always calls it correctly. A superb leader.’

‘Caroline Phipps: a brilliant solicitor; capable of handling the most difficult and complex cases; always willing to go the extra mile for her clients; a supreme tactician in court.’

‘Caroline Phipps was very helpful and gave us guidance in the work we needed to you.’

‘Andrew Ford is a skilled senior practitioner – you know you are in safe hands.’

‘Claudia Scherman – an associate who has responsibility for the day to day running of a very significant fraud claim; she is energetic and drives the case forward.’

Work highlights

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 8

'Hugely experienced in commercial fraud', commercial litigation boutique LK Law LLP regularly handles complex and high-profile disputes and investigations arising in the context of large-scale insolvencies. Caroline Phipps, who was promoted to partner in July 2022, has excellent legal and project management skills which she deploys to good effect alongside global advisers (including forensic accountants and international lawyers) in relation to fraud, asset tracing and enforcement issues. Andrew Ford heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Ford

Other key lawyers:


‘Andrew Ford is one of the most impressive legal leaders in London operating in this area. He runs a happy and close-knit team, every member of which has clearly been hand-picked. Caroline Phipps is another stand-out.’

‘We worked with Caroline Phipps, who provided expertise in the preparation of documents for court. The firm’s attention to detail was exceptional.’

‘Hugely experienced in commercial fraud, which they handle with aplomb.’

‘Caroline Phipps is easy to deal with and produces great results.’

‘Andrew Ford is very experienced in cases with an international aspect; gives clear advice.’

‘Caroline Phipps has extensive experience in the art market and the nuances of that industry.’

Key clients


Eustella Fontaine, Fontaine & Associates

Work highlights

  • Advising Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers Company on the first scheme of arrangement ever attempted in Saudi Arabia, concerning claims by over 100 international financial institutions running into the billions of dollars.
  • Advising Fontaine & Associates in relation to their clients’ appeal from the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Established in 2004 in Australia, we opened our London office in 2012 and have never looked back. Our firm has over 80 professionals, 15 of whom are in London.

We have a single-minded focus on disputes. We fight cases and coordinate international multi-disciplinary teams in complex commercial litigation and arbitration around the world.  We also act in independent, corporate, governmental and regulatory investigations and advise on managing the risk of disputes and on corporate governance matters.

The overwhelming majority of our cases are international, involving multiple jurisdictions, including in Asia, the UK, Continental Europe, the US, the Middle East and all the major offshore jurisdictions.

We advise clients in a wide range of industries, including mining, commodities, construction, banking and financial services.

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation Andrew Ford 020 7400 2199
Litigation Adam Greaves 020 7400 3576
English (fluent)