Anthony Riem > PCB Byrne > London, England > Lawyer Profile

PCB Byrne

Work Department

Fraud and commercial litigation.


Anthony is a partner and a recognised expert on international asset investigation and recovery and international dispute resolution who provides creative and effective solutions. He acts for a number of government agencies, state owned companies, leading financial institutions and corporates across a range of industry sectors including banking, natural resources, and hedge funds. He has particular expertise in unwinding complex corporate structures and transactions used to hide assets, dealing with allegations of commercial blackmail, diversion of corporate opportunities, theft of assets, and breaches of directors’ duties. He also has experience in dealing with antiques fraud, money-laundering, and bribery and corruption. Anthony regularly obtains disclosure and freezing orders in England and abroad which often involves the management and co-ordination of proceedings in several jurisdictions at any one time. He has a particular expertise in executing and supervising search orders. Anthony has also defended a number of clients alleged to be involved in international fraud and corruption obtaining the discharge of freezing and restraint orders. A number of his cases have been high profile and ground-breaking both in England and abroad and reported in the legal press.


Trained Woodham Smith; qualified 1990; Philippsohn Crawfords Berwald 1990-2001; partner 1996; partner Russell Jones and Walker 2001-04 (now Slater & Gordon (UK) LLP); partner PCB Litigation LLP 2005-19 and managing partner from 2019 to date.




Founding Memberof the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association,English representative of Fraudnet, the International Chamber of Commerce’s global network of asset recovery specialists, and Member of the IBA  Asset Recovery Group.


Highgate School, London; Leicester University (1985 LLB); College of Law (1986 LSF).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

(Leading individuals)

Anthony RiemPCB Byrne

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

One of the strongest commercial litigation firms in London‘, PCB Byrne has a strong track record in large Commercial Court cases, with the practice’s recent workload ranging from joint venture/shareholder disputes, to contractual conflicts involving the supply of IT services and commodities. Trevor Mascarenhas specialises in complex, high-value, cross-border disputes; Nicola Boulton‘s disputes practice focuses on fraud, dishonesty and corruption; senior partner Anthony Riem has ‘outstanding strategic judgement‘; and Nick Ractliff‘s expertise covers contractual, banking, shareholder and director disputes. The next line of active practitioners features Middle-East disputes expert Charlotte Bhania, and fraud and commercial claims litigator Catherine Eason, who were made partners in April 2022 and July 2023, respectively. Tom McKernan was also promoted to the partnership in mid-2023 and specialises in complex, multi-jurisdictional fraud claims in the Commercial Court. The team was recently boosted by the addition of two consulting partners from Brown Rudnick – Neil Micklethwaite and Olga Bischoff.