Nick Ractliff > PCB Byrne > London, England > Lawyer Profile

PCB Byrne

Work Department

Fraud and Commercial Litigation


Nick is a partner who specialises in complex, high value and multi-jurisdictional litigation in a broad range of disputes involving civil fraud, asset recovery, enforcement of awards and foreign judgments, banking and financial services, arbitration, shareholder and director claims, and insolvency. He has extensive experience in managing and coordinating large teams of lawyers and other professionals across different jurisdictions and particularly accomplished in seeking freezing, search and disclosure orders both domestically and simultaneously in other jurisdictions. Recent cases in which he has acted include JSC VTB Bank v Pavel Skurikhin, Vneshprombank LLC v Georgy Bedzhamov and Others, KMG International NV v Melanie Chen & Others, BM Bank JSC (formerly OJSC Bank of Moscow) v Andrey Chernakov, Dar Al Arkan and Bank Alkhair v Majid Al Refai and Others, The Ritz Hotel Casino Limited v Al Geabury, and Jennington v the Assaubayev Family.


Trained with Blyth Dutton/Lawrence Graham (now Gowlings WLG LLP); Qualified in 1991 with Lawrence Graham; in 1995 joined Speechly Bircham (now Charles Russell Speechlys); in 2007 joined Gherson and subsequently Brown Rudnick before joining PCB Litigation in 2009.




London Solicitors Litigation Association and Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association.


The King’s School Canterbury; 1987 Graduated at Exeter University with BA Degree in Economics; 1988 Completed the CPE at the College of Law, Chester; 1989 Completed the LSF at the College of Law, Guildford.


Family, golf, tennis, and watching sport, particularly cricket and rugby.

Lawyer Rankings

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.