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Wedlake Bell

Work Department



Head of insolvency and litigation, senior and managing partner, board trustee fraud advisory partner. Insolvency litigation principal area of practice especially fraud and tax evasion related cases. Michael Rottman (in bankruptcy) (client Louise Brittain, Deloitte LLP), numerous reports connected with this case, involving the defrauding by the Bankrupt of the German government of some €150m; Kerry Katona bankruptcy; numerous fraud cases for various practitioners; DCC Realisations Ltd – first and Upper Tier tribunal case regarding the treatment of duty point on administration (Client T J Bramston, Griffins); Anglo German Breweries Ltd V Chelsea Corporation Inc {2012} EWHC 1481 (Ch); Bannai v Erez Reifman [2013] EWHC 3689 Comm; Jackson and another v Baker Tilly and another (unreported) 10 April 2014.


Partner Moon Beever 1988 to date; President 2011-2012 of R3, the trade body for insolvency professionals; Chairman Appeal Committee ACCA 2006-12; Chair Fraud Group R3 (ongoing). Member of R3 Council & Policy Group, Member of Council of InsolEurope, Commendation from National Crime Agency 2016


Some French.


R3; Insol International; Insol Europe; IBA; ILA; ICM Think Tank; Board Trustee Fraud Advisory Panel; Special Constable National Crime Agency; Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’ Association.


Sheffield High School for Girls GPDST; King’s College, London University (1980 LLB Hons; DIP EC 1991); Chester College of Law (1984).


All things equestrian; opera and theatre; travel, walking; socialising, especially with husband and daughters. Member Carlton Club, Blacksmiths Liveryman, Freeman of City of London.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

Led by Frances Coulson, the team at Wedlake Bell is well-equipped to handle fraud matters at the interface of debt recovery and insolvency issues. The client roster includes insolvency practitioners, high-net-worth individuals, SMEs, business owners, managers and directors, and several utilities companies; the team is also regularly involved in matters taking place in overseas or offshore jurisdictions. James Latham is knowledgeable in tax and government-backed grant fraud cases, while Richard Saunders handles payroll fraud matters.