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Bivonas Law LLP
Bivonas Law LLP
24 Cornhill

Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 1

Bivonas Law LLP works on both trial and enforcement matters, regularly acting on investigations by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the NHS Fraud Investigations Unit and major business crime units of the Metropolitan and City of London Police. Particular areas of expertise include advising on allegations of bribery and corruption, unexplained wealth orders (UWOs), civil fraud, proceeds of crime, financial services and regulatory litigation. The firm is particularly experienced in handling cases with a Russian/ CIS element having been in an alliance with Russian white collar and commercial litigation firm Pen & Peter in 2016. Bivonas' head of team, Antony Brown, is experienced representing CEOs of major corporates and banks, and individuals alleged to have links with organised crime.  Cindy Dorrington was promoted to managing partner. George Kampanella joined as partner from EBR Attridge LLP while Roland Ellis was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Antony Brown

Other key lawyers:


‘Established specialist practice with excellent reputation for white collar crime’.

‘George Kampanella works extremely hard for his clients and has acted in many high profile cases’.

‘The team is proactive and take a forensic approach to criminal defence’.

‘George Kampenalla is a highly experienced, fiercely determined fraud specialist.’

‘High level of expertise across the board; dynamic and market focused, with a growing market reputation. Their strong Russian focus makes them a go to for certain work at the highest level’.

‘Antony Brown is a hugely experienced, highly effective lead adviser, with a particularly strong suite in hands-on commitment to his clients’ interests. He is calm and personable regardless of the circumstances’;.

‘A very competent, engaged firm, dedicated to doing the best for its clients’.

‘Steve Sharp is exceptionally experienced and has seen pretty well everything in the fraud world’.

‘Cindy Dorrington has a meticulous, detailed and inspired approach to preparation. She has very wide experience of City fraud, coupled with more fundamental but absolutely necessary grounding in disclosure and SFO/HMRC practice’.

‘Antony Brown is a leader in his field. He knows how to solve big problems, has very good skills, charisma, and he handles difficult situations well.’

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

Boutique firm Bivonas Law LLP specialises in financial services regulatory, civil, criminal and commercial litigation, notably in competition and enforcement related cases. White collar expert Cindy Dorrington is managing partner and acts for individuals and companies in high profile financial services cases. The financial services team includes Antony Brown who is known for industry expertise and managing complex matters that involve coordinating with overseas jurisdictions; Roland Ellis, who specialises in allegations of complex fraud; and John Bechelet, who has expertise in civil fraud and regulatory litigation. George Kampanella joined in 2018 and strengthens the firm’s white collar and fraud capabilities.

Practice head(s):

Cindy Dorrington


‘They provide exceptional guidance in all matters’

‘Niche firm ideally suited to defending individuals without facing the conflicts and hassles that bedevil their larger rivals’

‘Their quick understanding and evaluation of the issues gives considerable reassurance’

‘Roland Ellis is excellent, has superb judgement and is beautifully calm in a storm’

‘John Bechelet is a pleasure to work with’

Fraud: civil Tier 3

Civil and criminal litigation boutique Bivonas Law LLP advises clients on corruption and commercial litigation, handling cases in a wide range of jurisdictions including Afghanistan, the Caribbean, Mauritius, the UAE and the US, with Russia and the CIS countries a particular focus. Clients include international banks, bankers and other high-net-worth individuals. John Bechelet, who heads the team, has a track record on Supreme Court cases, HMRC investigations and is an expert in fraud litigation. Sergey Litovchenko - 'one of the best crossover Anglo-Russian lawyers working in London' - joined as partner from Pinsent Masons LLP. Cindy Dorrington recently stepped up to the role of managing partner.

Practice head(s):

John Bechelet

Other key lawyers:


‘Sergey Litovchenko is one of the best crossover Anglo-Russian lawyers working in London; he has fantastic client skills’.

‘Every case they treat very carefully and understand its background in details to provide the clients with the best advice’.

‘They are careful to explain issues to us, have flagged up problems and been consistently realistic about probable outcomes’.

‘Antony Brown is calm, considered and thoughtful as well as being highly reassuring’.

‘A boutique practice with a commercial mindset as well as substantial skills’.

‘Focused at all times on achieving a result for the client in the most efficient way’.

‘A broad range of both language and legal skills which can be combined to provide a very effective service’.

‘John Bechelet is a calm but determined litigator who combines deep legal knowledge with a gentle manner which puts clients at ease and achieves results for his clients’.

‘Antony Brown is not only an excellent professional but also has outstanding interpersonal skills’.

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 3

Specialist litigation boutique Bivonas Law LLP handles prosecution and defence of companies and individuals. The 'impressive' team is adept at dealing with foreign and domestic regulators. Areas of expertise include the Bribery Act, corruption, risk management and cybercrime. Clients include private banks, advertising companies, service companies within the oil and gas industry, hotel groups and financial services industry organisations. Firm-wide senior partner Antony Brown  specialises in managing large scale commercial disputes and criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions. Sergey Litovchenko and George Kampanella both joined as partners from Pinsent Masons LLP and EBR Attridge LLP respectively.  White collar and financial services regulatory partner Cindy Dorrington has taken up a new role as firm-wide managing partner, while Roland Ellis has been promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Antony Brown

Other key lawyers:


‘A very impressive team who understand the realities of litigation’.         

‘The team at Bivonas Law is exceptional in every way – in their expertise, their attention to details and their promptness’.       

‘A tight knit and expert team boasting high calibre lawyers who provide timely, practical and realistic advice to their clients at a very attractive cost’. 

‘On most levels they out-smart, out-think and out-manoeuvre their opponents’

‘Antony Brown is an exceptional lawyer; fast and an real expert in this field’.

‘Roland Ellis is excellent, has superb judgement and is beautifully calm in a storm’.            

‘Antony Brown has a sophisticated understanding of the mindset and needs of a business’.              

‘George Kampanella is a highly experienced and capable lawyer’.

Bivonas Law is a leading criminal litigation and commercial disputes boutique based in the City of London.

The firm: Bivonas Law was established in 1997 and from the outset has acted in large-scale commercial disputes, criminal investigations and prosecutions, and regulatory investigations.

Bivonas Law has a track record spanning two decades of succeeding in cases where the client, either an individual or a corporation, is facing significant financial, reputational or criminal liability. The firm regularly acts in matters where the other side is a bank, financial institution or multinational company.

The firm’s cases are often multi-jurisdictional and high-profile. It has a global network of trusted high-level advisers, experts and business connections, which allows it to meet the most complex of challenges and succeed for its clients.

Types of work undertaken: Criminal investigations and prosecutions: the business crime team at Bivonas Law has an in-depth knowledge built over 20 years of defending and advising both individuals and companies facing investigation and prosecution. The firm regularly deals with the Serious Fraud Office, the National Crime Agency, the police and the Crown Prosecution Service, HM Revenue and Customs, and the Financial Conduct Authority. A significant proportion of its work relates to global investigations involving overseas law enforcement agencies and industry regulators such as the US Department of Justice, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, Japan’s Financial Services Agency and numerous government agencies across Europe. Bivonas Law has been instructed in many high profile cases in recent years, including matters involving bribery and corruption, benchmark manipulation, Ponzi schemes, carbon trading frauds, insider dealing, market abuse, boiler room frauds, tax evasion, sanctions and other financial crime.

Commercial litigation: Bivonas Law provides a full litigation and dispute resolution service for the business client, whether acting for the claimant or defendant. The firm acts in a range of complex, multi-jurisdictional and high-value disputes, requiring expertise in asset tracing, trust litigation, competition litigation, freezing injunctions, search orders and disclosure orders.

Regulatory and disciplinary investigations: Bivonas Law acts for individuals and companies facing regulatory and disciplinary proceedings. The practice is recognised as a leader in relation to Financial Conduct Authority investigations and enforcement. The firm regularly advises professionals from other regulated sectors in relation to allegations of misconduct as well as advising company directors facing disqualification.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Cindy Dorrington +44(0)2073372600
Senior Partner Antony Brown +44(0)2073372600
Partner John Bechelet +44(0)2073372600
Partner Roland Ellis +44(0)2073372600
Partner Sergey Litovchenko +44(0)2073372600
Partner George Kampanella +44(0)2073372600
Partner Stephen Sharp +44(0)2073372600
Photo Name Position Profile
 John Bechelet  photo John Bechelet
 Cindy Dorrington  photo Cindy Dorrington
 Roland Ellis  photo Roland Ellis
 George Kampanella  photo George Kampanella
 Sergey Litovchenko  photo Sergey Litovchenko
 Stephen Sharp  photo Stephen Sharp
English (fluent)
International Bar Association
The Law Society of England & Wales

TESTIMONIAL: “You have been a trusted adviser, listener and supporter throughout and no one can ask for more. I expected good technical explanations and advice, and you delivered that in spades. All the rest I did not expect and I can tell you now that in my view that’s what makes a good lawyer a great lawyer.”

CLIENT: Company Director
TESTIMONIAL: “Cindy, thank you for your help with everything. You are the best lawyer anyone can wish for.”

CLIENT: Solicitor
TESTIMONIAL: “I am still in shock (in a good way!) but I just wanted to say a massive thanks for all your skill, care, hard work and empathy over this time. It’s really appreciated.”

CLIENT: Professional
TESTIMONIAL: “I am hugely indebted to Mr Kampanella for his professionalism and legal support. Without Mr Kampanella’s expert support I would have certainly lost my job and career – I can’t recommend him highly enough to any professional whose career is at risk as mine was.”

TESTIMONIAL: “I have instructed Bivonas since 2009. They understand the Russian market and are politically switched on. I would not consider using any other firm because I trust them to deliver as they always have. Antony Brown and his team fear no opponent and always deliver.”

CLIENT: Managing Director
TESTIMONIAL: “George Kampanella is a remarkably talented, efficient and hard-working solicitor who is willing to go that extra mile for every client. A calm and confident professional whose thorough and methodical approach achieves the best possible results. His incredible eye for detail and excellent levels of preparation means he approaches cases with dedication and passion always ensuring the client feels supported and satisfied at every stage – a tremendous team player and someone to have on your side!”

CLIENT: Company director
TESTIMONIAL: “I truly thank you for all your diligence, advice, guidance, truthfulness, experience, encouragement but above all your laughter and I hope friendship.”

CLIENT: Company director
TESTIMONIAL: “I cannot thank you enough for all your hard work and support over the years, I am forever grateful.”

CLIENT: Company director
TESTIMONIAL: “You have been a trusted advisor, listener and supporter throughout and no-one can ask for more.”

CLIENT: Professional
TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you for your work! Delighted is an understatement!!”

CLIENT: Company director
TESTIMONIAL: “I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all these years of dedication and support.”

CLIENT: Company director
TESTIMONIAL: “You have consistently proven to be a clear and compassionate person through it all and we are both so thankful we were directed to you.”

CLIENT: Professional
TESTIMONIAL: “We’re still stunned. It will take some time for this to sink in. Victory at every step from receipt of bail, to winning the appeal against bail, to gaining bail variations, to executing a great approach and ultimately Discharge! Very well done to you all!”