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Bivonas Law LLP
24 Cornhill

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 2

Acting for foreign government officials, CEOs, and entrepreneurs, the ‘unique team of experienced lawyers’ at Bivonas Law LLP is consistently instructed by clients in high-profile SFO, HMRC and FCA investigations. The group demonstrates significant expertise handling complex fraud and sanction compliance matters, with particular strength in both the crypto market and tax litigation proceedings. Senior partner Antony Brown has advised domestic and international clients for more than 30 years on civil and criminal fraud issues, while Cindy Dorrington specialises in regulatory litigation, money laundering, and proceeds of crime investigations. Steve Sharp deals with complex financial fraud, bribery, and corruption cases, whilst Roland Ellis has seen regular involvement in high-profile SFO investigations. Manraj Somal acts for individuals in NCA and FRC proceedings. Gary Chatfield joined as a senior consultant from the National Crime Agency in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Antony Brown; Cindy Dorrington; Stephen Sharp

Other key lawyers:

Roland Ellis; Manraj Somal


‘Manraj Somal is a really good solicitor – he goes the extra mile for his clients.’

‘Bivonas were able to collect a unique team of experienced lawyers with broad experience in white-collar crime and human rights. The teams worked efficiently and were able to present advanced and extensive legal research fast, precise and efficiently.’

‘Tony Brown is truly experienced in complex litigation cases. He has a thorough understanding of both litigation strategy and EUHRC argumentation. He is a brilliant strategist and consular and you can always trust him to deliver top legal advice.’

‘Stephen Sharp – highly experienced and astute in the conduct of litigation. Able to deal with the most complex and substantial of cases. His client care is excellent – focused, practical, reassuring. His knowledge of the law and litigation is broad and enables him to find a way through the numerous challenges that arise in difficult and sensitive cases.’

‘This is a niche high quality white collar crime outfit that gives a cost effective and personalised service. They are used to dealing with complex and sensitive cases. It is a firm comprising knowledgeable and talented lawyers. They give clear no nonsense advice.’

‘The two standard out lawyers for me are Steve Sharp and Cindy Dorrington. I have a great deal of respect for them. They are lawyers that can think outside of the box. I have been a lawyer for over 30 years and if I was ever in trouble Steve and Cindy would be the lawyers I would go to.’

‘Anthony Brown is unique among white collar crime lawyers. He approaches all matters from the client’s side as that is where he comes from. He makes clear cut assessments of where money should be spent and he does not hesitate to speak out where any idea is not practical or not cost effective. His advice never comes from a position of self-interest and I would not hesitate to bring him on board in a matter where a client’s interests were at stake.’

Work highlights

  • Advising an African government in relation to the prosecution of several senior officials involved in wide-scale international corruption whilst in office.
  • Representing an individual being investigated by the SFO and the FCA for fraud and mis-selling minibonds to the value of circa £250m to retail investors.
  • Acting for the UK arm of a ship husbanding company involved in a major US Navy contracting scandal concerning allegations of bribery and overcharging with a deal value of US $50million.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 4

Litigation boutique Bivonas Law LLP brings its contentious expertise to bear on complex investigations and high-profile disputes. In addition to handling the gamut of regulatory cases, the firm is also well-placed to deal with the associated civil issues and any criminal liability. Practice head Cindy Dorrington is ‘known for her robust approach when dealing with the FCA and other regulators‘.

Practice head(s):

Cindy Dorrington

Other key lawyers:

Antony Brown; Roland Ellis


‘Excellent nous and client-handling skills. Unusual regulatory knowledge combined with real commercial knowledge and experience.’

‘Antony Brown: grand in stature but humble in nature, Antony is a fighter who you want on your side in a tight spot.’

‘Cindy Dorrington: the queen of financial services disputes, combining brilliant client-handling skills with extensive experience.’

‘Roland Ellis has a wide-ranging practice, is on-the-ball and well-liked by clients.’

‘Bivonas is reactive and flexible. A unique experience in contentious regulatory matters allows Bivonas to develop fresh and out-of-box solutions.’

‘The practice is led by Cindy Dorrington who has very strong expertise in this area and is known for her robust approach when dealing with the FCA and other regulators.’

‘Antony Brown is a hands-on senior partner, able to nurse a case for a client and give them great confidence in the strategy and direction of travel.’

‘Cindy Dorrington is very responsive and my go-to person on financial regulatory questions. We have worked together on two substantial matters in the last three years, and her contributions have been extremely valuable and incisive.’

Work highlights

  • Representing an individual being investigated by the FCA and SFO for fraud and mis-selling mini-bonds to the value of £250m to retail investors.
  • Representing an individual in the FCA’s investigation into banks, brokers and pensions funds involved in Cum-Ex trading.
  • Representing a defendant in an insider dealing case being prosecuted by the FCA.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 4

Turned to for its capabilities in both civil and criminal fraud, Bivonas Law LLP  is a key port of call for clients ranging from African states, international banks and bankers to high-net-worth Russian individuals. Practice head John Bechelet  is a highly experienced litigator, who specialises in both domestic and multi-jurisdictional commercial and civil fraud matters. Other key names include Antony Brown, a prolific advisor, who brings over 30 years of experience to bear on cross-border litigation cases. The ‘brilliantCindy Dorrington is recommended for her expertise in money laundering, business crime, and financial services regulatory proceedings, while Roland Ellis  has knowledge of white collar crime.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Cindy Dorrington ; Roland Ellis; Antony Brown



‘One of the few firms that has fraud expertise in both the criminal and civil sphere, meaning that it can easily pivot if the case takes an unexpected turn. A very client focused firm that is well managed and efficient.’

‘Cindy Dorrington is brilliant. She is the steadiest of hands and one cannot help but feel reassured when she is on the team.

‘Great work from Roland Ellis – always on call – crisp, clear advice and super helpful.’

‘Roland Ellis is excellent: super clear advice, concise, and user-friendly.’

‘Exceptionally sophisticated litigators, who are highly experienced with a focus on civil fraud. Whilst the firm consists of a small number of solicitors, they undertake work of the highest quality and are making a real mark in the London market’

‘Standout partner is Roland Ellis – a class act and very commercial and knowledgeable.’

‘Bivonas’s ability to provide sharp and clear advice in complicated cases is outstanding. Packed with a practically oriented approach makes Bivonas a go-to team for civil fraud cases.’

‘John Bechelet is definitely worth noting for his in-depth expertise and excellent commercial knowledge of the sphere gained through decades of practice.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for the CEO of a public listed company in administration in relation to a very substantial claim by the administrators involving allegations of fraudulent trading, breach of fiduciary duty, dishonest assistance, constructive trust and knowing receipt.
  • Acting for a high-profile businessman and former politician in South East Europe in relation to claims by a Greek bank concerning secured assets.
  • Acting for directors of a plc listed on the London Stock Exchange in relation to an internal investigation of alleged fraudulent misconduct followed by proceedings to set aside an issue of new shares for an alleged improper purpose.

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 5

With more than 25 years of experience in the regulatory and corporate crime market, the ‘highly professional’ team at Bivonas Law LLP represents a vast network of clients, including financial institutions, hotel groups, and advertising companies. The practice has considerable experience of dealing with major prosecutions and investigations brought by the SFO, FCA, and HMRC, revolving around bribery allegations, money laundering, and serious fraud. Antony Brown co-heads the group, drawing on his civil and criminal fraud expertise to handle complex cross-border prosecutions, while fellow co-chairs Steve Sharp and Cindy Dorrington both handle regulatory and corporate investigations, and high-profile criminal cases.

Practice head(s):

Antony Brown; Steve Sharp; Cindy Dorrington

Other key lawyers:

Roland Ellis


‘The team draws on wide experience of commercial and criminal law that enables all aspects of case to be satisfactorily covered.’

‘Antony Brown is hands on with clients and guides their responses, knowing where to turn to when he needs support. Steve Sharp is very experienced criminal and regulatory lawyer able to draw on a long career’s worth of knowledge to get things right.’

‘As a former senior law enforcement fraud investigator and former director of security and cyber at the Bank of England, I have no hesitation in recommending Bivonas Law in the areas of fraud, corporate activities and white collar crime activities.’

‘All members of Bivonas Law are highly professional and appreciative of all elements of any investigation they enter.’

‘Anthony Brown is on top of his game. Very well versed in regulatory litigation and at all times I felt he was in control. His personalized service and attention to detail stands out. I would highly recommend him to anyone without any hesitation.’

‘One of key strengths of Bivonas in regulatory investigations is that these matters usually engage regulatory, criminal and employment law issues. Bivonas Law is able to advise on both the regulatory and criminal proceedings alongside employment lawyers.’

‘I am working with Roland Ellis on several complex contractual disputes. I like Roland’s readiness to embrace non-standard solutions serving the client’s interests. In particular, it was easy to work with Roland on quite technical aspects of the disputes which required appreciation of a specific business environment of the client working in the IT industry.’

Work highlights

  • Advising an African government in relation to the prosecution of several senior officials involved in wide-scale international corruption while in office.
  • Advising a UK-based asset management company on its exposure to third party liability after the SFO requested information about its clients linked to an investigation into alleged money laundering and fraud offences concerning the award of major oil contracts in the Middle East.
  • Acting for the UK arm of a ship husbanding company involved in a major US Navy contracting scandal concerning allegations of bribery and overcharging.

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 over two decades of succeeding where its clients were facing significant financial, reputational or personal risk.

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 firm regularly deals with the Serious Fraud Office, the National Crime Agency, 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. Bivonas Law has been instructed in many high-profile cases in recent years, including matters involving bribery and corruption, cum-ex trading fraud, benchmark manipulation, Ponzi schemes, carbon trading frauds, insider dealing, market abuse, boiler room frauds, tax evasion, sanctions and other financial crime. Bivonas are involved from investigation through to trial including responding to restraint and confiscation orders.

Extradition: Bivonas Law specialises in representing high-profile individuals in extradition cases with particular expertise in politically sensitive matters. Successfully avoiding or challenging the issuance of an Interpol “Red Notice” has become a regular outcome for its clients who had substantive extradition proceedings against them, were at risk of extradition or where extradition requests were politically motivated.

Commercial litigation: Bivonas Law provides a full litigation and dispute resolution service.  The firm acts in a range of complex, multi-jurisdictional and high-value disputes, requiring expertise in competition law, asset tracing, trusts, freezing injunctions, search orders and disclosure orders. The firm acts for and against individuals, businesses, multinational organisations and governments in a variety of industries including banking, investments, insurance, fintech, aviation, energy, mining and construction. The firm is proactive and resourceful when arranging funding for litigation and arbitration matters.

Regulatory and disciplinary investigations: Bivonas Law acts for individuals and companies from all sectors of financial services, including banking, insurance and asset management, facing regulatory and disciplinary proceedings. The practice is recognised as a leader in the field of 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 Stephen Sharp +44(0)2073372600
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