John Bechelet > Bivonas Law LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Bivonas Law LLP
24 Cornhill




John specialises in commercial and civil fraud litigation. Admitted as a solicitor in 1983, John worked in private practice and in-house for a leading life assurance company before establishing Bivonas with Antony Brown in 1997.

John has extensive experience in a wide range of courts and tribunals including the UK Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the Divisional Court. He has been involved in a number of important reported cases.


John is a member of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association, the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association and the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.


City of London Polytechnic, BA (Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil

Bivonas Law LLP fields a ‘close knit group that strives to provide a highly personalised service for clients’. The boutique firm can cover civil, criminal and regulatory matters and has experience in acting in cases with a CIS region or Russian element. Its clients include states, international banks and bankers, and high-net-worth individuals. Team leader John Bechelet has long-standing experience in commercial and civil fraud litigation, while Antony Brown also covers criminal fraud cases. Roland Ellis has knowledge of white collar crime, and Manraj Somal joined as senior consultant in July 2021 from Rosenblatt (part of RBG Legal Services).

London > Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious

Litigation boutique Bivonas Law LLP is home to Cindy Dorrington, a leading name for cases brought by the SFO, FCA, CPS, NCA and HMRC; she is supported by Antony Brown, a lawyer with 30 years of experience in contentious affairs, and John Bechelet whose illustrious track record includes successes in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.