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John Bechelet

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Bivonas Law LLP




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 Legal Services Commission authorised litigator, a member of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association, the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association and the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.


BA (Hons) Business Law.

London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services

Within: Financial services

Litigation boutique Bivonas Law LLP provides an 'exceptional level of service' to individuals facing regulatory investigations or criminal charges. In recent years the firm has secured numerous successes for individuals accused of market manipulation, in relation to financial benchmarks including LIBOR. The 'experienced and diligent' Cindy Dorrington is praised for her 'second-to-none knowledge of the evidence'. Anthony Brown and John Bechelet are also recommended.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Bivonas Law LLP is a boutique firm that deals with criminal and civil fraud work with a particular focus on the financial services industry. The firm often deals with multi-jurisdictional matters and has a history of advising Russian and CIS-based clients. Antony Brown heads the team, supported by John Bechelet, who has ‘an experienced and pragmatic approach to the advice and support he provides’. Russian advocate Geliya Chukmarova specialises in Russian civil, commercial and regulatory litigation. The team is ‘unflappable and direct’ and ‘absolutely know what they are doing’.

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Hacked Off in Paradise – privilege and stolen information

February 2018. By John Bechelet

Equifax, one of the world’s leading credit rating agencies is hacked. Personal information of individuals is accessed and many of these individuals have not consciously consented to Equifax holding their data, but have no choice in the modern world. No respectable media outlet, if offered this stolen personal data, would publish it. [Continue Reading]

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