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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 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).

London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services: contentious

Within: Financial services: contentious

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. She leads a team that includes Anthony 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.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

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.

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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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