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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 1

Byrne and Partners LLP

London litigation boutique Byrne and Partners LLP advises clients on high-stakes fraud disputes, as well as freezing orders and interlocutory injunctions. It also deals with trust and fiduciary issues in offshore jurisdictions, and handles related criminal issues including asset forfeiture, civil asset recovery, extradition requests and the removal of Interpol Red Notices. Clients include international conglomerates, high-net-worth individuals, investment managers and financial service professionals. Nicola Boulton - described as 'the market leader in civil fraud' - heads the team.

Practice head(s):Nicola Boulton

Other key lawyers:Yvonne Jefferies; Adam Zoubir; Elizabeth Seborg; Ben Davies; Adam Zoubir; Tom McKernan


‘Nicola Boulton leads a highly tactically astute team’.

‘They have vast experience at facing down the most difficult and aggressive opponents in large-scale fraud claims, both on the claimant and the defendant side’. 

‘Nicola Boulton is the market leader in civil fraud and her well-drilled team include stand-out associates such as Tom McKernan and highly skilled strategists such as Ben Davies’.

‘Their fees are extremely competitive given the quality of their work and expertise’.

‘Yvonne Jefferies is an exceptional strategist’.

‘Adam Zoubir is smart, personable and a very safe pair of hands’.

Key Clients

Lolita Danilina

Nop Narongdej and Nuttawut Phowborom

Nikolai Fetisov

Harbour Fund II, L.P.

Pavel Ovcharenko

Nikolay Sochin and Balfour Worldwide Limited

Teva Pharmaceutical

Soprim Construction Sarl


Harbour Fund III, L.P.

Blue Companies

Work highlights

  • Acted for a Russian businesswoman and entrepreneur in her $250m  Commercial Court claim against oligarch Vladimir Chenukin, which concerned ownership of valuable real estate interests and trust claims.
  • Acting for Thai investors defending a $1 -$2bn Commercial Court fraud claim, concerning ownership of Thai renewable energy companies.
  • Acting for a former major shareholder and senior manager of a Russian Bank, in his defence of $1bn fraud claims brought in the Commercial Court.
  • Acting for a major litigation funder in a £150m Commercial Court dispute over ownership of assets, to which the SFO is also making a claim.
  • Acting for a Russian oligarch in his defence of a $380m Commercial Court fraud claim brought by a major Russian oil producer.
Leading individuals

Nicola Boulton - Byrne and Partners LLP

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

Byrne and Partners LLP

Boutique Byrne and Partners LLP advises individuals caught up in multijurisdictional investigations by the SFO, HMRC, the FCA and, from the US, the SEC and DoJ. Its small size enables it to avoid conflicts, while its areas of expertise include advising on fraud, money laundering, tax investigations and prosecutions and bribery and corruption matters. The firm also undertakes some publicly funded work. Co-head of team Michael Potts often advises senior management, traders and brokers in serious market manipulation and insider dealing investigations conducted by FCA Enforcement. Sara Teasdale, who also heads the team, is experienced in criminal and regulatory investigations; internal investigations and prosecutions brought by various agencies. Matthew Frankland has extensive experience defending allegations of fraud.

Practice head(s):Michael Potts; Sara Teasdale

Other key lawyers:Matthew Frankland; Ben Brocklehurst; Emma Brooks

Key Clients

FH Bertling

Directors of Soma Oil & Gas

Ben Anderson

Roman Nasirov

Graham Hill

Walter Hak

John Roberts

Rodney Whiston Dew

Work highlights

  • Represented senior executives of FH Bertling in an SFO prosecution of the company and its officers for alleged corruption offences relating to the alleged payment of bribes to state officials in Angola and the North Sea.
  • Represented the Directors of Soma Oil and Gas in relation to an SFO investigation into bribery and corruption.
  • Represented the client in the FCA’s largest insider dealing prosecution to date.
  • Advised the Chairman of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine in relation to an MLA request from Ukraine in connection with a $70m fraud.
  • Successfully defended the former Chairman of Alstom International Limited in one of the SFO’s largest ever investigations into bribery and corruption.
Leading individuals

David Byrne  - Byrne and Partners LLP

Matthew Frankland  - Byrne and Partners LLP

Michael Potts - Byrne and Partners LLP

Sara Teasdale - Byrne and Partners LLP

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