Sarah Tresman > Twenty Essex > London, England > Lawyer Profile
Twenty Essex Offices
20 ESSEX STREET
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- Banking and financial services
- Civil fraud and asset tracing
- Company law
- Insolvency and restructuring
Sarah is a versatile barrister with extensive client-facing experience. She specialises in commercial disputes in the areas of fraud and asset tracing, banking and financial services, insolvency and company law and international arbitration. Many of the matters she is involved in have an offshore element.
Sarah has spent significant periods of time working in-house in London, Norway, and the Cayman Islands. She has substantial experience appearing in the courts of England and Wales and the Cayman Islands.
She spent seven years at Twenty Essex followed by three years in the Cayman Islands as a litigation attorney with a top tier offshore law firm, Walkers. Whilst at Twenty Essex, Sarah developed a strong commercial practice across Chambers’ core practice areas.
During her time in the Cayman Islands, Sarah worked in the insolvency and dispute resolution department with a focus on litigation. She pursued work related to insolvency, civil fraud and asset tracing, contentious trust litigation, and provided legal services to global corporations, financial institutions, capital markets participants and investment fund managers.
In August 2019, she returned to Chambers, with significant expertise in civil fraud and asset tracing, company law, and commercial law. Since returning to Chambers, Sarah has appeared in the courts of England as sole advocate and as a junior in the British Virgin Islands. She has experience obtaining and responding to applications for freezing and proprietary injunctions, receivership orders, and Norwich Pharmacal relief.
Sarah is admitted to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, British Virgin Islands and is direct access qualified.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4
Sarah Tresman –Twenty Essex ‘An impressive and confident communicator, well able to present complex analysis and strategies in digestible form, and holding her own alongside highly experienced silks.’
Twenty Essex is going from ‘strength to strength with many quality advocates at all levels particularly in fraud and insolvency‘. The set’s offering also overlaps into key areas such as banking and commodities. Multiple members were represented defendants in PJSC National Bank Trust; PJSC Otkritie Bank Financial Corporation v Mints, a fraudulent conspiracy claim in relation to the restructuring of loans, with Philip Edey KC and Sarah Tresman representing Boris Mints and Duncan Matthews KC representing Igor, one of his three co-defendant sons. In The Libyan Investment Authority v Credit Suisse International; Man Asset Management (Ireland) Limited; Frontier Investment Management Partners Ltd & others, Paul Lowenstein KC and Sam Goodman successfully defended Frontier Investment Management Partners in the last of several high-profile investment disputes brought by the Libyan sovereign wealth fund.
Sarah Tresman – Twenty Essex ‘An impressive and confident communicator, well able to present complex analysis and strategies in digestible form, and holding her own alongside highly experienced silks. Her written analysis is also concise and to the point.’
Twenty Essex is a ‘ go-to set for substantial commercial disputes, particularly with an international angle‘. Clients appreciate its ‘good strength in depth and a dazzling array of legal talent,‘ who bring experience of handling the largest cases. Notable instructions include Abdulhameed Dhia Jafar v The GHF Group Limited and GHF General Partner Limited, a case arising from the collapse of the Abraaj emerging markets private equity house, in which Stephen Atherton KC is leading Sarah Tresman for GHF, which sits within the Abraaj fund structure. Another major case involving several members is PJSC National Bank Trust; PJSC Otkritie Bank Financial Corporation v Boris Mints; Dmitry Mints; Alexander Mints; Igor Mints, a fraudulent conspiracy claim in relation to the restructuring of loans, with Philip Edey KC and Tresman representing Boris Mints and Duncan Matthews KC representing his son, Igor Mints.
Twenty Essex are well known for their fraud, insolvency, banking and financial services based casework. Members are often involved in cases with parties from Asia who have their companies structured through offshore vehicles. Stephen Atherton KC is the joint Head of Chambers and has a practice encompassing areas such as international and domestic corporate insolvency, restructuring and company law. Tony Beswetherick KC works on cases with a strong international element, with experience of cross-border issues arising in connection with foreign insolvencies. Sarah Tresman is a renowned junior for offshore work, having spent three years at the Cayman Islands as a litigation attorney before returning to London and has featured in cases such as Abdulhameed Dhia Jafar v The GHF Group Limited and GHF General Partner Limited, a case that is part of the fall-out from the collapse of emerging markets private equity house Abraaj.