Twenty Essex offers the highest level of expertise in this area. It has built on its history of landmark fraud cases, including Maxwell, BCCI and Fiona Trust to be instructed on cases such as BTA Bank v Ablyazov, Sabbagh v Khoury, Petrom v Glencore, Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs, CMOC v Persons Unknown, Fundo Soberano De Angola v Dos Santos and Vneshprombank v Bedzhamov.
Civil fraud and asset tracing are core practice areas for members. Large teams can be assembled at speed to respond to rapidly developing factual scenarios. Members are sensitive to the need to develop and implement an effective overall strategy at an early stage – in particular to secure the recovery of assets. They are also experienced in acting seamlessly as part of large teams of lawyers, forensic accountants, private investigators and IT specialists to respond to sophisticated domestic and international frauds.
Members regularly act in, and advise on, all forms of fraud litigation including:
- Worldwide freezing injunctions and ancillary relief
- Search orders
- Proprietary injunctions
- Committal applications for contempt of court
- Cyberfraud and cryptocurrencies
- Breach of trust
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Dishonest conspiracy
- Claims against agents or other accessories
- Government corruption in commercial contracts
- Misappropriation of company assets
- Bogus investment schemes
- Piercing the corporate veil
Twenty Essex has considerable experience with CIS disputes, claims arising from emerging markets, and energy and natural resources related cases, both in the English courts and other jurisdictions, including offshore jurisdictions.