Claims of this nature often relate to sophisticated schemes where allegations are made of serious wrongdoing. Where such allegations are made, we work closely with our clients and other professionals, including foreign lawyers, forensic accountants, private investigators and IT specialists, and liaise with criminal and regulatory authorities if necessary, in order to ensure that the most effective strategy is adopted.
At Signature we have extensive experience in investigating, initiating and defending all types of civil fraud claims. We understand the commercial and strategic issues relating to these types of claims and provide robust advice on how to handle them. Interim measures are frequently required, including search and seizure orders and freezing injunctions, to prevent dissipation of assets prior to the issue of proceedings.
Signature is recognised as a leading firm by The Legal 500 for Civil Fraud.
Individual lawyers are also highly rated. Chambers and Partners ranks Signature’s founding partner, Graham Huntley, in Band 3 for his experience in fraud disputes and investigations. He has been described in Chambers as an “incredibly able” fraud practitioner, who “puts his heart and soul into the case for his client”, and who has a “real eye for detail”. The Guide notes Graham is “regularly involved in cross-border cases with significant elements of fraud.”
Renowned for his expertise in civil fraud, Chambers and Partners notes that Simon Bushell is hailed by clients as a “very pragmatic, commercial and sensible fraud practitioner”, who is “very clear-sighted and capable of identifying clear strategies for his clients to pursue.” Simon is regarded as a ‘Leading Individual’ by The Legal 500 UK 2019 for Civil Fraud.
Civil Fraud Team
“Signature Litigation LLP is ‘a specialist commercial litigation boutique with a strong presence in civil fraud’, it has ‘an excellent caseload and real experience in the field’.”
The Legal 500 UK 2019
Simon is regarded as a ‘Leading Individual’ in The Legal 500 UK 2019 for his civil fraud and commercial litigation expertise, and is recognised as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ for his banking litigation work. The Legal 500 notes Simon is “an excellent litigator, constantly striving for ways to improve a case or undermine his opponents”. Chambers UK describes him as a “truly exceptional lawyer” and he has also been ranked as a Foreign Expert for his Russian dispute resolution work in Chambers Global. Recognised for being “very clear-sighted and capable of identifying clear strategies for his clients to pursue”, Simon has been consistently ranked in Bands 1 and 2 for his civil fraud expertise in Chambers UK over many years.
Graham is consistently recognised by The Legal 500 and Chambers as one of the UK’s highest ranked commercial and banking litigators and has been involved in some of the most significant cases of recent years. Chambers UK describes him as “an intense and effective solicitor with an incredibly client-focused approach” and he has previously been described as “very bright, very hard-working, a good tactician” and “very committed and driven”.
Civil Fraud Experience
Acting for two British Virgin Islands (BVI) companies in litigation before the courts of England and Wales, Georgia, and the BVI relating to alleged misuse of powers of attorney resulting in the dishonest misappropriation of substantial businesses and companies.
Advising a group of Ukranian agro-trading companies in relation to claims made by various lenders for fraud and breach of contract amounting to $73 million in outstanding loans.
Advising a major corporate in relation to unauthorised hacking into its computer systems by competitors looking to obtain business secrets.
Advising several fund managers in relation to a €200 million dispute concerning assets held in Italy involving defence of claims including conspiracy, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.
Acting for a major European bank in an action against a Swiss company and shareholders of related-entities to recover €30 million siphoned out of a Ukrainian corporate group.
Defending a European asset management company against claims in New York to recover redemption payments made by the liquidators of a BVI-based fund connected with the Madoff Ponzi scheme.