Where fraud is alleged, it is essential to have immediate access to high quality legal advice. If your business has been the victim of fraud then you will want the assistance of experienced lawyers to guide you through the investigation and any ensuing litigation. Likewise, clients who have been accused of engaging in dishonest and fraudulent activity will need lawyers experienced in handling such allegations to protect and defend their interests.
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 Guide 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”.
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 2016 for Civil Fraud.
OUR LAWYERS’ FEATURED 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.