Byrne and Partners LLP

Byrne and Partners is a dedicated commercial and criminal litigation practice based in the heart of London. Our experience and boutique profile means we are able to combine the highest levels of individual partner attention and quality service with very reasonable charge-out rates.

Our civil team act in a variety of commercial disputes and specialise in civil fraud, financial services and insurance/reinsurance matters.  We pride ourselves in acting in some of the most complex and high-profile disputes, often against the largest law firms in the City of London.

Our criminal defence team are experts in all aspects of fraud, money laundering and tax investigations and prosecutions.  We have extensive experience of confiscation and asset recovery proceedings, defending regulatory and disciplinary proceedings and advising on bribery and corruption law.

"They have excellent knowledge of the law and a determination to succeed for their client. They understand the facts, make strategic decisions and pay close attention to detail."

"They are very much a team - hard-working and diligent, with excellent client skills."

We are proud to be ranked top-tier for White Collar Crime and recommended for Civil Fraud and Commercial Litigation in the Legal 500.

What the Directories say about us ...

Byrne and Partners LLP recognised as a leading litigation firm by the Legal 500

Byrne and Partners ranked again in Chambers and Partners 2018, in Band 2 for Financial Crime: Individuals and Fraud: Civil and in Band 1 for POCA Work and Asset Forfeiture.

The firm is described in relation to Financial Crime by clients as “an extremely professional and focused firm.” Sources say “They continue to be a very impressive – the combined disciplines with their well thought of civil department gives them a real strong presence in the market.”

David Byrne, Matthew Frankland, Michael Potts and Sara Teasdale all ranked as leading individuals in this year’s issue in Financial Crime as well as Matthew and Michael also ranking in POCA and Asset Forfeiture. David is described as “authoritative and bold, tenacious and inventive, and he stands firmly for his client.” Sources describe Matthew as “one of these quiet unsung heroes of the white-collar crime area” noting that he “does very high-quality work and does it well. “ Others consider him a “real go-to guy who is very easy to work with whether you’re with or against him.” Michael is described as “superb” and that he “gives clear advice – even on difficult conceptual matters that require careful thought to lay out, he always does it in a clear and well-structured way.” Sara is recommended by her clients as an “extremely talented and experienced lawyer who has a comprehensive understanding of the field in which she operates” adding that she has an “impressive ability to quickly understand a complicated situation and identify the relevant points and issues.”

The Civil Fraud department was described as having “the expertise and the depth to take on much larger firms and win. We have had impressive results and a very personal service from the (civil) team.” “The firm cares and focuses on client needs.”

Nicola Boulton and Yvonne Jefferies ranked as leading individuals again and Elizabeth Seborg ranked as an up-and-coming individual. They, together with Ben Davies were commented on as notable practitioners. Nicola’s clients say she is “very approachable and very astute,” while commentators note that “her appreciation of complex legal and non-legal issues is second to none.” Yvonne is commented on as “a pleasure to work with. She is a highly impressive communicator, combining a wealth of experience with technical and strategic brilliance. Relentlessly determined and hard-hitting when necessary, she knows when to take a more subtle approach to achieve our commercial objectives. An extraordinary litigator.” Elizabeth is praised by sources for “her resolve and calmness under serious pressure” and clients are impressed by “her ability to review and analyse massive, complicated documents and get to the point of the problem.” Ben is described as “brilliant” and according to clients, “very knowledgeable about freezing orders.”

Byrne and Partners has once again been ranked as a leading fraud and litigation firm in the 2017 Legal 500 UK Guide.

The civil team ranked in the second tier was described as a “robust litigation practice” and said to be “preeminent amongst firms specialising in civil fraud defence.” The team was said to have "an excellent international client base and contact list, which gives them real depth of knowledge and expertise of the area.” Nicola Boulton ranked as a leading individual described as a "natural leader with unsurpassed knowledge in her field, with excellent judgement and an unerring ability to pick the right strategy. “Yvonne Jefferies was described “as a key figure” and is a “highly impressive communicator who achieves outstanding results in highly difficult circumstances.”

The white collar crime department, ranked in the first tier, was described as “strong and capable” and “held in high esteem by its peers” with “an in-depth knowledge of the enforcement authorities.” David Byrne and “outstanding lawyer” Matthew Frankland were ranked as leading individuals with Sara Teasdale also being recommended