About Us


Byrne and Partners LLP is a dedicated civil and criminal litigation practice providing individual partner attention and high levels of service.

Commercial litigation and civil fraud

Our commercial litigation team act in a variety of civil disputes and specialise in fraud, financial services matters and insurance/reinsurance matters.

We act in some of the largest and most high-profile disputes, often against the largest law firms in the City of London.  As a boutique, litigation-only firm, we are able to advise where larger firms with transactional teams are conflicted and so prevented from doing so.

We represent a broad range of clients in high-value, complex and multi-jurisdictional cases. Over the past decade we have built up comprehensive knowledge of the particular issues which arise in cases involving allegations of fraud or dishonesty and other injunctive relief. We regularly act for both Claimants and Defendants in such cases. We also represent defendants in multi-jurisdictional, high value and civil forfeiture proceedings. 

We are ranked ‘second tier’ by the Legal 500 and ‘band 2’ by Chambers and Partners nationwide for civil fraud work.

Criminal defence and regulatory

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 and defending regulatory and disciplinary proceedings.

We act for individuals, companies, governments, institutions and trustees involved in investigations and prosecutions by the Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Office of Fair Trading, Revenue and Customs and specialist departments of the Crown Prosecution Service.

A large percentage of our work is multi-jurisdictional, and we are experienced in advising in international cases that involve US, European and other foreign regulators/prosecutors.

We are ranked ‘first tier’ for White Collar Crime by the Legal 500 and ‘recommended’ for Financial Crime and POCA Work/Asset Forfeiture by Chambers and Partners.

What the Directories say about us

"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."

Byrne and Partners is ranked as:

-A First Tier firm for White Collar Crime by the Legal 500;

-A recommended firm for Commercial Litigation and Civil Fraud by the Legal 500; and

-A Band 2 firm for Financial Crime, POCA Work, Asset Forfeiture and Civil Fraud in Chambers and Partners.

Leading lightNicola Boulton is described as “very bright”.

Matthew Frankland is referred to as a "very clued-up operator" and a "class practitioner”.  Chambers and Partners reports: "He is outstanding.  He's very proactive and dynamic, and his judgement is first-rate."

Previous editions of the guides have praised the firm’s “battle-hardened” lawyers and recognised that the “tightly knit” team is “run in a way that works well for clients".  The firm has been praised for its ability to “focus and bring things to bear very quickly."

The firm has also been singled out for its ability to “fight hard for its clients” and its combination of “boutique size and reasonable charges with Magic Circle quality”. The civil team has long been noted for its “tough and resourceful litigators”.

Michael Potts has been described as “extremely bright and tactically astute” and David Byrne noted for his representation of former iSoft Group director Stephen Graham.

Elizabeth Seborg is “well regarded”.

Nicola Boulton has been described as “very experienced” in complex multi-party litigation and “puts fear into her opponents”.

Matthew Frankland has also been recognised as a leading individual who is “always at the top of his game”.