Civil Fraud


Byrne and Partners LLP has a track record of successful representation of both claimants and defendants in the specialist area of fraud litigation.

Byrne and Partners has a track record of successful representation of both claimants and defendants in the specialist area of fraud litigation.  We identify the strengths of our client’s case and creatively strategize to achieve our client’s objectives, whether by litigation, mediation or negotiation.

We have the expertise to advise claimants on every stage of the process, from the investigation of a potential fraud to tracing  assets and applying the full range of legal powers available to effect recovery. We are well practised with key strategic tools such as freezing orders, search aids and contempt proceedings.  We have established contacts in foreign jurisdictions and are expert at putting together multidisciplinary teams to make sure that every angle is covered.

We often act for professionals facing serious allegations relating to their work.  We understand the stresses for defendants to a fraud action and can guide them and represent their interests robustly, even in the face of powerful opposition.  We have extensive experience of representing defendants facing simultaneous criminal and civil proceedings.

Some of our notable experience:

Acting for Defendants to the US$500 million US Department of Justice International civil proceedings targeting the family and associates of the late former Nigerian head of state, General Abacha.

Enforcement action and other litigation to recover sums and obtain compensation in relation to fraud by a former employee

Defending a corporation in $40 million litigation involving constructive trust and proprietary claims

Acting for the first defendant in Tajik Aluminium Plant v A Ermatov and others.

Defending contempt of court application based on a breach of a freezing order

Effecting recovery for a Hedge Fund in relation to corrupt payments and dealings in an investment fund.

Defending directors’ disqualification proceedings for an overseas based director

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Team Specialists

Nicola Boulton

Nicola Boulton is a commercial litigator with particular expertise in high value civil fraud, financial services, and trust litigation. Nicola acts for high net worth individuals, legal and financial services professionals, corporates and hedge funds. She has extensive expertise and experience in Full Profile

Ben Davies

Ben Davies is a partner in the civil litigation team.  He works principally on high value, complex fraud claims in the Commercial Court, which often involve ancillary proceedings in other jurisdictions. He has particular experience in the obtaining, policing and discharging of freezing order Full Profile

Elizabeth Seborg

Elizabeth is a commercial litigator with a focus on high value and multi-jurisdictional disputes.   She acts for both claimants and defendants, including in civil fraud matters, with particular expertise in freezing orders.  Elizabeth also represents clients in regulatory investiga Full Profile