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Answers to 13 Thorny Questions: Directly from 8 QCs and Solicitors of Outstanding Ability
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Civil Fraud: Shaping new law into solution-focused answers for your clients
Chaired by: Andrew Ayres QC
Andrew is "an absolute star: thoughtful, assiduous and a case winner." "As well as being on top of the law, he is very commercial and does not hesitate to give a view." He is co-author of ‘Civil Fraud: Law, Practice & Procedure’.
How willing is the Court to accept inferences when pleading fraud, because the victim may not know any - or many - of the facts?
How strong should the case be before starting out?
Answered by: Steven Gee QC
Steven is "a walking genius." "He plucks brilliant points out of thin air." "His breadth of knowledge, tactical thinking and careful arguments are outstanding." He is author of ‘Commercial Injunctions Sixth Edition’.
Weighing up all the tactical scenarios, when will insolvency law powers turn the scales in your clients' favour when obtaining disclosure and investigating fraud?
Answered by: Marcia Shekerdemian QC
Marcia is "a powerhouse," "absolutely first-rate and technically brilliant." She regularly acts in cross-border fraud and asset recovery cases. She sits as a Deputy High Court Judge and is author of ‘Receivers and Administrators’.
Against a backdrop of recent and live cases, to what extent has the full and frank disclosure requirement morphed into a duty of fair presentation?
What can you realistically ask for or hold back?
Answered by: Richard Morgan QC
Richard is "the guru on freezing orders," "the first point of call for any civil fraud claim," "combining legal knowledge with excellent strategic thinking." He is author of ‘International Asset Chasing and Tracing’.
Damages for contempt
How has Ablyazov litigation changed existing thinking on damages for contempt of court by agents and sub-agents?
How can you expect the judges to react?
Answered by: Jeffrey Gruder QC
Jeffrey is "a first-rate mind," "a go-to silk for high-value or difficult cases." "He brings gravitas and strategic insight borne out of years of experience." “His knowledge of the law is quite extraordinary.”
How can you use social media to your advantage both as a claimant and a defendant, supported by specific examples of orders that have been made?
Answered by: Philip Young of Cooke, Young & Keidan
Philip is "a brilliant litigator who is prepared to run with novel and innovative ideas to great effect." He acted in the CMOC litigation obtaining the first worldwide freezing order against "persons unknown."
Mezhprom v. Pugachev: can fraudsters safely protect their assets in offshore trusts?
Which methods and techniques will flush them out?
Answered by: Stephen Smith QC
Stephen is "a wonder," "truly brilliant," "he’s rewritten the law on freezing through his cases." He acted for BTA Bank in the high-profile Ablyazov litigation and the claimant liquidator in the Pugachev litigation.
Can you coat-tail freezing actions brought by the police or make use of prosecution evidence?
Considering the different burdens of proof, how do you progress the civil case if there are acquittals?
Answered by: Jonathan Fisher QC
Jonathan is "an absolute leader for financial crime: supremely knowledgeable and experienced; a mine of information and brave in his advice." His work involves cross-border transactions, offshore companies and trusts.
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