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Civil Fraud: Shaping New Law into Solution-Focused Answers for Your Clients

  • Thursday, 21st November 2019
  • The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street London SW1X 7DR
  • 5 hrs CPD

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Answers to 13 Thorny Questions: Directly from 8 QCs and Solicitors of Outstanding Ability

  1. Registration and coffee

  2. Chair's Introduction

    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’.

  3. Inferences

    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’.

  4. Insolvency

    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’.

  5. Morning coffee

  6. Disclosure

    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’.

  7. 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.”

  8. Overrun

  9. Lunch

  10. Social media

    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."

  11. Offshore trusts

    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.

  12. Coterminous cases

    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.

  13. Over-run

  14. Close of conference

All speaker quotes are taken from Chambers Directory, Who’s Who Legal or Legal 500

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