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RUPERT D'CRUZ

 
Rupert D’Cruz specialises in commercial and chancery litigation and international arbitration. His principal areas of practice are:
  • Commercial Contract Disputes
  • Civil Fraud and Asset Tracing
  • Company and Shareholder Disputes
  • Banking and Securities
  • Sale of Goods
  • Chancery, Equity and Trust Disputes
  • International Arbitration (in particular under LCIA, ICC and SCC Rules)
  • Injunctive Relief
  • Private International Law
 

Rupert has been recognised as a leading commercial barrister and a leader in his field in Chambers and Partners UK, Chambers & Partners Global and The Legal 500 which have commended him as "very bright” "commercially astuteand "highly responsive”. He is cited in these publications for his "profound knowledge of the lawand as "an excellent draftsmanwho "stands out for his quick mastery of the law as applied to the facts”.

Rupert’s advocacy has received particular praise from other lawyers who have worked with him. His peers are recorded in Chambers and Legal 500 as commenting that "his advocacy is excellentand have "singled him out for his authoritative arguments in courtand for "succeeding in obtaining the relevant responses without being aggressive”.

Rupert, a Russian speaker, has a niche expertise in Russian & CIS related dispute. He has an extensive working knowledge and practical experience of local law and practice. He is specifically recommended for this in these legal directories, which remark that he is "heavy involvement in commercial litigation and arbitration related to the CISand have noted that "his Russian language skills and substantial understanding of local market practice make him a strong asset in CIS-linked disputes.They identify him as "a good choice for cases in need of a cerebral Russian/CIS expert.

Further details of his specific experience in these areas can be found on the "Commercial” page below and the attached c.v.  
 

He holds the following positions of responsibility in relation to Russia and the CIS:

  • Bar Council International Committee representative for Russia and the CIS
  • Secretary of the British-Russian Law Association (BRLA)
  • Secretary of the British-Kazakh Law Association (BrKLA)
He is also the co-ordinator of Littleton’s CIS Group

Rupert also sits as arbitrator in LCIA arbitrations involving CIS parties. 


 

    Areas of Practice

Commercial Contract Disputes: Assignments; agency (including commission claims); breach of fiduciary duty; fraud; breach of warranty of authority; subrogation; mistake; misrepresentation; undue influence; illegality; limitation; estoppel; res judicata; abuse of process; enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards.

Civil Fraud and Asset Tracing: Dishonest assistance; knowing receipt; breach of fiduciary duties (directors, employees agents); conspiracy; deceit; procuring a breach of contract; constructive trusts; unjust enrichment; money had and received; restitution; carousel/vat frauds; jurisdictional disputes (domicile, necessary or proper party, fair trial issues, forum convenience, lis alibi pendens, anti-suit injunctions); freezing injunctions; interim remedies in support of foreign proceedings; search and seizure orders.

Company and Shareholder Disputes: Directors’ duties (breach of fiduciary duties; conflicts of interest; disclosure duties); joint venture disputes; share issues and transfers (including enforcement of share option agreements); rights of pre-emption; validity of purchases by a company of its own shares; waiver of statutory formalities; s.994 petitions; winding-up petitions and related claims.

Banking/Securities: Duties of care to customers/third parties; payments by mistake; rights and duties of mortgagees, charges and pledgees; enforcement of guarantees.

Sale of Goods: Disputes over title; conversion claims. (waivers, discharges of torts, acquisition of title under the Sale of Goods Act 1979); disputes over quality/fitness for purpose.

Chancery, Equity and Trust Disputes: Breach of trust and fiduciary duties; constructive and resulting trusts; TOLATA claims; estoppel; restitution; undue influence and unconscionability; unjust enrichment.

    Recently Reported Cases

Kagalovsky v Turevych [2014] EWHC 2697 (QB) (Committal proceedings; Contempt of court; Costs; Disclosure orders; Discontinuance; Discretion; Permission)

Yugraneft v Abramovich, Millhouse Capital (UK) Ltd and Berezovsky [2008] All ER (D) 299 (Oct) (Proceedings against Russian citizen and English company; alleged fraudulent dilution of shares in Russian company; proper law; dishonest assistance; delict; unjust enrichment; restitution; double actionability; jurisdiction challenge; Judgments Regulations; necessary or proper party; issue estoppel; res judicata; limitation)  

Re OJSC ANK Yugraneft, Millhouse Capital UK Ltd v Sibir Energy plc and others [2008] All ER (D) 311 (Oct) (Russian liquidator applying for winding up petition of Russian company and appointment of provisional liquidator in England; company subsequently commencing proceedings against applicants; applicants seeking dismissal of winding up petition)

Abou-Rahmah v. Abacha & Ors [2007] 1 All ER (Comm) 827, 9 ITELR 401 (banking; advance fee fraud; dishonest assistance; money had and received; negligence; duties to third parties; money laundering duties; resulting trust)

Re Areamas Ltd [2007] All ER (D) 56 (Jun) (company, winding up, advertisement, whether bona fide dispute on debt).

Fresh ‘N’ Clean (Wales) Ltd v Miah (2006) LTL 3/10/2006 (breach of fiduciary duty, dishonest assistance, carousel fraud)

Fresh ‘N’ Clean (Wales) Ltd v Miah [2005] All ER (D) 368 (Apr) (carousel fraud, civil procedure, application of CPR Part 14 (judgment on admission))

Onyeador v. Miss World Ltd [2005] All ER (D) 257 (Apr), (commercial contract dispute, assignment, agency, subrogation, constructive trust, illegality)

Humphreys v. Humphreys [2005] 1 FCR 712 (undue influence; misrepresentation, unconscionable bargain; limitation).

 

    Russia/CIS (1)

Rupert has worked extensively across Russia and the CIS on a number of legal matters. In addition to Russia, his CIS experience has involved work in/in relation to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

He has extensive working knowledge and practical experience of the following areas of local law and practice: Duties of representatives /agents; directors’ duties; shareholder rights; delict; unjust enrichment; abuse of rights; limitation; civil procedure in connection with commercial fraud claims; criminal law and procedure relevant to commercial fraud claims; insolvency law (including creditors’ rights); rule of law issues.

Recent CIS cases in which he has been involved include:

  • Yugraneft v. Abramovich, Millhouse Capital (UK) Ltd and Berezovsky
  • Re OJSC ANK Yugraneft, Millhouse Capital UK Ltd v Sibir Energy
  • Gudavadze, Patarkatsishvili, Zhmotova & Others v. Kay and Patarkatsishvili
  • BTA Bank v Ablyazov & Ors
  • Concept Oil Services Ltd v En-Gin UK Ltd & others
  • Contractual dispute between Russian parties over the purchase of a yacht
  • Corporate dispute between Kazakh and Russian parties relating to the enforcement of a share option agreement
  • LCIA arbitration between Russian parties involving a commodities dispute
  • LCIA arbitration between Russian parties involving a joint venture dispute

    Russia/CIS (2)

  • LCIA arbitration between Russian parties involving a joint venture dispute
  • Fraud dispute between Ukrainian parties relating to the sale and purchase of oil
  • Enforcement of an arbitral award involving Russian and English parties
  • Enforcement of a Russian court judgment
  • Sale of goods dispute between Russian and Indian parties
  • LCIA arbitration between Kazakh and Russian parties involving breaches of fiduciary duties by directors and consequential claim for rescission
  • Advising on the non-contractual enforcement remedies available to the proposed transferee of the borrower’s rights under a $250 million facility agreement between two Russian parties.
  • Advising on jurisdictional issues in relation to a 300 million fraud dispute involving Russian parties
  • Winding up petition based on a Russian court judgment
  • Contractual dispute between Kazakh and English businesses
  • Breaches of a director’s duties in relation to a company with Kazakh-based operations
  • Banking and fraud dispute involving Russian parties
  • Contractual dispute between Georgian and Italian companies
  • Corporate/shareholder disputes involving Ukrainian parties

    Recent Articles & Lectures

  • Damages in Commercial Litigation
  • Relief for Fraud Claims – An Update
  • Fraud, Misrepresentation and Deceit – Choosing Your Remedy
  • Shareholder Disputes – Obtaining Relief from the English Courts
  • Conflicts of Laws in Corporate and Shareholder Disputes
  • Disputes Arising from Shareholder Agreements
  • Professional Negligence Claims Against Auditors
  • Duties of Solicitors and Other Professional Advisers to Third Parties
  • Non-Party Cost Orders
  • Interim Remedies in Support of Foreign Litigation and Arbitration – How And When English Courts Can Assist
  • Litigating Russian and CIS related fraud claims in England: ((i) establishing jurisdiction; (i) conflicts of law issues; and (iii) relevant Russian law issues)
  • The Enforcement of Foreign Judgments and Arbitral Awards in England & Wales
  • Enhanced Protection of Creditors’ Rights – Recent Changes in Russian Insolvency Law
  • The Rule of Law in Russia from the Perspective of Foreign Investors

    Recent International Seminar Presentation

January 2011: Bar Council/British Embassy seminars (St Petersburg and Kyiv): Litigating and Arbitrating Commercial Disputes in England: Practical Tips for Foreign Lawyers, Different ways in which jurisdiction can be established in England.

April 2011: BRLA/British Consulate seminar (Ekaterinburg): Application of English Law in Russia – (Shareholders Rights and Related Issues): Shareholder Disputes – Obtaining Relief from the English Courts

May 2011: BKLA seminar (Almaty) on Transactional Issues and Dispute Resolution under English and Kazakh Law. Establishing jurisdiction in England

June 2011: English Law Week (Moscow): Arbitrating Russian Disputes in England

September 2011: American Bar Association CIS Dispute Resolution Conference (Moscow): Third Annual Conference on Resolving Business Disputes. Shareholder Disputes: Protecting Minorities and Joint Venture Partners in Russia, England, the Netherlands and Cyprus
September 2011: First Legal Forum (Almaty): Oil & Gas Disputes: Choosing between Arbitration and Litigation.

October 2011: ABA Fall Meeting (Dublin): Obtaining Interim and Emergency Relief in Support of Arbitration – From the English Courts, the London Court of International Arbitration and English Tribunals generally.

February 2012: CIS Wealth Planning Conference (Zurich): Getting your disputes heard in England

June 2012: White Nights Conference (St Petersburg): Moderator of session entitled – Law & Justice : Made in the UK

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