Civil Fraud

Littleton has a strong reputation in civil fraud matters, developed through involvement in long-running and heavy cases.

Key cases include:

  • The Grupo Torras litigation running from 1995 to 2001
  • Dubai Aluminium v Al Alawi  running from [1999] 1 All ER 703 through to [2002] EWHC 2051 (Comm)
  • Dadourian v Simms a case which proceeded to the Court of Appeal three times between 2006 and 2009, on each occasion ending in success for the team of Littleton barristers involved

Littleton members appear regularly in the Commercial Court, Chancery Division, and the Court of Appeal as well as in arbitrations both in London and abroad.

Littleton has wide expertise in this area from senior silks to junior juniors.

Representative recent or current fraud work includes:

  • Shetty v Al Rushaid Petroleum Investment Co [2011] EWHC 1490 Ch: joinder of parties, fraud, security for costs.
  • Black v Davies copper broking
  • Crown Resources v Vinogradsky secret commissions in oil industry
  • Fiona Maritime v Privalov and others Russian shipping
  • A multi-million pound claim brought by former partners in a major regional solicitor’s firm, action pleaded in fraud, breach of fiduciary and contractual duties, conspiracy and dishonest assistance
  • Defending claims brought against Dubai property agent in relation to the sale of properties in Dubai and Adjman
  • Defending secret commission claims brought against businessman caught up in Icelandic banking crisis
  • Several “carousel fraud” claims, most settling before trial, but including a leading case on the test of dishonesty in this context: Fresh n’ Clean (Wales) Ltd v Miah [2006] EWHC 903 (Ch)
  • Acting for insurers or insured in respect of allegations of insurance fraud
  • Colliers CRE Plc v Pandya and others [2009] All ER (D) 83 (Mar): successful claim for conspiracy to defraud, dishonest assistance, breach of contract and monies had and received;
  • Abela v Hammonds & others acting for claimant in $15 m claim for professional negligence, deceit and breach of fiduciary duty; case settled mid-trial (April 2009);
  • 4 Eng v Harper and others [2009] Ch 91: acting for claimant in successful multi-million pound claim for damages for loss of a chance following fraudulent misrepresentations (also raising issues under s. 423 IA 1986)
  • There are a number of CIS fraud matters currently in Chambers; one reported at interlocutory stage is JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov, Drey Associates & Others, [2010] 1 All E.R. (Comm) 1029, the four month trial of which took place between October 2009 and February 2010

See also under under CIS and International and Conflicts of Law.