Fraud: Civil

4 Stone Buildings has long enjoyed an enviable reputation in the field of civil fraud and asset recovery, particularly in the corporate and commercial context.

Our members have both the experience and the expertise to handle all stages of modern civil fraud litigation, including:

  • Applications for interim remedies aimed at safeguarding clients’ interests such as: worldwide freezing orders and proprietary injunctions; receiverships; search orders and imaging orders.
  • Threatened and actual fraud claims in contract, tort, equity or under company or insolvency legislation.
  • The enforcement of judgments, including issues such as: following and tracing; post-judgment freezing orders; and antecedent transaction claims in insolvency.

Our members have frequently been at the forefront of civil fraud litigation both in England and Wales and abroad, from cases such as Guinness, Barlow Clowes and Polly Peck, through the collapses of BCCI and the Maxwell empire, and onwards to more recent cases such as the Autonomy litigation.

Over many years we have developed a depth of experience and expertise in acting for liquidators, administrators, directors, creditors, bondholders, bond trustees, shareholders and creditors. These cases often have an international dimension involving cross-border insolvencies, worldwide tracing claims and freezing orders. Equally, our members frequently advise and represent clients in more straightforward disputes such as claims in one jurisdiction for conspiracy or fraudulent misrepresentation.