+44 (0) 20 7842 1667
Andrew is a barrister who joined the civil litigation team in November 2012. He is a general commercial litigator with an emphasis on fraud, professional negligence and insurance disputes.
- Disputes involving allegations of fraud and/or breach of fiduciary duty
- Professional negligence disputes involving solicitors, barristers, accountants, surveyors, mortgage brokers, insurance brokers and other professionals
- Insurance issues, including construction of terms, non-disclosure and misrepresentation of material facts, breach of warranty/conditions, aggregation and fraud and related indemnity issues
Prior to joining Byrne and Partners, Andrew achieved a double first class degree in Classics at Oxford University and Distinction in the Graduate Diploma of Law at City University. Subsequently he completed pupillage at Four New Square, a leading commercial barristers’ chambers. Andrew is a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association.
+44 (0) 20 7842 1630
Andrew is a white collar crime and business fraud specialist who defends cases brought by the Serious Fraud Office, HM Revenue and Customs, and the Financial Services Authority. He has particular expertise in restraint and confiscation matters. The Legal 500 has recognised Andrew as being “highly regarded” in his practice area.
- Acting against HMRC in relation to the first (and subsequent) diversion fraud appeals leading to the removal of Customs’ independent prosecuting authority
- Successfully defending against money laundering charges in the amount of £110 million in respect of a bureau de change
- Appealing findings of criminal contempt of court in civil courts
- Appealing and setting aside a confiscation order made against a solicitor following conviction
Andrew is a founding partner of Byrne and Partners LLP. He trained and qualified in the Investigations Group of Dechert LLP.
+44 (0) 20 7842 1659
“tenacious and ruthlessly efficient” – The Legal 500 2010 Edition
“no-nonsense and user-friendly” – Chambers UK 2010
“…the cleverest person you’ll ever meet.” – The Legal 500 2009 Edition
Nicola Boulton is a commercial litigator with particular expertise in high value civil fraud, financial services, and insurance litigation. Nicola often acts for hedge funds, in regulatory and investment issues and partnership disputes and has a particular interest in anti money laundering issues. Nicola is a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Criminal and Civil Proceedings).
- for the first defendant in the Tajik Aluminium case
- for a solicitor defendant in a £40m fraud claim brought by Cable & Wireless
- for a shipping magnate claimant against JP Morgan Chase in a mis-selling claim relating to emerging market derivatives
- for General Motors in a $100m claim brought against the Royal & Sun Alliance insurance group
- in a US$1 billion claim in relation to the sale of a Lloyds broker to a major US insurance company.
Nicola was a founding partner in Byrne and Partners LLP in 2003, having previously practiced at Dechert LLP. Nicola qualified in 1994, practicing at Clyde & Co, and then the Financial Services Authority. Nicola graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. She is a member of the Law Society Money Laundering Task Force and frequently lectures on both money laundering and financial regulatory issues.
+44 (0) 20 7842 1641
Marleen is a lawyer in the criminal and regulatory team with experience in defending a variety of fraud and white collar crime matters. She represents clients both pre and post charge in relation to investigations of money laundering, corruption, insider dealing and (tax) fraud. In addition, she represents clients facing extradition and is familiar with mutual legal assistance requests. She has previous experience in commercial/insurance litigation. Marleen is a native Dutch speaker.
- Operation Navigator – SFO prosecution alleging a conspiracy to corrupt a series of high value oil and gas engineering projects, dealing with any issues arising from a Proceeds of Crime restraint order. Dealing with confiscation proceedings.
- Operation Closeknit – HMRC cash seizure and money laundering prosecution.
- Acting for an individual subject to a FSA investigation alleging breaches of section 19 FSMA 2000, dealing with any issues arising from a High Court restraint and freezing order.
- Acting for individuals faced with extradition proceedings following requests from the Government of the United States of America in relation to wire fraud and money laundering charges.
- Mutual legal assistance – representing various witnesses in a Dutch fraud case.
Marleen graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a Masters in Dutch Law. She then worked as an in-house lawyer at DAS Legal Expenses Insurance. Marleen completed her Graduate Diploma in Law and LPC at the College of Law in London and joined Byrne and Partners in 2010 after training at Davies Arnold Cooper. Marleen is a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association and the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association.
+44 (0) 20 7842 1631
Ben Brocklehurst is a vastly experienced legal executive with particular expertise in defending high value white collar crime and related Restraint/Confiscation proceedings.
- A defendant in the first criminal insider-dealing prosecution brought by the FSA
- The defendant in a multi-jurisdictional £100m Confiscation and, latterly, Receivership proceedings brought by HMRC
- A defendant in an international multi-million money-laundering prosecution brought by the CPS
- Defendants in a worldwide corruption investigation conducted by the SFO
- A defendant in a market abuse prosecution brought by the FSA.
Ben qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2005 having previously practiced as a Supervising Paralegal at Linklaters LLP from 1992 until he joined Titmuss Sainer Dechert (now Dechert LLP) as Head Paralegal in 1997. During this period Ben obtained extensive practical experience in numerous areas of civil and criminal law. Ben was a founding member of Byrne and Partners LLP when it was formed in 2003.
+44 (0) 20 7842 1634
David Byrne is a business crime specialist and specialises in all aspects of civil and criminal fraud, regulatory investigations and money laundering enquiries and has particular expertise in Inland Revenue investigations, prosecutions and settlements.
- He has acted in numerous high profile cases brought by the SFO, city regulators and Customs & Excise
- He has a particular specialism in Inland Revenue enquiries, investigations and prosecutions with an emphasis on negotiating settlements
- David coordinates the firm’s work in corporate manslaughter and competition cases
David was the former Head of Litigation at Dechert. David is ranked as a ‘leader in his field’ by Chambers & Partners and as a leading specialist in the Legal 500.
+44 (0) 20 7842 1635
Emmeline Coerkamp is a criminal litigation lawyer with experience of a range of white collar crime matters. She has expertise in defending criminal fraud prosecutions, particularly matters brought by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), as well as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Crown Prosecution Service. She also has experience of confiscation proceedings.
- £1 million alleged income tax evasion case brought by HMRC
- Confiscation order in excess of £1 million under POCA 2002
- Pharmaceutical case of alleged price fixing brought by the SFO (‘Operation Holbein’), which resulted in the quashing of the indictment against all defendant companies and executives
- IKEA supplier case brought by the SFO alleging £15 million corruption payments between suppliers and staff
Emmeline graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2002 and completed her LPC at the College of Law in Guildford. She joined Byrne and Partners LLP in 2010, having trained at Irwin Mitchell LLP. She is on the Committee of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association, a member of the Junior Lawyers Division and the Fraud Training Group.
+44 (0) 20 7842 1651
Ben Davies is a solicitor in the civil litigation team. He works principally on high value cases in the High Court (usually involving some element of fraud) and has particular experience in obtaining and policing freezing orders. Ben is also a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Criminal and Civil Proceedings).
- Obtaining a £425 million freezing order against Russian state oil company Rosneft, in support of attempts by a former subsidiary of Yukos Oil to enforce arbitration awards in England and Wales
- Cross-border litigation worth $60 million against former managers of an oil distribution company, concerning the expropriation of business and assets (including obtaining freezing and receivership orders in multiple jurisdictions)
- Acting on multiple matters for a high profile hedge fund manager (including obtaining freezing orders against and recovering assets from former employees and consultants)
- Acting for a Greek shipping billionaire against JP MorganChase in a $40 million claim concerning the miss-selling of derivatives linked to Russian sovereign debt.
Ben joined Byrne and Partners LLP on qualification in 2004, having completed his training contract at Dechert LLP. Ben graduated from Kings College London with a degree in ancient history in 1998, following which he worked in public relations for BP plc before completing the PGDL at the University of East Anglia and the LPC at the College of Law.
+44 (0) 20 7842 1664
Gillian Bradbury is a solicitor in the criminal fraud team specialising in fraud, white collar crime, restraint and confiscation matters. She is currently defending clients accused of film tax credit fraud, fraud by abuse of position and money laundering allegations. She is also regularly advises and represents clients in ancillary restraint order and confiscation proceedings. Her background is within the field of asset forfeiture and she has gained experience covering the range of appellate court litigation including appeals against confiscation orders, appeals by way of case stated and judicial review proceedings in the High Court.
- R v Eshpari & Ors – groundbreaking CPS land banking fraud prosecution
- R v MacDonald & Downes – boiler room fraud
- R v Napoli – appeal against conviction (regulatory offences under FSMA)
- RCPO v Taylor – magistrates’ discretion to issue warrants of commitment
- Larkfield Ltd v RCPO – the application of conventional principles to resolve questions of ownership for the purposes of confiscation
- R v Waller – definition of benefit in tobacco smuggling cases
Gillian graduated with a law degree from Southampton University in 2003 and went on to gain a Masters in International Laws. She attended BPP law school where she trained as a barrister and was called to the bar in 2006. She has since re-qualified as a solicitor. Prior to joining Byrne and Partners LLP, Gillian worked in both the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office and the Crown Prosecution Service. Gillian is a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association, the Female Fraud Forum and the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association.
+44 (0) 20 7842 1639
“is ‘a tremendous lawyer who is adored by his clients’”
– Chambers and Partners UK 2010 Edition
“recommended, for his experience in major criminal fraud trials and investigations”
– The Legal 500 2010
Matthew is Partner and a criminal law specialist with 20 years of experience in major criminal fraud trials and investigations. He handles all kinds of fraud cases and focuses on raising arguments designed to stop cases reaching charge or trial.
- Acting for a Middle Eastern Government in a major UN criminal investigation
- Two House of Lords appeals and European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) cases
- Ran the LCB litigation which caused Customs & Excise to be stripped of their powers to prosecute and forced their merger with the Inland Revenue
- Currently advising in the first ever prosecution of individuals arising from the Oil-For-Food Sanctions, two major international corruption cases involving the SFO and DOJ
- Largest ever fraud investigation brought by the Revenue
Matthew was a founding partner of Byrne and Partners LLP in 2003. He has been referred to as a leader in his field in Chambers & Partners for approximately 14 years and is also listed in International Directories as a leading crime specialist.
+44 (0) 20 7842 1657
Adam Hinks is an solicitor in the civil litigation team. He works as a general commercial litigator and has experience in dealing with freezing orders and general commercial disputes including breach of contract claims, property litigation, debt recovery and personal and corporate insolvency. He has experience of litigation in the County Courts, the High Court and the Court of Appeal as well as mediation.
- Represented defendant in a freezing injunction and fraud, misrepresentation and wrongful conspiracy claim in the High Court and Court of Appeal
- A dispute concerning the validity of an offshore trust
- Instructed by a bank in enforcing its securities including initiating possession proceedings, making applications for orders for sale
Adam joined Byrne and Partners in October 2010 having previously been a member of the litigation team at Judge Sykes Frixou where he trained. Adam graduated from LSE with a degree in Law and Anthropology and qualified as a Solicitor in 2009.
+44 (0) 20 7842 1636
Ed Hudson is the firm’s head paralegal, with over 10 years experience in criminal law. Ed has particular expertise in cases involving substantial electronic evidence and assists clients facing multi million pound fraud investigations and prosecutions. He also assists in cases involving regulatory offences and civil fraud, confiscation proceedings and general crime.
- Wickes – SFO prosecution relating to £18.3m overstatement of profits
- Ikea – SFO prosecution re supplier corruption case
- Prudential – major corruption prosecution relating to the Pensions Review
- R v N – client charged with money laundering in excess of £1m
Ed has been with Byrne and Partners LLP since its inception having previously worked at Dechert LLP and Claude Hornby and Cox, a highly respected High Street Criminal practice. Ed is a former committee member of the Young Fraud Lawyers association and is currently studying towards his Legal Executive qualifications.
+44 (0) 20 7842 1633
Ilana is a lawyer in the criminal and regulatory team with experience in defending a variety of fraud and white collar crime matters. She is currently representing client’s both pre and post charge in relation to allegations of money laundering, tax evasion, land banking and corrupt payments/ misconduct in public office. Ilana is also currently representing client’s post-conviction in confiscation proceedings.
- Operation Cotton- FCA’s first prosecution of Land Banking
- Operation Saturn- the longest and most complex FCA prosecution of Insider Dealing to date
- R v Behagg and others – corruption prosecution involving the supply of potatoes to Sainsbury’s
- Olympic Investigation- involving bids to secure the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 games
- R v Fox- advice in respect of tax evasion
Ilana graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2007 and completed her LPC at the College of Law in London. She joined Byrne and Partners in 2011 after completing her training at in a well-known central London firm. Ilana is a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association, Female Fraud Forum, Fraud Training Group, Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association and the Junior Lawyers Division.
+44 (0) 20 7842 1661
“The ‘excellent’ Yvonne Jefferies is ‘extremely knowledgeable, tough and very user friendly’.” – The Legal 500 UK 2010 Edition.
“brings decades of experience and expertise to the table on every issue.” – Chambers UK 2010.
Yvonne Jefferies is a partner in our civil team and an experienced commercial litigator. Her expertise extends to prosecuting and defending civil fraud claims, complex insurance and reinsurance disputes and a wide variety of contractual disputes (often of an international nature). She also has extensive commercial arbitration experience.
Yvonne was described variously as “highly intelligent”, “flexible” and “loyal” in the 2012 UK edition of the Legal 500. The current edition of the Chambers & Partners UK Guide notes her wealth of litigation experience and the value she brings to high profile clients such as Yukos Capital and the Humpuss Group.
- Acting for Indonesia’s Humpuss Group and its major shareholders in various matters, including the successful discharge of a USD75 million freezing order obtained by the Empire Group
- Leading Yukos Capital’s Commercial Court claim to enforce arbitral awards worth USD500 million against Rosneft Oil
- Acting for prominent Djibouti businessman Abdourahman Boreh in multi-million fraud claims for and against the Government of Djibouti
- Acting for major insurers and reinsurers in various multi-jurisdictional disputes arising out of USD 500 million insurance-wrapped “gap” financing of film portfolios
- Acting for leading reinsurers in a USD 100 million quota share reinsurance dispute involving the writing of US D&O dotcom risks
- Successfully defending insurers in a USD10 million Commercial Court action against insurance intermediaries – where Yvonne was described by the judge as “plainly both competent and confident” in her handling of the disputed settlement
Yvonne originally qualified as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore before joining Freshfields in 1985 as a commercial litigator. She became a partner at Clyde & Co, London in 1991 where she specialised in marine, international trade, commodities and insurance matters before moving with her team to Barlow Lyde & Gilbert in 1997 where she extended her practice to include complex reinsurance matters. Yvonne joined Byrne and Partners in 2009.
+44 (0) 20 7842 1656
Joseph is a solicitor in the civil litigation. He is a general commercial litigator with experience in civil fraud proceedings.
- High value disputes involving technology investment schemes
- Defending civil recovery claims in MTIC fraud proceedings against the HMRC
Joseph is a law graduate from the University of Nottingham. After completing his training contract with Byrne and Partners he joined the commercial litigation team in 2013. Joseph is a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers’ Association and British Literary & Artistic Copyright Association.
+44 (0) 20 7842 1658
Tom Littlechild is a civil litigator whose practice focuses on High Court litigation and international arbitration. He has particular experience of cases involving contractual disputes, matters of public international law and allegations of fraud. Tom has also defended clients in high profile criminal fraud cases.
- Acting for an investment bank in a High Court case involving an alleged breach of a US$210 million Credit Agreement
- Acting against an African State in concurrent Commercial Court and Arbitration proceedings valued at over US$100m and US$15m respectively
- Acting for a Formula One team in various High Court cases involving alleged breaches of contract
- Representing a Central American Company in its retrieval of high profile works of art unofficially restrained by the UK authorities further to a mutual legal assistance request from the USA
- Acting for a defendant in an alleged £107 million tax evasion case brought by HMRC
- Acting for a defendant in an alleged £66 million corruption case brought by the SFO
Tom graduated from the University of Durham with First Class Honours before attending law school at BPP and the College of Law in London. He completed his training contract at Allen & Overy LLP, where he sat in the dispute resolution teams of the firm’s London and Beijing offices. Tom later practised in the dispute resolution department of a leading West End firm.
+44 (0) 207 842 1655
Tom is a solicitor in the civil litigation team. He works as a general commercial litigator and has experience in dealing with contractual disputes, property litigation, asset tracing claims and complex insurance matters.
Tom’s previous experience includes:
- Defending a Commercial Court claim brought by a UK bank against a European credit insurer
- Defending arbitration proceedings bought by an international energy company’s captive against a Bermudan mutual insurer
- Assisting on a program of civil recoveries relating to corrupt development agreements in a British Overseas Territory.
Tom read Law at the University of Nottingham and graduated in 2007. He joined Byrne & Partners in September 2012 after completing his training at Edwards Wildman Palmer’s London office. Tom is a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association and sits on the International Underwriting Association’s Contingency Working Party.
+44 (0) 20 7842 1637
Joanna Pacifico is a litigator with over 12 years experience of defending large scale fraud, tax evasion, money laundering, Missing Trader Intra Community frauds and corporate crime against the SFO, FSA, RCPO and Specialist Crimework Directorate. She also has particular expertise in dealing with Restraint and Confiscation.
- Acting for a lawyer defendant in a £45 million MTIC and money laundering prosecution brought by RCPO through appeal and successful application for a Certificate of Inadequacy
- Acting for the sequestrator in high profile and sensitive civil proceedings
- Representing a sole professional defendant in a £1.6 million breach of trust case and securing the defendant a non custodial sentence
- Defending one of the defendants in a £200 million MTIC carousel fraud
Joanna was a founding lawyer of Byrne and Partners LLP on its inception in 2003 after qualifying into the Investigations Department at Dechert LLP in 1998. Joanna graduated from Leeds University in 1994 and completed her LPC at the Chester branch of the College of Law. She is a member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association (LCCSA) and the Young Fraud Lawyers Asscoiation.
+44 (0) 20 7842 1640
“The…team includes the extremely bright and tactically astute Michael Potts”
– The Legal 500 2012 Edition
“The highly recommended Michael Potts defends individuals in investigations and prosecutions brought by domestic and international regulators”
– The Legal 500 2011 Edition
“Insider dealing and asset recovery specialist Michael Potts ‘combines an incredibly high level of academic ability with tremendous tactical nous’.”
– The Legal 500 2010 Edition
Michael specialises in the defence of financial crime, fraud and regulatory investigations and prosecutions. He has acted in numerous high profile investigations and prosecutions brought against individuals by the SFO, FCA, Fraud Prosecution Service, and other regulatory bodies and prosecution agencies. He regularly advises in international cases that involve US and European Prosecutors/Regulators and the overlap between jurisdictions. Michael also advises both companies and professional firms on their anti money laundering compliance. Michael is a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Criminal and Civil Proceedings).
Michael has recently acted in:
- Four FCA prosecutions for insider dealing and numerous other FCA investigations into market manipulation, misstatements and other breaches of FSMA 2000.
- DOJ/SEC/FCA investigations into the JP Morgan Chief Investment Office trading losses
- FCA investigation into libor rigging
- A suspect in the Tchenguiz SFO investigation
- Operation Elveden investigation into alleged corruption at News Interntaional publications
Michael graduated from Oxford University in 1993. He qualified at Dechert LLP in 1997. Michael was a founding partner of Byrne and Partners LLP in 2003. He was made Managing Partner of the firm in 2012. He is a member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers and is a member of the Law Society’s Anti Money Laundering Panel. Michael regularly lectures on anti money laundering and proceeds of crime asset recovery issues. He is a contributing author to the Restraint and Confiscation Chapter of Fraud Law: Practice and Procedure.
+44 (0) 207 842 1643
Catherine is a foreign qualified lawyer, with a background in corporate regulation and investigations.
- Worked on several corporate criminal investigations in Australia
- Engaged in civil litigation enforcing market transparency rules in Australia
- Since joining Byrne and Partners, Catherine has been involved in a prosecution brought by the Financial Services Authority related to allegations of insider trading
Catherine graduate with degrees in Law and Asian Studies from La Trobe University in 2007 and was admitted to practice in Australia in 2008 following completion of a post graduate diploma of Legal Practice at the College of Law, Victoria. Prior to relocating to London in July 2012, Catherine worked in the Enforcement Directorate of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission providing legal support to investigations of fraud, corporate misconduct and financial services and engaging in civil litigation to enforce Australian corporations law.
+44 (0) 20 7842 1642
Peggy is a trainee solicitor with Byrne and Partners. Prior to commencing her training contract, she worked, with Byrne and Partners and another top rated firm as a paralegal assisting on the defence of criminal fraud prosecutions brought by the SFO and the FSA. Peggy is currently assisting the criminal litigation team at Byrne and Partners LLP. Peggy is a native French speaker.
Peggy graduated with a BA in English from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis and went on to study law in the UK. She graduated with an MA in Law at the University of Sheffield and then completed her LPC at BPP Law School in Manchester. Peggy is a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers association.
+44 (0) 20 7842 1653
Elizabeth is a commercial litigator with a focus on high value and multi-jurisdictional disputes. She acts for both claimants and defendants, including in civil fraud matters, with particular expertise in freezing orders. Elizabeth also represents clients in regulatory investigations and proceedings brought by the Department of Business, Industry and Skills (BIS) and the Financial Services Authority (FSA). Elizabeth is a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Criminal and Civil Proceedings).
- Representing merchants in a $6 million claim against Barclays Bank plc
- Defending contempt of court committal proceedings relating to breach of a freezing order
- Defending the investment manager of a mutual fund against claims of breach of fiduciary duty and negligence of $100 million
- Obtaining a freezing order for a company against a former director
- Defending an anti-suit injunction in a coverage dispute with an international insurance company
- Representing a company in public interest winding up proceedings initiated by BIS
Elizabeth trained at Dechert LLP, qualifying in 2002, and practiced with Dechert LLP until she joined Byrne and Partners LLP in 2003. Elizabeth graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with High Honors and undertook her legal education at the College of Law, London.
+44 (0) 207 842 1632
Amy is a criminal litigator with experience in serious and complex general crime and white collar crime. She has worked on a range of cases prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service , SFO, Revenue and Customs, and Trading Standards. She has defended investigations and prosecutions for large scale drug offences, money laundering, sexual offences, serious violence and murder. She is also experienced in confiscation proceedings.
Amy is a solicitor advocate (Higher Courts Criminal) and represents clients at the police station, Magistrates and Crown Court.
- Defending a professional accountant in a SFO prosecution alleging a Ponzi scheme.
- Defending in a HMRC prosecution for a conspiracy to defraud £14 million in duty and VAT by the smuggling of gold.
- Defending client charged with grievous bodily harm, contrary to section 18 Offences Against the Person Act.
- Defending client charged for conspiracy to import over 60 kilos of Class A and B drugs.
Amy graduated with a law degree from the University of Sheffield in 2008, and completed her LPC at the College of Law in London. She joined Byrne and Partners LLP in 2012, having trained at a leading criminal defence firm. Amy is a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association.