+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 1654
Philippa is a solicitor in the civil litigation team. She is a general commercial litigator with a breadth of experience which includes insolvency litigation, intellectual property litigation, and commercial contract disputes.
- Acting for a high net-worth Djibouti entrepreneur in multi-million pound fraud claims for and against the Government of Djibouti
- Managing a claim involving restitution and dishonest assistance of breach of trust
- Advising a stockbroking firm in the defence of a multi-million pound claim for negligence and breach of contract in relation to complex options trading strategies
- Advising the director of a liquidated company in a misfeasance claim against fellow directors
Philippa read history at the University of Cambridge. After graduating in 2008, she completed a French language course at the Sorbonne University in Paris and then went on to study the GDL and LPC at the University of Law. Prior to joining Byrne and Partners, she completed her training contract with Charles Russell Speechlys. She also undertook a temporary in-house role assisting legal Counsel at Danone. Philippa is a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association.
+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 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 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 1648
Emma is a senior solicitor specialising in corporate fraud, white collar crime and regulatory work. This includes defending prosecutions brought by the Serious Fraud Office, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, HM Revenue and Customs, the Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency. She advises and represents clients, pre and post-charge, in relation to allegations of serious fraud, corruption, money laundering, confiscation and restraint orders and all other areas of business crime. She represents companies and individuals, including accountants, solicitors, doctors and dentists, and has significant experience representing solicitors and medical professionals in front of their regulatory bodies.
- Acting for a defendant charged by the SFO in connection with LIBOR fixing prosecution
- Defending a company director charged with conspiracy to corrupt, fraudulent trading and money laundering in connection with £35m of HBOS loans to businesses
- Defending an accountant charged with multi-million pound fraud of the income tax self-assessment system, described by a senior tax official as ‘one of the most intricate frauds I have seen in 30 years.’
- Defending a solicitor charged with conspiracy to defraud as part of a conspiracy involving a ‘bogus’ sale of the Ritz Hotel in London
- Defending an aircraft inspector in a prosecution for gross negligence manslaughter following the death of two people in a light aircraft crash
Emma graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 1999 with an LLB Hons degree. She completed the Legal Practice Course in 2000 and qualified as a solicitor in 2001. Emma has worked at leading criminal defence and fraud firms, and joined Byrne and Partners in 2014 as a Senior Assistant Solicitor. She is a member of the Solicitors Assistance Scheme, the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers, the Female Fraud Forum, Fraud Lawyers’ Association and Women in Law London.
+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 (CPS). She also has experience of confiscation proceedings.
- Weavering: The UK’s largest hedge fund fraud, US$640 million, brought by the SFO. Complex trading strategies of interest rate swaps, with charges of fraud by abuse of position, fraudulent trading, false accounting and forgery
- Operation Steamroller: US$108 million boiler room fraud, the largest ever pursued by a UK authority, brought by the SFO; Confiscation order of almost £8 million under POCA 2002
- £1 million alleged income tax evasion case brought by HMRC
- Confiscation order in excess of £1 million under POCA 2002
- Operation Holbein: Pharmaceutical case of alleged price fixing brought by the SFO, 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 currently the Chair of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association, on the Committee of the Fraud Training Group, a member of the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association, Junior Lawyers Division and Female Fraud Forum.
+44 (0) 20 7842 1651
Ben Davies is a partner 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 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 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 1668
Adam works in the firm’s commercial litigation department handling a range of High Court litigation and international arbitration cases. He has a particular specialism in jurisdictional issues and conflict of laws.
- Acting in Commercial Court proceedings brought by an African State valued at over US$100m and in related arbitration proceedings under LCIA rules.
- Successfully defended a Welsh County Borough Council in nationally reported Judicial Review proceedings.
- Acted for a private company in substantial claim for breach of procurement rules against a Government Entity.
- Defended English company in High Court litigation brought by an American company for breach of a ten year exclusive distribution agreement worth in excess of $70 million.
Adam read History at the University of Nottingham and attended the College of Law, Guildford. He trained at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. After finishing his training contract, Adam completed a Master’s degree in Commercial Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration at Queen Mary, University of London. Adam then worked in the Commercial Dispute Resolution department at a highly rated regional firm before joining Byrne and Partners LLP in September 2014.
+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 is a Corporate Crime litigator whose practice focuses on defending clients in both investigations and prosecutions brought by the SFO and HMRC. He also has experience in the field of public international law.
- Acting for a defendant in an alleged £107 million tax evasion case brought by HMRC
- Acting for a former director of an international Transportation and Power company in an alleged corruption case brought by the SFO
- Acting for a defendant in an alleged £66 million corruption case brought by the SFO
- 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
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 with Allen & Overy LLP, where he sat in the dispute resolution teams of the firm’s London and Beijing offices. Tom is a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association.
+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) 207 842 1647
Lisa is a criminal litigation lawyer with experience of dealing with white collar crime and corporate fraud matters. She has acted for clients in relation to charges brought by Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Financial Services Authority (now the Financial Conduct Authority), Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and also has experience dealing with foreign prosecuting bodies such as the Department of Justice in the US as well as having been admitted to the Athens Bar to deal with Investigating Authorities in Greece. She has particular experience in defending clients charged with bribery and corruption, serious fraud, money laundering, tax evasion and confiscation. She also has experience in dealing with civil tax fraud, insolvency and regulatory proceedings.
Lisa’s previous experience includes:
- Currently acting for a defendant charged by the SFO in connection with the LIBOR fixing prosecution. That client is also currently indicted in the US, Department of Justice.
- Currently acting for two co-defendants charged in Greece with bribery and money laundering offences exceeding €11million.
- Advising several clients in connection with the ongoing SFO investigation into Rolls Royce.
- Assisted in the successful defence one of the former directors of iSOFT in relation to the largest ever prosecution brought by the FSA for insider dealing.
Lisa graduated from Sussex University in 2008 with a LLB Hons degree. She went on to complete the Bar Vocational Course in 2008 and was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in October 2009. She joined Byrne and Partners in July 2014 having cross-qualified as a Solicitor in December 2013. Lisa is a member of the Female Fraud Forum and the Young Fraud Lawyers Association.
+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 1650
Taieve is a solicitor in the Civil Litigation Department. She focuses on International Arbitration and Litigation with a particular focus on Africa.
- Acting against a leading international commodities company representing 30,000 claimants in a tort action following industrial pollution in Ivory Coast
- Assisting on the restructuration of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s National Electricity Company;
- Assisting on setting up the Common Market of the East African Community (intergovernmental organisation aiming at creating a co-operation among the Partner States in political, economic and social fields)
- Acting against an African State in concurrent Commercial Court and Arbitration proceedings.
Taieve is a law graduate from Sorbonne University in Paris (France) and completed a post-graduate degree in Litigation at the Barcelona Bar Association (Spain). Prior to joining Byrne and Partners she trained at Latham & Watkins in Paris, worked at a commercial firm in Barcelona and at Human Right’s firm Leigh Day in London and Abidjan (Ivory Coast). Taieve is admitted to practice law in France, Spain and England & Wales. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish and she has a good knowledge of Italian.
+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 International 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 1665
Celia is a foreign qualified lawyer in the civil litigation team, with a background in general commercial litigation. She has experience in high value commercial disputes, particularly involving allegations of fraud and in representing clients in relation to a wide range of regulatory investigations.
- Acting for international clients in the Court of Appeal to successfully set aside a freezing injunction in proceedings brought by the United States
- Acting for a real estate development company and a bank bringing Commercial Court proceedings in conspiracy, breach of confidence, and defamation against a number of high profile defendants, including a without notice injunction and worldwide freezing order
- Acting for an airline in relation to a global regulatory investigation into anti-competition allegations
Celia graduated with degrees in Law and History from the University of Auckland and was admitted to practice in New Zealand in 2008. She worked in the litigation team of a large commercial law firm in New Zealand, before relocating to London in 2011. Celia joined Byrne and Partners in 2014, after working as a locum solicitor for a number of Magic Circle and US firms.
+44 (0) 207 842 1643
Catherine is a solicitor, 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 2009 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. After completion of QLTS, admitted as a solicitor of England and Wales in May 2014.
+44 (0) 20 7842 1642
Peggy is a solicitor with Byrne and Partners, working with the civil litigation team. Prior to working in civil litigation, Peggy worked in criminal litigation and assisted on the defence of high value criminal fraud prosecutions brought by the SFO and the FSA. As part of her training, she completed a seat in house, in a multi-national corporation, gaining valuable insight and experience of the workings of multi-national corporations as well as multi-party contract negotiations. Peggy is a native French speaker.
- Defence of high value boiler room fraud case
- Complex FCA insider dealing case
- Currently involved in the defence of multi-jurisdictional civil litigation
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 with Distinction 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.
+44 (0) 207 842 1638
Sara’s practice consists of acting primarily for senior, often high-profile, individuals and corporate clients who find themselves the subject of criminal or regulatory investigations and prosecutions. Sara has represented clients being investigated/prosecuted by, amongst others, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO); Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) (formerly the Financial Services Authority); Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA); Crown Prosecution Service (CPS); Information Commissioners Office (ICO); US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
- Acted in the investigation into the government of the Turks and Caicos Islands into wide scale corruption amongst international property developers and government officials, during which Sara was admitted to the TCI bar.
- Acted in the BAE SFO corruption enquiry.
- Acted for a corporate in the largest SFO investigation into alleged criminal cartel activity in the pharmaceutical industry.
- Acted in a number of high profile FSA/FCA cases, including acting for the former Finance Director of the main trading arm of Cattles PLC. The case which involved the collapse of a sub-prime lending institution was at the time one of the biggest regulatory market abuse cases conducted by the FCA’s Enforcement Division. Sara also acted in the parallel Financial Reporting Council (FRC) (formerly the Accountancy and Actuarial Discipline Board) regulatory/disciplinary proceedings.
- Acting for a number of individuals in LIBOR investigations being brought by SFO, FCA, DOJ and CFTC.
Sara trained at Pannone in Manchester, qualifying in 2000. Sara left Pannone in 2003 to move London, and in 2006 joined the specialist life sciences firm Roiter Zucker to represent a corporate defendant in an SFO investigation into an alleged price fixing and to build up the fraud and regulatory practice. In April 2010 Sara was approached to set up the London office of Pannone, where she stayed before joining Byrne and Partners in April 2014. Sara is a former chairperson of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association. Sara currently sits on the committee of the Female Fraud Forum, and the recently formed Fraud Lawyers Association.