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Charlotte Beynon

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Year of Call: 2015 cbeynon@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Charlotte joined Chambers in October 2016 following successful completion of her pupillage. Her pupil supervisors were Giles Richardson, Ruth den Besten, Dakis Hagen and Matthew Morrison.

During pupillage, Charlotte was involved in cases spanning the breadth of Chambers’ practice, including: claims in respect of Jersey, Guernsey and Cayman trusts; litigation involving a Ukrainian oligarch and the alleged misappropriation of oil monies; applications in the administrations of Lehman Brothers and BHS; and litigation in England, Jersey and Malaysia involving the directors of an AIM-listed company.

Upon completing pupillage, Charlotte undertook a six-month secondment with the Civil Fraud team at Peters & Peters LLP.

Areas of Expertise and Cases


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Civil Fraud

Assisted Ruth den Besten, led by Jonathan Adkin QC, in acting for a Ukrainian oligarch in a very substantial claim relating to the alleged misappropriation of oil monies.

Assisted Matthew Morrison in defending a claim arising out of the alleged fraudulent misappropriation of funds provided by an Islamic bank involving asset tracing and proprietary claims against a Jersey trust.

Assisted Matthew Morrison in advising claimants on an application for a freezing injunction, including on the scope of the duty to make full and frank disclosure and the “clean hands” doctrine.


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Trusts and Probate

Assisted Dakis Hagen in defending claims made in matrimonial proceedings for declarations as to the beneficial ownership of a substantial business empire held by an offshore trust.

Assisted Giles Richardson in acting for the beneficiaries of a family trust worth £500 million in proceedings that raised issues as to a trust protector’s standing to apply to the court for relief.

Assisted Dakis Hagen in defending investment-related breach of trust claims against a Jersey trustee.


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Company

Assisted Matthew Morrison, led by Lance Ashworth QC, in acting for the directors of an AIM-listed company in related proceedings in England, Jersey and Malaysia concerning the composition of the company’s board and issues of corporate governance.

Assisted Matthew Morrison in bringing an unfair prejudice petition in a dispute between the shareholders in a pharmacy business, and in defending a cross-claim for breach of a director’s duties.

Assisted Lance Ashworth QC in advising the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in respect of proceedings brought under section 6 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.


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Insolvency

Assisted Ruth den Besten, led by Philip Marshall QC, in acting for administrators in the Lehman Brothers “waterfall” litigation.

Assisted Ruth den Besten in acting for the administrators of BHS in various applications arising in its administration.

Assisted Matthew Morrison in acting for the respondents to a liquidator’s application under section 238 of the Insolvency Act 1986 to recover payments received in relation to 'concierge lifestyle services'.

Assisted Thomas Elias in acting for the respondent creditor, the operator of a trading platform from which the applicant debtor traded FOREX options, in an application for a statutory demand to be set aside.


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Banking

Assisted Ruth den Besten, led by Lance Ashworth QC, in preparing an application to strike out dishonest assistance claims brought against a prominent Gibraltar bank following the collapse of Marrache & Co.

Assisted Ruth den Besten in bringing proceedings against a UK bank in respect of its wrongful sale of interest rate hedging products.


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Commercial Litigation

Assisted Ruth den Besten in successfully resisting an application for extensive inter partes injunctive relief in the context of a shareholders’ dispute.

Assisted Giles Richardson in bringing proceedings in the Isle of Man arising out of the early surrender of an investment gearing loan facility.

Assisted Giles Richardson in defending the corporate trustee of a Guernsey trust against claims of deceit, negligent misstatement and breach of contract.


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Professional Negligence

Assisted Ruth den Besten in bringing a claim in respect of the alleged negligent auditing of an insurance company.


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Property

Assisted Justin Higgo in obtaining restrictions against the titles of a number of London properties in support of claims brought under section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986. 



Charlotte Beynon

Charlotte Beynon

Year of Call: 2015
Email: cbeynon@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Charlotte joined Chambers in October 2016 following successful completion of her pupillage. Her pupil supervisors were Giles Richardson, Ruth den Besten, Dakis Hagen and Matthew Morrison.

During pupillage, Charlotte was involved in cases spanning the breadth of Chambers’ practice, including: claims in respect of Jersey, Guernsey and Cayman trusts; litigation involving a Ukrainian oligarch and the alleged misappropriation of oil monies; applications in the administrations of Lehman Brothers and BHS; and litigation in England, Jersey and Malaysia involving the directors of an AIM-listed company.

Upon completing pupillage, Charlotte undertook a six-month secondment with the Civil Fraud team at Peters & Peters LLP.

Areas of expertise

Civil Fraud

Assisted Ruth den Besten, led by Jonathan Adkin QC, in acting for a Ukrainian oligarch in a very substantial claim relating to the alleged misappropriation of oil monies.

Assisted Matthew Morrison in defending a claim arising out of the alleged fraudulent misappropriation of funds provided by an Islamic bank involving asset tracing and proprietary claims against a Jersey trust.

Assisted Matthew Morrison in advising claimants on an application for a freezing injunction, including on the scope of the duty to make full and frank disclosure and the “clean hands” doctrine.

Trusts and Probate

Assisted Dakis Hagen in defending claims made in matrimonial proceedings for declarations as to the beneficial ownership of a substantial business empire held by an offshore trust.

Assisted Giles Richardson in acting for the beneficiaries of a family trust worth £500 million in proceedings that raised issues as to a trust protector’s standing to apply to the court for relief.

Assisted Dakis Hagen in defending investment-related breach of trust claims against a Jersey trustee.

Company

Assisted Matthew Morrison, led by Lance Ashworth QC, in acting for the directors of an AIM-listed company in related proceedings in England, Jersey and Malaysia concerning the composition of the company’s board and issues of corporate governance.

Assisted Matthew Morrison in bringing an unfair prejudice petition in a dispute between the shareholders in a pharmacy business, and in defending a cross-claim for breach of a director’s duties.

Assisted Lance Ashworth QC in advising the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in respect of proceedings brought under section 6 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.

Insolvency

Assisted Ruth den Besten, led by Philip Marshall QC, in acting for administrators in the Lehman Brothers “waterfall” litigation.

Assisted Ruth den Besten in acting for the administrators of BHS in various applications arising in its administration.

Assisted Matthew Morrison in acting for the respondents to a liquidator’s application under section 238 of the Insolvency Act 1986 to recover payments received in relation to 'concierge lifestyle services'.

Assisted Thomas Elias in acting for the respondent creditor, the operator of a trading platform from which the applicant debtor traded FOREX options, in an application for a statutory demand to be set aside.

Banking

Assisted Ruth den Besten, led by Lance Ashworth QC, in preparing an application to strike out dishonest assistance claims brought against a prominent Gibraltar bank following the collapse of Marrache & Co.

Assisted Ruth den Besten in bringing proceedings against a UK bank in respect of its wrongful sale of interest rate hedging products.

Commercial Litigation

Assisted Ruth den Besten in successfully resisting an application for extensive inter partes injunctive relief in the context of a shareholders’ dispute.

Assisted Giles Richardson in bringing proceedings in the Isle of Man arising out of the early surrender of an investment gearing loan facility.

Assisted Giles Richardson in defending the corporate trustee of a Guernsey trust against claims of deceit, negligent misstatement and breach of contract.

Professional Negligence

Assisted Ruth den Besten in bringing a claim in respect of the alleged negligent auditing of an insurance company.

Property

Assisted Justin Higgo in obtaining restrictions against the titles of a number of London properties in support of claims brought under section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986. 

Qualifications

University College, Oxford: BA English Literature (Double First)

City University: GDL; BPTC (Outstanding, 3rd in year)


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