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Year of Call: 1988 nharrison@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

For the last 15 years, Nicholas has specialized in large and complex commercial fraud and international trust cases, many of them offshore and/or with a multi-jurisdictional element.  He is highly experienced in freezing injunctions and tracing remedies, as well as jurisdiction disputes.  He has practiced in many different jurisdictions, including Bermuda, the Isle of Man, Jersey, the BVI, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands.  Nicholas’s practice is unusual in that he undertakes very few cases and will generally work on only one case at a time, sometimes over a period of several years.  However he will also from time to time also undertake smaller cases.

Areas of Expertise and Cases


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Civil Fraud

Nicholas has been instructed in a number of the most substantial commercial fraud and international trust cases of recent times.  Cases of note include:

Acting for the claimants in Kyrgyz Mobil Tel Ltd and Ors v BITEL and Ors, the largest case ever to be litigated in the Isle of Man.  This immensely complex fraud case concerned the fraudulent misappropriation of shares in a leading mobile telephone company and involved an associated arbitration and litigation in BVI and Kyrgyz Republic.  A prolonged jurisdiction dispute was eventually decided by the Privy Council in what is now one of the leading authorities on foreign judgments [2011] UKPC 7.  Thereafter a ground-breaking worldwide freezing injunction and a whole series of unusual and hotly contested interlocutory applications eventually led eventually to a trial in the summer of 2013.  (Instructed by Appleby Global and Squire Sanders). 

AremisSoft litigation: Litigation in the Isle of Man concerning allegations of fraud against senior executives arising out of the collapse of Nasdaq-listed company, and claims to recover some $200 million from international trusts (Instructed by Dickinson Cruickshank and Peters & Peters).

The Jahre litigation: Acting in England and the Cayman Islands in relation to a substantial fraud claim against defendants in numerous jurisdictions, relating to the validity and operation of an international trust, jurisdiction disputes and conflicts of laws, and a variety of issues of Cayman and Bahamian law (Instructed by Clifford Chance).

Safe Harbor v Lloyds Bank: Acting for two US investment companies in ancillary proceedings in England for the purpose of locating and freezing assets misappropriated in an international investment fraud (Instructed by Peters & Peters).

DEG v Koshy; GVDC v Koshy: Litigation involving allegations of fraud relating to Zambian exchange control transactions, a worldwide freezing injunction and numerous associated interlocutory applications (Instructed by Baker & McKenzie).

Facia Footwear v Hinchliffe: Acting for Stephen Hinchliffe in a claim made against him arising out of the collapse of the Facia Group involving a freezing injunction, allegations of wrongful abstraction of company assets and company and insolvency law (Instructed by Peters & Peters).


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Trusts and Probate

 

Nicholas has been instructed in a number of the most substantial commercial fraud and international trust cases of recent times. Cases of note include:

Acting for the First Defendant in Alhamrani v Alhamrani, the largest trial ever to take place in Jersey, involving numerous claims for breach of trust against the trustees and protector of 3 Jersey trusts. (Instructed by Crill Canavan).

Thyssen v Thyssen: Bermuda’s largest ever case, this long-running litigation involved a claim to set aside a multi-billion international trust, numerous allegations of fraud and very substantial associated personal claims.  Nicholas was resident in Bermuda for some 2½ years during the duration of the trial.  (Instructed by Clifford Chance).

The Blickle litigation in Bermuda and the BVI, concerning an ownership dispute between rival trusts in Jersey and Bermuda, the fraudulent misappropriation of trust assets, and various associated tracing claims (Instructed by Speechly Bircham, Cox Hallett Wilkinson).

The Weissfisch litigation, in which Nicholas acted for a senior Bahamian politician in his capacity as trustee of an international trust.  The case involved litigation in England and the Bahamas concerning allegations of fraud, receivership applications, and related arbitration proceedings (Instructed by Withers, Taylor Wessing, and Graham Thompson & Co).




All Quotes

Chambers & Partners 2012

“a top name for the big trials"

"He ticks all the boxes: he's very efficient, quickly masters the detail and writes persuasively, succinctly and accurately"

“hugely bright"

“an impressive pedigree in trust and fraud matters”

Chambers & Partners 2013

"a brilliant strategist on complex international trust and fraud disputes"

“a distinguished track record”

“an excellent strategist”

 “one of the most experienced juniors handling offshore work”

Recommendations

Fraud: civil (Legal 500)

Chancery: Commercial; Fraud: Civil; Offshore (Chambers & Partners)

Fraud (asset recovery) (Legal Experts)

Nicholas Harrison

Nicholas Harrison

Year of Call: 1988
Email: nharrison@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

For the last 15 years, Nicholas has specialized in large and complex commercial fraud and international trust cases, many of them offshore and/or with a multi-jurisdictional element.  He is highly experienced in freezing injunctions and tracing remedies, as well as jurisdiction disputes.  He has practiced in many different jurisdictions, including Bermuda, the Isle of Man, Jersey, the BVI, the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands.  Nicholas’s practice is unusual in that he undertakes very few cases and will generally work on only one case at a time, sometimes over a period of several years.  However he will also from time to time also undertake smaller cases.

Areas of expertise

Recommendations

Fraud: civil (Legal 500)

Chancery: Commercial; Fraud: Civil; Offshore (Chambers & Partners)

Fraud (asset recovery) (Legal Experts)

Quotes

Chambers & Partners 2012

“a top name for the big trials"

"He ticks all the boxes: he's very efficient, quickly masters the detail and writes persuasively, succinctly and accurately"

“hugely bright"

“an impressive pedigree in trust and fraud matters”

Chambers & Partners 2013

"a brilliant strategist on complex international trust and fraud disputes"

“a distinguished track record”

“an excellent strategist”

 “one of the most experienced juniors handling offshore work”

Civil Fraud

Nicholas has been instructed in a number of the most substantial commercial fraud and international trust cases of recent times.  Cases of note include:

Acting for the claimants in Kyrgyz Mobil Tel Ltd and Ors v BITEL and Ors, the largest case ever to be litigated in the Isle of Man.  This immensely complex fraud case concerned the fraudulent misappropriation of shares in a leading mobile telephone company and involved an associated arbitration and litigation in BVI and Kyrgyz Republic.  A prolonged jurisdiction dispute was eventually decided by the Privy Council in what is now one of the leading authorities on foreign judgments [2011] UKPC 7.  Thereafter a ground-breaking worldwide freezing injunction and a whole series of unusual and hotly contested interlocutory applications eventually led eventually to a trial in the summer of 2013.  (Instructed by Appleby Global and Squire Sanders). 

AremisSoft litigation: Litigation in the Isle of Man concerning allegations of fraud against senior executives arising out of the collapse of Nasdaq-listed company, and claims to recover some $200 million from international trusts (Instructed by Dickinson Cruickshank and Peters & Peters).

The Jahre litigation: Acting in England and the Cayman Islands in relation to a substantial fraud claim against defendants in numerous jurisdictions, relating to the validity and operation of an international trust, jurisdiction disputes and conflicts of laws, and a variety of issues of Cayman and Bahamian law (Instructed by Clifford Chance).

Safe Harbor v Lloyds Bank: Acting for two US investment companies in ancillary proceedings in England for the purpose of locating and freezing assets misappropriated in an international investment fraud (Instructed by Peters & Peters).

DEG v Koshy; GVDC v Koshy: Litigation involving allegations of fraud relating to Zambian exchange control transactions, a worldwide freezing injunction and numerous associated interlocutory applications (Instructed by Baker & McKenzie).

Facia Footwear v Hinchliffe: Acting for Stephen Hinchliffe in a claim made against him arising out of the collapse of the Facia Group involving a freezing injunction, allegations of wrongful abstraction of company assets and company and insolvency law (Instructed by Peters & Peters).

Trusts and Probate

 

Nicholas has been instructed in a number of the most substantial commercial fraud and international trust cases of recent times. Cases of note include:

Acting for the First Defendant in Alhamrani v Alhamrani, the largest trial ever to take place in Jersey, involving numerous claims for breach of trust against the trustees and protector of 3 Jersey trusts. (Instructed by Crill Canavan).

Thyssen v Thyssen: Bermuda’s largest ever case, this long-running litigation involved a claim to set aside a multi-billion international trust, numerous allegations of fraud and very substantial associated personal claims.  Nicholas was resident in Bermuda for some 2½ years during the duration of the trial.  (Instructed by Clifford Chance).

The Blickle litigation in Bermuda and the BVI, concerning an ownership dispute between rival trusts in Jersey and Bermuda, the fraudulent misappropriation of trust assets, and various associated tracing claims (Instructed by Speechly Bircham, Cox Hallett Wilkinson).

The Weissfisch litigation, in which Nicholas acted for a senior Bahamian politician in his capacity as trustee of an international trust.  The case involved litigation in England and the Bahamas concerning allegations of fraud, receivership applications, and related arbitration proceedings (Instructed by Withers, Taylor Wessing, and Graham Thompson & Co).

Qualifications

Brasenose College, Oxford - BA (First Class)

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association

Commercial Bar Association


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