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Year of Call: 2001 rdenbesten@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Ruth has a broad commercial chancery practice with particular expertise in civil fraud and asset recovery, substantial commercial disputes including banking, general company law and corporate and personal insolvency.  She is presently instructed, amongst other matters, on behalf of the administrators of BHS and in the Lehman Brothers administration.

Ruth was one of 10 junior barristers named by Legal Week in their 2011 selection of future Stars at the Bar.  She was described as "smart and tenacious, but with a good sense of humour" and "a force in her own right as an advocate".  Praised for her "huge drive and enthusiasm" it was said that "her paperwork, advocacy and composure will take her to the top". Ruth is also recommended in a number of areas by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.

Areas of Expertise and Cases


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Banking

Ruth has a strong banking and finance practice; she is currently engaged in a dishonest assistance claim against a prominent Gibraltar bank and by the administrators of Lehman Brothers Limited.  She was previously engaged in the substantial proceedings brought by JSC BTA Bank of Kazakhstan against its former chairman, Mukhtar Ablyazov, and has acted on behalf of the Bank of St Petersburg OJSC in its recovery action against a former oligarch. She regularly advises banks in respect of the enforcement of security and in respect of claims arising from the provision of inadequate security, and banking customers, including in relation to the wrongful sale of interest rate hedging products.

Notable/recent cases include:

Belltrey v Newcote International Limited [2013] EWHC 3500 (Ch.) Dispute concerning the grant of security to the principal funder of a substantial gaming company.

JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov & Ors [2013] EWHC 510 (Comm.) Successfully represented BTA Bank of Kazakhstan in proceedings brought to recover $1.5bn misappropriated by the Bank’s majority shareholder and chairman.

Bank of St Petersburg OJSC & Anor v Vitaly Arkhangelsky & Anor [2012] EWHC 2842 (Ch.) Represented the Bank and its chairman in proceedings to recover over £50m. claimed to be due from a former Russian oligarch.

Re Coroin Limited; McKillen v Misland (Cyprus) Limited [2012] EWHC 2343 (Ch.) Instructed in a dispute between shareholders of Coroin, the owner of Claridges, the Berkeley and the Connaught hotels, concerning, inter alia, the enforcement of a series of bank charges upon alleged default.

Halifax v Walkers Advised defendant firm of solicitors in relation to an alleged mortgage fraud, where the loss alleged appeared to have been caused by the Bank’s negligent lending.

Lexi Holdings Plc v Pannone & Partners [2009] 2 BCLC 1: Instructed in substantial proceedings concerning liability for the substantial losses caused to Barclays & other lenders follow the collapse of Lexi Holdings (a property finance company) with debts exceeding £120m.



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Civil Fraud

Ruth joined chambers following a placement within the Peters & Peters civil fraud team and has since been instructed in a number of important cases involving civil fraud. She has dealt with numerous freezing orders and other applications for injunctive relief, including applications to restrain funds under the Proceeds of Crime Act. She is currently instructed by a Ukrainian oligarch in relation to a substantial claim relating to alleged misappropriation of oil monies, and in a large dishonest assistance claim brought against a Gibraltar bank following the collapse of Marrache & Co.

Notable/recent cases include:

Ras Al Kaimah Investment Authority v Bestfort & Ors [2015] EWHC 3383 (Ch.)  Successfully represented Respondents to an application for s.25 and other interim relief.

JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov & Ors [2013] EWHC 510 (Comm.) Successfully represented BTA Bank of Kazakhstan in proceedings brought to recover $1.5bn misappropriated by the Bank’s majority shareholder and chairman.

Bank of St Petersburg OJSC & Anor v Vitaly Arkhangelsky & Anor [2012] EWHC 2842 (Ch.) Represented the Bank and its chairman in proceedings to recover over £50m. claimed to be due from a former Russian oligarch.

New Southgate Metals v Mitchell & Ors Successfully represented a company which has stripped of its assets by its former directors by way of a purported sale and leaseback transaction.

Karren Brady & West Ham FC Ltd v (1) PKF (UK) LLP, (2) Howard Hill and (3) Tottenham Hotspur Plc [2011] EWHC 3178 (QB) Represented PKF (UK) LLP in answer to an application for Norwich Pharmacal relief relating to the unauthorised obtaining, possession and disclosure of mobile telephone records.

Lexi Holdings Plc [2009] 2 BCLC 1, [2008] 2 BCLC 725 Substantial litigation following the collapse of this property company, with £multi-million claims committed by its principal, Shaid Luqman (in the event, twice held to be in contempt of court). See also [2009] 2 BCLC 1, the leading decision of Court of Appeal on the liability of company directors for their negligent failure to prevent fraud on the company and Serious Fraud Office v Lexi Holdings Plc & Anor, TLR, 18 August 2008 (CA)( variation of restraint orders).


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Company

Ruth has a very strong company practice. In recent years she has advised and acted in a range of company law matters including numerous proceedings for breach of fiduciary duty, the bringing of just and equitable winding up proceedings and deriative claims. 

Notable/recent cases include:

In Re Quiet Moments Limited [2013] EWHC 3806 (Ch) Shareholders dispute and winding up petition brought in respect of substantial property development company.

Bellfrey v Newcote International Limited [2013] EWHC 3500 (Ch).  Acted in substantial dispute between the owners and management of "Bet Victor"

Re Coroin Limited; McKillen v Misland (Cyprus) Limited [2012] EWHC 2343 (Ch.) Instructed on behalf of Patrick McKillen in a dispute between shareholders of Coroin, the owner of Claridges, the Berkeley and the Connaught hotels.

New Southgate Metals v Mitchell & Ors Successfully represented a company which has stripped of its assets by its former directors by way of a purported sale and leaseback transaction.

Dimitri Iesini v Westrip Holdings & Ors [2009] EWHC 2526 (Ch). Leading authority on applications for permission to bring derivative actions. The case also raised substantial issues relating to the issuance of share capital.

Lexi Holdings Plc [2009] 2 BCLC 1, [2008] 2 BCLC 725. Instructed in substantial proceedings concerning liability for the substantial losses caused to Barclays & other lenders follow the collapse of Lexi Holdings (a property finance company) with debts exceeding £120m. Key decision of the Court of Appeal dealing with the liability of company directors for their negligent failure to act to prevent the commission of fraud.


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Insolvency

Ruth has a strong commercial practice with a substantial insolvency element. She is presently instructed by both the administrators of BHS and Lehman Brothers Limited.

Notable/recent cases include:

Nortel Networks (UK) Limited: Instructed to assist Philip Marshall QC in preparing his expert report on English law issues arising in the administration.

Re Coroin Limited; McKillen v Misland (Cyprus) Limited [2012] EWHC 2343 (Ch.) Instructed in a dispute between shareholders of Coroin, the owner of Claridges, the Berkeley and the Connaught hotels.  The proceedings also concerned the ability of the petitioner to raise funds, where said to have no valuable realisable assets.

Mosaic Fashions Finance Limited & Ors: Advised Deloitte LLP as administrators of the Icelandic fashion group including Oasis and Karen Millen.

Lexi Holdings Plc [2009] 2 BCLC 1, [2008] 2 BCLC 725. Substantial litigation following the collapse of this property company, with £multi-million claims committed by its principal, Shaid Luqman.

Axa Insurance Limited v Composite Legal Services Limited [2009] EWCA Civ 1166. Represented a number of solicitors in the “TAG 2” Litigation arising from the failure of the Composite Legal Expenses after-the-event insurance scheme.

Kamos-Finanz AG v (1) SLEC Holdings Limited (2) Bambino Holdings Limited. Represented the holder of rights to enforce a US$235m. loan used to finance the acquisition of the various rights to exploit Formula One. The action raised substantial questions as to the priority of a German insolvency administrator to enforce the loan.


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Commercial Litigation

Ruth has a very strong commercial practice. She has been instructed in some of the most substantial proceedings recently heard in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division including the proceedings brought by Constantin Medien AG against Bernie Ecclestone and others, and is presently engaged in very sizeable litigation emanating from Russia, Ukraine and Georgia.

Notable/recent cases include:

Ras Al Kaimah Investment Authority v Bestfort & Ors [2015] EWHC 3383 (Ch.) Successfully represented Respondents to an application for s.25 and other interim relief.

Belltrey v Newcote International Limited [2013] EWHC 3500 (Ch.) Dispute concerning the grant of security to the principal funder of a substantial gaming company.

JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov & Ors [2013] EWHC 510 (Comm.) Successfully represented BTA Bank of Kazakhstan in proceedings brought to recover $1.5bn misappropriated by the Bank’s majority shareholder and chairman.

Bank of St Petersburg OJSC & Anor v Vitaly Arkhangelsky & Anor [2012] EWHC 2842 (Ch.) Represented the Bank and its chairman in proceedings to recover over £50m. claimed to be due from a former Russian oligarch.

Re Coroin Limited; McKillen v Misland (Cyprus) Limited [2012] EWHC 2343 (Ch.) Acted for Patrick McKillen in relation to a dispute over ownership and control of Claridges, the Berkeley and the Connaught hotels.

Pink Floyd Music Ltd & Anor v EMI [2010] EWHC 533 (Ch.) Represented EMI in a dispute with Pink Floyd concerning the rights to sell recordings online.

Lexi Holdings Plc [2009] 2 BCLC 1, [2008] 2 BCLC 725 Acted in this substantial case arising from the collapse of a bridging loan company, with £multi-million misappropriations having been made by its principal, Shaid Luqman.


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Professional Negligence

Ruth has a very strong professional negligence practice and is currently engaged in advising in respect of a substantial claim against auditors. In addition to the cases below she regularly advises in relation to notified claims at the pre-action stage.

Notable/recent cases include:

Hill (In Liquidation) v KPMG Limited: Claim in respect of alleged negligent auditing of insurance company.

GML (UK) (Saxby) v Pitmans LLP: instructed in proceedings concerning the defendant firm’s allegedly negligent drafting of a pre-pack administration agreement for certain Burger King franchises.

Ghosh & Anor v Lewis Silken: instructed in proceedings concerning a top city law firm’s alleged negligent performance of a retainer to sell of an internet search company.

Ellis & Ors v Bristows (A Firm); Hetherington & Ors v Bristows (A Firm) Advised in relation to  the allegedly negligent restructuring of offshore trust vehicles.

Capital Home Loans Limited v M and M Solicitors: representing the defendant firm of solicitors in relation to alleged negligence and/or mortgage fraud.

Rudyard Kipling Thorpe (acting as litigation friend) v Fellowes (A Firm) [2011] PNLR 13. Leading authority on the requirement of solicitors to obtain instructions from an elderly vendor prior to sale of a property.

ELS International Lawyers LLP v Joe Ezaz; Stirling Mortimer Global Property Fund PCC v ELS International Lawyers LLP & Joe Ezaz. Represented individual defendant alleged to be responsible for loss of €9m held in escrow in a solicitor’s client account.

Axa Insurance Limited v Composite Legal Services Limited [2010] 1 WLR 1662. Represented a number of solicitors insured by WR Berkley in the “TAG 2” Litigation, a 75 party action managed by the Commercial Court, including successfully before the Court of Appeal in a key decision on limitation in solicitors’ negligence cases.

Lexi Holdings v Pannone & Partners Acted for the administrators on behalf of this substantial claim arising out of the collapse of a property bridging company.

All Quotes

Civil Fraud: "She's superwoman" (Chambers & Partners 2015)
Insolvency: "Bright, incisive and approachable" (Legal 500 2015)
Company: "She's a tough and tenancious litigator, who fights through to the end." (Chambers & Partners 2015)
Professional Negligence: "Remarkably bright, always quick, and nothing fazes her." (Chambers & Partners 2013)
Chancery Commercial: "marries a quietly efficient approach with exceptional ability and creative vision." (Chambers & Partners 2012)
Company: "Peers are unanimous in acknowledging that Ruth Holtham den Besten punches above her weight" (Chambers & Partners 2012)
Insolvency: "Immensely bright and ferocious...a punchy advocate with a bright future ahead of her" (Chambers & Partners 2010)
Fraud: Civil: "first-rate analysis, sound tactical thinking and willingness to get into the detail of the documentation" (Chambers & Partners 2010)
Commercial Litigation: "perfect for complex cases, which require a first-rate junior to organise matters" (Legal 500, 2009)
Insolvency: impresses clients as "commercial, effective and efficient" (Legal 500, 2009)
Fraud: Civil: recommended on account of her "lighting-quick thought processes and user-friendliness" (Chambers & Partners 2009)
Commercial Litigation:  "understands the realities of litigation, and tells it the way judges see it" (Legal 500, 2008)

Recommendations

Commercial Litigation, Company, Fraud: Civil, Insolvency and Professional Negligence (Legal 500)
Chancery: Commercial, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Company and Fraud: Civil (Chambers & Partners)

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Ruth den Besten

Ruth den Besten

Year of Call: 2001
Email: rdenbesten@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Ruth has a broad commercial chancery practice with particular expertise in civil fraud and asset recovery, substantial commercial disputes including banking, general company law and corporate and personal insolvency.  She is presently instructed, amongst other matters, on behalf of the administrators of BHS and in the Lehman Brothers administration.

Ruth was one of 10 junior barristers named by Legal Week in their 2011 selection of future Stars at the Bar.  She was described as "smart and tenacious, but with a good sense of humour" and "a force in her own right as an advocate".  Praised for her "huge drive and enthusiasm" it was said that "her paperwork, advocacy and composure will take her to the top". Ruth is also recommended in a number of areas by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.

Areas of expertise

Recommendations

Commercial Litigation, Company, Fraud: Civil, Insolvency and Professional Negligence (Legal 500)
Chancery: Commercial, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Company and Fraud: Civil (Chambers & Partners)

Quotes

Civil Fraud: "She's superwoman" (Chambers & Partners 2015)
Insolvency: "Bright, incisive and approachable" (Legal 500 2015)
Company: "She's a tough and tenancious litigator, who fights through to the end." (Chambers & Partners 2015)
Professional Negligence: "Remarkably bright, always quick, and nothing fazes her." (Chambers & Partners 2013)
Chancery Commercial: "marries a quietly efficient approach with exceptional ability and creative vision." (Chambers & Partners 2012)
Company: "Peers are unanimous in acknowledging that Ruth Holtham den Besten punches above her weight" (Chambers & Partners 2012)
Insolvency: "Immensely bright and ferocious...a punchy advocate with a bright future ahead of her" (Chambers & Partners 2010)
Fraud: Civil: "first-rate analysis, sound tactical thinking and willingness to get into the detail of the documentation" (Chambers & Partners 2010)
Commercial Litigation: "perfect for complex cases, which require a first-rate junior to organise matters" (Legal 500, 2009)
Insolvency: impresses clients as "commercial, effective and efficient" (Legal 500, 2009)
Fraud: Civil: recommended on account of her "lighting-quick thought processes and user-friendliness" (Chambers & Partners 2009)
Commercial Litigation:  "understands the realities of litigation, and tells it the way judges see it" (Legal 500, 2008)

Banking

Ruth has a strong banking and finance practice; she is currently engaged in a dishonest assistance claim against a prominent Gibraltar bank and by the administrators of Lehman Brothers Limited.  She was previously engaged in the substantial proceedings brought by JSC BTA Bank of Kazakhstan against its former chairman, Mukhtar Ablyazov, and has acted on behalf of the Bank of St Petersburg OJSC in its recovery action against a former oligarch. She regularly advises banks in respect of the enforcement of security and in respect of claims arising from the provision of inadequate security, and banking customers, including in relation to the wrongful sale of interest rate hedging products.

Notable/recent cases include:

Belltrey v Newcote International Limited [2013] EWHC 3500 (Ch.) Dispute concerning the grant of security to the principal funder of a substantial gaming company.

JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov & Ors [2013] EWHC 510 (Comm.) Successfully represented BTA Bank of Kazakhstan in proceedings brought to recover $1.5bn misappropriated by the Bank’s majority shareholder and chairman.

Bank of St Petersburg OJSC & Anor v Vitaly Arkhangelsky & Anor [2012] EWHC 2842 (Ch.) Represented the Bank and its chairman in proceedings to recover over £50m. claimed to be due from a former Russian oligarch.

Re Coroin Limited; McKillen v Misland (Cyprus) Limited [2012] EWHC 2343 (Ch.) Instructed in a dispute between shareholders of Coroin, the owner of Claridges, the Berkeley and the Connaught hotels, concerning, inter alia, the enforcement of a series of bank charges upon alleged default.

Halifax v Walkers Advised defendant firm of solicitors in relation to an alleged mortgage fraud, where the loss alleged appeared to have been caused by the Bank’s negligent lending.

Lexi Holdings Plc v Pannone & Partners [2009] 2 BCLC 1: Instructed in substantial proceedings concerning liability for the substantial losses caused to Barclays & other lenders follow the collapse of Lexi Holdings (a property finance company) with debts exceeding £120m.

Civil Fraud

Ruth joined chambers following a placement within the Peters & Peters civil fraud team and has since been instructed in a number of important cases involving civil fraud. She has dealt with numerous freezing orders and other applications for injunctive relief, including applications to restrain funds under the Proceeds of Crime Act. She is currently instructed by a Ukrainian oligarch in relation to a substantial claim relating to alleged misappropriation of oil monies, and in a large dishonest assistance claim brought against a Gibraltar bank following the collapse of Marrache & Co.

Notable/recent cases include:

Ras Al Kaimah Investment Authority v Bestfort & Ors [2015] EWHC 3383 (Ch.)  Successfully represented Respondents to an application for s.25 and other interim relief.

JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov & Ors [2013] EWHC 510 (Comm.) Successfully represented BTA Bank of Kazakhstan in proceedings brought to recover $1.5bn misappropriated by the Bank’s majority shareholder and chairman.

Bank of St Petersburg OJSC & Anor v Vitaly Arkhangelsky & Anor [2012] EWHC 2842 (Ch.) Represented the Bank and its chairman in proceedings to recover over £50m. claimed to be due from a former Russian oligarch.

New Southgate Metals v Mitchell & Ors Successfully represented a company which has stripped of its assets by its former directors by way of a purported sale and leaseback transaction.

Karren Brady & West Ham FC Ltd v (1) PKF (UK) LLP, (2) Howard Hill and (3) Tottenham Hotspur Plc [2011] EWHC 3178 (QB) Represented PKF (UK) LLP in answer to an application for Norwich Pharmacal relief relating to the unauthorised obtaining, possession and disclosure of mobile telephone records.

Lexi Holdings Plc [2009] 2 BCLC 1, [2008] 2 BCLC 725 Substantial litigation following the collapse of this property company, with £multi-million claims committed by its principal, Shaid Luqman (in the event, twice held to be in contempt of court). See also [2009] 2 BCLC 1, the leading decision of Court of Appeal on the liability of company directors for their negligent failure to prevent fraud on the company and Serious Fraud Office v Lexi Holdings Plc & Anor, TLR, 18 August 2008 (CA)( variation of restraint orders).

Company

Ruth has a very strong company practice. In recent years she has advised and acted in a range of company law matters including numerous proceedings for breach of fiduciary duty, the bringing of just and equitable winding up proceedings and deriative claims. 

Notable/recent cases include:

In Re Quiet Moments Limited [2013] EWHC 3806 (Ch) Shareholders dispute and winding up petition brought in respect of substantial property development company.

Bellfrey v Newcote International Limited [2013] EWHC 3500 (Ch).  Acted in substantial dispute between the owners and management of "Bet Victor"

Re Coroin Limited; McKillen v Misland (Cyprus) Limited [2012] EWHC 2343 (Ch.) Instructed on behalf of Patrick McKillen in a dispute between shareholders of Coroin, the owner of Claridges, the Berkeley and the Connaught hotels.

New Southgate Metals v Mitchell & Ors Successfully represented a company which has stripped of its assets by its former directors by way of a purported sale and leaseback transaction.

Dimitri Iesini v Westrip Holdings & Ors [2009] EWHC 2526 (Ch). Leading authority on applications for permission to bring derivative actions. The case also raised substantial issues relating to the issuance of share capital.

Lexi Holdings Plc [2009] 2 BCLC 1, [2008] 2 BCLC 725. Instructed in substantial proceedings concerning liability for the substantial losses caused to Barclays & other lenders follow the collapse of Lexi Holdings (a property finance company) with debts exceeding £120m. Key decision of the Court of Appeal dealing with the liability of company directors for their negligent failure to act to prevent the commission of fraud.

Insolvency

Ruth has a strong commercial practice with a substantial insolvency element. She is presently instructed by both the administrators of BHS and Lehman Brothers Limited.

Notable/recent cases include:

Nortel Networks (UK) Limited: Instructed to assist Philip Marshall QC in preparing his expert report on English law issues arising in the administration.

Re Coroin Limited; McKillen v Misland (Cyprus) Limited [2012] EWHC 2343 (Ch.) Instructed in a dispute between shareholders of Coroin, the owner of Claridges, the Berkeley and the Connaught hotels.  The proceedings also concerned the ability of the petitioner to raise funds, where said to have no valuable realisable assets.

Mosaic Fashions Finance Limited & Ors: Advised Deloitte LLP as administrators of the Icelandic fashion group including Oasis and Karen Millen.

Lexi Holdings Plc [2009] 2 BCLC 1, [2008] 2 BCLC 725. Substantial litigation following the collapse of this property company, with £multi-million claims committed by its principal, Shaid Luqman.

Axa Insurance Limited v Composite Legal Services Limited [2009] EWCA Civ 1166. Represented a number of solicitors in the “TAG 2” Litigation arising from the failure of the Composite Legal Expenses after-the-event insurance scheme.

Kamos-Finanz AG v (1) SLEC Holdings Limited (2) Bambino Holdings Limited. Represented the holder of rights to enforce a US$235m. loan used to finance the acquisition of the various rights to exploit Formula One. The action raised substantial questions as to the priority of a German insolvency administrator to enforce the loan.

Commercial Litigation

Ruth has a very strong commercial practice. She has been instructed in some of the most substantial proceedings recently heard in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division including the proceedings brought by Constantin Medien AG against Bernie Ecclestone and others, and is presently engaged in very sizeable litigation emanating from Russia, Ukraine and Georgia.

Notable/recent cases include:

Ras Al Kaimah Investment Authority v Bestfort & Ors [2015] EWHC 3383 (Ch.) Successfully represented Respondents to an application for s.25 and other interim relief.

Belltrey v Newcote International Limited [2013] EWHC 3500 (Ch.) Dispute concerning the grant of security to the principal funder of a substantial gaming company.

JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov & Ors [2013] EWHC 510 (Comm.) Successfully represented BTA Bank of Kazakhstan in proceedings brought to recover $1.5bn misappropriated by the Bank’s majority shareholder and chairman.

Bank of St Petersburg OJSC & Anor v Vitaly Arkhangelsky & Anor [2012] EWHC 2842 (Ch.) Represented the Bank and its chairman in proceedings to recover over £50m. claimed to be due from a former Russian oligarch.

Re Coroin Limited; McKillen v Misland (Cyprus) Limited [2012] EWHC 2343 (Ch.) Acted for Patrick McKillen in relation to a dispute over ownership and control of Claridges, the Berkeley and the Connaught hotels.

Pink Floyd Music Ltd & Anor v EMI [2010] EWHC 533 (Ch.) Represented EMI in a dispute with Pink Floyd concerning the rights to sell recordings online.

Lexi Holdings Plc [2009] 2 BCLC 1, [2008] 2 BCLC 725 Acted in this substantial case arising from the collapse of a bridging loan company, with £multi-million misappropriations having been made by its principal, Shaid Luqman.

Professional Negligence

Ruth has a very strong professional negligence practice and is currently engaged in advising in respect of a substantial claim against auditors. In addition to the cases below she regularly advises in relation to notified claims at the pre-action stage.

Notable/recent cases include:

Hill (In Liquidation) v KPMG Limited: Claim in respect of alleged negligent auditing of insurance company.

GML (UK) (Saxby) v Pitmans LLP: instructed in proceedings concerning the defendant firm’s allegedly negligent drafting of a pre-pack administration agreement for certain Burger King franchises.

Ghosh & Anor v Lewis Silken: instructed in proceedings concerning a top city law firm’s alleged negligent performance of a retainer to sell of an internet search company.

Ellis & Ors v Bristows (A Firm); Hetherington & Ors v Bristows (A Firm) Advised in relation to  the allegedly negligent restructuring of offshore trust vehicles.

Capital Home Loans Limited v M and M Solicitors: representing the defendant firm of solicitors in relation to alleged negligence and/or mortgage fraud.

Rudyard Kipling Thorpe (acting as litigation friend) v Fellowes (A Firm) [2011] PNLR 13. Leading authority on the requirement of solicitors to obtain instructions from an elderly vendor prior to sale of a property.

ELS International Lawyers LLP v Joe Ezaz; Stirling Mortimer Global Property Fund PCC v ELS International Lawyers LLP & Joe Ezaz. Represented individual defendant alleged to be responsible for loss of €9m held in escrow in a solicitor’s client account.

Axa Insurance Limited v Composite Legal Services Limited [2010] 1 WLR 1662. Represented a number of solicitors insured by WR Berkley in the “TAG 2” Litigation, a 75 party action managed by the Commercial Court, including successfully before the Court of Appeal in a key decision on limitation in solicitors’ negligence cases.

Lexi Holdings v Pannone & Partners Acted for the administrators on behalf of this substantial claim arising out of the collapse of a property bridging company.

Qualifications

BA (First Class) Jesus College, Oxford
Dip Law, City University
Queen Mother's Scholar, Fox Scholar and Hamsworth Exhibitioner (Middle Temple)
Sankey Scholar (Jesus College, Oxford)

Memberships

Commercial Bar Association
Chancery Bar Association


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