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Wellcourt Investment Corp v Propfurn Ltd

Area of Law: Civil Fraud

Lance Ashworth QC and Matthew Morrison are acting for the claimants in Wellcourt Investment Corp v Propfurn Ltd, a claim in connection with a £100m property portfolio in London, owned by BVI and Liberian companies. They have so far successfully obtained recovery of all monies held by the former agents of the claimants.

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Grove Park Properties v Royal Bank of Scotland

Area of Law: Banking and Financial Services

Lance Ashworth QC acts for the claimant in Grove Park Properties v Royal Bank of Scotland, which is due for a 10-day Commercial Court trial in January 2021, in which it is alleged that the defendant bank fraudulently amended a loan agreement to halve the term of the loan.

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Bett & Gethin v Crown Estate

Area of Law: Property

Thomas Braithwaite, acting for the Crown Estate Commissioners, successfully defeated an adverse claim to part of the North Norfolk coast. The case addressed the principles of accretion and avulsion, and the presumption of Crown ownership of the foreshore (Bett & Gethin v Crown Estate (FTT, REF/2017/0591)).

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Circumference v Martin

Area of Law: Civil Fraud

John Machell QC acts for the claimants in Circumference v Martin in which the Claimants claim an entitlement to rescind a share purchase agreement for fraudulent misrepresentation.

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Kelleher v Castlebourne Homes (Rock) Ltd [2020]

Area of Law: Property

In Kelleher v Castlebourne Homes (Rock) Ltd [2020] (High Court, Bodmin District Registry) Andrew Bruce represented the Defendant developers in a dispute about the width of a strip of land and easement at a site in Trebetherick, Cornwall. The trial took place over a week entirely remotely in Summer 2020 and involved detailed consideration of historic conveyances, numerous plans and various aerial photographs, together with contested expert surveying evidence. HHJ Carr’s judgment paid tribute to the quality of the submissions.

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China Metals v Chun

Area of Law: Civil Fraud

Hugh Norbury QC has been involved in the English leg of China Metals v Chun, a large international fraud case relating to the alleged misappropriation of assets in China / Hong Kong. Hugh is acting for the daughters of the alleged fraudster in relation to a proprietary injunction over valuable assets that they hold in London.

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Dunmoore (West London) Ltd v Vanessa Donegan [2020]

In Dunmoore (West London) Ltd v Vanessa Donegan [2020] (Upper Tribunal Lands Chamber), Andrew Bruce acted for the Objector on an application to modify a restrictive covenant under s.84(1)(aa) of the Law of Property Act 1925. The Applicants were constructing an industrial park on agricultural land near Billingshurst, Sussex and sought to modify a covenant which prevented any building on a buffer zone of 200’ from the boundary of the Objector’s (extensive and valuable) home. The application was settled the last working day before the Upper Tribunal hearing on commercial terms.

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Equity Real Estate (Bracknell) Ltd & Ors v Capstan Capital Partners LLP & Ors

Area of Law: Civil Fraud

In Equity Real Estate (Bracknell) Ltd & Ors v Capstan Capital Partners LLP & Ors, Justin Higgo QC and Stephanie Thompson are representing five SPVs who are the apparent victims of a substantial property investment fraud. They have so far obtained extensive disclosure from third parties under the Bankers Trust, Norwich Pharmacal, and pre-action disclosure jurisdictions.

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Ballacorey What v Brown and Ors

Area of Law: Civil Fraud

Hugh Norbury QC is instructed on behalf of corporate and individual trustee and director defendants in Ballacorey What v Brown and Ors, a fraud claim issued in the Isle of Man arising out of a relationship between investment managers in the GEM financial management business.

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