High Net Worth Litigation
Experience in representing and advising High Net Worth clients in a range of commercial litigation.
Fraser Chambers provides the full range of litigation services for High Net Worth individuals. Fraser Chambers appreciates that many High Net Worth individuals have complex disputes, covering many jurisdictions and welcome clear advice about the best litigation strategy to be adopted.
Dr Anton van Dellen has been instructed in many high value commercial cases, including cases involving disputes over a loan of $400million to acquire shares in a Siberian oil field; £110million in foreign exchange money laundering; £40million in cryptocurrency trading software; and £12million in Bangladesh power company shares.
A dispute may involve a freezing order (potentially worldwide) which requires careful advice as to the scope of the freezing order and permissible exceptions to spending allowed by the freezing order.
Breach of court orders is particularly serious where the court order is endorsed with a penal notice, as this carries exposure to an application for committal to prison for contempt of court.
High Net Worth clients may also decide to bring private prosecutions where criminal conduct has occurred, rather than pursue claims in civil courts. Although there is a higher standard of proof, there are many advantages to private prosecutions, including that proceedings are commonly faster and there is a greater measure of protection from paying the Defendant’s legal costs and recovering legal costs, even if the prosecution is unsuccessful.
When assets have been seized, challenges frequently need to be brought using trust principles and public law challenges to public authorities.
Recent High Net Worth Litigation Cases
Urgent injunction granted to prevent sale of Batmobile
Dr Anton van Dellen was instructed by Elo Trustees Limited to prevent the sale of 8 vehicles, including a Batmobile, by Bonhams. The application was opposed by Bonhams, but granted by Mr Justice Foxton in the High Court. The cars were due to be sold later that evening. Anton [...]
High Court claim against expert witness for negligence
Dr Anton van Dellen represented the Claimant who brought a claim against an expert witness for negligence. The Defendant expert witness had previously given evidence in the Employment Tribunal in an employment claim brought by the Claimant against his former employers. Mrs Justice Lambert considered the case law pertaining [...]
Private prosecution by Thames Water
Dr Anton van Dellen represented the Defendants who were being privately prosecuted by Thames Water for obstructing drains. Following mitigation, the Judge agreed with Anton's submission that a band 3 fine was appropriate. No custodial sentence was imposed. Anton was instructed by Ennon and Co Solicitors. [...]
Recent High Net Worth Litigation News
Shape of Who?
Case Analysis: Sheeran & Ors v Chokri & Ors  EWHC 827 (Ch) (06 April 2022) Liam Wells, Barrister, Fraser Chambers & Nicholas Reed-Langen, Visiting Scholar, The Hertie School Introduction The music industry is a fickle business. Talent only gets you so far, before you must ride your [...]
Fraser Chambers welcomes Liam Wells
Liam graduated in jurisprudence from the University of Oxford, has an LLM from King's College London in International Business Law and an LLM from the Erasmus School of Law in the Netherlands. He is currently completing his PhD on regulatory law at the University of Hamburg, is the Managing Editor [...]
University of Notre Dame law student completes externship
Alexis Flores has completed her externship at Fraser Chambers whilst studying for her law degree with the University of Notre Dame. Alexis said that the favourite part of studying in London last fall was her externship: "I had the opportunity to work for a barrister that specializes in civil law. I [...]
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