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Fraud & Asset Recovery

Maitland is ranked in the top band of chambers in the field of civil fraud in Chambers UK Bar Guide and The Legal 500.

Our expertise in the pursuit and defence of civil fraud claims, particularly in the commercial context, extends from the early advisory stages and the obtaining (or resisting) of urgent freezing and search order relief (including dealing with the cross-jurisdictional issues that may arise and enforcement through applications for contempt and other measures), through to trial and the tracing and recovery of assets both in the UK and internationally. We are experienced in all manner of civil claims based on dishonesty, including those based on misrepresentation or on accessory liability for a breach of fiduciary duty, both at the corporate and individual level; and in the various techniques of asset recovery, including tracing, the imposition of constructive trusts, claims against third parties who have participated in or received proceeds from the fraud and piercing of the corporate veil.

Our expertise in civil fraud claims is augmented by our cross-disciplinary expertise in related areas, such as banking & financial services, company, insolvency, partnership, real estate and trusts. This ensures that clients get the best all-round advice and representation.  For many years, we have been involved in leading fraud cases in the commercial, banking and financial services sectors as well as breaches of directors’ (and other fiduciaries’) duties and bribery.

"The set’s ‘knowledge of civil bribery and challenging legal issues, like corporate attribution, is among the most highly developed in the market’."

Legal 500 (Fraud: Civil) 2019