Leading Crypto Practitioners join Maitland

We are excited to announce that Dean Armstrong KC and Racheal Muldoon have joined Chambers. They bring further strength to our civil fraud and broader asset recovery credentials, particularly in the field of cryptoassets in which both Dean and Racheal are highly recommended in Chambers & Partners.

John Wiggs (Senior Clerk):

We are delighted that Dean and Racheal have joined Maitland to further enhance our offering in the growing area of digital assets and smart contracts, as well as bringing their expertise in commercial litigation. Their arrival places us at the forefront of the developing cyber sector, and blends perfectly with our long-standing reputation in Civil Fraud, Insolvency and Asset Recovery.

Together, Dean and Racheal are instructed in the leading international and domestic cryptoasset disputes, including by an international client in the FTX crypto exchange insolvency, and for the Claimant in D’Aloia v Persons Unknown Category A: the first reported case of its kind contested by cryptocurrency exchanges. In recognition of their expertise in the field, in 2022 Dean and Racheal co-authored the COMBAR and Chancery Bar’s joint response to the Law Commission’s Consultation on Digital Assets.

Dean Armstrong KC is an internationally recognised authority on cyber law, and co-author of Cyber Security Law and Practice, as well as other leading texts on blockchain and cryptocurrency, cyber litigation and cyber insurance. He is an expert in data, blockchain and broader DLT technology, smart contracts and all aspects of cyber related disputes. He is currently instructed in the largest high-profile cases currently before the courts in the areas of crypto insolvency, crypto recovery and the alleged misuse of athletes’ personal data. He is ranked in Chambers & Partners (Band 1) for his crypto work, was part of the team which drafted the Virtual Asset Service Providers Travel Rules, and is involved in various parliamentary policy initiatives.

Racheal Muldoon is a leading commercial junior with an exceptional civil fraud practice and substantial experience of cryptoasset litigation, including the recovery of misappropriated cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Racheal has appeared for claimants in many reported cryptoasset cases in recent years, including Osbourne v Persons Unknown: the first reported case in the world concerning the recovery of misappropriated NFTs. Racheal’s advisory cryptoasset and art practice is substantial, having advised crypto exchanges, large brands, international art galleries and artists on ICOs and NFT drops. The breadth and scale of her cryptoasset expertise is reflected by her instructions in a multi-billion-pound intellectual property dispute in the cryptoasset field. Racheal is ranked in Chambers & Partners (Band 2) for her work and is a British Blockchain Association (BBA) Advisor, advising the UK Government on its cryptoasset policy and international regulatory regimes.

For further information, please contact our clerks.