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John Wardell QC

Call: 1979    QC: 2002

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John is recommended in Chambers Global as a leading silk in chancery commercial litigation, and has been consistently recommended in this field as well as for Civil Fraud by both Chambers UK and The Legal 500. He is also recommended for commercial dispute resolution by Chambers UK.

His commercial practice is very broad and embraces disputes involving companies, joint venture agreements and partnerships. Many of his cases have an international dimension and involve allegations of fraud.

Many of John’s commercial cases involve claims for breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty.

Recent cases include:

  •  Acting on claims against a solicitors firm and a trust company for substantial compensation for professional negligence and breaches of trust arising out of the wrongful diversion of trust monies to a new trust structure set up by them for the claimant’s brother in law.
  • Takhar v Gracefield Properties [2014] Acting on a claim seeking recovery from trustees of a portfolio of commercial properties which they have sought to develop for their own benefit.
  • Zarbafi v Zarbafi [2014] Acting on a family dispute where properties and other assets have allegedly been utilised contrary to the terms of the trusts on which they were said to be held.
  •  Salford Capital Partners v Kenneth Krys [2014] Acting on a claim against the liquidators of a limited partnership in the BVI concerning their failure to comply with the terms of the partnership agreement relating to the valuation of the partnership’s assets (which are worth over US $1bn) .
  •  R P Explorer Master Fund v Malhotra [2014]Acting in the defence of a US $70m claim for damages for conspiracy arising out of a scheme to build an oil refinery in India.
  • Excalibur Ventures LLC v Texas Keystone [2014] – acting for one of the funders who advanced £13.5 million to support the disastrous claim brought by Excalibur against Texas Keystone.
  • Acting for the Claimant in a $60 million claim arising out of the failure to honour the terms of a share sale agreement relating to the sale of shares in a company which was the ultimate owner of two Russian banks.
  • Matchtrack v Kirschel [2013]- acting for the Claimant in respect of an unsuccessful joint venture agreement concerning a substantial commercial property in Central London.
  • Apex Global Management Limited v FiCall Limited and Others [2013] – acting for the Defendants in relation to a multi-million pound shareholders’ dispute between the shareholders of FiCall.
  • Logue v PGGL and the Candy Brothers [2013] – acting for the Claimant in a claim for damages sustained as a result of a conspiracy whereby the Defendants sought to forfeit deposits that had been paid by the Claimant for an apartment at One Hyde Park, retain the increase in value on that apartment and share in any recovery made in proceedings brought against him in the United States.
  • Stone v National Westminster Bank [2013] EWHC 208 – acting for the Defendant bank in successfully defending a £20 million claim arising out of a Ponzi scheme operated by one of the Bank’s customers.
  • Algosaibi and Brothers Company v Saad Investments Company Limited [2013] – acting for the Claimant in respect of a multi-billion claim arising out of a fraud perpetrated by Mr Al Sanea.
  • Fortress Value Recovery Fund LLC v Blue Skye Special Opportunities Fund LP [2012] – acting for one of the Defendants accused of being involved in a complex fraud which involved the diversion of substantial assets in an investment portfolio to a new structure in breach of trust.
  • Tsang v Tsang [2011] – acting for the former wife of a dollar billionaire, who was being sued by her ex father-in-law for fraud. After objecting to the High Court exercising jurisdiction, John successfully appeared for the wife in parallel proceedings in Singapore.
  • Jenington International v Assaubayev [2010] – acting for the Defendants who were accused of masterminding a substantial fraud arising out of the sale of gold mines in Kazakhstan.