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Max Mallin QC

Call: 1993    QC: 2017

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Civil Fraud

Max is a “well regarded” civil fraud practitioner whose financial background makes him an ideal choice for complicated asset tracing claims. He is recommended by both Chambers UK and The Legal 500 who refer to the fact that he has a “very quick mind” and “gives clear directional guidance”.

Some of his recent work includes:

  • Brainbox Digital Limited v Backbord Media & Ors. Max acted for the Claimant in this claim for damages for breach of contract and/or restitution arising out of a contract between the Claimant and the Defendants for the supply to the Claimant of specified digital services. It was the Claimants case that the Defendants had obtained payment under the contract by fraud and, in July 2017, Max applied for and obtained a without notice freezing and proprietary injunction. Permission to enforce these orders out of the jurisdiction was obtained and after further interlocutory skirmishing (including an application for security for costs and to fortify the Claimant’s cross-undertaking in damages) the case settled in December 2017.
  • Eminent Energy v Daxin Baltic. Max acted for the Claimant in this Commercial Court claim for damages and declarations arising out of the supply of Naphtha to the Claimant by the Defendant. The Defendant alleged fraud and conspiracy. In March 2016, Max obtained an urgent without notice injunction to prevent the Defendant from disposing of a quantity of Naphtha held at a storage facility in Latvia.
  • Nextam v Mughal. Max acted for the Claimant in his claim for breach of fiduciary duty/fraud against a former director. Max obtained a number of urgent interlocutory orders (including freezing and disclosure orders) before obtaining judgment for about £2 million in October 2015. Max also represented the Claimant in its application to commit the Defendant to prison for contempt of Court. Following a 4 day hearing, Whipple J committed the Defendant to prison in March 2016 [2016] EWHC 367 (QB).
  • In the matter of African Safari Club Limited (in liquidation). Max acted for the liquidators in this claim against ex-directors for fraud/breach of fiduciary duty and compensation under sections 212 and 214 of the Insolvency Act 1986.
  • ICF v Mistry. Max acted for the Claimant in this claim for damages/equitable compensation against an ex-director of the claimant company. Max obtained a freezing injunction on very short notice in March 2016.
  • African Land Ltd v Haddow & others: Max acted for the Claimant in this high value action for fraud and breach of contract in relation to investment in plots of land in Sierra Leone. Max obtained a number of interlocutor orders on behalf of the Claimant including freezing injunction prior to the settlement of the case.