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BOBBY FRIEDMAN

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Practice Overview

Bobby is a much in demand senior junior. He is described in the legal directories as a “rising star” who is “staggeringly clever” and “noted for his advocacy capabilities and the practical approach he takes to cases.”

Bobby specialises in general commercial disputes, with an emphasis on civil fraud; shareholder disputes; insolvency; offshore work; commercial trusts cases; and commercial art and cultural property disputes.

Bobby appears regularly in both the Commercial and Chancery Courts as well as in arbitrations. He has substantial offshore experience and is called in the BVI.

Bobby enjoys working as sole counsel (or leading a junior); he frequently appears unled, often against silks, or silk and junior teams, in high-value and complicated matters. He also enjoys acting as a junior on substantial disputes (either as sole junior, or as the senior junior in a larger team). Bobby’s experience involves acting in some of the most high-profile and high value cases of recent years.

Bobby has also acted as an expert, determining disputes between parties by way of alternative dispute resolution.

Bobby recognises the importance of a detailed and analytical approach, and combines this with pragmatism and tenacity.

Other directory recommendations include that he is “very skilled at getting to the heart of a case quickly and coming up with a clear and coherent strategy”; “a personable, passionate and persuasive advocate”; “enthusiastic and technically excellent”; “unafraid to make difficult calls and he portrays a confidence that belies his years“; “very consistent and authoritative” in his advice; and has a “tenacious advocacy style.” Other comments include that Bobby “is fun to work with, super clever and incredibly responsive”; and that “He is a very good junior who gives very efficient and effective service, and has strong advocacy skills.”

A snapshot of ongoing and recent cases includes:

  • Successfully acting for the Claimant in one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases of 2022, Manoukian v Societe Generale de Banque au Liban and Bank Audi [2022] EWHC 669 (QB), in what is believed to be the first international case in which a Lebanese depositor has obtained an order for payment from Lebanese banks, in the context of the Lebanese financial crisis.
  • Acting for the Defendants in a €100 million Commercial Court fraud claim alleged to relate to the collapse of the Steinhoff Group in South Africa.
  • As sole counsel against a silk and junior team, successfully obtaining fortification of a freezing injunction in the Commercial Court (Claimants Listed in Schedule 1 v Spence [2021] EWHC 925 (Comm)).
  • Successfully acting for the Claimants in a four-week High Court trial of a shareholder dispute: Dalkilic v Pekin [2021] EWHC 219 (Ch).
  • As sole counsel in a number of separate High Court fraud claims arising out of email “phishing” attacks. These include: Solid property v Singh [2018] 3 WLUK 589, where Bobby successfully obtained and held a freezing injunction; and the high-profile Rijksmuseum Twenthe v Simon C Dickinson.
  • Acting as a junior in a joint venture dispute in the BVI, IMR v Bonafide, worth in excess of £100m (settled in 2022, shortly before a 9-week trial).
  • A Commercial Court claim concerning the validity of derivatives contracts, involving allegations of bad faith (Goldman Sachs v J Garcia Carrion) – led by Max Mallin QC and leading Tara Taylor.
  • Acting as sole counsel for a defendant resisting a major Commercial Court fraud claim worth over £1 billion.
  • Acting (led by John Wardell QC and leading Sri Carmichael) for the Claimant, Tulip Trading, in Chancery Division litigation relating to the duties owed by the developers of digital assets including Bitcoin, to owners and users of the digital asset networks.
  • Acting in a £30 million fraud claim concerning sums said to have been stolen from a City brokerage.
  • Acting as sole counsel against a silk and junior team in a high-value Chancery Division dispute concerning the termination of a commercial agency.
  • Acting (being led by Alan Gourgey QC and leading Jia Wei Lee) in an LCIA arbitration concerning a major commercial dispute relating to a Russian mine, worth many hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • As sole counsel, acting against a silk and junior team in a major High Court shareholder dispute.
  • Acting as sole counsel for the claimant in a Commercial Court claim for conspiracy against private equity investors.
  • Acting as sole counsel for a Kazakh bank in a Commercial Court fraud claim.
  • Acting as sole counsel for the defendants in a High Court dispute concerning joint venture agreements relating to the artworks of Robert Indiana.
  • Acting as a junior in the major litigation between the city brokerages BGC and Tradition, which settled during a 3-week trial in late 2019.
  • Acting as sole counsel in an ICC arbitration.
  • Successfully resisting the enforcement of an arbitration award worth some $3 billion, in the Commercial Court: Gazprom v Naftogaz [2019] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 20.
  • BVI proceedings concerning whether a trust of shares in a very high-profile Ukrainian company was a fraud.