Practice overview

Caspar has been developing a busy commercial chancery practice since joining Chambers in 2020 upon successful completion of his pupillage. Caspar’s practice spans commercial and civil fraud work (with a focus on interim relief including freezing injunctions), insolvency work as well as trusts and pensions work. Caspar is equally comfortable being instructed in his own right or as part of a larger team.

Prior to joining Chambers, Caspar obtained a PhD on the subject of primary and secondary rights in private law under the supervision of Professor Charles Mitchell at UCL. Caspar’s PhD was funded by an LAHP Doctoral Scholarship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Caspar also taught and examined undergraduate tutorials in land law and trusts at LSE and UCL during this time.

Caspar completed his undergraduate studies at UCL, graduating with first class honours and on the Dean’s List for academic excellence in 2014. Caspar then obtained a BCL from the Queen’s College, Oxford, graduating with a distinction and winning the Herbert Hart Prize for Jurisprudence. He is also a Lord Mansfield Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn.

Caspar is a native German speaker.

Caspar's expertise

Recent and ongoing work includes:

  • Successfully acting for the Claimant in Manoukian v Société Générale de Banque au Liban and another [2022] EWHC 669 (QB), one of The Lawyer’s ‘Top 20 Cases of 2022’, in obtaining an order for international transfers from Mr Manoukian’s bank accounts held with the Defendant banks following an 8-day trial in the High Court in February 2022 (with Daniel Toledano KC and Bobby Friedman). Further details on the decision of Mr Justice Picken can be found here.
  • Acting for the appellant beneficiaries in the Privy Council appeal of Crociani v Crociani (with Robert Ham KC), an important appeal regarding defaulting trustees’ duty to reconstitute the trust fund.
  • Acting for the applicant/plaintiff in civil fraud proceedings in Raiffeisen Scully Royalty in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, claiming over €40m under the Cayman Fraudulent Dispositions Law and in conspiracy (with Tim Penny KC and Jamie Holmes). This includes, most recently, successfully acting in two appeals before the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, which upheld a €153m worldwide freezing order against two of the Defendants, and refused two of the other Defendants’ application for permission to appeal the order dismissing their jurisdiction challenge.
  • Acting for the claimant oil trading company in Lukoil Benelux BV v Oil Distribution Terminals SL and others, a claim relating to the misappropriation of +€20m of diesel oil from a storage facility in Spain (with Bobby Friedman). The claim involves complicated issues of conflict of laws, civil fraud and interim relief.
  • Acting for the claimant bondholders in Cresta Estates Ltd and another v Robert Colin, an application to replace a security trustee under s. 41 of the Trustee Act 1925 (with Patrick Harty). The claimants are seeking to ultimately recover their +£60m investment in a plastic-to-oil project in North Wales.
  • Advising the employer of a large pension scheme regarding a surplus arising in the context of a winding up (with Jonathan Hilliard KC).
  • Acting for the defendants in a cross-border commercial dispute (with Tim Penny KC). This includes serious allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, related proceedings in another jurisdiction and pleading extensive provisions of foreign law.
  • Acting for the defendants in a £50m fraud claim in the Commercial Court (with Bobby Friedman).
  • Advising the trustee of a substantial offshore settlement in relation to attacks on the trust made in the context of a multi-jurisdictional dispute (with Jonathan Hilliard KC and Jack Watson).
  • Advising in a contentious pensions matter (with Jonathan Hilliard KC).
  • Acting for the claimant in a joint venture dispute (with Jack Watson).
  • Acting for the claimants in Part 8 proceedings in the Chancery Division seeking rectification of a deed. This has included a successful application to dispense with service of documents on an untraceable Defendant.
  • Successfully obtaining strike out of a claim alleging deceit, dishonest breach of fiduciary duty and conspiracy. The claim related to the sale of residential property in the UAE and involved questions of jurisdiction, and choice of law.
  • Advising on a potential breach of trust claim against the client’s former solicitors.
  • Successfully resisting an overly broad application for specific disclosure.
  • Advising investors in a failed hotel investment scheme regarding potential challenges to decisions made by the insolvency officeholders in charge of the freehold and management companies.
  • Advising both claimants and defendants in professional negligence claims.

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    Wilberforce Insolvency Conference & Dinner 2024

    Thursday 1st February 2024 | 12.30pm - 5.55pm, followed by drinks and dinner
    The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, London

    £130 - £185 + VAT | 4 CPD

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    Wilberforce Trusts Litigation Day 2024

    Monday 29th January 2024 | 9am - 5.35pm, followed by drinks and dinner
    InterContinental Park Lane, London

    £299 - £360 + VAT | 5.5 CPD

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    Wilberforce Commercial Litigation Conference 2023

    Thursday 12th October 2023 | 12.30pm - 6pm, followed by drinks
    The Langham, London

    £130 + VAT | 4.0 CPD

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    Publications

    The Edward Nugee Memorial Lectures 2022

    Michael Furness KC | Jonathan Hilliard KC | David Pollard | Edward Sawyer | Thomas Robinson | Sebastian Allen | Jennifer Seaman | Michael Ashdown | Joseph Steadman | Caspar Bartscherer
    June 2022

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Caspar's Details

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Registered name: Mr Caspar Julius Ferdinand Bartscherer
VAT number: 355159291

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Qualifications and Appointments

  • LLB, University College London (2014, First, placed second in cohort)
  • BCL, The Queen’s College, Oxford (2015, Distinction)
  • PhD Law and Legal Theory, University College London (2020)
  • BPTC, BPP (2019, Outstanding)
  • Dean’s List, UCL Faculty of Laws (2014)
  • Herbert Hart Prize in Jurisprudence and Political Theory, Oxford Faculty of Law (2015)
  • LAHP Doctoral Scholarship, Arts and Humanities Research Council (2015-2018)
  • Lord Mansfield Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2019)

Publications

  • Bartscherer C, ‘Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: One Step (Support) LTD v Morris-Garner and Another’ (2019) 82 The Modern Law Review 367

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