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James Ayliffe QC

Call: 1987    QC: 2008

+44 (0)20 7306

Civil Fraud

James has extensive experience of civil fraud cases, including

  • deceit, breach of fiduciary duty, knowing receipt/assistance, unlawful means conspiracy claims;
  • asset tracing;
  • setting aside ‘sham’ transactions and arrangements;
  • avoidance of transactions defrauding creditors; and
  • freezing injunctions and other interim relief.

Some representative cases include:

  • representing Russian joint venture partner defending claim for fraudulent misrepresentation in connection with establishment of BVI joint venture vehicle;
  • acting for shareholder in property investment company on claim for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and conspiracy against other shareholders/directors in connection with sale of company assets to themselves at a substantial undervalue;
  • acting for tax authorities of foreign state seeking to set aside fraudulent transactions entered into by tax debtor in efforts to prevent enforcement of £200m tax debt;
  • acting for defendant to £50m claim arising out of the operation of a corporate Ponzi scheme;
  • representing City trader in defence of claim for the recovery of £20m of AIM-listed company shares allegedly misappropriated by him;
  • acting for European car parts distributor in claim against former directors/ employees for fraud and unlawful means conspiracy;
  • setting aside “sham” trust established by Hong Kong businessman to shield his assets and prejudice creditors.