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Jonathan Hilliard QC

Call: 2003    QC: 2016

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Jonathan is ranked in Chambers Global, Chambers & Partners (UK) and the Legal 500 for his civil fraud and offshore related commercial work. Chambers & Partners 2019 describes him as “very user-friendly. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of insolvency-based fraud issues”. “Very dependable and really knows his stuff. He’s on the ball and deeply analytical in his approach to complex matters.”

A significant amount of Jonathan’s work concerns business and commercial disputes, particularly those relating to:

  • Civil fraud
  • Asset tracing
  • Financial services
  • Regulatory issues
  • Insolvency
  • Company and partnership issues

Jonathan’s work in these areas frequently overlaps with his offshore and trusts practices, many of these disputes having an international element, involving fraud or heavy factual disputes, and involving fiduciaries acting in a financial services context. He also has significant experience on the domestic side of the Upper Tribunal’s financial services jurisdiction and financial services judicial review.

On the civil fraud side, to take some recent examples:

  • He is currently involved in a large UK fraud case with international elements, likely to be listed for a 6 week trial;
  • He has been involved in a number of pensions liberations fraud and tracing cases, including an important one listed for 2 ½ weeks in late 2017;
  • He was involved in fraud proceedings in Gibraltar involving allegations against a leading offshore fiduciary practice, which was listed for a 15-20 day trial in 2015 before settling.
  • He has acted in the largest fraud in recent Latvian history (reported variously as Antonio Gramsci Shipping, Recoletos and Lembergs) being litigated out in the Commercial Court, with a final hearing over the appointment of receives currently scheduled for 2015.
  • He acted successfully as part of the claimants’ team in ITS v GP Noble [2009-2013], which involved fraud proceedings in a number of jurisdictions, a number of significant hearings and parallel criminal proceedings.
  • He acted successfully as part of the claimants’ team in the Court of Appeal in ITS v Susan Morris [2011-2013] in tracing the proceedings of fraud into a divorce settlement.

On the regulatory side, for example:

  • He has been involved in the recent leading cases before the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) concerning the limits of the jurisdiction of the Upper Tribunal in financial services matters.
  • He is currently acting for a large private equity outfit in relation to a number of regulatory investigations into them.
  • He has been involved recently in a number of pieces of financial services judicial review matters, including in relation to the life insurance industry.

As far as insolvency is concerned, much of his pensions work takes him into the insolvency arena, and he frequently advises alongside or acts together with insolvency counsel. Recent examples of his reported insolvency cases include:

  • Nortel & Lehman v TPR [2010-2013] (first instance, CA and SC- when a statutory debt ranks as a provable debt or expense).
  • Singer & Friedlander [2013] (calculation of debts in insolvency).
  • Gleave v PPF (proof for s.75 debts in insolvency).