Robert Lawrie

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Robert Lawrie


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Robert Lawrie is a commercial litigator with a special interest in fraud litigation and disputes involving companies.  Like BLL’s Lead Counsel Jonathan Fisher QC, Robert is also registered as a practitioner in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts.  He works with Jonathan and other members of the BLL team in cases in the UK and in the DIFC.

After spending several years working as a barrister in independent practice, for the past ten years Robert has worked in the litigation departments of solicitors’ firms.  He ran the civil fraud department at BCL Solicitors LLP, one of the UK’s leading specialist fraud firms, and he was a partner in the commercial litigation department of Howard Kennedy.  He is now a consultant litigator, which gives him the flexibility to work only with barristers and solicitors of his choice.

Robert represents claimants and defendants, and acts for individuals, entrepreneurs, companies and their shareholders, frequently working alongside specialist criminal lawyers.  Robert acts in domestic and international litigation which frequently involves claims in a number of jurisdictions and the tracing of assets through several countries.  His work frequently involves applying for or responding to interim injunctions, including freezing orders and disclosure orders.

Robert has acted in a number of significant civil fraud matters in recent years.  He has been instructed in two separate matters arising out of litigation brought by the liquidators of Bernard Madoff’s US and UK companies and has advised in respect of potential claims against banks relating to exchange rate fixing.  Robert has also acted for clients defending a £95m civil fraud claim pursued by HMRC, has acted for a Russian TV channel in a multi-million pound arbitration, and has acted as agent in a number of successful appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Robert is recommended in the Legal 500 2016 for civil fraud. This leading independent directory describes Robert as "bright and pragmatic" and notes that he "regularly represents banks and financial institutions.”  Robert co-authored the civil fraud chapter in the SFO’s book, Serious Economic Crime, published in 2011.  He is a committee member of the Fraud Lawyers’ Association and was previously an elected member of the Bar Council.


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