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FIRE UK: Welcome Back Summit

22nd September 2023, Central London, UK 

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Re-Light your FIRE with:

Professor Aldert Vrij
Professor in Psychology
University of Portsmouth

I was awarded my PhD in 1991 at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and came to the UK in 1994, when I joined the Psychology Department as a Senior Lecturer. In 1996 I was promoted to Reader and in 2000 to my current position: Professor of Applied Social Psychology.

My main research interest is deception, resulting in almost 600 publications and more than 25,000 citations. I received grants from British Research Councils, Trusts and Foundations, Insurers, Federal Bureau of Investigation and American, British, Dutch, and Singapore Governments, totalling > $11,000,000.

I work closely with practitioners (police, security services and insurers) in terms of conducting research and disseminating its findings. My book Detecting Lies and Deceit: Pitfalls and Opportunities (published by Wiley) is a comprehensive overview of research into (non)verbal and physiological deception and lie detection.

In 2016 I received the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iiiRG) Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of my significant contribution to investigative interviewing. 


Professor Aldert Vrij
Professor Aldert Vrij Professor in Psychology
University of Portsmouth
Jane Colston
Partner
Brown Rudnick

Jane Colston's practice focuses on complex and high-value commercial banking, contract and tort disputes as well as company, shareholders and partnership disputes.

Jane has acted in numerous complex fraud cases and has extensive experience of forensic investigations, most of which have involved working with teams of investigators and accountants, and coordinating lawyers in multiple jurisdictions to trace and freeze assets. She has managed numerous cases involving freezing, search, disclosure, gagging and delivery up injunctions as well as breach of confidence claims. 


Jane Colston
Jane Colston Partner
Brown Rudnick
Anthony Riem
Partner
PCB Byrne (UK)

Anthony is recognised as a ‘stellar practitioner’ and leading lawyer in fraud investigation and litigation, asset recovery, banking litigation and commercial litigation. He is the English member of Fraudnet, the ICC global network of asset recovery specialists, and a founding member and former Chairman of the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association.

Anthony has an established practice acting for banks in multi-million dollar litigation, often involving freezing orders in several jurisdictions. In addition, he has been instructed in many leading commercial litigation cases over the years, at both first instance and appellate levels.


Anthony Riem
Anthony Riem Partner
PCB Byrne (UK)
Tatiana Menshenina
Partner
Withers (UK)

Tatiana is a partner in the litigation and arbitration team and focuses on disputes involving Russia and the CIS.

She is an experienced commercial litigator, working on both court cases and arbitrations, with market-leading experience in complex cross-border disputes. She has worked on a range of high profile cases for both corporates and high net worth individuals.

Tatiana qualified as a Solicitor – Advocate with Higher Rights of Audience, Civil Proceedings (England and Wales). She is also qualified as a Russian Advocate and was called to the Moscow City Bar in 2002.


Tatiana Menshenina
Tatiana Menshenina Partner
Withers (UK)
Paul Allen
Partner
FRP Advisory Services

Paul Allen
Paul Allen Partner
FRP Advisory Services
Ami Sweeney
Associate Director
Grant Thornton

I have over 10 years’ experience of working in our insolvency and asset recovery team that specialises in global asset tracing, recovery and enforcement.

I manage contentious personal and corporate insolvency appointments and work closely with solicitors to formulate legal claims to enforce judgements and maximise recoveries for those who have suffered a financial loss.

I lived in the British Virgin Islands for two years where I led several high-profile feeder funds in liquidation. This enabled me to obtain experience in understanding and unwinding complex corporate structures in offshore jurisdictions and attending to contentious trust matters.

These skills have supported my focus on assisting beneficiaries, trustees and representatives in matrimonial, family, trust and probate disputes with the support of my colleagues in the corporate intelligence, forensic, and valuation teams.


Ami Sweeney
Ami Sweeney Associate Director
Grant Thornton
Jonathan Tickner
Head of Commercial Litgation & Civil Fraud
Peters & Peters

Jonathan specialises in large complex commercial disputes, civil fraud and asset tracing cases with extensive experience in multi jurisdictional emergency procedures.

An experienced and skilled practitioner specialising in large complex commercial disputes, civil fraud and asset tracing cases, Jonathan has extensive experience in dealing with multi-jurisdictional emergency procedures including asset freezing and search and seizure orders. He has acted on a number of occasions as supervising solicitor upon the execution of search and seizure orders.

Jonathan’s work ranges from the conduct of internal investigations, competition litigation, advance fee frauds, the diversion of business opportunities and breaches of fiduciary duty to claims involving deceit, bribery and secret profits.

Jonathan’s international expertise was also identified in The International Who’s Who of Asset Recovery Lawyers: “Jonathan is a favourite with clients and a true expert specialising in multi-jurisdictional cases, asset freezing, and obtaining and executing search and seizure orders.”

In January 2014, Jonathan was recognised in The Lawyer’s Hot 100′ list in the litigation/regulation category. He is a Contributing Editor to Getting The Deal Through: ‘Asset Recovery’. Jonathan is regularly ranked as a Leading Lawyer by legal directories, Chambers and Partners research shows our clients praise Jonathan for his “calm and meticulous approach” and comment on his ability to provide “creative solutions ”. Jonathan Tickner is ‘a fabulous solicitor who quickly gains the clients’ trust’. Legal 500.


Jonathan Tickner
Jonathan Tickner Head of Commercial Litgation & Civil Fraud
Peters & Peters
Rachael Gregory
Of Counsel
Armstrong Teasdale

Rachael Gregory
Rachael Gregory Of Counsel
Armstrong Teasdale
Tim Penny QC
Barrister
Wilberforce Chambers

Tim has a strong commercial and chancery litigation practice, specialising in the areas of commercial fraud, shareholder disputes, court-appointed receiverships, financial services related claims and breach of confidence, ‘soft’ intellectual property and sports disciplinary disputes.

Tim has a particular expertise in worldwide freezing orders and search orders, and much of his work involves injunctions and/or complex jurisdiction and conflicts of laws issues in England and Wales as well as in a variety of common law jurisdictions. He has been instructed to advise and act in many high profile commercial cases, including acting for a number of the defendants in National Trust Bank v Yurov, and for the wife the high value divorce case Akhmedova v Akhmedov. He has been involved in a number of important recent cases in the developing area of receiverships by way of equitable execution and cross-border recognition of court appointed receivers, and he is the author of the chapter of Kerr and Hunter on Receivers and Administrators on Recognition of Foreign Court-Appointed Receivers (2020) dealing with cross-border recognition. He has also been involved in the leading recent cases on collective investment schemes in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Most recently, during 2020 he has completed a course on Cryptocurrency and Disruption at LSE, has delivered a lecture on litigation involving cryptocurrencies and is currently instructed on a fraud claim involving the misappropriation of cryptocurrency.

Tim is called to the Bar in the BVI, and is currently instructed in various high value cases in the BVI, the Turks & Caicos Islands and the Cayman Islands.


Tim Penny QC
Tim Penny QC Barrister
Wilberforce Chambers
Dani Haston
Head of Global Asset Management
Chainalysis, Inc

I practiced law from 2004 until 2020. I have significant specialist experience in international civil fraud investigation and asset recovery, finance and high value litigation.

I have acted for governmental bodies such as HMRC and for a range of private sector clients, including in the finance arena for Insolvency Practitioners and overseas investors/creditors. I have advised on a number of reported cases including through to the Supreme Court of England and have run cases where litigation has been conducted overseas. I became interested in cryptocurrency in 2018 and I obtained certifications in crypto investigations from CSI Tech (2019) and CipherTrace (2020) and spoke at seminars across the UK in 2019/2020 in my role as a director at Gateley Plc to raise awareness of the need to identify crypto in financial investigations. In January 2021 I was delighted to take up a different role at Chainalysis as a Training Specialist before moving into the role of Head of Global Asset Management in January 2022 which now allows me to facilitate solutions to enable more crypto asset recovery across both the private and public sector.


Dani Haston
Dani Haston Head of Global Asset Management
Chainalysis, Inc
William Christopher
Partner
Kingsley Napley

William Christopher
William Christopher Partner
Kingsley Napley
Jessica Lee
Associate
Brown Rudnick

Jessica Lee is an Associate in the Firm’s Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group.

Jess has broad experience in complex and high value commercial litigation with particular experience in civil fraud, company and shareholder disputes, and financial services. She has acted on numerous complex cross-border civil fraud cases many of which have also involved advising on freezing, proprietary, and disclosure injunctions. Jess is part of Brown Rudnick’s Supervising Solicitors team and has recent relevant experience in the execution of search orders and delivery up orders. Jess has also advised on significant investigations and compliance matters including investigations by the US Department of Justice and the Serious Fraud Office. She has also previously undertaken several secondments to clients including in the banking and telecommunications sectors.

Jess is a keen advocate for diversity and social mobility and is a mentor at IntoUniversity and on the Urban Scholars Programme.

Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Jess was an associate at Baker & McKenzie where she also trained. She attended Southampton University and the College of Law, Moorgate.


Jessica Lee
Jessica Lee Associate
Brown Rudnick
Christopher Pease
Partner
Harneys (BVI)

Chris is a partner in our Litigation, Insolvency and Restructuring team in the BVI. He has experience in all the types of disputes work that frequently arises in the BVI including fraud and bribery claims, disputes relating to the ownership and management of companies, minority shareholder claims, and insolvency and restructuring cases.

Chris has a particular specialism for fraud and asset recovery cases. The majority of his work entails applying for and opposing applications for interim relief, particularly injunctive relief and third-party disclosure orders. He also advises on insolvency cases, often where insolvency practitioners seek to bring actions to recover assets that have been misappropriated by former management. In addition, Chris has advised on a number of restructurings, including one of the first instances in the BVI involving the appointment of “light touch” provisional liquidators.


Christopher Pease
Christopher Pease Partner
Harneys (BVI)
Carla Reyes
Partner
Des Gouttes & Associes

Carla Reyes has a broad practice across the spectrum of criminal and commercial litigation both before state courts and other Swiss federal jurisdictions. In particular, she enjoys considerable experience in domestic and cross-border multi-jurisdictional litigation matters.

She practices, among others, in international commercial disputes of a civil nature, in particular in the banking and trading industry.


Carla Reyes
Carla Reyes Partner
Des Gouttes & Associes
Lynne Gregory
Partner
Baker & Partners

  Lynne Gregory
Lynne Gregory Partner
Baker & Partners
Sam Roberts
Partner
Cooke Young & Keidan

Sam is a Partner at Cooke, Young & Keidan. Sam’s core practice is technology, banking and fraud. In technology, his experience includes crypto disputes, software licensing and development claims, and breach of warranty claims in an M&A context. His banking experience is broad and includes claims for negligent investment advice, benchmark manipulation and other market abuse, intercepted payments, guarantees, loans and derivatives. Sam also has deep and practical experience of acting on applications for injunctive relief.

Legal 500 names Sam as a Key Lawyer in Banking Litigation, where he is highlighted for fintech disputes, and Commercial Litigation (Premium) and Financial Services (Contentious). Sam “… has that sought after (and very hard to find) combination of technical skill, client care, and case management. He is an exceptional commercial disputes lawyer”.

Sam co-founded and runs the Tech Disputes Network, and spends his spare time pursuing amateur interests in distance running and psychology.


Sam Roberts
Sam Roberts Partner
Cooke Young & Keidan
Jennifer Craven
Legal Director
Pinsent Masons

Jennifer Craven
Jennifer Craven Legal Director
Pinsent Masons
Carmel King
Director
Grant Thornton

I specialise in asset tracing and recovering funds for clients who have suffered a financial loss as a result of fraud. I have 15 years’ experience of using insolvency proceedings, court-appointed receiverships, other civil procedures and litigation funding to conduct investigations, formulate legal claims and enforce judgements.

I have a particular interest in cryptoasset fraud and can assist victims and representatives in investigations and asset recovery strategies. I have the support of our corporate intelligence, forensic, digital and international colleagues to work seamlessly to achieve the best results for our clients, and can operate under a number of fee structures, often working on a contingent basis or with the benefit of third-party funding.

I have experience working in the public and private sectors, having taken instruction from government departments and local authorities in the UK, non-UK governments, and international companies.


Carmel King
Carmel King Director
Grant Thornton
Michael Zimmern
Partner
Control Risks

Michael leads the Forensics practice for Control Risks in EMEA. As a qualified accountant with more than 15 years experience helping organisations respond to regulatory, reputational and financial risks, Michael supports clients with cross-border investigation and compliance matters and has worked alongside Governments, regulators and enforcement agencies. 

Michael has worked across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, India and Africa and has extensive experience supporting clients manage integrity risks in emerging markets. Michael has a bachelors degree in Economics, Politics and Geography from Durham University, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Before joining Control Risks, Michael worked in the forensics department of a big 4 firm for more than 10 years. 


Michael Zimmern
Michael Zimmern Partner
Control Risks
Dan McCourt Fritz
Barrister
Serle Court

Dan McCourt Fritz has a broad commercial chancery practice with a particular focus on domestic and international commercial and commercial fraud disputes often involving alleged defaults by trustees or other fiduciaries. Dan has also developed specialist interests in civil contempt proceedings and breach of confidence claims.

Dan is recognised by the main directories as a leading junior in civil fraud, chancery commercial, and company and partnership law; Chambers & Partners 2021 describes him as “A rising star” and “brilliant at what he does”. The directories also emphasise Dan’s excellence in handling clients – “Clients absolutely love him” (Chambers & Partners, 2021); “he is superb with clients, which really marks him out” (Legal 500, 2021) – and his strengths as a team player (“an absolute pleasure to work with” (Chambers & Partners, 2021); “A collaborative team player who is great on detail” (Legal 500, 2021); “Fantastic to lead and work with” (Who’s Who Legal, 2020)).

Dan has substantial experience handling trials and heavy applications in both the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court as sole or lead counsel, complemented by a growing arbitration practice. He is also very comfortable as part of a larger counsel team and is currently working with a wide range of leaders, including in matters in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.


Dan McCourt Fritz
Dan McCourt Fritz Barrister
Serle Court
Stuart Leach
Director
Montfort Communications

An advertising executive turned barrister (called to the Bar in 2004), Stuart has pioneered a new kind of advisory role which combines both aspects of his background. Specialising in reputation management, Stuart helps to manage the communications around complex litigation, helping to guide and protect his clients during the most challenging of circumstances.

He has led a whole new approach to litigation communications and crisis management for major corporate clients drawing on his experience in international PR, eight years with Pump Court Chambers as a barrister and as a senior account handler with several top advertising agencies.


Stuart Leach
Stuart Leach Director
Montfort Communications
Stephen Alexander
Partner
Mourant

I’m a Partner of Mourant Ozannes (Jersey) LLP and have broad experience in multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters.

I regularly advise on a wide range of commercial disputes, insolvencies and restructurings with a particular focus in the areas of contentious trust matters, partnership and investment fund disputes, banking litigation and corporate liquidations and reorganisations.

I’ve been involved in some of the largest and most complex trust proceedings, funds disputes and insolvencies in Jersey and the Cayman Islands, and have regularly appeared before courts in these jurisdictions. Recent cases include: Financial Technology Ventures II (Q) LP & Ors -v- (1) ETFS Capital Limited and (2) Graham Tuckwell [2020]; Representation Lydian Holdings Limited [2020]; Dick Stock v GB Trustees and Ors [2019]; CMC Holdings Limited and Anor v Martin Forster and Ors [2019]; Representation of Virtue Trustees (Switzerland) AG, re The C Trust [2018] and HSBC CI v Kwong [2018].

I am recommended in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, and I feature on the Citywealth Leaders List, the Who's Who Legal: Private Client list, and on the Legal Week Private Client Global Elite: Rising Leaders list.

I am the co-editor of the Jersey chapter of the current Chambers & Partners Global Insolvency Guide.


Stephen Alexander
Stephen Alexander Partner
Mourant

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