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Divorce is just the Start: How it all goes wrong - A Unique Series brought to you by Peters & Peters

24 Mar 2021

Location: 24th March - 12.00pm - 1.30pm Virtual Event (Zoom)
Members: FREE - Book by 04 Mar

Divorce is just the Start: How it all goes wrong - A Unique Series brought to you by Peters & Peters

Highlights

Join us for a unique limited series of 3 episodes covering the unfolding drama of a divorce.

Illustrated with an unfolding narrative join our expert speakers as a they take you through a fast moving divorce case, taking in criminal, asset recovery and private client related issues.

Episode Three: Criminal/regulatory authority freezing order / MLA disclosure requests - 24th March (LIVE)

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  • UK authority powers
  • Civil court powers (insolvency)
  • European authorities
  • Parallel Russian investigations
  • Swiss bank accounts including secrecy

Episode Two: Criminal accusations - 4th March (RECORDING AVAILABLE)

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  • What happens at a police station
  • Disclosure of evidence
  • Perjury
  • Perverting the course of justice
  • Getting the police to investigate
  • Private prosecutions
  • Parallel civil actions
  • Reputational risk

 

Episode One: Compliance / AML - 11th February (RECORDING AVAILABLE)

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  • File opening
  • Source of funds / adequate consideration / risk of proprietary tracing
  • PEP/sanctions
  • Suspicions transactions / AML reporting
  • Regulated sector
  • Proceeds of crime
  • Level of suspicion
  • Requesting consent – client/solicitor
  • Making a SAR – tipping off
  • [Possible: Delays in transactions by financial institutions]

Your cast include:

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
Sandrine Giroud
Partner
LALIVE

Session: 2.40pm  A Game of Hide and Seek: Enforcing a Divorce Award


Sandrine Giroud
Sandrine Giroud Partner
LALIVE
Ajay Wiltshire
General Counsel
Saffery Champness (Guernsey / Dubai)

Ajay is General Counsel to the Guernsey office and works with the board and senior leadership to provide legal counsel and guidance, including assisting with contentious matters. 

Ajay has advised international entrepreneurial clients throughout his career and has been in private practice and in-house roles in London, Jersey and Guernsey. 

Ajay was an external adviser to Saffery Champness before he joined the firm in 2009 and in 2011 he was recognised as one of the UK’s Top 35 under 35 private client practitioners. 

Ajay is a member of the Private Taxes Committee of the International Bar Association and is a regular panelist at international conferences. He was admitted to the Law Society of England & Wales in 2001.

Since 2018, Ajay divides his time between Guernsey and Dubai, where he is a Director of the firm’s DIFC operation and he travels extensively on behalf of the firm, meeting with professional advisers and assisting with strategic and client management matters.


Ajay Wiltshire
Ajay Wiltshire General Counsel
Saffery Champness (Guernsey / Dubai)
Miranda Fisher
Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys

Miranda specialises in family law, including prenuptial agreements, financial settlement on divorce and arrangements for children after parents separate. She has been a specialist family law practitioner for over twenty years, and is equally adept at dealing with complex financial disputes and the most difficult children cases. Her financial cases often involve trusts, inherited wealth, family businesses, offshore asset structures, and the protection of family wealth through pre/post nuptial agreements.

Miranda is experienced in international family law cases involving financial issues and the relocation of/arrangements for children, applications to the English Court for financial settlement following divorce proceedings overseas, and jurisdiction disputes, particularly concerning the European Union, the Russian Federation and the Middle East. Miranda has expertise in Islamic family law issues and is Head of the Charles Russell Speechlys Middle East Family Practice. She is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL).

Miranda regularly advises high profile clients, including in the sport and media industries, and is accustomed to dealing with privacy issues. She is co-author of Privacy and Disclosure for Family Lawyers for Resolution and Child Contact: Law and Practice for Law Society Publishing.


Miranda Fisher
Miranda Fisher Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys
Alexandr Zabeyda
Managing Partner
Zabeyda & Partners Law Office

lexandr is the Managing Partner at Zabeyda & Partners Law Office and a member of the Moscow Region Bar Association. He has experience working at state bodies and an impressive teaching experience.

From 2002 to 2004 Alexandr served as an investigator in the Russian Internal Affairs Ministry in Moscow, and from 2005 to 2009 he lectured at the International Law Institute under the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation and at the Russian State University of Justice.

Since 2006, he has been conducting private legal practice, specializing in the protection of business owners, top managers and civil servants in economic, corruption and white-collar crimes.

Clients appreciate Alexandr’s comprehensive support, with one explaining: "He looks at it from every angle. He can think of the case in different ways and think of the best steps, the best strategy to approach the case." (Chambers Europe 2020).

Currently, he is a lecturer at the Law Institute "M-Logos" and at the Department of Practical Jurisprudence of the Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL).

Alexandr graduated from the Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL) in 2003. He is recommended by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, Best Lawyers, as well as the local rankings Pravo-300 and Kommersant.

Alexandr likes motorsport and travels on a motorbike in Russia and around the world.


Alexandr Zabeyda
Alexandr Zabeyda Managing Partner
Zabeyda & Partners Law Office
Dr. Anna Bradshaw
Partner
Peters & Peters

Anna advises on all aspects of financial crime and sanctions compliance, assisting with investigations into suspected breaches and related reporting obligations and representing individuals and corporates in contentious proceedings.

She is recommended as a Global Leader on International Sanctions in Who’s Who Legal (Trade & Customs 2019), describing Anna as a ‘prominent’ figure in the market, recognised for her ‘encyclopaedic’ knowledge at legal and policy level as well as her ‘diligent and thoughtful approach to sanctions matters’. She is experienced in challenging UN and EU sanctions designations, having worked on the first UK judicial review of the implementation of EU sanctions as well as a number of annulment applications brought in the EU General Court.


Dr. Anna Bradshaw
Dr. Anna Bradshaw Partner
Peters & Peters
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
Hannah Laming
Chair of Private Prosecutions Association & Partner
Peters & Peters

Hannah Laming
Hannah Laming Chair of Private Prosecutions Association & Partner
Peters & Peters
Simon Davison
Director, Investigations
Another Day

Simon Davison
Simon Davison Director, Investigations
Another Day
Andrew Wallis
Of Counsel
Peters & Peters

Andrew is a litigation and dispute resolution lawyer based in London. He recently joined Peters & Peters from a top ranked global law firm. He focuses on corporate and white collar crime and has advised some of the world’s most prominent organisations and individuals on high profile investigations.

With a wealth of experience across the white-collar crime and contentious regulatory sector, Andrew has acted for companies and individuals in the defence of complex and multi-national investigations and prosecutions brought by the FCA, SFO, HMRC and other bodies for over ten years. He has acted in cases involving allegations of bribery, insider dealing, tax avoidance, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud and many other offences. Andrew also has extensive experience of representing financial services businesses and professionals in FCA criminal and regulatory matters and has undertaken a secondment at the FSA (predecessor to the FCA).

Andrew’s experience of advising on criminal risk in broader litigation and transactional contexts is expansive. He also provides anti-bribery and anti-money laundering advice to corporate clients in a compliance setting and has given training and presentations to senior executives, boards, compliance and in-house legal teams in a range of industries and banks, across a range of topics.

Andrew is accredited by the City of London Police as a Counter-Fraud Specialist and has acted in diverse large scale corporate crime investigations, ranging from multi million pound financial services mis-selling to international corruption/fraud and gross negligence manslaughter. His practice involves anti-bribery and corruption and anti-money laundering advice to corporate clients in both a compliance and contentious setting.

Andrew has been recommended in the Legal 500 for white-collar crime and contentious financial services and also listed in the International Who’s Who of Asset Tracing Lawyers.


Andrew Wallis
Andrew Wallis Of Counsel
Peters & Peters

Agenda

Timings:

Episode One: Compliance / AML - 11th February

Episode Two: Criminal Accusations

Episode Three: Criminal/regulatory authority freezing order / MLA disclosure requests

11.55am
Audience Logon
12.00pm
Chair's Opening Remarks
Speakers:
Jonathan Tickner - Head of Commercial Litgation & Civil Fraud - Peters & Peters
12.05pm
Episode One: Compliance / AML
Speakers:
Ajay Wiltshire - General Counsel - Saffery Champness (Guernsey / Dubai)
Miranda Fisher - Partner - Charles Russell Speechlys
Dr. Anna Bradshaw - Partner - Peters & Peters
Jonathan Tickner - Head of Commercial Litgation & Civil Fraud - Peters & Peters
1.00pm
Panel Q&A
1.30pm
Chair's Summation & Close of Event
11.55am
Audience Logon
12.00pm
Chair's Opening Remarks
Speakers:
Jonathan Tickner - Head of Commercial Litgation & Civil Fraud - Peters & Peters
12.05pm
Episode Two: Criminal Accusations
Speakers:
Stuart Leach - Director - Montfort Communications
Simon Davison - Director, Investigations - Another Day
Hannah Laming - Chair of Private Prosecutions Association & Partner - Peters & Peters
Jonathan Tickner - Head of Commercial Litgation & Civil Fraud - Peters & Peters
1.00pm
Panel Q&A
1.30pm
Chair's Summation & Close of Event
11.55am
Audience Logon
12.00pm
Chair's Opening Remarks
Speakers:
Jonathan Tickner - Head of Commercial Litgation & Civil Fraud - Peters & Peters
12.05pm
Episode Three: Criminal/regulatory authority freezing order / MLA disclosure requests
Speakers:
Sandrine Giroud - Partner - LALIVE
Alexandr Zabeyda - Managing Partner - Zabeyda & Partners Law Office
Andrew Wallis - Of Counsel - Peters & Peters
Jonathan Tickner - Head of Commercial Litgation & Civil Fraud - Peters & Peters
1.00pm
Panel Q&A
1.30pm
Chair's Summation & Close of Event

Synopsis Episode One: Compliance / AML

You meet a new client who wishes to divorce her husband.  The client, a Russian national, was formerly a member of the Russian administration, but now helps to run one of the country’s largest companies involved in exploiting natural resources.  The client met her English husband during a sojourn in London when she engaged him as a personal trainer.  The couple are based in the UK, have multiple properties here and their 3 children attend a prestigious private school in London.  The client spends her time between London and Moscow.

When she was last in Moscow, the client logged on to the security system for the couple’s London home and saw CCTV of her husband kissing their children’s nanny.  When she confronted her husband, he admitted that he and the nanny had been having an affair.

During KYC, you discover that a Russian language newspaper reported that the client was vaguely connected to a large-scale fraud 2 years ago.  You receive funds from a trust the following day.  The client explains that she, along with her brother, is a beneficiary of the trust.

[Possible: During the initial client meeting, the client takes a call from her children’s school to say that they have not received payment of fees for that term.  The client calls her bank which refuses to explain why the payment has not gone through.  The bank will not effect the transfer upon request.]

Synopsis Episode Two: Criminal accusations

You receive a call from the client, who has been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage.  In a fit of rage, she smashed up her husband’s Aston Martin with his golf clubs. 

After he called the police, the client’s husband told her that he took potentially incriminating documents she keeps in her safe and he will provide these to the police if she does not give him what he wants in the divorce settlement.  The client gives you a copy of the documents she think her husband has taken and asks you to review these. 

The client says that she wishes the police were as interested in the complaints she has made about their former nanny (who had an affair with her husband) who she is sure has stolen a number of valuable antiques and works of art.  You suspect the client just wants to get back at her husband.

Synopsis Episode Three: Criminal/regulatory authority freezing order / MLA disclosure requests

The client receives a notice from the SFO issued pursuant to s.2 of the CJA 1987.  The client believes that her husband gave the documents he took from her safe to the SFO, which has now opened a money-laundering investigation.  The client does not wish to assist the SFO, but you hold documents (in the form of the copy of the documents the client believes her husband took from her safe) which are potentially relevant.

The SFO’s investigation is widely publicised and the client tells you that she is concerned about parallel investigations being commenced by the Russian authorities.  The client makes a comment to the effect that the majority of documentation that would be relevant for the purposes of the SFO investigation is at her house in Moscow, but she does not want to risk returning to get it.  She is also concerned that if the SFO could obtain information relating to her Swiss bank accounts, this could be detrimental to her. 

She wonders what the likelihood of this is given Switzerland’s reputation for bank secrecy.

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