Our Objectives

The Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association was established in 2009 for the attainment of the following objectives:

  1. the promotion of efficient and fair processes for the resolution of commercial fraud litigation including the means by which the parties may obtain redress;
  2. the provision of a forum for discussion amongst legal practitioners, the Judiciary, Law Enforcement Agencies, other bodies that have complementary objectives, and their international counterparts;
  3. the promotion of education or training in matters relating to practice as a lawyer specialising in commercial fraud litigation; and
  4. the provision of a network for the exchange of information amongst members of the Association.

What We Do

The CFLA has grown to over 200 members consisting of legal practitioners from a variety of large City law firms; specialist white collar crime firms; barristers’ chambers; and Government departments.

The CFLA meet to share and improve knowledge relating to commercial fraud. We are active in offering training to legal professionals on key topics in this area, delivered by recognised experts in the field.  A non-exhaustive list of areas covered in the past include:

  • Bribery and corruption and self reporting
  • Private prosecutions
  • Privilege against self incrimination
  • Recent developments in interim relief
  • Mutual legal assistance
  • Attribution in cases of fraud
  • Trust busting and piercing the corporate veil

We meet regularly to identify changing trends in the market place in the area of commercial fraud to ensure that our members are kept up to date and appropriate and topical training can be provided.

In addition to the provision of sharing, we also organise social events to provide an opportunity for those interested in commercial fraud to meet and exchange their views and experiences.


The current members of the Committee are as follows:

Name Email Telephone
Colston, Jane
Brown Rudnick LLP
jcolston@brownrudnick.com 0207 851 6059
Gourgey, Alan
Wilberforce Chambers
agourgey@wilberforce.co.uk 0207 306 0102
Hunter, Robert
Edmonds Marshall McMahon
roberthunter@emmlegal.com 0207 583 8392
Ko, Ben
Baker & McKenzie LLP
ben.ko@bakermckenzie.com 0207 919 1733
Lowenstein, Paul
20 Essex Street
pdl@20essexst.com 0207 842 1200
Philippsohn, Steven
PCB Litigation
snp@pcblitigation.com 020 7831 2691
Riem, Anthony
PCB Litigation
ajr@pcblitigation.com 020 7831 2691
Sheeley, Alan
Pinsent Masons LLP
alan.sheeley@pinsentmasons.com 0207 054 2626
Thomson, Charles
Baker & McKenzie LLP
charles.thomson@bakermckenzie.com 0207 919 1879



Latest article

  • Unlawful Means Conspiracy and Knowledge of Unlawfulness - Continued Chaos

    Matthew Bradley of 4 New Square considers whether a claimant must prove knowledge of the fact of unlawfulness on a defendant’s part, in order to establish an unlawful means conspiracy. This article discusses two divergent first instance decisions handed down in February and May 2019 (Stobart Group v Tinkler and The Racing Partnership Ltd v Done Brothers), each of which follows a different line of Court of Appeal authority on the point. It addresses how this set-to goes to the very heart of the tort of unlawful means conspiracy, and the potential implications for litigants seeking to bring claims in the economic torts.

Next event

Wed, 15 Jan 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

False statements made to investors in listed shares: where are we now?

Peter de Verneuil Smith QC of 3 Verulam Buildings will consider the latest developments on claims or intimated claims involving frauds on investors in publicly listed companies.