About Us

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:

Alan Gourgey – Wilberforce Chambers
agourgey@wilberforce.co.uk | 0207 306 0102

Alan Sheeley – Pinsent Masons LLP
alan.sheeley@pinsentmasons.com | 0207 054 2626

Anthony Riem – PCB Litigation LLP
ajr@pcblitigation.com | 0207 831 2691

Charles Thomson – Baker & McKenzie LLP
charles.thomson@bakermckenzie.com | 0207 919 1879

Clive Freedman – 7 King’s Bench Walk
CFreedman@7kbw.co.uk | 0207 910 8300

Jane Colston – Brown Rudnick LLP
jcolston@brownrudnick.com | 0207 851 6059

Robert Hunter – Edmonds Marshall McMahon
roberthunter@emmlegal.com | 0207 583 8392

Stephen Philippsohn – PCB Litigation LLP
snp@pcblitigation.com | 0207 832 2310