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
Flight of the Veterans
Ko, Ben
Baker & McKenzie LLP
ben.ko@bakermckenzie.com 0207 919 1733
Lowenstein, Paul
20 Essex Street
pdl@20essexst.com 0207 842 1200
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

  • Commercial Fraud Litigation - London pow-wow, June 2019

    Commercial Fraud Litigation article discussing current trends.  Authors: Jane Colston, Gerald Byrne, Jessica Lee and Joanna Curtis of Brown Rudnick LLP

    This article was first published in the IBA Litigation Committee newsletter in September 2019, and is reproduced by kind permission of the International Bar Association, London, UK. © International Bar Association.

Next event

Mon, 2 Dec 2019 @ 5:45 pm - 8:30 pm

When Banks Must Say No: the Quincecare duty in Singularis v Daiwa and JPMorgan v Nigeria

On 30th October 2019 the Supreme Court gave its judgment in Singularis Holdings v Daiwa Capital Markets [2019] UKSC 50, dismissing the appeal from the Court of Appeal where Daiwa had been ordered to pay damages for executing payment instructions given by a director of Singularis.  The result now provides the highest authority for the Quincecare duty of care, and […]