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

  • Alert: yes we can. Remote Justice. The New Norm!

    This article will (i) review the recent legislation, guidance and protocols as they applies to commercial litigation in the High Court (ii) identify some of the key practical challenges for court users and judges, and (iii) raise some (so far) unanswered questions, in particular, whether any or all of the measures that are now being introduced will continue once the pandemic subsides and the courts reopen fully.

    Article by Jane Colston (Partner) and Ravinder Thukral (Partner) of Brown Rudnick LLP

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