Lisa Freeman

Lisa specialises in all aspect of the law relating to financial wrongdoing:

  • Commercial fraud, bribery and corruption
  • Whistleblowing
  • Civil recovery and property freezing orders
  • Criminal confiscation, restraint and receivership
  • Anti money laundering advice and statutory reporting
  • Corporate investigations
  • Private prosecutions and investigations

Notable current/recent instructions:

  • SKAT v Solo Capital Partners LLP and others: acting for the Sanjay Shah Defendants in the alleged $2 billion international dividend arbitrage fraud (led by Nigel Jones QC), one of the largest and most complex pieces of litigation to be heard by the Commercial Court. Entire claim dismissed on 27 April 2021 by Mr Justice Andrew Baker following a preliminary issues trial where the Sanjay Shah Defendants argued that the claim was not admissible under Dicey Rule 3 (the “Revenue Rule Trial”). See: [2021] EWHC 1222 (Comm) (indemnity costs judgment); [2021] EWHC 974 (Comm) (“Revenue Rule” judgment); [2020] EWHC 2161 (Comm) (release of proprietary injunction funds); [2020] EWHC 1658 (Comm) (stakeholders application). Appeal proceedings ongoing.
  • Hatton Garden” confiscation proceedings
  • Representing alleged offender in £1bn restraint proceedings (led by Geoffrey Cox QC)
  • Money laundering advice to household Plc re investments in the medical cannabis market in Canada (led by Kennedy Talbot QC)
  • Representing the UK government in three applications pending before the European Court of Human Rights concerning criminal confiscation and Article 6 / A1P1 (led by James Eadie QC)

The Legal Directories say:

“She has a razor-sharp intellect and her advice is robust and pragmatic; a POCA expert.” Legal 500 (2021) Leading Junior: Proceeds of Crime and Asset Forfeiture

“Really fights for her clients… She’s committed, knowledgeable, clever and tactically astute.” Chambers and Partners (2021) UK Bar Guide: POCA & Asset Forfeiture

“Has extensive knowledge of the law and procedure around POCA and linked proceedings, which she complements with her strong advocacy. From the outset she is able to pick the issues that will make a difference to the outcome of the case.” Chambers and Partners (2020) UK Bar Guide: POCA & Asset Forfeiture

“Lisa knows the law inside-out, has good technical judgement and adopts a very nice style…. She fights her corner, is incredibly thorough and gets to the heart of her cases very quickly.” Chambers and Partners (2019) UK Bar Guide: POCA & Asset Forfeiture

“She is incredible hard-working, and her drafting is very well prepared and researched. Dedicated and great to work with, she is also good with clients.” Chambers and Partners (2018) UK Bar Guide: POCA & Asset Forfeiture

“She is always well researched and has a great understanding of complex issues.” Legal 500 (2017) Leading Junior: Fraud (Crime)

“She is always able to explain matters to lay clients in simple terms.” Legal 500 (2017) Leading Junior: Proceeds of Crime Act and Asset Forfeiture

“Lisa has a great legal mind and is a formidable opponent in court.” Chambers and Partners (2017) UK Bar Guide: POCA & Asset Forfeiture

“A true confiscation expert with extensive knowledge of the law.” Legal 500 (2016) Leading Junior: Fraud, Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture

“… She is particularly renowned for her expertise in civil recovery proceedings. A client favourite who is highly technically able.” Chambers and Partners (2016) UK Bar Guide: POCA & Asset Forfeiture

“She knows absolutely everything there is to know about POCA, and she is totally fearless in putting her case forward… She is very easy to work with as an opponent.  She’s very affable, which really makes a difference when you’re getting a deal done.” Chambers and Partners (2015) UK Bar Guide: POCA & Asset Forfeiture

“She’s excellent, fearless and clients love her…” Chambers and Partners (2014) UK Bar Guide: POCA & Asset Forfeiture

 

Commercial Fraud, Bribery and Corruption
Civil Recovery and Asset Forfeiture
Money Laundering
Confiscation
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