Lisa Freeman

Lisa Freeman

Call: 2005


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:

Skatteforvaltningen v Solo Capital Partners LLP (in administration) and others (instructed July 2018-present)

Representing Mr Sanjay Shah, his corporate entities (the “Sanjay Shah Defendants”) and Usha Shah in the alleged $2 billion international dividend arbitrage fraud; one of the largest and most complex pieces of litigation ever commenced in the Commercial Court. Trial listed to commence on 9 April 2024 (concluding on 3 April 2025). Led by Nigel Jones KC for the Commercial Court proceedings, and by Nigel Jones KC and Kieron Beal KC for the appellate proceedings.

Appellant proceedings

  • United Kingdom Supreme Court (Lord Hodge, Lord Lloyd-Jones, Lord Briggs, Lord Hamblen, Lord Richards), appeal heard on 5-6 July 2023 (judgment awaited)
  • Court of Appeal (Sir Julian Flaux, Philips LJ, Stuart-Smith LJ), appeal heard on 25-27 January 2022, judgment handed down on 25 February 2022 overturning the Revenue Rule Trial judgment: [2022] EWCA Civ 234

Commercial Court proceedings:

  • Validity Trial. Second preliminary issue trial (17 January-10 February 2023) heard by Mr Justice Andrew Baker setting out the requirements for a valid reclaim of withholding tax under Danish law: [2023] EWHC 590 (Comm)
  • Revenue Rule Trial. First preliminary issue trial (22-25 March 2021) heard by Mr Justice Andrew Baker. Entire claim dismissed on the basis that it was not admissible under Dicey Rule 20 (previously Dicey Rule 3): [2021] EWHC 974 (Comm)
  • See also: [2021] EWHC 1222 (Comm)(indemnity costs judgment); [2020] EWHC 2161 (Comm) (release of proprietary injunction funds); [2020] EWHC 1658 (Comm) (stakeholders application)

Examples of notable previous instructions:

  • Representing alleged offender in £1bn restraint proceedings (led by Geoffrey Cox KC)
  • Led a team of barristers and paralegals conducting internal compliance review of energy and transport contracts to assess whether payments would offend international standards on bribery and corruption. Based at multinational’s HQ in Paris.
  • Expert instruction by the EU and UN to speak at international conferences on money laundering and proceeds of crime.
  • Hatton Garden” confiscation proceedings
  • Money laundering advice to household Plc re investments in the medical cannabis market in Canada (led by Kennedy Talbot KC)
  • 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 KC)



"A good communicator whose knowledge is phenomenal. Clients really see the difference when she's brought in." -Chambers UK, 2023, POCA/Asset Forfeiture
"Lisa has the ability to absorb complex factual matrices and condense them into user friendly chunks."-(Legal 500, 2023) Leading Junior: Proceeds of Crime and Asset Forfeiture
"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
  • Chambers & partners ranked UK Bar 2024
  • Legal 500 UK 2023: Leading Junior