Claire Broadbelt, Co-Chair of the UK Civil Fraud & Business Disputes Practice, represents clients on multi-jurisdictional civil fraud matters, both pursuing and defending complex claims. Her cases (which have included some of the highest value cases ever before the English High Court) often involve serious allegations of fraud or misconduct, including the diversion of business opportunities, claims of deceit, breach of confidence, breaches of fiduciary duty, conspiracy, bribery, and secret profits. She regularly handles matters which include worldwide asset-tracing and recovery, freezing and search orders, and other associated injunctions. She advises clients across a wide range of sectors including banking and finance, commodities trading, IT, retail, and property.
A skilled commercial litigator, Claire has deep experience executing and defending search and seizure orders and acting as a supervising solicitor. She frequently represents individuals and businesses seeking the return of money and other valuable property seized by regulatory or criminal authorities internationally.
Claire frequently deals with simultaneous investigations by regulatory and prosecuting authorities both in the UK and abroad. She has advised clients in major cases involving prosecutors in Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, and Italy, serving as co-counsel with international lawyers.
Claire is known for her strategic approach and client support during what is often a challenging time professionally and personally. She works with clients to devise strategies to deal with the most complex factual and legal issues.
Claire is recognised for Civil Fraud in The Legal 500 UK 2023 and described as “excellent, hard-working and astute”.
She is also recommended in Chambers & Partners 2023 and referred to as “a brilliant, pragmatic civil fraud lawyer and someone I would always want on my side”.
Claire is recommended as a Thought Leader for Asset Recovery in GIR 2022-2023 and as a Global Leader for Asset Recovery in Who's Who Legal 2022-2023 and described as a “brilliant practitioner” and “absolutely exceptional asset recovery lawyer”.