Martin Shobbrook has spent his entire legal career focusing on matters related to civil fraud, representing claimants or defendants in substantial cases. His clients include private individuals, companies and trusts and state Governments. For claimants, his experience lies in multi-jurisdictional asset-tracing enquiries often involving Court applications in multiple overseas jurisdictions. His defense work frequently involves high-profile civil proceedings where the defendant is also under investigation by criminal, tax, and other regulatory authorities in the UK or overseas. Noting that fraud does not respect international borders, Martin has considerable experience (drawn from acting for both claimants and defendants) in working with lawyers in several jurisdictions at the same time and is particularly adept at devising and executing strategies across a wide number of jurisdictions at the same time.
Martin has experience of investigating fraud in a wide number of sectors including financial services, metals trading, telecoms, hotel and leisure, metal production, pensions and recruitment.
Martin is very familiar with all areas of the English Court’s injunctive remedies, including freezing orders and search orders (including those directed at non-parties), computer imaging orders, document delivery orders and passport orders. Martin also has considerable experience in acting as the Court appointed “Supervising Solicitor” for the purposes of the execution of search orders and the like.
Martin is currently advising the main defendant in the very high profile Vneshprombank litigation in London where damages against his client of £1.3Bn are sought. That case has seen multiple Court hearings regarding the freezing and search orders that are in place together with 2 appeals to the Court of Appeal and a considerable volume of international press coverage.