Bethany Histed, Associate, Dispute Resolution

Bethany Histed


Personal Profile

Bethany is an Associate in the Dispute Resolution department. She specialises in commercial litigation and civil fraud.

She has experience of acting for both claimants and defendants in commercial litigation and civil fraud matters, most cases she works on have multi-jurisdictional elements. Bethany has worked on contentious cases of significant value involving complex commercial disputes which include allegations of fraud, conspiracy, breach of fiduciary and director's duties, breach of contract, claims under the Insolvency Act 1986 and unfair prejudice petitions under s994 of the Companies Act 2006.

Bethany has experience in obtaining and defending freezing and proprietary orders and other interim injunctions for both individuals and companies and also has experience in obtaining Norwich Pharmacal Orders against third parties.

Bethany also has significant experience acting for high net worth individuals and corporate clients in relation to competition, tax and employment disputes.

Bethany is also a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association, the Fraud Women's Network and the Junior London Solicitor Litigation Association.

Key Experience

  • Acting for The Kingdom of Sweden in pursuit of claims under Maltese and/or Swedish law for civil fraud in excess of €115m and obtaining interim freezing and proprietary injunctive relief against the First to Third Defendants.
  • Acting for the former Director General of the Kuwaiti Public Institution for Social Security in defence of civil fraud proceedings worth in excess of $800m. The Public Institution for Social Security of Kuwait v Mr Fahad Al Rajaan and others, listed in the top 20 cases of 2020 in The Lawyer.
  • Acted for the liquidator of Absolute Living Developments Limited against DS7 Ltd in a substantial property development fraud, successfully defending an application for security for costs against our client. Absolute Living Developments Limited (in liquidation) against v DS7 Ltd [2018] EWHC 1432 (Ch).
  • Acted for a Swiss lawyer who was appointed the executor of an English Estate in defending a claim seeking his removal under section 50 of the Administration of Justice Act 1985 by the sole beneficiary of the estate. The matter included allegations of fraud and theft, and was part of a worldwide series of criminal and civil claims in various territories including the Cayman Islands, BVI, Delaware, Israel, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Successfully applied for summary judgment on behalf of our client on his counterclaim - Perry v Neupert [2018] EWHC 88 (Ch).
  • Acted for an ultra-high net worth individual in the defence of civil fraud proceedings worth $380m, resulting in a strike-out of the claim and discharge of a worldwide freezing order: PJSC Tatneft v (1) Gennady Bogolyubov (2) Igor Kolomoisky (3) Alexander Yaroslavsky (4) Pavel Ovcharenko and others [2016] EWHC 1596 (Comm).
  • Acted for CFL Finance Limited in the challenge of an individual voluntary arrangement on the grounds of unfair prejudice and material irregularity. The challenge was successful at first instance and in the Court of Appeal, with permission to appeal being refused by the Supreme Court: CFL Finance Limited v (1) David Rubin, (2) David Buchler (as joint supervisors of Moises Gertner's Voluntary Arrangement) and (3) Moises Gertner [2017] EWHC 111 (Ch). Continued to act for CFL in a further successful challenge to a second individual voluntary arrangement proposed by the debtor. CFL Finance Limited v (1) Jonathan Bass, (2) Freddy Khalastchi Buchler (as joint supervisors of Moises Gertner's Voluntary Arrangement) and (3) Moises Gertner and (4) Laser Trust [2019] EWHC 1839 (Ch).
  • Assisted in acting for an employer to secure and serve an order for the delivery-up of confidential information taken by a former employee and computer imaging of that employee's electronic devices.
  • Acted for a minority shareholder of a family business in pursuing unfair prejudice proceedings against his majority shareholder brother.

Career History

Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Trainee Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Paralegal, DWF LLP
LPC, University of Law, Bloomsbury
Law BA, University of Cambridge, Churchill College

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