Claire Broadbelt Partner

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+44 20 3321 7442

Personal Profile

Claire's experience is in pursuing or defending complex commercial and corporate fraud, and specifically serious allegations of fraud or misconduct: advance fee frauds, the diversion of business opportunities, breaches of fiduciary duty, claims of deceit, breach of confidence, unlawful conspiracy to injure, bribery and secret profits. Claire is experienced in work that often includes asset tracing and recovery, and the issuing or defending of freezing and search orders and other associated injunctions.

Claire acts for corporates and high-profile individuals in both claimant and defendant-led High Court cases. These cover a broad range of sectors including banking, IT, retail and property, often with an international dimension. She advises high-profile individuals in disciplinary and regulatory investigations here and abroad.

Claire is a former chairperson of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association (YFLA), a member of the London Criminal Court Solicitors’ Association and Fraud Women's Network (FWN) and a co-founder of our own Criminal Law Panel. She is a frequent contributor to the legal press and has an M.A. in criminology.

Key Experience

  • Acted for Topland and its directors in their defence of two sets of High Court proceedings concerning the central London building, First Avenue House. The proceedings were brought in 2010 by the previous owner, Standard Life, and the Government tenant, the Secretary of State for Justice. Both sets of proceeding were settled on confidential terms without admission of liability with confirmation that the Secretary of State for Justice and Topland will continue to work together to ensure that the building continues to meet the operational needs of the Courts and Tribunal Service.
  • Advises Amex on issues arising on their payment systems and advises on defending claims brought by financial institutions in overseas jurisdictions.
  • Advised a City of London banker in defending civil proceedings brought by the Bank to recover substantial bonuses paid by the Bank for alleged misconduct, deceit and breach of contract and in the parallel investigation by the Financial Services Authority. The allegations concerned the pricing of sophisticated financial products. The proceedings were successfully settled.
  • Represented a high profile financier in a resounding victory against an interior designer who had systematically defrauded by operating phoenix companies in order to avoid personal liability.
  • Acted for a senior executive summarily dismissed on spurious grounds of dishonesty and/or gross misconduct. Successfully negotiated a substantial financial award for the client and a full written retraction of the dishonesty allegations after actively pursuing claims in the High Court and Employment Tribunal.
  • Acted for a major dairy distributor involving multiple search orders and disclosure orders in a case of alleged fraud, breach of confidence, conspiracy to injure and malicious falsehood against the client’s major competitor in the dairy industry. The proceedings were successfully settled
  • Acted for private equity investment companies and an Administrative Receiver. Achieved innovative Interlocutory Orders allowing the companies whose ownership was in dispute to trade (by virtue of a Court appointed Board of Directors) whilst proceedings were extant. A successful Strike Out Judgment was obtained against the two main Defendants (who had asset stripped the companies and by virtue of an illegal share allotment had awarded control to themselves) to return control of the companies to their clients, damages and Costs Orders. The proceedings were successfully settled with all the Defendants.
  • Acted for a high street manufacturer and retailer of jewellery. Obtained a freezing, asset preservation, disclosure and delivery up order against ex-employees, employees and others who had stolen money, stock, confidential information and set up a competing business. Achieved Judgment at the earliest opportunity, third party debt orders, charging orders and significant cost orders against all the defendants.
  • Advised several City of London bankers in proceedings brought by the Italian regulator. Working with teams of international lawyers.
  • Advised a company and its directors in proceedings brought by the Hungarian authorities alleging personal liability in respect of the insolvency of the Company’s Hungarian subsidiary. The proceedings were successfully defended.
  • Advised in major cases with prosecutors in Hungary and Italy.
  • Acted for a number of individuals and businesses seeking the return of money and other valuable property seized by various regulatory or criminal authorities both in the UK and overseas.
  • Claire has a wealth of experience in executing and defending search and seizure Orders and has been instructed as a Supervising Solicitor.

Career History

Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Mishcon de Reya
Assistant, Mishcon de Reya
Qualified, Peters & Peters
Scarman Centre for the Study of Public Order, University of Leicester, Criminology, MA; University of Leicester, Law (LLB) (Hons)

Articles and Publications

Claire regularly contributes articles to Mishcon de Reya's external publications and is a regular contributor to the Firm's Fraud Briefings.