Elizabeth Fox Associate

Contact Information

+44 20 3321 6709

Personal Profile

Elizabeth specialises in civil fraud and commercial litigation, assisting in cases involving data theft, breach of fiduciary duty, multi-jurisdictional shareholder disputes, breach of confidence and breach of contract, some of which have resulted in: Search Orders; Freezing Orders; Delivery Up Orders; Restraining and Computer Imaging Injunctions; Third Party Disclosure Orders; and other asset recovery techniques.

Elizabeth also has experience in working on matters involving the Courts in the BVI and Nevis.

She is a member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association (YFLA), Mishcon de Reya's representative for the Junior London Solicitors Litigation Association (JLSLA), a member of the firm's mentoring scheme and a volunteer for Pink Law. She is also part of the firm's cross-departmental Recruitment Services Group.

Elizabeth is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Key experience

  • Obtaining and executing a search order in proceedings on behalf of an international company against an ex-director, who misappropriated company monies and retained and misused the company's confidential information. The matter proceeded to trial on liability and the Defendants entered a number of counterclaims, most of which were defeated at trial. The judgment on liability can be found at [2012] EWHC 1013 (QB) (Messtechnik and ano v Hartley and ano). The final agreed judgment in the matter found the ex-director liable for misappropriation in the sum of £250,000 and that the Defendants pay the Claimants' costs of the proceedings.
  • Successfully represented a number of Russian corporations and individuals in a multi-jurisdictional (England, US, BVI and Nevis) US$500m claim by TNK-BP relating to the funding and finance of substantial real estate assets in Montenegro. Judgment was secured discharging a worldwide freezing injunction (and similar orders in the foreign jurisdictions) for material non-disclosure, and refusing jurisdiction on the basis that Russia is the proper forum (OJSC TNK-BP –v- Beppler & Jacobson Ltd & Others (2012 EWHC 3286(Ch)).
  • Acting for an international bank in proceedings to recover over €2m in fraudulent cheques Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland v Pexxnet Ltd and others ([2010] EWHC 1872).
  • Acting for a multi-billion dollar company in a multi-jurisdictional shareholder dispute. Member of the team that issued a Norwich Pharmacal application in the English High Court to obtain disclosure from third parties. After completing the application, the team was instructed as lead Counsel for proceedings in Nevis mid-litigation as fraud and injunction specialists.
  • Advising a client, with assets in excess of $1 billion, on the resilience of their asset structure to litigation.
  • Acting for a major international telecommunications company based in the Middle East in bringing proceedings against its former directors for breach of fiduciary duties and misappropriating company funds.
  • Acting on behalf of various companies including recruitment agencies, estate agents and others in bringing injunctive proceedings against former employees for the misappropriation of confidential information/property and the recovery thereof.
  • Acting on behalf of a Charity who believed they had been defamed by a major newspaper. Experience with the Press Complaints Commission.
  • Acting for small companies to recover monies due to a breach of contract.

Career History

Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya
Trainee, Mishcon de Reya
Paralegal, Mishcon de Reya
LLB, University of Birmingham
BA – History/Archaeology, McGill University