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Janet Tobin, Partner, Mishcon Private

Janet Tobin

Partner, Head of Private Commercial Litigation

Personal Profile

Janet is a Partner in Mishcon Private and Heads up the Private Commercial Litigation group.

Her practice centres on commercial disputes for a wide variety of clients including high profile individuals, High Net Worth individuals, successful entrepreneurs, owner-managed businesses, families and family offices. The claims she works on are invariably complex, high value, usually multi-jurisdictional and often include allegations of fraud.

Janet has significant in-depth experience of director and shareholder claims and acts as a trusted advisor on wide-ranging business and partnership disputes, trusts issues and large-scale contractual matters across a wide range of sectors. She has wide experience in the issuing and defending of freezing injunctions and asset protection, as well as partnership issues and general contractual matters.

Janet is a member of the London Solicitors Litigation Association. 

Janet is also a member of the steering committee for MDR Solutions1, a litigation finance venture offering greater access to funding for claimants, sitting on the firm's funding committee.

Key Experience

  • Acting for Minor International PCL in relation to various contentious shareholder disputes, leading to its winning bid for the Corbin & King restaurant group following an auction of the business by administrators, FRP. 

  • Acting for an experienced private client lawyer in his various capacities as: i) protector of multiple trusts (both off and onshore); ii) the co-respondent to Arbitration proceedings brought against him as a partner in a (alleged) general partnership; and iii) in his personal capacity, including as a director of companies connected to the trusts and his own ventures/vehicles and as a creditor of the trusts. These are multi-jurisdictional matters involving high value and complex corporate and trust structures primarily in Bermuda and England, but with assets and subsidiaries also in France, Spain, and Switzerland.

  • Acting for the co-owner of a substantial property business (worth in the region of £100 million) in a family dispute involving complex and intertwined issues of tax, corporate and trust law.

  • Acting in relation to several disputes involving board members and shareholder disputes for a number of high-profile Private Members Clubs and Property Management companies

  • Acting for John Caudwell, founder of Phones4U, and Signia Wealth Limited in relation to proceedings concerning the dismissal of Natalie-Dauriac as CEO of Signia Wealth [HC-2015-003085]

  • Acting for the BVI entity Marsfield in a £50million restitution claim arising out of a failed joint venture with Ecomotive to develop Range Extended Electric Vehicle trucks and buses for sale in Russia and China. (Marsfield Automotive Inc v Kamal Siddiqi[2017] EWHC 187 (Comm))

  • Acting for various members of the Dellal family in a significant, high profile family dispute brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (Dellal v Dellal and Others [2015] EWHC 907 (Fam)).

    Representing private individuals in a multi-jurisdictional shareholder dispute over a Cayman investment fund which involved the setting aside of a worldwide freezing order and proprietary injunction, in part on the basis that the claims were likely to be barred by the "no reflective loss" principle (Sukhoruchkin v van Bekestein [2014] EWCA Civ 399)

  • Acting for a major shareholder in a significant shareholder dispute relating to the SPV for the construction of one of the most iconic buildings on the London skyline.

  • Advising a substantial private equity limited partnership in regards to a partnership dispute relating to the operation of its carried interest scheme.

  • Acting for a successful family property development partnership, to settle a long-running dispute between the partners.

  • Acting for a high net worth individual in a negligence claim against a French bank relating to the dematerialisation of share certificates.

  • Acting for number of clients in both presenting and defending minority shareholder petitions.

  • Advising individuals with regards to alleged breaches of director duties.

  • Acting for a substantial high net worth family in relation to a number of disputes, including a major fraud claim against a former senior employee, leading to the obtaining of a Civil Restraint Order.

Career History

Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Legal Director, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Senior Counsel, Taylor Wessing LLP
Associate, Taylor Wessing LLP
Solicitor, Lyons Davidson LLP

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