David de Ferrars – Partner

David de Ferrars

5 New Street Square
London EC4A 3TW
United Kingdom
DX 41 London

Tel. +44 (0) 20 7300 4883
Fax. +44 (0) 20 7300 7100
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David is a partner in Taylor Wessing's London Disputes and Investigations group.  David’s practice area includes advising clients in complex commercial litigation and corporate crime issues.  He co-heads the Corporate Crime & Fraud Unit.  His work includes commercial disputes, partnership and joint venture disputes, shareholder disputes, fraud and asset tracing, corporate investigations into suspected wrongdoing, corruption, sanctions advisory, criminal defence and white-collar matters generally.  He has acted for global name companies, banks, individuals and family estates on such matters, typically on multi-jurisdictional cases.  David led the litigation team acting on one of the largest cases concerning fraud in the pensions industry since the Maxwell fraud of the early 1990s and since late 2010 has been acting for the Trustee in Bankruptcy of Bernard Madoff’s former company in relation to litigation in the UK and other Commonwealth countries to recover the estimated US$20 billion lost under Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.

He regularly acts for clients bringing and defending injunction proceedings and has acted as the High Court appointed independent Supervising Solicitor on the execution of doorstep delivery–up orders.

He is recognised as a leader in the fraud field in Chambers UK legal directory and has been praised for his "total professionalism, attention to detail and good way with clients," who endorse him for "bringing a balanced and pragmatic approach to the table" and someone who "can really analyse a complex case and come up with the results".  David is ranked as a leading individual in Fraud by Chambers UK 2014 and "sources describe him as 'incredibly bright' and 'tenacious,' and a 'market leader' in the field of pension scheme fraud". David also regularly acts for clients in the technology sector.

Examples of recent cases on which David has acted include:

  • Leading the litigation team acting for the trustees of nine UK pension schemes in the investigation and recovery of £52 million of improper investments with Court proceedings and recovery actions in six jurisdictions against 27 Defendants. Our investigations and proceedings are being undertaken in parallel with a criminal investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.
  • Leading the Taylor Wessing team representing the Trustee in Bankruptcy of Bernard Madoff's former company in relation to various pieces of litigation in the UK and other Commonwealth countries to recover the estimated US$20 billion lost under Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. The retainer has involved multi-jurisdictional disputes covering issues of tracing claims, trust law, cross-border insolvency, US bankruptcy and EU Law.
  • Acting for employee in an SFO corruption investigation and defence of criminal proceedings.
  • Acting for an international software developer in a substantial IT project dispute in the TCC.
  • Acting for a computer manufacturer in a breach of confidence claim relating to the design of a computer operating system that was misappropriated by an employee and supplied to a competitor including executing a search and seizure order.
  • Advising an international publishing house in connection with a corruption investigation into one of its over-seas subsidiaries.
  • Acting for a national union bringing multiple judicial reviews against DEFRA, including several references to the European Court of Justice.
  • Acting for a Hollywood magnate in fraud proceedings against a former business partner and asset tracing in the UK and the USA.
  • Acting on behalf of an international IT company defending claims by a third party for breach of confidence.
  • Defending a breach of contract claim brought by a key supplier against an IT company and successfully bringing a counterclaim for economic duress.
  • Acting for shareholders in an airline in a dispute over shareholder voting rights and share allotments.
  • Acting for US parties on applications to the High Court in London for witness deposition orders.

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