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David Butler


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David is a partner in the firm’s dispute resolution department. He has a broad practice which focuses on civil fraud, company and partnership disputes.

David has extensive knowledge of cross-border and international litigation and litigating in the International Financial Centres, having been co-head of litigation at a major offshore law firm in the Cayman Islands, where he practised for six years. David appeared regularly as advocate in the Grand Court and Court of Appeal.

Some of his notable cases include:

  • Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi and Brothers v Saad Investments Company Limited and others: acting for Saudi Businessman Maan Al Sanea, said by the claimant to have perpetrated a US$9bn fraud.
  • Renova Resources Private Equity Limited v Gilbertson and others: acting for Brian Gilbertson in his defence of a US$1bn double derivative claim arising out of an alleged breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of China v Wang and others: defending US$2bn fraud and corruption claim arising out of defence contracts between Taiwan and France.
  • Re Axiom Legal Financing Fund (Master) SP: acting for the court-appointed receivers of an investment vehicle that was the victim of a £100m fraud.
  • Re Torchlight Fund LP: acting for claimant investors (including a New Zealand government entity) in a c.AUS$150m winding up claim.
  • Re Décor Investments Limited: acting for lenders in a claim involving the misappropriation of US$100m by company directors.
  • Pershing Securities Limited v SP Bell Limited and others: advising the claimant in a claim concerning a “pump and dump” fraud involving an AIM listed company.
  • Liongate Fund v Holland and others: advising one of a group of defendants to a knowing receipt claim.

Legal directories note David’s depth of experience and “sensible approach” (Chambers Global 2016), and as being “responsive and a strategic thinker” (Legal 500 2016). David is also nominated by his peers for inclusion in “Who’s Who Legal: Asset Recovery 2017”, the directory of leading asset recovery lawyers.

In addition to fraud disputes, David’s practice includes commercial and chancery matters, trusts litigation and professional negligence and contractual claims. Cases of note include:

  • Advising a technology company in unfair prejudice proceedings.
  • Advising the UK Shareholders Society (ShareSoc) in connection with resolutions to be tabled at the Royal Bank of Scotland AGM.
  • Acting for members of a UHNW Swiss family in a trustee’s application relating to the removal of the protector of one of the family trusts.
  • Acting for Citco Trustees on an application concerning the identity of the true beneficiaries of a trust.
  • Advising a Cayman Islands law firm in its defence of a US$6m professional negligence claim.
  • Advising a technology company in a US$20m claim arising out of the alleged breach of a representative agreement.

"David Butler is very intelligent and very shrewd"
(Legal 500, 2020)

"Realistic and imaginative, with great offshore experience"
(Legal 500, 2019)

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  • Top Ranked Chambers UK 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Ranked in Chambers Europe 2013 - Leading Individual
  • Ranked in Chambers Global 2014 - Leading Firm
  • Legal 500 - Leading Firm
  • The Lawyer UK 200 - Listed Firm
  • The Law Society Excellence Awards 2012 - Shortlisted
  • Investors in People - Bronze