Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners have repeatedly confirmed PCB Litigation LLP’s status as a leading specialist niche fraud and asset recovery practice – “perhaps the ‘pre-eminent boutique’ in London’s civil fraud arena” – with both guides ranking PCB for civil fraud either above or alongside all of the Magic Circle firms. This “highly regarded” and “flourishing litigation boutique” that competes “with the likes of international heavyweights” has been noted for its “notable expertise in disputes arising in Russia and the CIS”, “extending its reach to some of the world’s emerging markets” and having “real quality”. The team – which has been described as “great fraud specialists”, “simply outstanding”, “excellent”, “highly qualified” and “extremely skilled” – is also one of only four UK firms, and six worldwide, to be recognised by Chambers Global for its desk for Russian dispute resolution work. The team is also ranked for its commercial litigation and banking litigation work, and noted for having a “partner-led proactive approach at sensible rates” and being “very cost-effective”, “hard-working, open-minded, co-operative and efficient” and for taking “a strategic approach”.
Senior Partner, Steven Philippsohn, is ranked in the top tier of civil fraud lawyers in both guides and described as “unparalleled”, a “doyen”, “guru” and “rainmaker”, “an eminent player in the fraud world” who is a “visionary in terms of his command of tactics” and a “great strategist and fighter”. He is noted for being “very aggressive for clients’ aims” and for acting in major litigation emanating from Russia and Ukraine.
Anthony Riem is a “stellar practitioner” also ranked as a leading civil fraud lawyer who acts for financial institutions and corporates across a range of industry sectors. He is described by market sources as “tremendous”, “a master of detail” who is “well respected by clients”, has “magnificent client-handling skills” and “excellent strategic vision” and “navigates complex structures and transactions with ease”. He is also recognized for being “great for complicated cases”, providing “pragmatic, creative solutions” and being a “very pleasant person to work with” and “patient and nice to work with”.
Trevor Mascarenhas is also recognised for his civil fraud work and his experience in co-ordinating proceedings in several jurisdictions, particularly in relation to injunctive relief. Market sources describe him as “a genius” with a “fine intellect”, a “clever and imaginative lawyer” and an “outstanding lawyer and strategist” who is “extremely bright and user-friendly” and has “a brilliant mind” and “an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things legal”. Trevor is also recognized for being “a real thinker who comes up with solutions that are outside of the box and who will go the extra mile”.
Steven, Anthony and Trevor have repeatedly been named as “outstanding” leading experts by the International Who’s Who Directory of worldwide asset recovery lawyers. The 2015 edition singled out Steven as “world-class” , with the two most recent editions respectively identifying Anthony and Steven as one of only five “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” in Europe, with Steven possessing a “huge knowledge base”, and Anthony being a “great tactician” known for his “pragmatism and creativity” in obtaining disclosure and freezing orders.