STEVEN PHILIPPSOHN – SENIOR PARTNER
“Time and time Steven’s lateral thinking has changed the direction and focus of cases.”
A leading QC
Steven is a leading authority on the management of international commercial litigation and in particular in asset recovery cases. Over the last 20 years his firm has been retained by governmental, national and international organisations. His firm, PCB Litigation, has an extensive international network of experienced lawyers. Steven currently acts for state enterprises, most prominent financial institutions and other organisations on disputes including those relating to the energy, finance and telecommunication sectors in various jurisdictions including, amongst others, Singapore, Kuwait, Russia, Ukraine, British Virgin Islands, Cyprus, Jersey and countries within Africa as well as the UK and the US.
The Legal 500 has singled out Steven as being ‘focused and creative’. He has been described as ‘always seeking to push the boundaries of what you can achieve to maximise a client’s position – ‘he thinks outside the box’ ‘very aggressive for clients’ aims’,and as ‘a wise and excellent strategist’ who ‘has a breadth and depth of experience, extensive knowledge of the market, and a willingness to take things on’ and ‘an eminent player in the fraud world’. In the Asset Recovery Section of the 2016 edition of Who`s Who he is described as being renowned for being “a true visionary in the field” with “strategic acumen and long-standing experience.” In Chambers he is listed in the top tier of fraud litigators, being described as a ‘brilliant thinker’ according to market sources, who also commend him as having ‘very good instincts’ and being ‘result orientated’. The Legal 500 and Chambers have identified PCB as a leading litigation practice, ‘the team constantly appearing in high quality work’ (Chambers 2014) and having ‘real quality’. The Times describe PCB as ‘solicitors to the banking community’ and ‘operating across a global landscape, recovering and protecting clients’ assets over borders and through multiple jurisdictions’. His recent cases include VTB v Nutritek and others; Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Company and another v Al Refai and others; Jenington International Inc & ors v Assaubayev & ors; Berezovsky v Joseph Kay; Ritz Hotel v Zayat; Westminster Council v Dame Shirley Porter.
After qualifying as a Solicitor he soon became a partner at Clintons before founding PCB.
He is the UK representative of Fraudnet, a global network of fraud litigation practitioners (www.icc-ccs.org/home/fraudnet). He is a founding member of the UK’s Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the recently formed panel advising the Home Office on Public/Private strategies to counter fraud as well as being a member of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts . For a number of years Steven was deputy chairman and a board member of the Fraud Advisory Panel (www.fraudadvisorypanel.org). Steven is listed by the London Times as one of the 100 key influential legal professionals in the United Kingdom..