Robert Weekes is a Partner in our Litigation practice. He is the firm’s former Managing Partner of our London office. Robert is a specialist fraud lawyer acting primarily for banks, asset based lenders and other financial institutions. He is an expert in advising clients on complex fraud scenarios and is known for his creative and commercial solutions.

    Robert's work often involves obtaining freezing injunctions, search and seizure orders and other ancillary relief. Robert also acts extensively for financial institutions, advising them on complex disputes, guarantee and indemnity claims. Robert also advises credit insurance companies on disputed claims. He routinely deals with a plethora of commercial disputes. Robert lectures to clients and prospective clients regularly; he talks on issues such as fraud prevention, asset recovery and litigation strategy. He has appeared on ITV News at Ten commenting on commercial fraud. He has been awarded lecturer of the year by the Asset Based Finance Association on several occasions. Robert routinely advises factoring and discounting companies on their expansion overseas and has recently advised on expansion into the US and Australia, Sweden and Eastern Europe. He has also been heavily involved in advising UK Factoring and Discounting Companies in relation to the new ABFA Code of Conduct.

    Robert has also dealt with many new start factoring and discounting operations and has been involved in many corporate transactions in the ABL market.

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    • Acting for a major bank against directors of a commodity trading business. Advising the bank on its response to a £15 million fraud including obtaining wide ranging injunctive orders. Reaching a commercial settlement.
    • Acting for a credit insurer in dealing with a £15 million claim under the policy arising from a more than £100 million commercial fraud.
    • Advising an ABL on a fictitious invoicing fraud; tracing monies overseas and obtaining a worldwide freezing order and making a full recovery.
    • Advising an Irish bank in relation to a £20 million fraud claim against the directors of a customer to whom the financier provided a stock and invoice finance facility.
    • Advising an investor who had financed a magazine business in relation to the fraudulent activities of directors.
    • Advising overseas investors in relation to a dispute with an investment bank involving a Russian share scheme.

    Education

    • College of Law, Guildford, B.Sc., 1985

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 1988
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Fraud – civil; Banking litigation – investment and retail; Commercial litigation
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2015 for Banking litigation: investment and retail; Asset-based lending
    • Recommended in the 2013 edition of The Legal 500 UK
    • Listed as a leading individual in the 2011 edition of The Legal 500 UK

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