Group Seven v Notable Services [2019] EWCA Civ 614

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | Autumn 2019 #176

These appeals arose from the a ‘brazen fraud’ by which Allseas Group SA was defrauded of €100 million. After the fraud took place, there was an attempt to launder the proceeds through the client account of a London firm of solicitors, Notable Services LLP, whose partners included Mr Landman. Police intervention secured the return of €88 million – the present proceedings concerned attempts to recover the remainder of this sum from Notable, Mr Landman, Mr Louanjli (a bank employee who provided information to Notable) and LLB Verwaltung, the bank who employed him (”the Bank”).

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Independent Trustee Services Ltd v GP Noble Trustees Ltd & ors [2012] EWCA Civ 195

Wills & Trusts Law Reports | September 2012 #122

Anthony Morris (Mr Morris) orchestrated a series of frauds between August 2007 and April 2008 by which £52m was misappropriated from various occupational pension schemes by their trustees, GP Noble Trustees Ltd and BDC Trustees Ltd. The appellant was Independent Trustee Services Ltd (ITS), which had been appointed as trustee of the 1653 pension schemes by the Pensions Regulator in July 2008. Mr Morris was found liable in dishonest assistance for £52m and in knowing receipt for £4.89m by Peter Smith J in July 2010 ([2010] EWHC 1653 (Ch)) (the chancery action).

Mr Morris had married...

Breach Of Trust: Dishonest or unconscionable?

The Starglade case casts light on the meaning of dishonesty in the context of accessory liability, as Mark Pawlowski discusses ‘In Twinsectra Ltd v Yardley [2002], the majority of the House of Lords concluded that dishonesty also required a dishonest state of mind. This approach, however, was rejected by the Privy Council in Barlow Clowes …
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