Tony Lewis is a seasoned litigator, and a recognised expert in
fraud and international asset tracing.
A leading directory, Chambers, comments, “Tony Lewis is
acclaimed for the 'unerringly accurate anticipation of
opposition moves' that keeps him 'one step ahead of the
game'. He engenders further praise for his smooth running of
cases and ability to 'seamlessly pull together complex concepts
and diverse teams of professionals'." The Legal 500
says that he "impresses clients".
He specialises in issues arising from fraudulent conduct,
including breach of directors’ duties, tracing assets, theft of
confidential information and other assets, money laundering,
corruption, and the interplay between civil and criminal
Tony has acted in many high profile, complex and reported cases,
which have often been multi-jurisdictional. He has significant
experience of recovering assets, conducting investigations, and
obtaining and enforcing freezing orders, search orders and other
injunctions, both in the UK, and in support of proceedings
worldwide. Tony is also registered to conduct litigation in the
Dubai International Financial Court. He also acts as the court
appointed, supervising solicitor for search orders.
Tony also has wide-ranging mediation experience and acted in one
of the largest mediated settlements ever achieved, and is an
accredited mediator himself.
Tony specialises in the financial institutions, life sciences, and public sectors.
Recent cases include:
- Pursuing a US$25 million asset tracing claim on behalf of
companies in the British Virgin Islands, Isle of Man and Africa
arising out of the sale of an Angolan food business;
- Obtaining a worldwide freezing order for a Hong Kong trading
entity against a former employee who had misappropriated assets and
taken bribes, and dealing with the inter-related criminal
- Acting for a UK public body in relation to a £20 million
investigation in relation to misappropriated funds;
- Acting for national accountancy firm in relation to litigation
arising from resignation as auditors following discovery of
accounting irregularities, and dealing with related money
- Acting for a major utility in a number of fraud related claims,
including a significant procurement fraud;
- Obtaining a worldwide freezing order in support of proceedings
in Italy, to facilitate international tracing and recovery of
assets across Europe and in the US and Panama;
- Obtaining and executing a search order for a national telecoms
company in relation to the diversion of business by directors to a
- Acting for an NHS body in relation to fraud allegations;
- Obtaining a worldwide freezing order, tracing, and recovering
assets for a UAE based entity which had been defrauded.
Tony is authorised by the Dubai International Financial Centre
("DIFC") as a practitioner permitted to issue and conduct
proceedings in the DIFC Courts which hear all types of civil and
commercial matters. Proceedings in the DIFC Courts are conducted in
English applying common law principles.
Tony has spoken at a number of engagements including the London
Fraud forum annual conference, the Lexis Nexis Anti-Money
Laundering conference, the Lexis Nexis International Litigation and
Fraud Conference, Central Law Training, and a series of talks for
R3, the organisation for business recovery professionals.
Tony has also had articles published in the Lawyer, Fraud
Intelligence, European Lawyer and the IBA Litigators’
Tony is also an active member of various professional
organisations, including the Commercial Fraud Lawyers’ Association,
the International Bar Association, the London Fraud Forum, the
Commercial Litigators’ Forum and the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’