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Laurence Crees


Laurence is a commercial litigator with a specialism in civil fraud. He has experience in advising and representing individuals, corporates and office holders in complex litigation and investigations.

Many of Laurence’s cases have involved interim injunctions, including third party disclosure and freezing orders. He is well versed in all phases of the litigation process and other forms of dispute resolution.

Key Cases

Beriwala v Woodstone Properties (Birmingham) Ltd

[2021] EWHC 609 (Ch)

Laurence acted for the claimant in a dispute concerning a complex lending arrangement regarding the establishment of a high end restaurant. The case resulted in a five day trial and settled after a draft judgment was sent to the parties by the Court. It has been cited in subsequent cases as authority for when the court should exercise its discretion not to hand down a judgment.

London Capital & Finance Plc & Ors. v Thomson & Ors

[2020] EWHC 2490 (Ch)

Laurence acted for a defendant to a claim for fraudulent trading and breach of director duties, valued at approximately £200 million and brought by administrators. The case has been the subject of significant publicity.

Mousavi-Khalkali v Abrishamchi and Anor

[2020] EWCA Civ 1493, [2019] EWHC 2364 (Ch)

Laurence acted for the defendants, an Iranian individual and company, on successful applications to set aside freezing orders and dismiss the claim on the basis that England and Wales did not have jurisdiction to hear the dispute and/or was not the appropriate forum. The judgment was upheld on appeal.

Multinational Petroleum

Group v [Former Director] QBD 2018

Laurence was the lead associate for the claimant petroleum group in a multi-million pound fraud claim against a former director of an Afghan subsidiary. The claimant obtained a worldwide freezing injunction, proprietary injunction and various ancillary orders, including orders requiring the defendant to surrender his passport and preventing him from leaving the jurisdiction. The defendant was later debarred from defending the claim. The matter settled shortly thereafter.

ACLBDD Holdings Limited v Staechelin and ors

[2019] EWCA Civ 817, [2018] EWCA 44 (Ch)

Laurence was part of a team representing de Pury & de Pury LLP, whose entitlement to a US$10 million commission in respect of the sale of a Gauguin painting was confirmed by a unanimous Court of Appeal, upholding the decision of Morgan J at first instance. The case made headlines across the art world when details of the sale of the masterpiece – to the Emir of Qatar – for US$210 million were revealed, giving art observers a rare insight into dealings at the very top of the international art market.

Cullen Investments Ltd v Brown

[2017] EWHC 2793 (Ch), [2017] EWHC 1586 (Ch)

Laurence acted for a shareholder investment company against a joint venture partner in a dispute concerning the misdirection of a corporate opportunity. The claim was successful following a two week trial of claims against directors for breach of a shareholders’ agreement, breaches of director’s duties and conspiracy by unlawful means.

Education and Admissions

Bristol, University of the West of England

(BA Hons)

BPP University College (Law School)

(Graduate Diploma in Law)

BPP University College (Law School)

(Legal Practice Course)

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales



At Quillon Law, our strategy is about measured growth whilst being recognised as a destination practice of choice, in attracting like-minded practitioners. We aim to create a significant partnership covering all our key practice areas: commercial litigation, fraud and finance disputes, white collar and regulatory disputes, supported by the development of a class-leading approach to development, purpose, responsibility and inclusion across the firm as it grows. If you’d like to find out more about developing a career with us, drop us a line at