Charlotte Pender, Partner
Charlotte advises on complex, high-value litigation with both domestic and international elements.
AboutCharlotte advises on complex, high-value litigation with both domestic and international elements. She has experience of a broad range of commercial disputes but with particular expertise in the fields of civil fraud, asset tracing, freezing and recovery and shareholder disputes. Whilst Charlotte is an experienced trial lawyer she also has experience in the resolution of disputes by way of arbitration and mediation.
Charlotte has advised companies (including trust companies), individual shareholders, boards and institutional investors on a range of company and shareholder disputes and she acted for the Respondent shareholder in the case of Irvine v Irvine.
Charlotte’s most recent cases include acting for the liquidators of six defendant companies in Cayman Islands’ longest-ever trial - 129 days - about one of the world’s largest-ever Ponzi schemes – US$330 billion. Charlotte is also one of the Charles Russell Speechlys partners who work on a range of multi-billion dollar cases for Awal Bank BSC (in Administration), appointed by the Central Bank of Bahrain.
Charlotte acted for one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical wholesalers in a successful action to recover multi million pound damages arising from a fraudulent letter of credit scheme which included associated litigation in Europe, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
Charlotte is admitted to practise in England and Wales and has limited admission in the Cayman Islands (in relation to the AHAB vs SAAD litigation). Charlotte is a member of the Female Fraud Forum and the Fraud Lawyers Association.
- Ahmad Hamad Al-Gosaibi & Brothers vs Saad Investment Company Limited and Others 
- Awal Bank v Various
- Barclay Pharmaceuticals & Others v Waypharm LP and Others  EWHC 306 (Comm)
- AMP Services Limited v Walanpatrias Foundation, Lehman Brothers & Others- representing AMP Services in a dispute over the beneficial entitlement to assets of $100m acting in the English proceedings and advising on associated litigation in Monaco, Liechtenstein, New York, Florida & Panama
- Irvine  1 BCLC 445; quasi partnership, discounted minority share value
Investigations: Fraud in the time of pandemic
Many business have experienced massive disruption recently, Charlotte Pender, Stewart Hey and Caroline Greenwell discuss the impact.
Remote hearings in the COVID-19 era: another new normal?
Charlotte and Simon look at remote hearings in the COVID-19 era
Charlotte Pender and Simon Heatley write for Practical Law Magazine on remote hearings in the Covid-19 era
International Women’s Day 2020 – 8 Women for 8 March
International Women’s Day offers us a great opportunity to celebrate inspirational women and our female colleagues.
Preparing witness statements: total recall or total reconstruction?
Charlotte and Simon discuss the preparation of effective witness statements and consider the practical issues that can occur when doing so.
Follow the trail: tracing complex financial transactions – Charlotte Pender writes for IFLR
Charles Russell Speechlys successful in longest-running Cayman Islands trial
The Grand Court of the Cayman Islands has found in favour of the liquidators of six defendant companies
Charles Russell Speechlys promotes eight to Partner
A further four have been promoted to Legal Director and 22 to Senior Associate.