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Charlotte Pender, Partner

Charlotte advises on complex, high-value litigation with both domestic and international elements.

Charlotte Pender, Partner

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Charlotte 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 [2018]
  • Awal Bank v Various
  • Barclay Pharmaceuticals & Others v Waypharm LP and Others [2012] 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 [2007] 1 BCLC 445; quasi partnership, discounted minority share value