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Robert Weekes

Partner


Robert Weekes is a highly experienced partner in the Global Litigation Practice and is a key member of the Financial Services Practice; he also serves as the managing partner of the firm's London office. Clients retain Robert to provide advice on a wide range of financial litigation, investigations, and international dispute matters. He has particular experience in Financial Services and often acts for banks, ABL’s, Funds, and Insurers together with other financial institutions, multinational and U.K.-based entities, and individuals. He is instructed on a wide range of complex commercial disputes, including fraud investigations and asset tracing and recovery. He frequently handles banking and investment disputes, fraud and asset recovery litigation, guarantee and indemnity claims, and advises insurance companies on complex disputed claims.

Robert has considerable experience in advising overseas companies facing contentious/litigation issues in the U.K. courts providing guidance on the rules of disclosure and evidence in the U.K. He works with leading specialists ranging from the best Queen’s Counsel to the experts that are required to undertake forensic digital investigations. 

Robert has recently completed a ten-day High Court trial for a large U.S. corporate company involved in a commercial dispute in London. The case went to the heart of the company's viability and was simply a “must win” case for the client.  

Robert has also been advising an offshore company in relation to a highly complex dispute with a sovereign state requiring a complex asset tracing exercise that has led to a significant recovery for the client..  

As a frequent lecturer, Robert talks on issues such as fraud prevention, asset recovery, litigation strategy, and dealings with regulators. He has appeared on ITV News at Ten commenting on commercial fraud. 

Robert has been recommended in The Legal 500 UK and recognized for the following practice areas – crime, fraud and licensing: fraud – civil (2017), dispute resolution: banking litigation – investment and retail (2015, 2017), dispute resolution: commercial litigation (2017), and finance: asset based lending (2015).

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Robert was for 10 years the managing partner of the London office of an international firm.

Representative Matters

  • Advising a U.S. corporate in relation to a commercial dispute that was critical to its business in Europe.
  • Advising a Middle Eastern business on an £800 million bond dispute in London and the Middle East. 
  • Acting for a U.K. corporate selling a portfolio of businesses across Europe devising a litigation strategy to support the enforced completion of the sale. 
  • Acting for a global corporate in a procurement dispute against the Ministry of Defence.
  • Acting for a major bank against directors of a commodity trading business that perpetrated a significant trading fraud.
  • Advising a bank on its response to a £15 million fraud including obtaining wide-ranging injunctive orders. Reaching a commercial settlement.
  • Acting for a credit insurer in dealing with a £15 million claim under the policy arising from a more than £100 million commercial fraud.
  • Advising a financier on a fictitious invoicing fraud; tracing monies overseas and obtaining a worldwide freezing order and making a full recovery.
  • Advising an Irish bank in relation to a £20 million fraud claim against the directors of a customer to whom the financier provided a stock and invoice finance facility.
  • Advising an investor who had financed a magazine business in relation to the fraudulent activities of directors.
  • Advising overseas investors in relation to a dispute with an investment bank involving a Russian share scheme.

Education

  • College of Law, Guildford, B.Sc. (1985)

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: England and Wales

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