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Volume: 4 Issue: 3
(March 2018)

granting without notice freezing injunction against ‘persons unknown english commercial court granted 23 october 2017 apparently first

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The granting of a without notice freezing injunction against ‘persons unknown’

The English Commercial Court granted on 23 October 2017 what is apparently the first without notice freezing injunction against ‘persons unknown,’ in a case involving an alleged fraud in which persons unknown infiltrated the email of a member of the senior management of the claimant organisation, leading to instructions being sent to the claimant’s finance team authorising payments of around £6.3 million in total to be sent to a number of bank accounts. William Christopher, Partner at Kingsley Napley LLP, comments on this case, providing in doing so the legal background to the injunction, and outlining why in his view remedies such as that granted in this case will prove invaluable in protecting the rights of victims of fraud.

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