“Much-heralded" Civil Fraud Silk, Aidan Casey QC, joins South Square from 3 Hare Court.

Jun 27th, 2022 by Hewetson & Co

For the first time in their illustrious history, South Square welcomes a lateral silk into their esteemed ranks.

Leading Chambers, South Square, announces the addition of top fraud silk, Aidan Casey QC, to its market-leading insolvency practice.

Casey has been a member of 3 Hare Court since 1994 and was made silk in 2016. He specialises in civil fraud, chancery commercial and insolvency, offshore and Privy Council, and general commercial dispute resolution. His expertise spans across both litigation and international arbitration, working with cases internationally and cross border, with significant experience in disputes involving Russia/ the CIS, The UAE, Mauritius, Cyprus, Sweden, The BVI, Malta, Switzerland, Bermuda, and the Bahamas. He has been called (pro hac) to the Bars of Bermuda and the Bahamas.

As part of his past notable experience, Casey has acted in multiple international arbitrations in a dispute between the shareholders in a large Russian retail bank. The case was covered in the Moscow Times both as a “high-profile case which rocked Russia’s business community and spooked both foreign and Russian investors alike” and as “the most high-profile business dispute of recent years”.

Casey’s recent arbitration experience has further included a series of related LCIA arbitrations, and associated Cypriot litigation, concerning a complex battle for control of one of Siberia’s largest open-cast coal mines.

In line with this he has acted in substantial civil fraud cases such as Kingdom of Sweden v Serwin & others, instructed by Mishcon de Reya and Greenberg Traurig where he acts for the Kingdom of Sweden in a substantial ca. €120m fraud case brought under Swedish and Maltese law, arising out of a sophisticated fraud on the Swedish pension system.

He is rated by The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as a leading silk in: Commercial Dispute Resolution, Offshore, and Civil Fraud. The Legal 500 describe Casey as “an all-round excellent barrister, a first choice on almost every fraud case” and “extremely thorough and diligent and able to get to grips with extremely complex matters very quickly”.

In addition to his legal duties Casey regularly lectures to solicitors on commercial law issues, including the proceeds of crime legislation and commercial fraud, and most recently Dubai Government Decree No. 34 of 2021 Concerning the Dubai International Arbitration Centre. His publications include co-authored chapters of ‘Banking on Corruption: the legal responsibilities of those who handle the proceeds of corruption’ and of ‘The funding of Terror: the legal implications of the financial war on terror.’

Joint Heads of Chambers, David Alexander QC and Mark Arnold QC, said: “We are delighted that Aidan is joining South Square. He is a highly-regarded silk, specialising in heavyweight litigation and arbitration, with an enviable reputation for excellence amongst clients and practitioners alike. Not only will Aidan expand our expertise, adding to the pool of knowledge in Chambers, but he will strengthen our international and domestic offerings. Members of the Chambers are all looking forward to working with him and we extend a warm welcome to him.”

William Mackinlay, CEO of South Square Chambers, said: “We’re really pleased that Aidan has opted to join South Square. Over the past 30 years, Chambers has been consistently recognised as the top set for insolvency and restructuring work and we also have a very strong civil fraud practice, both domestically and cross-border so it’s a natural fit that someone of his level and expertise joins us to expand our offering, particularly as we have just launched our special Arbitration and Mediation Unit.”

Casey said of his appointment: “South Square has a market-leading reputation in insolvency and in corporate disputes and is a key place to be for those who are interested in working with a range of offshore cases from East to West. It has a track record of being involved in the largest and most complex insolvency cases, which can often uncover a range of fraud and misfeasance claims, and I’m looking forward to applying my knowledge to cases that arise.”

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