5 March 2020

Andrew Head quoted in Law360 on Court’s ruling to disclose Dentons communications in Gold Dust fraud claim

Dispute Resolution partner Andrew Head’s comments have been published in the Law360 article entitled ‘Dentons Forced To Hand Over Docs In Gold Dust Fraud Claim’.

In his comments, Andrew addresses the London court’s ruling that documents held by a predecessor of Dentons Europe LLP over an alleged €6.5 million ($7.2 million) gold dust investment scam are not privileged. An exception was cited for cases in which clients use law firms to perpetuate frauds.

Representing the investors, Andrew stated that "The Court of Appeal decision in Addlesee has made it much harder for parties who will usually be claimants to obtain disclosure of legal advice privilege documents from dissolved companies. Fortunately, in the right cases, it is still well worth considering the iniquity exception".

More than 240 investors, represented by Forsters LLP, won their bid for the court to force Dentons to disclose communications Salans LLP had with the now-dissolved Anabus Holdings Ltd., which they claim ran a bogus scheme to invest in gold dust in 2010.

The full Law360 article can be accessed, via a paywall, here.

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