Areas of Practice
  • The College of Law, Law Society Final, 1990
  • King's College London, Law, 1988
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Solicitor, England & Wales, 1991
5 Aldermanbury Square
London, EC2V 7HR
TEL: +44 20 7367 8085
FAX: +44 20 7367 8001

Neil Dooley, a partner in Steptoe’s London office, focuses on contentious commercial matters and represents financial institutions – including Otkritie, BCCI, Barings, Equitable Life, and AY Bank – in obtaining freezing orders and advising them in heavyweight commercial litigation, insolvency, and fraud.  Much of this has involved cross-border work, in many jurisdictions, with a particular focus on Russia and the Middle East.  Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Dooley worked at another major City firm for many years.

Representative Matters

  • Acting for a major Russian bank which was the victim of a US$150 million securities fraud. Worldwide freezing orders and ancillary criminal proceedings.  Judgement in February 2014 for the client.
  • Acting for a prominent Middle East bank in relation to a multi-million dollar fraud involving a number of overseas jurisdictions and civil and criminal remedies, and carrying out an investigation to identify the utilisation of the proceeds of the fraud.  Judgement in December 2013 for the client.
  • Acting for a defendant in the Formula One litigation commenced by Constantin Medien, a German company. Judgement for the client in December 2013.
  • Acting for a prominent Russian businessman in the defence of proceedings commenced by a major AIM listed company involving worldwide freezing orders and serious allegations of fraud.  This is a complex and multi-jurisdictional matter involving proceedings in England, the BVI, the Isle of Man, Jersey, Cyprus and Russia.  In addition confidential arbitration proceedings were also commenced and freezing orders made ancillary to those proceedings.
  • Acting for the BCCI Liquidators in several high profile recoveries including Akindele (the leading Court of Appeal decision on knowing receipt of trust monies); Bugshan (a claim that went to the Court of Appeal on the construction of contracts); and Bryce.
  • Acting for a syndicate of Middle East banks in relation to a series of Shari'a finance documents involving Turkish debtors and pursuing claims in the English and German Courts.
  • Acting for the administrators/liquidators of AY Bank in relation to the winding up of that institution; this included litigation arising from sanctions imposed by the EC and US as a result of the conflict in the Balkans and applications for the early release of monies to a major creditor.

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