Campaigns

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Previous campaigns

Our previous financial group litigation projects have included:

ARCH CRU GROUP LITIGATION

Claim on behalf of approximately 1,100 clients against the ACD of the CF Arch cru OEICs. The Arch cru funds, valued at £363m, were suspended in 2009, after it was discovered that the vast majority of the sub-funds’ portfolios consisted of conflict-laden and illiquid investments in cell companies incorporated in Guernsey and listed on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange.

TOWER / UKFS


Multimillion-pound claim against the managers and operators of ’double-dipping’ film investment schemes designed to shelter income and capital gains tax by taking advantage of s.42 Finance (No.2) Act 1992. We acted for a large group of investors who argued they had been misled about the schemes’ nature and risk profile.

TAKE FILM SCHEMES

Action on behalf of investors in the Take film scheme series, which sought to take advantage of tax incentives on British qualifying films. The claimants alleged that the scheme was implemented in a manner that was inconsistent with the promotional literature, and that the scheme was sold despite the operators knowing that it was bound to fail.

ENTERPRISE ZONE


Claim on behalf of investors relating to mis-sold investments in commercial property sites situated in ‘enterprise zones’ (designated areas into which the Government encouraged investment by offering tax relief for investors).

EVOLUTION FILMS GROUP LITIGATION

Claim on behalf of the subscribers to a ‘production’ film partnership scheme, the structure of which was such that it could never have generated the investment returns or tax relief claimed.

FIRE CONTROL CENTRES

Claim for losses incurred by investors in a tax-driven investment scheme which invested in a network of control centres through which it was proposed to run the country’s emergency fire response.