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Vanessa Whitman

Solicitor Advocate

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English, Italian

Vanessa Whitman is a Partner in the Finance Disputes team in London. Vanessa qualified with CMS in 2008 and works primarily on contentious matters for banks and insolvency professionals, advising clients on various aspects of contentious banking and insolvency law. She has a growing practice specialising in FinTech and Crypto disputes. Vanessa also has significant experience advising clients how to deal with Serious Fraud Office cases and other fraud related matters, having advised on Britain’s largest mortgage fraud.

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  • 2005 – LPC, BPP Law School, London
  • 2004 – PgDL, BPP Law School, London
  • 2003 – B.A., University of Warwick
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Bank­ing Dis­putes Re­port 2022
This re­port looks at dis­pute res­ol­u­tion trends in the Bank­ing and Fin­ance sec­tor with a fo­cus on activ­ity across the Eng­lish courts; key ar­bit­ra­tion in­sti­tu­tions; and al­tern­at­ive dis­pute res­ol­u­tion...
Bank­ing Dis­putes we­bin­ar - Data driv­en ana­lys­is and trends
Join our Fin­ance Dis­putes team on Wed­nes­day 5 Oc­to­ber as they provide an over­view of their find­ings and sum­mar­ise the key parts of their re­cently pub­lished “Bank­ing Dis­putes Re­port 2022”.    The...
A CMS Guide to Re­struc­tur­ing & In­solv­ency in Crypto
Giv­en the chan­ging land­scape, we ex­pect to in­creas­ingly en­counter crypto as­sets in R&I situ­ations and they have been in the spot­light as HM Treas­ury un­veiled its plans to make the UK a glob­al crypto as­set tech­no­logy hub and with the evolving Ukraine / Rus­sia con­flict. 
Crypto­cur­rency fraud and in­junct­ive rem­ed­ies from Eng­lish courts
Mr Justice Lane, sit­ting in the High Court (Queens Bench Di­vi­sion), gran­ted the Claimant, Sally Jayne Den­isz (“SD”), an in­ter­im pro­pri­et­ary in­junc­tion, a world­wide freez­ing or­der and a banker’s...
When are crypto­cur­ren­cies held on trust?
In Zi Wang v Gra­ham Darby [2021] EWHC 3054 (Comm), the Eng­lish Com­mer­cial Court ad­ded to its re­cent string of judg­ments con­sid­er­ing the leg­al po­s­i­tion of crypto­cur­ren­cies and as­so­ci­ated pro­pri­et­ary claims...
Evol­u­tion not re­volu­tion: Cor­por­ate Re­spons­ib­il­ity and Cli­mate Change
Cli­mate change, sus­tain­ab­il­ity, and ESG are no longer niche areas of in­terest – they have be­come fun­da­ment­al to the way busi­nesses op­er­ate and im­pact the way we live our lives. Com­pan­ies face an im­port­ant...
Quince­care and turn­ing a blind eye –  high hurdles to over­come
The Court of Ap­peal has handed down a judg­ment al­low­ing a Bank’s re­quest to strike out the ma­jor­ity of a claim brought against it in re­la­tion to al­leged breach of the Quince­care duty and provid­ing fur­ther...
Scot­tish Court re­jects ar­gu­ment that Quince­care duty ex­tends bey­ond in­tern­al...
In the re­cent de­cision of Sekers Fab­rics Ltd v Cly­des­dale Bank plc [2021] CSOH 89, a bank cus­tom­er (“Sekers”) that had fallen vic­tim to an au­thor­ised push pay­ment (“APP”) fraud sought to re­cov­er...
Cryptoassets and fraud – rem­ed­ies avail­able from Eng­lish courts
In ION Sci­ence Ltd v Per­sons Un­known and oth­ers[1], the Eng­lish Com­mer­cial Court ad­ded to a string of re­cent judg­ments which of­fer ef­fect­ive rem­ed­ies for deal­ing with frauds and thefts re­lated to cryptoassets...
Pay for your cof­fee with crypto? In El Sal­vador you can!
The FCA an­nounced on 3rd June 2021 that they were ex­tend­ing the end date of the Tem­por­ary Re­gis­tra­tions Re­gime (“TRR”) for ex­ist­ing cryptoasset busi­nesses from 9th June 2021 to 31st March 2022. On...
Pub­lic­a­tion of the Di­git­al Dis­pute Res­ol­u­tion Rules
The UK Jur­is­dic­tion Taskforce (UKJT) has now pub­lished the UK’s first Di­git­al Dis­pute Res­ol­u­tion Rules (DDRR). The DDRR give leg­al ef­fect to auto­mat­ic dis­pute res­ol­u­tion pro­cesses built in­to di­git­al...
LIBOR lit­ig­a­tion: High Court con­firms that a claimant must be “aware” of...
In the latest case in­volving a claim for mis­rep­res­ent­a­tion arising from the LIBOR scan­dal, the High Court has set a high bar for a suc­cess­ful mis­rep­res­ent­a­tion claim, in what is a help­ful de­cision for...