DLA piper wins zambian fraud case

DLA Piper has landed a major victory for the Zambian government. The English High Court held that the country’s former president Frederick Chiluba and four senior aides conspired to rob the government of $46m (£23.08m). Mr Justice Peter Smith held that Chiluba took part in two separate conspiracies to siphon off the money, laundering it through two London law firms – Meer Care & Desai and Cave Malik & Co, which were part of the conspiracy. DLA Piper partner Janet Legrand instructed William Blair QC of 3 Verulam Buildings for the Zambian government, while Reynolds Porter Chamberlain litigation partner Alexander Ulm acted for senior partner of Meer Care & Desai, Iqbal Meer. Ian Croxford QC of Wilberforce Chambers and Justin Fenwick QC of Four New Square, instructed by partner Richard Harrison from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, led for Chiluba and the other two defendants.