‘A Practical Guide to Cyber Fraud Litigation – Second Edition’ by Matthew McGhee


Paperback: 978-1-914608-88-9
Published: February 2023
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Cyber fraud is a well-established and significant concern for business and individuals. The problem has developed exponentially, in terms of scale, coverage and value, in recent years. In part, this has been the result of recent events, such as the Covid-19 pandemic making remote working the norm and the widespread use of cryptocurrencies, providing increased opportunity for fraud. In addition to the obvious financial consequences, incidents of cyber fraud cause reputational harm and embarrassment to the victims, as well as engaging regulatory obligations for some persons.

However, well-established principles of law and procedure can be adapted to meet the new challenges posed by cyber fraud. The Court has shown willingness to develop its jurisdiction to give the victims of cyber fraud the tools needed to trace, identify, seize and recover the proceeds of frauds perpetrated against them.

This book is a practical handbook to assist the reader in navigating the peculiarities of claims in respect of cyber fraud. It acts as a guide on the procedure and substantive law relating to this burgeoning practice area, assisting the practitioner who is dealing with cyber fraud litigation – often under strict time pressures. Significant updates since the previous edition include dealing with crypto-assets in their own chapter, analysing recent trends in banks’ liability for cyber fraud, and considering in greater depth the use of disclosure orders to identify anonymous cyber fraudsters and the proceeds of their wrongdoing.


Matthew McGhee is a barrister at Twenty Essex with a broad commercial practice and a significant focus on civil fraud claims. He has been at the forefront of cyber fraud litigation, having acted for victims of cyber fraud and having both brought and defended fraud claims levelled against financial institutions. Matthew also has practical experience in cryptocurrency litigation.

Notable instructions have included CMOC v Persons Unknown [2018] EWHC 2230 (Comm) (a claim to trace and recover money stolen by cyber fraudsters, and the first-known occasion that a worldwide freezing injunction has been granted against ‘persons unknown’) and IFT v Barclays [2020] EWHC 3125 (Comm) (concerning a claim against the bank which received the proceeds of fraud, raising issues of when banks may be held liable for their customers’ frauds).

Matthew is regularly invited to speak at national and international industry conferences and events about cyber law and litigation.


Chapter One – Commencing Proceedings Against Anonymous Fraudsters
Chapter Two – Fraudulent Payments: Recovery From Wrongdoers
Chapter Three – Fraudulent Payments: Recovery From ‘Innocent’ Parties
Chapter Four – Extortion
Chapter Five – Other Wrongful Acquisitions
Chapter Six – Crypto-Assets
Chapter Seven – Procedural Guidance
Chapter Eight – Coda on Future Developments