Who we are

We are a team of litigators who advise a well-capitalised private fund on providing commercial litigation and arbitration funding in the UK, Australia, and around the world.

We have extensive disputes experience from the world’s leading litigation firms, strategic and financial expertise, and a deep network in the business and legal community.

We have practised in common law and civil law jurisdictions, and worked in private practice and in-house.

Our Investment Committee includes Lord David Gold and Ian Terry, two of the UK’s most experienced and distinguished litigators.

What we do

What

we do

As a litigation funding firm, we invest in commercial disputes brought by businesses, entrepreneurs, investors and shareholders, whether individually or seeking funding for class actions, at all stages of the litigation or arbitration process.

Our capital is used by companies and law firms to cover the legal fees and disbursements associated with pursuing a claim or to support business operations.

In return for our litigation and arbitration funding – which we usually provide on a non-recourse basis – we  share in any recovery obtained through settlement or ultimate adjudication of the case.

How we can help

We can help claimants by:

  • assuming the financial burden and risks of litigation, levelling the playing field and enabling the pursuit of claims that would otherwise not be realised
  • providing independent validation of your claim
  • unlocking some of the contingent value of your claim to support business operations
  • enabling businesses to remove the adverse accounting effects of litigation from financial statements
  • advising on legal teams and case management issues

We can help law firms by:

  • assisting your cash-flow management by removing client credit risk
  • sharing the risk associated with deferred fee arrangements
  • enabling you to expand your practice by taking on new matters and clients that require finance
  • participating in joint marketing and business development initiatives
  • providing our expertise and experience, free of charge, whenever we can assist the case

We can help investment professionals by:

  • providing an alternative source of capital for your cash-strapped portfolio businesses with valuable claims
  • protecting capital adequacy ratios under banking covenants
  • removing “above the line” litigation-related expenses
  • preventing the diversion of portfolio companies’ resources from operations

We can help insolvency practitioners by:

  • funding actions to recover value for creditors where there is no money to do so
  • advising on legal teams and case management issues

The Team

Lord David Gold

Lord David Gold

Investment Commitee Chair
Ian Terry

Ian Terry

Investment Committee Member
Robert Rothkopf

Robert Rothkopf

Managing Partner
Simon Burnett

Simon Burnett

Partner
Oliver Hayes

Oliver Hayes

Partner
Jamie Houlker

Jamie Houlker

Partner & CFO
Kylie Ansbro

Kylie Ansbro

Investment Manager
Jeremy Humm

Jeremy Humm

Investment Manager
Maya Shallita

Maya Shallita

Associate
Michelle Dreyer

Michelle Dreyer

Finance Manager
Layken Senior

Layken Senior

Team Assistant
Fraser Shepherd

Fraser Shepherd

Senior Advisor
Nick Gardner

Nick Gardner

Senior Advisor
Donny Surtani

Donny Surtani

Senior Advisor
Edward Lam

Edward Lam

Senior Advisor

Regulation

Balance Legal Capital is a funder member of the Association of Litigation Funders (ALF), the body responsible for the self-regulation of litigation funding in England and Wales. As a professional funder and member of the ALF, Balance abides by the Code of Conduct for Litigation Funders which was published by the UK’s Civil Justice Council in 2011.

Balance Legal Capital LLP is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

The Code sets out the standards by which all full funder members of the ALF must abide, including with regard to capital adequacy, the control of proceedings, settlement and the circumstances in which funding may be withdrawn. Further detail on the rules of the ALF can be found here. A full version of the Code of Conduct for Litigation Funders can be downloaded here.

Selected Credentials

Balance Ranked In Chambers And Partners 2021

Balance has again been ranked in Chambers and Partners 2021 in both the UK and APAC listing with Robert Rothkopf and Simon Burnett awarded individual rankings.

Balance Recognised In The Legal 500 for 2021

Balance has been ranked in The Legal 500 this year as a key player in litigation funding in the UK.

Balance Individuals recognised in Lawdragon Global Leaders in Legal Finance 2021

Robert Rothkopf, Simon Burnett, and Oliver Hayes have each been recognised in LawDragon Top 100 Global Leaders in Legal Finance 2021.

Robert Rothkopf and Oliver Hayes recognised as Thought Leaders in Third-Party Funding by
Who’s Who Legal 2020

We are pleased to announce that Robert Rothkopf and Oliver Hayes have both been recognised as Thought Leaders in Third-Party Funding 2020 by Who’s Who Legal, a directory that identifies the foremost legal practitioners based upon comprehensive, independent research. Thank you to everyone who nominated us to the WWL researchers.

Ranked in Chambers and Partners UK and in Chambers and Partners APAC 2020

As quoted in the Chambers guide, one market source said “My experience dealing with them has been seamless so far. You get a whole different range of funders, and Balance are very much at the professional end. They take a much more reasonable approach to the client and are easy to deal with when advising. Right at the top end of the market – they’re very rigorous with their analysis of matters.”

On Robert Rothkopf one market source says: “I think the one thing that really marks him out is responsiveness, he’s always on hand. Very bright, he picks up all the issues and asks all the right questions.” and on Simon Burnett “He is a prominent fixture in the class action space, taking on challenging and innovative cases.”

Robert Rothkopf recognised in 100 Global Leaders in Legal Finance by Lawdragon 2020
RANKED IN CHAMBERS AND PARTNERS UK GUIDE 2019

They are known to have a “group of very high-calibre lawyers who are impressive and efficient to deal with.”

Clients say they are “technically astute, with strong service delivery, and flexibility over price and funding structures.”

Much more “responsive and flexible than some established funders.”

ROBERT ROTHKOPF, MANAGING PARTNER, RANKED IN CHAMBERS AND PARTNERS UK GUIDE 2019

A “super smart lawyer, adept at planning strategy and a pleasure to work with.” He is well regarded for his “technical expertise and commercial acumen” along with his “responsive and proactive manner.”

Funded one of the Top 20 Cases of 2018 according to The Lawyer Magazine
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Ranked in Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2018

An “energetic” funder, “a market disrupter”, “up and coming, and hungry”, “clever, bright, and able.”

“They are experienced litigators who understand what questions to ask and what the answers mean.”

Robert Rothkopf, Managing Partner, ranked in Chambers and Partners UK Guide 2018

A “really dynamic individual,” praised for being “an extremely smart, able solicitor – it really feels like you’ve got an additional legal team with you that also recognise that it’s not their job to do the lawyering.”