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
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:
We can help law firms by:
We can help investment professionals by:
We can help insolvency practitioners by:
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.
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with regard to capital adequacy, the control of proceedings, settlement and the circumstances in which funding may be withdrawn.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.
Edward Lam is a founding partner and lead fund manager at Somerset Capital Management where he manages AUM US$2.9 bn in Somerset’s Dividend Growth fund (as at June 2017).
As a member of Balance’s Advisory Board, Edward contributes his experience of launching and managing funds to help shape management strategy and implement best practice at Balance Legal Capital.
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.
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.”