Axiom Legal Financing Fund

After OffshoreAlert exposed Axiom Legal Financing Fund in August 2012, the litigation funding-based investment scam quickly collapsed and 12 British attorneys were later struck off, including the scheme's principal, Timothy Schools, who misappropriated most of the approximately £100 million that was raised from investors. In 2020, Schools, David Kennedy, and Richard Emmett were criminally charged with fraud by the United Kingdom's Serious Fraud Office. The year before, another Axiom principal, David Rae, pleaded guilty to money laundering in the U.S. regarding an unrelated scheme that he participated in after Axiom went bust. A special shout out to David McIntosh QC, a former president of the Law Society of England and Wales who represented Schools in a libel complaint against OffshoreAlert's editor, threatened to sue a London hotel if we mentioned his client's scam at a conference we were holding there, and - without a hint of irony - questioned OffshoreAlert’s “integrity”, all on behalf of a person that even cursory due diligence would have shown to be a crook. It's also worth mentioning that London’s Metropolitan Police issued OffshoreAlert's publisher with an ‘harassment warning’ and threatened him with arrest after Schools' adult daughter, Lisa Schools, who was “Senior Administrator/Office Manager" of two firms that participated in the fraud, including one that received more than £50 million, made false allegations against him. Given that Timothy Schools is a former policeman, it was difficult not to believe that the notoriously corrupt Met was simply doing him a favor.
Timeline
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March

2011

Timothy & Claire Schools: Wedding Video

PLAYING THE BIG MAN (WITH VICTIMS' MONEY): This video, taken on March 19th, 2011, shows British lawyer and former policeman Timothy Schools entertaining his family, friends, and associates to champagne and fine-dining at a luxury ski hotel in the French Alps that he co-owned - all bought and paid for with some of the tens of millions of dollars that he swindled from investors in Axiom Legal Financing Fund, a litigation funding-based investment scam he started two years earlier. The occasion was Schools' 50th birthday and his marriage to Claire Schools, who was also involved with Axiom. Several other participants in the scam were in attendance, including Richard Emmett, Dale Stephenson, and Alan Hutson.
Timothy Schools
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August

2012

Head of Cayman fund group Tim Schools accused of professional misconduct in UK

The head of a Cayman Islands fund group that claims to manage $160 million, promotes its investments as "low risk" and boasts of "consistent" 12% net annual returns for investors is being prosecuted for alleged professional misconduct in the United Kingdom. British attorney Tim Schools faces 11 allegations, including that he "failed to act with integrity" and "failed to act in the best interests of his clients".
Timothy Schools
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October

2012

More red flags regarding fast-growing Axiom Legal Financing Fund

As investors continue to pour millions of pounds each month into Cayman Islands-domiciled Axiom Legal Financing Fund, OffshoreAlert has uncovered more red flags, including conflicting financial statements, £7.9 million loaned to a debt-ridden law firm owned by Axiom's principal, and insurance provided by an unregulated, unaudited firm that is currently defending a fraud lawsuit brought by one of its clients.
Graham Hampson and ronan Guilfoyle
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October

2012

Axiom Legal Financing Fund appoints KPMG to investigate red flags raised by OffshoreAlert

Cayman Islands-domiciled Axiom Legal Financing Fund has retained KPMG to investigate red flags concerning the Fund that were uncovered by OffshoreAlert. Investors were informed of the development in a letter yesterday from the Fund's directors, Ronan Guilfoyle and Graham Hampson.
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October

2012

Axiom Legal Financing Fund suspended, investors appear to be victims of fraud

Cayman Islands-domiciled Axiom Legal Financing Fund suspended redemptions and halted new subscriptions yesterday - a result of an investigation into the Fund by OffshoreAlert. Meanwhile, our ongoing investigation suggests that investors - who have invested at least £117 million - are victims of a massive fraud orchestrated by British solicitor Tim Schools and others.
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November

2012

Axiom Legal Financing Fund appears to be a Ponzi scheme

New evidence uncovered by OffshoreAlert indicates that the recently-suspended Axiom Legal Financing Fund is hopelessly insolvent as a result of self-dealing and fraud by insiders. The Cayman Islands-domiciled Fund, which has raised more than £117 million, appears to be a Ponzi scheme.
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November

2012

Axiom fraud leaves offshore providers exposed to massive claims for damages

Offshore providers in the Cayman Islands, Isle of Man, and Switzerland face huge liabilities after allowing insiders to loot Axiom Legal Financing Fund of tens of millions of pounds. Those most at risk from being sued by Axiom's eventual liquidators appear to be DMS Group, JP Funds Group, BDO Cayman, and Ogier, all in the Cayman Islands; Turnstone Group, in the Isle of Man; and Portland Financial Management, of Switzerland.
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November

2012

Timothy Schools: Threatening Letter to Conference Hotel

Letter on behalf of Timothy Schools sent to Manager of The May Fair Hotel, in London on November 22, 2012 warning of "the threat" posed by OffshoreAlert's publisher, David Marchant, and advising that the hotel could be "named" in legal proceedings against OffshoreAlert
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December

2012

Directors intend to put Axiom Legal Financing Fund into Receivership, investors told

The directors of Axiom Legal Financing Fund intend to immediately apply to the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands to put the Fund into Receivership, with KPMG serving as Receiver, investors were informed yesterday at an Extraordinary General Meeting in London.
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December

2012

Axiom Fund: Investors making one mistake after another

Investors in Axiom Legal Financing Fund have until Wednesday to try to block the appointment of KPMG's Kris Beighton and John Milsom as Receivers. Once KPMG is ensconced, it will be extremely difficult, perhaps impossible, to have them removed. For
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December

2012

Three-way battle for control of Axiom Legal Financing Fund

A three-way battle has emerged for control of Axiom Legal Financing Fund, which was exposed as a fraud by OffshoreAlert two months ago. Proposals for receivership, liquidation, and restructuring are scheduled to be heard over two days at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands starting on January 31, 2013.
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January

2013

Auditor resigns from Axiom Legal Financing Fund’s biggest borrower

The auditor of a British law firm that owes Axiom Legal Financing Fund approximately £50 million has resigned, citing problems obtaining sufficient information to perform its task. OffshoreAlert has uncovered evidence calling into question the auditor's independence.