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
01

February

2013

Cayman judge reserves judgment in Axiom Legal Financing Fund receivership case

After hearing two days of evidence, Justice Angus Foster today reserved judgment on whether Axiom Legal Financing Fund should be placed into Receivership, as the directors and certain investors want, or should be allowed to continue under new management, which is being sought by a British group associated with the Fund's former principal, fraudster Timothy Schools.
07

February

2013

Hearing set for next Tuesday in Axiom Legal Financing Fund court case

A decision on whether to place Axiom Legal Financing Fund into Receivership or allow it to be restructured by a group associated with those responsible for its insolvency and fraudulent activity will not be delivered until next Tuesday at the earliest.
12

February

2013

Novus International Investments Ltd. v. Tangerine Investment Management Ltd.: Winding Up Petition

Winding Up Petition in Novus International Investments Limited v. Tangerine Investment Management Limited at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.
26

March

2013

Cayman judge upgrades powers of Axiom Fund’s Receivers, asks England’s High Court for assistance

The Grand Court of the Cayman Islands has granted the Receivers of Axiom Legal Financing Fund the same powers as liquidators and, separately, asked the High Court of Justice in England and Wales - where much of the Fund's activity occurred - to recognize the receivership.
04

April

2013

Novus International Investments Ltd. v. Tangerine Investment Management Ltd.: Winding-Up Order

Winding-Up Order in Novus International Investments Limited v. Tangerine Investment Management Limited at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.
13

April

2013

British attorney Steven Goodman claims he is owed £25 m by now-defunct Tangerine Investment Management

British attorney Steven Goodman, who is associated with insiders of the fraudulently-operated Axiom Legal Financing Fund, claims to be owed £25.7 million by the insolvent Fund's former investment manager.
21

May

2013

Axiom Legal Financing Fund et al v. Timothy Schools et al: Re-Amdended Claim Form

Re-Amended Claim Form in JP SPC 1 and JP SPC 4, collectively doing business as Axiom Legal Financing Fund v. Timothy Schools, Rachel Hutson, David Rae, Alec Linsley, Dale Stephenson, Synergy IOM Limited, Check Mate Audits Limited, Synaxus Holdings Limited, Noble Finance Ltd., Sadira Limited, Loret Investments Limited, David Kennedy, Alan Hutson, Hut Consulting Limited, and First For Law Limited at the High Court in London.
02

June

2013

British law firm owes Axiom Legal Financing Fund £61M, says administrator

Insolvent Ashton Fox Solicitors owes failed Cayman Islands-domiciled Axiom Legal Financing Fund "approximately £60.8 m" but that is only an estimate "due to the paucity of the Company's accounting records", reported the law firm's joint administrator on May 15.
20

June

2013

Axiom Legal Financing Fund’s British distributor goes into liquidation

British fund distributor Taylor Moor Limited, which helped to raise most of the estimated £117 million that was invested in Cayman Islands-based Ponzi scheme Axiom Legal Financing Fund, has gone into liquidation. Cayman Islands law firm Harneys is the biggest trade creditor.
27

June

2013

Taylor Moor ‘victim’ of Axiom Legal Financing Fund, says boss

Taylor Moor Ltd., which received commissions of more than £1.8 million from distributing Axiom Legal Financing Fund before going into liquidation last month, did not ultimately benefit from the Fund and is a "victim", says the firm's Managing Director, Malcolm Dixon. 
01

July

2013

London High Court freezes assets of Tim Schools over Axiom investment fraud

The assets of British attorney Timothy Schools and related parties have been frozen in England by the receivers of Cayman-domiciled Axiom Legal Financing Fund, who are also suing them for £110 million, alleging misappropriation of investors' funds.
24

July

2013

Axiom Legal Financing Fund v. Timothy Schools et al: Defense of Synaxus Holdings

Defense of Synaxus Holdings Limited in JP SPC 1 and JP SPC 4, d.b.a. Axiom Legal Financing Fund, v. Timothy Schools, Dale Stephenson, David Rae, Alec Linsley, David Kennedy, Rachel Hutson, Synergy IOM Limited, Synaxus Holdings Limited, Resolver Claims Management Limited, Check Mate Audits Limited, Noble Finance Limited, Sadira Limited, and Loret Investments Limited at the London High Court.
08

August

2013

Cayman judge sanctions Axiom Receivers to take action in Canada, Isle of Man and Switzerland

A Cayman Islands judge has authorized the Receivers of Axiom Legal Financing Fund to take legal action in Canada, the Isle of Man, and Switzerland in an attempt to recover assets for investors, including an application to remove Andrew Andronikou as administrator of British law firm Rohrer & Co.
15

August

2013

Axiom Legal Financing Fund v. Timothy Schools et al: Defense of Timothy Schools et al

Defense of Timothy Schools, Dale Stephenson,Synergy IOM Limited,Check Mate Audits Limited, Noble Finance Limited, Sadira Limited, Loret Investments Limited in JP SPC 4 and JP SPC 1, d.b.a. Axiom Legal Financing Fund, of the Cayman Islands, v. Timothy Schools, Dale Stephenson, David Rae, Alec Linsley, David Kennedy, Rachel Hutson, Synergy IOM Limited, Synaxus Holdings Limited, Check Mate Audits Limited, Resolver Claims Management Limited, Noble Finance Limited, Sadira Limited, and Loret Investments Limited at the London High Court.
20

August

2013

Axiom Legal Financing Fund v. Timothy Schools et al: Defense of Rachel Hutson

Defense of Rachel Hutson in JP SPC 1 and JP SPC 4, d.b.a. Axiom Legal Financing Fund, v. Timothy Schools, Dale Stephenson, David Rae, Alec Linsley, David Kennedy, Rachel Hutson, Synergy IOM Limited, Synaxus Holdings Limited, Check Mate Audits Limited, Resolver Claims Management Limited, Noble Finance Limited, Sadira Limited, and Loret Investments Limited at the London High Court.
21

August

2013

JP Funds Cayman umbrella fund hit by another major fraud

The Cayman Islands-domiciled umbrella fund of which the fraudulent Axiom Legal Financing Fund was a sub-fund has been involved in at least two other frauds, OffshoreAlert can reveal. In the latest incident, investors in currency fund Capricorn FXG10 were allegedly swindled out of $26.6 million by British Virgin Islands-domiciled Global Tradewaves Ltd.
30

August

2013

Insolvent Axiom borrower transferred £3.2 m to Switzerland as Fund collapsed

New details have emerged of apparent asset-stripping by an insolvent British law firm - Rohrer & Co Limited - that owes Cayman Islands-domiciled Axiom Legal Financing Fund £8.3 million.
09

September

2013

Axiom Legal Financing Fund v. Timothy Schools et al: Defense of David Rae

Defense of David Rae in JP SPC 1 and JP SPC 4, d.b.a. Axiom Legal Financing Fund, of the Cayman Islands, v. Timothy Schools, Dale Stephenson, David Rae, Alec Linsley, David Kennedy, Rachel Hutson, Synergy IOM Limited, Synaxus Holdings Limited, Resolver Claims Management Limited, Check Mate Audits Limited, Noble Finance Limited, Sadira Limited, and Loret Investments Limited at the London High Court.
20

September

2013

Axiom Legal Financing Fund v. Timothy Schools et al: Defense of David Kennedy

Defense of David Kennedy in JP SPC 1 and JP SPC 4, d.b.a. Axiom Legal Financing Fund, v. Timothy Schools, Dale Stephenson, David Rae, Alec Linsley, David Kennedy, Rachel Hutson, Synergy IOM Limited, Synaxus Holdings Limited, Resolver Claims Management Limited, Check Mate Audits Limited, Noble Finance Limited, Sadira Limited, and Loret Investments Limited at the London High Court.
03

November

2013

Axiom Legal Financing Fund conspirator Portland Financial goes bust

Portland Financial Management Group, which helped Tim Schools defraud Axiom Legal Financing Fund and launder the proceeds, has collapsed amid regulatory problems and substantial debts. The group's principals, Anthony Smith, Tim Eddolls and Connie Rodrigues, now operate under new names: Prestige Financial Management, Cavendish Financial Management, Corbus Portfolio Solutions, and Corbus Private Clients.
08

November

2013

Axiom Legal Financing Fund v. Timothy Schools et al: Amended Complaint

Amended Particulars of Claim in JP SPC 1 and JP SPC 4, d.b.a. Axiom Legal Financing Fund, of the Cayman Islands, v. Timothy Schools, Dale Stephenson, David Rae, Alec Linsley, David Kennedy, Rachel Hutson, Alan Hutson, Synergy IOM Limited, Synaxus Holdings Limited, Check Mate Audits Limited, Hut Consulting Limited, First for Law Limited, Noble Finance Limited, Sadira Limited, and Loret Investments Limited at the London High Court.
22

November

2013

Axiom Legal Financing Fund v. Timothy Schools et al: Claire Schools Freezing Order

Worldwide Freezing Order against Claire Schools and Solis International Foundation in JP SPC 1 and JP SPC 4, d.b.a. Axiom Legal Financing Fund, of the Cayman Islands, v. Timothy Schools, Dale Stephenson, David Rae, Alec Linsley, David Kennedy, Rachel Hutson, Alan Hutson, Synergy IOM Limited, Synaxus Holdings Limited, Check Mate Audits Limited, Resolver Claims Management Limited, Hut Consulting Limited, First for Law Limited, Noble Finance Limited, Sadira Limited, and Loret Investments Limited at the London High Court.
11

December

2013

Axiom Legal Financing Fund v. Timothy Schools et al: Defense of Alan Hutson et al

Defense of Alan Hutson, Rachel Hutson, Hut Consulting Limited, and First for Law Limited in JP SPC 1 and JP SPC 4, d.b.a. Axiom Legal Financing Fund, v. Timothy Schools, Dale Stephenson, David Rae, Alec Linsley, David Kennedy, Rachel Hutson, Alan Hutson, Synergy IOM Limited, Synaxus Holdings Limited, Check Mate Audits Limited, Hut Consulting Limited, First for Law Limited, Noble Finance Limited, Sadira Limited, and Loret Investments Limited at the London High Court.
21

December

2013

Liechtenstein insurer and London broker to be sued by Axiom Receivers

The Receivers of Axiom Legal Financing Fund are to sue Liechtenstein-licensed insurer Gable Insurance AG and London-based broker Legal Expense Solutions Limited as part of their attempt to recover assets for investors who were swindled out of more than £100 million.