British fraudster Timothy Schools has settled a fraud complaint that was filed at the High Court in London by the Receivers of Cayman Islands-domiciled Axiom Legal Financing Fund on behalf of investors who were swindled out of £108 million.
Order Approving Settlement with Timothy Schools, Dale Stephenson, Noble Finance Limited, Sadira Limited, Loret Investments Limited, Claire Schools, Solis International Foundation, Sophie Schools, Kellie Schools, Lisa Schools, Sara Stephenson, Kompali AG, Sarin International Foundation, Midus Assets LLC and Monty Holdings Limited In the Matter of JP SPC 1 and JP SPC 4, doing business as Axiom Legal Financing Fund, at the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.
Timothy Schools, who masterminded the £100 million-plus, Cayman Islands-domiciled Axiom Legal Financing Fund fraud, was struck off as a solicitor in England and Wales on June 27th for professional misconduct.
British attorney Timothy Schools and entities he wholly or partly beneficially owned received £81 million of the £108 million that was swindled from investors in Cayman Islands-domiciled Axiom Legal Financing Fund, the Fund's Receivers have claimed in an amended complaint filed at the High Court in London.
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.
A law firm that borrowed at least £8.9 million from Axiom Legal Financing Fund was taken over and closed down today by Britain's Solicitors Regulation Authority, which stated that "there is reason to suspect dishonesty".
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.
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.
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.
Partial list of related-party transactions between the Axiom Legal Financing Fund and Tim Schools & Related Companies.
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".
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.