Commercial Litigation Funding Expand Team Following Successful Business Development

London-based Commercial Litigation Funding Limited expands niche commercial litigation funding expertise with the promotion of Ben Hawkins and three new appointments, as a result of new business wins

London, United Kingdom, August 28, 2011 --( London-based Commercial Litigation Funding Limited (CLFL) has expanded its niche commercial litigation funding expertise with the promotion of Ben Hawkins as well as the appointment of Sade Rotibi, Eva Kizlo and Christopher Wingader.

Ben Hawkins has taken over as Managing Director, with Christopher Wingader appointed as Investment Director. Ben and Christopher extended CLFL’s existing founding director team following their respective promotions and Sade Rotibi and Eva Kizlo were appointed as a result of extensive growth within the company’s client portfolio.

Prior to joining CLFL, Ben Hawkins practiced as a litigation solicitor for six years before pioneering after the event insurance with the launch of DAS’ ATE insurance division (now 80e) in 2000. His new position as Managing Director sees him take responsibility for maintaining CLFL’s profitable business development.

Private financier and founder of his own investment management advisory firm, Christopher Wingader, began his career in strategy consulting at an investment bank at Barclays Capital, advising on a range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, private equity-backed leveraged public-to-private and management buyouts. His Investment Director role at CLFL comprises cultivating and developing potential client and litigation funder relations while managing and streamlining the internal and external investment process.

Sade, who brings three years’ litigation experience, is CLFL’s Litigation Process Executive and will be responsible for managing legal due diligence and monitoring and supporting CLFL’s new business drive. Fluent in Spanish, Sade achieved her LLB degree in 2006 and went on to work for CEDR Solve at the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution before moving into commercial and civil litigation with City law firm Sprecker Grier Halbertam.

Eva joins CLFL as Business Development Manager and will use her three years in-house expertise with a leading Russian steel industry giant and previous top law firm in Latvia plus her extensive international commercial claims advisory experience to increase the company’s rapidly expanding commercial client portfolio. She will also take sole responsibility for managing and developing close relations with UK and international law firms in addition to identifying litigation and foreign arbitration cases and exploring co-operative opportunities with brokers and law firms in Switzerland, Luxembourg, Russia and Singapore as well as at home in the UK.

Eva said of her appointment: “Litigation funding is on the up so there is a real appetite from commercial businesses for help in paying case costs. I’ve worked with commercial litigation firms before so I understand the importance of offering clients the best deal at the right price. I accepted this position because I feel that I can build upon CLFL’s current success by informing commercial businesses about the advantages on offer to them through commercial litigation funding, such as what we provide our clients.”

Ben Hawkins, MD at CLFL, said: “We have enjoyed great success so far this year, which has resulted in us winning new clients and experiencing a substantial increase in work both within the commercial litigation and ATE insurance fields. To ensure we continue to deliver the high standard of service each of our clients expects, our team has been expanded to include dedicated experts with a sound knowledge and commitment to the commercial litigation funding sector. Effectively, we work with the founding shareholders to provide the support and experience required to act upon potential cases quickly and efficiently.”

To find out more, contact CLFL on 020 3051 8645. Alternatively, simply visit for more information on commercial litigation funding and how CLFL can help your company.


For further information, please contact:
Steve Manton – Manton Associates Ben Hawkins, CLFL MD
0845 519 5881 / 07860 584 545 020 3051 8645

Notes to editors:

About Commercial Litigation Funding Limited (CLFL)
Based in London, CLFL, part of the Access to Justice Group, was originally set up in 2006 by founding Directors Brian Raincock, Richard Sheehan and Peter Blackmore as a funding broking firm before moving into operation as a commercial litigation case funder in 2010. CLFL pays the cost of pursuing legal disputes in return for a share of the damages recovered. CLFL handles all types of cases where damages are estimated to be in excess of £2 million.

Incorporating directors from the Access to Justice Group, which unlocks value in Dispute Resolution, CLFL offers a professional team with a wealth of funding and commercial litigation expertise that has seen the litigation funders review more than 200 cases and arrange funding for cases worth over £10m.

CLFL provides a streamlined process of securing funding that ensures customers get the best deal at the right price, in the shortest possible time. In addition to funding commercial litigation cases, CLFL also offers customers After The Event (ATE) legal expenses insurance through its associated company Litigation Protection in West Sussex.
Commercial Litigation Funding Limited
Nicola Corns / Steve Manton
0845 519 5881
020 3051 8645 /