Roger Laville


Roger is a member of the Commercial Team and undertakes cases relating to finance, insolvency, fraud and security over land and goods. In addition to his longstanding finance practice, Roger also specialises in matters of company law, and has acted in several shareholder disputes.

Examples of recent matters in which Roger has advised or appeared include:

  • Advising and acting for an international bank in pursuing a multi-million euro guarantee claim with cross-border elements;
  • Obtaining a High Court injunction to freeze a sum of several hundred thousand pounds in a company’s bank account to prevent a director from misappropriating it;
  • Successfully resolving a dispute about the appropriate method of enforcing a multi-million pound judgment over a correspondent bank’s account with a UK clearing bank;
  • A successful two-day multi-track trial of a claim involving allegations of fraud and forgery;
  • Advising a private bank about the applicability of consumer credit legislation to a loan worth over a million pounds;
  • Actions to set aside transactions defrauding creditors;
  • An application to determine the appropriate law and jurisdiction for a cross-border breach of trust claim;
  • Setting aside an injunction preventing a creditor from pursuing a winding-up petition.


Before joining Five Paper, Roger was a solicitor and a partner in a firm well known for finance litigation. Having handled matters ranging from small but complex disputes up to multi-million pound actions, Roger understands how to manage the commercial and reputational imperatives which accompany the litigation process. He has also frequently worked on cases with multiple parties or a cross-border element.

Roger sits on the Bar Council money-laundering working group.

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