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Izodia Plc: Gerald Smith

On 24 April 2006, following an SFO investigation, Gerald Smith pleaded guilty to misappropriating over £34 million belonging to Izodia Plc, a plea which covered ten counts of theft and one count of false accounting. This followed his conviction and two-year prison sentence in November 1993 for stealing £2m from a pension fund.

Smith acquired a stake in Izodia through his Jersey-based Orb Group, using it as a cash shell and ultimately transferring over £34 million of Izodia’s cash assets to Jersey, where Smith took it for himself.

He was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment on 11 September 2006.

On 13 November 2007, Smith was ordered to pay £40,956,911 within 12 months or face a default 8-year sentence. At the time, it was the largest order to be made in criminal proceedings. With interest, the total amount owed by Smith now sits at just over £72 million.

The SFO, working to enforce his confiscation order, was one of several parties with a claim to the realisable assets of Smith. These competing proprietary claims were dealt with at a seven-week trial which began on 19 January 2021 and was conducted on a wholly remote basis.

The origin of the trial came from disputes related to dealings between Smith and Andrew Ruhan, who was not a party to proceedings. Both Smith, who has been twice convicted of multimillion-pound theft, and Ruhan were opaque in these business dealings, which were apparently designed to veil or nullify their true effect.

The subsequent task of tracing and establishing proprietary claims to Smith’s assets was therefore incredibly complex. Presiding over the trial, Mr Justice Foxton said that the nature of Smith and Ruhan’s dealings resulted in “a dispute of labyrinthine complexity, in which matters are rarely what they appear to be, and which has offered a near-infinite possibility for disputation.”

In the trial, the SFO advanced a common position alongside the Enforcement Receivers, the Viscount of the Royal Court of Jersey, Harbour Fund II LLP, Stewarts, and the Joint Liquidators on behalf of a number of BVI and Manx Companies.

Handing down judgment on Tuesday, 18 May, Mr Justice Foxton upheld the SFO’s claim in respect of any realisable property of Smith which has not been found to be subject to the proprietary rights of other parties. The SFO’s claims all succeeded, and the SFO continues to progress enforcement action against Smith and his realisable assets to pay this order.

Notice of claim to non-parties

Court Ordered Notice in Relation to Claims in Certain Property in Commercial Court Proceedings (In the matter of Gerald Martin Smith, CL-2017-000323).

This Notice is served pursuant to the Order of Mr Justice Foxton dated 20 May 2020.


  1. Proceedings have been commenced in the Commercial Court (QBD) of the High Court of Justice, Business and Property Courts of England & Wales under Claim No CL-2017-000323 (the “Claim”). The Claim will determine proprietary claims and claims under the Criminal Justice Act 1988 which are advanced against the following assets (the “Identified Underlying Assets”):






Flat 1 Hamilton House, 81 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4HA (“HH”)

Ms Imogen Laura Smith


Flat 2 Hamilton House, 81 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4NH

Graig Holdings Limited


Flat 3 HH

Diversified Group Limited


Flat 10 HH

Hamilton House Property Limited


Flat 11 HH

Future Investments Limited


Flat 12 HH

Blackwood Investments Limited


Flat 14 HH

Hamilton House Property Limited


Flat 17 HH

Great Eastern Street Investments Limited


Flat 18 HH

Future Investments Limited


Flat 19 HH

Dewr Holdings Limited


Flat 20 HH

Mynydd Holdings Limited


Flat 21 HH

Sarn Investments Limited


Flat 22 HH

Merch Holdings Limited


Flat 23 HH

Bryanstone Square Investments Limited


Flat 24 HH

Ingenuity Capital Limited


Leasehold HH

Hamilton House (Southampton Row) Management Limited


Flat 4, 58/59 Montagu Square, London, W1H 2LS

Ms Sinead Catherine Irving


32 Moor Lane, Rickmansworth, WD3 1LG

Ms Sinead Catherine Irving


£500,028.80 fund held on trust (and/or investment proceeds)

Mr Kevin Philbin and Mr Mark Williamson


Flat 9, 54-57 Goodwood Court, Devonshire Street, London, W1W 5DZ

Ms Alison Hollis


Flat 19 Walham Court, 109-11 Haverstock Hill, London, NW3 4SD

Mr Nicholas Greenstone and Mrs Patricia Greenstone


Dr Cochrane’s Diamond Bracelet

Dr Cochrane (acting by the Viscount of the Royal Court of Jersey)


Diamond Earrings 1

Dr Imogen Laura Smith


Diamond Earrings 2

Ms Iona Smith


  1. You are or may be one of the persons who are interested in the Identified Underlying Assets.
  2. On 20 May 2020, Mr Justice Foxton gave directions in relation to how non-parties can assert an interest in the Identified Underlying Assets. You may, by 4pm on 3 July 2020, make an application to be joined to the Claim in order to make a proprietary claim or a claim under the Criminal Justice Act 1988 in relation to the Identified Underlying Assets, or to make any argument in relation to a claim asserted by any other party. Any such application shall be supported by a properly particularised statement of case identifying the relief which is sought or the argument which is sought to be raised.
  3. If you do not make such an application by 4pm on 3 July 2020, you will (i) be bound by orders and judgments made by the Court in relation to the Identified Underlying Assets, (ii) be debarred from contending that you have a proprietary claim or claim under the 1988 Act that takes priority to such claims as are established to the Identified Underlying Assets by persons who make applications by 3 July 2020, and (iii) be debarred from otherwise challenging the Court’s judgments or orders in relation to such claims.
  4. Further information in relation to the Claim (including the statements of case filed by all parties thereto) can be obtained by sending an email to [email protected] and [email protected].

The full court order can be found here.

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