London Team

Our diligence team assesses the suitability of matters for Augusta’s investment and manages the review of each matter before it is approved for our funding. The team is made up of experienced litigation lawyers, paralegals and finance experts who help guide lawyers and claimants through the funding process.

Neill Brennan

Managing Director

Neill is a co-founder of Augusta Ventures and oversees the claim diligence and monitoring functions of the business. He has over 30 years’ experience in the finance market.

Prior to joining Augusta, Neil worked for HSBC Alternative Investments where he was Head of Sales and Marketing. He was also CEO and founding partner of Armajaro Asset Management, a $1.5bn hedge fund management group. Neill previously held roles at EIM UK assessing potential hedge fund investments, and was Managing Director for Quantitative Research at Salomon Smith Barney in both Australia and London. In the early part of his career Neill was a Derivatives Manager within the investment team at Royal & Sun Alliance in Australia.

Neill holds a BEc from the University of Western Australia and an MCom from the University of New South Wales.

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Fiona Heyes

Head of Litigation

Fiona is Head of Litigation overseeing the diligence and monitoring teams in London.

Prior to joining Augusta, Fiona was a partner at Plexus Law and prior to that Pinsent Masons where she specialised in handling a wide range of professional indemnity claims and commercial disputes.

Fiona holds an LLB  from the University of Sheffield.

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Philip Evangelou

Senior Investment Manager

Philip heads up the diligence team at Augusta.

Prior to joining Augusta in 2014, Philip worked in private practice and for a large general insurance business where he was responsible for document drafting, in-depth analysis of contentious issues and the provision of advice on a range of commercial matters.

Philip holds an LLB and a BA in Business in Marketing from the University of Western Sydney.

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Edward Yell

Investment Manager

Ed is an Investment Manager in Augusta’s diligence team and a solicitor of the Courts of England and Wales.

Prior to joining Augusta, Ed spent ten years in private practice at Carter-Ruck and, subsequently, at leading Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens. Whilst in private practice Ed specialised in alternative funding arrangements for commercial and general civil litigation, and was involved in a number of leading cases in this area of the law.

Ed completed the Bar Vocational Course in 2006 and was awarded the Queen Mother Scholarship by Middle Temple during those studies.

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Chris Martin

Investment Manager

Chris is an experienced commercial and banking litigator with over 12 years’ experience both in the UK and in Australia.

Prior to joining Augusta, Chris worked in private practice in Australia at Piper Alderman and Watson Mangioni on a range of commercial disputes including breach of contract, misleading & deceptive conduct, negligence and insolvency.  He was the senior lawyer managing a $200m funded class action by over 70 claimants against Lehman Brothers, with a successful outcome for the claimants.  Chris has worked closely with litigation funders on various matters and understands the needs of litigants and their lawyers who require access to justice through litigation funding.

Chris has also worked for Barclays Bank on interest rate swap and FX claims where he obtained a deep understanding of costs issues, after the event insurance (ATE) and was heavily involved in alternative dispute resolution.

Chris holds a bachelor of laws/bachelor of business administration from Macquarie University.

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Stephen Dobson

Legal Counsel

Stephen is Augusta’s Legal Counsel and a member of its Review Panel where he is responsible for assessing the merits of financing applications and advising accordingly on their funding.

Prior to joining  Augusta, Stephen was a partner and Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution at City law firm, Speechly Bircham (now Charles Russell Speechlys). He headed up the commercial dispute practice for 15 years, for 10 of which he was also a member of the firm’s management committee. His legal practice covered a broad range of commercial litigation and arbitration cases. He brings to bear on his case assessment role the knowledge, skills and judgement acquired over a professional legal career which began in 1975 at London firm Baileys Shaw & Gillett, where he became a partner in 1980 and headed the litigation department from 1983 until the firm’s merger with Speechlys in 1997. He is also a qualified mediator.

Stephen holds an MA in Jurisprudence from Balliol College, Oxford.

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Karolina Ilieva

Financial Analyst

Karolina is a Financial Analyst and is responsible for the oversight of the Augusta portfolio, risk analysis and the financial modelling of each case.

Prior to joining Augusta, she interned at Delta Executive Search, where she was responsible for market research for EMEA Investment Banking & Equity, and building a solid analysis of the key players in financial services.

Karolina holds an MSc in Business Economics from the University of Reading, and a BSc in International Economic Relations from the University of National and World Economy.

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Farah Bandali

Legal Associate

Farah is a Legal Associate at Augusta.  She is responsible for supporting the diligence team in undertaking the legal review of cases and for deploying funds on cases funded by Augusta.

Prior to joining Augusta, Farah worked as a paralegal in the property litigation department at Mishcon de Reya. She has also worked in the commercial litigation departments at Slaughter and May and Neumans.

Farah holds an LLB from City University London and obtained her Legal Practice Course at the University of Law in Moorgate.

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Richa Lotlecar

Diligence Associate

Richa is responsible for supporting the diligence team with day to day administration processes.

Prior to working at Augusta, Richa worked as a paralegal and litigation assistant. Richa comes from a real estate background and has spent time working on commercial property development projects.

Richa holds an LLB (Hons) from G.R.Kare College of Law, an MBA from Cardiff Metropolitan University and a GDL from BBP University (London). She also holds license to practice in The Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa, High Court since 2012.

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