London team

Our origination team is the first point of contact for lawyers, brokers, introducers and claimants who want to explore litigation finance. Our origination team can answer questions about litigation funding, assess whether a matter is suitable for a funding application, provide in-firm training, assist with client pitches, help with firm marketing and work to approve law firms for an Augusta funding facility.

Louis Young

Managing Director
Louis Young

Louis is a co-founder of Augusta Ventures and oversees the origination team.

Prior to joining Augusta, Louis was CEO of another third party litigation fund.  He was also previously COO of Normandy Capital Management and has been MD of a number of international and Australian businesses including Australian Gold Holdings Limited, Colonial Building Company Limited and Steelview Limited. In addition to his experience in investment banking, fund management, company start-up and restructuring arenas, Louis spent 17 years working in Asia and Africa, where he established and successfully sold two businesses, DrillintiTiko and Drillinti Africa Limited

Louis holds an MBA and an LLB from Bond University.

+44 (0) 203 510 2006

louis.young@augustaventures.com

Robert Hanna

Managing Director
Robert Hanna

Robert is a co-founder of Augusta Ventures and oversees lead generation.

Robert has spent over 20 years in the hedge fund industry, initially as head of sales for the International Equity Finance department of Merrill Lynch International based in London, and then as global head of marketing and sales for the Equity Finance Department of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith based in New York. He subsequently co-founded Mako Investment Managers, a multihedge fund asset manager, acting as Chief Investment Officer.

Robert holds an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management and an LLB (Hons).

+44 (0) 203 510 2003

robert.hanna@augustaventures.com

Tom Blackburn

Business Development Director
Tom Blackburn

Tom is a highly experienced cost and funding expert, skilled in all areas of funding and costs-related litigation.

Prior to joining Augusta, Tom worked for Irwin Mitchell LLP where he was a Partner and head of department. His client base comprised of insurers, in-house counsel, magic and silver circle law firms, boutique specialist litigation firms and ATE providers. Tom’s previous extensive experience in commercial litigation means that he not only understands funding from a solicitor’s perspective, but he also realises the importance of clarity to lay clients.

Tom is a member of the Parliamentary Working Party advising on the use of ADR in claims. An advocate of the use of ADR, he has been involved in multiple high value mediations and other forms of ADR. Tom is a CPD approved trainer and often runs bespoke in-house training sessions on the use of creative retainers, funding and costs.

+44 (0) 203 510 2014

tom.blackburn@augustaventures.com

Samiksha Gosain

Business Development Executive
Samiksha Gosain

Samiksha is responsible for generating and maintaining relationships within the legal industry and with claimants directly.

Prior to joining Augusta, Samiksha worked as a dedicated litigation paralegal at Clearly Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. During her time at Cleary she worked on a number of multimillion pound cross jurisdictional matters representing sovereign states, corporate banks and high net worth individuals. Samiksha has also previously worked in the litigation teams of numerous magic circle and regional firms, as well as working on a number of pro bono projects and volunteering at her local Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

Samiksha holds an LLB (Hons) from King’s College London and obtained her Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School.

+44 (0) 203 510 2125

Samiksha.Gosain@augustaventures.com

Heidi Davies

Business Development Executive
Heidi Davies

Heidi is responsible for generating and maintaining relationships within the legal industry and with claimants directly.

Prior to joining Augusta Heidi spent time working on international development projects in rural communities in Africa.

Heidi holds an LLB from the University of Reading.

+44 (0) 203 510 2024

heidi.davies@augustaventures.com

Joanna Watts

Operations Manager
Joanna Watts

Joanna is Operations Manager for the origination team and is responsible for managing support services for the sales and marketing division of the business.

Prior to joining Augusta, Joanna worked for Groupon UK & IE and TUI Travel, where she was responsible for day to day operational management and support.

Joanna holds an LLB from the University of East Anglia.

+44 (0) 203 510 2002

joanna.watts@augustaventures.com

Grace Reohorn

Business Development Associate
Grace Reohorn

Grace is part of the business development team and is responsible for assisting with case origination. Prior to joining Augusta Ventures Grace was a Project Manager at The Help Agency.

Grace holds a BA (Hons) in Advertising and Marketing Communications from De Montfort University.

+44 (0) 203 510 2027

grace.reohorn@augustaventures.com

Mehmet Salih

Business Development Associate
Mehmet Salih

Mehmet is a Business Development Associate as part of the Origination team, working on preliminary due diligence, responsible for maintaining relationships with law firms and claimants directly.

Prior to working at Augusta, Mehmet worked as a legal consultant, advising for legal and management consultancy firms on regulatory, legal, finance, marketing and organisational structures. He has also worked as a key paralegal and litigation assistant to partners of London based firms, whilst managing his time between a myriad of civil law work, business development projects and as a fee earner of over 150 cases.

Mehmet holds a LLB (Hons) from The University of Hertfordshire.

+44 (0) 203 510 2169

Mehmet.Salih@augustaventures.com