What is a freezing injunction?

A freezing injunction (or freezing order) stops someone from disposing of, or dealing with, their money and assets. It is granted by the civil court (the High Court or County Court) and can ‘freeze’ assets that are located within England and Wales or worldwide.

The usual purpose of a freezing order (previously called a ‘Mareva injunction’) is to preserve such assets until the trial of a claim is able to take place.

Freezing injunctions are typically obtained urgently and secretly, at a hearing which a defendant is not told about and is not able to attend. A further court hearing (known as the ‘return date’) usually follows, at which the defendant may be represented and can seek to fight the injunction by having it varied or discharged.

Expert injunction solicitors

This website is written and maintained by a team of lawyers who specialise in injunctions at the law firm Brabners LLP, a top 100 UK law firm.

It highlights the key action points that you should consider taking in England and Wales if you’ve been served with a freezing injunction, if you’re threatened with a freezing injunction or if you need to obtain a freezing injunction to prevent an opponent from getting rid of money or assets.

Please contact us for more information or if you need legal assistance anywhere in England and Wales.