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Commercial

Our Team

Our commercial barristers advise and represent clients in the full spectrum of commercial disputes in the Business and Property Courts and in arbitrations.

We act in some of the most complex and high-profile matters, including in the Supreme Court and in cases at the forefront of the development of commercial law.  Examples include the Post Office Group Litigation, leading cases in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal on parent company liability and on the enforcement of ICSID arbitration awards.

We are the Chambers of choice for a number of major multinational companies. We have recently represented Shell, BP, Unilever, Volkswagen, GSK, among others.

Our team brings particular sector acumen to the handling of complex commercial claims.  This includes in insurance and re-insurance, life sciences, IT, oil and gas, banking and financial services, and in the automotive, telecoms, and transportation sectors.

A large number of our cases are international in nature.  Our members are instructed in proceedings offshore, and routinely represent overseas clients in this jurisdiction.

COVID-19 Pandemic

Our team is well placed to assist with advice and representation in disputes arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impact.

Clients value our extensive experience in complex disputes concerning supply chains, with respect to business interruption cover, and as to the full range of contractual issues arising such as frustration, force majeure and material adverse change.

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Representative cases

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  • Liswaniso & others v Vedanta PLC & others (Supreme Court)

    Leading Supreme Court judgment on jurisdiction and potential liability of parent companies in respect of alleged acts/omissions overseas.

  • The Post Office Group Litigation (TCC)

    One of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases, Civil Litigation Brief ‘case of the year’ 2019

    Representing over 500 current and former postmasters in a widely publicised Group Action against Post Office to recover business losses said to result from failures in Post Office’s Horizon electronic point of sales (EPOS) and accounting system.  Widely reported: BBC, Daily Mail, FT and Joshua Rozenberg.

    Leading judgment ([2019] EWHC 606) on the developing field of relational contracts and duties of good faith in commercial contracts and on range of other complex contractual and agency issues.  Successful judgment following trial of IT expert issues in 2019 ([2019] EWHC 3408). Further judgment ([2019] EWHC 871) with respect to failed application by Post Office to recuse a Managing Judge in Group Litigation.

  • Micula v Republic of Romania (Supreme Court)

    Acting for investor in one of the most significant recent cases regarding the interaction between investment treaty arbitration and EU law.

    The Supreme Court ([2020] UKSC 5) unanimously allowed the investor’s cross-appeal relating to the enforcement of a £250m arbitration award, in the face of EU law objections, a matter with significant bearing upon the ICSID system.

  • Libyan Investment Authority v various defendants (Chancery Division)

    Acting for defendants in claim by Libyan sovereign wealth fund concerning joint venture arrangements.

  • Google Data Breach Class Action

    Google Data Breach Class Action

    A representative action on behalf of approximately 5.4 million iPhone users issued against Google November 2017.

  • Re Stirling Mortimer Global Property Fund PCC Ltd (Commercial Court)

    Acting for Guernsey registered property investment fund in proceedings in the Commercial Court for the recovery of misappropriated assets and in associated claim concerning the liability of auditors.

Commercial Barristers


Charles Gibson QC
Call: 1984 Silk: 2001

Richard Mawrey QC
Call: 1964 Silk: 1986

Peter Susman QC
Call: 1966 Silk: 1997

Lawrence West QC
Call: 1979 Silk: 2003

Prashant Popat QC
Call: 1992 Silk: 2008

Patrick Green QC
Call: 1990 Silk: 2012

Geraint Webb QC
Call: 1995 Silk: 2013

Oliver Campbell QC
Call: 1992 Silk: 2014

Malcolm Sheehan QC
Call: 1993 Silk: 2015

Toby Riley-Smith QC
Call: 1995 Silk: 2016

Andrew Kinnier QC
Call: 1996 Silk: 2018

Henry Warwick QC
Call: 2007 (Solicitor: 2000) Silk: 2020

William Hibbert
Call: 1979

James Palmer
Call: 1983

Jonathan Steinert
Call: 1986

David Brook
Call: 1988

Julia Smith
Call: 1988

Angus Withington
Call: 1995

Tim Green
Call: 1996

Adam Heppinstall
Call: 1999

Noel Dilworth
Call: 2001

James Purnell
Call: 2002

Nazeer Chowdhury
Call: 2002

Kathleen Donnelly
Call: 2005

Abigail Cohen
Call: 2005

Matthew Richardson
Call: 2006

Jonathan Lewis
Call: 2007 (Solicitor: 2005)

Thomas Evans
Call: 2008

Lucy McCormick
Call: 2008

Elizabeth Tremayne
Call: 2009

Hannah Curtain
Call: 2010

James Williams
Call: 2010 (Solicitor: 2008)

Rachel Tandy
Call: 2010

Ognjen Miletic
Call: 2010

Chloe Campbell
Call: 2011

Christopher Adams
Call: 2014

Lia Moses
Call: 2014

Celia Oldham
Call: 2015

Reanne MacKenzie
Call: 2016

Harrison Denner
Call: 2016

Beatrice Graham
Call: 2016

Hazel Jackson
Call: 2017

Ben Norton (Pupil)
Call: 2017

Jack Castle (Pupil)
Call: 2018

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