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.
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.
- Civil fraud, asset tracing and enforcement
- Commercial Chancery disputes, including shareholder, partnership and joint venture disputes and fiduciary liability
- Complex claims involving conspiracies and other economic torts
- Complex contractual disputes
- Disputes arising from corporate acquisitions and reorganizations
- Group actions and multi-party litigation
- Injunctive relief, including worldwide freezing orders, orders for the seizure of assets or for disclosure
- Investment disputes including the sale and purchase of shares
- Multi-jurisdictional litigation, conflicts of laws and private international law
- Parent company liability claims
- Relief in support of foreign proceedings
- Sale of goods and chains of supply
Representative casesgrid list
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)
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 ( 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 ( EWHC 3408). Further judgment ( 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 ( 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
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.
Chevron Corporation v Amazonia Recovery Limited (Supreme Court of Gibraltar)
Acting for litigation funders in high profile proceedings in Gibraltar brought by Chevron Corporation with respect to a US$18bn judgment for environmental liabilities in Ecuador in the Lago Agrio litigation.
Ethiopian Airlines v Honeywell (Commercial Court)
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
Call: 2007 (Solicitor: 2005)
Call: 2010 (Solicitor: 2008)
Ben Norton (Pupil)
Jack Castle (Pupil)