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Chambers of Lawrence Power

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4KBW is a niche set specialising in Aerospace Law, Banking and Finance, Chancery, Commercial litigation (both contentious and non-contentious), Insolvency and International Travel.

The set: 4KBW is a boutique, dynamic set of chambers providing excellence in the delivery of legal services. Its distinctive way of thinking, working and delivering legal services enables chambers to work with fluency across practices. Lawrence Power became head of chambers in April 2003, bringing with him a vision to see chambers develop and specialise.

Types of work undertaken:

Aviation and travel: members of chambers regularly advise, draft pleadings and appear in courts in and out of London in a variety of aviation and travel law disputes. Chambers’ expertise covers a range of specialist areas, including but not limited to carriage by air disputes involving EU regulations, Warsaw and Montreal Conventions; cargo claims; baggage claims; denied boarding claims; international carriage by road and sea claims, including under the Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR); and insurance claims, including in relation to vessels and vehicles. It has acted for airlines in defending claims brought under Regulation 261/2004, where delays were caused by extraordinary circumstances and represented tour operators in various claims for breach of contract and misrepresentation relating to package holidays.

Commercial and chancery: members of chambers undertake a full range of commercial chancery disputes, advising and appearing regularly in the Commercial Court, Chancery Division and various county courts. The set’s expertise covers a distinct range of specialist areas, including banking (including acting for major financial institutions regarding mis-selling of financial product), bankruptcy, civil fraud, commercial and residential landlord and tenant, conflict of laws/private international law, consumer credit, financial services, insolvency (including cross-border), insurance, IP and professional negligence. Notable cases include Lipscombe v Thurgate (2011, QBD) re negligence and breach, Bensalah v Public & Commercial Services Union (2012) re professional negligence, Freetown Ltd v Assethold Ltd [2013] 1 WLR 385 re notice periods, Commonwealth of Australia v Peacekeeper International FZC UAE [2008] EWHC 1220 (QBD) re interpleader, Pathania v Adedeji [2010] EWHC 3085 (QB) re undue influence, Lipscombe v Thurgate (2011, QBD), Bensalah v Public & Commercial Services Union (2012), Freetown Ltd v Assethold Ltd [2013] 1 WLR 385 re party wall and BDMS Ltd v Rafael Advanced Defence Systems [2014] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 576 (Comm) arising out of an international arbitration. In 2015, members of chambers were instructed by the claimants in a multimillion-pound claim against the Financial Times and Guardian News and Media Limited.

Insolvency: members of chambers are experienced in acting for creditors (secured and unsecured) and appear regularly in the Chancery Division and Companies Court of the Royal Courts of Justice. Expertise includes administration, liquidation, asset tracing and recovery, bankruptcy, cross-border, winding-up petitions, and company and individual voluntary arrangements. In addition, the set’s knowledge of insolvency law often provides clients with valuable assistance in other commercial, banking and finance, and negligence cases. Notable cases include: Companies Court (2012) (applications for orders restraining presentation of winding-up petitions on the basis that statutory demands were not debts or liabilities owed by the applicants to the petitioner); Suisse Security Bank & Trust Ltd (In Liquidation): Bahamas Supreme Court (advising in several litigations in liquidation of company incorporated in The Bahamas, with assets in multiple jurisdictions); and Re: Hartmayes (in liquidation), Companies Court, Chancery Division High Court (represented liquidator in proceedings against company director, including private examination and arrest warrant).

Chambers recently took part in the BBC documentary ‘Young Legal Eagles’, which was nominated both in the British Education Documentary Awards and the International Education Film Awards in Japan.

Above material supplied by 4KBW (Chambers of Lawrence Power).

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