Commercial litigation in Regional Bar
At Exchange Chambers, David Went has a practice across the gamut of competition law, including merger control, cartels, dominance, and State Aid. He is instructed in Road Haulage Association Limited v MAN SE and Others, a collective proceeding valued at over £1bn before the Competition Appeal Tribunal against the major European truck manufacturers who engaged in a price-fixing cartel over a 14-year period. Alfred Weiss is an experienced junior with a broad commercial disputes practice, instructed in litigation and arbitration proceedings, and he is particularly known for his expertise in shareholder and partnership disputes.
Parklane Plowden's members have broad experience in commercial disputes, including contract disputes, guarantee and warranty claims, insurance claims, shareholders disputes, unfair prejudice petitions, injunctions, and fraud, among others. In recent instructions of note, Sean Kelly is acting for the claimant, a solicitors' firm, in the recovery of money allegedly mis-appropriated by its former directors. Stuart Roberts is defending a £450,000 claim based on breach of warranty in a business sale agreement, for a hotel and restaurant business.
Enterprise Chambers has 'very high-quality practitioners' who cover the breadth of commercial dispute resolution, including shareholder disputes, banking, breach of warranty, and restraint of trade, as well as litigation concerning the sale, supply, and carriage of goods. In recent instructions of note, Cristín Toman acts for the Bank of Scotland in its claim to recover a sum in excess of £425,000, and for possession of a commercial property in Leeds. Duncan Heath acted for the defendant, a commercial agent, in Project Lower Ltd v Contract Natural Gas Limited, a multi-million-pound claim brought against it for unpaid commission, damages, compensation, and indemnity. Matthew Maddison is acting for a building services company against a company established by three of its former employees in an unjust enrichment claim. In the High Court, Margaret Griffin is being led in a complex unfair prejudice petition which follows over a decade of litigation between the parties.
With considerable strength in depth, Kings Chambers' members are instructed in commercial disputes nationwide, including claims involving commercial and civil fraud, freezing injunctions, shareholder disputes, and contractual warranties. Louis Doyle QC was elevated to silk in 2020; the juniors to note are Andrew Latimer ('a first-class advocate'), Eleanor D’Arcy ('excellent in court'), Helen Gardiner ('brilliant with clients'), and Eleanor Temple ('nothing phases her').
Trinity Chambers is seen as 'a go-to set for commercial disputes', 'particularly since they recruited Jonathan Rodger from Enterprise Chambers'. On Rodgers, clients say: 'He is strong in court and in mediation and can use his skills efficiently in both.' Direct access qualified, Antoine Tinnion is considered a 'tenacious and robust advocate' who provides 'pragmatic and straightforward advice' and is a 'great communicator with the clients'. A 'very good advocate' who is 'diligent and thorough', Richard Stubbs is instructed in commercial and consumer disputes, sale of goods, restraint of trade, and commercial fraud, among other areas. His 'ability to put clients at ease and to connect with them in conference' is a particular draw for those instructing Simon Goldberg, who regularly appears in both the Chancery and Queen’s Bench divisions of the High Court. Recent instructions include acting for the claimant in action involving a claim for injunctive relief, specific performance, and damages against a company and one of its directors which arose from the taking of a confidential customer list. Chambers has several qualified mediators and is also able to be instructed in arbitrations.