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Michael Bools QC

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Brick Court Chambers (Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC)


Barrister. Cases include: Colour Quest et al v Total UK Ltd [2009] EWHC 823 (Comm) – determining liability for the Buncefield oil terminal explosion; Barclays Bank v The Guardian Newspaper – injunction restraining publication of Barclays tax arrangements; Mobil Cerro Negro Ltd v Petroleos de Venevuela SA [2008] EWHC 532 – discharge of worldwide freezing order in support of New York arbitration; Scottish & Newcastle v Othon Ghalanos [2007] House of Lords, [2006] Court of Appeal – Article 5(1)(b) Brussels Regulations – jurisdiction, place of delivery under a CFR contract; Svenska v The Government of Lithuania [2006] Court of Appeal – enforcement of arbitration award, State immunity, issue estoppel arising out of arbitral tribunal’s jurisdictional award (see also Gloster J at [2006] 1 Lloyds Rep 181); Crehan v Courage [2006] House of Lords – Article 82 – De Limitis 1 and 2 – Commission decision – deference; Director of the Assets Recovery Agency v Creaven & ors [2006] 1 WLR 622 – Freezing order in assets recovery proceedings -quasi in rem proceedings – legal and living expenses. Dura v Clean Air Carpets [2006] Commercial Court – failure to disclose assets – contempt – committal; Allian; Marine Aviation (France) v GE Frankona Reinsurance Ltd London & anor (QBD, Commercial Court) [2005] EWHC 101(Comm) application of excess to hull and machinery reinsurance; Racing UK Ltd v Doncaster Racecourse Ltd & anor (QBD) [2004] EWHC 2813 (QB) claim under broadcasting rights contract – issues of agent’s actual or apparent authority; Motorola Credit Corporation v Uzan & ors (CA) [2003] EWCA Civ 752 – inexpediency of worldwide freezing orders in support of foreign proceedings; Trafigura Beheer BV v Golden Stavraetos Maritime Inc (The ‘Sonia’) (CA) [2003] EWCA Civ 664, [2003] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 201 Hague-Visby time bar; Motorola Credit Corporation v UAan & ors, Steele J [2002] 12th August 2002 – order for cross examination on affidavits; [2002] 22nd July 2002 – application to discharge freezing order), Court of Appeal [2002] EWCA Civ 989, 26 June 2002 – refusal of stay; R (A & ors) v Lord Saville of Newdigate & ors, Court of Appeal [2001] EWCA Civ 2048, [2002] 1 WLR 1249, 19 December 2001 Venue for military evidence, [2000] 1WLR 1855 (Court of Appeal) Anonymity, Court of Appeal, The Times 5th April 1999.


Called 1992, Middle Temple; publications include Aitkens, Lord & Bools, ‘Bills of Lading’ (2007) Informa and Bools, ‘The Bill of Lading as a Document of Title to Goods’ (1997) LLP Ltd.


Spalding Grammar School; The University of East Anglia (1990 LLB Hons); Hertford College Oxford (1995 DPhil).

London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Michael Bools QC - Brick Court ChambersA delight to work with, always makes himself available and very user friendly.

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Within: Energy – Leading silks

Michael Bools QC - Brick Court ChambersBright, knowledgeable, and understands the energy sector extremely well; fun to work with, too.

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