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Chambers of Lawrence Power

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Whitestone Chambers is a niche set specialising in chancery and commercial law, both contentious and non-contenious. The legal services delivered are of the highest standard which is evidenced by the sets involvement in high-profile cases and representing high-profile clients in a multimillion-pound commercial fraud and conspiracy claim against the Financial times and Guardian News and Media Limited. Currently, the set has been retained to act in a financial claim against AEG Europe Limited and o2 considering the endorsement of secondary ticketing. Our specialist aviation barristers are acting in one of the main aviation cases in recent times representing R.A.F.A Shoreham. An inquest will take place in late 2018. Uniquely, the set’s chambers was selected to take part in developing the script, advising upon and appearing in the BBC documentary ‘Young Legal Eagles’, which was nominated for both the British Education Documentary and the International Education Film Award in Japan.

The set: Whitestone Chambers is a 21st century dynamic team of lawyers and managers. Its distinctive way of thinking, working and delivering legal services enables fluency with work across all practices. Lawrence Power became head of chambers in April 2003 and continues to bring his modern vision to the development of the set, coupled with ensuring that keeping up with advancements in technology results in the best service for clients.

Types of work undertaken: Air and Travel law: the barristers regularly advise, draft pleadings and appear in courts in and around 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.

Commercial and Chancery: the set has undertaken a full range of commercial and chancery disputes, advising and appearing regularly in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division. In particular its expertise in this field covers a distinct range of specialist areas, including: Brexit; banking; acting for major financial institutions regarding mis-selling of financial products; civil fraud; conflict of laws; private international law, consumer credit, financial services; insurance, IP and professional negligence. Recent 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 and BDMS Ltd v Rafael Advanced Defence Systems [2014] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 576 (Comm) I.C.C. issues arising out of an international arbitration in the global arms trade.

Insolvency: Chambers is experienced in acting for creditors (secured and unsecured) and appears regularly in the Chancery Division and Companies Court of the Royal Courts of Justice. Expertise includes: administration; liquidation; asset tracing and recovery; personal bankruptcy; cross-border insolvency; winding-up petitions and company and individual voluntary arrangements. In addition, barristers provide clients with valuable assistance in areas which overlap with insolvency law such commercial, banking, 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).

Above material supplied by Whitestone Chambers (Chambers of Lawrence Power).

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