Meet the team

Commercial Litigation

Chambers of James Counsell KC and Keith Bryant KC

London, England
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Some examples of our recent commercial litigation work include significant cases involving:

  • Matters relating to force majeure and material adverse change clauses arising out of the Covid pandemic
  • High-profile multi-jurisdictional proceedings concerning allegations of civil fraud in the context of corporate insolvencies
  • Claims arising out of cross-border financing transactions and securities in an insolvency context
  • Joint venture disputes, and most recently one with alleged losses of almost USD 1 billion, and another involving allegations of civil fraud and breach of confidentiality
  • High profile financial services regulatory cases
  • Massive multi-party professional negligence actions
  • Unfair prejudice petitions concerning raising novel valuation issues arising out of the Covid pandemic
  • Landmark cases on the interpretation and application of indexation provisions (in particular in trust documentation)
  • Complex claims for the rectification of trust deeds and contracts
  • Disputes concerning franchise agreements
  • Cross-border claims by insolvency practitioners against company directors involving novel disclosure issues
  • Cases concerning international supply contracts

Team Services

Outer Temple Chambers has a large team of specialist commercial law barristers with expertise in all aspects of commercial litigation disputes and non-contentious and advisory work.

Our silks and juniors come from a wide range of backgrounds, with unique and diverse practices. As such, we can provide tailored teams of experts or individuals in cases, ranging from multi-jurisdictional cases to specialist crossover work.

We are frequently instructed in complex, high-profile and substantial commercial disputes, advising a wide range of clients, from directors, shareholders and joint venture partners to business professionals and ultra-high net worth individuals. Our work spans a range of sectors including finance, technology, energy & natural resources, transport (aviation, shipping, and travel), retail, property, construction, media, insurance and sport.

Members appear in a range of courts and tribunals, both in England and Wales and overseas, and often at the highest level. In addition, they are often instructed at short notice on urgent matters such as freezing injunctions.

Given our global reach, our work often has a significant international flavour. Not only do our barristers appear in overseas jurisdictions, but many of our clients are overseas, and our cases frequently involve foreign law and complex conflict of law and jurisdiction issues.

A number of our barristers also have expertise in general alternative dispute resolution, including acting as arbitrators, mediators, or advocates.

Our Expertise includes:

Outer Temple Chambers is a global set and the commercial team has vast experience of international litigation, with professional associates and door tenants based around the world. Our services include advisory work, advocacy and representation in courts and tribunals – globally. We also offer international mediation, arbitration, expert determination, and early neutral evaluation (ENE) where we provide an impartial assessment of the merits of your case before legal proceedings.

Various members are qualified to practice in other jurisdictions including Europe, Middle-East, US and Caribbean Asia-Pacific

Find out more about our global commercial team here.


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