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Year of Silk: 2001
Year of Call: 1982
pchaisty@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Paul has a commercial and chancery practice with an emphasis on commercial litigation, commercial fraud, company/shareholder disputes, commercial property and sports law.

He appears regularly in the Court of Appeal, Chancery Division, Commercial Court and Mercantile Court.

Paul is very highly rated for his experience and skills as a litigator, speed of thought, command of detail and overall tactical awareness and tactical approach. He is named as a 'Star at the Bar' by Chambers & Partners, and is recommended in 6 different practice areas.

He is widely regarded for his trial work which involves long complex and high value claims. He is variously described in legal journals "a lethal cross examiner", "commercially aggressive" and "pugnacious in his approach" whilst also being noted for providing "very, very pragmatic advice" and as someone "who will take a lot of nonsense out of the discussion".

Paul is authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Queen's Bench and Chancery Divisions and the Mercantile Court and is a qualified mediator. He is called to the bar in the BVI, where he has acted in a number of trials, and on an ad hoc basis in the Bahamas.

Areas of Expertise and Cases



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Commercial Litigation

Aggregate Industries UK Limited [2013]

Acting for claimants in claim for damages arising from commercial contracts relating to pricing issues and allegations of price fixing and in relation to bonus payments.

Shield v Forster Dean [2013]

Acting for petitioner in respect of professional limited company.   Issues of unfair prejudice and mismanagement.

Cartwright Limited [2013]

Acting for petitioners in respect of unfair prejudice claims and issues of management and shareholders’ agreements.

Gladman Construction v Fisher [2013] EWCA Civ 1466

A case involving principles of strike out of claims by reason of settlement of earlier action against joint tortfeasors and issues as to whether current claim was an abuse and whether it should have been commenced together with earlier action  -  Claim for £39 million based on allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation.

Access Bank plc v Akingbola [2012] EWHC 1124, [2012] EWHC 2184

Acting for defendant in Commercial Court claim for fraud and breaches of fiduciary duty and illegal share transactions over claims in excess of £750 million.   Claims against former chief executive of holding Nigerian Bank.  Trial held in London and Nigeria.

Houlgrave v Houlgrave and Beaconsfield

Acting for defendant in respect of multi-million pound claim in fraud and breach of fiduciary duty relating to share sale pursuant to unfair prejudice petition.   Case settled after 7 week trial.

Yafai v Muthana [2012] EWCA Civ 289

Acted at first instance and Court of Appeal  -  Partnership dispute relating to  partnerships and property development and linked tracing claims to shareholdings.   Court of Appeal considered issues of construction of partnership agreement and meaning and extent  of ‘partnership property’.

Proactive v Wayne and Colleen Rooney [2010] EWHC 1807, [2011] EWCA Civ 1444

Acting for Wayne and Colleen Rooney at first instance and in Court of Appeal and related companies against former agents in relation to enforceability of agency contracts and claims for breach of contracts held to be unenforceable as being in restraint of trade.

Morley v Reder Engineering gmbh [2011] EWHC 2798

Issues as to jurisdiction between English and German courts in relation to contracts for sale of goods.

DRL v Wincanton [2011] EWCA Civ 839

Acting at first instance and in Court of Appeal case involving dispute between national purchaser of white goods and distribution/haulage company in respect of service agreement and issues of repudiatory breach of contract.

Muntaz Properties Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 610

Acting in Court of Appeal for directors in case involving issues of personal liability, breach of fiduciary duty and de facto directorships.

Tristar v Limm and Others, Commercial Court in British Virgin Islands [2009]

Shareholder dispute relating to oil company operation in Indonesia and entitlement to share ownership.

Sino Union v Rich Victory and Government of Dominica, Commercial Court in British Virgin Islands

Dispute as to ownership of development land in Dominica and share ownership in respect of trading company.

Sheffield United v West Ham United [2008/9]

Acting for West Ham United in an arbitration under FA Rules, Rule K in respect of claims alleging breach of agreements in respect of the “Tevez” affair and appearing before FA arbitration headed by Lord Griffiths and also before the Commercial Court in respect of order restraining application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne  -  [2008] EWHC 2855.

Alan Curbishley v West Ham United [2009]

Acting for West Ham United in respect of claims brought by its former manager for damages in respect of the termination of a fixed term management contract appearing before FA/PL arbitration panel.

Tiscali v 186k Ltd [2010]

Acting on behalf of internet service provider in dispute with Tiscali in respect of a company asset sale agreements and malicious falsehood claims.

Carter v Nimans [2010]

Acting in respect of claims for alleged breach of warranty/misrepresentation on share sale agreements.

Whittle Movers v Hollywood Express [2009] EWCA 1189

Acting for cinema group in respect of claims for fixed term distribution agreement and restitution/quantum merit.

Stoll v Wacks Caller [2009] EWHC 2299

Acting for defendant firm and successfully resisting negligence claim alleging breach in respect of acquisition of development land and defeating claim for lack of proof of causation.

Umbro International v HMRC [2009] EWHC 438

Issues as to importation of sports goods from China and status of buying agent for purposes of calculation of import duties

OFT v Miller [2009] EWCA 34

Acting for Office of Fair Trading in respect of Stop Now Orders Regulations and mis-selling and contempt proceedings.

Derwent Holdings v Liverpool City Council [2008] EWHC 3023

Acting on behalf of development/land company against LCC in respect of closure of highway adjacent to retail park.

Lexi Holdings v Luqman [2008] EWHC 1639

Acting for directors in breach of duty/misfeasance claims for in excess of £75 million.

Covance v PETA [2008]

Injunction restricting surveillance operations in respect of animal testing laboratories.

El Wiheshi v Yatcub [2008]

Claims in respect of ownership of Libyan domain names.

Stanley Holmes [2006] EWCA 1588

North British Housing Association [2004] EWCA 1736

Customs and Excise v Anglo Overseas [2004] EWCA 2198

Uno plc v World of Leather [2004] EWHC 933

Bolton Metropolitan Borough v Torkington [2003] EWCA 1634

Anglo Eastern v Kerman Shahchi [2003] EWHC 1939

Arrow Nominees Ltd [2003] EWHC 1516

North East Lincolnshire v Millennium Park, Times [2002]

Trafford MBC v Total Fitness UK [2002] 44 EG 169

Gerson v Wilkinson [2001] QB 514

Centremodel Projects v RBS, CA 4/7/2000

CIS v Argyll Stores [1998] AC 1


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Company

Shield v Forster Dean [2013]

Acting for petitioner in respect of professional limited company.   Issues of unfair prejudice and mismanagement.

Cartwright Limited [2013]

Acting for petitioners in respect of unfair prejudice claims and issues of management and shareholders’ agreements.

Spencer v Marco [2011]

Acting on behalf of Administrative Receivers in respect of claims of invalid appointments and application for injunctive relief  -  multi-million pound commercial property investments.

Ebbvale v Hosking [2013] UKPCI

Appeal in Privy Council from Court of Appeal of the Bahamas  -  Contested winding-up petition based on allegations of abuse by reason of petition presented for collateral purposes.

Houlgrave v Houlgrave and Beaconsfield

Acting for defendant in respect of multi-million pound claim in fraud and breach of fiduciary duty relating to share sale pursuant to unfair prejudice petition.   Case settled after 7 week trial.

Muntaz Properties Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 610

Acting in Court of Appeal for directors in case involving issues of personal liability, breach of fiduciary duty and de facto directorships.

Tristar v Limm and Others, Commercial Court in British Virgin Islands [2009]

Shareholder dispute relating to oil company operation in Indonesia and entitlement to share ownership.

Sino Union v Rich Victory and Government of Dominica, Commercial Court in British Virgin Islands

Dispute as to ownership of development land in Dominica and share ownership in respect of trading company.

Tiscali v 186k Ltd [2010]

Acting on behalf of internet service provider in dispute with Tiscali in respect of a company asset sale agreements and malicious falsehood claims.

Carter v Nimans [2010]

Acting in respect of claims for alleged breach of warranty/misrepresentation on share sale agreements.

Stoll v Wacks Caller [2009] EWHC 2299

Acting for defendant firm and successfully resisting negligence claim alleging breach in respect of acquisition of development land and defeating claim for lack of proof of causation.

Umbro International v HMRC [2009] EWHC 438

Issues as to importation of sports goods from China and status of buying agent for purposes of calculation of import duties

OFT v Miller [2009] EWCA 34

Acting for Office of Fair Trading in respect of Stop Now Orders Regulations and mis-selling and contempt proceedings.

Lexi Holdings v Luqman [2008] EWHC 1639

Acting for directors in breach of duty/misfeasance claims for in excess of £75 million.

Stanley Holmes [2006] EWCA 1588

Customs and Excise v Anglo Overseas [2004] EWCA 2198

Uno plc v World of Leather [2004] EWHC 933

BHT UK Ltd [2004] EWHC 201

Arrow Nominees Ltd [2003] EWHC 1516

Centremodel Projects v RBS, CA 4/7/2000


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Civil Fraud

Gladman Construction v Fisher [2013] EWCA Civ 1466

A case involving principles of strike out of claims by reason of settlement of earlier action against joint tortfeasors and issues as to whether current claim was an abuse and whether it should have been commenced together with earlier action  -  Claim for £39 million based on allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation.

Access Bank plc v Akingbola [2012] EWHC 1124, [2012] EWHC 2184

Acting for defendant in Commercial Court claim for fraud and breaches of fiduciary duty and illegal share transactions over claims in excess of £750 million.   Claims against former chief executive of holding Nigerian Bank.  Trial held in London and Nigeria.

Houlgrave v Houlgrave and Beaconsfield

Acting for defendant in respect of multi-million pound claim in fraud and breach of fiduciary duty relating to share sale pursuant to unfair prejudice petition.   Case settled after 7 week trial.

Tiscali v 186k Ltd [2010]

Acting on behalf of internet service provider in dispute with Tiscali in respect of a company asset sale agreements and malicious falsehood claims.

Carter v Nimans [2010]

Acting in respect of claims for alleged breach of warranty/misrepresentation on share sale agreements.

OFT v Miller [2009] EWCA 34

Acting for Office of Fair Trading in respect of Stop Now Orders Regulations and mis-selling and contempt proceedings.

Lexi Holdings v Luqman [2008] EWHC 1639

Acting for directors in breach of duty/misfeasance claims for in excess of £75 million.

Anglo Eastern v Kerman Shahchi [2003] EWHC 1939

Arrow Nominees Ltd [2003] EWHC 1516


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Insolvency

Spencer v Marco [2011]

Acting on behalf of Administrative Receivers in respect of claims of invalid appointments and application for injunctive relief  -  multi-million pound commercial property investments.

Ebbvale v Hosking [2013] UKPCI

Appeal in Privy Council from Court of Appeal of the Bahamas  -  Contested winding-up petition based on allegations of abuse by reason of petition presented for collateral purposes.

Avis v Turner [2007] EWCA 748

Stanley Holmes [2006] EWCA 1588

Uno plc v World of Leather [2004] EWHC 933

BHT UK Ltd [2004] EWHC 201


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Partnership and LLP

Shield v Forster Dean [2013]

Acting for petitioner in respect of professional limited company.   Issues of unfair prejudice and mismanagement.

Acting for numerous professional LLPs in respect of internal disputes [2012/13].

Yafai v Muthana [2012] EWCA Civ 289

Acted at first instance and Court of Appeal  -  Partnership dispute relating to  partnerships and property development and linked tracing claims to shareholdings.   Court of Appeal considered issues of construction of partnership agreement and meaning and extent  of ‘partnership property’.


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Property

Catstycam Limited [2013]

Acting for landlord of commercial properties facing claims of termination of lease by repudiation.

Sino Union v Rich Victory and Government of Dominica, Commercial Court in British Virgin Islands

Dispute as to ownership of development land in Dominica and share ownership in respect of trading company.

Derwent Holdings v Liverpool City Council [2008] EWHC 3023

Acting on behalf of development/land company against LCC in respect of closure of highway adjacent to retail park.

North British Housing Association [2004] EWCA 1736

Bolton Metropolitan Borough v Torkington [2003] EWCA 1634

North East Lincolnshire v Millennium Park, Times [2002]

Trafford MBC v Total Fitness UK [2002] 44 EG 169

CIS v Argyll Stores [1998] AC 1


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Sports, Entertainment and Media

Proactive v Wayne and Colleen Rooney [2010] EWHC 1807, [2011] EWCA Civ 1444

Acting for Wayne and Colleen Rooney at first instance and in Court of Appeal and related companies against former agents in relation to enforceability of agency contracts and claims for breach of contracts held to be unenforceable as being in restraint of trade.

Sheffield United v West Ham United [2008/9]

Acting for West Ham United in an arbitration under FA Rules, Rule K in respect of claims alleging breach of agreements in respect of the “Tevez” affair and appearing before FA arbitration headed by Lord Griffiths and also before the Commercial Court in respect of order restraining application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne  -  [2008] EWHC 2855.

Alan Curbishley v West Ham United [2009]

Acting for West Ham United in respect of claims brought by its former manager for damages in respect of the termination of a fixed term management contract appearing before FA/PL arbitration panel.

Umbro International v HMRC [2009] EWHC 438

Issues as to importation of sports goods from China and status of buying agent for purposes of calculation of import duties.

 



All Quotes

Legal 500 2012:

"Commercially Sound"

Is "a heavyweight Chancery and Commercial silk"

Legal 500 2011:

"A leader in the market"

"Pragmatic, knows his judges and has oodles of common sense"

Chambers & Partners:

2014

"He is a fantastic advocate and a lethal cross-examiner. He brings out the detail of a case and takes the nonsense out of the discussion."

"He is the most succinct counsel you will ever come across. He knows exactly what to say and what not to say. The judges love him."

"He is a talented advocate who is very robust in his cross-examination; his advice has always been commercially sound and clients feel like he will fight their corner."

"He is just devastating on cross-examination. He is pugnacious in his approach, doesn't give an inch and gives very, very good pragmatic advice."

"He is commercially aggressive and very sophisticated. A very strong advocate with a very good bedside manner."

"He will take a lot of the nonsense out of the discussion.  He does not beat around the bush."

"He is the most succinct counsel you will ever come across. The judges love him. He is devastatingly succinct."

2013:

"very good on his feet and unflappable in court."

"the complete package as he is intellectually brilliant and a ferocious advocate," sources say. His cross-examination technique receives particular praise, with one market source saying: "He is brilliant on his feet and never misses a trick."

"is an extremely bright and effective communicator, who is very commercially astute."

"He has built a reputation for having a straightforward approach, and is known for his intellect and his dogged representation of clients' interests"

2012:

Clients "adore" him, while solicitors find him "very user-friendly." In court he is "very tenacious, a real battler" for his cause.

is "outstanding in every respect" with "a quick and incisive style." Solicitors value him as "a real terrier who fights for everything" as well as for bringing an "approachable and calming influence" to proceedings. He cements his position as one of the region's leading lights thanks to sources declaring him "one of the best cross-examiners I have ever seen."

"a scrapper and a street fighter with a razor-sharp intellect."

2010:

"known for his readiness to enter the fray"

"particularly good at adversarial litigation where large sums of money and reputations are at stake"

"imbued with copious amounts of common sense"

"a commercial operator who gets to the point without delay"

"an extremely strident defender of his client's interests"

2009:

"the judges love him for being succinct and to the point", described as "a fighter and enjoys a good reputation at the Commercial and Chancery Bar" and "a tough fighter whom you certainly want in your corner in a difficult dispute", "forceful and diligent".

2008:

"a real fighter who is quick and commercially astute".

2007:

"tenacious organised and measured hard hitting advocate", "a powerful and punchy advocate with a mind like a stiletto" and "very organised and aggressive".

Recommendations

Chancery, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Company, Partnership, Professional Negligence, Real Estate Litigation, Restructuring/Insolvency (Chambers & Partners 2016)

Property, Commercial, Banking and Insolvency (Legal 500)

Listed in the Silks 100 list for England and Wales (Chambers & Partners 2014)

'Lawyer of the Week' (The Times, 22 July 2010)

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Paul Chaisty QC

Paul Chaisty QC

Year of Silk: 2001
Year of Call: 1982
Email: pchaisty@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Paul has a commercial and chancery practice with an emphasis on commercial litigation, commercial fraud, company/shareholder disputes, commercial property and sports law.

He appears regularly in the Court of Appeal, Chancery Division, Commercial Court and Mercantile Court.

Paul is very highly rated for his experience and skills as a litigator, speed of thought, command of detail and overall tactical awareness and tactical approach. He is named as a 'Star at the Bar' by Chambers & Partners, and is recommended in 6 different practice areas.

He is widely regarded for his trial work which involves long complex and high value claims. He is variously described in legal journals "a lethal cross examiner", "commercially aggressive" and "pugnacious in his approach" whilst also being noted for providing "very, very pragmatic advice" and as someone "who will take a lot of nonsense out of the discussion".

Paul is authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Queen's Bench and Chancery Divisions and the Mercantile Court and is a qualified mediator. He is called to the bar in the BVI, where he has acted in a number of trials, and on an ad hoc basis in the Bahamas.

Areas of expertise

Recommendations

Chancery, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Company, Partnership, Professional Negligence, Real Estate Litigation, Restructuring/Insolvency (Chambers & Partners 2016)

Property, Commercial, Banking and Insolvency (Legal 500)

Listed in the Silks 100 list for England and Wales (Chambers & Partners 2014)

'Lawyer of the Week' (The Times, 22 July 2010)

Quotes

Legal 500 2012:

"Commercially Sound"

Is "a heavyweight Chancery and Commercial silk"

Legal 500 2011:

"A leader in the market"

"Pragmatic, knows his judges and has oodles of common sense"

Chambers & Partners:

2014

"He is a fantastic advocate and a lethal cross-examiner. He brings out the detail of a case and takes the nonsense out of the discussion."

"He is the most succinct counsel you will ever come across. He knows exactly what to say and what not to say. The judges love him."

"He is a talented advocate who is very robust in his cross-examination; his advice has always been commercially sound and clients feel like he will fight their corner."

"He is just devastating on cross-examination. He is pugnacious in his approach, doesn't give an inch and gives very, very good pragmatic advice."

"He is commercially aggressive and very sophisticated. A very strong advocate with a very good bedside manner."

"He will take a lot of the nonsense out of the discussion.  He does not beat around the bush."

"He is the most succinct counsel you will ever come across. The judges love him. He is devastatingly succinct."

2013:

"very good on his feet and unflappable in court."

"the complete package as he is intellectually brilliant and a ferocious advocate," sources say. His cross-examination technique receives particular praise, with one market source saying: "He is brilliant on his feet and never misses a trick."

"is an extremely bright and effective communicator, who is very commercially astute."

"He has built a reputation for having a straightforward approach, and is known for his intellect and his dogged representation of clients' interests"

2012:

Clients "adore" him, while solicitors find him "very user-friendly." In court he is "very tenacious, a real battler" for his cause.

is "outstanding in every respect" with "a quick and incisive style." Solicitors value him as "a real terrier who fights for everything" as well as for bringing an "approachable and calming influence" to proceedings. He cements his position as one of the region's leading lights thanks to sources declaring him "one of the best cross-examiners I have ever seen."

"a scrapper and a street fighter with a razor-sharp intellect."

2010:

"known for his readiness to enter the fray"

"particularly good at adversarial litigation where large sums of money and reputations are at stake"

"imbued with copious amounts of common sense"

"a commercial operator who gets to the point without delay"

"an extremely strident defender of his client's interests"

2009:

"the judges love him for being succinct and to the point", described as "a fighter and enjoys a good reputation at the Commercial and Chancery Bar" and "a tough fighter whom you certainly want in your corner in a difficult dispute", "forceful and diligent".

2008:

"a real fighter who is quick and commercially astute".

2007:

"tenacious organised and measured hard hitting advocate", "a powerful and punchy advocate with a mind like a stiletto" and "very organised and aggressive".

Commercial Litigation

Aggregate Industries UK Limited [2013]

Acting for claimants in claim for damages arising from commercial contracts relating to pricing issues and allegations of price fixing and in relation to bonus payments.

Shield v Forster Dean [2013]

Acting for petitioner in respect of professional limited company.   Issues of unfair prejudice and mismanagement.

Cartwright Limited [2013]

Acting for petitioners in respect of unfair prejudice claims and issues of management and shareholders’ agreements.

Gladman Construction v Fisher [2013] EWCA Civ 1466

A case involving principles of strike out of claims by reason of settlement of earlier action against joint tortfeasors and issues as to whether current claim was an abuse and whether it should have been commenced together with earlier action  -  Claim for £39 million based on allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation.

Access Bank plc v Akingbola [2012] EWHC 1124, [2012] EWHC 2184

Acting for defendant in Commercial Court claim for fraud and breaches of fiduciary duty and illegal share transactions over claims in excess of £750 million.   Claims against former chief executive of holding Nigerian Bank.  Trial held in London and Nigeria.

Houlgrave v Houlgrave and Beaconsfield

Acting for defendant in respect of multi-million pound claim in fraud and breach of fiduciary duty relating to share sale pursuant to unfair prejudice petition.   Case settled after 7 week trial.

Yafai v Muthana [2012] EWCA Civ 289

Acted at first instance and Court of Appeal  -  Partnership dispute relating to  partnerships and property development and linked tracing claims to shareholdings.   Court of Appeal considered issues of construction of partnership agreement and meaning and extent  of ‘partnership property’.

Proactive v Wayne and Colleen Rooney [2010] EWHC 1807, [2011] EWCA Civ 1444

Acting for Wayne and Colleen Rooney at first instance and in Court of Appeal and related companies against former agents in relation to enforceability of agency contracts and claims for breach of contracts held to be unenforceable as being in restraint of trade.

Morley v Reder Engineering gmbh [2011] EWHC 2798

Issues as to jurisdiction between English and German courts in relation to contracts for sale of goods.

DRL v Wincanton [2011] EWCA Civ 839

Acting at first instance and in Court of Appeal case involving dispute between national purchaser of white goods and distribution/haulage company in respect of service agreement and issues of repudiatory breach of contract.

Muntaz Properties Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 610

Acting in Court of Appeal for directors in case involving issues of personal liability, breach of fiduciary duty and de facto directorships.

Tristar v Limm and Others, Commercial Court in British Virgin Islands [2009]

Shareholder dispute relating to oil company operation in Indonesia and entitlement to share ownership.

Sino Union v Rich Victory and Government of Dominica, Commercial Court in British Virgin Islands

Dispute as to ownership of development land in Dominica and share ownership in respect of trading company.

Sheffield United v West Ham United [2008/9]

Acting for West Ham United in an arbitration under FA Rules, Rule K in respect of claims alleging breach of agreements in respect of the “Tevez” affair and appearing before FA arbitration headed by Lord Griffiths and also before the Commercial Court in respect of order restraining application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne  -  [2008] EWHC 2855.

Alan Curbishley v West Ham United [2009]

Acting for West Ham United in respect of claims brought by its former manager for damages in respect of the termination of a fixed term management contract appearing before FA/PL arbitration panel.

Tiscali v 186k Ltd [2010]

Acting on behalf of internet service provider in dispute with Tiscali in respect of a company asset sale agreements and malicious falsehood claims.

Carter v Nimans [2010]

Acting in respect of claims for alleged breach of warranty/misrepresentation on share sale agreements.

Whittle Movers v Hollywood Express [2009] EWCA 1189

Acting for cinema group in respect of claims for fixed term distribution agreement and restitution/quantum merit.

Stoll v Wacks Caller [2009] EWHC 2299

Acting for defendant firm and successfully resisting negligence claim alleging breach in respect of acquisition of development land and defeating claim for lack of proof of causation.

Umbro International v HMRC [2009] EWHC 438

Issues as to importation of sports goods from China and status of buying agent for purposes of calculation of import duties

OFT v Miller [2009] EWCA 34

Acting for Office of Fair Trading in respect of Stop Now Orders Regulations and mis-selling and contempt proceedings.

Derwent Holdings v Liverpool City Council [2008] EWHC 3023

Acting on behalf of development/land company against LCC in respect of closure of highway adjacent to retail park.

Lexi Holdings v Luqman [2008] EWHC 1639

Acting for directors in breach of duty/misfeasance claims for in excess of £75 million.

Covance v PETA [2008]

Injunction restricting surveillance operations in respect of animal testing laboratories.

El Wiheshi v Yatcub [2008]

Claims in respect of ownership of Libyan domain names.

Stanley Holmes [2006] EWCA 1588

North British Housing Association [2004] EWCA 1736

Customs and Excise v Anglo Overseas [2004] EWCA 2198

Uno plc v World of Leather [2004] EWHC 933

Bolton Metropolitan Borough v Torkington [2003] EWCA 1634

Anglo Eastern v Kerman Shahchi [2003] EWHC 1939

Arrow Nominees Ltd [2003] EWHC 1516

North East Lincolnshire v Millennium Park, Times [2002]

Trafford MBC v Total Fitness UK [2002] 44 EG 169

Gerson v Wilkinson [2001] QB 514

Centremodel Projects v RBS, CA 4/7/2000

CIS v Argyll Stores [1998] AC 1

Company

Shield v Forster Dean [2013]

Acting for petitioner in respect of professional limited company.   Issues of unfair prejudice and mismanagement.

Cartwright Limited [2013]

Acting for petitioners in respect of unfair prejudice claims and issues of management and shareholders’ agreements.

Spencer v Marco [2011]

Acting on behalf of Administrative Receivers in respect of claims of invalid appointments and application for injunctive relief  -  multi-million pound commercial property investments.

Ebbvale v Hosking [2013] UKPCI

Appeal in Privy Council from Court of Appeal of the Bahamas  -  Contested winding-up petition based on allegations of abuse by reason of petition presented for collateral purposes.

Houlgrave v Houlgrave and Beaconsfield

Acting for defendant in respect of multi-million pound claim in fraud and breach of fiduciary duty relating to share sale pursuant to unfair prejudice petition.   Case settled after 7 week trial.

Muntaz Properties Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 610

Acting in Court of Appeal for directors in case involving issues of personal liability, breach of fiduciary duty and de facto directorships.

Tristar v Limm and Others, Commercial Court in British Virgin Islands [2009]

Shareholder dispute relating to oil company operation in Indonesia and entitlement to share ownership.

Sino Union v Rich Victory and Government of Dominica, Commercial Court in British Virgin Islands

Dispute as to ownership of development land in Dominica and share ownership in respect of trading company.

Tiscali v 186k Ltd [2010]

Acting on behalf of internet service provider in dispute with Tiscali in respect of a company asset sale agreements and malicious falsehood claims.

Carter v Nimans [2010]

Acting in respect of claims for alleged breach of warranty/misrepresentation on share sale agreements.

Stoll v Wacks Caller [2009] EWHC 2299

Acting for defendant firm and successfully resisting negligence claim alleging breach in respect of acquisition of development land and defeating claim for lack of proof of causation.

Umbro International v HMRC [2009] EWHC 438

Issues as to importation of sports goods from China and status of buying agent for purposes of calculation of import duties

OFT v Miller [2009] EWCA 34

Acting for Office of Fair Trading in respect of Stop Now Orders Regulations and mis-selling and contempt proceedings.

Lexi Holdings v Luqman [2008] EWHC 1639

Acting for directors in breach of duty/misfeasance claims for in excess of £75 million.

Stanley Holmes [2006] EWCA 1588

Customs and Excise v Anglo Overseas [2004] EWCA 2198

Uno plc v World of Leather [2004] EWHC 933

BHT UK Ltd [2004] EWHC 201

Arrow Nominees Ltd [2003] EWHC 1516

Centremodel Projects v RBS, CA 4/7/2000

Civil Fraud

Gladman Construction v Fisher [2013] EWCA Civ 1466

A case involving principles of strike out of claims by reason of settlement of earlier action against joint tortfeasors and issues as to whether current claim was an abuse and whether it should have been commenced together with earlier action  -  Claim for £39 million based on allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation.

Access Bank plc v Akingbola [2012] EWHC 1124, [2012] EWHC 2184

Acting for defendant in Commercial Court claim for fraud and breaches of fiduciary duty and illegal share transactions over claims in excess of £750 million.   Claims against former chief executive of holding Nigerian Bank.  Trial held in London and Nigeria.

Houlgrave v Houlgrave and Beaconsfield

Acting for defendant in respect of multi-million pound claim in fraud and breach of fiduciary duty relating to share sale pursuant to unfair prejudice petition.   Case settled after 7 week trial.

Tiscali v 186k Ltd [2010]

Acting on behalf of internet service provider in dispute with Tiscali in respect of a company asset sale agreements and malicious falsehood claims.

Carter v Nimans [2010]

Acting in respect of claims for alleged breach of warranty/misrepresentation on share sale agreements.

OFT v Miller [2009] EWCA 34

Acting for Office of Fair Trading in respect of Stop Now Orders Regulations and mis-selling and contempt proceedings.

Lexi Holdings v Luqman [2008] EWHC 1639

Acting for directors in breach of duty/misfeasance claims for in excess of £75 million.

Anglo Eastern v Kerman Shahchi [2003] EWHC 1939

Arrow Nominees Ltd [2003] EWHC 1516

Insolvency

Spencer v Marco [2011]

Acting on behalf of Administrative Receivers in respect of claims of invalid appointments and application for injunctive relief  -  multi-million pound commercial property investments.

Ebbvale v Hosking [2013] UKPCI

Appeal in Privy Council from Court of Appeal of the Bahamas  -  Contested winding-up petition based on allegations of abuse by reason of petition presented for collateral purposes.

Avis v Turner [2007] EWCA 748

Stanley Holmes [2006] EWCA 1588

Uno plc v World of Leather [2004] EWHC 933

BHT UK Ltd [2004] EWHC 201

Partnership and LLP

Shield v Forster Dean [2013]

Acting for petitioner in respect of professional limited company.   Issues of unfair prejudice and mismanagement.

Acting for numerous professional LLPs in respect of internal disputes [2012/13].

Yafai v Muthana [2012] EWCA Civ 289

Acted at first instance and Court of Appeal  -  Partnership dispute relating to  partnerships and property development and linked tracing claims to shareholdings.   Court of Appeal considered issues of construction of partnership agreement and meaning and extent  of ‘partnership property’.

Property

Catstycam Limited [2013]

Acting for landlord of commercial properties facing claims of termination of lease by repudiation.

Sino Union v Rich Victory and Government of Dominica, Commercial Court in British Virgin Islands

Dispute as to ownership of development land in Dominica and share ownership in respect of trading company.

Derwent Holdings v Liverpool City Council [2008] EWHC 3023

Acting on behalf of development/land company against LCC in respect of closure of highway adjacent to retail park.

North British Housing Association [2004] EWCA 1736

Bolton Metropolitan Borough v Torkington [2003] EWCA 1634

North East Lincolnshire v Millennium Park, Times [2002]

Trafford MBC v Total Fitness UK [2002] 44 EG 169

CIS v Argyll Stores [1998] AC 1

Sports, Entertainment and Media

Proactive v Wayne and Colleen Rooney [2010] EWHC 1807, [2011] EWCA Civ 1444

Acting for Wayne and Colleen Rooney at first instance and in Court of Appeal and related companies against former agents in relation to enforceability of agency contracts and claims for breach of contracts held to be unenforceable as being in restraint of trade.

Sheffield United v West Ham United [2008/9]

Acting for West Ham United in an arbitration under FA Rules, Rule K in respect of claims alleging breach of agreements in respect of the “Tevez” affair and appearing before FA arbitration headed by Lord Griffiths and also before the Commercial Court in respect of order restraining application to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne  -  [2008] EWHC 2855.

Alan Curbishley v West Ham United [2009]

Acting for West Ham United in respect of claims brought by its former manager for damages in respect of the termination of a fixed term management contract appearing before FA/PL arbitration panel.

Umbro International v HMRC [2009] EWHC 438

Issues as to importation of sports goods from China and status of buying agent for purposes of calculation of import duties.

 

Qualifications

Nottingham University LLB First

Exeter College, Oxford BCL

Lincoln's Inn: Hardwicke and Cassell Scholar

Appointments

Call to BVI Bar: 2009

Call to Bahamas Bar: 2009

Recorder: 1999

Deputy High Court Judge (Chancery/QBD): 2006

Memberships

COMBAR

Chancery Bar Association

Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association

Northern Chancery Bar Association

 


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