“a very commercially minded chambers, where members have a refreshingly pragmatic and down-to-earth approach”
Legal 500 2015
Our business team provides swift, sound, practical advice to help our clients make effective and fully informed commercial decisions. We work with other legal professionals and businesses alike on the full range of business matters, from corporate disputes to individual insolvency.
Our team also handles non-contentious aspects of all of these areas. Although we pride ourselves as effective litigators, we believe that the prevention of commercial disputes makes business sense and court action should always be a last resort.
Our business team draws on a breadth of legal knowledge with reference to public law and EU and international regulation. Our barristers often appear overseas or advise in relation to disputes and the enforcement of judgments in jurisdictions across Europe, America, Dubai and the Caribbean.
Through our association with M&S Moyal – Simon in Luxembourg, we have access to expertise concerning EU law and a particular specialism in cross-border mergers of companies.
Our experienced clerking team will assist in matching the most appropriate barrister to each case or put together a team which combines the necessary areas of expertise. We believe in a bespoke approach, meeting the precise objectives of each particular client.
Areas of expertise
- Contractual disputes, including agency arrangements and banking litigation
- Disputes over the conduct and ownership of companies, partnerships and other business ventures (eg contractual rights granted by agreements, statutory obligations of directors, statutory remedies available by way of derivative actions or unfair prejudice petitions)
- Actions to locate and recover assets wrongly removed from businesses, including removal out of the jurisdiction
- Cross-border disputes and international arbitrations involving high net worth individuals and businesses
- Claims against solicitors, accountants, financial advisers, surveyors, valuers and construction professionals
- Disputes arising out of the insolvency of individuals or companies, including allegations of misconduct made as part of the process of the insolvency
- Claims seeking to determine the ownership of assets or arising out of contracts for the sale of goods or property
The Team represents businesses ranging from “start-ups”, through SMEs to PLCs as well as individuals who own, invest in or are (self) employed in those businesses. The majority of clients are based in the UK but a significant, and increasing, proportion are located overseas.
Recent notable cases
- MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd –v- Rock Advertising Ltd  EWCA Civ 553 – The leading case on anti-oral variation clauses and past consideration arising out of a claim for arrears of rent for serviced office accommodation. This case is listed for a further appeal hearing in the Supreme Court in February 2018.
- Re Ruskin Private Hire Ltd  – acting for former finance director resisting claims by liquidator for breach of fiduciary duty, dishonest assistance, knowing receipt.
- R. (on the application of Bishop) v Westminster Council  EWHC 3102 (Admin) – acting for professional landlord resisting attempt to overturn grant of planning permission
- Oldcorn v Southern Water  EWHC 460 (TCC) – Successful defence to a claim by property owners that a negligently fitted flow-restricting valve had been the cause of flooding and consequent damage to their property.
- Hniazdzilau v Vajgel, Enriquez and Bronovets  EWHC 15 (Ch). – acting for the successful Belarusian claimant in a 12 day trust action to recover ownership of a $6 million property in Minsk
- Sports Direct v TRFC & King  EWHC 85 (Ch); Rangers Retail v TRFC  EWHC 737 (Ch) – acting for Glasgow Rangers and its directors in disputes with Sports Direct.
- Dattani v Damac Ltd (DIFC CA 2015) – resisting the appeal of a developer against judgment for damages based upon the failure to complete a residential and retail project in Dubai.
- Patel v Mirza  EWHC 1892 (Ch) and  EWCA Civ 1047 – acting for the defendant in a case involving issues of illegality
- Namalco Construction Services Ltd v Estate Management and Business Development Company Ltd – Multi-million dollar claim brought by the largest construction contractor in Trinidad & Tobago against a state enterprise involving breaches of FIDIC Contracts, breaches of fiduciary duties, conspiracy, dishonest assistance and knowing receipt.
Meet the team
Clifford Darton and Sally Blackmore win an “exceptional” appeal in the Supreme Court which raised fundamental issues of contract law
“Modern litigation rarely raises truly fundamental issues in the law of contract. This appeal is exceptional. It raises two of them”: MWB Business Exchange Centres v Rock Advertising Limited  UKSC 24,  (Lord Sumption). The first issue was whether a no oral...read more
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Olympic Village Case: TCC declines to award summary judgment to enforce adjudication awards worth £1.2 million.
Jefford J has handed down judgment in the case of M Hart Construction Limited and another v Ideal Response Group Limited  EWHC 314 (TCC), a construction case concerning the circumstances in which a novation of contracts can be implied from a parties’ dealings...read more
The long-running battle between Glasgow Rangers and Sports Direct ended yesterday. The much criticised merchandising arrangements, which prompted a supporter boycott which saw Ibrox Park empty of replica shirts on match days have been replaced with a substantially...read more