Stuart Wright is our Head of Civil Litigation and an ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator.
Stuart has a dedicated civil practice and has received consistently strong independent directory ratings. He is regularly instructed in a range of common law matters with particular expertise in property law, professional negligence, and commercial disputes. He provides in-house lectures for Local Authorities and firms of solicitors in his specialist areas. Whilst predominantly practising throughout the south east, he travels nationally when required.
Stuart is a trained mediator and regularly accepts instructions in a wide range of civil & commercial disputes. His career spanning two decades as a civil barrister, together with his ability to identify and focus on the issues at the heart of the dispute provide a firm foundation for his work as a civil & commercial mediator.
He is recognised as a leading junior by both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, having consistently featured every year since 2008:
“He is very good with clients, and is able to deliver advice in an empathetic yet professional manner.” “Stuart is very detailed in his approach – a fantastic advocate who provides great advice.” Legal 500 (2022)
“Stuart is a great team player and goes above and beyond his instruction to ensure that all bases are covered for the client. He has great attention to detail and is an excellent advocate.” Chambers & Partners (2022)
“He has great attention to detail. He is realistic and explains matters fully to the lay client but will look at every angle to try to secure the best outcome.” “He is very knowledgeable and experienced and has the ability to think outside the box.” Chambers & Partners (2021)
‘He is incredibly calm and a great listener.’ ‘Always works with difficult clients professionally and ensures that the advice given is accurate, even if it isn’t what the client wanted to hear.‘ Legal 500 (2021)
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Over recent years Stuart has developed an increased focus on contractual disputes involving a wide range of business / commercial and private matters and has achieved independent directory recognition for his work. Stuart has been praised for his insightfulness for commercial sensitivities and business expediency.
Complimented by his experience in personal injury work Stuart has acted in a number of inquests, particularly Article 2 inquests concerning the actions local authorities and NHS trusts.
Stuart has considerable experience in Personal Injury and Fatal Accident actions (including multi-track cases and inquests). Stuart takes pride in his pragmatic approach to resolving liability disputes and provides thorough, practical and where appropriate innovative advice – which often gets results. His sensible and compassionate approach is supported by his first-rate client care.
Stuart is frequently instructed in professional negligence cases involving a range of disciplines, principally concerning solicitors, surveyors, expert valuers, architects, engineers, builders and accountants (although over the years his work has included a broad spectrum of professions including expert witnesses, loss adjusting, software design, psychology and even zoology).
Stuart has extensive experience in a wide variety of Property Law matters, with a particular emphasis on Landlord & Tenant disputes, both business and private (whether short or long-term leasehold). Stuart is regularly instructed in actions in both the County Court and the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (formerly known as the ‘LVT’ Leasehold Valuation Tribunal), including cases involving Business Tenancies, Leasehold enfranchisement, Service Charge disputes, Management issues and suchlike.
Stuart qualified as an ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator in 2014. Since then he has successfully mediated a wide range of civil & commercial disputes and, together with HH Keith Hollis, spearheaded the development of chambers’ separate mediation brand ‘Disputes Mediated’. His longstanding background as a civil barrister and his ability to identify and focus on the issues at the heart of the dispute together with his personable manner has repeatedly won him praise from former mediation clients.
Stuart accepts work from lay clients via Direct Access. You can view his profile here.
Rebecca Morgan interviews Stuart Wright about Paperless Working at the Bar for Lexis Nexis - Feb 2021
A year into COVID-19, the pandemic has a fundamental impact on the working lives of barristers across the UK. Rebecca Morgan of LexisNexis, asks Stuart Wright, for his perspective on the opportunities...
Stuart Wright looks at Online Mediations : Do they really work? - Sep 2020
2020 has certainly been quite a year so far! The litigation landscape has changed, suddenly and dramatically. As lawyers we’re not renowned for being at the forefront of technological change, but we...
Stuart Wright successful in £1.4m shareholder dispute - May 2020
Stuart Wright successfully appeared before Chief Insolvency & Companies Court Judge Briggs in £1.4M shareholder dispute. Stuart Wright, instructed by Acumen Business Law, successfully secured...
1 Crown Office Row remains a Tier 1 Set in the Legal 500 2020 - Sep 2019
We are delighted to remain ranked as a 'leading set' or in tier 1 in the latest edition of the Legal 500 with our members highly ranked in Family & Children Law, Crime, Property and Commercial...
Momentous game at the Brighton Metro Bank Pool League! - Jun 2019
Excellent game last night, with 1COR playing a decisive game against Rix & Kay. Congratulations to our team for winning 4 - 1 to keep us in third place! Date: 13th June 2019 Time: 6pm start ...
Stuart Wright successfully defends laser hair removal clinic against an injury claim by a TV actress - Feb 2019
Stuart Wright successfully represented a London based specialist laser hair removal clinic in a personal injury claim by an actress who has appeared in a variety of TV and West End shows. The...
Stuart Wright succeeds in a High Court action following the dissolution of a share of freehold company - Oct 2018
Many flats are marketing as having the benefit of 'share of freehold'. Whilst this comes with a number of positive benefits for leaseholders it also comes with a number of legal responsibilities and...
Stuart Wright succeeds in £850,000 solicitors professional negligence claim - Sep 2018
Stuart Wright was successful in an £850,000 professional negligence claim brought against a solicitor. The former client had lost an employment tribunal claim and sued his former solicitor in which...
Stuart Wright appointed Head of Civil Team - Mar 2018
We are delighted to announce that Stuart Wright has recently been appointed as Head of our Civil Team at our Brighton Chambers. Stuart succeeds Paul Ashwell who has successfully led the civil team for...
Contracts Seminar on recent changes to the law of illegality and limitation cases - Oct 2017
The Civil Law team gave a Contracts Seminar last week on recent changes to the law of illegality and limitation cases, as well as an update on the dynamics of mediation. Paul Ashwell explained that...
Stuart Wright successfully represented a HMO landlord in a civil action against him - Jul 2017
Stuart Wright successfully represented a HMO landlord in a civil action against him by a former tenant accusing him of harassment, unlawful eviction and failure to comply with the statutory deposit...
Seminar: Consumer Rights Act 2015 and Interpreting Documents Guide - Apr 2016