Our Civil Team is committed to providing high quality advocacy and advisory work across the full range of commercial law.

We undertake work throughout the country. We have excellent conference facilities in central Brighton and Chambers is very close to the major Brighton Civil Trial Centre. We have deep experience of commercial disputes, from international sales of aircraft parts and cars at auction to double glazing. Our senior members are able to tackle the most challenging multi-party cases. We aim to give realistic advice as to your client’s chances of success and how to maximise those chances.

Our junior tenants and working pupils are available for ‘small claims’ hearings at highly competitive rates.

We act in liquidations, bankruptcies and IVAs and are regularly instructed by trustees in bankruptcy and by wives, husbands and partners with an interest in the family home and family business. We offer a full service to company directors, shareholders and partners in dispute and have a particular expertise in acting for the victims of fraud.

Our most regular civil workload includes paperwork and advocacy in the these types of cases:

  • Contracts: interpretation, rectification and breach
  • Misrepresentation and Fraud
  • Building contracts
  • Equipment leases and Consumer Credit
  • Sale of goods
  • Debts
  • Partnerships and quasi-partnership companies
  • Competition and restraint of trade
  • Freezing and search & seize injunctions
  • Company director disputes, unfair prejudice, Companies Act s. 994 applications
  • Struck off companies, restoration under s. 1029.
  • Statutory demands
  • Winding up petitions
  • Guarantees and security for debt

Recognised as a leading set for complex commercial disputes. Members are experienced in the handling of contractual disputes and matters concerning property law, and also offer expertise in claims arising from insolvency and professional negligence. The set’s barristers are regularly called upon to represent company directors, partners in dispute, trustees in bankruptcy and private individual clients. Instructing solicitors say: “The barristers at 1 Crown Office Row are consistently good and you know they’ll always treat their clients well.” “The clerks are professional, knowledgeable, responsive and helpful. They’re very accessible and helpful in assessing the suitability and availability of counsel.” “The chambers is very well run, so the clerks are receptive to the needs of their clients and always act promptly.” (Chambers & Partners 2020)

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