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The expertise of members of Littleton in commercial litigation covers a broad spectrum of commercial law and procedure: international disputes involving conflicts of laws, civil fraud, banking, commercial contract, including share and business sale agreements; shareholder disputes, company and partnership law, sale of goods, franchising and commercial agency as well as disputes involving confidential information and [soft] intellectual property.

Members have particular expertise in disputes involving interim injunctions (freezing and search orders in particular) and a track record of successfully obtaining injunctive relief for their own clients and discharging that obtained ex parte by their opponents.

Littleton barristers have been instructed in some of the major commercial litigation in recent times, including:

  • Balkanbank v Taher
  • Grupo Torras
  • Dadourian v Simms
  • Fiona Trust v Privalov
  • Yugraneft v Abramovich.

Members are frequently involved in cases which make or clarify the law, including:

  • Refco Inc v Eastern Trading Company and Others relief in support of foreign proceedings under s. 25 CJJA
  • Arrow Nominees v Blackledge strike-out for abuse of process
  • Dubai Aluminium v al Alawi privilege and admissibility of evidence unlawfully obtained
  • Hurst v Bryk inter-relationship between contract and Partnership Act 1890
  • Thomas Witter v TBP Industries Ltd exclusion of misrepresentation inducing contracts
  • Brennan v Bolt Burden setting aside contract for mistake of law
  • Abu Rahma v Abacha the test for knowledge for dishonest assistance
  • Re Continental Assurance Company of London sub nom Singer v Beckett the approach in directors’ wrongful trading cases
  • Union Music v Watson control of deadlocked boards of directors

Members of Chambers are also involved in cases which establish or clarify the correct approach in interim applications:

  • Flexitallic Group v T&N Ltd amendment
  • Wrexham Association Football Club v Crucialmove Ltd summary judgment where dishonesty or bad faith alleged
  • Total E&P Soudan SA v Edmonds & others pre-action disclosure where complex law involved

Littleton has expertise in commercial litigation from senior silks down to the most junior members of Chambers. Our barristers are regularly instructed with and appear against leading and junior counsel from the magic circle commercial and commercial chancery sets.

Littleton is ranked as a leading set for commercial litigation in the legal directories. A number of its members, both silks and juniors, are also individually ranked.

Our barristers pride themselves on being approachable, hard-working, good in a team environment and on delivering in court: they are rigorous in analysis and preparation, but flexible in meeting clients’ needs.

Members of Chambers (and solicitors) are superbly supported by an experienced clerking team.


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