This is a set of chambers providing barrister’s services in contract law and litigation. It provides assistance to solicitors and their clients. It also provides direct access services to businesses, organisations, local authorities and individuals who require legal advice and assistance with their legal issues, whether commercial problem solving, contract drafting or dispute resolution.
The practice includes barristers with expertise in contract law, company, commercial and civil disputes, intellectual property, competition & procurement, sale of goods, consumer rights, financial mis-selling, insurance, professional negligence, commercial property and construction.
We also offer continuing in-house legal services to companies who do not retain a legal department in order to advise on company-commercial issues, data protection, compliance and protection of their intellectual property including registration and dispute resolution.
Many of our clients use our training and consultancy services to get to know us and develop knowledge, CPD and bring lawyers and professionals together in an inter-active learning experience.
The Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Amendment) Regulations 2018 came into force on 26 February 2018. They introduce a new regulation that substitutes regulation 3 of the Late Payment of Commercial Debts Regulations 2002. The new provision clarifies that representative bodies are able to challenge the use of certain grossly unfair contractual terms and practices to address the imbalance of power between SMEs and larger firms. See also The Reporting on Payment Practices and Performance Regulations 2017 and The Limited Liability Partnerships (Reporting on Payment Practices and Performance) Regulations 2017 applying to large companies and LLPs, with two or all of the following thresholds: (i) annual turnover of £36 million or more (ii) balance sheet total of £18 million or more; (iii) over 250 employees, who are now required to publish on a government web service (https://beis-ppr-live.herokuapp.com/) details of their payment policies and practices and report on performance against their policies twice a year.
In Zayo Group International Ltd v Ainger  EWHC 2542 the Commercial Court emphasised the purpose of contractual notice requirements for warranty claims is commercial certainty and that compliance with such requirements is not a technical or trivial matter. Disallowing the notice, the court dismissed the claim. Notice for convenience, cause or claim requires the “5 Ps” rule: check the purpose of the notice is clear, how it is to be perceived by a reader, that is made in the present (not future) and that it is fully particularised, served using the correct process.