Gideon Roseman is a Chancery and commercial litigator. He advises in contentious and non-contentious partnership matters, representing both firms and LLPs as well as individual partners and members, including professional practices, such as solicitors, financial advisers and recruitment consultants and property developers. He has significant experience of high value and complex litigation in Court and arbitration. He is regularly instructed to attend mediations.
He has recently appeared as sole counsel in a number of successful appeals in the Court of Appeal in relation to both partnership and shareholder disputes.
He also specialises in commercial litigation, commercial fraud, insolvency, shareholders’ disputes, property litigation (domestic and international), professional negligence and wills and trust disputes. He has particular expertise in relation to worldwide and domestic freezing orders, as well as other interlocutory prohibitory and mandatory injunctions.
He has acted in a number of committal applications, typically those arising out of breaches of freezing injunctions and ancillary disclosure orders, including appeals to the Court of Appeal.
Shareholders’ Disputes / Unfair Prejudice Petitioners
Gideon has significant experience in dealing with section 994 disputes.
- Eaton v Caulfield  BCC 654: Unfair Prejudice Petition, Summary Judgment, Section 996 relief.
Gideon has particular experience in advising and acting for companies and individuals in disputes concerning misappropriation of monies and assets.
- Central Europe Business Development Ltd v Mena Ventures Limited and ors  EWHC 3138 (Ch)
- Central Europe Business Development Ltd v Mena Ventures Limited and ors  EWHC 2480 (Ch)
- Allied Irish Banks Plc v Nolan & Ors : Acting for the main defendants in relation to £9million claim pursuant to section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986).
- Deep Purple (Overseas) Limited & Ors v Rao & Ors  Chancery Division: Acting for the companies which own intellectual property in rock group, Deep Purple, in a £4million claim against their former director
- Central Europe Business Development Limited v MENA Ventures Limited & Ors  Chancery Division: Acting for the Claimant in a claim against 4 defendants involving an advance fee fraud and a claim against Clyde & Co LLP in relation to their position as escrow agents. Successfully managed to strike out the entirety of the 4 defendants’ 40-page defence.
- Bari & Ors v Alternative Finance Limited  Lexis Citation 93: Acting for the Defendant director in relation to a claim concerning an Islamic investment scheme
Gideon has experience of dealing with insolvency disputes in relation to both corporate and personal insolvency.
- Re Brake and others (trading as Stay in Style), Patley Wood Farm LLP v B rake  1 WLR 343
- Re Stay in Style (A Firm)  EWHC 1688 (Ch): Partnership administration application.
- Re Stay in Style (A Firm)  EWHC 1041 (Ch): Section 9 Arbitration Act 1996 application and application for Court appointed Administrator and Receiver.
- Invokon Limited & Ors v Riley & Ors: Acting for 6 respondents in a claim brought the liquidators of two companies in relation to a failed tax avoidance scheme. The claims have been brought on the basis of fraudulent trading, transactions to defraud creditors and transactions at an undervalue.
- Patley Wood (Farm) LLP v Brake & Brake: Acting for the LLP in its successful opposition to an application to set aside a statutory demand and the debtors entering into an IVA. Successfully obtained a bankruptcy order against both debtors after a full-days hearing, with live-evidence. Advising the LLP on all aspects of the winding up process of an insolvent partnership, the application of the Insolvent Partnerships Order 1994 and the interrelationship of the personal insolvency of the debtor partners and the winding up of the partnership.
- Otuo v Brierley : Successful application for a prohibitory injunction to prevent the Claimant from bankrupting himself.
Gideon has a vast amount of experience in obtaining and resisting applications for interlocutory relief, principally in the Chancery Division. He has particular experience in dealing with applications for freezing and proprietary injunctions in complex high value multi-party litigation.
He has particular experience in dealing with pre-action applications in disputes involving arbitration clauses and associated issues concerning section 44(3) of the Arbitration Act 1996.
- Acting for a large firm of solicitors in a claim for prohibitory and mandatory injunctions against a former partner for the deliver up of client files and the enforcement of non-compete and non-solicitation restrictive covenants.
- Obtaining a £4million worldwide freezing and proprietary injunction against a director of 3 companies, his wife and another associated company.
- Obtaining a £400,000 freezing injunction against a director and two associated companies notwithstanding the applicants’ years’ delay.
- Obtaining a mandatory injunction to force a landlord of a commercial property to deliver up possession of the property.
Contempt of Court and Committal Applications
Gideon has expertise in relation to applications to commit people to prison for contempt of court, both at first instance and in the Court of Appeal, which compliments his expertise in obtaining interlocutory relief and ensures that the defendant or respondent in question is, effectively, forced to comply with court orders.
Gideon acted for the applicants in their committal application that was heard over 3 days and which resulted in the respondent being sentenced by the Honourable Mr Justice Newey to an immediate custodial sentence of 12 months by reason of her breaches of a freezing order, particularly in relation to her failure to comply with the disclosure provisions therein. The proceedings relate to the administrator of the parties’ late mother’s estate (the background to this matter is set out in Master Matthews’ Judgment – Kimyani v Sandhu  EWHC 151 (Ch)).
Gideon acted for the applicants in their committal application, which resulted in the respondent being handed down a 3 month prison sentence by the Honourable Mr Justice Peter Smith, which was suspended for 12 months against the respondent, by reason of his breaches of a freezing order in the context of a partnership dispute, both in relation to dissipation of assets and the failure to comply with his disclosure obligations. Gideon appeared in Court of Appeal where the applicants successfully opposed the respondent’s appeal (Khawaja v Popat  EWCA Civ 362).
- Amarfio v Abrahams  EWHC 391 (Ch), contempt of court, disclosure orders and freezing injunctions
- Amarfio v Abrahams  2 WLUK 340, adjournment of committal application
“A favourite for hotly fought cases, he gets stuck in with a passion and really fights your corner. He is a man with a quick mind, who is a pleasure to work with.” ‘He commands respect from the bench and is very good on his feet.”
Chambers UK 2019 - Partnership
“Absolutely superb advocate, leaving no stone unturned.”
Legal 500 2018 - Partnership
“A lawyer who has deep knowledge of partnership law, and offers meticulous preparation and razor-sharp analysis. He’s very good with clients and determined not to lose.” “A robust and effective court advocate.”
Chambers UK 2018 - Partnership
“Draws praise for his approachability, practicality and responsiveness.” “A really hard worker with bucket-loads of passion: he’s good on his feet, good at the paperwork, full of energy and liked by clients.” “Absolutely fantastic: he drills down into the detail very well, explains and advocates in a clear way, and if the other side has got it wrong, he makes sure the judge knows it!”
Chambers UK 2017 - Partnership
“He has an impressive aura in court, and is respected by judges in the Chancery division”
Legal 500 2017
“Highly experienced at handling disputes generated within both traditional and limited liability partnerships in the legal, financial services and property sectors, acting for firms and individuals alike. Respected as a formidable courtroom opponent up to and including High Court level, he also appears regularly in arbitrations and mediations.”
Chambers UK 2016 - Partnership
“Hardworking and tenacious.”
Legal 500 2016
- Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding), BPP Law School
- LLM (First Class), Hughes Hall, Cambridge
- LLB (Hons), University of Bristol
- Inner Temple Prize for BVC performance 
- Exhibitioner, Inner Temple 
- Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholarship, Inner Temple 
- E.M. Burnett Prize, Hughes Hall, Cambridge 
- Highest First in Intellectual Property, University of Bristol 
- Blackstone Press Prize, University of Bristol 
- Association of Partnership Practitioners (Sub-committee Member)
Associations & Memberships
- Association of Partnership Practitioners
- Chancery Bar Association
Gideon has given talks to firms of solicitors and accountants (including Maurice Turnor Gardner, Fox Williams LLP, Addleshaw Goddard LLP and Smith and Williamson) on company, LLP and Partnership issues.
Gideon Roseman is a self-employed, independent barrister whose practice is governed by the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales. He is registered with The Bar Standards Board [Bar Ref 53971] and is fully insured with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund [2360/067] to provide legal services, please refer to the BMIF website for full details of the world-wide cover provided. He is registered for VAT under the reference 984482375.