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Commercial & Business Disputes

Both Ten Old Square and its members are regularly recommended for their expertise in representing clients in commercial and business disputes. We have substantial experience of litigating a broad range of business disputes, aiming to secure the best possible outcomes for our clients through well planned and executed litigation strategies.

We are sensitive to the commercial realities faced by our clients, and provide practical and solution-focused advice whilst advocating fearlessly to advance our clients’ interests and achieve their aims. In doing so, our members are able to draw upon our significant expertise in related areas of law, including resolving these matters via Arbitration and, where appropriate, mediation.

Particular areas of expertise include:

  • Contractual disputes
  • Claims in restitution and unjust enrichment
  • Partnership and LLP matters
  • Claims for breach of fiduciary duties;
  • Disputes involving company directors, including shadow directors;
  • Joint ventures
  • Civil fraud and asset
  • Company and shareholder disputes, including unfair prejudice petitions
  • Insolvency (corporate and personal
  • Trust owned or controlled companies.

Company Law

Our barristers are expert in company law matters, from incorporation and operation through to dispute resolution and dissolution. Our interdisciplinary expertise, particularly in Commercial & Business Disputes, Partnerships & LLPs, Civil Fraud and Asset Recovery and Insolvency means that we are instructed in high-value and complex cases in a wide variety of fields, from music companies to Fintech firms.

Our company work includes:

  • Advising on the formation and operation of companies
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Unfair prejudice petitions,
  • Derivative actions including  double and triple derivative actions;
  • Share valuation disputes, including those arising from Trusts & Estates and in Wills;
  • Issues relating to the conduct and authority of directors, including nominee, de facto and shadow directors;
  • Breaches of directors’ duties;
  • Claims arising from distributions and/or dividends;
  • Trust-owned companies
  • Joint ventures.

Civil Fraud and Asset Recovery

Our barristers have significant expertise in the pursuit and defence of civil fraud claims, arising in both commercial and non-commercial contexts.

We are involved at all stages, from pre-claim investigations, to urgent injunctions (including, in particular, freezing injunctions), Norwich Pharmacal and non-party disclosure applications, to the tracing and recovery of assets in the UK and other jurisdictions.

We are able to draw upon our expertise in trusts and fiduciary principles to help establish claims and recover assets, both against wrongdoers and third parties.

Our work in this area often overlaps with other areas of expertise, particularly Partnership & LLP Law, Commercial and Business Disputes, Insolvency, Company law and Trusts & Estates.

We have particular expertise in claims involving defaulting trustees, directors and other fiduciaries, including Court of Protection appointed deputies and attorneys acting under a lasting power of attorney.

Contact our Commercial & Business Disputes Clerks

Contact our experienced Clerks to find out which Commercial & Business Disputes barristers would be ideal for you. They have many years of experience and will ensure that you receive a premium service and advise on the suitability, availability and cost of instructing specialist Counsel.

Call +44 (0)20 7405 0758

"A real pleasure to work with"

Jonathan Gavaghan - Chambers UK 2023

"Terrifyingly bright yet approachable. The sort of barrister that one has complete and absolute confidence in to deliver the best result."

Gideon Roseman - Chambers UK 2023

"Academically very strong, very personable and very easy to listen to. He thinks practically and he's certainly very clever."

Jonathan Gavaghan - Chambers UK 2022

"He works well as part of a team and is very good with clients. He's thorough in both his preparation and his presentation in court."

Jonathan Gavaghan - Chambers UK 2021

"He is extremely personable, easy to work with, technically excellent and a very good advocate"

Jonathan Gavaghan - Chambers UK 2020

Our Commercial & Business Disputes Experience

Barristers here deal with the full range of commercial disputes, both advising and appearing in court. Members are regularly involved in urgent and heavy interim applications in respect of complex and high value disputes in the Commercial Court, Queen’s Bench Division and the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales as well as arbitrations.

Our members have substantial experience of ensuring the enforcement (and resisting the same) of interim orders, particularly freezing injunctions and ancillary disclosure applications, through the medium of committal applications.


Commercial & Business Disputes Frequently Asked Questions

What areas of law are covered by commercial chancery?

We cover all areas of business law at Ten Old Square.  Commercial chancery work covers commercial disputes often with a “chancery” element, this includes companies, shares, property, fiduciary duties, trusts, banking, mortgages, loans, guarantees, fraud, tracing and many other business disputes.

Why instruct Ten Old Square?

We have a range of very experienced barristers used to dealing with high value and complicated commercial chancery disputes.  We also have a skilled and experienced clerking team.

What Courts do you appear in?

We appear in all courts in England and Wales and in international jurisdictions as well.  Chancery Commercial cases often start in the Commercial Court or the Business and Property Courts, but they can start in other courts and tribunals and are often conducted by arbitration.  We will have an experienced barrister able to appear for you or your client.

How do I select a barrister for a commercial chancery dispute?

This website contains details of the barristers at Ten Old Square to assist you.  You should speak to one of our clerks who are highly experienced in matching the right barrister to the correct business dispute.

What are the fees for instructing a barrister in a commercial chancery dispute?

We aim to provide a cost-effective service and will strive to ensure that our fees are competitive. Our Clerks will advise you of the hourly rate applicable to any barrister in Chambers and for any piece of work and this will be agreed in advance taking into account the nature of the case and its complexity, and the experience of the barrister instructed.

Areas of Commercial & Business Disputes Expertise

Examples of work undertaken by Ten Old Square include:

    • Business law;
    • Civil Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery;
    • Commercial Litigation;
    • Company;
    • Shareholder disputes;
    • Unfair prejudice petitions;
    • Banking law including mortgages, loan agreements and guarantees.;
    • Insolvency;
    • Restitution;
    • All injunctions: including freezing injunctions (domestic and worldwide) and Proprietary Injunctions;
    • Committal applications.
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