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Commercial and Regulatory

Commercial litigation
Commercial and business litigation covers numerous branches of the civil law. Our commercial litigators cultivate wide practices, enabling them to discern and resolve all the legal issues that any one dispute may raise.

Members of the commercial litigation group have each developed their own client following, proving themselves through their own abilities. Group members will sometimes appears as part of a team in a big case, sometimes as sole advocate in a smaller case and, not infrequently, as a sole advocate in a big case.

Their experience and expertise cover first-instance trials, interlocutory disputes and appellate litigation.

Areas of expertise within this group include:
• Banking and finance
• Financial services
• Domestic and international sale and carriage of goods
• Civil fraud and money laundering
• Commercial/economic torts, including conspiracy and misfeasance
• Company disputes, shareholder rights and remedies
• Contract claims
• Competition law, both EU and domestic
• Injunctions and other interim relief
• Consumer law including product liability
• Professional negligence
• Restitution/unjust enrichment
• Tax litigation, both tribunal and court-based

Notable cases:
• Total Network SL v HMRC, establishing that breach of statue can be used to found a claim for an unlawful means conspiracy.
• Hone v Abbey Forwarding, establishing that general damages on claim on a cross-undertaking for a freezing injunction can include business-related losses.
• Asset Land plc v FCA, which resulted in the Supreme Court's first and only detailed judicial consideration of the definition of a collective investment scheme.
• Purrunsing v A'Court, establishing for the first time the liability of solicitors on both sides of property fraud for breach of trust - relief under the Trustee Act refused for regulatory failings.

Regulatory law
Our commercial expertise is complemented by our experience in leading regulatory law cases. Our clients span the breadth of those engaged in business, from major corporations to one-person companies, private individuals and public authorities.

  • Financial regulation
  • Competition
  • Health and safety
  • Transport, including aviation and rail accidents
  • Consumer law
  • Trade descriptions
  • Transport law
  • Professional discipline
  • Trading standards (including markets and food law)

Publications

Corporate Liability: Work related deaths and criminal prosecutions
Cornerstone on anti-social behaviour: The new law
Cornerstone on Councillors' conduct
Cornerstone on Planning Court
Cornerstone's Electoral Legislation 2016
Licensed Premises: Law, Practice and Policy