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Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Forum barristers advise and appear in complex, high value disputes in all divisions of the English courts including the Business and Property Courts — particularly the Business List of the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court (Queen’s Bench Division), as well as appearing in overseas Courts and arbitrations.

Forum barristers are predominantly instructed to act on behalf for SMEs and high net worth individuals for whom litigation is often a last resort. Members can be relied upon for pragmatic, definitive and effective advice in order to resolve a client’s legal difficulties including, if necessary, the provision of alternative dispute resolution.

Members of chambers are regularly instructed to advise on areas including:

  • Economic torts
  • Unjust enrichment
  • Multi-party contractual claims
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Fiduciary Duties
  • Guarantee Disputes
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Norwich Pharmacal Orders
  • Supply Chain Disputes
  • Franchise Disputes

Cases are frequently handled by teams of barristers within chambers, pooling their expertise and devising innovative strategies for the benefit of the client. Our members take full control of each case, and they are prepared to involve themselves in every step of its progress as well as maintaining regular contact with the professional client.

Members of chambers regularly appear in High Court claims of a Commercial nature.

Commercial Litigation Areas of Expertise

The Forum Team advises growing and established businesses on how to manage their legal risks. We have detailed knowledge across a diverse range of industry sectors from hotels and hospitality, property and construction, to insurance and financial services.

Whether it is a full review of the legal risks faced across your whole business or specific advice dealing with a particular issue or project, the Forum Team can provide you with fast, effective and tailored advice to minimise your legal risk. We are able to deal with your day-to-day commercial legal issues whether it is contract advice, debt recovery assistance, or regulatory compliance.

We spend time in-house with clients to understand the specific needs of their business and, where appropriate, can provide regular in-house support.

The travel chaos caused by the rogue drone disruption at both Heathrow and Gatwick Airports over the Christmas period brought the fast-developing drone industry to the front pages. Forum’s Darragh Connell commented in the Law Gazette.

The recent pace of growth in the commercial drone industry has been dramatic. Over the past decade, advances in technology have seen rapid development in the range of commercial activities undertaken by drones: from construction to environmental monitoring, from visual asset management to search & rescue, from submarine surveying to stunning aerial photography.

Those operating in the commercial drone industry work within in a highly regulated sector dealing with very specific, business critical risks. The high-profile travel disruption at Heathrow and Gatwick highlights the increasing presence and impact of drones in modern society. It also throws into the wider public domain the regulatory regime surrounding drones and how it has to develop to remain fit for purpose.

A fast-changing regulatory framework makes for an uncertain legal landscape. With considerable expertise advising and representing entrepreneurs and developing businesses, Forum Chambers has the legal expertise and experience to keep pace. We are adept at finding the right solution for the most technical legal problems in highly regulated industries.

Forum Chambers can provide you with advice on all aspects of the commercial use of drones and other UAV technology: both in the UK market with the impact of the Air Navigation (Amendment) Orders 2018 (SI 2018 No. 623) and 2019 (SI 2019 No. 261) and the high level aviation safety standards across Europe as set by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) following the implementation of Regulation (EU) 2018/1139.

Please contact drones.team@forumchambers.com to arrange a consultation to discuss your drone related legal and regulatory issues.

Commercial Litigation Cases

  • Re X (2018-2020):Advising and representing a group of private investors in a £5 million breach of contract claim involving investment advice on the trading of derivatives and alleged breaches of discretionary fund management agreements

Barristers specialising in Commercial Litigation

Call – 1995

Call – 2000

Call – 2009

Call – 2010

Call – 2012

Call – 2012

Call – 2014

Call – 2017

Call – 2017

Call – 2019