Commercial Litigation

Modern commercial litigation is complex, fast-moving and international. Barristers therefore need to be intelligent and pro-active. They also need to be experienced in the law and practice of different jurisdictions. New Square Chambers has expertise at all levels of call in commercial disputes in the High Court and county courts in the UK, particularly in the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court. We are also renowned for our offshore work, and have been called to the Bar in a number of different offshore jurisdictions. We have experience in arbitration in tribunals in London and abroad.

Our approach to litigation is pragmatic and flexible. We recognise the importance of working as part of a team, whether with our clients and experts, or with other members of Chambers. We offer specialist advice and advocacy at all stages of a claim.



Our expertise within commercial litigation includes

  • Civil Fraud
  • Conflict of Laws/ Private International Law/ Jurisdiction
  • Contractual Disputes 
  • Professional Negligence
  • Consumer Credit


Civil Fraud

We have significant industry recognition in civil fraud, and have been instructed in some of the highest profile cases of recent times, including the Berezovsky litigation and BTA Bank v Ablyazov. We regularly seek or resist the full range of interim remedies available to litigants in fraud cases. Recent examples include Thevarajah v Riordan a case that reached the Court of Appeal arising out of the discharge of a freezing order, Re Ambow Education Holding Limited where we obtained an order for the appointment of provisional liquidators of a company from the Cayman Islands courts, together with ancillary and freezing orders; and Caldero v Beppler a high-profile shareholder dispute, where allegations of fraud and mismanagement within a Montenegrin hotel group led to the granting of freezing orders and the appointment of provisional liquidators


Conflict of Laws / Private International Law / Jurisdiction

We are experienced in dealing with jurisdictional and conflict of laws issues, particularly those involving non-EU defendants. Recent examples include: AK Investment Limited v Kyrgyz Mobil Tel Limited (the ‘Bitel’ litigation), a billion dollar dispute in the Isle of Man regarding the alleged misappropriation of a Kyrgyz mobile telecoms company in which the dispute as to jurisdiction was eventually decided by the Privy Council; Gudavadze v Anisimov a claim in the Commercial Court for around $1.5 billion arising out of the Berezovsky litigation, which began with an opposed application to serve the defendant in Russia; and Blue Tropic & anr v Chkhartishvili a claim in the Chancery Division for over $18 million based on the misappropriation of assets in Georgia where a protracted challenge to English jurisdiction was centred on the application of the Brussels Regulation to non-EU defendants. We are familiar with foreign legal systems, including those of Russian and former CIS states, and we are experienced both in dealing with foreign law expert witnesses and acting as experts in English and Commonwealth law where cases are proceeding abroad.


Contractual Disputes

We act in a wide range of contractual disputes including those involving warranties, sale of goods, share purchase agreements, shareholder agreements and joint ventures. A recent example was an arbitration between a football club and an insolvent company in relation to a contingent transfer fee to which both claimed to be entitled following the sale of a Premier League footballer.


Professional Negligence

Claims against solicitors and accountants are particular specialisms, and we also handle claims against surveyors, valuers, architects, engineers and financial advisers. Members act regularly for professional indemnity insurers and for lenders in property cases. Chambers have recently been involved in a series of negligence actions against promoters of tax avoidance schemes in which investors have claimed for loss of their investment.


Consumer Credit

Members regularly advise on consumer credit issues arising in commercial cases. Alexander Hill-Smith is the editor of Consumer Credit: Law and Practice.

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