Members of Wilberforce Chambers have extensive experience in dealing with commercial disputes, in court, in arbitrations and in mediations, both in the UK and internationally. From questions of interpretation to the assessment of damages, the set offers first-rate representation and advice. As a commercial chancery set, Wilberforce Chambers offers particular expertise in commercial contract disputes involving equitable issues, such as estoppel, rectification and trusts.
Our strength is having the combined expertise in the different areas of law that are often present in complex business and commercial situations. This together with genuine international and offshore experience, if the dispute has multi-jurisdictional aspects, helps to meet client demand for specialist assistance in resolving commercial disputes.
Members can assist with issues such as:
- The interpretation of complex contractual documentation and the implication of terms therein;
- Questions of misrepresentation, mistake and deceit;
- Issues of breach and repudiation;
- Frustration and force majeure;
- Estoppel and rectification; and
- Matters relating to losses, damages and restitution.
Rankings and recognition
Wilberforce is ranked as a leading set for commercial dispute resolution in both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500.
Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2024: An impressive set, noted for its expertise in complex commercial chancery litigation arising in the UK and across several international and offshore jurisdictions. The team is regularly instructed in company, insolvency and civil fraud disputes, and offers considerable strength when undertaking complex commercial litigation involving elements of pensions, trusts and property law. One instructing solicitor notes: “The set is always my first port of call. It has a large stable of barristers so there’s always someone at the right level whether I need a silk or junior.” Members are instructed in high-profile matters of the greatest complexity including Tulip LLP v Bitcoin Association, a multibillion-pound cryptocurrency claim, and Suppipat & others v Narondej & 16 others, a matter concerning an alleged fraud arising out of the sale of Thaland’s largest wind energy company. ‘One of the top sets for offshore counsel.’
The Legal 500 UK 2024: One of the largest commercial Chancery chambers in London, Wilberforce Chambers houses ‘a lot of good people for commercial disputes‘. Recent highlights include Alan Gourgey KC, in Arma Partners Limited v Wejo Limited, defending approximately £16m claims over a SPAC transaction, a relatively rare incident of litigation over special purposes acquisition companies. In Suppipat & others v Narongdej & 16 others, Tim Penny KC was leading counsel for the main defendant (as well as the 17th defendant) in a $2bn claim, which arose from an alleged fraud involving a Thai wind farm company. In a boost to the set’s silk ranks, Thomas Grant KC, who has particular experience in heavyweight, multi-party disputes, joined from Maitland Chambers in October 2022.
Chambers Bar Awards 2023: Wilberforce wins Set of the Year and Chancery Set of the Year
Chambers Bar Awards 2023: Tim Penny KC wins Chancery Silk of the Year
The Legal 500 Bar Awards 2022: Wilberforce wins Chancery Set of the Year
Chambers Bar Awards 2022: Clare Stanley KC wins Chancery Silk of the Year
Chambers Bar Awards 2021: Thomas Grant KC wins Chancery Silk of the Year