Commercial contract disputes
Members of Wilberforce Chambers have extensive experience in dealing with commercial contractual 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. As many members have wide-ranging offshore expertise, they can also assist with complex conflicts of laws issues.
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 UK 2020: Noted for its astounding breadth of expertise, Wilberforce Chambers has members who can represent clients in a variety of jurisdictions, including Bermuda, Singapore and Hong Kong. They handle an array of different disputes, from shareholder and company matters to partnership, professional negligence, pensions, insolvency, fraud and conspiracy cases. Recent clients have included oil corporations, banks and even foreign governments. One highlight of the chambers’ latest work has been the Supreme Court case of Frederick v Positive Solutions Financial Service Limited, which examined the law of vicarious liability in the context of fraudulent conduct. Sources remark that Wilberforce Chambers has “a fine range of technically excellent barristers at different levels of call, who can provide superior advice across different areas of law both domestically and internationally.”
The Legal 500 UK 2020: Wilberforce Chambers has ‘excellent strength in depth‘ and is often the ‘first port of call on all Chancery, trust matters‘. The barristers are ‘first-class specialists and masters of their brief‘ who ‘never disappoint‘. Clients note that the set’s ‘expansion in recent years has turned them into a full-service set to deal with any area of law‘. A major highlight has been the significant role several members have had on the AHAB v SAAD dispute.
Chambers UK 2019: Wilberforce Chambers handles a vast array of commercial litigation matters. Cases relating to banking and finance, structured investment, energy transmission and civil fraud are just a few of the matters handled by a set that is renowned both domestically and internationally. Its barristers regularly appear in a number of foreign jurisdictions including Hong Kong, Singapore and the Cayman Islands and are instructed by the very best international law firms. Illustrative of their work, they recently acted in PCP v Barclays Bank, KeyMed v Michael Woodford and Paul Hillman, and Sabbagh v Khoury. One instructing solicitor affirms that “Wilberforce is a set that can produce whole teams of counsel all of whom are excellent.”
The Legal 500 UK 2019: Wilberforce Chambers is “undoubtedly a leading set with great strength in depth”, where traditional areas of expertise, such as offshore work, compliment the set’s increasingly commercial focus. Members have been involved in several major cases, including Sabbagh v Khoury, PCP v Barclays Bank and Abela v Baadarani. Clients praise the “responsive, helpful, and excellent” clerks’ room.