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Gary Lidington

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Profile: Overview

Gary Lidington has a wide-ranging commercial practice including sale of goods and services, civil fraud, banking and finance, energy and natural resources, company law and insolvency, professional negligence and property litigation. His work covers all aspects of commercial litigation in the English courts, international arbitration in a range of forums such as the ICC and LCIA and he has a particular interest in multi-jurisdictional disputes. He is described as: ‘A brilliant all-rounder, whose ability to find a workable commercial solution is amazing.' (Legal 500 2017), ‘Analysis is excellent and he has persuasive command of the material.’ (Chambers & Partners UK 2016), and ‘Definitely one to watch.' (Legal 500 2015). 


Experience and Expertise

Gary’s approach is client-focused and results-oriented. His aim at all times is to achieve a successful outcome for his clients by combining astute commercial advice with robust advocacy. He is equally comfortable working in a part of a large team or as sole Counsel. He has carved out a reputation for turning around cases in which he has been introduced at later stages of the litigation.

Commercial litigation: Gary has a broad commercial litigation practice including disputes relating to the sale and supply of goods and services, civil fraud (including the tracing of assets), franchising and technology disputes, both in the English Courts and in international arbitration.

Banking and finance: Gary’s expertise covers a range of technical, trading and commercial banking disputes, including claims under the Financial Services and Markets Act (FSMA) regime, and he is experienced in claims involving brokers and financial advisers, shares, currency trading, commodities and derivatives.

Energy and natural resources: Gary’s fast-growing practice in this area includes disputes relating to the ownership and operation of energy concessions, production and supply contracts and financing arrangements, both in international arbitral tribunals and the English courts.

Company law and insolvency: Gary’s broad experience in the area of company law includes shareholders’ disputes (including s994 petitions) and directors’ duties disputes.  He is also experienced in claims in bankruptcies, liquidations, administrations, disputed winding ups and related claims.  He is often sought after to deal with multi-disciplinary insolvency disputes that include elements of property or professional negligence law.

Professional negligence: Gary is experienced in dealing with claims against professionals in the full range of non-clinical disciplines, including solicitors, barristers, accountants, tax advisors, valuers, architects, engineers and financial professionals. By their nature many professional negligence claims settle before trial, often in mediations. He has an impressive track record of negotiating favourable settlements on behalf of his clients with insurers and their representatives, even in the most difficult cases.  He has recently also developed a Defendant practice in this area both for insurers and for clients who find themselves uninsured.

Property: Gary’s practice covers the full range of real property work, including mortgage work for major lending institutions and mortgagors, easements, restrictive covenants, land registration disputes, trusts of land and boundary disputes. He regularly acts for landlords and tenants in commercial as well as residential landlord and tenant cases, and he has a particular expertise in claims involving enfranchisement and pre-emption rights. He has extensive experience of appearing in the tribunal system.


Cases of Note

A selection of cases in which Gary is currently acting or has acted recently include:



Gary is recommended as a leading junior for commercial dispute resolution by Chambers UK and for Professional Negligence and Property litigation by Legal 500.  Recent testimonials highlight:

Gary is recognised as a leading junior in Commercial Dispute Resolution, Property Litigation, Real Estate Litigation and Professional Negligence (Chambers & Partners, Legal 500).



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The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms
Chambers 2019

Gary Lidington
"Diligent, robust and user-friendly." "His analytical ability is amazing, and he does not leave a stone unturned."

Chambers UK