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Profile: Commercial Disputes
Gary deals with the full range of business disputes, particularly in the sale and supply of goods and services, commercial fraud, banking, partnership disputes, commercial agency agreements, guarantees and insurance. He has wide experience of cross-border disputes and issues involving the conflict of laws. He has a growing practice in the field of Oil and Gas disputes. Chambers UK recommends Gary as a leading junior in Commercial Dispute Resolution.
Cases and Work of Note
- BP Oil International Limited v Bankers Petroleum Albania Limited – acted for the Defendant as first junior (to Ali Malek QC) and first instructed Counsel in $54M breach of oil supply contract claim;
- Acting for Defendant private equity firm in £2M breach of confidence claim in respect of an investment in the telecoms industry
- Acting for a care home provider in a number of linked cases giving rise to issues under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 and the liability of residents for certain fees and charges.
- Part of a Counsel team of 5 and first instructed Counsel (led by Joe Smouha QC) for a Claimant oil company in $440M UNCITRAL arbitration against a state for breach of a Petroleum Supply Agreement
- Acting for administrators of an oil company in a dispute about validity of various securities and loan agreements made under Dutch law worth >£3M
- Tullow Uganda Ltd v Heritage Oil & Gas Limited  EWHC 1656 (Comm) – part of Counsel team of 4 acting for Defendant (led by Khawar Qureshi QC) in $303M claim under indemnities in a contact selling an oil concession in Uganda. Instructed 6 weeks before trial to deal with complex issues of disclosure and privilege.
- Acted as part of a Counsel team of 4 (led by Alan Gourgey QC) for a major IT company in relation to claims under a multi-billion pound government procurement contract
- Acted for the Claimant in a claim arising out of the misappropriation of £1.7M from the sale of a business by one of two shareholders.
- Acted in an arbitration for a former senior partner of a major accountancy firm in a claim against his former partners for £1.5M
- Bank of Scotland v Pain & Pereira  3 All ER 392 – acted for Respondent in the Court of Appeal in successfully resisting appeal in the leading case on the interplay between application to set aside orders made in the absence of parties at trial under CPR r39.3 and the right of appeal under CPR Part 52.
- Acted for the Respondent Spanish company in an appeal involving novel points of law against the registration of a Spanish judgment with a value in excess of €4M
- Acted for an IT company in a multi-jurisdictional dispute against a leading distribution and logistics company, in a claim involving allegations of fraud and losses of more than £1M .
- Acted for a high profile Claimant against a major brokerage in a claim for breach of contract and negligence concerning provision of services in the FX markets .