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Caley Wright

Call 2008

cwright@maitlandchambers.com

Caley has built a strong commercial chancery practice with particular expertise in civil fraud and company and insolvency matters.

He was retained as junior counsel in BTA Bank v Ablyazov, working as part of a large legal team, including acting in some of the leading civil fraud decisions of recent years.

He is frequently led both within and outside chambers and is currently being led in two large commercial cases:

  • JEBR v Binstock [2015] EWHC 1063 (Ch); [2015] EWHC 1168 (Ch), a multi-million pound claim for breach of contract for professional services in the Chancery DIvision; and
  • Chodiev & Ors v Stein [2015] EWHC 1428 (Comm), a claim to set aside a judgment of the Commercial Court on the grounds that it was obtained by fraud.

Caley also regularly acts unled. He recently acted for the successful Defendant in Nordic v Land Resources [2014] EWHC 1093 (Ch), and Clarion v Prosser, against a leading silk and junior.

He is comfortable with appellate advocacy, acting as sole counsel for the successful appellant in Lanfear v Chandler [2013] EWCA Civ 1497, and as a junior in BTA v Ablyazov [2012] EWCA Civ 1411; [2013] 1 WLR 1331

Civil Fraud

Caley acts in all manner of civil fraud cases, and has particular expertise in litigation emanating from the CIS.

Through acting for the Bank in BTA v Ablyazov, he gained extensive experience of all manner of asset preservation issues including freezing injunctions, receiverships and committal for contempt of court.

Caley has also acted unled, for both applicants and respondents, in numerous freezing injunctions, in addition to applications for disclosure in support of freezing injunctions and Norwich Pharmacal applications. He regularly gives lectures and seminars on recent developments in these areas of law.

As his cases often involve an international element, he is experienced in challenges to jurisdiction, issues of foreign law and conflict of laws. He recently acted in the case of JEBR v Binstock, [2015] EWHC 1168 (Ch), a successful challenge to jurisdiction under the Brussels Regulation.

Caley has conducted trials as both a junior and as sole counsel, and has expertise in all manner of enforcement proceedings.

Commercial Chancery

Caley acts in a wide range of commercial disputes, such as contractual and other business matters, disputes arising from share purchase agreements, partnership and other joint venture cases, and duties under contracts and in tort. He has gained considerable experience as a trial advocate in both the High Court and county courts.

Recently he acted as sole counsel for the successful defendant in a trial in the Chancery Division in Nordic v Land Resources [2014] EWHC 1093 (Ch), a £1.2 million pound claim arising from the breakdown of a joint venture agreement.

He has for much of the last year been instructed on two commercial disputes:

  • JEBR v Binstock [2015] EWHC 1063 (Ch); [2015] EWHC 1168 (Ch), a £30 million claim for breach of contract for professional services in the Chancery Division; and
  • Chodiev & Ors v Stein [2015] EWHC 1428 (Comm) a claim to set aside a judgment of the Commercial Court on the grounds that it was obtained by fraud.

Company & Insolvency

Caley is an experienced litigator in the fields of Company and Insolvency Law.

He regularly acts for insolvency practitioners in both personal and company insolvency cases such as claims relating to antecedent transactions, particularly those involving a fraudulent element, and wrongful trading claims.

He is currently engaged in a long running claim against the former director of a company in liquidation, including claims for preferences, transactions at an undervalue and under s.423 of the Insolvency Act.

Caley’s company work includes the full range of shareholder disputes including unfair prejudice petitions and derivative claims. He is particularly interested in matters of company valuation, and has given seminars on the different methods of company valuation employed by the Courts.

Caley gives clear, practical and commercial advice, and is responsive to the needs of solicitor and lay clients.

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association, COMBAR, CFLA, YFLA

Qualifications

MA Hons (Oxon) First Class