Dominic Chambers QC
Dominic has a very strong commercial law background having joined Maitland Chambers in 2002, and before that having practised at leading commercial chambers in the Temple.
He specialises in international and domestic commercial and Chancery litigation and arbitration, with particular emphasis on banking, insolvency, civil fraud, heavy contractual disputes, asset tracing, private international law and conflict of laws, energy law, restitution, partnership disputes, agency, entertainment law, and insurance/reinsurance. Dominic appears regularly in the Commercial Court, the Chancery Division and the appellate courts, both in the UK and overseas.
Dominic also specialises in handling cases concerning corruption in projects financed by International Financing Institutions (IFIs) and International Development Agencies (IDAs), and he has considerable experience in dealing with the relevant departments of, and individuals at, the leading IFIs and IDAs (including the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank) in relation to corruption and other financial irregularities, including their respective sanctions regimes. He has an extensive international banking practice.
He works for most of the major City law firms, and also for international firms (mainly from the USA, the British Virgin Islands, the Channel Islands and other offshore jurisdictions). He is called to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands), and to the Bar of the Isle of Man (ad hoc). Dominic is also registered to practise with full rights of audience in the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre.
Dominic has for many years been recommended as a leading practitioner in the fields of Commercial Dispute Resolution, banking, off-shore and professional negligence in the Chambers UK Bar Guide and The Legal 500. He is a member of COMBAR and of the London Court of International Arbitration, and appears in arbitrations both as counsel and as arbitrator. Dominic also specialises in ICSID arbitrations and acts for both States and investors.
Notable cases include acting for the successful Credit Suisse defendants in the recent Fairfield Sentry litigation (multi-billion dollar litigation relating to the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme), Slocom Trading Ltd. v Sibir Energy (multi-million Euro dispute involving Russian oligarchs and various loan and security agreements), Stornoway Ltd v SIV Portfolio plc (securitisation and insolvency), Du Preez v Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander (trusts, banking and restitution in connection with the collapse of Kaupthing), Van Delfsen v Caversham Trustees (trusts and commercial dispute in Royal Court of Jersey), In re Charlbury Investments (financial and banking dispute in Royal Court of Guernsey), Cleverly v Family Finance Ltd. (sale of goods and consumer credit), Belletti v Morici (freezing injunctions), Universal Studios Inc v Flextech Rights Ltd. (television licensing agreements); Riyad Bank v Ahli United Bank (banking, duty of care, leasing agreements); WPP Group v Benatti (conflict of laws, jurisdiction disputes), OT Computers v FNTF (trusts of customers' monies on collapse of Tiny Computers), Leonardo Private Equity Fund Ltd. v Loscalzo (fraudulent misrepresentation and private equity funding), Tamarind International v Eastern Natural Gas (Commercial Agents Regulations), National Westminster Bank plc v Somer (restitution/banking), White Sea & Onega Shipping v ITWF (interim injunctions and conflict of laws), Heaton v Axa Equity & Law (settlement agreements) and R v Securities and Futures Authority, ex parte Fleurose (financial services/human rights).
Cases Dominic currently is working on include acting for claimants in interest rate swaps litigation against various banks; acting for a well-known script writer in dispute with a broadcasting company in relation to commissioning production agreements; acting for clients being investigated by the SFO; acting for the claimant in a US Arbitration concerning breaches of a Licensing and Representation Agreement concerning software and television streaming rights; acting for a Kazakh bank in a multi-million dollar dispute with a Turkish bank; acting for the claimant in the Article 50 Brexit litigation against the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, which has been described as the most important constitutional law case in living memory; and acting for shareholders in the SABMiller/Anheuser-Busch merger.