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Chambers & Partners UK: Commercial Dispute Resolution - South Eastern Bar - Band 1 Set

Oxford-based 3PB is one of the leading sets on the South Eastern Circuit for commercial litigation. It is well regarded for its advisory and advocacy work on a range of matters including commercial property, construction and insolvency disputes. Recent highlights for the set include advising on a claim in respect of defective works to a League One football pitch.

Client service: "The clerks, led by Russell Porter, are really helpful, both with specific queries and making recommendations."


Joseph Giret QC
Advises and represents clients in high value contractual disputes, including company law, partnership issues, intellectual property and franchise agreements.
Expertise: Recommended as a leading commercial silk by the Legal 500 (2014) “He puts people at ease exceptionally easily”.


John Clargo
Focuses his practice on property disputes for commercial and residential clients. His areas of expertise include the enforcement of covenants and disputes concerning the construction, assignment and termination of leases.
Expertise: "For any particularly tricky matters, he is a great person to call - he's very good on his feet, always well prepared, very user-friendly, and he provides commercially driven advice."
Recent work: He represented the defendants in a claim to recover a £2 million house in Oxford.

James Davies
Highly sought after for all kind of business disputes. He has particular expertise in relation to franchises, partnerships and guarantees.
Expertise: "He's brilliant on detail. He's particularly good where there's a debate over figures or where there's issues over deals involving complex transactions." "He is thorough, well prepared, accessible and always successful!"
Recent work: He has acted for a defendant in a multiparty property partnership dispute.

Andrew Sheriff
Deals with a range of disputes including contract, property, landlord and tenant, and defamation.
Expertise: "He's extremely thorough: he doesn't miss a trick. He is very bold in picking up the issues, gives very commercially oriented advice and leaves no stone unturned." "He's very good on his feet, has good client handling skills and is easy to deal with."
Recent work: He acted for the claimant in a dispute concerning the appropriate time for valuing gold following a loan.

Chambers & Partners UK:
Commercial Dispute Resolution - South Eastern – Band 1

The commercial disputes team at 3PB has a strong reputation across a range of areas, including commercial property transactions, professional negligence, construction and insolvency.

Client service: “I have found that the 3PB clerks are very responsive and they have always found a barrister to assist me when the matter is urgent.”
Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2014

"High quality advice in an uncertain business environment"

Members of the 3PB Business and Commercial Group advise and represent multi-national corporations, institutions, high net worth individuals, SMEs and small businesses.

The Group undertakes a full range of services for business and commercial clients. We have over 40 members with wide ranging expertise, from banking disputes to professional negligence, from insolvency to international arbitration. We are experienced in obtaining appropriate urgent interim relief, including freezing injunctions, and have specialists in the field of Employee Competition.

The Group is well equipped to provide the most demanding business clients with the legal expertise they require. In addition to sound advice and practical solutions to specific problems, the Group provides strategic advice on contentious and non-contentious matters. We can provide practical, industry-specific expertise having members with commercial, accountancy and investment backgrounds. To be expected of a large and well-established Chambers, a number of our team have well-developed practices in business related areas, including employment, property and construction law. The 3PB Business and Commercial Group also has strong links with a number of highly regarded insolvency practitioners, overlapping with the market-leading 3PB Asset Forfeiture Group.

Disputes are expensive, time consuming, disruptive and damaging to businesses. Litigation is not always the answer. The 3PB Business and Commercial Group ensures that cases which can be resolved are settled quickly and economically. We are able to draw on expertise in all areas of alternative dispute resolution.

Members of the 3PB Business and Commercial Group have considerable expertise and regularly deal with the following areas in particular:

  • Company law and directors' duties
  • Contract
  • Financial Services
  • Fraud
  • Insolvency
  • Negligence involving commercial professionals
  • Partnership
  • Sale of goods
  • Taxation
  • Trusts

Please see members' Business and Commercial Group profiles for further information.