Commercial Litigation

PCB is often instructed in complex and demanding high-value commercial litigation including:

  • Breach of contract claims
  • Breach of trust claims
  • Claims against company directors
  • Commodities litigation
  • Corporate/shareholder disputes
  • Employment claims
  • Financial services disputes
  • Insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings
  • Jurisdictional disputes
  • Joint venture disputes
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Securities Litigation
  • Theft of Confidential Information
  • Trusts and Wills disputes

Successes have included:

obtaining the discharge of a £100m freezing order and other injunctive relief on the basis of dishonest evidence deployed by the Claimants. PCB represented the client through to trial in 2015 when the Claimants discontinued their US$500m+ claims against PCB’s client.

leading the team comprising two major international law firms in the defence of claims being brought by BAT that it had been provided with an indemnity by our client in respect of claims to the value of US$1 billion relating to water contamination in the United States. In related proceedings, leading the same team to reclaim dividends to the value of US$800 million paid by the client to a major French company. Both claims settled with BAT on confidential terms.

acting for the successful appellant before the Privy Council in challenging the jurisdiction of the BVI Court to determine claims made for shares in a BVI company.

acting for the successful appellant before the Supreme Court in obtaining an order for retrospective alternative service of proceedings on a defendant in the Middle East. PCB went on in the proceedings to obtain a judgment in excess of US$20m.

acting for a respondent in successfully resisting an application for an injunction in support of BVI proceedings in respect of the use by a director of assets of a BVI company.

acting for a respondent in successfully resisting an application for an injunction in support of BVI proceedings in respect of the use by a director of assets of a BVI company.

bringing claims against a defendant in Thailand for failing to repay loans and account for investments. PCB managed to bring claims in England notwithstanding the jurisdictional problems the claims faced and adduced evidence which resulted in the defendant consenting to judgment and making payment, as well as entering into a further confidential settlement.

bringing claims for a minority shareholder to recover the value of his share in a major hotel development.

acting successfully for a ‘high net worth’ individual in a US$25m claim for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty against a firm of solicitors in the City of London. Having obtained numerous disclosure orders to include the creation of a leading authority on electronic disclosure, the defendants settled.

acting for a television channel in defending a US$69m claim made against it in England, where there were related proceedings in California. Before PCB was instructed by the client, one Commercial Court Judge had expressed the view that there was no defence to liability, but within a few months PCB had the claim struck out and settled all of the claims on confidential term.

acting on behalf of various pension funds who were shareholders of one of the world’s largest oil companies that had deliberately overstated its reserves and artificially inflated its share price. The case was settled on the basis of payments of several hundred million dollars.

settling claims made for £140 million against a businessman with expertise in the mining industry in Southern Africa for alleged conversion of a share certificate. The case involved complex issues of private international law.

acting in a professional negligence claim against a firm of solicitors which settled after we obtained a computer imaging order which revealed that an alleged letter of advice was in likelihood created after it was purportedly written and that other electronic evidence had been unsuccessfully destroyed.

successfully protecting the assets of a client from claims made by the trustee in bankruptcy against her former husband, a high profile bankrupt, which involved serious allegations against the bankrupt.