Commercial Court Disclosure Pilot:  Cheese and Wine Symposium - Repeat Seminar

Following on from the extremely popular and over-subscribed seminar on the Commercial Court Disclosure Pilot, we are pleased to announce a special event repeating the subject matter on February 5th 2019.

On 1st January 2019 a two year Disclosure Pilot commences in the Commercial Court which will test the proposed changes to the CPR that were approved by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee on 13th July 2018.  Details of the changes can be found here.

The timings of the seminar will be as follows:

5:45pm       Arrive and registration

6:00pm       Introduction 

6:10pm       An explanation of the changes

6:25pm       Contributions from senior practitioners in chambers

6:50pm       Questions and Discussions

7:00pm       Networking

Mr Justice Teare

Sir Nigel Teare was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1974. He was Junior Counsel to the Treasury in Admiralty matters from 1989-1991 and in 1991 was appointed Queen’s Counsel. He was a Recorder of the Crown Court from 1993-2006 and an acting Deemster in the High Court of the Isle of Man and in the Staff of Government Division (Court of Appeal) from 2000-2006. He was the Lloyd’s Appeal Arbitrator from 2000-2006. He was a deputy High Court judge from 2002-2006.

He was made a Justice of the High Court (Queen’s Bench Division) in 2006 and was nominated a judge of the Commercial and Admiralty Courts in 2007. In 2011 he was nominated the Admiralty Judge and in 2013 he was appointed one of the Presiding Judges on the Western Circuit. He was appointed Judge in charge of the Commercial Court on 1 October 2018. 

Paul Downes QC

Paul is recognised as a formidable advocate and cross-examiner who is presently instructed in some of the hardest fought pieces of commercial and banking litigation at the bar. The directories describe him as “incredibly astute”, “a terrific cross-examiner” and “brave and dogged”. His advocacy is likewise praised as “powerful”, “phenomenal” and “fearless”. Paul is leading counsel for West Ham United in their various disputes over the London Stadium (including having appeared for them in the Court of Appeal in West Ham v E20) and is acting for Sheffield United Limited in their dispute with His Royal Highness Prince Abdullah Al Saud which is listed for trial in May 2019.  Paul is also leading counsel for the Claimant in N v RBS (coming to trial at the end of January 2019), listed by The Lawyer magazine as one of the top 20 cases of 2019.

Before coming to the Bar, Paul worked for Barclays Bank and is an Associate of the Chartered Banker Institute. He also previously was appointed an assistant examiner for the Institute in banking law and accountancy.  He is recommended as a leading silk for banking & finance and commercial dispute resolution in Chambers & Partners UK Bar and for Banking & Finance, Commercial Litigation, Financial Services and Fraud: Civil in Legal 500.

To view Paul Downes QC full website profile, please click here.

Simon Rainey QC

Simon Rainey QC is one of the best-known and most highly regarded practitioners at the Commercial Bar with a high reputation for his intellect, advocacy skills and commercial pragmatism. He has a broad commercial advisory and advocacy practice spanning substantial international contractual disputes, energy and natural resources, trade and commodities, and shipping and maritime law in all its aspects, in arbitration and at all Court levels. His practice involves a steady diet of high profile and high value commercial fraud cases, typically involving heavy interlocutory stages centred around pre-emptive strike applications such as worldwide freezing injunctions and anti-suit and other injunctive relief, a recent example of which is the hard fought Gerald Metals v Timis litigation in England, Cayman and the BVI (2017-2018). He has been cited for many years as a Leading Silk in Commercial Litigation / Dispute Resolution by Chambers and Legal 500. He also sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Commercial Court. "A fantastically intelligent and tactically astute barrister who is immensely erudite." (Chambers UK 2019); ‘Absolutely charming and probably the best cross-examiner I’ve ever seen.’ (Legal 500 2019).

To view Simon Rainey QC full website profile, please click here.

Yash Kulkarni QC

Consistently recommended as a leading barrister in the legal directories for Commercial Litigation, Commodities, Shipping and Information Technology, Yash Kulkarni has a broad commercial practice covering international trade, banking, information technology, insurance and insolvency. He is described by Chambers UK as: "...a formidable opponent… quick and clever, as well as wonderfully approachable and easy to work with.”  

He has appeared extensively in the Commercial Court, QBD, Technology and Construction Court and arbitration and has particular experience of applications for interim relief including applications to appoint receivers, freezing and search orders and asset preservation orders. He also experienced in applications for anti-suit injunctions. Yash has appeared in over 20 reported cases over the past 5 years alone.

To view Yasj Kulkarni QC full website profile, please click here.

Stewart Chirnside

Stewart specialises in commercial litigation, including banking and finance, commercial fraud, professional negligence, property damage and product liability. Stewart is recommended in Legal 500 as a leading junior in the fields of Banking and Finance, Financial Services and Professional Negligence and in Chambers & Partners UK Bar as a leading junior for commercial dispute resolution.

Described in legal directories as having an “an amazing work ethic, a client-friendly approach and excellent advocacy skills”, he has also been described as “immensely intelligent” and “a fantastic advocate who is always meticulously prepared”. He has also been praised as a “razor sharp intellect” who “cuts through instructions like a knife through butter.”

Stewart regularly appears in trials in the High Court (both as junior and sole counsel) and he is also regularly instructed on interlocutory applications in relation to freezing orders and other interim relief. He also has experience of international arbitrations and appeals to the Court of Appeal where he has appeared most recently in PHP Tobacco Carib Sarl v BAT Caribbean SA [2017] EWCA Civ 1131 (an appeal in relation to the existence of an exclusive jurisdiction clause under the Recast Brussels Regulation).

Before joining the Bar, Stewart worked as a strategy and risk management consultant in the financial services industry. Stewart is a modern languages graduate with an excellent knowledge of French and German.

To view Stewart Chirnside full website profile, please click here.