St John’s Chambers’ ‘excellent‘ commercial team offers its expertise to both businesses and individuals in relation to a wide range of disputes.”

The Legal 500 2024, Commercial Litigation

St John’s Chambers is a long-established commercial law set with a talented team of barristers specialising in commercial and company law. We are recognised as being one of the leading commercial sets in the South West, with various members of the team listed in the top rankings of Chambers UK, Legal 500, and other law directories.

Commercial work is broad-ranging, covering an endless variety of different situations. Our commercial barristers pride themselves on their ability to approach problems pragmatically and flexibly, with their focus firmly on their clients’ commercial interests. This is reflected in the wide range of commercial work that our team carries out, across many different industries. We are regularly instructed by law firms from across the South West, South Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom, including all of the largest commercial firms. Our clients range from large companies, such as Airbus, Dyson and Lloyds Bank, to SMEs, partnerships and private individuals, and cover all industries from agriculture, construction, retail and manufacturing to financial services and insurance.

We have barristers across the spectrum of seniority, and so we can provide the right level of expertise for the size of the dispute. Members of our team have considerable experience of appearing in high-value disputes in the High Court, especially in the Business and Property Courts, as well as claims in the County Court. Our barristers regularly represent clients in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, as well as in international jurisdictions; we have links in Bermuda, Hong Kong and Jersey. Our members also act for parties in specialist tribunals, arbitrations, adjudications and mediations.

Our culture and ethos is to provide high-quality legal advice in an approachable and pragmatic manner. On whatever aspect of commercial law you need advice, we should be able to help.

Areas of expertise

Mediation

As the number of cases being dealt with by way of mediation increases, our mediation team is on hand to help, as advisers, advocates and mediators. Our facilities are specifically designed to meet with clients’ needs for a mediation venue. Read more.

For our mediation services during the COVID-19 social distancing lockdown please click on the following news item:

St John’s Chambers – Remote Mediations in Wills & Trusts, Real Estate and Commercial disputes

Public Access

Some members of the team are also available to act, where appropriate, for members of the public, as well as commercial and non-commercial organisations, under the Public Access scheme. Read more.

Training

The team delivers workshops and seminars in Chambers and regional centres. We also provide training on behalf of local Law Societies and in conjunction with solicitors firms. In addition we can give tailored in-house training for particular firms. If you would like any further information please contact Robert Bocock.

Commercial Team

William Godwin QC

William Godwin KC

  • Call: 1986
  • Silk: 2017

William has over thirty years’ experience advising and acting in disputes before arbitrators and the English courts. He specialises in commercial and construction law, often with a cross border element, and international arbitration. He sits as an arbitrator...

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Richard Stead

  • Call: 1979

One of Chambers’ most senior barristers, Richard has considerable experience in the fields of commercial disputes. He is highly sought-after in construction and engineering matters as well as being highly recommended in professional negligence cases concerning architect, engineers...

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James Pearce Smith

James Pearce-Smith

  • Call: 2002

James is the head of our commercial team and has over 25 years’ experience as a commercial litigator, including 8 years as a commercial litigation solicitor at two major law firms before transferring to the Bar in 2002....

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John is a barrister specialising in commercial, banking, company, insolvency and chancery law. His commercial practice includes local authority procurement claims, breach of contract, restraint of trade, sale of goods, consumer credit and fraud. John has been involved...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Christopher acts for businesses in cases concerning all aspects of commercial and contract disputes, including sale of goods and services, restraint of trade, insolvency, partnership disputes and applications for interim relief. Recent examples of Christopher’s work include: A...

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Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

  • Call: 2009

Michael regularly acts and advises in commercial disputes for both corporate and individual clients. His recent work has included: Acting for a claimant sales director for breach of covenant by the company. Acting for a claimant manufacturer and...

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Natasha Dzameh

Natasha Dzameh

  • Call: 2010

A significant amount of Natasha’s practice consists of commercial/commercial chancery matters. She has acted in a variety of contractual disputes (carriage, consumer credit, equine, guarantees, hire, IT, NHS etc.) including complex collateral contracts. She is regularly instructed in...

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Charlie Newington Bridges

Charlie Newington-Bridges

  • Call: 2011

Charlie is a well regarded barrister for his commercial and financial services expertise, which is supported by 15 years’ prior experience as an investment banker. He is also regularly instructed in cases concerning partnership law and insolvency. Charlie...

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Adam Boyle

  • Call: 2012

Adam is a very experienced commercial barrister who is regularly instructed in complex and high value cases. Adam began life at the Bar advising and assisting a hub of Welsh Local Authorities in relation to public procurement contracts...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss advises in a wide-range of complex commercial, company and insolvency matters. He recently appeared for the applicant in Housemaker Services Ltd v Cole & Anor [2017] EWHC 753 (Ch) in which the court considered the circumstances in...

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Annie Sampson

Annie Sampson

  • Call: 2015

Annie has experience of a broad range of commercial matters, such as claims in respect of defective goods and services; misrepresentation; building disputes, including in the context of professional negligence; assigned debt; the repayment of loans; rectification; and...

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Daniel Soar

  • Call: 2016

Daniel has a broad commercial practice with particular expertise in contractual disputes, franchise agreements, insurance matters (including the impact of COVID-19 on business interruption insurance), commercial property, public procurement, insolvency and issues involving consumer rights. Daniel’s recent caseload...

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Georgina Thompson

  • Call: 2017

Georgina is a commercial and chancery practitioner and a qualified mediator. She accepts instructions in all of the main areas of commercial and chancery law. Her main areas of expertise lie in commercial litigation, insolvency matters and contentious...

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Jack Pankhurst

  • Call: 2021

Jack joined Chambers in April 2022 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. He accepts instructions in all of the main areas of commercial and chancery law. Jack’s pupil supervisors were Nick Pointon, Charlie...

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Kayleigh Bloomfield

  • Call: 2021

Kayleigh joined Chambers in October 2022 following the successful completion of her specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. She accepts instructions across all main areas of this practice group. Kayleigh’s pupil supervisors were Charlie Newington-Bridges and Christopher Jones. Kayleigh...

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Ben Harwood

Ben Harwood

  • Call: 2022

Ben joined Chambers in October 2023 following the successful completion of his specialist commercial and chancery pupillage. Ben’s pupil supervisors were James Pearce-Smith, Brittany Pearce, Christopher Jones and Charlie Newington-Bridges. Ben frequently represents clients at small claims and...

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Tim Higginson

  • Call: 1977

Tim has built up an extensive practice over a number of years, the main areas of which concern disputes in these areas: Commercial and Chancery Civil Fraud and Asset Tracing Professional Negligence (principally, solicitors, barristers, auditors/accountants and bankers)...

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Guy Adams

Guy Adams

  • Call: 1989

Guy is a respected barrister with a strong commercial practice that covers complex cases across this field. He has acted in cases up to the Supreme Court level and has had many reported cases. Guy has recently been...

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Richard Gold

Richard Gold

  • Call: 2006

Richard specialises in commercial matters, and acts in contractual disputes of all kinds.  He advises on matters such as: the existence of a contract; the interpretation of the terms of a contract; setting aside a contract (e.g. on...

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Nick Pointon

Nick Pointon

  • Call: 2010

Nick is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter and an Associate Academic Member of St John’s Chambers. From 2010 – 2021, Nick practised as a specialist commercial and chancery law barrister. His particular areas...

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Directory Quotes

The barristers are incredibly experienced and very able to handle complex commercial litigation.”

Chambers UK 2024, Commercial Dispute Resolution

The barristers at St John’s Chambers offer significant expertise in a variety of company law matters, including unfair prejudice petitions and shareholder disputes.”

Chambers UK 2024, Company

The barristers offer significant expertise in a variety of company law matters, advising on a range of domestic and international clients.’ ‘They have some great individuals who are technically excellent.’ “

Chambers UK 2023, Company

St John’s Chambers provide an exceptional service”

2023 Chambers UK, Company (Client Service)

St John’s Chambers is a leading commercial set on the Western Circuit with a broad stable of commercial barristers. It is able to handle the full range of commercial matters, including shareholder, partnership and contractual disputes in addition to banking litigation and professional negligence cases. The set is also an excellent choice for commercial and agricultural real estate and chancery work.”

Chambers UK 2023, Commercial Dispute Resolution

The clerks are always very helpful and will always point you in the right direction if you are unsure.”

Chambers UK 2023, Commercial Dispute Resolution (Client Service)

The very experienced Commercial team is regularly instructed by individuals and large companies in a wide range of contentious work.”

Legal 500 2023, Commercial Litigation

St John’s Chambers is a leading commercial set on the Western Circuit with a broad stable of commercial barristers. It is able to handle the full range of commercial matters, including shareholder, partnership and contractual disputes in addition to banking litigation and professional negligence cases. The set is also an excellent choice for commercial and agricultural real estate and chancery work.”

Chambers UK 2022, Commercial

The clerking service is very efficient and the clerks are very pleasant. They respond quickly to enquiries. The set is totally focused on its clients.”

Chambers UK 2022, Commercial (Client Service)

St John’s Chambers remains one of the strongest commercial forces in the western circuit, with ‘a good range of Barristers to cover most matters and levels of experience’.”

Legal 500 2021, Commercial

A robust commercial set on the Western Circuit with a broad stable of commercial practitioners. It is able to handle the full range of commercial disputes, including shareholder, partnership and contractual disputes in addition to banking litigation and professional negligence cases. The set is also an excellent choice for commercial and agricultural real estate and chancery work.”

Chambers UK 2021, Commercial Dispute Resolution

“I’ve always been impressed with the clerks at St John’s. They are helpful and have a good understanding of their barristers’ work.”

Chambers UK 2021, Commercial Dispute Resolution (Client Service)

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