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Commercial disputes

Maitland Chambers is a leading set in the field of Commercial Disputes, and our members are renowned for their expertise in all aspects of commercial disputes including legal advice, court litigation, arbitration and ADR both on and off-shore.

Our members have extensive experience in the full spectrum of commercial claims and related fields within the commercial chancery sphere, such as civil fraud, company and insolvency, banking and financial services and trusts such that, whatever its nature and size, Maitland has the has the depth and range of expertise to handle all aspects of the dispute. Our members, at all levels of seniority, regularly litigate claims in court and arbitration; excellence in advocacy is one of the hallmarks of Maitland.

Members of Chambers have appeared in, including in teams of members, many of the largest, most complex and high-profile commercial cases of recent years such as, Tugushev v Orlov, Rusal v Crispian Investments, State Bank of India v Mallya, Tatneft v Bogolyubov, Ivey v Genting Casinos and Libyan Investment Authority v Societe Generale.

Maitland's expertise in Commercial Disputes is reflected in its leading rankings in the directories including Chambers UK and Legal 500, along with top rankings in numerous related categories including Civil Fraud, Company, Offshore and Restructuring/Insolvency. 

Members of Chambers regularly act on cases with an international element, including cases with a jurisdictional dispute, and many members have substantial experience advising and appearing in overseas jurisdictions including throughout the Caribbean, Hong Kong, Singapore and in International Courts across the Middle East and in Eastern Europe.

For further information regarding specific areas of our expertise in the field of Commercial Disputes, please see below.


Our members provide advocacy and advisory services in all aspects of civil fraud claims including:

  • Freezing injunctions, search orders and other interlocutory relief
  • Asset tracing and enforcement
  • Committal for contempt of court
  • Jurisdiction challenges and conflict of laws

The editors of, and many of the contributors to, the leading textbook, Grant & Mumford on Civil Fraud, Law, Practice and Procedure are members of Maitland, and our expertise in this field is reflected by its top ranking for civil fraud in the major directories.

The breadth of expertise of members of Chambers ensures that they can deal with all issues that arise in fraud cases, including for example the use of trust structures to hide or protect assets or the use of insolvency proceedings to investigate and pursue fraud claims.

Maitland has expertise across the banking and financial services disputes sectors, in particular as to:

  • Private equity disputes
  • Disputes arising out of the supply or purchase of investment services, financial instruments and investment schemes
  • Regulatory and enforcement disputes

Members of Chambers act for banks, financial institutions and other investors, both in England and offshore, and frequently act on matters with a jurisdictional element. Recent examples include claims as to the proper valuation of swaps on close-out; the alleged mis-selling of swaps; failed CDOs; the recovery of loans from companies held within a trust structure; claims against overseas Government issuers; and hedge fund claw-back claims.

Members of Chambers undertake a wide range of contractual disputes, at all levels of the Courts in England and overseas. Particular examples of claims include

  • Disputes relating to contractual interpretation
  • Claims in misrepresentation and misstatement
  • Frustration and force majeure
  • Breach of warranty claims
  • Disputes arising out of share purchase agreements

Members of Chambers regularly act on all manner of joint venture and partnership disputes, across a variety of legal structures such as contractual, corporate, LLP and trust joint ventures, both on and off-shore, with subject matters ranging from real estate development to complex financial investments. Such claims include:

  • Disputes as to the formation, terms, operation and termination of joint venture agreements
  • Disputes as to the formation, terms, operation and dissolution of partnerships, including LLPs and other limited partnerships
  • Disputes relating to the duties, obligations and liabilities of partners
  • The winding-up of partnerships, including actions for accounts and inquiries
  • Unfair prejudice petitions

Notable Cases

Tugushev v Orlov [2019]

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United Co Rusal Plc v Crispian Investments Ltd (2018)

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With Maitland you always know you will get somebody who is at the top of the market; the level of legal analysis and thought is second to none. It is very much a set of really strong technical lawyers.

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