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Business and Commercial

With premises in both Leeds and Newcastle, the Business & Commercial team provide specialist advice and services throughout the North. They are able to provide specialist advice and representation over the full range of disciplines within business and commercial work including work of the utmost complexity.

The team pride themselves on providing commercially astute and client-focussed advice backed up by confident and incisive advocacy.

There is a growing need for the provision of specialist commercial services directly to business people and all forms of corporate entity. Members of the team are able to accept instructions directly from companies, partnerships and local authorities as well as individuals under the public access scheme. The team also includes qualified mediators. Further details can be provided on request.

As well as providing litigation services, members of the team are able to deal with non contentious commercial and Intellectual property work including advisory work and the drafting of complex documentation.

The team has particular expertise in relation to contractual, company, partnership, banking, sale of goods, insolvency, Intellectual property and technological disputes as well as related professional negligence claims, Members are able to deal with the following range of work :


Contractual disputes

All contractual claims from debt recovery to multi-jurisdictional litigation.


Company law

Litigation relating to companies and directors including shareholder actions, dividend disputes, restoration to the register applications, derivative claims, reduction of capital applications, claims against directors and misfeasance claims.



All forms of dispute relating to partnerships and LLPs.



Claims by and against banks including in relation to the sale of financial products.


Sale of goods

Sale of goods disputes and (in particular) credit hire disputes



Corporate and personal insolvency disputes


Intellectual Property and Technological disputes

Technological disputes ranging from copyright, trade mark and patents cases to sale of goods disputes relating to technological products.


Professional negligence claims

Claims against accountants, architects, project managers, surveyors, structural engineers, insurance brokers and solicitors.

Business and Commercial Barristers

David Reade QC

Called 1983

David de Jéhan

Called 1988

Michael James

Called 1989

Craig Moore

Called 1989

Andrew Crouch

Called 1990

Sean Kelly

Called 1990

Steven Turner

Called 1993

Stuart Roberts

Called 1994

Dominic Bayne

Called 1997

Ian Pennock

Called 2001

Peter Cherry

Called 2003

Andrew Webster

Called 2005

Jonathan Gale

Called 2009

Cait Sweeney

Called 2012

Richard Ryan

Called 2014
Admitted as a Solicitor in 2004

Peter Yates

Called 2014

Adam Gould

Called 2015

Robert Dunn

Called 2016

Holly Challenger

Called 2019

Annette Thomson

Called 2020

Areas of Expertise

Building and Construction

Commercial contracts

Commercial fraud, asset protection and confiscation

Professional negligence

Particularly relating to accountants, architects and surveyors, engineers, insurance brokers, and solicitors

Consumer protection, including consumer credit

Corporate and Personal Insolvency

Directors Duties

Intellectual Property

Partnerships Disputes

Pensions and financial services

Restraint of trade

Sale and carriage of goods

Shareholder Rights

Technological disputes


Fees can be discussed prior to the commencement of work. Value for money is assured as fees for each case can be assessed individually and are based upon the complexity and value of the case, seniority of counsel and time spent in preparation.

All barristers will consider undertaking work on a CFA basis, where applicable. A robust management system ensures that agreed turn-around times are fulfilled.

Contact Us

For further information please contact our clerks on:

Leeds: 0113 228 5000
Newcastle: 0191 221 2121

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