Business & Commercial Law

Business & Commercial Law

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Commercial Dispute Resolution – South Eastern (Bar) – Band 1

Chambers & Partners UK 2017


Excellent set that provides all-encompassing commercial expertise concerning the running of businesses. It offers notably deep knowledge in the areas of business organisation, business trading, insolvency and professional risk. It predominantly acts for businesses and individuals in the commerce, accountancy and investment sectors. Its members offer further experience in IP, energy and utilities, sports and media law. The set is highly regarded by instructing solicitors: "The chambers is really excellent for its customer service. It houses extraordinarily talented individuals and is run extremely well and professionally."

Client service: "The clerks are fantastic and extremely efficient." The clerking team is headed by chambers director Russell Porter.


James Davies - Band 2
Renowned for his commercial dispute and property work. His areas of expertise include guarantees, partnerships and franchises. He also has a dedicated insolvency practice focusing on corporate insolvency and personal bankruptcy.
Strengths: "He is very meticulous in his advice and good at identifying key issues quickly. He's a wonderful technical advocate who has an excellent client manner, he puts people at ease and explains things very clearly." "He has a very patient, calm manner in cross-examination, and he's very methodical." 

Andrew Sheriff - Band 2
Frequently engaged in property and commercial disputes, and also regularly handles defamation matters. He routinely acts for both professional and direct access clients.
Strengths: "His key strength is advocacy; he is very quick off the mark and has a real presence in the courtroom. He is able to control witnesses well and produces arguments that are very comprehensive." "He is good at handling large cases and takes in vast amounts of information quickly."
Recent work: Acted for Asbestos Business Contractors in a dispute over the price of its work for Windermere Aquatic.

Chambers & Partners UK 2016:
Commercial Dispute Resolution – South Eastern (Bar) – Band 1


A London set with an Oxford base that provides high-quality advice and advocacy to businesses, banks and individuals in the local region. Its members cover a broad range of work, including property, banking, insolvency and corporate disputes.
Client service:  "They always get back to you in good time, they are always approachable and there to help." Chambers director Russell Porter heads the clerking team in Oxford.


James Davies
Frequently advises and appears in a wide range of commercial and property matters. He has particular expertise in issues relating to guarantees, partnerships and franchises.
Recent work:  Acted for the claimant, an international bathroom and tile provider, in CAP MG v Bahsoun. This was a High Court claim brought against the directors of a client company found to be missing stock after entering administration.

Andrew Sheriff
Acts in a variety of commercial, property and defamation disputes. He draws praise from instructing solicitors for his fantastic client care skills. 
Strengths:  "He is patient, thoughtful and thorough. His advocacy is unfazed and unflustered. He has a good business background, which reflects in the way he approaches cases. He understands the business needs of clients."
Recent work:  Instructed in a partnership dispute concerning the ownership of a substantial property portfolio in Oxford and Pakistan.

Chambers & Partners UK - 2015: Commercial Dispute Resolution - South Eastern Bar - Band 1

Oxford-based 3PB is one of the leading sets on the South Eastern Circuit for commercial litigation. It is well regarded for its advisory and advocacy work on a range of matters including commercial property, construction and insolvency disputes. Recent highlights for the set include advising on a claim in respect of defective works to a League One football pitch.

Client service: "The clerks, led by Russell Porter, are really helpful, both with specific queries and making recommendations."


Joseph Giret QC
Advises and represents clients in high value contractual disputes, including company law, partnership issues, intellectual property and franchise agreements.
Expertise: Recommended as a leading commercial silk by the Legal 500 (2014) “He puts people at ease exceptionally easily”.


James Davies
Highly sought after for all kind of business disputes. He has particular expertise in relation to franchises, partnerships and guarantees.
Expertise: "He's brilliant on detail. He's particularly good where there's a debate over figures or where there's issues over deals involving complex transactions." "He is thorough, well prepared, accessible and always successful!"
Recent work: He has acted for a defendant in a multiparty property partnership dispute.

Andrew Sheriff
Deals with a range of disputes including contract, property, landlord and tenant, and defamation.
Expertise: "He's extremely thorough: he doesn't miss a trick. He is very bold in picking up the issues, gives very commercially oriented advice and leaves no stone unturned." "He's very good on his feet, has good client handling skills and is easy to deal with."
Recent work: He acted for the claimant in a dispute concerning the appropriate time for valuing gold following a loan.

Chambers & Partners UK:
Commercial Dispute Resolution - South Eastern – Band 1

The commercial disputes team at 3PB has a strong reputation across a range of areas, including commercial property transactions, professional negligence, construction and insolvency.

Client service: “I have found that the 3PB clerks are very responsive and they have always found a barrister to assist me when the matter is urgent.”
Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2014

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Legal 500 Bar Directory - Rankings for 2016
Recommendations and Quotes

REGIONAL BAR: South Eastern Circuit

At 3PB, key areas of expertise include professional liability and company disputes. James Davies has worked on cases concerning county councils and disputes with household franchises. Andrew Sheriff is well known for his breach of contract expertise.

South Eastern Circuit - Commercial, banking, insolvency and Chancery law – Leading juniors
Andrew Sheriff - He has an eye for detail, and an excellent ability to communicate with solicitors and clients.
James Davies - Excellent to work with, he is methodical and thorough in high-value commercial disputes. 

Legal 500 Bar Directory – Rankings for 2015
Recommendations and Quotes

REGIONAL BAR: South Eastern Circuit

Commercial, banking and insolvency – Leading juniors
Andrew Sheriff - He has a very pragmatic approach, and finds clever solutions to disputes
James Davies - He is quick to provide current, practical and commercially astute solutions to clients

3PB Business and Commercial are 45 specialist barristers with the expertise to advise directors, managers and traders on all the legal aspects of running a business; and the expertise to represent them in litigation when disputes arise. Our experience extends across industry sectors, both in the UK and internationally.

We provide reliable, commercial advice. Disputes are expensive, time consuming, disruptive and damaging to businesses. Our aim is to resolve them quickly and economically. We are able to draw on expertise in all areas of alternative dispute resolution. We are ranked as a leading set in both Chambers & Partners UK Bar Directory 2015 (Band 1 in South Eastern Region) and the Legal 500 Bar Directory 2015.

We encourage you to ring or email our practice managers, David Fielder and Joe Townsend to discuss your specific case requirements (020 7583 8055). Otherwise, please click on a barrister’s profile (in the right hand column) to see their experience.

Our expertise by subject matter

A selection of the major subject matters with which we deal includes:

Business entities

  • Company Law and shareholder disputes
  • Partnerships, Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Partnerships
  • Sole traders

Professional risk

  • Negligence claims against directors and professionals
  • Directors’ disqualification

Insolvency and Bankruptcy

  • Winding Up
  • Receivership
  • Corporate Restructuring

Trading and Business Financing

  • Sale of Goods / Services
  • Business Finance
  • Guarantees, indemnities and bonds
  • Civil Fraud and asset tracing
  • Insurance
  • Employee competition

Intellectual Property

  • Trade marks and passing off
  • Copyright and Designs
  • Patents
  • Confidential information and database rights

International Law

  • International Arbitration
  • Conflicts of laws

Our expertise by sector

The Group operates cross-sector, from trading disputes to consumer law, and from utilities to financial services. We can provide practical, industry-specific expertise from members with commercial, accountancy and investment backgrounds. Our sectors include:

Consumer and retail

Media and Communications

Financial Services

Energy and utilities


Tourism and Holidays

Technology (linked with 3PB Construction Group)

Equine and Sports (linked with 3PB Sports Group)