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Becket Chambers offers expert advice and representation in all areas of Contract Law. Our Barristers have particular experience of resolving disputes through litigation, arbitration or alternative dispute solving procedures.

Equally important is the role we play in advising our clients so that they avoid disputes in the first place. If you are concerned about a potential dispute arising, we can help you prevent it from happening through careful planning, drafting and specialist advice.

We recognise the importance of providing value to our clients and our Clerks will gladly discuss fees in advance of instructions.

Areas of specialisation include:

  • Building Disputes – acting and advising in, for example, construction or conveyancing disputes, rent and lease renewals and dilapidations
  • Breach of Contract – for example non-payment of fees, termination of contract or claims resulting from defective work
  • Fraud – we can advise and act on a number of matters relating to both civil and corporate fraud, in particular those issues relating to the 2007 Money Laundering Regulations. Fraud issues can overlap both civil and criminal investigations and our barristers’ experience spans all areas of practice
  • Misrepresentation – where false or fraudulent claims have been made whether negligently or not
  • Specific Performance – achieving remedies to issues of contract law, for example ensuring appropriate damages are awarded, or challenging levels of damages

Case Studies

Successful resolution to long-running contract dispute

Paul acted for the Claimant in a long-running contract dispute between two business partners where the Defendant had refused to pay the final instalment of £75,000 due under a Share Purchase Agreement and also sought to argue that the Claimant had acted fraudulently and should repay the £50,000 already paid, plus a further, unspecified, sum Continue reading

When Claimant does not attend, claim is struck out

Cara acted for the Claimant as a result of a road traffic accident. The Claimant’s case was that she believed the Defendant had pulled over and so proceeded past her vehicle. The Defendant pulled back out and there was a collision. The Defendant’s position was that she had not pulled over and had only pulled Continue reading

When Claimant does not attend, claim is struck out

Cara acted for the Claimant in a road traffic accident quantum assessment. Liability had been admitted. Claims were for repair costs and hire charges. Limited evidentiary documentation had been served and the Claimant did not attend, having served a notice under CPR 27.9. Reference was made to case law to justify the limited documentation. Costs Continue reading

Amending particulars of a claim

Cara acted for the Claimant where the Respondent had made an application to set aside which was not opposed by the Claimant. The Claimant sought permission to amend their particulars of claims. Judgment in favour of the Claimant was set aside and permission given to amend the particulars of claim.

Achieving consent order for fee payment

Cara acted for a Claimant solicitors’ firm for non-payment of fees owed for work done. The matter was agreed with a payment plan to pay the outstanding amount outside of the court the morning of the hearing. The payment plan was entered as a consent order.

Contract and Commercial Articles

Consideration of the Application of the Mitchell/Denton Principles and What Constitutes an Abuse of Process

Following the implementation of the Mitchell/Denton principles compliance with rules and practice directions has become far more important than it previously had been. Whilst the additional clarification given in Denton has provided a greater understanding of what is expected when seeking to apply for relief from sanctions there remain many examples of misunderstandings and misinterpretations. Continue reading

Contract and Commercial Testimonials

… thank you for the excellent work….


Mr H from Instructing Solicitors – December 17

“We also wanted to say that Lavinia was brilliant on the day and we had full confidence in her from the moment we met.”

Mr N from Solicitors instructing Lavinia Glover – February 17

“…We would like to thank Counsel for all her hard work in this matter, we know the client was very pleased with the outcome…”

Mr M from Solicitors instructing Sophie Gray – May 16

“….Please can you please pass on my big thanks for a superb effort  today by Ed in my Fast Track case in the Canterbury County Court….in all my dealings with him, he dealt with the matter in a thoroughly calm and professional matter….well done Ed in obtaining a superb result for my client….”

Mr P instructing Edward Kenny through Solicitors – April 15

“….we wanted to say a massive thank you for all of your help, assistance and guidance throughout the process….”

Mrs C instructing Melanie McIntosh through the DPA scheme – March 15