Carl trained at Pinsent Masons and qualified in 1986 where he became one of the youngest partners at the firm at only 29 and headed the commercial litigation team in Birmingham. He became a barrister in 2008 and was quickly identified as one of the top 10 barristers under 10 years call in England and Wales by Legal Week.
During my career I have handled hundreds of cases with a very broad range of commercial disputes for national and international companies (listed and unlisted) professional partnerships, owner managed businesses, insolvency practitioners, banks and individuals including a range of fraud related disputes.
Whatever the size of the dispute – be it large or small, there are common features – usually the most important of which is to achieve an expeditious, cost-effective resolution. The important questions for a client are whether or not they going to win, how long it’s going to take and what it’s going to cost. It is crucial to be aware of the evaluation of risk inherent in litigation and the likelihood of success and return on the investment in time and costs involved in pursuing and/or defending litigation.
I am also a practicing mediator with a high success rate of achieving settlements. With a combination of technical and commercial experience alongside my mediation work I help guide clients through the minefield of litigation to achieve the best result for them.
Whilst always being aware of the emotional factors in litigation, I believe the key aim of any mediation is to seek to arrive at a settlement utilising the following: a clear commercial approach, a rigorous analysis of each situation, total transparency and openness which flows from the confidential nature of the discussion.
What attracted me to Tenet was the focus on outcome for the client rather than the input of the team. Arun has a very good reputation and when I chatted to him about an opportunity to work at Tenet, I discovered the quality of work was extremely good.
Tenet has a modern approach to the model of doing business. The work isn’t driven by hours or targets, it’s about the outcome for the client. The team is great too – there’s a really high-quality team of people working around you.
- Commercial Disputes.
- Share Holder Disputes.
- Cross jurisdiction dispute.
- Recognised by the leading legal journals, Chambers UK and Legal 500, as being in the top tier of commercial litigators in Birmingham and the Midlands.
- In December 2011, only 3 ½ years after being called to the Bar, Carl was singled out by Legal Week as one of the 10 most promising junior barristers under 10 years call in the whole of the UK.
- By way of example, in 2015 CHAMBERS & PARTNERS praised the combination of his commercial skills, his technical ability and user-friendly nature, together with the ability to strike up a good rapport with clients.
- £10 million breach of restrictive covenant claim arising out of an alleged breach of restrictive covenant and misuse of confidential information.Both parties instructing high profile QCs.
- Large scale family partnership dispute involving several family member groupings. Allegations of fraud with HMRC involvement.
- Multiple mediations with Clearing Bank clients relating to recoveries including guarantee claims.
- £1 million tax indemnity claim arising out of a failed Employee Benefit Trust tax claim.
- Dental Partnership dispute with a claim to beneficial entitlement to one half of a multi-practice business.
- Fraudulent misrepresentation and warranty claims arising out of the sale of a care homes business.
- Multimillion cross jurisdiction dispute on inter-company and personal claims between a US and British individual, including claims of deceit and tax avoidance in both the USA and the UK.
- Dispute between shareholders in a Claims Management company, including issues of beneficial ownership of shares; fraudulent withdrawal of funds; injunctive relief and regulatory compliance.
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