Archive for January, 2012

Oliver White Accepts an Invitation To Join The Commercial Litigation Practice Group at Littleton Chambers

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Oliver, recently accepted an invitation to join the Commercial Practice Group at Littleton Chambers, a Leading Commercial Set, whose reputation for formidable advocacy and commercial awareness, will provide an enviroment which we feel sure will nurture and develop ‘a remarkable talent’ whilst providing the Commercial team here at Littleton with a formidable addition to its highly regarded number.

For more information please contact Oliver
Littleton Chambers
3 King’s Bench Walk North
London
EC4Y 7HR
Telephone: 020 7797 8600
email: ow@littletonchambers.co.uk

Oliver White has been involved in a series of leading and high profile cases during the year of 2011

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Banking / Commercial Litigation

Fairstate v General Enterprise Management [2010] EWHC 3072 (2B)

Leading Reported Authority ‘Rectification of Guarantees’ in the course of financial transactions. The central trial issue was C’s ability to rectify a defective guarantee and obtain further equitable relief allowing enforcement of the guarantee. Oliver successfully defended the claim and the case is now regarded as a leading authority on the Law of Guarantees and was central topic in a recent lecture delivered by the Chancery bar Association at http://www.chba.org.uk/library/?a=93992

Standard bank Plc. v Bin Issa Al Jaber [2011] EWHC 2866 (Comm)

One of the highest value disputed banking claims of 2011 in which Oliver acted for a Preeminent high net worth individual listed in ‘Forbes’ 100 Billionaries.
in a complex and protracted dispute over contested liability attaching to a personal guarantee provided in support of a £130million Facility Loan.

Shepherd Construction Ltd v Berners (BVI) Ltd, JJW Ltd [2010] EWHC 763 (TCC) 2010 WL 1368708

High value dispute in a £8m claim for recovery of building costs carried out to Berners hotel W1. Post judgement world wide Freezing order and related insolvency proceedings. Oliver acted for the Defendant as a sole junior in a case, which attracted considerable attention and press coverage.

Shepherd Construction Ltd v Berners (BVI) Ltd, JJW Ltd [2010] EWHC 763 (TCC) 2010 WL 1368708

High value dispute in a £8m claim for recovery of building costs carried out to Berners hotel W1. Post judgement world wide Freezing order and related insolvency proceedings. Oliver acted for the Defendant as a sole junior in a case, which attracted considerable attention and press coverage.

CILVIL FRAUD

Bank of Scotland v Weisman Rovina (ChD, 2011)
Oliver acted for the both Defendants, in a highly publicised dispute, complicated by the suicide of the 2nd Defendant. Oliver’s client was an internationally profiled performance artist. The dispute raised a multitude of complex and novel legal and equitable issues over the enforceability of Charges obtained in circumstances where fraud is masterful and alleged. Oliver’s success in pursuing the allegation of fraud against her former husband’s solicitor through an undistracted and relentless corss-examination described as ‘masterful and compelling at every moment’ has resulted in his appointment to act in pending proceedings in professional negligence.

UCB Home Loans Corporation v Grace & other [2011] EWHC 851 (Ch.)

Lengthy post trial application for a wide variety of relief including a ‘world wide freezing’ order, the rarely exercised appointment of LPA Receivers by ‘equitable execution’, subrogation of rights and a declaration of C’s interest in D’s £15m property portfolio. The case related to multiple allegations of breach of trust and fraudulent misappropriation of loan funds previously obtained by D in her capacity both as purchaser and solicitor appointed to act in the mortgage transactions now in dispute. Oliver acted for the Defendant. On appeal he was led by David Oliver QC.

In 2013, Oliver concluded a complex multi-million pound 2 week High Court commercial fraud case, brought by IG Index Plc, the world’s leading financial spread betting Company. The Company issued proceedings against 14 Defendants citing allegations of market manipulation and insider dealing. A detailed Judgment was handed down by Mr. Justice Stadlen running in excess of 300 pages, which is a reflection of both the complexity and likely ramification of the issues addressed within. A link to the judgment in its unabridged form is copied below:

http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/QB/2013/478.html