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Adam Taylor

Call 2014

Commercial

Adam acts in a wide variety of commercial cases, providing advice, drafting pleadings and attending at court. Unlike many junior commercial advocates, he is able to analyse likely trial outcomes and provide tactical advice using the benefit of his daily court experience. He anticipates judicial attitudes and witness performance to achieve the best results for his clients. He takes a thorough and inventive approach to legal argument. At trial, he is a robust advocate.

His cases regularly involve sale of goods contracts, supply of services contracts, commercial fraud, injunctions, construction of contracts, late notification, enforcement of judgments overseas, and consumer protection.

Selected Cases

  • Adam advised an accountancy firm as to the calculation and recovery of a £50,000 shortfall in a business purchase agreement, including issues of good faith, notification, implied terms, and the merits of a £300,000 counterclaim.
  • Advising a services contractor on whether it had concluded an agreement with a solvent UK company or its liquidated Irish subsidiary, for the purposes of a debt claim.
  • Representing the Claimant/Appellant via the Bar Pro Bono Unit on an appeal before HHJ Dight in a multi-party commercial dispute. The case involved a contract (written in Albanian) for the return of money paid for the purchase of a car wash business. The appeal focused on whether the trial judge was wrong in not considering the effect of the Second Defendant’s potential written admissions before striking out the Claimant’s case due to his lack of witness evidence.
  • Representing a claimant security company in a contractual dispute involving the supply and installation of a security system at the defendant nightclub, which was subsequently burgled. The defendant settled the bulk of the claimant’s claim and abandoned its counterclaim.
  • Acting regularly for a major London estate agent in cases involving the recovery of estate agent commission. Adam recently won summary judgment in a contested application for payment of commission.
  • Drafting the defence and providing representation at trial in a data protection dispute.
  • Successfully defending a claim against an educational provider for the return of course fees. The case involved issues of breach of contract and consumer protection legislation.
  • Drafting particulars of claim in a multi-party services contract dispute involving issues of jurisdiction and agency. One of the defendants settled the claim for almost its entire value, plus costs, prior to service of a defence.
  • Advising on the enforceability of a hire agreement, both in relation to fraud and non-conformity with description.
  • Appearing regularly at case management conferences (including cost budgeting).
  • Regularly appearing in the county court on credit hire disputes. Adam has experience of arguing all the major issues in such cases, including need, period, rate, impecuniosity and intervention offers.
  • Advising on potential fraud and piercing the corporate veil in an international sale of goods claim.
  • Adam advised as to the merits of a c.£300,000 claim against a mortgagee and an LPA receiver as to a property sale at an undervalue. The advice also addressed issues of limitation, abuse of process, and assignment of the right of action.
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Qualifications


  • Hardwicke Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Droop Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Shelford Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Margaret Branthwaite CPE Prize
  • BPTC, University of Law, Birmingham
  • GDL, University of Birmingham
  • BA Hons (First Class), Worcester College, University of Oxford

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  • BASL
  • LCLCBA
  • PIBA

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