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Carlo Taczalski

Call 2010

"Wise beyond his call."
(Legal 500, 2017)


Carlo is regularly instructed as sole counsel, junior counsel, and increasingly in a leading capacity, in commercial matters involving for example: civil fraud, conspiracy, shareholder disputes, directors’ duties, breaches of trust, freezing injunctions, the sale of goods, the supply of goods and services, bailment, franchise agreements, hire agreements and defective products.

He has experience of cases with international elements including issues of jurisdiction and choice of law, and can often make himself available at short notice where the case requires it for example where an interim injunction is to be applied for or resisted.

Carlo is also engaged to advise on contracts as they are being negotiated, and is happy to do so on a public access basis where appropriate.

Selected Cases

  • Ingenious Litigation – Carlo is instructed, with Ben Quiney QC, and Frederick Simpson for one of the lead Defendants in the Ingenious Litigation.  The litigation concerns the alleged fraudulent and negligent mis-selling of investments in a series of film and game finance schemes.  The Claimants total over 500 and bring claims for in excess of £100m.  The case was recently named as one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases of 2018. Carlo and Ben have recently been successful in applying for security for costs from a commercial litigation funder funding a number of the Claimants’ claims.
  • Wilson James v MSL Recruitment – Carlo is instructed as sole counsel (against leading and junior counsel) on a claim put at in excess of £2-3m arising out of the supply of temporary workers to a construction site in Belgium.
  • Sanglier v Apollo – Carlo is counsel for Apollo (leading Michael Harper) against leading and junior counsel in a claim put at in excess of £3m, in relation to allegedly defective adhesive which was supplied to Sanglier, incorporated into Sanglier’s product and sold in England and mainland Europe.
  • Borro v Aitken – Carlo is instructed (with Daniel Shapiro QC) to defend Borro Group’s ex-CEO against allegations of dishonesty and mis-management, including questions of compliance with relevant regulatory obligations, during his tenure as Borro Group CEO.
  • St Vincent v Picton Jones – Carlo, with Ben Quiney QC, successfully resisted the joinder of their client (a UK asset management company) to a long-running claim based upon a conspiracy to sell land in Poland at undervalue, and thereby strip a Polish company of its main asset. The case involved questions of Cypriot and Polish law and limitation periods, reflective loss, and conspiracy to cause loss by unlawful means.
  • Property development arbitration – Carlo is instructed as sole counsel in an arbitration concerning the amount payable under a joint venture agreement for the development of houses in London; the amount at stake is approximately £2m.
  • Water treatment arbitration – Instructed as sole counsel in arbitral proceedings concerning a water treatment plant in Eastern Europe, which is said to have been defectively constructed and / or designed (the claim is put at circa Euro 2m).
  • Salt s.r.l. v Frazer-Nash Research Limited – A Mercantile Court claim in respect of the development of a prototype luxury electric vehicle. Carlo acted with Muhammed Haque QC for the developers who were suing for fees due under the development agreement, and are defending a counterclaim said to be worth in excess of £20 million for various allegedly lost opportunities and development costs.
  • Landmark Limited & Woods Development Limited v American International Bank (In receivership) – This was a Privy Council appeal from the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal; it concerned the basis on which the Appellants were entitled to charge and claim for electricity which they had provided following the inability of the Antiguan statutory provider to meet the Respondent’s needs. Carlo was instructed with Kim Franklin QC for the successful Appellants.
  • Antigua Power Company Limited v The Attorney General of Antigua & Barbuda & Others – This is a claim for approximately £100m in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. It arises out of a breach by the Antiguan Government of a Joint Venture Agreement to build a power-plant in Antigua. The Privy Council upheld APCL’s claim for breach of contract in 2013 (the report is at [2013] UKPC 23), and remitted the assessment of damages to the Antiguan High Court. Carlo is presently instructed on the assessment of damages trial with Kim Franklin QC and Dane Hamilton QC.
  • Antigua Power Company Limited v The Attorney General of Antigua & Barbuda & Others – Carlo was also instructed (with Geoffrey Robertson QC and Kim Franklin QC) on a further claim on behalf of APCL claiming substantial damages as a result of a conspiracy to cause loss by unlawful means in Antigua.
  • Papa John’s v Doyley – Junior counsel for Ms Doyley, the successful defendant franchisee, at the liability trial of her counterclaim for well over £1/2 m in damages for negligent misstatement and misrepresentation; led by Jason Evans-Tovey, they were successful on virtually all issues argued at trial including a number of technical arguments relating to the incorporation and construction of various non-reliance, exclusion and guarantee clauses. The nine day liability trial included an application by Papa John’s to adduce further witness evidence midway through the trial. Jason and Carlo successfully resisted the application; the judgment is at [2011] EWHC 2621 (QB).
  • Catapult & Lowe v Ariadne – Sole counsel for Catapult & Lowe in a dispute over a consultancy contract. Carlo successfully had the allegedly substantial counterclaim struck out, and was successful on virtually all issues fought at trial with the result that Ms Lowe was awarded (a little) in excess of her Part 36 offer made about 2 years before trial, and was awarded indemnity costs for the entire period of the claim.
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“Technically very able and quick thinking, able to communicate very effectively, and provides solid advice on strategy and the merits.”

Legal 500, 2022

“An astute and confident advocate who is very robust in his analysis. He is attentive and has a real eye for detail.”

Legal 500, 2022

“A great blend of being exceptionally bright, hardworking and responsive together with a charming personality. Engenders confidence of clients both in conference and courtroom. More than a match for experienced counsel both in mainstream professional indemnity work and more specialist.”

Legal 500, 2021

“Carlo is incredibly forensic in his approach to work, he deals with large quantities of information in a methodical manner and is an excellent communicator.”

Legal 500, 2021

“Handles a diverse range of construction disputes.”

Legal 500, 2020

“He is very bright and thorough when it comes to considering all the possible issues.”

Legal 500, 2020

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