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Maurice Holmes

Call 2015


Maurice has a practice spanning the full breadth of Chambers’ commercial work. His experience includes matters involving breach of contract, the sale and supply of goods and services, bailment, agency disputes, commercial fraud and financial services.

Prior to undertaking pupillage in Chambers, Maurice worked for a firm specialising in commercial litigation and international arbitration. He has a keen understanding of the practical demands faced by commercial litigators.


Selected Cases

Maurice has recently acted as junior counsel in connection with:

  • An appeal to the Court of Appeal against the decision in Brogden & Anor v Investec Bank Plc [2014] EWHC 2785 (Comm) – Concerning claims by investment bankers for monies due under a bonus clause in their employment contracts (led by Raymond Cox QC and Daniel Shapiro).
  • Schluep v Coöperatieve Centrale Raiffeisen-Boerenleenbank B.A. t/a Rabobank International, London Branch [2016] EWHC 1175 (QB) – An ongoing High Court claim by a former trader for stigma damages following his former employer’s involvement with the LIBOR scandal (led by Nicholas Randall QC and Andrew Smith).

Maurice’s recent instructions as sole counsel include the following:

  • A Commercial Court claim for approximately £1.2m, concerning the enforcement of a foreign judgement at common law.
  • A High Court claim against a foreign company for the recovery of unpaid solicitors’ fees (including an application for permission to serve out of the jurisdiction).
  • A High Court claim involving the sale of goods and their transportation from a foreign jurisdiction to the UK, whereafter they were rejected and returned without justification.
  • Multi-million euro arbitration proceedings concerning a claim for monies due pursuant to (and a counterclaim pursuing alleged repudiatory breaches of) a sponsorship agreement.
  • A claim by an estate agent for commission due under an agency agreement.
  • A claim for damages following the negligent and/or inadequate supply of cleaning services.
  • A claim against a modelling agency concerning alleged copyright infringement.
  • Credit hire litigation.

Maurice assisted as a pupil on matters including:

  • A claim arising from the administration of a self-invested pension plan (led by Daniel Shapiro).
  • A claim for damages and/or in restitution following the non-delivery of goods due to be transferred under a supply agreement (led by Crispin Winser).
  • The summary enforcement of an adjudication decision (led by Richard Sage).
  • A dispute over the correct measure of damages to be applied under the Sale of Goods Act 1979 (led by Michael Harvey QC).
  • Research into the effect of a purported contractual termination on the operation of an ADR clause (led by Andrew Rigney QC).
  • An arbitration claim following alleged breaches of a share purchase agreement (led by Muhammed Haque QC).

Prior to joining Chambers, Maurice was involved in matters including:

  • Bonhams v Lawson & Ors [2015] EWHC 3257 (Comm), stakeholder proceedings concerning ownership of the most expensive road-legal car ever purchased by public auction in the UK (a 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus).
  • An action relating to alleged defects in a private helicopter, including oil leaks, rotor blade issues and problems with the aircraft’s communication and navigation systems.
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