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Toby Chandler

Call 2019

Commercial

Commercial

Commercial disputes sit at the heart of Toby’s practice, and he has experience as both sole and junior counsel across a wide range of commercial cases including disputes regarding the proper forum for disputes, contractual formation and construction, the scope of tortious and fiduciary duties and civil fraud. Toby also has a substantial arbitration practice which is set out under a separate heading.

Recent examples of his work include:

  • Instructed on a c. £10 million dispute concerning allegedly negligent tax advice in relation to a £200 million building project (led by Daniel Shapiro KC).
  • Substantial group action arbitration for business interruption insurance losses arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic (led by Andrew Rigney KC and Caroline McColgan).
  • The Grenfell Tower Litigation: Toby acts, as part of a team led by Andrew Rigney KC, in respect of civil claims arising out of the Grenfell Tower Fire.
  • International fraud claim arising out of misappropriation of funds from Dubai and BVI companies worth c. $1.5 million.
  • Successful strike out and challenge to jurisdiction in respect of a dispute arising out of the financing of a K-12 education business in Hong Kong and China.
  • Advice in relation to claim against solicitors, following judgment in a commercial court fraudulent misrepresentation claim, alleged to have failed to overreach a charging order on the family home.
  • Sole counsel instructed on a circuit commercial court matter regarding alleged negligent agronomic advice appearing unled against a KC.
  • Claim involving enforceability of a commercial guarantee against a company director alleged to have suffered undue influence.
  • Claims for lost profit following the collapse of major investment platform which left it unusable for several months.
  • Claim against a solicitor in respect of an alleged Quistclose trust arising out of a property transaction.
  • Claim in respect of a breach of obligations of good faith in a long-term relational contract arising out the development of bespoke audio-visual suites.

He acts on all stages of proceedings and is available to advice all manner of interim applications including jurisdictional disputes, disclosure applications and enforcement proceedings.

Recent cases include:

  • Service out of the jurisdiction on excess-layer insurers domiciled in France and Ireland.
  • Opposed application in respect of pre-action disclosure relating to the allegedly fraudulent dissipation of jewels.
  • Application for disclosure of information both within and outside of the scope of the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010.
  • Acted in respect of an application for security for costs within an LCIA arbitration.
  • Norwich Pharmacal order relating to a major fire at a commercial premises.

 

Selected Cases

Civil Fraud

Cases on which Toby is involved frequently involve allegations of dishonesty, deceit and the misappropriation of assets.

Examples include:

  • Advice in relation to claim against solicitors, following judgment in a commercial court fraudulent misrepresentation claim, alleged to have failed to overreach a charging order on the family home.
  • Acted for defendant jewellers accused of dissipating a substantial jewel and jewellery collection and absconding with the profits.
  • International fraud claim arising out of misappropriation of funds from Dubai and BVI companies worth c. $1.5 million.
  • Civil fraud action in respect of various breaches of directors and fiduciary duties on a transaction to defraud creditors. Acting for solicitors alleged to have facilitated the fraud worth c. £4 million.

Selected Cases

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Qualifications


  • City University, BPTC, 2019, Very Competent; Lincoln’s Inn Denning Scholar (2018)
  • University of Bristol, LLB, 2015-2018, First Class

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