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Laurence Page is a commercial barrister whose practice encompasses high value commercial litigation and arbitration, construction disputes, insurance and professional liability.

Laurence is frequently retained in litigation concerning allegations of fraud, dishonesty or other impropriety. He has significant experience of acting in urgent applications for freezing injunctions, proprietary injunctions, search orders and orders for disclosure of information.

Many of Laurence’s cases raise cross-border issues and much of his work relates to the Middle East, especially the UAE. Laurence’s work brings him to Dubai almost every month and he appears regularly before the DIFC Courts.

Recent and current instructions include:

  • Acting for the principal defendants in a claim brought by SKAT, the arm of the Danish Government dealing with tax, to recover over £2 billion alleged to have been paid out pursuant to a fraudulent divident withholding tax conspiracy.
  • Advising group of institutional investors on multi-billion GBP (equivalent) claims in south Africa, the Netherlands and Germany concerning misleading statements allegedly made to investors by Steinhoff International Holdings NV.
  • Acting for steel subcontractor in c£6 million claim arising from collapse of a car showroom and workshop.
  • Acting for a group of forty claimants in c£8 million professional negligence claim concerning hotel room purchases.

Banking & Finance

Laurence is involved in a number of very high value banking and finance related disputes. He has experience working with institutional clients on high-profile disputes and in technical claims.

Recent examples of Laurence’s work include:

  • SKAT v Elysium Global (Dubai) Limited and others: Acting for principal defendants in dividend arbitrage fraud litigation. SKAT has brought proceedings against 96 defendants in the Commercial Court in London, and related claims against some of these defendants in the DIFC and on-shore Dubai in which it seeks over £2bn. There are associated proceedings against hundreds of Defendants in Denmark, the USA and Malaysia. Laurence is instructed as junior to Nigel Jones QC.
  • Commercial Bank of Dubai PSC v Totora LLC and others: Acting for Claimant in DIFC banking claim and associated actions against guarantors. Claim involves substantial jurisdictional challenges.
  • Stavrinides and others v Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co Ltd and another [2018] EWHC 313 (Ch): Acting for Claimants in civil fraud banking claim. Successful defence of £1.8 million security for costs application.
  • Advising group of institutional investors on potential claims arising from alleged accounting fraud and misleading market statements made by Steinhoff Investment Holdings NV, and potential actions in South Africa, the Netherlands and/or Germany.
  • Georgallides v Timblo: Acting for Defendant in £2 million dispute arising from loan notes, with penalty clause and CCA issues.
  • Acting for a UAE registered bank in substantial DIFC claim against (amongst others) a member of one of the royal families of the UAE.
  • Fitzkriston LLP v Cyprus Popular Bank Company: Acting for Claimant in £2.5 million civil fraud claim concerning alleged settlement of loans (QBD).
  • Menico Financial Services Limited v Philippou and another: Acting for Claimant in successful 4 day trial concerning fraud, unregulated lending and unfair relationship.
  • Acting for Hong Kong trustees against a Greek bank in CHF20 million loan facility concerning an alleged event of default following without notice freezing injunction.

Civil Fraud & Asset Tracing

Laurence regularly handles civil fraud and asset tracing as part of his commercial practice.

Recent examples of his work

  • SKAT v Elysium Global (Dubai) Limited and others: Acting for principal defendants in dividend arbitrage fraud litigation. SKAT has brought proceedings against 96 defendants in the Commercial Court in London, and related claims against some of these defendants in the DIFC and on-shore Dubai in which it seeks over £2bn. There are associated proceedings against hundreds of Defendants in Denmark, the USA and Malaysia. Laurence is instructed as junior to Nigel Jones QC.
  • Advising claimants in group action arising from hotel room purchases on issues of fraud against UK solicitors and St Kitt’s and Nevis lender in £5 million claim.
  • Stavrinides and others v Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co Ltd and another: Acting for Claimants in £6 million civil fraud banking claim concerning alleged agreement by bank to compromise outstanding indebtedness.
  • Menico Financial Services Limited v Philippou and another: Acting for Claimant in successful 1-week trial concerning £800,000 loan and alleged repayments by third parties. HHJ Parfitt at [50]: “I agree with Mr Page that the First Defendant’s case… appears to belong to pulp fiction more than commercial reality.
  • Acting for a Cypriot individual and two connected entities in related QBD and Chancery Division claims against a Cypriot bank in £6 million civil fraud claim.

Commercial Arbitration

Laurence is frequently instructed in arbitral proceedings in conjunction with his commercial and construction practices, both domestically and internationally. He has a particular interest in the Middle East, and travels to Dubai regularly, where he is currently instructed in various arbitrations and cases before the DIFC Courts. Laurence is also retained in related enforcement matters.

He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. His experience includes ICC, LCIA and ad hoc arbitrations.

Recent examples of his work include:

  • Acting for subcontractor in substantial ICC arbitration, Abu Dhabi (with Paul Reed QC).
  • Acting for clean coal electricity producer in £2 million arbitration against raw material suppliers following alleged force majeure event.
  • Acting for Hong Kong trustees against a Greek bank in CHF20 million loan facility concerning an alleged event of default.
  • Acting for a Cayman Islands insurance company concerning proposed changes to insurance policy wording.
  • Advising creditors in insurance coverage dispute against firm of solicitors concerning engagement of insuring clause and aggregation issues in £20 million arbitration.
  • Advising on enforcement of a foreign arbitral award in England & Wales.

Commercial Litigation

Laurence’s commercial experience includes agency, banking, civil fraud, economic torts, equity, financial services, guarantees, and restitution. Many cases involve emergency relief.

His recent experience includes:

  • Interactive E-Solutions JLT v O3b Africa Ltd: Acting for DIFC registered company in £55 million commercial court claim concerning satellite-based communication systems in Pakistan (with Nigel Jones QC and Edward Rowntree).
  • Phytolux Limited v Plessey Semiconductors Limited: Acting for successful claimant in 1-week trial concerning licence relating to horticultural lights. Issues included contractual interpretation, common mistake, unilateral mistake, breach of confidence and fitness for purpose of stock. See a copy of the judgment here.
  • Acting for defendant cleaning company in eight related claims and counterclaims against a major chain of hotels.
  • Acting for claimant company in dispute concerning lighting semiconductors.
  • A Cayman Islands insurance company – advising insurer on proposed changes to its business insurance policy wording.
  • Interplan Electrics v Cahill – Acting for Claimant in freezing injunction arising from breach of contract and fiduciary duties by senior employee.
  • Renoir Global (Private) Limited v Watteau Holdings (PVT) Limited – Acting for Claimant in freezing injunction following unlawful means conspiracy by CEO and a director with third party company (2016, with PJ Kirby QC).
  • Acting for Defendant in successful Commercial Court reverse summary judgment application in claim for £42 million (with Colm Nugent).
  • Chelsea Bridge Apartments Limited and another v Old Street homes Limited: Acting for Claimant obtaining substantial interim relief following oral without notice application.

Companies, Joint Ventures & Partnerships

Laurence has experience of shareholder and direct disputes as well as directors’ disqualifications proceedings and related company law issues.  Joint venture and partnership work often form part of Laurence’s commercial dispute resolution practice.

His recent experience includes:

  • Acting for the senior registered member of an architect’s firm in dispute concerning alleged establishment of rival businesses and breaches of fiduciary duty.
  • Acting for former group director of a very well known group of interior design companies in a claim concerning a minority shareholding allegedly purchased at an undervalue.
  • TST Digital Limited v LGL Limited – Acting for Defendant in substantial shareholder dispute (with Nigel Jones QC).
  • Ward v Old Street Homes: Acting for Claimant in order for provision of information following sales of properties contrary to joint venture agreements (with PJ Kirby QC).
  • Georgallides v Secretary of State for Business: Acting for Claimant in proceedings to set aside a 10 year disqualification order retrospectively, following £350m HBOS fraud.
  • Chelsea Bridge Apartments Limited and another v Old Street homes Limited: Acting for Claimants in partnership dispute arising from development of various properties.

Franchising

A number of Laurence’s claims concern franchising disputes.

Recent work in this field includes:

  • Hay and others v Alno (UK) Ltd: Acting for claimant in interlocutory stages of £1.6 million fraudulent misrepresntation claim against kitchen franchisor (with David Lewis)
  • Phytolux Limited v Plessey Limited: Acting for Claimant seeking declaratory relief and damages concerning scope and alleged breach of 10-year licence relating to horticultural lighting

Adjudication

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Construction adjudication is a core area of Laurence’s practice. He is almost continuously instructed in adjudications for both referring and responding parties. He acts for employers, contractors and subcontractors on a large number of projects. He is highly experienced in issues of enforcement.

Recent examples of his work in this area include:

  • Acting for employer in valuation dispute concerning the construction of a church and a number of residential units.
  • Acting for employer in payments adjudication and substantial defects claim relating to drainage of astrosoccer pitches.
  • Acting for piling subcontractor in c£500,000 adjudication concerning groundworks conditions at car showroom.
  • Acting for employer in adjudication concerning defective construction of cycle track.
  • Acting for waterproofing sub-contractor in £800,000 adjudication arising from redevelopment of a major commercial site in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, following substantial water ingress.
  • Acting for employer in adjudication and related proceedings arising from construction of a mixed use development (including 32 flats) in Brixton.

Construction Litigation

Laurence has a very busy construction and engineering litigation, arbitration and adjudication practice. He also has a particular interest in energy matters.

Recent work in this area includes:

  • Acting for home owner in £2 million claim against contractor concerning design and build property renovation.
  • Acting for structural engineering contractor in £6.2 million claim arising from roof collapse of Audi workshop and showroom.
  • Acting for employer in £750,000 claim to bondsman following default of contractor.
  • Acting for manufacturer of manufacturer of oil and gas well actuator against subcontractor following multiple failure of product in wells.
  • An electricity producer v supplier – Acting for clean coal electricity producer in £2 million arbitration against raw material suppliers following alleged force majeur event.
  • Rotronic Instruments (UK) Limited v various (TCC): Acting for third defendant in supply-chain claim concerning import of defective electrical cable that caused substantial personal injury.
  • Acting in relation to a number of construction and CAR issues concerning a high specification residential scheme in central London for a well-known developer.
  • Acting for subcontractor in substantial ICC arbitration, Abu Dhabi (with Paul Reed QC).
  • Advising architects in substantial claim arising from fractured concrete and unmoored foundations in underground car park facility (with David Pliener).
  • Advising architects in £1.5 million defect and delays claim concerning brickwork mortar failures.

Construction Insurance

Laurence construction practice regularly involves consideration of insurance issues. He is a contributing author of Construction Professionals Indemnity Insurance.

Recent work in this area includes:

  • Acting in relation to a number of construction and CAR issues concerning a high specification residential scheme in central London for a well-known developer.
  • Acting for employer in £750,000 claim to bondsman following default of contractor.
  • Advising on scope of PII policy in relation to very large claim against steel subcontractor.

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Laurence is frequently retained by indemnity insurers to advise on discrete coverage issues.

Laurence is also involved in a large number of group claims against firms of solicitors that involve complex and wide-ranging issues concerning the SRA’s minimum terms.

Financial Professionals, Insolvency Professionals, Directors & Officers

Laurence has particular expertise in handling professional negligence claims against financial professionals:

Accountants

  • Sir Christopher and Lady Evans v PricewaterhouseCoopers – Acting for claimants in £4 million claim concerning negligent tax planning .
  • Axholme Limited v Gilderson Accountancy Services – Acting for defendant accountants in substantial claim arising from allegedly overpaid tax for a period of 12 years.
  • Just Inc Limited v DP Business Consultancy – acting for defendants in £300,000 claim arising from alleged failures to prepare accounts adequately.

Financial Services

  • Advising company and directors on potential claim against solicitors arising from an unsuccessful swaps misselling claim.
  • Potts and another v Church’s Financial Planning Ltd – Acting for claimants in claim against IFA for overly cautious investment advice and failures to advise on trading strategies to profit from anticipated market movement.
  • Advising an IFA defendant in claim arising from advice concerning a high risk multi-currency secured loan facility.
  • Advising an IFA whose employee was allegedly complicit in a £4 million mortgage fraud.

International

Laurence ‘s expertise in high value commercial disputes, construction, insurance and professional liability cases has led to his involvement in a wide variety of cases for international clients across a number of jurisdictions.

Many of Laurence’s cases raise cross-border issues and much of his work relates to the Middle East, especially the UAE. Laurence’s work brings him to Dubai almost every month and he appears regularly before the DIFC Courts.

  • SKAT v Elysium Global (Dubai) Limited and others: Acting for principal defendants in dividend arbitrage fraud litigation. SKAT has brought proceedings against 96 defendants in the Commercial Court in London, and related claims against some of these defendants in the DIFC and on-shore Dubai in which it seeks over £2bn. There are associated proceedings against hundreds of Defendants in Denmark, the USA and Malaysia. Laurence is instructed as junior to Nigel Jones QC.
  • Advising group of institutional investors on potential claims arising from alleged accounting fraud and misleading market statements made by Steinhoff Investment Holdings NV, and potential actions in South Africa, the Netherlands and/or Germany.
  • Commercial Bank of Dubai PSC v Totora LLC and others: Acting for Claimant in DIFC banking claim and associated actions against guarantors. Claim involves substantial jurisdictional challenges.
  • Interactive E-Solutions JLT v O3b Africa Ltd: Acting for DIFC registered company in £55 million commercial court claim concerning satellite-based communication systems in Pakistan (with Nigel Jones QC and Edward Rowntree).
  • Stavrinides and others v Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co Ltd and another: Acting for Claimants in £6 million civil fraud banking claim concerning alleged agreement by bank to compromise outstanding indebtedness.
  • Advising claimants in group action arising from hotel room purchases on issues of fraud against UK solicitors and St Kitt’s and Nevis lender in £5 million claim.
  • Acting for a UAE registered bank in substantial DIFC claim against (amongst others) a member of one of the royal families of the UAE.
  • Acting for subcontractor in substantial ICC arbitration, Abu Dhabi (with Paul Reed QC).
  • Acting for a Cypriot individual and two connected entities in related QBD and Chancery Division claims against a Cypriot bank in £6 million civil fraud claim.
  • Acting for Hong Kong trustees against a Greek bank in CHF20 million loan facility concerning an alleged event of default.
  • Acting for a Cayman Islands insurance company concerning proposed changes to insurance policy wording.
  • Advising on enforcement of a foreign arbitral award in England & Wales.

Languages

French

Professional associations

  • COMBAR
  • BILA
  • TECBAR
  • PNBA
  • YFLA

Publications

  • Contributor to Construction Professional Indemnity Insurance (Sweet & Maxwell)
  • Contributor to Insurance Broking Practice and the Law, (Informa)

Qualifications

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • London School of Economics, BSc
  • King’s College London, MA
  • College of Law, LLB
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