Bart has a general commercial and chancery practice with a particular emphasis on litigation.
He is a specialist in civil fraud cases and he has been involved in some of the largest civil fraud litigation in the UK. He regularly represents and advises Claimants and Defendants in relation to unlawful action taken against a business resulting in financial loss from the initial stages in applying for freezing injunctions, drafting claims and defences, and through to trial. Some civil fraud cases that Bart has been involved in have involved concurrent criminal law issues and clients have found his previous experience at the criminal Bar helpful in advising them and devising strategies which are mutually beneficial in both jurisdictions.
A significant part of Bart’s commercial practice relates to contractual disputes of varying types which go to mediation or which are litigated to trial; and a particular specialism in this area are banking contracts as Bart has a good knowledge of specialist financial contracts from his previous employment as a legal advisor in one of Europe’s largest commercial banks.
Bart’s general chancery practice mainly involves insolvency, contentious tax and professional negligence with a 60:40 split between litigation and advisory/drafting work. Bart has particular experience and expertise in the FTT regarding VAT claims and re-claims and wide ranging tax enquiries under TMA 1970 and FA 1998. Bart advises and represents clients in both corporate and personal insolvency cases and acts for creditors, debtors and IPs; he has a niche specialism in cases where there are concurrent POCA proceedings / issues. Bart’s professional negligence practice mainly involves advising and appearing in litigation involving financial professionals and claims against them such as mis-selling, usually representing the claimant.
In addition Bart retains a niche practice dealing with civil restraint/ forfeiture under POCA (either Part 5 or Part 6) and judicial review claims with related damages claims against government departments/ agencies.