The Becket Chambers Civil Law team offers expert advice and representation in all areas of Commercial Law, including building disputes, breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation. We can help you to resolve your dispute, whether through litigation, arbitration or alternative dispute resolution.

Avoiding disputes

In Civil Law, we aim where possible to help you avoid disputes in the first place. If you are concerned about a possible dispute arising, we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible. Speak to one of our Civil Law experts, so that we can advise you on a course of action. Through careful planning, drafting and specialist advice we can often help you avoid an escalation of your situation.

We pride ourselves in providing value to our clients, and our Clerks will gladly discuss the likely fees for your case before you instruct us.

Our expertise

We specialise in:

  • Building Disputes – we will advise you and act on your behalf in disputes relating to building construction or conveyancing disputes, rent and lease renewals and dilapidations
  • Breach of Contract – we can act for you whether you are the claimant or defendant in cases involving non-payment of fees, termination of contract or claims resulting from defective work
  • Fraud – Fraud issues can encompass either civil or criminal investigations and our barristers’ experience spans all areas of practice. We can advise you of the likely outcome of your case and act for you on a number of matters relating to both civil and corporate fraud, in particular issues relating to the 2007 Money Laundering Regulations.
  • Misrepresentation – if you are involved in a situation where you believe that false or fraudulent assertions have been made to you either negligently or non-negligently, or where someone else has made those allegations against you or your business, we can advise and represent you at all stages.
  • Specific Performance – this is a discretionary remedy ordered by a court which requires one party in a civil case to fulfil their contractual obligation to another. It is usually ordered where damages would be inadequate or inappropriate. The Becket Chambers Civil Law team is experienced at dealing with cases where this remedy applies.

Case Studies

Advice to a client facing a claim for breach of contract

Rachel’s client was a businesswoman whose company was being sued by someone who claimed there had been a breach of an agreement for the company to use the Claimant’s consultancy services. The client did not feel that she had done anything wrong and wanted to defend the claim at court. However, her company was in Continue reading

Representing a client in a Personal Injury claim

Rachel’s client was being sued by an ex-client who alleged that he had performed a beauty treatment negligently, leaving her with scarring. The court had arranged a ‘costs and case management’ hearing to decide how the case should proceed to get it to an effective trial hearing, and also to look at the costs that Continue reading