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Dominic Dowley KC

Barrister (England and Wales) (1983), Silk (2002)

"Incredibly hands on and very approachable. He has unique ability to identify the key issues from the noise that surrounds a case." (Chambers & Partners)

"A really top-of-the range advocate and litigator. He is incredibly fast-working efficient and incisive." (Chambers & Partners)

"He is superb. He's very authoritative and so masterful at explaining difficult concepts." (Chambers & Partners)

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"Incredibly hands on and very approachable. He has unique ability to identify the key issues from the noise that surrounds a case." (Chambers & Partners)

"A really top-of-the range advocate and litigator. He is incredibly fast-working efficient and incisive." (Chambers & Partners)

"He is superb. He's very authoritative and so masterful at explaining difficult concepts." (Chambers & Partners)

Dominic Dowley KC is a highly-regarded commercial and contentious chancery silk with a wide and lengthy experience (both as a silk and formerly as a junior) of chancery and commercial litigation, including extensive experience of civil fraud litigation, contentious trusts, banking and financial services (including regulation), commercial litigation/arbitration, insurance and reinsurance, ancillary proceedings, asset-tracing and recovery. He has conducted lengthy trials both in England and abroad. His experience in foreign jurisdictions includes disputes concerning Guernsey, Jersey, Bermuda, the Bahamas, St Christopher & Nevis, the Isle of Man, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and various of the United States.

Expertise

His areas of expertise are:

  • International Arbitration
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Fraud
  • Financial Services and Banking 
  • Regulatory and Disciplinary Law 

International Arbitration

Dominic has sat as an arbitrator on LCIA and ad hoc arbitrations in a variety of commercial disputes. He has also acted as counsel in numerous arbitrations and has a wide knowledge of the rules and practices of the major arbitration providers.

Commercial Litigation

  • Re Citco (claims by the Madoff liquidator against administrators) (instructed by Macfarlanes LLP)
  • Salem v Rothschild (claims arising from allegations of partnership relating to large commercial enterprises) (instructed by Clifford Chance LLP)
  • Tchenguiz v Serious Fraud Office (instructed by Slaughter and May)
  • Zayed Charitable Foundation v Union National Bank (Abu Dhabi arbitration concerning banking security documents) (instructed by Clyde & Co)
  • Chambal Ltd v French Arab Union Bank (letter of credit/UCP) (instructed by Ince & Co)
  • Novoship UK Ltd v Mikhaylyuk (international commercial fraud) (instructed by Ince & Co)
  • Fiona Trust litigation (international commercial and shipping fraud) (instructed by Ince & Co)
  • NOUK Ltd v Mirador Shipping (international shipping fraud) (instructed by Ince & Co)
  • SCAL v Beech (Supreme Court of Bermuda; dispute over hedge fund management and remuneration) (instructed by Goodman Derrick)
  • Omega Group Holdings Inc v Kozeny & Ors (international financial fraud covering privatization of state property in Azerbaijan) (instructed by Macfarlanes)
  • Houston Casualty v Danish Re (Texas: reinsurance dispute) (instructed by Elborne Mitchell)
  • Profilati Italia SrL v PaineWebber Inc [2001] 1 Lloyd's Rep 715 (London Metal Exchange arbitration) (instructed by Richards Butler)
  • Re Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IT dispute; software performance; hardware performance)
  • Avon Insurance plc v Swire Fraser Limited [2000] Lloyd's Rep IR 535 (personal stop loss reinsurance; misrepresentation in relation to underwriting) (instructed by Elborne Mitchell)
  • Axa Insurance Co Ltd v Swire Fraser Ltd The Times 19 January 2000, Court of Appeal (instructed by Elborne Mitchell)
  • Wire TV Ltd v Cabletel (UK) Ltd 30 July 1997, Court of Appeal (instructed by Lewis Silkin)
  • Amstrad plc v Seagate Technology Inc 9 May 1997 (computer hardware breach of warranties claim) (instructed by Macfarlanes)
  • Vijaya Bank v Solo Industries Ltd (bank guarantee obtained by fraud; injunction) (instructed by Macfarlanes)
  • Three Rivers District Council v Bank of England [1996] QB 292 Court of Appeal (equitable assignment of right of action) (instructed by Lovells)
  • Alliance & Leicester Building Society v Edgestop and others [1994] 2 All ER 38; [1993] 1 WLR 1462 (vicarious liability for deceit by valuer/surveyor; contributory negligence) (instructed by Davies Arnold Cooper)
  • British and Commonwealth Holdings Plc v Quadrex Holdings Inc The Times 8 December 1988 (commercial contract; sale of shares; whether time of the essence; interim payment and summary judgment) (instructed by Herbert Smith)
  • Dayco Corporation v Trachem Co Ltd 27 November 1984 (international fraud; freezing orders) (instructed by Herbert Smith)

Civil Fraud

  • Novoship UK Ltd v Mikhaylyuk (international commercial fraud; offshore asset tracing and disputes concerning trust structures in various jurisdictions, including St Christopher & Nevis, Guernsey, Jersey, New York and Florida) (instructed by Ince & Co)
  • Fiona Trust litigation (international commercial and shipping fraud; offshore asset tracing including in Switzerland and British Virgin Islands: disputes concerning ownership and status of assets etc) (instructed by Ince & Co)
  • NOUK Ltd v Mirador Shipping (international shipping fraud; St Christopher & Nevis: offshore companies and trusts disputes) (instructed by Ince & Co)
  • Omega Group Holdings Inc v Kozeny & Ors (international financial fraud covering privatization of state property in Azerbaijan; proceedings in the Bahamas, Colorado, the Cayman Islands (instructed by Macfarlanes)
  • Vijaya Bank v Solo Industries Ltd (bank guarantee obtained by fraud; injunction) (instructed by Macfarlanes)
  • Alliance & Leicester Building Society v Edgestop and others [1994] 2 All ER 38; [1993] 1 WLR 1462 (vicarious liability for deceit by valuer/surveyor; contributory negligence) (instructed by Davies Arnold Cooper)
  • Dayco Corporation v Trachem Co Ltd 27 November 1984 (international fraud; freezing orders) (instructed by Herbert Smith)

Banking and Financial Services 

  • Zayed Charitable Foundation v Union National Bank (arbitration concerning banking security documents in Abu Dhabi) (instructed by Clyde & Co)
  • Chambal Ltd v French Arab Union Bank (letter of credit/UCP) (instructed by Ince & Co)
  • Three Rivers District Council v Bank of England (No 3) [2002] 2 WLR 1220 House of Lords; [2001] 2 All ER 513 House of Lords (banking regulation in various jurisdiction including Luxembourg, New York, Abu Dhabi and the Cayman Islands; misfeasance in public office; European Community law; rights under European Directives) (instructed by Lovells)
  • Re Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority (Qatar: banking regulation) (instructed by the authority)
  • Reg v LAUTRO, ex parte Ross [1993] QB 17 (administrative law; financial services; self-regulatory organisation) (instructed by Boodle Hatfield)

Education 

  • MA (Hons) New College, Oxford

  • Diploma in Law (with Distinction), City University, London
  • Bacon Scholar of Gray’s Inn
  • Barstow Law Scholar

Membership and Appointments

  • Commercial Bar Association

  • ACIArb

 

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