David Cavender QC specialises in all aspects of commercial dispute resolution in both litigation and international arbitration. Expertise in but not limited to: banking and financial services, commercial contracts (including agency), company law insolvency, contractual building disputes, insurance and reinsurance, injunctions, international and domestic sale of goods, and professional negligence.
David Cavender QC is one of two QC’s at One Essex Court leading the counsel team acting for Post Office Limited (the company which operates more than ten thousand post offices in the UK and was retained by the UK Government on the sale of Royal Mail) in a group claim by over 500 current and former sub-postmasters. David led the recent 5 week trial which took place from 5th November 2018, mainly concerning issues relating to the meaning and effect of the Post Office’s standard form sub-postmaster contracts. Parties awaiting judgment.
This high-profile claim has attracted considerable political and press attention, and was shortlisted as was one of The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2018.
In another high-profile dispute, David acted for Mike Ashley (Sports Direct/Newcastle United) successfully defending a claim by a consultant investment banker appointed by Sports Direct (Mr. Blue) for a bonus of £14m which he claimed was payable pursuant to an oral agreement (alleged to have been reached with Mike Ashley in a London pub in January 2013) if Mr. Blue was able to get the share price of Sports Direct ( a FTSE 100 company) from £4.00 to £8.00 in the following 3 years. The share price subsequently exceeded £8.00 within 3 years. Issues raised included, intention to create legal relations, certainty of contract, relevance of events post the date of the alleged oral contract, approach to oral evidence unsupported by documents and causation. (Blue v Mike Ashley  EWHC 1928 (Comm)).
Legal Directory Quotes;
"A great cross-examiner whose overall strategic view is great, and who's always calm and collected." "He's a good advocate who's understated and not given to histrionics." Commercial Dispute Resolution, Chambers UK 2019
‘Particularly strong in cross-examination.' Commercial Litigation, Legal 500 2018-2019
"He's user-friendly, approachable and a tough courtroom advocate." "Recommended for his insightful and robust approach." Chambers UK 2018 - Commercial Dispute Resolution
"He’s very at peace with dissecting people in the witness stand." Legal 500 2017 - Commercial Ltigation
"Extremely capable commercial silk" who is both "insightful and robust." Chambers UK 2017 - Commercial Dispute Resolution
"A first class advocate who is always willing to roll his sleeves up". "Fantastic with clients, commercially astute and very robust in the courtroom". Chambers UK 2016
Highly regarded as an advocate, and praised by sources for his courtroom presentation and technical skill. "He is a brilliant advocate who works his socks off, and knows every document in a case like the back of his hand" (Chambers and Partners 2015)
"He has an excellent courtroom manner and is able to establish an easy rapport with all judges" (Legal 500)
"A very, very clever, and extremely persuasive advocate" (Legal 500)
"Fantastic with clients, he's commercially astute and very robust in the courtroom." "Precise, organised and clear, he sticks to the strategy and it works out well." (Chambers and Partners 2014)
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