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Practice Summary

Henry Hoskins’ practice covers a wide spectrum of commercial dispute resolution, including litigation and international arbitration. Henry has acted in complex, high-value litigation in the High Court and the Court of Appeal led by senior members of Chambers, as well as regularly appearing as sole counsel in the High Court (including the Commercial Court, the Chancery Division, and the Queen's Bench Division) and County Courts. In addition to litigation, he also has experience of international arbitration, and of arbitration claims in the Commercial Court. Henry has a particular interest in restitution and unjust enrichment, as part of a broad commercial practice.

Recent commercial litigation includes successfully defending EY in Barclays Trust Company (Jersey) Ltd and others v Ernst & Young LLP [2016] EWHC 869 (Comm) (with Daniel Toledano QC and Nehali Shah) in the five-week trial of a professional negligence claim concerning financial and commercial due diligence work; acting for the Russian-owned seventh defendant (with Daniel Toledano QC) in Standard Bank Plc v Just Group LLC & Others [2014] EWHC 2687 (Comm) contesting English jurisdiction in a claim for fraudulent conspiracy relating to a fuel supply agreement; and representing the claimant (with Jamie Goldsmith) in Gorgeous Beauty v Liu and others [2014] EWHC 2952 (Ch) which concerned a shareholder dispute involving allegations of civil fraud.

Henry’s practice frequently involves advisory work, including advising a borrower (with David Wolfson QC) on its liabilities under various loan facility agreements; assisting Rhodri Davies QC in advising the trustees in insolvency of a company within the Lehman Brothers group in relation to various swaps agreements; and assisting Lord Grabiner QC in advising on the interpretation of an agreement concerning the development of energy infrastructure.

In arbitration, Henry’s experience includes acting for the defendant oil and gas company (with Laurence Rabinowitz QC and others) in proceedings under the SIAC rules (Singapore seat) involving a claim for $5.5bn brought for alleged fraud and breach of warranty under an SPA; and for the claimant (with Charles Graham QC) in an ICC arbitration against an aircraft manufacturer involving allegations of fraudulent conspiracy; as well as advising a major oil company (with Michael Watkins) in relation to a claim in LCIA proceedings for restitution concerning alleged overlifting of natural gas liquids.

Besides led work, Henry advises and appears as an advocate in his own right in a range of commercial disputes, which has included successfully striking out a claim for some £30m against a Nigerian oil and gas group in Oghoro v Sanomi and others [2016] EWHC 2148 (QB); acting for the defendant in a three-day trial in the High Court concerning the supply of marketing services to a telecommunications company in Mainline Digital Communications Ltd v Chaddah [2015] EWHC 1580 (QB); advising on a multi-million pound claim in the Commercial Court for breach of an exclusive distribution agreement; and obtaining emergency injunctions in a number of different High Court proceedings.