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Practice Summary

Oscar has a broad commercial practice in a wide range of chambers’ practice areas. Oscar regularly works on complex and high-value cases in the English Courts, including appeals to the Court of Appeal, and in international arbitration, as well as acting as sole counsel in the High Court and County Court. Oscar has also assisted with proceedings in foreign jurisdictions including Jersey, the Isle of Man and before the Singapore Court of Appeal.

Recent instructions include:

UNCITRAL Proceedings
Acted for a large international oil company (led by Ali Malek QC) defending claims of over US$ 200 million relating to the sale and marketing of oil products in UNCITRAL proceedings.

Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale & Ors
Acted as part of the counsel team for the Fifth Defendant in claims brought by the LIA to set aside $1.5bn of structured investments with SocGen on the basis that they formed part of a corrupt scheme involving alleged bribery of Libyan officials.

Ingenious Games LLP & Ors v HMRC [2016] UKFTT 521 (TC); [2017] UKFTT 429 (TC); [2019] UKUT 0226 (TCC)
Acting for HMRC (led by Malcolm Gammie CBE QC) in major litigation in the Tax Tribunals concerning film and games financing schemes. The tax at stake is c£1bn. Whether arrangements for investing in films were effective to give rise to substantial losses for investors; whether expenditure on films was capital or income. Decision substantially in favour of HMRC in both First Tier Tribunal and on appeal to Upper Tribunal.

Sir Owen Glenn & Anr v Eric Watson & Others (Ch)
Acted (led by John McCaughran QC, Hannah Brown QC and Eleanor Campbell) in high value (c. £125million) and complex litigation arising out of property investments in UK involving allegations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duties and misrepresentation.

LCIA Proceedings
Acted in London seated arbitration under the LCIA Rules for the property owners in a dispute about the management of a student accommodation development.

Galasys plc v WOI & Ors
Acted (along with Malcolm Davis-White QC and Tamara Kagan) for the claimant company in expedited proceedings in Jersey concerning corporate governance issues with related proceedings in the Commercial Court.