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Clare Dixon

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Clare’s practice includes a variety of commercial work. She has acted in matters involving property damage, sale of goods litigation and mortgage related disputes. She also has experience of obtaining urgent injunctive relief having advised upon and obtained freezing injunctions and disclosure orders.

In 2013, Clare was instructed by Pinsent Masons LLP (led by David Turner QC) on a substantial dispute between a local authority and its services outsourcing provider.

Clare has considerable experience of claims arising out of or involving fraud. In 2012 she was led by Justin Fenwick QC (instructed by Clyde & Co LLP) in a claim which was successfully brought by a professional indemnity insurer and a leading firm of solicitors against their former employee: Travelers Insurance Co Ltd & Denton Wilde Sapte v Advani [2012] EWHC 623. The case was concerned with whether the former employee had acted fraudulently and/or outside the scope of her employment so as to entitle the claimants to recover costs which they had expended in defending both the former employee and her then employer in a previous action.

In 2006, Clare was instructed by Holman, Fenwick and Willan in a 12 week trial in the Commercial Court: Abu Dhabi Investment Company v Clarkson [2007] EWHC 1267 (Comm). The Claimants had invested in a joint venture container shipping line which was to be operated from Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Container Lines (“ADCL”). ADCL purchased 10 container vessels to run on its line at a cost of about USD$400million. ADCL failed within months of its inception. Proceedings were brought against the ship brokers who had advised the Claimants, the joint venture partner who it was found had fraudulently misrepresented the earning capacity and viability of the vessels, and the bank who had provided funding for the venture.