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Dominic Bright

Dominic’s practice includes commercial, property and personal injury (including credit hire).  He is a registered Civil and Commercial Mediator with the Civil Mediation Council, and offers online and telephone mediation services: www.ResolvedOnline.com.  Dominic is also the editor of Jus Cogens, the online journal providing news, expert analysis and compelling opinion on public and private international law and arbitration for those with an international aspect to their practice.

HHJ Karen Walden-Smith (Senior Circuit Judge and Designated Civil Judge for the County Court in East Anglia) wrote a foreword to ‘A Practical Guide to the Small Claims Track’ in these terms: “… Dominic Bright has set out all that a practitioner could possibly need to know about how to deal with a small claim …”. District Judge Cridge (South Eastern Circuit) wrote a testimonial: “Dominic Bright has balanced a thorough, careful review of the Small Claims Track procedure with a helpful analysis of the most common areas of law the County Court sees. The wealth of sensible, practical advice for those coming to court helps further set this book apart.”

Richard Pitkethly, Head of Learning and Practice (In-House Counsel) at LawWorks – the pro bono unit with 150 members, including large City and international law firms, fielding over 59,000 enquiries between April 2017 to March 2018, and providing training last year to over 1000 solicitors and advisors – published a Five Star book review in the Law Society Gazette, entitled ‘A pro bono game changer’, concluding in these terms:

‘It seems inevitable that A Practical Guide to the Small Claims Track will quickly become the go-to small claims book for practitioner volunteers (and junior practitioners generally), especially those unfamiliar with handling claims allocated to the small claims track, as well as an indispensable self-help guide to LiPs.’

Dominic can be instructed directly, without having to involve a solicitor.  He is registered on the Direct Access Portal.  Dominic is also a member of Advocate (the Bar’s national charity), matching him with members of the public who need help, are unable to obtain legal aid, and cannot afford to pay.

Prior to pupillage, Dominic was judicial assistant in the Court of Appeal to Sir Brian Leveson, the former President of the Queen’s Bench Division.  He was also researcher in construction law at a leading set of barristers’ chambers, public international law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and national implementation measures (nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation, development and use of chemical weaponry) at the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre. Dominic is an Associate of King’s College London.

For daily case digests, connect with  Dominic on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter.

 

Publications

Dominic assists authors to publish academic articles and professional texts on national and international law.  He also publishes in his own right.

Books

Articles

Seminars / training

Dominic accepts invitations to present seminars / training from professional clients. He also attends other professional events.

Recent invitations

  • ‘Small Claims Training’ – Seminar One, 8 September 2020 (admissions; interim payments; and remote final hearings); Seminar Two, 30 September 2020 (when, how and benefits of making an oral application for strike out and / or summary judgment; judicial intervention v entering the arena; and departure from fixed costs following a finding that a party has behaved unreasonably); and Seminar Three, 23 October 2020 (appearing against litigants in person)
  • Training for a niche commercial and residential property law firm on forfeiture, trespass and assured shorthold tenancies (July 2020)
  • ‘Future of International Dispute Resolution’ (discussant analysing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on international commercial contracts with the International Dispute Resolution Group, June 2020)
  • ‘Jurisdiction and Choice of Law Clauses in International Commercial Contracts’ (seminar to City lawyers, November 2019)
  • Defence barrister in a mock trial following a road traffic collision and claim for credit hire (training for a leading law firm of about 2,500 employees and an insurer with over 166,000 employees, July 2019)

Recent events

Further information

Dominic holds two postgraduate qualifications, is an active member of various domestic and international professional associations, and enjoys gardening, travelling and learning about geopolitics when time permits.

Qualifications

  • Master of Laws (LL.M) in Professional Legal Practice (incorporating the BPTC), BPP University Law School, London Holborn, awarded Distinction
  • Master of Laws (LL.M), King’s College London, School of Law, awarded Distinction
  • Law (LL.B Hons) with European Legal Studies, King’s College London, School of Law (incorporating an Erasmus exchange at Uppsala University, Sweden)

Memberships

Interests

Dominic’s commercial practice includes all contractually based claims, guarantees, supply of goods and services, finance and credit transactions, company and partnership disputes.

Dominic has a particular interest in advising on commercial use of novel technologies, including small, unmanned aircraft, on which he wrote a leading article: ‘Drones, Airprox, and the Regulatory Environment: Cause for Concern?

Recent instructions

  • Advice in conference following a wedding that did not take place due to the COVID-19 lockdown following the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020/350, where the issues included force majeure, frustration, supervening illegality and consumer protection under the Consumer Rights Act 2015, the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013, and the Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. Email from professional client, dated 15 July 2020: ‘Thank you ever so much. It was super helpful and I look forward to working with you again in the near future.’
  • Office of the Traffic Commissioner v G – successfully represented a sole trader at one of the first in-person public inquiries after the COVID-19 lockdown, so that, although an operator licence was revoked and a disqualification as transport manager was ordered, there was no disqualification as an operator.  In the words of the Commissioner’s written decision: “Normally I would make an equally lengthy disqualification order against an operator with [G’s] record. But I acknowledge that he has made genuine and strenuous efforts to improve compliance since October 2019 (even if there remains some way to go). Exceptionally, I have decided not to make a disqualification order in his case.”
  • S v G & Anor – successfully applied for judgment against both defendants for a six figure sum (with interest at three percent); applied for costs in the sum of £17,000; resisted the defendants’ application for an adjournment; resisted the first defendant’s application to file and serve an amended defence; resisted the second defendant’s application for relief from sanctions and permission to extend the time to file and serve a defence and counterclaim; applied for summary judgment against the first defendant on the basis that there was no real prospect of successfully defending the claim and no other compelling reason why the case should be disposed of at trial; and requested default judgment to be entered against the second defendant on the grounds that a defence had not been filed and the relevant time limit for doing so had expired.  Message from lay client, received by professional client, dated 11 June 2020: ‘I am 100% fully satisfied.’
  • K v M – devilling for a Silk, namely researching and drafting the skeleton argument and bundle of authorities in applications before the High Court for general civil restraint orders, and nonparty costs orders to be awarded on the indemnity basis (April 2020).
  • Advice, letters before claim, and particulars of claim for breach of contract or alternatively money had and received in the sum of £100,000 plus simple interest or alternatively compound interest pursuant to the court’s equitable jurisdiction (February 2020).
  • U v E – successfully made an oral application on the day of trial for summary judgment in the sum of about £10,000 (January 2020).
  • Office of the Traffic Commissioner v P – successfully represented a company in a public inquiry, considering whether the operator was of good repute and had appropriate financial standing; successfully invited the commissioner to hear from the director of that company, who was not able to verify his identity in accordance with the letter calling that company to public inquiry; successfully made an oral application for a period of grace before a standard national goods vehicle licence for five vehicles and seven trailers was revoked, despite failure to produce original or certified copies of evidence demonstrating financial standing; and successfully avoided regulatory action despite the commissioner finding “a problem with the maintenance documents” (November 2019).
  • H v O-B – successfully applied for relief from sanctions, and that the claim be reinstated, despite findings of a serious and significant breach of a court order, for which there was no good reason, and that the application was not made promptly (November 2019).
  • S v F & Anor – successfully made an oral application for judgment against both defendants for around £40,000, and costs of about £11,000 in a directions hearing (September 2019).
  • Office of the Traffic Commissioner v D & Anor – successfully represented two companies in a public inquiry, considering the fitness of those companies and their directors to hold an operator licence, and then successfully applied for a restricted goods operator’s licence to authorise the use of three vehicles. Email from professional client, dated 5 September 2019: ‘Thank you for your attendance note which I found very comprehensive … I will have another case for you shortly and will advise accordingly’.
  • Advice on prospects of defending a claim in the region of £40,000, and counterclaiming in the region of £70,000, upon alleged breach of vacant possession by the seller of a six-bedroom property (June 2019).
  • A v S & Two Ors – devilling for a Silk, drafting a skeleton argument for use in proceedings in the Chancery Division of the High Court (March 2019).
  • I v A – successfully made an oral application and was granted relief from sanctions on day one of a multi-track trial re service of the defendant’s Defence, hearsay notice, and witness statement the day before trial.  About one-twelfth of the five-figure sum claimed was awarded (plus VAT).  Upon making an oral application that the winning party’s costs should be substantially reduced, they were capped to half (March 2019).
  • Advised on alleged breaches of data protection legislation by a high street bank, and damages that could be expected from a court award (August 2018).
  • Advised film production company on whether an Independent Film & Television Alliance arbitration clause was valid in a claim for around £25,000 (May 2018).

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