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Dominic Bright

Dominic advocates at first instance and on appeal.

In August 2021, his client was granted permission to bring a second appeal to the Court of Appeal: “The defendant’s grounds of appeal raise an important point which it seems has not been considered by this court … have a real prospect of success [and] the issue of principle, and the consequences for practice … are of general importance.”

His Honour Judge Dight CBE, Resident and Designated Civil Judge, Central London and Mayor’s & City of London Courts, concluded that the second edition of ‘A Practical Guide to the Small Claims Track’ is “essential reading … for all practitioners who handle small claims [and that] the judges of the county court (whether salaried or fee-paid) would benefit considerably by reading this book and keeping it by their side”.

Dominic is a registered Civil and Commercial Mediator with the Civil Mediation Council and offers online and telephone mediation services at www.ResolvedOnline.com. He also edits Jus Cogens, the online journal providing news, expert analysis and compelling opinion on public and private international law for those with an international aspect to their practice.

Registered on the Direct Access Portal, Dominic can be instructed directly. He is an Associate of King’s College London. Dominic was judicial assistant in the Court of Appeal to Sir Brian Leveson (then President of the Queen’s Bench Division).

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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

  • Training “Merlin” the German Shepherd, playing the VAD 706 V-Drums Acoustic Design, and horse-riding
  • Conserving a Sixteenth-Century, Grade II listed property of special architectural and historic interest, as a member of The Listed Property Owners’ Club
  • National, regional and global threats, challenges and opportunities including the changing nature of geopolitics in relation to sustainable growth, prevention of conflict, and development of the rule of law

Dominic accepts instructions in international commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation, conflict of laws and questions of jurisdiction, public and private international law.  He also accepts devilling instructions from Silks and senior juniors on larger and more complex cases, including offshore arbitrations.

Dominic is 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. His recent articles include:

In November 2019, Dominic presented a seminar with Dr Natalia Perova to selected professional clients, entitled: ‘Jurisdiction and Choice of Law Clauses in International Commercial Contracts’. His topics included three Regulations of the European Union (Rome I, Rome II and Recast Brussels), the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, and what can be expected after Brexit.

In September 2019, Dominic published an article in Counsel Magazine, entitled: ‘The CICC and the rule of law: Fair, transparent and convenient? What you need to know about China’s new International Commercial Court’. He has a particular interest in the regulation of novel technologies, including small, unmanned aircraft, on which he has written a leading article: ‘Drones, Airprox and the Regulatory Environment: Cause for Concern?’

Dominic is a member of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

He accepts instructions in (international) commercial litigation, international arbitration and mediation, cross-border insolvency, conflict of laws and questions of jurisdiction, public and private international law.

Recent instructions

  • Devilling for a Silk on procedure and prospects of successfully appealing an arbitration in a Caribbean country where the costs on each side were in the region of $10 US million. Email from Silk, dated 20 July 2021: ‘Huge thanks as always – and for staying up so late to complete your note.  I wish I had your stamina!’
  • Devilling for a Silk (draft list of issues, draft opening and draft closing submissions) in an international commercial arbitration under the CIArb Arbitration Rules (Bermuda) 2019, claiming damages of over US $17 million for breach of contract. Emails from Silk, dated 10 November, 22, 21 and 19 September 2020: ‘You’re a star … Very helpful … You never cease to impress me! … Great stuff. You have the magic touch. Huge thanks, as always … Big thanks for all your help. Hugely needed. Dominic is a veritable forensic star. … You will see the extent to which I adopted your very fine work.’

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