Business & Commercial Law

Why Use a Direct Access Commercial Barrister?


  • As a commercial barrister Spencer regularly appears in Court arguing real contractual disputes;
  • He can give accurate and pragmatic advice using this practical experience of how judges actually apply the law.

Lower Costs

  • Barristers normally charge less per hour than a solicitor in an equivalent position in the market.  This is because barristers do not employ secretarial staff and have lower overheads.
  • Barristers generally take a matter of fact approach to litigation.  Spencer will advise you on the most cost effective and efficient way of dealing with your contractual problem.  In some circumstances this may means directing you towards a solicitor, legal executive or paralegal.

Contract Law Advice

Spencer advises and represents clients in range of commercial contract and related matters, including, general contractual disputes, claims under indemnities, outsourcing disputes,  shareholder disputes (see Hamilton College London Ltd and another v Ahmad & Anor [2013] EWHC 2072), claims for unfair prejudice and disputes concerning directors’ duties and the bonuses and commissions of senior officers and employees.

As a commercial barrister Spencer appears regularly in the High Court and County Court.  He has particular expertise in applications seeking interim and final injunctions.  He has advised and represented clients seeking to enforce restrictive covenants and confidentiality clauses and clients claiming protection from internet abuse under the Protection from Harassment Act.  He has also acted for a politician making a claim under the Representation of the People Act shortly before the last general election.

Examples of some of the advice and representation provided by Spencer:

  • Dispute concerning the supply of organic foodstuffs;
  • Dispute concerning the provision of telecommunications services;
  • Dispute concerning the delivery of satellite TV services;
  • Dispute between scrap metal merchant franchisor and franchisee;
  • Dispute over search engine optimisation (SEO) services;
  • Dispute concerning the enforcement of restrictive covenant and confidentiality clauses in a director’s service contract.

Contract Drafting Service

Spencer is able to draft and advise clients on a range of contracts, from simple web marketing terms and conditions to complex contracts for the international sale of goods.

Spencer strives to provide practical solutions that meet his clients’ needs, which are clear, and which can guide his clients’ developing business relationships.  His experience representing clients in court enables him to give pragmatic, commercial and above all realistic advice on legal problems and solutions.  His hands-on experience in court allows him to assess clearly and accurately the risks and advantages presented by particular contracts or situations.

Examples of recent projects include:

  • Agency and distribution agreement in respect of online car servicing;
  • Consultancy agreement for senior employee;
  • Online marketing agreement;
  • Complex outsourcing agreement governing HR Services;
  • Contract governing the sale of oil refinery equipment;
  • Digital commerce agreement;
  • Framework contract governing transport services;
  • Various web design and marketing contracts.

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