Louis Weston

Year of Call: 1994
Email Address: louis.weston@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 01962 868884

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Louis Weston provides clear, uncomplicated advice and advocacy and a depth of experience in business and commercial actions before the Courts and in mediation and arbitral proceedings.

He has particular experience in:

  • Freezing Orders and injunctive relief
  • Contractual disputes and restraints of trade
  • Claims against insurers both BTE and ATE and in LEI cover in particular.
  • Sale of Goods/Supply of Services (including professional negligence claims) arising from
  • Failures in the quality of goods, title and performance
  • Failed Partnerships and Business ventures
  • Sports Law disputes between players and regulators and sporting bodies

Recent cases:

  • Acting for a freight forwarder in a claim against former employees and competitor company for conspiracy to cause economic harm and breach of employee covenants of fidelity
  • Acting for a leasing company in recovering title ibn stakeholder proceedings to high value motor vehicles removed in an apparent fraud to Thailand
  • Acting for the bailor of jewellery and other valuable goods for breach of obligation against a bailee where the goods were lost from a safety deposit
  • Acting for an insured against its insurer and broker for failure to place appropriate cover
  • Acting for the owner and insurer of a Lamborghini Miura in a claim against the servicing garage, HR Owen, following the destruction by fire of the Miura
  • Acting for the Claimant in a case for loss of ability to obtain credit as a result of incorrect data recording on his credit file
  • Acting for a Claimant pilot for breach of an insurer’s obligation to pay on a policy for loss of ability to fly a plane
  • Obtaining a freezing order for funds obtained from the fraudulent sale of a helicopter
  • Resisting freezing orders for claims in fraud
  • Interim injunctions restraining breach of contract
  • Acting for an American technology company successfully arbitrating a dispute with a French multinational in the International Court of Arbitration
  • A claim for the resolution of a dispute over the development of technology in America involving UK scientists
  • Disputes over the performance of an infrastructure project
  • Claims for performance of industrial plant in test projects
  • Acting for solicitors resisting claims for professional negligence
  • Contractual claims over the sale, ownership and condition of horses, cars and aircraft
  • Failed business agreements between horse breeders, property developers and designers
  • Disputes arising from contractual termination and commission payments
  • Agreements in restraint of trade between dentists, veterinarians and retailers
  • Construction disputes in respect of commercial and domestic properties.

He is experienced in alternative dispute resolution whether mediation, round table or arbitration, and has delivered lectures to the Bristol Law Society and in-house training on Exclusion Clauses, Remedies, and Experts amongst other topics.

Recent Reported appellate cases:

British Gas Trading Ltd v Oak Cash & Carry Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 153 acting for the struck out Defendant in a Mitchell/Denton relief application.

Tanir v Tanir [2015] EWHC 3363 acting for appellant in an appeal against entering a default judgment following defective service by the Court.

Graves v Brouwer [2015] EWCA Civ 595 acting for appellant following a fire in which a property was destroyed appeal on issue of causation.

Cronin v GBGB [2013] EWCA Civ 668 acting for GBGB in resisting appeal against internal disciplinary proceedings.

Professional liability

Louis has substantial experience and expertise experienced in acting for Claimants and Defendants in Professional Negligence claims and in dealing with limitation, contributory negligence and quantum issues that arise in such claims.  Louis works with clients to achieve the quickest and most cost effective solution to cases, and regularly represents in mediations  as well as running such claims through the Court system to conclusion.

He has acted for and advised professionals various professionals including;  surveyors, solicitors, IFA’s and accountants in claims involving both negligent advice and representation.  Louis also has experience of advising the parties directly, their third party insurers, interested parties or litigation funders.

In claims against legal professionals, he regularly acts and advises on cases involving; negligent conveyancing, management of wills and probate, negligent valuation and the conduct of both contentious disputes and non-contentious transactions. Louis also has experience of acting for insurers, lenders, and purchasers in claims involving legal professionals and valuers which arise from the valuation of property for lending decisions, equity release schemes and for private individuals in connection with negligent advice on settlement of claims.

Louis also has substantial experience representing professionals and interested parties at the various regulator tribunals, from inquiries to disciplinary hearings.

Recent cases:

  • Advising and acting for a firm in proceedings against its ATE insurer arising from non disclosure
  • Acting for a house purchaser in proceedings against their solicitor for failure to obtain full title
  • Advising a firm in settlement of a claim brought by a lender for negligent conduct of mortgage and breach of fiduciary duties
  • Acting for Claimants in a case against solicitors who had failed to advise and act on an option agreement
  • Advising a firm in connection with a claim for negligent registration of an interest in property
  • Action for a Claimant in respect of a claim for the negligent conduct of a PI claim and failure to obtain security for her claim and costs
  • Acting for a Claimant in respect of a claim for negligent conveyance leaving the Claimant without title to property purchased
  • Acting for a Claimant lender in respect of the negligent valuation of a commercial property and solicitor for the negligent investigation of the planning permission for the property.

Publications

  • 2nd Sep 2016

    The latest decision of the Court of Appeal to consider the Mitchell principles for granting relief from sanctions, has endorsed their strictness: Oak Cash & Carry Ltd v British Gas Trading Ltd [2016] EWCA Civ 153. The guidance relates to the operation of those principles in the context of Unless Orders - by Louis Weston

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Recommendations

'A highly experienced barrister practising across the London Bar and Western Circuit. He handles a range of clinical negligence claims including those relating to delayed diagnoses and cosmetic surgery. He also acts in cases concerning negligent veterinary treatment and veterinary products.'

Chambers UK 2017/Clinical Negligence - Western (Bar) - Band 2

'Manages a blossoming sports practice and has key knowledge of match-fixing cases. He receives instructions relating to snooker, motor racing and horse racing.
Strengths: "An excellent barrister in all respects. He is extremely bright and has a keen analytical mind." "He has a great sense of humour in front of panels, but he still takes the work seriously."'

Chambers UK 2017/Sport - London (Bar) - Band 1

'Well regarded by his peers as an analytical lawyer with a powerful court presence. He splits his practice between the London Bar and Western Circuit, and has experience in the complementary area of product liability including involvement in the recent PIP breast implant scandal. His expertise includes handling litigation related to veterinary negligence and defective veterinary products.
Strengths: "A larger than life character who is really impressive. He has the ability to digest years of litigation and filings into his brain very quickly." "A good overall barrister who is good on his feet."'

Chambers UK 2016/Clinical Negligence - Western (Bar) - Band 2

'Has a fantastic reputation for his strong regulatory and disciplinary work before the British Horseracing Authority and the Greyhound Board of Great Britain. He also undertakes doping and corruption cases across the world of sport.
Strengths: "He is extremely bright with a keen analytical mind. He is able to quickly identify the key issues in any dispute and communicate them in a clear manner."'

Chambers UK 2016/Sport - London (Bar) - Band 2

'...has represented governing bodies from horse racing and greyhound racing in connection with corruption and disciplinary matters. He has also acted on corruption and doping matters in athletics, snooker, football and rugby.
Expertise: "He's a natural advocate; very skilful and unflappable." "Advice from Louis Weston is like receiving advice from Zeus - you know it's right and if it's not then a fork of lightning will come down and make it right."'

Chambers UK 2015/Sports Law – London Bar

'Has established an interesting niche in veterinary surgery cases alongside his general clinical negligence caseload. He is chiefly noted in this area for his work on behalf of doctors, surgeons and other individual healthcare professionals.
Expertise: "He is extremely able and extremely effective in everything that he does - he never disappoints."'

Chambers UK 2015/Clinical negligence – Western Bar Band 2 Set

'A highly regarded junior, whose sports practice primarily centres on disputes in horse racing and greyhound racing. He is regularly instructed by the British Horseracing Authority on corruption, race fixing and riding offences.
Expertise: “He is incredibly bright and great to work with, and can turn his hand to anything.”'

Chambers UK 2014/Sports Law – London Bar

'...represents a wide range of clients, including doctors, veterinary surgeons and other healthcare workers. He is noted for his skill with misdiagnosis cases.
Expertise: “He is extremely down to earth and builds a good rapport with his clients.” “He has a medical background and is extraordinarily helpful. He is exactly the sort of counsel you want.”'

Chambers UK 2014/Clinical Negligence - Western (Bar)

'He has a good brain with excellent technical knowledge.'

Legal 500 2016/Regional Bar - Western Circuit, Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors and also Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

'He has a quirky way about him that clients like.'

Legal 500 2016/London Bar - Sport – Leading juniors

'A popular choice in sports-related disputes.'

Legal 500 2016/London Bar - Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law) - Leading juniors

'He has expertise in health and safety, professional discipline and trading standards

Legal 500 2015/Regional Bar - Western Circuit, Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

'He is outstanding and has a very good understanding of the sports market.'

Legal 500 2015/London Bar - Sport – Leading juniors

'A popular choice in sports-related disputes.'

Legal 500 2015/London Bar - Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law) - Leading juniors

'Quickly masters his brief. He is respected by all sides and a pleasure to work with.'

Legal 500 2014/London Bar.

‘quick-witted, experienced advocate and horseracing expert'

Legal 500 Directory 2013/14/London Bar - Media, Entertainment and Sport and also Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law) - Leading Junior.

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Academic qualifications

  • Bristol University (Philosophy BA, First, Miller Barstow Prize).

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Recorder

Professional bodies

  • British Association for Sport and Law (BASL)
  • Member of ARDL

Direct Access

Louis Weston is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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