Practice

Gregory Denton-Cox specialises in commercial and chancery litigation, with particular experience in company law, insolvency, banking, trusts, civil fraud and asset recovery. He is recommended by Chambers & Partners as a leading junior in the fields of Chancery: Commercial, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Company, and Fraud: Civil, and is described in the 2018 edition as “unflappable” and “a pleasure to work with”. He is also recommended by the Legal 500 for Company and Partnership for his “agile legal mind’.

Gregory was named Chancery Junior of the Year at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards in 2017, having previously been shortlisted in 2013 and 2016.

Practice areas

Chancery: commercial

Gregory has consistently been ranked by Chambers & Partners as one of the leading juniors in commercial chancery matters. The 2018 edition describes him as a widely praised junior who has appeared in some of the most significant recent cases and who “consistently demonstrates really excellent strategic judgment, and is easy and fun to work with.” He was named Chancery Junior of the Year at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards in 2017, having previously been shortlisted in 2013 and 2016. He acts in company, civil fraud and asset recovery, trusts, banking and finance, and insolvency claims, as well as a range of general commercial disputes.

Company law

Gregory is recommended by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 as a leading junior in the field of company law for his considerable experience in company law litigation including shareholder disputes, derivative claims and petitions under section 994 of the Companies Act 2006. Recent cases include successfully acting for the directors of Carlyle Capital Corporation in long-running proceedings brought by liquidators in Guernsey, and acting for the petitioning shareholder in a dispute relating to the ownership of Claridge’s, the Connaught and The Berkeley hotels (Re Coroin Ltd [2014] BCC 14, [2013] EWCA Civ 781). He also has particular experience in transfers of insurance business under Part VII of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

Commercial dispute resolution

Gregory acts in substantial commercial disputes in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division, as well as in offshore jurisdictions and arbitration proceedings.  He frequently acts and advises in relation to jurisdiction disputes and injunctive relief.

Banking & finance

Gregory has acted in a range of substantial disputes for and against banks and financial institutions. He has particular experience in acting for noteholders or trustees in disputes in relation to the interpretation of structured finance and capital market transactions, including BNY Mellon Corporate Trustee Service Ltd v LBG Capital No 1 Plc [2016] UKSC 29 (Supreme Court); Napier Park European Credit Opportunities Fund Limited v Harbourmaster Pro-rata CLO 2 BV [2014] EWCA Civ 984 (Court of Appeal), and US Bank Trustees Ltd v Titan Europe 2007-1 (NHP) Ltd [2014] EWHC 1189 (Ch).

Fraud – civil

Gregory is recommended by Chambers and Partners (Fraud: Civil) as a “very impressive” junior who “has appeared in many headline-grabbing fraud cases”.  He acts for the victims of fraud in safeguarding, tracing and recovering funds, and for those accused of fraud.

Insolvency & restructuring

Gregory regularly acts for and against liquidators in proceedings under the insolvency legislation. Recent cases include acting for the successful directors of Carlyle Capital Corporation in long-running proceedings brought by liquidators in Guernsey.  He was on the Attorney General’s C Panel from 2006 to 2011 and has considerable experience in directors’ disqualification proceedings and public interest winding-up petitions. In addition to acting for and against directors, Gregory has also advised the Jersey Financial Services Commission and the Northern Irish Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in relation to disqualification proceedings in those jurisdictions.

Offshore litigation

Gregory is frequently in demand in offshore cases, particularly those involving company, insolvency or trust disputes. He acted for the successful directors in proceedings brought in Guernsey by the liquidators of Carlyle Capital Corporation.  In the JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov proceedings, Gregory acted for receivers appointed by the Court including in seeking recognition of their appointment, and enforcement of the order, in a number of offshore jurisdictions.  Chambers Global ranks Gregory as a leading junior in UK Dispute Resolution:  Commercial Chancery.

Additional info

Cases of interest

BNY Mellon Corporate Trustee Service Ltd v LBG Capital No 1 Plc [2016] UKSC 29; Chancery Division, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court (led by Mark Howard QC and Robert Miles QC), contractual disputes concerning the ability of Lloyds Banking Group to redeem Enhanced Capital Notes issued in 2009.

Napier Park European Credit Opportunities Fund Limited v Harbourmaster Pro-rata CLO 2 BV [2014] EWCA Civ 984; Court of Appeal (led by Robert Miles QC), acting for the successful noteholders in a dispute concerning the construction of structured finance documentation.

US Bank Trustees Ltd v Titan Europe 2007-1 (NHP) Ltd [2014] EWHC 1189 (Ch); Chancery Division (led by Richard Hill QC), acting for the successful noteholders in a dispute concerning the construction of structured finance documentation.

Benedetti v Sawiris & others [2014] AC 938, [2013] UKSC 50; Chancery Division, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court (led by Laurence Rabinowitz QC and Richard Hill QC), a claim to a substantial shareholding in the vehicle used for the acquisition of an Italian telecommunications company. The claim raised questions of contractual construction, constructive trust and unjust enrichment, with the unjust enrichment issues going to the Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court’s judgment is an important analysis of the principles underlying unjust enrichment and claims for a quantum meruit, which had long been the subject of much academic debate.

Re Coroin Ltd, McKillen v Misland & others [2014] BCC 14, [2013] EWCA Civ 781; Chancery Division and Court of Appeal  (led by Lord Goldsmith QC, Philip Marshall QC and Richard Hill QC), a shareholder dispute in relation to the ownership of Claridge’s, the Connaught and The Berkeley hotels.

Molko v Hewitt (led by Ian Mill QC), a shareholder dispute between the founder members of the band Placebo, and a former member, which settled before trial.

LB Re Financing No. 3 Limited v Excalibur Funding No.1 Plc [2011] EWHC 2111 Chancery Division (led by Robert Miles QC), acting for the trustee in a dispute concerning the correct interpretation of a securitisation trust deed, and whether an event of default had occurred.

Cecil v Bayat [2011] 1 WLR 3086, [2011] EWCA Civ 135; Commercial Court and Court of Appeal (led by Robert Miles QC and Richard Hill), a jurisdiction challenge and application to set aside orders extending time for service of the Claim Form and for service by alternative means.

Alexiou v Campbell [2007] UKPC 11; Privy Council (led by Robert Hildyard QC), construction of consent order compromising shareholder dispute.

Bracken Partners Ltd v Gutteridge [2004] 1 BCLC 377, [2003] EWCA Civ 1875; Court of Appeal, beneficial ownership and tracing.

Gregory has also appeared for the applicants in a number of insurance business transfer schemes under Part VII of FSMA, including Re First Alternative Insurance Company Ltd [2007] EWHC 694 (Ch); Re Eagle Star Insurance Co Ltd [2006] EWHC 1850 (Ch); [2007] 1 B.C.L.C. 21; Re Pearl Assurance [2006] EWHC 2291 (Ch), [2007] Bus L.R. D10; Re Allied Dunbar Assurance plc [2005] EWHC 28 (Ch); [2005] 2 B.C.L.C. 220.

What the directories and judges say

“A widely praised junior who has appeared in some of the most significant recent cases. He is noted for being “unflappable” and for being “a good multitasker.” “A very efficient and quick writer, which is especially impressive given the quality of the work he produces. He consistently demonstrates really excellent strategic judgement, and is easy and fun to deal with.” “Bright, extremely hard-working, and very personable.” (Chambers & Partners, 2018, Chancery: Commercial)

“Displays great legal awareness and maturity. He has a very good drafting style, and his pleasant and easy-going personality make him a pleasure to work with.” (Chambers & Partners, 2018, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“He has an exceptionally quick and lively legal mind and he fights for his clients with determination and enthusiasm. He inspires their confidence.” (Chambers & Partners, 2018, Company)

“He has an agile legal mind and his drafting skills are exceptional.” (UK Legal 500, 2017, Company and Partnership)

“A junior who has cut his teeth on some of the most complicated cases at the Chancery Bar… He’s very good at breaking ideas down into quite simple language, and when he produces a skeleton it’s always a very clever piece of work.” (Chambers & Partners, 2017, Chancery: Commercial)

“Highly respected barrister with a broad commercial chancery practice … A very safe pair of hands who knows his stuff. His quality of service goes beyond his years of call.”.”   (Chambers & Partners, 2017, Company)

“A skilled senior junior with a wide commercial chancery practice who has appeared in many headline-grabbing fraud cases…. He’s terrific, hard-working and really user-friendly.” (Chambers & Partners, 2017, Fraud: Civil)

“A strong litigator who is frequently involved in disputes focused on questions relating to trusts, banking and finance, civil fraud and insolvency law. He is especially good at derivative claims and shareholder disagreements… He’s bright, personable, and can work under very difficult conditions without ever losing his temper or sense of humour.” (Chambers & Partners, 2016, Chancery: Commercial)

“He is always one step ahead and clearly has the ear of the Companies Court.” “I would describe him as an instructing solicitor’s dream: incredibly competent, very user-friendly and gets on with it in a very comfortable, reassuring fashion.”   (Chambers & Partners, 2016, Company)

“Super clever… He’s personable and a good advocate.” (Chambers & Partners, 2016, Fraud: Civil)

“He is a very able junior who displays great legal awareness and maturity. He has a very good drafting style and his pleasant and easy-going personality make him a pleasure to deal with.” (Chambers & Partners, 2015, Chancery: Commercial)

“Credited by sources as a talented senior junior who is recognised for his strong work ethic…. A workhorse and a generally excellent lawyer.” (Chambers & Partners, 2015, Company)

“He is extremely diligent, always knows everything about the case and contributes good points… exactly what you would want from a junior.  He fights his client’s corner without being overly aggressive.” (Chambers & Partners, 2015, Civil Fraud)

“Has “a premier-league caseload”, with fraud, insolvency and company cases forming the bedrock of his practice. Market sources identify him as one of the rising stars of the junior Bar. He is tough but vey fair, and reasonable to deal with if you’re against him.” (Chambers & Partners, 2014, Chancery: Commercial)

“Handles civil fraud and asset recovery proceedings as part of his celebrated commercial chancery practice. Extremely hands-on, responsive and user-friendly. He receives particular praise for his impressive drafting abilities.” (Chambers & Partners, 2014, Fraud: Civil).

“extremely bright, tactically astute and very knowledgeable.” (UK Legal 500, 2012, Fraud: Civil)

 “An amazingly skilled barrister who gains the respect of the market. He is both highly intelligent and certain to have a glittering future.” (Chambers & Partners, 2009, Company)

 

 

 

Career & appointments

Called to the Bar in 2000
Junior Counsel to the Crown (C Panel) (2006 to 2011)

Publications

Contributor to the Companies volumes of Atkins Court Forms.

Education & awards

LLB (Law with American Law), University of Nottingham, with a year spent at the University of Texas in Austin.
Sunley Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn.