Gregory Denton-Cox specialises in commercial and chancery litigation, company law, civil fraud and asset recovery, trusts, banking and finance and corporate and personal insolvency.

He is recommended by Chambers & Partners as one of the leading junior barristers in Chancery: Commercial, Company and Fraud: Civil.

Gregory was one of 3 barristers shortlisted for Chancery Junior of the Year at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards in 2013.

 

The 2014 edition of Chambers UK says:

  • 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 very fair, and reasonable to deal with if you're against him." (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. (Fraud: Civil)
  • He is recommended for his expertise on section 994 points, shareholder disputes and derivative claims. "He displayed great legal awareness and maturity." "He is very hard-working and easy to deal with, and will willingly roll up his sleeves and muck in to get the task done." (Company)

 

Comments in previous editions of Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 include:

 

  • Impressed sources say of him that "he drafts very well, is a very clear thinker and has a good eye for what a judge will be attracted to." (Chambers & Partners, 2013)
  • Extremely bright, tactically astute and very knowledgeable. (The Legal 500, 2012, Fraud: Civil)
  • Gregory Denton-Cox engages in the full range of commercial chancery work, from company litigation and insolvency to instructions with a banking and finance background... Although he was only called in 2000, sources say he is "a growing force in the set." (Chambers & Partners, Chancery: Commercial, 2012)
  • A sound choice...totally on the ball (Chambers & Partners, Fraud: Civil, 2012)
  • Stands out as a really impressive junior who has what it takes. (Chambers & Partners, Fraud: Civil, 2011)
  • Singled out for his mature approach and the fact that he has an extensive breadth of experience that allows him to do everything by the book in a very natural, collected manner. (Chambers & Partners, Chancery: Commercial, 2011)
  • "Hugely capable and a pleasure to lead", according to one silk, he is an expert on directors' duties, derivative proceedings, shareholder disputes and directors' disqualifications. (Chambers & Partners, Company, 2010)
  • Praised for his energy, vigour and diligence. (Chambers & Partners, Fraud: Civil, 2010).
  • 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, Company 2009)
  • A tremendous prospect with wonderful client skills. (Chambers & Partners, Chancery: Commercial, 2008)
  • Recommended for his brilliant legal mind and ability - he's very much a details man. (Chambers & Partners, Chancery: Commercial, 2007)

Principal Areas of Practice

  • Commercial and Chancery Litigation - disputes in the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court, frequently involving applications for injunctive relief or challenges to the jurisdiction of the English Court.
  • Civil Fraud & Asset Recovery - including acting for the victims of fraud in tracing and recovering funds, and for those accused of fraud.
  • Company Law - including shareholder disputes, derivative claims and petitions under section 994 of the Companies Act 2006. Transfers of insurance business under Part VII of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Gregory is a contributor to the Companies volumes of Atkins Court Forms.
  • Insolvency and Restructuring - including corporate and personal insolvency. Gregory was on the Attorney General's C Panel from 2006 to 2011 and has considerable experience in bringing and defending directors' disqualification proceedings and public interest winding-up petitions. In addition to acting for and against directors in proceedings in England and Wales, Gregory has advised the Jersey Financial Services Commission and the Northern Irish Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in relation to disqualification proceedings in those jurisdictions.
  • Banking and Finance - particularly in relation to structured finance and capital market transactions.


Recent Cases

Benedetti v Sawiris & others [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.

McKillen v Misland & others [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 between Noteholders as to the interpretation of a securitisation trust deed.

Cecil v Bayat [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.

Gregory has also appeared for the applicants in a number of insurance business transfer schemes under Part VII of FSMA, including 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.


Academic

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

Professional

Member of the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR) and Chancery Bar Association.

Contributor to Atkin's Court Forms, Companies volumes.

 

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Areas of Practice

  • Company law
  • Commercial litigation
  • Civil Fraud and Asset Recovery
  • Insolvency
  • Banking and Finance

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