Clive Freedman QC

Clive Freedman QC is a commercial Silk, a Deputy High Court Judge and was joint head of Littleton Chambers between 2006-2013  His practice areas span civil fraud, commercial litigation, arbitration, banking, company and partnership, and professional negligence; and he is highly ranked in the independent legal directories. Clive has appeared as leading Counsel in numerous CIS cases both in English courts and in international arbitrations. He is also a sought after public speaker in relation to law as well as wider speaking engagements.

Clive is consistently rated as a leading Silk by the Legal Directories in the following fields:

Commercial Litigation

  • "A particularly fabulous cross-examiner" (Chambers & Partners 2013)
  • "An exceptional presence...intimidatingly bright" (Chambers & Partners 2013)
  • "Brilliant analytical mind and marvellous advocacy" (Chambers & Partners 2011)
  • "Particularly good at exploring the ramifications of both factual submissions and legal arguments" (Legal 500 2013)

Civil Fraud

  • "Meticulous analysis and determination to get the right result for his client" (Chambers & Partners 2012)
  • "Rigorously analytical in his approach as well as creative in his thinking. He is well suited to cases of seemingly insurmountable complexity, and can turn his broad experience and vast intellect to a variety of fraud related work" (Chambers & Partners 2011)


  • "Able to turn his hand to anything with perfect aplomb" (Legal 500)

International Arbitration

  • "Stands out as one of the best commercial litigators around" (Legal 500)
  • "He seems to have exactly the right touch for whatever tribunal he faces"(unknown)

A large part of Clive's practice comprises complex commercial fraud trials usually with a substantial international dimension, most lasting several weeks.  He is frequently retained in in energy and precious metals disputes between Russian and CIS oligarchs in the Chancery Division and in international arbitrations as well as acting for high net worth individuals on a broad range of other commercial matters.

He is also an appellate lawyer of great experience, having appeared in the Court of Appeal on about 50 occasions.  Examples of work include Clive acting in the guideline case of Dadourian on worldwide freezing injunctions; in the House of Lords solicitor partnership case of Hurst v Bryk

In the last few years alone, he has been in numerous reported cases.  Most recent cases including 4 Eng v Harper [2009] Ch. 91 (damages for loss of chance in fraud cases), 4 Eng v Harper (No.2)[2010] BCLC 176 (setting aside transactions prejudicing creditors under Insolvency Act 1986), Noble v Owens [2010] 1 W.L.R 2491 (Court of Appeal: impeaching a judgment for fraud in a personal injuries case), Jenington v Assaubayev [2010] EWHC 2351 (Ch) (gold mining interests in Kazakhstan – cross examination - freezing injunctions), Garratt v Mirror Group Newspapers [2011] EWCA Civ 425 (Court of Appeal: role of implied terms in collective agreement) and Alliance v Tishbi [2011] All ER (D) 230 (Apr) (construction and rectification in settlement agreements).