Clive Freedman QC is joint head of Littleton Chambers and one of the UK's most highly regarded commercial litigators.
Called to the bar in 1978 and made silk in 1997 and a deputy High Court Judge in 2003, Clive has a wealth of experience acting for high value individuals in cases of commercial fraud, international arbitration, professional negligence, banking, company law and general commercial litigation. He frequently appears with specialist juniors in different fields, and has appeared before the Court of Appeal in about 50 cases.
Among the views expressed about him in the current legal directories are the following:
Commercial Litigation Chambers and Partners - Clive Freedman QC earns praise for his "brilliant analytical mind and marvellous advocacy," and was described by one interviewee as "the most thorough man I've ever met; he never knowingly leaves a stone unturned." Legal 500 - the ‘incredibly bright and tenacious’ Clive Freedman QC ‘wins cases for clients by looking at every angle, with a creative and rigorous approach’.
Civil Fraud - Chambers and Partners - Clive Freedman QC is "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"
Banking - Legal 500 - Clive Freedman QC is ‘able to turn his hand to anything with perfect aplomb’
International arbitration - Legal 500 - Clive Freedman QC ‘stands out as one of the best commercial litigators around’. ‘He seems to have exactly the right touch for whatever tribunal he faces’,
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  Ch. 91 (damages for loss of chance in fraud cases), 4 Eng v Harper (No.2) BCLC 176 (setting aside transactions prejudicing creditors under Insolvency Act 1986), Noble v Owens  1 W.L.R 2491 (Court of Appeal: impeaching a judgment for fraud in a personal injuries case), Jenington v Assaubayev  EWHC 2351 (Ch) (gold mining interests in Kazakhstan – cross examination - freezing injunctions), Garratt v Mirror Group Newspapers  EWCA Civ 425 (Court of Appeal: role of implied terms in collective agreement) and Alliance v Tishbi  All ER (D) 230 (Apr) (construction and rectification in settlement agreements).