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Admitted as a Solicitor 2009

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Called 2007
Lee Dowling
Areas of expertise
Education

LLB (Hons) - University of Durham

Bar Vocational Course - University of Northumbria

LL.M Commercial Law - University of Northumbria

Profile

Lee read for an LLB in Law at Durham University, graduating in 2005, before studying for a Masters Degree in Commercial Law at Northumbria University, which he completed in 2006. He then undertook vocational training and was Called to the Bar as a Barrister by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in 2007. In 2009 Lee was admitted to as a solicitor after completing the Qualified Lawyers Transfer and spent 11 years in practice. In November 2020, Lee joined chambers and transferred to full time practice at the Bar.

With strong practice experience at a number of law firms including as a Partner of a London law firm and Consultant Solicitor to a boutique City law firm, Lee is able to provide a wide range of expert legal advice and assistance to his clients. He has a proven track record of success, particular expertise and experience in civil and commercial disputes and litigation and his work has encompassed cases before the Court of Appeal, the High Court as well as the County Courts together with various Tribunals across several areas of law.

As well as Court representation and advocacy, Lee provides pragmatic and commercially sound specialist legal advice, consultation and assistance to both businesses and individuals in civil and commercial matters as well as on a range of additional contentious and non-contentious legal areas including commercial contracts, residential and commercial Landlord & Tenant, employment and Wills & Probate matters.

Expertise

 

Business and Property (Chancery)

 

With an academic background in commercial law, this lends itself to Lee’s practice in this area and he regularly appears in the High Court on a range of business and property matters.

 

Company and Commercial

 

Lee’s practice includes extensive expertise in company law and corporate work, particularly in limited company Court Order restoration applications as well as shareholder disputes, upon which he also advises clients extensively.

 

Property

 

Lee has broad experience in a range of property disputes and litigation, and including both residential and commercial landlord and tenant, mortgage litigation, TLATA, construction and boundary disputes. His residential and commercial landlord and tenant practice is well honed and he has acted in a variety of possession and forfeiture cases ranging from local authority, anti-social behaviour matters and general evictions to cases involving high net worth and high profile individuals. His work has comprised of injunctions, evictions and stay applications. Lee offers his clients pragmatic and astute advice in this area.

Insolvency

 

Lee acts in, and advises upon, individual bankruptcy orders as well as winding up petitions in corporate matters.

 

Contentious probate

 

Wills and probate disputes that Lee deals with have encompassed removal of executors, Will validity and testamentary capacity as well as claims under the Inheritance (Family and Dependents) Act 1975. These have included high value Estates and complex assets of various types.

 

General Civil and Common Law

 

Lee’s predominant practice has been grounded in civil litigation ranging from interim applications to complex multi-track level cases. He has previously been involved in reported cases, most notably Orchard Investment Properties Ltd v Violante [2013] EWHC 2558 (Ch) in which he acted for the successful Respondent. The case remains a leading authority in establishing the Court’s jurisdiction and discretion to grant security for costs beyond standard CPR Part 25 procedures. The case still features in the White Book (25.13.13) as definitive guidance.

 

His general civil litigation work includes debt recovery, contract and tort cases.

 

Employment

Lee’s employment work has encompassed Tribunal advocacy and is complemented by a strong advisory practice, particularly in settlement (compromise) agreements.

 

Personal Injury

 

As well as road traffic personal injury, Lee has acted in employer and occupier liability claims as well as both portal and non-portal RTA injuries. He regularly advises on quantum, deals with infant settlement matters and stage 3 hearings. Lee also has experience in complex injury cases and high value matters.

 

Road Traffic

 

Lee receives instructions in various road traffic matters including those involving personal injury and credit hire.

 

Family

 

Over the years Lee has built up significant and wide-ranging family law practice.

Matrimonial Financial Orders (ancillary relief). Lee has undertaken matrimonial work for over a decade; he has conducted a variety of matters including high net worth and complex cases.

 

Children

 

Having appeared in both the High Court and County Court, Lee accepts instructions in both private and public child law cases. He has acted for parents in emergency and ex parte applications as to prohibited steps orders and child arrangement orders. His work has included matters with international elements regarding removal from the jurisdiction of England and Wales to non-Hague Convention States.

 

Fertility & Surrogacy Law

 

Lee has a thriving practice in surrogacy law with emphasis on advisory work involving intended parents and surrogates alike as well as having provided legal guidance to fertility clinics. He also accepts instructions for Court representation including parental order applications.

 

Crime

 

Lee regularly acts for clients in criminal matters, particularly for motoring and road traffic offences.