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Laurence Page is a leading commercial and infrastructure barrister. He specialises in high value litigation and international arbitrations which raise complex economic, financial and technical issues.
He is recognised as a “tier 1” barrister by both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, with rankings in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Middle East (The English Bar: Commercial), Fraud: Civil, Construction and Professional Negligence. This year’s directories describe him as having “a phenomenal work rate and an unparalleled ability to turn complexity into simplicity at speed,” and as “a super advocate and a great team player.” He is praised as a “determined and thorough” advocate whose “grasp of the facts and the evidence is encyclopaedic.”
Laurence has acted in some of the largest shareholder and fraud disputes of recent years in the Commercial Court and in the Middle East (including in the DIFC and QFC Courts). These include a multi-billion dollar shareholder arbitration relating to a company in Saudi Arabia, a multi-billion dollar banking fraud dispute concerning Danish withholding tax, and arbitrations concerning alleged frauds arising from conduct in the Cayman Islands, Hungary, Rwanda, Dubai, Qatar, Lebanon, Cyprus and the UK.
Much of Laurence’s work relates to emerging technologies. His experience encompasses new satellite technology, food delivery apps, direct-to-consumer optical services, horticultural lighting, dark kitchens and spread betting. His wider energy and infrastructure experience has included natural gas shipping contracts, bitumen import/exports, carbon capture & store, regasification, sea-wall defences, and (allegedly) the world’s largest privately-owned fish-tank.
Many cases raise technical economic issues. Laurence graduated from the London School of Economics with the highest mark ever awarded for an undergraduate thesis.
Laurence’s particular focus on disputes in the Middle East is such that his work takes him to the region most months.
Laurence is recognised as a Tier 1 barrister in his specialisms by both Chambers UK and Legal 500. He is recognised as a leading junior in Commercial Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation (Middle East), Commercial Litigation, Fraud (Civil), Construction and Professional Negligence.
“Laurence has a phenomenal work rate with an unparalleled ability to turn complexity into simplicity at speed. He gives a level of assurance beyond his years and is also great fun to work with. A real one-to-watch who is destined for big things at the Bar.” (Legal 500 – Construction)
“A super advocate and a great team player.” (Chambers – Commercial Dispute Resolution)
“Laurence Page is very creative and looks for a solution where often others will look for a problem. He is a great sounding board and is always willing to kick things around.” (Chambers – Commercial Dispute Resolution)
“Laurence provides fast turnaround times and is very commercial.” (Chambers – Commercial Dispute Resolution)
“Laurence is approachable and responsive.” (Legal 500 – Professional Negligence)
“He has very good attention to detail and he’s very good with clients.” (Chambers – Commercial Dispute Resolution)
“Laurence is disarmingly relaxed but totally on it and really sharp. He has a good manner in court and gets judges on side.” (Chambers – Commercial Dispute Resolution)
“He is very competent and engages really well with client teams and instructing lawyers. He provides great legal and commercially savvy support when acting as junior counsel and comes up with clear and concise solutions to issues.” (Chambers – Dispute Resolution (Middle East))
“Extremely commercially astute. He grasps the technical points very quickly, as well as the legal points.” (Legal 500 – construction)
“Very responsive, highly intelligent and great fun to work with. A legal polymath who seems to have an expert grip on many different areas of law.” (Legal 500 – Commercial Litigation)
“‘Knowledgeable, self-motivated, with excellent client relationship skills; a very good all-round senior junior in commercial and fraud matters.” (Legal 500 – civil fraud)
“Very pro-active, user-friendly, understands the legal framework in the UAE and the interplay between onshore and offshore regimes. He is very friendly and willing to attend preliminary meetings or provide preliminary advice, which is often well received by clients.” (Legal 500 – Middle East)
“Laurence is diligent, intelligent and I like that he gets on with things. He has excellent judgement and is very easy to work with.” (Chambers – Dispute Resolution (Middle East))
“Laurence is always available to assist on very urgent matters; he is available 24/7.” (Chambers Global – Commercial Dispute Resolution)
“His advocacy is incredible; he is pragmatic and he is thoughtful.” (Chambers Global – Commercial Dispute Resolution)
“Very hard-working, he is wonderful both with clients and solicitors. He takes responsibility and consistently delivers.” (Chambers Global)
“Laurence Page is a well-known London-based barrister who has a strong DIFC practice. He is regularly instructed on matters concerning allegations of white-collar fraud, and often assists with cases involving freezing injunctions and search orders.” (Chambers Global – Dispute Resolution (Middle East))
“Charismatic, commercially astute, very good with clients and solicitors, and extremely hard working.” (Legal 500)
“Very easy-going and calm, and has a good court presence. He is a pleasure to work alongside.”(Legal 500)
“Has an in depth grasp of the commercial realities, pressures and drivers that means he talks his client’s language and understands their needs in a way that is rare amongst the Bar.” (Legal 500)
“Bright, practical and invaluable on significant issues – he will become one of the DIFC regular go-to counsel in the next few years.” (Legal 500, EMEA)
“A good advocate who knows his cases inside out, works hard and is immensely likeable.” (Chambers UK)
“He is easy to work with and very approachable.” (Legal 500)
“A good advocate who knows his cases inside out, works hard and is immensely likeable.” (Chambers Global)
“His grasp of the facts and the evidence is encyclopaedic.” (Legal 500)
“He is very determined and thorough.” (Legal 500)
“An intelligent lawyer with a good grasp of the legal principles and how they are applied.” (Legal 500)
Laurence has particular expertise in obtaining and responding to applications for injunctive relief, in particular freezing orders, receivership orders, search orders, Norwich Pharmacal and Bankers Trust disclosure orders, and committal orders.
Many of his cases are conducted under foreign law. English law claims often include allegations of intentional misconduct (eg bribery, unlawful means conspiracy, dishonest assistance, inducing breach of contract).
Laurence frequently advises on jurisdictional and procedural matters, including challenges to privilege. He is also engaged to conduct depositions in support of foreign proceedings.
Laurence’s economics background is a particular asset in his competition and securities’ action work. He studied Economics and Economic History at the London School of Economics, where he was awarded the highest mark in the department’s living memory for his undergraduate dissertation on regional real wage growth in Britain during the Industrial Revolution.
He is a committee member of the SCL’s Competition and Tech Group.
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