Giles is Head of the Business and Property Department at Exchange Chambers. A leading commercial practitioner, he is recognised as a robust, thorough advocate who readily assimilates the vital details, whilst maintaining an eye on the ‘big picture’. He has a clear grasp of commercial issues and how best to overcome them. He works with his clients, favouring a team approach, particularly when faced with complex issues. With an in-depth understanding of the commercial world, he is adept at keeping his clients informed and aware of any issues that may arise at the earliest opportunity. Giles is combative when needed but at all times he remains a truly commercial litigator in terms of approach to his cases and his clients’ interests and needs. He recognises the importance of achieving his clients’ aims and objectives (whether at trial or through ADR) as quickly and as cost effectively as possible.
Giles is consistently noted as a leader in his field, is highly regarded for his ‘technical knowledge and commercial know-how’, and has a wealth of experience dealing with substantial commercial litigation. Over the last 30 years he has appeared at all levels up to and including the Court of Appeal; he has also acted outside the jurisdiction including in the Supreme Court of the Seychelles and in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar.
His practice has a particular emphasis on civil and corporate fraud, company and contentious insolvency work, professional negligence (claimant and defendant) and banking.
Before taking Silk, Giles was Junior Counsel to the Crown (Regional Panel A) and his work for the Secretary of State focused on contentious public interest winding up petitions, including the appointment of provisional liquidators and appropriate injunctive relief, and disqualification applications under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.
In recent years he has successfully acted in a number of high profile high value corporate fraud cases, including representing over 300 claimants in a multi-million pound corporate fraud case in the Cayman Islands, has regularly lead other junior Counsel, and has acted as the leading Counsel in a number of high value international arbitrations. He has also dealt with the fallout from the collapse of BHS and the high profile insolvency of the Redcar based steel business operated by SSI UK Ltd.
He is currently involved in a number of complex commercial fraud, professional negligence and shareholder dispute actions in the High Court.
Giles has recently secured an important victory in the Court of Appeal in the case of Allsop v Banner Jones and Cohen, which has significant and wide ranging implications for future claims (see more here).
His most recent work includes the successful defence of a £125M claim against a high-profile fashion and internet entrepreneur, which was dismissed as being fraudulent.
Clements v Frisby  EWHC 320 (Ch)
Clements v Frisby  EWHC 3124 (Ch)
Price & Ors v Flitcraft Ltd & Ors  EWHC 3381 (Pat)
Morton v Morton  EWHC 163 (Ch)
Aamir Walayat & Ors v Berkeley Solicitors Ltd & Mohammed Rafaqat Lal and Forseti Law Ltd and Shamikh Mohammed Mustasum  EWHC 227 (Ch)
Alsop v Banner Jones & Cohen  EWCA Civ 7
Michael Wilson & Partners Ltd v (1) CJSC Kazsubton (2) Kazphosphate LLP & Solvay Solutions UK Ltd  EWHC 2957 (QB)
(1) Philip Price (2) Supawall Ltd (3) Supahome by Maple Ltd v (1) Flitcraft Ltd (2) Flitcraft Timber Frame Ltd (3) Garry Flitcroft (4) Thomas Flitcroft (2020)  EWCA Civ 850
Re Ahmed  EWCA Civ 519
David Hugh Carr & 16 Ors v Formation Group PLC & 5 Ors  EWHC 3116 (Ch)
Walker v Mills  EWHC 998 (Ch)
Corran v Butters  EWHC 2294 (Ch)
McConomy and another v ASE plc  EWHC 92 (Ch)
Turvill v Bird  EWCA Civ 703
SSI UK Ltd v Hewden Stuart Ltd  EWHC 2726 (Ch)
Secretary of State for Business Innovation & Skills v Pawson  EWHC 2626 (Ch)
LSC Finance Ltd v Abensons Law Ltd  EWHC 1163 (Ch)
Overfinch Bespoke Vehicles Ltd (in Liquidation) v Freddie White as Liquidator of Lemma Europe Insurance Company Ltd [13/5/15] Gibraltar
Secretary of State v APW Asset Management Ltd  All ER (D) 160 (Apr)
Secretary of State v Combined Maintenance Services Ltd  LTL 7/1/15
Clydesdale Bank Plc (T/A Yorkshire Bank) v Duffy  LTL 30/1/14 CA
Beloit Walmsley Ltd  [EWHC 1888 (Ch) (CVAs and contingent creditors claims)
Straker v Tudor Rose  EWCA Civ 368 (Costs)
Clearwater Corporate Finance LLP v Moon  EWCA Civ 1365;
In the Matter of Lune Metal Products Ltd (in Administration) EWCA Civ 1720, 15/12/06 LTL;
Northstar Systems Ltd & Ors v Fielding & Ors  EWCA Civ 1660 (costs);
In The Matter of Brampton Manor (Leisure) LimitedLTL 8/2/2006 (directors disqualification);
Davidson v Stanley  BPIR 279;
Ultraframe v Fielding & Ors  EWHC 1638 (Ch) (corporate fraud);
Meisels v Martin & Dawson  EWHC 845 (ch) (creditors’ proofs);
Claughton v. Charalambous  BPIR 558 (bankruptcy – sale of land);
Walker v. Turpin  1 WLR 196 (CA) (payments in)