About Clive Freedman QC

About Clive Freedman

Recently Clive has acted in several highly publicised cases which received worldwide coverage. His impressive practice gained him recognition in The Times as their Lawyer of the Week and saw him shortlisted for Commercial Litigation Silk of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2015. He recently acted in BHL v Leumi ABL, where the Claimant showed that an invoice discounter failed to exercise discretion properly regarding collection fees. In Sebry v Companies House, a case which received worldwide publicity following the mistaken entry by Companies House on their register, Clive was able to establish a special duty of care owed by the Registrar to companies on its register.

Clive also successfully represented the Ritz Casino (The Ritz Hotel Casino Ltd v Nora Al-Daher) in a claim for two million pounds worth of gambling debts unpaid by the wife of an Oman government Minister. The case, which received worldwide media interest, concerned the duty of care owed by a casino to its players.

Clive is particularly known for his cross-examination skills. In Sharab v Prince Al-Waleed, he acted for Mrs Sharab in establishing an oral contract for commission arising out of the sale of an aircraft from HRH Prince Al-Waleed of Saudi Arabia to Colonel Gaddafi. Both The Times and the Financial Times referred to Clive’s bruising cross-examination. In his judgment, the Judge referred to “a very important point which was completely demolished by Mr Freedman in cross examination”.Shortlisted for the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2015

In addition to his skills as a trial lawyer, Clive has great experience as an appellate lawyer having appeared in the Court of Appeal on about 50 occasions. Examples of work include the recent Supreme Court case of Abela v Baadarani [2013] UKSC 44 where Clive appeared for the successful appellant in a case about alternative service in Lebanon. Clive acted in the leading case of Dadourian, which established the much cited Dadourian guidelines on worldwide freezing injunctions. He also appeared in the House of Lords in the most significant recent case on solicitors’ partnerships.

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


  • A huge brain on legs, who works incredibly hard and has got the most amazing attention to detail.                                         He is capable of memorising a brief and his legal arguments are sensational. He comes up with points that mere mortals wouldn’t think of.” Chambers & Partners 2018
  • An excellent leader and fantastic advocate. He is dedicated and creates a real team ethos.” “His thorough approach and his creativity make him an obvious choice for heavy fraud cases.”  Chambers & Partners 2018
  • He is incredibly hard-working and thinks about every possible way to win a case.” Chambers & Partners 2018
  • “A very persuasive advocate, who commands respect from the court.” Legal 500 2017
  • “Hugely creative and always totally committed to the client’s cause.” Legal 500 2017
  • “Leaves no stone unturned – a devil for the detail.” Legal 500 2017
  • “Thorough, good with clients and really good on his feet.” Legal 500 2017
  • “Few barristers think as deeply about cases and how to win them.” Legal 500 2017
  • “Totally thorough and a marvellous cross-examiner.” Chambers & Partners 2017
  • “One of the most hard-working people out there. He captures the court’s attention and puts his client’s case really well.” Chambers & Partners 2017
  • “A superb advocate, who is excellent at cross-examining witnesses.” Legal 500 2016
  • “A deep and creative thinker with a superb knowledge of all matters relating to fraud.” Legal 500 2016
  • “A clear thinker and an impressive advocate.” Legal 500 2016
  • “Unbelievably dedicated to his cases – his experience in Russian cases is also a tremendous asset.” Legal 500 2016
  • “Rigorous in his analysis, and creative and bold in the applications he makes.” Legal 500 2016
  • “An excellent lawyer and powerful advocate.” “Totally thorough and a marvellous cross-examiner.” Chambers & Partners 2016
  • “He has an extremely analytical mind, and he considers every angle without losing overall focus.” Chambers & Partners 2016
  • “He has a very incisive mind, marshalling facts and law into powerful arguments.” Legal 500 2015
  • “A tenacious advocate, a creative lawyer, and someone who is always thinking of ways to win a case.” Legal 500 2015
  • “Clive Freedman QC Gives total commitment to the client and the case.” Legal 500 2015
  • “Calm and collected, a great handler of clients, and great fun to work with.” Legal 500 2015
  • “A well-regarded and tenacious advocate who wins praise for his dedication to cases.” Chambers & Partners 2014
  • “Has a very impressive intellect and is extremely good in court.” Chambers & Partners 2014
  • “Bright, has good knowledge of the law, and is great at devising a strategy.” Chambers & Partners 2014
  • “He is a forceful advocate who has great knowledge of the law and really devotes himself to cases.” Chambers & Partners 2014
  • “He can really grasp foreign law concepts and explain them to the judge in a convincing manner.” Chambers & Partners 2014
  • “He has a good appreciation of Eastern European practice and continental systems.” Chambers & Partners 2014
  • “A particularly fabulous cross-examiner” Chambers & Partners 2013
  • “An exceptional presence…intimidatingly bright” Chambers & Partners 2013

Clive attended Pembroke College, Cambridge University before being called to the Bar in 1978.

Outside of Chambers, Clive frequently speaks at legal and social gatherings, giving motivational and educational speeches. He has contributed to several publications, including Mendelsohn on Franchising, Security for Costs and Burton on Civil Appeals.

Clive is a committee member of the Commercial Fraud Lawyers’ Association, a CEDR accredited mediator and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators. Outside of his practice, he was for years a school governor of Immanuel College, Bushey and a joint chair of the UJIA Bench and Bar Group creating a music therapy clinic in memory of Lord Chief Justice Peter Taylor.

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