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Year of Call: 2007 dfritz@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Dan McCourt Fritz has a broad commercial chancery practice with a particular focus on domestic and international commercial and commercial fraud disputes. In addition to acting as junior to a wide range of leaders both within and outside chambers, Dan regularly appears in the High Court unled, and has broad and varied experience of applications for interim injunctions and other interlocutory relief. Dan has developed a specialist interest in civil contempt proceedings.

Areas of Expertise and Cases


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Commercial Litigation

Dan has been involved in a wide range of commercial litigation, with an emphasis on disputes with an international dimension (especially those which raise jurisdictional issues). He also has a particular interest in claims relating to commercially sensitive confidential information.

ITHR plc v Land (2014): instructed as sole counsel for the Defendant to a claim for breach of fiduciary duty and copyright infringement in an 8-day trial in the High Court.

QUGT Inc v International Oil & Gas Technology Ltd (2014): led by Lance Ashworth QC in a high value breach of contract claim concerning the remove of an investment manager by the defendant hedge fund.

Lictor Anstalt v Mir Steel UK Ltd (2014-15): instructed with Tom Braithwaite in a successful claim against the purchaser of a steel mill for procurring the breach of a contract in relation to the mill.

Berwin v MacDonald (2014): led by Jonathan Adkin QC in a claim for breach of a commission agreement relating to the development of an oil concession in Ghana.

Monde Petroleum SA v LeeLanes LLP and others (2013): acting for the second defendant in a dispute relating to a power plant in Iraq.

CIFAL Groupe SA v Meridian Securities (UK) Ltd (2013): acting for the claimants (led by Richard Walford) in a claim concerning a shopping centre in St. Petersburg.

Berry Piling Systems Ltd v Sheer Projects Ltd [2013] EWHC 347: acting for the successful respondent to an application for permission to bring committal proceedings in the TCC.

Tupman v Synova Capital LLP (2013): acting for the claimants (led by Hugh Norbury QC) in a claim arising from the unauthorised use of confidential information relating to the telecommunications sector.

UK Power Networks Ltd v Potteries Heavy Haulage Ltd (2012): acting for the claimant, Dan successfully applied for an urgent injunction to prevent the removal of an electrical transformer from England, averting a potential blackout in a substantial area of London.

Sonhoe (2011-13): acting for the claimant (led by Hugh Norbury QC) in a claim relating to the exploitation of confidential information concerning an oil refinery.

Masri v Consolidated Contractors International Co SAL [2011] EWHC 1024 (Comm): led by Alan Boyle QC and James Lewis QC, Dan acted for the first and second respondents to the long-running committal application in the Masri litigation, which raised novel issues as to the effect of mutually incompatible orders made by courts in different jurisdictions.


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Civil Fraud

Dan has been instructed as junior in several large-scale, high profile fraud cases, and increasingly appears without a leader in High Court fraud proceedings.

Bank of Moscow v JFC Russian & others (2014-5): led by Philip Marshall QC, Dan acted for the claimant in a claim worth over US$150m.

Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd v Corry and others (2014): acting for the claimant (led by Hugh Norbury QC) in proceedings concerning alleged bribery and over-invoicing. Dan made the successful application for freezing and disclosure orders which commenced these proceedings.

Bovale Ltd v Collier (2013): acting for the defendant, a former director of the claimant company, (led by Lance Ashworth QC) in proceedings concerning alleged secret commissions.

Messila House Ltd v Al-Hasawi (2013): acting for the claimants (led by Kuldip Singh QC and Richard Walford) in a claim against a former director and family consigliere.

Al-Khudairi v Abbey Brokers Ltd and others (2011-present): acting for the claimants (led by Hugh Norbury QC) in a claim arising out of a complex multi-stage mortgage fraud.

BTA v Ablyazov and others (2011-12): acting for the principal defendant (led by Duncan Matthews QC).

Rehman v Ahmed (2012): acting for the defendant in a five day High Court trial concerning an alleged Ponzi scheme.

Weavering Capital (UK) Limited v Peterson (2011-12): acting for the second defendant (led by Paul McGrath QC) in a claim arising from the collapse of the Weavering hedge fund.


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Company

Land v ITHR plc (2014): acting for the petitioners in a s.994 petition relating to an IT recruitment company in which they were founding shareholders.

Moorhouse v M Subs Ltd (2013): acting for the respondents to a s.994 petition brought by a former director shareholder.

Amin v Amin [2010] EWHC 528 (Ch); [2009] EWHC 3356 (Ch): acting for the respondents (led by Patrick Talbot QC) Dan successfully argued that no relief should be granted to the s.994 petitioners in the light of their conduct.


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Intellectual Property

Dan has been instructed on a wide variety of intellectual property matters in both the High Court and the PCC, ranging from a trade mark infringement and passing-off claim by Playboy against a provincial gentlemen's club to a patent dispute relating to the design of children's buggies.  Dan has a particular interest in issues relating to fashion.

Hortal v Preen (2015): acting for the defendant to a claim for copyright infringement for the use of the claimant's images on clothing produced by the defendant.

Re: Anorak (2015): advising a designer in relation to permission of and the alleged breaches of a licence agreement.

Karen Millen Fashions Ltd v Millen (2013): acting for the claimant (led by Michael Edenborough QC) in a quia timet action to prevent the defendant’s threatened trade mark infringement and passing-off.

Clarion Events Ltd v Hunt and others (2013): acting for the owner of the Classic Motor Show to protect its rights in the event.

Arada Ltd v Broseley Fires Ltd (2013): acting for the successful applicant for a declaration of invalidity in respect of a trade mark in a case which raised novel issues concerning the extinction of goodwill.

Devonshire Pine Ltd v Day (2012): acting for the claimant (led by Michael Edenborough QC) in a claim concerning the defendants’ infringement of the claimant’s intellectual property rights in relation to two ranges of oak furniture.


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Banking

Dan has acted in and advised upon a broad range of banking cases, most recently in litigation concerning interest rate swaps and a dispute over the marketing of a collective investment scheme.

Goma v RHK and others (2013): acting for the claimant in a claim arising from the failure of a complex investment involving allegations of negligence and breaches of FSMA.

BTA v Ablyazov and others (2011-12): acting for the principal defendant (led by Duncan Matthews QC).

Weavering Capital (UK) Limited v Peterson (2011-12): acting for the second defendant (led by Paul McGrath QC) in a claim arising from the collapse of the Weavering hedge fund.


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Financial Services

Dan has acted in and advised upon a broad range of banking cases, most recently in litigation concerning interest rate swaps and a dispute over the marketing of a collective investment scheme.

Goma v RHK and others (2015): acting for the claimant in a claim arising from the failure of a complex investment involving allegations of negligence and breaches of FSMA.

BTA v Ablyazov and others (2011-12): acting for the principal defendant (led by Duncan Matthews QC).

Weavering Capital (UK) Limited v Peterson (2011-12): acting for the second defendant (led by Paul McGrath QC) in a claim arising from the collapse of the Weavering hedge fund.



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Partnership and LLP

Dan has appeared in and advised on a number of partnership cases, most recently successfully representing a former partner in a solicitors’ firm in a dispute which followed his departure.

Tang v Grant Thornton International [2012] EWHC 3198 (Ch); [2013] 1 Lloyd's Rep 11: acting for the minority partners of a former member of the Grant Thornton group of partnerships (led by John Machell QC) in a jurisdictional dispute as to the proper construction of an arbitration clause.

Castledine v RSM Bentley Jennison  [2011] EWHC 2363 (Ch); [2012] Bus LR D77: acting for the claimant (led by Patrick Talbot QC) in a claim concerning a former partner’s entitlement to partnership goodwill.

Amin v Amin [2010] EWHC 528 (Ch); [2009] EWHC 3356 (Ch): led by Patrick Talbot QC, Dan acts for the first defendant in these ongoing proceedings which arise from the breakup of a family business empire following the patriarch’s death and which involve a complex range of partnership law issues.

Dan McCourt Fritz

Dan McCourt Fritz

Year of Call: 2007
Email: dfritz@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Dan McCourt Fritz has a broad commercial chancery practice with a particular focus on domestic and international commercial and commercial fraud disputes. In addition to acting as junior to a wide range of leaders both within and outside chambers, Dan regularly appears in the High Court unled, and has broad and varied experience of applications for interim injunctions and other interlocutory relief. Dan has developed a specialist interest in civil contempt proceedings.

Areas of expertise

Commercial Litigation

Dan has been involved in a wide range of commercial litigation, with an emphasis on disputes with an international dimension (especially those which raise jurisdictional issues). He also has a particular interest in claims relating to commercially sensitive confidential information.

ITHR plc v Land (2014): instructed as sole counsel for the Defendant to a claim for breach of fiduciary duty and copyright infringement in an 8-day trial in the High Court.

QUGT Inc v International Oil & Gas Technology Ltd (2014): led by Lance Ashworth QC in a high value breach of contract claim concerning the remove of an investment manager by the defendant hedge fund.

Lictor Anstalt v Mir Steel UK Ltd (2014-15): instructed with Tom Braithwaite in a successful claim against the purchaser of a steel mill for procurring the breach of a contract in relation to the mill.

Berwin v MacDonald (2014): led by Jonathan Adkin QC in a claim for breach of a commission agreement relating to the development of an oil concession in Ghana.

Monde Petroleum SA v LeeLanes LLP and others (2013): acting for the second defendant in a dispute relating to a power plant in Iraq.

CIFAL Groupe SA v Meridian Securities (UK) Ltd (2013): acting for the claimants (led by Richard Walford) in a claim concerning a shopping centre in St. Petersburg.

Berry Piling Systems Ltd v Sheer Projects Ltd [2013] EWHC 347: acting for the successful respondent to an application for permission to bring committal proceedings in the TCC.

Tupman v Synova Capital LLP (2013): acting for the claimants (led by Hugh Norbury QC) in a claim arising from the unauthorised use of confidential information relating to the telecommunications sector.

UK Power Networks Ltd v Potteries Heavy Haulage Ltd (2012): acting for the claimant, Dan successfully applied for an urgent injunction to prevent the removal of an electrical transformer from England, averting a potential blackout in a substantial area of London.

Sonhoe (2011-13): acting for the claimant (led by Hugh Norbury QC) in a claim relating to the exploitation of confidential information concerning an oil refinery.

Masri v Consolidated Contractors International Co SAL [2011] EWHC 1024 (Comm): led by Alan Boyle QC and James Lewis QC, Dan acted for the first and second respondents to the long-running committal application in the Masri litigation, which raised novel issues as to the effect of mutually incompatible orders made by courts in different jurisdictions.

Civil Fraud

Dan has been instructed as junior in several large-scale, high profile fraud cases, and increasingly appears without a leader in High Court fraud proceedings.

Bank of Moscow v JFC Russian & others (2014-5): led by Philip Marshall QC, Dan acted for the claimant in a claim worth over US$150m.

Coca-Cola Enterprises Ltd v Corry and others (2014): acting for the claimant (led by Hugh Norbury QC) in proceedings concerning alleged bribery and over-invoicing. Dan made the successful application for freezing and disclosure orders which commenced these proceedings.

Bovale Ltd v Collier (2013): acting for the defendant, a former director of the claimant company, (led by Lance Ashworth QC) in proceedings concerning alleged secret commissions.

Messila House Ltd v Al-Hasawi (2013): acting for the claimants (led by Kuldip Singh QC and Richard Walford) in a claim against a former director and family consigliere.

Al-Khudairi v Abbey Brokers Ltd and others (2011-present): acting for the claimants (led by Hugh Norbury QC) in a claim arising out of a complex multi-stage mortgage fraud.

BTA v Ablyazov and others (2011-12): acting for the principal defendant (led by Duncan Matthews QC).

Rehman v Ahmed (2012): acting for the defendant in a five day High Court trial concerning an alleged Ponzi scheme.

Weavering Capital (UK) Limited v Peterson (2011-12): acting for the second defendant (led by Paul McGrath QC) in a claim arising from the collapse of the Weavering hedge fund.

Company

Land v ITHR plc (2014): acting for the petitioners in a s.994 petition relating to an IT recruitment company in which they were founding shareholders.

Moorhouse v M Subs Ltd (2013): acting for the respondents to a s.994 petition brought by a former director shareholder.

Amin v Amin [2010] EWHC 528 (Ch); [2009] EWHC 3356 (Ch): acting for the respondents (led by Patrick Talbot QC) Dan successfully argued that no relief should be granted to the s.994 petitioners in the light of their conduct.

Intellectual Property

Dan has been instructed on a wide variety of intellectual property matters in both the High Court and the PCC, ranging from a trade mark infringement and passing-off claim by Playboy against a provincial gentlemen's club to a patent dispute relating to the design of children's buggies.  Dan has a particular interest in issues relating to fashion.

Hortal v Preen (2015): acting for the defendant to a claim for copyright infringement for the use of the claimant's images on clothing produced by the defendant.

Re: Anorak (2015): advising a designer in relation to permission of and the alleged breaches of a licence agreement.

Karen Millen Fashions Ltd v Millen (2013): acting for the claimant (led by Michael Edenborough QC) in a quia timet action to prevent the defendant’s threatened trade mark infringement and passing-off.

Clarion Events Ltd v Hunt and others (2013): acting for the owner of the Classic Motor Show to protect its rights in the event.

Arada Ltd v Broseley Fires Ltd (2013): acting for the successful applicant for a declaration of invalidity in respect of a trade mark in a case which raised novel issues concerning the extinction of goodwill.

Devonshire Pine Ltd v Day (2012): acting for the claimant (led by Michael Edenborough QC) in a claim concerning the defendants’ infringement of the claimant’s intellectual property rights in relation to two ranges of oak furniture.

Banking

Dan has acted in and advised upon a broad range of banking cases, most recently in litigation concerning interest rate swaps and a dispute over the marketing of a collective investment scheme.

Goma v RHK and others (2013): acting for the claimant in a claim arising from the failure of a complex investment involving allegations of negligence and breaches of FSMA.

BTA v Ablyazov and others (2011-12): acting for the principal defendant (led by Duncan Matthews QC).

Weavering Capital (UK) Limited v Peterson (2011-12): acting for the second defendant (led by Paul McGrath QC) in a claim arising from the collapse of the Weavering hedge fund.

Financial Services

Dan has acted in and advised upon a broad range of banking cases, most recently in litigation concerning interest rate swaps and a dispute over the marketing of a collective investment scheme.

Goma v RHK and others (2015): acting for the claimant in a claim arising from the failure of a complex investment involving allegations of negligence and breaches of FSMA.

BTA v Ablyazov and others (2011-12): acting for the principal defendant (led by Duncan Matthews QC).

Weavering Capital (UK) Limited v Peterson (2011-12): acting for the second defendant (led by Paul McGrath QC) in a claim arising from the collapse of the Weavering hedge fund.

Partnership and LLP

Dan has appeared in and advised on a number of partnership cases, most recently successfully representing a former partner in a solicitors’ firm in a dispute which followed his departure.

Tang v Grant Thornton International [2012] EWHC 3198 (Ch); [2013] 1 Lloyd's Rep 11: acting for the minority partners of a former member of the Grant Thornton group of partnerships (led by John Machell QC) in a jurisdictional dispute as to the proper construction of an arbitration clause.

Castledine v RSM Bentley Jennison  [2011] EWHC 2363 (Ch); [2012] Bus LR D77: acting for the claimant (led by Patrick Talbot QC) in a claim concerning a former partner’s entitlement to partnership goodwill.

Amin v Amin [2010] EWHC 528 (Ch); [2009] EWHC 3356 (Ch): led by Patrick Talbot QC, Dan acts for the first defendant in these ongoing proceedings which arise from the breakup of a family business empire following the patriarch’s death and which involve a complex range of partnership law issues.

Qualifications

Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge - BA Medical Sciences (First Class, ranked 1st equal on the University Physiology List)

City University - LLB Hons. (First Class); GDL (Distinction)

Senior Scholar, Gonville and Caius College

Shelford Scholarship (2007), Lord Mansfield Scholarship (2006) and Lord Bowen Scholarship (2005), Lincoln's Inn

City University Scholarship (2005)

 


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