CONTRACTS & DEBT RECOVERY
Contracts and Debt Recovery
Lauren has a broad practice, spanning chancery, commercial and employment law. Lauren’s practice is focused on commercial disputes with an employment flavour such as restraint of trade, breach of fiduciary duties, confidential information, and data protection.
Lauren has acted for a full range of clients including banks, insurers, finance companies, directors, shareholders, partners, senior employees, local authorities, central government, trade unions and not-for-profit entities.
Chancery, Commercial and General Civil
In commercial practice, Lauren has experience and expertise in company and partnership law, corporate disputes, restraint of trade, confidential information, data protection, general contract, commercial property, construction, professional negligence, regulatory compliance, insolvency, fraud, trusts, TOLATA and general property litigation (including housing). Lauren also accepts instruction in personal injury cases focusing particularly on injury and stress at work claims.
Employment & Equality
Lauren became a Barrister after a successful career as a senior trade union advocate representing senior employees in the telecoms sector, the civil service and also professionals and executives (including CEOs and other board members) working within the NHS. During this time, Lauren represented the most senior civil servant to challenge successfully their dismissal at the Civil Service Appeal Board – an equivalent of an employment tribunal. Lauren regularly acts in employment cases in the High Court, Employment Appeal Tribunal, Employment Tribunals and the County Court.
“He is exceptionally good with clients and is a convincing litigator, incredibly bright but also very commercial.” (Chambers and Partners 2016 recommendation for Employment)
“Handles a wide array of commercial, chancery, corporate and employment disputes. His experience includes professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and restraint of trade claims.” (Chambers and Partners 2016 recommendation for Commercial Dispute Resolution)
“He throws everything into the case and leaves no stone unturned.”
“He takes a good, common-sense approach informed by his understanding of his client’s situation.” (Chambers and Partners 2015 recommendation for Commercial Dispute Resolution)
“He’s very timely with paperwork, first class as an advocate, and his advice is always incredibly detailed and accurate.” (Chambers and Partners 2015 recommendation for Employment.)
“He is dedicated and hardworking, but also easy to approach and get on with.” (Leading South East Circuit Juniors for Employment in Legal 500 2015)
Lauren Godfrey acted in a highly confidential matter valued at least €1 million euros and with wide-reaching recuperations on the sale of a high value international energy business.
The case engaged issues of fraudulent misrepresentation, shareholders’ remedies, directors’ duties, employment, and limitation of action.
Further, the relevant factual matrix spanned several jurisdictions raising issues of the applicable law and the appropriate forum (country) for the dispute to be heard. The claim was settled pre-action for a value of €1 million euros.
The lead client (of a group of 10) has commented:
“I can confirm that the subject of our class action paid out in full, as per the agreements that we negotiated together. Thanks for taking the time to understand a multi-jurisdictional, potentially statute-barred, complex set of multi-country employment and incentive scheme contracts.
The group appreciated your quick grasp of the situation, probing questions, your written and verbal advice, evaluation of the options and ultimate guidance towards what turned out to be the right solution for us.
Also kudos to James Hart and the Clerks in Chambers who were exceedingly efficient and clear in their communications internally and description of the processes involved.” (April 2017)
“Lauren acted on my behalf in litigation against an individual who had refused to pay a consultancy fee to me as had been verbally agreed. The case went to trial and there was no settlement beforehand despite offers made.
We won on all aspects of the case.
I found Lauren made enormous efforts to understand every aspect of the case and he was absolutely determined to win, which he did. He didn’t just tell me what I wanted to hear and he looked at the case from both sides, which, although frustrating, was completely correct and the primary reason we won – there really was no argument he wasn’t prepared for when it really mattered.
Beyond this, I like Lauren. He’s a nice guy and he really worked hard for me. I actually think he was very good value for money.” (May 2015)
“I am very happy to recommend the services of Mr Lauren Godfrey. I found his approach to my case very refreshing in providing me with his clear straight answers and likely scenarios
going forwards with my case. In settlement negotiations I found Lauren to be firm, fair and realistic.” (December 2014)