Stuart Wright is a specialist civil barrister and an accredited civil & commercial mediator.
Stuart has a dedicated civil practice developed over the past 17 years and has received consistently strong independent directory ratings for each of the past 11 years. He is regularly instructed in a range of common law matters with particular expertise in Business/Commercial and Contractual Disputes, Property Law, Professional Negligence and Personal Injury work. He provides in-house lectures for Local Authorities, Housing Associations and firms of solicitors in his specialist areas. Whilst predominantly practising throughout the south east he travels nationally when required.
In parallel and often complementing to his work as a civil barrister, Stuart is an ADR group accredited civil & commercial mediator and accepts instructions in a wide range of disputes.
Business/Commercial and Contractual Disputes: Over recent years Stuart has developed an increased focus on contractual disputes involving a wide range of business/commercial and private matters and has achieved independent recognition for his work (see below). Stuart has been praised for his insightfulness for commercial sensitivities and business expediency.
Property Law: Stuart has extensive experience in a wide variety of Property Law matters, with a particular emphasis on Landlord & Tenant disputes, both business and private (whether short or long term leasehold). Stuart is regularly instructed in actions in both the County Court and the First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (formerly known as the ‘LVT’ Leasehold Valuation Tribunal), including cases involving Business Tenancies, Leasehold enfranchisement, Service Charge disputes, Management issues and suchlike.
Professional Negligence & Professional Discipline: Stuart is frequently instructed in professional negligence and professional discipline cases involving a range of disciplines, principally concerning solicitors, surveyors, expert valuers, architects, engineers, builders and accountants although over the years his work has included a broad spectrum of professions including loss adjusting, software design, psychology and zoology.
Personal injury: Stuart has considerable experience in Personal Injury actions (including multi-track and fatal accident claims). Stuart takes pride in his pragmatic approach to resolving liability disputes and provides thorough, practical and where appropriate innovative advice – which often gets results. His sensible and compassionate approach is supported by his first-rate client care.
General Common Law: Having developed the above specialisms from a solid foundation in general common law, Stuart has substantial experience of a wide range of common law matters and continues to receive general common law civil instructions. In particular, Stuart is often instructed in relation to Insolvency (both Personal & Corporate) and general Contractual disputes (including care home charges and local authority funding).
Mediation: Stuart is a trained mediator and accepts instructions in a wide range of civil & commercial disputes. His 17 year background as a civil barrister and his ability to identify and focus on the issues at the heart of the dispute provide a firm foundation for his work as a civil & commercial mediator. Further details are available on www.disputesmediated.com
In his spare time Stuart particularly enjoys sailing, travel, scuba diving and snowboarding.
“He’s bright, sharp and incisive” Chambers & Partners (2018)
“Approachable, kind and fair” Legal 500 (2017)
“He’s excellent with clients, very clearly spoken and gives good, comprehensive advice. He’s a very calm advocate who orchestrates things well in court, and has a good manner about him.” Chambers & Partners (2017)
“A forceful but calm advocate” Legal 500 (2016)
“He is a powerful negotiator who isn’t put off by a difficult case.” “He’s very professional, with good presentation skills in both court and mediation. He provides crisp and to the point advice.” Chambers & Partners (2016)
“His strengths lie in the professional manner in which he approaches cases and clients alike” – The Legal 500 (2015)
He’s very thorough, charming and persuasive.” “He’s a good all-round junior. He has an impressive court presence and persuasively articulates legal arguments on his feet.” – Chambers and Partners (2015)
A strong advocate with good client care skills.’ – The Legal 500 (2014)
“Deals with commercial and contract disputes and also has strong expertise in property law and personal injury work.” “He handles all cases very efficiently and well.” Chambers and Partners (2014)
“Personal injury specialist Stuart Wright is clear and concise in his advice” – The Legal 500 (2013)
Stuart Wright also wins praise from solicitors who need a commercial litigator that knows the region well. “Confident and reliable,” he is sought out by clients faced with commercial and contractual disputes of many different types.- Chambers and Partners (2013)
“Personal injury specialist Stuart Wright takes a pragmatic and realistic approach to cases”. In addition Stuart Wright is recommended in the 2012 Legal 500 for his Property work. – The Legal 500 (2012)
In Personal Injury “Stuart Wright is a ‘good advocate’, who provides ‘clear advice and pleadings’…” and in Property “…housing specialist Stuart Wright is ‘very efficient, prompt and thorough’…”- The Legal 500 (2011)
“Stuart Wright is an excellent junior choice for housing law” – The Legal 500 (2010)
“Stuart Wright is an excellent choice for housing law, handling cases ranging from anti-social behaviour to those with mental health issues” – The Legal 500 (2009)
“Stuart Wright is rated highly for housing law” – The Legal 500 (2008)
“I will surely recommend your service to anyone that requires a good barrister like yourself.” (Nov 2017)
“I found instructing a barrister directly a straightforward matter, without undue formality. I was informed of the fee early after an initial reading of the papers. After the hearing I was very glad that I had instructed a barrister rather than dealing with it myself.” (March 2019)