Sebastian Gollins

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 2015

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Sebastian is a commercial and chancery barrister and a qualified mediator.

Before starting practice at the Bar, Sebastian worked as an analyst in London and also helped manage international compliance for two multinational companies, where he had a particular focus on America and Asia.

Memberships

  • Northern Circuit
  • Northern Chancery Bar Association
  • Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association

Appointments

  • ADR Group accredited civil and commercial mediator

Scholarships & Awards

  • BPP BPTC Excellence Award
  • Washington DC Senatorial Internship

Education

  • BPTC, BPP Law School
  • MSc, Oxford University
  • LLB (Hons), Durham University

Expertise

  • Company and Commercial

    Sebastian is developing a broad practice in line with Chambers’ profile in these areas and undertakes work involving contractual disputes, sale of goods, applications for urgent injunctions and commercial litigation generally. His work sometimes involves cross-border elements. He has been instructed on cases arising out of Singapore and France and more recently Scotland, the Republic of Ireland, Norway and the Netherlands.

    Cases

    Sebastian has a passion for private international law and is currently instructed on a number of matters which involve jurisdiction and choice of law issues.

    • Involved in the highly-complex and high-value Volkswagen diesel emissions class action.
    • Instructed on behalf of a tour management company that provides support to well-known artists within the music industry, in relation to a contractual dispute.
    • Acted on behalf of the owner of two luxury fashion brands in a complex matter which among other things involved multiple defendant companies, issues surrounding foreign investment sourced from South East Asia, injunctive relief, and the protection of IP rights.
    • Acted in a dispute concerning alleged breaches of an agreement committed by a freight forwarder whilst importing multiple shipments of goods from Turkey to the UK.
    • Familiar with equine law in a commercial context having acted for a number of clients involved in the industry, including a famous racehorse trainer and the owner of a show horse that has won all of the most prestigious competitions in its category, such as the Royal International Horse Show.
    • Acted for a defendant in a three-day trial of a construction case, concerning a roof which had allegedly been designed and built defectively.
    • Directions hearing on behalf of the liquidators of company seeking circa £10,000,000 from the company’s formerly registered director for misfeasance and breach of fiduciary duties.
    • Drafted particulars of claim in relation to a franchise dispute where damages exceeded £1 million.
    • Advised the owner of a rare sports car on his rights under the Factors Act 1889.
    • Successfully obtained commission for a land development agent on a quantum meruit in a fast track trial, where he had negotiated a deal for circa £800,000.
    • Involved in numerous other fast and multi-track cases.

    Aviation

    Sebastian has started to develop a practice in aviation and has experience dealing with carriage by air disputes involving EU regulations as well as compensation claims for delay, cancellation or denied boarding. He is happy to accept instructions in related areas.

    Cases

    • Acted on behalf of one of the largest airlines in Europe. Successfully argued at first instance that its bonus scheme for retired employees was discretionary, which could help prevent the floodgates being opened to hundreds or thousands of related claims.
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  • Banking, Finance and Insolvency

    Sebastian’s practice includes a wide range of personal and corporate insolvency matters.

    He regularly appears in the winding up list, bankruptcy and company restoration proceedings acting for both creditors and debtors.

    He also appears in the applications list in Manchester and Leeds and is familiar with administration orders and extensions, as well as the appointment and removal of liquidators.

    Sebastian also has experience in corporate insolvency applications under section (236) (delivery up of information/ private examination in court) as well as personal insolvency matters under sections 339 (transactions at an undervalue) and 423 (transactions defrauding creditors) of the Insolvency Act 1986.

    Cases

    • Advised the representatives of a class of 540 creditors in relation to the administration of a company involved in a significant property development.
    • Wound up a multinational company on behalf of the European Union.
    • Obtained a bankruptcy order against a well-known television personality.
    • Defended a land development company in winding up proceedings brought against it by a commercial agent where the amount in dispute was £18 million
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  • Property and Private Client

    Sebastian is familiar with a range of property disputes. He regularly appears for both Claimants and Defendants in possession proceedings, applications for charging orders and the sale of property.

    Cases

    • Sir X (as trustee of Lady Y) v Z- obtained possession of trust property.

     

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  • Data and Information Law

    Sebastian has experience of data protection issues under the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Acts 1998 and 2018.

    He has advised clients on claims arising from data breaches committed by both public and private bodies, which includes claims relating to breach of confidence and misuse of private information.

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  • ADR and Mediation

    Sebastian is comfortable mediating disputes that encompass broad areas of practice and which engage all types of legal problems.

    He has dealt with cases where the sums of money in issue have on occasion been as much as £18 million and is therefore able to apply this experience to help settle substantive claims.

    Sebastian is capable of quickly getting to get to the heart of a dispute and has the innate ability to win the trust of disparate parties and bring them together. Whilst recognising he is not there to determine the matter, he is willing to engage with the parties on the strengths and weaknesses of their case and to ensure they move towards an agreement they want.

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