Joby Davies

Partner, Commercial Dispute Resolution

“Joby is an effective and experienced litigator” (Client quote, Legal 500)
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Ranked in the top 20 cases 2014 by the lawyer
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  • 17+ years’ litigation experience working in the UK.
  • An expert in all areas of media and sports litigation, defamation and privacy.
  • Specialising in large scale commercial disputes, high-profile, high value and complex pieces of litigation around defamation and breach of confidence/privacy, damage claims, and misuse of personal information.
  • Experienced in defending high-profile celebrities and sports personalities claiming for defamation and breach of confidence/privacy - both pre and post publication.
  • Previous successful cases include: advising the victims of phone hacking; resolving disputes between football players and clubs relating to regulatory and contract issues; advising music publishers; authors and designers on all aspects of disputes involving copyright infringement; and the dispute between Thames Waters and Vennsys relating to a multi-million pound exclusive contract .
  • Clients include: national airlines through to “A-list” celebrities; Premier League footballers and clubs; Thames Water, National Grid and Tesco.
  • Ranked in Tier 4 in Legal 500 directory and recommended as "Up and Coming" for defamation and privacy in Chambers & Partners.

Examples of Work

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High Court Trials

Acted for one side of the Ackerman family in the breakup of their substantial property empire. The dispute centred on allegations of unauthorised business dealings by the other side of the family and the actions of an expert appointed to oversee the separation of the Group and involved a 2 week expedited High Court trial.


Sporting Compensation Disputes

Acted for a Premier League football club in their disputes with the Football Association and FIFA over compensation to be paid following one of their players being injured playing for the National team at the World Cup. An extremely high profile case, followed by a negotiated settlement, which led to the introduction of compulsory insurance being put in place by FIFA at these tournaments.


Retraction of False Allegations

Acted for an AIM listed investment company against an investment company in successfully obtaining an apology, retraction of false allegations and recall of a report the investment company had prepared and distributed. The false allegations concerned suggestions of corporate misfeasance by the client which as well as being defamatory and highly damaging, it also threatened to potentially undermine its ability to move to full list.


Compensation & Contractual Claims

Acted for a Swiss based trust in contractual claims for compensation from a state owned Russian airline company following the sale of an aeroplane. The case involved complex issues of Russian law on actual and ostensible authority to execute agreements. The case settled on confidential terms following exchange of witness statements.


Partnership Terms Dispute

Acted for a global power company in a contract dispute about the terms of a partnership to acquire a Bulgarian electricity generating power plant. The claim was successfully settled.


Extricating Exclusive Contracts

Acted for Thames Waters against Vennsys who had a multi-million pound exclusive contract to install smart water meters. Extricating this contract for Thames was essential due to AMP5/AMP6 regulatory targets being at significant risk and the entire smart reading roll out programme. A highly visible case within Thames Water and amongst their shareholders. It was resolved successfully with termination of the contract in question and simultaneously concluding new short-term non-exclusive contracts with other third parties for the supply and installation of the meters.



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Winner of the Competition Team Of The Year

At The Legal Week Awards 2014


Winner of the Cartel Prosecution Of The Year

At The Global Competition Review Awards 2015


Winner of the Competition Team Of The Year

At The Lawyer Awards 2015