Richard Doman

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Richard Doman was called to the Bar in 2003 and is a member of Lincoln’s Inn.

Specialisations

  • Civil
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Criminal
  • Employment
  • Family

Profile

Commercial:

Instructed in a full range of commercial disputes.  Experienced in advising and acting in a number commercial actions, including civil fraud, partnership and franchise disputes, construction claims and employment.  Experienced in high value commercial cases in both High Court and county court appearing as junior alone against silk.

Significant contractual disputes include: 

  • Re LAG – £34m dispute following sale of a UK subsidiary company;
  • Raja v Bank of Tokyo – contractual dispute arising from employment severance agreement;
  • Lloyds TSB & Clydesdale Insurance v Shafiq& others – £000,000 dispute from collapse of large company car scheme and its associated finance structures.
  • Maple Leaf v Hands & Global –  trial concerning breach of contract for food packaging services; 
  • Amber Select v Armada Cars – trial concerning flawed credit purchase agreement;  
  • Dukesdale v J & J Transport – successfully established oral variation in £45,000 contract for services; 
  • Benson School of Driving v Barnes – dispute over franchise agreement, successfully pleading damages due for loss of reputation;
  • Direct Telecommunications Ltd v Daisy Group plc – acted for claimant in case where defendant failed to pay the full purchase price for telecommunications contracts held by the claimant, substantial damages awarded.

Significant construction cases include: 

  • FFE Fire & Safety v Jarrards – acting for the defendant in a dispute regarding the defective installation of fire and security alarm systems at Christie’s warehouse, the defendant being the main contractor to Christie’s;
  • Carr v Sibley & Burgess – acting for the claimant in a dispute regarding quality of the installation of electrics in £120,000 domestic renovation project; 
  • BES Phoenix Commissioning v Glowstar Entertainment – acted for claimant where defendant unsuccessfully withheld payment for the installation of air conditioning units at an underground bar.  Case involved substantial and complex expert evidence regarding air conditioning and licensing regulations.

Family:

Richard specialises in divorce, particularly financial remedies, and private family law cases. In respect of financial remedies he is experienced in a number of FDRs and final hearings including dealing with complex matters as bonds, shares, pensions and overseas assets. He has experience of applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989 and the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.

Crime:

Regularly instructed in all types of criminal cases including the most complex matters such as attempted murder, rape, grievous bodily harm, money laundering and other white collar crime.  Experience of appellate advocacy and appearing as a junior, both led and alone against silk.

Fraud:

Specialist in fraud work.  Experience as junior alone in multi-handed frauds worth £000,000s and as led junior in complex carousel/MTIC frauds, boiler room frauds, advance fee frauds, dishonest contra-trading frauds and defending in Serious Fraud Office prosecutions.  Developed extensive working knowledge of tax systems, international trade rules, with specific focus on directors’ duties and misfeasance in office and ancillary regulatory offences.

Advised extensively on many cases with a fraud/white collar aspect including cases with a criminal/civil overlap, i.e. fraudulent trading, insolvency and directors’ disqualification.

Notable Cases

R (LAG) v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, Administrative Court judicial review of police decision not to fully investigate complex commercial fraud concerning a former cabinet minister, ongoing.

Operation Digitis (2010) representing company director in VAT and payroll fraud in construction industry 

R v DK (2011) successfully defended managing director in of listed company with respect to whether he was disqualified from holding that office.

Operation Dreamworld (2011) successfully defended fraud arising out of investment property/Ponzi property scheme in Morocco. 

Operation Vex (2012-13), representing company secretary of freight forwarder in MTIC fraud.

R v PP, (2010) represented one of the first people to be prosecuted under Fraud Act 2006, regarding school catchment address fraud

R v Thompson, Court of Appeal, unreported fresh evidence appeal, April 2012.

R v Farquharson [2011] EWCA 2168, Court of Appeal, successfully appealed the admission of bad character evidence in a rape case where the conviction was quashed.

R v JS [2013] EWCA Crim 7, Court of Appeal, appeal concerning the jurisdiction of the Crown Court.

R v SJ, Administrative Court appeal on the use of a defendant intermediary, 2010.

R v SH [2010] EWCA 1931, Court of Appeal, concerning whether certain racial epithets came under the provisions of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.    

Mediation:

Instructed to attend mediations where clients greatly assisted by experienced advocacy in the mediation as well as common sense advice as settlement nears.

Recent mediations have included: Jhite v Chowdhury – acted for defendant where case centred upon quantum following ingress of water from residential premises situated above commercial premises; Shah v Shree Ram – acted for claimant following sale of business where dispute focused upon delivery up of chattels, staffing issues and goodwill.  

Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Public Access Bar Association
  • Employment Law Bar 
  • Association
  • South-eastern circuit

Richard is accredited under the Public Access Scheme for direct instructions.

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