Dominic de Bono
Dominic acts in most areas of litigation, particularly professional negligence, contractual disputes and civil fraud; he also has a significant insolvency and restructuring practice. He has successfully represented clients in a number of high-profile cases. He is very experienced, tactically astute and an effective negotiator.
Areas of expertise
Dominic has successfully represented numerous claimants against defendants such as Marks & Spencer, PwC, BAE Systems, Lloyds TSB, HSBC, and Barclays. He also acts for defendants.
Dominic has often acted for large groups of claimants, liaising with funders, insurers and dealing with negotiations, mediations and trial. Examples include:
- Eclipse Firm Partnerships – Acting for a large group in relation to losses arising from tax deferral schemes.
- Crown Currency – acting for former clients of insolvent currency exchange companies to establish that money paid by them was held on trust.
- Giambrone – acting for a large group of purchasers of off-plan properties in a failed development in Italy, against their former solicitors. This case involved English and Italian law, and an important judgment in the Court of Appeal on the application of the SAAMCO principles to damages for breach of trust and negligence.
- Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander (Isle of Man) – acting for thousands of depositors in the failed bank against the Isle of Man treasury and successfully opposing a proposed scheme of arrangement which would have reduced payments to depositors.
- Langbar plc – acting for a large number of investors against a company and its former directors in relation to an alleged $350 million fraud. Successfully opposing a proposed scheme of arrangement, enabling shareholders to pursue the company and its former directors for compensation.
- Railtrack – acting for about 45,000 claimants against the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and others in relation to the liquidation of Railtrack plc.
Dominic acts for claimants against solicitors, accountants, financial advisors and others in respect of professional negligence and misleading investment advice.
Dominic acts for creditors and debtors in liquidations, administrations, voluntary arrangements and bankruptcies. He has successfully acted against liquidators and supervisors of schemes of arrangement on behalf of those whose assets are held on trust. He regularly represents directors facing disqualification proceedings.
Dominic has successfully represented clients bringing and defending probate claims.
Shareholder, Quasi Partnership and Partnership Disputes
Dominic advises and has successfully represented many clients in relation to shareholder and partnership disputes.
Cases include acting against British Airways and others in relation to a price fixing cartel.
2000/2001 Lamb Chambers
After being called to the Bar in 2000, Dominic completed a year’s pupillage at Lamb Chambers, acting for clients in commercial and property disputes.
Edwin Coe LLP 2001/2018
Dominic worked at specialist litigation firm Edwin Coe from 2001 to 2018, initially as a barrister and, after admission the roll of solicitors in 2003, as senior associate.
- R (on the application of Miller and another) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union  UKSC 5 (the Brexit Case). Instructed by the second claimant in this important constitutional case, which examined the extent of the government’s powers to use the royal prerogative to invoke Article 50.
- Various Claimants v Giambrone  EWCA civ 1193 – the application of the SAAMCO principles to damages for breach of trust and negligence in cases where negligent advice is given by solicitors.
- Cherry Tree Investments Limited v Landmain Limited  EWCA Civ 736 – the Court of Appeal clarified the remedies available to a lender which had failed to incorporate the terms of a facility agreement in a legal charge.
- VFS Financial Services (UK) Limited v Euro Auctions (UK) Limited & Others  EWHC 1492 (QB) – This case clarified the law in relation to damages for breach of hire purchase agreements. The claimant sought damages in conversion of the entire contract price of the vehicles (i.e. giving no credit for the very considerable sums already received). The court found that to do this was to ignore the economic realities of the claimant’s economic interest.
- Lloyds TSB Bank PLC v Norman Hayward  EWCA – This case affirmed the principle in Holme v Brunskill that where a bank which is the beneficiary of a personal guarantee acts without the guarantor’s consent in such a way as to materially alter the risk to the guarantor, the guarantor is released from his liabilities under the guarantee.
Dominic is regularly cited for litigation in the Legal 500. Comments include (“strong knowledge (2009) “efficient, hard-working and very user friendly” (2017) “key senior associate” (2019)
He is regularly recommended by clients. Examples from his Linked in page include:
“It has been a pleasure working with Dominic. His consistent, professional and swift response yet articulate and well thought through approach delivered a favourable result for our company in case that has been haunting us for quite a while. I can highly recommend Dominic for delicate international legal matter!”
French, Conversational Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. Elementary Japanese.