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Joseph Cowles

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Attorney at law | Solicitor

Background

Joseph is an English lawyer who moved to Trinidad in 2018. Joseph previously practised as a solicitor in London and is called to the Bar in Trinidad and Tobago following attaining his Legal Education Certificate from Hugh Wooding Law School

Joseph is now a member of Trinity Chambers and works alongside Gregory Delzin, who has a wealth of experience as a civil and commercial practitioner in Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean. 

Admissions

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales (2015)

Bar of Trinidad & Tobago (2019)

Education

L.L.B (Hons), Durham University (2007-2010)

Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC), University of Law, Bristol (2011-2012)

Legal Education Certificate (LEC), Hugh Wooding Law School (2018-2019)

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+1 868 473-6277

Practice areas

  • Civil procedure
  • Arbitration
  • Breach of contract
  • Media and defamation
  • Fraud
  • Property law
  • Employment and industrial relations
  • Debt recovery
  • Corporate disputes
  • Insolvency and bankruptcy 
  • Wills and inheritance disputes

Professional memberships

Experience

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Notable cases

Simon and others -v- Lyder and another 


[2019] UKPC 38

Mega-Plex Entertainment Corporation -v- ECCO


SLUHCVAP2017/0032

Farringdon CR Ltd  -v- Home Counties Developments Limited

[2017] High Court; BPC; Chancery Division

[confidential]

[2018] High Court; BPC; Insolvency Division

Conviction of Dharam Gopee

[2017-2018] Various matters

[confidential]

Arbitration under the LCIA Rules [2016]

Hadfield -v- Cooke and another

[2015] EWHC 3480 (Ch)

Saint Gobain Building Distribution Ltd -v- Hillmead Joinery (Swindon) Ltd

[2015] All ER (D) 226

Experience

Trinity Chambers (2018 – Present)

Since joining Trinity Chambers, Joseph has been involved in a range of matters in Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados and St. Lucia, including a high profile negligence action against a government body, defending various defamation claims against leading newspapers, land disputes, contract disputes and successful appeals to the Privy Council and the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal. 

Ingram Winter Green LLP (2017 – 2018)

Joseph worked in IWG‘s litigation team, headed by the firm’s founding partner, David Ingram.  Joseph specialised in property and land disputes, but also regularly dealt with insolvency and bankruptcy cases, debt recovery, business disputes and consumer claims. IWG is a busy and dynamic firm in the heart of Central London.

Higgs & Sons Solicitors (2013 – 2017)

Joseph joined Higgs & Sons as a trainee and undertook a two-year training programme with the firm’s dispute resolution, corporate, private client and crime departments. Joseph qualified into the commercial litigation team and spent two years practising as a solicitor in this area. During this time, Joseph acted for a broad range of clients in all aspects of dispute resolution and arbitration, including fraud, misrepresentation, shareholder and partnership disputes, breach of contract claims and cases involving wills, trusts and inheritance disputes.  

Freshfields Bruckhaus Derringer (2012 – 2013)

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the world and a member of the ‘Magic Circle’ group of elite law firms. Joseph worked across the firm’s dispute resolution and corporate departments on various high profile litigation matters and high value corporate deals. 

Notable cases

Acted for a leading newspaper in a Privy Council appeal in which we successfully overturned the decision of the Court of Appeal. The case is now the highest judicial authority on a well-known issue in the common law of defamation concerning when two or more statements made on different occasions can be aggregated for the purpose of giving rise to a cause of action. Part of the Juris Chambers team instructing Adam Speker, a leading media law barrister. 

Involved in successfully overturning a St. Lucian High Court decision concerning the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights’ (ECCO’s) standing to bring an action against a Cinema for copyright infringement on behalf of copyright owners. Also successfully opposed ECCO’s application for permission to appeal to the Privy Council. Assisting Gregory Delzin. 

Acted for the SPV of a high profile London property development and investment company. Successfully obtained judgment for £1.4 million in damages arising from the termination of an agreement to purchase a commercial development. As part of the litigation, we successfully opposed an application for relief from sanctions following the defendant’s failure to file a cost budget pursuant to CPR 13.3 (UK). 

Acted for a creditor of a company placed into administration. Our investigations into the administration unearthed significant impropriety by the directors, including circa £4 million of unaccounted monies. Successfully obtained an order lifting the statutory moratorium imposed by Schedule B1 the Insolvency Act 1986, allowing our client to successfully pursue a damages claim. Secured a costs order against the administrators personally. 

Instructed on various civil matters stemming from the highly publicised conviction of fraudster, Dharam Gopee, for flagrant and unauthorised consumer credit lending. Successfully obtained declarations of invalidity of loans due to breaches of the Consumer Credit Act, the removal of restrictions and charges on properties and the lifting of a restrain order.

Successfully pursued a counterclaim alleging deceit and fraudulent misrepresentation in response to a claim for restitution and breach of contract in relation to the sale and purchase of gold bullion. Following a four day hearing, the tribunal accepted our allegations that the claimant (one of the world’s leading metal refiners) had systematically defrauded our client over the course of a three-year trading relationship involving the sale and purchase of £83 million worth of gold bullion across nearly 2,000 transactions. 

Acted for the defendant in a case concerning the disputed beneficial ownership of shares in a company operating in the recycling sector. The claimant issued proceedings for declaratory relief, which culminated in a four day trial. The case turned on whether an oral trust had been declared in 2003 and the court ruled in favour of the claimant. 

Acted for the claimant who issued proceedings to recover unpaid invoices for goods delivered. The defendant admitted the claim but pursued a counterclaim alleging that the claimant had supplied defective laminate bonded panels. Following an eight day trial in the Technology and Construction Court, the court dismissed the defendant’s  counterclaim in its entirety and ordered the defendant to pay the claimant’s costs. The case is best known for being a significant authority on the reasonableness of exclusion clauses in commercial contracts.