Called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2016, Dominic practices international, commercial and property law, both as sole counsel and together with leading counsel, Timothy Frith.
Dominic is an experienced commercial and property law barrister. He regularly represent clients in a range of commercial matters, often taking place on the international scale, including offshore disputes. In June 2022, he appeared as sole counsel on behalf of the first appellant in a conjoined, two-day appeal before the Court of Appeal. He also completed a three-month secondment to the world’s largest publicly-traded property and casualty insurer, where he specialised in autonomous sanctions surrounding marine and aviation insurance.
In August and September of 2022, Mr. Justice Griffiths was Dominic’s group tutor on what is ‘internationally recognised as arguably the best and most intensive advocacy course in the world.’ He was a judicial assistant to Sir Brian Leveson (then President of the Queen’s Bench Division).
Furthermore, Dominic assists authors to publish academic articles and professional texts on national and international law. Some examples of his work include ‘A Practical Guide to the Small Claims Track‘ (Second Edition) (Law Brief Publishing, December 2020), and, ‘Trespass to Land‘ in volume 40(1) of Atkin’s Court Forms (Practice and Forms) (assisted the contributor, Simon Brilliant, LexisNexis, August 2019).
Dominic attended the 2022 Advanced International Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford. He accepts invitations to present seminars / training from professional clients and attends other professional events.
Dominic holds two postgraduate qualifications, is an active member of various domestic and international professional associations, and enjoys gardening, travelling and learning about geopolitics when time permits.
Dominic provides advice, drafting and representation in first appeals (against the judgment of a trial judge) and second appeals (against the judgment of an appeal court).
- British Institute of International and Comparative Law
- Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs
- Civil Mediation Council, UK
- Commercial Bar Association, UK
- Property Bar Association, UK
- South Eastern Circuit, UK
- Technology and Construction Bar Association, UK
- Master of Laws (LL.M) in Professional Legal Practice (incorporating the BPTC), BPP University Law School, London Holborn, awarded Distinction
- Master of Laws (LL.M), King’s College London, School of Law, awarded Distinction
- Law (LL.B Hons) with European Legal Studies, King’s College London, School of Law (incorporating an Erasmus exchange at Uppsala University, Sweden)
- Conjoined appeals: B v A and G v A – successfully represented the respondents, so that, although the appeals were allowed, judgment was entered for less than £800 in the former and less than £1,300 in the latter, and, despite accepting that (different) trial counsel had led the judge into error, resisted a finding of unreasonable conduct (July 2022).
- H v F – appellant’s notice and grounds of appeal alleging that the judge was wrong to hold that the burden of proving need to hire for social and domestic use was satisfied on the evidence of a bare assertion. Email from professional client, dated 15 July 2022: ‘We have reviewed these documents this morning and we are very happy with them’.
- S v G & Anor – successfully resisted an appeal (against summary judgment in respect of the first appellant, default judgment in respect of the second appellant, and judgment against both appellants for more than £105,000, about £7,000 interest, and costs of £17,000) with costs awarded on the indemnity basis (May 2021).
- K v K – successfully applied for permission to appeal on the basis that the judge fell into error in failing to award contractual costs in a possession claim (March 2020).
- S v A & Anor – successfully settled an appeal on the day of the appeal hearing, so that the defendants agreed to give the claimant possession forthwith (November 2019).
What they say
Dominic Bright was fantastic at the hearing! The client was very happy with the way that he worked, as well as with the outcome of the hearing.
Email from professional client, dated 15 December 2022
As always, an absolutely fantastic result on this one.
Email from a professional client, dated 8 November 2022
Dominic Bright…was an absolute bulldog and he did not let any matter go unchallenged…his knowledge in this area of the law was outstanding and his professional manner and courtesy - as well as his attention to detail - were simply exemplary. He even took an hour before the court session on both occasions to explain everything in detail.
Email from lay to a professional client, dated 6 December 2022
I just wanted to offer my feedback following the hearing we instructed Dominic on, with regards to a credit hire dispute. The clients were extremely impressed with Dominic’s performance and commented that he really knew his stuff. I am beyond grateful for Dominic’s efforts today, particularly as this is the first - and certainly not the last - instruction we have sent to him. I will be recommending Dominic internally and he should expect to receive a lot more instructions from our firm.
Email from professional client, dated 1 July 2022