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Specialisms & expertise

  • Complex and high value commercial disputes, including claims for breach of contract arising from the supply of goods and the provision of services
  • Claims relating to the mis-selling of financial products
  • Disputes involving shareholders, partners and directors of companies
  • Intellectual property disputes, including copyright, design right, trade mark and passing off claims, the misuse of confidential information, domain name and company name disputes
  • Regulatory disputes
  • Applying for and resisting injunction applications.

Client stories & examples of work

  • Successfully securing an injunction and damages for a manufacturer of industrial machinery, following the infringement of its intellectual property rights
  • Acting for the distributor of racing cars in China in connection with a claim for breach of contract
  • Providing legal and tactical advice to a company which ordered bespoke manufacturing equipment that failed to perform to specification
  • Advising a commercial agent and negotiating a settlement with its principal following a dispute over commission payments
  • Acting for a business pursuing a complaint against its bank for the mis-selling of an interest rate hedging product and helping to secure a substantial out of court settlement
  • Helping two senior executives resist an injunction application for alleged breach of confidence and negotiating a settlement on their behalf at mediation
  • Advising a market leading supplier to supermarkets to defend a high value claim
  • Successfully defending a challenge to the ownership of a client's design rights in an industrial vehicle
  • Taking action to prevent the copying of a national retailer's website.

Achievements & other appointments

Douglas is recommended by The Legal 500, and commended for the way he “gets on top of detail and takes a sensible approach”. The 2018 guide stated that Douglas is 'a calm, methodical lawyer who has an excellent manner with clients and looks for effective ways to resolve their issues'. 

Douglas is also ranked in the Chambers guide and the 2018 edition he was noted for being "very effective and commercially aware". Client sources reported that "He is able to stand back and take a view on matters and then decide in what direction we should proceed."

Douglas is the Deputy Chair of the Board of Governors at the Milestone Academy.

Profile

Douglas read Law at the University of Kent, Canterbury graduating in 2006. He undertook his Legal Practice Course at the Inns of Court School of Law and he was admitted as a solicitor in September 2006. He has also completed a Diploma in Litigation. Douglas joined Thomson Snell & Passmore in 2004 and he became a Partner in 2015.

 

       

"very effective and commercially aware"

Chambers UK 2019

“Having failed ourselves to resolve a high-value commercial matter – despite numerous attempts over the previous six plus months to do so - we turned to Thomson Snell & Passmore's Dispute Resolution team for help.   Doug and Alison advised and diligently guided us through the process in order to achieve an acceptable settlement without the need for court action. Without Thomson Snell & Passmore's support, we would not have achieved this successful outcome. We trust and value the relationship we have with Thomson Snell & Passmore”.  

Daniel Osmer, Managing Partner of Spectrum EHCS Limited

Possesses expertise in a range of commercial disputes, including shareholder, contractual and IP cases. He is popular among his clients who describe him as a "great lawyer and an expert in his field," adding: "He has the knack to digest huge volumes of complex instructions and at the same time come up with solutions."

Chambers UK 2018

I want to thank you and your Team for the excellent work – another positive outcome. I can’t thank George and George enough for their professionalism, attention to detail and just the best advice. I was thinking about the past seven years and the work TSP has undertaken on my behalf and that of other family members and friends which have all resulted in positives outcomes, from my own personal experience six successful outcomes. Doug, it’s not just about the professionalism, it is the bigger picture, it’s the kindness, support and calm afforded along the way in sometimes extraordinary situations. So in conclusion, my sincere thanks to you and the Team again.    

Client

The support and guidance was excellent. Doug is aware of the fluidity working in schools and was able to offer strategic legal advice, whilst also flagging potential media interest that may stem from our actions. He acted as the strategic sounding board and legal counsel we desperately required.

Client

I was impressed by your quick in understanding the issue (in a very limited time scale) and coming up with option and strategy.

Client

Douglas Skilton demonstrates outstanding knowledge of legal matters and the tactics to employ.

The Legal 500 2017

Very responsive and knowledgeable - able to counter all points of opposing party with ease. You quickly picked up on intricacies of claim and had excellent legal knowledge of the area.

Client

Thank you for your brilliant work. I have certainly achieved my objective and am happy with the outcome. Thank you again.

Majid Alimadadian - Owner of the Orthosmile orthodontic group.

 Douglas Skilton is a calm, methodical lawyer who has an excellent manner with clients and looks for effective ways to resolve their issues.

The Legal 500 2019

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