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Barrister & Mediator

Mr Goldstein conducts a modern yet eclectic practice spanning both commercial/chancery and specialist criminal work, being one of the few practitioners to have such a diverse practice.

Over 25 years of experience and engaged in Direct Access instructions since 2009. With a high proportion of his practice working for Direct Access clients, including individuals, businesses organisations and trusts.

Ranked as a leading practitioner in commercial, banking, insolvency and chancery practice by the “Legal 500” publication.

Particular interest in novel and unusual cases but happy to assist in the most straightforward matters also!

In legal practice as a barrister since 1992 when called to the Bar in New South Wales Australia and since 1999 in England.

PRACTICE AREAS
All levels of commercial/chancery work from County to High Courts in probate, insolvency, company, partnership, banking and credit, travel claims, landlord and tenant (commercial and residential), sale of goods, consumer credit, banking and all contractual disputes.
Advises clients with regards commercial and land contracts and planning/development agreements.
Professional negligence claims particularly involving solicitors, architects, surveyors and engineers.
All areas of property litigation including Land Tribunal cases (formerly Land Registry Adjudications).
Cases involving gypsys and squatters.
Particular interest in boundary disputes such as rights of way and adverse possession.

Experience in high end domestic and international arbitrations including appearing in Bocal v Bank of Nigeria (2012) £500 million claim against bank for breach of contract.

Diverse criminal practice from Magistrates Court to Court of Appeal.
Specialist Crown Court practice involving all areas of crime but with particular interest focusing on white collar crime, fraud, trading standards, money laundering and drug supply. (Restricted to non-legal aid private defence matters)

Also niche practice in traffic and driving offences such as dangerous driving, speeding, failure to supply etc, the aim being to keep client on the road!

Experience in licensing cases particularly that relating to public houses, taxis and the security industry.
Also significant experience with noise and public nuisance cases both with respect to licensing and civil liability.

Experienced in Inquests and public inquiries.

Judicial review in diverse array of areas and experience in challenging wide range of administrative decisions.

Particularly interested in sports law and appearing before sporting tribunals.

Former professional cricketer.

PERSONAL APPROACH
Mr Goldstein has a very particular and somewhat different approach to his practice and says;

“ I have very much applied a somewhat novel approach to my practice in that I work very hard to provide a bespoke service for my clients. I believe in “quality over quantity” and achieve this by limiting the number of cases that I take on with the goal of providing a high quality service to each client, seeking the best results possible. This means that my fees maybe sometimes be a little more expensive than those lawyers with a higher turnover if cases, but I prefer to offer this level of client care.

I believe that I have a very good forensic “legal brain” with the ability to solve all manner of legal problems for my clients. I focus on providing plain English straightforward and robust advice. In civil cases my focus is to get the client the very best result but at the same time taking a practical commercial approach and I always encourage clients to resolve cases with minimum of costs where possible, but acknowledge that in some cases, there has to be litigation and a “contest”, which I will pursue with all vigour and attention.

In criminal cases I try and bring a practical but cerebral approach, using my wide range of skills and legal knowledge to get the very best result possible. I can undertake both Magistrates and Crown Court cases on a direct access basis where appropriate and my aim is to give these cases far more attention to detail than might often be the cases where a client is limited by legal aid funding.

I am very persuasive advocate and I believe I have an excellent intuition when it comes to “reading” and dealing with judges, lay and expert witnesses, juries and opponents. I believe that I have an excellent rapport with juries, reflecting in my success in many criminal defence trials over the years.

I very much believe that whilst excellent legal knowledge is very important for a lawyer to possess, how one uses that knowledge in a “real world” practical way, is the real key to being an effective barrister.

I believe I am a very quick thinker with the capacity to absorb and digest substantial volumes of materials effectively and efficiently. I also like to think I have the ability to find novel solutions to problems and I try and think through cases using a combination of logic, common sense and lateral thinking.

Finally, I believe that I am down to earth, approachable and sensitive to clients from all social and ethnic/cultural backgrounds, which I think has been made even keener as I am an Australian that has lived and practised in England for over 20 years.”



PROFESSIONAL SERVICES OFFERED
Mr Goldstein is able to provide his services from providing legal advice to representation in all courts and tribunals in England and Wales. As an experienced direct access barrister he can assist in all aspects of preparing cases for litigation including civil and criminal cases. This includes assistance with drafting correspondence and court documents/pleadings/witness statements and representation at all hearings.

Mr Goldstein can advise about the legal aspects of commercial contracts and ventures and property deals etc.

Appearance in mediations in all types of commercial, property and construction cases.

Mr Goldstein is happy to arrange conferences outside chambers for the client’s convenience and also conduct meetings by video/facetime conferencing.

FEES
Fees are by agreement.

As a guide his fees in direct access cases are £250 p/h and his daily rate is between £1750-£2000 (plus additional preparation if required). (exclusive of VAT at 20% to be added)

In direct access cases he generally agrees fixed fees payable in advance so that clients are always aware from the outset as to the costs involved. For written advice and advising in conference a fixed fee will be set and agreed depending on the amount of work that will be involved. Where he is instructed for a hearing a fixed brief fee quote will provided (and agreed) in advance based upon the preparation involved and the length of hearing.

Enquiries about fees can be made direct to Mr Goldstein or his clerks at 18 St John Street Chambers.

Mr Goldstein is generally happy to discuss a prospective client’s requirements personally upon receiving an enquiry through this portal or direct to chambers.

Mediator Practice

Mr Goldstein applies his calm, intelligent and thoughtful approach to his mediator's practice, to assist parties in effectively resolving their disputes.
He adopts a sensitive yet no nonsense approach that brings about excellent results.

His extensive experience and knowledge of a wide area of legal disciplines positions him very well to assist in all manner of disputes.

He can assist by mediating in the following areas;

Commercial and contract disputes of all types and values
Building and constructions
Matters relating to motor vehicles
Property and land matters including
-boundary disputes
-rights of way and access
-party walls
-noise and nuisance
-agricultural
Neighbour disputes
Community disputes
Music industry disputes including
-music contracts
-music and ownership rights
-performer's rights
Disputes concerning trade marks and patents
Partnership
Agents and agency disputes
Inheritance and probate
Trusts
Charities
Personal injuries (excluding clinical negligence)
Professional negligence
Complaints against professionals such as solicitors, accountants, doctors, dentists etc
Sporting matters including
-disciplinary matters
-contractual disputes
Company matters including shareholder disputes
Banking and finance
Consumer claims
Travel and holiday claims.
International and cross border disputes.

Mediation fees:
Mr Goldstein's fees for mediating typically vary between £750-£1500 per day per participant plus VAT. (Up to 7 hours) depending on the nature and complexity of the dispute.
For shorter mediations the fees are typically £500- £1000 per day per participant plus VAT. (Up to 3.5 hours)
For low value or small claims matters Mr Goldstein offers a reduced fixed fee rate of £300 per day per participant plus VAT. (Up to 1.5 hours)
Further fees of £150-£200 per hour per participant plus VAT may apply by agreement for additional preparation in individual cases.

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