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Dominic Blakeley

Legal Director

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“Dominic and I have worked together on a wide range of different cases: his expertise, grip of the real issues and gut feeling for litigation far exceed his seniority.” Laurie West-Knights QC, Head of Commercial Group, Hailsham Chambers

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Working with clients in Leeds, across the UK, Europe and internationally Dominic has extensive experience of both pursuing and defending complex and high value multi-jurisdictional claims on behalf of high net worth individuals and companies.

“I bring strong technical knowledge and a keen ability to strategically fight my client’s corner, as if my own resources and reputation were on the line. Always providing robust, commercial advice, I will pursue dispute resolution strategies aimed at resolving contentious issues as quickly and as cost effectively as possible.

“Should my clients be forced into protecting their interests by way of litigation, I ensure that they do so from the outset with their eyes wide open; having full knowledge of both the strength of their legal position and the potential extent of their overall costs exposure. At each and every stage taking the right course of action for them to achieve the outcome they need.

“My work to date has concentrated on the resolution of contractual disputes (particularly in the printing, food and drink manufacture, energy supply sectors), professional negligence cases and property claims.”

Dominic was recently a key member of the team that acted for the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC), owners of Silverstone Circuits Limited, and successfully defeated a £3.3m High Court claim that had been issued against them.  

Career Path

  • 1997 University of Durham, BA in Classics
  • 1998 University of Durham, MA in Classics
  • 1999 Japanese Government
  • 2003 College of Law (York), Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course
  • 2005 Trainee at Wake Smith LLP
  • 2007 Squire Sanders LLP
  • 2012 Joined Clarion as Associate
  • 2014 Promoted to Senior Associate
  • 2016 Promoted to Legal Director