Liam Owen
  • I strive to offer my clients legally precise yet commercial advice in a friendly manner, and to fight hard for their interests.

  • Liam "inspires confidence"

    - Legal 500 UK 2016

  • His care and diligence in preparation of the action I thought was faultless.

    - SM

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Liam Owen

Associate Director, Solicitor Advocate, Commercial Mediator

Liam acts for clients on a variety of commercial disputes, many of which are funded on a “no win, no fee”, or “no win, low fee” basis. Liam acts for both claimant and defendant clients on such matters as professional negligence claims, breach of contract claims, partnership disputes, and company disputes between directors and shareholders. His current cases include professional negligence claims against solicitors; disputes over high-value wills; a number of partnership disputes and shareholder disputes; and both making and resisting injunction applications on behalf of clients.

The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017 states that Liam "displays great tenacity and understands how judges think" and ranks him as one of 7 "Next Generation" solicitors for commercial litigation in the Birmingham area. Chambers and Partners 2018 ranks Liam as an "Associate to Watch" and describes him as "confident, responsive, knowledgeable and commercially aware". The Legal 500 2016 records that Liam "inspires confidence". Liam’s clients have commented that they always “felt in good hands” with Liam, describing him as “a good solicitor to challenge and be proactive in driving for an even better offer”. Liam's clients have also been impressed with his "very responsive, honest advice", and commented that “his care and diligence in the preparation of the action I thought was faultless”. 

As a solicitor advocate, Liam has rights of audience in the Higher Courts, and often acts as his clients’ advocate in court, saving them the additional expense of instructing a barrister. Liam is also an accredited mediation advocate and has considerable experience of acting as his clients’ advocate and achieving favourable outcomes at mediations.

Liam was previously a solicitor at a major national law firm. There, Liam worked on a large alternative dispute resolution project for one of the country’s biggest high street name banks, running more than 70 professional negligence claims, and was successful in achieving numerous commercial settlements for the bank.

He is a member of the Solicitors’ Association of Higher Rights Advocates and the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates. Liam is also active in the local business community, and is a former chairman of Aston Wood Business Club.

Examples of cases on which Liam has acted:

Entirely successful defence of a £1.1Mn claim brought through adjudication under the Scheme for Construction Contracts in relation to a claim brought against Liam's clients relating to purported operational losses and the purported remedying of defects in relation to a luxury hotel. [2018]

Acted for the Respondents in defending two linked winding up petitions, arising from a dispute based on the management of two dental practices in the West Midlands. The petitions were heard together at a one-day hearing in the Rolls Building in November 2017. One petition was dismissed, while the other was successful. (Chancery) [2017]

Adjudication under the Scheme for Construction Contracts, in which the adjudicator awarded Bell Lax's client c. £800,000 in relation to a dispute with its client regarding a luxury hotel which Bell Lax's client had been involved in the construction of. [2017]

Adjudication under the Scheme for Construction Clients, in which the adjudicator awarded Bell Lax's client c. £120,000 in relation to a claim against its sub-contractor, a lift company whose lifts Bell Lax's client argued were of an unsatisfactory quality and unfit for purpose. [2017]

Potential defamation claim on behalf of a tainted blood scandal campaigner against a high profile politician and that politician's publishers with regard to a statement made in the hardback publication of the politician's memoirs. [2017]

Represented the estate on the Defence of a six-figure Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claim in the Chancery Division of the High Court, brought by the deceased's girlfriend at the time of death. This was a complicated dispute which also required the interests of the minor children of one of the beneficiaries (who passed away shortly after the testator) to be taken into account. The matter resolved on confidential terms at mediation and the settlement was subsequently approved by the court. (2017)

Acted for an Independent Financial Advisor client in a six figure dispute with a partner practice over the wrongful termination of his contract. The dispute was resolved on mutually satisfactory terms. [2016]

Brought claim in the High Court for breach of fiduciary duties against the former directors of a sports equipment company in relation to, among other things, their alleged involvement in setting up a competing company before their resignations. The matter settled at mediation on confidential terms shortly after Bell Lax's client issued proceedings. [2016]

As part of a team, defended a multi-million pound construction claim arising from a Framework Agreement. The claim settled at mediation on confidential terms. [2016]

Represented an international charity in a dispute with a major financial institution relating to that institution's alleged procedural failings when transferring its client between different accounts. The dispute settled on confidential terms. [2016]

Obtained an interim injunction to restrain the presentation of a winding up petition. The statutory demand on which the potential petition would have been based was withdrawn before the return hearing. (Chancery) [2015]

Represented two former partners in a firm of solicitors in relation to a six-figure dispute over the value of their capital accounts, and partnership interests generally, upon their retirement from that firm. This complex and highly contentious claim settled on confidential terms at mediation, following expert evidence from the forensic accountant Liam instructed. [2015]

Represented a minority shareholder in an engineering company who had been ejected from the company and removed as a director. Bell Lax’s client recovered a very substantial six figure sum after Liam acted as his advocate at mediation, arguing that the company’s affairs had been conducted in a way which was unfairly prejudicial to his interests. [2014]

Acted for the liquidator on an application under s.212 of the Insolvency Act 1986 against the directors of a company in liquidation, also including a claim for unlawful payment of dividends under s.830 of the Companies Act 2006. The liquidator's claim for a six figure sum settled on confidential terms at mediation. [2014]

Successfully appeared for a client company against experienced Counsel in resisting the Defendant’s security for costs application for more than £35,000. The application was dismissed in its entirety and the Defendant was ordered to pay Bell Lax’s client’s costs of the application. [2014]

Represented a "partworks" publisher, on a complex claim regarding an alleged breach by the Defendant of a joint venture agreement relating to a Reader’s Digest publication. Bell Lax’s client pleaded unilateral mistake and rectification, breach of fiduciary duty, and misrepresentation. Morse v Eaglemoss Publications Limited EWHC 1507 (Chancery) [2013]

Represented the Claimants on a high six-figure professional negligence dispute with their previous solicitors. Liam’s clients argued that their previous solicitors negligently failed to advise them that their proposed course of action would leave them in breach of their fiduciary duties as directors exposing them to the risk of litigation by the minority shareholders in their company. This dispute settled at mediation shortly before a listed 10 day trial in the High Court. [2013]

Successfully recovered a six-figure settlement sum from a major national firm of solicitors which had misadvised a mutual client on several claims on which it had acted. This matter required sensitive handling, as it was of paramount importance to maintain the commercial relationship between that firm and the mutual client. The settlement achieved this. [2013]

Represented the Claimant on a dispute relating to shares held in several Thai restaurants and pubs from which the Claimant recovered damages in excess of £60,000 following a fully contested 3 day County Court trial. The court accepted that shares in a company were held on trust for Bell Lax’s client and that the Defendants had breached that trust. [2012]