Advocacy in civil matters

Bright Line Law’s legal practice is at the intersection of civil and criminal case work. Many of our cases  are decided  in a civil court or regulatory tribunal, even though the underlying allegation is serious and could be heard  in a criminal court. Often these cases involve factual disputes over something which has happened, with witnesses examined and cross-examined, followed by submissions made to the court or tribunal. To this end, we have a small team of approachable and hardworking junior counsel ready to advise and act for individual clients and companies in all courts and tribunals in England & Wales. Additionally, our Lead Counsel, Jonathan Fisher QC, is experienced as an advocate in civil and criminal courts, and tribunals.

Our key areas include (but are not limited to) asset and debt recovery, fraud, family, money laundering, property and tax.

Asset and debt recovery

There are occasions in which disputes arise with another party or business about payment of charges, breach of contract or asset repossession. Our junior counsel can help protect interests and advise on solutions and likely outcomes. We provide sensitive and timely pre-action advice, and we can represent clients in recovering outstanding monies or defending possession proceedings in court. 


If you or your company are victims of fraud, you may wish to take action. Equally, the implications of an allegation of fraud made against you can be devastating. Issues can also arise when a witness is asked to give evidence and it is important that witnesses are advised carefully. Our team acts swiftly and strategically, mindful of personal, commercial and financial considerations. We represent individuals and company clients in all manner of fraud matters, including those involving the bringing or defending of fraud claims in the civil courts. 

Family matters

Our junior counsel are approachable and mindful of the need for timely advice, representation, clarity and sensitivity in family matters. We can assist with children matters (issues of contact and residence), relationship dissolution, financial resolution and division and sale of assets. Many family-related cases involve factual disputes over something which has happened, and as advocates we are well placed to represent clients in these types of cases.

Money laundering

Representation in cases involving allegations of money laundering is a specialist area of Bright Line Law’s practice. Our junior counsel are highly knowledgeable in the requirements of the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 (MLR 2017) and the implications for regulated firms and professionals. They can advise and represent individuals and companies in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals in any case where an allegation of falling below the money laundering requirements is concerned.

Property disputes

Our junior counsel can advise and act in matters concerning disputes over ownership and occupation of land, adverse possession, rights of access and rights of way, landlord and tenant disputes and boundary and other neighbour disputes. Our barristers can represent individual clients and companies in cases involving residential and business premises, ranging from cases arising under the Housing Acts to cases concerning the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

Tax disputes

Our team can manage and lead appeals against decisions made by HMRC and represent businesses and individuals on appeals against decisions to the First-tier and Upper Tax Tribunals. Typical cases involve issues relating to alleged tax avoidance or tax evasion, imposition of penalties, and making disclosures of outstanding tax liabilities.

Jonathan Fisher QC
Lead Counsel

Telephone + 020 3872 2852

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