Pia is a commercial barrister with particular interest in banking, commercial contracts, financial services and civil fraud. Pia also has experience in matters involving company and regulatory law. She is led in complex, high-value, commercial litigation, as well as appearing as sole advocate in trials and applications in the High Court and County Courts.
Recent instructions include:
- Dinglis Properties Limited v Dinglis Management Limited (2016 -2017) – acting as junior counsel led by David Peters (Essex Court Chambers) in the Chancery Division of the High Court defending a high-value claim for fraud.
- Impact Funding Solutions v AIG Europe Insurance Limited (2016) – acting as junior counsel in the Supreme Court seeking to uphold a decision of Longmore LJ which found that the lender was entitled to recover from the insurer under a professional indemnity insurance policy, and that the contract between the lender and the insured was not one for the supply of services.
- BDO v Newport Tax Management Limited (2017) – acting as sole advocate in a successful application for strike out of a defence to a claim for sums due for provision of financial services pursuant to a consultancy agreement.
- Defence of a UK limited company for claims for breach of Franchise Agreements (2017) – acting as sole advocate in defence of claims for breach of certain Franchise Agreements and counterclaims for breach of contract and negligence.
‘3 Verulam Buildings is one of the capital’s elite sets for commercial disputes, and houses an impressive array of practitioners at both silk and junior levels.’
Chambers & Partners UK 2015
3 Verulam Buildings has ‘excellent strength in depth and some very talented juniors coming through’
Legal 500 UK 2014
Pia was recently led on a successful application to have a Freezing Order (with a limit of £4 million) discharged and she continued to be instructed on the two-week trial of the substantive claim, involving allegations of fraud, in the Chancery Division of the High Court: Dinglis Properties Limited v. Dinglis Management Limited  4 W.L.R. 72 (Discharge Application). She has also appeared as junior counsel in the Supreme Court in the matter of Impact Funding Solutions v. AIG Europe Insurance Limited  UKSC 57. The case concerned whether Impact, as lender to clients of solicitor firms, was able to recover under the Third Party (Rights Against Insurers) Act 1930 against the insurer under the terms of the professional indemnity insurance policy after the firm went into liquidation.
Pia has also acted as advocate in her own right, both advising and acting for high-profile financial institutions in commercial and banking litigation. Pia’s experience extends to advising on potential high-value mis-selling claims to defending banks and other financial institutions against claims arising out of the Consumer Credit Act, Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and the Data Protection Act. In addition, in 2016, she was sole advocate in a two-day trial before the Fitness to Practice panel of the General Optical Council, in which she successfully obtained judgment for misconduct and sanctions.
Before joining Chambers, Pia worked and studied in a number of different jurisdictions. After completing her LL.M at the University of Chicago Law School, and the BCL at Oxford, she taught international law and published work on Burmese politics whilst working for the Burma Lawyer's Council on the Thai Burma border. In 2012, she acted as foreign law clerk to Mr Justice Edwin Cameron at the Constitutional Court of South Africa and in 2013 she moved to New York to complete an internship in the Commercial Litigation and Appeals departments of Jones Day. In practice, Pia later took up a secondment at Dentons UKMEA LLP, in the banking and financial markets litigation team, for four months. Pia assisted on high-profile cases defending allegations of the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products and LIBOR/Euribor manipulation by the Royal Bank of Scotland Plc.
BCL (Keble College, Oxford) - Distinction (2011)
LLM (University of Chicago Law School) (2010)
BA (Hons) in Jurisprudence (Keble College, Oxford) (2009)
Queen Mother Scholarship (Middle Temple)
University of Chicago Law School: 1st in year in Jurisprudence (2010)
Colombos International Law Essay Prize (2010, Middle Temple)
Ian Wilson and Pia Dutton, “Reclaiming Funds following fraud”, LexisNexis Financial Services Blogs, 4 March 2015:
"Modern Distinctions Between the U.K and U.S. Commercial Legal Systems", LexisNexis Mealey's International Arbitration Legal News (2014)
"Action in Burma: The International Rule of Politics" LawKa PaLa Legal Journal on Burma No.39 (August 2011) p.46 www.burmalibrary.org
"Politics and Injudicious Heroism" Cambridge Student Law Review, Volume 6, Number 1 (2010) p.316
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
French, Hindi (Basic)