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Commercial Dispute Resolution - London (Bar)

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3 Verulam Buildings has a heavyweight reputation for commercial litigation and arbitration. Members enjoy an outstanding representation across a range of industry sectors but are best known for their efforts in banking and finance disputes. The set is routinely a first port of call for a number of magic circle firms and houses "a battery of outstanding people." The clerking team, led by Paul Cooklin, receives consistent praise for its flexibility and responsiveness. 

Client service: "Clerks and barristers provide a very good service. They really roll up their sleeves and go a long way towards breaking down barriers. There are no airs and graces."

SILKS 

Ewan McQuater QC
Ascends to the top tier of the tables after receiving an outstanding level of praise from interviewees. His areas of expertise include disputes involving components of fraud and insolvency.
Expertise: "One of the sharpest and best advocates." "An incredibly thorough silk. He is incredibly tenacious and someone who just instils utter confidence."
Recent work: He acted for Barclays in defence of allegations of breach of confidence in M&A deals relating to the carbon credit sector. 

Ali Malek QC 
He is considered one of the nation's leading advocates for complex commercial disputes, including those with an international dimension. Has notable experience in a range of industry sectors, including financial services, aviation, international trade and energy. 
Expertise: "A very stylish advocate with incredible judgement." "An extremely effective operator. He has a masterful grip of the overall strategy and what would work best in the case. He works incredibly hard, juggles a lot of work and is able to take a strategic view at each stage. Really impressive and at the top of his game."
Recent work: Malek represented Russian oligarch Vasily Anisimov in the highly publicised Berezovsky v Abramovich case in the Commercial Court.

Adrian Beltrami QC 
A highly accomplished advocate and adviser who handles a range of domestic and international commercial disputes. Beltrami is routinely praised by interviewees for his cerebral approach to the most complex litigation. 
Expertise: "Intelligent, strategic and persuasive." "He has oodles of grey matter, and is calm in a crisis and great to work with. He marshals arguments extremely well, both on paper and when on his feet."
Recent work: He acted for the defendant in Aston Hill Financial v African Minerals Finance, a case concerning a dispute over a pre-payment fee in a commercial financing contract. 

Jonathan Nash QC
Regularly handles complex and high-profile trials relating to a wide range of commercial disputes. Areas of expertise include financial services matters, insurance disputes and professional negligence cases. 
Expertise: "He is just excellent. He is hugely commercial, has brilliant client care, and is empathetic; his written work is superb and his analysis is second to none."
Recent work: Nash acted for Yukos in its long-running litigation with Rosneft, a complex dispute stemming from ICC arbitration awards made against Rosneft in 2006.

Andrew Onslow QC 
Handles the full range of commercial litigation and arbitration, and is particularly noted for his expertise in domestic and international financial services litigation.
Expertise: "He's bright, approachable and extremely good in court and, crucially, he takes seriously the importance of meeting - or exceeding - the expectations of both professional and lay clients."
Recent work: Onslow represented the defendant in Procter & Gamble Company v Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget. This was a claim concerning a sale and purchase agreement.

Sonia Tolaney QC
The highly rated Tolaney has handled a number of impressive commercial cases of late, including cases concerning international and domestic banking litigation, and much of the highly publicised oligarch litigation.
Expertise: "She quickly earns the respect of solicitors and clients alike and her early promotion to QC was well deserved." "A serious presence and a great strategist to have on your side."
Recent work: She acted in defence of Russian oligarch Vasily Anisimov with respect to claims made against him in both Berezovsky v Abramovich and Berezovsky v Hine.

Richard Salter QC 
Often considered to be one of the London Bar's leading experts in banking and finance litigation, and is a recognised expert in commercial dispute resolution.
Expertise: "He has a very considerable presence in court. He is a very powerful advocate and a good cross-examiner." "I rate him very, very highly. There is nobody cleverer than him. He always gets into the detail of his cases."
Recent work: Salter acted in Gemini v Danske Bank, a case concerning the rights of the liquidity support provider under a bond issue.

Andrew Sutcliffe QC 
A specialist in commercial litigation and arbitration, Sutcliffe is commended by market observers for the quality of his work and the tenacity he shows when handling it.
Expertise: "A QC to have on your side rather than against you. He goes the extra mile." "Clear thinking, wise and approachable."
Recent work: Sutcliffe acted for a group of 132 investors in a Commercial Court case alleging Morgan Stanley's failure to sell notes soon after they were downgraded.

Cyril Kinsky QC 
A commercial litigator and arbitrator who is highly regarded for his expertise in jurisdictional disputes and civil fraud matters. 
Expertise: "Very bright, very human, he rolls up his sleeves and gets stuck in. A fantastic team player." "Possesses gravitas and acumen and is fantastic to work with."
Recent work: He acted in BTA v Ablyazov and VTB Capital v Nutritek, two of the most complex civil fraud cases of late.

Paul Lowenstein QC 
Widely praised for his expertise in commercial, banking and business litigation. Sources attest to his astute handling of complex legal issues and his determined advocacy.
Expertise: "A high-calibre barrister with experience in high-profile and complex cross-border litigation." "Our first choice for complicated commercial and technical disputes."
Recent work: He acted for Globe Motors as claimant in a case concerning the termination of an exclusivity agreement with its UK customer.

John Odgers QC 
Highly rated by market observers for his handling of high-value commercial and financial markets litigation.
Expertise: "He's calm and measured, doesn't take bad points, and judges listen to him."
Recent work: He acted for Vervoer, a Dutch pension fund, in claims against Goldman Sachs Asset Management alleging negligence following inappropriate investments during the financial crisis.

Christopher Symons QC
Has a broad litigation and international arbitration practice with a central focus on the areas of insurance and reinsurance and professional negligence.
Expertise: "Recommended for his commanding courtroom presence and persuasive advocacy skills."
Recent work: Symons has been acting as counsel in an arbitration concerning the question of whether the 9/11 atrocity was one event or two.

Andrew Fletcher QC
A general commercial litigator and arbitrator with experience in handling disputes pertaining to a broad range of industry sectors, including real estate, shipping and media. 
Expertise: "He is very good. He is very careful, meticulous and quiet - but effective." "He's really easy to deal with."
Recent work: He advised a group of property investors seeking high-value damages for fraudulent misrepresentation of a property investment scheme. 

Gregory Mitchell QC
A commercial litigator, arbitrator and adviser with an impressive depth of experience of complex, high-profile domestic and international commercial disputes.
Expertise: "A hands-on advocate who is excellent in court."
Recent work: Mitchell was part of a team led by Ali Malek QC acting for the former owners of Liverpool Football Club against RBS and the club's former directors. The case revolved around the high-profile sale of the club in October 2010.

John Jarvis QC
A respected commercial silk and an experienced international arbitrator and adviser. His primary areas of expertise include banking and finance law, commercial fraud and insurance and reinsurance.
Expertise: "He is sharp, incisive, and penetrates really quickly to get to the nub of the matter." "He is a masterly advocate with a clear vision of the issues."
Recent work: Jarvis acted as arbitrator in a dispute concerning the instillation of a filtration tank in Turkey.

Jonathan Davies-Jones QC
Took silk in March 2013 after being widely acknowledged as one of the leading commercial juniors of the London Bar. His areas of focus include general commercial and banking dispute cases.
Expertise: "Phenomenally bright and really pleasant to deal with."
Recent work: Acted for the respondents in an LCIA arbitration stemming from major construction work in Moscow. Allegations included fraudulent conspiracy, duress and breach of contract.

David Quest QC
Took silk in 2013, and receives broad praise from the market for the strength of his dispute resolution practice. He receives special praise for his handling of technology and telecoms disputes.
Expertise: "Hugely impressed with him, his intellectual capacity and his energy and creativity." "He will go on to become one of the real stars of the Commercial Bar."
Recent work: Quest acted for Barclays in defence of allegations of breach of confidence in the takeover of a carbon credit trading company by CF Partners.

Matthew Hardwick QC
An experienced and respected advocate whose commercial litigation practice includes recognised expertise in domestic and international banking and finance, commercial fraud and partnership law.
Expertise: "Very user and client-friendly."
Recent work: Hardwick represented Veloiro as claimant in a multimillion-pound arbitration concerning the breach of a supply agreement relating to oil trading in Mozambique.

JUNIORS 

Michael Lazarus 
A leading senior junior for domestic and international commercial and business litigation. Specific areas of expertise include banking and finance litigation and IT and telecoms disputes.
Expertise: "He has an excellent ability to take a complex set of facts and technical issues and to translate them into straightforward advice." "Very methodical, calm, easy to work with considering quite how clever he is, and great on his feet."
Recent work: Lazarus represented BMIC as claimant in a £180 million claim to recover sums from a share sale and purchase agreement.

Adam Kramer 
A well-reputed junior who handles a broad range of commercial litigation and arbitration. He is strong in the areas of banking, civil fraud, energy, insurance and professional negligence.
Expertise: "Gives very clear advice, is aggressive and picks things up very quickly." "Sees the key issues immediately."
Recent work: He acted for Renaissance Capital in a £100 million dispute with African Minerals concerning commission on a multibillion-pound investment deal.

James MacDonald
A commercial litigator and arbitrator with a strong presence in banking and finance disputes.
Expertise: "The best draftsman that we have ever come across." "My pick of the juniors. He produces super paperwork and is a delight to work with."
Recent work: He has handled a multibillion-dollar Commercial Court case on behalf of Deutsche Bank, concerning allegedly unauthorised trading in exotic foreign exchange derivatives.

Laura John
Handles general commercial litigation, arbitration and advisory work, and has a particular focus on financial services, fraud, insolvency and insurance and reinsurance.
Expertise: "Wonderfully responsive, she is very bright and very user-friendly."
Recent work: John acted for the defendant in Bank of New York Mellon v Truvo & Ors, a dispute involving the construction of high-value Euro Facility Agreements.

Rajesh Pillai
Noted for his strong international commercial dispute practice, and regularly appears in the UK courts and in arbitrations in New Delhi and Bahrain.
Expertise: "A vigorous and persuasive advocate; he's very bright."
Recent work: He successfully defended HMRC in a claim for £117 million tax relief by Eclipse Film Partners.

Peter Ratcliffe 
He is a respected commercial litigator and arbitrator with noted expertise in insurance and reinsurance disputes.
Expertise: "A star of the junior commercial Bar. He is very good on his feet."
Recent work: He represented the defendant in a complex commercial dispute stemming from the sale of oil, gas and gold mines in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.

Nicholas Craig 
His areas of expertise include financial services disputes, insolvency, civil fraud, insurance and reinsurance.
Expertise: "Sharp, efficient, quick and easy to deal with."
Recent work: Craig represented Jet Aviation in litigation stemming from a breach of contract dispute with SAAD Air.

David Head
Consistently praised by interviewees for the intellectual ability he brings to his commercial dispute resolution practice. His areas of excellence include commercial fraud, professional negligence and banking and finance law.
Expertise: "I am hugely impressed with him and his intellectual capacity, as well as his energy and creativity."
Recent work: He acted on behalf of EMS Global Tracking in defence of a £2.7 million claim by ADS Aerospace alleging the breach of a distribution agreement concerning a satellite tracking device for the aeronautics industry.

Matthew Parker
Receives strong approval from market sources for his broad commercial dispute resolution practice. He is adept at handling litigation pertaining to a wide range of sectors, including banking, telecoms, energy and art.
Expertise: "Responsive and thorough. We praise him for his professional negligence work."
Recent work: Parker defended Ernst & Young with respect to proceedings brought by a former partner following the termination of an agreement.

Peter de Verneuil Smith 
He is praised for his robust handling of cases across a broad range of areas, including insurance and reinsurance, financial services and civil fraud.
Expertise: "We like him because he's very clear on the law and extremely pragmatic. He drives cases rather than just letting them drift on." "His written work is fantastic but his real skill set is in court. He has a gravitas well beyond his years."
Recent work: He was English counsel in a Royal Court of Guernsey case concerning issues of breach of fiduciary duty, strike out, conflicts and ratification.

James Evans 
Handles high-stakes commercial litigation and domestic and international arbitration across a range of areas. Banking and finance, fraud and cross-border asset tracing cases all feature heavily in his workload. 
Expertise: "An excellent all-round junior with genuine expertise in cases involving international arbitration."
Recent work: He acted in Al Rushaid v Shekhar Dooma Shetty et al, on behalf of two defendants faced with a high-value fraud claim by a group of Saudi companies.

Christopher Harris 
He is recognised for his handling of a broad range of commercial litigation, including matters concerning banking and finance law and the energy sector.
Expertise: "Excellent on his feet and exceptionally user-friendly. Especially good with clients."
Recent work: Harris acted alongside chambermate Ali Malek QC in the highly publicised and long-running litigation brought by the former owners of Liverpool Football Club against its former directors.

Sandy Phipps 
Continues to impress observers with his general commercial dispute resolution practice. Particular areas of focus include civil fraud and banking and finance disputes.
Expertise: "He drafts very well and argues persuasively." "He's extremely technically able and very hard-working."
Recent work: Phipps was led by Ali Malek QC and Sonia Tolaney QC in defending Russian oligarch Vasily Anisimov in the high-profile Berezovsky v Hine & Ors litigation.

Anne Jeavons 
Widely considered a rising star of the junior Commercial Bar. She handles financial services litigation, civil fraud, insolvency, professional negligence and insurance and reinsurance work.
Recent work: Jeavons was part of the team, led by Ali Malek QC and Sonia Tolaney QC, defending Vasily Anisimov in the litigation with Boris Berezovsky. 

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Brick Court is perennially counted among the nation's elite sets for commercial dispute resolution work, with its members regularly acting in the most complex and high-value litigations and arbitrations. Market observers note that "the barristers exhibit strong technical expertise and commercial awareness," while a number of interviewees point to a formidable strength in depth at both silk and junior level. The set is also identified for its outstanding commitment to client service, with interviewees highlighting a clerking team that will "always go the extra mile for the client."

Client service: "Their commercial sense is excellent. They understand cost pressures and adapt their approach to the client and the situation."

SILKS 

Mark Howard QC
Widely considered to be one of the stars of the Commercial Bar. Howard elicits nothing but praise from market sources, who invariably attest to his superior abilities of analysis, argument and strategy. His broad practice covers the full spectrum of commercial law, and he is also noted for his attendant expertise in competition law.
Expertise: "Mark Howard has a formidable reputation as one of the most prominent commercial silks at the Bar." "A first-rate advocate. He gives clear, firm advice and sticks to it."
Recent work: In Sky v EDS, a case concerning fraudulent representations made by EDS during pre-contract negotiations, Howard showcased his creative approach to advocacy by obtaining an online MBA for his dog Lulu, with grades superior to those 'achieved' by the key EDS witness he discredited.

Mark Hapgood QC 
This heavyweight silk is routinely instructed in the most complex and high-value commercial disputes at the London Bar. Areas of excellence among his broad commercial expertise include financial services disputes and insolvency-related litigation.
Expertise: "Exceptional. Extremely bright and quick to focus on the issues."
"Mark is particularly adept at cutting to the heart of complicated issues and presenting them simply and clearly. He provides practical, commercial and strategic advice and is a very persuasive advocate."
Recent work: Led in two disputes on behalf of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky against his former business associates, with each dispute being valued in excess of USD1 billion.

Charles Hollander QC 
Ascends to the top tier of commercial silks after receiving outstanding feedback for a broad commercial and chancery practice. He is noted for sector specialisms pertaining to the media and sports industries. 
Expertise: "Charles is a formidable advocate and his intellect and ability to distil down complex issues are second to none." "A class act, brilliant on his feet and able to answer complex legal questions in a concise and user-friendly style."
Recent work: He acted in an eight-week commercial fraud trial in Hong Kong, concerning a Taiwanese company with investments in China and Hong Kong.

Simon Salzedo QC 
Salzedo's practice continues to gather pace since he took silk in 2011. His broad commercial caseload encompasses the core areas of banking and finance, insurance, professional negligence and arbitration.
Expertise: "Simon is a technically superb, crisp and clear advocate who is excellent to work with." "His advocacy is compelling. He is passionate about his arguments and draws people along with him."
Recent work: He defended US technology giant 3M in a trial concerning money it allegedly owed Porton Capital under an earn-out agreement. The case made national headlines when it was perceived to cause the downfall of Defence Secretary Liam Fox.

Jonathan Hirst QC 
This highly experienced QC covers the full spectrum of commercial litigation and arbitration, including disputes concerning banking and finance, shipping, insurance and competition law. He is commended by sources for his astute and tenacious advocacy.
Expertise: "He justifies his reputation as a leading senior silk at the Bar. He is great with clients and has real presence."
Recent work: Hirst acted in Gécamines v F.G. Hemisphere Associates LLC, a case concerning the liability of state-owned corporations for the debts of the state. 

Helen Davies QC
A highly respected litigator and arbitrator with an impressive track record in the Commercial Court, the Chancery Division of the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Aside from her commercial law focus, she is noted for her expertise in EU and competition law. 
Expertise: "Top notch - certainly a future star if not a current star. She can do the strategic advice because she's all over the facts." 
Recent work: Successfully defended Roman Abramovich in the USD8 billion claim for alleged intimidation and breach of trust in Berezovsky v Abramovich.

Tim Lord QC 
Focuses on commercial litigation generally and banking and finance disputes particularly, and receives strong approval from market sources for his fast-developing silk's practice.
Expertise: "Tim Lord is a rising star of the Commercial Bar. As well as being highly intelligent and expert in the law, he has a very good grasp of litigation and commercial tactics, and is a particularly skilled and intrepid advocate." "He is very bright and a creative thinker." 
Recent work: He acted in Fortress v Blue Skye, a case concerning an alleged conspiracy regarding a EUR200 million investment structure.

Daniel Jowell QC
Since taking silk in 2011, Jowell has impressed observers with his commercial law and competition/EU practice. He is a high-quality advocate with strong cross-examination skills and an exceptional attitude to client service.
Expertise: "One of the outstanding junior silks at the Commercial Bar. He is a future mega star."
Recent work: Jowell acted for Roman Abramovich in his USD8 billion dispute with Boris Berezovsky. Following this up, he acted for Oleg Deripaska in the defence of a USD3 billion claim over aluminium assets by Michael Cherney.

Neil Calver QC
Handles commercial dispute resolution as part of a broader practice encompassing areas such as banking and finance law, public law and international arbitration.
Expertise: "He has an easy manner but there is plenty of steel there. He likes to win - he has a nice sense of ownership of the case which gives the clients confidence."
Recent work: In Sumco v Solsonica, Calver acted for Solsonica in a successful jurisdictional challenge under the Brussels Convention.

Harry Matovu QC
Handles general commercial litigation and arbitration, and is noted for his expertise in oil and gas disputes, insurance and reinsurance and civil fraud.
Expertise: "He's absolutely charming and has such a good brain. He always delivers in a timely way and you feel that he's part of your team. An extremely able man."
Recent work: Matovu acted for Gulf Keystone in long-running litigation with Excalibur Ventures concerning a USD1.6 billion claim relating to interests in major oilfields in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Michael Bools QC
Has impressed market sources since taking silk in 2012. The core of his practice is general commercial litigation, both at trial and appellate level, and he also has a noted arbitration practice.
Expertise: "Extremely clever, very responsive and a pleasure to work with." "Manages to translate sound academic knowledge of the law into highly practical commercial advice."
Recent work: Bools acted for the Bambino Trust in defending an action brought against it by Constantin Medien. This was a fraud claim concerning the alleged sale of Formula 1 at an under value.

Michael Swainston QC 
He is recognised for his broad commercial litigation, arbitration and advisory practice. Much of his practice reflects his expertise and experience in cases with a connection to Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Expertise: "A hugely impressive silk. Michael comes up with winning arguments quickly and without any fuss."
Recent work: Acted in VTB Capital v Universal Telecom Strategies Fund SPC in a Cayman Islands' Court of Appeal case concerning a large bank fraud.

Tom Adam QC
Impresses observers with his broad commercial expertise. His areas of excellence include professional negligence, civil fraud and insurance.
Expertise: "Ferociously bright." "He always knows the documents in a case inside out."
Recent work: Adam successfully acted for a syndicate of investors who had been deceived into investing in a land development scheme in Bulgaria.

Catharine Otton-Goulder QC
She is routinely instructed in complex cases pertaining to a broad range of industry sectors. Sources attest to her forceful and effective advocacy style.
Recent work: Otton-Goulder successfully maintained an order to freeze USD215 million following the sale of a Nigerian offshore oilfield by a Nigerian agent acting on behalf of the Nigerian oil minister.

Richard Slade QC
Recognised for his handling of commercial law, banking and finance disputes and insurance and reinsurance matters.
Expertise: "Excellent at cutting to the heart of the matter and very user-friendly." "He's decisive and fully engaged."
Recent work: He acted in Alliance Bank v Aquanta, a USD1 billion claim stemming from the misappropriation of securities.

Jasbir Dhillon QC 
A new silk in 2013, Dhillon has been receiving strong reviews for his commercial dispute resolution practice for some time. His principal area of expertise is banking and finance law, while his practice also encompasses areas such as company law, insolvency and EU and competition law.
Expertise: "He is fiercely bright and really a very impressive guy." "An intelligent, sound lawyer who is good on detail and the law."
Recent work: He represented the Belgian state railway in a USD9 million claim against UBS stemming from a structured finance product.

Andrew Henshaw QC 
Another 2013 silk, Henshaw is noted for his broad commercial litigation practice and his recognised expertise in banking and derivatives matters.
Expertise: "Andrew is very able, clear-minded and responsive." "He's very user-friendly and a great person to have on your team."
Recent work: Prior to taking silk, he acted in AstraZeneca v Albermarle, a Commercial Court dispute concerning the supply of chemicals for pharmaceutical manufacture. Also acted in the high-profile Berezovsky v Abramovich litigation.

Roger Masefield QC 
Brick Court's third new commercial silk of 2013 is noted by observers for his handling of a broad range of commercial matters, including banking, civil fraud and insurance cases.
Expertise: "An absolutely superb advocate. He's brilliantly persuasive, reads the court to perfection and demonstrably changes the judge's mind. He's persistent without being tedious and is one of the most polished advocates at the Bar."
Recent work: Masefield has devoted a great deal of time to the representation of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky in Berezevosky v Abramovich, v Estate of Patarkatsishvili, v Anisimov, and v Salford.

JUNIORS 

Thomas Plewman SC 
Since commencing his London practice in 2010 following a highly respected silk's career in South Africa, Plewman has quickly gathered a loyal following. He is particularly recognised for his handling of cases involving areas such as insurance, accountant's professional negligence, banking and company law.
Expertise: "Thomas is very experienced, being an SC in South Africa, and has a great track record on accountancy claims."
Recent work: He acted in Deutsche Bank v Sebastian Holdings, a case involving a claim and counterclaim for losses incurred on a foreign exchange and equity trading portfolio.

Simon Birt
Recognised for his broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice. Areas of excellence include financial services, insurance and professional negligence. 
Expertise: "He is extremely intelligent and user-friendly, and always has a full grasp of complex details. He is unquestionably one of the top commercial juniors." 
Recent work: Birt acted for Sebastian Holdings in its dispute with Deutsche Bank. The case revolved around a number of alleged failings of the bank with respect to derivatives transactions which culminated in heavy losses for Birt's client.

Fionn Pilbrow
Receives strong approval from peers and instructing solicitors alike. His dispute resolution practice spans the full spectrum of commercial law, and takes in insurance, banking, civil fraud and professional negligence cases.
Expertise: "A star of the junior Commercial Bar. He is very good on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for Michael Cherney in his USD4.5 billion claim against Oleg Deripaska, stemming from their alleged partnership in RUSAL.

Stephen Midwinter 
An experienced advocate at all levels of the English court system, representing clients in a full range of commercial disputes. In addition, Midwinter is a member of the Bar of the British Virgin Islands, enabling him to advise on a number of jurisdiction disputes and international matters.
Expertise: "A first-class junior, who is calm and clear thinking in his advice. Extremely impressive." "A supremely confident and effective advocate, punching well above his call."
Recent work: Midwinter acted in RBS v Ocean Tankers, a USD100 million claim to enforce bank charges over ships.

Alec Haydon 
A senior junior with an enviable track record across the entire spectrum of commercial disputes.
Expertise: "He is extremely technically proficient. He has an excellent practice and is very well liked by his clients and his opponents. A real delight, he's very sensible, very measured and very effective."
Recent work: He was led by Catharine Otton-Goulder QC in Energy Ventures v Malabu, a case concerning a USD100 million unpaid commission following the sale of an offshore Nigerian oilfield.

Tony Singla
A fast-emerging talent in commercial and competition law, who continues to receive plaudits for his broad expertise as a commercial litigator.
Expertise: "A real star for the future. He does an excellent job every time, and works at a level well beyond his year of call."
Recent work: He acted for ITV in a £30 million contractual licensing dispute with Scottish Television, settling shortly prior to the Commercial Court trial.

Colin West
Focuses his practice on commercial litigation and arbitration, and is recognised for his expertise in contractual disputes, insurance and reinsurance and civil fraud cases.
Expertise: "Sharp, technically excellent and a very strong advocate."
Recent work: He acted in Bilta v Nazir & Others, a £38 million claim stemming from an alleged carousel VAT fraud.

Jonathan Dawid
Enters the rankings for the first time having received strong feedback from market sources for his commercial dispute practice. Areas of excellence include banking and finance law, commercial fraud and professional negligence.
Expertise: "An asset to the team. He's very good with tricky technical points of both law and fact." "He's very, very bright and he's got that real commercial touch. He understands what clients want and, more importantly, what they should want."
Recent work: In Berezovsky v Hine & Ors he acted for the estate and family of the late Badri Patarkatsishvil, defending claims by his former business partner.

Oliver Jones 
Continues to make strides since his 2009 call, and is regularly instructed in high-value commercial disputes. His practice also encompasses administrative law and public international law.
Expertise: "Oliver is a very promising junior, hard-working, highly intelligent and very easy to work with." "Oliver Jones demonstrates a commercial approach and impressive command of detail."
Recent work: He acted for Sebastian Holdings in its dispute with Deutsche Bank following losses suffered from derivatives transactions.

Fred Hobson 
He is noted for his handling of a broad range of commercial law and banking and finance disputes.
Expertise: "A good up-and-coming guy who has the brains for any case."
Recent work: Hobson was part of the team defending Vasily Anisimov in his well-publicised litigation with Boris Berezovsky.

Gerard Rothschild 
Rothschild is fast gaining a reputation as one of the leading commercial barristers. He is experienced in cases with an international dimension, and has acted on some of the most important cases of recent years.
Expertise: "A highly intelligent counsel whose soft-spoken and quiet manner disguises a determined and able advocate."
Recent work: He acted in Michael Cherney v Oleg Deripaska, a USD4 billion Commercial Court case.

Sarah Abram 
Focuses her practice on commercial litigation and arbitration, and is strong on competition and EU law. Instructing solicitors speak of her as an able and impressive junior with a promising future at the Commercial Bar.
Expertise: "She's an incredibly fast worker, seriously clever and very user-friendly and versatile."
Recent work: Abram acted in Fortress Value Recovery Fund v Blue Skye Special Opportunities Fund, representing the defendant in a dispute regarding an investment structure.

Richard Blakeley 
This rising star of commercial law and competition and EU law is noted for his handling of a series of high-profile cases, including a number of the recent oligarch cases.
Expertise: "An intelligent and hard-working junior." "He has a great 'can-do' attitude."
Recent work: He acted in Aeroflot Russian Airlines v Berezovsky and Glushkov, defending Boris Berezovsky from a £15 million claim to enforce a Russian judgment. 

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In the eyes of many instructing solicitors, Essex Court Chambers remains the top choice for complex, large-scale commercial litigation and arbitration. Sources pay particular attention to its high level of client service, while it is also singled out for the consistency of quality of its counsel. The set's core focus is commercial litigation in its widest sense, enabling it to service clients from a range of industry sectors across a full spectrum of matters. Key areas for the set include banking and finance, insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence and commercial fraud.

Client service: "The clerking, led by David Grief, is absolutely top notch. The clerks are very commercial, very understanding and very helpful."

SILKS 

David Foxton QC 
Maintains his reputation as one of the leading lights of the London Commercial Bar. He is both a highly experienced trial advocate with an impressive track record in the highest profile cases at all levels, and an accomplished domestic and international commercial arbitrator.
Expertise: "He is just superb. He is incredibly bright and easy to work with, phenomenally clever and quick on his feet. He turns around opinions quicker than anyone." "His intellect is formidable and his manner and approach are very client-oriented and client-friendly."
Recent work: In Cherney v Deripaska, Foxton was instructed to represent Ukrainian businessman Michael Cherney in his litigation against Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

Joe Smouha QC
Continues to be instructed in many of the most significant commercial litigations, and is particularly noted for his leading international arbitration practice. He excels in disputes pertaining to a broad range of sectors, including financial services, energy, insurance, art, media and advertising.
Expertise: "Offers the solicitor an exceptional mind combined with incredible thoroughness."
"He has an easy style, and is quick and humorous. He has always read his papers, is thorough in his preparation, and can always be relied on."
Recent work: Smouha represented Amaprop in Commercial Court litigation to enforce a £50 million arbitration decision against Indiabulls Financial Services.

Vernon Flynn QC
His impressive expertise in domestic and international commercial dispute resolution continues to see him instructed in high-profile cases in a number of jurisdictions.
Expertise: "Has a brilliant courtroom manner and is hugely impressive in predicting judicial instincts." "His advocacy is very powerful and persuasive. He's very confident in delivery." 
Recent work: He acted for Mobile Telesystems Finance in a multi-jurisdictional enforcement battle with Nomihold Securities. Associated actions took place in a number of jurisdictions, including the UK, Luxembourg, Russia and the Seychelles.

Andrew Hochhauser QC 
This experienced silk is noted for his broad advocacy and advisory practice. His commercial dispute practice benefits from industry-specific expertise pertaining to financial services and media sectors.
Expertise: "Andrew Hochhauser QC is an extremely skilled advocate who has tremendous knowledge, particularly in relation to a number of bonus cases we have worked on with him." "A very robust opponent."
Recent work: Hochhauser acted for the Financial Services Authority in its case against John Pottage, former head of UBS wealth management division. The case concerned allegations that Pottage had failed to take reasonable steps to comply with regulatory requirements. 

Gordon Pollock QC 
Remains highly respected for his broad commercial dispute resolution practice. Pollock acted as head of chambers from 1992 until stepping down in 2013.
Expertise: "He is a man of immense intellect, who produces great advocacy."
Recent work: He acted for Yukos Capital in a multi-jurisdictional dispute with Rosneft following the allegedly politically motivated renationalisation of Yukos. 

Graham Dunning QC 
Acts in high-value domestic and international commercial disputes, both in UK courts and in arbitration venues across the globe.
Expertise: "A thoughtful, astute tactician." "Graham is extremely commercial in his approach and able to get into the depth of an argument very quickly." 
Recent work: Dunning represented a Texan investment manager in litigation with RBS concerning alleged fraud relating to the termination of a collateralised debt obligation warehouse.

Steven Berry QC
Highly respected for his handling of major commercial litigation and arbitration. He has expertise pertaining to a range of sectors, including insurance and reinsurance, shipping, banking and commodities.
Expertise: "Brilliant and incisive." "A good lawyer and advocate, who commands the attention of judges."
Recent work: He acted for Otkritie International Investment Management, a Russian financial institution, in a claim against 19 defendants concerning two frauds in which USD160 million was misappropriated and laundered through offshore vehicles.

Richard Jacobs QC
Noted for his broad litigation and arbitration practice. Jacobs handles disputes concerning areas as diverse as insurance and reinsurance, financial services, energy, aircraft leasing and shipbuilding.
Expertise: "A truly great intellect – very good in the detail."
Recent work: Jacobs acted in Pioneer Freight Futures v COSCO in the Court of Appeal, the most important English decision on the ISDA Master Agreement.

Richard Millett QC
This experienced advocate is noted for his representations domestically and internationally, and is recognised for his handling of cases in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and the Isle of Man.
Expertise: "The Chancery Silk for Commercial Court users. Bright, lateral thinking and client-friendly." "He is very easy to deal with, very responsive and very bright."
Recent work: In Renova Resources v Gilbertson, Millett acted for Renova in a derivative action in the Cayman Islands alleging the dishonest diversion of a corporate opportunity.

Paul Stanley QC
Has a highly respected commercial dispute resolution practice. Stanley covers a wide range of matters, including insurance and reinsurance, financial services and commercial fraud cases.
Expertise: "He really understands how things fit together. He can change cases by looking at things from a different angle." "He's very bright and fiercely intellectual. He is exceptionally good on his feet."
Recent work: He was part of the team that represented Oleg Deripaska in his multibillion-pound dispute with Michael Cherney.

Paul McGrath QC
He has an impressive record in both the commercial and chancery courts, and wins wide market approval for his expertise in commercial fraud matters. McGrath also has a significant advisory practice pertaining to offshore trust structures.
Expertise: "Energetic and robust. You would want him on your side." "He is one of the brightest at the Commercial Bar. A real blue-sky thinker."
Recent work: McGrath represented VTB Bank in a high-profile USD225 million fraud case.

Claire Blanchard QC
Widely commended for her broad commercial dispute resolution practice and tenacious advocacy. She is particularly noted for her expertise in shipping, energy, insurance and international trade disputes.
Expertise: "She's very fair and very good to work with."
Recent work: Blanchard acted in Metall Market v Vitorio, an insurance dispute in the Court of Appeal concerning the scope of a decision in the House of Lords in 1860.

James Collins QC
Focuses his commercial dispute resolution practice on financial services matters and disputes with an international dimension.
Expertise: "James Collins is a very high-quality advocate."
Recent work: He acted for Mid Essex NHS Trust in litigation alleging defective service by Compass Group.

Jeffrey Gruder QC
He is recognised as one of the most experienced commercial silks at the Bar, and has an impressive track record in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes.
Expertise: "He's very bright and, for a senior silk, he's very responsive. He doesn't mess around."
Recent work: In Baldwin v Sheikh Saud Al Thani he successfully obtained an injunction against a member of the Qatar Royal Family who bid USD19.7 million for ancient coins at auction but neglected to pay.

Daniel Oudkerk QC
Debuts in this table thanks to his impressive workload which is strong on both employment and commercial litigation. He has recently joined the set from 11KBW.
Expertise: "He simplifies complex matters and knows how to get results."
Recent work: He appeared on behalf of the claimant in the big-ticket Kirill Stein v Patokh Chodiev and others, a dispute involving several heavyweight Russian oligarchs.

John Lockey QC
Acts in high-value commercial disputes in the English courts and in arbitral tribunals around the globe. Areas of excellence include insurance and reinsurance, shipping law and professional negligence.
Expertise: "He has a very effective approach and provides sound, practical advice."
Recent work: Acted in Petrologic v Banque Cantonale Geneva, a letter of credit dispute in the Commercial Court that had jurisdictional issues. 

Huw Davies QC
Has a broad dispute resolution practice and a noted specialism in aviation litigation.
Expertise: "A brilliant guy to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Suntech as claimant in a high-value fraud and contract claim against GSF Capital.

Stephen Houseman QC
Took silk in 2013, affirming the esteem in which he is held by a loyal following of instructing solicitors. He excels at multi-jurisdictional disputes, and is identified by interviewees for his handling of disputes with a CIS element.
Expertise: "He has superb judgement and, presentationally, he is the best barrister I have seen on his feet. Really impressive."
Recent work: In BNP Paribas v OJSC 'Russian Machines' & Others, Houseman represented BNP Paribas as claimant in anti-suit injunction proceedings in the Commercial Court and in an associated LCIA arbitration.

Paul Key QC
Appointed QC in 2013. His practice encompasses commercial dispute resolution and public international law.
Expertise: "Paul Key is wonderful. He is a team player who is very switched-on, very good with clients, and user-friendly." "His knowledge of English law is phenomenal. He knows all the cases."
Recent work: He represented Deripaska in Cherney v Deripaska, and Iran Air in disputes involving suppliers of fuel and parts.

JUNIORS 

David Scorey
Receives strong reviews from market sources, with interviewees pointing to his tenacious and effective style of advocacy.
Expertise: "Fiercely bright and always available. A formidable junior with an immense presence both in court and when dealing with clients." "Hard-working, thoughtful and intelligent."
Recent work: Scorey represented Kuwait Airways in litigation seeking to enforce debts of USD1.2 billion against Iraqi Airways, pursuant to the conversion of a fleet following the 1991 Gulf War.

James Willan 
Handles commercial, chancery and civil fraud matters. Instructing solicitors and fellow barristers alike describe him as an emerging force at the junior Commercial Bar.
Expertise: "He is very clever and committed." 
Recent work: He acted for Bulk Trading in a dispute with Britannia Bulk. The case hinged on the interpretation of the ISDA Master Agreement.

Edmund King 
He is recognised for having a strong commercial and chancery practice, and handles areas such as international arbitration, banking, commodities and fraud.
Expertise: "An extremely hard-working and bright junior; he's a punchy advocate."
Recent work: He acted in Saltri v MD Mezzanine, a dispute between senior and mezzanine lenders for control of a German autopart supplier.

Edward Brown 
Considered a strong commercial junior by City solicitors, several of whom highlight his ability to quickly and thoroughly address the nub of a commercial dispute.
Expertise: "He is very commercial in his approach, and has an ability to gain a quick grasp of the issues and the client’s overall objectives." "He's thorough and very clever, and gives the team total confidence he is giving the correct advice."
Recent work: In Cable & Wireless UK v Cap Gemini, he acted for the claimant in a Commercial Court dispute concerning an outsourcing agreement.

Nathan Pillow
Focuses his practice on commercial litigation and international arbitration. He is particularly noted for his handling of civil fraud cases. 
Expertise: "A talented and polished performer." 
Recent work: In Otkritie Securities v George Urumov & Others, he acted for the claimant, a Russian financial institution, in a Commercial Court case concerning a conspiracy to defraud. 

David Davies 
Handles general commercial litigation as part of a broad practice that encompasses specialist areas such as marine litigation, insurance and international arbitration.
Expertise: "A very talented junior, who is an excellent technical lawyer with sound judgement. His presentation skills are also very good."
Recent work: He acted for the National Gas Company of Trinidad & Tobago in an ICC arbitration in London relating to a 'Horizontal Directional Drilling' project.

Anna Dilnot 
Belies her years of call with an impressively mature commercial and chancery practice. Dilnot is particularly noted for her handling of multi-jurisdictional cases.
Expertise: "Very intelligent and quick to get to the issues. A real fighter and someone to be trusted with serious cases."
Recent work: She acted for three parties connected with Kingate Funds in litigations brought by Irvine Picard, the Trustee of Bernard L Madoff Securities LLC, and the liquidator of the Kingate Funds in Bermuda.

Emily Wood 
Continues to be identified as one of the rising stars of the junior Commercial Bar.  
Expertise: "She is extremely bright and very committed in terms of her capacity for work. She has a tremendous grasp of jurisdictional issues, and is really, really on top of the detail."
Recent work: Much of Wood's recent work has revolved around the representation of 22 pension funds, including those attached to the BBC, BAE and British Steel, in their £574 million claim against the private equity arm of Henderson Global Investors.

Ricky Diwan 
Focuses on international and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on international commercial arbitration. Diwan is admitted to the Bar in both England and New York.
Expertise: "His advice is very clear and very confident. I would go straight to him for jurisdictional challenges."

Jeremy Brier 
Noted for having a broad commercial practice that includes areas such as commercial fraud and marine law.
Expertise: "He is very clever and very bright, and he drafts very well."
Recent work: Brier acted for Scott Law, one of the defendants in RBS v Highland & Others. The Court of Appeal case concerns a major fraud perpetrated by RBS employees.

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Fountain Court Chambers is held in high regard by many of the leading City law firms, with one solicitor remarking on its "game-changing barristers" and commenting that the set "goes from strength to strength." Commercial dispute resolution forms the core of the set's identity, and its members are routinely involved in the highest-profile disputes in a host of industry sectors. Of particular note has been the depth of the set's involvement in credit crunch litigation, with its members' expertise in financial services matters forming the basis of its coverage of this complex area.

Client service: "We consider the clerking to be of the highest calibre and would specifically recommend Alex Taylor and Paul Martenstyn in this regard."

SILKS 

Michael Brindle QC 
Continues to be considered part of an elite group of commercial silks with the strength and experience to act in the most cutting-edge disputes for the most demanding of lay clients. His broad practice covers all the bases of commercial law, and he has carved a reputation as one of the London Bar's true stars of credit crunch litigation.
Expertise: "He's the go-to person if you need your case forcefully put forward in court. He has the ear of the court."
Recent work: Brindle continues to play a central role in litigation surrounding the Lehman Brothers insolvency. The case of Fairfield Sentry v Bank Julius Baer & Others saw him act in litigation relating to the collapse of Bernard L Madoff Securities. 

David Railton QC
Receives excellent market feedback for having a methodical and technically superior approach to advocacy that yields outstanding results in a broad range of commercial disputes. He has been instructed in a number of leading cases of late, confirming his status as a leading commercial silk.
Expertise: "A well-established silk. He's very unshowy but incredibly effective and hard-working." "David always produces exceptional service. Not many counsel have his ability to take very complex factual and legal matters and produce clear and appropriate advice in no time at all. He consistently wows clients." 
Recent work: Railton led a team acting for Sebastian Holdings in a complex and high-value dispute with Deutsche Bank concerning alleged failings by the bank with respect to derivates trading.

Michael Crane QC 
Continues to widely impress in truly big-ticket commercial litigation. His practice has an increasing focus on disputes in the oil and gas sector, and he has acknowledged expertise regarding insurance and reinsurance and aviation disputes.
Expertise: "A very effective and subtle advocate. He doesn't panic, and always gets the ear of the court. An intellectual force, who is sharp witted and deeply focused."
Recent work: He acted for Texas Keystone in defence of a USD1.7 billion claim by Excalibur Ventures concerning the ownership of oil and gas concessions in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Bankim Thanki QC 
Has a broad commercial dispute resolution practice and expertise in a range of areas including banking and finance law, aviation, media, sports, insurance and reinsurance.
Expertise: "It is difficult to imagine someone with a firmer grasp of his subject matter and a greater ability to inspire confidence."
Recent work: He acted for Louis Dreyfus Energy in defence of a USD100 million claim by ConocoPhillips regarding alleged breaches of warranty in the sale of a German oil refinery.

Anthony Boswood QC 
A highly experienced counsel who is routinely instructed in complex and high-profile commercial litigation and arbitration. His broad practice encompasses financial services disputes, insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence and civil fraud cases.
Recent work: Boswood acted for Rolls-Royce in defence of a coverage dispute involving a claim exceeding £100 million. The claim was brought by a group of major insurance companies and concerned a marine propulsion system for use on cruise liners and oil rigs.

Timothy Howe QC 
Handles major litigation in the English courts and takes on arbitration cases in a number of foreign jurisdictions. Has particular expertise in the banking and financial services, energy and insurance sectors.
Expertise: "An extremely bright, very able advocate." "A superb team player, who is very personable."
Recent work: In KfW v Euroclear he acted for the claimant, a German government-owned development bank, in a high-value Commercial Court test case.  

Richard Handyside QC
A silk since 2009, Handyside has developed a loyal following among the magic circle firms. He is routinely instructed in complex commercial litigation, notably in cases concerning credit default swaps.
Expertise: "He's a fantastically impressive performer who thinks things through very well and is trusted." "Provides most authoritative advice, and sets things out in a clear and concise way so the client understands the options available. Very impressive and also very approachable."
Recent work: He recently acted in Financial Services Compensation Scheme v Independent Financial Advisers. This comprised two Commercial Court actions against hundreds of independent financial advisers alleged to have misadvised investors.

Guy Philipps QC
Focuses his practice on banking and finance disputes and insurance and reinsurance. He is noted for his handling of commercial contract claims and professional negligence disputes.
Expertise: "He's very impressive, and is a smooth, natural advocate with a calm demeanour in court."
Recent work: Philipps acted for the Central Bank of Nigeria in relation to a claim alleging that it colluded with the Nigerian security services to defraud the claimant.

Stephen Rubin QC 
This respected commercial silk is strongly noted by observers for the strength of his advocacy.
Expertise: "A pugnacious fighter." "Excellent on large-scale fraud work, and a star on his feet."
Recent work: Rubin represented Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeev as one of the defendants in litigation brought by VTB Bank concerning alleged fraudulent misrepresentations regarding a loan it made to a third party.

Jeffrey Chapman QC 
His practice continues to gather pace since taking silk in 2010. Instructing solicitors describe him as a creative and keenly intelligent junior commercial silk with an impressive track record in a range of spheres, including commercial fraud and banking and finance. 
Expertise: "Very original in his thinking and a man of great court craft." "A talented advocate with fantastic judgement. He's very commercial."
Recent work: In BTA Bank v Ablyazov & Others, Chapman acted for Ildar Khazaev, a Russian businessman and defendant in BTA's Commercial Court banking fraud claim.

Derrick Dale QC 
Took silk in 2010, and impresses observers with his commercial litigation practice. He is particularly noted for his handling of civil fraud cases, many of which involve the financial services sector. 
Expertise: "Derrick is brilliant. He's a perceptive and strong performer." "Exceptionally hard-working and good with clients, he's a persuasive advocate."
Recent work: In RBS v IKB he acted for the defendant, a German lender alleged to have made fraudulent representations concerning the purchase of CDOs which deteriorated rapidly. 

Andrew Mitchell QC 
Particularly highly regarded for his handling of disputes in the banking and finance sphere.
Expertise: "A brilliant advocate and an all-round thoroughly good egg."
Recent work: Mitchell led the defence of a group of major banks, including Barclays, Lloyds and RBS, against interest rate swap mis-selling claims.

Patricia Robertson QC
Wins warm praise from market sources for her expertise in commercial and financial services litigation.
Expertise: "Extremely thorough and impressive in front of clients."
Recent work: She was instructed by the City of Florence in separate litigation with Merrill Lynch, UBS and Dexia concerning interest rate swap transactions by the city.

Michael McLaren QC
Covers the full range of commercial dispute work, and is particularly noted for his expertise in aviation disputes.
Expertise: "He is brilliant, whether on paper or as an advocate. He is always incredibly well prepared. A first choice when a commercial silk is required."
Recent work: In Universal Satspace v the Government of Republic of Kenya he advised Universal on its USD25 million claim for outstanding payments due for the provision of satellite bandwidth.

Stephen Moriarty QC
Has a broad commercial law practice, and has built a considerable reputation for derivatives litigation since the height of the financial crisis.
Expertise: "He is extremely able and capable of dealing with complex legal issues."
Recent work: He defended PK Airfinance in Commercial Court proceedings brought by Alpstream following the repossession of seven Airbus aircraft.

Charles Béar QC 
Has a broad practice encompassing commercial litigation, administrative and public law and High Court aspects of employment law.
Expertise: "Fiercely intelligent and great with clients." "An extremely clever and impressive advocate."
Recent work: He acted for Alpstream AG and others in a USD30 million claim against PK Airfinance and GE Capital stemming from the repossession of seven Airbus aircraft.

Brian Doctor QC
Focuses on international commercial dispute resolution, often undertaking cases containing an element of fraud.
Expertise: "Absolutely excellent – he's very user-friendly, effective, bright and hard-working. He's very hands-on and always available. He takes a modern and unstuffy approach."
Recent work: Doctor acted for Kermas in Kermas and BMM v Merlin Mineral Resources & Others, a dispute concerning an alleged breach of contract regarding the exploitation of African mining concessions. The case is being heard in the British Virgin Islands.

John Taylor QC 
Took silk in 2013, and is widely respected by market observers for his handling of all facets of commercial dispute resolution. He is particularly noted for his expertise in banking and finance disputes, and for his work on aviation matters.
Expertise: "John is to-the-point and no-nonsense, and gives very straight, clear-cut and incisive advice."
Recent work: He successfully defended the Bank of Scotland in relation to allegations of deceit, conspiracy and negligence in its dealings with a claimant company.

Patrick Goodall QC 
Wins outstanding market approval for having an increasingly sophisticated commercial dispute resolution practice. Recent work has included complex defences against multiple investor claimants.
Expertise: "He's regarded as one of the best juniors at the Commercial Bar." "A dream to work with, he's a master of detail who gives clear, no-nonsense advice that is right on the mark."
Recent work: Goodall acted for RBS in its high-profile litigation with the former US owners of Liverpool Football Club. The case stemmed from the controversial sale of the club in 2010.

JUNIORS 

Deepak Nambisan 
Ascends the rankings after receiving strong feedback from market observers. He handles domestic and international commercial dispute resolution including banking and finance, civil fraud and insurance cases. 
Expertise: "Clever, strong, effective, and a team player. He is able to get down to the detail. A big case specialist."
Recent work: He acted in connection with a multibillion-dollar dispute over one of Russia's largest companies.

Ben Valentin  
Impresses commentators with his active practice, which sees him instructed as a senior junior in a multitude of domestic and international cases.
Expertise: "Ben is undoubtedly one of the most impressive juniors we have ever come across. Not only is he extremely clever, but his workrate is phenomenal, his manner is easy, and he is a real team player who is very practical."
Recent work: He acted for the claimant, ConocoPhillips Continental Holding GMBH, in a USD50 million action brought against Louis Dreyfus Energy Holdings.

Paul Sinclair 
Has a respected commercial dispute practice encompassing areas such as civil fraud, aviation law, arbitration and banking and finance law.
Expertise: "Always available and responsive to urgent and complex queries."
Recent work: In one of the most significant examples of the recent spate of oligarch litigation, Sinclair represented Boris Berezovsky in proceedings against the estate of Arkady Patarkatsishvili.

James Cutress 
Concentrates his commercial dispute resolution practice on matters pertaining to the financial services and insurance sectors.
Expertise: "Very good on his feet." "A sharp and to-the-point barrister whose calm approach has been of great assistance. He gives real confidence to instructing solicitors and clients."
Recent work: He acted for Aston Hill Financial as claimants in Commercial Court proceedings seeking a prepayment fee of USD17 million by African Minerals Finance under a syndicated loan agreement.

Adam Zellick 
Has a broad commercial practice with an increasing emphasis on heavy-duty financial services disputes.
Expertise: "An excellent commercial junior."
Recent work: Zellick acted for Deutsche Bank in Commercial Court proceedings against Unitech. The USD150 million claim involved questions of whether the claimant bank mis-sold derivates, and whether it was involved in the manipulation of the yen Libor rate.

Tamara Oppenheimer 
Handles a wide range of commercial disputes including those involving banking and finance, aviation and professional negligence.
Expertise: "Tamara is commercial, pragmatic and rigorous in her approach."
Recent work: In Excalibur Ventures v Texas Keystone she acted for the defendant with respect to claims that Excalibur Ventures had rights to oil concessions in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Rosalind Phelps 
Has a broad-based commercial dispute resolution practice with particular expertise in banking and finance, aviation and civil fraud matters.
Expertise: "Absolutely brilliant. She is a very able junior."
Recent work: She acted for PK Airfinance in its litigation with Alpstream Aviation, stemming from its repossession of seven Airbus aircraft.

Richard Power 
Impresses instructing solicitors with his intellectually rigorous approach. Areas of expertise include banking and finance, insurance and reinsurance and professional negligence.
Expertise: "He's a wonderful combination of knowledge and commercial common sense." "Intellectually highly impressive and a pleasure to work with." 
Recent work: Power acted alongside stablemates Michael Crane QC and Tamara Oppenheimer on behalf of Texas Keystone, defending claims to oil concessions in Iraqi Kurdistan made by Excalibur Ventures.

Rupert Allen 
Widely considered to be among the next generation of outstanding commercial barristers. He is particularly noted for his expertise in cases at the intersection of regulatory law, professional discipline and commercial law.
Expertise: "Responsive and approachable."
Recent work: Allen was the only English barrister instructed by Dow Chemical in a multibillion-dollar ICC arbitration with Petrochemical Industries, stemming from the collapse of a joint venture in Kuwait.

Simon Atrill 
Specialises in large-scale commercial litigation, often with an emphasis on disputes with an international dimension.
Expertise: "Incredibly diligent, thorough and technically capable beyond his years of call."
Recent work: Atrill acted for a defendant in JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov and Others, a complex series of claims stemming from an alleged scheme of misappropriation from the leading bank in Kazakhstan.

David Murray 
This up-and-coming star of the junior Commercial Bar is noted for his expertise in banking and finance disputes, and freezing injunction applications.
Expertise: "Recommended for his first-rate performance in everything he has done from arbitrations to obtaining injunctions in the High Court." "His work is outstanding."
Recent work: In JPMorgan v BVG, Murray acted for the claimant bank in litigation arising from alleged mis-selling and fraud surrounding a single tranche collateralised debt obligation transaction.

Edward Levey 
Offers clients a broad range of expertise and handles banking and financial services, civil fraud and professional negligence disputes, amongst others.
Expertise: "He has a very pragmatic approach, in terms of both advice and advocacy. He is very responsive to clients' and instructing solicitors' needs and objectives."
Recent work: Was led by fellow Fountain Court barrister Guy Philipps QC, defending the Central Bank of Nigeria against allegations that it colluded with Nigerian security services to defraud a claimant. 

Alexander Milner 
Practises in all areas of commercial law, and is particularly noted for his expertise in cases with a Russian or CIS element.
Expertise: "He is extremely hard-working and diligent, and grasps detail very quickly."
Recent work: Milner was part of the team acting for Boris Berezovsky in his high-profile, high-value litigation with fellow Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.

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The extraordinary strength in depth of One Essex Court, allied with its impressive commitment to client service, ensures that it is rated by many leading City solicitors as London's pre-eminent commercial set. The set contains some of the leading senior silks of the Commercial Bar, while its junior members earn special praise from a number of market sources, with one revealing them to have "the best and most diverse range of experience" of all the leading London sets. The presence of such a range of talent inevitably leads to instruction in the most high-profile disputes, both in the English courts and abroad. The individuals here handle truly cutting-edge commercial litigation cases.

Client service: One solicitor said: "It is well known that they have one of the best clerking systems in place. On this side of the profession we appreciate modern clerking systems, and Darren Burrows and his team provide one." "One Essex Court counsel are generally more engaging characters. They tend to be more user-friendly, prepared to get stuck in, and commercially focused. They are both brilliant lawyers and smooth at handling clients."

SILKS 

Anthony Grabiner QC 
Draws universal admiration and respect as one of the true heavyweights of the Commercial Bar. The depth of his skills across a breathtaking range of legal areas, together with his long history of success in the most complex and high profile of cases, mark him out as one of the leading advocates of his generation, and a giant of English law. 
Expertise: "Brings an unrivalled courtroom presence to bear and has an outstanding ability to focus both clients and the court on the essentials of a case." "He is at the pinnacle of the commercial dispute resolution sphere and is a big figure at the Commercial Bar. He is clever and an extremely effective courtroom operator."
Recent work: Lord Grabiner was appointed Chair of the Management & Standards Committee of News Corporation, following the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

Laurence Rabinowitz QC 
Has an outstanding reputation among the highest echelons of the legal community, and remains at the top of the list for magic circle instructions. Sources consistently remark on his understated style of delivery that disguises a devastatingly effective advocacy. 
Expertise: "Has an incredibly incisive analytical mind, coupled with hugely reassuring client-handling skills." "He has an unassuming and down-to-earth style that belies his fierce intellect. He masters the detail of cases incredibly quickly and always adds significant value both with his advice and as a tactician."
Recent work: He acted in Fortress Value Recovery Fund & Ors v Blue Skye Opportunities Fund & others, a case concerning claims that a financial investment structure was dishonestly reorganised.

Stephen Auld QC
Handles commercial and chancery matters. He is particularly noted for his expertise in complex contractual arrangements, civil fraud and banking and finance.
Expertise: "He is extremely personable and easy to work with, as well as being legally and commercially astute. He quickly grasps the details of a dispute." "A seasoned practitioner who is brilliant academically, forensically and strategically, and who doesn't have a hint of pretentiousness."
Recent work: Auld acted for Highland Financial partners, a US hedge fund, in a dispute with RBS. He successfully opposed the granting of an anti-suit injunction to prevent proceedings against RBS in Texas.

Alain Choo Choy QC 
Focuses on financial services and commercial dispute resolution, and often handles cases involving questions of civil fraud, jurisdiction or conflict of laws.
Expertise: "Tremendously intelligent, astute and a pleasure to work with."
"He has the ability to carry the architecture of a complicated case around in his head and comment on any part of it."
Recent work: He represented Oleg Deripaska in his multibillion-dollar litigation with Michael Cherney.

John McCaughran QC 
Highly rated by observers for his broad commercial litigation practice, and noted for his expertise in energy disputes.
Expertise: "An all-round commercial litigator who has outstanding client skills as well as intellectual rigour."
Recent work: He successfully acted for Ithaca Energy in a dispute with North Sea Energy concerning the interpretation of a drilling joint venture agreement.

Neil Kitchener QC
Handles the full range of commercial dispute resolution, and has niche expertise in sports law and arts and antiques litigation. Market observers invariably attest to his tenacious and effective style of advocacy.
Expertise: "A fantastic trial advocate. I have great confidence in him."
"A courtroom star and an absolute joy to work with. He combines intellectual prowess with a no-nonsense approach to advocacy and a straightforward manner with clients."
Recent work: Kitchener acted for MerchantBridge Holdings in a dispute with Bluewood in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands. The case concerned an alleged USD500 million fraud committed by a director of MerchantBridge.

Daniel Toledano QC 
Has a broad commercial dispute resolution practice, and particular expertise in financial services, sports law and energy disputes.
Expertise: "Daniel is fantastic at getting to the nub of a matter and ignoring extraneous and irrelevant material. He is an excellent advocate, who is very persuasive." "With Daniel, one is always happy that he is giving the case his very best shot." 
Recent work: In VTB Capital v Nutritek, Toledano acted for Nutritek as first defendant in a successful jurisdictional challenge to the English courts, with respect to a USD350 million fraud claim. 

Jeffery Onions QC 
Handles a broad range of commercial work including banking and finance, insurance, oil and gas, media and sports law cases.
Expertise: "A man for the most difficult cases." "Always in control and provides real assurance to the client that he and his legal team have prepared the best possible legal case."
Recent work: Onions acted for the Post Office in a dispute with Tele2 International Card Company and others concerning the termination of an agreement for the provision of phone cards. The case went to the Court of Appeal.

David Wolfson QC 
Recognised for his broad commercial dispute expertise, and his specialism in banking and finance litigation.
Expertise: "Highly commercial, he's an excellent advocate and a pleasure to work with." "David combines a brilliant and creative legal mind with a hugely user-friendly and accessible style. He's particularly recommended for difficult banking and conflicts of law questions."
Recent work: He acted for Morgan Stanley in a dispute with Oasis Management concerning the ISDA Master Agreement.

Ian Glick QC 
Handles the full range of commercial law, and is particularly noted by observers for his expertise pertaining to the banking and energy sectors.
Expertise: "Exceptionally bright and clear thinking." "He is authoritative and inspires confidence."
Recent work: In Tullow Uganda v Heritage Oil & Gas he acted for Heritage in a dispute concerning tax indemnity in a number of petroleum exploration areas.

Kenneth MacLean QC 
Recognised for his handling of a wide range of commercial dispute resolution cases. He is also admitted to the Bar in Antigua and the British Virgin Islands.
Expertise: "Kenneth gives sensible, no-nonsense, sound commercial advice." "An excellent advocate, he's very robust and is good to have in a scrap." 
Recent work: He acted for British Airways in defence of a claim by Emerald Supplies and Southern Glass House Produce concerning BA's alleged involvement in a worldwide air freight price-fixing cartel.

Craig Orr QC 
Continues to receive praise from market sources for his commercial law expertise. Areas of excellence include banking and finance law, insurance and reinsurance, civil fraud and professional negligence.
Expertise: "He's very bright indeed, and he combines this with being very hands-on and user-friendly. He is also a first-rate advocate, who is excellent with clients in conference."
Recent work: Orr represented Pathfinder Minerals in a high-profile action stemming from the attempted fraudulent misappropriation of the company's Mozambique mining rights by two local shareholders.

David Cavender QC 
Has a broad-based commercial dispute resolution practice encompassing areas as diverse as banking and finance, tax litigation, company law and insolvency law.
Expertise: "Fantastic with clients, he's commercially astute and very robust in the courtroom." "Precise, organised and clear, he sticks to the strategy and it works out well."
Recent work: Cavender acted under a Group Litigation Order against HMRC for the judicial review of a decision to remove approved tax status from a foreign pension fund.

Anthony de Garr Robinson QC 
This respected operator handles commercial and chancery dispute resolution, and is regularly instructed in cases with an international dimension.  
Expertise: "Intelligent and charismatic. He reassures clients that every angle has been covered. He's brilliant on litigation tactics and blends commercial simplicity with detailed legal analysis to form a potent approach to any case." 
Recent work: In Antonio Gramsci Shipping Corp v Recoletos Ltd, he appeared for the defendant in a high-value shipping fraud claim, successfully challenging the jurisdiction of the court.

Richard Gillis QC
Specialises in commercial disputes with a corporate law dimension. Gillis has notable experience in cases stemming from the privatisation of Russian or Eastern European state assets.
Expertise: "Very good. We were impressed with his grasp of the commercial aspects of the dispute." "Very experienced on complex fraud issues." 
Recent work: Acted for Boris Berezovsky in his highly publicised, multibillion-dollar litigation with Roman Abramovich.

Charles Graham QC 
Has a respected commercial dispute resolution practice, and particular experience in disputes pertaining to the energy and financial services sectors.
Expertise: "User-friendly, extremely hard-working and a very persuasive advocate." "Probably one of the most intellectual individuals at the Bar, he is a man with a photographic memory."
Recent work: In Energy Venture Partners v Malabu Oil & Gas, he acted for Malabu and succeeded in having an interim injunction and freezing order discharged.

Rhodri Davies QC
Continues to be recognised for his expertise in financial services and professional negligence litigation.
Expertise: "He's a hard-hitting guy with a very good approach. He is very alert and tactically shrewd."
Recent work: Davies represented News International as core participant in the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics.

Nicholas Strauss QC
Handles commercial, chancery and banking litigation.
Expertise: "Very experienced and a safe pair of hands. He has a very assured manner."
Recent work: Strauss acted in a complex claim for damages stemming from a joint venture concerning telecommunications services in Afghanistan.

Camilla Bingham QC
Became silk in 2013, in an appointment thoroughly supported by market sources. She handles a broad range of domestic and international dispute cases.
Expertise: "Has a great ability to get down to whatever level of detail you need. She communicates in a way that anyone can understand."
Recent work: In Royal Mail Group v Manpower she acted for the defendant in a claim for the restitution of £25 million of alleged overpayments relating to the supply of drivers. 

Sa'ad Hossain QC
Took silk in 2013. He handles complex, high-value commercial dispute resolution, and is particularly noted for his knowledge of the energy sector.
Expertise: "Measured, quick and proactive in his advice." "He is obviously going to have a great future - he has the ability to take on information, works hard and impresses."
Recent work: Hossain acted for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in defence of £140 million professional negligence Commercial Court proceedings brought by London Underground.

Michael Fealy QC 
Handles a wide spectrum of commercial disputes, and is particularly noted for his focus on international commercial arbitration.
Expertise: "Michael provides sensible, practical and commercially focused advice. He is adept at distilling complex problems into understandable concepts for the client, making him very user-friendly."
Recent work: Fealy successfully acted for Derek Quinlan in a £1 billion dispute concerning the ownership of Claridge's and the Connaught and Berkeley Hotels.

Benjamin Strong QC
Formerly a solicitor with a magic circle firm, Strong draws consistent approval for his understanding of domestic and international commercial disputes.
Expertise: "Hands-on and practical, he provides good commercial advice without beating around the bush."
Recent work: In RBS v Highland Financial Partners, Strong acted for the defendants in their claim to have the existing judgments set aside for fraud.

JUNIORS 

James Goldsmith 
Receives strong reviews from instructing solicitors due to his impressive commercial litigation practice. 
Expertise: "Very diligent and possessed of a fine legal brain." "He works so hard. He responds immediately whatever the time and is a great team player."
Recent work: He was led by Lord Grabiner QC on behalf of Liverpool Football Club in high-profile proceedings arising from its controversial sale in October 2010.

Conall Patton 
Widely considered to be a future star of the Commercial Bar, with sources paying particular attention to his strength in arbitration proceedings.
Expertise: "He offers mature legal analysis which one might not expect in someone of his call. He's precise, unfailingly dedicated and highly creative."
Recent work: Patton acted for Porsche Automobil in a dispute with Pendragon Master Fund that raised questions of jurisdiction.

Alexander Polley 
Receives excellent feedback from market sources due to his commercial law expertise. His practice is weighted towards complex, multiparty, multi-jurisdictional litigation.
Expertise: "Has considerable authority and intellect." "He's not afraid of jumping in at the deep end, and is able to get up to speed on the detail of voluminous materials in very short order."
Recent work: In Nomihold v Mobile TeleSystems he was led by Ian Glick QC in successful LCIA proceedings concerning the rights and obligations with respect to share sale agreements.

Anna Boase
Has a broad commercial and banking litigation practice. Sources attest to her strengths as both courtroom advocate and adviser.
Expertise: "Very approachable, she always provides thorough analysis of legal issues." "Bright and hard-working, she has a winning manner both with clients and in court."
Recent work: Boase was part of a team representing News International as core participant in the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics.

Orlando Gledhill
Acclaimed for his technical ability and committed advocacy style, he is particularly adept at handling blue-chip commercial disputes, many of them pertaining to the energy and financial services sectors.
Expertise: "Orlando is a barrister who knows the meaning of 'without fear or favour'. He is a completely fearless advocate who has no issue with standing up to the judge and holding his ground."
Recent work: In CF Partners v Barclays Bank and Tricorona, he acted for the claimant in a breach of confidence claim concerning Barclays' acquisition of Tricorona.

Sebastian Isaac
Continues to go from strength to strength, and handles a broad range of commercial litigation and arbitration work.
Expertise: "I rate him very highly. He is ferociously intelligent, charming and easy to deal with. He is a very effective communicator with clients, and is the complete package."
Recent work: Isaac was part of the team acting for Boris Berezovsky in his high-value, high-profile litigation with Roman Abramovich.

Clare Reffin 
This senior junior handles the full breadth of commercial and company law, and is highly rated by instructing solicitors.
Expertise: "She has an exceptional grasp of a case and an eye for detail. She is a very proactive member of the legal team."
Recent work: Reffin acted for Kuoni Travel in litigation stemming from the purchase of the issued shares of CV Travel Holdings, parent company of Ski Verbier.

Steven Elliott 
Acts with and without a leader in a broad range of commercial disputes. Areas of excellence include banking and finance law, civil fraud, company law and jurisdiction disputes.
Expertise: "Bright, tenacious and extremely committed." "He's highly intelligent and produces very persuasive paper work."
Recent work: Elliott acted for three Welsh local authorities in a dispute with a coal mining company concerning the alleged use of a sham offshore transaction to avoid land restoration responsibilities.

Simon Colton 
Receives warm approval from fellow barristers and instructing solicitors alike. Colton has acted in some of the most significant commercial litigations of the past year. 
Expertise: "He is very, very clever and very detailed and forensic in his approach."
Recent work: Colton was the leading junior counsel for Boris Berezovsky in Berezovsky v Abramovich.

Richard Mott
Centres his practice on commercial litigation and arbitration. Areas of expertise include banking and finance disputes, civil fraud and energy disputes.
Expertise: "An excellent tactician, who is calm under pressure."
Recent work: In Tullow Uganda v Heritage Oil and Gas he acted for the claimant in a high-value claim against a former joint venture partner.

Matthew Cook 
Handles the full range of commercial law, and offers niche expertise in competition law.
Expertise: "Extremely bright and exceptionally numerate." "Provides efficient, pragmatic, no-nonsense advice."
Recent work: Cook was led by David Wolfson QC for the defendants in two sets of property fraud cases brought by JD Wetherspoon.

Daniel Hubbard 
Continues to be regarded as an up-and-coming name in commercial litigation and arbitration.
Expertise: "Commercial, user-friendly and bright."
Recent work: He acted for BSkyB in a dispute with Thomson Broadband concerning breach of contract for the sale of goods.

Laurence Emmett 
Consistently identified as a rising star of the Commercial Bar. Market sources are extensive in their praise of his abilities in disputes pertaining to the energy and financial services sectors.
Expertise: "A very capable junior who demonstrates a real ability to digest vast amounts of data and produce excellent legal analysis and arguments."
Recent work: He successfully acted for Ithaca Energy in a dispute with North Sea Energy concerning the interpretation of a joint venture agreement.

Sam O'Leary 
Belies his years of call with his extensive trial experience. 
Expertise: "He is, in no particular order, supremely clever, practical, quick thinking, hard-working, amiable and funny."
Recent work: In Exsus Travel v Turner, he acted for the claimant group of companies in claims brought against their former financial director for alleged fraud and mismanagement.

Nicholas Sloboda 
Handles a broad range of commercial litigation and arbitration, and has particular experience of civil fraud, banking and finance, and energy cases.
Expertise: "He is very personable, and a good person to put in front of the client directly. He's very engaging and extremely bright."
Recent work: Sloboda acted for Alliance Bank in its USD1.1 billion fraud claim against Aquanta.

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20 Essex Street continues to command respect for the quality of counsel it houses at all levels. Its well-known expertise in insurance, shipping and commodities has provided an excellent springboard for its increasingly well-developed commercial practice, and its barristers are frequently instructed on high-value briefs. Sources are quick to point to the "fantastic grasp of legal issues" displayed by its "fabulous" clerking team, and note that the set as a whole is "particularly strong in terms of commercial awareness." It hosts an enviable list of leading barristers whose ability to take on some of the most high-profile disputes in both litigation and arbitration remains a key selling point. 

Client service: “The clerks, and particularly Brian Lee, Mathew Kesbey and Neil Palmer, are exceptionally helpful, user-friendly and prompt at responding.” “They are unstintingly helpful.”

SILKS 

Iain Milligan QC 
Consistently recommended as a leading light at the Bar, and frequently instructed on the most complex of commercial briefs. He is particularly noted for his expertise in financial services, and handles big-ticket international arbitrations.
Expertise: "He is a very skilled silk who brings considerable talent and insight to every case. He is very hard-working and good with clients and judges, as well as being a pleasure to work with." "He's hugely effective, fiercely clever, and clear and concise in court." 
Recent work: He recently appeared in the Court of Appeal on behalf of the fourth defendant in VTB Capital v Nutritek International. This case concerned both jurisdictional issues and circumstances under which the corporate veil could be pierced.

Philip Edey QC 
Maintains a strong reputation for his commercial dispute resolution practice, and is regularly sought after for both litigation and arbitration across a range of industries and sectors.
Expertise: "He is highly efficient, and very good at analysing issues and putting them in order of relative importance. Incredibly smooth too."
Recent work: He advised IPCO with regards to the complex enforcement of a multimillion-dollar arbitration award issued in Nigeria.

Andrew Baker QC 
Rapidly moving up through the rankings following strong praise for his experience in a wide range of commercial disputes. Sources are quick to attest to his notable cross-examination capabilities.
Expertise: “He is a fantastic advocate and one I would not want to be against.”
Recent work: He represented the claimant in Euro-Asian SA v Abilo (UK) Limited and Others. This case involved a claim of over USD15 million and allegations of fraud involving sulphur sale contracts. 

Duncan Matthews QC 
Rapidly becoming a key fixture at the Commercial Bar, he handles a broad spread of cases and has particular experience in oil and gas-related matters. Sources particularly applaud his cross-examination prowess.
Expertise: "He's the next 'super silk'. When he speaks in court, everyone listens. He's never stuck for words and has a very hard-hitting advocacy style."
Recent work: He acted as lead defence counsel in the high-profile litigation brought by BTA against Muhktar Ablyazov which involved multibillion-dollar fraud claims.

Guy Morpuss QC 
Noted for his broad-based commercial expertise, he secures market approval for his ability to tackle the most complex litigation and arbitrations. 
Expertise: "Guy is a quiet assassin: he's calm and measured in cross-examination to lethal effect.”
Recent work: He was involved in Aerolab v IMRT, a case involving a fee claim being brought by a wind tunnel operator against a Formula 1 team.

Timothy Young QC 
Frequently instructed on cross-border disputes, he has deep experience in international trade matters, and is well versed in insurance, banking and shipping cases.
Expertise: “A superb cross-examiner, who is very inventive – he sees points others don't.”
Recent work: He was instructed by the claimants in a USD54 million claim related to a long-term charter party and its guarantee. This involved a jurisdictional challenge which went to the Court of Appeal.

Charles Kimmins QC 
Held in high regard by instructing solicitors due to his excellent advocacy skills and highly practical approach. His commercial practice spans key areas such as shipping, insurance, banking and commodities.
Expertise: “He is outstanding – he's an extremely pleasant opponent who is very popular with instructing solicitors, and never loses his cool.”
Recent work: He acted for the second appellants in Golden Ocean v Salgaocar, a case originally concerning breach of warranty of authority.

David Owen QC
His versatility in commercial dispute resolution sees him regularly instructed in litigation, mediation and arbitration, often of a cross-border nature.
Expertise: "He's a very calm and reassuring presence."
Recent work: He led on a Court of Appeal case raising questions of both shipping and commodities law related to vessels being presented and ready for loading.

David Lewis QC 
Remains respected for his extensive commercial practice. His pragmatic and commercial approach is particularly commended by instructing solicitors. 
Expertise: “He has always been a very strong advocate, and is a very impressive performer.”
Recent work: He successfully appeared as lead counsel in a Commercial Court trial involving a USD4 million claim relating to services provided to a container vessel by a port.

JUNIORS 

Thomas Raphael 
Covers an impressive breadth of commercial disputes in his practice, and is highlighted by commentators for his noteworthy advocacy skills. He also has particular strength in anti-suit injunctions.
Expertise: “He is an outstanding performer who punches way above his weight, and does a terrific range of high-quality commercial litigation.”
Recent work: He appeared in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning arbitration within the coffee trade arena, and how the Coffee Trade Federation rules should be applied. 

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This esteemed set fields excellence at both silk and junior level in the commercial dispute resolution arena. Its impressive pedigree in public law, the regulatory sphere and the financial services sector has provided it with a strong platform for broader commercial work, and it has carved out a reputation as being a first choice for many solicitors. Commentators highlight the "great judgement, great instinct and great advocacy skills" that members here bring to the table, and praise the "first-class clerking and client service" offered by the set. Its recent portfolio of cases amply demonstrates its particular expertise in matters with an international element, a true boon given the increasingly multi-jurisdictional nature of many disputes.

Client service: "The clerks, led by Gary Oliver, really take a proactive approach to client relationships."

SILKS 

Ian Mill QC 
Frequently highlighted by commentators for his top-notch cross-examination capabilities and intellectual firepower. He handles high-profile briefs across such diverse areas as media and entertainment, civil fraud and sports law.
Expertise: "He is hard-working and diligent, and a forceful advocate."
Recent work: He appeared in the Commercial Court on behalf of the first defendant in Bankas Snoras v Antonov & Anor. This case involved claims that EUR500 million had been defrauded from the claimant.

Robert Howe QC 
Strong market recommendation and an impressive caseload see him move up the rankings this year. He has a practice that covers a broad spread of commercial disputes, and is praised for his user-friendly approach and commercial nous.
Expertise: "Extremely knowledgeable, he is excellent at client handling and very commanding in court."
Recent work: He acted for the claimant in uSwitch Holdings v Marquess of Milford Haven et al, a Commercial Court case regarding a USD200 million claim stemming from the sale of a business. 

Robert Anderson QC 
Highlighted by instructing solicitors for his client-friendly approach and ability to bring significant strength to a team. He maintains a strong cross-border element within his broad-based commercial practice.
Expertise: "A really ingenious tactician who cuts to the chase very quickly." "He's very responsive with commercially focused advice."
Recent work: In Khalilif Amilienstiftung v Farbod Dowlatshahi he led the representation of a family trust bringing a claim of around USD50 million against a former adviser.

Barbara Dohmann QC 
Consistently lauded as a highly sought-after silk at the Commercial Bar, she attracts praise for the top-drawer advocacy and strategic strength she brings to the most complex of briefs. Her practice includes a particular focus on cross-border disputes.
Expertise: "A fantastic advocate and shrewd tactician, she's incredibly knowledgeable and a great team player. Remains at the top of her profession." "Has real gravitas and first-rate judgement."
Recent work: She represented several defendants in proceedings involving allegations of financial product mis-selling.

Pushpinder Saini QC 
Increasingly seen as a key player at the Commercial Bar. Instructing solicitors and fellow counsel are quick to point to his trial experience and commercial expertise, and confirm that he merits a significant elevation in the rankings.
Expertise: "He is thorough and positive, and provides forthright and clear advice. He is also extremely responsive." “If he can't win it then it can't be won.” 
Recent work: He led the representation of the defendant in a Court of Appeal case concerning communication contracts for aircraft.

Alan Maclean QC  
A respected commercial litigator and arbitrator who has been instructed in some of the most newsworthy matters of late. For example, he acted as lead counsel to the BBC Review of the Newsnight/Jimmy Savile saga. His areas of expertise include financial services, civil fraud, energy and insurance.
Expertise: "A clever and formidable junior silk, who is particularly effective on fraud cases. Combines excellent client skills with robust and effective advocacy."
Recent work: He led the defence of the 'Salford Defendants' in the highly publicised oligarch litigation, Berezovsky v Hine & Ors.

Thomas de la Mare QC 
Since taking silk in 2012, he has gone from strength to strength in his commercial dispute resolution practice. He is an excellent example of a Blackstone barrister, as he can draw on expertise across several strands of practice. Handles both domestic and international cases.
Expertise: “Super intelligent, responsive and commercial.” 
Recent work: Appeared on behalf of SSL/Durex in a case involving efforts to secure English jurisdiction for tort and contractual claims triggered by economic difficulties experienced by an Indian joint venture partner.

Andrew Hunter QC 
He is accomplished at both litigation and arbitration, and is highly praised for his extensive knowledge of the law and his advocacy skills.
Expertise: “Great with detail.” “Very, very good – he's efficient in court, and thinks about cases in a really cunning way.”
Recent work: Instructed by an investment fund in a EUR100 million case concerning losses incurred by the fund's largest investor.

Tom Weisselberg QC 
Continues to gain recommendations from instructing solicitors due to his collaborative and dedicated approach to cases.
Expertise: "Gets to the heart of the case and always finds an attractive way of presenting it."
Recent work: He acted for a co-defendant in Société Générale v Saad & Others, a case regarding a guarantee and letters of credit. 

JUNIORS 

Andrew George 
Consistently flagged up by those instructing him as a top-notch advocate with leading client service skills. His commercial litigation expertise is complemented by his wide experience in the financial services arena.
Expertise: "He is an extremely reliable junior. He has a great brain and is always responsive."
Recent work: He appeared on behalf of Interactive Investor Trading before both the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal in a high-value case concerning the termination of a white-label agreement and the wind-down period involved in this.

Robert Weekes 
Wins acclaim for the expertise he shows when handling complex litigation and arbitration cases. He handles a wide range of commercial work, and has a noted focus on offshore matters.
Expertise: "Has excellent judgement and fine advocacy skills." "An extremely clever junior, he is a talented draftsman, who is incredibly hard-working." 
Recent work: He represented the main defendants as senior junior in Otkritie International Investment Management v Urumov. This case involved defending a USD180 million claim.

Mark Vinall 
Handles a broad spread of commercial work, and has particular expertise in media & entertainment and civil fraud disputes. 
Expertise: "Fiendishly intelligent and extremely hard-working. Given this and his solid client skills, he will be much in demand in years to come."
Recent work: He formed part of the team defending multiple Independent Financial Advisers from claims brought by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

Shaheed Fatima 
A public law and commercial litigation junior of distinction. Her commercial work often has a foreign dimension to it and she is an expert on conflicts of law.
Expertise: "Very, very assured." "She's succinct and concise in her delivery but very powerful and persuasive."
Recent work: She has been extensively involved in Madoff-related litigation, and appeared in Zeid v Credit Suisse (UK) Limited, a USD70 million mis-selling claim regarding highly leveraged structured products. 

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7KBW has long held sway as a leading insurance and shipping set, but also handles cases across the full spectrum of commercial litigation. Its members are regularly instructed on a wide range of complex commercial briefs, and draw particular acclaim for their experience in tackling cross-border disputes. The set's ever-increasing profile at the Commercial Bar is testament to the focus it has placed on litigation and arbitration disputes arising from multiple sectors and industries. The respected silks and juniors are complemented by a "very professional and efficient" clerking team who "are excellent and know just what you want."

Client service: "Very well organised and the clerks, led by Bernie Hyatt, are very easy to work with."

SILKS 

Jonathan Gaisman QC 
One of the Commercial Bar's leading lights, he offers high-calibre advocacy and has deep expertise across a range of commercial matters. He is regularly instructed on the most challenging of briefs.
Expertise: "Undoubtedly on his feet he's a match for everyone. He's extremely bright and has a fluent and persuasive manner in court that is absolutely top notch." "He is hard-working and extremely analytical - there is no stone left unturned." 
Recent work: He appeared in the Commercial Court representing Gulf Keystone in a significant dispute regarding concessions for oil exploration in Kurdistan.

Christopher Butcher QC
An accomplished commercial litigator whose impressively broad-based practice sees him handle briefs spanning diverse areas such as insurance, finance and professional negligence.
Expertise: "I've been extremely impressed by his advice, commercial approach and responsiveness."
Recent work: He acted for the defendant in a cross-border matter regarding construction projects in Djibouti.

Gavin Kealey QC 
Highly rated by instructing solicitors for his strong advocacy and commercial dispute experience. He handles a broad spectrum of cases, including aviation and insurance matters.
Expertise: "He's a user-friendly individual who is extremely insightful and who powerfully delivers his case."
Recent work: He played a key role in PK Airfinance US Inc v Chartis UK Limited and Others, a case involving a £150 million insurance claim against aviation hull underwriters.

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC 
Since taking silk in 2012, she has continued to develop an impressive and much-respected commercial dispute practice. She handles shipping, insurance, civil fraud and professional negligence cases among other areas.
Expertise: "She gives very clear advice, and is very easy to work with."
Recent work: She was instructed by the claimant company in Safeland v Davis. The claims stemmed from fraud engaged in by the company's former finance director.

JUNIORS 

James Brocklebank 
A highly regarded junior, fully capable of both forming part of a team and acting independently in sizeable cases.
Expertise: "He is tremendous. His drafting and his ability to articulate a case are second to none. He's a tremendously clear thinker."
Recent work: He appeared in Kingspan Group v Borealis AS, a dispute which involved misrepresentation, product liability and contract claims. 

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Maitland Chambers remains a highly popular choice in this area and is regularly called on by leading London firms in complex commercial disputes. Its "considerable experience of working offshore" is a particularly admirable selling point, as is its "great strength in depth" and "ability to provide practical, commercial advice within the timescales promised." Its members have been instructed in several of the leading cases at the Commercial Bar in the last year, and command respect for their skilled advocacy at both silk and junior level.

Client service: "The members of this commercial chancery set are outstanding in their field. Their quality of advice and commitment to service are outstanding even by current practices and they engender absolute confidence in the client and those instructing."

SILKS 

Anthony Trace QC 
Has a superb reputation across multiple practice areas. His formidable courtroom presence is a particular selling point for instructing solicitors, and he has an extensive commercial dispute resolution practice.
Expertise: "An exceptional advocate who has an extraordinary work ethic, great stamina, drive and determination." "A real street fighter, he is superb in the courtroom and a wonderful person to have leading your team."
Recent work: He represented the claimant in a USD1 million Commercial Court case involving conspiracy claims brought against Majid Al-Sayed Bader Hashim Al Refai and others.

Paul Girolami QC 
Continues to gain market recognition for his highly commendable commercial practice, and handles international and domestic cases before a wide range of courts and institutions. He is also called to the BVI Bar.
Expertise: "He can take on anyone out there and the best solicitors use him as much as they can."
Recent work: He acted for the claimants in a multibillion-pound case involving disputed rights for a cobalt and copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Jonathan Russen QC 
Dedicates a significant portion of his practice to commercial litigation, and is an increasingly popular choice amongst instructing solicitors. His chancery, financial services and partnership expertise sees him regularly handle an impressive spread of cases.  
Expertise: "A pleasure to work with, as he's a clever, solid and reliable advocate."
Recent work: He represented the defendant in a case concerning allegations of deceit and conspiracy in relation to the obtention of bank lending facilities.

Matthew Collings QC 
Tackles a good deal of insolvency and company matters, and brings significant regulatory experience to the work he handles.
Expertise: "Has a knack for finding creative but practical solutions to complex legal issues."
Recent work: He represented a company reputed to be one of Mukhtar Ablyazov's assets in the high-profile case of JSC BTA Bank v Ablyasov.

John McGhee QC 
Maintains a leading reputation in real estate litigation, but also has a notable general commercial litigation practice.
Expertise: "Very bright and charming to work with. Turns around work very quickly." "'Lightning McGhee' - he works at great speed in great detail and with great accuracy."
Recent work: He acted in Tradegro v Wigmore Street Investments, a dispute stemming from a share sale agreement that involved several different claims. The case went to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Richard Morgan QC 
Enters the rankings this year backed by considerable praise for his advocacy and client service skills. He handles cases across a range of commercial and chancery disputes.
Expertise: "A freezing order specialist, he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and a strong grasp of the technicalities and procedure in this field."
Recent work: He played a key role in the recent Erste Group Bank v JSC VMZ Red October dispute, a case involving a conspiracy claim and a jurisdictional challenge.

Edmund Cullen QC
Sources are quick to highlight the skill that Cullen brings to his dispute resolution practice. He is well known for his impressive media and copyright expertise.  
Expertise: "Incredibly good. His extremely reliable cross-examination is a real strength for him."
Recent work: He successfully acted for the claimant both at trial and appellate level in a dispute involving a mezzanine finance transaction in a property investment.

JUNIORS 

David Mumford 
Rapidly scaling the rankings due to his ability to take on big-value commercial disputes, often unled. His numerous High Court appearances have cemented his reputation for excellent advocacy.  
Expertise: "Extremely bright, he's client-friendly and approachable."
Recent work: He acted for several fund managers in the heavyweight actions brought by Boris Berezovsky against Roman Abramovich and Badri Patarkatsishvili.

Ciaran Keller 
Increasingly recognised by commentators for his extensive commercial litigation practice. His ability to handle work with an international element is noted.
Expertise: "Ciaran is outstanding. His ability to grasp technically difficult issues sets him apart from other barristers at his level. He is also a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: He was part of the team acting for Rosneft in its attempts to defend against the enforcement of £425 million arbitration awards. This claim was brought by Yukos Capital, following on from one of the most high-profile disputes in recent times.  

Benjamin John 
Has acted in several of the largest commercial disputes in recent times. Shows particular expertise in cases involving fraud claims and international questions.
Expertise: "Intellectually off the scale, he will be a leading figure in years to come."
Recent work: He acted for Mukhtar Ablyazov in defending Commercial Court actions brought by JSC BTA Bank.

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Instructing solicitors remain full of praise for Quadrant Chambers, noting that it "is always on the shortlist of sets to consider for any matter." This is in no small part due to the ever-expanding commercial dispute resolution expertise its members bring to the table which stems from its impressive footprint in shipping, travel and aviation. Gary Ventura and his top-level clerking team draw significant praise for their dedicated approach to client service, as do the individual barristers housed by the set.

Client service: "Quadrant's clerks are very commercial and client-friendly."

SILKS 

Simon Rainey QC 
Well equipped to handle a broad spread of commercial disputes. He has deep experience of international cases and a noted focus on shipping and energy matters.
Expertise: "He is on top of his game - very impressive."
Recent work: He was instructed by the claimants in the second part of a case concerning allegations of a USD100 million fraud undertaken by several key Latvian figures in the shipping arena.

Stephen Cogley QC
Instructing solicitors are quick to point to his expertise in particularly complex commercial disputes. They highlight his client-friendly approach and excellent advocacy.
Expertise: "Inspires confidence. Provides robust commercial advice and is excellent on his feet."
Recent work: He acted for the government of Sudan in several commercial disputes with the Republic of South Sudan relating to oil ownership and pipeline fees.

Guy Blackwood QC 
Has a focus on matters with an international element, and experience across a range of energy, banking and finance, insurance and civil fraud cases.
Expertise: "He is very helpful and an extremely diligent and thorough advocate. He is a truly professional performer whose hard work pays off in excellent results for our clients."
Recent work: He represented JPMorgan in the complex Energy Venture Partners v Malabu Oil & Gas litigation. 

JUNIORS 

Jeremy Richmond 
Since moving to Quadrant Chambers in 2011, Richmond has continued to develop an impressive reputation in the commercial dispute arena. He is a popular junior amongst solicitors and clients, and has a strong focus on commercial chancery matters.
Expertise: "Always pragmatic and efficient, he's excellent value. Stands up well in client meetings and has an assured manner."
Recent work: He represented the defendant in a USD70 million Commercial Court case concerning generator distribution in Asia and Africa.

Robert-Jan Temmink 
A recent arrival at Quadrant, Temmink is experienced at handling disputes across several commercial practice areas. His dispute resolution expertise sees him sit as an arbitrator, and act as a commercial mediator and adjudicator.
Expertise: "He brings a good commercial approach, fine preparation and attention to detail. He's a man with a commanding court presence."
Recent work: He acted for Korean motorbike manufacturer Sanyang in defending claims brought by Moore Large, a UK supplier of Taiwanese goods.

Gemma Morgan 
Highlighted by sources as a junior to play close attention to thanks to her up-and-coming reputation for commercial dispute resolution. She is particularly experienced in cases involving contractual points and questions of jurisdiction.
Expertise: "She is very switched-on and really approachable. She's pleasant to work with."
Recent work: She acted for the defendant, Chartis Insurance UK, in a Commercial Court trial involving several issues relating to damage sustained to a power station heat exchanger.

Band 3 | Serle Court

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Serle Court is a strong presence at the Commercial Bar, and its barristers tackle high-profile disputes across a wide range of fields. Its excellent members draw on expertise in areas such as fraud, banking and insurance when taking on commercial briefs, and are highly praised by instructing solicitors for their ability to build strong and lasting relationships with firms and clients. This is perfectly exemplified by the comment of one source when explaining their rationale for repeatedly returning to Serle Court: "I go back because I want a chambers that clients will like and who I feel values our firm and our clients."

Client service: "They are very well organised and the clerks are very easy to work with."

SILKS 

Alan Boyle QC 
Head of chambers, Boyle is highly regarded for his work across a range of commercial and chancery matters. He has an impressive breadth of practice, and is praised by instructing solicitors for his clear advocacy.  
Expertise: "He is fantastically focused and committed and always offers an excellent service, striking a perfect balance between being sympathetic with clients and utterly combative on their behalf in court. He's a powerful presence in court." 
Recent work: He appeared in Lictor v Mir Steer, a case involving various claims arising from the insolvency of a hot strip steel mill.

Philip Jones QC 
Has expertise across a wide range of areas, with partnership, insolvency and fraud being but three of them. 
Expertise: "Most impressive is his ability to analyse an extremely complex matter, at any stage of the proceedings, and draw out the most significant points. He also has a particularly trustworthy manner which both puts the lay client at ease and commands the attention of the court."
Recent work: He represented the second defendant in Sibir v Tchigirinsky, a Commercial Court case involving a UK company operating an oil business in Russia.

Philip Marshall QC
Frequently appointed in complex and high-profile disputes, often those with an international element. 
Expertise: "He is a superb advocate who balances aggression with excellent judgement. He is your first choice if the case requires the barrister to get across the detail."
Recent work: He acted for the claimant bank in the huge JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov case.

Lance Ashworth QC 
Has continued to make a mark on the London market since his 2012 move from Birmingham, and is highlighted for the strong advocacy and intellectual horsepower he brings to complex disputes.
Expertise: "He gets excellent feedback from both the team and clients. He's particularly good on complex shareholder disputes and is favoured for his robust advice. Excellent at detail, he gets over the big picture."
Recent work: He appeared in Mengiste v Endowment Fund for the Rehabilitation of Tigray, a dispute involving an attempt to dismiss judgments made by an Ethiopian court.

Nicholas Lavender QC 
Attracts strong praise from commentators due to his analytical approach to complex disputes and notable advocacy. His practice spans areas such as banking and finance, insurance and reinsurance and trust matters.  
Expertise: "Enormously intelligent and extremely hard-working, he's a man with exquisite judgement."
Recent work: He represented a private bank in Morgan v Kevin Neal Associates Ltd and EFG Private Bank Ltd, a Commercial Court case involving claims of negligence and infringement of FSA rules.

John Machell QC
Held up as a true expert in the partnership arena. His commercial dispute practice draws on this deep-rooted expertise, and sees him further handle fraud, trust, company and joint venture cases.
Expertise: "An absolute star and a hugely impressive operator. John is hard-working, and has razor-sharp intelligence and an incisive eye for detail. He is an excellent all-rounder and a firm favourite."
Recent work: He appeared in Mains v Harrison, a dispute concerning an attempt to put aside a fraud compromise agreement.

Hugh Norbury QC
Enters the table amidst praise for his fraud, commercial and chancery expertise.
Expertise: "He is a fantastic barrister, who is intelligent and legally strong. He has the ability to formulate very good strategy with the end result in mind."
Recent work: He acted for one of the defendants, Mr Zharimbetov, in BTA Bank v Ablyazov & Others.

Elizabeth Jones QC
Maintains a strong commercial dispute practice that takes in fraud, banking and offshore work, amongst other areas. Her expertise includes a notable focus on media and entertainment matters.
Expertise: "She's fantastically good - I don't know anyone with the capacity to absorb information as quickly as her."
Recent work: She acted in a multi-jurisdictional dispute involving a company incorporated in the BVI and acting out of the Middle East. This case concerned claims of the theft of company shares.

Jonathan Adkin QC 
Since taking silk in 2012, Adkin has continued to garner significant praise for his commercial dispute practice. The last year has seen him take a key role in several of the most high-profile briefs before the Commercial Court.
Expertise: "He has a bright future ahead of him."
Recent work: He took a lead role in the multimillion-pound Madoff Securities International Ltd v Ravens & Others in the Commercial Court.

David Blayney QC
A highly regarded commercial dispute resolution barrister, who took silk in 2013. 
Expertise: "User-friendly and extremely bright, he's undoubtedly a rising star."
Recent work: He successfully represented the appellant in a Court of Appeal case regarding a £200 million company sale.

JUNIORS 

Daniel Lightman 
Focuses on chancery and commercial litigation, and is a popular choice for the expertise he brings to a range of matters. He has particular experience in shareholder disputes, company law and fraud matters, amongst other areas.
Expertise: "He spots points that others don't and always makes himself available. He is incredibly bright and a real expert on corporate disputes."
Recent work: He acted for the claimants in Solland Projects LLP v Nautiloides Comercio International E Servicios Sociedade Unipessoal LDA. The claim was for a 37.5% share in the profits of a £100 million property.

Justin Higgo 
His commercial chancery practice sees him instructed on several major disputes, often involving a cross-border element. He has notable civil fraud expertise.
Expertise: "He is extremely bright and instinctively knows when to aggressively take the fight to the other side."
Recent work: Appeared in Aeroflot v Berezovsky & Others, a case involving proceedings to both regain overflight revenues and to enforce a judgment made in Russia.

Ruth Holtham den Besten
Continues to take on an impressive number of high-value disputes within the commercial and chancery fields. Her experience is particularly notable in insolvency, civil fraud and professional negligence cases.
Expertise: "She is very reliable, does fantastic drafting and is a very effective junior."  
Recent work: She acted for the claimant in Bank of St Petersburg OJSC & Anor v Vitaly Arkhangelsky & Anor. She represented the bank and the bank's chairman in seeking £50 million of claims against an ex-oligarch. 

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The strength that Wilberforce Chambers has traditionally displayed in chancery matters has proved an excellent platform for its expanding commercial practice. It is flagged up by commentators as being one of the "big commercial players" at the Bar, and is praised for the "very high standard of advice" that its members provide. An additional strength that is a real boon to instructing solicitors is the international experience that the set houses and its ability to take on complex, multi-jurisdictional briefs.

Client service: "A great set - they have top-drawer barristers who are reliable and great to work with. They are also lucky to have, in Declan Redmond, on of the best clerks around."

SILKS 

Ian Croxford QC 
Has a strong commercial dispute resolution practice, and regularly acts both internationally and domestically.
Expertise: "First class and authoritative." "He is a consummate litigator and excellent cross-examiner, who is a heavyweight and a pleasure to work with."

John Wardell QC 
Increasingly recognised as an excellent choice for complex and heavyweight briefs. His practice spans a broad spread of commercial fraud, travel and professional negligence disputes.
Expertise: "A very clever tactician." "He's a tower of strength, who gives us clarity, strategic vision and a firm tactical grip on the case."  
Recent work: He represented a defendant in Fortress Value Recovery Fund LLC v Blue Skye Special Opportunities Fund LP. This involved claims that the defendants were dishonest in reorganising the structure within which around EUR200 million of Italian assets were held.

Terence Mowschenson QC 
A highly rated commercial barrister whose expertise in business disputes sees him act in multiple cases involving financial services, banking and company matters, amongst other areas.
Expertise: "He has got a different approach in court – he's softly spoken but very effective. He has a very good grasp of the underlying law and strategy in a case."  
Recent work: He was involved in Picard v Bank Safra, a dispute brought by the trustee in the Madoff bankruptcy against banks that had gained redemption funds from Bernard Madoff Investment Securities.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Roger ter Haar QC of Crown Office Chambers 
Has a practice that straddles an impressive breadth of commercial disputes, and draws on detailed expertise in related areas such as construction law and professional negligence. He is a noted international arbitration practitioner, and has deep experience of handling international disputes.
Expertise: "He has excellent cross-examination skills," and "his ability to quickly grasp the relevant facts and get involved in the strategy of a case is excellent."
Recent work: He was instructed in JSC Bank of Moscow v JFC Group Holding (BVI) Limited, a case involving a USD150 million claim.

David Chivers QC of Erskine Chambers
Highlighted in particular for his problem-solving abilities when handling advisory and advocacy work within the spheres of corporate insolvency and company law.
Expertise: "A stellar performer, both in and out of court. He really knows his stuff and brings his experience to bear. He's a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: He appeared in Jackson v Dear, a case concerning the creation of a shareholders' agreement which reached appellate level.

Tim Akkouh of Erskine Chambers 
Highly experienced junior whose expertise in commercial disputes has seen him instructed on some of the most high-profile cases of recent times. He centres his practice on civil fraud and general commercial litigation.
Expertise: "A pleasure to deal with and a very capable barrister."
Recent work: He acted as lead junior for JSC BTA Bank in its headline-grabbing disputes against Mukhtar Ablyazov and others.

James Potts QC of Erskine Chambers
Took silk in 2013, and is a strong presence at the Commercial Bar. His practice has a particular focus on disputes involving insolvency and partnership matters.
Expertise: "Very bright, client-friendly and approachable." "Excellent in his field, he gets to the point very quickly and is persuasive."

Stephen Smith QC of Erskine Chambers
Recently joined Erskine Chambers from New South Square. He is held up as one of the top commercial chancery barristers at the Bar, and brings his extensive experience to bear across a range of commercial dispute resolution areas.
Expertise: "An excellent mind and a man with an excellent practice."
Recent work: He appeared in A K Investment v Kyrgyz Mobile Telecoms, a huge case involving a USD300 million claim and disputes across several different areas.

Richard Snowden QC of Erskine Chambers 
Considered an excellent choice for commercial disputes, he focuses his practice on company, financial services and insolvency matters. His skill in the courtroom is particularly flagged up by commentators. 
Expertise: "Extremely bright, he's a superb and very persuasive advocate."

Hodge Malek QC of Thirty Nine Essex Street 
Recently moved from 4-5 Gray's Inn Square. He is a highly experienced barrister whose commercial practice sees him regularly instructed on high-value, multi-jurisdictional disputes.
Expertise: "Very authoritative and excellent with clients."
Recent work: He was instructed by KPMG in an appeal before the Muscat Court of Appeal concerning allegations that KPMG should have been aware of fraud committed within the claimant organisation.

James Ramsden of Thirty Nine Essex Street
Respected senior junior who has also recently moved from 4-5 Gray's Inn Square. He is a popular choice at the Commercial Bar due to his expertise in matters involving questions of jurisdiction and his extensive international practice.
Expertise: "James provides clear, commercially astute advice and clients appreciate his supportive and straightforward approach."
Recent work: He represented the claimant in Metropolitan International Schools v AiSolve Ltd. This case involved the patenting of a device created by Metropolitan International Schools and the attempted theft of this concept by the defendant in India.

PJ Kirby QC of Hardwicke 
One of the set's new 2013 silks, and held out as an impressively experienced commercial barrister. He handles a range of professional negligence matters, commercial disputes and costs litigation.
Expertise: "He is a strong advocate and a good pleader, who is very thorough and good to work with."
Recent work: He was instructed by the defendants to handle a claim regarding land purchased for hotel development in Bulgaria.

David Lewis of Hardwicke 
Has proven experience in commercial disputes including those involving questions of commercial agency and contract.
Expertise: "Combines astonishing turnaround time with excellent quality of work." "He explains complex issues very clearly to clients and grasps detail quickly. He is impressive on his feet."  
Recent work: He appeared in the high-value Rossetti Marketing Ltd v Diamond Sofa Co, one of the most important commercial agency cases in recent times.

Clive Freedman QC of Littleton Chambers
Has an impressive standing at the Commercial Bar, and is highly regarded for his ability to handle cases with a significant international dimension. 
Expertise: "He is incredibly intelligent, very creative and a good solution-finder who thinks things through and is an excellent strategist and tactician."
Recent work: He appeared in VTB Capital v Nutritek and Others, a huge case triggering questions around lifting the corporate veil.

Chris Quinn of Littleton Chambers
Handles cases across the full spectrum of the Commercial Bar, and is praised for his advocacy.
Expertise: "Tenacious and pragmatic, he's excellent at cross-examination."
Recent work: He appeared in a case concerning a supposed agreement made to run a television channel directed at the expatriate Thai community. This involved a trial that lasted for five days in the chancery division.

Richard Perkoff of Littleton Chambers
Recommended for his ability to handle a notable range of commercial issues. He has  extensive experience in cases involving questions of shareholders' disputes, company law and partnership.  
Expertise: "Very clever, very thorough and very user-friendly."
Recent work: He represented the National Transitional Council of Libya (NTC) in a dispute involving the British Arab Commercial Bank and the issue of whether the NTC could be recognised as the main Libyan governmental power.  

David Lascelles of Littleton Chambers
Regularly handles complex briefs as sole counsel, and has impressive commercial dispute experience. He is particularly adept at handling shareholder, commercial fraud and contract disputes.
Expertise: "He has an excellent grasp of legal issues, is incredibly diligent and has good client skills. Definitely someone you want on your team." 
Recent work: He was instructed as sole counsel in representing the claimants in a shareholders' dispute involving a care homes group. The matter involved multimillion-pound claims.

Jonathan Cohen of Littleton Chambers 
Has an impressive practice that spans employment law and commercial disputes. He is regularly flagged up by sources as a strong choice for the biggest High Court cases due to his advocacy expertise.
Expertise: "He is very responsive and practical. He's excellent with clients and a first-class advocate."
Recent work: He acted for all UK defendants accused of being involved in fraud facilitation in JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov & Others.

Stuart Ritchie QC of Littleton Chambers
Making strong strides since his appointment to silk in 2012. He attracts significant praise for his expertise in cases involving questions of fiduciary duty and contracts, and is flagged up as a future star of the Commercial Bar.
Expertise: "Very able, he has all the traits of a silk but also displays the pragmatic approach of a businessman. A good strategist."
Recent work: He represented the first defendant in several cases involving claims linked to a joint venture to sell rice in Nigeria via a company from the BVI. This dispute involves cases in Nigeria, the BVI and the UK.

Guy Morpuss QC of Macfarlanes LLP 

Antony White QC of Matrix Chambers 
Held up by instructing solicitors as a clear example of a man who embodies the different strands that make up an excellent commercial dispute resolution barrister. He handles advisory and advocacy work with equal aplomb, and has an impressive international angle to his practice.
Expertise: "Antony is a very high-quality commercial silk, who is extremely thorough and always provides excellent commercial advice. He is extremely bright and always sees the bigger picture. In addition, he is always a pleasure to work with." 
Recent work: He acted in a highly significant case concerning anti-suit injunctions in arbitrations. 

Philip Moser QC of Monckton Chambers
Renowned for his European Law, public procurement and tax expertise. He has undertaken a number of international disputes.
Expertise: "He has a fantastic bedside manner with clients, and is formidable and authoritative as an advocate." 

Anneliese Day QC of 4 New Square 
Since taking silk in 2012, she has continued to gain significant market respect for her commercial dispute practice. Her practical approach to cases and skilled advocacy gain her particular praise.
Expertise: "Has an incredible work ethic and is excellent with clients."
Recent work: She acted for Bentley Motor Cars in gaining an injunction against a supplier that allowed Bentley cars to still be produced in the UK.

George Spalton of 4 New Square
Experienced across a range of commercial litigation and arbitration cases, and comfortable with international disputes.
Expertise: "He is very good with clients, and really stands out for his commercial approach."
Recent work: He is instructed to handle sizeable claims brought against IG Markets in relation to their role as CFD brokers.

Ben Elkington QC of 4 New Square 
Has firmly established a solid reputation in the commercial litigation arena. He has strong insurance, professional negligence and property damage experience.
Expertise: "Responsive, intelligent and very user-friendly."
Recent work: He formed part of the team that represented the claimants in Kingspan v Borealis, a case involving a £100 million claim concerning polymer provided by a Danish supplier to an Irish manufacturer.

Justin Fenwick QC of 4 New Square 
Has a strong commercial practice, and is noted for his stellar professional negligence expertise. Also has strong insurance, construction and product liability capabilities.
Expertise: "A robust advocate and a fearless cross-examiner, who has excellent all-round judgement."
Recent work: He played a leading role in Arkady Gaydamak v Lev Leviev. This involved a USD2 billion claim relating to a partnership the two parties had allegedly entered into.

Robert Levy QC of XXIV Old Buildings 
A highly regarded commercial litigator whose international expertise is a particular boon to instructing solicitors. He has been involved in several high-value disputes in the last year, and garners praise for his client service skills.
Expertise: "A brilliant advocate with an incredible ability to absorb information and to work hard. A great man to have on the team."
Recent work: He was instructed by the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan in a dispute regarding a USD500 million claim relating to mortgages and trusts.

Edward Cumming of XXIV Old Buildings
Enters the rankings due to extensive praise for his handling of commercial disputes. Sources are quick to highlight him as a junior to pay close attention to whose expertise belies his year of call.
Expertise: "Has already developed superb advocacy skills and has sound judgement."
Recent work: He appeared as sole counsel in Durkan Pudelek v Fitzgerald & Another, a multimillion-pound case between previous shareholders in a construction firm.  

John Stephens of XXIV Old Buildings
Highly experienced in taking on commercial briefs involving domestic and international disputes. He has a particular focus on cases requiring finance expertise and involving multi-jurisdictional issues.
Expertise: "Very affable and very approachable, he gets stuck into a matter."
Recent work: He was instructed by the trustees in Beresovsky v Harsin, a case concerning a previous partnership between the plaintiff and a Russian oligarch and the impact of this on the oligarch's estate.

Alan Steinfeld QC of XXIV Old Buildings 
His huge practice spans an impressive range of areas, and he is considered a leading silk in several commercial areas. He garners no shortage of praise from fellow counsel and instructing solicitors.
Expertise: "He is fantastic, very effective and efficient at giving practical advice. He is also very approachable and easy to deal with."
Recent work: He was involved in Phillips v Symes, a case involving multiple jurisdictions including Geneva, Berlin, the USA and the Isle of Man.

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC of XXIV Old Buildings
Has had an impressively busy year, handling a multitude of domestic and international cases. She has notable experience in partnership, traditional chancery and offshore matters.
Expertise: "She is a tough litigator and a highly skilled advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the trustees of a trust based in Guernsey which held a significant portion of its assets in South Africa. This case related to the enforcement of a judgment made in South Africa concerning several tax issues.

Francis Tregear QC of XXIV Old Buildings 
A favoured choice for instructing solicitors thanks to his broad-based commercial dispute resolution expertise. He is notably experienced in areas such as company law, professional negligence, banking and finance, and traditional chancery.
Expertise: "He is very good and provides excellent legal analysis - he is one of the most user-friendly silks."
Recent work: He acted in the USD100 million Aeroflot Airlines v Beresovsky & Others dispute. This high-profile case involved several jurisdictional issues and reached appellate level.

Michael Douglas QC of 4 Pump Court 
Increasingly recognised as a strong silk at the Commercial Bar. Insurance-related disputes form a key part of his practice.
Expertise: "He is painstaking in taking the contract apart, and has a good understanding of the commercial context of a case. He strikes a good balance between caution and enthusiasm."
Recent work: He appeared as lead silk in Orca Finance Trust and BC Viaticals v DMH Stallard, a £100 million action brought in the Commercial Court involving fraud and negligence claims raised against the UK firm.

Luke Wygas of 4 Pump Court 
Popular with instructing solicitors, he has extensive experience of commercial disputes, especially those involving fraud, insolvency and finance.
Expertise: "He is very commercial and down to earth." "He is very thorough and quick to respond."
Recent work: He was led by Nigel Tozzi QC in a £30 million Commercial Court case that was linked to the valuation of a development in the commercial entertainment space.

Benjamin Pilling of 4 Pump Court 
Has an impressive breadth of practice across the commercial dispute arena. His reputation in banking and finance garners him particular praise.
Expertise: "He is a great junior, who is good at drafting and great on the tactics."
Recent work: He was led by Sean O'Sullivan QC in Amey Communities v Bradford SPV One Ltd, a conflict involving a PFI project and several joint ventures.

Alexander Gunning QC of 4 Pump Court 
Since taking silk in 2012, he has continued to thrive. His practice incorporates both litigation and arbitration, and he is particularly adept at handling energy-related cases.
Expertise: "He fights hard, and is an incredibly nice person to deal with. His analysis and presentation are excellent."
Recent work: He acted in Republic of Djibouti v Boreh, a commercial dispute regarding benefits obtained by a former official in Djibouti.

Christopher Moger QC of 4 Pump Court 
An experienced commercial silk who handles multiple key disputes, especially those with an international angle. His practice has a strong focus on matters involving joint ventures.
Expertise: "One of the silks we rate most highly for high-value commercial and financial markets litigation."
Recent work: He was involved in a dispute surrounding a share sale agreement linked to the acquisition of a Chinese cosmetic group by an international company.

Sean O'Sullivan QC of 4 Pump Court 
Takes on international and domestic arbitrations and litigation. The last year has seen him involved in several high-value matters often unled and against leading silks.
Expertise: "He is a great advocate, who produces thorough and detailed written work. He is very good particularly at managing difficult and complex cases."
Recent work: He appeared in Petrom v Glencore, a multimillion-dollar claim that stemmed from accusations of fraud being levelled at oil traders.

Nigel Tozzi QC of 4 Pump Court 
Repeatedly instructed on an impressive range of commercial disputes thanks to his top-level expertise and advocacy. His practice encompasses litigation and arbitration, and has a particular focus on cases involving fraud and breaches of confidentiality.
Expertise: "A brilliant advocate, he absorbs facts and assesses merits quickly - he is superb with clients." 
Recent work: He appeared on behalf of over two-thirds of the claimants who launched an action against Dresdner Kleinwort relating to around EUR52 million of bonus payments.

Keith Rowley QC of Radcliffe Chambers 
An experienced commercial silk, particularly noted for his expertise in pensions. He is praised by sources for his excellent analysis and ability to handle complex, international disputes.
Expertise: "He has an incisive intellect and takes a forthright, no-nonsense approach. Clients are very impressed."

Ulick Staunton of Radcliffe Chambers
Esteemed by peers and instructing solicitors equally for his strong advocacy and excellent teamwork skills. His chancery and commercial experience sees him handle a range of domestic and international briefs.
Expertise: "Exceptionally good with clients," he is "approachable and commercial."
Recent work: He appeared in Favor Easy Management v Wu, a dispute concerning the role of solicitors' files in providing more information on deciding who owned the bearer share in a company from the Seychelles.

Dov Ohrenstein of Radcliffe Chambers 
Has a solid reputation as a notable commercial dispute reputation advocate, and has a practice that spans commercial and traditional chancery, property and professional negligence matters.
Expertise: "Very commercial and responsive. He has an excellent grasp of legal issues."

Shantanu Majumdar of Radcliffe Chambers
Strong on both the preparation and advocacy side. His practice extends to matters involving fraud, limitation and professional negligence amongst other areas.
Expertise: "He provides sound commercial advice and is very accessible. Our go-to counsel for commercial contractual issues."
Recent work: He was involved in ASES Havacilik Servis Ve Destek Hizmetleri A.S. v Delkor UK Limited, an appeal involving a jurisdictional challenge to an English arbitrator.

Romie Tager QC of Selborne Chambers 
Impresses instructing solicitors with his excellent advocacy and widespread experience. He has continued to operate at the top end of the market in the last year, taking on several of the biggest commercial chancery cases.
Expertise: "A first-class cross-examiner, who offers excellent legal analysis."
Recent work: He acted on behalf of the defendant in Opalview Investments Ltd v Jack Bistricer, a case involving several key points of contract law.

Hugh Jackson of Selborne Chambers
Debuts in the table as a highly regarded junior who is rapidly gaining a strong reputation at the Commercial Bar. He has a particular focus on disputes involving trade, business, land and finance matters.
Expertise: "Very thorough, he's a great team player, who is tenacious in court."
Recent work: He successfully represented the claimant in a multifaceted dispute involving around 150 guarantees valued at around £30 million.

David Allison QC of South Square
A highly popular new silk whose experience in handling multi-jurisdictional and high-value commercial disputes sees him instructed on a wide range of cases.
Expertise: "He is very organised, quick and pragmatic, and gets on top of issues. He is very efficient and can deal with anything that arises."
Recent work: He formed part of the team that represented Citigroup as claimants in bringing a case against various Saudi individuals and their related companies. This involved USD400 million of losses linked to derivative contracts.  

Robin Dicker QC of South Square
An excellent commercial barrister whose banking and restructuring expertise sees him handle a broad spread of disputes.
Expertise: "A fabulous advocate, he is very bright indeed."
Recent work: He was instructed by Standard Chartered Bank in a USD160 million claim brought against Ceylon Petroleum in relation to oil derivatives.

Jeremy Goldring QC of South Square
Took silk in 2013, and looks set to continue his impressive reputation at the Commercial Bar. His practice includes banking and finance, insolvency and company law matters.  
Expertise: "His advocacy is excellent." "He is incredibly bright, thorough, hard-working and a really nice guy as well - not just fantastically good but a joy to work with."
Recent work: Whilst a junior, he acted for RBS in its defence of a £30 million claim brought by Torre Asset Funding linked to commercial mortgage-backed securitisations.  

Tom Smith QC of South Square
Increasingly considered a go-to practitioner at the Commercial Bar. His focus on insolvency, banking and financial disputes is well recognised by instructing solicitors.
Expertise: "Tom is quick-witted and very bright, but has a commercial, down-to-earth style both in advisory work and as an advocate, which always adds value and makes him a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: He appeared on behalf of the second defendant in Constantin Medien AG v Bernard Ecclestone, a case regarding allegations of bribery in an acquisition.

Antony Zacaroli QC of South Square
Strongly recommended by instructing solicitors for his leading advocacy skills and ability to adroitly take on the most complex of briefs. He combines extensive experience in the restructuring and insolvency space with broad-based commercial dispute expertise.
Expertise: "Antony combines a penetrating legal mind with a well-honed bedside manner which gains the complete confidence of his professional and lay clients."
Recent work: He appeared for the ISDA as an intervenor in multiple appeals related to the ISDA Master Agreement.

Andrew Twigger QC of 3 Stone Buildings
Highly recommended by instructing solicitors and clients for his expertise in commercial litigation. He also takes on commercial arbitrations, and has a particular focus on disputes involving banking and finance.
Expertise: "He is extremely able and accommodating."
Recent work: He represented the claimant in Telekom Slovenije D.D. v Cosmote Mobile Telecommunications S.A., an action brought before the Commercial Court.

George Bompas QC of 4 Stone Buildings 
Noted for his ability to take on a wide range of commercial cases for clients involved in domestic and international disputes. His practice has a particular focus on financial matters, and his advocacy wins him much support from commentators.
Expertise: "He is extremely good - his ability to analyse complicated documentation is second to none."
Recent work: Acted for a team of counsel in a highly significant professional negligence case brought by the liquidator of Aqua Design & Play International, Simon Haskew.

John Brisby QC of 4 Stone Buildings 
Handles the full spread of commercial disputes, and is highly rated for his company law expertise. He remains a popular choice due to his extensive trial experience.
Expertise: "John develops a great rapport with clients over the life of a claim due to his raw ability, straight talking and ability to get results. He has an impressive knack of retaining and recalling the smallest detail of a case at just the right time."
Recent work: He acted in Kaupthing HF v Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander Ltd, a high-profile chancery case drawing on complex multi-jurisdictional insolvency issues.

Jonathan Crow QC of 4 Stone Buildings 
A highly skilled commercial barrister whose widespread experience and extremely effective advocacy see him handle multiple complex briefs. His practice has an increasing focus on international disputes.
Expertise: "Very impressive and quick to get to the point, he is a smooth and calm advocate. Judges find his advocacy style attractive."
Recent work: He appeared in the high-profile and complex Rusal plc v Corbiere Holdings Ltd in the Chancery Division, a case concerning the ownership of Norisk Nickel. 

Richard Hill QC of 4 Stone Buildings 
Highly rated by instructing solicitors for his excellent advocacy and client service skills. Since taking silk in 2012, he has continued to handle commercial cases requiring expertise in insolvency, banking, company and government-related matters.
Expertise: "He is incredibly bright and commercial, and gives well-reasoned and pragmatic advice."
Recent work: He was part of the team representing the former owners of Liverpool FC in RBS v Hicks & Others, a case involving allegations of fraud and issues of company law.

Robert Miles QC of 4 Stone Buildings 
One of the Commercial Bar's most prominent names and instructed on some of the most high-profile and challenging briefs before the courts. His top-level expertise across a range of commercial fields attracts effusive praise, and sees him elevated this year in the rankings.
Expertise: "He is superb, fantastic with clients and one of the cleverest men I've ever met. He has a practice most can only dream of."
Recent work: He was instructed by KPMG members, the court appointed receivers, in JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov.

Alan Gourgey QC of 11 Stone Buildings 
Highly regarded by commentators for his excellent approach to challenging commercial disputes, and increasingly seen as a go-to for high-value briefs.  
Expertise: "Sharp and thorough," he is "outstanding and very user-friendly."
Recent work: He represented an Iranian distributor in a multimillion-pound claim brought against a supplier located in the UK concerning allegations of exclusivity breaches. 

Max Mallin of 11 Stone Buildings
Particularly noted for his detailed banking and finance expertise. He is flagged up by commentators as a junior very much on the rise.  
Expertise: "Offers excellent analysis and good client skills." "A valued advocate, he's very commercial, very approachable and very user-friendly."
Recent work: He acted unled for two defendants in Dubai Islamic Bank v PSI & Others, a Commercial Court case involving USD450 million claims linked to allegations of fraud. 

Marcia Shekerdemian of 11 Stone Buildings
Noted as an insolvency and fraud expert, she brings this experience to her broader commercial practice. Her user-friendly approach is particularly singled out by sources.
Expertise: "She has vast experience and excellent presentational skills." 
Recent work: She recently successfully acted for the claimants in a £5 million High Court claim involving allegations of breach of trust and duty, and land banking fraud. 

Gary Lidington of 11 Stone Buildings 
Maintains a strong international element to his practice, as is evidenced by his recent work highlights. His commercial dispute workload includes a focus on fraud-related matters.
Expertise: "Intellectual and adept at mastering voluminous instructions, he cuts to the real issues and deals rigorously with the arguments in a case."
Recent work: He represented the respondent in Fundicion Nodular SA v Orchard (Developments) Ltd, an appeal involving matters such as the jurisdiction of powers of attorney in England and Spain.

Charles Samek QC of 11 Stone Buildings 
Recently moved from Littleton Chambers to 11 Stone Buildings. Sources are quick to point to the quality of his advice and advocacy in commercial disputes.
Expertise: "A real team player, who is able to get to grips with difficult applications under huge time pressures."
Recent work: He acted in Michael Wilson & Partners Ltd v Sinclair & Others, a landmark case regarding the relationship between litigation and arbitration and abuse of process.

Steven Gee QC of Stone Chambers
Held in high esteem by commentators due to his impressive expertise and intellect, he is experienced in taking on the most complex of commercial briefs. 
Expertise: "Always provides incisive and thoughtful advice."
Recent work: He acted for JFC Group in bringing a successful appeal against an injunction decision brought against it regarding the ability to continue a case in Russia.

Philip Riches of Stone Chambers 
Respected for his broad-based commercial practice, he is praised by instructing solicitors for his client-focused approach to disputes. He handles both litigation and international arbitration.
Expertise: "He is thorough, comprehensive and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: He was instructed in MSCI Inc v Axioma Ltd, a case brought to the Commercial Court and involving disputes in several other jurisdictions.

Charles Dougherty QC of 2TG - 2 Temple Gardens 
A popular new silk who looks set to continue his impressive commercial dispute practice since his elevation to QC. His practice has a strong focus on property litigation.
Expertise: "Provides rapid turnaround and very pragmatic advice."
Recent work: He appeared in Jet2.com v Onboard, a Commercial Court dispute stemming from claims brought by an airline company against the company providing it with retail services on board planes.

Paul Downes QC of 2TG - 2 Temple Gardens 
Recommended as an experienced commercial silk whose practice encompasses multiple disputes within both the arbitration and litigation arenas. He also has notable expertise in financial matters.
Expertise: "He is very sharp, on the ball, aggressive and willing to fight your client's corner. Definitely someone you would want on your side."
Recent work: He was instructed by the defendant in Globe Motors Inc v TRW Lucas Varity Electric Steering Ltd, a dispute involving a claim of over £20 million relating to a breach of a supply agreement.

Ben Lynch of Devereux
Has established a strong commercial practice that draws on his insurance, professional negligence and telecommunications experience.
Expertise: "He is approachable and client-friendly; he's an excellent communicator with a sharp mind."
Recent work: He acted in a complex dispute between BT and Ofcom that reached the Court of Appeal.

Simon Adamyk of New Square Chambers 
Has experience of handling complex commercial disputes that belies his call. He is particularly noted for taking on cases with an international element.
Expertise: "Incredibly bright, he's very approachable and good on his feet."
Recent work: He played a key role in Bitel LLC v Kyrgyz Mobil Tel Limited, a case involving a high-value claim regarding the ownership of a mobile telecommunications operator from the Kyrgyz Republic.

Paul Marshall of No5 Chambers (London) 
Recently moved from 4-5 Gray's Inn Square to No5 Chambers. His practice has a strong focus on commercial disputes, and includes a wide range of matters within this arena.
Expertise: "He is a very tough opponent - he is very good in a difficult case."
Recent work: Acted in several cases involving shareholder actions, including Swain and Ors v Swains plc, a dispute brought against the directors and trustees of a company.

Simon Mills of Five Paper 
Particularly praised by sources for his  expertise in banking and finance matters, he has broad-based commercial experience and is instructed on several business-related disputes.
Expertise: "Charming, extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful."
Recent work: He acted on RBS Invoice Finance Ltd v Dymond & Others. This dispute involved several factors, including an undervalued administrator sale and invoice discounting.

James Barker of Enterprise Chambers
Experienced across several areas, he handles commercial disputes on behalf of a range of clients. He remains a popular junior amongst instructing solicitors.
Expertise: "A first choice for complex contractual and professional negligence matters, he's extremely good in conference, in court and with clients."
Recent work: He represented the claimant in bringing an action related to a share sale agreement against Slush Puppie.

Linden Ife of Enterprise Chambers 
Sustains a strong presence at the Commercial Bar, and is particularly good at acting for lenders in complex disputes. She garners particular praise for the quality of her analysis.
Expertise: "Extremely good in court," she is  "a superb advocate."
Recent work: Instructed by Aerostar Maintenance International in several claims brought against a rival commercial aviation provider and former managing director.

Foreign Experts

Foreign Experts are individuals with expertise in a different jurisdiction to the one they are based in. These individuals are particularly highly regarded for international and cross-border work. Usually, they will be identified in the jurisdiction in which they are based and in their country of expertise.