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Commercial Dispute Resolution - London (Bar)


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3 Verulam Buildings is one of the capital's elite sets for commercial disputes, and houses an impressive array of practitioners at both silk and junior levels. Particularly known for banking work in the commercial litigation sphere, it has members who have handled some of the most high-profile and influential disputes of recent times in the financial services sector. Solicitors name the set as "one of the go-to chambers for high-level commercial and banking matters," and say: "It has the necessary strength and depth to assist us and our clients ably at every level."

Client service: The clerking team, led by Paul Cooklin, is praised for its proactivity, responsiveness and commercial outlook. "The clerks are very good, very efficient, and are good at getting back to you."


Ali Malek QC
A highly sought-after and impressive silk who handles both litigation and international arbitration. He is instructed on high-profile and high-value commercial disputes, and has particular experience in cases originating in Russia and the CIS.
Strengths: "A fantastic barrister who is easy to work with, commercially astute and tactically very sound." "Very effective in cross-examination."
Recent work: Represented Vasily Anisimov in the defence of a USD1.5 billion claim by the Patarkatsishvili family relating to the Metalloinvest mining company.

Ewan McQuater QC 
Highly experienced advocate with expertise in banking, restructuring and insolvency, and civil fraud. His commercial practice sees him attract weighty cases from magic and silver circle solicitors' firms, many of which have international elements.
Strengths: "Focused, effective and clinical." "A specialist fraud operator whose forensic skills are of the highest quality."
Recent work: Represented Fortress Value Recovery Fund in its case against Blue Skye Special Opportunities Fund and others. The case concerned an allegation of conspiracy in relation to an investment structure.

Adrian Beltrami QC 
Highly regarded by peers and instructing solicitors, particularly for financial sector and civil fraud work. Beltrami is as equally praised for his considered advice as he is for his assured advocacy.
Strengths: "His understated approach can take the wind out of almost any opponent’s sails." "His written work is always first-class and he is an extraordinarily powerful advocate. People recognise the force of his arguments."
Recent work: Acted for RBS in its successful defence of claims by Torre Asset Funding relating to the bank's obligations under a syndicated loan agreement.

Jonathan Nash QC 
A popular choice for instructing solicitors, particularly for professional negligence disputes and cases involving insurance and the financial services. Sources consistently highlight his calm and client-friendly manner, and note the quality of his work for overseas clients.
Strengths: "He is unflappable and always remains calm under any sort of pressure. I have never seen him rattled by anything." "He is very smooth and very good with clients. He's an affable individual with real skills."
Recent work: Acted for Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on the enforcement of a significant arbitral award arising out of the construction of a Niger Delta oil terminal.

Andrew Onslow QC 
Has an impressive international practice, handling both litigation and arbitration in a range of commercial sectors. As well as financial services matters, his recent work has included construction and renewable energy disputes.
Strengths: "A very persuasive advocate with a nice, easy-going style, who interacts well with the judge." "Bright, approachable and extremely good in court. He takes seriously the importance of meeting or bettering the expectations of both professional and lay clients."
Recent work: Represented several defendants in PJSC VAB v Makisomov & Others, a dispute over share ownership in a Ukrainian company.

Sonia Tolaney QC 
A respected and experienced advocate with particular expertise in representing banking clients. She is regularly instructed by top City firms on complex financial litigation. 
Strengths: "A serious presence at the Bar and a great strategist to have on your side." "She quickly earns the respect of solicitors and clients alike."
Recent work: Acted for Deutsche Bank in its high-profile Commercial Court battle with Sebastian Holdings, which resulted in the dismissal of the latter's USD8 billion compensation claim and the award of substantial costs to Deutsche Bank.

Cyril Kinsky QC 
Active in civil fraud and professional negligence cases among others, and has notable experience in disputes arising in Russia and the CIS. He is highly regarded by instructing solicitors, who particularly appreciate his collaborative approach.
Strengths: "Very bright and gets stuck in. He's a fantastic team player." "Extremely able and very user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for Usarel Investments, as a defendant, in the BTA v Ablyazov litigation. 

Paul Lowenstein QC 
A popular silk with instructing solicitors, particularly for commercial contract, banking and civil fraud disputes. He is regularly called upon for high-profile cases and significant international arbitrations.
Strengths: "Very forensic, good in court, very good with clients and extremely commercial. An excellent QC." "He instils confidence and is a real team player."
Recent work: Represented Baglan Zhunus in defence of a £100 million fraud claim made by Kazakhstan Kagazy.

Richard Salter QC 
Active in a range of commercial disputes, and is particularly noted for his banking and civil fraud work. Commentators praise him for his technical ability and superior knowledge of the law. 
Recent work: Acted for Tempo Group in a shareholder dispute over control of a Cayman Island company.

Andrew Sutcliffe QC 
A well-regarded silk with a broad commercial practice that encompasses banking, media, civil fraud and company disputes. Sources appreciate his collaborative approach, as well as his persuasive advocacy. 
Strengths: "He shows dedication to the case and is a real team player." "He manages his juniors very well, and is very personable."
Recent work: Acted for multiple investors in a failed airport project in relation to the recovery of sums paid to solicitors in escrow.

John Odgers QC 
Active in financial services, professional negligence and civil fraud disputes. Sources are impressed by his user-friendliness and consistently praise him as being "very bright."
Strengths: "Forensic and thorough, he has good judgement and a nice style in court. He's quietly insistent and persuasive." "Excellent on the detail - which he grasps incredibly quickly - very hands-on, practical and responsive."
Recent work: Acted for Dutch Institutional Pension Fund on its EUR500 million damages claim against Goldman Sachs for alleged negligent management of funds.

Christopher Symons QC
Handles a range of commercial disputes, and has particular experience in professional negligence, insurance and arbitration matters. 
Recent work: Acted on a claim brought by shipowners and their insurers against ship surveyors, which arose out of a shipyard fire.

Andrew Fletcher QC 
Handles a range of commercial disputes, with his recent work covering arbitrations, civil fraud cases and freezing injunctions. He has particular expertise in the shipping industry.
Strengths: "He is very responsive and works very hard." "He has good judgement and is very conscientious." 
Recent work: Acted for a German bank on a freezing injunction application and arbitration in relation to the enforcement of its claims under a group of ten bareboat charters.

John Jarvis QC 
A well-regarded silk with an international commercial practice. Banking and arbitration are particular areas of strength, and he has recently received instructions originating in European, Asian, Middle Eastern and US jurisdictions.
Strengths: "He is very able technically, he's perceptive, and he's good at assessing witness evidence. He has a quick turnaround, is very bright and obviously very knowledgeable."
Recent work: Acted for a failed Icelandic bank on claims relating to derivatives contracts brought against a well-known bank.

Gregory Mitchell QC 
Acts on an extensive range of commercial disputes, including those with banking and finance, insurance, insolvency and civil fraud elements.
Strengths: "He's very effective and very good at working with the team to get the right outcome." "Technical but also shows good commerciality."

Jonathan Davies-Jones QC 
A relatively new silk whom instructing solicitors praise for his user-friendliness and intelligence. He is particularly active in banking disputes as well as general commercial matters.
Strengths: "He is already establishing himself as an outstanding leading counsel. Highly intelligent, analytical and thorough; he's a pleasure to work with." "An excellent general commercial and banking lawyer."
Recent work: Represented GDF Suez in relation to its approximately £100 million breach of warranty claim against Teesside Power following the sale and purchase of a power station.

David Quest QC 
Active in a range of commercial litigation matters and well regarded for civil fraud, professional negligence and financial services disputes.
Recent work: Represented Dutch steel manufacturer Mercon in an approximately EUR30 million dispute with Bluewater over the construction of an offshore mooring system.

Matthew Hardwick QC 
A popular advocate with instructing solicitors, who has particular expertise in financial sector disputes, insolvency and company law.
Strengths: "Well regarded and very easy to work with. He's very good with clients." "Both user-friendly and client-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for Ennismore Management in defence of an approximately £3 million claim by a former employee. The dispute raised novel questions of rights to bonus sums managed by third-party trustees and of the clawing back of bonuses in the event of subsequent investment losses.


Michael Lazarus 
Lauded by peers and instructing solicitors alike, who regard him as a "phenomenal" and "absolutely outstanding" senior junior. He is active in a range of commercial fields, and handles both domestic and international disputes.
Strengths: "Very methodical, calm and easy to work with considering quite how clever he is. He is great on his feet." "He is just such a great academic lawyer."
Recent work: Acted for Merchant International on an enforcement action against Naftogaz, following a Ukrainian court judgment and statutory suspension of enforcement in Ukraine.

Adam Kramer 
Acts on a range of commercial instructions, including banking, civil fraud and energy disputes. He is well regarded by both peers and instructing solicitors.
Recent work: Led by Adrian Beltrami QC, he represented the second and third defendants in Benedetti v Sawiris. The claim related to a substantial commission arising out of an Italian telecoms deal.

James MacDonald 
A well-regarded and busy junior with a practice encompassing general commercial banking and finance, and arbitration matters.
Strengths: "His advice was extremely accurate and his performance in court was exceptional."
Recent work: Acted with Sonya Tolaney QC and David Foxton QC for Deutsche Bank in its successful and high-profile Commercial Court battle with Sebastian Holdings.

Laura John 
A bright and accomplished junior with a practice spanning commercial litigation, arbitration and financial services disputes.
Strengths: "Has an excellent courtroom manner and delivers polished and thorough cross-examinations. Her work is structured and she is a good team player." "Good technical lawyer and a great advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Ipsos Mori in relation to its software licensing claim against Aegis, arising out of the sale and purchase of shares in certain former Aegis companies.

Rajesh Pillai 
A well-known name in both litigation and arbitration, with particular expertise in banking, finance and civil fraud disputes.
Recent work: Represented derivatives investors in an approximately EUR100 million fraud claim against spread-betting and contracts for difference provider IG Markets.

Peter Ratcliffe 
A highly regarded junior with a focus on media, professional negligence, banking and financial services disputes. 
Strengths: "A star of the junior Commercial Bar who is good on his feet."
Recent work: Represented Tiku in relation to a Commercial Court claim by Diorite, arising out of the sale of energy and mineral commodities in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.

Nicholas Craig 
An experienced advocate who has particular expertise in jurisdictional disputes, freezing orders and arbitration.
Strengths: "Solid, proactive and commercial."
Recent work: Acted for Desarrollo in an action seeking to enforce an Arizona court judgment against Kader Holdings in England.

David Head 
A popular and client-friendly junior with expertise in a range of commercial areas, including civil fraud, professional negligence, financial services and international arbitration. He has been particularly active in cases arising in, or involving parties in, the CIS.
Strengths: "Provides good input on complicated professional negligence issues." "He has a very good manner with lay clients."
Recent work: Acted as sole advocate for Ukrainian state oil and gas company Naftogaz in relation to its resistance of a USD20 million third-party debt order arising out of a bond issue.

Matthew Parker 
Robust and highly regarded junior, with a wide-ranging commercial practice. His instructions have included general commercial, financial services, civil fraud, energy and offshore disputes, as well as arbitrations.
Strengths: "An impressive up-and-coming junior member of the Bar and an excellent advocate." "Very thorough and assured with clients."
Recent work: Acted as sole advocate defending AllProperty Media in respect of an unsuccessful claim by Alegro Capital for payment of a corporate finance consultancy fee.

Peter de Verneuil Smith 
A very well-regarded junior, noted for his advocacy and intellectual ability. His practice encompasses general commercial litigation and arbitration. Financial services, insurance, civil fraud and company law matters all contribute to his caseload.
Strengths: "Creative, responsive and smart."
Recent work: Acted, with Ali Malek QC, on Gennadiy Bogolyubov's defence of claims brought by his former Rabbi, relating to whether or not two valuable properties fell under an alleged profit-sharing agreement.

Christopher Harris 
Maintains a robust domestic and international practice, and has particular experience in commercial contracts disputes, energy cases and arbitration.
Recent work: Represented oil trading company Orlen Lietuva in a dispute with Proton relating to an abortive oil purchase transaction.

Sandy Phipps 
A popular junior with experience in banking and financial services disputes, as well as so-called 'oligarch' litigation.
Recent work: Led by Ali Malek QC and Sonia Tolaney QC for Vasily Anisimov on the defence of allegations that he, along with Arkadi Patarkatsishvili, entered into an agreement to invest USD600 million in mining company MGOK.

Anne Jeavons 
An up-and-coming junior with a growing following of instructing solicitors. Her practice covers a range of commercial disputes, and she acts both as sole counsel and as a junior to silks. 
"Her submissions were concise and accurate, and she dealt well with things when on her feet. Quite understated, but everything she said was brilliant."
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel for Ting on claims brought against Remedy Research alleging fraud, misrepresentation and breach of contract. 

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Brick Court has long been regarded as a heavyweight chambers in commercial litigation work and remains a firm favourite with instructing solicitors. The instructions it receives are wide-ranging in nature, and include natural resources, banking, property and company disputes, as well as disputes originating in Russia and the CIS. The set is well stocked with leading silks and highly regarded juniors, and its members are consistently praised for their robust and intelligent advocacy. Sources say: "The barristers exhibit strong technical expertise and commercial awareness, and will always go the extra mile for the client."

Client service: "Superb on clerking. They are fantastically responsive. They are always transparent about diaries and what can be done, and you don't get problems with double-bookings." Ian Moyler and Julian Hawes serve as joint heads of a clerking team that is praised for its modern and commercial approach.


Mark Howard QC
A titan of the Commercial Bar, Howard is praised by instructing solicitors as "nothing short of superb" and by peers as "the person one would least like to find oneself against." His practice spans the commercial spectrum and features regular appearances in the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the Privy Council on some of the most high-profile cases of recent years.
Strengths: "Delivers decisive, clear commercial advice and is formidable in the courtroom." "A brilliant trial lawyer who combines an astute legal mind with an eye for strategy, and is a great team player."
Recent work: Acted for the appellant in Benedetti v Sawiris, a dispute relating to the quantum meruit basis of remuneration.

Mark Hapgood QC 
A leading light in commercial litigation and regarded by instructing solicitors as an "outstanding commercial advocate" who "works like stink." He is a go-to silk for heavyweight and high-stakes disputes, and his recent cases have included fraud claims, insolvency-related disputes and professional negligence matters. 
Strengths: "Provides top-drawer oral advocacy and runs rings around the opposition." "He 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: Represented PwC in a high value claim arising out of the collapse of the Welcome Financial Services group.

Charles Hollander QC 
A silk held in high esteem by solicitors, who has significant courtroom presence and intellectual ability and a reputation for being easy to work with. He is an acknowledged expert on questions of legal privilege.
Strengths: "He is very good on his feet and very articulate. He always has the ear of the judge and is someone with an enormous amount of courtroom presence." "Highly intelligent, yet unassuming and very client-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for FG Wilson (now Caterpillar NI) on two claims against John Holt relating to international sale of goods and retention of title clauses.

Helen Davies QC
Joint head of chambers and an experienced silk, with an international practice spanning arbitration, energy and competition. She is held in high regard by instructing solicitors and is an established name at the Commercial Bar.
Strengths: "Highly intelligent and a pleasure to work with." "A very good commercial advocate."
Recent work: Represented telecom operator BMIC in its high-profile shareholder dispute with former investment partner Siva and Siva's chairman, Chinnakannan Sivasankaran.

Jonathan Hirst QC
Joint head of chambers alongside Helen Davies QC. He is a seasoned advocate with experience in a range of commercial matters, including financial services disputes, shipping cases and arbitration. Sources name him as a "heavyweight" who "truly understands appellate courts."
Strengths: "A leader in his field. Gives very clear advice and instils real confidence in the client." "He's excellent in every way."
Recent work: Acted for International Oil and Gas Technology Fund in relation to a high-value contractual dispute with, and counterclaim against, QOGT.

Tim Lord QC 
Held in high regard by instructing solicitors for his engaging advocacy skills, as well as his user-friendliness. He handles heavyweight commercial matters, and has a particular focus on complex and high-profile banking and finance disputes.
Strengths: "A genuine fighter who is capable of standing up to difficult points. He has a great rapport with the judge and is a very entertaining advocate. He's super-jolly and fun to work with." "His cross-examination was superb: it was very thorough, very carefully put and very thoughtful. He's a great strategist and he really understands client management."
Recent work: Acted for CF Partners in its £75 million claim against Barclays Bank, alleging breach of confidence in relation to the Tricorona M&A deal.

Simon Salzedo QC 
An impressive recent silk who attracts praise from peers and instructing parties for his sound advice and high-calibre advocacy. His practice spans general commercial, financial services and professional negligence disputes as well as arbitration. 
Strengths: "A superb advocate who is very nimble on his feet and very easy to get on with." "A consummate performer and a brilliant advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Erste on a conspiracy and tortious interference claim against Russian state entity Red October.

Neil Calver QC 
A bright and user-friendly advocate whom sources praise as a "strong all-rounder." His expertise encompasses insurance and reinsurance, banking and finance, and aviation law, and he also has a strong arbitration practice.
Strengths: "Super-good with clients, he wins their confidence very quickly." "He has always been very much a hands-on silk, and he gives very good commercial, strategic advice."
Recent work: Acted for Aspen on a Court of Appeal case relating to product liability under a product liability insurance policy.

Daniel Jowell QC 
A relatively recent silk who has notable experience in so-called 'oligarch' litigation arising in Russia and the CIS. Instructing solicitors hold him in high regard, praising him as a "brilliant up-and-coming all-rounder."
Strengths: "Very bright and detailed, and a useful cross-examiner." "A real star in the making."
Recent work: Instructed by Enyo Law to seek a conflict of interest injunction against White & Case, as a result of which the defendant was debarred from acting for Victor Pinchuk in his high-profile dispute with Gennadiy Bogolyubov and Igor Kolomoisky.

Harry Matovu QC
Comes strongly recommended by instructing solicitors, who consistently highlight his charm and his ability in cross-examination. He maintains a diverse commercial practice which encompasses civil fraud, natural resources disputes, jurisdictional challenges and arbitration.
Strengths: "Absolutely charming to work with and very good with clients. He produces really first-rate written work and is a very good cross-examiner. He works hard, is sensible and doesn't pursue duff arguments." "Some advocates bamboozle, bully or fight; he charms them all, and mauls witnesses with a smile." 
Recent work: Represented two of the three principal defendants to a USD1.1 billion fraud claim brought by Alliance Bank.

Michael Bools QC 
Has a strong commercial practice covering both arbitration and litigation, and regularly handles appellate work. He has notable experience in natural resources, energy and insurance cases.
Strengths: "He is meticulous in his attention to detail, and is incredibly bright, fantastically user-friendly and highly accessible." 
Recent work: Acted with Mark Hapgood QC for Bambino Holdings, Bernie Ecclestone's family trust company, in relation to a USD140 million fraud claim brought by Constantin Medien.

Tom Adam QC
Highly regarded by instructing parties and peers alike, with one source naming him as "undoubtedly one of the most brilliant legal minds of his generation." His practice covers a range of commercial matters, and he has particular expertise in insurance and professional negligence matters.
Strengths: "Commercial, user-friendly and a delight to work with. He has terrific judgement and is an accomplished advocate." "Clearly had a grasp of the detail that was second to none. A very good advocate who was very good on cross-examination; he knew where he was going tactically."
Recent work: Acted for a syndicate of investors bringing high-value claims of fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duties against Dr Balwinder Sidhu and others. The case concerned a Bulgarian land investment venture.

Richard Slade QC
A well-liked silk with a broad commercial practice. His recent cases include disputes in the banking, financial services and international trade sectors.
Strengths: "Excellent at cutting to the heart of the matter and very user-friendly." "He was very accessible to the client, which was great."
Recent work: Acted for UBS in relation to its USD100 million claim against the Leipzig water authority, Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig.

Michael Swainston QC 
Held in high regard by instructing solicitors, and has a high-profile, international caseload. He is particularly well regarded in respect of civil fraud matters and 'oligarch' litigation arising in Russia and the CIS.
Strengths: "Exceptionally bright. A leader that you would not want to see appearing for the other side. Devastatingly effective in cross-examination, he's strongly recommended for civil fraud and CIS disputes." 
Recent work: Acted for JKX Oil & Gas on a dispute with Eclairs Group and Glengary over the validity of voting and transfer restriction notices.

Jasbir Dhillon QC
A silk with a strong reputation in the commercial market, particularly for complex banking and finance disputes.
Strengths: "He is very good with the client, and will do all he can to work with the material he is given." "Impressive in the more complex disputes, particularly banking and company law matters."
Recent work: Acted for FG Wilson (now Caterpillar NI) on its USD13 million claim against Holt for generators, other goods and services, as well as in defence of a USD50 million claim brought against FG Wilson by Holt.

Andrew Henshaw QC 
Negotiates a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice, and has particular experience in oligarch disputes. He's also noted for his handling of jurisdictional challenges, and for his expertise in European and public law.
Strengths: "Very good on the paperwork, and a real brain."
Recent work: Acted for Linton Capital in relation to claims brought by QOGT over the management of an investment fund.

Roger Masefield QC 
A junior silk with a strong reputation in the commercial market, who acts on complex and high-stakes litigation and arbitrations. He has a practice covering civil fraud, energy and insurance, and has particular experience in banking and finance matters. 
Strengths: "A very creative, lateral thinker who has a tremendous depth of legal knowledge that he has acquired through his involvement in massively complex cases. He is a very clear-thinking lawyer in terms of strategy and has a very good manner with clients, whose commercial objectives he understands." 
Recent work: Acted for Standard Bank on the defence of a claim by Sabre relating to the sale of an oil company investing in an offshore oil field.

Simon Birt QC 
Receives consistently high praise from instructing solicitors and has a strong reputation at the Commercial Bar. His practice is wide-ranging, and he tackles financial services, insurance, professional negligence and shipping cases, to name but a few.
Strengths: "An extraordinarily thoughtful, bright barrister whose drafting is excellent. A very, very smart guy who has great advocacy skills." "Unbelievably hard-working, he was a pleasure to work with on a super-stressful case." 
Recent work: Acted alongside Tim Lord QC and Simon Salzedo QC for J.P. Morgan on a complex CDO claim against the Berlin transport authority.


Fionn Pilbrow 
An active junior who attracts a range of high-end instructions, and has particular experience in energy and natural resources disputes. Instructing solicitors consider him to be "very good on his feet," and he often acts as sole advocate.
Strengths: "His advice is clear and logical." "Incisive and commercial in his approach, he's a force for the future."
Recent work: Represented Energy Venture Partners, with Mark Howard QC, in its successful recovery of an approximately USD110 million commission payment from Malabu Oil & Gas following the sale of a Nigerian oil licence.

Stephen Midwinter
A darling of the junior Bar who attracts praise from peers and instructing solicitors alike. He appears, led and unled, in both general commercial disputes and international arbitrations.
Strengths: "Exceptionally bright, efficient and also a very good advocate. He is a first-choice junior counsel, particularly on complex civil fraud matters." "A very, very able advocate, he really did wipe the floor with the opposition."
Recent work: Led by Mark Howard QC in Goldman Sachs' defence of a EUR200 million professional negligence claim brought by Pensionenfonds Vervoer.

Jonathan Dawid 
Has a strong reputation for representing major financial institutions, accountancy firms and investment managers. He has particular expertise in the application of EU law to the financial services sector.
Strengths: "A real asset to the team and very good with tricky technical points of both law and fact."
Recent work: Represented UBS in a claim against the Leipzig water authority for sums owed under a CDO. He also acted for UBS Global Asset Management in defence of professional negligence claims relating to the management of the CDO portfolio.

Alec Haydon 
Senior junior with a broad commercial practice that covers shareholder, professional negligence, insurance and banking disputes. He is particularly valued by instructing solicitors for his strategic input.
Strengths: "Incredibly good at devising strategy, getting to the key issues and finding a way through them that meets clients' commercial objectives." "He's very good on fraud and careful to find a proportionate strategy."
Recent work: Led by Mark Howard QC for Gennadiy Bogolyubov in relation to his high-profile dispute with Victor Pinchuk.

Tony Singla 
An impressive and active junior, with a broad practice encompassing insurance, energy, civil fraud and professional negligence cases. Solicitors appreciate his user-friendliness and strong work ethic.
Strengths: "Tony is very approachable, good on his feet, and excellent if you require practical and commercial advice." "He has a very good grasp of the issues and puts a lot of effort into knowing everything about the case. Very easy to work with, he has no airs and graces."
Recent work: Led by Mark Howard QC on the Alexandros T Supreme Court case, regarding the operation of Articles 27 and 28 of the Brussels Regulation.

Colin West 
A bright and reliable junior, with a practice spanning a range of commercial litigation and arbitration cases. Insurance, civil fraud and shipping cases are a particular focus, and he is strong on contractual disputes.
Strengths: "Very bright, good on the detail and excellent tactically." "Really calm, really sound and obviously going places."
Recent work: Acted for African Minerals in defence of a significant fee claim by Renaissance Capital.

Oliver Jones 
A dynamic junior who has impressed with his work rate and intellectual ability. He appears in a number of heavyweight commercial cases.
Strengths: "He has a fantastically rigorous intellect." "A total glutton for work and someone who is wise beyond his years."
Recent work: Led by Tom Linden QC for Group Lotus in relation to an unfair dismissal claim by its former CEO and a counterclaim concerning the same's conduct during his tenure as CEO.

Thomas Plewman SC 
A well-regarded advocate with particular experience in financial services, banking, professional negligence, intellectual property and mining law. His heavyweight presence in the London market follows on from his success as a commercial silk in South Africa.
Strengths: "Extraordinarily good." "Pugnacious, straightforward and straight-talking."
Recent work: Appeared in Cattles v Pricewaterhouse, a USD1.6 billion professional negligence dispute over the collapse of the Welcome Financial Services group. 

Sarah Abram 
Has a strong commercial litigation and arbitration practice, and has expertise in EU and competition law. 
Recent work: Appeared unled for BAE Systems in defence of a fee claim by two former agents.

Richard Blakeley 
A well-regarded junior with an enviable and high-profile recent caseload. 
Strengths: "Incredibly hard-working and very smart, he punches above his weight. On his feet, he is very confident and very effective, and he shows good judgement."
Recent work: Led by Michael Swainston QC for API in defending claims for declaration of liability to indemnify British American Tobacco for the cost of the Fox River cleanup.

Fred Hobson 
An active junior with a practice spanning energy, banking and civil fraud disputes. His recent work has included high-profile oligarch litigation.
Strengths: "Very easy to deal with and very fair."
Recent work: Appeared with Mark Howard QC and Alec Haydon for Gennadiy Bogolyubov in relation to the high-profile dispute with Victor Pinchuk over an iron ore mining company.

Gerard Rothschild 
A well-regarded junior with a practice that takes in commercial, competition and public law cases.
Recent work: Instructed as sole counsel by Archimedes Pharma in relation to a breach of contract and compensation for loss claim against Recipharm.

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Essex Court has long been regarded as being in the front rank of sets handling complex commercial litigation and arbitration. Members are routinely instructed in high-value and high-profile disputes in a variety of areas, including the energy, natural resources and financial services sectors. Oligarch litigation has proved a fertile source of instructions in recent times, and Essex Court barristers have had a stake in the majority of the headline-grabbing cases.  Market commentators say of this chambers: "As a set, Essex Court is in the premier league for arbitration and general commercial work. Its members are renowned for handling these cases, and have an intuitive, collegiate way of working."

Client service: "The clerking team, led by David Grief, is friendly, proactive and helpful." 


David Foxton QC 
A heavyweight of the Commercial Bar and "an intellectual powerhouse." He is held in high esteem by solicitors and peers alike due to the quality of his commercial litigation and arbitration appearances.
Strengths: "Very cerebral and very approachable." "A polymath and a terribly nice guy. He's a fantastic lawyer and a very polished advocate."

Joe Smouha QC 
An impressive and strategically astute advocate who receives top commercial instructions. His work spans the financial, energy and media sectors, and he is particularly known for his experience in arbitration.  
Strengths: "His reputation at the Bar is very powerful." "He has an easy style and is quick-witted and humorous. He has always read his papers and can be relied upon."
Recent work: Acted for Robert Tchenguiz in an approximately £100 million claim against the SFO for business losses sustained following dawn raids on the Tchenguiz brothers' homes and offices.

Vernon Flynn QC 
A highly rated silk with an active international practice and a reputation for user-friendliness among solicitors, who praise him for his "dynamic enthusiasm." His commercial dispute portfolio is diverse, with energy sector and entertainment matters, arbitral award disputes and jurisdictional challenges all featuring.
Strengths: "Has a brilliant courtroom manner and is hugely impressive in predicting judicial instincts." "Knows his way around all the leading arbitration cases and is personable and very easy to deal with."
Recent work: Represented Taaleem, a UAE private school operator, in relation to its dispute with National Bonds Corporation and Deeyar Development over a 33% share in a luxury residential complex.

Andrew Hochhauser QC 
A powerful advocate and adviser, with a wide-ranging commercial practice. He is particularly known for his handling of success fee and bonus-related disputes. 
Strengths: "An awesome cross-examiner." "The consummate court advocate, he's brilliant at making submissions, brilliant at cross-examination and great on the detail."

Gordon Pollock QC 
An extremely well-known name at the Commercial Bar, whose work spans civil fraud, international trade, media and entertainment, and financial services cases among others.
Recent work: Acted for Yukos Capital in relation to various disputes with Roseneft Oil following the break-up and renationalisation of Yukos.

Steven Berry QC 
A well-regarded silk who has experience in a range of international and domestic commercial disputes. He has particular expertise in shipping, commodities and insurance.
Strengths: "He commands the attention of judges" and is "a very impressive performer."
Recent work: Acted for Russian financial group Otkritie Securities on its high-profile fraud claim against George Uromov and others.

Graham Dunning QC 
Co-head of chambers and an experienced commercial advocate with a reputation for having excellent cross-examination skills. He has a practice that is international in scope, and has particular expertise in civil fraud cases and jurisdictional challenges.
Strengths: "A careful and considered advocate who is capable of pulling rabbits out of hats when it's most needed." "Graham is extremely commercial in his approach and able to get into the depth of the argument very quickly."
Recent work: Acted for Isle of Man subsidiaries of Kyrgyz Mobile in relation to a fraud dispute with Bitel.

Richard Jacobs QC 
A well-regarded silk, particularly known for his insurance and shipping work.
Strengths: "A terribly nice, affable opponent who knows insurance law inside-out." "He has a first-class mind and has a good practical sense of what to do in a case. He is really good with clients and gives them a realistic view."
Recent work: Acted for Howden North America in relation to a dispute with Ace European and others. In this case the claimants sought negative declaration of liabilities for US asbestos claims.

Richard Millett QC
A highly regarded silk whose practice spans banking and financial services, insolvency, energy, and media and entertainment disputes. He has particular expertise in insurer insolvency.
Strengths: "He has an extraordinary ability to cut through all the detail and see the bigger picture. He is extremely good at bouncing ideas off." "A class act who is excellent with clients."

Paul Stanley QC 
An impressive advocate who remains a popular choice with solicitors. He has a wide-ranging practice that covers insurance and reinsurance, financial services, civil fraud, contractual disputes and jurisdictional issues. 
Strengths: "Clients like his style of advocacy and his incisiveness." "A very bright guy who's willing to consider all the arguments in difficult cases."

Paul McGrath QC
An "extremely clever" silk with a practice focused on chancery, commercial and civil fraud cases, particularly claims involving constructive trusts, knowing receipt and asset tracing.
Strengths: "A brilliant tactician and a team player." "Excellent with clients; he has a laid-back style and is very user-friendly."

Claire Blanchard QC
Maintains an active commercial practice, with shipping, international trade, energy and insurance matters being especially to the fore. She appears at all levels in the English courts, and has significant experience in international arbitration.
Recent work: Appeared in Perca Shipping v Cargill, a case in which the trading house sought an extension of time to commence arbitration.

James Collins QC 
An active silk with a practice spanning international trade, shipping, insurance, civil fraud and transactional finance disputes.
Strengths: "He is very easy to work with." "He is an extremely impressive barrister with an extremely sharp mind, who has extensive knowledge of the Bermuda Form."
Recent work: Acted for Ocean Capital on a claim against HIG Capital for misuse of confidential information.

Huw Davies QC 
Has a broad international practice and is particularly known for his expertise in aviation disputes.
Strengths: "Very, very able and incredibly user-friendly."

Jeffrey Gruder QC 
A highly experienced silk praised by instructing solicitors both for his user-friendliness and his advocacy skills. He has handled a significant number of commercial cases and arbitrations, both domestically and internationally.
Strengths: "A very clear thinker. He manages to explain even the most complicated legal arguments in a clear and practical way, which clients appreciate. He's very hard-working and a pleasure to deal with." "He produces sublime pleadings."
Recent work: Instructed by Hong Kong billionaire Samuel Tak Lee in relation to allegations of forgery of financial documents and attempting to pervert the course of justice made by his son's ex-wife, Florence Tsang.

John Lockey QC 
Acts for financial institutions, insurance and reinsurance companies, energy companies and accountancy firms, and has a practice focused on international and multi-jurisdictional disputes.
Strengths: "A really enjoyable guy to work with. He has a great brain and a wonderful sense of humour." 
Recent work: Acted in British-American Insurance Co v Matelec, in which the Commercial Court ruled that a London arbitration clause was binding.

Daniel Oudkerk QC 
Known for handling both commercial and employment disputes, he counts investment banks and financial institutions as well as Lloyd's brokers and insurers as being among his clients. Strengths: "He's very user-friendly and very good at working in a team. He is strategically, commercially and legally very astute, and brilliant on his feet." "Simplifies complex matters and knows how to get results."
Recent work: Acted for Kirill Stein in a high-profile breach of contract claim against Patokh Chodiev, Alexander Machkevitch and Alijan Ibragimov, founding shareholders of ENRC.

Stephen Houseman QC
A well-regarded silk with a practice covering banking and finance, energy and natural resources, insurance and reinsurance, and technology cases. He is particularly adept at handling complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes.
Strengths: "I needed a very tricky bit of advice and he turned it around very quickly. He gave punchy advice that got to the point."
Recent work: Acted for Kaspersky Lab in relation to significant fee and damages claims brought by ServiceSource following the termination of a service sales management agreement.

Paul Key QC
His practice covers a wide range of commercial disputes, including those involving conflict of laws, international trade, energy, telecoms, shipping and foreign investment.
Strengths: "Produces compelling written work."
Recent work: Instructed by National Iranian Oil Company in relation to the defence of breach of obligation claims brought by Sharjah-headquartered Crescent Petroleum and Crescent Gas. 

Ricky Diwan QC
Admitted to the Bar in both New York and England, and has experience in both commercial litigation and arbitration. His practice spans commodities and international trade, energy, telecoms and company law. 

David Scorey QC 
A popular new silk with an active commercial practice. He is known for his expertise in insurance, reinsurance and shipping, and is also strong on banking and civil fraud litigation.
Strengths: "Quick, concise and commercial in his advice."

Nathan Pillow QC 
Well regarded by instructing solicitors for both his advisory and advocacy work on domestic and international disputes. He is known for his expertise in civil fraud cases. 
Strengths: "He has a very nice manner with clients and he is very good on his feet." 
Recent work: Instructed by ExxonMobil in relation to its Commercial Court claim alleging overcharging by logistics supplier TDG UK.


Edmund King 
A barrister with a broad practice, whose caseload includes insurance, shipping, commodities, banking, shareholder dispute and arbitration matters.
Strengths: "Modern, approachable, intelligent and a quick thinker."
Recent work: Acted on Saltri v MD Mezzanine, a dispute between mezzanine and senior lenders over the right to buy a German autopart supply company.

James Willan
An exceptionally well-regarded junior whom instructing solicitors regard as operating well above his year of call. He has handled High Court, Court of Appeal and arbitration matters, and has been admitted as an ad hoc advocate in the Isle of Man.
Strengths: "Outstandingly committed and already firmly established at the Commercial Bar, he's a brilliantly analytical and fast-thinking advocate." "He has a brain the size of Jupiter, is tenacious, polite and very good on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for NNPC, the Nigerian state-owned oil company, in a long-running and high-value dispute with IPCO over an oil terminal project.

Edward Brown 
Has a wide-ranging commercial practice which spans financial services, banking, civil fraud, company law, and media and entertainment cases. Sources praise him for being hard-working and client-friendly.
Strengths: "Very hard-working and collegiate in his approach."
Recent work: Instructed by Standard Bank to handle banking fraud claims brought against nine defendants. 

David Davies 
A sought-after junior with wide-ranging commercial experience in both litigation and arbitration. Much of his work is cross-border or international in scope, and he is increasingly instructed as a sole advocate. 
Strengths: "One of the first choices on the team sheet for a substantial case." "He shows excellent judgement for someone who is still relatively junior."
Recent work: Acted for Carl Sax on a claim against Lev Tchernoy relating to a deal to develop a Sardinian property into a luxury hotel.

Anna Dilnot 
A dynamic and experienced junior whom sources regard as "going places." Her practice is international in nature and has a particular focus on civil fraud cases.
Strengths: "Very intelligent and quick to get to the issues. He's a real fighter and can be trusted with serious cases." "Good on her feet and gave good advice in meetings."
Recent work: Acted for Burger King in proceedings brought against its former Cypriot franchisee. She achieved termination of the Cypriot franchise agreements and secured mandatory injunctions forcing closure of restaurants and the removal of livery.

Jeremy Brier 
A junior with a strong commercial practice who often appears in cases unled. He handles high-profile, complex cases, including arbitrations, and regularly appears in shipping, technology and contractual disputes.
Strengths: "Drafts very well indeed."
Recent work: Led by Graham Dunning QC for Scott Law as a successful respondent in RBS v Highland and Others, a Court of Appeal fraud case involving the denial of an anti-suit injunction on the basis of 'unclean hands'.

Emily Wood 
Maintains an active caseload in both the Commercial Court and Chancery Division, and has particular expertise in jurisdictional challenges. She is experienced beyond her year of call and increasingly acts as sole advocate.
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel for Mauritius Commercial Bank in its EUR15 million dispute with Hestia Holdings.

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An elite set boasting a strong bench of counsel at all levels of seniority. Members have handled some of the most high-profile commercial cases of recent years, and are consistently praised for their work ethic, client-friendliness and effective advocacy. Market commentators say: "Fountain Court barristers are very easy to work with and incredibly rigorous."

Client service: "Fountain Court as a whole, including the clerking team, is a very smooth operation." Alex Taylor leads the clerking team, which instructing solicitors praise for being proactive and responsive.

Michael Brindle QC
Highly experienced senior silk with a raft of big-ticket commercial cases under his belt. He is held in very high regard by peers and instructing solicitors alike for to his assured advocacy, strategic awareness and reliability in handling high-stakes disputes. 
Strengths: "He's a bulldog of a litigator. You can send him in safe in the knowledge that he'll fight hard." "Extremely bright, client-friendly and provides good leadership."
Recent work: Acted in the Court of Appeal on behalf of appellant Novoship in a dispute over ownership and status of assets. The case arose out of the long-running Fiona Trust litigation concerning alleged bribery, corruption and civil fraud in a Russian shipping business.

David Railton QC 
Has recognised expertise in banking and finance disputes, particularly those relating to complex financial products. Solicitors appreciate his user-friendliness and further instruct him in insurance and professional negligence cases among others.
Strengths: "Incredibly able, and produces very succinct, very structured submissions. He has you following him every step of the way, and he uses cold, clinical logic to obtain the result he wants." "His performance was sensational; he pushed all the right buttons in cross-examination."
Recent work: Represented Depfa Bank in a dispute with UBS and the Leipzig water authority relating to credit default swaps referencing collateralised debt obligations.

Michael Crane QC
Receives strong market approval for his excellent advocacy, legal knowledge and interpersonal skills. His practice focuses on oil and gas disputes, contentious aviation matters, and insurance and reinsurance cases.
Strengths: "Outstanding" and "a well-established expert."
Recent work: Acted for Texas Keystone in the successful defence of an approximately USD1.7 billion claim brought by Excalibur Ventures concerning oil and gas concessions in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Bankim Thanki QC 
Highly rated in both commercial litigation and arbitration, he handles banking and finance, civil fraud, aviation, insurance, professional negligence and offshore cases. He is an accomplished advocate with "great intellectual firepower." 
Strengths: "A very wise, calm and measured individual. He's incredibly easy to work with, and very hands-on." 
Recent work: Represented Sonera and TeliaSonera in a multi-jurisdictional ownership dispute with Alfa Group and Cukurova Telecoms concerning a Turkish telecoms company.

Richard Handyside QC 
A tremendously well-regarded silk with a reputation among solicitors both for his tactical acumen and for being "very easy to work with but incredibly rigorous in his approach." He is particularly noted for his handling of disputes in the financial and banking sectors.
Strengths: "Generally superb. He's a delight to work with and is, obviously, fearsomely clever. When handling cases he has always approached even the darkest hours with a great sense of humour and has shown a real willingness to address any difficulties that have arisen." "He's a complete delight to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Deutsche Bank seeking declarations that the bank did not act as adviser or fiduciary when dealing with Norwegian oil and gas company Petromena's attempts to restructure indebtedness and raise new finance.

Timothy Howe QC
Has a wide-ranging commercial practice, and experience in insurance, banking and finance, telecoms, professional negligence and international arbitration matters. Market sources highlight his commerciality, tactical awareness and hard-working approach. 
Strengths: "A favourite who has never let us down." "He is fantastic to work with."
Recent work: Represented Deutsche Bank in its high-profile litigation with Unitech relating to the legal consequences of alleged Libor manipulation.

Guy Philipps QC 
Praised by market commentators for his intellect, high-quality advocacy and ability to handle complex disputes. His practice covers commercial disputes, professional negligence cases and financial services litigation.
Strengths: "He is very helpful and puts in a lot of effort. He is very intelligent indeed and very able, and he adapts to different sorts of cases." 
Recent work: Acted for Anglo American South Africa in challenging the jurisdiction of English courts over personal injury damages claims brought by South African gold miners. The case raised questions of the 'England-domiciled' status of foreign subsidiaries of multinational companies which have group headquarters in London.

Stephen Rubin QC 
Well regarded by sources for his robust advocacy and his skill in cross-examination. He is particularly well known for civil fraud and telecoms disputes.
Strengths: "A pugnacious performer who is admired by the court and clients alike for his voracious appetite for detail when handling complex cases." "He was utterly ferocious, which was exactly what the client wanted."
Recent work: Acted for Qatari prince Sheikh Mohammed Al-Thani in the defence of a USD22 million claim by US auctioneers AH Baldwin & Sons. The matter concerned the alleged purchase of rare coins at a New York auction.

Jeffrey Chapman QC 
A favourite with instructing solicitors due to his user-friendliness, responsiveness and collaborative approach to his cases. He is particularly active in banking and finance disputes and civil fraud cases. 
Strengths: "Meticulous, concise, and a man with an effective and persuasive style of advocacy." "He is commercial, hard-working, and has got a disarming, unassuming manner. He just gets people to agree with him."
Recent work: Represented Group Seven in claims brought against Allied Investment Corporation and others relating to an alleged EUR100 million fraud.

Derrick Dale QC 
Noted for his user-friendliness, pragmatism, and the clarity of his advice. He handles domestic and international disputes in the commercial, professional negligence, and banking and finance fields.
Strengths: "Exceptionally hard-working and good with clients." "He's insightful, responsive and on top of the facts."
Recent work: Appeared in Samara v MBI Partners UK, a dispute over the existence of and rights under two contracts between the parties.

Michael McLaren QC 
A hard-working and proactive silk who has strong advocacy skills. His practice focuses on commercial and professional discipline cases, and he is particularly well known for his handling of aviation cases.
Strengths: "Fantastically responsive. He goes the extra mile and isn't afraid of giving you and the client feedback on the case, warts and all. He gives you a reality check but also does his best to plot paths through the obstacles you will face." 
Recent work: Acted for Monde Petroleum on a claim against LeeLanes solicitors for turnkey contract commission fees held in an escrow account.

Andrew Mitchell QC
An experienced advocate with a broad practice that covers insurance, banking and financial services matters among others. Sources praise him for his robust advocacy and for the clarity of his advice.
Strengths: "He has gravitas, is respected by tribunals and is very good on his feet." "Superb and very knowledgeable."

Stephen Moriarty QC 
Head of chambers and an accomplished silk, noted for his cerebral approach. His experience is wide-ranging, and he has handled a good deal of appellate work over the years. He is a recognised expert in aviation cases.
Strengths: "Outstanding." "He's very cerebral and suitable for cases that are hugely complex and need a lot of thought."
Recent work: Represented Cayman Island investment advisers Pioneer Alternative Investments in relation to claims brought by Primeo Fund arising out of funds put into Bernard L Madoff Investments.

Patricia Robertson QC 
Particularly well regarded for her skill in financial sector, professional negligence and professional discipline disputes. She is noted for expertise in financial services regulation and is often instructed on cases involving mis-selling, investment losses and complex financial products. 
Strengths: "Extremely thorough and impressive in front of clients."
Recent work: Acted for Plurimi Capital in a USD27 million claim brought by an ultra high net worth Saudi investor for losses sustained on a structured products portfolio during the financial crisis.

Charles Béar QC
An impressive and accomplished advocate, with a practice devoted to both commercial litigation and administrative and public law.
Strengths: "He's supremely clever and extremely good with clients. He is a good leader, who is able to roll up his sleeves, get stuck in and assert himself." "He was on the other side and as soon as he opened his mouth I thought, 'We're going to get creamed'." 

Brian Doctor QC 
Has a broad practice with a particular focus on international commercial disputes and conflicts of law cases. 
Strengths: "Very effective" and "hugely experienced."
Recent work: Appeared for the defendants in Access Bank v Rofos Navigation Limited and Capital Oil, seeking to resist an 'unless order' pursuant to an anti-suit injunction obtained in London by the claimant.

John Taylor QC
A recent silk who has already gained a loyal following in the litigation departments of top-flight firms. He is particularly noted for his work on banking and finance cases and aviation disputes.
Strengths: "He is really responsive, is very quick in turning around papers and offers excellent advice." "First on my list for anything difficult. A fantastic advocate whose work ethic and attention to detail are superb."
Recent work: Instructed by Mitsubishi as defendant in a dispute over the quality of aircraft seats.

Patrick Goodall QC
Took silk in 2014, having long been regarded as one of the stars of the junior Bar. He is a favourite of magic circle solicitors, and has a practice covering banking and finance, civil fraud, insurance and professional negligence.
Strengths: "Responsive, extremely intelligent, and adds a lot of value." "He is very bright, hard-working, and he produces good pleadings."
Recent work: Led by Laurence Rabinowitz QC in representing Igor Kolomoisky in a high-profile dispute with Victor Pinchuk over the ownership of an iron ore company. 


Deepak Nambisan 
A popular junior with a diverse commercial practice covering media and entertainment work, as well as international arbitration and civil fraud cases. He is particularly noted for his user-friendliness and ability to handle labour-intensive cases.
Strengths: "Very thoughtful, diligent and hard-working, he's someone you can really rely on." 
Recent work: Acted for ITV2 in defence of a claim brought by Mr H TV (formerly Can Associates TV) over the termination of production agreements for three reality TV shows featuring, separately, Kerry Katona and Peter Andre. ITV2 alleges that the production company acted in breach of contract, pursuant to which the production agreements were terminated.  

Ben Valentin 
Joined Fountain Court from South Square Chambers in 2014. He is well regarded for commercial litigation in the banking and financial industries, and is experienced in representing offshore clients in the BVI and the Cayman Islands. 
Strengths: "Provides sound advice combined with solid drafting and hard-hitting, persuasive advocacy." "Very user-friendly and approachable, he's a good team player and a smart lawyer."
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel for the defendants in Weavering Macros Fixed Income Fund v Peterson & Ekstrom. In this matter the liquidators of a hedge fund brought claims for damages for breach of duty and wilful neglect or default against former non-executive directors.

James Cutress 
Has a broad commercial practice focusing on banking and finance disputes, aviation and insurance. Sources consistently praise him for his sound judgement and his client-facing skills.
Strengths: "Incredibly reliable and hugely talented. He's a confident advocate who always receives good reviews from clients."
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel for DVB Bank in a contested application in respect of loans made to IRISL subsidiaries.

Paul Sinclair 
A senior junior praised for his economical advisory style and strong advocacy skills. He has an international practice focusing on commercial disputes, and he frequently appears as sole counsel. 
Strengths: "He quickly picks up the issues and gets straight to the key points - he's good at stripping away anything that's irrelevant. Judges trust what he's saying, respect him and find it easy to agree with his arguments. He presents things very attractively." 
Recent work: Acted for Glengary in relation to its high-profile shareholder dispute with JKX Oil & Gas.

Adam Zellick 
Sought-after junior who is praised for both his advocacy and his drafting abilities. He handles civil fraud and aviation cases, and has a strong reputation for banking and finance disputes.
Strengths: "Procedurally brilliant" and "a very good 'details man'."
Recent work: Acting as sole counsel for NatWest in relation to a multiparty dispute over approximately £40 million transferred to the bank during the partition of India in the late 1940s.

Edward Levey 
Senior junior with a wide-ranging international practice that takes in banking and finance, civil fraud and insurance disputes. Sources say he is "extremely bright" and "amazingly thorough."
Strengths: "An extremely good cross-examiner." "He has a very relaxed and engaging manner, and judges seem to love him."
Recent work: Acted with David Railton QC and Richard Power for Depfa Bank in a dispute with UBS and the Leipzig water authority relating to credit default swaps referencing collateralised debt obligations.

Alexander Milner 
A fluent Russian speaker and rising star, who has significant experience in cases involving Russia and the CIS. His practice covers commercial litigation, civil fraud and banking disputes, and he is particularly recognised for his expertise in aviation. 
Strengths: "Calm, efficient and a man with a no-nonsense approach." "He's easy to deal with and his advocacy and advice are both excellent."
Recent work: Instructed by Vis Trading in an appeal to the Court of Appeal against a USD27 million judgment in favour of Nazarov. The dispute is governed entirely by Russian law.

Richard Power
A well-regarded junior with a practice focusing on energy disputes and banking and finance cases. Sources praise him for his intellectual ability and user-friendliness.
Strengths: "Very charming, mild and genial. He writes very well."
Recent work: Led by David Railton QC for Depfa Bank in a dispute with UBS and the Leipzig water authority relating to credit default swaps referencing collateralised debt obligations.

David Murray
A sought-after junior attracting instructions from top City law firms, particularly in the banking and finance field. He is praised for his ability to handle heavy, work-intensive disputes.
Strengths: "Obviously very, very clever. He is a great team player and it's enormously helpful to have someone so affable on your team. He was happy to be phoned at any time."
Recent work: Acted for Qatari prince Sheikh Mohammed Al-Thani in defence of claims by AH Baldwin & Sons and Bonhams relating to unpaid auction debts.

Rosalind Phelps 
A highly regarded junior with a busy commercial practice. She is particularly known for handling aviation, banking and finance, and civil fraud cases, and has growing expertise in cases with Russian and CIS elements. 
Strengths: "Very bright, very user-friendly and no-nonsense."
Recent work: Represented Vincent Tchenguiz in significant compensation claims against the SFO arising from raids on his home and business premises which were declared unlawful by judicial review.

Rupert Allen
Praised by instructing solicitors for his intellectual ability, approachability and responsiveness. His busy practice takes in insurance, telecoms and professional discipline matters among others.
Strengths: "Extremely bright, has a real eye for detail, and prepares for everything incredibly well so he's never taken by surprise. He knows the law inside-out and is extremely hard-working." 
Recent work: Acted for Kermas on claims against Merlin Mineral Resources alleging misuse of confidential information, disclosed during litigation between the parties in 2011, for the purpose of harming Kermas's commercial interests in the Republic of Burundi.

Simon Atrill 
A well-regarded junior with an international practice heavily focused on civil fraud and financial services disputes.
Strengths: "His attention to detail was very impressive, as was the speed of his turnaround of papers." "Extremely reliable and responsive, he's able to provide confident, first-class advice."
Recent work: Defended African Barrick Gold against claims brought by gold mining companies and their English parent company relating to injuries inflicted on a number of Tanzanian villagers.

Tamara Oppenheimer
Hard-working and well liked by instructing solicitors, who consistently highlight her intellectual abilities and great attention to detail. Her practice covers inter alia, professional negligence cases, and banking and finance disputes. 
Strengths: "A very hard worker who has a very can-do, pleasant attitude and a sense of humour." "Always produces quality work product, and she will tell you if she disagrees with you."
Recent work: Acted for Texas Keystone in successfully defending a high-value claim concerning oil and gas concessions in Iraqi Kurdistan brought by Excalibur Ventures.

James McClelland Consistently attracts praise from instructing solicitors, who highlight his intellectual ability and excellent drafting skills. He is involved in heavyweight commercial cases, and wins instructions from top litigation law firms.
Strengths: "Excellent on FCA contentious regulatory work. He's very diligent and a solid black letter lawyer whom it's a delight to work with as he produces a very polished work product." 
Recent work: Advised the successful principal defendant in the Supreme Court case of VTB Capital v Nutritek International & Malofeev.

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With stellar silks and sought-after juniors, One Essex Court remains a first-choice set for those faced with complex, high-value commercial litigation. Its members handle energy, banking, company, insurance and civil fraud disputes, among others, and together constitute "a consistently strong group of barristers." According to market commentators, this is "a very high-quality set, from top to bottom."

Client service: Darren Burrows leads the clerking team at One Essex Court. "The clerks there are absolutely superb. They're first-class, and look after us and our clients very well."


Anthony Grabiner QC
A confirmed star of the Commercial Bar who draws praise from across the market for his superlative advocacy, masterful courtroom presence and strategic intelligence. Instructing solicitors are particularly complimentary of his client-facing skills. He practises across a broad range of commercial cases, particularly those with banking, finance, oil and gas, civil fraud, competition and company elements.
Strengths: "A force of nature. The clients absolutely love him and he has natural authority." "Has an outstanding ability to focus both clients and the court on the essentials of the case."
Recent work: Represented Victor Pinchuk in high-profile Commercial Court claims against Gennadiy Bogolyubov and Igor Kolomoisky, relating to the ownership of an iron ore company.

Laurence Rabinowitz QC
A leading light at the Commercial Bar, with high-level expertise in a slew of practice areas. He receives glowing reviews from peers and instructing parties alike, and is identified as client-friendly, "formidably bright" and "a go-to advocate for any bet-the-bank commercial litigation or arbitration."
Strengths: "He has the full package of intellectual prowess, commercial sense, and the ability to get on with clients and speak to them in a way that they like to be spoken to." "A polymath, he handles everything from tax through to energy, and is able to distil complex legal concepts almost into words of one syllable."
Recent work: Appeared in Benedetti v Sawiris and others.

Stephen Auld QC 
A favourite with many instructing solicitors due to his collaborative approach, client-friendliness and "terrific" cross-examination skills. His practice spans commercial and chancery cases, and he has a particular focus on banking and finance, civil fraud and contractual disputes.
Strengths: "He is good with clients and a powerful advocate who is a great cross-examiner. He's a silk of choice for financial litigation." "A workhorse and a real fighter. He is someone I would look to work with if I had a really tough bit of litigation that needed to be dealt with urgently."
Recent work: Acted for Derek Quinlan as respondent to an unfair prejudice petition concerning Coroin, which owns Claridge's, The Connaught and The Berkeley hotels.

Alain Choo Choy QC
Sought-after silk especially for commercial cases with a strong financial services flavour. Sources appreciate his intellectual ability and technical excellence. 
Strengths: "A top-end silk who is very bright, a joy to work with, and someone who listens." "Incredibly intelligent but also client-friendly."

Neil Kitchener QC 
Receives widespread praise from market commentators for his robust and tenacious advocacy, as well as his inclusive, collaborative approach to cases. His commercial practice is diverse, and spans banking and finance litigation, civil fraud, company law and energy disputes. 
Strengths: "Makes the complicated look very simple." "A tremendously good lawyer and a fantastic fighter who has great human intelligence and intuitively knows the client's needs."
Recent work: Acted in Marathon v Hosking, a significant fraud and 'team move' claim relating to a City investment management firm.

John McCaughran QC 
A well-liked and highly regarded silk renowned for handling energy sector litigation and contractual disputes. He has a loyal following of instructing solicitors who praise his intellectual rigour, commerciality and user-friendliness.
Strengths: "He thinks of points and ways round that no one else really can, and presents his case in a way that seems entirely logical. He's extremely calm under pressure, and very good at dealing with the pressured environment you get when tackling a heavy commercial dispute."
Recent work: Represented BHP Biliton in a dispute with E.ON regarding the termination of a gas sales agreement.

Jeffery Onions QC 
A highly regarded silk whom sources identify as "a natural advocate" and "a man for the most difficult cases." His practice is wide-ranging, and he handles banking, insolvency, insurance, oil and gas, and sports and media cases among others.
Strengths: "Fantastically hands-on for such a senior leading counsel." "When he speaks, you listen. He has got a captivating style." 
Recent work: Represented Sir Frederick and Sir David Barclay in relation to the high-profile ownership dispute with Patrick McKillen over Coroin, which owns Claridge's, The Connaught and The Berkeley hotels.

Daniel Toledano QC
Highly regarded advocate with a broad commercial practice. Sources consistently praise him for being bright, user-friendly and in command of the details of a case.
Strengths: "Incredibly bright, very technically proficient and a details man. It is difficult to think of someone who could be more polished."
Recent work: Appeared before the Court of Appeal in Les Laboratoires Servier v Apotex, in which the ambit of the ex turpi causa rule was considered.

David Wolfson QC 
Handles commercial disputes and arbitration, and is particularly well known for his skill at banking litigation. He is held in high regard by instructing parties, who appreciate his robust and engaging style of advocacy.
Strengths: "A go-to person for any difficult cross-border issues." "Has an exceptional intellect and great commercial awareness."
Recent work: Acted for Unicredit in a dispute with Barclays.

David Cavender QC
Highly regarded as an advocate, and praised by sources for his courtroom presentation and technical skill. His commercial practice covers a wide range of matters, including banking and finance, company law, insurance and civil fraud matters.
Strengths: "Robust, practical and commercial." "He is a brilliant advocate who works his socks off, and knows every document in a case like the back of his hand."
Recent work: Represented Ravi Chilukuri in defending a deceit claim brought by RP Explorer Master Fund relating to USD18 million of global depository receipts. 

Ian Glick QC 
A very well-regarded silk with a diverse commercial practice who regularly handles energy, and banking and finance disputes.
Strengths: "Very quick to master the technical issues and see the next issue coming."
Recent work: Acted for HSBC in relation to a claim against HMRC for the recovery of stamp duty reserve tax paid on the issue of shares following the acquisition of Crédit Commercial de France.

Kenneth MacLean QC 
Receives complex, heavyweight commercial instructions from top litigation law firms. Sources particularly appreciate his sound commercial judgement.
Strengths: "He gives sensible, no-nonsense and sound commercial advice." "Very easy to work with and a good cross-examiner."
Recent work: Represented Cukurova Finance International in its high-profile and long-running dispute with Alfa Group over control of Turkish phone company Turkcell.

Craig Orr QC
Active on some of the most high-profile and substantial commercial disputes of the day, he receives instructions from magic circle and top-tier litigation firms. He is recognised for his expertise in commercial, insurance, and banking and finance matters.
Strengths: "Absolutely fantastic" and "a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Kroll Associates in defending a significant breach of confidence claim brought by Dar Al Arkan and Bank Alkhair.

Rhodri Davies QC
Well regarded in the commercial, banking and financial spheres, and a lawyer who has further noted expertise in energy and accountant's negligence cases.
Strengths:  "A good academic lawyer who is very robust at dealing with difficult opponents." "A very good, understated advocate who is very good with clients and thoroughly charming."
Recent work: Acted for Alfa in obtaining an interim injunction application preventing the enforcement of an early termination of a loan agreement with Deutsche Bank.

Anthony de Garr Robinson QC 
Manages a diverse commercial practice encompassing company, banking and finance, and civil fraud cases. He is particularly noted for his experience in offshore litigation and is admitted to the Bar in the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands. He is also registered as an advocate in the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts.
Strengths: "Delivers practical advice."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants to a claim brought by Geoffrey Logue, the purchaser of an apartment in the One Hyde Park, alleging unlawful means conspiracy to prevent the completion of the purchase.

Richard Gillis QC 
Well regarded for commercial disputes with company and insolvency elements. He also handles civil fraud, professional negligence and natural resources cases.
Strengths: "Extremely personable and user-friendly. He is methodical and diligent, and has excellent intuition for how a point will play out before an arbitrator. He interacts very well with clients and experts." 
Recent work: Represented the unsecured banking creditors of Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander who are challenging the creation and/or operation of a trust fund account which was established immediately before the bank went into administration.

Charles Graham QC
A popular silk who has a practice strong on banking disputes, professional negligence cases and litigation in the energy sector. He is praised by solicitors for his user-friendliness and client skills, with one source recommending him for cases "where clients feel a bit overwhelmed and need to feel they're being looked after." 
Strengths: "He's immensely hard-working and has a phenomenal memory, which is an advantage in dealing with fact-intensive cases."
Recent work: Appeared for North Sea Energy in a dispute with Ithaca Energy relating to the interpretation of a joint venture agreement for offshore drilling.

Camilla Bingham QC
Has a strong reputation for civil fraud work, and handles both domestic and international litigation. 
Strengths: "Excellent with clients, robust and fearless." 
Recent work: Acted for Victor Pinchuk in his high-profile dispute with Gennadiy Bogolyubov and Igor Kolomoisky, relating to the ownership of an iron ore company.

Sa'ad Hossain QC 
Praised by instructing solicitors for his approachability, charm and good judgement. He handles top-notch commercial litigation and international arbitration work.
Strengths: "Absolutely charming and very clever." "He has a mighty intellect."
Recent work: Acted for Landprop Holdings defending a claim for losses brought by Dorchester Project Management, in relation to the purchase of a site near the Olympic grounds in Stratford.

Richard Boulton QC 
Wins praise from peers and instructing solicitors for his work in financial disputes, civil fraud investigations and damages claims. Instructing solicitors say his background in accountancy represents an asset to them.
Strengths: "Recommended for his tenacity, hard work, unfailing good humour and willingness to roll up his sleeves." "He is very easy-going and easy to work with, and is also very thorough."
Recent work: Acted for Quayle on a professional negligence claim against chartered accountants Rothman Pantall & Co concerning tax advice.

Benjamin Strong QC
Became silk in 2014, an appointment regarded by market commentators as being thoroughly deserved. He handles substantial and often document-heavy commercial cases with a focus on matters relating to financial institutions and investment. 
Strengths: "Hands-on and practical, he provides good commercial advice without beating around the bush." "Always spots the really good points." 
Recent work: Acted for Hammonds as defendant to a claim brought by Sun Capital Partners IV in connection with the acquisition of companies which had large and unexpected liabilities.

Michael Fealy QC 
Took silk in 2014. He has a broad commercial practice, covering company law, contractual disputes, energy and natural resources, and civil fraud matters. 
Strengths: "An iron fist in a silk glove when in court." "He's fantastic at seeing the wood for the trees and being able to navigate all of the complexities in a case. He makes matters simple so that both the client and judge understand his position."
Recent work: Acted for a respondent resisting the enforcement of a loan agreement which was non-compliant with the Consumer Credit Act.


Jamie Goldsmith 
An impressive and sought-after junior who wins instructions from top City law firms. He is particularly recognised for his client-friendly approach, intellectual skills and ability to handle labour-intensive cases. 
Strengths: "Very composed and very polished. His written advocacy is first-rate." "He is brilliant in terms of his ability to digest enormous amounts of complicated material. If you have thousands of documents, he will pick out the five that will determine the dispute."
Recent work: Acted for Sabre in a claim against Standard Bank in relation to an oil and gas project.

Conall Patton
Recognised for his expertise in energy and natural resources, competition law, and banking and finance, he is held in high regard by peers and solicitors alike. 
Strengths: "One of the brightest commercial juniors at the Bar. He has a ready ability to assimilate huge amounts of factual information, digest it, and then present it in a fashion that clients can understand and make commercial decisions from."
Recent work: Appeared as sole counsel in a dispute between Kenrick Santana and Priory Land, relating to an oral agreement for commission on the sale of land.

Alexander Polley
Senior junior praised for his intellectual ability and experience in complex litigation. He has particular expertise in civil fraud and banking and finance matters.
Strengths: "Absolutely superb. An excellent lawyer who has very good judgement and is incredibly hard-working and very user-friendly." "A real team player."
Recent work: Polley was part of the team representing the Candy brothers and associated companies in relation to a claim of unlawful means conspiracy brought by the purchaser of a One Hyde Park apartment. 

Anna Boase
A hard-working and technically accomplished junior who peers say is "unflappable" when on her feet.
Strengths: "Bright and hard-working, she has a winning manner both with clients and in court." "Clever, but also incredibly obliging and productive."
Recent work: Led by Tim Lord QC, she acted for HSBC in enforcement action against Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi and Brothers and individual partners, following the withdrawal of their defence at trial.

Orlando Gledhill 
Held in high regard by instructing solicitors and praised by peers as being "bright and easy to work with." His practice spans a range of commercial disputes, and he is particularly good at energy and natural resources and civil fraud matters.
Strengths: "Prepared to stand up to judges, he's a tough, no-nonsense barrister. He's very meticulous and a great trial advocate who is understated but effective." "An outstanding draftsman."
Recent work: Represented Deutsche Bank as sole counsel in relation to significant claims against Total Global Steel.

Sebastian Isaac 
Experienced at handling heavy commercial cases and arbitrations. He is particularly noted for his expertise in banking and finance disputes. 
Strengths: "He is the man for big complicated cases requiring the ability to crunch through a huge amount of material. He can stay at the coalface for long periods of time whilst producing high-quality work." "He takes a considered view. If he drafts an opinion, you can be confident that he has thought about every angle."
Recent work: Led by Daniel Toledano QC, he acted for Centrica in claims against Medway power station relating to a 'take or pay' gas supply contract and the issue of whether or not power outages at the plant were outside of the plant operator's control.

Simon Colton 
Handles significant commercial litigation and is particularly active in terms of international and cross-border cases. He is a go-to junior for magic circle and top-tier litigation firms. 
Strengths: "He is phenomenally clever and incredibly easy to deal with, as well as astoundingly quick at turning around documents. He has got good tactical nous and is very willing to muck in and help his solicitors out." 
Recent work: Acted as leading junior for the SFO in defence of high-profile compensation claims brought by the Tchenguiz brothers.

Steven Elliott 
Highly regarded for his work on a raft of commercial disputes, many of which have a fraud aspect to them. He acts as both junior and sole advocate, and is admitted to the Bar in the British Virgin Islands. 
Strengths: "Highly intelligent and someone who produces very detailed and persuasive paperwork." "Very thorough and very calm to work with, he's good at taking on complex issues and good at dealing with the detail."
Recent work: Represented Littlewoods Retail in connection with restitution claims against HMRC for £1.2 billion of overpaid VAT.

Richard Mott
A well-regarded junior with particular expertise in civil fraud and banking and finance matters.
Strengths: "A smart guy with excellent drafting skills." 
Recent work: Appeared before the Court of Appeal as sole counsel to one of the defendants in a fraud and negligence claim relating to the collapsed Weavering Capital hedge fund.

Clare Reffin 
A respected senior junior with a broad commercial practice that spans commercial contracts, commodities, banking and finance, company law and jurisdictional disputes.
Strengths: "Very proactive, thorough and also personable."
Recent work: Acted for Fern Advisors bringing a claim of fraudulent misappropriation of assets against its former CEO, Adrian Burford.

Matthew Cook 
A senior junior who regularly handles major commercial cases and international arbitrations, he is particularly strong on the energy side. Sources praise him for his intellectual ability and user-friendliness. 
Strengths: "Extremely bright and exceptionally numerate." "He's a good, experienced junior who gives quick, clear advice, is very user-friendly and is almost always available to talk."
Recent work: Led by Jeffrey Onions QC, he acted for Topland Group defending allegations of fraud and bribery in connection with property transactions.

Daniel Hubbard 
Experienced in litigation and arbitration relating to contractual disputes, company law and the energy sector. He also has expertise in freezing injunctions.
Strengths: "A smart cookie. He knows what he's doing; he's good on his feet, good on paper and highly responsive."
Recent work: Represented Jean-Claude Pierre Ferdinand Gunther Andre and Jane Ellis Andre in a substantial claim against Clydesdale Bank for breach of bailment in respect of a trunk said to contain, among other things, valuable Treskilling Yellow stamps.

Laurence Emmett
A well-regarded junior who has particular expertise in energy and natural resources and banking and finance matters. 
Strengths: "He leaves no stone unturned, is very charming and very hard-working. He's got excellent attention to detail and a forensic mind. He's a very good fresh pair of eyes on any case." "He is tireless in his approach and won't give up." 
Recent work: Appeared with Anthony de Garr Robinson QC in Antonio Gramsci Shipping v Recoletos, a case heard before the Court of Appeal which concerned the application of jurisdiction agreements to individuals standing behind companies.

Sam O'Leary
Experienced in both commercial litigation and arbitration, and someone with a particular interest in banking and finance work.
Strengths: "So clever, so incisive, and such a delight to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the majority owners of Charterhouse Capital Partners in relation to an unfair prejudice petition brought by its second largest shareholder.

Nicholas Sloboda
A well-regarded junior with experience in both commercial litigation and arbitration. He has particular expertise in banking and finance cases. 
Strengths: "Punchy and very practical, he's a hands-on counsel."
Recent work:  Led by Craig Orr QC for Kroll Associates, defending a significant breach of confidence claim brought by Dar Al Arkan and Bank Alkhair.

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Although traditionally known for its insurance, shipping and commodities work, 20 Essex Street has solidified its reputation in recent years as a serious player in the commercial litigation market. Members of chambers are regularly instructed on high-profile litigation and high-value international arbitrations. Recent instructions have originated in sectors as diverse as banking, telecoms, sports and aviation.

Client service: "The clerks were helpful and a good source of advice." Neil Palmer and Brian Lee lead the team.


Iain Milligan QC 
Has a stellar reputation and is regarded as one of the leading silks in commercial litigation and arbitration. Sources consistently highlight his intellectual ability and outstanding advocacy skills. 
Strengths: "Hugely effective, fiercely clever, and clear and concise in court." "He is an absolute legal genius."
Recent work: Appeared before the Supreme Court acting in the matter of 'Alexandros T', which concerned the operation of Articles 27 and 28 of the Brussels Regulation.

Andrew Baker QC 
Well regarded for his broad commercial practice, which spans banking and finance, and shipping and commodities work.
Strengths: "Someone who puts in a huge amount of work, and proves utterly compelling in court."
Recent work: Represented Cargill International in arbitration and at appeal. The case concerned a dispute with NYK Bulkship (Atlantic) relating to the construction of a common off-hire clause and the scope of an employment clause in a common time charter form.

Philip Edey QC
A very highly regarded silk with a strong reputation for handling insurance, shipping and commodities cases. His is praised by market commentators for his assured and engaging advocacy.
Strengths: "He is incredibly able" and has an "enormous reputation for his appellate and Supreme Court work. He is a very, very superior advocate."
Recent work: Represented Hut Group in its claim for breach of warranty arising out of a business sale and purchase transaction.

Duncan Matthews QC
A silk who continues to impress market commentators with his quick understanding and robust advocacy skills. He is particularly noted for his work in shipping, commodities and civil fraud cases.
Strengths: "He's a very strong advocate who has a very, very good understanding of arbitration tribunals. He's a very smooth performer." "Works very hard and is just fantastic - there are no chinks in his armour."
Recent work: Represented Mukhtar Ablyazov in relation to a high-profile fraud dispute with BTA Bank.

Charles Kimmins QC
An impressive recent silk with a strong reputation for his work in shipping and commodities cases, who also handles banking and finance cases.
Strengths: "He is extremely bright, very hands-on and very much a team player."
Recent work: Acted for RMA in relation to claim for breach of agency agreement in respect of logistics services in Afghanistan.

David Lewis QC 
Took silk in 2014, an appointment widely supported by market commentators. He is particularly recommended for his expertise in shipping and commodities cases, and is known for the strength of his international arbitration practice.
Strengths: "An advocate who displays effortless charm." "Very good with the clients, he's supportive and really does make you feel like he's fighting your corner."
Recent work: Acted for Addax Energy in its claim against Fueltrade relating to non-performance of a crude oil sale contract.

Thomas Raphael QC 
Highly regarded for his cerebral and knowledgeable approach to substantial commercial cases, particularly those in the financial sector. His practice also covers shipping and commodities disputes. 
Strengths: "Outstandingly bright and always seems to be a couple of steps ahead of everyone. His paperwork is outstandingly good." 
Recent work: Acted for ATTL, an arm of Alfa, on its multi-jurisdictional dispute with Cukurova over the ownership of Turkcell.

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Blackstone boasts a strong bench of sought-after commercial counsel at both silk and junior level. Solicitors comment that the set has "some absolutely outstanding barristers" and note that the "juniors in chambers are consistently good." They appreciate not only the technical skill of members of chambers but also "their strategic, tactical approach and strong client service." Blackstone handles a wide variety of instructions including civil fraud cases, shareholder disputes, insurance claims and commercial contract matters. The set also has complementary expertise in regulatory matters, public law and the financial services sector.

Client service: "The clerking is very responsive, very flexible and highly commercial, and it makes a huge difference. Part of the reason I have worked with them so much is the effective clerking." Gary Oliver leads the team.


Ian Mill QC 
A highly regarded silk noted for his robust advocacy and user-friendliness. Although known for his stellar reputation for media and entertainment work, he has a wide-ranging practice that covers sport, civil fraud, IP and partnership disputes. 
Strengths: "An intellectual bruiser who is good fun to work with and fantastic with clients." "You wouldn't want to be against him as he's a really, really clever operator who is incredibly bright and can think outside the box."
Recent work: Acted for representative members of the UK record industry in claims against the major UK internet providers, requiring them to block subscriber access to BitTorrent tracker site The Pirate Bay.

Robert Anderson QC
A popular silk with a busy practice spanning sports and media and entertainment disputes, among others. He is particularly noted for his expertise in civil fraud matters.
Strengths: "Bright, thoughtful and unfailingly courteous."
Recent work: Represented HSBC Securities Services defending claims brought by Interretire alleging mismanagement of an offshore pension scheme.

Barbara Dohmann QC
A highly respected and experienced silk who is particularly highly regarded for her financial services and civil fraud cases. She has noted expertise in offshore disputes.
Strengths: "She is hugely efficient and extremely quick. She is a hard-hitter who makes the case well and is very, very firm." "One of the most formidable advocates of recent generations."
Recent work: Appeared in Blyumkin v Risc Management, a dispute concerning allegations of computer hacking and misuse of confidential information.

Robert Howe QC
A respected silk known for his strong advocacy skills and ability to handle high-level, complex litigation. He is particularly noted for his media and entertainment sector expertise, as well as his work in civil fraud, employment and sport cases.
Strengths: "He's incredibly bright and a real strategic thinker." "He's commanding in court."
Recent work: Represented Cuccolini in a jurisdiction dispute with Elcan Industries, arising out of proceedings concerning the termination of a distribution agreement.

Pushpinder Saini QC
A "class act" with a wide-ranging practice, spanning sport, civil fraud, media and entertainment, financial services and telecoms disputes. He is also highly regarded in the fields of administrative and public law and competition law.
Strengths: "Thorough and positive, forthright and clear." "He is particularly good and knowledgeable in the regulatory field."
Recent work: Appeared before the Court of Appeal in Harbinger Capital Partners v Caldwell, which concerned public law errors in relation to the valuation of Northern Rock.

Alan Maclean QC
This well-regarded silk joins Blackstone from Brick Court Chambers. He wins praise from market commentators for both his cross-examination and client-facing skills. In addition to commercial litigation, he is experienced in administrative and public law. 
Strengths: "A clever and formidable junior silk who is particularly effective on fraud cases. Combines excellent client skills with robust and effective advocacy."
Recent work: Represented mobile phone company Three in relation to a dispute with Huawei over contractual arrangements for network maintenance and development.

Thomas de la Mare QC 
A recent silk held in high regard by market commentators, who highlight his intellectual ability and creative approach. His practice spans media and entertainment, competition and public law cases, among others.
Strengths: "He has an amazingly flexible mind, and is very good at producing creative solutions." "A thoroughly nice guy with a real presence about him. You can just tell when you speak to him that his mind is sparkling."
Recent work: Represented a group of over 400 clients seeking compensation from BA for overcharging, following the air cargo cartel investigation.

Andrew Hunter QC
Wins praise from peers and instructing parties for his assured advocacy and tactical ability. He is active across the banking and finance, financial services, and media and entertainment sectors, and has particular expertise in civil fraud cases.
Strengths: "He is very good on his feet - he floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee." "He's hugely understated and massively effective. Judges just want to buy into his arguments."
Recent work: Acted for London Capital Group as defendant in a contractual dispute over web-based ForEx trading.

Tom Weisselberg QC
Took silk in 2014, having long been considered a leading junior for both commercial and media and entertainment work. He is held in high regard by market commentators for his strong advocacy skills.
Strengths: "Very good and very smart." "He's thoroughly charming and extremely bright."
Recent work: Represented the producer of 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' in a dispute with Python (Monty) Pictures, concerning spin-off royalties for the musical 'Spamalot'.

Andrew George QC
He is particularly well regarded for financial services cases, and has a growing reputation in the civil fraud arena. Solicitors appreciate his user-friendliness, and praise him for being "hugely supportive."
Strengths: "A very good team player who gives clear and succinct advice." "Good with clients, he really rolls his sleeves up and gets involved."
Recent work: Represented MPL Homes in a multi-jurisdictional licensing dispute with Gordon Ramsay over 'Gordon Ramsay' branded merchandise.


Robert Weekes 
A well-regarded junior with a busy practice spanning commercial litigation, banking and finance disputes, and civil fraud cases.
Recent work: Acted for Mongolian copper producer Erdenet Mining defending an accessory liability claim brought by Standard Bank in respect of loan transactions to The Just Group.

Shaheed Fatima 
An impressive junior with a strong international practice. She has a wide commercial litigation practice and particular expertise in conflicts of law cases.
Strengths: "Absolutely brilliant." 
Recent work: Acted for Kader Holdings resisting the recognition and enforcement of a US judgment in England.

Mark Vinall
Handles a diverse mix of commercial cases, and has particular expertise in banking and finance, and media and entertainment disputes.
Strengths: "Fiendishly intelligent and extremely hard-working." "He's hugely experienced in financial services cases."
Recent work: Led by Tom Weisselberg QC acting for the producer of 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail', in a dispute over spin-off royalties for the musical 'Spamalot'.

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4 Pump Court's growing commercial disputes practice sees it enter the rankings this year. It undertakes a string of substantial and international cases, and has barristers who have an excellent reputation for handling technology, professional negligence, construction and energy disputes, to name but a few. Its wealth of experience in these areas ensures that it represents an attractive prospect to instructing solicitors.

Client service: "You get great clerking from them that really makes a difference." "The clerks are always very switched-on and supportive." Carl Wall and Stewart Gibbs lead the clerking team.


Nigel Tozzi QC 
An impressive silk with a strong and diverse practice that takes in insurance, shipping, energy, IT and professional negligence cases. Sources praise his effective advocacy style and instructing solicitors consider him "a gifted QC."
Strengths: "He is good on his feet and keeps the submissions going at a good clip. He is not the sort of guy that loses the interest of the judge, and he's very good at cross-examination." "You've got to make sure your armour is up when you're against him."
Recent work: Represented energy trader Vitol in claims against Sterling for breach of contract in respect of an oil sale agreement.

Michael Douglas QC 
Particularly noted for his specialism in technology and professional negligence cases, he has a reputation for adopting a collaborative approach and being highly user-friendly.
Strengths: "Had the ear of the court and retained a sense of humour even in the most trying times." "He was very good, very focused, very efficient and concise in the submissions he made."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in connection with claims by the government of Brazil concerning the proceeds of frauds committed by the former mayor of São Paulo.

Christopher Moger QC 
An experienced advocate who handles numerous commercial cases, and proves particularly strong on insurance work. He is particularly recognised for his expertise in professional negligence cases.
Recent work: Appeared in Alpha Construction v Barclays Wealth Trustees (Guernsey), a substantial claim in which the defendants are alleged to have been negligent in respect of the administration services provided to an offshore group of companies.

Alexander Gunning QC
A silk with a broad-based practice that takes in shipping and commodities, and energy and natural resources cases. He regularly handles a wide range of international arbitrations, and is well regarded by peers and instructing solicitors alike.
Recent work: Acted for Russian-owned Vis in connection with fraud claims brought against Ansol and its director, Avaz Nazarov.

Sean O'Sullivan QC 
Took silk in 2014, having established an excellent reputation as a junior for his handling of energy, shipping and commodities industries. He is also particularly noted for his international arbitration practice.
Strengths: "He is 'Mr Sensible' and keeps everyone grounded. The advice he gives is very good and commercial." "He is technically outstanding, responsive and very user-friendly. His bedside manner with clients is also excellent."
Recent work: Appeared in Wuhan v Emporiki Bank, a case relating to the operation of a shipbuilding payment guarantee.

Benjamin Pilling QC 
A popular new silk noted for his expertise in construction and professional negligence matters, as well as IT disputes. Sources consistently highlight the quality of his drafting.
Strengths: "He is very good on paper, and has a clear and crisp writing style. He has a very clear way of viewing things and is excellent at expressing those views." 
Recent work: Acted for Simmons & Simmons in a substantial claim to recover fees brought against a former client.


Luke Wygas 
A well-regarded junior who handles a variety of commercial cases. He has a background in construction and sources appreciate his "good technical understanding" in this area.
Recent work: Appeared at first instance and before the Court of Appeal in the 'punt wars' dispute, a case concerning the right to punt on the River Cam.

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7KBW is traditionally known for its shipping and insurance work, but has established its reputation in the commercial market generally as a result of the high quality of its silks. Commodities, insurance and professional negligence cases remain the bedrock of its practice, and the set has also received recent instructions on energy, shareholder, fraud and financial products disputes. 

Client service: "The clerking there is very good. The clerks take the time to get to know you and the way you work, and their recommendations have always been good. That really influences my purchasing decisions as a solicitor." Bernie Hyatt and Greg Leyden serve as joint senior clerks.


Jonathan Gaisman QC 
Ascends to star status in our rankings on the back of his involvement in some of the most high-profile and heavyweight commercial instructions of the past year. He has an outstanding reputation among instructing solicitors, who say he is a "tremendously bright, energetic and hard-working" advocate who "cross-examines like a bulldozer." 
Strengths: "Terrifyingly clever. He's an utterly fantastic lawyer; an enormously impressive guy with a really supreme mind." "He is completely on top of the detail and has a style which is robust and gets to the heart of the issue."
Recent work: Instructed for RBS and four directors, in relation to the defence of significant shareholder claims arising out of a £12 billion rights issue.

Christopher Butcher QC 
Widely respected in the market, particularly for his specialist shipping and insurance practice. He is also well versed in banking and finance cases. 
Strengths: "He is unsurpassed in terms of his knowledge of reinsurance. He exudes confidence, knows the cases and is easy to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Equitas in a claim against brokers Walsham Brothers for monies which had been received under contracts of insurance but had not been passed on.

Gavin Kealey QC
Highly regarded in the commercial litigation and arbitration worlds, especially for his work on insurance disputes and aviation cases. Sources highlight his thorough, hands-on approach to litigation. 
Strengths: "His presentation is absolutely superb." "He is spectacularly smart, a fantastic advocate and a masterful examiner of witnesses. He works very hard and is very well prepared."
Recent work: Led for British American Tobacco in a claim against Windward Prospects and Appleton Papers for indemnity against potential liabilities arising out of the pollution of the Fox and Kalamazoo rivers.

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC
A silk with a particularly strong reputation in insurance work. Market commentators praise her for being client-friendly and extremely hard-working.
Strengths: "She is extremely bright and gives commercial and forthright advice. She works very hard and is a pleasure to have on a team." 
Recent work: Was part of the team acting for Cattles in its £1.6 billion claim against PwC for negligence in respect of its 2006 and 2007 financial statements audits.

Clive Freedman QC
A well-regarded and tenacious advocate who wins praise for his "dedication to cases," which sources describe as being "second to none." His practice covers both commercial and civil fraud cases. 
Strengths: "Has a very impressive intellect and is extremely good in court." "Bright, has good knowledge of the law, and is great at devising a strategy."
Recent work: Appeared for Daad Sharab in his successful claim against a Saudi prince for commission relating to the sale of an aircraft.


James Brocklebank 
A highly regarded senior junior who wins praise for his expertise in insurance and professional negligence cases. 
Strengths: "Phenomenally intelligent."
Recent work: Acted for Primary Capital in its professional negligence claim against Ernst & Young, arising out of a financial due diligence exercise.

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Maitland Chambers continues to win significant, cross-border and high-value commercial instructions from international and City firms. The set's long-standing reputation for chancery and offshore work is well known, and it proves very good on cases which are cross-disciplinary in nature. Members of this chambers are praised for their thorough preparation and persuasive advocacy.


Paul Girolami QC 
A highly regarded silk, known for his expertise in company law, restructuring and insolvency, offshore and civil fraud matters. 
Strengths: "He is a very attractive advocate who has a knack for putting points in the most appealing way possible."

Anthony Trace QC
A popular silk with a long-standing reputation in commercial and chancery cases.
Strengths: "He has a very disarming courtroom manner. He's conversational but, at the same time, very compelling. He's a joy to listen to."
Recent work: Instructed by investment bank Bank Alkhair and property development company Dar Al Arkan in a high-profile conspiracy claim against Al Refai, Kroll Associates UK and FTI Consulting Group.

Matthew Collings QC 
Particularly noted for his expertise in commercial chancery work generally, including company law and civil fraud cases. He is well regarded among instructing solicitors, who praise him for his robust style of advocacy.
Strengths: "Bright and always fun to work with." "He has a knack for finding creative but practical solutions to complex legal issues."
Recent work: Appeared in a dispute between Office Depot Inc and Office Depot (Israel) over a share purchase agreement.

Jonathan Russen QC 
A well-regarded silk with a reputation for user-friendliness among instructing solicitors. His practice is broad in nature, and he is particularly celebrated for his financial services work. 
Strengths: "Provided clear, concise advice on a dispute with a complex matrix of facts. He is able to see woods for the trees." "He is so thoughtful and considerate of clients' personal needs during the course of difficult litigation. People really feel safe with him."
Recent work: Acted for Mountain Sky Resources in a claim concerning the dilution of its shareholdings in a Hong Kong public company.

Edmund Cullen QC 
Recent silk with a diverse commercial practice and a reputation for the high quality of his written work. He is particularly noted for his expertise in IP cases relating to the media and entertainment industries. 
Strengths: "Shows meticulous attention to detail and has an unflinching determination to get to the right result. He works exceptionally hard and provides tremendous value for money."
Recent work: Acted for Banwaitt in a fraud claim against Dewji, relating to a Cambodian hotel development joint venture.

John McGhee QC
Attracts praise from peers and instructing parties alike for his intellectual ability and clear, commercial advice. He has particular expertise in relation to property and insolvency matters.
Strengths: "Hugely impressive. He has incredible gravitas and can crunch through volumes of material with great speed and clarity of thought." "A fantastic lawyer who is very clever, very sensible and very quick."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute between the seller, purchaser and dealer of a painting, which involved proceedings in England and New York.

Richard Morgan QC 
Has a strong reputation among instructing solicitors for his user-friendliness and his firm advocacy style. He is particularly well regarded for his work in relation to civil fraud matters.
Strengths: "Very good with clients, and very good at delivering a hard message in a way that they will accept. He also has solid analytical skills, and you come away feeling confident about the advice he's given." "A freezing order specialist, with an encyclopaedic knowledge and grasp of the technicalities and procedure in this field."
Recent work: Represented HSBC in a debt enforcement claim in the Isle of Man.


David Mumford 
A leading commercial chancery junior, consistently tipped as "a rising star" by market commentators. He is a favourite of instructing solicitors and senior barristers for a range of commercial work, including civil fraud and banking and finance cases.
Strengths: "Very clever and analytical, he has excellent judgement and a calm manner." "Extremely bright, client-friendly and approachable."
Recent work: Acted as sole advocate for Cosmote in defence of contractual claims brought by Telekom Slovenije relating to the sale of a mobile phone business operating in Macedonia.

Ciaran Keller 
An impressive junior praised by market commentators for being client-friendly, diligent and "one to watch." 
Strengths: "Very bright and client-friendly, he turns papers round quickly." "He has excellent judgement and is user-friendly."
Recent work: Led by Joe Smouha QC for Noble, in defence of substantial claims brought by Barnsley for breach of contract, misrepresentation, deceit and breach of duty arising out of the demerger of the two groups of companies.

Benjamin John 
A popular junior for all manner of commercial chancery cases. Sources particularly appreciate his high-quality written work.
Strengths: "A hard-working, analytical team player who produces high-quality work." 
Recent work: Part of the team acting in the high-profile conspiracy claim brought by Bank Alkhair and property development company Dar Al Arkan against Al Refai, Kroll Associates UK and FTI Consulting Group.

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Quadrant has an excellent reputation and a loyal following of leading instructing solicitors. Its superlative shipping, travel and aviation expertise serves it well, and it proves particularly strong on contractual disputes and multi-jurisdictional cases. Sources particularly appreciate the set's progressive and co-ordinated approach to client service, saying: "There's a lot of cohesion between counsel and clerk, and they present themselves as a team."

Client service: "They 'get' customer service. They always seem to make counsel available to us, and hold conferences at our lay clients' offices. The level of assistance from Gary Ventura, Simon Slattery and the rest of the clerking team is key to maintaining our relationship with the set."


Simon Rainey QC 
Maintains a strong reputation in the market for his commercial work, and has particular expertise in shipping, commodities and energy-related matters. Sources praise him for being highly knowledgeable and user-friendly.
Strengths: "A strong player" who "doesn't sit on the fence. He takes a view and justifies it with ease."
Recent work: Acted for Archer Daniel Midlands in a claim against Tarif Akhras, a prominent member of Bashar Al Assad's family, relating to grain importation into Syria.

Stephen Cogley QC 
Well regarded for commercial and insurance-related disputes, and has experience in insolvency, civil fraud, shipping and commodities cases. His practice covers both domestic and international cases. 
Strengths: "An unrelenting advocate who is perfect for the most difficult and challenging cases." "A determined advocate who is client-friendly and accessible."
Recent work: Appeared in Integral Petroleum v SCU Finanz, an oil trading dispute.

Guy Blackwood QC
Took silk in 2014. Sources praise him as a responsive and effective counsel, with particular experience in commercial, shipping and insurance cases. 
Recent work: Acted for Taurus Petroleum on its claim against the State Oil Ministry of Iraq, a case which reduces the scope of the state immunity in the context of commodities trading.


Jeremy Richmond 
Well regarded by instructing solicitors, he has a strong commercial chancery practice.
Strengths: "Impressive with clients and really sharp in terms of his work - it's hard to think how he could be better as a litigator. He's excellent on his feet and good tactically." "He's not afraid of a fight when handling cases that are difficult to get off the ground, and is good at dealing with aggressive counsel on the other side."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute between FG Wilson (now Caterpillar NI) and John Holt, relating to international sale of goods and retention of title clauses.

Robert-Jan Temmink 
An impressive senior junior with a broad commercial practice, covering both litigation and arbitration. Sources particularly praise him for his assured advocacy and strong courtroom presence. 
Strengths: "He has a very nice presentational style and judges listen to him." "He is very tidy on the paperwork, very inclusive, and has a very modern way of working."
Recent work: Acted for a partner of a well-known law firm in defence of allegations of conspiracy and fraud pertaining to an arbitration in the shipping industry.

Gemma Morgan 
A bright and hard-working up-and-comer, noted for her commercial expertise and particular interest in shipping cases.
Recent work: Acted for the owners of a vessel on a product liability claim against Renold Power Transmission, arising out of damage caused when chains inside the vessel's engine broke.

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Has a superb reputation in general commercial chancery, offshore and civil fraud cases, and remains a go-to set for the most complicated corporate and commercial disputes. The set has a substantial bench of respected and well-liked barristers at all levels of seniority. Sources say: "This is a fantastic chancery commercial set, with a real strength in fraud work."

Client service: "The clerks are always very, very helpful." "I was looking for a particular specialism and they went to a lot of effort to find the right people for me." Steve Whitaker heads the clerking team.


Alan Boyle QC
Commands a strong reputation in the market for his company and commercial work, and has a particular focus on offshore and trusts cases. He remains a firm favourite among instructing solicitors.
Strengths: "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." "Has vast experience and provides clear, authoritative advocacy."
Recent work: Appeared in disputes arising out of the high-profile Madoff fraud.

Philip Jones QC 
A highly regarded commercial chancery practitioner whose practice encompasses tax, restructuring and insolvency, civil fraud and professional negligence cases.
Strengths: "Has a calm and confident manner, and is very good at drawing out the most significant points of an argument. He puts the lay client at ease and commands the attention of the court." "He has superb judgement and is bright, hard-working and accessible."
Recent work: Represented BTA Bank in its high-profile claim against Mukhtar Ablyazov and others.

Philip Marshall QC
Known for his robust advocacy and effective cross-examining. His practice spans company, civil fraud, and restructuring and insolvency cases. Much of his work is done offshore.
Strengths: "He's goal-orientated in terms of understanding what the client is looking to achieve, and will take robust decisions and find nuanced, calculated means of achieving those aims. He will use his immense legal knowledge to get you the practical result you're looking for." "Spots the weakness in the other side's position and goes on the attack. Watching him cross-examine a witness - it's like they do it in the films."
Recent work: Acted for Constantin Medien in its high-profile claim against Bernie Ecclestone, alleging conspiracy and bribery in the context of its sale.

Lance Ashworth QC
A popular silk with a broad commercial chancery practice who is highlighted for his strong advocacy skills. 
Strengths: "He's a joy to work with and thinks outside the box." "He has very good attention to detail and is very solicitor-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for Merlin Associates in successfully resisting a claim for injunctive relief seeking to prohibit the opening of Chessington World of Adventures.

Nicholas Lavender QC
An intellectual silk praised for his technical ability and capacity for handling complex cases. His practice spans both commercial and chancery work, and he has a particular focus on banking and finance disputes.
Strengths: "Enormously intelligent and extremely hard-working, he shows exquisite judgement." "Lovely to deal with, and very much a details person."
Recent work: Acted for Constant Capital Markets & Securities defending claims brought by a Nigerian bank for restitution and/or enforcement of repo agreements.

John Machell QC
A very highly regarded silk with a strong commercial chancery practice, who is a recognised expert on partnership cases. 
Strengths: "Offers commercial and pragmatic advice, and always integrates himself into the team." "A hugely impressive operator, he is a hard-working barrister with razor-sharp intelligence and an incisive eye for detail."
Recent work: Acted on a joint venture dispute between Hitchcox and Handelsman relating to a property development at St Pancras station.

Hugh Norbury QC 
A popular recent silk who has particular expertise in civil fraud cases. Sources particularly appreciate him for his user-friendliness. 
Recent work: Represented Macquarie in a substantial dispute with EPIC relating to whether or not an investment adviser's fee is properly payable under an investment agreement.

Elizabeth Jones QC 
Attracts praise from peers and instructing parties alike for her assured advocacy and command of the details of a case. She is particularly known for her experience in offshore matters.
Strengths: "Extremely well respected." "I was able to go down and see her and explain the intricacies of my market, and she soaked everything up. She was also seemingly available any time of day or night. "
Recent work: Advised a Middle Eastern company in relation to a dispute with a car manufacturer.

Jonathan Adkin QC
An up-and-coming recent silk with a strong reputation for commercial chancery work, who is very active offshore.
Strengths: "He's a brilliant advocate who offers good judgement and good analysis. Judges like him and he pitches the case just right." "He inspires confidence at every turn and is able to cut through the most complex disputes with ease."
Recent work: Appeared in Patarkatsishvili v Anisimov, acting for SFR Solutions, respondent to a third-party disclosure application. 

David Blayney QC 
Attracts praise from peers and instructing parties alike for the quality of his commercial chancery work. His practice spans company, partnership, and banking and finance cases among others.
Strengths: "He is an incredibly clever technical lawyer who is very understated but quite brilliant. He says little, but when he speaks he always says something that adds a new dimension to the way one is thinking about things." "Extremely bright and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Constantin Medien in its high-profile claim against Bernie Ecclestone, alleging conspiracy and bribery in the context of its sale.


Daniel Lightman
A bright and innovative junior with an excellent reputation for company law and restructuring and insolvency in particular. 
Strengths: "Bright, enthusiastic and insightful." "He has an outstanding brain, is tremendously hard-working and likes to be very involved in every aspect of the case."
Recent work: Acted for Yasmin Prest in a Supreme Court case concerning whether family courts can pierce the corporate veil to access beneficially owned assets in divorce proceedings.

Justin Higgo 
A highly regarded and personable senior junior, known for his robust advocacy style and user-friendliness. He has a good reputation for commercial chancery work, and is particularly recognised for his expertise in civil fraud cases. 
Strengths: "Extraordinarily focused and talented, as well as great fun to work with." "He's scarily clever." 
Recent work: Appeared in Bank of St Petersburg v Arkhangelsky, a dispute concerning allegedly forged bank guarantees.

Ruth Holtham den Besten 
A well-known commercial chancery barrister who is strong on civil fraud cases. Sources stress her intellectual ability and robust advocacy.
Strengths: "Bright, incisive and approachable." 
Recent work: Represented Patrick McKillen in a high-profile dispute concerning Coroin, which owns Claridge's, The Connaught and The Berkeley hotels.

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Wilberforce is "a really strong set with some very powerful people in it." Its members have extensive experience in international disputes and cases heard in foreign jurisdictions, and are particularly well versed in civil fraud and professional negligence matters.

Client service: "Very professional and very easy to deal with, the clerks adopt a team approach. When talking about fees, I get a straightforward answer." Mark Rushton heads the clerking team here.


Ian Croxford QC 
A seasoned silk with a strong reputation for commercial chancrey work generally, and civil fraud and professional negligence disputes in particular.
Strengths: "A classic trial advocate who is absolutely superb on his feet."

Terence Mowschenson QC
A well-regarded silk in commercial chancery disputes.
Strengths: "Very user-friendly and a very persuasive, charming and forceful advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Crédit Agricole in its successful appeal of a ruling on the enforceability of a Greek judgment in Gibraltar. The case arose out of allegations by the Michailidis family that the bank received proceeds of misappropriated monies.

John Wardell QC 
Has a strong reputation in civil fraud and professional negligence cases. Market commentators praise him for his tenacious advocacy and his strategic ability. 
Strengths: "An outstanding advocate who is highly skilled at cross-examination. He is able to digest large volumes of information quickly and impresses clients with his commercial knowledge." "He's a very clever tactician."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in a high-profile shareholder dispute over FiCall, in which Prince Abdulaziz and other Global Torch shareholders faced allegations of gross misconduct made by a Jordanian business partner.

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Roger ter Haar QC of Crown Office Chambers 
A sought-after silk with a substantial international practice. He is known for his forceful and effective advocacy, and is highly regarded for handling construction and professional negligence matters.
Strengths: "His principal strengths lie in his penetrating, versatile and at times devastating cross-examining skills, his ability to marshal facts, and his facility for knowing the brief better than the witnesses put before him."
Recent work: Appeared in Dhanani v Crasnianski, a case concerning the formation of a private equity fund.

David Chivers QC of Erskine Chambers
An accomplished and authoritative advocate with an excellent reputation for handling company and insolvency cases.
Strengths: "He has this wonderful ability to distil the essence of a case and present it with real force and elegance." "He's eye-wateringly bright."
Recent work: Acted for New England Sports Ventures, the current owners of Liverpool FC, in relation to the high-profile dispute over the club's sale. 

Tim Akkouh of Erskine Chambers
Wins praise from market sources for his strong advocacy skills and approachability. His practice spans the full range of commercial and chancery matters, including civil fraud cases. Strengths: "His advocacy was brilliant and his cross-examination was masterful. He has an easy-going, confident manner with clients, and gives comfort to them without affording them unrealistic expectations."
Recent work: Appeared in the dispute between Glencore and Clarendon Alumina Production Resources and Noble Resources, relating to contracts for the delivery of alumina.

James Potts QC of Erskine Chambers 
Has an excellent reputation among instructing parties for his technical ability, efficiency and high-quality drafting. He focuses on company and commercial disputes, and is an expert on matters relating to fiduciary duties, partnership, restructuring and insolvency, joint ventures and professional negligence. 
Strengths: "Simply first-class." "He's an excellent advocate, who is easy to work with."
Recent work: Appeared before the Court of Appeal in a dispute between Clearwell International and MSL Group Holdings, concerning a claim for unpaid fees.

Stephen Smith QC of Erskine Chambers
Highly regarded for his commercial chancery work, he has a reputation as a leading silk in the field of civil fraud. He wins praise from market commentators for his ability to handle the most challenging of briefs.
Strengths: "Works hard and the Court of Appeal just loves him."
Recent work: Appeared as lead counsel for BTA Bank in relation to its high-profile fraud dispute with former members of its senior management, in which it sought to recover USD5 billion.

Hodge Malek QC of Thirty Nine Essex Street
A well-known name at the Commercial Bar, particularly in relation to financial services, professional discipline and civil fraud cases. Sources praise him for being an assured advocate and a good team player. 
Strengths: "He is supremely diligent and a top-class litigator." "When it comes to dealing with freezing injunctions and matters pertaining to the Middle East there's no need to look any further than him."
Recent work: Instructed in Harrison v Black Horse, a case relating to payment protection insurance in the context of the Consumer Credit Act.

James Ramsden of Thirty Nine Essex Street 
Highly regarded for his commercial, client-friendly advice and known for his ability in civil fraud proceedings. Solicitors and peers alike consider him to be an accomplished advocate. 
Strengths: "Very charming and technically strong. He tells it like it is." "He's very good with clients and very commercially focused." 
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel for Konstantin Kagalovsky and Wilcox Ventures in relation to proceedings in the Commercial Court in Kyiv and the Commercial Court in London, seeking the recovery of ownership of the independent Ukrainian media outlet TVi.

PJ Kirby QC of Hardwicke 
A respected and experienced recent silk known for his expertise in professional negligence cases, commercial employment cases and costs litigation. 
Strengths: "Provides excellent strategic and legal advice," and is "very user-friendly. He gives clear commercial advice."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute between Starlight Shipping and its former solicitors, in which a former partner of the defendant law firm is admitted to have doctored hearings transcripts prior to their supply to Starlight Shipping.

David Lewis of Hardwicke 
A respected senior junior with significant advocacy experience and a collaborative, client-friendly approach. He has strength in civil fraud cases, and is particularly strong on  restrictive covenants injunction and commercial agency cases.
Strengths: "Great to work with, very sharp and very responsive." 
Recent work: Advised litigation funder Buttonwood Legal Capital on the merits of a claim it was funding. The withdrawal of funding was subsequently upheld in High Court proceedings.

Stuart Ritchie QC of Littleton Chambers
Widely praised for his pragmatism, client-friendliness, and technical and strategic ability. His practice covers a raft of commercial areas, including partnership disputes and civil fraud cases.
Strengths: "Brilliant both as an advocate and as a technical lawyer." "He gets on very well with clients and other members of the team, and is incredibly impressive."
Recent work: Acted for Al Refai defending conspiracy and breach of confidence claims brought by Saudi Arabian property development Dar Al Arkan.

David Lascelles of Littleton Chambers
A hard-working, thorough and technically accomplished junior with considerable experience as a sole advocate. He has a robust corporate and commercial practice, and has particular expertise in contractual litigation, shareholder disputes and civil fraud cases. 
Strengths: "Very hard-working and has a nice manner. He's very easy to deal with and considers everything very thoroughly." "He has an excellent grasp of legal issues, is incredibly diligent and has good client skills."
Recent work: Acted for healthcare staffing provider Medacs Healthcare in defence of claims brought by Acolyte Resource Group alleging engagement in a contract and subsequent wrongful termination.

Jonathan Cohen of Littleton Chambers
A well-regarded senior junior with notable experience in international commercial disputes, particularly those with Russian and CIS elements. He is also noted for having considerable expertise and experience in employment cases. 
Recent work: Acted for Kazakh mining company ENRC in its high-profile dispute with Sir Paul Judge. ENRC alleged that the former director leaked confidential information and attempted to undermine the company's commercial reputation.

Charles Samek QC of Littleton Chambers
An accomplished advocate favoured by instructing solicitors for commercial cases generally and civil fraud cases in particular. Sources appreciate his hands-on, collaborative approach. Strengths: "He is very, very user-friendly, very hard-working, very good at being part of a team and a very effective advocate. He's particularly strong on injunctions." "Fantastically hands-on and a talented advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Provincia di Crotone in defence of a misrepresentation claim brought by Dexia Crediop relating to interest rate swaps.

Antony White QC of Matrix Chambers 
Consistently receives praise from market commentators for his "ability to turn his hand to pretty much anything." Instructing solicitors routinely entrust him with complex and challenging cases, particularly those with data privacy dimensions.
Strengths: "He is a very high-quality commercial silk who is extremely thorough and who 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: Appeared in Orb and others v Ruhan, a high-value dispute over commercial property.

Anneliese Day QC of 4 New Square 
Wins widespread praise from market commentators for her thorough and collaborative approach, strong work ethic and excellent client-facing skills. She is particularly experienced in disputes with construction and professional negligence elements.
Strengths: "Hard-working, very bright and a pleasure to deal with, she's tough and impressive on her feet." "She reassured our clients and made insightful comments on their position from an early stage."
Recent work: Acted for the Port of Sheerness in a dispute with Vestas Offshore UK concerning an option agreement which the latter sought to terminate.

George Spalton of 4 New Square
Wins praise from market commentators for being hard-working and user-friendly. He is widely regarded as a strong junior counsel, particularly in the fields of commercial arbitration, professional negligence and professional discipline.
Strengths: "Very client-friendly and has a relaxed, easy manner about him. He was well briefed, knew his stuff and was incredibly responsive. He anticipated issues very well and proved a real team player." 
Recent work: Acted for Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago in relation to significant claims brought by the bank and CLICO Insurance against CLICO's former chairman and former financial executive.

Ben Elkington QC of 4 New Square 
A popular and client-friendly silk known for his expertise in commercial disputes, including professional negligence matters and insurance cases. 
Strengths: "An exceptionally able, persuasive and always reliable commercial silk." "He understands what commercial clients need, and can speak their language in a non-patronising way. His attention to detail is excellent and he comes up with curveball ideas that actually work."
Recent work: Acted for estate agent Spicerhaart defending a contractual claim brought by Tesco concerning a failed joint venture to launch an online estate agency.

Justin Fenwick QC of 4 New Square 
A leading silk with a broad commercial practice encompassing construction, insurance, product liability, civil fraud and offshore disputes. He attracts praise for his tactical acumen and robust advocacy, and is particularly known for his prowess in professional negligence cases. 
Strengths: "Calm in a crisis and a clear thinker." "He's excellent on the strategy and tactics of a case, and he is good at looking ahead."
Recent work: Appeared in the high-profile and high-value dispute between Cattles and PwC in which the claimant sought £1.4 billion in damages for alleged negligence in the auditing of the Welcome Financial Services group.

Robert Levy QC of XXIV Old Buildings
Handles a range of commercial disputes, and has particular experience in offshore cases. 
Strengths: "An impressive counsel who puts the client at ease with his calm, assured approach."
Recent work: Appeared in a dispute between Puritan International Fund (in liquidation) and Active Fund Services and others, that arose out of the failure of an investment fund.

Edward Cumming of XXIV Old Buildings
An impressive junior whose "superb advocacy skills and sound judgement" win widespread approval from instructing solicitors. His practice sees him regularly handle civil fraud and aviation disputes, and he routinely undertakes offshore cases.
Strengths: "Quick, calm, thorough, responsive; he's a pleasure to deal with." "Approachable, down-to-earth and measured in conference; he's extremely user-friendly. He's also good at drafting."
Recent work: Instructed as sole counsel for six property investment companies in relation to an action to recover approximately £30 million of company funds from a former director.

John Stephens of XXIV Old Buildings
An experienced senior junior who has particular expertise in onshore and offshore trusts. 
Strengths: "We very much value his input. and his willingness to go the extra mile and make himself available." "He's a great strategic thinker and a real problem solver." 
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in multi-jurisdictional recovery proceedings against the Gibraltar branch of a French bank.

Alan Steinfeld QC of XXIV Old Buildings
A seasoned and highly respected chancery commercial silk with an outstanding reputation in offshore company and trusts disputes. He has notable expertise in civil fraud, partnership, pensions and professional negligence matters.
Strengths: "A good communicator who is enormously talented and a real pleasure to deal with. I've seen that man master a brief so fast it's unbelievable." 
Recent work: Appeared in the dispute between Carlyle Capital and Conway heard in Guernsey, relating to a failed investment fund. The case involved complex jurisdictional issues.

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC of XXIV Old Buildings
Held in high regard by market commentators for her incisive and robust advocacy. She has "a voracious work appetite" and notable experience in offshore trusts and traditional chancery matters. 
Strengths: "Ferocious when on her feet." "She's superb on complex matters and very good with clients."
Recent work: Appeared in a case concerning software IP rights in the context of the dissolution of a partnership.

Francis Tregear QC of XXIV Old Buildings 
Maintains a broad company and commercial practice, and has expertise in banking and finance, professional negligence and offshore disputes. Sources praise him for being user-friendly and approachable. 
Recent work: Instructed by the liquidator of a Bahamian bank in relation to claims of breach of fiduciary duties and misapplication of securities brought against the bank's directors.

Keith Rowley QC of Radcliffe Chambers
A well-regarded commercial and chancery silk who is a favourite among instructing solicitors for both pensions and professional negligence cases.
Strengths: "Incisive, courageous and someone with excellent judgement." "He is a highly tenacious advocate who gives clear and robust advice."

Ulick Staunton of Radcliffe Chambers
Known for his tenacious and forceful courtroom style, he has a broad commercial chancery practice and extensive advocacy experience. 
Strengths: "Clear, concise and to the point which, from a commercial client's perspective, is exactly what you want. He takes a very direct approach in both his written and oral advice, which always finds favour with commercial clients looking to cut to the chase." 

Dov Ohrenstein of Radcliffe Chambers
A well-regarded junior with a broad commercial chancery practice. Solicitors particularly appreciate his approachable manner and the commerciality of his advice.
Strengths: "Very commercial and responsive, and has an excellent grasp of legal issues." "Very good on paper, in conference and as an advocate." 

Shantanu Majumdar of Radcliffe Chambers 
An approachable and responsive junior, with a wide-ranging and international commercial practice. He handles insolvency, partnership, civil fraud, engineering and energy disputes. 
Strengths: "He gave very good practical advice, then advocated very well for us and won. He was always available - he could answer your question on the same day if you e-mailed at 8 at night." 
Recent work: Acted for DCD Factors in its successful £20 million fraud, warranty and guarantee claim against Ramada Trading.

Romie Tager QC of Selborne Chambers
Well regarded for his work in commercial chancery disputes, and particularly well known for handling real estate litigation. Sources consistently highlight his robust advocacy style.
Strengths: "He has a great capacity for detail and constructs winning arguments."
Recent work: Acted for the Right Honourable David Mellor QC in a case before the Court of Appeal, seeking to restore claims against the former chairman and sales director of Partridge Fine Arts which had previously been struck out.

Hugh Jackson of Selborne Chambers
Particularly well regarded for professional negligence cases, and highlighted by sources for his user-friendliness and ability to master the details of a case.
Strengths: "He is very firm in his opinions, extremely thorough and has the ear of the judge. He took the judge through it in a methodical way and put us in the best position to get us the result we wanted."
Recent work: Advised on a professional negligence claim relating to the estate of a bankrupt involved in a complex dispute.

David Allison QC of South Square
Took silk in 2014, having built a strong reputation at the junior Bar for his handling of restructuring and insolvency, banking disputes and financial services cases.
Strengths: "Very impressive and very smooth." "He was an exceptional leading junior who even then was a match for many of the leading insolvency silks."
Recent work: Instructed by US Bank Trustees as defendant to a claim brought by Omicron Investment Management relating to an investment advisory agreement.

Robin Dicker QC of South Square 
A leading silk in company, banking and finance, and insolvency cases, who has notable expertise in offshore disputes. Sources praise him for being an assured and cerebral advocate.
Strengths: "You go to him for anything really difficult and technical." "Robin prepares cases from all angles, dealing not only with the legal arguments but the merits of a case too. He is able to identify key issues and arguments quickly, and his manner in court is understated and assured."
Recent work: Acted for Barclays Bank in its high-profile derivatives dispute with Graiseley Properties. This was considered a test case for Libor-related derivatives disputes but settled shortly before trial.

Jeremy Goldring QC of South Square 
A "bright" and "level-headed" silk with a strong commercial, company, and banking and finance practice. He has notable experience in high-profile, offshore litigation.
Strengths: "Able to get to the heart of the matter, he has a no-nonsense, no-fuss approach in terms of his written work. He has a very relaxed style of advocacy but it proves very effective." 
Recent work: Acted for Barclays Bank in its high-profile derivatives dispute with Graiseley Properties, which settled shortly before trial.

Tom Smith QC of South Square
Took silk in 2014, an appointment widely endorsed by market commentators, who had long regarded him as a go-to junior, particularly for insolvency and restructuring matters. His practice also encompasses banking and finance and company law matters.
Strengths: "Enormously committed and responsive, he is a man of great intellect."
Recent work: Acted for Grupo Hotelero Urvasco in its approximately £60 million damages claim against Carey Value Added, concerning the collapse of a project to construct a hotel on the Strand.

Antony Zacaroli QC of South Square 
Well liked and well respected by market commentators, he has a heavyweight reputation in banking and finance, company and insolvency matters.
Strengths: "He cross-examines like an assassin, in a way that doesn't make witnesses realise they are giving anything away. Incisive in his questions, there's no wastage with him at all. Very effective and a charming person to deal with." 
Recent work: Appeared in Pineway & Tecsbaco v London Mining Company, a dispute relating to royalties on sales of iron ore. 

Andrew Twigger QC of 3 Stone Buildings
A popular silk building a loyal following of instructing solicitors due to his work in commercial chancery mattters, especially banking and finance cases.
Strengths: "There is a real air of authority about him." "He's someone who is always very user-friendly and approachable, and his written work, in particular, is superb. He has a first-class analytical mind."
Recent work: Represented Mr Benedetti in his dispute with Mr Sawiris regarding the acquisition of an Italian telecoms company.

George Bompas QC of 4 Stone Buildings 
A recognised expert in company law and corporate guidance, who is particularly well regarded for his technical knowledge and ability.
Strengths: "An exceptional chancery lawyer who is highly responsive and has outstanding client-handling skills." "If you want an analysis of a complex point of law, particularly if there is a company law element, then he is an ideal choice."
Recent work: Involved in Chemtrade v Fuchs Oil Middle East, a dispute concerning a Middle East and North Africa joint venture heard before the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean.

John Brisby QC of 4 Stone Buildings 
An experienced and effective trial lawyer famed for his skill at cross-examination. His practice spans company, civil fraud, and restructuring and insolvency matters.
Strengths: "He is popular with clients due to his raw ability, straight-talking approach and ability to get results. He also has an impressive eye for detail, and retains and recalls the smallest points on a case at just the right time." "Fun to work with and one of the best cross-examiners in the business."
Recent work: Acted for Clive Christian Perfume in the successful defence of a claim brought by its Italian distributor. He also represented the company with regard to its successful counterclaim for unpaid invoices and repudiatory breach of contract.

Jonathan Crow QC of 4 Stone Buildings
A "superb advocate" and "a great legal mind." He is a supremely gifted advocate who is exceptional whether handling commercial or public law cases. 
Strengths: "Decisive and easy to work with, he's great with lay clients and is a pleasure to work with." "A heavyweight of the Commercial Chancery Bar, who has an extraordinary breadth of expertise."
Recent work: Acted for Sonja Kohn and a corporate defendant in relation to fraud claims following the collapse of Madoff Securities. He secured the discharge of a freezing order and obtained indemnity costs.

Richard Hill QC of 4 Stone Buildings 
An impressive recent silk with a very fine reputation in banking and finance, company and civil fraud cases.
Strengths: "Very diligent and good to have on your side." 
Recent work: Represented the first and fourth defendants in the appeal of Benedetti v Sawiris. The dispute centred on questions of quantum meruit arising out of an Italian telecoms deal.

Robert Miles QC of 4 Stone Buildings
Held in the highest regard by market commentators, not least because of his exceptional advocacy. He maintains a top-flight practice in commercial litigation and arbitration, and regularly handles banking and finance, company law, restructuring and insolvency, and civil fraud cases.
Strengths: "He is a polymath, and a very bright and very charming guy." "His advice is robust and creative, and is delivered in measured tones."
Recent work: Acted for Bernie Ecclestone defending high-profile bribery claims brought by Constantin Medien.

Alan Gourgey QC of 11 Stone Buildings 
A popular silk among instructing solicitors known for his intellectual agility and strong advocacy skills. He has notable expertise in civil fraud and IT cases.
Strengths: "Has an excellent brain and provides clear advice even on the most complex of cases." "He is an excellent advocate both orally and on paper, and his turnaround time for high-quality written work is impressive."
Recent work: Appeared for the respondent in Sharma v Sharma before the Court of Appeal, a dispute which raised the question of whether silence could amount to fully informed consent in the context of a claim for breach of fiduciary duty.

Max Mallin of 11 Stone Buildings
A well-regarded senior junior with a background in investment banking and a reputation for providing accessible, commercial advice. He wins praise from market commentators for his client-facing skills.
Strengths: "Very commercially focused, he takes a no-nonsense and direct approach, and furnishes high-quality advice." "He has a commercial background and so is fluent in investment banking cases."
Recent work: Appeared in DIB v PSI & Others, a substantial claim for fraud and/or breach of contract.

Gary Lidington of 11 Stone Buildings 
Recognised for his broad commercial practice and particularly his real estate litigation expertise. Sources praise him for his client skills and his approachable manner.
Strengths: "He's practical and very good with the client."

Marcia Shekerdemian QC of 11 Stone Buildings
Highly regarded for her efforts in commercial chancery cases, particularly those involving restructuring and insolvency issues. She is consistently praised for her user-friendliness and robust advice.
Recent work: Led by Lexa Hilliard QC for NGM Sustainable Developments in relation to its claim against Lizzano and others for fraudulent misrepresentation and unlawful expropriation of a patent for the construction of floating or floating-enabled buildings.

Charles Dougherty QC of 2TG - 2 Temple Gardens
A popular recent silk who attracts consistent praise from market commentators for his intellectual ability and user-friendliness. He handles a broad range of matters, ranging from insurance, product liability and professional negligence matters to cases involving civil fraud and directors' duties.
Strengths: "He's really good on his feet and would often win applications we thought were unachievable - he could somehow always persuade the judge. He just always nails what the issues are and is very impressive." 
Recent work: Acted for ship operator Novoship in its USD150 million bribery and breach of fiduciary duty claim against former directors and others.

Paul Downes QC of 2TG - 2 Temple Gardens
A tenacious and assured advocate favoured for hard-fought cases. He has notable expertise in banking and finance matters, but also handles general commercial disputes.
Strengths: "Isolates the core issues from a mass of complex material and explains them in clear terms." "He speaks the language that clients like and never gives up."
Recent work: Acted for Mir Steel UK in defence of an approximately EUR50 million claim brought by Lictor Anstalt concerning the ownership of a hot strip steel mill. The dispute arose out of the sale of the mill following insolvency.

Ben Lynch of Devereux
A popular junior with instructing solicitors, who consistently praise him for being hard-working and client-friendly. He has a broad commercial practice that spans telecoms, insurance and professional negligence disputes.
Strengths: "Approachable and client-friendly, he is an excellent communicator and a man with a sharp mind." 

James Barker of Enterprise Chambers 
An impressive senior junior with a strong reputation in banking and real estate litigation. Sources appreciate his ability to communicate equally well in court and with lay clients. 
Strengths: "A strong and capable counsel."
Recent work: Acted for Bank of Scotland in a claim against a partnership for the recovery of an outstanding loan.

Linden Ife of Enterprise Chambers 
A well-regarded senior junior with significant courtroom experience. Sources consistently highlight her effective and forceful advocacy.
Strengths: "A formidable advocate who is never intimidated and has no difficulty arguing against silks. She's very robust, shows great judgement, and is very quick with papers." 
Recent work: Appeared for two defendants to damages claims brought by over 400 owners and lessees of defective TX4 taxis. 

Simon Adamyk of New Square Chambers 
An experienced junior with an international practice that spans company, commercial and chancery disputes.
Strengths: "A man with a formidable legal intellect."
Recent work: Advised on and appeared as sole counsel in relation to several sets of proceedings in the high-profile dispute between BTA Bank and various defendants, including Mukhtar Ablyazov.

Paul Marshall of No5 Chambers
An experienced senior junior with an international commercial practice, who has particular expertise in financial services matters. 
Strengths: "He's a very thorough, dogged and determined lawyer who is both inventive and courageous." "He's very conscientious, his attention to detail is excellent, and he thinks outside the box."
Recent work: Acted in an appeal concerning the basis for evaluation of damages arising out of a wrongly granted freezing order.

Simon Mills of Five Paper 
Highly regarded for his advice and advocacy in relation to commercial and finance matters. He is active in the field of freezing injunctions and has a recognised specialism in invoice discounting and trade factoring. 
Strengths: "He is technically brilliant and is a master tactician. In court, he is a fighter, and he's a barrister you always want on your side, rather than against you."
Recent work: Acted for Bilimoria Holdings, the holding company of Cobra Beer, in relation to claims that an administration charge by Leumi constitutes an unlawful penalty.

Philip Riches of Stone Chambers 
Praised by market commentators as a bright, hard-working and creative junior. He is particularly recommended for his handling of shipping and commodities disputes. 
Strengths: "Someone who really rolls up their sleeves and provides invaluable support both to his leader and his solicitor." "He's bright, responsive and commercial."
Recent work: Acted for Gui Hui Dong and other Chinese nationals seeking to discharge freezing orders obtained against them by the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

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.

Senior Statesman

A 'Senior Statesman' is a lawyer who no longer works hands-on with the same intensity but who, by virtue of close links with major clients, remains pivotal to the firm’s success.

Eminent Practitioners

'Eminent Practitioners' are highly influential lawyers in a particular practice area who, due to managerial or client relationship commitments, are less active in day-to-day work but remain key players in the team.

Other Noted Practitioners

Other Noted Practitioners are individuals who have not yet been ranked but are seen to be active and accomplished in this area of law.

Other Noted Firms

Other Noted Firms are firms that have not yet been ranked but are seen to be active and accomplished in this area of law.