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Band 1

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Fountain Court Chambers holds a position as the pre-eminent set in banking and finance matters, and features a host of top-class silks and juniors at all levels of seniority capable of acting both for and against banks and financial institutions in the most complex and significant of cases. Additionally, members are noted for their expertise in related areas such as professional negligence and insurance. Both silks and juniors have been intimately involved in recent leading cases in relation to Libor manipulation and to those stemming from regulatory or judicial findings of product mis-selling.

Client service: "Fountain Court has very, very good clerks who are excellent at putting real thought into who else might be suitable for a case if someone is not available." Alex Taylor leads the clerking team.

SILKS

Michael Brindle QC
An immensely capable silk with a top-class practice in a wide range of areas, including financial services, professional negligence and commercial dispute resolution. His practice in banking and finance matters includes the expert representation of oligarch, domestic and international clients.
Strengths: "He has as much gravitas in court as anybody at the Bar. He is absolutely at the top of his game." "Because he has been to the Supreme Court so many times, he backs himself. He is quite happy to take brave decisions and is an all-round advocate."
Recent work: Represented Russian investment bank Renaissance Capital in a dispute with African Minerals concerning success fees under engagement letters relating to an iron ore mine in Sierra Leone.

David Railton QC
Vastly experienced advocate with a practice spanning the full range of disputes in banking and finance. He has particularly deep recent expertise in issues arising from the financial crash of 2008. He is also a highly adept practitioner in insurance and general commercial cases.
Strengths: "He is terrific. A fine advocate with meticulous attention to detail, he is very steady and robust under pressure." "Absolutely phenomenal. Quietly spoken but fantastically bright, a very clear thinker and a real delight to work with."
Recent work: Acted for RBS and four of its directors in the extremely high-profile case of the £12 billion issue of rights in 2008, in which the claimants alleged that the prospectus for the issue did not contain sufficient information to adequately determine its true value.

Richard Handyside QC
Enjoys an outstanding reputation for the quality of his representation in big-ticket banking and finance disputes, most often acting on behalf of investment banks and financial institutions. He is particularly noted for his market-leading expertise in issues facing banks arising from the Libor manipulation scandal.
Strengths: "An expert on Libor manipulation claims and highly sought after by a number of bank clients, he brings genuine insight to one of the most complex issues presently before the courts." "His judgement is very good since he reads the court very well. Incredibly diligent, bright and effective."
Recent work: Represented Dexia Crediop SpA in its dispute with Prato, an Italian local authority, relating to a number of interest rate swaps. Dexia sought a declaration that the swaps were valid and binding, while Prato contended that they were invalid under various provisions of Italian law.

Andrew Mitchell QC
Has quickly established himself as a silk of choice for complex finance litigation, with an especially strong standing in interest rate swaps disputes. He is also a noted practitioner in commercial dispute resolution and insurance cases.
Strengths: "The go-to silk for most banks facing derivatives mis-selling claims. He is a smooth and persuasive advocate with a real appreciation of the craft of persuading a judge." "He is very bright, very commercial, strategic and creative in terms of solutions."
Recent work: Defended Barclays in a swaps case that was the first action in the retail banking context for contractual estoppel.

Bankim Thanki QC
Extraordinarily versatile silk with a superb reputation in an array of practice areas including civil fraud, financial services, offshore and international arbitration, among others. He has acted for a variety of clients in the realm of banking disputes including retail, investment and central banks, often where there is an overlap between contentious regulatory and banking issues.
Strengths: "Clients love him. He has a huge brain and a tremendous, encyclopaedic knowledge of banking law." "The doyen of banking and regulatory litigation. Offers calm, analytical advice and impeccable judgement."
Recent work: Acted for Barclays in the first case on the Financial List as it was the leading test case on the construction of LMA terms.

Raymond Cox QC
Highly experienced banking and financial services silk with a great deal of expertise in derivatives, securities and insolvency matters. His recent work has seen him handling disputes addressing issues of mortgage interest rate alteration in tracker products and cases concerning secured loan facilities.
Strengths: "Outstanding. He is incredibly smart, has a good eye for detail, thinks of all the angles and his written advice is excellent." "He is extremely knowledgeable, clear and user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for West Bromwich Mortgage Company in a dispute concerning the proper construction of a contractual document for a buy-to-let mortgage.

Timothy Howe QC
Exceptionally capable advocate with an enormous amount of experience in handling disputes arising in a large number of areas beyond banking including insurance, international arbitration and professional negligence. Within banking and finance, he is especially visible handling cases stemming from allegations of Libor and Euribor manipulation and from the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
Strengths: "Combines huge intellect with impressive strategic nous and client skills. At the top of his game in banking matters." "Absolutely excellent - extremely responsive, very bright, hard-working and accommodating."
Recent work: Acted for a group of banks in a case addressing the legal consequences of the alleged Euribor manipulation by RBS and its effect on a EUR1 billion syndicated loan facility.

Jeffrey Chapman QC
Highly capable and respected advocate whose practice in banking and finance commonly overlaps with his wider expertise in commercial fraud matters. He has additional noted ability in connection to international disputes, financial regulatory and arbitration proceedings.
Strengths: "Exceptionally user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for a businesswoman in bringing a claim against HSBC Private Bank in London and Monaco in connection to her forex dealings, which she had previously complained a number of times were being wrongly executed.

John Taylor QC
Experienced silk with a strong track record of representing banks both in the English courts and overseas. He has particular experience in cases addressing the operation of standard terms and the mis-selling of interest rate swaps.
Strengths: "He is very understated but has a razor-sharp mind and quickly gets to the nub of complex legal issues. He is able to see the dénouement of a case from a long way out." "John is a very strong advocate who prepares extremely well and is always on top of every point."
Recent work: Defended RBS in an action brought by Morris Group, a leading house builder, contending that interest rate swaps it had entered into with the bank ought to be rescinded due to being misrepresented as a result of alleged Libor manipulation.

Richard Coleman QC Enjoys a reputation as an intelligent and commercial silk equally adept at bringing claims against the banks as defending them. He is especially well versed in handling cases dealing with allegations of the mis-selling of interest rate swaps and has wider expertise in professional discipline matters. Strengths: "He is excellent. A silk not afraid to get into the detail, very commercial, responsive, clever and personable." "He has a mastery of the issues, clarity of thought and explanation, and a calm demeanour when handling interest rate hedging disputes." Recent work: Acted for VIP Engineering and Marketing as one of a number of defendants in a case brought by Standard Chartered Bank for the recovery of a disputed debt of USD140 million relating to the construction of a power plant.

Derrick Dale QC
Offers a great deal of expertise in handling financial disputes dealing with a range of issues, typically in the defence of banks. His practice in this area often overlaps with his wider experience in handling professional negligence and civil fraud matters.
Strengths: "Derrick Dale has a fantastic eye for detail, and is good at seeing things as the court would."
Recent work: Defended IBRC against four claims by high net worth individuals, who contended that negligent advice and mis-statements amounted to mis-selling with respect to the Somerston Investment.

Patrick Goodall QC
Rapidly establishing himself in silk as an advocate of choice for complex financial disputes turning on intricate questions of technical law and matters with a potentially wide significance. He is experienced in acting both for and against banks and financial institutions.
Strengths: "He is extremely user-friendly, technically excellent, is all over the facts and legal issues and is very available." "He offers a potent mix of commerciality and sensible, digestible legal advice."
Recent work: Acted for HM Treasury in a high-profile damages claim for USD4 billion brought by Iranian Bank Mellat. The action stemmed from a previous Supreme Court decision finding that the sanctions imposed on the bank by the UK relating to the wider sanctions regime against Iran were unlawful.

Patricia Robertson QC
An experienced and versatile practitioner with a strong track record of representing clients in litigation in the banking sector, especially in cases addressing allegations of regulatory breaches. In addition to her expertise in financial disputes, she is also a noted advocate with respect to professional discipline and negligence matters.
Strengths: "She is meticulous, incredibly bright and really gets into the detail of cases." "Wonderful to work with - she is calm, measured and makes herself available."
Recent work: Defended Ulster Bank in a claim brought by a number of investors alleging financial mis-selling and breach of fiduciary duty in relation to a property investment in Canary Wharf that suffered a total loss in 2008.

Rosalind Phelps QC
Takes silk this year on the back of a highly successful career at the junior Bar in a diverse range of areas. Further to being a highly respected banking practitioner, she enjoys a strong reputation in civil fraud disputes.
Strengths: "Incredibly bright and super efficient. She is very good on her feet in court, very practical, commercial and strategically minded." "She is extremely bright and enjoyable to work with. Her promotion to QC this year was well deserved."
Recent work: Represented Lloyds Bank in a number of cases relating to the alleged mis-selling of derivatives products and to the manipulation of the Libor index.

Ben Valentin QC
Has taken silk this year after enjoying a rapid rise up the rankings in a number of related practice areas, including civil fraud, international commercial arbitration and commercial dispute resolution besides undoubted expertise in banking cases. He has appeared in a number of leading cases for the defence of major banks and financial institutions.
Strengths: "Superb. His preparation was very strong and his advocacy is very forceful and straight." "Not only is he extremely clever, his work rate is phenomenal, his manner is easy, and he is a real team player and very practical."
Recent work: Acted for Goldman Sachs in two related claims brought by Singaporean investors in connection to loan defaults.

Adam Zellick QC Rises to the first group of banking juniors this year amid growing appreciation among peers and clients alike for his accomplished advocacy in a wide range of financial disputes. He has acted successfully in cases addressing diverse issues such as derivatives and swaps to the manipulation of Libor. Strengths: "Hard-working and has excellent advocacy and drafting skills." "A very bright guy and has very good tactical thinking." Recent work: Acted for ten claimants in a highly significant test case concerning a syndicated lending and credit contingent swap valued at USD150 million. An issue of dispute is whether Libor manipulation means this and other such transactions are unenforceable and should be set aside.

Henry King QC
A highly able and experienced junior whose practice in banking and financial regulatory disputes is informed, in part, by his accountant's qualification. He is well versed in handling claims on behalf of central and investment banks, and has very visible experience in relation to derivatives cases.
Strengths: "Henry is very bright, collaborative, extremely personable and user-friendly." "He has great energy, enthusiasm and is a brilliant team player whilst not being afraid to form his own view on an issue."
Recent work: Represented PwC in high-profile litigation arising in connection to the Tomlinson Report, alleging that certain banks and professional advisers knowingly pushed troubled businesses into default in order to generate revenue.

JUNIORS

Simon Atrill
Exceptionally able senior junior with a very strong track record in appearing in an array of banking matters for a range of clients including central, investment and retail banks. He has additional expertise in the impact of Shari'a on derivatives sold in the Middle East.
Strengths: "His impressive analytical skills are combined with a true depth of knowledge in the financial services sector. A delight to work with." "He is able to take complex issues and transform them into accessible advice with a clear steer as to the best course of action."
Recent work: Acted for Credit Suisse in a case against Titan Europe concerning EUR1 billion of loan notes, and whether certain notes should be closed out and the income payable to different classes of noteholders.

Laura John Rises to the top rank of juniors amid strong praise from peers, clients and instructing solicitors for her highly accomplished and versatile advocacy in complex banking matters. She is regularly instructed on behalf of sophisticated international clients in contractual disputes and cases concerning derivatives, especially where there are issues surrounding the manipulation of Libor and Euribor. Strengths: "She is very good on her feet: clear, direct, persuasive and likeable, as well as being pragmatic and analytically very strong." "She is very detailed, writes well, gives good advice and is a very good advocate." Recent work: Defended RBS against a highly significant claim brought by Marme Inversiones for misrepresentation on the basis of the alleged rigging of Euribor.

James McClelland
Enjoys a reputation as a highly intelligent junior practitioner with a wide-ranging practice spanning a variety of areas. Besides his expertise in commercial and banking disputes, he has noted ability and experience in handling cases arising in administrative and public law and professional discipline.
Strengths: "Absolutely outstanding. He has such intellectual rigour and tenacity that he won't let a point drop - he shakes it and shakes it until he's got a better answer." "Supremely bright and a star for the future."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of RBS and its former directors in the RBS rights issue litigation as part of a team led by David Railton QC and Sonia Tolaney QC.

Adam Sher
A well-regarded junior with substantial experience in a wide range of commercial and banking matters. Many of his cases have an international dimension and he has benefited from having been led by a large number of the luminaries in the financial disputes field.
Strengths: "Extremely clever and very imaginative, he is determined, confident and offers very powerful analysis." "Relentlessly enthusiastic and has a brilliant grasp of detail."
Recent work: Defended RBS against Property Alliance Group in a leading Libor case before the English courts.

James Cutress Well-respected junior whose practice in banking and finance accompanies a wider expertise in insurance and general commercial dispute resolution. His recent cases in banking include matters dealing with sanctions, fraud and mortgaging issues. Strengths: "Technically excellent and great at focusing on the true issues. James gives clients real confidence." "Excellent, well-rounded individual who provides first-class service." Recent work: Acted for Alpstream AG in a successful claim against PK Airfinance alleging conspiracy to acquire an aircraft it had repossessed as a mortgagee by unlawful means.

James Duffy Has appeared in a number of the most significant cases of recent years in the banking and finance sphere, including the Bank Charges Litigation. His practice also includes noted expertise in relation to aviation matters. Strengths: "He is very responsive and good at dealing with complex issues." "James Duffy is a smart up-and-coming junior at Fountain Court who is tactically astute." Recent work: Successfully represented UBS in its defence against an action brought by Decura claiming to be entitled to terminate an introduction and outsourcing agreement between the parties valued at USD200 million on the grounds that a public announcement by UBS had activated a material adverse change clause.

David Murray
Enjoys a growing reputation as a versatile junior experienced in appearing before the English courts and the Dubai International Finance Centre on behalf of a range of banking clients. He is particularly adept at handling cases relating to the mis-selling of financial products.
Strengths: "He was superb - unflappable and so eloquent on his feet." "He is a good, solid junior. Very clever and sensible."
Recent work: Represented Deutsche Bank in an action against Petromena concerning allegedly negligent advice and breach of duty relating to the issuance of a USD300 million bond by Petromena.

Tamara Oppenheimer
Highly respected banking junior with a reputation as an intelligent and skilled advocate. Her practice spans banking, commercial and professional negligence matters. She also has experience of representing the government in her capacity as a member of the Treasury B Panel of Counsel.
Strengths: "She is very clever, and such a clear advocate." "She is very bright and good with clients."
Recent work: Acted for Nomura in a case against Banca Monte dei Paschi dei Siena concerning derivative transactions with a nominal value in excess of £3 billion.

Alexander Milner
Accomplished junior who shows capability acting both for and against banks. He is experienced in cases connected with interest rate hedging products. He speaks fluent Russian and a number of his recent cases in the banking sphere have come from the CIS region as a result.
Strengths: "He is very hard-working and very bright."
Recent work: Acted for Vitaly Arkhangelsky in his high-profile dispute with Bank St Petersburg concerning allegations of conspiracy to defraud him of assets worth around USD100 million. The Court of Appeal granted a very rare anti-enforcement injunction in favour of Mr Arkhangelsky in relation to a determination of the Russian courts.

Nik Yeo
Enjoys a solid standing among instructing solicitors and his peers for his practice in structured finance litigation matters. He has additional noted proficiency in handling professional negligence and commercial international arbitration proceedings.
Strengths: "He is very committed and hard-working and is articulate and quick thinking on his feet." "Nik is very detail-oriented and thorough in his preparation."
Recent work: Acted for Gemini in a highly complex valuation dispute in which securities were issued in relation to commercial property purportedly worth £1.2 billion that was subsequently valued at around a third of that amount.

Giles Wheeler Joins the listings this year amid growing praise for his adept representation in a range of banking disputes. He is especially well versed in handling derivatives litigation. Strengths: "He's top-notch. His drafting skills are excellent, he's great on his feet, is very user-friendly and his advice is sound." "He is a senior junior who is basically at the same level as a silk." Recent work: Advised Barclays on a dispute with UniCredit as to whether the latter was entitled to terminate three credit guarantees.

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Band 2

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A highly respected set with a significant roster of leading commercial and banking silks and juniors of all levels of seniority, many of whom appear regularly in cases affecting the industry as a whole. Brick Court's barristers are widely seen as foremost experts in the areas of Libor manipulation, large-scale insolvency and its impact on related contractual arrangements, and multi-jurisdictional bank restructuring. Its deep bench of counsel is well versed in acting both for and against banks and other financial institutions.

Client service: "The clerks and support staff are extremely efficient. They are keen to assist and respond immediately to queries and requests." Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler run the team.

SILKS

Mark Hapgood QC
An undisputed titan of the Banking Bar with a string of successes in headline cases under his belt. He is widely respected for his expertise in commercial finance disputes, most recently involving issues relating to trusts and other debt securities.
Strengths: "Mark is particularly adept at cutting to the heart of complicated issues and presenting them simply and clearly. He provides practical commercial and strategic advice and is a very persuasive advocate." "Absolutely in the category of super silks. He is one of the pre-eminent banking silks around."
Recent work: Led a team of three silks and a junior in the Supreme Court for a bank sued as transferee of Saudi Arabian shares valued at around USD300 million, in a case addressing whether a trust can create property rights in foreign assets not recognised by the local law.

Mark Howard QC
One of the very finest silks of his generation, with a stellar practice spanning a large number of areas. Besides his exceptional ability in banking and finance disputes, he has further expertise in energy, civil fraud, professional negligence and international arbitration proceedings.
Strengths: "He gives clever, shrewd and realistic advice and, above all, excels in cross-examination. He also obviously has the respect of the court." "A strong cross-examiner and a good advocate."
Recent work: Successfully represented Citibank in a high-profile case brought by Terra Firma for £1.5 billion in relation to the acquisition of EMI prior to the financial crash of 2008. The claim for fraud was withdrawn during trial.

Tim Lord QC
Highly experienced banking silk known for his forthright and robust advocacy, often on behalf of clients challenging banking practices. He is also noted for his wider expertise in professional negligence and civil fraud cases.
Strengths: "A formidable opponent. He is fantastically good at dealing with difficult factual cases and at working out which buttons he needs to press to get the judge on his side." "He is a fighter who is extremely good in court and is very tenacious."
Recent work: Acted for Bank St Petersburg in its dispute with Vitaly Arkhangelsky.

Simon Birt QC
Has established himself in silk as a skilled advocate in banking and general commercial disputes. His work in financial matters often concerns cases arising from the financial crash and credit crisis.
Strengths: "Simon's great strength is that nothing ever fazes him. Throughout twists and turns in proceedings, he is calm, collected and analytical." "He is brilliant: incredibly hard-working, approachable, responsive, fantastic on paper and very good with difficult clients."
Recent work: Acted as junior silk to Tim Lord QC on behalf of Bank of St Petersburg in its dispute with Vitaly Arkhangelsky.

Helen Davies QC
Joint head of chambers and an advocate of some renown in relation to commercial, energy and competition law disputes. She has appeared in a number of leading banking cases including those addressing issues of fraud, mis-selling and the interpretation of the ISDA Master Agreement.
Strengths: "She is exceptional, has a phenomenally impressive grasp of cases, is clear-thinking and learned, and is a very good advocate." "She is absolutely at the top of her game."
Recent work: Represented Lloyds Banking Group defending a claim for over £250 million brought by shareholders in Lloyds alleging it negligently failed to reveal and misrepresented the true financial position of HBOS prior to its acquisition by Lloyds in 2008.

Neil Calver QC
Maintains a diverse practice not only as an advocate in insurance and banking cases, but also in the capacity of arbitrator in international proceedings. He often represents oligarch clients in financial disputes.
Strengths: "He is amazing with clients, spots killer points early on and is a great strategist." "He is an attractive advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Alexander Kotton in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar in relation to the discharge of a freezing injunction.

Jasbir Dhillon QC
Enjoys a solid reputation as a banking silk with a number of appearances in leading cases to his name. Besides his expertise in securitisation and derivatives cases, he has additional experience in handling contentious regulatory proceedings.
Strengths: "He is very good on the technical details of banking disputes." "First-rate commercial counsel who is impressive in the more complex disputes."
Recent work: Appeared on behalf of Enasarco in a successful claim for USD61.5 million against Lehman Brothers in a complex structured derivative product. The dispute is now a leading case on the calculation and determination of loss under the 1992 ISDA Master Agreement.

Simon Salzedo QC
Enters the listings as a banking and finance silk this year amid growing appreciation of his accomplished advocacy in a number of discrete areas within the field, including in tax indemnity and duties of care in relation to bankers' references. He is also a noted advocate in the fields of professional negligence and insurance.
Strengths: "He is very, very precise, is strong in cross-examination and has a huge brain." "Very bright and good to deal with."
Recent work: Acted as co-lead counsel for Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig (KWL) in its high-profile dispute with UBS.

Stephen Midwinter QC
Highly regarded as a junior with respect to a number of related practice areas including insurance, energy and civil fraud matters. He is also often instructed as sole counsel in banking cases. Strengths: "He has a high speed of delivery without compromising on quality. He just produces excellent pieces of work in a very short space of time. He's incredibly good value to use as a result." "Midwinter is absolute class as a senior junior. You do not want him on the other side. He is very lean, very strong and very direct, very effective." Recent work: Represented KWL as senior junior in its high-profile dispute with UBS.

JUNIORS

Craig Morrison
Rises up the listings this year on the back of appearances in a number of headline cases in the banking field and praise from peers and instructing solicitors alike. Many of the cases on which he is instructed turn on fundamental issues of fraud.
Strengths: "Incredibly hard-working, utterly cheerful and a delight throughout." "His is a lively and versatile intellect."
Recent work: Represented Goldman Sachs in proceedings stemming from the administration of Lehman Brothers International regarding the correct interpretation of the ISDA Master Agreement.

Fionn Pilbrow
Enjoys an excellent reputation as an accomplished junior sought after by eminent silks and instructing solicitors in a number of practice areas. He is considered a leading commercial and civil fraud practitioner and offers additional expertise in relation to energy, insurance and banking cases.
Strengths: "His analysis and drafting are excellent, and he is hugely popular with solicitors since he is easy to work with." "Very flexible and amazingly able to turn around work quickly."
Recent work: Acted for Bayerische Landesbank in its claim for damages against Bernie Ecclestone and others in relation to the sale of its stake in Formula One.

Tony Singla
Leading competition law junior with excellent standing with regard to commercial, media and fraud cases. In banking and finance he has noted experience in relation to matters addressing issues of fraud and shareholder disputes.
Strengths: "He gives the confidence that he absolutely believes in his case. He knows his own mind, fights his corner and is a good, strong advocate." "Very impressive. He is hard-working, intelligent and has a bright future ahead of him."
Recent work: Represented Lloyds Banking Group in the litigation stemming from the acquisition of HBOS.

Fred Hobson
Enters the listings this year as a banking and finance junior, having already been recognised for his work in general commercial dispute resolution. His experience in this area includes issues stemming from private equity acquisitions.
Strengths: "He is very good, particularly in terms of his cross-examination."
Recent work: Acted as junior counsel, led by Mark Howard QC, for Citibank in the high-profile dispute with Terra Firma.

Richard Eschwege
Enjoys a rapidly growing reputation for his accomplished junior representation in banking disputes as well as in commercial litigation. His practice in banking and finance focuses on issues surrounding the enforcement of guarantees and breaches of confidence.
Strengths: "An extraordinarily clever chap. The level of his analysis and drafting is years beyond what you would expect for someone of his call." "Incredibly able and one of the best juniors around at the moment."
Recent work: Represented Bank St Petersburg as junior counsel on its claim against Vitaly Arkhangelsky.

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

One Essex Court offers a large number of exceptionally able silks and juniors, including some among the select few regarded as pre-eminent in the field of banking and finance. Its members are regularly instructed by magic and silver circle firms in the most significant and hard-fought matters in the industry including, in recent times, the RBS rights issue litigation and Terra Firma v Citibank. They are also noted for their deep expertise in related practice areas including civil fraud, international commercial arbitration, energy and professional negligence.

Client service: "They treat their clients with respect and don't overbook diaries. They are so responsible, so professional and see things as long-term relationships. They essentially run their clerking as a firm." Darren Burrows leads the clerking team.

SILKS

Stephen Auld QC Maintains a highly respected practice across a number of areas, including civil fraud, with a focus on cases addressing complicated contractual arrangements. Of late, he has been acting in a swathe of financial cases linked to manipulation of benchmark rates. Strengths: "A very smooth and persuasive advocate who is good at cutting through knotty issues to get to the heart of things." "A no-nonsense, charming and confident advocate who is great with clients." Recent work: Instructed on behalf of Wingate, a subsidiary of Guardian Care Homes, in a case seeking damages for consequential losses stemming from the alleged manipulation of Libor.

Anthony Grabiner QC
A doyen of the Commercial Bar with several decades of experience of appearing in the leading cases of the day, including a significant number in the House of Lords and the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "His sense of the lie of the land is incredible. He is so approachable, open and unbelievably intuitive." "A huge name at the Bar. He is very user-friendly, has a great manner with clients and has real gravitas and precision."
Recent work: Acted as lead silk for Terra Firma in its high-profile dispute with Citi.

Laurence Rabinowitz QC
Widely considered one of the pre-eminent silks of the London Bar with an outstanding reputation as a brilliant advocate capable of handling the most complex and intricate disputes with aplomb. Besides his expertise in banking and commercial cases, he is also highly accomplished with regard to civil fraud and international arbitration proceedings.
Strengths: "He is fantastic. He has a sort of intellectual courage, a willingness to confront difficulties in his own case." "He can cover in a day issues that would normally take a leader a month. Judges have deferred to him."
Recent work: Acted for Banco Santander Totta in the five related cases against Portuguese public transport companies.

Sonia Tolaney QC
A major recent addition to the One Essex Court bench having arrived from 3 Verulam Buildings, Tolaney enjoys a standing as an exceptionally talented advocate with regard to banking and finance disputes. She offers clients additional expertise in commercial, civil fraud and insolvency cases.
Strengths: "She has the ear of the court and can make submissions that go down like sweetmeats." "An incredibly persuasive advocate with an excellent courtroom manner in terms of presenting a reasonable face to the court. She knows what points to concede and what to pursue."
Recent work: Instructed as part of the team representing RBS and its former directors in the RBS rights issue litigation.

Daniel Toledano QC
Outstanding silk of choice for many leading banks and hedge funds in complex disputes, with particular recent experience in cases concerning the provision of investment advice. He is also a highly rated advocate for civil fraud and general commercial matters.
Strengths: "A first-rate legal mind with great judgement. He is surely one of the best trial advocates of his generation." "Clients adore him because he is so calm and measured. He is a great team player and a phenomenal cross-examiner."
Recent work: Acted for European investors in a claim against ratings agency McGraw-Hill International in its AAA rating for CPDO notes created by a major bank.

David Wolfson QC
Has established himself as a silk of great repute capable of arguing forcefully and persuasively in the most complex of banking and finance disputes.
Strengths: "Very impressive. He is super smart and brilliant at dealing with clients and experts. He doesn't waffle - he jumps straight to the strongest points." "David is very charismatic. A hugely engaging speaker and convincing advocate."
Recent work: Represented Morgan Stanley in the Supreme Court in an appeal by Tael One Partners that turned on the proper meaning of the LMA standard terms for the sale of debt in the secondary market.

Alain Choo Choy QC
An advocate with broad-ranging expertise across a number of practice areas central to One Essex Court, including banking and civil fraud. He has a particularly strong reputation in points of conflict of law and jurisdiction cases.
Strengths: "He is utterly charming and clearly knows the detail. Judges trust and react very well to him." "Extremely bright, he is a very powerful advocate."
Recent work: Acted for UniCredit handling an indemnity claim against Barclays Bank in respect of an Italian tax exemption on payments made under a structured investment product created by Barclays for the bank.

Rhodri Davies QC
Especially accomplished in regard to cases stemming from the credit crunch, and has a particular interest in financial disputes involving issues of bondholder rights, credit facility and share sale agreements. He has further experience of handling professional negligence cases, most often those addressing alleged accountants' negligence.
Strengths: "He is extremely persuasive on his feet, smooth and confident with clients, no-nonsense and to the point." "He is very experienced and reliable, with a deep perspective and the ability to create confidence in clients with ease."
Recent work: Represented Stichting Vestia in a case against Credit Suisse for a termination sum under ISDA transactions following a closeout.

Anthony de Garr Robinson QC
Enjoys a growing reputation for his capable representation of sophisticated domestic and international clients in a range of disputes including those relating to company law and civil fraud as well as banking and finance. He is also registered to practise in the British Virgin Islands, Bahamas and DIFC.
Strengths: "Anthony delivers advice that is tangible and practical and is incredibly user-friendly." "He is very technically gifted and very hard-working."
Recent work: Defended Canada Life against a claim by 84 investors who made investments in certain investment funds through a Canada Life offshore insurance wrapper. The claimants allege breaches of duty in respect of both the management of the funds and the investment advice which caused them to invest in the funds.

Neil Kitchener QC
Maintains a wide-ranging and well-respected practice encompassing civil fraud, insolvency, arbitration, company law and energy disputes. His recent representations in banking cases have included those addressing allegations of negligence and breaches of fiduciary duty.
Strengths: "He is excellent. All over the factual detail and can come up with extremely complex analysis off the top of his head."
Recent work: Acted for Sabre Oil and Gas on a claim against Standard Bank over the amount of fees, interest and transaction expenses charged by the defendant.

Craig Orr QC
Has a markedly international practice, often appearing in the courts of both Europe and the Far East on behalf of banks and claimants against them. His practice in financial disputes focuses on matters involving complex investment arrangements and derivatives.
Strengths: "A hugely impressive individual, he is incredibly conscientious and incredibly intelligent. A safer pair of hands couldn't be at the wheel." "He is very bright, very painstaking and leaves no stone unturned."
Recent work: Defended Kroll Associates against a claim for USD500 million alleging conspiracy in connection to their engagement with the former chairman of Bank Alkair, a Bahraini investment bank.

Benjamin Strong QC
Recent silk with a good reputation as an accomplished advocate in commercial disputes, especially those arising in the banking industry. His career as a barrister is built on several years as a solicitor at leading firm Slaughter and May.
Strengths: "He is great with clients, very responsive and quick to grasp and identify solutions to complex issues." "Outstanding. His ability to consume and assimilate a vast amount of material and provide very cogent advice and oral advocacy is very impressive."
Recent work: Acted for Stichting Vestia in its dispute with Credit Suisse International.

Hannah Brown QC
Solid junior with a banking practice that often overlaps with her wider expertise in fraud and negligence. She has further interest in insurance cases.
Strengths: "She is simply perfect in all respects - very smart and wonderful at handling complex ideas."
Recent work: Represented Open Joint Stock Company Alfa-Bank in enforcement proceedings in relation to a Russian judgment for £8.8 million, in which the defendant raised allegations of fraud and that the Russian proceedings were conducted in violation of natural justice.

JUNIORS

James MacDonald
Joins the set this year from 3 Verulam Buildings, bringing highly respected expertise in handling complex banking and finance disputes. His practice in this area is diverse, spanning multi-jurisdictional cases and enforcement proceedings.
Strengths: "A fantastic all-rounder. His written work is excellent and he is a very strong trial advocate who is also great with clients." "He is as happy handling a short trial on his own in a defended recoveries case as he is being led in a derivatives mis-selling matter."
Recent work: Appeared as junior for ratings agencies Standard & Poor's and Moody's in a case addressing the duties owed by such agencies when providing ratings for financial products.

Conall Patton Enjoys a fast-growing standing among peers and instructing solicitors for his outstanding written advocacy across a range of areas including banking, competition law and energy. Such is the regard in which he is held that he often acts unled in major cases. Strengths: "He produces beautifully written advocacy - he has an incredible way of expressing himself that is very effective." "A highly intelligent advocate with an excellent understanding of complex financial products. His expertise in derivatives and structured notes is particularly impressive." Recent work: Represented Odeon Capital Group as sole counsel in a Commercial Court trial brought by Molton Street Capital in respect of bond trading.

Alexander Polley
Leading junior of choice for a range of major solicitors and eminent silks, with a reputation as an exemplary technician. His practice in banking and finance matters often overlaps with his wider expertise in civil fraud and professional negligence.
Strengths: "He is phenomenally good at producing high-quality work under time pressure. He can synthesise a lot of complex material quickly and work out the best approach and points to develop." "He knows the law exceptionally well, is incredibly hard-working and clever. A very good lawyer."
Recent work: Defended Société Générale against the Libyan Investment Authority's high-profile suit valued at USD1.6 billion, regarding certain structured investments procured, allegedly, by bribery.

Henry Forbes Smith
Solid junior with a banking practice informed, in part, by his former career as a capital markets lawyer in New York at US firm Davis Polk. He has a particular interest in cases dealing with securities, options trading and derivatives.
Strengths: "He is a great cross-examiner and a very clever guy."
Recent work: Acted for Lehman Brothers in an appeal against a judgment concerning the timing of valuation of closeout under the ISDA Master Agreement.

Sebastian Isaac
Has a growing reputation as a capable junior whose commercial disputes practice is not limited to banking and finance disputes. In this field, he has particular experience in securities cases and those turning on allegations of fraud.
Strengths: "He is really clever, very able, very competent and totally reliable as a junior." "Very user-friendly, commercial, responsive and technically brilliant."

Richard Mott
Established junior with a practice encompassing arbitration, energy, and banking and finance disputes. He has an additional interest in cases addressing issues of civil fraud.
Strengths: "An incredibly bright junior who is a pleasure to work with, gets stuck in and always fights the client’s corner." "Very intellectual but also commercial at the same time. He really rolls up his sleeves and gets into the detail."
Recent work: Acted for Citibank in resisting a claim for declamatory relief, and counterclaiming for around USD270 million under a series of obligated repo transactions in relation to an alleged metals fraud in China.

Nehali Shah
A young, up-and-coming junior who has forged a growing reputation across a number of related fields for being a highly intelligent and hard-working practitioner. She has particularly pronounced experience with regard to noteholder, private equity and restructuring cases.
Strengths: "She is brilliant - both technically very strong and someone with the ability to master complex issues and materials quickly. She also has the most elegant manner when working with us." "Nehali is a highly capable junior. She is very bright, has an eye for detail and is a strong team player."
Recent work: Acted for Terra Firma in the high-profile dispute with Citibank in relation to the acquisition of EMI.

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3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A lauded collection of barristers well versed in the intricacies of banking and finance litigation, with members at all levels experienced in appearing in leading and often precedent-setting cases. Market sources are forthcoming in their praise of the set's silks' and juniors' abilities, and instructing solicitors are especially appreciative of the fact that "they understand the importance of the counsel/barrister relationship and invest a lot of time in making sure it works." Its members garner praise in related areas of expertise including financial professional negligence, contentious regulatory proceedings and civil fraud.

Client service: "Stephen Penson's clerking team is excellent. The clerks are commercial, proactive and extremely helpful, which can transform an instructing solicitor's day."

SILKS

Adrian Beltrami QC
Enjoys an excellent reputation for his highly adept advocacy in a wide range of practice areas, proving effective in civil fraud, insolvency and general commercial disputes as well as those relating to banking and finance. His current caseload includes a number of matters dealing with allegations of Libor and Euribor manipulation.
Strengths: "He is very good at reading the courtroom and can adapt his strategy if need be. He has a dry wit that comes across well in court." "A superstar who totally has the ear of the court, he is never flustered by anything."
Recent work: Acted for Barclays in a high-profile dispute with Rhino Enterprises that eventually settled concerning the alleged mis-selling of certain swaps in relation to the alleged manipulation of Libor.

Ali Malek QC
Highly skilled advocate with an enviable track record of appearing in leading financial cases. He has a great depth of experience across a large number of related legal spheres including financial services, commercial arbitration and civil fraud. He is particularly adept at derivatives cases.
Strengths: "An excellent choice for matters requiring a high degree of product knowledge coupled with a high degree of expertise in regulatory matters." "He is very good on strategy and has a very commanding presence in court."
Recent work: Represented four Portuguese public transport companies in a high-profile case brought by Banco Santander Totta alleging EUR1.4 billion was owed on derivative transactions.

Ewan McQuater QC
Joint head of chambers Ewan McQuater QC has an outstanding reputation as a highly versatile commercial silk with a well-established practice in banking and finance disputes. His caseload in the field is diverse, ranging from insolvency to national bonds.
Strengths: "He is very, very good, both technically and in terms of his advocacy." "Very nice to work with, very smart and terrific in cross-examination."
Recent work: Acted for DZ Bank AG in its dispute with the administrators of Lehman Brothers International concerning a number of claims and counterclaims in respect of the valuation and eligibility of certain counterparty repo positions.

Richard Salter QC
Enormously experienced banking silk with a recent focus on cases dealing with insolvency and the limits of tracing and restitution. He has additional noted expertise in commercial disputes and arbitration proceedings.
Strengths: "He is impressively erudite, fiercely analytical and strategically astute." "He knows banking law inside out and commands respect because of that wealth of experience."
Recent work: Represented Novo Banco in a significant dispute with Goldman Sachs concerning the extent to which the English courts should recognise actions taken by the central bank of Portugal under an EU Directive relating to a structured finance facility valued at USD835 million.

Jonathan Nash QC
Enjoys an outstanding reputation for his accomplished advocacy in a range of banking disputes, with a special focus on cases addressing issues arising from complex derivative transactions. He has frequently been instructed in valuation cases stemming from the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
Strengths: "Clients like him since he gives them a judge-led view and because he is also able to strategise beyond the scope of a single decision." "He can argue the inarguable because he is exceptionally eloquent."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the largest claimant group in the RBS rights issue litigation bringing a claim of £1.8 billion.

Andrew Onslow QC
Highly accomplished commercial and banking silk with a very well-respected practice taking in a number of related areas. He has additional expertise in relation to art and cultural property law, as well as civil fraud and professional negligence.
Strengths: "Outstanding. He has no airs and graces and absolutely gets stuck in." "He is a very accomplished practitioner and advocate."
Recent work: Represented a £1.3 billion claimant group in the renowned RBS rights issue class action.

Andrew Sutcliffe QC
Versatile banking and finance advocate whose practice in the area often overlaps with his wider expertise in civil fraud matters. He has additional prowess in relation to media and entertainment cases.
Strengths: "An extremely good, all-round insolvency and banking lawyer."
Recent work: Acted for Andrew Charalambous in a complex £10 million property dispute with Barclays and Healys LLP. The case addressed allegations of undue influence and misrepresentation on the part of the bank and the solicitor.

John Odgers QC
Has established a solid reputation in silk as a banking and commercial disputes practitioner, aided, in part, by being the editor of a leading textbook in the field. He has additional noted expertise in regulatory financial services and civil fraud matters.
Strengths: "He is a very solid junior silk who knows his banking law extremely well and is a really valuable part of a counsel team." "He is very enjoyable to work with and has a very thorough and detailed approach to everything."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant Dutch institutional pension fund Vervoer in a dispute with its fiduciary investment manager, Goldman Sachs, concerning investment management decisions made during and after the subprime mortgage crisis.

David Quest QC
Offers accomplished advocacy in a number of discrete areas in banking and finance including early termination of agreements and exchange bonds. He is also a noted practitioner in offshore and civil fraud disputes.
Strengths: "He is exceptionally bright and strategic, with a particular gift for financial products disputes." "He provides concise, pragmatic advice and skilful advocacy."
Recent work: Represented HSBC in the successful defence against a claim brought by a businessperson for foreign exchange trading losses in excess of £20 million.

Jonathan Davies-Jones QC
Highly experienced banking practitioner whose knowledge and understanding of the area is due, in part, to his previous career as an investment banker specialising in M&A. He has wider expertise in commercial dispute resolution and civil fraud.
Strengths: "Absolutely exceptional. He is extraordinarily clever, he is brilliant on his feet and can argue the most complex cases in court." "He is fantastic - incredibly precise and never gives up."
Recent work: Acted successfully on behalf of Comune di Prato in a complex interest rate swaps dispute with a value of around EUR60 million. It is the first case in which the English courts have directly applied a foreign system of law under the Rome Convention.

Catherine Gibaud QC
Offers wide-ranging expertise across a number of issues in the field, including the mis-selling of derivatives, swaps and the interpretation of the ISDA Master Agreement. She also has experience in handling financial negligence claims.
Strengths: "She is very client-friendly and is very good at getting to the detail." "She is a good advocate and a very hard worker who gives her all for her clients."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidators of Carlyle Capital Corporation on bringing a claim against its former directors and managers for breaches of fiduciary duty and of contract, wrongful trading, misfeasance and negligence. The claim is valued at over USD1 billion.

Matthew Hardwick QC
Maintains a diverse and well-respected practice taking in restructuring and insolvency disputes as well as general commercial and banking litigation. His extensive experience in the latter includes derivatives, swaps, trade finance and securities cases.
Strengths: "His work ethic and attention to detail are outstanding. He is able to dissect and understand a large volume of documents within a short period of time, as demonstrated by his comprehensive written submissions and clear, concise advocacy." "Incredibly sharp with excellent drafting skills."
Recent work: Instructed at a late stage to represent Wani LLP in its swaps mis-selling claim against RBS.

Richard Edwards QC
Takes silk this year after a junior career that saw him establish himself as a leading figure in the arts and cultural property world. His work in banking and finance matters centres on swaps cases, with further experience in enforcement of guarantees and security cases.
Strengths: "He is calm, authoritative and a good tactician, as well as being excellent to work with." "A delightful guy to work with and has very strong knowledge of the banking sector."
Recent work: Acted while a junior for Crestsign in its high-profile case against NatWest for the alleged mis-selling of an interest rate swap. The matter is an important case in respect to the distinction between advised and non-advised sales.

Richard Brent QC
Accomplished banking junior whose practice includes wider expertise in matters concerning the regulation of financial services. His work in the banking sphere focuses on swaps mis-selling cases on behalf of domestic and international institutions.
Strengths: "He is strong on the details - when he is reviewing witness statements, he'll pick up on details that are absolutely crucial." "Very clever. He has sound judgement and expresses himself very clearly."
Recent work: Acted as senior junior for the defendant Portuguese public transport companies in the case brought by Banco Santander Totta.

JUNIORS

Adam Kramer
Unusually versatile junior with a diverse practice taking in a number of areas including energy, insurance and civil fraud as well as banking and finance. He has appeared in a number of the most significant cases of recent years, including the landmark Bank Charges Litigation.
Strengths: "He is very, very good on his feet and is able to hit the right note, whoever he is in front of, whether in the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court." "Absolutely brilliant. He is fantastically bright and very effective."
Recent work: Acted as a senior junior for one of the claimant groups in the RBS rights issue litigation.

Michael Lazarus
Enjoys an excellent reputation as a highly experienced and accomplished senior junior whose representation of banking and finance clients accompanies a wider and much lauded practice. He is in addition considered the leading junior in contentious information technology matters.
Strengths: "He is an exceptionally clever man who could be a silk." "Very good. He is user-friendly, helpful, good tactically and cool under pressure."
Recent work: Represented Threadneedle Asset Management in the defence of a claim brought by Otkritie Capital for USD100 million on the basis of an allegation that the defendant is vicariously liable for a conspiracy conducted by a former employee.

Matthew Parker
Well-regarded junior with a solid reputation in relation to banking and finance cases. He has further expertise in handling civil fraud and professional negligence matters, as well as those dealing with offshore issues.
Strengths: "A fighter. He is responsive, charming, very intelligent and has a wonderful rapport with clients." "He can outperform QCs and can perform both the disciplines of oral and written advocacy in a fantastic way."
Recent work: Acted for the second defendant in a claim for over £100 million arising from investments in a commercial property in Canary Wharf. The claim was with regard to allegations of misrepresentation in an information memorandum and breaches of fiduciary duty. The case was struck out after a three-day hearing.

Ian Wilson
Enjoys a good reputation with regard to his representation in banking matters which commonly turn on issues of securities, swaps, options and structured financial products. He also has noted expertise in relation to the Consumer Credit Act.
Strengths: "His written advice is excellent - extremely thorough, yet concise. He is also very approachable and user-friendly." "He is very quick-thinking, skilful in cross-examination and incredibly good with the client in terms of allaying any concerns they might have."
Recent work: Successfully represented Clydesdale Bank in a complex claim for £17 million relating to the unauthorised release of a security and unauthorised lending. At issue were allegations of fraud, conspiracy and negligence.

William Edwards
Well-established junior whose practice includes arbitration, insolvency, fraud and negligence matters alongside his central expertise in banking and finance.
Strengths: "He has a compendious knowledge of the law, is incredibly bright and a pleasure to work with." "Phenomenally bright and offers formidable, in-depth analysis."
Recent work: Acted for Loreley Financing in a claim valued at USD72 million against the estate of Lehman Brothers arising from the sale of CDO notes.

David Simpson
A banking and finance specialist who is regularly instructed by major investment and retail banks in high-value matters. He has additional noted expertise in technical and contentious regulatory proceedings, often on behalf of the FCA.
Strengths: "Terrific. He is incredibly efficient, organised, incisive, thoughtful and a wizard with technology." "He is bright, capable, very flexible and asks the right questions."
Recent work: Represented the private banking arm of Credit Suisse in a claim for around £30 million brought by a high net worth client in relation to the liquidation of a USD60 million investment portfolio.

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A collection of highly capable barristers whose regular involvement in banking litigation often overlaps with the set's wider expertise in shipping, commodities and arbitration proceedings. Members of Essex Court Chambers are noted for their capability in handling complex matters spanning borders and jurisdictions, and are highly experienced in appearing in forums around the world. Additional areas of expertise in which counsel are regularly instructed include fraud and insurance.

Client service: "Joe Ferrigno's clerking is very good and responsive."

SILKS

David Foxton QC
Enjoys a reputation as an outstandingly intelligent and experienced advocate well versed in the full range of disputes in the banking and finance arena. He has appeared in a number of the most significant banking cases of recent times, and has further extensive expertise in commercial arbitration proceedings under all major arbitral rules.
Strengths: "A tremendously creative and pleasant advocate who judges listen to." "He is fantastic. A thoroughly likeable guy to work with, thoughtful and clever."
Recent work: Acted for Goldman Sachs in Waterfall III, the third hearing in relation to the funding costs under the ISDA Master Agreement in connection to the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Joe Smouha QC
Exceptionally able silk with a diverse practice encompassing the adept handling of complex proceedings in civil fraud, and banking and finance. He is additionally an accomplished advocate in international arbitrations, as well as sitting as an arbitrator.
Strengths: "A fantastic silk with a great ability to cut through very complex scenarios to get to the key issues to move the matter forward." "He oozes class. A pleasure to deal with, and a smooth, persuasive and effective advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Barclays on the dispute with UniCredit concerning the indemnification of Italian tax liabilities pursuant to payments arising under a structured investment product supplied by Barclays.

Richard Millett QC
Versatile advocate with a practice beyond banking and finance that includes offshore, commercial chancery and international arbitration proceedings. He is also noted for his representation in media and insurance disputes.
Strengths: "A great advocate. He is passionate, very detailed and very innovative." "He doesn't sit on the fence but gives you a view of how things will pan out and can grapple well with complex issues."

Jeffrey Gruder QC
Leading arbitrator with wider expertise in relation to general commercial and shipping disputes. His practice in banking and finance focuses primarily on securities and derivatives cases.
Strengths: "A very strong advocate capable of delivering a carefully crafted argument." "A characterful but effective advocate. "

JUNIORS

Edmund King
Established junior with a highly respected practice spanning a diverse array of related areas including commercial chancery, arbitration, civil fraud, shipping and commodities. He has further noted expertise in handling indirect tax issues.
Strengths: "He doesn't advise in a vacuum but has the ability to marry technically strong analysis with the commercial context of a case." "He is very bright and very sure-footed. When you get a piece of work from him, you know you can rely on it."

James Willan
Has enjoyed a rapid rise up the rankings with respect to a wide range of practice areas based, in part, on his reputation as an extremely capable and intelligent junior with the ability to handle the most complex and intricate of issues. Besides banking disputes, he is accomplished in representing clients in civil fraud, offshore and arbitration proceedings.
Strengths: "A superstar on all fronts. His intellect, analytical skills, ability to master documents, advocacy and his confident and assertive advice are all superb." "Ridiculously impressive. A junior who performs way, way beyond his years."
Recent work: Acted for Dexia Crediop in a dispute with Provincia di Crotone concerning interest rate swaps valued in excess of EUR50 million.

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Band 3

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

South Square is the leading restructuring and insolvency set whose members' work in the banking and finance industry often arises in this context. Its enviable roster of counsel is often instructed by leading solicitors in highly intricate disputes, many of which address issues relating to securitisation and derivatives transactions. Recent headline cases in which both silks and juniors have appeared include Landsbanki v Rabobank, a dispute concerning closeouts and the application of the 1992 ISDA Master Agreement, and the Waterfall applications stemming from the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Client service: "Practice manager Jim Costa is excellent - very responsive and helpful. In arranging consultations and sorting out billing, he always gets it right first time." Mike Killick and Dylan Playfoot are the joint senior clerks.

SILKS

Robin Dicker QC
Outstanding advocate with a particularly strong reputation for handling the most significant and high-value restructuring and insolvency disputes, including those arising in the banking industry. He is also widely regarded as one of the leading silks in company law and offshore matters.
Strengths: "He is a brilliant, incredibly articulate, intellectually rigorous barrister." "He is very clever and very able. Clients love him and judges respect him."
Recent work: Acted for the first three respondents in the highly significant Waterfall II application stemming from the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Antony Zacaroli QC
Exceptionally talented and respected silk with a practice in banking and finance disputes primarily centred on restructuring and insolvency matters in the industry. His technical facility in a number of areas, including in company law and financial regulatory cases, receives praise from a range of sources.
Strengths: "His legal knowledge and application is exceptionally good, but he is also very good at appreciating the client's commercial position and thinking about how to present his knowledge to that end." "He is incredibly bright and very technical, as well as being user-friendly and very personable."
Recent work: Appeared on behalf of Wentworth Sons Sub-Debt Sàrl in the Waterfall II proceedings.

David Allison QC
Recent silk who enjoys a growing reputation in a number of related fields both in terms of the strength of his advocacy and for his willingness to tackle the detail of complex cases. Beyond banking and finance, he has additional expertise in company law, offshore and insolvency matters, among others.
Strengths: "He gets into the detail rather than simply relying on technical knowledge of the law and he is really responsive and user-friendly." "His advocacy is really good, assertive - he works well on his feet."
Recent work: Represented Rabobank in its defence of a claim brought by Landsbanki in connection to the closeout of an ISDA Master Agreement. The case dealt with issues of valuation and foreign currency pricing.

Jeremy Goldring QC
Accomplished advocate with a strong reputation in a number of fields including company law, insolvency, and banking and finance. His practice in the latter focuses primarily on issues in connection to securitisation and derivatives.
Strengths: "He is extremely clever, very sensible and practical." "He obviously makes the effort to read the papers to understand the background to the situation and tries to help you find a solution that is both practical and solves the problem."
Recent work: Acted for BNY Mellon Corporate Trustee in a case determining Lloyds Banking Group's right to redeem capital notes issued during the financial crisis in advance of their maturity dates.

William Trower QC
An exceptional restructuring and insolvency silk whose practice in finance often concerns such matters arising in the banking industry. He is also noted for further expertise in relation to company law and corporate fraud in the civil context.
Strengths: "He is very articulate and very smooth in terms of putting points across persuasively."
Recent work: Represented Landsbanki in a closeout and set-off dispute with UBS.

Tom Smith QC
Quickly establishing himself in silk as an advocate of choice for leading instructing solicitors in an array of fields. Besides his strong reputation in banking disputes, he has additional aptitude in marshalling proceedings in company law and insolvency.
Strengths: "Enormously committed and responsive. A great intellect and advocate." "Extremely talented and a pleasure to work with. A go-to junior QC for banking insolvency matters."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of GSO Capital Partners in a case against Barclays Bank in relation to debt trades undertaken in respect of Spanish gaming company Codere. The case was one of the first substantive judgments on the new Financial List.

Daniel Bayfield QC
Takes silk this year on the back of a highly successful junior career that saw him gain an excellent reputation in commercial chancery and insolvency disputes as well as banking cases. He is also an advocate of some repute in regard to sports law matters.
Strengths: "Daniel is very bright and able. He combines a sound legal approach with pragmatic advice and is user-friendly and responsive." "He is very bright and has good judgement - a very strong junior silk."
Recent work: Represented UBS in its defence of an action brought by Landsbanki concerning issues of closeout and set-off.

JUNIORS

Stephen Robins
Leading restructuring and insolvency junior whose practice in banking matters very often overlaps with that field. He is also noted for his expertise in civil fraud.
Strengths: "He is very bright, very capable and an excellent draftsman." "A precise thinker and energetic."
Recent work: Acted in the Court of Appeal for The Bank of New York Mellon in the dispute with Lloyds Banking Group concerning its right to redeem capital notes that had been issued during the financial crisis.

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Band 4

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

20 Essex Street offers a number of well-respected silks who are highly experienced in handling complex financial disputes, most often those relating to derivatives, interest rate swaps, structured products and mis-selling. Its members are additionally very well versed in appearing in international commercial arbitration proceedings under all major rules, with further noted capability in shipping, EU and public international law.

Client service: "Their clerks are comparable to the top end of the marketplace in every respect." Senior clerk Neil Palmer leads the team.

SILKS

Charles Kimmins QC
Highly accomplished shipping and international arbitration silk with a well-respected banking and commercial litigation practice. His financial disputes work centres on derivatives, civil fraud and cases examining the application of the 1992 ISDA Master Agreement.
Strengths: "Fantastic. He is completely on top of the detail at all times, extremely well prepared and wears his intelligence lightly." "He is really constructive, fabulous. He has perfect recall of the relevant cases and is extremely adept at understanding the issues."
Recent work: Acted for financiers Technomar in seeking declaratory relief and damages relating to rights arising under a number of financing documents.

Julian Kenny QC
Took silk this year off the back of his strong reputation in contentious proceedings in the banking and shipping arenas. He is especially interested in ISDA issues and the determination of closeouts.
Strengths: "He is intellectually very able, calm, measured and has a good sense of humour." "He is bright, analytical and thorough."

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Band 4

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

4 Stone Buildings houses highly respected silks and juniors who handle banking litigation as part of their superior commercial chancery practice. Counsel at 4 Stone Buildings also offer additional expertise in relation to public law proceedings and contentious financial regulatory cases.

Client service: "One can get spectacular client service from the clerks room. They foster deep, long-standing relationships, are attentive and can be contacted at any time of day or night. When one needs them to step up, they always deliver." David Goddard is the set's senior clerk.

SILKS

Robert Miles QC
Exceptionally well regarded in a diverse range of practice areas, being widely seen as one of a select leading few in company and banking law. He has appeared as an advocate in a large number of the most significant finance cases of recent years, and has had a recent focus on cases concerning the redemption of capital notes.
Strengths: "He combines fantastic technical ability, strategic judgement and user-friendliness with powerful and incisive advocacy. He is full of ideas, inspires huge confidence in clients and is willing to give clear views and to be bold." "A reassuringly clear thinker."
Recent work: Defended Goldman Sachs in its case against the Libyan Investment Authority, valued at USD1 billion, relating to investments made in 2008.

Jonathan Crow QC
One of the leading silks of his generation, Jonathan Crow QC maintains an outstanding level of representation across an unusually diverse range of practice areas. His presence at the forefront of company law and other chancery matters is accompanied by leading expertise in public law, financial services, offshore and insolvency disputes.
Strengths: "An exceptional advocate. He is very user-friendly and has a very sharp mind." "A grandee who is down-to-earth. He has great charm, great authority and manages to have a magisterial quality without being stuffy."
Recent work: Acted as Advocate to the Supreme Court in the high-profile dispute between JSC BTA Bank and Mukhtar Ablyazov that addressed the interpretation and application of the standard form freezing order.

Richard Hill QC
Occupies a position among the finest company law advocates in the London Bar, as well as highly respected expertise in commercial and civil fraud disputes. His practice in banking matters often involves the representation of oligarchs and high net worth individuals in claims against financial institutions.
Strengths: "He is very bright and someone to call on for knotty problems."
Recent work: Represented Al-Khorafi in a quantum hearing gaining USD73 million in damages from Bank Sarasin in relation to the mis-selling of structured investment products.

JUNIORS

Sharif Shivji
Has a fast-growing reputation as a highly accomplished banking junior, whose practice in the area is partly informed by his background as a derivatives trader. He is also often called upon by instructing solicitors for representation in company law and offshore disputes.
Strengths: "He is really good on his feet, is very commercial, technically brilliant and can understand complex financial products." "A proper banking junior well capable of a mature presentation of the issues."
Recent work: Appeared in the case between Standard & Poor's and Deutsche Bank concerning the liability of ratings agencies for the ratings they grant financial products.

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Star Individuals

Michael Brindle QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Brindle QC 
An immensely capable silk with a top-class practice in a wide range of areas, including financial services, professional negligence and commercial dispute resolution. His practice in banking and finance matters includes the expert representation of oligarch, domestic and international clients.
Strengths: "He has as much gravitas in court as anybody at the Bar. He is absolutely at the top of his game." "Because he has been to the Supreme Court so many times, he backs himself. He is quite happy to take brave decisions and is an all-round advocate."
Recent work: Represented Russian investment bank Renaissance Capital in a dispute with African Minerals concerning success fees under engagement letters relating to an iron ore mine in Sierra Leone.

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Star Individuals

South Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robin Dicker QC
Outstanding advocate with a particularly strong reputation for handling the most significant and high-value restructuring and insolvency disputes, including those arising in the banking industry. He is also widely regarded as one of the leading silks in company law and offshore matters. 
Strengths: "He is a brilliant, incredibly articulate, intellectually rigorous barrister." "He is very clever and very able. Clients love him and judges respect him."
Recent work: Acted for the first three respondents in the highly significant Waterfall II application stemming from the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

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Anthony Grabiner QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anthony Grabiner QC
A doyen of the Commercial Bar with several decades of experience of appearing in the leading cases of the day, including a significant number in the House of Lords and the Supreme Court. 
Strengths: "His sense of the lie of the land is incredible. He is so approachable, open and unbelievably intuitive." "A huge name at the Bar. He is very user-friendly, has a great manner with clients and has real gravitas and precision."
Recent work: Acted as lead silk for Terra Firma in its high-profile dispute with Citi.

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Star Individuals

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Hapgood QC
An undisputed titan of the Banking Bar with a string of successes in headline cases under his belt. He is widely respected for his expertise in commercial finance disputes, most recently involving issues relating to trusts and other debt securities.
Strengths: "Mark is particularly adept at cutting to the heart of complicated issues and presenting them simply and clearly. He provides practical commercial and strategic advice and is a very persuasive advocate." "Absolutely in the category of super silks. He is one of the pre-eminent banking silks around."
Recent work: Led a team of three silks and a junior in the Supreme Court for a bank sued as transferee of Saudi Arabian shares valued at around USD300 million, in a case addressing whether a trust can create property rights in foreign assets not recognised by the local law.

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Star Individuals

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Howard QC
One of the very finest silks of his generation, with a stellar practice spanning a large number of areas. Besides his exceptional ability in banking and finance disputes, he has further expertise in energy, civil fraud, professional negligence and international arbitration proceedings. 
Strengths: "He gives clever, shrewd and realistic advice and, above all, excels in cross-examination. He also obviously has the respect of the court." "A strong cross-examiner and a good advocate."
Recent work: Successfully represented Citibank in a high-profile case brought by Terra Firma for £1.5 billion in relation to the acquisition of EMI prior to the financial crash of 2008. The claim for fraud was withdrawn during trial.

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Laurence Rabinowitz QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Laurence Rabinowitz QC
Widely considered one of the pre-eminent silks of the London Bar with an outstanding reputation as a brilliant advocate capable of handling the most complex and intricate disputes with aplomb. Besides his expertise in banking and commercial cases, he is also highly accomplished with regard to civil fraud and international arbitration proceedings. 
Strengths: "He is fantastic. He has a sort of intellectual courage, a willingness to confront difficulties in his own case." "He can cover in a day issues that would normally take a leader a month. Judges have deferred to him."
Recent work: Acted for Banco Santander Totta in the five related cases against Portuguese public transport companies.

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Star Individuals

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Railton QC 
Vastly experienced advocate with a practice spanning the full range of disputes in banking and finance. He has particularly deep recent expertise in issues arising from the financial crash of 2008. He is also a highly adept practitioner in insurance and general commercial cases.
Strengths: "He is terrific. A fine advocate with meticulous attention to detail, he is very steady and robust under pressure." "Absolutely phenomenal. Quietly spoken but fantastically bright, a very clear thinker and a real delight to work with."
Recent work: Acted for RBS and four of its directors in the extremely high-profile case of the £12 billion issue of rights in 2008, in which the claimants alleged that the prospectus for the issue did not contain sufficient information to adequately determine its true value.

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Antony Zacaroli QC

South Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Antony Zacaroli QC
Exceptionally talented and respected silk with a practice in banking and finance disputes primarily centred on restructuring and insolvency matters in the industry. His technical facility in a number of areas, including in company law and financial regulatory cases, receives praise from a range of sources. 
Strengths: "His legal knowledge and application is exceptionally good, but he is also very good at appreciating the client's commercial position and thinking about how to present his knowledge to that end." "He is incredibly bright and very technical, as well as being user-friendly and very personable."
Recent work: Appeared on behalf of Wentworth Sons Sub-Debt Sàrl in the Waterfall II proceedings.

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One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Auld QC Maintains a highly respected practice across a number of areas, including civil fraud, with a focus on cases addressing complicated contractual arrangements. Of late, he has been acting in a swathe of financial cases linked to manipulation of benchmark rates. Strengths: "A very smooth and persuasive advocate who is good at cutting through knotty issues to get to the heart of things." "A no-nonsense, charming and confident advocate who is great with clients." Recent work: Instructed on behalf of Wingate, a subsidiary of Guardian Care Homes, in a case seeking damages for consequential losses stemming from the alleged manipulation of Libor.

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Adrian Beltrami QC

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adrian Beltrami QC
Enjoys an excellent reputation for his highly adept advocacy in a wide range of practice areas, proving effective in civil fraud, insolvency and general commercial disputes as well as those relating to banking and finance. His current caseload includes a number of matters dealing with allegations of Libor and Euribor manipulation.
Strengths: "He is very good at reading the courtroom and can adapt his strategy if need be. He has a dry wit that comes across well in court." "A superstar who totally has the ear of the court, he is never flustered by anything."
Recent work: Acted for Barclays in a high-profile dispute with Rhino Enterprises that eventually settled concerning the alleged mis-selling of certain swaps in relation to the alleged manipulation of Libor.

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Foxton QC
Enjoys a reputation as an outstandingly intelligent and experienced advocate well versed in the full range of disputes in the banking and finance arena. He has appeared in a number of the most significant banking cases of recent times, and has further extensive expertise in commercial arbitration proceedings under all major arbitral rules. 
Strengths: "A tremendously creative and pleasant advocate who judges listen to." "He is fantastic. A thoroughly likeable guy to work with, thoughtful and clever."
Recent work: Acted for Goldman Sachs in Waterfall III, the third hearing in relation to the funding costs under the ISDA Master Agreement in connection to the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

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Richard Handyside QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Handyside QC 
Enjoys an outstanding reputation for the quality of his representation in big-ticket banking and finance disputes, most often acting on behalf of investment banks and financial institutions. He is particularly noted for his market-leading expertise in issues facing banks arising from the Libor manipulation scandal.
Strengths: "An expert on Libor manipulation claims and highly sought after by a number of bank clients, he brings genuine insight to one of the most complex issues presently before the courts." "His judgement is very good since he reads the court very well. Incredibly diligent, bright and effective."
Recent work: Represented Dexia Crediop SpA in its dispute with Prato, an Italian local authority, relating to a number of interest rate swaps. Dexia sought a declaration that the swaps were valid and binding, while Prato contended that they were invalid under various provisions of Italian law.

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Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tim Lord QC
Highly experienced banking silk known for his forthright and robust advocacy, often on behalf of clients challenging banking practices. He is also noted for his wider expertise in professional negligence and civil fraud cases. 
Strengths: "A formidable opponent. He is fantastically good at dealing with difficult factual cases and at working out which buttons he needs to press to get the judge on his side." "He is a fighter who is extremely good in court and is very tenacious."
Recent work: Acted for Bank St Petersburg in its dispute with Vitaly Arkhangelsky.

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3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ali Malek QC
Highly skilled advocate with an enviable track record of appearing in leading financial cases. He has a great depth of experience across a large number of related legal spheres including financial services, commercial arbitration and civil fraud. He is particularly adept at derivatives cases.
Strengths: "An excellent choice for matters requiring a high degree of product knowledge coupled with a high degree of expertise in regulatory matters." "He is very good on strategy and has a very commanding presence in court."
Recent work: Represented four Portuguese public transport companies in a high-profile case brought by Banco Santander Totta alleging EUR1.4 billion was owed on derivative transactions.

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3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ewan McQuater QC
Joint head of chambers Ewan McQuater QC has an outstanding reputation as a highly versatile commercial silk with a well-established practice in banking and finance disputes. His caseload in the field is diverse, ranging from insolvency to national bonds.
Strengths: "He is very, very good, both technically and in terms of his advocacy." "Very nice to work with, very smart and terrific in cross-examination."
Recent work: Acted for DZ Bank AG in its dispute with the administrators of Lehman Brothers International concerning a number of claims and counterclaims in respect of the valuation and eligibility of certain counterparty repo positions.

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4 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert Miles QC
Exceptionally well regarded in a diverse range of practice areas, being widely seen as one of a select leading few in company and banking law. He has appeared as an advocate in a large number of the most significant finance cases of recent years, and has had a recent focus on cases concerning the redemption of capital notes. 
Strengths: "He combines fantastic technical ability, strategic judgement and user-friendliness with powerful and incisive advocacy. He is full of ideas, inspires huge confidence in clients and is willing to give clear views and to be bold." "A reassuringly clear thinker."
Recent work: Defended Goldman Sachs in its case against the Libyan Investment Authority, valued at USD1 billion, relating to investments made in 2008.

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Andrew Mitchell QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Mitchell QC 
Has quickly established himself as a silk of choice for complex finance litigation, with an especially strong standing in interest rate swaps disputes. He is also a noted practitioner in commercial dispute resolution and insurance cases.
Strengths: "The go-to silk for most banks facing derivatives mis-selling claims. He is a smooth and persuasive advocate with a real appreciation of the craft of persuading a judge." "He is very bright, very commercial, strategic and creative in terms of solutions."
Recent work: Defended Barclays in a swaps case that was the first action in the retail banking context for contractual estoppel.

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Richard Salter QC

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Salter QC
Enormously experienced banking silk with a recent focus on cases dealing with insolvency and the limits of tracing and restitution. He has additional noted expertise in commercial disputes and arbitration proceedings. 
Strengths: "He is impressively erudite, fiercely analytical and strategically astute." "He knows banking law inside out and commands respect because of that wealth of experience."
Recent work: Represented Novo Banco in a significant dispute with Goldman Sachs concerning the extent to which the English courts should recognise actions taken by the central bank of Portugal under an EU Directive relating to a structured finance facility valued at USD835 million.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Bankim Thanki QC 
Extraordinarily versatile silk with a superb reputation in an array of practice areas including civil fraud, financial services, offshore and international arbitration, among others. He has acted for a variety of clients in the realm of banking disputes including retail, investment and central banks, often where there is an overlap between contentious regulatory and banking issues.
Strengths: "Clients love him. He has a huge brain and a tremendous, encyclopaedic knowledge of banking law." "The doyen of banking and regulatory litigation. Offers calm, analytical advice and impeccable judgement."
Recent work: Acted for Barclays in the first case on the Financial List as it was the leading test case on the construction of LMA terms.

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One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sonia Tolaney QC
A major recent addition to the One Essex Court bench having arrived from 3 Verulam Buildings, Tolaney enjoys a standing as an exceptionally talented advocate with regard to banking and finance disputes. She offers clients additional expertise in commercial, civil fraud and insolvency cases. 
Strengths: "She has the ear of the court and can make submissions that go down like sweetmeats." "An incredibly persuasive advocate with an excellent courtroom manner in terms of presenting a reasonable face to the court. She knows what points to concede and what to pursue."
Recent work: Instructed as part of the team representing RBS and its former directors in the RBS rights issue litigation.

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Daniel Toledano QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Daniel Toledano QC
Outstanding silk of choice for many leading banks and hedge funds in complex disputes, with particular recent experience in cases concerning the provision of investment advice. He is also a highly rated advocate for civil fraud and general commercial matters.
Strengths: "A first-rate legal mind with great judgement. He is surely one of the best trial advocates of his generation." "Clients adore him because he is so calm and measured. He is a great team player and a phenomenal cross-examiner."
Recent work: Acted for European investors in a claim against ratings agency McGraw-Hill International in its AAA rating for CPDO notes created by a major bank.

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One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Wolfson QC
Has established himself as a silk of great repute capable of arguing forcefully and persuasively in the most complex of banking and finance disputes.
Strengths: "Very impressive. He is super smart and brilliant at dealing with clients and experts. He doesn't waffle - he jumps straight to the strongest points." "David is very charismatic. A hugely engaging speaker and convincing advocate."
Recent work: Represented Morgan Stanley in the Supreme Court in an appeal by Tael One Partners that turned on the proper meaning of the LMA standard terms for the sale of debt in the secondary market.

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Alain Choo Choy QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alain Choo Choy QC
An advocate with broad-ranging expertise across a number of practice areas central to One Essex Court, including banking and civil fraud. He has a particularly strong reputation in points of conflict of law and jurisdiction cases. 
Strengths: "He is utterly charming and clearly knows the detail. Judges trust and react very well to him." "Extremely bright, he is a very powerful advocate."
Recent work: Acted for UniCredit handling an indemnity claim against Barclays Bank in respect of an Italian tax exemption on payments made under a structured investment product created by Barclays for the bank.

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Band 2

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Raymond Cox QC
Highly experienced banking and financial services silk with a great deal of expertise in derivatives, securities and insolvency matters. His recent work has seen him handling disputes addressing issues of mortgage interest rate alteration in tracker products and cases concerning secured loan facilities. 
Strengths: "Outstanding. He is incredibly smart, has a good eye for detail, thinks of all the angles and his written advice is excellent." "He is extremely knowledgeable, clear and user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for West Bromwich Mortgage Company in a dispute concerning the proper construction of a contractual document for a buy-to-let mortgage.

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Band 2

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rhodri Davies QC
Especially accomplished in regard to cases stemming from the credit crunch, and has a particular interest in financial disputes involving issues of bondholder rights, credit facility and share sale agreements. He has further experience of handling professional negligence cases, most often those addressing alleged accountants' negligence.
Strengths: "He is extremely persuasive on his feet, smooth and confident with clients, no-nonsense and to the point." "He is very experienced and reliable, with a deep perspective and the ability to create confidence in clients with ease." 
Recent work: Represented Stichting Vestia in a case against Credit Suisse for a termination sum under ISDA transactions following a closeout.

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Band 2

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Timothy Howe QC
Exceptionally capable advocate with an enormous amount of experience in handling disputes arising in a large number of areas beyond banking including insurance, international arbitration and professional negligence. Within banking and finance, he is especially visible handling cases stemming from allegations of Libor and Euribor manipulation and from the collapse of Lehman Brothers. 
Strengths: "Combines huge intellect with impressive strategic nous and client skills. At the top of his game in banking matters." "Absolutely excellent - extremely responsive, very bright, hard-working and accommodating."
Recent work: Acted for a group of banks in a case addressing the legal consequences of the alleged Euribor manipulation by RBS and its effect on a EUR1 billion syndicated loan facility.

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3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Nash QC
Enjoys an outstanding reputation for his accomplished advocacy in a range of banking disputes, with a special focus on cases addressing issues arising from complex derivative transactions. He has frequently been instructed in valuation cases stemming from the collapse of Lehman Brothers. 
Strengths: "Clients like him since he gives them a judge-led view and because he is also able to strategise beyond the scope of a single decision." "He can argue the inarguable because he is exceptionally eloquent."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the largest claimant group in the RBS rights issue litigation bringing a claim of £1.8 billion.

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3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Onslow QC
Highly accomplished commercial and banking silk with a very well-respected practice taking in a number of related areas. He has additional expertise in relation to art and cultural property law, as well as civil fraud and professional negligence. 
Strengths: "Outstanding. He has no airs and graces and absolutely gets stuck in." "He is a very accomplished practitioner and advocate."
Recent work: Represented a £1.3 billion claimant group in the renowned RBS rights issue class action.

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Band 2

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Joe Smouha QC
Exceptionally able silk with a diverse practice encompassing the adept handling of complex proceedings in civil fraud, and banking and finance. He is additionally an accomplished advocate in international arbitrations, as well as sitting as an arbitrator. 
Strengths: "A fantastic silk with a great ability to cut through very complex scenarios to get to the key issues to move the matter forward." "He oozes class. A pleasure to deal with, and a smooth, persuasive and effective advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Barclays on the dispute with UniCredit concerning the indemnification of Italian tax liabilities pursuant to payments arising under a structured investment product supplied by Barclays.

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Andrew Sutcliffe QC

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Sutcliffe QC
Versatile banking and finance advocate whose practice in the area often overlaps with his wider expertise in civil fraud matters. He has additional prowess in relation to media and entertainment cases. 
Strengths: "An extremely good, all-round insolvency and banking lawyer."
Recent work: Acted for Andrew Charalambous in a complex £10 million property dispute with Barclays and Healys LLP. The case addressed allegations of undue influence and misrepresentation on the part of the bank and the solicitor.

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South Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Allison QC
Recent silk who enjoys a growing reputation in a number of related fields both in terms of the strength of his advocacy and for his willingness to tackle the detail of complex cases. Beyond banking and finance, he has additional expertise in company law, offshore and insolvency matters, among others.
Strengths: "He gets into the detail rather than simply relying on technical knowledge of the law and he is really responsive and user-friendly." "His advocacy is really good, assertive - he works well on his feet."
Recent work: Represented Rabobank in its defence of a claim brought by Landsbanki in connection to the closeout of an ISDA Master Agreement. The case dealt with issues of valuation and foreign currency pricing.

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Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Blayney QC of Serle Court
Has a growing reputation in silk as a highly technically capable banking lawyer who is involved at the centre of some of the most significant cases in the field. He is also noted for his expertise in relation to commercial chancery, company law and partnership disputes. 
Strengths: "He is an unusually intelligent lawyer, excellent in terms of pulling out knotty, intricate problems." "He has the very unusual combination of being fantastic on detail while also being able to see the bigger picture. He has brilliant tactical judgement."
Recent work: Acted as a key figure in the team of silks and juniors defending RBS and its former directors in the rights issue litigation.

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Jeffrey Chapman QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jeffrey Chapman QC
Highly capable and respected advocate whose practice in banking and finance commonly overlaps with his wider expertise in commercial fraud matters. He has additional noted ability in connection to international disputes, financial regulatory and arbitration proceedings. 
Strengths: "Exceptionally user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for a businesswoman in bringing a claim against HSBC Private Bank in London and Monaco in connection to her forex dealings, which she had previously complained a number of times were being wrongly executed.

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4 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Crow QC
One of the leading silks of his generation, Jonathan Crow QC maintains an outstanding level of representation across an unusually diverse range of practice areas. His presence at the forefront of company law and other chancery matters is accompanied by leading expertise in public law, financial services, offshore and insolvency disputes. 
Strengths: "An exceptional advocate. He is very user-friendly and has a very sharp mind." "A grandee who is down-to-earth. He has great charm, great authority and manages to have a magisterial quality without being stuffy." 
Recent work: Acted as Advocate to the Supreme Court in the high-profile dispute between JSC BTA Bank and Mukhtar Ablyazov that addressed the interpretation and application of the standard form freezing order.

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Anthony de Garr Robinson QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anthony de Garr Robinson QC
Enjoys a growing reputation for his capable representation of sophisticated domestic and international clients in a range of disputes including those relating to company law and civil fraud as well as banking and finance. He is also registered to practise in the British Virgin Islands, Bahamas and DIFC. 
Strengths: "Anthony delivers advice that is tangible and practical and is incredibly user-friendly." "He is very technically gifted and very hard-working."
Recent work: Defended Canada Life against a claim by 84 investors who made investments in certain investment funds through a Canada Life offshore insurance wrapper. The claimants allege breaches of duty in respect of both the management of the funds and the investment advice which caused them to invest in the funds.

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2TG - 2 Temple Gardens

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Downes QC of 2TG - 2 Temple Gardens
Highly capable commercial silk with a solidly established following in the realm of banking and finance. His recent work in the area includes matters in connection to swaps and derivatives and the application of ISDA Master Agreements. 
Strengths: "An excellent silk, who is very tactically astute and communicates in a no-nonsense, clear way." "He is very practical and client-friendly."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute between a regulated payments service provider and a major UK bank with respect to the granting of injunctive relief on an account that had been frozen pursuant to the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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Jeremy Goldring QC

South Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jeremy Goldring QC
Accomplished advocate with a strong reputation in a number of fields including company law, insolvency, and banking and finance. His practice in the latter focuses primarily on issues in connection to securitisation and derivatives. 
Strengths: "He is extremely clever, very sensible and practical." "He obviously makes the effort to read the papers to understand the background to the situation and tries to help you find a solution that is both practical and solves the problem."
Recent work: Acted for BNY Mellon Corporate Trustee in a case determining Lloyds Banking Group's right to redeem capital notes issued during the financial crisis in advance of their maturity dates.

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Richard G Hill QC

4 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Hill QC
Occupies a position among the finest company law advocates in the London Bar, as well as highly respected expertise in commercial and civil fraud disputes. His practice in banking matters often involves the representation of oligarchs and high net worth individuals in claims against financial institutions. 
Strengths: "He is very bright and someone to call on for knotty problems."
Recent work: Represented Al-Khorafi in a quantum hearing gaining USD73 million in damages from Bank Sarasin in relation to the mis-selling of structured investment products.

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Neil Kitchener QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Neil Kitchener QC
Maintains a wide-ranging and well-respected practice encompassing civil fraud, insolvency, arbitration, company law and energy disputes. His recent representations in banking cases have included those addressing allegations of negligence and breaches of fiduciary duty. 
Strengths: "He is excellent. All over the factual detail and can come up with extremely complex analysis off the top of his head."
Recent work: Acted for Sabre Oil and Gas on a claim against Standard Bank over the amount of fees, interest and transaction expenses charged by the defendant.

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Richard Millett QC

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Millett QC
Versatile advocate with a practice beyond banking and finance that includes offshore, commercial chancery and international arbitration proceedings. He is also noted for his representation in media and insurance disputes.
Strengths: "A great advocate. He is passionate, very detailed and very innovative." "He doesn't sit on the fence but gives you a view of how things will pan out and can grapple well with complex issues."

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3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Odgers QC
Has established a solid reputation in silk as a banking and commercial disputes practitioner, aided, in part, by being the editor of a leading textbook in the field. He has additional noted expertise in regulatory financial services and civil fraud matters. 
Strengths: "He is a very solid junior silk who knows his banking law extremely well and is a really valuable part of a counsel team." "He is very enjoyable to work with and has a very thorough and detailed approach to everything."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant Dutch institutional pension fund Vervoer in a dispute with its fiduciary investment manager, Goldman Sachs, concerning investment management decisions made during and after the subprime mortgage crisis.

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Band 3

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Craig Orr QC
Has a markedly international practice, often appearing in the courts of both Europe and the Far East on behalf of banks and claimants against them. His practice in financial disputes focuses on matters involving complex investment arrangements and derivatives.  
Strengths: "A hugely impressive individual, he is incredibly conscientious and incredibly intelligent. A safer pair of hands couldn't be at the wheel." "He is very bright, very painstaking and leaves no stone unturned."
Recent work: Defended Kroll Associates against a claim for USD500 million alleging conspiracy in connection to their engagement with the former chairman of Bank Alkair, a Bahraini investment bank.

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3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Quest QC
Offers accomplished advocacy in a number of discrete areas in banking and finance including early termination of agreements and exchange bonds. He is also a noted practitioner in offshore and civil fraud disputes. 
Strengths: "He is exceptionally bright and strategic, with a particular gift for financial products disputes." "He provides concise, pragmatic advice and skilful advocacy."
Recent work: Represented HSBC in the successful defence against a claim brought by a businessperson for foreign exchange trading losses in excess of £20 million.

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Band 3

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Taylor QC
Experienced silk with a strong track record of representing banks both in the English courts and overseas. He has particular experience in cases addressing the operation of standard terms and the mis-selling of interest rate swaps.
Strengths: "He is very understated but has a razor-sharp mind and quickly gets to the nub of complex legal issues. He is able to see the dénouement of a case from a long way out." "John is a very strong advocate who prepares extremely well and is always on top of every point."
Recent work: Defended RBS in an action brought by Morris Group, a leading house builder, contending that interest rate swaps it had entered into with the bank ought to be rescinded due to being misrepresented as a result of alleged Libor manipulation.

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William Trower QC

South Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

William Trower QC
An exceptional restructuring and insolvency silk whose practice in finance often concerns such matters arising in the banking industry. He is also noted for further expertise in relation to company law and corporate fraud in the civil context.
Strengths: "He is very articulate and very smooth in terms of putting points across persuasively."
Recent work: Represented Landsbanki in a closeout and set-off dispute with UBS.

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Malcolm Waters QC

Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Malcolm Waters QC of Radcliffe Chambers
A long-standing member of the Banking and Finance Bar, with an excellent reputation as the foremost authority on the Consumer Credit Act. He maintains both an advisory and contentious practice, often acting for banks, building societies and other mutual financial institutions.
Strengths: "The guru on the Consumer Credit Act, who gets his technical points across extremely well." "His analysis of consumer protection legislation is really amazing."
Recent work: Acted for NRAM in a test case to determine the status of unregulated loan agreements processed and documented as though they were regulated by the Consumer Credit Act.

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Band 4

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Birt QC
Has established himself in silk as a skilled advocate in banking and general commercial disputes. His work in financial matters often concerns cases arising from the financial crash and credit crisis. 
Strengths: "Simon's great strength is that nothing ever fazes him. Throughout twists and turns in proceedings, he is calm, collected and analytical." "He is brilliant: incredibly hard-working, approachable, responsive, fantastic on paper and very good with difficult clients."
Recent work: Acted as junior silk to Tim Lord QC on behalf of Bank of St Petersburg in its dispute with Vitaly Arkhangelsky.

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Band 4

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Neil Calver QC
Maintains a diverse practice not only as an advocate in insurance and banking cases, but also in the capacity of arbitrator in international proceedings. He often represents oligarch clients in financial disputes.
Strengths: "He is amazing with clients, spots killer points early on and is a great strategist." "He is an attractive advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Alexander Kotton in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar in relation to the discharge of a freezing injunction.

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Band 4

Richard Coleman QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Coleman QC Enjoys a reputation as an intelligent and commercial silk equally adept at bringing claims against the banks as defending them. He is especially well versed in handling cases dealing with allegations of the mis-selling of interest rate swaps and has wider expertise in professional discipline matters. Strengths: "He is excellent. A silk not afraid to get into the detail, very commercial, responsive, clever and personable." "He has a mastery of the issues, clarity of thought and explanation, and a calm demeanour when handling interest rate hedging disputes." Recent work: Acted for VIP Engineering and Marketing as one of a number of defendants in a case brought by Standard Chartered Bank for the recovery of a disputed debt of USD140 million relating to the construction of a power plant.

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Jeremy Cousins QC

Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jeremy Cousins QC of Radcliffe Chambers
Widely praised for his intuitive and experienced approach to litigation concerning the banking and finance industry, with a particular recent focus on the law around loan notes. He also regularly sits as a deputy High Court judge.
Strengths: "His encyclopaedic knowledge of the law combined with his thorough preparation makes him unbeatable."
Recent work: Represented Rosserlane in its dispute with Credit Suisse concerning the sale of an oilfield, allegedly undervalued by several hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Derrick Dale QC
Offers a great deal of expertise in handling financial disputes dealing with a range of issues, typically in the defence of banks. His practice in this area often overlaps with his wider experience in handling professional negligence and civil fraud matters.
Strengths: "Derrick Dale has a fantastic eye for detail, and is good at seeing things as the court would."
Recent work: Defended IBRC against four claims by high net worth individuals, who contended that negligent advice and mis-statements amounted to mis-selling with respect to the Somerston Investment.

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Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Helen Davies QC
Joint head of chambers and an advocate of some renown in relation to commercial, energy and competition law disputes. She has appeared in a number of leading banking cases including those addressing issues of fraud, mis-selling and the interpretation of the ISDA Master Agreement.
Strengths: "She is exceptional, has a phenomenally impressive grasp of cases, is clear-thinking and learned, and is a very good advocate." "She is absolutely at the top of her game."
Recent work: Represented Lloyds Banking Group defending a claim for over £250 million brought by shareholders in Lloyds alleging it negligently failed to reveal and misrepresented the true financial position of HBOS prior to its acquisition by Lloyds in 2008.

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Jonathan Davies-Jones QC

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Davies-Jones QC
Highly experienced banking practitioner whose knowledge and understanding of the area is due, in part, to his previous career as an investment banker specialising in M&A. He has wider expertise in commercial dispute resolution and civil fraud.
Strengths: "Absolutely exceptional. He is extraordinarily clever, he is brilliant on his feet and can argue the most complex cases in court." "He is fantastic - incredibly precise and never gives up."
Recent work: Acted successfully on behalf of Comune di Prato in a complex interest rate swaps dispute with a value of around EUR60 million. It is the first case in which the English courts have directly applied a foreign system of law under the Rome Convention.

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Jasbir Dhillon QC

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jasbir Dhillon QC
Enjoys a solid reputation as a banking silk with a number of appearances in leading cases to his name. Besides his expertise in securitisation and derivatives cases, he has additional experience in handling contentious regulatory proceedings.
Strengths: "He is very good on the technical details of banking disputes." "First-rate commercial counsel who is impressive in the more complex disputes."
Recent work: Appeared on behalf of Enasarco in a successful claim for USD61.5 million against Lehman Brothers in a complex structured derivative product. The dispute is now a leading case on the calculation and determination of loss under the 1992 ISDA Master Agreement.

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Catherine Gibaud QC

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Catherine Gibaud QC
Offers wide-ranging expertise across a number of issues in the field, including the mis-selling of derivatives, swaps and the interpretation of the ISDA Master Agreement. She also has experience in handling financial negligence claims.
Strengths: "She is very client-friendly and is very good at getting to the detail." "She is a good advocate and a very hard worker who gives her all for her clients."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidators of Carlyle Capital Corporation on bringing a claim against its former directors and managers for breaches of fiduciary duty and of contract, wrongful trading, misfeasance and negligence. The claim is valued at over USD1 billion.

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Patrick Goodall QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Patrick Goodall QC
Rapidly establishing himself in silk as an advocate of choice for complex financial disputes turning on intricate questions of technical law and matters with a potentially wide significance. He is experienced in acting both for and against banks and financial institutions.
Strengths: "He is extremely user-friendly, technically excellent, is all over the facts and legal issues and is very available." "He offers a potent mix of commerciality and sensible, digestible legal advice."
Recent work: Acted for HM Treasury in a high-profile damages claim for USD4 billion brought by Iranian Bank Mellat. The action stemmed from a previous Supreme Court decision finding that the sanctions imposed on the bank by the UK relating to the wider sanctions regime against Iran were unlawful.

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Jeffrey Gruder QC

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jeffrey Gruder QC
Leading arbitrator with wider expertise in relation to general commercial and shipping disputes. His practice in banking and finance focuses primarily on securities and derivatives cases. 
Strengths: "A very strong advocate capable of delivering a carefully crafted argument." "A characterful but effective advocate. "

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Matthew Hardwick QC

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Matthew Hardwick QC
Maintains a diverse and well-respected practice taking in restructuring and insolvency disputes as well as general commercial and banking litigation. His extensive experience in the latter includes derivatives, swaps, trade finance and securities cases.
Strengths: "His work ethic and attention to detail are outstanding. He is able to dissect and understand a large volume of documents within a short period of time, as demonstrated by his comprehensive written submissions and clear, concise advocacy." "Incredibly sharp with excellent drafting skills."
Recent work: Instructed at a late stage to represent Wani LLP in its swaps mis-selling claim against RBS.

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Charles Kimmins QC

20 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Kimmins QC
Highly accomplished shipping and international arbitration silk with a well-respected banking and commercial litigation practice. His financial disputes work centres on derivatives, civil fraud and cases examining the application of the 1992 ISDA Master Agreement.
Strengths: "Fantastic. He is completely on top of the detail at all times, extremely well prepared and wears his intelligence lightly." "He is really constructive, fabulous. He has perfect recall of the relevant cases and is extremely adept at understanding the issues."
Recent work: Acted for financiers Technomar in seeking declaratory relief and damages relating to rights arising under a number of financing documents.

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39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Hodge Malek QC of 39 Essex Chambers
A silk with an excellent standing in the wider Financial Bar, with an especially good reputation in relation to regulatory and financial crime matters. His practice in banking litigation has seen him acting in a number of leading cases affecting the industry, most notably in connection to the mis-selling of PPI and to the manipulation of Libor.
Strengths: "Hodge is concise, impressive and pithy. He will achieve something in a very direct way." "He's extremely personable and is very good at explaining strategy and in giving his views."
Recent work: Defended NatWest against an action brought by both Pakistan and India in connection with funds, now valued at over £34 million, that had been transferred from the Nizam in 1948 during the annexation of Hyderabad by India.

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Philip Marshall QC

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Philip Marshall QC of Serle Court
Highly experienced silk with a wide-ranging practice centred on commercial matters heard in the Chancery Division. He focuses on complex disputes turning on issues of company law, civil fraud and insolvency as well as banking and finance. 
Strengths: "Philip is a superb advocate who balances aggression with excellent judgement. A first choice if the case requires a barrister to get across the detail." "A real fighter who is very tenacious."
Recent work: Appeared in the dispute between BTA Bank and Mukhtar Ablyazov.

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Benjamin Pilling QC

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Benjamin Pilling QC of 4 Pump Court
Recent silk who has had little trouble establishing himself as a leader in a wide variety of practice areas including information technology, construction and professional negligence. His banking and finance practice commonly sees him acting in high-value mis-selling matters for investment and retail banks. 
Strengths: "Delightful. He has beautiful judgement in what will work in court. An absolute delight to work with and very clever." "Clients love him - he is very bright, switched on and really makes an effort."
Recent work: Acted for Landsbanki in a case against UBS concerning the closeout of complex derivatives transactions following insolvency.

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Patricia Robertson QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Patricia Robertson QC
An experienced and versatile practitioner with a strong track record of representing clients in litigation in the banking sector, especially in cases addressing allegations of regulatory breaches. In addition to her expertise in financial disputes, she is also a noted advocate with respect to professional discipline and negligence matters. 
Strengths: "She is meticulous, incredibly bright and really gets into the detail of cases." "Wonderful to work with - she is calm, measured and makes herself available."
Recent work: Defended Ulster Bank in a claim brought by a number of investors alleging financial mis-selling and breach of fiduciary duty in relation to a property investment in Canary Wharf that suffered a total loss in 2008.

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Pushpinder Saini QC

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Pushpinder Saini QC of Blackstone Chambers
An extraordinarily versatile advocate whose interaction with the banking and finance realm is primarily through his deep expertise in public law and contentious regulatory proceedings. He has additional experience in handling civil fraud claims and cases heard in the British Virgin Islands.
Strengths: "He is an excellent advocate who has a talent for strategy and achieving commercial outcomes." "Very calm and offers very good client service."
Recent work: Defended the SFO against a claim brought by the Tchenguiz brothers for misfeasance in relation to false allegations made of fraud and financial misconduct.

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Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Salzedo QC
Enters the listings as a banking and finance silk this year amid growing appreciation of his accomplished advocacy in a number of discrete areas within the field, including in tax indemnity and duties of care in relation to bankers' references. He is also a noted advocate in the fields of professional negligence and insurance. 
Strengths: "He is very, very precise, is strong in cross-examination and has a huge brain." "Very bright and good to deal with."
Recent work: Acted as co-lead counsel for Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig (KWL) in its high-profile dispute with UBS.

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South Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tom Smith QC
Quickly establishing himself in silk as an advocate of choice for leading instructing solicitors in an array of fields. Besides his strong reputation in banking disputes, he has additional aptitude in marshalling proceedings in company law and insolvency.
Strengths: "Enormously committed and responsive. A great intellect and advocate." "Extremely talented and a pleasure to work with. A go-to junior QC for banking insolvency matters."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of GSO Capital Partners in a case against Barclays Bank in relation to debt trades undertaken in respect of Spanish gaming company Codere. The case was one of the first substantive judgments on the new Financial List.

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Benjamin Strong QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Benjamin Strong QC
Recent silk with a good reputation as an accomplished advocate in commercial disputes, especially those arising in the banking industry. His career as a barrister is built on several years as a solicitor at leading firm Slaughter and May. 
Strengths: "He is great with clients, very responsive and quick to grasp and identify solutions to complex issues." "Outstanding. His ability to consume and assimilate a vast amount of material and provide very cogent advice and oral advocacy is very impressive."
Recent work: Acted for Stichting Vestia in its dispute with Credit Suisse International.

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4 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nigel Tozzi QC of 4 Pump Court
A long-standing figure at the London Bar, with highly respected practices in a wide range of areas. He is especially adept in professional negligence, information technology and energy proceedings, while his banking litigation work most commonly arises in the context of derivatives disputes, both for and against banks and financial institutions. 
Strengths: "Very quick witted. He is really clever and penetrating." "He is extremely bright, practical and quick."
Recent work: Acted for Alpha Development in a dispute with Barclays Wealth in its capacity of provider of fiduciary and administration services, and against several former directors for failing to ensure that Alpha complied with various covenants of a loan on a property development in Chelsea, such that the project collapsed.

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Andrew M Twigger QC

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Twigger QC of Maitland Chambers
Moves this year to Maitland from Three Stone Buildings, where he was formerly joint head of chambers. His respected banking and finance practice is accompanied by a broader commercial disputes and commercial chancery expertise.
Strengths: "He is very thorough and his drafting is impeccable since he really gets his head around all the issues." "He is technically brilliant and has great attention to detail."
Recent work: Represented Natixis in a claim against NRAM that addressed whether NRAM, as issuer of bonds, was liable directly to Natixis for interest on the collateral it had deposited pursuant to the ISDA Credit Support Annex.

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New Silk

Daniel Bayfield QC

South Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Daniel Bayfield QC
Takes silk this year on the back of a highly successful junior career that saw him gain an excellent reputation in commercial chancery and insolvency disputes as well as banking cases. He is also an advocate of some repute in regard to sports law matters.
Strengths: "Daniel is very bright and able. He combines a sound legal approach with pragmatic advice and is user-friendly and responsive." "He is very bright and has good judgement - a very strong junior silk."
Recent work: Represented UBS in its defence of an action brought by Landsbanki concerning issues of closeout and set-off.

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New Silk

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Brent QC
Accomplished banking junior whose practice includes wider expertise in matters concerning the regulation of financial services. His work in the banking sphere focuses on swaps mis-selling cases on behalf of domestic and international institutions.
Strengths: "He is strong on the details - when he is reviewing witness statements, he'll pick up on details that are absolutely crucial." "Very clever. He has sound judgement and expresses himself very clearly."
Recent work: Acted as senior junior for the defendant Portuguese public transport companies in the case brought by Banco Santander Totta.

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New Silk

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Hannah Brown QC
Solid junior with a banking practice that often overlaps with her wider expertise in fraud and negligence. She has further interest in insurance cases. 
Strengths: "She is simply perfect in all respects - very smart and wonderful at handling complex ideas."
Recent work: Represented Open Joint Stock Company Alfa-Bank in enforcement proceedings in relation to a Russian judgment for £8.8 million, in which the defendant raised allegations of fraud and that the Russian proceedings were conducted in violation of natural justice.

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New Silk

Richard Edwards QC

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Edwards QC
Takes silk this year after a junior career that saw him establish himself as a leading figure in the arts and cultural property world. His work in banking and finance matters centres on swaps cases, with further experience in enforcement of guarantees and security cases.
Strengths: "He is calm, authoritative and a good tactician, as well as being excellent to work with." "A delightful guy to work with and has very strong knowledge of the banking sector."
Recent work: Acted while a junior for Crestsign in its high-profile case against NatWest for the alleged mis-selling of an interest rate swap. The matter is an important case in respect to the distinction between advised and non-advised sales.

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New Silk

20 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Julian Kenny QC
Took silk this year off the back of his strong reputation in contentious proceedings in the banking and shipping arenas. He is especially interested in ISDA issues and the determination of closeouts. 
Strengths: "He is intellectually very able, calm, measured and has a good sense of humour." "He is bright, analytical and thorough."

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New Silk

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Henry King QC
A highly able and experienced junior whose practice in banking and financial regulatory disputes is informed, in part, by his accountant's qualification. He is well versed in handling claims on behalf of central and investment banks, and has very visible experience in relation to derivatives cases.
Strengths: "Henry is very bright, collaborative, extremely personable and user-friendly." "He has great energy, enthusiasm and is a brilliant team player whilst not being afraid to form his own view on an issue."
Recent work: Represented PwC in high-profile litigation arising in connection to the Tomlinson Report, alleging that certain banks and professional advisers knowingly pushed troubled businesses into default in order to generate revenue.

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New Silk

Stephen Midwinter QC

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Midwinter QC
Highly regarded as a junior with respect to a number of related practice areas including insurance, energy and civil fraud matters. He is also often instructed as sole counsel in banking cases. Strengths: "He has a high speed of delivery without compromising on quality. He just produces excellent pieces of work in a very short space of time. He's incredibly good value to use as a result." "Midwinter is absolute class as a senior junior. You do not want him on the other side. He is very lean, very strong and very direct, very effective." Recent work: Represented KWL as senior junior in its high-profile dispute with UBS.

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New Silk

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Mumford QC of Maitland Chambers
New silk this year following an outstanding junior career in which he established himself as a junior of choice for many leading solicitors in a number of areas including commercial chancery, banking and civil fraud. His financial disputes practice has recently focused on issues of fraud and insolvency in the industry. 
Strengths: "He has an amazing breadth of knowledge, is extremely clever and is an excellent advocate." "David is extremely bright, client-friendly and approachable." 
Recent work: Acted for Canary Wharf Finance in a case against Deutsche Trustee Company, the securitisation of the Canary Wharf estate and whether certain notes could be redeemed without paying a premium being at issue.

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New Silk

Rosalind Phelps QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rosalind Phelps QC
Takes silk this year on the back of a highly successful career at the junior Bar in a diverse range of areas. Further to being a highly respected banking practitioner, she enjoys a strong reputation in civil fraud disputes.
Strengths: "Incredibly bright and super efficient. She is very good on her feet in court, very practical, commercial and strategically minded." "She is extremely bright and enjoyable to work with. Her promotion to QC this year was well deserved."
Recent work: Represented Lloyds Bank in a number of cases relating to the alleged mis-selling of derivatives products and to the manipulation of the Libor index.

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New Silk

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ben Valentin QC
Has taken silk this year after enjoying a rapid rise up the rankings in a number of related practice areas, including civil fraud, international commercial arbitration and commercial dispute resolution besides undoubted expertise in banking cases. He has appeared in a number of leading cases for the defence of major banks and financial institutions.
Strengths: "Superb. His preparation was very strong and his advocacy is very forceful and straight." "Not only is he extremely clever, his work rate is phenomenal, his manner is easy, and he is a real team player and very practical."
Recent work: Acted for Goldman Sachs in two related claims brought by Singaporean investors in connection to loan defaults.

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New Silk

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adam Zellick QC Rises to the first group of banking juniors this year amid growing appreciation among peers and clients alike for his accomplished advocacy in a wide range of financial disputes. He has acted successfully in cases addressing diverse issues such as derivatives and swaps to the manipulation of Libor. Strengths: "Hard-working and has excellent advocacy and drafting skills." "A very bright guy and has very good tactical thinking." Recent work: Acted for ten claimants in a highly significant test case concerning a syndicated lending and credit contingent swap valued at USD150 million. An issue of dispute is whether Libor manipulation means this and other such transactions are unenforceable and should be set aside.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Atrill
Exceptionally able senior junior with a very strong track record in appearing in an array of banking matters for a range of clients including central, investment and retail banks. He has additional expertise in the impact of Shari'a on derivatives sold in the Middle East. 
Strengths: "His impressive analytical skills are combined with a true depth of knowledge in the financial services sector. A delight to work with." "He is able to take complex issues and transform them into accessible advice with a clear steer as to the best course of action."
Recent work: Acted for Credit Suisse in a case against Titan Europe concerning EUR1 billion of loan notes, and whether certain notes should be closed out and the income payable to different classes of noteholders.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Laura John Rises to the top rank of juniors amid strong praise from peers, clients and instructing solicitors for her highly accomplished and versatile advocacy in complex banking matters. She is regularly instructed on behalf of sophisticated international clients in contractual disputes and cases concerning derivatives, especially where there are issues surrounding the manipulation of Libor and Euribor. Strengths: "She is very good on her feet: clear, direct, persuasive and likeable, as well as being pragmatic and analytically very strong." "She is very detailed, writes well, gives good advice and is a very good advocate." Recent work: Defended RBS against a highly significant claim brought by Marme Inversiones for misrepresentation on the basis of the alleged rigging of Euribor.

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Band 2

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Hattan of Serle Court
Enjoys a growing reputation as an accomplished banking junior with a practice that has seen him appear in a number of headline cases of recent years. He has further noted expertise in contentious financial regulatory matters. 
Strengths: "An excellent choice for regulated matters or those involving fraud. Offers robust advice and has the ability to identify the issues that must be resolved." "One of the best banking juniors around, he is very down-to-earth, pragmatic and sensible."
Recent work: Acted as part of the defence team representing RBS and four of its former directors in the rights issue litigation.

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Band 2

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edmund King
Established junior with a highly respected practice spanning a diverse array of related areas including commercial chancery, arbitration, civil fraud, shipping and commodities. He has further noted expertise in handling indirect tax issues. 
Strengths: "He doesn't advise in a vacuum but has the ability to marry technically strong analysis with the commercial context of a case." "He is very bright and very sure-footed. When you get a piece of work from him, you know you can rely on it."

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3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adam Kramer
Unusually versatile junior with a diverse practice taking in a number of areas including energy, insurance and civil fraud as well as banking and finance. He has appeared in a number of the most significant cases of recent years, including the landmark Bank Charges Litigation.
Strengths: "He is very, very good on his feet and is able to hit the right note, whoever he is in front of, whether in the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court." "Absolutely brilliant. He is fantastically bright and very effective."
Recent work: Acted as a senior junior for one of the claimant groups in the RBS rights issue litigation.

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Band 2

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James MacDonald
Joins the set this year from 3 Verulam Buildings, bringing highly respected expertise in handling complex banking and finance disputes. His practice in this area is diverse, spanning multi-jurisdictional cases and enforcement proceedings. 
Strengths: "A fantastic all-rounder. His written work is excellent and he is a very strong trial advocate who is also great with clients." "He is as happy handling a short trial on his own in a defended recoveries case as he is being led in a derivatives mis-selling matter."
Recent work: Appeared as junior for ratings agencies Standard & Poor's and Moody's in a case addressing the duties owed by such agencies when providing ratings for financial products.

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Band 2

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James McClelland
Enjoys a reputation as a highly intelligent junior practitioner with a wide-ranging practice spanning a variety of areas. Besides his expertise in commercial and banking disputes, he has noted ability and experience in handling cases arising in administrative and public law and professional discipline.
Strengths: "Absolutely outstanding. He has such intellectual rigour and tenacity that he won't let a point drop - he shakes it and shakes it until he's got a better answer." "Supremely bright and a star for the future."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of RBS and its former directors in the RBS rights issue litigation as part of a team led by David Railton QC and Sonia Tolaney QC.

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Band 2

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Conall Patton Enjoys a fast-growing standing among peers and instructing solicitors for his outstanding written advocacy across a range of areas including banking, competition law and energy. Such is the regard in which he is held that he often acts unled in major cases. Strengths: "He produces beautifully written advocacy - he has an incredible way of expressing himself that is very effective." "A highly intelligent advocate with an excellent understanding of complex financial products. His expertise in derivatives and structured notes is particularly impressive." Recent work: Represented Odeon Capital Group as sole counsel in a Commercial Court trial brought by Molton Street Capital in respect of bond trading.

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Band 2

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alexander Polley
Leading junior of choice for a range of major solicitors and eminent silks, with a reputation as an exemplary technician. His practice in banking and finance matters often overlaps with his wider expertise in civil fraud and professional negligence. 
Strengths: "He is phenomenally good at producing high-quality work under time pressure. He can synthesise a lot of complex material quickly and work out the best approach and points to develop." "He knows the law exceptionally well, is incredibly hard-working and clever. A very good lawyer."
Recent work: Defended Société Générale against the Libyan Investment Authority's high-profile suit valued at USD1.6 billion, regarding certain structured investments procured, allegedly, by bribery.

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Band 2

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adam Sher
A well-regarded junior with substantial experience in a wide range of commercial and banking matters. Many of his cases have an international dimension and he has benefited from having been led by a large number of the luminaries in the financial disputes field.
Strengths: "Extremely clever and very imaginative, he is determined, confident and offers very powerful analysis." "Relentlessly enthusiastic and has a brilliant grasp of detail."
Recent work: Defended RBS against Property Alliance Group in a leading Libor case before the English courts.

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Band 2

4 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sharif Shivji
Has a fast-growing reputation as a highly accomplished banking junior, whose practice in the area is partly informed by his background as a derivatives trader. He is also often called upon by instructing solicitors for representation in company law and offshore disputes.  
Strengths: "He is really good on his feet, is very commercial, technically brilliant and can understand complex financial products." "A proper banking junior well capable of a mature presentation of the issues." 
Recent work: Appeared in the case between Standard & Poor's and Deutsche Bank concerning the liability of ratings agencies for the ratings they grant financial products.

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Band 3

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Cutress Well-respected junior whose practice in banking and finance accompanies a wider expertise in insurance and general commercial dispute resolution. His recent cases in banking include matters dealing with sanctions, fraud and mortgaging issues. Strengths: "Technically excellent and great at focusing on the true issues. James gives clients real confidence." "Excellent, well-rounded individual who provides first-class service." Recent work: Acted for Alpstream AG in a successful claim against PK Airfinance alleging conspiracy to acquire an aircraft it had repossessed as a mortgagee by unlawful means.

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Band 3

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

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Outer Temple Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Farhaz Khan of Outer Temple Chambers
A highly respected junior with especially deep expertise in regulatory proceedings. In the realm of banking litigation, he has a good recent track record in Libor and securitisation cases.
Strengths: "An extremely bright and analytical barrister who demonstrates judgement well beyond his years." "An expert on interest rate protection products and mis-selling."
Recent work: Acted for the junior noteholders in a dispute concerning the correct allocation of funds received by way of sales and premiums in an approximately USD1 billion commercial mortgage-backed securitisation.

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Band 3

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Lazarus
Enjoys an excellent reputation as a highly experienced and accomplished senior junior whose representation of banking and finance clients accompanies a wider and much lauded practice. He is in addition considered the leading junior in contentious information technology matters.
Strengths: "He is an exceptionally clever man who could be a silk." "Very good. He is user-friendly, helpful, good tactically and cool under pressure."
Recent work: Represented Threadneedle Asset Management in the defence of a claim brought by Otkritie Capital for USD100 million on the basis of an allegation that the defendant is vicariously liable for a conspiracy conducted by a former employee.

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Band 3

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Craig Morrison
Rises up the listings this year on the back of appearances in a number of headline cases in the banking field and praise from peers and instructing solicitors alike. Many of the cases on which he is instructed turn on fundamental issues of fraud. 
Strengths: "Incredibly hard-working, utterly cheerful and a delight throughout." "His is a lively and versatile intellect."
Recent work: Represented Goldman Sachs in proceedings stemming from the administration of Lehman Brothers International regarding the correct interpretation of the ISDA Master Agreement.

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Band 3

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Murray
Enjoys a growing reputation as a versatile junior experienced in appearing before the English courts and the Dubai International Finance Centre on behalf of a range of banking clients. He is particularly adept at handling cases relating to the mis-selling of financial products.
Strengths: "He was superb - unflappable and so eloquent on his feet." "He is a good, solid junior. Very clever and sensible."
Recent work: Represented Deutsche Bank in an action against Petromena concerning allegedly negligent advice and breach of duty relating to the issuance of a USD300 million bond by Petromena.

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Band 3

Tamara Oppenheimer

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tamara Oppenheimer
Highly respected banking junior with a reputation as an intelligent and skilled advocate. Her practice spans banking, commercial and professional negligence matters. She also has experience of representing the government in her capacity as a member of the Treasury B Panel of Counsel.
Strengths: "She is very clever, and such a clear advocate." "She is very bright and good with clients."
Recent work: Acted for Nomura in a case against Banca Monte dei Paschi dei Siena concerning derivative transactions with a nominal value in excess of £3 billion.

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Band 3

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Matthew Parker
Well-regarded junior with a solid reputation in relation to banking and finance cases. He has further expertise in handling civil fraud and professional negligence matters, as well as those dealing with offshore issues. 
Strengths: "A fighter. He is responsive, charming, very intelligent and has a wonderful rapport with clients." "He can outperform QCs and can perform both the disciplines of oral and written advocacy in a fantastic way."
Recent work: Acted for the second defendant in a claim for over £100 million arising from investments in a commercial property in Canary Wharf. The claim was with regard to allegations of misrepresentation in an information memorandum and breaches of fiduciary duty. The case was struck out after a three-day hearing.

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Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Fionn Pilbrow
Enjoys an excellent reputation as an accomplished junior sought after by eminent silks and instructing solicitors in a number of practice areas. He is considered a leading commercial and civil fraud practitioner and offers additional expertise in relation to energy, insurance and banking cases.
Strengths: "His analysis and drafting are excellent, and he is hugely popular with solicitors since he is easy to work with." "Very flexible and amazingly able to turn around work quickly."
Recent work: Acted for Bayerische Landesbank in its claim for damages against Bernie Ecclestone and others in relation to the sale of its stake in Formula One.

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Band 3

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ian Wilson
Enjoys a good reputation with regard to his representation in banking matters which commonly turn on issues of securities, swaps, options and structured financial products. He also has noted expertise in relation to the Consumer Credit Act.
Strengths: "His written advice is excellent - extremely thorough, yet concise. He is also very approachable and user-friendly." "He is very quick-thinking, skilful in cross-examination and incredibly good with the client in terms of allaying any concerns they might have."
Recent work: Successfully represented Clydesdale Bank in a complex claim for £17 million relating to the unauthorised release of a security and unauthorised lending. At issue were allegations of fraud, conspiracy and negligence.

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Band 4

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

William Edwards
Well-established junior whose practice includes arbitration, insolvency, fraud and negligence matters alongside his central expertise in banking and finance. 
Strengths: "He has a compendious knowledge of the law, is incredibly bright and a pleasure to work with." "Phenomenally bright and offers formidable, in-depth analysis."
Recent work: Acted for Loreley Financing in a claim valued at USD72 million against the estate of Lehman Brothers arising from the sale of CDO notes.

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Band 4

Henry Forbes Smith

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Henry Forbes Smith
Solid junior with a banking practice informed, in part, by his former career as a capital markets lawyer in New York at US firm Davis Polk. He has a particular interest in cases dealing with securities, options trading and derivatives.
Strengths: "He is a great cross-examiner and a very clever guy."
Recent work: Acted for Lehman Brothers in an appeal against a judgment concerning the timing of valuation of closeout under the ISDA Master Agreement.

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Band 4

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Fred Hobson
Enters the listings this year as a banking and finance junior, having already been recognised for his work in general commercial dispute resolution. His experience in this area includes issues stemming from private equity acquisitions.
Strengths: "He is very good, particularly in terms of his cross-examination."
Recent work: Acted as junior counsel, led by Mark Howard QC, for Citibank in the high-profile dispute with Terra Firma.

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Band 4

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sebastian Isaac
Has a growing reputation as a capable junior whose commercial disputes practice is not limited to banking and finance disputes. In this field, he has particular experience in securities cases and those turning on allegations of fraud. 
Strengths: "He is really clever, very able, very competent and totally reliable as a junior." "Very user-friendly, commercial, responsive and technically brilliant."

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Band 4

Forum Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David McIlroy of Forum Chambers
Enters the rankings this year on the back of a strong track record of appearances in cases in the banking field, most commonly in alleged mis-selling of interest rate hedging products. He has further expertise in advising on the regulatory framework for the financial industry.
Strengths: "He is at the forefront of banking law in England." "A man of obvious assets, his advice is phenomenal." 
Recent work: Acted for the claimant, Wainford Holdings, in a dispute with RBS in which Wainford claimed rescission on the basis of manipulation of Libor.

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Band 4

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alexander Milner
Accomplished junior who shows capability acting both for and against banks. He is experienced in cases connected with interest rate hedging products. He speaks fluent Russian and a number of his recent cases in the banking sphere have come from the CIS region as a result. 
Strengths: "He is very hard-working and very bright."
Recent work: Acted for Vitaly Arkhangelsky in his high-profile dispute with Bank St Petersburg concerning allegations of conspiracy to defraud him of assets worth around USD100 million. The Court of Appeal granted a very rare anti-enforcement injunction in favour of Mr Arkhangelsky in relation to a determination of the Russian courts.

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Band 4

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Mott
Established junior with a practice encompassing arbitration, energy, and banking and finance disputes. He has an additional interest in cases addressing issues of civil fraud.
Strengths: "An incredibly bright junior who is a pleasure to work with, gets stuck in and always fights the client’s corner." "Very intellectual but also commercial at the same time. He really rolls up his sleeves and gets into the detail."
Recent work: Acted for Citibank in resisting a claim for declamatory relief, and counterclaiming for around USD270 million under a series of obligated repo transactions in relation to an alleged metals fraud in China.

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Band 4

South Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Robins
Leading restructuring and insolvency junior whose practice in banking matters very often overlaps with that field. He is also noted for his expertise in civil fraud.  
Strengths: "He is very bright, very capable and an excellent draftsman." "A precise thinker and energetic." 
Recent work: Acted in the Court of Appeal for The Bank of New York Mellon in the dispute with Lloyds Banking Group concerning its right to redeem capital notes that had been issued during the financial crisis.

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Band 4

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Simpson
A banking and finance specialist who is regularly instructed by major investment and retail banks in high-value matters. He has additional noted expertise in technical and contentious regulatory proceedings, often on behalf of the FCA. 
Strengths: "Terrific. He is incredibly efficient, organised, incisive, thoughtful and a wizard with technology." "He is bright, capable, very flexible and asks the right questions." 
Recent work: Represented the private banking arm of Credit Suisse in a claim for around £30 million brought by a high net worth client in relation to the liquidation of a USD60 million investment portfolio.

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Band 4

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tony Singla
Leading competition law junior with excellent standing with regard to commercial, media and fraud cases. In banking and finance he has noted experience in relation to matters addressing issues of fraud and shareholder disputes. 
Strengths: "He gives the confidence that he absolutely believes in his case. He knows his own mind, fights his corner and is a good, strong advocate." "Very impressive. He is hard-working, intelligent and has a bright future ahead of him."
Recent work: Represented Lloyds Banking Group in the litigation stemming from the acquisition of HBOS.

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Band 4

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Giles Wheeler Joins the listings this year amid growing praise for his adept representation in a range of banking disputes. He is especially well versed in handling derivatives litigation. Strengths: "He's top-notch. His drafting skills are excellent, he's great on his feet, is very user-friendly and his advice is sound." "He is a senior junior who is basically at the same level as a silk." Recent work: Advised Barclays on a dispute with UniCredit as to whether the latter was entitled to terminate three credit guarantees.

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Band 4

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Willan
Has enjoyed a rapid rise up the rankings with respect to a wide range of practice areas based, in part, on his reputation as an extremely capable and intelligent junior with the ability to handle the most complex and intricate of issues. Besides banking disputes, he is accomplished in representing clients in civil fraud, offshore and arbitration proceedings.
Strengths: "A superstar on all fronts. His intellect, analytical skills, ability to master documents, advocacy and his confident and assertive advice are all superb." "Ridiculously impressive. A junior who performs way, way beyond his years."
Recent work: Acted for Dexia Crediop in a dispute with Provincia di Crotone concerning interest rate swaps valued in excess of EUR50 million.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nik Yeo
Enjoys a solid standing among instructing solicitors and his peers for his practice in structured finance litigation matters. He has additional noted proficiency in handling professional negligence and commercial international arbitration proceedings.
Strengths: "He is very committed and hard-working and is articulate and quick thinking on his feet." "Nik is very detail-oriented and thorough in his preparation."
Recent work: Acted for Gemini in a highly complex valuation dispute in which securities were issued in relation to commercial property purportedly worth £1.2 billion that was subsequently valued at around a third of that amount.

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Up and Coming

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Eschwege
Enjoys a rapidly growing reputation for his accomplished junior representation in banking disputes as well as in commercial litigation. His practice in banking and finance focuses on issues surrounding the enforcement of guarantees and breaches of confidence. 
Strengths: "An extraordinarily clever chap. The level of his analysis and drafting is years beyond what you would expect for someone of his call." "Incredibly able and one of the best juniors around at the moment."
Recent work: Represented Bank St Petersburg as junior counsel on its claim against Vitaly Arkhangelsky.

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Up and Coming

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nehali Shah
A young, up-and-coming junior who has forged a growing reputation across a number of related fields for being a highly intelligent and hard-working practitioner. She has particularly pronounced experience with regard to noteholder, private equity and restructuring cases. 
Strengths: "She is brilliant - both technically very strong and someone with the ability to master complex issues and materials quickly. She also has the most elegant manner when working with us." "Nehali is a highly capable junior. She is very bright, has an eye for detail and is a strong team player."
Recent work: Acted for Terra Firma in the high-profile dispute with Citibank in relation to the acquisition of EMI.

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