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Banking & Finance — London (Bar)

Band 1

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Fountain Court Chambers is esteemed for its deep bench of high-quality banking and finance practitioners, and, according to sources, "offers service of the highest level provided by barristers of distinction." Large-scale consumer banking claims are at the forefront of its activity, and members regularly advise banks and customers on regulatory defaults and the mis-selling of complex financial products. Clients include most major banks, financial institutions and their regulators. The majority of the key cases in the market are handled by the set, examples being Property Alliance Group v The Royal Bank of Scotland, a ten-week trial of a Libor test case with profound consequences for the banking sector. Commentators note that this is a set that is going from strength to strength. To prove the point, it has recently made notable additions in personnel, adding key members to teams involved in disputes concerning complex fraud, money laundering, sanctions and bribery investigations. The set also offers considerable expertise in claims relating to insurance issues and professional negligence, and is "an obvious choice for those cases of the greatest magnitude and importance."

Client service: "The clerks are helpful and accommodating." "They are very responsive; you can always get hold of somebody, they always return calls and they understand what the solicitor needs." Alex Taylor leads the clerking team and has a respected foil in the form of deputy senior clerk Paul Martenstyn.

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 sees him expertly representing oligarch, domestic and international clients. He is frequently instructed in highly contentious cases at appellate level that have potentially significant consequences for institutions and the wider finance industry.
Strengths: "He is a man of total integrity." "A heavyweight barrister with almost unparalleled experience, he gets straight to the heart of a problem and he loves knotty points of law."
Recent work: Acted in the Bank Sarasin case, a claim for breach of statutory duty, breach of contract, misrepresentation and negligence in relation to investment advice given, and the sale of investment products, by an investment bank.

David Railton QC
Vastly experienced advocate with a practice spanning the full range of disputes in banking and finance. He has particularly deep expertise in issues arising from the financial crash of 2008. His practice covers complex financial products, note issue construction and operation, swaps and derivatives disputes, and cases concerning allegations of Libor manipulation. He is also a highly adept practitioner in insurance and general commercial cases.
Strengths: "David is a very wise and highly experienced advocate who lends gravitas and immense intellectual heft to any case. He also has excellent client-handling skills and takes a surgical approach to cross-examination." "Not many counsel have his ability to take very complex factual and legal matters, and then produce clear and appropriate advice in no time at all; he consistently wows clients."
Recent work: Acted in the RBS Rights Issue Litigation, defending RBS and four former directors in multiple claims made by shareholders arising from the £12 billion rights issue of 2008.

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. His recent work also includes disputes relating to the sale of structured notes and film investment schemes.
Strengths: "He brings genuine insight to complex issues." "Clients highly respect him and he is both technically excellent and user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted in Property Alliance Group v The Royal Bank of Scotland, a significant Libor test case.

Andrew Mitchell QC
Has quickly established himself as a silk of choice for complex finance litigation, and has an especially strong standing in interest rate swaps disputes. He is also a noted practitioner in commercial dispute resolution and insurance cases. He has recently acted for banks in PPI mis-selling claims and advised clients on complex securitisation and underwriting issues.
Strengths: "He is a smooth and persuasive advocate." "A QC with real gravitas."
Recent work: Successfully defended RBS in Crestsign v Royal Bank of Scotland, a leading interest rate mis-selling case.

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. He is additionally noted for his work with central banks in Germany, Namibia and Trinidad & Tobago.
Strengths: "Bankim is an extremely impressive silk who combines mastery of the law with excellent strategic and commercial thinking." "He is a great advocate and really good to work with."
Recent work: Defended Barclays in a £750 million claim brought in connection with alleged fraud relating to the 2008 Barclays capital raising.

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: "Immensely knowledgeable about financial services matters and very good to work with." "He is extremely bright and has a superb talent for explaining complex legal analysis in a sensible and accessible way."
Recent work: Acted in Deutsche Bank v Khan, successfully pursuing a claim in excess of £51 million under secured loan facilities.

Timothy Howe QC
Exceptionally capable advocate with an enormous amount of experience of 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. He represents leading global investment banks in high-value matters relating to complex derivatives and other transactions.
Strengths: "Bright, practical, good on his feet and very hands-on." "He is a phenomenally capable advocate, who is incredibly hard-working and will roll his sleeves up and get stuck in."
Recent work: Represented a leading Russian investment bank in a dispute concerning the enforcement of security for substantial inter-group lending relating to a EUR1 billion M&A transaction involving a Bulgarian telecoms group.

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 user-friendly, calm and measured. He communicates to non-lawyers in a way they can understand."
Recent work: Acted in Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong and Another v Independent Power Tanzania and Others. This was a forum dispute relating to proceedings initiated by the bank in order to recover USD140 million in disputed debt connected with the construction of a power plant in Tanzania.

Patrick Goodall QC
Rapidly establishing himself in silk as an advocate of choice for complex financial disputes turning on intricate questions of technical law, he is often involved in matters with a potentially wide significance for the banking market as a whole. He is experienced in acting both for and against banks and financial institutions, and receives regular instructions from major City firms.
Strengths: "A user-friendly and very persuasive advocate." "He has a very good knowledge of technical banking matters, and as an opponent he's absolutely charming."
Recent work: Represented Nationwide in Frogmore Real Estate v Nationwide Building Society, a claim for over £50 million in damages relating to a facility agreement.

Richard Lissack QC
A highly regarded practitioner with a wealth of sector experience. His esteemed banking practice is focused on complex and substantial matters, regularly involving cross-border elements. He has specialist knowledge of disputes involving financial crime, fraud, bribery, money laundering and sanctions.
Strengths: "An excellent addition to the set, who is the first port of call for anything corporate crime-related in this area." "When it comes to seeking out someone to advise large financial institutions on very high-level strategic issues he is right up at the top of the list. He is great on his feet, very persuasive and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Represented Barclays Bank in multiple proceedings relating to an £11 billion investment in the bank made by Qatar in 2008.

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 noted ability in international disputes, financial regulatory matters and arbitration proceedings. He has advised prospective claimants in group proceedings against UK retail banks in connection with mis-selling interest rate swaps.
Strengths: "A very knowledgeable and collaborative person." "He is a pleasure to work with and great with clients."
Recent work: Defended an Italian bank in two separate proceedings initiated by a well-known London casino in connection with the advancement of more than £1 million credit to a professional gambler.

John Taylor QC
Has 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: "John is very understated, has a razor-sharp mind and quickly gets to the nub of complex legal issues." "He is a fantastic advocate and his work ethic and attention to detail are superb."
Recent work: Acted in a number of claims relating to the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products.

Rosalind Phelps QC
Noted for her abilities across a range of banking and finance matters, and has particular expertise in Libor and swap mis-selling cases. She handles significant disputes for clients including both high-street and investment banks.
Strengths: "She is extremely bright and efficient, and has a great understanding of financial products."
Recent work: Acted in four separate proceedings initiated by companies associated with the Reuben Brothers against Bank of Scotland. The case arose out of alleged manipulation of Libor and misrepresentation relating to the sale of derivative products.

Ben Valentin QC
Has undoubted expertise in banking cases as part of a wide-ranging international commercial arbitration and commercial dispute resolution practice, and has appeared in a number of leading cases defending major banks and financial institutions. He is noted for his significant experience of acting in complex offshore litigation in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands in particular.
Strengths: "Ben is extremely clever, practical and a real team player, and his work rate is phenomenal." "He is an incredibly responsive, calm and charming barrister who has great commercial judgement."
Recent work: Acted for Dunbar Assets, a substantial lender holding first charges over properties in defending an application by a second chargeholder to reverse the order of priority of the charges.

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 professional negligence and civil fraud matters. He has been involved in claims relating to Libor rigging and swaps mis-selling.
Strengths: "A reassuring analyst of complex risk." "He is knowledgeable, creative and enthusiastic."
Recent work: Defended German bank IKB against claims brought by Calyon for £2 billion in respect of the collapse of the asset-backed paper market in 2007.

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. She acts with regularity in multiparty disputes relating to failed investment schemes.
Strengths: "Has first-rate strategic understanding, and is seriously impressive at absorbing detail."
Recent work: Acted for Ulster Bank in defending a class action brought by Irish investors relating to a multimillion property investment in Canary Wharf which suffered a complete loss in 2008. The claim involved allegations of mis-selling and breaches of fiduciary duty.

Adam Zellick QC
A new silk who has a burgeoning reputation 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 and the manipulation of Libor.
Strengths: "He is hard-working and he has excellent advocacy and drafting skills." "Adam is extremely personable and is a pleasure to work with. He brings intellect and good commercial sense to the table."
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel for NatWest in a diplomatically sensitive and high-profile dispute regarding Hyderabad Funds.

Henry King QC
A highly capable new silk 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 is very experienced in derivatives cases. He has been regularly involved in major domestic and international matters.
Strengths: "He is very personable and reads the court well."
Recent work: Acted in the CLICO Inquiry which examined the circumstances in which major banking and insurance companies based in Trinidad & Tobago sustained losses totalling billions of dollars.

JUNIORS

Adam Sher
A superb barrister who offers 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: "A very bright and passionate junior who is fun to have on the team." "He's outstanding and has a very strong following among the top firms."
Recent work: Acted for Deutsche Bank in a significant dispute regarding interest rate swaps.

Simon Atrill
Exceptionally able senior junior with a very strong track record of appearing in an array of banking matters for a range of clients including central, investment and retail banks. He has a broad practice encompassing all aspects of swaps mis-selling, derivatives disputes and PPI litigation. He has additional expertise in the impact of Shari'a on derivatives sold in the Middle East.
Strengths: "Commercial and user-friendly, he produces great work." "Incredibly bright, very switched-on and very calm, he really gets to the nub of a problem very quickly and doesn't get lost in the weeds."
Recent work: Acted for Ukraine in a USD3 billion Eurobond claim brought by the Russian Federation. The case concerned the question of Ukraine's capacity to enter into the transaction and issues of duress pertaining to Russia's invasion of Crimea and other interferences.

Laura John
A top-ranking junior who receives 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 international clients in sophisticated contractual disputes and cases concerning derivatives, especially where there are issues surrounding the manipulation of Libor and Euribor. John has specialist knowledge of regulatory issues and is noted for her expertise in both investment and retail banking.
Strengths: "An accomplished, hard-working and intelligent advocate, who is more than capable of holding her own against opponents many years her senior." "A forensic and engaging advocate who has fantastic judgement: she can look around the corner and predict what's going to happen like no one else can."
Recent work: Acted in Hockin v RBS, a high-profile claim against the bank alleging the mis-selling of interest rate swaps based on negligent advice and misrepresentation, fraudulent misrepresentations of Libor, and conspiracy to force the company into administration.

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 of handling cases arising in administrative and public law and professional discipline. He has recently acted in two significant trials for the banking industry, appearing on the winning side in both the British Bankers' Association's challenge to the PPI compensation scheme and the Bank Overdraft Charges Test Proceedings.
Strengths: "Produces excellent written work, is thorough in his approach and is quick to get the details across." "He's very diligent. A delight to work with, he produces a very polished work product."
Recent work: Acted for LG Chem in a claim brought by Barclays Bank for declarations of non-liability against LG Chem arising out of a complex, high-value multi-jurisdictional remittance fraud.

Natasha Bennett
A first-rate junior making a name for herself as an excellent commercial advocate. Her wide-ranging practice covers professional negligence and financial services disputes as well as commercial litigation and arbitration. She regularly acts in complex cases and is accomplished at acting both as part of a team or as sole counsel.
Strengths: "Solicitors love her; she is absolutely superb." "She's very bright, very diligent and extremely hard-working."
Recent work: Acted for RBS in defending a series of high-profile and substantial claims arising out of its rights issue of 2008.

Alexander Milner
Accomplished junior who shows capability when acting both for and against banks. He is experienced in cases connected with interest rate hedging products. Milner speaks fluent Russian and a number of his recent cases in the banking sphere have come from the CIS region as a result. Domestically, he acts for and against banks in litigation covering a variety of banking and finance issues.
Strengths: "He is an impressive and measured advocate." "An outstanding and extremely proactive junior who has all the skills you need."
Recent work: Acted in Quoi v National Westminster Bank, appearing for the respondent bank in a case where former shareholders in a construction business were seeking substantial damages following its collapse.

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. Yeo is regularly involved in very sizeable and complex disputes arising out of the credit crunch.
Strengths: "An excellent senior junior, who is an expert in complex banking litigation." "He combines impressive technical legal abilities with a numeracy and familiarity with structured finance products that is rare at the Bar."
Recent work: Acted for RBS in McGraw-Hill v RBS, a landmark case with implications regarding the rating agency's liability to investors under English law.

James Cutress
Well-respected junior whose practice in banking and finance accompanies wider expertise in insurance and general commercial dispute resolution. His recent cases in banking include matters dealing with sanctions, fraud and mortgaging issues. He has also acted in a series of high-profile and well-documented interest rate swaps mis-selling cases.
Strengths: "His drafting is excellent." "He is all over the detail, extremely responsive and his paperwork is good. James is quick, accessible and very reliable. Allied to this he's thoughtful and thinks things through."
Recent work: Acted in London Bridge v RBS, a USD423 million claim in relation to allegations of Libor fraud.

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 sees him handling aviation matters. He is equally adept at acting as junior counsel in a team or appearing as sole counsel.
Strengths: "He's infectiously enthusiastic and really determined, and both his analytical and drafting skills are excellent." "Tactical and hard-working, he clearly loves thinking of different ways to approach a case."
Recent work: Acted in claims concerning alleged negligent advice brought against UBS's wealth management division by high net worth individuals.

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. His work sees him advising on a broad range of disputes in commercial, investment and retail banking.
Strengths: "He's very bright, calm, focused on the details, user-friendly and commercial; he doesn't miss a trick."
Recent work: Acted in the RBS Rights Issue Litigation, a series of claims brought against the bank arising out of its substantial rights issue of 2008.

Tamara Oppenheimer
Highly respected banking junior with a reputation as an intelligent and skilled advocate. Her burgeoning 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's extremely responsive, very hard-working, very clever and good fun to work with."
Recent work: Acted in O'Hare v Coutts, a significant claim involving allegations of product mis-selling and negligent investment advice.

Giles Wheeler
A practitioner who garners growing praise for his adept representation in a range of banking disputes. He is especially well versed in handling derivatives litigation, and acts both for and against banks.
Strengths: "A fantastic junior who delivers detailed advice with ease and thinks quickly on his feet." "His paperwork is fantastic, he has encyclopaedic knowledge and his advocacy is strong and forceful."
Recent work: Acted for Videocon in Goldman Sachs International v Videocon Global, a claim relating to two currency option transactions.

Paul Sinclair
Noted for his impressive practice focusing on disputes involving Libor rigging and swaps mis-selling, he is developing a solid reputation among leading solicitor firms for the superior quality of his work.
Strengths: "He is a determined advocate and a real team player possessed of an excellent legal mind."
Recent work: Acted in Property Alliance Group v RBS, the first civil claim to come to trial regarding issues surrounding Libor and the Global Restructuring Group. The case has considerable consequences for the banking industry.

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Band 2

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A go-to set for a host of leading industry clients, whose members have a wealth of experience in both domestic and international banking and finance matters. The set offers expertise across the full range of financial services disputes, and has had involvement in cases arising out of swaps mis-selling, as well as Libor rigging and exchange rate manipulation. It has further had a hand in disputes relating to the high-profile collapses of Lehman Brothers and the Icelandic banks. Individuals at the set also handle civil fraud investigations, contentious regulatory proceedings and professional negligence matters, and are noted for being "solid, friendly, client-focused and possessed of excellent sector expertise."

Client service: "The clerks are proactive and have a real can-do attitude to everything they are presented with." "Stephen Penson, the senior practice manager, is very helpful, efficient and easy to deal with."

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. He also covers professional negligence, offshore trusts and forum disputes. His current caseload takes in a number of matters dealing with allegations of Libor and Euribor manipulation.
Strengths: "Highly intelligent, commercially astute, and a great trial advocate, as well as a very good team player who produces work of great quality in incredibly short timescales." "He is one of the first names on the team sheet for high-value, complex financial disputes."
Recent work: Acted for Credit Suisse in Secure Capital v Credit Suisse, a £30 million claim concerning allegations of mis-selling structured life insurance policies.

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 and civil fraud, and is noted for being particularly adept at derivatives cases. Malek also sits as a Deputy Judge in the Commercial Court.
Strengths: "An excellent choice for matters requiring a high degree of product knowledge coupled with a high degree of expertise in relation to regulatory matters." "He is extremely skilled at informing case strategy."
Recent work: Acted in Lafayette and Others v Nationwide, a claim relating to a dispute involving mis-selling allegations and alleged breaches of regulatory requirements.

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. He offers related experience in practice areas including corporate restructuring and insolvency, and civil fraud.
Strengths: "An excellent leader and a compelling advocate." "A very powerful advocate with command of his subject; he is masterful."
Recent work: Defended high-end property developers, the Candy Brothers, in a claim brought by a former business associate alleging that the defendants had used threats, duress and intimidation to pressure the claimant into accepting exorbitant terms for the provision and extension of a loan facility.

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, and sits as an arbitrator in ICC, LCIA and other arbitral forums.
Strengths: "He is a fantastically good lawyer with an incredible presence, who's on top of every detail, very easy to deal with, and a good tactician."
Recent work: Appeared before the Privy Council in Central Bank of Ecuador v Ansbacher, a case concerning an allegation that fraud was committed against an insolvent Ecuadorian bank by its owners and controllers.

Jonathan Nash QC
Enjoys an outstanding reputation for his accomplished advocacy in a range of banking disputes, and has 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: "Very calm in a storm, he is a first-rate advocate with vast experience." "He has a finely tuned legal mind and his analysis is always clear."
Recent work: Acted in the RBS Rights Issue Litigation, leading the remaining group of claimants in one of the most publicised proceedings before the English courts.

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 cases concerning art and cultural property law, as well as civil fraud and professional negligence. In recent years he has been consistently involved in some of the most consequential banking and finance cases.
Strengths: "He is a first-class advocate who can get to grips with the thorniest of issues." "Bright and extremely sensible, he is able to cut through legal technicalities and produce common-sense advice." "He conveys the message to the judge very cleanly, objectively and in a very persuasive manner."
Recent work: Represented a £1.3 billion claimant group in the high-profile 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. Sutcliffe also sits part-time as a judge in the Chancery Division.
Strengths: "A clever and understated advocate."
Recent work: Advised Barclays on the prospects of success in advance of a trial connected with a swaps claim and counterclaim.

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. His growing reputation as a silk sees him regularly instructed on high-profile and consequential proceedings.
Strengths: "Highly intelligent, very user-friendly and a pleasure to work with." "He is a remarkably talented person who is first-rate in terms of his attention to detail and work rate."
Recent work: Acted in Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) v Independent Power of Tanzania & Others, a multi-jurisdictional matter relating to syndicated lending recovery and associated security enforcement.

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. His practice covers domestic, commercial and investment banking.
Strengths: "He has strong banking product and documentation knowledge, combined with a careful and calm approach." "Extremely pleasant, hard-working and user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted in Banco Santander Totta v Companhia Carris de Ferro de Lisboa and Others, a EUR1.3 billion dispute concerning structured interest swaps, entered into with four public transport corporations from Portugal.

David Quest QC
An expert in a number of specific banking and finance areas including early termination of agreements and exchange bonds. He is also a noted practitioner in offshore and civil fraud disputes, and is further noted for his international arbitration practice.
Strengths: "He is a superb advocate who is very user-friendly."
Recent work: Represented HSBC in its successful defence against a claim brought by a businessperson relating to foreign exchange trading losses in excess of £20 million.

Richard Edwards QC
His work in banking and finance matters centres on swaps cases, and he has further experience in enforcement of guarantees and security cases. He handles cases covering the full range of the bank-customer relationship.
Strengths: "Richard is an excellent advocate who has a warm and personal approach that makes him a hit with clients. He can cut through difficult issues, he has excellent judgement and he displays an impressive ability to determine which details matter and which don't."
Recent work: Acted for a well-known pharmacy chain in a swaps mis-selling case relating to competing interpretations of data prepared by the claimant's finance director.

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: "Has a phenomenal brain and an ability to cut through to the core of an issue in no time at all. She provides very practical, client-friendly and commercial advice. Catherine is a joy to work with and a real expert in the field."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidators of Carlyle Capital in 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. His practice features a prominent overseas component.
Strengths: "He is always a joy to work with and his abilities are matched by his enthusiasm and relish for a case." "A leading QC for banking disputes, he's thorough, a great advocate, and someone who handles clients' expectations extremely competently."
Recent work: Acted in Raiffeisen Bank International Limited v Asia Coal Energy Ventures Ltd. He represented ACE in both the UK and the British Virgin Islands in a dispute arising from a £120 million acquisition of shares in a leading Indonesian thermal coal producer, which involved allegations of failed contractual performance.

Richard Brent QC
A new silk 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. He has experience of acting in major appellate proceedings at the highest levels of court.
Strengths: "Richard is superb to work with and a master of the most difficult issues."
Recent work: Acted in Cyprus Popular Bank Public v Vgenopoulos and Others, a EUR3.79 billion claim concerning the collapse of a leading Cypriot bank and attempts by the liquidator to enforce worldwide a freezing order granted in Nicosia.

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, and has rapidly established himself as a leading junior at the Bar.
Strengths: "Unbelievably intelligent, incisive, quick-witted and great on his feet." "He has a real love of the subject matter that shines through in his high-quality work."
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel for the defence in a substantial group action relating to a scheme of securitisation investments into a number of regional fire service control centres.

William Edwards
Well-established junior whose practice includes arbitration, insolvency, fraud and negligence matters alongside his central expertise in banking and finance. His caseload also covers structured financial products, corporate and personal lending, debentures and other security interests, and trade finance.
Strengths: "Frighteningly fast, he gets to grips with the key legal and commercial issues straight away." "He is an extraordinarily capable barrister, whose knowledge is compendious in terms of both case law and statutes, and whose drafting is of a very high quality."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant banks in Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) v Independent Power Tanzania, a case involving large sums outstanding under a facility agreement relating to the construction of a power station in Tanzania.

Michael Lazarus
Enjoys an excellent reputation as a highly experienced and accomplished senior junior whose representation of banking and finance clients accompanies a wider, much lauded practice. His practice also covers cases concerning the sale and purchase of businesses and assets, professional negligence and fraud. He is in addition considered the leading junior in contentious information technology matters.
Strengths: "A mild-mannered genius. He untangles complex problems with ease, and is a clear and effective advocate." "Michael is very approachable and a great pleasure to work with. He's sharp of mind and can identify complex issues extremely quickly."
Recent work: Represented thousands of claimant retail shareholders in proceedings arising out of the RBS rights issue in 2008.

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. Parker is equally adept at handling disputes involving bank payments, instruments and security documents.
Strengths: "Matthew is incredibly user-friendly and bright and excels in his knowledge of the law. He is a masterful advocate and incredibly pleasant to deal with to boot."
Recent work: Appeared in Astle v CBRE, acting for the defendant investment banking group in a multimillion-pound claim concerning investments in a scheme for the acquisition and development of regional fire control centres.

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. His practice further covers insolvency, commercial fraud, energy disputes and professional negligence.
Strengths: "Unflappable and cuts to the chase in complex scenarios." "His written advice is excellent and extremely thorough while remaining concise. He is very approachable and user-friendly as well as an impressive advocate and a superb cross-examiner."
Recent work: Acted in Clydesdale Bank v Stoke Place, a £17 million fraud, conspiracy and negligence claim by Clydesdale concerning the unauthorised release of a security and unauthorised lending.

Lisa Lacob
A strong junior specialising in banking and financial services litigation. She primarily acts for claimants in high-value financial product mis-selling claims, and for lenders in mortgage lending disputes. Her practice benefits from her experience working as a solicitor for a leading international firm's banking group.
Strengths: "A pleasure to deal with. Her advice is clear and commercial and her understanding of how financial bodies work means that solicitor, counsel and client are on the same page." "She's very clever, very quick and very commercial."
Recent work: Acted in Westgate v Royal Bank of Scotland, a multimillion-pound claim against RBS relating to the sale of complex interest rate hedging products.

David Simpson
A banking and finance specialist who is regularly instructed by major investment and retail banks in high-value matters. He has additional notable expertise in technical and contentious regulatory proceedings, and often appears on behalf of the FCA. He is particularly knowledgeable when it comes to interest rate swap claims.
Strengths: "Very able, careful and thoughtful as well, as extremely pleasant and collaborative." "He is tremendously good on paper."
Recent work: Acted in Abdullah v Credit Suisse, a USD31 million investment mis-selling claim brought by a Kuwaiti family whose leveraged structured note portfolio was closed out in late October 2008.

Richard Hanke
Talented junior specialising in commercial litigation, whose practice has a particular emphasis on banking disputes, financial regulatory work, insolvency, fraud and contract disputes. He is noted for his representation of a number of leading retail banks in interest rate protection product litigation.
Strengths: "Very approachable, user-friendly and a pleasure to work with, as well as extremely knowledgeable. His advice is both thorough and concise." "He is a capable and consistent performer."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant bank in MTR Bailey v Barclays Bank, a claim arising from the alleged mis-selling of an interest rate hedging product.

Christopher Bond
A promising junior developing a reputable practice covering the full range of commercial litigation. He has noted expertise in banking and finance, civil fraud, professional negligence and insolvency and restructuring.
Strengths: "Produces careful pleadings and is a good sounding-board on strategy." "He is responsive, user-friendly, bright and hard-working."
Recent work: Acted in ASM v Handelsbanken, representing the respondent Swedish bank in a claim brought by a property investment group involving allegations of economic duress and threats of false valuations.

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Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Brick Court Chambers is renowned for its regular involvement in some of the most high-profile and high-value disputes in banking and finance. The set is home to market-leading specialists in Libor manipulation, multi-jurisdictional bank restructurings, and large-scale insolvencies. Members are equally at home acting both for and against banks and financial institutions. An example of the work undertaken by the chambers includes acting for the bond holders in the £3 billion COCO Bonds expedited Supreme Court hearing.

Client service: "The clerks are second to none: they go the extra mile to ensure that the client ultimately receives the best service possible." Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler are the senior clerks.

SILKS

Tim Lord QC
A stellar practitioner and respected member of the Bar, who is recognised for his forthright and robust advocacy, and often appears on behalf of clients challenging banking practices. He is also noted for his wider expertise in professional negligence and civil fraud cases. Of late he has tackled a number of significant cases stemming from the financial crisis.
Strengths: "As well as being highly intelligent and an expert on the law, he has a very good grasp of litigation and commercial tactics, making him a particularly skilled and intrepid advocate." "The absolute doyen of structured instruments, he is charming, very easy to deal with and very strategic." "His real strengths are his cross-examination and advocacy skills; he thrives in court."
Recent work: Acted in Property Alliance Group v RBS, a £35 million claim for swaps mis-selling including Libor and Global Restructuring Group claims.

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 those involving issues relating to trusts and other debt securities. Hapgood is regularly sought out by City law firms to advise on significant transactional matters.
Strengths: "A banking litigation doyen, he is a widely respected advocate who exhibits incisive judgement in the most complex cases." "One of the big hitters, he is good on his feet and fiendishly intelligent."
Recent work: Acted in Fondazione Enasarco v Lehman Bros, a high-profile appeal by Lehman against an English court ruling concerning the calculation of loss under the 1992 ISDA Master Agreement.

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. He regularly appears in landmark cases for a number of leading market participants.
Strengths: "Mark has a formidable reputation as one of the most prominent commercial silks at the Bar. He gives clever, shrewd and realistic advice and above all he excels in cross-examination." "Mark is a case-winning advocate, who has the authority of the court and is prepared to tell the judge what's what."
Recent work: Acted in Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale, a USD1.5 billion claim to rescind four complex derivative transactions on account of bribery, corruption and intimidation during the final years of the Gaddafi regime.

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. He is also instructed in film partnership litigation involving FSMA issues.
Strengths: "Simon is an excellent barrister. He is extremely intelligent, user-friendly and someone who fully grasps complex details." "Immensely hard-working, very bright and a real team player."
Recent work: Acted for Bank St Petersburg in a complex dispute with a former client. Issues in the case included claims of forgery and conspiracy.

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 with multi-jurisdictional aspects.
Strengths: "A man who can turn his hand to anything, he has excellent strategic insight, great speed of turnaround, and a very down-to-earth approach." "He is creative, collaborative, clever and a good advocate."
Recent work: Successfully defended a Russian oligarch in the Gibraltar Supreme Court in relation to allegations of money laundering arising out of the Otkritie trial.

Helen Davies QC
Joint head of chambers and an advocate of some renown when it comes 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. Davies has acted as an advocate at all levels of the English courts, and also regularly appears as an arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations.
Strengths: "She is an outstanding trial lawyer with excellent judgement," who is "great on her feet."
Recent work: Acted for Credit Suisse in a £100 million claim for damages in relation to allegations of negligence arising from the sale of an interest in an oilfield in Azerbaijan.

Jasbir Dhillon QC
A banking silk who has 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. His practice also covers professional negligence, asset tracing, fraud and insolvency matters.
Strengths: "Jasbir is a truly impressive QC who wins clients' trust and confidence very quickly. He gets straight to the point and never sits on the fence."
Recent work: Acted in Lehman Brothers Special Finance v National Power Corp, a Financial List claim for USD20 million under a complex derivative product. It was the first case to determine the meaning and effect of the 2002 ISDA Master Agreement.

Simon Salzedo QC
Has a solid practice in banking and finance in a number of discrete areas within the field, including 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 phenomenally bright, easy to work with and someone who gets on well with clients."
Recent work: Acted in Playboy v Banca Nazionale de Lavoro, leading for the claimant gaming club against an Italian bank which it was alleged had provided a negligent credit reference.

Stephen Midwinter QC
A new silk highly regarded for his work across related practice areas including insurance, energy and civil fraud. He has advised on a number of ISDA-related cases, as well as those involving other similar agreements.
Strengths: "He is exceptionally bright, efficient and a very good advocate."
Recent work: Acted in Goldman Sachs v Novo Banco, a Court of Appeal hearing on jurisdiction in an EUR800 million banking dispute concerning the actions taken by the Bank of Portugal following the insolvency of Banco Espírito Santo.

JUNIORS

Fred Hobson
Increasingly recognised for the quality of his work in banking and finance matters, he is particularly experienced in issues stemming from private equity acquisitions. He has also recently acted in fraud and swaps mis-selling cases.
Strengths: "He prepares well and is excellent to work with."
Recent work: Instructed by Lehman Brothers in relation to claims between different Lehman entities resulting from the bank's high-profile insolvency in 2008.

Craig Morrison
Acts in a range of banking and finance matters and also handles matters arising from related areas including insurance and shipping. Many of the cases in which he is instructed turn on fundamental issues of fraud.
Strengths: "An absolute delight to work with, he is really clever and incredibly personable." "He is exceptionally bright. If you want a significant analytical intellect applied to your case then he's your man."
Recent work: Acted in Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale, a high-profile case in connection with a large-scale alleged fraud on the part of the defendant bank.

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. Pilbrow has been actively establishing a niche in matters concerning the Takeover Code.
Strengths: "Exceptionally precise and very thoughtful, he considers all the options and makes sure you understand all the implications. He is also bright, innovative and very good with clients."
Recent work: Acted in Project Rio, a multiparty dispute involving two major investment banks.

Richard Eschwege
Enjoys a rapidly growing reputation for his accomplished junior representation in banking disputes as well as in commercial litigation generally. His practice in banking and finance focuses on issues surrounding the enforcement of guarantees and breaches of confidence. He has experience in matters involving fraud and the obligations of banks under letters of commerce.
Strengths: "Richard consistently produces exceptional work product and his ability to juggle huge cases is unparalleled." "He is phenomenally hard-working."
Recent work: Acted in PetroSaudi v PDVSA, a dispute concerning a USD130 million payout by a bank under a standby letter of credit, which involved allegations of fraud.

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. He handles substantial group litigation on behalf of banks.
Strengths: "Very bright, quite understated and a pleasure to work with." "He is prodigiously hard-working and if you ask him a question you get back a long and thoughtful answer."
Recent work: Acted for Lloyds Banking Group in defence of high-profile group litigation brought against it by thousands of shareholders arising out of Lloyds' £12 billion acquisition of HBOS in 2008.

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Band 3

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A highly respected banking and finance set with a long history of involvement in major banking litigation disputes. Members offer expertise across the full range of banking and finance matters, and regularly handle claims involving all manner of financial instruments, enforcement proceedings, investigations and prosecutions. The set is also noted for its capability in professional negligence, commercial arbitration and civil fraud proceedings. Members here are frequently instructed by investment and retail banks as well as hedge funds, financial institutions, corporate entities and private clients. Their recent work includes LIA v Société Générale, a case concerning alleged bribery regarding structured investments. Sources say the set offers "sharp as a tack barristers who produce work of a consistently good quality."

Client service: "The clerking team always manages to work things out." "It is very well run and provides the quality of service you would expect." Darren Burrows is the senior clerk at the chambers.

SILKS

Anthony Grabiner QC
A doyen of the Commercial Bar with several decades of experience of appearing in the leading cases of the day, a significant number of which have taken place in the House of Lords and the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Lord Grabiner remains one of the most eminent counsel at the Bar. He has great personal force and presence in court and commands considerable respect from the Bench. Behind the scenes he gives clear, clever and practical advice and provides invaluable insight into tactical issues. He has a great ability to know which arguments will appeal to the court."
Recent work: Represented Terra Firm Investments in its well-publicised USD2 billion fraud claim against Citibank arising out of its acquisition of EMI.

Laurence Rabinowitz QC
Widely considered one of the pre-eminent silks at the London Bar, he has 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 in civil fraud and international arbitration proceedings. He offers further ability in company law, energy and professional liability cases.
Strengths: "Laurence has an unassuming and down-to-earth style which belies his fierce intellect. He masters the detail of a case incredibly quickly and always adds significant value, both with his advice and as a tactician." "He is as impressive as his reputation suggests - an absolute superstar."
Recent work: Acted for a client group including Aviva, Standard Life, AXA, Legal & General and USS in the RBS Rights Issue Litigation.

Sonia Tolaney QC
Enjoys a standing as an exceptionally talented advocate with regard to banking and finance disputes. She offers additional expertise in civil fraud and insolvency cases. Tolaney receives regular instruction from leading sector clients.
Strengths: "Very commercial and a superb advocate, she's particularly gifted at bringing clarity where there's complexity. That's her hallmark."
Recent work: Acted for BNP Paribas in the first Islamic finance rights issue dispute to be determined in England.

Daniel Toledano QC
Outstanding silk of choice for many leading banks and hedge funds in complex disputes, who has 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. Alongside his fantastic trial experience, he is noted for his busy advisory practice.
Strengths: "Daniel is an exceptionally able and bright lawyer, who is effective, practical, always quick with his written work and very easy to work with." "He has an impressive ability to assimilate volumes of information and present his views in a clear and concise way. His is a very measured, logical and persuasive style of advocacy, and he is a delight to work with."
Recent work: Acted in Dexia Crediop v Province of Brescia, representing the Italian bank in a dispute with a regional government regarding contested interest rate swaps transactions.

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. His highly regarded practice covers a broad range of commercial law, and he appears in both litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Strengths: "He immediately gets to the heart of complex disputes." "Always a pleasure to work with, he has an uncanny ability to translate the most complex issues into straightforward concepts for clients." "David is incredibly responsive and a genuine team player. He particularly impresses as an appellate lawyer, where his razor-sharp mind and clarity of vision really come into their own."
Recent work: Defended J.P. Morgan in a substantial claim in connection with the sale of Argentine bonds linked to inflation.

Stephen Auld QC
Maintains a highly respected practice across a number of areas, including civil fraud, and has a focus on cases addressing complicated contractual arrangements. He has expertise in swaps, derivatives and mis-selling cases among other matters.
Strengths: "Has built a great reputation for handling complex banking disputes, and has a fine track record of success." "He is a great strategist and far more commercially minded than other advocates of his level. He sees right through the issues and gives clear and commercial advice."
Recent work: Acted in Wingate v Lloyds Bank, a claim against Lloyds which alleged that a 2011 settlement was void because it failed to tell Wingate of its involvement in Libor manipulation.

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 when it comes to points of conflict of law and jurisdiction cases. His practice also includes domestic and international commercial arbitrations.
Strengths: "Fun to work with, innovative and a tenacious advocate." "He is very clever and very enthusiastic, and has a great grasp of the detail in a case."
Recent work: Acted in Marex Financial v Creative Finance and Cosmorex. This was a claim by an FX broker against professional trading clients regarding the forced liquidation of the client's positions after a period of exceptional volatility and illiquidity in the Japanese market following natural disasters in 2011.

Rhodri Davies QC
Especially accomplished with 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. Davies also sits as a Deputy High Court Judge.
Strengths: "Rhodri is phenomenally bright and has excellent judgement, enabling him to give clear advice on complex legal points." "He has a very reassuring presence and is never rattled. On his feet he is a calm, persuasive and incredibly effective advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant bank in National Bank of Abu Dhabi v BP Oil International, a complex dispute relating to the sale and purchase of a substantial, multimillion-dollar debt owed to BP by a Moroccan oil refining company.

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 regularly instructed in international arbitrations in addition to appellate and High Court proceedings. De Garr Robinson is also registered to practise in the British Virgin Islands, Bahamas and DIFC.
Strengths: "Very hard-working and approachable, he's a deft advocate who employs just the right amount of humour and intellectual firepower." "He is very meticulous and has a real mastery of detail."
Recent work: Acted in Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale, representing the defendant bank in a high-value and high-profile claim relating to allegations of fraud and corruption.

Craig Orr QC
Has a markedly international practice, often appearing in the courts of both Europe and the Far East representing both banks and claimants. His practice in financial disputes focuses on matters involving complex investment arrangements and derivatives. He also has notable experience of cases involving allegations of fraud.
Strengths: "A technically brilliant lawyer who's also incredibly hard-working and very effective on his feet." "He's very careful, thorough, seriously analytical and possessed of good judgement and quiet authority."
Recent work: Acted for the Libyan Investment Authority in a substantial claim relating to allegations of fraud and corruption.

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 combines superb intellect with excellent strategic nous and judgement."

Benjamin Strong QC
Has 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. Strong's practice encompasses a broad range of domestic and international disputes.
Strengths: "He is an extremely brainy silk who is building up a fearsome reputation." "Ben is extremely intelligent and delights in getting stuck into complex factual scenarios, legal issues and documentation. He is also practical and client-friendly, and on his feet he is both calm and persuasive."
Recent work: Acted in Credit Suisse Asset Management v Titan Europe, a case which considered how much one group of noteholders in a securitisation was entitled to receive when the underlying assets defaulted during the financial crisis.

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. MacDonald's superb reputation and first-class abilities see him regularly instructed in the most high-profile of matters.
Strengths: "He's a go-to senior junior for banking work, who's phenomenally hard-working, exceptionally bright and tremendously dedicated."
Recent work: Acted in Golden Belt v BNP Paribas representing the defendant bank in a USD650 million claim brought by participants in a complex Islamic financing transaction arising out of the high-profile collapse of the Saudi Al-Sanea group.

Conall Patton
Enjoys a fast-growing reputation among peers and instructing solicitors particularly 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. He is a go-to for numerous instructing solicitors presented with complex, multi-jurisdictional banking cases.
Strengths: "User-friendly and very clever." "He is a highly intelligent advocate with an excellent understanding of complex financial products. His expertise in derivatives and structured notes is particularly impressive."
Recent work: Acted in Lehman Brothers International v ExxonMobil Financial Services on behalf of Exxon. These were proceedings concerning the close-out amount payable under a Global Master Repurchase Agreement.

Alexander Polley
Leading junior of choice for a range of major solicitors and eminent silks, who has a reputation for being an exemplary technician. His practice in banking and finance matters often overlaps with his wider expertise in civil fraud and professional negligence. He is noted for acting in particularly high-value cases.
Strengths: "A great team player who absorbs and digests very large amounts of information effortlessly." "Alex is ferociously intelligent and a real problem solver; he is stimulated by the more difficult parts of a case."
Recent work: Acted in claims by BST against four Portuguese state-owned transport companies for sums due under snowball swaps which the companies alleged were void under, or breach, mandatory provisions of Portuguese law.

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. He is often instructed in matters with a significant international dimension.
Strengths: "Highly intelligent, incredibly hard-working, and someone with excellent drafting skills. He's an absolute pleasure to work with and always makes himself available as cases develop." "He's got very good judgement, he's very clever, he's sensible, and his written work is good."
Recent work: Acted for a leading UK and US fund manager regarding claims by the trustees of a pension fund concerning the construction and management of a portfolio of mortgage-backed securities.

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. The high regard in which she is held by peers and her track record of excellence have contributed to her rapid ascent in the tables.
Strengths: "Nehali is particularly responsive and always up to speed on the details of a matter." "She is phenomenally bright, great at the law and can retain and analyse facts impressively quickly."
Recent work: Acted for UniCredit, Italy’s largest investment bank, in bank-on-bank litigation against Barclays alleging misrepresentation and breach of warranty. The case arose out of a series of multibillion-euro structured finance transactions known as the Brontos Transactions.

Jamie Goldsmith
A skilled and well-respected junior with a practice covering the full spectrum of domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration.
Strengths: "He is hugely talented and very incisive, and his written work is of a very high standard."
Recent work: Appeared in McGraw-Hill International v Deutsche Apotheker, an important case on the liability of banks to investors, that also raised a novel point as to whether a credit rating agency owes a duty of care to investors.

Sandy Phipps
Recently joined the set from 3 Verulam Buildings, and is widely regarded as a leading commercial junior with a strong focus on banking and finance matters. He has previous experience of working as a commercial litigator at a magic circle firm.
Strengths: "A talented and responsive lawyer who is a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted in Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale, defending a substantial claim on behalf of the defendant bank relating to investments totalling over two billion dollars.

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 very intellectually capable and very hard-working."
Recent work: Acted in Deutsche Bank v Petromena, a £700 million claim for breach of financial advisory obligations.

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. He gets stuck in and always fights the client's corner." "Proactive, responsive, very bright and fully prepared to get stuck into all aspects of a case."
Recent work: Acted for a well-known foreign exchange company seeking to enforce payment of a close-out amount under foreign exchange derivatives of £1.8 million and resisting a counterclaim for £4.4 million alleging the mis-selling of a large number of foreign exchange derivatives over a four-year period.

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A strong and reputable set recognised for its members' regular involvement in complex, high-value and legally important disputes. The set's expertise in banking and finance is complemented by its reputable fraud and financial regulatory practices. Practitioners are also noted for their wider expertise in arbitration proceedings and are highlighted for their impressive level of commercial awareness. Recent work includes acting for RBS in Property Alliance Group v Royal Bank of Scotland, the test case involving allegations of Libor rigging.

Client service: "The clerks are very high-quality and treat you like partners in a business." Joe Ferrigno and David Grief are the senior clerks at the set.

SILKS

David Foxton QC
A truly stellar practitioner at the height of his powers in the banking and finance sector. He 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 held under all the major arbitral rules.
Strengths: "His intellect is formidable and he has a very client-friendly approach." "David is a brilliant cross-examiner who is tremendously committed to his cases. He has a terrific mind - when nobody can get their head around a case, he is the one person who'll be able to."
Recent work: Acted for Goldman Sachs in the third round of the Lehman Waterfall hearings concerning entitlement to funding costs under an ISDA Master Agreement.

Joe Smouha QC
Exceptionally able silk with a diverse practice encompassing the adept handling of complex proceedings relating to civil fraud and banking and finance. He is an accomplished advocate in international arbitrations, and also sits as an arbitrator.
Strengths: "He is very user-friendly, bright, and a good tactician when it comes to heavyweight litigation."
Recent work: Leading counsel for RBS in the first Libor case to go to trial following the landmark decision in PAG v RBS handed down at the end of 2016.

Richard Millett QC
Versatile advocate who handles banking and finance cases as part of a wider commercial litigation and and international arbitration practice. He regularly sits as an arbitrator and as a Deputy Judge in the Chancery Division.
Strengths: "He presents well in court and judges really listen to him."
Recent work: Acted in Barclays Bank v Red Oak, a large fraud claim with cross-border elements that arose from the actions of a bank employee.

JUNIORS

Edmund King
A leading junior with a highly respected commercial practice that spans banking and finance civil fraud, indirect tax and shipping and commodities cases amongst others. He is often instructed by specialist debt-trading hedge funds.
Strengths: "He's tenacious and his written work is excellent."
Recent work: Acted in Lehman Brothers Finance v Tschira, a EUR600 million-plus dispute involving multiple questions concerning the ISDA close-out mechanism and default interest.

James Willan
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. He acts primarily for banks and financial institutions.
Strengths: "James is concise, hard-working and to the point. He digests complex issues in no time at all and provides advice of the highest quality."
Recent work: Acted in Barclays Bank v UniCredit, defending Barclays against claims worth over EUR300 million. The case concerned complex inter-bank investment.

Emily Wood
A highly talented junior who regularly undertakes major commercial litigation and arbitration. She has experience in swaps mis-selling, Libor rigging and improper practice cases.
Strengths: "Emily combines superb technical ability with tremendous client-facing skills."
Recent work: Acted in Barclays Bank v UniCredit, a EUR300 million indemnity claim relating to a multi-jurisdictional structured finance deal between the parties.

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Band 4

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Chambers offers advice on a range of banking and finance matters, and has particular specialist capability in cases concerning derivatives, structured financial products and securitisations. As the leading set for restructuring and insolvency work, it is very well positioned to deal with a range of credit crunch disputes and advisory work. As a result it has acted in a variety of high-profile recent matters including the Lehman Waterfall I and II applications, which determined entitlements to the surplus of around USD7 billion in the Lehman estate.

Client service: "It's a well-organised and well-run set that is easy to deal with and sensible in negotiations." "The clerks are really excellent; they get back to you quickly and they're very helpful." Michael 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 is a regular in the largest offshore cases.
Strengths: "An extremely impressive operator." "He is the first choice for any matter with an insolvency aspect, or anything that requires phenomenal intellectual ability. Robin has a forensic mind and an ability to get to the bottom of the most complex issues, demonstrated by the respect he's given by the judiciary right up to the Supreme Court. He is tremendously hard-working, putting in the hours that not many silks will do. Better than that, you know it's his work you're getting."

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. He is regularly instructed to appear in matters involving securitisations, derivatives and financial collateral arrangements.
Strengths: "Tony is clearly one of the brightest silks at the Bar. He is unsurpassed in his responsiveness and his ability to work seamlessly with the other counsel and solicitors on the team. He also produces very clear and impressive written work and his advocacy is of the highest standard." "An exceptional advocate, who is a very clever and thoughtful man and a real delight to work with."
Recent work: Acted in the Waterfall Litigation, a dispute concerning the distribution of surplus estate to creditors by administrators. The matter involved questions over the correct interpretation of the ISDA Master Agreement's default interest provision.

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. In addition to his domestic practice he also has experience of working in the Cayman Islands.
Strengths: "A great leader and team player." "He is extremely talented and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for a Madoff feeder fund in Primeo Fund v HSBC, a billion-dollar claim against its former administrator and custodian.

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 his willingness to tackle the detail of complex cases. His practice covers bond and note litigation, mis-selling claims, derivatives disputes, securitisations, and general banking disputes. Beyond banking and finance, he has additional expertise in company law and insolvency matters.
Strengths: "David is very thorough and has great knowledge of what's going on in the market."
Recent work: Acted in the Lehman Brothers Waterfall II application for one of the respondents. The dispute concerned the outstanding issues resulting from the distribution of Lehman's assets following its collapse.

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: "Has a real grasp of financial products and pays forensic attention to detail." "He is enormously bright and his drafting is supreme."
Recent work: Acted for the note issuer in Deutsche Trustee Company v Cheyne Capital Management, a Court of Appeal dispute involving the requirement to obtain confirmation from a rating agency in a commercial mortgage-backed securitisation.

William Trower QC
An exceptional restructuring and insolvency silk whose finance work often concerns such matters arising in the banking industry. He is also noted for his further expertise in relation to company law and corporate fraud in the civil context. His practice includes both domestic and international work.
Strengths: "William inspires confidence from the outset as an adviser and as an advocate. He has the ability to break down and explain the legal effect of complex transactions in a very lucid fashion." "He has a razor-sharp mind and is a delight to work with."
Recent work: Acted in the long-running proceedings arising out of Lehman Brothers' collapse, in particular in relation to technical issues concerning the bank's relationship with derivative counterparties.

Daniel Bayfield QC
Highly regarded for his work 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: "Very bright and able, he combines a sound legal approach with pragmatic advice." "He's responsive, highly diligent, particularly good on paper and robustly commercial."

JUNIORS

Stephen Robins
Leading restructuring and insolvency junior whose practice in banking matters very often overlaps with that field. His wide-ranging practice takes in company law, insurance and financial services disputes. He is also noted for his expertise in civil fraud.
Strengths: "Ferociously bright, he drafts brilliantly and he turns advice around incredibly quickly." "An impressive advocate, who is calm and agile on his feet and can roll with the punches."
Recent work: Acted in the Lehman Brothers Waterfall II application, litigation concerning the Lehman estate and its distribution.

Georgina Peters
A commercial and financial law junior, particularly noted for her work on banking and finance matters. She appears in litigation resulting from major bank collapses, as well as cases relating to complex securitisations, performance bond disputes and ISDA-governed derivatives.
Strengths: "Thorough, careful, always well prepared and good on the detail." "She is very good at turning things around very quickly and is prepared to roll her sleeves up."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant bank in a complex dispute that hinged on a point of construction of mortgage-backed debentures.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Members of 20 Essex Street act in a variety of complex and significant matters including cases resulting from the collapses of major banks and financial institutions as well as those concerning the duties of banks. The set is noted for its particular specialism in financial derivatives. Members have appeared in proceedings that have helped to clarify and define the effects of ISDA clauses.

Client service: "20 Essex Street is a very friendly set of chambers and the clerks go out of their way to assist." Arron Zitver and Christopher Theobald are the deputy senior clerks.

SILKS

Julian Kenny QC
Has a strong reputation for his handling of contentious proceedings in the banking and shipping arenas. He is especially interested in ISDA issues and the determination of close-outs. His practice also covers insurance matters, arbitrations, and issues relating to conflicts of jurisdiction.
Strengths: "He is user-friendly and produces work of considerable intellectual firepower in an understated but persuasive manner."
Recent work: Acted in Vnesheconombank v Lehman Brothers International, a dispute in connection with loss resulting from credit default swaps made under the ISDA Master Agreement.

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. He also has experience of defending in cases concerning market manipulation allegations.
Strengths: "He is an extremely charming and affable silk."
Recent work: Acted for one of several defendants in Simetra Global Assets v Ikon Finance, a USD370 million claim relating to allegations of substantial loss by investment managers on a forex trading platform.

Philip Edey QC
Renowned for his commercial litigation practice, he also has considerable experience in banking matters. He has expertise in guarantees, loan agreements, currency trading, debt buy-backs and mortgage book purchases.
Strengths: "He is very intelligent, his paperwork is very good and he is very knowledgeable on the law."
Recent work: Acted in The Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs International, a billion-dollar claim involving detailed examination of Goldman's conduct regarding Libya's sovereign wealth fund.

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Band 5

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Members act in a range of banking and finance matters including disputes arising from capital raisings, insolvency proceedings and regulatory matters. They appear in litigation concerning traders, brokers and funds, and regularly handle cases involving traded securities. Complex derivatives contract cases are an area of special interest. Individuals at the set have appeared in a number of notable recent cases including the high-profile Supreme Court matter of BNY Mellon v LBG Capital which was worth £1 billion.

Client service: "The clerks are excellent and immensely enjoyable to work with." David Goddard is the senior clerk at the set.

SILKS

Robert Miles QC
Exceptionally well regarded in a diverse range of practice areas, and 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. Miles also acts as a Deputy High Court Judge.
Strengths: "Robert Miles combines fantastic technical ability, strategic judgement and user-friendliness with powerful and incisive advocacy. He clearly has the thorough respect of the court." "An eloquent advocate with an excellent ability to see a case as a whole."
Recent work: Successfully acted for Lloyds in BNY Mellon v LBG Capital, a high-profile matter before the Supreme Court regarding whether or not the bank was entitled to redeem certain high-interest notes.

Jonathan Crow QC
One of the leading silks of his generation, Jonathan Crow QC offers 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. He is a popular choice for both banks and regulators and has appeared at all levels of court in numerous trials and arbitrations.
Strengths: "He is a class act and an extremely good advocate, who's smooth, very clever and someone with the ear of the Supreme Court." "An absolutely phenomenal advocate, very decisive and clear in his advice, who is one of a kind. He's great fun and provides a spot of sharp wit and great warmth as well."
Recent work: Brought in by the FCA to lead in FCA v Macris, a high-profile Supreme Court appeal relating to the 'London Whale' trades which resulted in a £137 million fine for J.P. Morgan.

Richard Hill QC
Occupies a position among the finest company law advocates at the London Bar, and is further highly respected for his 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. He also has noted expertise in capital markets work.
Strengths: "He is very incisive and hard-working. His legal analysis is very good and he's user-friendly too."
Recent work: Acted in Marme Inversiones 2007 SL v RBS & Others, a leading case on Euribor manipulation, which involved a lending facility worth over EUR1 billion.

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. Shivji acts regularly as sole counsel for leading investment banks, regulators and institutional investors, and also advises offshore financial services regulators.
Strengths: "He is client-friendly and a thoughtful strategist who is a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted in Al Khorafi v Bank Sarasin-Alpen and Others, a landmark banking and finance case in the Middle East before the Dubai International Financial Centre. The matter concerned complex regulatory issues and allegations of investment product mis-selling under multiple jurisdictions.

Alastair Tomson
A promising junior making a name for himself by way of his busy commercial chancery practice, who has a particular focus on litigation in the banking sector. He has a well-rounded skill set and receives praise both for his advocacy style and his quality written work.
Strengths: "A junior who can stand up to silks in a hearing, he provides good, solid advice and is very user-friendly." "He is a very bright guy, who's affable and good to deal with."
Recent work: Defended a leading publicly listed Indian company and its offshore subsidiary against two claims brought by Deutsche Bank and other syndicated lenders. The matter is a high-profile test case relating to allegations of Libor manipulation.

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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 sees him expertly representing oligarch, domestic and international clients. He is frequently instructed in highly contentious cases at appellate level that have potentially significant consequences for institutions and the wider finance industry. 
Strengths: "He is a man of total integrity." "A heavyweight barrister with almost unparalleled experience, he gets straight to the heart of a problem and he loves knotty points of law."
Recent work: Acted in the Bank Sarasin case, a claim for breach of statutory duty, breach of contract, misrepresentation and negligence in relation to investment advice given, and the sale of investment products, by an investment bank.

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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 is a regular in the largest offshore cases.
Strengths: "An extremely impressive operator." "He is the first choice for any matter with an insolvency aspect, or anything that requires phenomenal intellectual ability. Robin has a forensic mind and an ability to get to the bottom of the most complex issues, demonstrated by the respect he's given by the judiciary right up to the Supreme Court. He is tremendously hard-working, putting in the hours that not many silks will do. Better than that, you know it's his work you're getting."

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Foxton QC 
A truly stellar practitioner at the height of his powers in the banking and finance sector. He 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 held under all the major arbitral rules.
Strengths: "His intellect is formidable and he has a very client-friendly approach." "David is a brilliant cross-examiner who is tremendously committed to his cases. He has a terrific mind - when nobody can get their head around a case, he is the one person who'll be able to."
Recent work: Acted for Goldman Sachs in the third round of the Lehman Waterfall hearings concerning entitlement to funding costs under an ISDA Master Agreement.

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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, a significant number of which have taken place in the House of Lords and the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Lord Grabiner remains one of the most eminent counsel at the Bar. He has great personal force and presence in court and commands considerable respect from the Bench. Behind the scenes he gives clear, clever and practical advice and provides invaluable insight into tactical issues. He has a great ability to know which arguments will appeal to the court."
Recent work: Represented Terra Firm Investments in its well-publicised USD2 billion fraud claim against Citibank arising out of its acquisition of EMI.

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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 those involving issues relating to trusts and other debt securities. Hapgood is regularly sought out by City law firms to advise on significant transactional matters.
Strengths: "A banking litigation doyen, he is a widely respected advocate who exhibits incisive judgement in the most complex cases." "One of the big hitters, he is good on his feet and fiendishly intelligent."
Recent work: Acted in Fondazione Enasarco v Lehman Bros, a high-profile appeal by Lehman against an English court ruling concerning the calculation of loss under the 1992 ISDA Master Agreement.

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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. He regularly appears in landmark cases for a number of leading market participants.
Strengths: "Mark has a formidable reputation as one of the most prominent commercial silks at the Bar. He gives clever, shrewd and realistic advice and above all he excels in cross-examination." "Mark is a case-winning advocate, who has the authority of the court and is prepared to tell the judge what's what."
Recent work: Acted in Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale, a USD1.5 billion claim to rescind four complex derivative transactions on account of bribery, corruption and intimidation during the final years of the Gaddafi regime.

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Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tim Lord QC 
A stellar practitioner and respected member of the Bar, who is recognised for his forthright and robust advocacy, and often appears on behalf of clients challenging banking practices. He is also noted for his wider expertise in professional negligence and civil fraud cases. Of late he has tackled a number of significant cases stemming from the financial crisis.
Strengths: "As well as being highly intelligent and an expert on the law, he has a very good grasp of litigation and commercial tactics, making him a particularly skilled and intrepid advocate." "The absolute doyen of structured instruments, he is charming, very easy to deal with and very strategic." "His real strengths are his cross-examination and advocacy skills; he thrives in court."
Recent work: Acted in Property Alliance Group v RBS, a £35 million claim for swaps mis-selling including Libor and Global Restructuring Group claims.

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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 at the London Bar, he has 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 in civil fraud and international arbitration proceedings. He offers further ability in company law, energy and professional liability cases.
Strengths: "Laurence has an unassuming and down-to-earth style which belies his fierce intellect. He masters the detail of a case incredibly quickly and always adds significant value, both with his advice and as a tactician." "He is as impressive as his reputation suggests - an absolute superstar."
Recent work: Acted for a client group including Aviva, Standard Life, AXA, Legal & General and USS in the RBS Rights Issue Litigation.

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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 expertise in issues arising from the financial crash of 2008. His practice covers complex financial products, note issue construction and operation, swaps and derivatives disputes, and cases concerning allegations of Libor manipulation. He is also a highly adept practitioner in insurance and general commercial cases.
Strengths: "David is a very wise and highly experienced advocate who lends gravitas and immense intellectual heft to any case. He also has excellent client-handling skills and takes a surgical approach to cross-examination." "Not many counsel have his ability to take very complex factual and legal matters, and then produce clear and appropriate advice in no time at all; he consistently wows clients."
Recent work: Acted in the RBS Rights Issue Litigation, defending RBS and four former directors in multiple claims made by shareholders arising from the £12 billion rights issue of 2008.

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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. He is regularly instructed to appear in matters involving securitisations, derivatives and financial collateral arrangements.
Strengths: "Tony is clearly one of the brightest silks at the Bar. He is unsurpassed in his responsiveness and his ability to work seamlessly with the other counsel and solicitors on the team. He also produces very clear and impressive written work and his advocacy is of the highest standard." "An exceptional advocate, who is a very clever and thoughtful man and a real delight to work with."
Recent work: Acted in the Waterfall Litigation, a dispute concerning the distribution of surplus estate to creditors by administrators. The matter involved questions over the correct interpretation of the ISDA Master Agreement's default interest provision.

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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. He also covers professional negligence, offshore trusts and forum disputes. His current caseload takes in a number of matters dealing with allegations of Libor and Euribor manipulation.
Strengths: "Highly intelligent, commercially astute, and a great trial advocate, as well as a very good team player who produces work of great quality in incredibly short timescales." "He is one of the first names on the team sheet for high-value, complex financial disputes."
Recent work: Acted for Credit Suisse in Secure Capital v Credit Suisse, a £30 million claim concerning allegations of mis-selling structured life insurance policies.

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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. His recent work also includes disputes relating to the sale of structured notes and film investment schemes.
Strengths: "He brings genuine insight to complex issues." "Clients highly respect him and he is both technically excellent and user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted in Property Alliance Group v The Royal Bank of Scotland, a significant Libor test case.

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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 and civil fraud, and is noted for being particularly adept at derivatives cases. Malek also sits as a Deputy Judge in the Commercial Court.
Strengths: "An excellent choice for matters requiring a high degree of product knowledge coupled with a high degree of expertise in relation to regulatory matters." "He is extremely skilled at informing case strategy."
Recent work: Acted in Lafayette and Others v Nationwide, a claim relating to a dispute involving mis-selling allegations and alleged breaches of regulatory requirements.

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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. He offers related experience in practice areas including corporate restructuring and insolvency, and civil fraud. 
Strengths: "An excellent leader and a compelling advocate." "A very powerful advocate with command of his subject; he is masterful."
Recent work: Defended high-end property developers, the Candy Brothers, in a claim brought by a former business associate alleging that the defendants had used threats, duress and intimidation to pressure the claimant into accepting exorbitant terms for the provision and extension of a loan facility.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert Miles QC 
Exceptionally well regarded in a diverse range of practice areas, and 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. Miles also acts as a Deputy High Court Judge.
Strengths: "Robert Miles combines fantastic technical ability, strategic judgement and user-friendliness with powerful and incisive advocacy. He clearly has the thorough respect of the court." "An eloquent advocate with an excellent ability to see a case as a whole."
Recent work: Successfully acted for Lloyds in BNY Mellon v LBG Capital, a high-profile matter before the Supreme Court regarding whether or not the bank was entitled to redeem certain high-interest notes.

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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, and has an especially strong standing in interest rate swaps disputes. He is also a noted practitioner in commercial dispute resolution and insurance cases. He has recently acted for banks in PPI mis-selling claims and advised clients on complex securitisation and underwriting issues.
Strengths: "He is a smooth and persuasive advocate." "A QC with real gravitas."
Recent work: Successfully defended RBS in Crestsign v Royal Bank of Scotland, a leading interest rate mis-selling case.

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Richard Salter QC

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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, and sits as an arbitrator in ICC, LCIA and other arbitral forums.
Strengths: "He is a fantastically good lawyer with an incredible presence, who's on top of every detail, very easy to deal with, and a good tactician."
Recent work: Appeared before the Privy Council in Central Bank of Ecuador v Ansbacher, a case concerning an allegation that fraud was committed against an insolvent Ecuadorian bank by its owners and controllers.

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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 relating to civil fraud and banking and finance. He is an accomplished advocate in international arbitrations, and also sits as an arbitrator.
Strengths: "He is very user-friendly, bright, and a good tactician when it comes to heavyweight litigation."
Recent work: Leading counsel for RBS in the first Libor case to go to trial following the landmark decision in PAG v RBS handed down at the end of 2016.

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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. He is additionally noted for his work with central banks in Germany, Namibia and Trinidad & Tobago.
Strengths: "Bankim is an extremely impressive silk who combines mastery of the law with excellent strategic and commercial thinking." "He is a great advocate and really good to work with."
Recent work: Defended Barclays in a £750 million claim brought in connection with alleged fraud relating to the 2008 Barclays capital raising.

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One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sonia Tolaney QC
Enjoys a standing as an exceptionally talented advocate with regard to banking and finance disputes. She offers additional expertise in civil fraud and insolvency cases. Tolaney receives regular instruction from leading sector clients.
Strengths: "Very commercial and a superb advocate, she's particularly gifted at bringing clarity where there's complexity. That's her hallmark."
Recent work: Acted for BNP Paribas in the first Islamic finance rights issue dispute to be determined in England.

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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, who has 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. Alongside his fantastic trial experience, he is noted for his busy advisory practice.
Strengths: "Daniel is an exceptionally able and bright lawyer, who is effective, practical, always quick with his written work and very easy to work with." "He has an impressive ability to assimilate volumes of information and present his views in a clear and concise way. His is a very measured, logical and persuasive style of advocacy, and he is a delight to work with."
Recent work: Acted in Dexia Crediop v Province of Brescia, representing the Italian bank in a dispute with a regional government regarding contested interest rate swaps transactions.

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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. His highly regarded practice covers a broad range of commercial law, and he appears in both litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Strengths: "He immediately gets to the heart of complex disputes." "Always a pleasure to work with, he has an uncanny ability to translate the most complex issues into straightforward concepts for clients." "David is incredibly responsive and a genuine team player. He particularly impresses as an appellate lawyer, where his razor-sharp mind and clarity of vision really come into their own."
Recent work: Defended J.P. Morgan in a substantial claim in connection with the sale of Argentine bonds linked to inflation.

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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, and has a focus on cases addressing complicated contractual arrangements. He has expertise in swaps, derivatives and mis-selling cases among other matters.
Strengths: "Has built a great reputation for handling complex banking disputes, and has a fine track record of success." "He is a great strategist and far more commercially minded than other advocates of his level. He sees right through the issues and gives clear and commercial advice."
Recent work: Acted in Wingate v Lloyds Bank, a claim against Lloyds which alleged that a 2011 settlement was void because it failed to tell Wingate of its involvement in Libor manipulation.

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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 when it comes to points of conflict of law and jurisdiction cases. His practice also includes domestic and international commercial arbitrations.
Strengths: "Fun to work with, innovative and a tenacious advocate." "He is very clever and very enthusiastic, and has a great grasp of the detail in a case." 
Recent work: Acted in Marex Financial v Creative Finance and Cosmorex. This was a claim by an FX broker against professional trading clients regarding the forced liquidation of the client's positions after a period of exceptional volatility and illiquidity in the Japanese market following natural disasters in 2011.

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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: "Immensely knowledgeable about financial services matters and very good to work with." "He is extremely bright and has a superb talent for explaining complex legal analysis in a sensible and accessible way."
Recent work: Acted in Deutsche Bank v Khan, successfully pursuing a claim in excess of £51 million under secured loan facilities.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Crow QC 
One of the leading silks of his generation, Jonathan Crow QC offers 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. He is a popular choice for both banks and regulators and has appeared at all levels of court in numerous trials and arbitrations.
Strengths: "He is a class act and an extremely good advocate, who's smooth, very clever and someone with the ear of the Supreme Court." "An absolutely phenomenal advocate, very decisive and clear in his advice, who is one of a kind. He's great fun and provides a spot of sharp wit and great warmth as well."
Recent work: Brought in by the FCA to lead in FCA v Macris, a high-profile Supreme Court appeal relating to the 'London Whale' trades which resulted in a £137 million fine for J.P. Morgan.

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One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rhodri Davies QC
Especially accomplished with 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. Davies also sits as a Deputy High Court Judge.
Strengths: "Rhodri is phenomenally bright and has excellent judgement, enabling him to give clear advice on complex legal points." "He has a very reassuring presence and is never rattled. On his feet he is a calm, persuasive and incredibly effective advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant bank in National Bank of Abu Dhabi v BP Oil International, a complex dispute relating to the sale and purchase of a substantial, multimillion-dollar debt owed to BP by a Moroccan oil refining company.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Timothy Howe QC 
Exceptionally capable advocate with an enormous amount of experience of 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. He represents leading global investment banks in high-value matters relating to complex derivatives and other transactions.
Strengths: "Bright, practical, good on his feet and very hands-on." "He is a phenomenally capable advocate, who is incredibly hard-working and will roll his sleeves up and get stuck in."
Recent work: Represented a leading Russian investment bank in a dispute concerning the enforcement of security for substantial inter-group lending relating to a EUR1 billion M&A transaction involving a Bulgarian telecoms group.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Nash QC
Enjoys an outstanding reputation for his accomplished advocacy in a range of banking disputes, and has 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: "Very calm in a storm, he is a first-rate advocate with vast experience." "He has a finely tuned legal mind and his analysis is always clear."
Recent work: Acted in the RBS Rights Issue Litigation, leading the remaining group of claimants in one of the most publicised proceedings before the English courts. 

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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 cases concerning art and cultural property law, as well as civil fraud and professional negligence. In recent years he has been consistently involved in some of the most consequential banking and finance cases.
Strengths: "He is a first-class advocate who can get to grips with the thorniest of issues." "Bright and extremely sensible, he is able to cut through legal technicalities and produce common-sense advice." "He conveys the message to the judge very cleanly, objectively and in a very persuasive manner."
Recent work: Represented a £1.3 billion claimant group in the high-profile RBS rights issue class action.

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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. Sutcliffe also sits part-time as a judge in the Chancery Division.
Strengths: "A clever and understated advocate."
Recent work: Advised Barclays on the prospects of success in advance of a trial connected with a swaps claim and counterclaim. 

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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 his willingness to tackle the detail of complex cases. His practice covers bond and note litigation, mis-selling claims, derivatives disputes, securitisations, and general banking disputes. Beyond banking and finance, he has additional expertise in company law and insolvency matters.
Strengths: "David is very thorough and has great knowledge of what's going on in the market."
Recent work: Acted in the Lehman Brothers Waterfall II application for one of the respondents. The dispute concerned the outstanding issues resulting from the distribution of Lehman's assets following its collapse. 

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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. Blayney receives plaudits for his significant trial experience and is appreciated for his imaginative and persuasive arguments.
Strengths: "David has an extraordinarily creative and lateral mind. He's able to see lines of argument others miss."
Recent work: Acted in the RBS Rights Issue Litigation, a high-profile group litigation arising from RBS's 2008 £12 billion rights issue. 

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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 noted ability in international disputes, financial regulatory matters and arbitration proceedings. He has advised prospective claimants in group proceedings against UK retail banks in connection with mis-selling interest rate swaps.
Strengths: "A very knowledgeable and collaborative person." "He is a pleasure to work with and great with clients."
Recent work: Defended an Italian bank in two separate proceedings initiated by a well-known London casino in connection with the advancement of more than £1 million credit to a professional gambler.

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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 user-friendly, calm and measured. He communicates to non-lawyers in a way they can understand."
Recent work: Acted in Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong and Another v Independent Power Tanzania and Others. This was a forum dispute relating to proceedings initiated by the bank in order to recover USD140 million in disputed debt connected with the construction of a power plant in Tanzania.

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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. His growing reputation as a silk sees him regularly instructed on high-profile and consequential proceedings.
Strengths: "Highly intelligent, very user-friendly and a pleasure to work with." "He is a remarkably talented person who is first-rate in terms of his attention to detail and work rate."
Recent work: Acted in Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) v Independent Power of Tanzania & Others, a multi-jurisdictional matter relating to syndicated lending recovery and associated security enforcement.

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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 regularly instructed in international arbitrations in addition to appellate and High Court proceedings. De Garr Robinson is also registered to practise in the British Virgin Islands, Bahamas and DIFC.
Strengths: "Very hard-working and approachable, he's a deft advocate who employs just the right amount of humour and intellectual firepower." "He is very meticulous and has a real mastery of detail."
Recent work: Acted in Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale, representing the defendant bank in a high-value and high-profile claim relating to allegations of fraud and corruption.

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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. He is well known for acting in matters related to the Northern Irish banking industry.
Strengths: "He is a phenomenal advocate with a fiercely legal mind who absorbs material in record time."
Recent work: Acted in McHugh Connection v Ulster Bank Ireland, a dispute between a Northern Irish group and Ulster Bank following its restructuring by RBS.

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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: "Has a real grasp of financial products and pays forensic attention to detail." "He is enormously bright and his drafting is supreme."
Recent work: Acted for the note issuer in Deutsche Trustee Company v Cheyne Capital Management, a Court of Appeal dispute involving the requirement to obtain confirmation from a rating agency in a commercial mortgage-backed securitisation. 

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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, he is often involved in matters with a potentially wide significance for the banking market as a whole. He is experienced in acting both for and against banks and financial institutions, and receives regular instructions from major City firms.
Strengths: "A user-friendly and very persuasive advocate." "He has a very good knowledge of technical banking matters, and as an opponent he's absolutely charming."
Recent work: Represented Nationwide in Frogmore Real Estate v Nationwide Building Society, a claim for over £50 million in damages relating to a facility agreement.

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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 at the London Bar, and is further highly respected for his 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. He also has noted expertise in capital markets work.
Strengths: "He is very incisive and hard-working. His legal analysis is very good and he's user-friendly too."
Recent work: Acted in Marme Inversiones 2007 SL v RBS & Others, a leading case on Euribor manipulation, which involved a lending facility worth over EUR1 billion. 

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Richard Lissack QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Lissack QC
A highly regarded practitioner with a wealth of sector experience. His esteemed banking practice is focused on complex and substantial matters, regularly involving cross-border elements. He has specialist knowledge of disputes involving financial crime, fraud, bribery, money laundering and sanctions.
Strengths: "An excellent addition to the set, who is the first port of call for anything corporate crime-related in this area." "When it comes to seeking out someone to advise large financial institutions on very high-level strategic issues he is right up at the top of the list. He is great on his feet, very persuasive and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Represented Barclays Bank in multiple proceedings relating to an £11 billion investment in the bank made by Qatar in 2008.

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Richard Millett QC

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Millett QC 
Versatile advocate who handles banking and finance cases as part of a wider commercial litigation and and international arbitration practice. He regularly sits as an arbitrator and as a Deputy Judge in the Chancery Division.
Strengths: "He presents well in court and judges really listen to him."
Recent work: Acted in Barclays Bank v Red Oak, a large fraud claim with cross-border elements that arose from the actions of a bank employee.

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Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Mumford QC of Maitland Chambers 
Has significant expertise in 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: "Has an amazing breadth of knowledge, is extremely clever and is an excellent advocate." "He's very strong analytically and very good in court."
Recent work: Acted in Erste Group Bank v JSC VMZ Red October, a conspiracy claim arising out of the non-payment by a state-owned Russian metallurgical business of debts owed to a syndicate of international banks.

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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. His practice covers domestic, commercial and investment banking.
Strengths: "He has strong banking product and documentation knowledge, combined with a careful and calm approach." "Extremely pleasant, hard-working and user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted in Banco Santander Totta v Companhia Carris de Ferro de Lisboa and Others, a EUR1.3 billion dispute concerning structured interest swaps, entered into with four public transport corporations from Portugal. 

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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 representing both banks and claimants. His practice in financial disputes focuses on matters involving complex investment arrangements and derivatives. He also has notable experience of cases involving allegations of fraud.
Strengths: "A technically brilliant lawyer who's also incredibly hard-working and very effective on his feet." "He's very careful, thorough, seriously analytical and possessed of good judgement and quiet authority."
Recent work: Acted for the Libyan Investment Authority in a substantial claim relating to allegations of fraud and corruption.

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Benjamin Pilling QC

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Benjamin Pilling QC of 4 Pump Court 
Has continued to establish 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. Pilling remains actively involved in important close-out disputes resulting from the 2008 financial crisis.
Strengths: "He is clever, forensic, commercial and strategic." "His advice is crisp, clear and impeccably well reasoned."
Recent work: Represented an insolvent Icelandic bank in LBI v Raiffeisen Zentralbank, a claim against an Austrian bank in connection with the termination of a GMSLA and GMRA. The case involved complex derivatives contracts valuation issues and questions concerning the termination's timing.

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3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Quest QC
An expert in a number of specific banking and finance areas including early termination of agreements and exchange bonds. He is also a noted practitioner in offshore and civil fraud disputes, and is further noted for his international arbitration practice.
Strengths: "He is a superb advocate who is very user-friendly."
Recent work: Represented HSBC in its successful defence against a claim brought by a businessperson relating to foreign exchange trading losses in excess of £20 million.

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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. In addition to his domestic practice he also has experience of working in the Cayman Islands.
Strengths: "A great leader and team player." "He is extremely talented and a pleasure to work with." 
Recent work: Acted for a Madoff feeder fund in Primeo Fund v HSBC, a billion-dollar claim against its former administrator and custodian.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Taylor QC 
Has 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: "John is very understated, has a razor-sharp mind and quickly gets to the nub of complex legal issues." "He is a fantastic advocate and his work ethic and attention to detail are superb."
Recent work: Acted in a number of claims relating to the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products.

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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 finance work often concerns such matters arising in the banking industry. He is also noted for his further expertise in relation to company law and corporate fraud in the civil context. His practice includes both domestic and international work.
Strengths: "William inspires confidence from the outset as an adviser and as an advocate. He has the ability to break down and explain the legal effect of complex transactions in a very lucid fashion." "He has a razor-sharp mind and is a delight to work with."
Recent work: Acted in the long-running proceedings arising out of Lehman Brothers' collapse, in particular in relation to technical issues concerning the bank's relationship with derivative counterparties.

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Daniel Bayfield QC

South Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Daniel Bayfield QC 
Highly regarded for his work 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: "Very bright and able, he combines a sound legal approach with pragmatic advice." "He's responsive, highly diligent, particularly good on paper and robustly commercial."

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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. He is also instructed in film partnership litigation involving FSMA issues.
Strengths: "Simon is an excellent barrister. He is extremely intelligent, user-friendly and someone who fully grasps complex details." "Immensely hard-working, very bright and a real team player."
Recent work: Acted for Bank St Petersburg in a complex dispute with a former client. Issues in the case included claims of forgery and conspiracy.

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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 with multi-jurisdictional aspects.
Strengths: "A man who can turn his hand to anything, he has excellent strategic insight, great speed of turnaround, and a very down-to-earth approach." "He is creative, collaborative, clever and a good advocate."
Recent work: Successfully defended a Russian oligarch in the Gibraltar Supreme Court in relation to allegations of money laundering arising out of the Otkritie trial.

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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, and a lawyer with a particular recent focus on the law around loan notes. He regularly sits as a Deputy High Court Judge.
Strengths: "He has superb knowledge of the law. He's very quick to respond and his advice is always excellent."
Recent work: Acted in BNY Mellon v Lloyds Banking Group, a high-profile matter regarding whether or not the bank was entitled to redeem certain high-interest notes. 

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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 professional negligence and civil fraud matters. He has been involved in claims relating to Libor rigging and swaps mis-selling.
Strengths: "A reassuring analyst of complex risk." "He is knowledgeable, creative and enthusiastic."
Recent work: Defended German bank IKB against claims brought by Calyon for £2 billion in respect of the collapse of the asset-backed paper market in 2007.

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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 when it comes 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. Davies has acted as an advocate at all levels of the English courts, and also regularly appears as an arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations.
Strengths: "She is an outstanding trial lawyer with excellent judgement," who is "great on her feet."
Recent work: Acted for Credit Suisse in a £100 million claim for damages in relation to allegations of negligence arising from the sale of an interest in an oilfield in Azerbaijan.

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Jasbir Dhillon QC

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jasbir Dhillon QC 
A banking silk who has 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. His practice also covers professional negligence, asset tracing, fraud and insolvency matters.
Strengths: "Jasbir is a truly impressive QC who wins clients' trust and confidence very quickly. He gets straight to the point and never sits on the fence."
Recent work: Acted in Lehman Brothers Special Finance v National Power Corp, a Financial List claim for USD20 million under a complex derivative product. It was the first case to determine the meaning and effect of the 2002 ISDA Master Agreement.

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20 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Philip Edey QC 
Renowned for his commercial litigation practice, he also has considerable experience in banking matters. He has expertise in guarantees, loan agreements, currency trading, debt buy-backs and mortgage book purchases.
Strengths: "He is very intelligent, his paperwork is very good and he is very knowledgeable on the law."
Recent work: Acted in The Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs International, a billion-dollar claim involving detailed examination of Goldman's conduct regarding Libya's sovereign wealth fund.

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Richard Edwards QC

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Edwards QC 
His work in banking and finance matters centres on swaps cases, and he has further experience in enforcement of guarantees and security cases. He handles cases covering the full range of the bank-customer relationship.
Strengths: "Richard is an excellent advocate who has a warm and personal approach that makes him a hit with clients. He can cut through difficult issues, he has excellent judgement and he displays an impressive ability to determine which details matter and which don't."
Recent work: Acted for a well-known pharmacy chain in a swaps mis-selling case relating to competing interpretations of data prepared by the claimant's finance director.

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Clive Freedman QC

7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Clive Freedman QC of 7 King's Bench Walk 
A well-regarded commercial practitioner particularly noted for his cross-examination skills. He has recent experience in high-profile cases concerning gambling debts.
Strengths: "He is incredibly hard-working and thinks about every possible way to win a case."
Recent work: Acted for a Swiss bank in a USD100 million claim involving allegations of dishonest misappropriation of funds.

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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: "Has a phenomenal brain and an ability to cut through to the core of an issue in no time at all. She provides very practical, client-friendly and commercial advice. Catherine is a joy to work with and a real expert in the field."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidators of Carlyle Capital in 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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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. His practice features a prominent overseas component. 
Strengths: "He is always a joy to work with and his abilities are matched by his enthusiasm and relish for a case." "A leading QC for banking disputes, he's thorough, a great advocate, and someone who handles clients' expectations extremely competently."
Recent work: Acted in Raiffeisen Bank International Limited v Asia Coal Energy Ventures Ltd. He represented ACE in both the UK and the British Virgin Islands in a dispute arising from a £120 million acquisition of shares in a leading Indonesian thermal coal producer, which involved allegations of failed contractual performance.

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20 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Julian Kenny QC 
Has a strong reputation for his handling of contentious proceedings in the banking and shipping arenas. He is especially interested in ISDA issues and the determination of close-outs. His practice also covers insurance matters, arbitrations, and issues relating to conflicts of jurisdiction.
Strengths: "He is user-friendly and produces work of considerable intellectual firepower in an understated but persuasive manner."
Recent work: Acted in Vnesheconombank v Lehman Brothers International, a dispute in connection with loss resulting from credit default swaps made under the ISDA Master Agreement. 

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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. He also has experience of defending in cases concerning market manipulation allegations.
Strengths: "He is an extremely charming and affable silk."
Recent work: Acted for one of several defendants in Simetra Global Assets v Ikon Finance, a USD370 million claim relating to allegations of substantial loss by investment managers on a forex trading platform.

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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 combines superb intellect with excellent strategic nous and judgement."

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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, who has 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 with the mis-selling of PPI and the manipulation of Libor. He is an expert on multi-jurisdictional cases.
Strengths: "He has a great instinct for knowing how to deal with the personalities involved in any case, and how the issues are likely to play out. Hodge has a persuasive style of advocacy and is never flustered."
Recent work: Acted in JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy Bank v Pugachev, enforcement proceedings arising from Vladimir Putin's former banker's alleged siphoning of billions of dollars in assets out of Russia. 

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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. Marshall also appears regularly in complex and substantial arbitrations, particularly before the ICC and LCIA.
Strengths: "Philip is a superb advocate who balances aggression with excellent judgement."
Recent work: Acted in Carlyle Capital v Conway and Others, a £1 billion-plus claim, the largest ever in Guernsey, relating to mortgage-backed securities trading by Carlyle-associated companies.

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Rosalind Phelps QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rosalind Phelps QC 
Noted for her abilities across a range of banking and finance matters, and has particular expertise in Libor and swap mis-selling cases. She handles significant disputes for clients including both high-street and investment banks.
Strengths: "She is extremely bright and efficient, and has a great understanding of financial products."
Recent work: Acted in four separate proceedings initiated by companies associated with the Reuben Brothers against Bank of Scotland. The case arose out of alleged manipulation of Libor and misrepresentation relating to the sale of derivative products.

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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. She acts with regularity in multiparty disputes relating to failed investment schemes. 
Strengths: "Has first-rate strategic understanding, and is seriously impressive at absorbing detail."
Recent work: Acted for Ulster Bank in defending a class action brought by Irish investors relating to a multimillion property investment in Canary Wharf which suffered a complete loss in 2008. The claim involved allegations of mis-selling and breaches of fiduciary duty.

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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 stems primarily from his deep expertise in public law and contentious regulatory proceedings. He has additional experience of handling civil fraud claims and cases heard in the British Virgin Islands. Saini also regularly appears in arbitrations and contentious disciplinary proceedings.
Strengths: "An excellent advocate who has a talent for strategy and a knack for achieving commercial outcomes." "He can turn his hand to just about anything; the breadth and range of his skills is massively impressive."
Recent work: Represented the trustee of the Madoff estate in Vizcaya Partners v Picard, a major appeal before the Privy Council regarding the scope of the conflicts of law rules in the context of commercial insolvency.

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Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Salzedo QC 
Has a solid practice in banking and finance in a number of discrete areas within the field, including 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 phenomenally bright, easy to work with and someone who gets on well with clients."
Recent work: Acted in Playboy v Banca Nazionale de Lavoro, leading for the claimant gaming club against an Italian bank which it was alleged had provided a negligent credit reference.

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Benjamin Strong QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Benjamin Strong QC
Has 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. Strong's practice encompasses a broad range of domestic and international disputes.
Strengths: "He is an extremely brainy silk who is building up a fearsome reputation." "Ben is extremely intelligent and delights in getting stuck into complex factual scenarios, legal issues and documentation. He is also practical and client-friendly, and on his feet he is both calm and persuasive."
Recent work: Acted in Credit Suisse Asset Management v Titan Europe, a case which considered how much one group of noteholders in a securitisation was entitled to receive when the underlying assets defaulted during the financial crisis.

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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 a highly respected practice that covers 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. His recent work has covered a range of complex disputes involving allegations of fraud.
Strengths: "A brilliant advocate who is charming, hugely intelligent and always impeccably prepared."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in Golden Belt and Fortress Securities v BNP Paribas, a case worth USD650 million. 

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ben Valentin QC 
Has undoubted expertise in banking cases as part of a wide-ranging international commercial arbitration and commercial dispute resolution practice, and has appeared in a number of leading cases defending major banks and financial institutions. He is noted for his significant experience of acting in complex offshore litigation in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands in particular.
Strengths: "Ben is extremely clever, practical and a real team player, and his work rate is phenomenal." "He is an incredibly responsive, calm and charming barrister who has great commercial judgement."
Recent work: Acted for Dunbar Assets, a substantial lender holding first charges over properties in defending an application by a second chargeholder to reverse the order of priority of the charges. 

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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 provides specialist advice to clients on how the CCA applies to a range of retail banking products. Waters maintains both an advisory and contentious practice, often acting for banks, building societies and other mutual financial institutions.
Strengths: "He has an excellent depth of knowledge and experience, and is always very thorough in his advice."
Recent work: Represented the defendant in Baxendale-Walker v APL and Levack, a challenge by a borrower to a secured loan facility. 

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New Silk

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Brent QC
A new silk 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. He has experience of acting in major appellate proceedings at the highest levels of court.
Strengths: "Richard is superb to work with and a master of the most difficult issues."
Recent work: Acted in Cyprus Popular Bank Public v Vgenopoulos and Others, a EUR3.79 billion claim concerning the collapse of a leading Cypriot bank and attempts by the liquidator to enforce worldwide a freezing order granted in Nicosia.

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New Silk

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Henry King QC
A highly capable new silk 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 is very experienced in derivatives cases. He has been regularly involved in major domestic and international matters.
Strengths: "He is very personable and reads the court well."
Recent work: Acted in the CLICO Inquiry which examined the circumstances in which major banking and insurance companies based in Trinidad & Tobago sustained losses totalling billions of dollars.

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Stephen Midwinter QC

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Midwinter QC
A new silk highly regarded for his work across related practice areas including insurance, energy and civil fraud. He has advised on a number of ISDA-related cases, as well as those involving other similar agreements.
Strengths: "He is exceptionally bright, efficient and a very good advocate."
Recent work: Acted in Goldman Sachs v Novo Banco, a Court of Appeal hearing on jurisdiction in an EUR800 million banking dispute concerning the actions taken by the Bank of Portugal following the insolvency of Banco Espírito Santo.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adam Zellick QC 
A new silk who has a burgeoning reputation 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 and the manipulation of Libor.
Strengths: "He is hard-working and he has excellent advocacy and drafting skills." "Adam is extremely personable and is a pleasure to work with. He brings intellect and good commercial sense to the table."
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel for NatWest in a diplomatically sensitive and high-profile dispute regarding Hyderabad Funds.

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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 of appearing in an array of banking matters for a range of clients including central, investment and retail banks. He has a broad practice encompassing all aspects of swaps mis-selling, derivatives disputes and PPI litigation. He has additional expertise in the impact of Shari'a on derivatives sold in the Middle East.
Strengths: "Commercial and user-friendly, he produces great work." "Incredibly bright, very switched-on and very calm, he really gets to the nub of a problem very quickly and doesn't get lost in the weeds."
Recent work: Acted for Ukraine in a USD3 billion Eurobond claim brought by the Russian Federation. The case concerned the question of Ukraine's capacity to enter into the transaction and issues of duress pertaining to Russia's invasion of Crimea and other interferences.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Laura John 
A top-ranking junior who receives 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 international clients in sophisticated contractual disputes and cases concerning derivatives, especially where there are issues surrounding the manipulation of Libor and Euribor. John has specialist knowledge of regulatory issues and is noted for her expertise in both investment and retail banking.
Strengths: "An accomplished, hard-working and intelligent advocate, who is more than capable of holding her own against opponents many years her senior." "A forensic and engaging advocate who has fantastic judgement: she can look around the corner and predict what's going to happen like no one else can."
Recent work: Acted in Hockin v RBS, a high-profile claim against the bank alleging the mis-selling of interest rate swaps based on negligent advice and misrepresentation, fraudulent misrepresentations of Libor, and conspiracy to force the company into administration.

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edmund King 
A leading junior with a highly respected commercial practice that spans banking and finance civil fraud, indirect tax and shipping and commodities cases amongst others. He is often instructed by specialist debt-trading hedge funds.
Strengths: "He's tenacious and his written work is excellent."
Recent work: Acted in Lehman Brothers Finance v Tschira, a EUR600 million-plus dispute involving multiple questions concerning the ISDA close-out mechanism and default interest.

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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, and has rapidly established himself as a leading junior at the Bar.
Strengths: "Unbelievably intelligent, incisive, quick-witted and great on his feet." "He has a real love of the subject matter that shines through in his high-quality work."
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel for the defence in a substantial group action relating to a scheme of securitisation investments into a number of regional fire service control centres.

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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. MacDonald's superb reputation and first-class abilities see him regularly instructed in the most high-profile of matters.
Strengths: "He's a go-to senior junior for banking work, who's phenomenally hard-working, exceptionally bright and tremendously dedicated."
Recent work: Acted in Golden Belt v BNP Paribas representing the defendant bank in a USD650 million claim brought by participants in a complex Islamic financing transaction arising out of the high-profile collapse of the Saudi Al-Sanea group.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adam Sher 
A superb barrister who offers 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: "A very bright and passionate junior who is fun to have on the team." "He's outstanding and has a very strong following among the top firms."
Recent work: Acted for Deutsche Bank in a significant dispute regarding interest rate swaps.

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Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Hattan of Serle Court 
Enjoys a growing reputation as an accomplished banking junior and has a practice that has seen him appear in a number of headline cases in recent years. He is particularly well versed in civil fraud, trusts litigation, disciplinary proceedings and disputes arising out of breaches of fiduciary duties. Hattan has further noted expertise in contentious financial regulatory matters.
Strengths: "Very thorough and very level-headed."
Recent work: Acted in the RBS Rights Issue Litigation as part of the defence team representing RBS and four of its former directors in the fall-out proceedings from the bank's 2008 rights issue.

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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 of handling cases arising in administrative and public law and professional discipline. He has recently acted in two significant trials for the banking industry, appearing on the winning side in both the British Bankers' Association's challenge to the PPI compensation scheme and the Bank Overdraft Charges Test Proceedings.
Strengths: "Produces excellent written work, is thorough in his approach and is quick to get the details across." "He's very diligent. A delight to work with, he produces a very polished work product."
Recent work: Acted for LG Chem in a claim brought by Barclays Bank for declarations of non-liability against LG Chem arising out of a complex, high-value multi-jurisdictional remittance fraud.

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One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Conall Patton
Enjoys a fast-growing reputation among peers and instructing solicitors particularly 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. He is a go-to for numerous instructing solicitors presented with complex, multi-jurisdictional banking cases.
Strengths: "User-friendly and very clever." "He is a highly intelligent advocate with an excellent understanding of complex financial products. His expertise in derivatives and structured notes is particularly impressive."
Recent work: Acted in Lehman Brothers International v ExxonMobil Financial Services on behalf of Exxon. These were proceedings concerning the close-out amount payable under a Global Master Repurchase Agreement. 

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One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alexander Polley
Leading junior of choice for a range of major solicitors and eminent silks, who has a reputation for being an exemplary technician. His practice in banking and finance matters often overlaps with his wider expertise in civil fraud and professional negligence. He is noted for acting in particularly high-value cases.
Strengths: "A great team player who absorbs and digests very large amounts of information effortlessly." "Alex is ferociously intelligent and a real problem solver; he is stimulated by the more difficult parts of a case."
Recent work: Acted in claims by BST against four Portuguese state-owned transport companies for sums due under snowball swaps which the companies alleged were void under, or breach, mandatory provisions of Portuguese law.

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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. Shivji acts regularly as sole counsel for leading investment banks, regulators and institutional investors, and also advises offshore financial services regulators.
Strengths: "He is client-friendly and a thoughtful strategist who is a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted in Al Khorafi v Bank Sarasin-Alpen and Others, a landmark banking and finance case in the Middle East before the Dubai International Financial Centre. The matter concerned complex regulatory issues and allegations of investment product mis-selling under multiple jurisdictions. 

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Natasha Bennett 
A first-rate junior making a name for herself as an excellent commercial advocate. Her wide-ranging practice covers professional negligence and financial services disputes as well as commercial litigation and arbitration. She regularly acts in complex cases and is accomplished at acting both as part of a team or as sole counsel.
Strengths: "Solicitors love her; she is absolutely superb." "She's very bright, very diligent and extremely hard-working."
Recent work: Acted for RBS in defending a series of high-profile and substantial claims arising out of its rights issue of 2008.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Cutress 
Well-respected junior whose practice in banking and finance accompanies wider expertise in insurance and general commercial dispute resolution. His recent cases in banking include matters dealing with sanctions, fraud and mortgaging issues. He has also acted in a series of high-profile and well-documented interest rate swaps mis-selling cases.
Strengths: "His drafting is excellent." "He is all over the detail, extremely responsive and his paperwork is good. James is quick, accessible and very reliable. Allied to this he's thoughtful and thinks things through."
Recent work: Acted in London Bridge v RBS, a USD423 million claim in relation to allegations of Libor fraud.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

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 sees him handling aviation matters. He is equally adept at acting as junior counsel in a team or appearing as sole counsel.
Strengths: "He's infectiously enthusiastic and really determined, and both his analytical and drafting skills are excellent." "Tactical and hard-working, he clearly loves thinking of different ways to approach a case."
Recent work: Acted in claims concerning alleged negligent advice brought against UBS's wealth management division by high net worth individuals.

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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. His caseload also covers structured financial products, corporate and personal lending, debentures and other security interests, and trade finance.
Strengths: "Frighteningly fast, he gets to grips with the key legal and commercial issues straight away." "He is an extraordinarily capable barrister, whose knowledge is compendious in terms of both case law and statutes, and whose drafting is of a very high quality."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant banks in Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) v Independent Power Tanzania, a case involving large sums outstanding under a facility agreement relating to the construction of a power station in Tanzania.

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Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Fred Hobson 
Increasingly recognised for the quality of his work in banking and finance matters, he is particularly experienced in issues stemming from private equity acquisitions. He has also recently acted in fraud and swaps mis-selling cases.
Strengths: "He prepares well and is excellent to work with."
Recent work: Instructed by Lehman Brothers in relation to claims between different Lehman entities resulting from the bank's high-profile insolvency in 2008.

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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. He is often instructed in matters with a significant international dimension.
Strengths: "Highly intelligent, incredibly hard-working, and someone with excellent drafting skills. He's an absolute pleasure to work with and always makes himself available as cases develop." "He's got very good judgement, he's very clever, he's sensible, and his written work is good."
Recent work: Acted for a leading UK and US fund manager regarding claims by the trustees of a pension fund concerning the construction and management of a portfolio of mortgage-backed securities. 

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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. He is regularly instructed in complex, high-value contractual disputes by major banks and financial institutions.
Strengths: "He is user-friendly, approachable and very responsive."
Recent work: Acted in a claim relating to the sale of interest rate swaps to a company that subsequently went into administration. The matter is a Libor test case involving allegations of misrepresentation, deceit and conspiracy.

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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, much lauded practice. His practice also covers cases concerning the sale and purchase of businesses and assets, professional negligence and fraud. He is in addition considered the leading junior in contentious information technology matters.
Strengths: "A mild-mannered genius. He untangles complex problems with ease, and is a clear and effective advocate." "Michael is very approachable and a great pleasure to work with. He's sharp of mind and can identify complex issues extremely quickly."
Recent work: Represented thousands of claimant retail shareholders in proceedings arising out of the RBS rights issue in 2008.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alexander Milner 
Accomplished junior who shows capability when acting both for and against banks. He is experienced in cases connected with interest rate hedging products. Milner speaks fluent Russian and a number of his recent cases in the banking sphere have come from the CIS region as a result. Domestically, he acts for and against banks in litigation covering a variety of banking and finance issues.
Strengths: "He is an impressive and measured advocate." "An outstanding and extremely proactive junior who has all the skills you need."
Recent work: Acted in Quoi v National Westminster Bank, appearing for the respondent bank in a case where former shareholders in a construction business were seeking substantial damages following its collapse.

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Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Craig Morrison 
Acts in a range of banking and finance matters and also handles matters arising from related areas including insurance and shipping. Many of the cases in which he is instructed turn on fundamental issues of fraud.
Strengths: "An absolute delight to work with, he is really clever and incredibly personable." "He is exceptionally bright. If you want a significant analytical intellect applied to your case then he's your man."
Recent work: Acted in Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale, a high-profile case in connection with a large-scale alleged fraud on the part of the defendant bank.

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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. His work sees him advising on a broad range of disputes in commercial, investment and retail banking.
Strengths: "He's very bright, calm, focused on the details, user-friendly and commercial; he doesn't miss a trick."
Recent work: Acted in the RBS Rights Issue Litigation, a series of claims brought against the bank arising out of its substantial rights issue of 2008.

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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 burgeoning 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's extremely responsive, very hard-working, very clever and good fun to work with."
Recent work: Acted in O'Hare v Coutts, a significant claim involving allegations of product mis-selling and negligent investment advice.

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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. Parker is equally adept at handling disputes involving bank payments, instruments and security documents.
Strengths: "Matthew is incredibly user-friendly and bright and excels in his knowledge of the law. He is a masterful advocate and incredibly pleasant to deal with to boot."
Recent work: Appeared in Astle v CBRE, acting for the defendant investment banking group in a multimillion-pound claim concerning investments in a scheme for the acquisition and development of regional fire control centres.  

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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. Pilbrow has been actively establishing a niche in matters concerning the Takeover Code.
Strengths: "Exceptionally precise and very thoughtful, he considers all the options and makes sure you understand all the implications. He is also bright, innovative and very good with clients." 
Recent work: Acted in Project Rio, a multiparty dispute involving two major investment banks.

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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. His wide-ranging practice takes in company law, insurance and financial services disputes. He is also noted for his expertise in civil fraud.
Strengths: "Ferociously bright, he drafts brilliantly and he turns advice around incredibly quickly." "An impressive advocate, who is calm and agile on his feet and can roll with the punches."
Recent work: Acted in the Lehman Brothers Waterfall II application, litigation concerning the Lehman estate and its distribution.

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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. The high regard in which she is held by peers and her track record of excellence have contributed to her rapid ascent in the tables.
Strengths: "Nehali is particularly responsive and always up to speed on the details of a matter." "She is phenomenally bright, great at the law and can retain and analyse facts impressively quickly."
Recent work: Acted for UniCredit, Italy’s largest investment bank, in bank-on-bank litigation against Barclays alleging misrepresentation and breach of warranty. The case arose out of a series of multibillion-euro structured finance transactions known as the Brontos Transactions.

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Willan 
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. He acts primarily for banks and financial institutions.
Strengths: "James is concise, hard-working and to the point. He digests complex issues in no time at all and provides advice of the highest quality."
Recent work: Acted in Barclays Bank v UniCredit, defending Barclays against claims worth over EUR300 million. The case concerned complex inter-bank investment.

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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. His practice further covers insolvency, commercial fraud, energy disputes and professional negligence.
Strengths: "Unflappable and cuts to the chase in complex scenarios." "His written advice is excellent and extremely thorough while remaining concise. He is very approachable and user-friendly as well as an impressive advocate and a superb cross-examiner."
Recent work: Acted in Clydesdale Bank v Stoke Place, a £17 million fraud, conspiracy and negligence claim by Clydesdale concerning the unauthorised release of a security and unauthorised lending.

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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. Yeo is regularly involved in very sizeable and complex disputes arising out of the credit crunch.
Strengths: "An excellent senior junior, who is an expert in complex banking litigation." "He combines impressive technical legal abilities with a numeracy and familiarity with structured finance products that is rare at the Bar."
Recent work: Acted for RBS in McGraw-Hill v RBS, a landmark case with implications regarding the rating agency's liability to investors under English law.

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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 generally. His practice in banking and finance focuses on issues surrounding the enforcement of guarantees and breaches of confidence. He has experience in matters involving fraud and the obligations of banks under letters of commerce.
Strengths: "Richard consistently produces exceptional work product and his ability to juggle huge cases is unparalleled." "He is phenomenally hard-working."
Recent work: Acted in PetroSaudi v PDVSA, a dispute concerning a USD130 million payout by a bank under a standby letter of credit, which involved allegations of fraud. 

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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 very intellectually capable and very hard-working."
Recent work: Acted in Deutsche Bank v Petromena, a £700 million claim for breach of financial advisory obligations.

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One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jamie Goldsmith
A skilled and well-respected junior with a practice covering the full spectrum of domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration.
Strengths: "He is hugely talented and very incisive, and his written work is of a very high standard."
Recent work: Appeared in McGraw-Hill International v Deutsche Apotheker, an important case on the liability of banks to investors, that also raised a novel point as to whether a credit rating agency owes a duty of care to investors.

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3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Hanke
Talented junior specialising in commercial litigation, whose practice has a particular emphasis on banking disputes, financial regulatory work, insolvency, fraud and contract disputes. He is noted for his representation of a number of leading retail banks in interest rate protection product litigation.
Strengths: "Very approachable, user-friendly and a pleasure to work with, as well as extremely knowledgeable. His advice is both thorough and concise." "He is a capable and consistent performer."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant bank in MTR Bailey v Barclays Bank, a claim arising from the alleged mis-selling of an interest rate hedging product.

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3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Lisa Lacob
A strong junior specialising in banking and financial services litigation. She primarily acts for claimants in high-value financial product mis-selling claims, and for lenders in mortgage lending disputes. Her practice benefits from her experience working as a solicitor for a leading international firm's banking group.
Strengths: "A pleasure to deal with. Her advice is clear and commercial and her understanding of how financial bodies work means that solicitor, counsel and client are on the same page." "She's very clever, very quick and very commercial."
Recent work: Acted in Westgate v Royal Bank of Scotland, a multimillion-pound claim against RBS relating to the sale of complex interest rate hedging products.

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Forum Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David McIlroy of Forum Chambers 
Has 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: "David is thorough, tactical and great to work with." 

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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. He gets stuck in and always fights the client's corner." "Proactive, responsive, very bright and fully prepared to get stuck into all aspects of a case."
Recent work: Acted for a well-known foreign exchange company seeking to enforce payment of a close-out amount under foreign exchange derivatives of £1.8 million and resisting a counterclaim for £4.4 million alleging the mis-selling of a large number of foreign exchange derivatives over a four-year period.

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South Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Georgina Peters 
A commercial and financial law junior, particularly noted for her work on banking and finance matters. She appears in litigation resulting from major bank collapses, as well as cases relating to complex securitisations, performance bond disputes and ISDA-governed derivatives.
Strengths: "Thorough, careful, always well prepared and good on the detail." "She is very good at turning things around very quickly and is prepared to roll her sleeves up."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant bank in a complex dispute that hinged on a point of construction of mortgage-backed debentures.

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One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sandy Phipps
Recently joined the set from 3 Verulam Buildings, and is widely regarded as a leading commercial junior with a strong focus on banking and finance matters. He has previous experience of working as a commercial litigator at a magic circle firm.
Strengths: "A talented and responsive lawyer who is a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted in Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale, defending a substantial claim on behalf of the defendant bank relating to investments totalling over two billion dollars.

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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 notable expertise in technical and contentious regulatory proceedings, and often appears on behalf of the FCA. He is particularly knowledgeable when it comes to interest rate swap claims.
Strengths: "Very able, careful and thoughtful as well, as extremely pleasant and collaborative." "He is tremendously good on paper."
Recent work: Acted in Abdullah v Credit Suisse, a USD31 million investment mis-selling claim brought by a Kuwaiti family whose leveraged structured note portfolio was closed out in late October 2008.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Sinclair 
Noted for his impressive practice focusing on disputes involving Libor rigging and swaps mis-selling, he is developing a solid reputation among leading solicitor firms for the superior quality of his work.
Strengths: "He is a determined advocate and a real team player possessed of an excellent legal mind."
Recent work: Acted in Property Alliance Group v RBS, the first civil claim to come to trial regarding issues surrounding Libor and the Global Restructuring Group. The case has considerable consequences for the banking industry.

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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. He handles substantial group litigation on behalf of banks.
Strengths: "Very bright, quite understated and a pleasure to work with." "He is prodigiously hard-working and if you ask him a question you get back a long and thoughtful answer."
Recent work: Acted for Lloyds Banking Group in defence of high-profile group litigation brought against it by thousands of shareholders arising out of Lloyds' £12 billion acquisition of HBOS in 2008.

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4 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alastair Tomson 
A promising junior making a name for himself by way of his busy commercial chancery practice, who has a particular focus on litigation in the banking sector. He has a well-rounded skill set and receives praise both for his advocacy style and his quality written work.
Strengths: "A junior who can stand up to silks in a hearing, he provides good, solid advice and is very user-friendly." "He is a very bright guy, who's affable and good to deal with."
Recent work: Defended a leading publicly listed Indian company and its offshore subsidiary against two claims brought by Deutsche Bank and other syndicated lenders. The matter is a high-profile test case relating to allegations of Libor manipulation.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Giles Wheeler 
A practitioner who garners growing praise for his adept representation in a range of banking disputes. He is especially well versed in handling derivatives litigation, and acts both for and against banks.
Strengths: "A fantastic junior who delivers detailed advice with ease and thinks quickly on his feet." "His paperwork is fantastic, he has encyclopaedic knowledge and his advocacy is strong and forceful."
Recent work: Acted for Videocon in Goldman Sachs International v Videocon Global, a claim relating to two currency option transactions.

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Emily Wood 
A highly talented junior who regularly undertakes major commercial litigation and arbitration. She has experience in swaps mis-selling, Libor rigging and improper practice cases.
Strengths: "Emily combines superb technical ability with tremendous client-facing skills."
Recent work: Acted in Barclays Bank v UniCredit, a EUR300 million indemnity claim relating to a multi-jurisdictional structured finance deal between the parties.

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Bond
A promising junior developing a reputable practice covering the full range of commercial litigation. He has noted expertise in banking and finance, civil fraud, professional negligence and insolvency and restructuring.
Strengths: "Produces careful pleadings and is a good sounding-board on strategy." "He is responsive, user-friendly, bright and hard-working."
Recent work: Acted in ASM v Handelsbanken, representing the respondent Swedish bank in a claim brought by a property investment group involving allegations of economic duress and threats of false valuations. 

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