London (Bar) - Commercial Dispute Resolution Lawyers & Law Firms - UK Bar - Chambers and Partners
Chambers & Partners has detected the use of an ad blocker.
We make use of tailor-made ads to enhance your experience of our website.
Please 'whitelist' https://www.chambersandpartners.com.
Close
UK-Bar Guide

Commercial Dispute Resolution — London (Bar)

Band 1

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Brick Court has been in the front rank of commercial sets for a number of years and offers impressive barristers of consistently high quality. Members handle most major areas of commercial work and are regularly involved in cases of an international nature, appearing in courts as far afield as Hong Kong, Tanzania and the Cayman Islands. They are regulars in those cases that attract media attention, and in recent months have had involvement in high-profile cases relating to the Libyan Investment Authority, the litigation brought by thousands of Lloyds Bank shareholders arising out of the bank's acquisition of HBOS in 2008, and the much-publicised property loan dispute involving the Candy brothers. Sources say: "Brick Court delivers top quality all round, and easily stands comparison with the very best sets in London."

Client service: "The chambers offers prompt, effective and transparent service when it comes to their clerking." "The clerks make sure we're looked after and they really are attentive to us and our clients." Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler are the senior clerks.

SILKS

Stephen Midwinter QC
Strengths: "He's excellent: responsive, down-to-earth and makes himself available." "He is very precise when drafting and articulating points for us, and is a real pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Represented Bank of Portugal at a hearing on jurisdiction in the Court of Appeal which related to an EUR800 million banking dispute following the insolvency of Banco Espírito Santo.

Mark Howard QC
Strengths: "He gives clever, shrewd and realistic advice, and above all he excels in cross-examination." "He combines an astute legal mind with an eye for strategy."
Recent work: Successfully defended Citibank in a dispute concerning warranties given on the sale of music company EMI to Terra Firma.

Helen Davies QC
Strengths: "She's able to immediately perceive the various different factors at play, and then calculate and provide thoughtful answers." "Very effective and impressive in a low-key way."
Recent work: Acted for Lloyds Banking Group defending a claim for damages brought by a minority of shareholders alleging that its directors negligently failed to reveal and misrepresented the true financial position of HBOS prior to its acquisition by Lloyds Banking Group in 2008.

Mark Hapgood QC
Strengths: "He provides practical, commercial and strategic advice, and is a very persuasive advocate." "He's very commercial, devastating on his feet and great with clients."
Recent work: Represented Samba Financial Group in a Supreme Court case concerning the issue of whether a trust can create property rights in foreign assets not recognised by the local law.

Charles Hollander QC
Strengths: "He's candid on the prospects of a case, not overly cautious, and he doesn't beat around the bush." "He is an acknowledged expert on documentary evidence."
Recent work: Represented Perkins, a subsidiary of Caterpillar, in a dispute with Ilkerler, which arose from the termination of a Turkish distributorship agreement.

Tim Lord QC
Strengths: "Has a very good grasp of litigation and commercial tactics, and is a particularly skilled and intrepid advocate." "Quick to grasp issues and identify the most salient points."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in Holyoake v Candy, a high-profile dispute alleging conspiracy, fraud, threats and intimidation in relation to a London property development venture.

Neil Calver QC
Strengths: "Offers phenomenal attention to detail, meticulous preparation and excellent strategic insight. He has an easy manner and the ability to think on his feet."
Recent work: Represented a Russian oligarch in the Gibraltar Supreme Court in a case concerning alleged laundering of funds.

Simon Salzedo QC
Strengths: "He's tenacious in getting to grips with a matter, his judgement's excellent and he works incredibly hard." "A barrister with a detailed and analytical mind who has outstanding legal knowledge."
Recent work: Acted for the former Chief Financial Officer of Autonomy in a high-value claim brought by HP against him and another former executive alleging false accounting and fraud.

Tom Adam QC
Strengths: "He's got a really excellent style in court, he's very good with clients, and he gives robust, clear advice." "A good cross-examiner with great knowledge of the case."
Recent work: Successfully argued to set aside an injunction whereby well-known property developers, the Candy brothers, were prevented from dealing with their assets in a transaction exceeding £5 million without giving prior notification to a former business partner. This was part of a long-running and high-profile dispute arising out of a joint venture.

Michael Bools QC
Strengths: "Hard-working and bright." "A very good, hands-on commercial silk who is also excellent with clients." "His advice is sensible and commercial.
Recent work: Represented Bernie Ecclestone's family trust, Bambino Holdings, in litigation involving an allegation of a fraudulent conspiracy to pay bribes to a director of BayernLB to ensure that the Formula One business was sold to CVC Partners at an alleged undervalue.

Daniel Jowell QC
Strengths: "Expresses himself clearly, in person and in writing, and is very prompt in his advice."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the defendants, the widow and daughter of the late Israeli billionaire Sami Shamoon, in setting aside claims brought against them seeking damages in respect of a significant shareholding in an Israeli company valued at over USD500 million.

Harry Matovu QC
Strengths: "Tremendously tenacious and committed, he's an absolute team player." "He's a consummate cross-examiner, who's great on his feet."
Recent work: Advised Wärtsilä Nederland and Wärtsilä Tanzania in connection with a long-running fraud and conspiracy claim with huge political ramifications arising out of the construction and operation of a major power plant in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Simon Birt QC
Strengths: "He is extremely intelligent, user-friendly and he always has a full grasp of complex details." "A brilliant draftsman, who is very measured and very methodical."
Recent work: Represented Bank of St Petersburg in a claim against a former client concerning contracts of guarantee.

Roger Masefield QC
Strengths: "A fantastic litigator with a really strong commercial understanding." "He's very responsive, very good at dealing with difficult issues, and fearless as an advocate."
Recent work: Represented the Libyan Investment Authority, acting through a court-appointed receiver, in connection with a claim against Goldman Sachs to rescind nine complex derivative transactions, worth over USD1.2 billion.

Thomas Plewman SC QC
Strengths: "A very hard-working, tenacious barrister who is incisive and clear-thinking in his advice." "His brain is working many steps ahead of everyone else in the courtroom."
Recent work: Defended PwC in connection with a £1.6 billion auditors’ negligence claim arising out of the collapse of Welcome Financial Services in 2009. The case involved complex issues of causation, scope of duty, attribution, reflective loss and credit for benefits.

Jasbir Dhillon QC
Strengths: "He inspires tremendous confidence in clients with his direct, forceful and decisive style." "He's a very measured and thoughtful lawyer who considers all the angles."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Software Incubator v Computer Associates, a multimillion-pound claim brought under the Commercial Agents Regulations. The case considered whether a software licence supplied electronically constituted a 'sale of goods'.

Richard Slade QC
Strengths: "Richard is an excellent strategic thinker, who has a very calm, persuasive and assured demeanour." "Displays a positive, can-do attitude and has a great bedside manner with clients."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Cornwall v Medichem, a claim for commission arising out of an informal partnership. The defendant was resisting payment on grounds of contractual construction, termination and absence of fiduciary duties.

Michael Swainston QC
Strengths: "He's highly accessible and very commercially focused." "Michael has developed a very strong practice focusing on Russia and the former CIS states."
Recent work: Acted for Eclairs in a high-profile commercial dispute relating to the ownership of JKX oil company.

JUNIORS

Fionn Pilbrow
Strengths: "He simplifies every case and presents it in a compelling way through his written and oral advocacy." "He gets to grips with the most complex cases and fully understands everything."
Recent work: Acted for Arcadia Group, a number of oil-trading companies owned by shipping billionaire John Fredriksen, in a claim for fraud brought against former management.

Alec Haydon
Strengths: "He's not afraid to put his neck on the line and give a clear view on how the case should be presented." "He's exceedingly thorough and very decisive."
Recent work: Instructed in Pinchuk v Bogolyubov and Kolomoisky. This case concerned a claim by one Ukrainian oligarch against two others seeking shares in KZhRK, a formerly state-owned steel plan in Ukraine.

Tony Singla
Strengths: "He's got very good analytical skills, and he's a pragmatic adviser." "He's good at strategic planning, good at advising the client and always available."
Recent work: Acted for Lloyds Banking Group defending a high-profile group action brought by numerous shareholders alleging that they were misled when voting in favour of Lloyds' £12 billion acquisition of HBOS in 2008.

Oliver Jones
Strengths: "Has the intellect of a QC combined with the efficiency of a junior, and he's all over the materials." "Excellent at cutting through reams of paperwork to get to the heart of the issue." "Ferociously hard-working and a man with tremendous analytical ability who is great to have on the team."
Recent work: Represented the former CFO of Autonomy, in a high-value claim brought by HP in connection with HP's acquisition of Autonomy in 2011. HP contended that the purchase price was artificially inflated by USD5 billion as a result of accounting fraud by the defendants.

Colin West
Strengths: "Able to build an instant rapport with clients, and very useful as a second opinion. He's an excellent trial advocate, who's completely unflappable."
Recent work: Successfully represented Transocean Drilling in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning the meaning of an exclusion clause for consequential losses in a drilling rig contract.

Richard Blakeley
Strengths: "Gets stuck into his written work and provides brilliant analysis of the legal issues." "A brilliant, brilliant junior counsel who is very clear-headed."
Recent work: Acted for the Libyan Investment Authority in a claim seeking to recover over USD2 billion, alleging that it had been the victim of a fraudulent and corrupt scheme between SocGen and Panamanian company Leinada.

Fred Hobson
Strengths: "He's really, really good, very well prepared, and clients view him as a very good find."
Recent work: Defended Citibank against a £2.3 billion fraud claim brought by Terra Firma in connection with the ill-fated acquisition of EMI.

Sarah Abram
Strengths: "Knows how to take big decisions and is confident in her tactical approach." "She's an excellent junior for competition disputes."
Recent work: Represented Thames Water Utilities in a Part 8 claim concerning the basis on which Thames Water must make payments to the Canal & River Trust in respect of Thames Water's abstraction of water from the River Lee.

Richard Eschwege
Strengths: "Probably the hardest-working barrister you could come across; he absolutely loves it. He thrives on work." "Very few marshal facts and legal arguments as well as he does."
Recent work: Represented BP in a dispute with Scottish Power concerning the consequences of a failure to supply North Sea gas under long-term gas sales agreements.

Gerard Rothschild
Strengths: "Shows unsurpassed attention to detail and huge technical capability, and has a pleasant manner with clients." "He's highly thoughtful and organised, and has a quick mind."
Recent work: Represented General Nutrition Investment Company in litigation arising out of the termination of Holland & Barrett’s licence to use the GNC trade mark in the UK.

Laura Newton
Strengths: "Extremely easy to deal with and very friendly, she helps put clients at ease." "She produces things very quickly and she really masters the evidence."
Recent work: Represented Ukrsibbank in connection with a USD100 million freezing injunction against a Ukrainian MP accused of fraudulently misappropriating assets worth millions of dollars from a Ukrainian bank.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

One Essex Court is highly regarded for its involvement in a comprehensive range of dispute resolution work, and has a plethora of barristers who appear in everything from short procedural hearings and injunctions to huge set piece trials. Members are regularly to be seen in all commercial courts in the UK, including appellate courts, and in various locations internationally. They further have a strong interest in arbitration work. The cases they undertake are of the highest calibre, and have included such matters as Apple Corps v Apple Computers, Buncefield, Digicel v Cable & Wireless, and Berezovsky v Abramovich. Recently, a number of them have been involved in Pinchuk v Bogolyubov and Kolomoisky, a dispute between Ukrainian businessmen relating to the title to an iron ore plant, Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale, and the 'Golden Belt' litigation. One instructing solicitor observes that “One Essex Court is a very slick operation, with an extremely modern outlook.”

Client service: “The clerks are organised, pleasant, willing to pitch in as much as possible, and clear in their dealings.” “They give the very best service - they are on the ball, very accommodating, and they know their barristers very well.” Darren Burrows is the senior clerk.

SILKS

Simon Colton QC
Strengths: "Exceptionally intelligent, incisive, versatile and a talented communicator." "He displays excellent written work and advocacy skills, and is brilliant at dealing with the client."
Recent work: Appeared for Banco Santander Totta in five Commercial Court actions against Portuguese transport companies, arising out of swaps concluded between 2005 and 2007.

Orlando Gledhill QC
Strengths: "Great at helping us find ways around a problem, and very analytical in working out which arguments will fly." "An outstanding draftsman who is always fully committed."
Recent work: Defended Goldman Sachs International against the Libyan Investment Authority's claim to set aside nine equity derivatives transactions for alleged undue influence or as unconscionable bargains.

Anthony Grabiner QC
Strengths: "He has invaluable insight into tactical issues, and a great ability to know what arguments will appeal to the court." "Couples unrivalled courtroom presence with outstanding ability."
Recent work: Acted for Saudi Arabia's Prince Abdul Aziz Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, who allegedly made an oral agreement with Ms Harb to provide £12 million and two properties in Chelsea.

Laurence Rabinowitz QC
Strengths: "The consummate business trial lawyer, who is remarkable when examining witnesses, excellent in his oral and written submissions, and great at dealing with clients." "He has a wonderful way with people."
Recent work: Acted for Hewlett Packard in a USD5 billion accounting fraud lawsuit against Lynch and Hussain, former executives of Autonomy, the British software firm it acquired in 2011.

Kenneth MacLean QC
Strengths: "Really lasered in on witnesses' different areas of weakness, and had thought carefully about how to expose them." "Has firm and well-reasoned views, and gives clear guidance."
Recent work: Acted for Cukurova Finance International in its seven-year, multibillion-dollar battle against Alfa Group. The case concerned control of Turkey's largest mobile phone company, Turkcell.

Sonia Tolaney QC
Strengths: "Sonia has an excellent way of presenting complex issues so they can be digested by judges, and she's very commercial." "Astonishingly tenacious, and fun to work with."
Recent work: Defended BNP Paribas in the first Islamic finance rights issue dispute to be determined in England. The case involved allegations against the Saad Group of Companies.

John McCaughran QC
Strengths: "Brilliant advocate who uses quiet but firm questioning to elicit the required answers." "Has a very good understanding of how a High Court judge will view a dispute."
Recent work: Acted for Providence Resources in relation to a dispute with Transocean Drilling UK arising from the provision of a drilling rig for Celtic Sea operations in 2011 and 2012.

Daniel Toledano QC
Strengths: "Presented a view, took a sensible course and gave advice in a measured, precise way." "His ability to cut through and understand issues at the strategic level is excellent."
Recent work: Acted for Nigerian Agip Exploration defending a challenge brought by Camac International against a Second Partial Award made in NAE's favour under Sections 67 and 68 of the Arbitration Act as part of a dispute about company guarantees relating to the sale of interests and rights in two oil mining leases.

David Wolfson QC
Strengths: "Excellent advocate with a compelling style, who is able to provide high-quality advice from both a legal and commercial perspective." "Immediately gets to the heart of complex disputes."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of Terra Firma in the fund’s multibillion-pound claim against Citibank, which arose out of the takeover of EMI.

Stephen Auld QC
Strengths: "A smooth, persuasive advocate who's good at cutting through knotty issues to get to the heart of things." "An amiable barrister well suited to dealing with complex disputes."
Recent work: Acted for Wingate in a claim against Lloyds Bank alleging that a settlement is void because the bank failed to tell Wingate of its involvement in Libor manipulation.

Alain Choo Choy QC
Strengths: "Phenomenally clever, he has a prodigious grasp of the facts, and is a delight to work with due to his responsiveness and quality analysis of a case." "A rigorous intellectual debater."
Recent work: Acted for UniCredit, Italy's largest investment bank, in a dispute against Barclays regarding its entitlement to indemnification by Barclays in respect of tax liabilities.

Anthony de Garr Robinson QC
Strengths: "His legal expertise, eloquence and diligence stand out, and the quality of his work is simply superb." "Has a keen eye for detail, and is great at finding the pressure points."
Recent work: Acted for Société Générale with regard to the Libyan Investment Authority's claim for some USD2.1 billion. The case concerned a series of disputed trades and alleged bribery by intermediaries.

Neil Kitchener QC
Strengths: "Has outstanding tactical and advocacy skills, and is seen by clients as a passionate representative who is always willing to fight their corner." "A tenacious and fearless fighter."
Recent work: Acted in a claim for damages arising out of the alleged unlawful downloading and retention of Marathon Asset Management’s business information by former employees.

Jeffery Onions QC
Strengths: "Has formidable technical knowledge, and is a demon cross-examiner." "He rolls up his sleeves and gets completely stuck in."
Recent work: Acted for Network Rail in a case regarding the extent of its liability in negligence when 'road on rail' incidents damage Network Rail's property causing rail service delays.

Craig Orr QC
Strengths: "Takes an excellent tactical approach to litigation, and is an extremely effective advocate." "He's got quiet authority and is seriously analytical."
Recent work: Acted for certain defendants in a conspiracy claim brought by Russian oligarch Dmitry Kosarev arising out of the refinancing of a Bulgarian telecom group in which he held an interest.

Camilla Bingham QC
Strengths: "Insightful, super-intelligent, charming, down-to-earth, and an excellent advocate who has real chemistry with the client." "She can read the court well."
Recent work: Acted for defendant Talal El Makdessi in a dispute arising out of the sale of a Middle Eastern advertising business. It was alleged that certain clauses in the sale and purchase agreement amounted to unenforceable penalties.

David Cavender QC
Strengths: "He's user-friendly, approachable and a tough courtroom advocate." "Recommended for his insightful and robust approach."
Recent work: Acted for several UK construction companies in litigation arising from their alleged creation and use of a blacklist of construction workers when choosing staff.

Richard Boulton QC
Strengths: "Brings a calm and measured analysis to the most heated of disputes." "Stands out as one of the world's best experts for complex quantum issues."
Recent work: Acted for the Arcadia Group in bringing claims that Mastercard's setting of interchange rates in relation to payment card transactions comprises a form of cartel.

Charles Graham QC
Strengths: "Great at getting stuck in, he's a very subtle and powerful advocate." "He's smart, friendly, thoughtful and adaptable advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant, RCI Europe, in a case brought by 487 claimants relating to a timeshare exchange programme. He successfully defended four test claims.

Sa'ad Hossain QC
Strengths: "He provides excellent strategic input and robust advice, and is a pleasure to work with." "A good commercial lawyer applying the law in a common-sense, practical way."
Recent work: Acted for Lehman Brothers in a currency swap claim against Philippines state entities. The case raised a variety of issues, including questions relating to Philippine laws of assignment.

Rhodri Davies QC
Strengths: "Has a lovely, calm manner in court, but when you need some steel he is up for the fight." "His excellent judgement enables him to give clear advice on complex legal points."
Recent work: Acted for KPMG in a claim by Heather Capital alleging auditor’s negligence. The case followed a massive fraud and alleged imprudent lending in relation to an investment fund.

Benjamin Strong QC
Strengths: "Very good at seeing the wood for the trees, and at handling emotional clients in a highly charged environment." "Thorough and analytical, Ben is practical and client-friendly."
Recent work: Defended Frank Timis, the mining entrepreneur, against allegations of fraud brought by his business associate Gerald Metals.

Michael Fealy QC
Strengths: "Utterly tenacious and a joy to work with, particularly on cross-border disputes." "The points he makes are very good, and he gets judges on side."
Recent work: Instructed in Michael Wilson & Partners v Thomas Ian Sinclair and Others, where the defendants were alleged to have dishonestly helped a third party to commit a breach of fiduciary duty.

Richard Gillis QC
Strengths: "Has good experience of leading teams in large-scale litigation. He's very well prepared and has the patience of a saint when conducting cross-examination."
Recent work: Acted for three defendants in proceedings issued in respect of the repayment of debts due under a facility agreement.

JUNIORS

Jamie Goldsmith
Strengths: "Jamie has an incredible capacity for work, and the speed at which he can turn things around is very impressive." "Has fantastic experience when it comes to complex banking matters."
Recent work: Served as senior junior for Novatrust in an extremely complex dispute over the fate of a private equity investment vehicle and the over £130 million that it controlled.

Conall Patton
Strengths: "He's a great communicator who produces impressive drafting and can condense complex facts into a straightforward pleading." "Always calm under pressure."
Recent work: Acted in a high-profile Commercial Court claim between three Ukrainian businessmen, Pinchuk, Kolomoisky and Bogolyubov, concerning the title to an iron ore plant.

Alexander Polley
Strengths: "Absorbs and digests large amounts of information, apparently effortlessly, to get to the crux of matters." "Fiercely bright, immensely hard-working and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Christian and Nicholas Candy and the former's company, CPC, in a case concerning conspiracy claims arising from CPC's enforcement of a loan agreement against a borrower.

Anna Boase
Strengths: "Deals with difficult questions with poise and diplomacy." "Impresses with her grasp of documents and performance at trial."
Recent work: Represented the FCA in striking out a £462 million Commercial Court action against it by AAI Consulting and others, claiming that a business was investigated in bad faith.

Sebastian Isaac
Strengths: "A pleasure to work with and always makes himself available as cases develop." "Our team was very impressed with his legal analysis, written work and advocacy in court."
Recent work: Acted for Alliance Bernstein in relation to Philips Electronics pension fund trustees' claims regarding the construction and management of a mortgage-backed securities portfolio.

James MacDonald
Strengths: "He never drops the ball; he turns work around and covers all the points with solid reliability." "He can be calm and patient with the most demanding of clients."
Recent work: Acted for Grant Thornton against the Tchenguiz brothers’ multibillion-dollar fraud claims arising out of the SFO’s investigation into the collapse of Kaupthing Bank.

Richard Mott
Strengths: "Everything a good junior should be: hard-working, responsive, commercial and down-to-earth. He's a model of good client service." "Clever, thoughtful, calm under pressure."
Recent work: Acted for 111 claimants in the market-leading group litigation brought against Tesco, arising out of its profit overstatement of £326 million announced in autumn 2014.

Clare Reffin
Strengths: "She balances an incredibly sharp legal mind with a calm, practical manner." "She works quickly and accurately under pressure, and can assess the merits of a case with ease."
Recent work: Appeared in Banque Cantonale de Genève v Sanomi, obtaining a freezing injunction on behalf of a Swiss bank as part of a dispute involving promissory notes.

Emma Jones
Strengths: "Hard-working, willing to get stuck into the detail and very responsive, she has an understated assuredness that inspires confidence." "Grasps difficult issues quickly."
Recent work: Acted for Hewlett-Packard group companies in misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty claims against Autonomy's ex-senior management, regarding its sale to HP.

Matthew Cook
Strengths: "Particularly adept at assessing the commercial issues at play and giving practical advice." "Quick to respond and very efficient, he's one of the quickest workers at the Bar."
Recent work: Acted for defendant bank Roskilde in proceedings concerning allegations of fraudulent or negligent misrepresentation in relation to the issue of subordinated notes.

Steven Elliott
Strengths: "Steven Elliott is technically excellent, and produces incredibly concise, well-drafted submissions." "Careful and considered, with a real ability to think laterally."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the Littlewoods organisation in restitution claims against HMRC, relating to overpaid VAT valued at £1.3 billion.

Sandy Phipps
Strengths: "Analytical prowess, clear, concise and measured written advocacy and excellent judgement mark Sandy Phipps as having maturity far beyond his call." "He is the all-rounder."
Recent work: Acted for Commerzbank and others in a Commercial Court claim against several entities in relation to a EUR30 million series of structured notes issued in 2013.

Laurence Emmett
Strengths: "Stands out due to his outstanding legal knowledge and strategic decision-making." "Intelligent, responsive and thorough."
Recent work: Acted for the third defendant in a claim by FM Capital Partners, a joint venture with a Libyan sovereign wealth fund, relating to payments made to the claimant's directors.

Daniel Hubbard
Strengths: "He is lightning-fast on his feet, and willing to get his hands dirty digging through the details." "He's switched-on, and a collegial member of the team who gets on with the client."

Nicholas Sloboda
Strengths: "Efficient and a team player, he has sound judgement on which points to run." "He has great forensic ability and he'll do every little bit of the case."
Recent work: Successfully defended RCI Europe in a large Chancery Division class action with many hundreds of claimants, which alleged that RCI engaged in unfair practices.

Nehali Shah
Strengths: "She remembers it all, she's incredibly responsive and hard-working, and she's all over the legal issues in terms of the boundaries of the law."
Recent work: Successfully defended professional negligence claims against Ernst & Young regarding the financial due diligence surrounding its £400 million acquisition of Esporta Leisure Group.

Sophie Weber
Strengths: "Impresses with her ability to understand and contextualise information very quickly." "Offers a first-rate service, and is good in terms of her commitment to the case and accessibility."
Recent work: Acted for German, Swiss and Austrian investors in misrepresentation and negligence claims against a leading rating agency and bank relating to a sale of notes.

David Caplan
Strengths: "Always inventive in his approach, he thinks about the wider issues." "Tenacious and persuasive, his drafting skills are exceptional in terms of their speed of turnaround and quality."
Recent work: Acted for Tarek Investments in a dispute over ownership and control of Aman Resorts, a collection of 26 small luxury resorts and hotels around the world.

James Nadin
Strengths: "He's highly intelligent, very hard-working, and not afraid to give robust advice." "His written work is excellent, especially his pleadings."
Recent work: Served as sole counsel for Maze SARL in a Commercial Court dispute brought by LIC Telecommunications, concerning shares sold at auction for EUR330 million.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Essex Court has a superb reputation for its work both at home and abroad, and is noted for its deft handling of highly complex and significant commercial arbitration and litigation across a diverse geographical spread. It draws its client base from an array of areas, ranging from the oil and gas and energy industries to the banking, finance and insurance sectors, and also has a strong foothold in the shipping market. A number of its barristers were instructed in the high-profile case of National Bank Trust v Yurov, Belayev and Fetisov, in which the bank had made a fraud claim against several former shareholders. Other matters of note recently handled by members include Golden Belt v BNP Paribas, a USD650 million claim in relation to the structuring of a well-known Shari'a-compliant bond which collapsed due to an alleged fraud against BNP Paribas. One source attests that "as a set it is excellent, and it has very bright people on board."

Client service: "The clerks are exceptionally friendly and bright, and they understand industry and solicitors' needs." "The clerking team takes a commercial approach to rate discussions, and provides sensible recommendations for counsel." Joe Ferrigno and David Grief are the senior clerks.

SILKS

Vernon Flynn QC
Strengths: "A superb advocate who presents cases in a clear and authoritative manner, and is very client-friendly." "A good team player who communicates well with judges."
Recent work: Acted for Taaleem in a USD100 million dispute against National Bonds Corporation, which concerned a property transaction involving breach of trust allegations.

David Foxton QC
Strengths: "His intellect is formidable and his manner is very client-friendly." "He has the complete respect of judges, and combines being very clever with being very charming."
Recent work: Defended Sequana against BAT's claim for recovery of over USD800 million in dividends paid from the company.

Joe Smouha QC
Strengths: "He can move between being bruising and erudite, and he knows when to go tough and when to go academic." "He's a good tactician who grasps complicated facts quickly."
Recent work: Acted for Barclays in claims regarding UniCredit's entitlement to be indemnified for over £300 million in tax liabilities which were incurred in a Profit Participating Securities Programme.

Richard Millett QC
Strengths: "Very user-friendly and responsive, he is willing to roll up his sleeves and get into the detail." "His written work is strong and he presents the key points in a very clear way."
Recent work: Acted for Alfa Telecom Turkey in a major dispute with Cukurova Telecom relating to the ownership and control of Turkey’s leading mobile phone operator, Turkcell.

Steven Berry QC
Strengths: "Very commercial, very bright, very quick and very easy to work with." "An outstanding, experienced silk with a pre-eminent reputation, who is responsive and charming."
Recent work: Acted for Libyan sovereign wealth investment vehicle FM Capital Partners in a claim against an ex-director and associates regarding events during the Libyan revolution.

Graham Dunning QC
Strengths: "Extremely commercial in his approach, and able to get to the depths of the argument very quickly." "A first choice for difficult conflicts of law, he's a superb tactician and a great trial advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Mercuria in a large Commercial Court claim against Citibank, arising out of an obligated repo financing transaction in respect of allegedly missing metal in China.

Paul McGrath QC
Strengths: "Knows the law and is creative in his thought processes." "Cuts quickly to the heart of issues, and has a very impressive and compelling court presence."
Recent work: Acted in Yukus Shareholders v Russian Federation, a high-profile case related to the destruction of one of the world's largest oil companies.

Andrew Hochhauser QC
Strengths: "A first-class QC in the employment, commercial and media law crossover, he is extremely highly regarded, very fierce in court and very hard-working."
Recent work: Acted for Watchstone Group in a Commercial Court claim alleging fraudulent misconduct on the part of its ex-CEO Robert Terry, his wife, and a former employee.

Richard Jacobs QC
Strengths: "Keeps things really simple, presenting a clear route to where we want to be." "Incredibly clever and with a good advocacy manner, he's very easy to work with and very affable."
Recent work: Instructed in Seadrill v Tullow, a multimillion-dollar claim by an oil rig contractor against a charterer for amounts owed due to the premature termination of a drilling contract.

Paul Stanley QC
Strengths: "Incredibly efficient in his ability to describe really complicated points in a few words and distinguish what's important from what's rubbish." "An excellent advocate and a great strategist."
Recent work: Acted for the Financial Conduct Authority in connection with Upper Tribunal proceedings brought by Achilles Macris and other third parties allegedly identified in a notice by the FCA about a settlement with J.P. Morgan following the 'London Whale' trading scandal.

Stephen Houseman QC
Strengths: "An incredibly tenacious advocate, he fights difficult cases very robustly, and is a very good court operator." "He's a forceful advocate, who is very user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted in Yukos Finance BV & others v Lynch & others, a claim brought against five individual investors involved in the purchase at auction of Yukos in 2007.

Gordon Pollock QC
Strengths: "One of the great advocates of our time." "Forceful, persuasive and effective." Recent work: Acted for Taurus in a Court of Appeal hearing regarding private international law, state immunity and the enforcement of an arbitration award against SOMO in Iraq.

Daniel Oudkerk QC
Strengths: "A great strategist able to see the big picture, he inspires confidence in clients and is a real team player." "He's not afraid to get stuck into the nitty-gritty."
Recent work: Instructed by Capco in a fraud claim for over USD100 million, concerning alleged fraudulent diversion of IP and business opportunities from its Bold Rocket division to start-ups.

Nathan Pillow QC
Strengths: "He has an excellent way of thinking through the issues and coming up with innovative options." "Judges like his presentation and his ability to know what they want."
Recent work: Led a counsel team for National Bank TRUST in its USD830 million banking fraud claim against its three former shareholders and their wives.

James Collins QC
Strengths: "A very confident advocate with a relaxed but precise style." "He goes over well with the courts, and he has the ability to make himself available at short notice."
Recent work: Defended BVI business Golden Globe International in a USD190 million claim arising from the alleged misappropriation through bribery of a Tanzanian telecoms company.

John Lockey QC
Strengths: "He's highly reliable and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for AIG in a USD1 billion Commercial Court insurance claim by SBM, following the abandonment of the YME MOPUstor rig in the Norwegian North Sea.

Roderick Cordara QC
Strengths: "He assimilates information very rapidly, gives clear legal and commercial advice, and is charming with clients." "Very analytical and commercial, he's razor sharp and hungry to win."

Huw Davies QC
Strengths: "As at home fighting a big-money dispute in the Commercial Court as he is parrying and attacking in a complex international arbitration." "Provides confident advice."
Recent work: Acted in W Ltd v M Sdn Bhd, a Commercial Court application to set aside an arbitral award relating to a dispute over a breach of contract for oil support services.

Jeffrey Gruder QC
Strengths: "He's very bright, and his written work is excellent."
Recent work: Acted for insurers in a case arising from the loss of the vessel 'Ocean Victory' in Kajima, Japan, which was valued at more than USD100 million.

JUNIORS

James Willan
Strengths: "Has got a brain the size of a planet, and a very nice manner to him." "He thinks well beyond his years and has a really good gut feeling for how judges will react."
Recent work: Acted for Guralp Systems and its private equity owner, Primary Capital, in high-value Commercial Court claims against its the former owner and director, Dr Guralp.

Edmund King
Strengths: "Extremely bright and hard-working. He's also very enthusiastic, and brings well-expressed and bright ideas to any conference."
Recent work: Instructed by Lehman Brothers Finance in its Financial List trial against Tschira, which raises complex questions relating to the ISDA close-out mechanism and default interest.

Emily Wood
Strengths: "Always happy to be available at short notice, and gives calm, commercial advice, even when the temperature in a case starts to rise."
Recent work: Defended Barclays against a EUR300 million indemnity claim by UniCredit, arising out of a cross-border structured finance deal which came under the scrutiny of the Italian tax authorities.

David Davies
Strengths: "Very bright and sensible, he's someone who comes up with lots of ideas." "He is held in high regard."
Recent work: Acted for Hulley Enterprises and others, former majority shareholders of Yukos, in enforcing USD50 billion in arbitration awards against the Russian Federation in England.

Anna Dilnot
Strengths: "Anna is very sharp and always responsive." "Incredibly thorough and very brainy, she is commercially savvy and quick to get to the issues in a case. She's also a real fighter."
Recent work: Acted in Kazakhstan Kagazy v Zhunus and Arip, a claim for approximately £200 million brought by Kazakhstan Kagazy Group against its former directors and shareholders for alleged conspiracy and fraudulent misappropriation of the proceeds of an IPO on the London Stock Exchange.

Ciaran Keller
Strengths: "His ability to grasp technically difficult issues sets him apart, and he is also a pleasure to work with." "He is excellent on large-scale international disputes."
Recent work: Acted for New World Value Fund in a dispute in the Privy Council concerning the construction of a BVI Limited Partnership's articles of association and entitlement to its assets.

Jeremy Brier
Strengths: "An extremely well-rounded leading junior, who is very hard-working and able to turn around instructions quickly." "He has a good eye for detail, and is a clear and decisive thinker."
Recent work: Acted for Ashot Egiazaryan in a claim against the City of Moscow, relating to a Russian hotel project and allegations of a 'corporate raid' against the Russian government.

Edward Brown
Strengths: "Tenacious, pragmatic and someone with a good eye for detail." "He gives sound, practical advice, is willing to get involved in the detail as needed, and he invariably makes himself available."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants, Standard Bank, in an USD85 million banking fraud case against Mongolian defendants EMC, as part of an ongoing LCIA arbitration.

Anton Dudnikov
Strengths: "Turns stuff around quickly, is very thorough, and is a really nice bloke who's easy to deal with." "He's bilingual in Russian and English which helps, and on top of that his draftsmanship is first class."
Recent work: Advised Ukranian politician Sergiy Taruta and Dargamo Holdings in a dispute between a number of oligarchs who profited from one of Ukraine's largest industrial entities.

Tom Ford
Strengths: "A barrister with an insatiable appetite for work, he has a lot of great ideas and can assimilate a morass of facts into a single, succinct point." "He goes out of his way to be helpful."
Recent work: Defended Ukrainian billionaire oligarch Igor Kolomoiky in a USD380 million Commercial Court claim brought against him by one of the largest oil producers in Russia.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Fountain Court's members routinely appear in the most complex and high-value disputes both at home and abroad, and have had a role in the vast majority of the largest pieces of commercial litigation to come to court in recent times. By way of example, they have participated in the Boreh litigation, cases relating to Forex and Libor, and matters concerning Group Seven. They have an extremely wide spread of work, but are particularly known for their excellence in the banking and finance sector. They are at the forefront of cases heard in the Financial List and have had major roles in both the RBS rights issue litigation, and Property Alliance Group v RBS, one of the leading banking cases of recent times. Disputes arising out of the mis-selling of interest rate swaps are bread and butter to them. The set as a whole is flourishing as attested to by the number of lateral hires from other major sets that it has made. This prompts a barrister from a rival set to comment: "There's no denying that Fountain Court is a first-rate set on the up that is packed with powerful advocates.”

Client service: “The clerks take a commercial view, are very accommodating and totally get the markets.” “They're very responsive at any time of day, and good at finding time for you.” Alex Taylor is the highly respected senior clerk, who enjoys support from deputy senior clerk Paul Martensteyn.

SILKS

Stuart Ritchie QC
Strengths: "He has such a calm and persuasive manner on his feet." "Gets on top of the facts and produces high-quality paperwork; he makes his points incredibly well."
Recent work: Represented the defendant in enforcement proceedings brought by Dar al Arkan Real Estate Development and a Bahraini Bank, in connection with two Bahraini judgments, which the defendant alleges were procured by fraud.

Michael Brindle QC
Strengths: "A man of near unparalleled experience who loves knotty points of law and gets straight to the heart of a problem very quickly." "A commanding court presence."
Recent work: Acted as lead counsel in a claim by a substantial investor against Bank Sarasin, a leading Swiss private bank working in the Middle East. The case was heard in the DIFC Courts.

Michael Crane QC
Strengths: "A senior silk, who is fantastic in the appeal courts. He's very smooth, and his submissions are always very nicely pitched and well judged."
Recent work: Instructed for the respondents in Mitsui Sumitomo (Europe) & Others v Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, a Supreme Court case involving property destruction during the 2011 London riots. The case concerned the scope of 1886 Riot Damages Act and whether consequential loss is recoverable in claims for damage to commercial property.

David Railton QC
Strengths: "Wise and highly experienced advocate who lends immense intellectual heft and gravitas to any case he leads." "A master of cross-examination, who is calm and incisive."
Recent work: Acted for RBS and four of its former directors, in connection with claims against them by RBS shareholders. The case arose out of the £12 billion rights issue by RBS in 2008.

Bankim Thanki QC
Strengths: "He is very good at taking a hard case and making it so much easier." "Incredibly charming and pleasant, he has a very good bedside manner and he goes the extra mile in a case."
Recent work: Acted for Ukraine in a USD3 billion Eurobond claim brought by the Russian Federation.

Patrick Goodall QC
Strengths: "He's not afraid to get into knotty points of detail, he truly understands the way City solicitors operate, and he's a clear and decisive advocate with a real court presence."
Recent work: Acted for one of the defendants in very high-profile proceedings between three Ukrainian oligarchs, Pinchuk, Bogolyubov and Kolomoisky. The case was valued at USD2 billion.

Richard Handyside QC
Strengths: "Clients highly respect him, and his advice is always technically excellent and user-friendly." "His advocacy is really considered and he never argues anything unless he's sure it's right."
Recent work: Instructed by Pirelli to challenge jurisdiction in respect of third-party proceedings brought against it by the Prysmian group of companies, which was being sued for damages by National Grid in connection with alleged cartel activity.

Guy Philipps QC
Strengths: "He's very concise, and he can be very persuasive at the emotional level." "He provides decisive opinions and advice, and is able to get into the detail remarkably quickly."
Recent work: Acted for Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich in a substantial dispute concerning the close-out of secured lending transactions after the collapse of the Icelandic bank LBI.

Derrick Dale QC
Strengths: "Gives us exactly what we need in terms of legal, tactical and commercial input in order to put our client in the strongest position." "He has a natural authority in the courtroom."
Recent work: Acted in United Biscuits' loss of profits claim against Amcor, relating to a fire that burned down Amcor’s factory, preventing the company from packaging United Biscuits’ products.

Anneliese Day QC
Strengths: "Friendly, approachable and very hard-working, she's willing to put the hours in and she works well with others." "She's tough, tenacious and impressive on her feet."
Recent work: Instructed to lead in an arbitration concerning Trinidad’s road network. The case arose after the Trinidadian Government terminated a USD350 million FIDIC contract with a Brazilian contractor.

Timothy Howe QC
Strengths: "A QC at the top of his game, whose incredible intellect is matched by his calm, considered approach to advice, and his terrific advocacy skills." "A real asset to any team."
Recent work: Acted for VTB Capital in a high-profile, multi-jurisdictional and multiparty dispute stemming from the EUR1 billion sale and purchase of a leading Bulgarian telecoms group.

Andrew Mitchell QC
Strengths: "A great showman when presenting his case, he's a man with intellectual depth who gets things quickly." "Has a vice-like grip on a range of complex issues."
Recent work: Acted in a major cross-border dispute arising out of the controversial sale of Yukos Oil’s assets pursuant to a Russian state auction.

Stephen Rubin QC
Strengths: "A hugely experienced fraud expert and a cross-examination supremo."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants, LICT and Empreno, in a conspiracy and fraud claim against VTB Capital in London, concerning the battle for control of Bulgaria Telecom.

Ben Valentin QC
Strengths: "He's not only extremely clever, but his work rate is phenomenal, and his manner is easy; he's a real team player." "Robust, tough and very charming."
Recent work: Served as leading counsel for Sonera BV in connection with proceedings in the British Virgin Islands to enforce a USD1 billion ICC arbitration award against Cukurova AS.

Charles Béar QC
Strengths: "He has a great eye for detail, and is pretty much an unstoppable force." "A brilliant and charismatic silk who immediately cuts right to the heart of any issue."
Recent work: Acted for Roskilde in a mis-selling claim regarding a secondary market purchase of USD30 million in loan notes, six months before the bank's collapse and government bailout.

Jeffrey Chapman QC
Strengths: "Meticulous, concise, and someone with an effective and persuasive style." "A precise advocate, who's good at running a large team."
Recent work: Appeared in the Group Seven Limited litigation, acting for a victim of a EUR100 million fraud whom the defendants allegedly dishonestly persuaded to enter into a bogus investment scheme.

Stephen Moriarty QC
Strengths: "Someone who thinks carefully about what he says, he carries authority in what he says and commands respect." "Quick, very accessible and open in his advice."
Recent work: Acted for PK Airfinance in a Commercial Court action brought by Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev alleging that there was a conspiracy to injure his aviation business.

Patricia Robertson QC
Strengths: "Very experienced and great to work with, particularly on matters that have a regulatory aspect to them." "She's extremely thorough and impressive in front of clients."
Recent work: Defended Cleveland Bridge in a class action brought against it and other UK construction companies, alleging that they had blacklisted workers who belonged to a trade association.

Brian Doctor QC
Strengths: "A very able advocate," who is "very effective and highly tenacious."
Recent work: Acted in an application for search and freezing orders to support damages claims brought in Florida by a Paraguayan pension fund against two individuals now living in London.

Michael McLaren QC
Strengths: "His ability to marshal his thoughts when on his feet is very impressive, and he can wrong-foot the very best." "Has a very good rapport with judges."
Recent work: Appealed against Nesbit Law Group's recovery of a large sum from Acasta under a Financial Guarantee Insurance Policy on the grounds that the trial judge misconstrued the policy.

John Taylor QC
Strengths: "Fantastic on his feet and an astute analyst who understands complex issues and communicates them in straightforward terms." "Thorough, user-friendly and good with clients."
Recent work: Defended Macquarie Bank against an USD80 million claim brought by Bominflot, alleging that the bank allowed a rogue Bominflot employee to conduct unauthorised oil futures trading.

Adam Zellick QC
Strengths: "He's down-to-earth, commercial and good on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for NatWest in a dispute between India, Pakistan and the family of one of India's former royal dynasties. The action sought to reclaim a large sum transferred to the bank in 1948.

JUNIORS

Edward Levey
Strengths: "Very good at running hard points." "He adopts a robust approach with opponents, and provides with practical advice that always keeps the clients' objectives in focus."
Recent work: Acted for Sumitomo in an oil and gas dispute against Idemitsu, arising out of a Share Purchase Agreement relating to a North Sea oil field. He was successful in striking out the claim.

Laura John
Strengths: "A very able and hard-working junior, who is always on the shortlist for any significant mis-selling case." "She's a ferocious advocate who cuts straight to the point."
Recent work: Defended an early disclosure application and a jurisdiction challenge in a claim of misrepresentation against RBS, which was based on Euribor rigging allegations.

James McClelland
Strengths: "Unbelievably sharp, exceptionally easy to work with, and someone with a super-brain." "He's very intellectually thorough and never lets a point drop without shaking it until its teeth rattle."
Recent work: Acted for LG Chem in Barclays' claim for declarations of non-liability against it. The case arose out of a complex, high-value multi-jurisdictional remittance fraud.

Alexander Milner
Strengths: "Very good at engaging with the judge, he gets points across without much effort, and is pretty robust with witnesses." "Hard-working, responsive and confident in his advice."
Recent work: Defended Atalaya Mining in a EUR50 million contractual dispute with Astor Management, relating to the sale and commission of a large copper mine in Spain.

Tamara Oppenheimer
Strengths: "Has impeccable judgement, and takes an extremely diligent, hard-working approach to his work. She has strong technical knowledge and sound tactical nous." "Extremely responsive and good fun to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Coutts defending a £5 million claim brought by a Mr O'Hare, who alleged product mis-selling and negligent investment advice.

Simon Atrill
Strengths: "Confident and assertive." "His impressive analytical skills are combined with great depth of knowledge relating to the financial services sector."
Recent work: Acted in a breach of contract claim against Mike Ashley, billionaire Newcastle United owner and majority Sports Direct owner, brought by de facto Sports Direct CFO Jeffrey Blue.

James Cutress
Strengths: "Makes himself available when required, and is always responsive and engaged in the case." "His calm and incisive analysis wins the client over."
Recent work: Instructed in London Bridge's USD423 million claim against RBS, which involved allegations of Libor fraud.

Deepak Nambisan
Strengths: "Takes a very clever and creative approach." "He did an admirable job trying to argue difficult points, and gave a very good performance with a very difficult set of facts."
Recent work: Led a dispute arising from ITV2's termination of its contract with reality TV production company Mr H TV, due to the producer's alleged material breaches of contract.

Paul Sinclair
Strengths: "He has an excellent, relaxed court manner and puts his arguments across logically and clearly." "He's very bright, he turns papers around very quickly, and he's very responsive."
Recent work: Instructed in Property Alliance Group v The Royal Bank of Scotland, one of the first civil claims to come to trial on issues relating to mis-sold interest rates, Libor rigging and allegations of bad faith against RBS’s turnaround division, GRG.

Rupert Allen
Strengths: "He's a really bright guy, who is really hard-working and capable."
Recent work: Instructed by Goldman Sachs International to defend unconscionable bargain and undue influence claims brought by the Libyan Investment Authority.

Ben Lynch
Strengths: "A barrister with a frighteningly astute mind, who doesn't leave any stone unturned." "Has an excellent eye for detail and is very approachable. He works ridiculous hours even for a commercial barrister."
Recent work: Acted in the case of AIG Europe Ltd v OC320301 LLP, the first trial on the meaning and effect of the aggregation clause in solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance.

David Murray
Strengths: "A highly competent junior who impresses with his conscientious and thorough approach when dealing with Libor issues."
Recent work: Acted for China Southern Airlines in a substantial case brought by Tigris International, who alleged that the airline breached a contract for the sale of six Boeing 737 aircraft.

Richard Power
Strengths: "A barrister who is immediately able to formulate a strategy, he produces really good skeleton arguments." "User-friendly and easy to deal with."
Recent work: Acted for startup tech company Swiss Science and its directors in defence of a claim for around USD11 million, brought by Play LA. The case was heard in the British Virgin Islands.

Alex Barden
Strengths: "Punches above his weight, and has both great intellect and a good eye for detail." "When he spoke, you could see QCs on all sides listening."
Recent work: Represented the QE Group, one of the parties who invested in RBS before its collapse in 2006, in a high-profile claim brought under Section 90 of the Financial Services and Markets Act alleging that Sir Fred Goodwin and other directors of the bank had deliberately misled investors as to the bank’s financial position in the months before its collapse.

James Duffy
Strengths: "Highly responsive, client-friendly and works seamlessly with a large solicitor team." "He's quick to grasp complex issues and identify commercial solutions."
Recent work: Acted for UBS in defending a claim for USD200 million brought by Decura. The case raised important issues relating to contractual construction.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

7KBW has extensive experience of large-scale Commercial Court cases, including fraud and insurance matters, and has a particular flair for tackling marine claims as evidenced by its involvement in the action relating to the MOPUstor, which is acknowledged as the largest-ever marine insurance matter to come before the courts. Its members, who are praised for their "commercial and straightforward approach," are well regarded in various jurisdictions around the world, and frequently appear in Hong Kong and Singapore as well as offshore jurisdictions. Their most noteworthy recent work includes the defence of Excalibur Ventures v Texas Keystone, in which a shell company's claim for a USD1.6 billion share in a Kurdistan oil exploration block was accompanied by allegations of fraud. Other matters of interest include Djibouti v Boreh, the Yukos litigation, the massive OW Bunkers case and Group Seven v LLB Verwaltung.

Client service: “The chambers has a very responsive clerking service. The clerks are very user-friendly, and they negotiate fees that are generally better value for money than a number of their leading competitors.” “The clerks have always gone out of their way to look after me and solve problems. They know what I need and they deliver it in a personalised way.” Bernie Hyatt and Greg Leyden are the senior clerks.

SILKS

Jonathan Gaisman QC
Strengths: "Suitable for the largest high-stakes cases, he definitely commands respect from the court, and he's the one who the court listens to." "He's an incredible advocate."
Recent work: Instructed by the Russian Federation to resist enforcement proceedings relating to three arbitral awards granted against Russia for its politically motivated destruction of Yukos Universal.

Clive Freedman QC
Strengths: "A huge brain on legs, who works incredibly hard and has got the most amazing attention to detail. He is capable of memorising a brief and his legal arguments are sensational. He comes up with points that mere mortals wouldn't think of."
Recent work: Acted for Sebry in a high-value claim against Companies House regarding its entry on the defendant's register mistakenly stating that the business was in liquidation.

Christopher Butcher QC
Strengths: "Has a very commercial approach, is very good at anticipating potential difficulties, and provides spot-on advice." "Highly strategic and a barrister with a sharp intellect."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent in the Court of Appeal case of Ferster v Ferster, which concerned the making of threats under cover of without prejudice correspondence.

Gavin Kealey QC
Strengths: "An excellent choice for complex insurance arbitrations." "He's fiercely bright and he provides penetrating analysis."
Recent work: Acted for Hong Kong-based ARC Capital Partners in a claim against liability insurers for indemnity against millions of dollars of liabilities arising from investment advice.

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC
Strengths: "Remarkably user-friendly, very straightforward and a very good team player." "She has a very impressive grasp of the details, and produces superb drafting and impressive legal analysis."

Richard Waller QC
Strengths: "Has a really great style on the stand, is very practical and has very good knowledge of the law in complicated areas." "He's a very confident and persuasive young silk."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Orb Arl v Ruhan, a complex and high-value, multiparty commercial fraud dispute.

Dominic Kendrick QC
Strengths: "He is a class act. People genuinely queue up for him."
Recent work: Acted for Daiichi Shipping in the 'Ocean Victory' case, a significant shipping and insurance matter concerning a new ship which was lost in a gale while leaving port in Japan.

JUNIORS

James Brocklebank
Strengths: "He is very bright, very quick and easy to deal with - all round excellent."
Recent work: Advised DRUM Risk Management on disputes concerning the misappropriation of coal stored under collateral management agreements funded by international banks.

Benjamin Parker
Strengths: "He's excellent, very easy to engage with, very ready to assist and excellent on the law." "Hard-working and diligent, he's a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Represented Berkeley Offshore and Lancashire Insurance in relation to a £1.5 billion insurance claim for the alleged total loss of an SBM oil platform in the North Sea.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

3 Verulam Buildings tackles an impressive portfolio of high-value and market-leading commercial disputes, and has handled a number of recent major matters relating to banking, fraud and sanctions. Recent cases of note include Yukos v The Russian Federation, Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale, and the RBS shareholder litigation. In the matter of Vincent Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, members of the set defended the bank against claims of conspiracy valued at £2.2 billion, and succeeding in striking out the majority of all claims. Instructing solicitors report that “this chambers is always in the mix for top-end work, and is home to an extremely intelligent group of counsel.”

Client service: “3VB's clerks provide exceptional support to their barristers and instructing solicitors, taking a sensible approach to fees and always keeping in mind the client's particular circumstances.” “The clerks know everyone and everything, and nothing is too much trouble.” Stephen Penson is the senior practice manager.

SILKS

Ali Malek QC
Strengths: "His advocacy style makes the way he presents a case especially credible." "He is very reassuring, easy to deal with, and has a sense of authority."
Recent work: Advised Interbrew Central European Holdings in connection with a claim brought by funds managed by CVC relating to the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch’s Eastern and Central European drinks business.

Andrew Onslow QC
Strengths: "Very fast at cutting through issues and getting straight to the core of a case, he gets stuck in." "He's very clear in his advice and an impressive presence in court."
Recent work: Successfully defended Sotheby's against allegations of negligence in the assessment of a painting sold as a copy of Caravaggio's Cardsharps.

Adrian Beltrami QC
Strengths: "He is very responsive, he provides strategic advice, and he has a strong appreciation of the commercial sensitivities in a case." "His advocacy is first-rate; he always has the ear of the court."
Recent work: Acted for Société Générale with regard to the Libyan Investment Authority's £1.5 billion claim that investments made during the Gadaffi regime were procured by bribes of a third party.

Ewan McQuater QC
Strengths: "On his feet, he's an impressive advocate who carries great weight with the tribunal." "Tenacious and hard-working, he's good at complex cases and is very numerate."
Recent work: Defended property developers the Candy brothers in allegations of threat, duress and intimidation brought by their former business associate Mark Holyoake.

Jonathan Nash QC
Strengths: "Excellent on paper, very smooth in his advocacy, unflappable in court and a very quick thinker." "He is utterly calm and focused on the issues that really matter."
Recent work: Advised Renault Motorsports on issues surrounding the purchase of Lotus Formula 1 Racing Team, including the resolution of disputes with former sponsors.

John Odgers QC
Strengths: "Able to strike the difficult balance between respect and rigour when challenging experts and clients." "Detailed, very calming and knows his way around banking documents."
Recent work: Acted for Banco Santander Totta in a EUR1.3 billion dispute over structured interest rate swaps entered into with four Portuguese public transport companies.

Richard Salter QC
Strengths: "Has an amazing depth of experience and is very patient in explaining things." "Has incredible presence, is very good on the detail and is a good tactician."
Recent work: Appeared before the Privy Council in a case involving an allegation that fraud was committed against the insolvent Central Bank of Ecuador by its owners and controllers.

Andrew Sutcliffe QC
Strengths: "Opponents should not let their guard down - his calm demeanour and considered submissions soothe the judge into agreement." "He's a real team player."
Recent work: Instructed by British Airways Executive Club members to help a New York court assess whether the airline had breached its Executive Club contract by imposing a fuel surcharge.

Jonathan Davies-Jones QC
Strengths: "Drafts and presents in a pithy way - he's punchy and crisp." "Responsive, very user-friendly, and has a strong grasp of the documents."
Recent work: Acted for Comune di Prato in a leading Italian swaps litigation case brought before the Supreme Court. The matter raised complex issues of Italian public and financial law.

David Quest QC
Strengths: "He thinks about ways to resolve issues and comes back punching without missing a beat." "Very good at taking the heat out of things and focusing the judge on what's important."
Recent work: Acted for Chamonix Private Equity in defence of a claim by Caledonia, another fund, about the alleged misuse of a confidential business opportunity.

Andrew Fletcher QC
Strengths: "Andrew adopts a commercial approach, and recognises the financial and time-consuming realities of litigation." "He's completely on top of the law in all aspects."
Recent work: Acted for investment services provider Liongate in fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty claims regarding the purchase of a hedge fund management business.

Matthew Hardwick QC
Strengths: "Energetic and enthusiastic, he's an effective advocate who is really good with clients." "Gets to the heart of the issue quickly and focuses the team's energies in the right place."
Recent work: Instructed in Aircraft Purchase Fleet v Compagnia Aerea Italiana on behalf of a third party, Airbus, that was resisting the defendant's attempts to inspect confidential Airbus documents. The underlying dispute involved a £260 million aircraft purchase agreement.

John Jarvis QC
Strengths: "Brilliant at analysis, he's a strategic thinker who provides excellent advocacy combined with a user-friendly approach."
Recent work: Represented Tuvana, an SPV, in a £44 million damages claim against Barclays for deceit and negligence in relation to the mis-sale of a multicallable interest rate swap.

Gregory Mitchell QC
Strengths: "Very eloquent and very engaging, so it's easy to get on side with the arguments he's putting forward."
Recent work: Acted for Dr Al-Besher, an investor in what was promised to be Europe's largest residential tower, in commercial fraud claims against Credit Suisse and an individual fraudster.

David Head QC
Strengths: "Quick and robust, he doesn't pull his punches and he's good on his feet." "He's quite happy to speak ad hoc on the phone and get stuck into the case."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidators of Salford Capital Partners, whose partners disputed the valuation and distribution of financial and commercial assets in Russia and the Balkans.

JUNIORS

Michael Lazarus
Strengths: "Has a very sharp mind and can identify most complex issues extremely quickly." "He's user-friendly and cerebral without being difficult to understand."
Recent work: In Merchant International v Naftogaz, he successfully obtained a Court of Appeal order for the defendant to pay USD28 million into court as a condition of pursuing its appeal.

Adam Kramer
Strengths: "His style is carefully calculated to achieve results. He cuts through to the centre of the subject matter, and doesn't pussyfoot around things." "An excellent and precise junior."
Recent work: Acted for an institutional claimant group in a class action against RBS, arising out of a £12 billion rights issue in 2008, just before RBS was rescued in the government bailout.

Peter Ratcliffe
Strengths: "A leading light at the junior Commercial Bar who is good on his feet." "Very able, analytical, and polite but authoritative, he's someone you can have the fullest confidence in."
Recent work: Acted for Citigroup in its defence of Terra Firma’s £2.4 billion banking fraud claim, arising out of its acquisition of EMI in 2007.

Christopher Harris
Strengths: "Down-to-earth, intelligible and practical, his judgement on what will persuade a tribunal is impressive." "A pugnacious litigator with sound legal and commercial instincts."
Recent work: Acted for Venezuela, which sought to set aside enforcement of a USD750 million investment arbitration award arising from a gold mining concession.

Matthew Parker
Strengths: "Up for the fight and willing to push on arguments, he sees the context and fights the client's case." "He's very decisive and clear, and his advocacy is crisp."
Recent work: Acted for two defendants in major commercial litigation, including dishonest conduct claims, regarding the ownership and operation of the USD200 million Aman Hotel group.

Rajesh Pillai
Strengths: "Intellectually very strong, hands-on, and someone who builds a strong rapport with clients." "He has a healthy commercial sense of the way the world works."
Recent work: Acted for high-profile Indian businessman Niranjan Hiranandani in the defence of a £350 million claim by former AIM-listed Isle of Man investment company, Hirco.

Nicholas Craig
Strengths: "He makes his points shortly and effectively, and is businesslike and to the point." "Thorough, tenacious and pragmatic."
Recent work: Acted for AWAS-managed entities in claims for monies due from Kingfisher Airlines under five aircraft leases. He obtained a summary judgment of around USD100 million.

Peter de Verneuil Smith
Strengths: "A very good member of the team who works very hard and has a very strong intellect." "He brings great commercial know-how, is very persuasive and is not easily fazed."
Recent work: In Tatneft v Boglyubov, he helped strike out and set aside a USD250 million freezing injunction against the defendant.

Anne Jeavons
Strengths: "Very level-headed, smart, responsive, commercial, good technically and a pleasure to deal with."
Recent work: Instructed in conjoined proceedings involving a dispute between businessmen Khagram and Khan, who brought claims against each other.

Philip Hinks
Strengths: "Very personable" and "a creative thinker who shows imagination when picking out the key arguments in a case."
Recent work: Advised residents of Wentworth Golf Estate on its high-profile acquisition by the Reignwood Group, which planned to dramatically reduce the number of club members.

Nathaniel Bird
Strengths: "Not afraid to step up and provide astute strategic input, he has forensic attention to detail and is extremely diligent."

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Blackstone Chambers regularly handles high-profile and cross-border commercial litigation and also routinely involves itself in financial services and City regulation cases. Its client list typically features leading regulators, international law firms and FTSE 100 companies. In recent times, members have been involved in a broad array of cases. Examples include Bank Mellat v HM Treasury, Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale, the AMT futures litigation, and VB Football Assets v Segesta Ltd, Owen Oyston, Karl Oyston. One solicitor remarks that "it is refreshing to work with a set that is both exceptionally academic and also commercial and client-facing."

Client service: "The clerking is very commercial, very easy to deal with and of a consistently high standard." "Gary Oliver is the senior clerk there, and he is always available if you need him."

SILKS

Tom Weisselberg QC
Strengths: "Charming and a delight to work with, he can do the detail as well as the overview." "He's just good at reading the court and picking up the mood."
Recent work: Acted in MacInnes v Gross defending a wealthy internet entrepreneur against a EUR13 million claim that he entered into an oral share option agreement in Zuma Restaurant.

Robert Anderson QC
Strengths: "Fearless on his feet, he has quite a quiet and courteous manner, but he is very tough." "Has a great tactical mind combined with a smooth and effortless courtroom style."
Recent work: Acted for sovereign wealth fund Libyan Investment Authority in a USD2 billion Commercial Court claim involving allegations of bribery by a French bank in Gadaffi-era Libya.

Andrew Green QC
Strengths: "Andrew Green QC is very experienced, commercially minded and excellent advocate." "A clear, confident advocate, who is good on jurisdiction matters."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant, Crown Bidco, in a substantial Commercial Court dispute concerning the sale by Nokia of the Vertu luxury mobile phones business.

Andrew Hunter QC
Strengths: "Deploys all his intellect with a gentle charm and a degree of humour." "He is very good at cutting through the weeds and persuading the judge of our points."
Recent work: Led the defence of AIG group companies against a £100 million claim by multiple former banker employees for sums under a deferred compensation scheme.

Ian Mill QC
Strengths: "Focuses on both the detail and the bigger picture, and he is excellent on jurisdictional issues." "He's an intellectual bruiser, who is fun to work with and fantastic with clients."
Recent work: Defended Prince Abdul Aziz in claims for the existence of an oral agreement for financial aid, brought by an alleged former wife of the deceased King Fahd of Saudi Arabia.

Pushpinder Saini QC
Strengths: "He's incredibly insightful and has a great grasp of commercial law and private international work." "A wonderfully concise advocate."
Recent work: Acted for a trustee of Bernard Madoff's estate in a major Privy Council appeal concerning the scope of the conflicts of law rules in an insolvency commercial context.

Robert Howe QC
Strengths: "He gets to the heart of the matter, has the attention of the court, and can devastate opponents with his advocacy." "Strong on his feet and doesn't pull punches."
Recent work: Instructed for claimant Kazakhstan Kagazy in a USD200 million international fraud claim against former shareholders and officers.

Alan Maclean QC
Strengths: "Particularly impressive in terms of how quickly he can get to the bottom of an issue and absorb a lot of material." "Calm and assured, and a man with a great depth of industry experience."
Recent work: Resisted an appeal against a judgment to award sums of over USD72 million in respect of Smagin v Yegiazaryan, a dispute arising out of a Russian real estate project.

Barbara Dohmann QC
Strengths: "Very diligent and insightful."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant, a Russian businesswoman, in Baturina v Chistyakov, a USD100 million Commercial Court claim arising from a Moroccan property investment scheme.

Shaheed Fatima QC
Strengths: "She's very clear in submissions, and puts complicated ideas in a way that's easy for both judges and arbitrators to understand." "In a hostile forum she gives no quarter."
Recent work: Instructed as sole counsel in claims against Indian businesses Punj Lloyd and Punj Lloyd Upstream regarding their defaults on multimillion-dollar World Bank loans.

Anthony Peto QC
Strengths: "Has a lot of gravitas before the court, displays good commercial judgement, and is a very optimistic barrister." "Tremendously charismatic, confident and intelligent."
Recent work: Acted for claimant Sabbagh in an international conspiracy to defraud claim worth over USD500 million. The case concerned interests in a global Middle Eastern construction company.

Thomas de la Mare QC
Strengths: "His standout talent is his ability to think of things in a different way to anybody else." "A hugely dynamic and creative advocate, who is highly impressive in court."
Recent work: Instructed by AMT in a suite of claims against former clients concerning breach of applicable law and exclusive jurisdiction clauses.

Andrew George QC
Strengths: "He approaches things in an appropriate and proportionate way, and has a very good overview of the case." "Always helpful, friendly and completely on the ball."
Recent work: Acted for sub-prime lender Cattles' ex-finance director in Standard Life's £25 million rights issue claim that statements made in a prospectus were false and misleading.

JUNIORS

Mark Vinall
Strengths: "A very clear and concise advocate in court, who is really client-friendly." "He's always thoroughly well prepared, user-friendly and tenacious with his arguments."
Recent work: Counselled Bonhams in a complex, high-profile, multiparty Commercial Court dispute about a 1950s racing Ferrari which was sold at auction for £9.6 million.

Robert Weekes
Strengths: "He has an astute mind, and he's a practical, commercial and very clever junior." "He really gets into the detail and leaves no stone unturned."
Recent work: Served as junior counsel for private equity firms claiming that Barclays misled them, their shareholders and the market in relation to the bank's recapitalisation in 2008.

Andrew Scott
Strengths: "Andrew Scott is formidably intelligent." "His experience and ability are much higher than his year of call."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant, a US financial services provider, in Perella Weinberg Partners v Codere SA, which involved claims in excess of USD10 million arising out of a restructuring.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A set with a strong portfolio of varied, high-value and precedent-setting commercial cases and arbitrations. It demonstrates particular skill in the areas of shipping and commodities, fraud, insolvency, energy, and banking and finance, as well as numerous other fields, and appears in cases across many jurisdictions. The set further has a growing interest in sanctions-related cases. 20 Essex Street's most significant work of late has included Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs International, a USD1 billion High Court matter which placed the defendant bank's conduct under scrutiny, and OMV Petrom v Glencore International, a fraud claim brought by a Romanian oil company. Sources affirm that “this is a solid set with a strong reputation that has barristers who don't disappoint.”

Client service: “The helpful and flexible clerks understand their barristers.” “They are very easy to deal with in terms of adapting to our needs.” Christopher Theobald and Arron Zitver are the deputy senior clerks.

SILKS

Philip Edey QC
Strengths: "He's a hardcore litigator with an absolutely first-rate intellect, who's a great cross-examiner." "A true gentleman and a pleasure to spend time with."
Recent work: Served as joint leader of the counsel team for the Libyan Investment Authority, in its case against Goldman Sachs, which was one of the highest-value-and-profile High Court cases of 2016.

Duncan Matthews QC
Strengths: "The Plato of the Commercial Bar, at once a dynamic orator and a considered thinker." "Very careful and very authoritative, he just lets the facts speak for themselves."
Recent work: Acted for OMV Petrom in a fraud claim against Glencore, alleging that the latter delivered blended crude oil in lieu of costlier grades the former had contracted for in the 90s.

Paul Lowenstein QC
Strengths: "A wonderful cross-examiner, who is very tenacious and has good client-handling instincts." "A very formidable advocate, who's prepared to regularly stress-test your case in detail."
Recent work: Represented claimant groups of UK retailers seeking competition damages from Mastercard. The case centred on alleged cartel arrangements linked to credit and debit card fees.

Charles Kimmins QC
Strengths: "He leaves no stone unturned."
"He is one of the busiest junior silks at the Bar, and he is really good."
Recent work: Acted for Pan Oceanic in a claim against UNIPEC UK and others for tortious interference, conspiracy and breach of implied contract claims, which led to loss of commission under a long-term contract of affreightment.

David Lewis QC
Strengths: "A lethal advocate with copious amounts of charm and the ability to disarm the most hostile judges." "He's one of the most reassuring people to have advising you."
Recent work: Successfully represented English Electric in a test case against Alstom relating to the inherited corporate liabilities for historical asbestos claims.

JUNIORS

Philip Riches
Strengths: "He has a real talent for taking on any kind of case and finding his way through." "His strategic thinking is extremely good and he comes up with interesting solutions."
Recent work: Acted in IPM Energy Trading v Carillion Energy Services, a case arising out of a failure to deliver carbon savings under the UK government’s CESP carbon-offset scheme.

Harris Bor
Strengths: "Knows the law backwards and can compartmentalise and categorise things like top QCs do." "Thoughtful and careful, he gets on with the work without airs or graces."
Recent work: Acted for Kuwaiti investors in a breach of contract, negligence and fraud claim against investment managers and property developers with UK and Moroccan interests.

Andrew Fulton
Strengths: "Charming and confident, he's great with clients and quick to grasp complex issues and identify commercial solutions." "He is an advocate beyond his year of call."
Recent work: Instructed in The Hut Group v Nobahar-Cookson, a dispute between two online retailers.

Charlotte Tan
Strengths: "A hard-working commercial junior." "She's very thorough and hard-working, and she understands the business issues, not just the legal aspects of the case."
Recent work: Acted for Vincent Tchenguiz in a conspiracy and malicious prosecution claim against Grant Thornton and others, in which the claimant sought in excess of USD2 billion.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A leading commercial chancery set that acts in UK and international commercial litigation of substantial size and value. The barristers of Maitland Chambers have recently been instructed in a number of high-profile matters, including Mark Holyoake v the Candy Brothers, the Lehman Brothers Waterfall applications, Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale, and Wall v RBS, a £350 million Italian swaps claim. “Maitland is an excellent chambers,” one source attests, “both in terms of its down-to-earth silks and its accommodating clerking teams.”

Client service: “Senior clerk John Wiggs is excellent at his job and a great front man for the clerking team.” “He runs a very commercial clerking team that is easy to deal with.”

SILKS

Paul Girolami QC
Strengths: "He's very good with banks; he gets where they are at and they like him." "Indisputably one of the leading choices for difficult corporate disputes at the London Bar."
Recent work: Acted in Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale.

Jonathan Russen QC
Strengths: "Bright, super-responsive, a true team player and someone who is great on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for defendants in offshore litigation considering whether BVI procedural law governed a derivative claim brought by a company incorporated in Liberia.

Matthew Collings QC
Strengths: "Drafting is second to none for him. He's very concise yet gets the point across, and is very statesmanlike in court." "A canny advocate who leaves no stone unturned."
Recent work: Instructed in Gildred v Landmark Car Company, a dispute relating to three Porsche cars.

Andrew Twigger QC
Strengths: "His advocacy really stands out and he has a very comfortable court manner." "Technically brilliant and shows great attention to detail."
Recent work: Defended Mr Arip and Ms Dikhanbayeva in allegations that they defrauded claimant Kazakhstan Kagazy of USD160 million while the company was under their control.

David Mumford QC
Strengths: "Has a strong eye for detail coupled with an excellent view on strategy." "Able to deal with the most complex cases, he has terrific client and courtroom skills."
Recent work: Represented French paper manufacturer Sequana in a dispute with tobacco producer BAT, which arose out of the contamination of the Fox River in the US. The case involved claims to recover allegedly unlawful dividend distributions.

Richard Morgan QC
Strengths: "Well known in the offshore world, he displays extremely solid analytical skills and is a joy to work with." "Shows dogged determination and has a client-friendly approach."
Recent work: Acted for offshore trust entities in responding to Tatneft's allegations of fraud, which it claims were instituted as a way of stealing USD350 million in oil payments.

Dominic Chambers QC
Strengths: "He has a brilliant and flexible brain and is effective in all jurisdictions."
Recent work: Acted for BTA Bank and BTA Securities in a claim for damages against a Turkish bank.

JUNIORS

Benjamin John
Strengths: "He is always really cheery" and "he really has a great eye for detail. Whatever you throw at him he can turn around, and he's quite voracious in dealing with work."
Recent work: Acted for Deir Dos Santos in the much-publicised case looking at whether or not notice that the UK will leave the EU requires Parliamentary approval.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A set with combined commercial and chancery capability which provides invaluable counsel on commercial disputes of notable size and complexity. Members of chambers have recently been instructed in major pieces of litigation, including the RBS shareholders case and Avonwick v Shlosberg, a USD100 million claim alleging conspiracy to set aside preferences and defraud creditors. Other matters of note include Ecclestone and Bambino Holdings v Bayerische Landesbank, which considered the conduct of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone in the context of his sale of a major stake in F1 to private equity group CVC. One commentator says of the set: “Serle Court is a hugely impressive outfit that delivers magic circle-quality advocates without the price tag.”

Client service: “They have the best clerks at the Bar: they are responsive, helpful, charming, sensible on fees and willing to go the extra mile at court.” "They know what we like and what we work." Steve Whitaker is the head clerk.

SILKS

Alan Boyle QC
Strengths: "Gets straight to the heart of the matter, and has a razor-sharp intellect and a laser-like focus on his clients' interests." "He is a barrister of gravitas who produces persuasive advocacy."
Recent work: Acted for defendants in Kingate Global Fund Limited v Kingate Management Limited, a management fees claim based on erroneous calculations of net asset value.

Philip Jones QC
Strengths: "An outstanding choice for trusts litigation." "He's got one of the calmest, most measured manners in court, and is a good team worker."
Recent work: Defended Conran Holdings against a claim by a non-family shareholder and ex chief executive for £3 million, which hinged on commercial terms agreed in 1995 and 1998.

Jonathan Adkin QC
Strengths: "Makes the complex simple and converts losing cases into winning cases." "He has great commercial acumen."
Recent work: Defended a USD380 million commercial claim by Russian state oil agency PJSC Tatneft brought against Bogolyubov and a number of other Ukrainian oligarchs.

Lance Ashworth QC
Strengths: "Has remarkable clarity of thought, and picks up points others miss." "Lance is an authoritative advocate who commands respect from the bench."
Recent work: Successfully struck out a suit against Russian national Ms Smirnova relating to allegedly bogus invoices and promissory notes.

Elizabeth Jones QC
Strengths: "Capable of assimilating a great deal of information in a very short space of time, and ideal for urgent matters." Steely and effective in court, she's someone with great judgement."
Recent work: Defended the Gambia's Ministry of Petroleum against claims by Conapro regarding the sale contract for the supply of petroleum products.

John Machell QC
Strengths: "A hard-working team player, as good on his feet as he is in writing, who has the rare ability to make highly complex concepts and arguments appear simple." "Creative and decisive."
Recent work: Acted for Rothschild in a breach of warranty claim for over £50 million brought by Principal Investors Global. This was a High Court case arising from the sale of shares in Liongate.

Philip Marshall QC
Strengths: "One of the cleverest barristers, he is a very good advocate who is fantastically aggressive in court in a good way." "Assertive and an asset to any litigation team."
Recent work: Represented the defendant in Avonwick v Shlosberg, a USD100 million claim for conspiracy to defraud creditors and to set aside preferences. The case also raised an important issue of legal professional privilege, which was referred to the Court of Appeal.

David Blayney QC
Strengths: "Extraordinarily creative and a great lateral thinker, he's able to see lines of argument others don't and he's equally brilliant on the detail."
Recent work: Acted for RBS in defending group litigation instituted by more than 20,000 individual and institutional claimants in relation to the bank's £12 billion rights issue in 2008.

Hugh Norbury QC
Strengths: "An approachable and affable advocate, who provides comprehensive advice in a clear, well-packaged way." "Has a measured and incredibly persuasive style of oral advocacy."
Recent work: Acted for a firm of solicitors alleged to have conspired with experts to give misleading advice to defeat or minimise the value of numerous credit hire insurance claims made by the claimant, Accident Exchange.

Daniel Lightman QC
Strengths: "Thorough in his preparation and skilful in presenting his statements of case." "He is loved by clients and solicitors alike, and he sees things others simply do not."
Recent work: Acted in Griffith v Gourgey, a claim that a managing director breached fiduciary duty in wrongfully causing the transfer of millions of pounds to other companies he owned.

JUNIORS

Justin Higgo
Strengths: "Has the power to assimilate masses of material and distil things down to the core issues of a case." "He's very personable and very engaging with the clients."
Recent work: Instructed in Glenn v Watson, a claim to set aside a shareholders agreement relating to the establishment and operation of an investment business on the grounds of deceit and for want of authority.

Ruth den Besten
Strengths: "Turns work around quickly, diligently and to the highest standard, and is brilliant on strategy." "Comes up with good ideas, and writes beautifully and with brevity."
Recent work: Acted in the Lehman Brothers Waterfall case in the Supreme Court.

Simon Hattan
Strengths: "His City background puts him in pole position when it comes to investment disputes; few are so adept at putting clients at ease." "Puts together pleadings and legal submissions at speed."

^ Return to Top

Band 4

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

4 New Square handles both top-level litigation and arbitration, and has a roster of barristers who are regularly involved in complex commercial cases. Instructions come from an extensive list of market-leading law firms and commercial dispute boutiques, as well as from the UK Government, and many members also serve on the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel. Victory in a fraud dispute between a Jordanian businessman and two Saudi princes, who were all shareholders in an English telecom company, is one highlight from the set's recent work. Other important cases undertaken include Mark Holyoake v Candy Brothers, Gemini (Eclipse 2006-3) Plc v CBRE and Warwick Street, and Marathon Asset Management LLP and Marathon Asset Management (Services) Ltd v James Seddon, Luke Bridgeman, Jennifer Buchanan and Global Investment Mandate. Sources say that 4 New Square is “clearly the best in the country for anything related to professional negligence, and increasingly a go-to set for bigger pieces of commercial litigation.”

Client service: “A well-run chambers, with good clerks and other excellent administration staff.” “The clerks are responsive, and give clear and sensible costs estimates on all matters.” Lizzy Stewart is the senior clerk and CEO.

SILKS

Justin Fenwick QC
Strengths: "A robust advocate and fearless cross-examiner with excellent all-round judgement." "He can think on his feet and he's an excellent strategic thinker."
Recent work: Instructed for the defendants in Apex v Prince Abdulaziz and Global Torch, a high-value dispute concerning alleged fraudulent conduct by a Middle Eastern telecoms business.

Ben Elkington QC
Strengths: "He's a bright, thorough and user-friendly QC, who offers calm and incisive advocacy." "Excellent, responsive and commercial."
Recent work: Represented the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime in a Commercial Court action worth over £50 million, brought by Mitsui under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886.

Graham Chapman QC
Strengths: "He's energetic, very easy to work with and very experienced in commercial disputes." "Always thinks about ways to get the other side's attention."
Recent work: Acted for Viva Telecom, defending claims brought by LIC Telecommunications SARL that Viva Telecomm and other defendants had allegedly participated in a conspiracy to deprive the claimant of its shareholding in a large Bulgarian telecommunications group.

JUNIORS

George Spalton
Strengths: "He's very good with clients, and he really stands out for his commercial approach."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of JDT Greenall in relation to a £12 million claim by Mavuli Caboose Establishment involving complex choice of law and inter-party relationship matters.

Daniel Saoul
Strengths: "He's taken on leaders confidently and effectively, and he doesn't seem to be frightened of anything or anybody." "He's very patient and composed when on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for Kazakhstan Kagazy and other companies based in Kazakhstan in a USD250 million fraud claim against former directors and shareholders who had allegedly siphoned off monies.

Can Yeginsu
Strengths: "He's very user-friendly and meticulous." "As an advocate, he's very confident due to his awareness of his own intellectual abilities."
Recent work: Acted in a Commercial Court claim of over £40 million brought by two leading asset management figures against another for alleged conspiracy to damage their business.

Matthew Bradley
Strengths: "Very responsive and proactive, and someone who makes really strenuous efforts to make himself available." "Gives thorough and pragmatic advice on complex commercial disputes."
Recent work: Successfully represented 837 claimant passengers in a test claims trial against a Turkish airline. The claimants were seeking damages for the airline’s failure to fly them.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

XXIV Old Buildings is a seasoned player in complex, high-profile commercial disputes across the globe. A chancery set of great standing, it proves particularly effective in offshore jurisdictions and has members who are regularly called upon to act in international arbitrations. Trusts, insolvency and fraud cases matters feature heavily in the caseload of the set, but members also demonstrate strength in areas such as partnership, travel and aviation. Professional negligence work is a further notable interest of the chambers. Sample recent cases handled include the Carlyle litigation and the shareholder claim against Lloyds for damage suffered in consequence of its takeover of HBOS in 2008 during the banking crisis. Members were also involved in Res Cogitans, an international sale of goods use described as the ‘biggest shipping law imbroglio so far this century’.

Client service: "The set has responsive, sensible clerks with whom you can have a straightforward, sensible conversation." "They are extremely responsive and very helpful." Sue Medder is the chambers director.

SILKS

Alan Steinfeld QC
Strengths: "Extremely intelligent and knowledgeable, while also practical and commercial." "Gives solicitors and clients a concise and frank opinion on any matter brought before him."
Recent work: Acted for Lloyds' shareholders in suing Lloyds and its directors for damage suffered as a consequence of the bank's takeover of HBOS in 2008.

Stephen Cogley QC
Strengths: "Extremely commercial and speaks the client's language. He's a robust advocate who thinks outside the box." "Gives clients no fluff."
Recent work: Instructed in Monde Petroleum SA v Westernzagros, which concerned a fraudulent attempt to appropriate the claimant's 3% share in an oil field in Kurdistan.

Robert Levy QC
Strengths: "Provides pragmatic and commercial advice, and is particularly good on offshore disputes." "He is extremely helpful and always willing to go the extra mile for the client."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidators of Caledonian Insurance in Cayman Islands proceedings relating to the treatment and distribution of trust assets held by the insolvent company.

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC
Strengths: "Gives clear and robust advice in consultation, and is a formidable advocate." "She has a good command of the court and the judges, and is a strong character in the courtroom."
Recent work: Represented the trustees of Boris Berezovsky's insolvent estate in a proprietary claim brought by his partner, Ms Gorbunova, for the entirety of his assets.

Stephen Moverley Smith QC
Strengths: "Good at identifying the key strategic arguments and managing cases to ensure the best outcome is achieved." "He knows the offshore courts very well."
Recent work: Acted for Goldas defending a USD500 million claim by the French bank Société Générale in relation to gold bullion consignments.

Philip Shepherd QC
Strengths: "Very approachable, down-to-earth and a man with an incisive mind." "A complete gentleman who is focused, precise and persuasive."
Recent work: Instructed in Ardila v ENRC, a claim brought under an agreement for the sale of shares in a Brazilian mine.

Steven Thompson QC
Strengths: "Hands-on, creative and absolutely no-nonsense." "A punchy advocate with expertise in cross-border work, he's great to work with."
Recent work: Acted in Barnett v Creggy, appearing for claimants who sought to recover money paid to their solicitor and agent.

JUNIORS

Edward Cumming
Strengths: "Ferociously hard-working and a delight to deal with, he's clever, energetic and good at quickly getting to the nub of the problem." "Pragmatic and very good with clients."
Recent work: Acted for the Libyan Investment Authority in its high-value claim against Goldman Sachs alleging that undue influence had been exerted by Goldman Sachs to procure LIA to enter into derivative investments valued at USD1.2 billion.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A set with particular flair in the fields of construction, shipping, insurance and energy, but one that is well capable of tackling wider commercial litigation of the highest calibre. Barristers from this set often act for and against financial institutions, and are regularly instructed as an alternative to the 'magic circle' of barristers' sets. A recent example of the set's commercial capabilities came in the USD53 million case of Millennium v Citigroup, in which the liquidators of a defaulting hedge fund brought allegations that the prices at which the bank had closed its open derivative positions breached obligations and were commercially unreasonable. Members were also involved in Fortress v BNP Paribas, the ‘Goldenbelt’ litigation’, concerning a USD650 million Islamic finance transaction.

Client service: “All the clerks are efficient in their communication, clear in their fee estimates and fully apprised of the need to act in unison with instructing solicitors in order to provide seamless client service.” Stewart Gibbs and Carl Wall are the joint senior clerks.

SILKS

Alexander Gunning QC
Strengths: "Highly intelligent, a very skilled advocate and part of the team." "Combines the best qualities of a formidable advocate with accessibility, goodwill and a readiness to assist."
Recent work: Instructed in a high-value British Virgin Islands case between a hedge fund and the fund's administrator. The matter concerned a USD6 billion Madoff feeder fund.

Michael Douglas QC
Strengths: "A great advocate with a talent for getting the judge on side." "He's very user-friendly, very commercial, and he gives an opinion instead of sitting on the fence."
Recent work: Instructed in an arbitration between an international business and IT enterprise and a Middle Eastern agent, which involved the termination of an agency agreement.

Nigel Tozzi QC
Strengths: "A brilliant client and judge-friendly advocate, who is charming, hugely intelligent and always impeccably prepared." "He's excellent, and a man of great energy who has an insightful mind."
Recent work: Instructed in Millennium v Citigroup, a claim brought by the liquidators of Millenium alleging that Citigroup closed out Millennium's open derivative positions at commercially unreasonable prices and in breach of its obligations under an ISDA 2002 Master Agreement.

Benjamin Pilling QC
Strengths: "He has an obvious command of the legal issues, and he's more than willing to get stuck in." "His advice is crisp, clear and impeccably reasoned."
Recent work: Instructed by the insurers of licensed conveyancers in the high-profile Chancery Division case of Rees v Walter Saunders, which arose out of an audacious property fraud.

JUNIORS

Alexander Wright
Strengths: "Incredibly bright, commercial and approachable. Alex swiftly gets to grips with the key issues and provides pragmatic, commercial advice."
Recent work: Acted for ICBC Leasing in a claim against CG Commercial Finance, the leasing subsidiary of China's largest bank, for misuse of confidential information.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Barristers from Quadrant Chambers are regulars in the Commercial Court, Chancery Division, and Technology and Construction Court among others, and are particularly proficient at tackling international disputes including conflicts of law cases. The set receives instruction from leading commercial law firms, and is particularly noted for its shipping and energy practices. Notable recent work includes Caterpillar NI v John Holt & Co, the leading case on Retention of Title clauses and Sale of Goods. Peers remark that “the set has a good range of work, is well balanced and has people who do the job very well.”

Client service: “They're very easy to deal with, and they understand the client's and the solicitor's needs well.” “The clerks are responsive and commercial when it comes to bills and cost estimates.” Simon Slattery and Gary Ventura are the senior clerks.

SILKS

Simon Rainey QC
Strengths: "A delight to work with, he's authoritative and someone whom the tribunal will listen to." "He has a very good, polished style of advocacy and is very persuasive."
Recent work: Defended Sumitomo in a USD250 million claim by rival Idemitsu, arising from a share sale and purchase agreement related to Sumitomo's shareholding in Petro Summit.

Robert-Jan Temmink QC
Strengths: "An extremely good advocate, who is very good at dealing with difficult situations and anxious clients. His written work is very strong and he brings clarity to cases. "He gets up to speed with cases quickly, is pleasant to work with, and is practical and focused."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Gee 7 Group Ltd and Others v Personal Group Ltd and Others, a dispute between commercial rivals over the misuse of confidential information.

JUNIORS

Yash Kulkarni
Strengths: "He has a great intellect and always seems to find a solution to every issue that's thrown at him." "Extremely user-friendly, and a great team player, who is quick to spot the issues in a case."
Recent work: Appeared in Abbot Investments v Nestoil, acting for defendant guarantor who was seeking to resist a claim for USD2 million payment under guarantee.

Jeremy Richmond
Strengths: "Very good tactically, very realistic and very client-friendly." "He gives excellent commercial, pragmatic advice and has a winning client manner."
Recent work: Helped PST Energy 7 Shipping to appeal a decision that they were not relieved of paying for marine fuel bunkers supplied under contract by now insolvent OW Bunker Malta.

Liisa Lahti
Strengths: "Proactive, very responsive and someone whose legal analysis is very good." "Grasps the issues, has a good handle across the piece and is good at suggesting routes forward."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of numerous companies, bringing claims against the Bank of Scotland in relation to Libor manipulation.

Paul Downes QC
Strengths: "He never goes cold on you, but instead sticks to his advice in a way that makes your life as a solicitor so much easier." "He's a fearless advocate who pulls no punches."
Recent work: Acted in Palmerston v Brocket Hall, an arbitration relating to the management of a leading UK golf club and hospitality venue.

Emily Saunderson
Strengths: "Emily is a very solid junior, who is very conscientious and careful." "She is diligent and committed."
Recent work: Defended TRW Lucas Varity Electric Steering in Globe Motors' EUR20 million damages claim relating to the alleged breach of an exclusive supply agreement.

Stewart Chirnside
Strengths: "Helpful and proactive, he's very well prepared and a strong advocate." "He does not take long to come to considered views, which invariably prove accurate."
Recent work: Defended IBRC Asset Finance in a claim worth £150 million, citing a breach of facility agreement which allegedly caused a high-value West End hotel redevelopment to fail.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

South Square is a set with impressive experience in large-scale and high-profile commercial trial proceedings in both the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court, which is particularly noted for its insolvency and banking expertise. A wide variety of solicitors turn to it, including market-leading City firms, members of the magic circle among them. Numerous South Square Barristers have recently acted in the Lehman Waterfall proceedings, a series of trials reaching the Supreme Court, intended to clarify the distribution of a £7 billion surplus resulting from the administration of Lehman Brothers. They have further had involvement in other cases of note, such as Ecclestone and Bambino Holdings v Bayerische Landesbank, and the two £1 billion-plus claims in the Commercial Court for conspiracy brought by the Tchenguiz brothers against Grant Thornton. One instructing solicitor described the set as being comprised of "a cohort of clever barristers, offering good service and a cohesive approach."

Client service: "The clerks are a pleasure to deal with as they are modern, practical and forward-thinking." "They are intereseted in building a relationship, and they're understanding of our pressures." Mike Killick and Dylan Playfoot are the senior practice managers.

SILKS

Antony Zacaroli QC
Strengths: "Produces clear, impressive written work, and advocacy of the highest standard." "A strong team player who's happy to take contributions from people at all levels."
Recent work: Instructed in Jingpeng v Peak Hotels, an appeal against the dismissal of a winding-up petition and removal of provisional liquidators of a BVI company, which considered the interplay between arbitration and winding-up.

Robin Dicker QC
Strengths: "He has a super-intellect and is a very smooth advocate."

David Allison QC
Strengths: "He's commercial, he doesn't get bogged down, and he cuts to the heart of a case quickly." "Extremely clear, gives good, robust advice and has a very nice manner with the client."
Recent work: Acted for ING in defence of a claim brought by OCBC arising from the USD1 billion sale of ING’s South Asia banking operations.

Tom Smith QC
Strengths: "Always responsive despite a busy workload, and takes a straightforward, commercial approach." "Adopts a down-to-earth style both in his advocacy and his written work."
Recent work: Acted for GSO Capital Partners in its multimillion-pound claim against Barclays Bank, arising from debt trades undertaken in respect of Codere, a Spanish gaming company.

Jeremy Goldring QC
Strengths: "Very clever in a most understated way. He's modest, thorough in his approach and very impressive on his feet." "The quality of his writing means you feel the battle is over before you even sit down."
Recent work: Acted for Kaupthing and a liquidator in Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, a high-profile and long-running Commercial Court case arising out of an SFO investigation.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

“A lean and perfectly formed” chancery set offering “good quality across the board” that boasts members who have had a role in a number of significant disputes in both the Commercial and Chancery courts. Individuals here are happy handling all commercial contract cases, and are particularly noteworthy for their work in relation to oil and gas law. Recently they have been occupied with such matters as Re Glenn Maud, a key case concerning the competition between Maud and Tchenguiz for control of Santander's EUR3 billion Madrid headquarters. Other salient matters include Bank Mellat v HM Treasury, Ecclestone and Bambino Holdings v Bayerische Landesbank, and Sharp v Blank, a case concerning the merger of Lloyds Bank with HBOS. In this last case, 6,000 of Lloyds Bank’s investors claim that Lloyds bosses kept them in the dark over the state of HBOS's finances when the merger was going through.

Client service: “An excellent clerking team that is responsive and commercial. The clerks have have made some terrific recommendations over the years.” “We get good service and they deal with wrinkles well.” David Goddard is the senior clerk.

SILKS

Jonathan Crow QC
Strengths: "Down-to-earth, easy to work with, energetic and really thinks through problems. He has a sixth sense in terms of reading the judges." "Authoritative and fast-thinking."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of Victor Pinchuk, a well-known Ukrainian billionaire, in his USD2 billion fraud claim against fellow Ukrainian businessmen, Igor Kolomoisky and Gennadiy Bogolyubov.

Robert Miles QC
Strengths: "Combines fantastic technical ability, strategic judgement and user-friendliness with powerful and incisive advocacy." "Can make very complex legal matters look simple."
Recent work: Acted for Dr Michael Lynch in Hewlett Packard's claim for over USD5 billion in damages against him in relation to his role as former CEO of Autonomy Corporation.

John Brisby QC
Strengths: "Pursues his client's case with vigour and thinks deeply about cases." "His cross-examination is of the highest order - it's a delight to watch him dismantle a witness."
Recent work: Acted for an Abu Dhabi investment vehicle in proceedings arising out of the bankruptcy of property investor Glenn Maud. The case involves rival bids by Mr Maud and the petitioners for the purchase of the Santander headquarters in Madrid, valued at over EUR3 billion.

Richard Hill QC
Strengths: "Richard is very approachable, incredibly hard-working and exceptionally good at litigation strategy and reading the other side's moves." "He sees the bigger picture."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in Al Khorafi v Bank Sarasin-Alpen (ME) Limited and others, a case involving investment product mis-selling in several jurisdictions.

George Bompas QC
Strengths: "His real forte is his ability to assimilate large amounts of information and produce very skilful arguments." "In court, you can see that the judges really respect him."
Recent work: Acted for Dobrovinsky & Partners LLP and other defendants in multimillion-dollar claims brought by Russian oligarch Sergei Polonsky, arising from the sale of Potok Group.

JUNIORS

Gregory Denton-Cox
Strengths: "Displays great legal awareness and maturity. He has a very good drafting style, and his pleasant and easy-going personality make him a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for defendant directors in a claim by the liquidators of Carlyle Capital Corporation regarding liquidation of an investment vehicle during the 2008 financial crisis.

Alexander Cook
Strengths: "A very able advocate, who is approachable, adaptable and someone who exercises good judgement." "Meticulous and able to absorb complex facts and issues quickly."
Recent work: Represented Peak Hotels and Resorts in a very high-profile shareholder battle for control of Aman Resorts, a group of ultra-luxury hotels worth around USD358 million.

Sharif Shivji
Strengths: "Good at approaching the client's issues in a commercial manner and thinking of creative solutions." "A thoughtful strategist."
Recent work: Acted for Stephen Akers, liquidator of BVI companies, in claiming damages in excess of EUR500 million for Deutsche Bank's sale of highly toxic derivative instruments.

Andrew de Mestre
Strengths: "An impressive advocate." "A really broad-based barrister with deep experience of all sorts of cases, who's actually seen it and done it all already in many instances."
Recent work: Acted for Singularis Holdings, a Cayman entity in liquidation, seeking to recover USD204 million which it claims was wrongly paid away by the defendant, a Japanese broker.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Wilberforce Chambers has diverse commercial litigation capabilities and handles a wide range of work geographically, appearing in such places as Singapore, Hong Kong, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. It tackles all manner of commercial work, and is particularly strong on civil fraud matters, international energy transmission cases and disputes concerning hedge funds and private equity houses. One example of its recent work is the Supreme Court appellate case of Cavendish Square Holdings v Makdessi, which has become an authority case on the doctrine of contractual penalties. The set has also been involved in Mark Holyoake v the Candy Brothers, and National Bank Trust v Ilya Yurov, a case wherein the new owners of Russia’s National Bank Trust are suing the former shareholders for USD830 million in damages relating to the bank’s collapse in 2014. Those that instruct it say that it is “a set brimming with very talented and very helpful counsel.”

Client service: “The clerking is very smooth and seamless, and there are rarely any issues on fees.” “Very good and responsive, they're facilitative and respond out of hours when necessary.” Mark Rushton is the head clerk.

SILKS

Max Mallin QC
Strengths: "Very intelligent, always on the ball and a tactical whiz. His skills in the courtroom are a wonder to behold." "His ability to see the kernel of an issue is second to none."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in HTV v ITV2. HTV was awarded about £4 million in damages for breach of a TV production agreement following a three-week trial.

Alan Gourgey QC
Strengths: "Has the sort of intellectual agility that means he can think very quickly on his feet." "He's tough and brave, and willing to explore difficult avenues of argument."
Recent work: Acted in Caliendo v Mishcon de Reya, a bitterly fought claim by the world-renowned football agent, Antonio Caliendo against Mishcon alleging that the former partner, Kevin Steele (a convicted fraudster) had mishandled the terms of the QPR buy-out by Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone.

Ian Croxford QC
Strengths: "An excellent silk, who's quick to grasp the points in a case, very good with clients and peerless in court." "He's a first-class trial lawyer with excellent judgement."

Terence Mowschenson QC
Strengths: "Fantastic judgement, absolutely brilliant in court, and a lawyer who exudes extraordinary authority." "He's able to cut through things quickly and come up with clever arguments."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidator of Wardour Trading in bringing a fraudulent trading claim against Russians who had allegedly caused the company to incur liabilities of USD50 million.

John Wardell QC
Strengths: "He takes a very thorough approach to the case and is strong on strategy." "He's a tactical thinker whose cross-examination technique is a pleasure to witness."
Recent work: Represented PCP-LLP in claiming over £700 million in compensation for deceit against Barclays Bank.

JUNIORS

James Walmsley
Strengths: "Cuts through all the issues, makes things really clear and gives the tribunal a roadmap." "He's good at balancing academic attention to detail with a keen commercial understanding."
Recent work: Acted for Nokia in a private equity house's Commercial Court USD100 million claim for breach of warranty in relation to the sale of luxury phone business Vertu.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Erskine is well versed in tackling corporate, commercial and financial disputes in both the Commercial Court and Chancery Division, as well as international arbitrations across a range of foreign jurisdictions. Typical instructions have included everything from injunctions and interim relief to shareholder and joint venture disputes. High-profile work recently undertaken by this set includes the Supreme Court fraud case of JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov, which has run since 2009. Other cases of note include BAT Industries v Sequana, an USD800 million commercial claim, and the USD4 billion HP/Autonomy v Lynch.

Client service: "The clerks are very co-ordinated with the courts and the Chancery Division, which is a real benefit and makes things a lot easier." Chris Reade and Mark Swallow are the senior clerks.

SILKS

Stephen Smith QC
Strengths: "An excellent and highly effective advocate, who undoubtedly has the ear of the court." "He comes across as very secure in terms of knowledge of his subject matter."
Recent work: Led a team acting for the claimant, JSC Mezhprombank, in proceedings against former Russian oligarch Pugachev relating to the liquidation of a major bank in Russia.

James Potts QC
Strengths: "Decisive, charismatic, persuasive, and someone who is able to process huge amounts of information quickly." "He's a very robust advocate and a brilliantly prepared cross-examiner."
Recent work: Acted for the director of an insolvent company with regard to a misfeasance claim valued at over £20 million arising out of distributions made by the company.

David Chivers QC
Strengths: "For a true minority protection dispute, he is just unbelievable." "He's got a lovely, calm manner, he's very clever and he's a really good advocate."

Andrew Thompson QC
Strengths: "Very thorough, and lives and breathes corporate disputes." "He's responsive and highly approachable."
Recent work: Acted for defendants in a claim by Interactive Technology Corporation alleging fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.

JUNIORS

Tim Akkouh
Strengths: "Seriously talented and very approachable, he'll give you his time, and always provides useful input and advice on decisions." "He's a QC in the making, who is fiercely intelligent and easy to deal with."
Recent work: Acted as principal junior for claimants BTA Bank in the largest fraud case to run in the English courts. The case saw the development of the law of unlawful means conspiracy.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Hardwicke boasts a solid and growing commercial practice, and is increasing its presence in the international CDR market. Unlike its more celebrated rivals at the Commercial Bar, it does not routinely feature in the biggest and most eye-wateringly valuable cases, but does, however, receive a steady flow of middle market work. As an example, members of the set recently provided counsel in the matter of Greenbrier v Ebreez and Watts and Others, a cross-border dispute of significant value, which concerned worldwide freezing orders, private international law and conflicts of law. Sources observe that "the chambers is ambitious, cohesive and collegiate, and works hard to provide a sophisticated service."

Client service: "They come up with solutions that suit the clients, they're customer-focused and always very friendly." "The clerks are always good at getting back to you and highly efficient." Deborah Anderson is the practice director.

SILKS

Nigel Jones QC
Strengths: "An outstanding commercial and legal strategist, who is charming but with a backbone of steel." "Nigel is an excellent advocate with good tactical and strategic sense."
Recent work: Acted for Greenbrier against Ebreez's directors in a matter spanning England and Saudi Arabia. The case involved conflicts of law issues and worldwide freezing orders.

PJ Kirby QC
Strengths: "A calming influence, who is very confident and presents extremely well; he absolutely wiped the floor with the other side." "Thorough, and great with clients, and a real team player."
Recent work: Defended one of the members of Jas Financial Products LLP in a claim for costs following the dismissal of the LLP's claim at trial in the Commercial Court.

JUNIORS

Emily Betts
Strengths: "A persuasive advocate with a sharp eye for detail, who is able to get judges on her side quickly." "Very personable. Her paperwork is excellent and she's very good on her feet."
Recent work: Acted for Roadchef Employee Benefits Trust in a dispute concerning the illegal transfer of shares from the employee share scheme to a former managing director.

David Lewis
Strengths: "He is very bright, highly proactive and really on your side. He will be objective in his advice, and you feel he is looking for solutions and ways to maximise the client's position." "He's extremely bright and easy to work with."
Recent work: Acted for businessman John Kent in a case concerning duress, undue influence, misrepresentation and breach of contract claims against an Abu Dhabi royal family member.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Littleton Chambers has an impressive team of dedicated commercial litigation barristers who tackle mid to high-value and legally significant matters, including shareholder disputes, civil fraud cases and banking litigation. It has a particular strength in handling interim relief matters. Members of this chambers are called upon by a number of prestigious clients, including financial institutions, leading international corporations and government organisations. They have recently handled such matters as Hockin v RBS, which represented a significant victory for claimants seeking to bring claims based on the conduct of RBS’s GRG group, and the Supreme Court insolvency case of D&D Wines International. Solicitors say: "The chambers has a good commercial reputation and represents value for money."

Client service: "User-friendly, well organised and easy to work with." "Littleton is great at pushing its juniors and building a partnership with lawyers." Jason Drakeford is the senior clerk.

SILKS

Jonathan Cohen QC
Strengths: "A truly outstanding advocate and an absolute master in the courtroom; his cross-examination skills are superb." "Reacts brilliantly to moving situations and really knows his stuff."
Recent work: Acted for property developer David Miller, who accused fellow developer Peter Farrar of breaching a joint venture agreement to develop land in outer London.

Charles Samek QC
Strengths: "A superb advocate with razor-sharp recall, who fights tirelessly and reads the tribunal well." "He's fantastically hands-on, and a very user-friendly and talented advocate."
Recent work: Instructed for the claimant in St Vincent General Partner v Robinson et al; claims for conspiracy and breach of duty arising out of a land development scheme in Poland.

JUNIORS

David Lascelles
Strengths: "Hard-working, thorough, excellent to work with, and a lawyer with a good eye for detail. His IT skills are a bonus." "Very hands-on, and he always provides clear and commercial advice."
Recent work: Acted for Samir Arab in bringing commercial fraud claims for USD30 million against Merchantbridge and others. The case related to an extremely valuable Iraqi mobile phone licence.

Adam Solomon
Strengths: "Persuasive on his feet, he never shies away from problems, and takes a positive, upbeat attitude." "Has great drive, is determined to win and has a huge capacity for work."
Recent work: Successfully defended Lola's Kitchen trading as Lola's Cupcakes, against claims brought by Honeyrose Bakery.

James McWilliams
Strengths: "Incredibly user-friendly, thoughtful and forensic in his approach to commercial disputes." "In terms of call, he is beyond his years in the way he presents his advice."
Recent work: Acted for Cyprus Popular Bank in bringing claims against Andreas Vgenopoulos and others. The case arose out of the collapse of Cyprus's second largest bank.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

2TG - 2 Temple Gardens

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

2TG has a concentrated commercial litigation offering that caters to a number of leading City solicitors, magic circle firms among them. It may not have the manpower of some of its larger commercial rivals, but it still manages to involve itself in its fair share of interesting, sometimes high-profile, work. By way of example, it acted in Palmerston v Brocket Hall (a highly publicised dispute relating to Brocket Hall Golf club), RSA v Mayor’s Office (a Supreme Court case arising out of major loss as a result of the London 2011 riots), and Novoship (a major Russian Russian fraud case). One solicitor stated: “2TG is a sound choice for high-value, complex litigation and anything requiring urgent injunctive relief.”

Client service: “A very friendly set intent on delivering a great service to professional and lay clients, and one that is also up to date in its business practices.” “The clerks are first-rate in terms of their responsiveness and willingness to assist.” Lee Tyler is the senior clerk.

SILKS

Charles Dougherty QC
Strengths: "My first port of call for anything jurisdiction-related, and someone whose succinct approach to pleadings and submissions is valued." "An effective, reasonable but firm negotiator."
Recent work: Acted for British American Tobacco in a hard-fought claim brought by French tobacco distributor PHP Trading for alleged breach of a Caribbean distribution agreement.

JUNIORS

Christopher Lundie
Strengths: "He's always on top of the facts and the law, and he's an excellent technical lawyer for complex matters, whose also very commercial." "Determined and ambitious."
Recent work: Acted in an £8 million claim by Shangdong Yongtai Group for breach of warranty. The case concerned the sale of Covpress International Holdings.

^ Return to Top

Star Individuals

Jonathan Gaisman QC

7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Gaisman QC
Strengths: "Suitable for the largest high-stakes cases, he definitely commands respect from the court, and he's the one who the court listens to." "He's an incredible advocate."
Recent work: Instructed by the Russian Federation to resist enforcement proceedings relating to three arbitral awards granted against Russia for its politically motivated destruction of Yukos Universal.

^ Return to Top

Star Individuals

Anthony Grabiner QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anthony Grabiner QC
Strengths: "He has invaluable insight into tactical issues, and a great ability to know what arguments will appeal to the court." "Couples unrivalled courtroom presence with outstanding ability."
Recent work: Acted for Saudi Arabia's Prince Abdul Aziz Fahd Bin Abdul Aziz, who allegedly made an oral agreement with Ms Harb to provide £12 million and two properties in Chelsea.

^ Return to Top

Star Individuals

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Howard QC
Strengths: "He gives clever, shrewd and realistic advice, and above all he excels in cross-examination." "He combines an astute legal mind with an eye for strategy."
Recent work: Successfully defended Citibank in a dispute concerning warranties given on the sale of music company EMI to Terra Firma.

^ Return to Top

Star Individuals

Laurence Rabinowitz QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Laurence Rabinowitz QC
Strengths: "The consummate business trial lawyer, who is remarkable when examining witnesses, excellent in his oral and written submissions, and great at dealing with clients." "He has a wonderful way with people."
Recent work: Acted for Hewlett Packard in a USD5 billion accounting fraud lawsuit against Lynch and Hussain, former executives of Autonomy, the British software firm it acquired in 2011.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Michael Brindle QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Brindle QC
Strengths: "A man of near unparalleled experience who loves knotty points of law and gets straight to the heart of a problem very quickly." "A commanding court presence."
Recent work: Acted as lead counsel in a claim by a substantial investor against Bank Sarasin, a leading Swiss private bank working in the Middle East. The case was heard in the DIFC Courts.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Christopher Butcher QC

7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Butcher QC
Strengths: "Has a very commercial approach, is very good at anticipating potential difficulties, and provides spot-on advice." "Highly strategic and a barrister with a sharp intellect."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent in the Court of Appeal case of Ferster v Ferster, which concerned the making of threats under cover of without prejudice correspondence.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Crane QC
Strengths: "A senior silk, who is fantastic in the appeal courts. He's very smooth, and his submissions are always very nicely pitched and well judged."
Recent work: Instructed for the respondents in Mitsui Sumitomo (Europe) & Others v Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, a Supreme Court case involving property destruction during the 2011 London riots. The case concerned the scope of 1886 Riot Damages Act and whether consequential loss is recoverable in claims for damage to commercial property.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

4 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Crow QC
Strengths: "Down-to-earth, easy to work with, energetic and really thinks through problems. He has a sixth sense in terms of reading the judges." "Authoritative and fast-thinking."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of Victor Pinchuk, a well-known Ukrainian billionaire, in his USD2 billion fraud claim against fellow Ukrainian businessmen, Igor Kolomoisky and Gennadiy Bogolyubov.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Helen Davies QC
Strengths: "She's able to immediately perceive the various different factors at play, and then calculate and provide thoughtful answers." "Very effective and impressive in a low-key way."
Recent work: Acted for Lloyds Banking Group defending a claim for damages brought by a minority of shareholders alleging that its directors negligently failed to reveal and misrepresented the true financial position of HBOS prior to its acquisition by Lloyds Banking Group in 2008.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Vernon Flynn QC
Strengths: "A superb advocate who presents cases in a clear and authoritative manner, and is very client-friendly." "A good team player who communicates well with judges."
Recent work: Acted for Taaleem in a USD100 million dispute against National Bonds Corporation, which concerned a property transaction involving breach of trust allegations.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Foxton QC
Strengths: "His intellect is formidable and his manner is very client-friendly." "He has the complete respect of judges, and combines being very clever with being very charming."
Recent work: Defended Sequana against BAT's claim for recovery of over USD800 million in dividends paid from the company.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Clive Freedman QC

7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Clive Freedman QC
Strengths: "A huge brain on legs, who works incredibly hard and has got the most amazing attention to detail. He is capable of memorising a brief and his legal arguments are sensational. He comes up with points that mere mortals wouldn't think of."
Recent work: Acted for Sebry in a high-value claim against Companies House regarding its entry on the defendant's register mistakenly stating that the business was in liquidation.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Girolami QC
Strengths: "He's very good with banks; he gets where they are at and they like him." "Indisputably one of the leading choices for difficult corporate disputes at the London Bar."
Recent work: Acted in Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Hapgood QC
Strengths: "He provides practical, commercial and strategic advice, and is a very persuasive advocate." "He's very commercial, devastating on his feet and great with clients."
Recent work: Represented Samba Financial Group in a Supreme Court case concerning the issue of whether a trust can create property rights in foreign assets not recognised by the local law.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Charles Hollander QC

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Hollander QC
Strengths: "He's candid on the prospects of a case, not overly cautious, and he doesn't beat around the bush." "He is an acknowledged expert on documentary evidence."
Recent work: Represented Perkins, a subsidiary of Caterpillar, in a dispute with Ilkerler, which arose from the termination of a Turkish distributorship agreement.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tim Lord QC
Strengths: "Has a very good grasp of litigation and commercial tactics, and is a particularly skilled and intrepid advocate." "Quick to grasp issues and identify the most salient points."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in Holyoake v Candy, a high-profile dispute alleging conspiracy, fraud, threats and intimidation in relation to a London property development venture.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Kenneth MacLean QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kenneth MacLean QC
Strengths: "Really lasered in on witnesses' different areas of weakness, and had thought carefully about how to expose them." "Has firm and well-reasoned views, and gives clear guidance."
Recent work: Acted for Cukurova Finance International in its seven-year, multibillion-dollar battle against Alfa Group. The case concerned control of Turkey's largest mobile phone company, Turkcell.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ali Malek QC
Strengths: "His advocacy style makes the way he presents a case especially credible." "He is very reassuring, easy to deal with, and has a sense of authority."
Recent work: Advised Interbrew Central European Holdings in connection with a claim brought by funds managed by CVC relating to the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch’s Eastern and Central European drinks business.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

John McCaughran QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John McCaughran QC
Strengths: "Brilliant advocate who uses quiet but firm questioning to elicit the required answers." "Has a very good understanding of how a High Court judge will view a dispute."
Recent work: Acted for Providence Resources in relation to a dispute with Transocean Drilling UK arising from the provision of a drilling rig for Celtic Sea operations in 2011 and 2012.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

4 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert Miles QC
Strengths: "Combines fantastic technical ability, strategic judgement and user-friendliness with powerful and incisive advocacy." "Can make very complex legal matters look simple."
Recent work: Acted for Dr Michael Lynch in Hewlett Packard's claim for over USD5 billion in damages against him in relation to his role as former CEO of Autonomy Corporation.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Onslow QC
Strengths: "Very fast at cutting through issues and getting straight to the core of a case, he gets stuck in." "He's very clear in his advice and an impressive presence in court."
Recent work: Successfully defended Sotheby's against allegations of negligence in the assessment of a painting sold as a copy of Caravaggio's Cardsharps.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Railton QC
Strengths: "Wise and highly experienced advocate who lends immense intellectual heft and gravitas to any case he leads." "A master of cross-examination, who is calm and incisive."
Recent work: Acted for RBS and four of its former directors, in connection with claims against them by RBS shareholders. The case arose out of the £12 billion rights issue by RBS in 2008.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Stuart Ritchie QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stuart Ritchie QC
Strengths: "He has such a calm and persuasive manner on his feet." "Gets on top of the facts and produces high-quality paperwork; he makes his points incredibly well."
Recent work: Represented the defendant in enforcement proceedings brought by Dar al Arkan Real Estate Development and a Bahraini Bank, in connection with two Bahraini judgments, which the defendant alleges were procured by fraud.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Erskine Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Smith QC
Strengths: "An excellent and highly effective advocate, who undoubtedly has the ear of the court." "He comes across as very secure in terms of knowledge of his subject matter."
Recent work: Led a team acting for the claimant, JSC Mezhprombank, in proceedings against former Russian oligarch Pugachev relating to the liquidation of a major bank in Russia.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Joe Smouha QC
Strengths: "He can move between being bruising and erudite, and he knows when to go tough and when to go academic." "He's a good tactician who grasps complicated facts quickly."
Recent work: Acted for Barclays in claims regarding UniCredit's entitlement to be indemnified for over £300 million in tax liabilities which were incurred in a Profit Participating Securities Programme. 

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Bankim Thanki QC
Strengths: "He is very good at taking a hard case and making it so much easier." "Incredibly charming and pleasant, he has a very good bedside manner and he goes the extra mile in a case."
Recent work: Acted for Ukraine in a USD3 billion Eurobond claim brought by the Russian Federation.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sonia Tolaney QC
Strengths: "Sonia has an excellent way of presenting complex issues so they can be digested by judges, and she's very commercial." "Astonishingly tenacious, and fun to work with."
Recent work: Defended BNP Paribas in the first Islamic finance rights issue dispute to be determined in England. The case involved allegations against the Saad Group of Companies.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Daniel Toledano QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Daniel Toledano QC
Strengths: "Presented a view, took a sensible course and gave advice in a measured, precise way." "His ability to cut through and understand issues at the strategic level is excellent."
Recent work: Acted for Nigerian Agip Exploration defending a challenge brought by Camac International against a Second Partial Award made in NAE's favour under Sections 67 and 68 of the Arbitration Act as part of a dispute about company guarantees relating to the sale of interests and rights in two oil mining leases.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Wolfson QC
Strengths: "Excellent advocate with a compelling style, who is able to provide high-quality advice from both a legal and commercial perspective." "Immediately gets to the heart of complex disputes."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of Terra Firma in the fund’s multibillion-pound claim against Citibank, which arose out of the takeover of EMI.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Robert Anderson QC

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert Anderson QC
Strengths: "Fearless on his feet, he has quite a quiet and courteous manner, but he is very tough." "Has a great tactical mind combined with a smooth and effortless courtroom style."
Recent work: Acted for sovereign wealth fund Libyan Investment Authority in a USD2 billion Commercial Court claim involving allegations of bribery by a French bank in Gadaffi-era Libya.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Auld QC
Strengths: "A smooth, persuasive advocate who's good at cutting through knotty issues to get to the heart of things." "An amiable barrister well suited to dealing with complex disputes."
Recent work: Acted for Wingate in a claim against Lloyds Bank alleging that a settlement is void because the bank failed to tell Wingate of its involvement in Libor manipulation.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Adrian Beltrami QC

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adrian Beltrami QC
Strengths: "He is very responsive, he provides strategic advice, and he has a strong appreciation of the commercial sensitivities in a case." "His advocacy is first-rate; he always has the ear of the court."
Recent work: Acted for Société Générale with regard to the Libyan Investment Authority's £1.5 billion claim that investments made during the Gadaffi regime were procured by bribes of a third party.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Steven Berry QC
Strengths: "Very commercial, very bright, very quick and very easy to work with." "An outstanding, experienced silk with a pre-eminent reputation, who is responsive and charming."
Recent work: Acted for Libyan sovereign wealth investment vehicle FM Capital Partners in a claim against an ex-director and associates regarding events during the Libyan revolution.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alan Boyle QC
Strengths: "Gets straight to the heart of the matter, and has a razor-sharp intellect and a laser-like focus on his clients' interests." "He is a barrister of gravitas who produces persuasive advocacy."
Recent work: Acted for defendants in Kingate Global Fund Limited v Kingate Management Limited, a management fees claim based on erroneous calculations of net asset value. 

^ Return to Top

Band 2

4 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Brisby QC
Strengths: "Pursues his client's case with vigour and thinks deeply about cases." "His cross-examination is of the highest order - it's a delight to watch him dismantle a witness."
Recent work: Acted for an Abu Dhabi investment vehicle in proceedings arising out of the bankruptcy of property investor Glenn Maud. The case involves rival bids by Mr Maud and the petitioners for the purchase of the Santander headquarters in Madrid, valued at over EUR3 billion.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Neil Calver QC
Strengths: "Offers phenomenal attention to detail, meticulous preparation and excellent strategic insight. He has an easy manner and the ability to think on his feet."
Recent work: Represented a Russian oligarch in the Gibraltar Supreme Court in a case concerning alleged laundering of funds.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Alain Choo Choy QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alain Choo Choy QC
Strengths: "Phenomenally clever, he has a prodigious grasp of the facts, and is a delight to work with due to his responsiveness and quality analysis of a case." "A rigorous intellectual debater."
Recent work: Acted for UniCredit, Italy's largest investment bank, in a dispute against Barclays regarding its entitlement to indemnification by Barclays in respect of tax liabilities.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Anthony de Garr Robinson QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anthony de Garr Robinson QC
Strengths: "His legal expertise, eloquence and diligence stand out, and the quality of his work is simply superb." "Has a keen eye for detail, and is great at finding the pressure points."
Recent work: Acted for Société Générale with regard to the Libyan Investment Authority's claim for some USD2.1 billion. The case concerned a series of disputed trades and alleged bribery by intermediaries.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Quadrant Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Downes QC
Strengths: "He never goes cold on you, but instead sticks to his advice in a way that makes your life as a solicitor so much easier." "He's a fearless advocate who pulls no punches."
Recent work: Acted in Palmerston v Brocket Hall, an arbitration relating to the management of a leading UK golf club and hospitality venue.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Graham Dunning QC

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Graham Dunning QC
Strengths: "Extremely commercial in his approach, and able to get to the depths of the argument very quickly." "A first choice for difficult conflicts of law, he's a superb tactician and a great trial advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Mercuria in a large Commercial Court claim against Citibank, arising out of an obligated repo financing transaction in respect of allegedly missing metal in China.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

20 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Philip Edey QC
Strengths: "He's a hardcore litigator with an absolutely first-rate intellect, who's a great cross-examiner." "A true gentleman and a pleasure to spend time with."
Recent work: Served as joint leader of the counsel team for the Libyan Investment Authority, in its case against Goldman Sachs, which was one of the highest-value-and-profile High Court cases of 2016.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Justin Fenwick QC

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Justin Fenwick QC
Strengths: "A robust advocate and fearless cross-examiner with excellent all-round judgement." "He can think on his feet and he's an excellent strategic thinker."
Recent work: Instructed for the defendants in Apex v Prince Abdulaziz and Global Torch, a high-value dispute concerning alleged fraudulent conduct by a Middle Eastern telecoms business.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Patrick Goodall QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Patrick Goodall QC
Strengths: "He's not afraid to get into knotty points of detail, he truly understands the way City solicitors operate, and he's a clear and decisive advocate with a real court presence."
Recent work: Acted for one of the defendants in very high-profile proceedings between three Ukrainian oligarchs, Pinchuk, Bogolyubov and Kolomoisky. The case was valued at USD2 billion.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alan Gourgey QC
Strengths: "Has the sort of intellectual agility that means he can think very quickly on his feet." "He's tough and brave, and willing to explore difficult avenues of argument."
Recent work: Acted in Caliendo v Mishcon de Reya, a bitterly fought claim by the world-renowned football agent, Antonio Caliendo against Mishcon alleging that the former partner, Kevin Steele (a convicted fraudster) had mishandled the terms of the QPR buy-out by Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Green QC
Strengths: "Andrew Green QC is very experienced, commercially minded and excellent advocate." "A clear, confident advocate, who is good on jurisdiction matters."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant, Crown Bidco, in a substantial Commercial Court dispute concerning the sale by Nokia of the Vertu luxury mobile phones business.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Richard Handyside QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Handyside QC
Strengths: "Clients highly respect him, and his advice is always technically excellent and user-friendly." "His advocacy is really considered and he never argues anything unless he's sure it's right."
Recent work: Instructed by Pirelli to challenge jurisdiction in respect of third-party proceedings brought against it by the Prysmian group of companies, which was being sued for damages by National Grid in connection with alleged cartel activity.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Richard G Hill QC

4 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Hill QC
Strengths: "Richard is very approachable, incredibly hard-working and exceptionally good at litigation strategy and reading the other side's moves." "He sees the bigger picture."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in Al Khorafi v Bank Sarasin-Alpen (ME) Limited and others, a case involving investment product mis-selling in several jurisdictions.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Hunter QC
Strengths: "Deploys all his intellect with a gentle charm and a degree of humour." "He is very good at cutting through the weeds and persuading the judge of our points."
Recent work: Led the defence of AIG group companies against a £100 million claim by multiple former banker employees for sums under a deferred compensation scheme.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Philip Jones QC
Strengths: "An outstanding choice for trusts litigation." "He's got one of the calmest, most measured manners in court, and is a good team worker."
Recent work: Defended Conran Holdings against a claim by a non-family shareholder and ex chief executive for £3 million, which hinged on commercial terms agreed in 1995 and 1998.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Neil Kitchener QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Neil Kitchener QC
Strengths: "Has outstanding tactical and advocacy skills, and is seen by clients as a passionate representative who is always willing to fight their corner." "A tenacious and fearless fighter."
Recent work: Acted in a claim for damages arising out of the alleged unlawful downloading and retention of Marathon Asset Management’s business information by former employees.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Philip Marshall QC

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Philip Marshall QC
Strengths: "One of the cleverest barristers, he is a very good advocate who is fantastically aggressive in court in a good way." "Assertive and an asset to any litigation team."
Recent work: Represented the defendant in Avonwick v Shlosberg, a USD100 million claim for conspiracy to defraud creditors and to set aside preferences. The case also raised an important issue of legal professional privilege, which was referred to the Court of Appeal.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Duncan Matthews QC

20 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Duncan Matthews QC
Strengths: "The Plato of the Commercial Bar, at once a dynamic orator and a considered thinker." "Very careful and very authoritative, he just lets the facts speak for themselves."
Recent work: Acted for OMV Petrom in a fraud claim against Glencore, alleging that the latter delivered blended crude oil in lieu of costlier grades the former had contracted for in the 90s.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul McGrath QC
Strengths: "Knows the law and is creative in his thought processes." "Cuts quickly to the heart of issues, and has a very impressive and compelling court presence."
Recent work: Acted in Yukus Shareholders v Russian Federation, a high-profile case related to the destruction of one of the world's largest oil companies.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ewan McQuater QC
Strengths: "On his feet, he's an impressive advocate who carries great weight with the tribunal." "Tenacious and hard-working, he's good at complex cases and is very numerate."
Recent work: Defended property developers the Candy brothers in allegations of threat, duress and intimidation brought by their former business associate Mark Holyoake.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ian Mill QC
Strengths: "Focuses on both the detail and the bigger picture, and he is excellent on jurisdictional issues." "He's an intellectual bruiser, who is fun to work with and fantastic with clients."
Recent work: Defended Prince Abdul Aziz in claims for the existence of an oral agreement for financial aid, brought by an alleged former wife of the deceased King Fahd of Saudi Arabia.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Richard Millett QC

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Millett QC
Strengths: "Very user-friendly and responsive, he is willing to roll up his sleeves and get into the detail." "His written work is strong and he presents the key points in a very clear way."
Recent work: Acted for Alfa Telecom Turkey in a major dispute with Cukurova Telecom relating to the ownership and control of Turkey’s leading mobile phone operator, Turkcell.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Nash QC
Strengths: "Excellent on paper, very smooth in his advocacy, unflappable in court and a very quick thinker." "He is utterly calm and focused on the issues that really matter."
Recent work: Advised Renault Motorsports on issues surrounding the purchase of Lotus Formula 1 Racing Team, including the resolution of disputes with former sponsors.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Jeffery Onions QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jeffery Onions QC
Strengths: "Has formidable technical knowledge, and is a demon cross-examiner." "He rolls up his sleeves and gets completely stuck in."
Recent work: Acted for Network Rail in a case regarding the extent of its liability in negligence when 'road on rail' incidents damage Network Rail's property causing rail service delays.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Craig Orr QC
Strengths: "Takes an excellent tactical approach to litigation, and is an extremely effective advocate." "He's got quiet authority and is seriously analytical."
Recent work: Acted for certain defendants in a conspiracy claim brought by Russian oligarch Dmitry Kosarev arising out of the refinancing of a Bulgarian telecom group in which he held an interest.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Guy Philipps QC
Strengths: "He's very concise, and he can be very persuasive at the emotional level." "He provides decisive opinions and advice, and is able to get into the detail remarkably quickly."
Recent work: Acted for Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich in a substantial dispute concerning the close-out of secured lending transactions after the collapse of the Icelandic bank LBI.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Pushpinder Saini QC

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Pushpinder Saini QC
Strengths: "He's incredibly insightful and has a great grasp of commercial law and private international work." "A wonderfully concise advocate."
Recent work: Acted for a trustee of Bernard Madoff's estate in a major Privy Council appeal concerning the scope of the conflicts of law rules in an insolvency commercial context.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Salzedo QC
Strengths: "He's tenacious in getting to grips with a matter, his judgement's excellent and he works incredibly hard." "A barrister with a detailed and analytical mind who has outstanding legal knowledge."
Recent work: Acted for the former Chief Financial Officer of Autonomy in a high-value claim brought by HP against him and another former executive alleging false accounting and fraud.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Alan Steinfeld QC

XXIV Old Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alan Steinfeld QC
Strengths: "Extremely intelligent and knowledgeable, while also practical and commercial." "Gives solicitors and clients a concise and frank opinion on any matter brought before him."
Recent work: Acted for Lloyds' shareholders in suing Lloyds and its directors for damage suffered as a consequence of the bank's takeover of HBOS in 2008.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nigel Tozzi QC
Strengths: "A brilliant client and judge-friendly advocate, who is charming, hugely intelligent and always impeccably prepared." "He's excellent, and a man of great energy who has an insightful mind."
Recent work: Instructed in Millennium v Citigroup, a claim brought by the liquidators of Millenium alleging that Citigroup closed out Millennium's open derivative positions at commercially unreasonable prices and in breach of its obligations under an ISDA 2002 Master Agreement.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Tom Weisselberg QC

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tom Weisselberg QC
Strengths: "Charming and a delight to work with, he can do the detail as well as the overview." "He's just good at reading the court and picking up the mood."
Recent work: Acted in MacInnes v Gross defending a wealthy internet entrepreneur against a EUR13 million claim that he entered into an oral share option agreement in Zuma Restaurant.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Antony Zacaroli QC

South Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Antony Zacaroli QC
Strengths: "Produces clear, impressive written work, and advocacy of the highest standard." "A strong team player who's happy to take contributions from people at all levels."
Recent work: Instructed in Jingpeng v Peak Hotels, an appeal against the dismissal of a winding-up petition and removal of provisional liquidators of a BVI company, which considered the interplay between arbitration and winding-up.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tom Adam QC
Strengths: "He's got a really excellent style in court, he's very good with clients, and he gives robust, clear advice." "A good cross-examiner with great knowledge of the case."
Recent work: Successfully argued to set aside an injunction whereby well-known property developers, the Candy brothers, were prevented from dealing with their assets in a transaction exceeding £5 million without giving prior notification to a former business partner. This was part of a long-running and high-profile dispute arising out of a joint venture.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Jonathan Adkin QC

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Adkin QC
Strengths: "Makes the complex simple and converts losing cases into winning cases." "He has great commercial acumen."
Recent work: Defended a USD380 million commercial claim by Russian state oil agency PJSC Tatneft brought against Bogolyubov and a number of other Ukrainian oligarchs.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Lance Ashworth QC

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Lance Ashworth QC
Strengths: "Has remarkable clarity of thought, and picks up points others miss." "Lance is an authoritative advocate who commands respect from the bench."
Recent work: Successfully struck out a suit against Russian national Ms Smirnova relating to allegedly bogus invoices and promissory notes.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Camilla Bingham QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Camilla Bingham QC
Strengths: "Insightful, super-intelligent, charming, down-to-earth, and an excellent advocate who has real chemistry with the client." "She can read the court well."
Recent work: Acted for defendant Talal El Makdessi in a dispute arising out of the sale of a Middle Eastern advertising business. It was alleged that certain clauses in the sale and purchase agreement amounted to unenforceable penalties.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

4 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

George Bompas QC
Strengths: "His real forte is his ability to assimilate large amounts of information and produce very skilful arguments." "In court, you can see that the judges really respect him."
Recent work: Acted for Dobrovinsky & Partners LLP and other defendants in multimillion-dollar claims brought by Russian oligarch Sergei Polonsky, arising from the sale of Potok Group.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Bools QC
Strengths: "Hard-working and bright." "A very good, hands-on commercial silk who is also excellent with clients." "His advice is sensible and commercial.
Recent work: Represented Bernie Ecclestone's family trust, Bambino Holdings, in litigation involving an allegation of a fraudulent conspiracy to pay bribes to a director of BayernLB to ensure that the Formula One business was sold to CVC Partners at an alleged undervalue.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Richard Boulton QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Boulton QC
Strengths: "Brings a calm and measured analysis to the most heated of disputes." "Stands out as one of the world's best experts for complex quantum issues."
Recent work: Acted for the Arcadia Group in bringing claims that Mastercard's setting of interchange rates in relation to payment card transactions comprises a form of cartel.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

David Cavender QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Cavender QC
Strengths: "He's user-friendly, approachable and a tough courtroom advocate." "Recommended for his insightful and robust approach."
Recent work: Acted for several UK construction companies in litigation arising from their alleged creation and use of a blacklist of construction workers when choosing staff.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ian Croxford QC
Strengths: "An excellent silk, who's quick to grasp the points in a case, very good with clients and peerless in court." "He's a first-class trial lawyer with excellent judgement."

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Derrick Dale QC
Strengths: "Gives us exactly what we need in terms of legal, tactical and commercial input in order to put our client in the strongest position." "He has a natural authority in the courtroom."
Recent work: Acted in United Biscuits' loss of profits claim against Amcor, relating to a fire that burned down Amcor’s factory, preventing the company from packaging United Biscuits’ products.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anneliese Day QC
Strengths: "Friendly, approachable and very hard-working, she's willing to put the hours in and she works well with others." "She's tough, tenacious and impressive on her feet."
Recent work: Instructed to lead in an arbitration concerning Trinidad’s road network. The case arose after the Trinidadian Government terminated a USD350 million FIDIC contract with a Brazilian contractor.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

South Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robin Dicker QC
Strengths: "He has a super-intellect and is a very smooth advocate."

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Charles Dougherty QC

2TG - 2 Temple Gardens

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Dougherty QC
Strengths: "My first port of call for anything jurisdiction-related, and someone whose succinct approach to pleadings and submissions is valued." "An effective, reasonable but firm negotiator."
Recent work: Acted for British American Tobacco in a hard-fought claim brought by French tobacco distributor PHP Trading for alleged breach of a Caribbean distribution agreement.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Charles Graham QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Graham QC
Strengths: "Great at getting stuck in, he's a very subtle and powerful advocate." "He's smart, friendly, thoughtful and adaptable advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant, RCI Europe, in a case brought by 487 claimants relating to a timeshare exchange programme. He successfully defended four test claims.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Alexander Gunning QC

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alexander Gunning QC
Strengths: "Highly intelligent, a very skilled advocate and part of the team." "Combines the best qualities of a formidable advocate with accessibility, goodwill and a readiness to assist."
Recent work: Instructed in a high-value British Virgin Islands case between a hedge fund and the fund's administrator. The matter concerned a USD6 billion Madoff feeder fund.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Andrew Hochhauser QC

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Hochhauser QC
Strengths: "A first-class QC in the employment, commercial and media law crossover, he is extremely highly regarded, very fierce in court and very hard-working."
Recent work: Acted for Watchstone Group in a Commercial Court claim alleging fraudulent misconduct on the part of its ex-CEO Robert Terry, his wife, and a former employee.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sa'ad Hossain QC
Strengths: "He provides excellent strategic input and robust advice, and is a pleasure to work with." "A good commercial lawyer applying the law in a common-sense, practical way."
Recent work: Acted for Lehman Brothers in a currency swap claim against Philippines state entities. The case raised a variety of issues, including questions relating to Philippine laws of assignment.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert Howe QC
Strengths: "He gets to the heart of the matter, has the attention of the court, and can devastate opponents with his advocacy." "Strong on his feet and doesn't pull punches."
Recent work: Instructed for claimant Kazakhstan Kagazy in a USD200 million international fraud claim against former shareholders and officers.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Timothy Howe QC
Strengths: "A QC at the top of his game, whose incredible intellect is matched by his calm, considered approach to advice, and his terrific advocacy skills." "A real asset to any team."
Recent work: Acted for VTB Capital in a high-profile, multi-jurisdictional and multiparty dispute stemming from the EUR1 billion sale and purchase of a leading Bulgarian telecoms group.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Richard Jacobs QC

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Jacobs QC
Strengths: "Keeps things really simple, presenting a clear route to where we want to be." "Incredibly clever and with a good advocacy manner, he's very easy to work with and very affable."
Recent work: Instructed in Seadrill v Tullow, a multimillion-dollar claim by an oil rig contractor against a charterer for amounts owed due to the premature termination of a drilling contract.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Elizabeth Jones QC

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Elizabeth Jones QC
Strengths: "Capable of assimilating a great deal of information in a very short space of time, and ideal for urgent matters." Steely and effective in court, she's someone with great judgement."
Recent work: Defended the Gambia's Ministry of Petroleum against claims by Conapro regarding the sale contract for the supply of petroleum products.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Daniel Jowell QC
Strengths: "Expresses himself clearly, in person and in writing, and is very prompt in his advice."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the defendants, the widow and daughter of the late Israeli billionaire Sami Shamoon, in setting aside claims brought against them seeking damages in respect of a significant shareholding in an Israeli company valued at over USD500 million.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gavin Kealey QC
Strengths: "An excellent choice for complex insurance arbitrations." "He's fiercely bright and he provides penetrating analysis."
Recent work: Acted for Hong Kong-based ARC Capital Partners in a claim against liability insurers for indemnity against millions of dollars of liabilities arising from investment advice.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Paul Lowenstein QC

20 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Lowenstein QC
Strengths: "A wonderful cross-examiner, who is very tenacious and has good client-handling instincts." "A very formidable advocate, who's prepared to regularly stress-test your case in detail." 
Recent work: Represented claimant groups of UK retailers seeking competition damages from Mastercard. The case centred on alleged cartel arrangements linked to credit and debit card fees.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Machell QC
Strengths: "A hard-working team player, as good on his feet as he is in writing, who has the rare ability to make highly complex concepts and arguments appear simple." "Creative and decisive."
Recent work: Acted for Rothschild in a breach of warranty claim for over £50 million brought by Principal Investors Global. This was a High Court case arising from the sale of shares in Liongate.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alan Maclean QC
Strengths: "Particularly impressive in terms of how quickly he can get to the bottom of an issue and absorb a lot of material." "Calm and assured, and a man with a great depth of industry experience."
Recent work: Resisted an appeal against a judgment to award sums of over USD72 million in respect of Smagin v Yegiazaryan, a dispute arising out of a Russian real estate project.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Hodge Malek QC of 39 Essex Chambers
Strengths: "Has great intellectual capacity and the ability to work through papers expeditiously. He grasps all the issues in a short time." "An astute tactician, who gives clear strategic advice."
Recent work: Represented the beneficiaries of four trusts in claims alleging that the trusts are shams, and that transfers into them should be set aside. The claims are part of an underlying dispute involving the enforcement of a Russian judgment against Sergei Pugachev, a former ally of Vladmir Putin who is accused of misappropriating funds from a failed bank he previously owned.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Harry Matovu QC
Strengths: "Tremendously tenacious and committed, he's an absolute team player." "He's a consummate cross-examiner, who's great on his feet."
Recent work: Advised Wärtsilä Nederland and Wärtsilä Tanzania in connection with a long-running fraud and conspiracy claim with huge political ramifications arising out of the construction and operation of a major power plant in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Andrew Mitchell QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Mitchell QC
Strengths: "A great showman when presenting his case, he's a man with intellectual depth who gets things quickly." "Has a vice-like grip on a range of complex issues."
Recent work: Acted in a major cross-border dispute arising out of the controversial sale of Yukos Oil’s assets pursuant to a Russian state auction.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Terence Mowschenson QC

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Terence Mowschenson QC
Strengths: "Fantastic judgement, absolutely brilliant in court, and a lawyer who exudes extraordinary authority." "He's able to cut through things quickly and come up with clever arguments."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidator of Wardour Trading in bringing a fraudulent trading claim against Russians who had allegedly caused the company to incur liabilities of USD50 million.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Odgers QC
Strengths: "Able to strike the difficult balance between respect and rigour when challenging experts and clients." "Detailed, very calming and knows his way around banking documents."
Recent work: Acted for Banco Santander Totta in a EUR1.3 billion dispute over structured interest rate swaps entered into with four Portuguese public transport companies.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Erskine Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Potts QC
Strengths: "Decisive, charismatic, persuasive, and someone who is able to process huge amounts of information quickly." "He's a very robust advocate and a brilliantly prepared cross-examiner."
Recent work: Acted for the director of an insolvent company with regard to a misfeasance claim valued at over £20 million arising out of distributions made by the company.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Quadrant Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Rainey QC
Strengths: "A delight to work with, he's authoritative and someone whom the tribunal will listen to." "He has a very good, polished style of advocacy and is very persuasive."
Recent work: Defended Sumitomo in a USD250 million claim by rival Idemitsu, arising from a share sale and purchase agreement related to Sumitomo's shareholding in Petro Summit.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Rubin QC
Strengths: "A hugely experienced fraud expert and a cross-examination supremo."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants, LICT and Empreno, in a conspiracy and fraud claim against VTB Capital in London, concerning the battle for control of Bulgaria Telecom.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Jonathan Russen QC

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Russen QC
Strengths: "Bright, super-responsive, a true team player and someone who is great on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for defendants in offshore litigation considering whether BVI procedural law governed a derivative claim brought by a company incorporated in Liberia.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC

7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC
Strengths: "Remarkably user-friendly, very straightforward and a very good team player." "She has a very impressive grasp of the details, and produces superb drafting and impressive legal analysis."

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Richard Salter QC

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Salter QC
Strengths: "Has an amazing depth of experience and is very patient in explaining things." "Has incredible presence, is very good on the detail and is a good tactician."
Recent work: Appeared before the Privy Council in a case involving an allegation that fraud was committed against the insolvent Central Bank of Ecuador by its owners and controllers.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Stanley QC
Strengths: "Incredibly efficient in his ability to describe really complicated points in a few words and distinguish what's important from what's rubbish." "An excellent advocate and a great strategist."
Recent work: Acted for the Financial Conduct Authority in connection with Upper Tribunal proceedings brought by Achilles Macris and other third parties allegedly identified in a notice by the FCA about a settlement with J.P. Morgan following the 'London Whale' trading scandal.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Andrew Sutcliffe QC

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Sutcliffe QC
Strengths: "Opponents should not let their guard down - his calm demeanour and considered submissions soothe the judge into agreement." "He's a real team player."
Recent work: Instructed by British Airways Executive Club members to help a New York court assess whether the airline had breached its Executive Club contract by imposing a fuel surcharge.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Selborne Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Romie Tager QC of Selborne Chambers
Strengths: "He thinks outside of the box, and his background is scientific and mathematical, which is very useful." "A tenacious silk."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a case relating to a windfall asset resulting from the demerger of one of the UK’s largest privately owned commercial gaming companies.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Richard Waller QC

7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Waller QC
Strengths: "Has a really great style on the stand, is very practical and has very good knowledge of the law in complicated areas." "He's a very confident and persuasive young silk."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Orb Arl v Ruhan, a complex and high-value, multiparty commercial fraud dispute.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Wardell QC
Strengths: "He takes a very thorough approach to the case and is strong on strategy." "He's a tactical thinker whose cross-examination technique is a pleasure to witness."
Recent work: Represented PCP-LLP in claiming over £700 million in compensation for deceit against Barclays Bank.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

South Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Allison QC
Strengths: "He's commercial, he doesn't get bogged down, and he cuts to the heart of a case quickly." "Extremely clear, gives good, robust advice and has a very nice manner with the client."
Recent work: Acted for ING in defence of a claim brought by OCBC arising from the USD1 billion sale of ING’s South Asia banking operations.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Béar QC
Strengths: "He has a great eye for detail, and is pretty much an unstoppable force." "A brilliant and charismatic silk who immediately cuts right to the heart of any issue."
Recent work: Acted for Roskilde in a mis-selling claim regarding a secondary market purchase of USD30 million in loan notes, six months before the bank's collapse and government bailout.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Birt QC
Strengths: "He is extremely intelligent, user-friendly and he always has a full grasp of complex details." "A brilliant draftsman, who is very measured and very methodical."
Recent work: Represented Bank of St Petersburg in a claim against a former client concerning contracts of guarantee.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Blayney QC
Strengths: "Extraordinarily creative and a great lateral thinker, he's able to see lines of argument others don't and he's equally brilliant on the detail."
Recent work: Acted for RBS in defending group litigation instituted by more than 20,000 individual and institutional claimants in relation to the bank's £12 billion rights issue in 2008.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Jeffrey Chapman QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jeffrey Chapman QC
Strengths: "Meticulous, concise, and someone with an effective and persuasive style." "A precise advocate, who's good at running a large team."
Recent work: Appeared in the Group Seven Limited litigation, acting for a victim of a EUR100 million fraud whom the defendants allegedly dishonestly persuaded to enter into a bogus investment scheme.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Erskine Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Chivers QC
Strengths: "For a true minority protection dispute, he is just unbelievable." "He's got a lovely, calm manner, he's very clever and he's a really good advocate." 

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Stephen Cogley QC

XXIV Old Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Cogley QC
Strengths: "Extremely commercial and speaks the client's language. He's a robust advocate who thinks outside the box." "Gives clients no fluff."
Recent work: Instructed in Monde Petroleum SA v Westernzagros, which concerned a fraudulent attempt to appropriate the claimant's 3% share in an oil field in Kurdistan.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Jonathan Cohen QC QC

Littleton Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Cohen QC
Strengths: "A truly outstanding advocate and an absolute master in the courtroom; his cross-examination skills are superb." "Reacts brilliantly to moving situations and really knows his stuff."
Recent work: Acted for property developer David Miller, who accused fellow developer Peter Farrar of breaching a joint venture agreement to develop land in outer London.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Matthew Collings QC

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Matthew Collings QC
Strengths: "Drafting is second to none for him. He's very concise yet gets the point across, and is very statesmanlike in court." "A canny advocate who leaves no stone unturned."
Recent work: Instructed in Gildred v Landmark Car Company, a dispute relating to three Porsche cars.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rhodri Davies QC
Strengths: "Has a lovely, calm manner in court, but when you need some steel he is up for the fight." "His excellent judgement enables him to give clear advice on complex legal points."
Recent work: Acted for KPMG in a claim by Heather Capital alleging auditor’s negligence. The case followed a massive fraud and alleged imprudent lending in relation to an investment fund.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Jonathan Davies-Jones QC

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Davies-Jones QC
Strengths: "Drafts and presents in a pithy way - he's punchy and crisp." "Responsive, very user-friendly, and has a strong grasp of the documents."
Recent work: Acted for Comune di Prato in a leading Italian swaps litigation case brought before the Supreme Court. The matter raised complex issues of Italian public and financial law.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Jasbir Dhillon QC

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jasbir Dhillon QC
Strengths: "He inspires tremendous confidence in clients with his direct, forceful and decisive style." "He's a very measured and thoughtful lawyer who considers all the angles."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Software Incubator v Computer Associates, a multimillion-pound claim brought under the Commercial Agents Regulations. The case considered whether a software licence supplied electronically constituted a 'sale of goods'.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Barbara Dohmann QC

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Barbara Dohmann QC
Strengths: "Very diligent and insightful."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant, a Russian businesswoman, in Baturina v Chistyakov, a USD100 million Commercial Court claim arising from a Moroccan property investment scheme.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ben Elkington QC
Strengths: "He's a bright, thorough and user-friendly QC, who offers calm and incisive advocacy." "Excellent, responsive and commercial."
Recent work: Represented the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime in a Commercial Court action worth over £50 million, brought by Mitsui under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Head QC
Strengths: "Quick and robust, he doesn't pull his punches and he's good on his feet." "He's quite happy to speak ad hoc on the phone and get stuck into the case."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidators of Salford Capital Partners, whose partners disputed the valuation and distribution of financial and commercial assets in Russia and the Balkans.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Stephen Houseman QC

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Houseman QC
Strengths: "An incredibly tenacious advocate, he fights difficult cases very robustly, and is a very good court operator." "He's a forceful advocate, who is very user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted in Yukos Finance BV & others v Lynch & others, a claim brought against five individual investors involved in the purchase at auction of Yukos in 2007.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Dominic Kendrick QC

7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Dominic Kendrick QC
Strengths: "He is a class act. People genuinely queue up for him."
Recent work: Acted for Daiichi Shipping in the 'Ocean Victory' case, a significant shipping and insurance matter concerning a new ship which was lost in a gale while leaving port in Japan.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Charles Kimmins QC

20 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Kimmins QC
Strengths: "He leaves no stone unturned."
"He is one of the busiest junior silks at the Bar, and he is really good."
Recent work: Acted for Pan Oceanic in a claim against UNIPEC UK and others for tortious interference, conspiracy and breach of implied contract claims, which led to loss of commission under a long-term contract of affreightment.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

XXIV Old Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert Levy QC
Strengths: "Provides pragmatic and commercial advice, and is particularly good on offshore disputes." "He is extremely helpful and always willing to go the extra mile for the client."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidators of Caledonian Insurance in Cayman Islands proceedings relating to the treatment and distribution of trust assets held by the insolvent company.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Three Stone

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Lord QC of Three Stone
Strengths: "A model of clarity, who's terrific in court and great to work with." "Wins judges round with careful submissions and patience, and can think on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a Georgian law delict claim, involving allegations that the defendant misappropriated assets of substantial value situated in Georgia.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Roger Masefield QC

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Roger Masefield QC
Strengths: "A fantastic litigator with a really strong commercial understanding." "He's very responsive, very good at dealing with difficult issues, and fearless as an advocate."
Recent work: Represented the Libyan Investment Authority, acting through a court-appointed receiver, in connection with a claim against Goldman Sachs to rescind nine complex derivative transactions, worth over USD1.2 billion.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Stephen Moriarty QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Moriarty QC
Strengths: "Someone who thinks carefully about what he says, he carries authority in what he says and commands respect." "Quick, very accessible and open in his advice."
Recent work: Acted for PK Airfinance in a Commercial Court action brought by Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev alleging that there was a conspiracy to injure his aviation business.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Stephen Moverley Smith QC

XXIV Old Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Moverley Smith QC
Strengths: "Good at identifying the key strategic arguments and managing cases to ensure the best outcome is achieved." "He knows the offshore courts very well."
Recent work: Acted for Goldas defending a USD500 million claim by the French bank Société Générale in relation to gold bullion consignments.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Mumford QC
Strengths: "Has a strong eye for detail coupled with an excellent view on strategy." "Able to deal with the most complex cases, he has terrific client and courtroom skills."
Recent work: Represented French paper manufacturer Sequana in a dispute with tobacco producer BAT, which arose out of the contamination of the Fox River in the US. The case involved claims to recover allegedly unlawful dividend distributions.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Hugh Norbury QC
Strengths: "An approachable and affable advocate, who provides comprehensive advice in a clear, well-packaged way." "Has a measured and incredibly persuasive style of oral advocacy."
Recent work: Acted for a firm of solicitors alleged to have conspired with experts to give misleading advice to defeat or minimise the value of numerous credit hire insurance claims made by the claimant, Accident Exchange.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Daniel Oudkerk QC

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Daniel Oudkerk QC
Strengths: "A great strategist able to see the big picture, he inspires confidence in clients and is a real team player." "He's not afraid to get stuck into the nitty-gritty."
Recent work: Instructed by Capco in a fraud claim for over USD100 million, concerning alleged fraudulent diversion of IP and business opportunities from its Bold Rocket division to start-ups.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Benjamin Pilling QC

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Benjamin Pilling QC
Strengths: "He has an obvious command of the legal issues, and he's more than willing to get stuck in." "His advice is crisp, clear and impeccably reasoned."
Recent work: Instructed by the insurers of licensed conveyancers in the high-profile Chancery Division case of Rees v Walter Saunders, which arose out of an audacious property fraud.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nathan Pillow QC
Strengths: "He has an excellent way of thinking through the issues and coming up with innovative options." "Judges like his presentation and his ability to know what they want."
Recent work: Led a counsel team for National Bank TRUST in its USD830 million banking fraud claim against its three former shareholders and their wives.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Gordon Pollock QC

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gordon Pollock QC
Strengths: "One of the great advocates of our time." "Forceful, persuasive and effective." Recent work: Acted for Taurus in a Court of Appeal hearing regarding private international law, state immunity and the enforcement of an arbitration award against SOMO in Iraq.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Quest QC
Strengths: "He thinks about ways to resolve issues and comes back punching without missing a beat." "Very good at taking the heat out of things and focusing the judge on what's important."
Recent work: Acted for Chamonix Private Equity in defence of a claim by Caledonia, another fund, about the alleged misuse of a confidential business opportunity.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Patricia Robertson QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Patricia Robertson QC
Strengths: "Very experienced and great to work with, particularly on matters that have a regulatory aspect to them." "She's extremely thorough and impressive in front of clients."
Recent work: Defended Cleveland Bridge in a class action brought against it and other UK construction companies, alleging that they had blacklisted workers who belonged to a trade association.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Littleton Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Samek QC
Strengths: "A superb advocate with razor-sharp recall, who fights tirelessly and reads the tribunal well." "He's fantastically hands-on, and a very user-friendly and talented advocate."
Recent work: Instructed for the claimant in St Vincent General Partner v Robinson et al; claims for conspiracy and breach of duty arising out of a land development scheme in Poland.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Philip Shepherd QC

XXIV Old Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Philip Shepherd QC
Strengths: "Very approachable, down-to-earth and a man with an incisive mind." "A complete gentleman who is focused, precise and persuasive."
Recent work: Instructed in Ardila v ENRC, a claim brought under an agreement for the sale of shares in a Brazilian mine. 

^ Return to Top

Band 4

South Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tom Smith QC
Strengths: "Always responsive despite a busy workload, and takes a straightforward, commercial approach." "Adopts a down-to-earth style both in his advocacy and his written work."
Recent work: Acted for GSO Capital Partners in its multimillion-pound claim against Barclays Bank, arising from debt trades undertaken in respect of Codere, a Spanish gaming company.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Benjamin Strong QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Benjamin Strong QC
Strengths: "Very good at seeing the wood for the trees, and at handling emotional clients in a highly charged environment." "Thorough and analytical, Ben is practical and client-friendly."
Recent work: Defended Frank Timis, the mining entrepreneur, against allegations of fraud brought by his business associate Gerald Metals.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Michael Swainston QC

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Swainston QC
Strengths: "He's highly accessible and very commercially focused." "Michael has developed a very strong practice focusing on Russia and the former CIS states."
Recent work: Acted for Eclairs in a high-profile commercial dispute relating to the ownership of JKX oil company.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC

XXIV Old Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC
Strengths: "Gives clear and robust advice in consultation, and is a formidable advocate." "She has a good command of the court and the judges, and is a strong character in the courtroom."
Recent work: Represented the trustees of Boris Berezovsky's insolvent estate in a proprietary claim brought by his partner, Ms Gorbunova, for the entirety of his assets.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Andrew M Twigger QC

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Twigger QC
Strengths: "His advocacy really stands out and he has a very comfortable court manner." "Technically brilliant and shows great attention to detail."
Recent work: Defended Mr Arip and Ms Dikhanbayeva in allegations that they defrauded claimant Kazakhstan Kagazy of USD160 million while the company was under their control.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ben Valentin QC
Strengths: "He's not only extremely clever, but his work rate is phenomenal, and his manner is easy; he's a real team player." "Robust, tough and very charming."
Recent work: Served as leading counsel for Sonera BV in connection with proceedings in the British Virgin Islands to enforce a USD1 billion ICC arbitration award against Cukurova AS.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Matrix Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Antony White QC of Matrix Chambers
Strengths: "Very user-friendly and conscious of the need for everyone to work together and get on; he's accessible, very economical and someone who focuses on the main points."
Recent work: Represented the claimants in Eurasia Sports v Tsai and Others, one of the first cases to consider fraudulent online gambling activity.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

3 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Aidan Casey QC of 3 Hare Court
Strengths: "Quick to grasp complex issues and identify commercial solutions, he provides practical advice and is a great team player." "Very easy to work with and a charming guy."
Recent work: Acted for defendants Agchemaccess, Grosvenor Chemicals and Nicholas Gooch in a case concerning claims of a conspiracy to produce the artificial pesticide metamitron in China for use in Europe.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Dominic Chambers QC

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Dominic Chambers QC
Strengths: "He has a brilliant and flexible brain and is effective in all jurisdictions."
Recent work: Acted for BTA Bank and BTA Securities in a claim for damages against a Turkish bank.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Graham Chapman QC

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Graham Chapman QC
Strengths: "He's energetic, very easy to work with and very experienced in commercial disputes." "Always thinks about ways to get the other side's attention."
Recent work: Acted for Viva Telecom, defending claims brought by LIC Telecommunications SARL that Viva Telecomm and other defendants had allegedly participated in a conspiracy to deprive the claimant of its shareholding in a large Bulgarian telecommunications group.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Collins QC
Strengths: "A very confident advocate with a relaxed but precise style." "He goes over well with the courts, and he has the ability to make himself available at short notice."
Recent work: Defended BVI business Golden Globe International in a USD190 million claim arising from the alleged misappropriation through bribery of a Tanzanian telecoms company.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Roderick Cordara QC

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Roderick Cordara QC
Strengths: "He assimilates information very rapidly, gives clear legal and commercial advice, and is charming with clients." "Very analytical and commercial, he's razor sharp and hungry to win."

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Simon Davenport QC

3 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Davenport QC of 3 Hare Court
Strengths: "He's a very proactive, quick thinker, who gets straight to the point with clients." "He's a devastating cross-examiner and very much one of our go-to silks."
Recent work: Acted for RGL Management as part of a group action against RBS in relation to the bank's global restructuring group, which RGL allege caused loss to their companies.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Huw Davies QC
Strengths: "As at home fighting a big-money dispute in the Commercial Court as he is parrying and attacking in a complex international arbitration." "Provides confident advice."
Recent work: Acted in W Ltd v M Sdn Bhd, a Commercial Court application to set aside an arbitral award relating to a dispute over a breach of contract for oil support services.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Thomas de la Mare QC

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Thomas de la Mare QC
Strengths: "His standout talent is his ability to think of things in a different way to anybody else." "A hugely dynamic and creative advocate, who is highly impressive in court."
Recent work: Instructed by AMT in a suite of claims against former clients concerning breach of applicable law and exclusive jurisdiction clauses.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Brian Doctor QC
Strengths: "A very able advocate," who is "very effective and highly tenacious."
Recent work: Acted in an application for search and freezing orders to support damages claims brought in Florida by a Paraguayan pension fund against two individuals now living in London.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Michael Douglas QC

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Douglas QC
Strengths: "A great advocate with a talent for getting the judge on side." "He's very user-friendly, very commercial, and he gives an opinion instead of sitting on the fence."
Recent work: Instructed in an arbitration between an international business and IT enterprise and a Middle Eastern agent, which involved the termination of an agency agreement.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Shaheed Fatima QC

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Shaheed Fatima QC
Strengths: "She's very clear in submissions, and puts complicated ideas in a way that's easy for both judges and arbitrators to understand." "In a hostile forum she gives no quarter."
Recent work: Instructed as sole counsel in claims against Indian businesses Punj Lloyd and Punj Lloyd Upstream regarding their defaults on multimillion-dollar World Bank loans.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Fealy QC
Strengths: "Utterly tenacious and a joy to work with, particularly on cross-border disputes." "The points he makes are very good, and he gets judges on side."
Recent work: Instructed in Michael Wilson & Partners v Thomas Ian Sinclair and Others, where the defendants were alleged to have dishonestly helped a third party to commit a breach of fiduciary duty.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Andrew Fletcher QC

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Fletcher QC
Strengths: "Andrew adopts a commercial approach, and recognises the financial and time-consuming realities of litigation." "He's completely on top of the law in all aspects."
Recent work: Acted for investment services provider Liongate in fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty claims regarding the purchase of a hedge fund management business.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew George QC
Strengths: "He approaches things in an appropriate and proportionate way, and has a very good overview of the case." "Always helpful, friendly and completely on the ball."
Recent work: Acted for sub-prime lender Cattles' ex-finance director in Standard Life's £25 million rights issue claim that statements made in a prospectus were false and misleading.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Richard Gillis QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Gillis QC
Strengths: "Has good experience of leading teams in large-scale litigation. He's very well prepared and has the patience of a saint when conducting cross-examination."
Recent work: Acted for three defendants in proceedings issued in respect of the repayment of debts due under a facility agreement.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Jeremy Goldring QC

South Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jeremy Goldring QC
Strengths: "Very clever in a most understated way. He's modest, thorough in his approach and very impressive on his feet." "The quality of his writing means you feel the battle is over before you even sit down."
Recent work: Acted for Kaupthing and a liquidator in Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, a high-profile and long-running Commercial Court case arising out of an SFO investigation.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Patrick Green QC

A

Henderson Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Patrick Green QC of Henderson Chambers
Strengths: "He thinks very quickly on his feet, and his presentation and manner in court are first class." "Has an impressive ability to formulate and develop complex and novel legal arguments."
Recent work: Acted for an investor seeking to enforce a high-value ICSID arbitration award against Romania in the UK and abroad.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Jeffrey Gruder QC

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jeffrey Gruder QC
Strengths: "He's very bright, and his written work is excellent."
Recent work: Acted for insurers in a case arising from the loss of the vessel 'Ocean Victory' in Kajima, Japan, which was valued at more than USD100 million.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Matthew Hardwick QC

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Matthew Hardwick QC
Strengths: "Energetic and enthusiastic, he's an effective advocate who is really good with clients." "Gets to the heart of the issue quickly and focuses the team's energies in the right place."
Recent work: Instructed in Aircraft Purchase Fleet v Compagnia Aerea Italiana on behalf of a third party, Airbus, that was resisting the defendant's attempts to inspect confidential Airbus documents. The underlying dispute involved a £260 million aircraft purchase agreement.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Jarvis QC
Strengths: "Brilliant at analysis, he's a strategic thinker who provides excellent advocacy combined with a user-friendly approach."
Recent work: Represented Tuvana, an SPV, in a £44 million damages claim against Barclays for deceit and negligence in relation to the mis-sale of a multicallable interest rate swap.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Hardwicke

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nigel Jones QC
Strengths: "An outstanding commercial and legal strategist, who is charming but with a backbone of steel." "Nigel is an excellent advocate with good tactical and strategic sense."
Recent work: Acted for Greenbrier against Ebreez's directors in a matter spanning England and Saudi Arabia. The case involved conflicts of law issues and worldwide freezing orders.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Hardwicke

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

PJ Kirby QC
Strengths: "A calming influence, who is very confident and presents extremely well; he absolutely wiped the floor with the other side." "Thorough, and great with clients, and a real team player."
Recent work: Defended one of the members of Jas Financial Products LLP in a claim for costs following the dismissal of the LLP's claim at trial in the Commercial Court.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

20 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Lewis QC
Strengths: "A lethal advocate with copious amounts of charm and the ability to disarm the most hostile judges." "He's one of the most reassuring people to have advising you."
Recent work: Successfully represented English Electric in a test case against Alstom relating to the inherited corporate liabilities for historical asbestos claims.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Daniel Lightman QC

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Daniel Lightman QC
Strengths: "Thorough in his preparation and skilful in presenting his statements of case." "He is loved by clients and solicitors alike, and he sees things others simply do not."
Recent work: Acted in Griffith v Gourgey, a claim that a managing director breached fiduciary duty in wrongfully causing the transfer of millions of pounds to other companies he owned.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Lockey QC
Strengths: "He's highly reliable and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for AIG in a USD1 billion Commercial Court insurance claim by SBM, following the abandonment of the YME MOPUstor rig in the Norwegian North Sea.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

William McCormick QC

Ely Place Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

William McCormick QC of Ely Place Chambers
Strengths: "Streetwise and savvy, he's very affable with clients, and in tune with the way they're thinking." "Prides himself on attention to detail, and is deadly in cross-examination."
Recent work: Defended Glasgow Rangers FC, its directors and chairman in claims brought by Sports Direct for breach of confidentiality.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Michael McLaren QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael McLaren QC
Strengths: "His ability to marshal his thoughts when on his feet is very impressive, and he can wrong-foot the very best." "Has a very good rapport with judges."
Recent work: Appealed against Nesbit Law Group's recovery of a large sum from Acasta under a Financial Guarantee Insurance Policy on the grounds that the trial judge misconstrued the policy.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Gregory Mitchell QC

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gregory Mitchell QC
Strengths: "Very eloquent and very engaging, so it's easy to get on side with the arguments he's putting forward."
Recent work: Acted for Dr Al-Besher, an investor in what was promised to be Europe's largest residential tower, in commercial fraud claims against Credit Suisse and an individual fraudster.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Richard Morgan QC

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Morgan QC
Strengths: "Well known in the offshore world, he displays extremely solid analytical skills and is a joy to work with." "Shows dogged determination and has a client-friendly approach."
Recent work: Acted for offshore trust entities in responding to Tatneft's allegations of fraud, which it claims were instituted as a way of stealing USD350 million in oil payments.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anthony Peto QC
Strengths: "Has a lot of gravitas before the court, displays good commercial judgement, and is a very optimistic barrister." "Tremendously charismatic, confident and intelligent."
Recent work: Acted for claimant Sabbagh in an international conspiracy to defraud claim worth over USD500 million. The case concerned interests in a global Middle Eastern construction company.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Thomas Plewman SC QC

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Thomas Plewman SC QC
Strengths: "A very hard-working, tenacious barrister who is incisive and clear-thinking in his advice." "His brain is working many steps ahead of everyone else in the courtroom."
Recent work: Defended PwC in connection with a £1.6 billion auditors’ negligence claim arising out of the collapse of Welcome Financial Services in 2009. The case involved complex issues of causation, scope of duty, attribution, reflective loss and credit for benefits.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

James Ramsden QC

A

39 Essex Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Ramsden QC of 39 Essex Chambers
Strengths: "Carries himself effortlessly and, where necessary, ruthlessly in court; he doesn't miss a beat." "Very responsive and persuasive, he's clear in his submissions and popular with clients."

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Slade QC
Strengths: "Richard is an excellent strategic thinker, who has a very calm, persuasive and assured demeanour." "Displays a positive, can-do attitude and has a great bedside manner with clients."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Cornwall v Medichem, a claim for commission arising out of an informal partnership. The defendant was resisting payment on grounds of contractual construction, termination and absence of fiduciary duties.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Taylor QC
Strengths: "Fantastic on his feet and an astute analyst who understands complex issues and communicates them in straightforward terms." "Thorough, user-friendly and good with clients."
Recent work: Defended Macquarie Bank against an USD80 million claim brought by Bominflot, alleging that the bank allowed a rogue Bominflot employee to conduct unauthorised oil futures trading.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Roger ter Haar QC

Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Roger ter Haar QC of Crown Office Chambers
Strengths: "Experienced, commercial and excellent at cross-examination." "A great strategist and a very good advocate with fantastic instincts, who is experienced and easy to work with."
Recent work: Acted for a group of claimants, who purchased tax-saving schemes on the advice of the first defendant. The claimants argued that the arrangements were void or voidable either by reason of the receipt by the first defendant of secret commissions or by reason of undue influence.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Andrew Thompson QC

Erskine Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Thompson QC
Strengths: "Very thorough, and lives and breathes corporate disputes." "He's responsive and highly approachable."
Recent work: Acted for defendants in a claim by Interactive Technology Corporation alleging fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Steven Thompson QC

XXIV Old Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Steven Thompson QC
Strengths: "Hands-on, creative and absolutely no-nonsense." "A punchy advocate with expertise in cross-border work, he's great to work with."
Recent work: Acted in Barnett v Creggy, appearing for claimants who sought to recover money paid to their solicitor and agent.

^ Return to Top

New Silk

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Colton QC
Strengths: "Exceptionally intelligent, incisive, versatile and a talented communicator." "He displays excellent written work and advocacy skills, and is brilliant at dealing with the client."
Recent work: Appeared for Banco Santander Totta in five Commercial Court actions against Portuguese transport companies, arising out of swaps concluded between 2005 and 2007.

^ Return to Top

New Silk

Orlando Gledhill QC

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Orlando Gledhill QC
Strengths: "Great at helping us find ways around a problem, and very analytical in working out which arguments will fly." "An outstanding draftsman who is always fully committed."
Recent work: Defended Goldman Sachs International against the Libyan Investment Authority's claim to set aside nine equity derivatives transactions for alleged undue influence or as unconscionable bargains.

^ Return to Top

New Silk

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Max Mallin QC
Strengths: "Very intelligent, always on the ball and a tactical whiz. His skills in the courtroom are a wonder to behold." "His ability to see the kernel of an issue is second to none."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in HTV v ITV2. HTV was awarded about £4 million in damages for breach of a TV production agreement following a three-week trial.

^ Return to Top

New Silk

Stephen Midwinter QC

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Midwinter QC
Strengths: "He's excellent: responsive, down-to-earth and makes himself available." "He is very precise when drafting and articulating points for us, and is a real pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Represented Bank of Portugal at a hearing on jurisdiction in the Court of Appeal which related to an EUR800 million banking dispute following the insolvency of Banco Espírito Santo.

^ Return to Top

New Silk

Robert-Jan Temmink QC

Quadrant Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert-Jan Temmink QC
Strengths: "An extremely good advocate, who is very good at dealing with difficult situations and anxious clients. His written work is very strong and he brings clarity to cases. "He gets up to speed with cases quickly, is pleasant to work with, and is practical and focused."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Gee 7 Group Ltd and Others v Personal Group Ltd and Others, a dispute between commercial rivals over the misuse of confidential information.

^ Return to Top

New Silk

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adam Zellick QC
Strengths: "He's down-to-earth, commercial and good on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for NatWest in a dispute between India, Pakistan and the family of one of India's former royal dynasties. The action sought to reclaim a large sum transferred to the bank in 1948.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

James Brocklebank

7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Brocklebank
Strengths: "He is very bright, very quick and easy to deal with - all round excellent."
Recent work: Advised DRUM Risk Management on disputes concerning the misappropriation of coal stored under collateral management agreements funded by international banks.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jamie Goldsmith
Strengths: "Jamie has an incredible capacity for work, and the speed at which he can turn things around is very impressive." "Has fantastic experience when it comes to complex banking matters."
Recent work: Served as senior junior for Novatrust in an extremely complex dispute over the fate of a private equity investment vehicle and the over £130 million that it controlled.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adam Kramer
Strengths: "His style is carefully calculated to achieve results. He cuts through to the centre of the subject matter, and doesn't pussyfoot around things." "An excellent and precise junior."
Recent work: Acted for an institutional claimant group in a class action against RBS, arising out of a £12 billion rights issue in 2008, just before RBS was rescued in the government bailout.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Lazarus
Strengths: "Has a very sharp mind and can identify most complex issues extremely quickly." "He's user-friendly and cerebral without being difficult to understand."
Recent work: In Merchant International v Naftogaz, he successfully obtained a Court of Appeal order for the defendant to pay USD28 million into court as a condition of pursuing its appeal.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Conall Patton
Strengths: "He's a great communicator who produces impressive drafting and can condense complex facts into a straightforward pleading." "Always calm under pressure."
Recent work: Acted in a high-profile Commercial Court claim between three Ukrainian businessmen, Pinchuk, Kolomoisky and Bogolyubov, concerning the title to an iron ore plant.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Fionn Pilbrow
Strengths: "He simplifies every case and presents it in a compelling way through his written and oral advocacy." "He gets to grips with the most complex cases and fully understands everything."
Recent work: Acted for Arcadia Group, a number of oil-trading companies owned by shipping billionaire John Fredriksen, in a claim for fraud brought against former management.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alexander Polley
Strengths: "Absorbs and digests large amounts of information, apparently effortlessly, to get to the crux of matters." "Fiercely bright, immensely hard-working and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Christian and Nicholas Candy and the former's company, CPC, in a case concerning conspiracy claims arising from CPC's enforcement of a loan agreement against a borrower.

^ Return to Top

Band 1

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Willan
Strengths: "Has got a brain the size of a planet, and a very nice manner to him." "He thinks well beyond his years and has a really good gut feeling for how judges will react."
Recent work: Acted for Guralp Systems and its private equity owner, Primary Capital, in high-value Commercial Court claims against its the former owner and director, Dr Guralp.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Erskine Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tim Akkouh
Strengths: "Seriously talented and very approachable, he'll give you his time, and always provides useful input and advice on decisions." "He's a QC in the making, who is fiercely intelligent and easy to deal with."
Recent work: Acted as principal junior for claimants BTA Bank in the largest fraud case to run in the English courts. The case saw the development of the law of unlawful means conspiracy.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anna Boase
Strengths: "Deals with difficult questions with poise and diplomacy." "Impresses with her grasp of documents and performance at trial."
Recent work: Represented the FCA in striking out a £462 million Commercial Court action against it by AAI Consulting and others, claiming that a business was investigated in bad faith.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anna Dilnot
Strengths: "Anna is very sharp and always responsive." "Incredibly thorough and very brainy, she is commercially savvy and quick to get to the issues in a case. She's also a real fighter."
Recent work: Acted in Kazakhstan Kagazy v Zhunus and Arip, a claim for approximately £200 million brought by Kazakhstan Kagazy Group against its former directors and shareholders for alleged conspiracy and fraudulent misappropriation of the proceeds of an IPO on the London Stock Exchange.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alec Haydon
Strengths: "He's not afraid to put his neck on the line and give a clear view on how the case should be presented." "He's exceedingly thorough and very decisive."
Recent work: Instructed in Pinchuk v Bogolyubov and Kolomoisky. This case concerned a claim by one Ukrainian oligarch against two others seeking shares in KZhRK, a formerly state-owned steel plan in Ukraine.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sebastian Isaac
Strengths: "A pleasure to work with and always makes himself available as cases develop." "Our team was very impressed with his legal analysis, written work and advocacy in court."
Recent work: Acted for Alliance Bernstein in relation to Philips Electronics pension fund trustees' claims regarding the construction and management of a mortgage-backed securities portfolio.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Laura John
Strengths: "A very able and hard-working junior, who is always on the shortlist for any significant mis-selling case." "She's a ferocious advocate who cuts straight to the point."
Recent work: Defended an early disclosure application and a jurisdiction challenge in a claim of misrepresentation against RBS, which was based on Euribor rigging allegations.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edmund King
Strengths: "Extremely bright and hard-working. He's also very enthusiastic, and brings well-expressed and bright ideas to any conference."
Recent work: Instructed by Lehman Brothers Finance in its Financial List trial against Tschira, which raises complex questions relating to the ISDA close-out mechanism and default interest.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edward Levey
Strengths: "Very good at running hard points." "He adopts a robust approach with opponents, and provides with practical advice that always keeps the clients' objectives in focus."
Recent work: Acted for Sumitomo in an oil and gas dispute against Idemitsu, arising out of a Share Purchase Agreement relating to a North Sea oil field. He was successful in striking out the claim.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James MacDonald
Strengths: "He never drops the ball; he turns work around and covers all the points with solid reliability." "He can be calm and patient with the most demanding of clients."
Recent work: Acted for Grant Thornton against the Tchenguiz brothers’ multibillion-dollar fraud claims arising out of the SFO’s investigation into the collapse of Kaupthing Bank.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James McClelland
Strengths: "Unbelievably sharp, exceptionally easy to work with, and someone with a super-brain." "He's very intellectually thorough and never lets a point drop without shaking it until its teeth rattle."
Recent work: Acted for LG Chem in Barclays' claim for declarations of non-liability against it. The case arose out of a complex, high-value multi-jurisdictional remittance fraud.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alexander Milner
Strengths: "Very good at engaging with the judge, he gets points across without much effort, and is pretty robust with witnesses." "Hard-working, responsive and confident in his advice."
Recent work: Defended Atalaya Mining in a EUR50 million contractual dispute with Astor Management, relating to the sale and commission of a large copper mine in Spain.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Tamara Oppenheimer

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tamara Oppenheimer
Strengths: "Has impeccable judgement, and takes an extremely diligent, hard-working approach to his work. She has strong technical knowledge and sound tactical nous." "Extremely responsive and good fun to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Coutts defending a £5 million claim brought by a Mr O'Hare, who alleged product mis-selling and negligent investment advice.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Matthew Parker
Strengths: "Up for the fight and willing to push on arguments, he sees the context and fights the client's case." "He's very decisive and clear, and his advocacy is crisp."
Recent work: Acted for two defendants in major commercial litigation, including dishonest conduct claims, regarding the ownership and operation of the USD200 million Aman Hotel group.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Peter Ratcliffe
Strengths: "A leading light at the junior Commercial Bar who is good on his feet." "Very able, analytical, and polite but authoritative, he's someone you can have the fullest confidence in."
Recent work: Acted for Citigroup in its defence of Terra Firma’s £2.4 billion banking fraud claim, arising out of its acquisition of EMI in 2007.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Sinclair
Strengths: "He has an excellent, relaxed court manner and puts his arguments across logically and clearly." "He's very bright, he turns papers around very quickly, and he's very responsive."
Recent work: Instructed in Property Alliance Group v The Royal Bank of Scotland, one of the first civil claims to come to trial on issues relating to mis-sold interest rates, Libor rigging and allegations of bad faith against RBS’s turnaround division, GRG.

^ Return to Top

Band 2

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tony Singla
Strengths: "He's got very good analytical skills, and he's a pragmatic adviser." "He's good at strategic planning, good at advising the client and always available."
Recent work: Acted for Lloyds Banking Group defending a high-profile group action brought by numerous shareholders alleging that they were misled when voting in favour of Lloyds' £12 billion acquisition of HBOS in 2008.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

New Square Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Adamyk of New Square Chambers
Strengths: "He's clever, meticulous in his preparation, good to deal with and responsive." "Extremely bright, extremely thorough and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Bjorn Pirrwitz, ex-chairman of two offshore funds' board of directors, who was sued for breach of duties in approving large exit payments to other ex-directors.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Atrill
Strengths: "Confident and assertive." "His impressive analytical skills are combined with great depth of knowledge relating to the financial services sector."
Recent work: Acted in a breach of contract claim against Mike Ashley, billionaire Newcastle United owner and majority Sports Direct owner, brought by de facto Sports Direct CFO Jeffrey Blue.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jeremy Brier
Strengths: "An extremely well-rounded leading junior, who is very hard-working and able to turn around instructions quickly." "He has a good eye for detail, and is a clear and decisive thinker."
Recent work: Acted for Ashot Egiazaryan in a claim against the City of Moscow, relating to a Russian hotel project and allegations of a 'corporate raid' against the Russian government.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

XXIV Old Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edward Cumming
Strengths: "Ferociously hard-working and a delight to deal with, he's clever, energetic and good at quickly getting to the nub of the problem." "Pragmatic and very good with clients."
Recent work: Acted for the Libyan Investment Authority in its high-value claim against Goldman Sachs alleging that undue influence had been exerted by Goldman Sachs to procure LIA to enter into derivative investments valued at USD1.2 billion.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Cutress
Strengths: "Makes himself available when required, and is always responsive and engaged in the case." "His calm and incisive analysis wins the client over."
Recent work: Instructed in London Bridge's USD423 million claim against RBS, which involved allegations of Libor fraud.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Davies
Strengths: "Very bright and sensible, he's someone who comes up with lots of ideas." "He is held in high regard."
Recent work: Acted for Hulley Enterprises and others, former majority shareholders of Yukos, in enforcing USD50 billion in arbitration awards against the Russian Federation in England.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

4 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew de Mestre
Strengths: "An impressive advocate." "A really broad-based barrister with deep experience of all sorts of cases, who's actually seen it and done it all already in many instances."
Recent work: Acted for Singularis Holdings, a Cayman entity in liquidation, seeking to recover USD204 million which it claims was wrongly paid away by the defendant, a Japanese broker.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Peter de Verneuil Smith

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Peter de Verneuil Smith
Strengths: "A very good member of the team who works very hard and has a very strong intellect." "He brings great commercial know-how, is very persuasive and is not easily fazed."
Recent work: In Tatneft v Boglyubov, he helped strike out and set aside a USD250 million freezing injunction against the defendant.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Christopher Harris

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Harris
Strengths: "Down-to-earth, intelligible and practical, his judgement on what will persuade a tribunal is impressive." "A pugnacious litigator with sound legal and commercial instincts."
Recent work: Acted for Venezuela, which sought to set aside enforcement of a USD750 million investment arbitration award arising from a gold mining concession.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Hattan
Strengths: "His City background puts him in pole position when it comes to investment disputes; few are so adept at putting clients at ease." "Puts together pleadings and legal submissions at speed."

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Justin Higgo
Strengths: "Has the power to assimilate masses of material and distil things down to the core issues of a case." "He's very personable and very engaging with the clients."
Recent work: Instructed in Glenn v Watson, a claim to set aside a shareholders agreement relating to the establishment and operation of an investment business on the grounds of deceit and for want of authority.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Benjamin John
Strengths: "He is always really cheery" and "he really has a great eye for detail. Whatever you throw at him he can turn around, and he's quite voracious in dealing with work."
Recent work: Acted for Deir Dos Santos in the much-publicised case looking at whether or not notice that the UK will leave the EU requires Parliamentary approval.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Oliver Jones
Strengths: "Has the intellect of a QC combined with the efficiency of a junior, and he's all over the materials." "Excellent at cutting through reams of paperwork to get to the heart of the issue." "Ferociously hard-working and a man with tremendous analytical ability who is great to have on the team."
Recent work: Represented the former CFO of Autonomy, in a high-value claim brought by HP in connection with HP's acquisition of Autonomy in 2011. HP contended that the purchase price was artificially inflated by USD5 billion as a result of accounting fraud by the defendants.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ciaran Keller
Strengths: "His ability to grasp technically difficult issues sets him apart, and he is also a pleasure to work with." "He is excellent on large-scale international disputes."
Recent work: Acted for New World Value Fund in a dispute in the Privy Council concerning the construction of a BVI Limited Partnership's articles of association and entitlement to its assets.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Outer Temple Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Farhaz Khan

^ Return to Top

Band 3

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Mott
Strengths: "Everything a good junior should be: hard-working, responsive, commercial and down-to-earth. He's a model of good client service." "Clever, thoughtful, calm under pressure."
Recent work: Acted for 111 claimants in the market-leading group litigation brought against Tesco, arising out of its profit overstatement of £326 million announced in autumn 2014.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Deepak Nambisan
Strengths: "Takes a very clever and creative approach." "He did an admirable job trying to argue difficult points, and gave a very good performance with a very difficult set of facts."
Recent work: Led a dispute arising from ITV2's termination of its contract with reality TV production company Mr H TV, due to the producer's alleged material breaches of contract.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rajesh Pillai
Strengths: "Intellectually very strong, hands-on, and someone who builds a strong rapport with clients." "He has a healthy commercial sense of the way the world works."
Recent work: Acted for high-profile Indian businessman Niranjan Hiranandani in the defence of a £350 million claim by former AIM-listed Isle of Man investment company, Hirco.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Clare Reffin
Strengths: "She balances an incredibly sharp legal mind with a calm, practical manner." "She works quickly and accurately under pressure, and can assess the merits of a case with ease."
Recent work: Appeared in Banque Cantonale de Genève v Sanomi, obtaining a freezing injunction on behalf of a Swiss bank as part of a dispute involving promissory notes.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

4 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sharif Shivji
Strengths: "Good at approaching the client's issues in a commercial manner and thinking of creative solutions." "A thoughtful strategist."
Recent work: Acted for Stephen Akers, liquidator of BVI companies, in claiming damages in excess of EUR500 million for Deutsche Bank's sale of highly toxic derivative instruments.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Vinall
Strengths: "A very clear and concise advocate in court, who is really client-friendly." "He's always thoroughly well prepared, user-friendly and tenacious with his arguments."
Recent work: Counselled Bonhams in a complex, high-profile, multiparty Commercial Court dispute about a 1950s racing Ferrari which was sold at auction for £9.6 million.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Robert Weekes
Strengths: "He has an astute mind, and he's a practical, commercial and very clever junior." "He really gets into the detail and leaves no stone unturned."
Recent work: Served as junior counsel for private equity firms claiming that Barclays misled them, their shareholders and the market in relation to the bank's recapitalisation in 2008.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Colin West
Strengths: "Able to build an instant rapport with clients, and very useful as a second opinion. He's an excellent trial advocate, who's completely unflappable."
Recent work: Successfully represented Transocean Drilling in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning the meaning of an exclusion clause for consequential losses in a drilling rig contract.

^ Return to Top

Band 3

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Emily Wood
Strengths: "Always happy to be available at short notice, and gives calm, commercial advice, even when the temperature in a case starts to rise."
Recent work: Defended Barclays against a EUR300 million indemnity claim by UniCredit, arising out of a cross-border structured finance deal which came under the scrutiny of the Italian tax authorities.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rupert Allen
Strengths: "He's a really bright guy, who is really hard-working and capable."
Recent work: Instructed by Goldman Sachs International to defend unconscionable bargain and undue influence claims brought by the Libyan Investment Authority.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alex Barden
Strengths: "Punches above his weight, and has both great intellect and a good eye for detail." "When he spoke, you could see QCs on all sides listening."
Recent work: Represented the QE Group, one of the parties who invested in RBS before its collapse in 2006, in a high-profile claim brought under Section 90 of the Financial Services and Markets Act alleging that Sir Fred Goodwin and other directors of the bank had deliberately misled investors as to the bank’s financial position in the months before its collapse.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Enterprise Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Barker of Enterprise Chambers
Strengths: "A superb advocate, who provides commercial advice, delivers great drafting and is user-friendly."
Recent work: Advised the liquidators of Portsmouth City FC's owners on issues arising from the sale of the company’s assets and charges given to secure debts and liabilities.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Blakeley
Strengths: "Gets stuck into his written work and provides brilliant analysis of the legal issues." "A brilliant, brilliant junior counsel who is very clear-headed."
Recent work: Acted for the Libyan Investment Authority in a claim seeking to recover over USD2 billion, alleging that it had been the victim of a fraudulent and corrupt scheme between SocGen and Panamanian company Leinada.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Edward Brown
Strengths: "Tenacious, pragmatic and someone with a good eye for detail." "He gives sound, practical advice, is willing to get involved in the detail as needed, and he invariably makes himself available."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants, Standard Bank, in an USD85 million banking fraud case against Mongolian defendants EMC, as part of an ongoing LCIA arbitration.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Matthew Cook
Strengths: "Particularly adept at assessing the commercial issues at play and giving practical advice." "Quick to respond and very efficient, he's one of the quickest workers at the Bar."
Recent work: Acted for defendant bank Roskilde in proceedings concerning allegations of fraudulent or negligent misrepresentation in relation to the issue of subordinated notes.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Craig
Strengths: "He makes his points shortly and effectively, and is businesslike and to the point." "Thorough, tenacious and pragmatic."
Recent work: Acted for AWAS-managed entities in claims for monies due from Kingfisher Airlines under five aircraft leases. He obtained a summary judgment of around USD100 million.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ruth den Besten
Strengths: "Turns work around quickly, diligently and to the highest standard, and is brilliant on strategy." "Comes up with good ideas, and writes beautifully and with brevity."
Recent work: Acted in the Lehman Brothers Waterfall case in the Supreme Court.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Gregory Denton-Cox

4 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gregory Denton-Cox
Strengths: "Displays great legal awareness and maturity. He has a very good drafting style, and his pleasant and easy-going personality make him a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for defendant directors in a claim by the liquidators of Carlyle Capital Corporation regarding liquidation of an investment vehicle during the 2008 financial crisis.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Duffy
Strengths: "Highly responsive, client-friendly and works seamlessly with a large solicitor team." "He's quick to grasp complex issues and identify commercial solutions."
Recent work: Acted for UBS in defending a claim for USD200 million brought by Decura. The case raised important issues relating to contractual construction.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Steven Elliott
Strengths: "Steven Elliott is technically excellent, and produces incredibly concise, well-drafted submissions." "Careful and considered, with a real ability to think laterally."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the Littlewoods organisation in restitution claims against HMRC, relating to overpaid VAT valued at £1.3 billion.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Emma Jones
Strengths: "Hard-working, willing to get stuck into the detail and very responsive, she has an understated assuredness that inspires confidence." "Grasps difficult issues quickly."
Recent work: Acted for Hewlett-Packard group companies in misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty claims against Autonomy's ex-senior management, regarding its sale to HP.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Quadrant Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Yash Kulkarni
Strengths: "He has a great intellect and always seems to find a solution to every issue that's thrown at him." "Extremely user-friendly, and a great team player, who is quick to spot the issues in a case."
Recent work: Appeared in Abbot Investments v Nestoil, acting for defendant guarantor who was seeking to resist a claim for USD2 million payment under guarantee.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Littleton Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Lascelles
Strengths: "Hard-working, thorough, excellent to work with, and a lawyer with a good eye for detail. His IT skills are a bonus." "Very hands-on, and he always provides clear and commercial advice."
Recent work: Acted for Samir Arab in bringing commercial fraud claims for USD30 million against Merchantbridge and others. The case related to an extremely valuable Iraqi mobile phone licence.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ben Lynch
Strengths: "A barrister with a frighteningly astute mind, who doesn't leave any stone unturned." "Has an excellent eye for detail and is very approachable. He works ridiculous hours even for a commercial barrister."
Recent work: Acted in the case of AIG Europe Ltd v OC320301 LLP, the first trial on the meaning and effect of the aggregation clause in solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Five Paper

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Mills of Five Paper
Strengths: "Extremely user-friendly and a man of great technical expertise, whose written pleadings are well thought out." "Diligent and great with clients, his advice is certainly of silk standard."
Recent work: Represented Bibby Financial Services as senior specialist counsel at the Court of Appeal, in a case of huge significance to the invoice finance industry.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Murray
Strengths: "A highly competent junior who impresses with his conscientious and thorough approach when dealing with Libor issues."
Recent work: Acted for China Southern Airlines in a substantial case brought by Tigris International, who alleged that the airline breached a contract for the sale of six Boeing 737 aircraft.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Laura Newton
Strengths: "Extremely easy to deal with and very friendly, she helps put clients at ease." "She produces things very quickly and she really masters the evidence."
Recent work: Represented Ukrsibbank in connection with a USD100 million freezing injunction against a Ukrainian MP accused of fraudulently misappropriating assets worth millions of dollars from a Ukrainian bank.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sandy Phipps
Strengths: "Analytical prowess, clear, concise and measured written advocacy and excellent judgement mark Sandy Phipps as having maturity far beyond his call." "He is the all-rounder."
Recent work: Acted for Commerzbank and others in a Commercial Court claim against several entities in relation to a EUR30 million series of structured notes issued in 2013.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Power
Strengths: "A barrister who is immediately able to formulate a strategy, he produces really good skeleton arguments." "User-friendly and easy to deal with."
Recent work: Acted for startup tech company Swiss Science and its directors in defence of a claim for around USD11 million, brought by Play LA. The case was heard in the British Virgin Islands.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

20 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Philip Riches
Strengths: "He has a real talent for taking on any kind of case and finding his way through." "His strategic thinking is extremely good and he comes up with interesting solutions."
Recent work: Acted in IPM Energy Trading v Carillion Energy Services, a case arising out of a failure to deliver carbon savings under the UK government’s CESP carbon-offset scheme.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

11KBW

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Amy Rogers of 11KBW
Strengths: "Calm and innovative, she is very conscientious and very clear-headed." "She's able to grasp the detail while maintaining focus on the bigger picture."
Recent work: Acted for the Iranian commercial bank Bank Mellat in long-running sanctions litigation. He also acted for the bank in a multibillion-pound damages claim in the Commercial Court.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Scott
Strengths: "Andrew Scott is formidably intelligent." "His experience and ability are much higher than his year of call."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant, a US financial services provider, in Perella Weinberg Partners v Codere SA, which involved claims in excess of USD10 million arising out of a restructuring.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

George Spalton
Strengths: "He's very good with clients, and he really stands out for his commercial approach."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of JDT Greenall in relation to a £12 million claim by Mavuli Caboose Establishment involving complex choice of law and inter-party relationship matters.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ulick Staunton of Radcliffe Chambers
Strengths: "Always bang up to date on the law, very diligent, commercial, good with clients and a very effective advocate." "He's a tough lawyer and a very effective negotiator, too."

^ Return to Top

Band 4

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alexander Wright
Strengths: "Incredibly bright, commercial and approachable. Alex swiftly gets to grips with the key issues and provides pragmatic, commercial advice."
Recent work: Acted for ICBC Leasing in a claim against CG Commercial Finance, the leasing subsidiary of China's largest bank, for misuse of confidential information.

^ Return to Top

Band 4

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Can Yeginsu
Strengths: "He's very user-friendly and meticulous." "As an advocate, he's very confident due to his awareness of his own intellectual abilities."
Recent work: Acted in a Commercial Court claim of over £40 million brought by two leading asset management figures against another for alleged conspiracy to damage their business.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sarah Abram
Strengths: "Knows how to take big decisions and is confident in her tactical approach." "She's an excellent junior for competition disputes."
Recent work: Represented Thames Water Utilities in a Part 8 claim concerning the basis on which Thames Water must make payments to the Canal & River Trust in respect of Thames Water's abstraction of water from the River Lee.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Hardwicke

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Emily Betts
Strengths: "A persuasive advocate with a sharp eye for detail, who is able to get judges on her side quickly." "Very personable. Her paperwork is excellent and she's very good on her feet."
Recent work: Acted for Roadchef Employee Benefits Trust in a dispute concerning the illegal transfer of shares from the employee share scheme to a former managing director.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

20 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Harris Bor
Strengths: "Knows the law backwards and can compartmentalise and categorise things like top QCs do." "Thoughtful and careful, he gets on with the work without airs or graces."
Recent work: Acted for Kuwaiti investors in a breach of contract, negligence and fraud claim against investment managers and property developers with UK and Moroccan interests.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Matthew Bradley

A

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Matthew Bradley
Strengths: "Very responsive and proactive, and someone who makes really strenuous efforts to make himself available." "Gives thorough and pragmatic advice on complex commercial disputes." 
Recent work: Successfully represented 837 claimant passengers in a test claims trial against a Turkish airline. The claimants were seeking damages for the airline’s failure to fly them.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Caplan
Strengths: "Always inventive in his approach, he thinks about the wider issues." "Tenacious and persuasive, his drafting skills are exceptional in terms of their speed of turnaround and quality."
Recent work: Acted for Tarek Investments in a dispute over ownership and control of Aman Resorts, a collection of 26 small luxury resorts and hotels around the world.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Stewart Chirnside

Quadrant Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stewart Chirnside
Strengths: "Helpful and proactive, he's very well prepared and a strong advocate." "He does not take long to come to considered views, which invariably prove accurate."
Recent work: Defended IBRC Asset Finance in a claim worth £150 million, citing a breach of facility agreement which allegedly caused a high-value West End hotel redevelopment to fail.

Christopher Lundie
Strengths: "He's always on top of the facts and the law, and he's an excellent technical lawyer for complex matters, whose also very commercial." "Determined and ambitious."
Recent work: Acted in an £8 million claim by Shangdong Yongtai Group for breach of warranty. The case concerned the sale of Covpress International Holdings.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anton Dudnikov
Strengths: "Turns stuff around quickly, is very thorough, and is a really nice bloke who's easy to deal with." "He's bilingual in Russian and English which helps, and on top of that his draftsmanship is first class."
Recent work: Advised Ukranian politician Sergiy Taruta and Dargamo Holdings in a dispute between a number of oligarchs who profited from one of Ukraine's largest industrial entities.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Laurence Emmett
Strengths: "Stands out due to his outstanding legal knowledge and strategic decision-making." "Intelligent, responsive and thorough."
Recent work: Acted for the third defendant in a claim by FM Capital Partners, a joint venture with a Libyan sovereign wealth fund, relating to payments made to the claimant's directors.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Eschwege
Strengths: "Probably the hardest-working barrister you could come across; he absolutely loves it. He thrives on work." "Very few marshal facts and legal arguments as well as he does."
Recent work: Represented BP in a dispute with Scottish Power concerning the consequences of a failure to supply North Sea gas under long-term gas sales agreements.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tom Ford
Strengths: "A barrister with an insatiable appetite for work, he has a lot of great ideas and can assimilate a morass of facts into a single, succinct point." "He goes out of his way to be helpful."
Recent work: Defended Ukrainian billionaire oligarch Igor Kolomoiky in a USD380 million Commercial Court claim brought against him by one of the largest oil producers in Russia.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

20 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Fulton
Strengths: "Charming and confident, he's great with clients and quick to grasp complex issues and identify commercial solutions." "He is an advocate beyond his year of call."
Recent work: Instructed in The Hut Group v Nobahar-Cookson, a dispute between two online retailers.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Philip Hinks
Strengths: "Very personable" and "a creative thinker who shows imagination when picking out the key arguments in a case."
Recent work: Advised residents of Wentworth Golf Estate on its high-profile acquisition by the Reignwood Group, which planned to dramatically reduce the number of club members.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Fred Hobson
Strengths: "He's really, really good, very well prepared, and clients view him as a very good find."
Recent work: Defended Citibank against a £2.3 billion fraud claim brought by Terra Firma in connection with the ill-fated acquisition of EMI.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Daniel Hubbard
Strengths: "He is lightning-fast on his feet, and willing to get his hands dirty digging through the details." "He's switched-on, and a collegial member of the team who gets on with the client."

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Enterprise Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Linden Ife of Enterprise Chambers
Strengths: "Economical in her submissions, she doesn't take bad points and gets to the heart of the case very quickly." "Gets a good grasp of the issues and takes a proactive approach."
Recent work: Acted for United Trust Bank in an enforcement action against the ex-managing director of law firm Blavo & Co, which the SRA shut down after finding serious irregularities.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Selborne Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Hugh Jackson of Selborne Chambers
Strengths: "Precise and meticulous, he takes his time, prepares things properly and lays the groundwork." "Easy to get on with, he is liked by clients as he can relate to them at all levels."

^ Return to Top

Band 5

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anne Jeavons
Strengths: "Very level-headed, smart, responsive, commercial, good technically and a pleasure to deal with."
Recent work: Instructed in conjoined proceedings involving a dispute between businessmen Khagram and Khan, who brought claims against each other.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Hardwicke

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Lewis
Strengths: "He is very bright, highly proactive and really on your side. He will be objective in his advice, and you feel he is looking for solutions and ways to maximise the client's position." "He's extremely bright and easy to work with."
Recent work: Acted for businessman John Kent in a case concerning duress, undue influence, misrepresentation and breach of contract claims against an Abu Dhabi royal family member.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gary Lidington of Radcliffe Chambers
Strengths: "He gets on top of facts very quickly and manages cases very well." "Excellent at both insolvency and property litigation."
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel for defendant Synova Capital in respect of a claim of over £3 million for breach of confidence arising out of a ‘stolen’ business opportunity.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Christopher Lundie

2TG - 2 Temple Gardens

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Lundie
Strengths: "He's always on top of the facts and the law, and he's an excellent technical lawyer for complex matters, whose also very commercial." "Determined and ambitious."
Recent work: Acted in an £8 million claim by Shangdong Yongtai Group for breach of warranty. The case concerned the sale of Covpress International Holdings.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Shantanu Majumdar

Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Shantanu Majumdar of Radcliffe Chambers
Strengths: "Very good with difficult clients." "He's hands-on and a great tactician."
Recent work: Defended an economic tort and conspiracy claim brought by Stemcor SEA against the director of a company that had contracted for the purchase of steel billets to be delivered to Iran.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Cornerstone Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Marshall of Cornerstone Barristers
Strengths: "Highly capable and very good with clients." "He brings very good independent legal analysis, backed up with an evident willingness to understand every aspect of the client's situation."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Purrunsing v A'Court & another, which concerned fraud by solicitors on both sides of a conveyancing transaction and relief under Section 61 of the Trustee Act 1925.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Nadin
Strengths: "He's highly intelligent, very hard-working, and not afraid to give robust advice." "His written work is excellent, especially his pleadings."
Recent work: Served as sole counsel for Maze SARL in a Commercial Court dispute brought by LIC Telecommunications, concerning shares sold at auction for EUR330 million.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Dov Ohrenstein of Radcliffe Chambers
Strengths: "He always has an eye on the bigger picture, and is incredibly reassuring. His client-care skills are great, and he is very tough." "His cross-examination is excellent."
Recent work: Instructed in Dixon and EFI (Loughton) v Blindley Heath Investments, which involved a company’s refusal of registration of a share transfer, shareholder pre-emption agreements, estoppel by convention and directors’ liability for other parties’ costs.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Benjamin Parker
Strengths: "He's excellent, very easy to engage with, very ready to assist and excellent on the law." "Hard-working and diligent, he's a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Represented Berkeley Offshore and Lancashire Insurance in relation to a £1.5 billion insurance claim for the alleged total loss of an SBM oil platform in the North Sea.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Quadrant Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jeremy Richmond
Strengths: "Very good tactically, very realistic and very client-friendly." "He gives excellent commercial, pragmatic advice and has a winning client manner."
Recent work: Helped PST Energy 7 Shipping to appeal a decision that they were not relieved of paying for marine fuel bunkers supplied under contract by now insolvent OW Bunker Malta.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Gerard Rothschild

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gerard Rothschild
Strengths: "Shows unsurpassed attention to detail and huge technical capability, and has a pleasant manner with clients." "He's highly thoughtful and organised, and has a quick mind."
Recent work: Represented General Nutrition Investment Company in litigation arising out of the termination of Holland & Barrett’s licence to use the GNC trade mark in the UK.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Daniel Saoul
Strengths: "He's taken on leaders confidently and effectively, and he doesn't seem to be frightened of anything or anybody." "He's very patient and composed when on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for Kazakhstan Kagazy and other companies based in Kazakhstan in a USD250 million fraud claim against former directors and shareholders who had allegedly siphoned off monies.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Quadrant Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Emily Saunderson
Strengths: "Emily is a very solid junior, who is very conscientious and careful." "She is diligent and committed."
Recent work: Defended TRW Lucas Varity Electric Steering in Globe Motors' EUR20 million damages claim relating to the alleged breach of an exclusive supply agreement.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Sloboda
Strengths: "Efficient and a team player, he has sound judgement on which points to run." "He has great forensic ability and he'll do every little bit of the case."
Recent work: Successfully defended RCI Europe in a large Chancery Division class action with many hundreds of claimants, which alleged that RCI engaged in unfair practices.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Littleton Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adam Solomon
Strengths: "Persuasive on his feet, he never shies away from problems, and takes a positive, upbeat attitude." "Has great drive, is determined to win and has a huge capacity for work."
Recent work: Successfully defended Lola's Kitchen trading as Lola's Cupcakes, against claims brought by Honeyrose Bakery.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

20 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charlotte Tan
Strengths: "A hard-working commercial junior." "She's very thorough and hard-working, and she understands the business issues, not just the legal aspects of the case."
Recent work: Acted for Vincent Tchenguiz in a conspiracy and malicious prosecution claim against Grant Thornton and others, in which the claimant sought in excess of USD2 billion.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Walmsley
Strengths: "Cuts through all the issues, makes things really clear and gives the tribunal a roadmap." "He's good at balancing academic attention to detail with a keen commercial understanding."
Recent work: Acted for Nokia in a private equity house's Commercial Court USD100 million claim for breach of warranty in relation to the sale of luxury phone business Vertu.

^ Return to Top

Band 5

Henderson Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Henry Warwick of Henderson Chambers
Strengths: "A diligent barrister who gets on top of his brief very quickly. His experience as a solicitor gives him an extra edge." "Very thorough, well organised and completely dependable."
Recent work: Instructed in Jones and Others v NWF, a supply of goods dispute in the Mercantile Court. Warwick represented a manufacturer and supplier bringing a claim for damages by reason of alleged defects.

^ Return to Top

Up and Coming

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nathaniel Bird
Strengths: "Not afraid to step up and provide astute strategic input, he has forensic attention to detail and is extremely diligent."

^ Return to Top

Up and Coming

4 Stone Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alexander Cook
Strengths: "A very able advocate, who is approachable, adaptable and someone who exercises good judgement." "Meticulous and able to absorb complex facts and issues quickly."
Recent work: Represented Peak Hotels and Resorts in a very high-profile shareholder battle for control of Aman Resorts, a group of ultra-luxury hotels worth around USD358 million.

^ Return to Top

Up and Coming

Quadrant Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Liisa Lahti
Strengths: "Proactive, very responsive and someone whose legal analysis is very good." "Grasps the issues, has a good handle across the piece and is good at suggesting routes forward."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of numerous companies, bringing claims against the Bank of Scotland in relation to Libor manipulation.

^ Return to Top

Up and Coming

Littleton Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James McWilliams
Strengths: "Incredibly user-friendly, thoughtful and forensic in his approach to commercial disputes." "In terms of call, he is beyond his years in the way he presents his advice."
Recent work: Acted for Cyprus Popular Bank in bringing claims against Andreas Vgenopoulos and others. The case arose out of the collapse of Cyprus's second largest bank.

^ Return to Top

Up and Coming

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nehali Shah
Strengths: "She remembers it all, she's incredibly responsive and hard-working, and she's all over the legal issues in terms of the boundaries of the law."
Recent work: Successfully defended professional negligence claims against Ernst & Young regarding the financial due diligence surrounding its £400 million acquisition of Esporta Leisure Group.

^ Return to Top

Up and Coming

One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sophie Weber
Strengths: "Impresses with her ability to understand and contextualise information very quickly." "Offers a first-rate service, and is good in terms of her commitment to the case and accessibility."
Recent work: Acted for German, Swiss and Austrian investors in misrepresentation and negligence claims against a leading rating agency and bank relating to a sale of notes.

^ Return to Top

A

Direct access enables barristers to be instructed without the involvement (and financial cost) of an intermediary such as a solicitor. It comes in two forms: licensed access and public access. More information can be found here.