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Index of tables

  1. Commercial – Leading silks
  2. Commercial – 2017 Silks
  3. Commercial – Leading juniors

Commercial – Leading silks

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    • Charles Hollander QC - Brick Court Chambers β€˜His admission in Hong Kong is a real plus for clients looking for specialist competition skills.’
    • Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a breadth of experience, which he brings to the fore in all his work.’
    • Adrian Hughes QC - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜A very able counsel with excellent advocacy skills, and a great team player too.’
    • Christopher Moger QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A team player, who pays extreme attention to detail.’
    • Charles Manzoni QC - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜He appears in arbitrations as well as cases before the courts of Hong Kong.’
    • Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜One of the cleverest barristers but also very easy-going and client friendly.’
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    • Robert Bright QC - 7 King's Bench Walk β€˜Regularly instructed in Singapore arbitrations.’
    • Michael Brindle QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An arbitrator of choice in Singapore.’
    • Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Clear and commercial.’
    • Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Easy to work with, calm under pressure, down to earth and great with clients.’
    • David Lewis QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜He has a very good instinct for what judges or tribunals think.’
    • David Lord QC - Three Stone β€˜He appears in arbitration as well as offshore and onshore litigation.’
    • Duncan Matthews QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜He appears in heavyweight arbitrations across the region.’
    • John Rowland QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜An excellent advocate, a brilliant tactician and a delight to work with.’
    • Richard Salter QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He appears agenda-setting fraud arbitrations.’
    • Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His work ranges from aviation through to investment fund disputes.’
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    • Jeffrey Chapman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He appears as counsel in challenging investor-state arbitrations.’
    • Philip Edey QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜He has an absolutely first-rate intellect and is a brilliant advocate.’
    • David Joseph QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He appears in arbitrations across key jurisdictions in the region.’
    • Charles Kimmins QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Instructed in disputes involving issues ranging from telecoms to commodities.’
    • Neil Kitchener QC - One Essex Court β€˜He appears in London litigation and Singapore arbitrations.’
    • Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He appears in heavyweight commercial disputes worldwide.’
    • Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He appears in agenda-setting civil fraud matters.’
    • Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜His practice includes banking and joint venture disputes.’
    • Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He appears in heavyweight commodities cases.’
    • Hefin Rees QC - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜His work includes civil fraud cases and directors’ obligations matters.’
    • Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King's Bench Walk β€˜His work includes insurance arbitrations.’

Commercial – 2017 Silks

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    • Dr Colin Ong QC - 36 Stone β€˜He impresses as someone with fine commercial judgement and a commanding grasp of international arbitration.’

Commercial – Leading juniors

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    • Jonathan Bellamy - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜Prompt, practical and friendly.’
    • Christopher Harris - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜His strategic and tactical view on a case is always reliable.’
    • Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A consummate advocate, who is not afraid of rolling up his sleeves and doing the hard work.’
    • Ben Olbourne - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜He inspires confidence with his depth of knowledge and approachability.’
    • Rajesh Pillai - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Superbly clever and very easy to get along with: he offers sound and practical strategic advice.’
    • Philip Riches - 20 Essex Street β€˜His work includes matters in Hong Kong, Singapore and beyond.’
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    • Henry Byam-Cook - 20 Essex Street β€˜One of the best shipping and commodities juniors out there.’
    • Nicholas Craig - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He is able to master the details of very complicated and intricate disputes in short times after being briefed.’
    • Nakul Dewan - 20 Essex Street β€˜He appears in cases regarding India and Singapore.’
    • Loretta Malintoppi - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜A thoughtful and careful arbitrator.’
    • Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Solicitors appreciate his business-like approach and avoidance of airs and graces.’
    • James Potts - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He is extremely hardworking, produces excellent written submissions and is extremely good in legal analysis.’
    • Mary Thomson - 36 Stone β€˜A model arbitrator: properly prepared, courteous, clear-headed and balanced.’
    • Paul Toms - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He appears in commodities disputes.’
    • Colin Wright - 36 Stone β€˜Quick to respond with clear, commercial advice.’

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3 Verulam Buildings has strengths in financial services and civil fraud matters, as well as India-related work. Ewan McQuater QC leads the team acting for Aabar and International Petroleum Investment Company in the dispute with 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which defaulted on debts in the wake of an apparent transfer of funds from 1MDB to the personal wealth of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak.

At 4 Pump Court, Christopher Moger QC, now a full-time arbitrator, is chairman of an ICC tribunal in Singapore regarding a dispute between an investment fund and a Japanese hotel group over the SG$400m purchase of a hotel in the city; the buyer alleges fraudulent misrepresentation.

7 King's Bench Walk is well known for insurance work and has a strong track record of involvement in heavyweight arbitrations in the field across Asia-Pacific.

20 Essex Street handles a range of commercial disputes, some of which have a commodities focus. Away from that area, Charles Kimmins QC represented Tata in a dispute with Docomo in London regarding the enforcement of a $1.2bn arbitral award following difficulties in a telecoms joint venture.

39 Essex Chambers’ commercial disputes expertise includes insurance, commodities and civil fraud matters. Hefin Rees QC represented 300 investors in a class action case in both Singapore and London against two law firms that held money in escrow regarding a failed property development in Brazil, as part of a wider $70m fraud claim.

Brick Court Chambers’ Charles Hollander QC, who is called to the Bar in both the London and Hong Kong, appears in a range of commercial disputes, including civil fraud, joint venture disputes and competition law matters.

Fountain Court Chambers handles a range of disputes, spanning financial services litigation and regulatory matters through to aviation and civil fraud issues, with a growing strength in online fraud matters. Raymond Cox QC is instructed in a case regarding the operation of foreign exchange accounts and margin calls by a leading bank.

One Essex Court’s Neil Kitchener QC represents Hirco, a formerly AIM-listed property investor, in London court proceedings concerning a long-running saga against two members of the Hiranandani family regarding failed investments in the Indian real estate market.

Quadrant Chambers is β€˜equipped with highly experienced commodities barristers, both senior and junior, so can provide an all-round service’. Members have expertise across β€˜hard’ and β€˜soft’ commodities work, as well as other commercial matters.

36 Stone includes arbitrator Mary Thomson, as well as the Hong Kong-called Colin Wright, who represented the owner of several detained aircraft engines in a case regarding an application by the Hong Kong Airport Authority to sell them.

Three Stone’s David Lord QC continues to represent Prince Jefri of Brunei in his long-running dispute with the government of Brunei following allegations of embezzlement to the tune of $15bn, as well as acting for a claimant in a Kuala Lumpur arbitration concerning a power failure at an aluminium plant.

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