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Index of tables

  1. Commercial – Leading silks
  2. Commercial – 2017 Silks
  3. Commercial – 2018 Silks
  4. Commercial – Leading juniors

Commercial – Leading silks

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    • Charles Hollander QC Brick Court ChambersExcellent and robust – able to turn things around when the judiciary is not with you.
    • Timothy Howe QC Fountain Court ChambersA sharp intellect and a measured advocate – very accessible and a real pleasure to work with.
    • Adrian Hughes QC 39 Essex ChambersA sensible advocate who makes clients feel confident they are getting excellent expertise.
    • Charles Manzoni QC 39 Essex ChambersHis work includes commercial, finance and IP disputes with Chinese connections.
    • Christopher Moger QC 4 Pump CourtA full-time arbitrator active in Singapore and Hong Kong.
    • Stephen Moriarty QC Fountain Court ChambersA top-tier advocate who provides a 360-degree view of the legal issues.
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    • Michael Brindle QC Fountain Court ChambersFrequently instructed as an arbitrator in Singapore.
    • Raymond Cox QC Fountain Court ChambersA high-quality commercial silk in tune with the new generation of solicitors.
    • Charles Kimmins QC 20 Essex StreetOne of the best – a ninja in cross-examination.
    • David Lewis QC 20 Essex StreetHe provides superb and detailed analysis, and is responsive too.
    • David Lord QC Three StoneInstructed in cases in the Malay-speaking world.
    • Ewan McQuater QC 3 Verulam BuildingsInstructed in Asia’s agenda-setting civil fraud cases.
    • Luke Parsons QC Quadrant ChambersA real-life Perry Mason as a cross-examiner.
    • Richard Salter QC 3 Verulam BuildingsInstructed in Indian disputes.
    • Bankim Thanki QC Fountain Court ChambersInstructed in banking and commercial disputes around Asia.
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    • Jonathan Davies-Jones QC 3 Verulam BuildingsHe handles heavyweight arbitrations, many with strong Indian elements.
    • Alexander Gunning QC One Essex CourtA great pleasure to work with – solicitors and lay clients find him a go-to advocate.
    • David Joseph QC Essex Court ChambersYou cannot go wrong instructing him.
    • Ali Malek QC 3 Verulam BuildingsAn arbitration star – an experienced internationalist very much in demand.
    • Duncan Matthews QC 20 Essex StreetSharp and incisive, he has done very well as the head of chambers.
    • Andrew Onslow QC 3 Verulam BuildingsInstructed in technical financial cases with Asian elements.
    • Simon Rainey QC Quadrant ChambersA superstar with very solid and reliable mind for very complicated legal and factual issues.
    • Hefin Rees QC 3 Verulam BuildingsHe throws himself into a case team with tremendous enthusiasm.
    • John Rowland QC 4 Pump CourtA superb advocate and brilliant lawyer who is prepared to get into the detail of very complex cases.

Commercial – 2017 Silks

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    • Dr Colin Ong QC 36 StoneHis work includes commodities disputes.

Commercial – 2018 Silks

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    • Yash Kulkarni QC Quadrant ChambersPrepared to give a view rather than sit on the fence and has a very commercial outlook too.
    • Jern-Fei Ng QC Essex Court ChambersInstructed in Asean and Hong Kong matters.

Commercial – Leading juniors

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    • Ravi Aswani 36 StoneHe goes above and beyond what solicitors expect in case preparation.
    • Tariq Baloch 3 Verulam BuildingsA barrister with deep knowledge and passion for public international law.
    • Henry Byam-Cook 20 Essex StreetInstructed in commodities and commercial arbitrations.
    • Nicholas Craig 3 Verulam BuildingsAn impressive advocate who is good on paper and with clients too.
    • Saima Hanif 3 Verulam BuildingsHer written submissions are precise and persuasive, proving her ability to address regulators’ concerns.
    • Christopher Harris 3 Verulam BuildingsHe appears in India-related arbitrations.
    • Loretta Malintoppi 39 Essex ChambersHighly regarded as an arbitrator, she is also an expert in public international law.
    • Cameron Miles 3 Verulam BuildingsResponsive, thoughtful and energetic, with an expansive knowledge of investment treaty arbitration.
    • Andrew Pullen Fountain Court ChambersHardworking, diligent and capable; the quintessential junior counsel with a bright future.
    • Philip Riches 20 Essex StreetInstructed in commodities and commercial disputes.
    • Colin Wright 36 StoneVery user friendly.

3 Verulam Buildings is ‘a very commercially savvy set’ primarily known for work with Indian elements, but also accepts instructions across the region. Many work higlights have somewhat of a civil fraud flavour. Ewan McQuater QC continues to be instructed by Abu Dhabi’s publicly-owned investment vehicles International Petroleum Investment Company and Aaabar (subsequently amalgamated into Mubadala for unrelated reasons) in a dispute with the Malaysian government concerning funding for several power station projects which has not been repaid. In a different arena, financial services regulation specialist Saima Hanif is active in matters concerning Asean jurisdictions, including Singapore, and Hong Kong – she is one of several new recruits from 39 Essex Chambers.

4 Pump Court’s full-time arbitrator Christopher Moger QC is instructed to sit in a ₩40bn M&A dispute concerning alleged breaches of warranties and covenants regarding the sale of a Korean toy manufacturer. Alexander Gunning QC has moved to One Essex Court.

Crossing over with its expertise in shipping, 20 Essex Street has a particular strength in commodities disputes. Work includes arbitrations in Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as work for Asian instructing solicitors in London.

36 Stone’s commercial members have links to Asean and Hong Kong, with work including several commodities disputes. Colin Wright, who is also called to the Hong Kong Bar, represented Dragon Entertainment in a $6m claim concerning failure to perform a share purchase agreement.

39 Essex Chambers continues to have members instructed in commercial disputes across the Asia region.

Brick Court Chambers’ Charles Hollander QC is also admitted to the Hong Kong Bar, where he is active in various disputes. He represents Tomohiro Okada in Okada v Okada, a case concering the ownership of the family pachinko machine manufacturing business.

Essex Court Chambers’s Jern-Fei Ng QC was appointed silk in 2018 – his practice includes joint venture, distributorship and commodities arbitrations.

Fountain Court Chambers, which has a long track record in Singapore, is ‘well known for high stakes arbitration, including transnational commercial disputes’. Michael Brindle QC sits primarily as an arbitrator, while Raymond Cox QC has banking and fintech dispute expertise.

Elite shipping set Quadrant Chambers also handles the commodities area of the commercial space. New silk Yash Kulkarni QC advised a Singaporean company on European sanctions issues concerning the supply of dual use goods to Myanmar. Simon Rainey QC represents claimants in a multi-jurisdictional claim for $150m concerning the repudation of long-term gas supply contracts.

Three Stone’s David Lord QC continues to handle work with offshore elements. In addition to China-related instructions, he is also active in Malay-speaking Asia; he continues to act for Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei in a dispute with the Brunei Investment Agency which has ran for over a decade.

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