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  1. Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading sets
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  3. Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2016 silks
  4. Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2017 silks
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3 Verulam Buildings is β€˜one of the top banking sets’ with β€˜some fantastically capable and experienced practitioners to choose from’, including several top-ranked senior juniors. Members acted for the claimants and defendants in Banco Santander Totta v Portuguese transport companies, the first case on the Financial List, and law firms also note the impressive performance of the clerking team juggling the demands of the 13 members acting for different groups in the RBS rights issue litigation.

Fountain Court Chambers is β€˜a go-to set for banking and finance’ that β€˜delivers an excellent service’; members are β€˜almost uniformly excellent’ and β€˜very accommodating in a wide range of scenarios’. Aside from traditional banking disputes, the set has recruited in overlapping areas such as civil and criminal fraud, where Richard Lissack QC is very well regarded. Counsel have been involved in several key disputes including McGraw-Hill v Deutsche Apotheker and others (the ratings agency litigation), and Property Alliance Group v RBS.

One Essex Court consistently provides β€˜excellent service and support’, and has a β€˜wide range of practitioners covering all levels, allowing the structuring of strong and efficient teams with relevant expertise’. Members have recently been involved in a range of key cases, including the RBS rights issue litigation, Dexia Crediop v Province of Brescia, and Libyan Investment Authority v SociΓ©tΓ© GΓ©nΓ©rale.

β€˜A go-to set for the biggest, most complex work’, Brick Court Chambers is β€˜experienced at addressing contractual and banking claims’, and is β€˜highly recommended’ by solicitors. Counsel regularly act for banks and claimants in a range of disputes, with several going to the highest court level, such as the CoCo bonds expedited Supreme Court hearing for Lloyds Banking Group. Several members were also involved in Property Alliance Group v RBS in the Financial List.

Essex Court Chambers is a β€˜high-grade set, with a very strong bench of QCs and juniors’. It benefits from a strong overlapping fraud practice, where silks such as Paul McGrath QC hold sway. Recent highlights for the set include the Libor test cases Property Alliance Group v RBS and Hockin v RBS, both on behalf of RBS, as well as the Lehman Brothers Waterfall Part C dispute and Barclays Bank v UniCredit.

South Square is an β€˜excellent’ chambers that provides a β€˜courteous, friendly and smooth service’. While insolvency takes up the lion’s share of the work, members also have expertise in some of the most complex banking issues the market has to offer. Representative matters include the Lehman Brothers Waterfall I and II applications, BNY Mellon Corporate Trustee services v LBG Capital and Primeo Fund v HSBC.

Banking law is a key area for 4 Stone Buildings, which also excels in related practices such as insolvency and fraud. Members have appeared in some of the market’s largest disputes of recent times, including Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs International, BNY Mellon Corporate Trustee services v LBG Capital, and Deutsche Bank and others v Unitech.

20 Essex Street boasts several highly rated silks and juniors who are regular favourites for major cases. Key highlights include Philip Edey QC’s role in Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs International, while Luke Pearce represented Lloyds and Investec investors in the RBS rights issue litigation.

Blackstone Chambers is considered by many to be the first choice for regulatory disputes, often involving the FCA, but members also get their fair share of straight banking disputes, such as Libyan Investment Authority v SociΓ©tΓ© GΓ©nΓ©rale. Another key case was R (Holmcroft Properties) v KPMG LLP and others, concerning the role of skilled persons in relation to a redress scheme for the mis-selling of financial products.

β€˜A solid set with a good variety of consumer credit counsel’, Gough Square Chambers has a strong reputation for advisory work and retail banking law, and members are often directly instructed by banks’ in-house departments. On the litigation front, representative matters include Aura Finance v Balsam, and Brookman v Welcome Finance.

With a top-notch reputation for consumer credit, members of Henderson Chambers handle a wide variety of contentious and non-contentious work for a range of clients, including the UK’s five largest retail banks, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), payday lenders and various government departments.

With β€˜strength in depth, including bright juniors’, Maitland Chambers has a mix of Chancery and commercial barristers steeped in complex banking, insolvency and fraud-related issues.

Radcliffe Chambers has a β€˜great set of barristers’, including those who continue to β€˜make a name for themselves’ after joining from the now-defunct 11 Stone Buildings. Members handle a range of contentious and non-contentious commercial and regulatory matters on behalf of banks, building societies, hedge funds, investors and customers.

Serle Court has a strong reputation for banking disputes, with four members heavily involved in the RBS rights issue litigation. The set is also commended for its expertise in related offshore and fraud work.

XXIV Old Buildings has β€˜quality running through it’, and is a popular choice for funds thanks to being β€˜one of the leading sets for offshore disputes’. Highlight cases include the epic Al Sadik v Investcorp Bank, which is the longest trial to be heard in the Cayman Islands.

4 Pump Court continues to make a good name for itself, with members involved in several mis-selling cases and disputes involving the ISDA Master Agreement. Solicitors appreciate that β€˜the clerks only recommend the right barristers for the right cases’.

7 King’s Bench Walk has β€˜sound experience in banking law coupled with specific expertise in trade finance, which gives it an edge for certain types of disputes’. Members also regularly handle mis-selling, swaps and derivatives claims.

Outer Temple Chambers delivers β€˜an impressive service’ through β€˜helpful and accommodating clerking’. The set is especially noted for its expertise in white-collar crime and civil fraud related matters.

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