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  3. Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2017 silks
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3 Verulam Buildings is praised for its β€˜strength in depth in financial disputes’, and offers a β€˜stand out’ service and a β€˜genuine "how can I help" attitude’. Clients note that β€˜the junior silks are really superb on the banking sphere’. The set added to its already considerable ranks following the arrival of Hodge Malek QC and three juniors from 39 Essex Chambers, and Farhaz Khan from Outer Temple Chambers. The year saw the end of the RBS rights issue litigation, which involved numerous members of chambers. Other key disputes keeping several barristers busy, included PCP Capital Partners v Barclays Bank, and Red Kite Management v Barclays Bank.

Fountain Court Chambers is β€˜the pre-eminent set for financial disputes’ and the β€˜clerking is first rate’. The chambers has market leading barristers at every level, and offers expertise in the civil, criminal and regulatory side of banking law. Members have plenty of experience of large scale mis-selling claims, having been involved in the Property Alliance Group litigation on behalf of RBS, as well as the RBS rights issue litigation. Beyond banks, several members have been advising the Ukraine on its $3bn Eurobond dispute, Law Debenture Trust v Ukraine.

One Essex Court has β€˜fantastic strength in depth when it comes to banking litigation’ with a strong offering of silks and juniors at every stage. Members have been picked in some of the leading banking disputes that the market has to offer, including PCP Capital Partners v Barclays Bank, and have also had roles on the RBS rights issue litigation, FDIC-R v Barclays, Lloyds, HBOS, RBS, Deutsche Bank and others, Herald Fund PLC v Prime Fund, and Compucredit v Barclays Bank.

Brick Court Chambers is a β€˜very impressive set for financial services litigation,’ where β€˜the barristers all seem intellectually a notch above those at other sets’. The set is seen to be going β€˜from strength to strength across the board, with fantastic barristers from top to bottom’. Members can regularly be found on the biggest claims, acting both for and against the banks, including Law Debenture Trust v Ukraine, St Petersburg v Arkhangelsky, and Property Alliance Group v RBS.

Essex Court Chambers is a popular choice for major banking and finance disputes, particularly where there is an overlap into areas like civil fraud. Members are often involved in the most complex cases. Notable highlights include Lehman Waterfall Part C, Lehman Brothers Finance v Tschira, FDIC v Barlcays, and National Bank Trust v Yurov, Belyaev & Fetisov.

South Square has β€˜a great depth of talent’ and is β€˜unquestioned first choice for restructuring and insolvency’. The set has numerous barristers experienced in technical banking claims involving mis-selling and derivatives. A cohort of members were involved in the Lehman Waterfall I, II and III applications. Other key cases include Wall v RBS, Primeo Fund v HSBC, and Deutsche Bank v Dana Gas.

4 Stone Buildings is β€˜a terrific set on banking and insolvency, with some real stars’, particularly among the set’s senior silks. Members have been involved in several leading mandates, including Singularis Holdings Limited v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe, and JSC BTA Bank v. Ablyazov.

Blackstone Chambers has β€˜a longstanding well-deserved reputation in this field, which is matched by the strength in depth of its available counsel’. Several members within chambers were involved in PCP Partners v Barclays Bank, representing both PCP and ex-Barclays CEO, John Varley.

Gough Square Chambers is an extremely popular destination for contentious and non-contentious consumer credit matters, where clients β€˜would not hesitate to instruct any member of the set as their reputation precedes them’. Major recently, highlights include Arif and others v Berkeley Burke SIPP Administration, relating to the mis-selling of self-invested pension plans.

Henderson Chambers has a broad range of β€˜intellectually capable’ barristers. The set has a strong reputation for β€˜commercially sensible advice’, particularly in the contentious and advisory consumer credit space where it acts for the UK’s largest banks, as well as other finance houses and lenders.

Radcliffe Chambers is β€˜never short of a commercial or chancery practitioner that fits the job’. The set is especially strong on the consumer credit side, where it has some of the leading silks and juniors, as well as barristers well versed in broader banking disputes such as Rosserlane v Credit Suisse.

Serle Court houses several barristers β€˜highly skilled’ in banking disputes, especially offshore and fraud-related cases. The set is also noted for its β€˜good strength in depth of hardworking juniors’. Four members were involved in the RBS rights issue litigation, while other significant cases included Carlyle Capital v Conway and others.

XXIV Old Buildings has β€˜a strong group of silks and juniors’ who are β€˜reliable, sound, down to earth and very accommodating’. The set has a strong pedigree in banking litigation, particularly with an offshore angle.

4 Pump Court is becoming a β€˜go-to set for financial litigation’, particularly for claims against the banks. Members have a broad range of expertise in cases regarding the ISDA Master Agreement, and FOREX and LIBOR manipulation. Notable highlights include Golden Belt v BNP Paribas, and Fortress Securities and others v BNP Paribas.

7 King's Bench Walk has several barristers well-versed in major ISDA Master Agreement disputes, swaps and derivatives claims, and mis-selling. Recent highlights include PDVSA v Pietro Saudi, and the RBS rights issue litigation.

20 Essex Street β€˜is always willing to find someone to help’ and β€˜very strong in banking and finance, and increasingly so where there are additional fraud elements’. Clients particularly appreciate its β€˜range of expertise, practicality and pricing’. As well as nurturing some top-notch, home grown talent, it has also attracted leading silks, such as Paul Lowenstein QC from 3 Verulam Buildings.

Maitland Chambers is a popular choice that is singled out for its β€˜excellent juniors’. The chambers is also noted for its strong crossover into banking-related fraud and offshore disputes. Notable cases include Canary Wharf Finance II v Deutsche Trustee Company, and Lehman Waterfall I Application.

Outer Temple Chambers fields several highly rated silks and juniors with a strong background in commercial and regulatory banking disputes, including Michael Bowes QC and James Counsell QC, while at the junior end, Andrew Maguire is noted for his strong track record in mis-selling claims. Farhaz Khan left to join 3 Verulam Buildings in 2018.

Quadrant Chambers enters the rankings following the arrival of highly rated Paul Downes QC, Stewart Chirnside, Emily Saunderson, and Joseph Sullivan from 2TG – 2 Temple Gardens. They add to a strong stable of commercially minded banking litigators with a strong track record in major civil disputes.

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