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  1. Financial services – Leading sets
  2. Financial services – Leading silks
  3. Financial services – 2016 silks
  4. Financial services – 2017 silks
  5. Financial services – Leading juniors

Financial services – Leading silks

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Financial services – 2016 silks

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Financial services – 2017 silks

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    • Richard Brent QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He has wide experience in this field and a rare command of aspects of European law.’
    • Sarah Clarke QC - Serjeants’ Inn Chambers β€˜She has an incredible knowledge of FSMA, the FCA handbook and the regulatory framework.’
    • James Counsell QC - Outer Temple Chambers β€˜Calm, robust and steady in difficult circumstances.’
    • Ben Jaffey QC - Blackstone Chambers β€˜Enormously strong at providing general FCA advice.’
    • Henry King QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Meticulous and incisive, his cross-examination is thorough and well planned.’

Financial services – Leading juniors

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    • Professor Eva Lomnicka - 4 New Square β€˜An intelligent, thoughtful adviser, who is very responsive.’
    • James Purchas - 4 Pump Court β€˜Very hardworking and very knowledgeable.’
    • Robert Purves - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He has an excellent command of the FCA handbook.’
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3 Verulam Buildings the β€˜go-to set for financial services’ with a string of market-leading silks and juniors. It handles both contentious and non-contentious regulatory matters, with barristers often acting for and against the FCA. Recent highlights include acting for the appellants in an appeal to the Supreme Court against the FCA concerning the definition of a collective investment scheme.

Blackstone Chambers is considered β€˜a set of choice for financial services work’ and clients β€˜would only very occasionally look elsewhere’. β€˜There is real strength in depth from the silks to the much younger juniors’, and clients are β€˜impressed with how approachable they are, both to lay clients and solicitors’. Furthermore, chambers provides β€˜particular depth in expertise with many of its members having spent time with the FCA’.

Fountain Court Chambers β€˜remains the pick of the financial services sets’ with β€˜first rate people’, who are β€˜down to earth’. Michael Brindle QC remains a go-to silk, but the set also has a strong practice at the crossover between civil and criminal fraud, where the likes of Richard Lissack QC and Nicholas Medcroft have excellent reputations.

4 Stone Buildings has a versatile team of silks and juniors with strong expertise in financial services regulation, from market leading advocates such as Jonathan Crow QC, who represented the FCA in FCA v Macris, to highly rated non-contentious advisory gurus, such as Charles Marquand.

Gough Square Chambers is β€˜great for consumer credit and financial services work’. The set has a strong selection of juniors with excellent reputations for contentious and non-contentious issues.

Henderson Chambers is, according to one client, β€˜the only set to instruct for financial services’, where the barristers β€˜all punch above their call dates and work hard’. Members handle an impressive range of regulatory and consumer finance issues.

Members of Outer Temple Chambers handle a good crossover of civil and criminal fraud matters, often heavily tied to the financial services sector. The workload routinely features a number of cases against the FCA.

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