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  1. Financial services – Leading sets
  2. Financial services – Leading silks
  3. Financial services – 2017 silks
  4. Financial services – 2018 silks
  5. Financial services – Leading juniors

Financial services – Leading silks

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Financial services – 2017 silks

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Financial services – 2018 silks

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Financial services – Leading juniors

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The Financial services category is distinct from the Banking and finance section in that it is focused on contentious and non-contentious regulatory issues, rather than civil claims. Barristers ranked in this section are those with experience working for and against foreign and domestic regulators, such as the Financial Conduct Authority, and advising commercial clients on non-contentious regulatory matters.

Barristers at 3 Verulam Buildings have a superb track record for contentious and non-contentious regulatory advice. Recently, members have been involved in FCA v Asset Land, regarding the establishment of a multi-site land-banking scheme. Michael Blair QC also oversaw the drafting of the legal framework of the Astana International Financial Centre.

Blackstone Chambers is β€˜often first choice for substantial matters’ and β€˜has an excellent range of financial services counsel and specialists for all scenarios’. The set has been involved in several landmark cases, including R(Macris) v FCA, Carrimjee v FCA, and FCA v Tesco.

Fountain Court Chambers has β€˜a number of members who are real experts in financial regulatory and mis-selling matters, and one of the few go-to sets for this work’. Highlights include representing Barclays Bank on regulatory investigations linked to its controversial Β£11bn fundraising from Qatar. Other cases include Andrew Tinney v FCA and Angela Burns v FCA.

Members from 4 Stone Buildings regularly represent clients before disciplinary tribunals, including the FCA’s Regulatory Decisions Committee and the Financial Services and Markets Tribunal. A notable recent highlight has been R (Macris) v FCA, which went to the Supreme Court.

Gough Square Chambers is β€˜very strong on financial services’ and its barristers provide β€˜a first-class service’. The set’s market-leading expertise in consumer credit also extends to the financial regulatory side, of which there is considerable overlap, both on the contentious and non-contentious side.

Henderson Chambers is another top consumer credit set that is also noted for the financial regulatory expertise of its members. Barristers regularly advise on FCA authorisations as well as investigations and enforcement proceedings, as well as related consumer credit issues.

Outer Temple Chambers is a top choice for the increasing overlap between financial regulatory and criminal investigations, where silks such as Michael Bowes QC remains a leading figure. James Counsell QC is noted for his expertise in broader banking and insurance regulation. Farhaz Khan has joined 3 Verulam Buildings, though OTC still has several other leading silks and juniors.

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