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Tony Singla

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Brick Court Chambers (Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC)


Tony Singla has a broad practice which covers all aspects of commercial litigation (including banking, civil fraud, energy, insurance, media and entertainment, and professional negligence) and competition law. Tony’s current and recent commercial work includes: The Lloyds/HBOS Litigation (acting for Lloyds in defence of group litigation brought by over 6,000 shareholders arising out of its acquisition of HBoS in 2008); Single Buoy Moorings Inc v Zurich Insurance plc and others (acting for the primary layer insurers in $1 billion coverage dispute concerning damage to a platform in the North Sea); BAT v Sequana SA and others ($600 million auditors' negligence claim concerning historic pollution liabilities in the US); Terra Firma v Citibank ($2 billion claim by Terra Firma against Citibank arising out of its acquisition of EMI in 2007); and Michael Cherney v Oleg Deripaska ($4 billion claim in the Commercial Court relating to a disputed shareholding in Rusal).  In the last three years Tony has also appeared in three Supreme Court cases: Eclairs Group v JKX Oil & Gas plc (appeal concerning the duties of company directors and the scope of the proper purposes doctrine); The Alexandros T (appeal concerning Articles 27 and 28 of the Judgments Regulation); and VTB Capital plc v Nutritek International (appeal concerning jurisdiction in respect of tort claims and piercing the corporate veil). In competition law, Tony’s recent cases include: WM Morrison Supermarkets v MasterCard Incorporated (damages claims in excess of £1 billion arising out of the MasterCard multi-lateral interchange fee); Imperial Tobacco v OFT (appeal against £100 million fine for pricing practices in the tobacco industry); and Intel v Commission (appeal against €1 billion fine for abusive conduct in the supply of computer chips). In addition, Tony is currently instructed in a number of cartel damages claims including Emerald Supplies Ltd v British Airways plc (damages claim arising out of an alleged cartel in the air cargo sector).


Called 2007, Lincoln’s Inn; Retained Lecturer in Law, Oxford University, teaching contract law and competition law (2006-11). Publications: co-author of ‘Accountants’ Negligence and Liability’ (due to be published in 2016); contributing author of ‘Competition Litigation: UK Practice and Procedure’ (OUP, 2010).




COMBAR; Bar European Group; Bar Pro Bono Unit.


Winchester College; Pembroke College, Oxford University (BA (Hons) Law (First Class)), (BCL (Distinction)); Inns of Courts School of Law (Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding)).

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

Tony Singla - Brick Court ChambersA very fine barrister, his drafting is excellent and tight, his advocacy very impressive.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Tony Singla - Brick Court ChambersA very highly rated commercial junior who is clearly going places.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Tony Singla - Brick Court ChambersVery clever, good written work, perceptive, not to mention a robust and persuasive advocate.

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Professional discipline and regulatory law

Within: Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Tony Singla - Brick Court ChambersA really safe pair of hands in disciplinary cases concerning auditors – he knows the area inside out.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – leading juniors

Tony Singla - Brick Court ChambersHe is experienced in cases involving auditors’ and solicitors’ negligence.

Within: Professional negligence

Brick Court Chambers is a ‘premier set’ for professional negligence work, it has ‘excellent quality at all levels’, and is often instructed in cases involving major accountancy firms, banks and other financial institutions, solicitors, insurance brokers, actuaries, and tax advisers. Tim Lord QC led Simon Salzedo QC, Stephen Midwinter QC and Craig Morrison in acting for KWL in resisting the appeal by UBS in a case which examined the professional negligence of a portfolio manager. Tom Adam QC is acting for Ernst & Young in a case involving a film finance tax avoidance scheme. Adam is also leading Tony Singla in a case brought by Northern Rock against Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

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