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One Essex Court

Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC

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London, Singapore

Sonia Tolaney QC

Work 020 7583 2000
One Essex Court (Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC)

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Head of Chambers: Anthony Grabiner QC


Specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, in particular domestic and international banking (including all aspects of credit and security), insurance and reinsurance, domestic and international commercial fraud and asset tracing, corporate and personal insolvency and professional negligence. Some notable cases include: Morgan Grenfell v. Arrows Autosports Limited [2004] All ER (D) 76; British Energy Power & Energy Trading Ltd v. Credit Suisse [2007] 2 Lloyds's Rep 427; UBS AG v. HSH Nordbank AG [2009] EWCA Civ 585 (CA); Centrica v. Accenture [2010] EWCA Civ 912; Berezovsky v. Abramovich [2012] EWHC 2463 (Comm); HSH Nordbank AG v. Intesa Sanpaolo SpA [2014] EWHC 142; Deutsche Bank v. Sebastian Holdings [2014] EWCA Civ 1100; Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander v. UBS [2014] EWHC 2540 (Comm); Rosneft v. HM Treasury [2015] EWHC 248; Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) v. Deutsche Bank & Bank of New York Mellon [2016]; and Greenwood v. Goodwin - RBS Rights Litigation [2017].


Called 1995; QC 2011; contributor to ‘McKendrick on Sale of Goods’ (LLP, 2000), chapter on ‘Financing International Sales’; CEDR-accredited mediator (2000); ACI Panel (2002); LCLCBA – membership secretary (2002); founder Member of the Times Law Panel (2007); elected a Bencher of Middle Temple (2013); elected Secretary of the Commercial Bar Association (2015); appointed Deputy High Court Judge (QBD), authorised to sit in the Commercial Court (2016).


Oxford University (Jurisprudence MA). Academic awards include: Sheelagh Griffiths Award (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, Jurisprudence); Parker Scholarship (Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, Jurisprudence); and Asbury Scholar of the Middle Temple.

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

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

Sonia Tolaney QC - One Essex CourtShe has impeccable judgement, works hard, and takes the right points before the judge.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Sonia Tolaney QC - One Essex CourtAlways excellent – approachable, practical, with a really clear view as to the best approach.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Sonia Tolaney QC - One Essex CourtCan turn her hand to anything and is also such fun to work with.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

Sonia Tolaney QC - One Essex CourtVery experienced.

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