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Chambers of Stephen Moriarty QC

FOUNTAIN COURT, TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 9DH, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7583 3335
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Fax 020 7353 0329
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5 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.fountaincourt.co.uk
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Top-tier recommendations


London Bar

Within Administrative and public law (including local government) Administrative and public law - Leading Silks

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Within Aviation, Fountain Court Chambers (Stephen Moriarty QC) is a first tier set,

The ‘very user-friendlyFountain Court Chambers attracts praise for its ‘very professional’ clerks, and its array of ‘bright and able barristers’. Michael Crane QC is regarded as ‘the king of aviation’, and ‘combines charm and humour with a gimlet eye for detail and a devastating line in cross-examination’. Also recommended are the ‘first-classBankim Thanki QC, and the ‘bright, meticulous and tenaciousAkhil Shah QC, who exhibits ‘very good judgement’. Michael McLaren QC has ‘an excellent intellect, which he applies ruthlessly’, and acted for the claimant in ACG Acquisition XX v Olympic Airlines. Stephen Moriarty QC is noted for his ‘excellent written and oral advocacy’. At junior level, Adam Zellick is ‘procedurally brilliant and commercially astute, and has the ability to provide detailed, accurate and intuitive pleadings in a timely manner’. He is particularly highlighted for his expertise in catastrophic loss cases. Also recommended are Rosalind Phelps, whose ‘work is consistently top quality’, and James Cutress .

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Within Commercial litigation, Fountain Court Chambers (Stephen Moriarty QC) is a first tier set,

The barristers at Fountain Court Chambers are highlighted for their willingness to go ‘above and beyond to deliver a first-rate client service’. Michael Brindle QC is noted for his ‘good leadership’, and for his ‘presence both in and out of court, which gives confidence to clients’. Michael Crane QC is ‘an exceptional all-round barrister - technically excellent, articulate, strategically astute, and brilliant at dissecting the opponent’s case’. Also recommended are Stephen Rubin QC and Jeffrey Chapman QC, who is noted for his ‘fantastic judgement’. ‘First-class juniorPaul Sinclair has ‘an extremely good sense of the client’s commercial considerations’. Patrick Goodall also attracts praise for his ‘potent mix of commercially sensible, digestible legal advice’. Tamara Oppenheimer is ‘extremely diligent at chasing down all avenues in a productive and commercially focused manner’.

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Within Company and partnership Company - Leading Juniors

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Within Employment Employment - Leading Silks

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Within Energy, tier 5

Fountain Court Chambers has growing expertise in international extractive resources matters, including mining and drilling disputes. Anthony Boswood QC remains an authority in this area, and is recommended alongside Michael Brindle QC, Timothy Howe QC and Richard Handyside QC .

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Within Fraud: civil, Fountain Court Chambers (Stephen Moriarty QC) is a first tier set,

Fountain Court Chambers is ‘excellent for commercial fraud litigation; its members have the highest level of legal analytical ability, appear in the top cases, and are very hardworking’. Michael Brindle QCmarries the skills of a cunning fox with the panache of a respected legal statesman’, and Simon Browne-Wilkinson QC is ‘imaginative in his solutions, yet very pragmatic’. Other highly rated silks include Anthony Boswood QC, Stephen Rubin QC and Bankim Thanki QC . Deepak Nambisan is noted for his ‘unrivalled technical skills, superior knowledge and team ethic’. The ‘exceedingly brightAdam Zellick and Simon Atrill (‘without doubt a star of the future’) are also recommended.

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Within Insolvency,

Also recommended are ‘tenacious advocateSimon Davenport QC and Clara Johnson at 3 Hare Court; the ‘patient and affableCharles Raffin and Jonathan Titmuss at Hardwicke; the ‘analytical and user-friendlyGraeme Halkerston at Wilberforce Chambers; the ‘responsive and assertiveStephen Atherton QC and the ‘very approachable, commercial and proactiveBlair Leahy at 20 Essex Street; the ‘user-friendlyBridget Lucas at Fountain Court Chambers; the ‘tactically astutePeter Shaw at 9 Stone Buildings; the ‘technically excellentDavid Peters at Essex Court Chambers; and the ‘very high-qualityAndreas Gledhill at Blackstone Chambers.

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Within Insurance and reinsurance, Fountain Court Chambers (Stephen Moriarty QC) is a third tier set,

Fountain Court Chambers is ‘a powerhouse for insurance and reinsurance work’. Recommended silks include ‘very good insurance lawyersMichael Crane QC and David Railton QC, who are experienced in Bermuda and UK insurance issues; Anthony Boswood QC, who acted in the Rolls-Royce Mermaid Pods litigation; and Derrick Dale QC, who acted for the insurers in Godiva v Willmett. Bankim Thanki QC is also singled out for finance-related issues. Stephen Moriarty QC is ‘exceptionally bright’, and ‘gives 100%’. At junior level, the ‘excellent’, ‘brightPatrick Goodall is ‘a star of the future’, and James Cutress is noted for his ‘formidable intellect’.

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Within International arbitration, Fountain Court Chambers (Stephen Moriarty QC) is a second tier set,

Fountain Court Chambers is ‘extremely strong in the area of complex international disputes, and specifically oil and gas’. Michael Crane QC is ‘an excellent all-round barrister’, with ‘a wonderfully conversational style with the tribunal’. The ‘meticulous and extremely cleverDavid Railton QC is ‘exceptionally user friendly and reliable’. Stephen Moriarty QC’s ‘aptitude and experience really come to the fore in difficult cases, where he spots all the points’. The ‘super-bright, meticulous, and tenaciousAkhil Shah QC is ‘particularly strong on high-value, complex international arbitration’. Anthony Boswood QC is ‘a robust advocate who is willing to stand up to a tribunal, and a decisive and skilful cross-examiner’. The set also has a good selection of juniors, including Patrick Goodall, a longstanding leader in the market.

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Within Media, entertainment and sport,

Fountain Court ChambersJeffrey Chapman QC successfully represented Leyton Orient in the Olympic Stadium dispute. Mark Simpson QC handles Formula 1 and football disputes.

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Within Product liability, Fountain Court Chambers (Stephen Moriarty QC) is a third tier set,

Fountain Court Chambers has a significant product liability caseload within its mainstream commercial practice. Philip Brook Smith QC was instructed in the Seroxat litigation. Michael Crane QC and Akhil Shah QC are also highly rated.

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Within Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law), Fountain Court Chambers (Stephen Moriarty QC) is a second tier set,

Fountain Court Chambers has ‘great strength in depth for solicitors ’ regulatory work’, with Timothy Dutton QC highlighted as ‘a class act in this area’. Other ‘very able silks’ include Patricia Robertson QC, Michael McLaren QC and Richard Coleman QC . James McClelland is ‘terrifyingly intelligent’, and stands out for his ability ‘to place himself in the shoes of the client and apply detailed legal analysis to the practical issues’. Rupert Allen is also noted as ‘a good draftsman’ who is ‘very credible, persuasive and determined on his feet’.

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Within Professional negligence, Fountain Court Chambers (Stephen Moriarty QC) is a third tier set,

Very professional and easy to deal with’, Fountain Court Chambers provides ‘consistently good advice’. Stephen Moriarty QC (‘excellent in both his written and oral advocacy’) is leading the ‘thoughtful and consideredJames Cutress for the defendant in a high-profile case in the Cayman Islands concerning a claim by a hedge fund against its investment advisers. Other recommended individuals include the ‘proactive and tenaciousMark Simpson QC ; Timothy Dutton QC, who is ‘always measured and thoughtful’; the ‘brilliantBankim Thanki QC ; Michael Brindle QC, who ‘is consistently thorough’; Guy Philipps QC, who recently acted in the Al-Suleiman litigation; and Derrick Dale QC, who is ‘very good with clients’. Recommended juniors include Deepak Nambisan, Rosalind Phelps, David Murray, and Tamara Oppenheimer, who is ‘always on top of her brief’.

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Within Tax: corporate and VAT Tax: VAT - Leading Silks

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Within Treasury Panel Lists Junior Counsel to the Crown - A Panel

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London Bar: Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within Banking and finance, Fountain Court Chambers (Stephen Moriarty QC) is a first tier set,

Fountain Court Chambers is considered by many to be ‘the go-to set’ for banking and finance litigation. Michael Brindle QCmarries the skills of a cunning fox with the panache of a respected legal statesman’. The ‘technically excellentDavid Railton QC is ‘in a class of his own’, with clients highlighting his ‘deceptively understated style’. Raymond Cox QC is ‘immensely knowledgeable about financial services matters’, and ‘an excellent adviser’. Bankim Thanki QC is ‘expert in substantive banking law’; ‘having him on the same side in court is delightful and reassuring, while having him against you is delightful yet daunting’. Jeffrey Chapman QC is ‘outstanding on his feet in court; he reads the courtroom very well, and is completely on top of his material’. Andrew Mitchell QC is praised for his ‘instant grasp of key issues, and sound judgement on strategic matters’. The ‘outstandingPatricia Robertson QC is ‘tenacious, with great attention to detail and a robust style’. John Taylor QC is ‘an authoritative and robust advocate’ who is ‘quick to get to the heart of the matter’. Patrick Goodall is ‘a leader among juniors’, and is ‘liked by clients for his willingness to roll his sleeves up’. The ‘excellentDeepak Nambisan is ‘very diligent, careful and analytical, and writes extremely well’. The ‘very conscientious and user-friendlyNik Yeo also attracts praise for his ‘grasp of complex market practices’.

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