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Fountain Court Chambers

FOUNTAIN COURT, TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 9DH, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7583 3335
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5 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.fountaincourt.co.uk
London, Singapore

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Fountain Court Chambers is a β€˜top-drawer’ set with β€˜a deep bench of very talented barristers’, who are β€˜approachable and pleasant people to deal with’. It is β€˜the first choice for banking and finance disputes’ but equally strong in general commercial and regulatory work, and β€˜now contains the rare breed of barristers who can operate seamlessly between civil law, criminal law and the regulatory environment’, following lateral hires and the launch of a corporate crime team in 2016. Alex Taylor and his deputy Paul Martenstyn lead a β€˜very proactive’ clerks’ room that β€˜stands apart in terms of its focus on developing relationships with law firms’. β€˜It provides an exceptional service’ and has β€˜a good eye for client needs’. The team leaders are also recommended: Sian Huckett and Reiss Nott are β€˜singled out for their responsiveness’; Katie Szewczyk adopts β€˜a results-driven approach’ and is β€˜a pleasure to work with’; and Richard Evans is β€˜an excellent clerk – helpful, friendly and accommodating’. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

Fountain Court Chambers is β€˜powerfully matches breadth and depth with precision, strategy and efficiency’. With particularly strong links to Singapore and an established office there, the set handles heavyweight commercial disputes, and members act as arbitrator and counsel, with a strength in financial services matters. The β€˜prompt and professional’ clerks include senior clerk Alex Taylor, deputy senior clerk Paul Martenstyn, and Asia practice manager Caroline McConnon, who is based in Singapore.

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers’ reputation in the public law space has been made by members’ work in judicial review challenges and disciplinary and regulatory matters. Additionally, the set has notable commercial cross-over expertise and has acted in a number of cases involving SRA as well as financial services challenges and investigations.

Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Charles BΓ©ar QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is really hard to beat and has a unique mix of experience and expertise.’

Ranked: tier 4

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An effective combination of legal knowledge, forensic judgement and human insight.’

Ranked: tier 5

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a rare gift for clear-speaking rather than equivocating.’

Ranked: tier 5

Timothy Dutton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Rightly regarded as a leading practitioner in this area.’

Ranked: tier 5
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Chloe Carpenter - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Absolutely meticulous; she provides precise and persuasive work in minimal time.’

Ranked: tier 3

James McClelland - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is extremely bright, excellent with clients and has a tremendous work ethic; he will go far.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Aviation
Aviation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers has a β€˜fantastic choice of aviation experts’ with β€˜brilliant knowledge’ of the sector. Case highlights included Alpstream AG and others v PK Airfinance and GE Capital, in which all parties were represented by members of the set. Dubai Financial Group v National Private Air Transport Services Company and Monarch Airlines v CAA were also noteworthy.

Aviation – Leading silks

Michael Crane QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A Premier League barrister; he is extremely able and knows the field backwards.’

Ranked: tier 1

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is very cerebral, and has an understated, calm and measured style, which plays well with clients and judges.’

Ranked: tier 2

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Outstanding.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael McLaren QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Provides clear and insightful advice on a timely basis.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 3

Charles BΓ©ar QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Exceptional.’

Ranked: tier 4

John Taylor QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Fantastic.’

Ranked: tier 5
Aviation – 2016 silks

Rosalind Phelps QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Outstanding.’

Ranked: tier 1
Aviation – 2017 silks

Adam Zellick QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is very energetic and comes up with innovative and clever tactical approaches.’

Ranked: tier 1
Aviation – Leading juniors

James Duffy - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is fantastically clever.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Cutress - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very bright, understated and immensely effective in court.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alexander Milner - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has an impressive ability to quickly assimilate the facts and arguments of complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tamara Oppenheimer - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She is incredibly efficient in producing outstanding work to tight deadlines.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is β€˜a go-to set for banking and finance’ that β€˜delivers an excellent service’; members are β€˜almost uniformly excellent’ and β€˜very accommodating in a wide range of scenarios’. Aside from traditional banking disputes, the set has recruited in overlapping areas such as civil and criminal fraud, where Richard Lissack QC is very well regarded. Counsel have been involved in several key disputes including McGraw-Hill v Deutsche Apotheker and others (the ratings agency litigation), and Property Alliance Group v RBS.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a really great courtroom style and judges trust him.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Railton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A very smooth advocate, who always has the ear of the court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Brindle QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Unparalleled experience in the banking market.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Handyside QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Super-bright, articulate and a very good advocate, particularly at the appellate level.’

Ranked: tier 1

Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Fantastic, and a lovely man to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Mitchell QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a vice-like grip on the issues and is excellent to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A world expert in mis-selling matters and a first choice for investment or hedging product cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Derrick Dale QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a deep specialism in banking and finance accompanied with a supportive and valuable eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jeffrey Chapman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His advocacy is first class: compelling, convincing and assured.’

Ranked: tier 3

Patrick Goodall QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A very persuasive advocate, who is technically excellent and also very user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Close to pre-eminence at the intersection of civil and criminal liability in the banking field.

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is very responsive and easy to work with, and always gets on top of the detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Extremely responsive and willing to get his hands dirty in cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Guy Philipps QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Prepared to argue difficult points and gains the client’s trust.’

Ranked: tier 4

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Highly recommended.’

Ranked: tier 4

Adam Tolley QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An excellent communicator, who is always very responsive, efficient and user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 5

John Taylor QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He a very calm and measured manner, which is impressive when appearing in court.’

Ranked: tier 5
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2016 silks

Ben Valentin QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very popular with solicitors and clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rosalind Phelps QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Her assistance and advice throughout difficult cases is invaluable.’

Ranked: tier 1
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2017 silks

Adam Zellick QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Extremely personable, very bright and suitably commercial.’

Ranked: tier 1

Henry King QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is very user-friendly and has an impressive grasp of the detail.’

Ranked: tier 1
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

Laura John - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She provides commercial and pragmatic advice – you would want her in your corner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Atrill - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A first-class banking junior and sage adviser.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Duffy - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is confident and assertive in court and knows how to focus on the key issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

Marianne Butler - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very bright and responsive and an absolute pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Medcroft - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A go-to senior junior for financial crime and a great team player.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nik Yeo - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜First rate: very user-friendly and pays close attention to the detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alexander Milner - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A confident and very measured advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Deepak Nambisan - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Super-responsive, bright and utterly charming.’

Ranked: tier 3

James McClelland - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Extremely bright.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Sinclair - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Friendly and easy to work with, his turnaround times are particularly impressive.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rupert Allen - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is extremely clever, clear and confident, and has a good grasp of the commercial issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Adam Sher - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜First-rate with a big following among city firms.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Murray - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very clever, responsive; he will take a view and clients like him.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Levey - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜User-friendly and easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tamara Oppenheimer - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Extremely user-friendly and not afraid to roll up her sleeves and provide pragmatic views.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Fountain Court Chambers

Commercial and financial heavyweight Fountain Court Chambers handles a range of work at the intersection of criminal law and financial services, primarily acting for banks, but with some members handling work for regulators and prosecutors. Richard Lissack QC advises Barclays on ongoing criminal charges regarding its 2008 capital-raising exercise; investment from Qatar averted a state bail-out of the bank.

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading silks

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Clients love him because of his ability to join up all the dots.’

Ranked: tier 1
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading juniors

Robin Barclay - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Excellent for insider dealing and market abuse cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Eleanor Davison - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Instructed in transatlantic financial crime matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Medcroft - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He can operate seamlessly across criminal law, professional regulation and commercial law.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜One of the few senior counsel in this space with parallel, heavy commercial experience.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is an β€˜excellent set’ that has expanded in recent times through high-profile lateral hires in the commercial litigation space and beyond. Highlight cases include Property Alliance Group v RBS, the RBS rights issue litigation, and Pinchuk v Bogolyubov and Kolomoisky.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His relaxed style combined with a razor-sharp mind is seriously impressive.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Railton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Thoughtful and strategic, one of the best commercial advocates at the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Brindle QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜It’s hard to imagine someone with more experience of handling major cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stuart Ritchie QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Fantastic to work with, he is extremely approachable and gets to the point quickly.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Crane QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate and insurance lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 3

Derrick Dale QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Strong all-round: he gives mature, nuanced advice, is good on paper, and an advocate who instils confidence.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jeffrey Chapman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Extremely approachable and user-friendly, and his advice is considered and robust.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Handyside QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His star is absolutely in the ascendancy, he had a storming year.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Rubin QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An extremely robust counsel, who will always challenge and test assumptions.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A very skilful advocate at Supreme Court level and a superb tactician.’

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Clients love working with him, because of his abilities as an advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Charles BΓ©ar QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜One of the most intelligent people and very charming to judges.’

Ranked: tier 5

Guy Philipps QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His clear and incisive thinking can make a difference to a court’s thinking.’

Ranked: tier 5

Michael McLaren QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a forensic mind for detail and is an excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A very sound silk, who gives clear and well-reasoned advice.’

Ranked: tier 5

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Excellent attention to detail and exceptionally user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 6

Patrick Goodall QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A good advocate, who demonstrates meticulous preparation.’

Ranked: tier 6

Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An exceptionally articulate, intelligent and thoughtful advocate with a deep knowledge of the law.’

Ranked: tier 6

Simon Browne-Wilkinson QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜One for the most difficult cases where you need a fighter.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – 2016 silks

Ben Valentin QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Extremely intellectually able and rigorous in his analysis.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rosalind Phelps QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A deep but pragmatic thinker, who delivers sharp analysis with practical solutions.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – 2017 silks

Adam Zellick QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He delivers excellent, measured advocacy that judges respect, and he thoroughly deserved his promotion to silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Henry King QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Plainly a highly intellectual individual, who takes his work very seriously.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Laura John - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A ferocious advocate, who has destroyed silks in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Sinclair - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An excellent barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Cutress - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is very engaged and always makes himself available when required.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tamara Oppenheimer - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She is extremely user-friendly and provides pragmatic and sound views.’

Ranked: tier 3

Bridget Lucas - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A senior junior well regarded for commercial disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Levey - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜User-friendly and hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 4

James McClelland - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Great knowledge of the law, excellent practical sense and brilliant team work.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rupert Allen - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An excellent barrister: very bright and also very responsive.’

Ranked: tier 4

Alexander Milner - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Well ahead of the pack in terms of the standard of his advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 5

Ben Lynch - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Excellent client relation skills and prompt helpful responses.’

Ranked: tier 5

Natasha Bennett - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Exceptionally smart, hardworking and approachable.’

Ranked: tier 5
Commercial litigation – top ten under eight years’ call

Nico Leslie - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An outstanding brain with a crazy work ethic.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Company and partnership
Company – Leading juniors

Bridget Lucas - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Highly experienced and recommended by clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alex Barden - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He gains judges’ trust through his intellect.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Construction
Construction – Leading silks

Anneliese Day QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Dedicated, extremely personable and great on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Employment
Employment – Leading silks

Adam Tolley QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is supremely knowledgeable and is extremely methodical in his approach.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Energy
Energy – Leading silks

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Active in arbitration proceedings internationally.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Financial services
Financial services – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Fountain Court Chambers

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.

Financial services – Leading silks

Michael Brindle QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very good, and often brought in by the regulator for a calming hand.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Mitchell QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Modern, sensible and collaborative.’

Ranked: tier 2

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Exceptionally responsive, user-friendly and willing to get into the detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very tenacious and is always willing to fight the clients’ corner.’

Ranked: tier 2

Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His contribution to an advisory team are always highly valued by our banking clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Dutton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Calm, reassuring and immensely experienced in regulatory work.’

Ranked: tier 2

Guy Philipps QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Understands the regulations and distils clients’ cases into a forceful presentation.’

Ranked: tier 3

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Combines a first-rate strategic understanding with super-impressive absorption of the detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His judgement and contribution to cases is highly valued by both solicitors and their clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Incredibly quick and incisive, and always available for clients.’

Ranked: tier 3
Financial services – 2017 silks

Henry King QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Meticulous and incisive, his cross-examination is thorough and well planned.’

Ranked: tier 1
Financial services – Leading juniors

James McClelland - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Excellent for FCA contentious regulatory work.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Medcroft - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A market leader in financial crime and fraud relating to financial services.’

Ranked: tier 2

Eleanor Davison - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A reliable barrister and one of the first to recognise – and provide commentary on – global investigations as a legal specialism.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robin Barclay - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He demonstrates very impressive control of the case and the issues from an early stage.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rupert Allen - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Extremely bright and able to get on top of a mass of information very quickly.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers has invested heavily in civil fraud in recent years, and Stuart Ritchie QC from Littleton Chambers and Laura John - 3 Verulam Buildings were among the strong additions to the set. Highlight cases included Pinchuk v Bogolyubov and Kolomoisky, and Alliance Bank v Zhunus.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very user-friendly and like a guided missile in court.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Brindle QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Willing to listen but knows when to step in and lead from the front.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Rubin QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Excellent for offshore recovery matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Browne-Wilkinson QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His advice is academically brilliant but delivered in a punchy everyman style.’

Ranked: tier 2

Brian Doctor QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Strong attention to detail and technical expertise in matters involving cross-border transactions.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stuart Ritchie QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜If your career or livelihood is on the line, he is the man.’

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Superb and hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: civil – 2016 silks

Ben Valentin QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜One of the most impressive silks at the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rosalind Phelps QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She is very responsive and solicitors at all levels find her super-easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: civil – 2017 silks

Adam Zellick QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He works well as part of a team and is good at putting the client at ease.’

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Deepak Nambisan - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Robust and user-friendly, and a barrister who clients instinctively warm to.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Levey - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He strikes up an immediate rapport with the client.’

Ranked: tier 4

Laura John - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Wonderfully responsive and full of bright ideas.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Medcroft - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a fantastic legal mind that transcends the banking, regulatory and criminal legal sectors.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Atrill - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very intelligent and a star in the making.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Fraud: crime
Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜At the top of his game.’

Ranked: tier 2
Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Robin Barclay - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Instructed in agenda-setting cross-border corporate fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Eleanor Davison - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A calm authority with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Health and safety
Health and safety – Leading silks

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very personable and impressive on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

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IT and telecoms (including data protection)
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading silks

Timothy Howe - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is experienced in handling cases in the courts and at arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 4
Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading juniors

Ben Lynch - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has an extremely able brain and is incredibly hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading silks

Michael Green QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A pleasure to deal with, and his mastery of documents is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 4
Insolvency – 2016 silks

Ben Valentin QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A leading light in the insolvency space.’

Ranked: tier 1
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Alex Barden - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is extremely sharp, very intelligent, very hardworking and an absolute pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Bridget Lucas - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Particularly good for advising on insolvent law firms.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Insurance and reinsurance
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers has a broad insurance practice and is particularly a β€˜go-to set for banking and finance-related insurance matters’. Michael Crane QC and David Railton QC received instructions in high-profile arbitration proceedings and cross-border litigation. Headline cases included Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime v Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance and others.

Insurance and reinsurance – Leading silks

David Railton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Consistently impressive, particularly in financial insurance claims.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Crane QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A highly regarded cross-examiner, who is very good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An established silk with a diverse insurance and reinsurance practice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An established silk with gravitas.’

Ranked: tier 3

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A go-to name for complex matters.’

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Insightful, commercial and always on top of the detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A fantastic silk, who provides pragmatic and easy-to-understand advice.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Ben Lynch - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Extremely knowledgeable, utterly dependable and delightful to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Cutress - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He works incredibly hard and is able to focus on the smallest details as well as the big picture.’

Ranked: tier 4

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International arbitration: arbitrators
International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading individuals

Michael Crane QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An excellent arbitrator.’

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is β€˜a standout set’ for international arbitration with a selection of top-notch silks and juniors to choose from. Members have been involved in several significant claims, including representing Indian company GMR in its multibillion-dollar dispute with the Maldives government over its cancellation of an airport project.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a pre-eminent reputation.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Crane QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Highly rated for international arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Great paperwork and attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Right at the very top of the commercial Bar.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Railton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very eminent and incredibly accomplished.’

Ranked: tier 3

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He demonstrates superb judgement, meticulous preparation and second-to-none advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – 2017 silks

Adam Zellick QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜User-friendly, bright, a good team player and confident advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Alexander Milner - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His written work is exceptional and very compelling indeed.’

Ranked: tier 2

Deepak Nambisan - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A leading senior junior, who is sure to get silk.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Offshore
Offshore – Leading silks

Ben Valentin QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is making a real name for himself in the offshore world.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Product liability
Product liability – Leading silks

Philip Brook Smith QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A highly experienced advocate in pharmaceutical work.’

Ranked: tier 2

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A passionate and determined advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional discipline and regulatory law
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Fountain Court Chambers

β€˜Probably the leading set for solicitors’ regulation’, Fountain Court Chambers also β€˜has a good reputation for financial and accountancy work’. Members were instructed on both sides of the solicitors’ disciplinary case concerning Leigh Day, which was cleared of allegations of improper payments for recruiting claimants in cases against the Ministry of Defence; Patricia Robertson QC and Paul Gott QC acted for the law firm, while Timothy Dutton QC for the regulator.

Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She represents elite professional services firms.’

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Dutton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜The counsel of choice for the most difficult and high-profile cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael McLaren QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Extremely bright, incisive and quick to the point.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Gott QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Well liked by clients and tribunals for his relaxed and practical approach and great sense of humour.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His judgement and contribution to cases is highly valued by both instructing solicitors and their clients.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Edward Levey - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His knowledge of the Solicitors Regulation Authority jurisdiction is second-to-none.’

Ranked: tier 2

Chloe Carpenter - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Extremely hardworking, she produces persuasive and precise writing in minimal time.’

Ranked: tier 3

James McClelland - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An advocate who tribunals like, and he is very easy to work with from a solicitors’ perspective.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Medcroft - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is very well liked in this area.’

Ranked: tier 3

Marianne Butler - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She provides clear and logical advice in a sensitive and caring way.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rupert Allen - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Extremely bright and very good at spotting novel points in support of a case.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tetyana Nesterchuk - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Exceptionally bright and driven.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Fountain Court Chambers

With a broad professional negligence practice, Fountain Court Chambers is β€˜a real force to be reckoned with’; β€˜a very progressive set, embracing change and keeping up with legal trends’. Bankim Thanki QC is acting for Alliance Bernstein in an Β£120m claim brought by the trustees of Philips Electronics Pensions scheme, while Patricia Robertson QC defended Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, with Rosalind Phelps QC, in a claim against its Paris office brought by a hedge fund. Among a number of recent arrivals, Anneliese Day QC and Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC joined from 4 New Square, shortly after Nicholas Medcroft’s move from Wilberforce Chambers.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Anneliese Day QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She is exceptionally good with clients and produces work product of the highest quality.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Brindle QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very effective.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Simpson QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A brilliant team player.’

Ranked: tier 1

Guy Philipps QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An outstanding performer.’

Ranked: tier 2

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Excellent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Exceptionally bright.’

Ranked: tier 2

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very able.’

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Dutton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Impressive.’

Ranked: tier 3

Derrick Dale QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is bright, excellent on the law, easy to work with, and has excellent judgement.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Railton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very experienced.’

Ranked: tier 4

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Patrick Goodall QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A very persuasive advocate, who is technically excellent.’

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He produces particularly strong written product and is a very good team player.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – 2016 silks

Rosalind Phelps QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Outstanding.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional negligence – Leading juniors

Giles Wheeler - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Top quality.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Cutress - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Bright.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nik Yeo - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Charming, very bright and a ferociously hard worker, who is as comfortable with numbers as he is with words.’

Ranked: tier 2

Deepak Nambisan - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Excellent.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Lynch - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Demonstrates an impressive mastery of the intricacies of notification of circumstances.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tamara Oppenheimer - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Bright and able.’

Ranked: tier 4

Chloe Carpenter - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜First-rate.’

Ranked: tier 5

David Murray - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very responsive.’

Ranked: tier 5

James Duffy - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is confident and assertive in court, and knows how to focus on the key issues.’

Ranked: tier 5

Nico Leslie - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A real team player.’

Ranked: tier 5

Nicholas Medcroft - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A good team player with a knack of managing expectations.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Fountain Court Chambers is a β€˜top-drawer’ set with β€˜a deep bench of very talented barristers’, who are β€˜approachable and pleasant people to deal with’. It is β€˜the first choice for banking and finance disputes’ but equally strong in general commercial and regulatory work, and β€˜now contains the rare breed of barristers who can operate seamlessly between civil law, criminal law and the regulatory environment’, following lateral hires and the launch of a corporate crime team in 2016. Alex Taylor and his deputy Paul Martenstyn lead a β€˜very proactive’ clerks’ room that β€˜stands apart in terms of its focus on developing relationships with law firms’. β€˜It provides an exceptional service’ and has β€˜a good eye for client needs’. The team leaders are also recommended: Sian Huckett and Reiss Nott are β€˜singled out for their responsiveness’; Katie Szewczyk adopts β€˜a results-driven approach’ and is β€˜a pleasure to work with’; and Richard Evans is β€˜an excellent clerk – helpful, friendly and accommodating’. Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport – Leading silks

Jeffrey Chapman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Alongside his commercial practice, he handles high-stakes equestrian and football work.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)
Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is β€˜a very strong set’ with β€˜good strength in depth and bright and approachable counsel’. Noted for regulatory issues affecting the travel industry, members have particularly strong aviation sector knowledge.

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading silks

Michael Crane QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A leading specialist in aviation law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A thorough and pragmatic advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Excellent in handling complex issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial

Fountain Court Chambers handles a range of disputes, spanning financial services litigation and regulatory matters through to aviation and civil fraud issues, with a growing strength in online fraud matters. Raymond Cox QC is instructed in a case regarding the operation of foreign exchange accounts and margin calls by a leading bank.

Commercial – Leading silks

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜One of the cleverest barristers but also very easy-going and client friendly.’

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a breadth of experience, which he brings to the fore in all his work.’

Ranked: tier 1

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His work ranges from aviation through to investment fund disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Brindle QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An arbitrator of choice in Singapore.’

Ranked: tier 2

Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Clear and commercial.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jeffrey Chapman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He appears as counsel in challenging investor-state arbitrations.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Market overview

Fountain Court Chambers is β€˜powerfully matches breadth and depth with precision, strategy and efficiency’. With particularly strong links to Singapore and an established office there, the set handles heavyweight commercial disputes, and members act as arbitrator and counsel, with a strength in financial services matters. The β€˜prompt and professional’ clerks include senior clerk Alex Taylor, deputy senior clerk Paul Martenstyn, and Asia practice manager Caroline McConnon, who is based in Singapore.

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