The Legal 500

Fountain Court Chambers

FOUNTAIN COURT, TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 9DH, ENGLAND
Tel:
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
London, Singapore

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

A wonder set’, Fountain Court Chambers recently expanded its office space in London and added some big-name counsel to its ranks, which not only bolstered its commercial practice but also meant that the set was able to establish a corporate crime team in order to cater for an increasing number of cases at the intersection of criminal, regulatory and banking law. The set is ‘right at the top when it comes to commercial law’ and has ‘real strength in depth for banking disputes’. It is also recommended for cases with an international dimension and has had an office in Singapore since 2014. Its ‘truly impressive array of top-quality barristers’ make it ‘an elite set’, which is appreciated for its ‘down-to-earth approach’ and the fact that it has ‘moved with the times’. The ‘forward-thinking’ clerks’ room is ‘a very slick operation’ and ‘a true asset to chambers’. Senior clerk Alex Taylor and his deputy Paul Martenstyn are ‘the best clerking double-act in the City’, and are backed by strong team leaders: Katie Szewczyk is ‘super-quick and always available’, Sian Huckett shows ‘impressive enthusiasm and a results-driven approach’, and Richard Evans is ‘pragmatic, commercial and a joy to work with’. Offices in: London

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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 is ‘a tour de force of brain power and commerciality’. Members have appeared in the Supreme Court recently with regards to both regulatory and commercial public law matters.

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

Charles Béar QC - Fountain Court ChambersA brilliant advocate and excellent draftsman.’

Ranked: tier 4

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court ChambersCombines enormous intelligence with pragmatic and commercial advice.’

Ranked: tier 5

Timothy Dutton QC - Fountain Court ChambersThe consummate silk, who carries enormous credibility in the eyes of opponents and tribunals.’

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

Chloe Carpenter - Fountain Court ChambersShe provides a very sharp mind, short turnaround times and is undaunted by large-scale work.’

Ranked: tier 3

James McClelland - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a very useful combination of commercial and public law experience, with an unswerving eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Aviation
Aviation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is ‘a fantastic set for aviation disputes’, housing ‘in-depth experience’ in the sector, particularly with regards to commercial, loss and damage, finance, regulatory, and public safety cases. Court of Appeal case Alpstream v PK and GECAS was a notable highlight, a substantial claim brought following the collapse of the Blue Wings airline in Germany.

Aviation – Leading silks

Michael Crane QC - Fountain Court ChambersUndoubtedly number one for aviation law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe couples an unrivalled eye for forensic detail with a pragmatic commercial approach.’

Ranked: tier 2

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersAble to transform the most complex of arguments into straightforward and eloquent submissions.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael McLaren QC - Fountain Court ChambersA tireless worker, who masters every angle of his brief and is a truly formidable cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court ChambersA well-established expert.’

Ranked: tier 3

Charles Béar QC - Fountain Court ChambersFirst-class intellect.’

Ranked: tier 4

John Taylor QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe gives excellent, pragmatic advice.’

Ranked: tier 5
Aviation – New silks

Rosalind Phelps QC - Fountain Court ChambersShe is calm, measured, accessible and easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1
Aviation – Leading juniors

James Cutress - Fountain Court ChambersA proactive and user-friendly counsel, who thinks around the issues, and is very good on paper and on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Duffy - Fountain Court ChambersVery responsive and collaborative – a great team player.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Zellick - Fountain Court ChambersA true star, who is amazingly hardworking, diligent and good fun to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Milner - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a fine eye for forensic detail, and a skill for calmly testing the robustness (or otherwise) of an argument.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tamara Oppenheimer - Fountain Court ChambersShe provides commercial advice, which is practical and to the point.’

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 ‘a top-class set in every way’ and ‘the premier chambers for banking litigation’; ‘even if your preferred barrister is unavailable, you are always confident that any alternative will be excellent’. Members are involved in a steady stream of market-leading cases, including the RBS rights issue litigation, Property Alliance Group v RBS, and Deutsche Bank v Unitech. As well as some lateral hires on the commercial side, the investigatory practice was strengthened by the recent arrival of numerous counsel, including Richard Lissack QC from Outer Temple Chambers.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersOutstanding and like a guided missile.

Ranked: tier 1

David Railton QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn exceptional advocate, who is extremely gifted both on his feet and in conference.

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Brindle QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn excellent and formidable silk, who is not afraid of arguing innovative points of law.

Ranked: tier 1

Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court ChambersThe chess grandmaster, who has a very measured, logical and persuasive style of advocacy.

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has unparalleled knowledge of the legal and factual issues surrounding hedging.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Handyside QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is tremendous for banking litigation and presents his cases in a no-nonsense manner.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Mitchell QC - Fountain Court ChambersA real joy to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

Derrick Dale QC - Fountain Court ChambersA turn-to barrister when you have a complex matter requiring a calm and careful approach.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn expert on money laundering, who is exceptionally responsive and commercial.

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a considered approach to giving advice and terrific advocacy skills.

Ranked: tier 3

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersA calm, thorough and persuasive advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

Guy Philipps QC - Fountain Court ChambersOne of the few advocates with real experience of handling FCA matters in the Upper Tribunal.

Ranked: tier 4

Jeffrey Chapman QC - Fountain Court ChambersA good strategist, who is bright and user-friendly.

Ranked: tier 4

Marcus Smith QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a fabulous intellect, a real command of his subject and is incredibly user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Patrick Goodall QC - Fountain Court ChambersA great barrister, who works magnificently with the solicitor team.

Ranked: tier 4

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court ChambersAbsolutely all over the detail.

Ranked: tier 4

Adam Tolley QC - Fountain Court ChambersIncredibly approachable and knowledgeable on financial services disputes.

Ranked: tier 5

John Taylor QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is incredibly astute and sharp on the detail, leaving no stone unturned.

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

Ben Valentin QC - Fountain Court ChambersTechnically excellent and very commercially savvy.

Ranked: tier 1

Rosalind Phelps QC - Fountain Court ChambersA solicitor favourite, who is wonderfully bright.

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

Henry King - Fountain Court ChambersHis knowledge of banking law and procedure is comprehensive and very impressive.

Ranked: tier 1

Laura John - Fountain Court ChambersVery quick and very clever – solicitors are happy to have her up against a silk.

Ranked: tier 1

Adam Zellick - Fountain Court ChambersHis drafting is first class and his advocacy is measured and persuasive.

Ranked: tier 2

Nik Yeo - Fountain Court ChambersHe has familiarity with structured finance products, which is rare at the Bar.

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Medcroft - Fountain Court ChambersThe first person you’d think of when faced with a significant financial crime claim.

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Atrill - Fountain Court ChambersA very experienced junior with a strong reputation with regards to mis-selling claims.

Ranked: tier 2

Deepak Nambisan - Fountain Court ChambersA terrifically hard worker.

Ranked: tier 3

James Duffy - Fountain Court ChambersHe knows his stuff and has a good appreciation of client service.

Ranked: tier 3

James McClelland - Fountain Court ChambersExtremely bright, diligent and delightful to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

Marianne Butler - Fountain Court ChambersPound for pound she is the crème de la crème and an absolute dream to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Sinclair - Fountain Court ChambersAn excellent barrister, who cuts to the heart of a case and has a certain presence.

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Milner - Fountain Court ChambersGood at turning work around quickly and making time to deal with difficult points.

Ranked: tier 4

David Murray - Fountain Court ChambersHe is clearly extremely bright but wears it lightly and is very down to earth.

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Levey - Fountain Court ChambersHe provides clear, concise and accurate advice, and is extremely user-friendly.

Ranked: tier 4

Rupert Allen - Fountain Court ChambersVery good for swaps litigation.

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

A banking and finance powerhouse, Fountain Court Chambers launched a commercial crime practice in 2016, following the arrival of Richard Lissack QC, Robin Barclay and Eleanor Davison from Outer Temple Chambers, and Nicholas Medcroft from Wilberforce Chambers.

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

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court ChambersExceptionally good at smoothing out stressful situations.’

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

Robin Barclay - Fountain Court ChambersA real asset to any team.’

Ranked: tier 1

Eleanor Davison - Fountain Court ChambersShe advises on a range of banking-sector SFO investigations.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Medcroft - Fountain Court ChambersHe combines knowledge of the civil regulatory aspects with criminal matters.’

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 ChambersA real heavyweight with a fantastically holistic approach to his work.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers has ‘great strength in depth’. While the set remains a dominant presence in the field of banking disputes, with key roles in cases such as Property Alliance Group v RBS, and the RBS rights issue litigation, it is also a mainstay in general commercial claims. Members have been involved in some of the longest-running UK legal battles, including Excalibur Ventures v Texas Keystone and Gulf Keystone, and TeliaSonera v Alfa and Cukurova. In 2016, the set bolstered its ranks through a stream of significant lateral hires. The arrivals included Jonathan Adkin QC from Serle Court, Stuart Ritchie QC from Littleton Chambers and Laura John from 3 Verulam Buildings.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersCommands the respect of the Bar with his immense intellect and down-to-earth style.

Ranked: tier 1

David Railton QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn outstanding senior leader; intellectually incisive and an excellent advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Crane QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn excellent advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Brindle QC - Fountain Court ChambersSeen it all, done it all, and in large part knows it all – a market heavyweight.

Ranked: tier 2

Stuart Ritchie QC - Fountain Court ChambersThe complete barrister and a pleasure to instruct.

Ranked: tier 3

Derrick Dale QC - Fountain Court ChambersA top-choice silk, whose advice and advocacy are authoritative, measured and pragmatic.

Ranked: tier 4

Jeffrey Chapman QC - Fountain Court ChambersA star silk and great team player.

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has frightening intelligence and is an obvious choice for the most challenging cases.

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Rubin QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a keen, creative mind and is adept at getting out of tricky situations.

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersA silk at the top of his game, who combines incredible intellect with a calm approach.

Ranked: tier 4

Guy Philipps QC - Fountain Court ChambersA top-flight silk and an excellent advocate, who gives clear and realistic advice.

Ranked: tier 5

Jonathan Adkin QC - Fountain Court ChambersA real powerhouse, who stands out from his peers; he is simply brilliant.

Ranked: tier 5

Michael McLaren QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has an exceptionally incisive commercial view unfettered by the groupthink of the specialists.

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Handyside QC - Fountain Court ChambersA star.

Ranked: tier 5

Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court ChambersReally pleasant, effective and user-friendly.

Ranked: tier 5

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersBrilliant in every respect.

Ranked: tier 6

Charles Béar QC - Fountain Court ChambersA brilliant advocate and a very good leader, who is really committed to his cases.

Ranked: tier 6

Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court ChambersA superb tactician and excellent advocate.

Ranked: tier 6

Simon Browne-Wilkinson QC - Fountain Court ChambersClients with experience of him ask for him specifically; he is a joy to work with.

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – New silks

Ben Valentin QC - Fountain Court ChambersHis work rate is phenomenal, his manner is easy and he is a real team player.

Ranked: tier 1

Rosalind Phelps QC - Fountain Court ChambersShe was a very good senior junior and should make the transition to silk effortlessly.

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Laura John - Fountain Court ChambersShe provides robust commercial advice time after time.

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Sinclair - Fountain Court ChambersHe provides exceptionally quick analysis and response times, as well as excellent client and courtroom skills.

Ranked: tier 1

Henry King - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a mature approach and it’s hard to believe he is not a silk.

Ranked: tier 2

James Cutress - Fountain Court ChambersVery intelligent and hardworking – a really good person to have on the team.

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Zellick - Fountain Court ChambersReally good and very clever.

Ranked: tier 3

Tamara Oppenheimer - Fountain Court ChambersA real expert on the law of privilege, who is very hardworking and responsive.

Ranked: tier 3

Bridget Lucas - Fountain Court ChambersA highly regarded junior for commercial and Chancery work.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Levey - Fountain Court ChambersAn extremely talented advocate and a brilliant team player.

Ranked: tier 4

Ben Lynch - Fountain Court ChambersHe responds promptly and is always very helpful and approachable.

Ranked: tier 5

James McClelland - Fountain Court ChambersAn extremely impressive lawyer and one of the leading senior juniors in this field.

Ranked: tier 5

Rupert Allen - Fountain Court ChambersOne of the best juniors of his level at the commercial Bar.

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

Natasha Bennett - Fountain Court ChambersVery bright, well organised and diligent – a future star of the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nico Leslie - Fountain Court ChambersAn outstanding commercial junior, who is ferociously bright and extremely tenacious.

Ranked: tier 1

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Company and partnership
Company – Leading silks

Jonathan Adkin QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery effective in large-scale litigation.’

Ranked: tier 4
Partnership – Leading silks

Jonathan Adkin QC - Fountain Court ChambersUnflappable and commendably pragmatic on issues requiring great urgency.’

Ranked: tier 3
Company – Leading juniors

Bridget Lucas - Fountain Court ChambersShe is commercial and shows good judgement on strategic matters.

Ranked: tier 2

Alex Barden - Fountain Court ChambersA robust junior with good instincts.

Ranked: tier 4

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Employment
Employment – Leading silks

Adam Tolley QC - Fountain Court ChambersRecommended for his good depth of knowledge and experience.

Ranked: tier 4

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Energy
Energy – Leading silks

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a fine mind, great judgement and is unusually responsive.

Ranked: tier 3

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

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is ‘one of the leaders in the field,’ with ‘a range of top silks and juniors’. Members have an excellent track record, and can be found on the docket for some of the biggest trials coming down the pipeline. A particular highlight involving several from chambers is Teva Pharmaceuticals and Cephalon v Wockhardt India.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has developed a reputation as a go-to fraud silk and is top of everybody’s list.

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Adkin QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe masters the case and the court – at his best in a head-on fight.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Brindle QC - Fountain Court ChambersA real class act.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Rubin QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a wealth of experience in civil fraud work and excels at reading his tribunal.

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Browne-Wilkinson QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe wins cases with his aggressive strategies and complete mastery of all the issues.

Ranked: tier 2

Brian Doctor QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe does an excellent job.

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersA top-quality lawyer.

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: civil – New silks

Ben Valentin QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a razor-sharp intellect and is charming with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Rosalind Phelps QC - Fountain Court ChambersShe gives extremely astute advice in complex situations and her taking silk is thoroughly deserved.

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Adam Zellick - Fountain Court ChambersOpponents say that they wouldn’t like to meet him in a dark judicial alley.

Ranked: tier 2

Deepak Nambisan - Fountain Court ChambersWell recognised as a leading senior junior, who is very robust and fabulous with clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Levey - Fountain Court ChambersAn extremely able and intelligent senior junior.

Ranked: tier 4

Laura John - Fountain Court ChambersAlways on any list of counsel for the most important cases.

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Medcroft - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a fantastic eye for detail and is incredibly highly regarded.

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Atrill - Fountain Court ChambersAn absolute star; he is thorough, incredibly bright and drafts beautifully.

Ranked: tier 4

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Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture)
Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading silks

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe distils his advice down to a commercially digestible form.’

Ranked: tier 2
Fraud: crime (including money laundering and asset forfeiture) – Leading juniors

Robin Barclay - Fountain Court ChambersHe deals with difficult clients well.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Health and safety
Health and safety – Leading silks

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe combines extraordinary knowledge with an extremely approachable manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersRecommended for telecoms arbitration proceedings.

Ranked: tier 4
Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading juniors

Ben Lynch - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a mature and very professional approach, and quickly grasps technical arguments.

Ranked: tier 1

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading silks

Michael Green QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has the ability to effectively manage and analyse huge volumes of information.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Adkin QC - Fountain Court ChambersA real heavyweight in insolvency law, who sees the angles quickly.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insolvency – New silks

Ben Valentin QC - Fountain Court ChambersHighly regarded.’

Ranked: tier 1
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Bridget Lucas - Fountain Court ChambersA corporate insolvency expert with offshore expertise.’

Ranked: tier 5

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

Fountain Court Chambers

Barristers at Fountain Court Chambers are ‘prepared to roll up their sleeves and not stand on ceremony’. Michael Crane QC acted in Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime v Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance and others, the Supreme Court case arising from the riots of August 2011. Ben Lynch joined from Devereux in 2015.

Insurance and reinsurance – Leading silks

David Railton QC - Fountain Court ChambersRecommended for financial insurance arbitration claims.

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Crane QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn excellent advocate, who relates well to arbitrators.

Ranked: tier 1

Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court ChambersA class act.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court ChambersHis experience spans from marine through to war risk insurance claims.’

Ranked: tier 3

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a great intellect and a wonderful client-friendly manner – a joy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 5

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersRecommended for matters spanning banking and finance and insurance law.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Ben Lynch - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a thriving and varied practice.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Cutress - Fountain Court ChambersIncredibly bright and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Sinclair - Fountain Court ChambersHe acts in a wide range of complex disputes.’

Ranked: tier 3

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International arbitration: arbitrators
International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading individuals

Sir Gordon Langley - Fountain Court ChambersA highly regarded arbitrator and former judge.’

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

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is a ‘top-class commercial set – always available and always accommodating’. The arbitration experience of its members is all-encompassing, while its global reach includes an outpost in Singapore. Highlights included Diag Human v Czech Republic, and a continuing involvement in Sonera v Cukurova.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Michael Crane QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn excellent advocate, who relates well to arbitrators, and is very good with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersA delight to work with; he has a unique ability to make the most complex issues appear simple.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court ChambersOne of the cleverest people at the Bar.

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersA top-quality lawyer, who is easier than most to work with.

Ranked: tier 2

David Railton QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn excellent senior silk, suited to the most complex cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersBrilliant in every respect, both on paper and in court, and very good with clients.

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Alexander Milner - Fountain Court ChambersUndoubtedly one of the brightest juniors around with an outstanding knowledge of the law.

Ranked: tier 2

Deepak Nambisan - Fountain Court ChambersVery robust and fabulous with clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Zellick - Fountain Court ChambersA highly approachable, bright and accomplished advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

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Private client: trusts and probate
Private client: trusts and probate – Leading silks

Jonathan Adkin QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery effective in trusts disputes.

Ranked: tier 2

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Product liability
Product liability – Leading silks

Philip Brook Smith QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery experienced, assiduous and able, and particularly highly regarded for pharmaceutical work.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law)
Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is ‘unrivalled in terms of its expertise in solicitors’ regulation’, in part due its large workload acting for the SRA. The set is also recommended for financial services matters. A new recruit from Outer Temple Chambers, Richard Lissack QC is advising the former CFO of Autonomy on Financial Reporting Council (FRC) proceedings.

Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law) – Leading silks

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court ChambersClearly a market leader in handling regulatory work.’

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Dutton QC - Fountain Court ChambersInstructed in big-ticket FRC and SRA cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court ChambersShe combines enormous intelligence with pragmatic and commercial advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael McLaren QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe represents accountants in ACCA proceedings.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court ChambersExtremely intelligent and a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 4
Professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law) – Leading juniors

Chloe Carpenter - Fountain Court ChambersFrequently instructed by the SRA.

Ranked: tier 3

James McClelland - Fountain Court ChambersHe acts for the SRA in judicial reviews.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Medcroft - Fountain Court ChambersHe acts for the FRC in the aftermath of high-profile bankruptcies.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Levey - Fountain Court ChambersRelaxed, bright and confident.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rupert Allen - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a useful knack for spotting clever points.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tetyana Nesterchuk - Fountain Court ChambersParticularly adept at absorbing huge amounts of detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is the ‘go-to set for disputes involving banks, financial intermediaries, accountants and regulatory issues’. Chambers is also rated for handling matters concerning the negligence of lawyers, insurance brokers, stockbrokers, surveyors and architects, and it has ‘great expertise’ in tax-related cases. Work highlights included Al-Khorafi v Bank Sarasin, litigation brought in Dubai involving alleged mis-selling of financial products.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Michael Brindle QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a great way of cutting through others’ hype and hot air and getting to the important point.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Simpson QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn extremely able and user-friendly advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Guy Philipps QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe shows good judgement.’

Ranked: tier 2

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court ChambersIncredibly bright, user friendly, and very much focused on getting the best solution for the client.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court ChambersFantastic.’

Ranked: tier 2

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersTechnically excellent.’

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Dutton QC - Fountain Court ChambersExcellent.’

Ranked: tier 3

Derrick Dale QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe adopts a meticulous approach.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Railton QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery skilled.’

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a great reputation.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – New silks

Rosalind Phelps QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery highly regarded.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional negligence – Leading juniors

Giles Wheeler - Fountain Court ChambersAlways on top of all the detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Cutress - Fountain Court ChambersHe delivers a very high level of service.’

Ranked: tier 2

Deepak Nambisan - Fountain Court ChambersExcellent.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nik Yeo - Fountain Court ChambersTechnically superb, practical, client-friendly and very responsive – a real star of the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Lynch - Fountain Court ChambersHighly regarded.’

Ranked: tier 5

Chloe Carpenter - Fountain Court ChambersShe really drills down to the underlying calculations or fine details that a lot of people miss.’

Ranked: tier 5

David Murray - Fountain Court ChambersVery able.’

Ranked: tier 5

Tamara Oppenheimer - Fountain Court ChambersRuthlessly efficient in solving problems.’

Ranked: tier 5

James Duffy - Fountain Court ChambersFiercely bright and extremely hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 6

Nicholas Medcroft - Fountain Court ChambersFirst class.’

Ranked: tier 6

Nico Leslie - Fountain Court ChambersHe rolls up his sleeves and gets on with it.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Set overviews: England and Wales

A wonder set’, Fountain Court Chambers recently expanded its office space in London and added some big-name counsel to its ranks, which not only bolstered its commercial practice but also meant that the set was able to establish a corporate crime team in order to cater for an increasing number of cases at the intersection of criminal, regulatory and banking law. The set is ‘right at the top when it comes to commercial law’ and has ‘real strength in depth for banking disputes’. It is also recommended for cases with an international dimension and has had an office in Singapore since 2014. Its ‘truly impressive array of top-quality barristers’ make it ‘an elite set’, which is appreciated for its ‘down-to-earth approach’ and the fact that it has ‘moved with the times’. The ‘forward-thinking’ clerks’ room is ‘a very slick operation’ and ‘a true asset to chambers’. Senior clerk Alex Taylor and his deputy Paul Martenstyn are ‘the best clerking double-act in the City’, and are backed by strong team leaders: Katie Szewczyk is ‘super-quick and always available’, Sian Huckett shows ‘impressive enthusiasm and a results-driven approach’, and Richard Evans is ‘pragmatic, commercial and a joy to work with’. Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport – Leading silks

Jeffrey Chapman QC - Fountain Court ChambersA pleasure to work with and great with clients.

Ranked: tier 3

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial (international arbitration)
Commercial – Leading silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery intellectual, but in a way that plays very well with many judges and arbitrators.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jeffrey Chapman QC - Fountain Court ChambersUser-friendly and commercial.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Brindle QC - Fountain Court ChambersExtremely clear and precise in his legal advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court ChambersClever, user-friendly and a good advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

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