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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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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

β€˜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 β€˜right at the top when it comes to commercial law’ and has β€˜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 β€˜truly impressive array of top-quality barristers’ make it β€˜an elite set’, which is appreciated for its β€˜down-to-earth approach’ and the fact that it has β€˜moved with the times’. The β€˜forward-thinking’ clerks’ room is β€˜a very slick operation’ and β€˜a true asset to chambers’. Senior clerk Alex Taylor and his deputy Paul Martenstyn are β€˜the best clerking double-act in the City’, and are backed by strong team leaders: Katie Szewczyk is β€˜super-quick and always available’, Sian Huckett shows β€˜impressive enthusiasm and a results-driven approach’, and Richard Evans is β€˜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 β€˜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 BΓ©ar QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A brilliant advocate and excellent draftsman.’

Ranked: tier 4

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Extremely bright and very strategic.’

Ranked: tier 5

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Combines enormous intelligence with pragmatic and commercial advice.’

Ranked: tier 5

Timothy Dutton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜The 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 Chambers β€˜She provides a very sharp mind, short turnaround times and is undaunted by large-scale work.’

Ranked: tier 3

James McClelland - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He 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 β€˜a fantastic set for aviation disputes’, housing β€˜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 Chambers β€˜Undoubtedly number one for aviation law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He couples an unrivalled eye for forensic detail with a pragmatic commercial approach.’

Ranked: tier 2

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Able to transform the most complex of arguments into straightforward and eloquent submissions.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A well-established expert.’

Ranked: tier 3

Charles BΓ©ar QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜First-class intellect.’

Ranked: tier 4

John Taylor QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He gives excellent, pragmatic advice.’

Ranked: tier 5
Aviation – New silks

Rosalind Phelps QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She is calm, measured, accessible and easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1
Aviation – Leading juniors

James Cutress - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A 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 Chambers β€˜Very responsive and collaborative – a great team player.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Zellick - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A true star, who is amazingly hardworking, diligent and good fun to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Milner - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He 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 Chambers β€˜She 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 β€˜a top-class set in every way’ and β€˜the premier chambers for banking litigation’; β€˜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 Chambers β€˜Outstanding and like a guided missile.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Railton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An exceptional advocate, who is extremely gifted both on his feet and in conference.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Brindle QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An excellent and formidable silk, who is not afraid of arguing innovative points of law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜The chess grandmaster, who has a very measured, logical and persuasive style of advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has unparalleled knowledge of the legal and factual issues surrounding hedging.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Handyside QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is tremendous for banking litigation and presents his cases in a no-nonsense manner.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Mitchell QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A real joy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Derrick Dale QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A turn-to barrister when you have a complex matter requiring a calm and careful approach.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An expert on money laundering, who is exceptionally responsive and commercial.’

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a considered approach to giving advice and terrific advocacy skills.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Ranked: tier 4

Guy Philipps QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜One of the few advocates with real experience of handling FCA matters in the Upper Tribunal.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jeffrey Chapman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A good strategist, who is bright and user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Marcus Smith QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a fabulous intellect, a real command of his subject and is incredibly user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Patrick Goodall QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A great barrister, who works magnificently with the solicitor team.’

Ranked: tier 4

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Absolutely all over the detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Adam Tolley QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Incredibly approachable and knowledgeable on financial services disputes.’

Ranked: tier 5

John Taylor QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He 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 Chambers β€˜Technically excellent and very commercially savvy.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rosalind Phelps QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A solicitor favourite, who is wonderfully bright.’

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

Henry King - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His knowledge of banking law and procedure is comprehensive and very impressive.’

Ranked: tier 1

Laura John - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very quick and very clever – solicitors are happy to have her up against a silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Adam Zellick - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His drafting is first class and his advocacy is measured and persuasive.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nik Yeo - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has familiarity with structured finance products, which is rare at the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Medcroft - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜The first person you’d think of when faced with a significant financial crime claim.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Atrill - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A very experienced junior with a strong reputation with regards to mis-selling claims.’

Ranked: tier 2

Deepak Nambisan - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A terrifically hard worker.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Duffy - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He knows his stuff and has a good appreciation of client service.’

Ranked: tier 3

James McClelland - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Extremely bright, diligent and delightful to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Marianne Butler - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Pound for pound she is the crΓ¨me de la crΓ¨me and an absolute dream to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Sinclair - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An excellent barrister, who cuts to the heart of a case and has a certain presence.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Milner - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Good at turning work around quickly and making time to deal with difficult points.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Murray - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is clearly extremely bright but wears it lightly and is very down to earth.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Levey - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He provides clear, concise and accurate advice, and is extremely user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rupert Allen - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very 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 Chambers β€˜Exceptionally good at smoothing out stressful situations.’

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

Robin Barclay - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A real asset to any team.’

Ranked: tier 1

Eleanor Davison - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She advises on a range of banking-sector SFO investigations.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Medcroft - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He 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 Chambers β€˜A 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 β€˜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. *Since publication, Jonathan Adkin QC has returned to Serle Court.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Commands the respect of the Bar with his immense intellect and down-to-earth style.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Railton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An outstanding senior leader; intellectually incisive and an excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Brindle QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Seen it all, done it all, and in large part knows it all – a market heavyweight.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stuart Ritchie QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜The complete barrister and a pleasure to instruct.’

Ranked: tier 3

Derrick Dale QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A top-choice silk, whose advice and advocacy are authoritative, measured and pragmatic.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jeffrey Chapman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A star silk and great team player.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has frightening intelligence and is an obvious choice for the most challenging cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Rubin QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a keen, creative mind and is adept at getting out of tricky situations.’

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A silk at the top of his game, who combines incredible intellect with a calm approach.’

Ranked: tier 4

Guy Philipps QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A top-flight silk and an excellent advocate, who gives clear and realistic advice.’

Ranked: tier 5

Michael McLaren QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has an exceptionally incisive commercial view unfettered by the groupthink of the specialists.’

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Handyside QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A star.’

Ranked: tier 5

Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Really pleasant, effective and user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 5

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Brilliant in every respect.’

Ranked: tier 6

Charles BΓ©ar QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A brilliant advocate and a very good leader, who is really committed to his cases.’

Ranked: tier 6

Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A superb tactician and excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 6

Simon Browne-Wilkinson QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Clients 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 Chambers β€˜His work rate is phenomenal, his manner is easy and he is a real team player.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rosalind Phelps QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She 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 Chambers β€˜She provides robust commercial advice time after time.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Sinclair - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He provides exceptionally quick analysis and response times, as well as excellent client and courtroom skills.’

Ranked: tier 1

Henry King - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a mature approach and it’s hard to believe he is not a silk.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Cutress - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very intelligent and hardworking – a really good person to have on the team.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Zellick - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Really good and very clever.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tamara Oppenheimer - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A real expert on the law of privilege, who is very hardworking and responsive.’

Ranked: tier 3

Bridget Lucas - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A highly regarded junior for commercial and Chancery work.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Levey - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An extremely talented advocate and a brilliant team player.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ben Lynch - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He responds promptly and is always very helpful and approachable.’

Ranked: tier 5

James McClelland - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An extremely impressive lawyer and one of the leading senior juniors in this field.’

Ranked: tier 5

Rupert Allen - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜One 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 Chambers β€˜Very bright, well organised and diligent – a future star of the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nico Leslie - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An outstanding commercial junior, who is ferociously bright and extremely tenacious.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Company and partnership
Company – Leading juniors

Bridget Lucas - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She is commercial and shows good judgement on strategic matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alex Barden - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A robust junior with good instincts.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Construction
Construction – Leading silks

Anneliese Day QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Legally alert, very bright and extremely good on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Employment
Employment – Leading silks

Adam Tolley QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Recommended for his good depth of knowledge and experience.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Energy
Energy – Leading silks

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He 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 β€˜one of the leaders in the field,’ with β€˜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 Chambers β€˜He has developed a reputation as a go-to fraud silk and is top of everybody’s list.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Brindle QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A real class act.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Rubin QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a wealth of experience in civil fraud work and excels at reading his tribunal.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Browne-Wilkinson QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He wins cases with his aggressive strategies and complete mastery of all the issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

Brian Doctor QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He does an excellent job.’

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A top-quality lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: civil – New silks

Ben Valentin QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a razor-sharp intellect and is charming with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rosalind Phelps QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She 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 Chambers β€˜Opponents say that they wouldn’t like to meet him in a dark judicial alley.’

Ranked: tier 2

Deepak Nambisan - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Well recognised as a leading senior junior, who is very robust and fabulous with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Levey - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An extremely able and intelligent senior junior.’

Ranked: tier 4

Laura John - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Always on any list of counsel for the most important cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Medcroft - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a fantastic eye for detail and is incredibly highly regarded.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Atrill - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An 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 Chambers β€˜He 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 Chambers β€˜He 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 Chambers β€˜He 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 Chambers β€˜Recommended for telecoms arbitration proceedings.’

Ranked: tier 4
Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading juniors

Ben Lynch - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He 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 Chambers β€˜He has the ability to effectively manage and analyse huge volumes of information.’

Ranked: tier 4
Insolvency – New silks

Ben Valentin QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Highly regarded.’

Ranked: tier 1
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Bridget Lucas - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A 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 β€˜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 Chambers β€˜Recommended for financial insurance arbitration claims.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Crane QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate, who relates well to arbitrators.’

Ranked: tier 1

Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A class act.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His experience spans from marine through to war risk insurance claims.’

Ranked: tier 3

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a great intellect and a wonderful client-friendly manner – a joy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 5

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She is an absolute pleasure to work with and her advice is always spot on..’

Ranked: tier 5

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Recommended for matters spanning banking and finance and insurance law.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Ben Lynch - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a thriving and varied practice.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Cutress - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Incredibly bright and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Sinclair - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He 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 Chambers β€˜A 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 β€˜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 Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate, who relates well to arbitrators, and is very good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A 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 Chambers β€˜One of the cleverest people at the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A top-quality lawyer, who is easier than most to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Railton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An excellent senior silk, suited to the most complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Brilliant 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 Chambers β€˜Undoubtedly one of the brightest juniors around with an outstanding knowledge of the law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Deepak Nambisan - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very robust and fabulous with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Zellick - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A highly approachable, bright and accomplished advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Product liability
Product liability – Leading silks

Philip Brook Smith QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very experienced, assiduous and able, and particularly highly regarded for pharmaceutical work.’

Ranked: tier 2

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A very persuasive and persistent advocate of her client’s interests.’

Ranked: tier 3

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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 β€˜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 Chambers β€˜Clearly a market leader in handling regulatory work.’

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Dutton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Instructed in big-ticket FRC and SRA cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She combines enormous intelligence with pragmatic and commercial advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael McLaren QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He represents accountants in ACCA proceedings.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Extremely intelligent and a pleasure to work with.’

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

Chloe Carpenter - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Frequently instructed by the SRA.’

Ranked: tier 3

James McClelland - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He acts for the SRA in judicial reviews.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Medcroft - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He acts for the FRC in the aftermath of high-profile bankruptcies.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Levey - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Relaxed, bright and confident.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rupert Allen - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a useful knack for spotting clever points.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tetyana Nesterchuk - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Particularly 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 β€˜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 β€˜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

Mark Simpson QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An extremely able and user-friendly advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

Ranked: tier 1

Anneliese Day QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Concise, focused and efficient.’

Ranked: tier 2

Guy Philipps QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He shows good judgement.’

Ranked: tier 2

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Incredibly bright, user friendly, and very much focused on getting the best solution for the client.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

Ranked: tier 2

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

Ranked: tier 3

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

Ranked: tier 3

Derrick Dale QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He adopts a meticulous approach.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Ranked: tier 4

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A top advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a great reputation.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – New silks

Rosalind Phelps QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very highly regarded.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional negligence – Leading juniors

Giles Wheeler - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Always on top of all the detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Cutress - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He delivers a very high level of service.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

Ranked: tier 3

Nik Yeo - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Technically superb, practical, client-friendly and very responsive – a real star of the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Lynch - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Highly regarded.’

Ranked: tier 5

Chloe Carpenter - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She really drills down to the underlying calculations or fine details that a lot of people miss.’

Ranked: tier 5

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

Ranked: tier 5

Tamara Oppenheimer - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Ruthlessly efficient in solving problems.’

Ranked: tier 5

James Duffy - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Fiercely bright and extremely hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 6

Nicholas Medcroft - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜First class.’

Ranked: tier 6

Nico Leslie - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He rolls up his sleeves and gets on with it.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜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 β€˜right at the top when it comes to commercial law’ and has β€˜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 β€˜truly impressive array of top-quality barristers’ make it β€˜an elite set’, which is appreciated for its β€˜down-to-earth approach’ and the fact that it has β€˜moved with the times’. The β€˜forward-thinking’ clerks’ room is β€˜a very slick operation’ and β€˜a true asset to chambers’. Senior clerk Alex Taylor and his deputy Paul Martenstyn are β€˜the best clerking double-act in the City’, and are backed by strong team leaders: Katie Szewczyk is β€˜super-quick and always available’, Sian Huckett shows β€˜impressive enthusiasm and a results-driven approach’, and Richard Evans is β€˜pragmatic, commercial and a joy to work with’. Offices in: London

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Sport
Sport – Leading silks

Jeffrey Chapman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A pleasure to work with and great with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial
Commercial – Leading silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜The go-to silk on anything complicated.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jeffrey Chapman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Absolutely brilliant and a real pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Brindle QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An arbitrator and counsel with a long track record in Singapore.’

Ranked: tier 1

Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Commercially and insightful and precise, which is a great virtue.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Able to balance commercial realities and voluminous case law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a quick mind and is commercial in his approach.’

Ranked: tier 1

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