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Stephen Rubin QC

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Fountain Court Chambers (Fountain Court Chambers)


Barrister specialising in commercial litigation (particularly international civil fraud and commercial contracts,). 

Recent cases include: Rogalskiy v JSC MCC Eurochem 2017 East Caribbean CoA [BVIHCMAP 2017/0007] successfully challenging the power of the Commercial Court to order cross-examination of a defendant on his affidavit of assets provided pursuant to a Worldwide Freezing Order; QVT Fund V LP and others v China Xenix Auto International Group Limited and others 2016 and 2017 BVI Commercial Court – minority shareholders’ claim alleging fraudulent conduct by majority. 3-week trial February 2017 – settled day before start; LIC Telecommunications SARL et al v VTB et al LTL 15/7/2016 (Prelim trial December 2017) Commercial Court conspiracy claim under Lux and English law;  Davidson and another v Davidson and another – 2017 QBD, London - Wealthy family - chattels dispute, many millions (; VTB v Katunin et al, BVI Court of Appeal June 2016 – Hague Convention service, submission to the jurisdiction, enforcement of Russian Judgments; UBS AG NY v Krys & Caulfield 2015 BVIHC ($6 billion Fairfield/Madoff litigation); Chodiev and others v Stein – 2015 LTL 8/6/2015 Burton J reversing decision in an earlier trial concerning corporate finance fees on grounds of false evidence; Alliance Bank JSC v Sturt and others [2015] Freezing Injunctions : Kazakhstan : Foreign Limitation Periods : Service Out Of Jurisdiction;   Re VK.COM 2014 BVI minority shareholders action in relation to Vkontakte, “Russia’s Facebook”; Primary Group v RBS and Direct Line [2014] 2 All E.R. (Comm) 1121; [2014] R.P.C. 26 claim for an alleged deliberate and knowing breach of confidence; Deutsche Bank AG v Sebastian Holding Inc. & Alexander Vik [2014] 1 All E.R. (Comm) 733  (Cooke J) successful application to set aside service, Hague Convention forum non conveniens, third part costs ; A-G of the Turks & Caicos Islands v Coxco & Others TCI 2013 Norwich Pharmacal action; VTB v Nutritek International [2013] 2 A.C. 337 SC – forum non conveniens, freezing orders in England and BVI.


Called 1977, Bencher of the Middle Temple; QC 2000; Recorder 2004 (civil and crime); Arbitrator; Panel Chairman of Bar Disciplinary.




London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association; COMBAR; former member Professional Conduct Committee of Bar Council.


Merchant Taylors School; Oxford University (1976 MA Jurisprudence).


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Stephen Rubin QC - Fountain Court ChambersA warrior who mixes advocacy and aggression with welcome moments of levity.

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