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Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC

GRAY'S INN, LONDON, WC1R 5NT, ENGLAND
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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

One of the first choices for banking and financial market disputes’, the ‘top notch3 Verulam Buildings has ‘strong bench strength’ with ‘numerous barristers who are excellent in a range of other areas’, including arbitration, fraud, and insolvency; ‘they are all reliable and provide quality advice, with some superstars there present’. The set ‘unquestionably has the heft and the strength in depth of the very best commercial sets,’ said one client, and despite its ‘top-flight status’ solicitors are pleased chambers has ‘managed to stay in the real world’ when it comes to fees, which are described as ‘realistic and commercial’. Christopher Harris, Peter De Verneuil Smith, and Nicholas Craig all took silk in 2019. After a busy 2018 for recruitment, chambers further strengthened its stable with the arrival of new commercial litigation and insolvency silk Jamie Riley QC and junior James McWilliams from Littleton Chambers. The set also celebrated the arrival of three new high-profile associate members: Brian King, formerly head of arbitration at Freshfields, Sean Hagan, former general counsel of the International Monetary Fund, and sovereign debt specialist Lee C Buchheit. But it is not just the set’s membership that has grown; chambers has also recruited talented clerk Samantha Jones from Serjeants' Inn Chambers. The set’s senior management consists of chambers director Robin Jackson and joint senior practice managers Stephen Penson (‘a pleasure to deal with’) and Stuart Pullum (‘responsive, helpful, and has a strong relationship with the court’), who together oversee ‘one of the best clerks' rooms around’. The clerks are all ‘approachable and highly responsive. They take time to get to know you and can put together the right team for you in short order’. Richard Ansell is ‘particularly impressive’; Ed Tolfts is ‘helpful, hardworking, and goes the extra mile’; Robert Croke, James Ingham, Harry Freeman, and Jack Wheeler are also rated for their ‘exemplary’ client service. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

3 Verulam Buildings has ‘excellent regional experience in almost all sectors’. The set handles a range of matters, typically on the commercial and banking side of arbitration, including matters involving alleged fraud. Meshing well with its growing presence in Singapore, the set has particularly strong links with India. ‘It is a pleasure to deal with the clerks, who are commercially clued-in, flexible and understand client requirements.’ Steve Penson and Stuart Pullum head the ‘superb, responsive and intelligent’ clerking operation as senior practice managers, with Richard Ansell also notable.

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Leading Silks

Rory Phillips QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is incisive, tactically astute, pragmatic and very experienced.

Ranked: tier 4

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Aviation
2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is a very effective advocate; he gets his points across clearly and interacts well with the court.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Cleon Catsambis - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is excellent at practically applying legal concepts and rulings to a situation.

Ranked: tier 4

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

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings 'continues to thrive as a first-rate set,' and is a 'clear market leader in this field', according to instructing solicitors, who add that on 'all banking and finance matters they can offer genuine expertise and huge strength in depth'. The set's silks and juniors are regularly called upon to act on the market's largest and most technically challenging banking disputes. Recent examples using multiple members include PJSC Commercial Bank Privatbank v Kolomoisky & Others, in which Ali Malek QC and Matthew Parker represented Gennadiy Bogolyubov. Another highlight was PCP Capital Partners v Barclays Bank Plc, in which Ewan McQuater QC represented Barclays, while Andrew Onslow QC  advised the Serious Fraud Office in related parallel criminal proceedings.

Leading Silks

Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is first class – incredibly clear-minded, highly responsive and a great advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA first-class banking litigator.

Ranked: tier 1

Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery strong on the technical banking stuff, and he's a fighter, which we like.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsClearly a leader in his field in relation to banking disputes.

Ranked: tier 2

David Quest QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsCareful, thoughtful, has a strong specialist knowledge and is an effective advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Nash QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is an incredible silk.

Ranked: tier 2

John Odgers QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA cerebral and formidable counsel.

Ranked: tier 2

Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsShowed outstanding attention, patience and mastery of the papers.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Salter QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA top-flight lawyer who can bring an alternative analysis to matters, which clients appreciate.

Ranked: tier 2

Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely well regarded for banking litigation.

Ranked: tier 3

John Jarvis QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe has a very broad range of experience, particularly in finance, fraud and insolvency matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA superb banking silk.

Ranked: tier 4

Catherine Gibaud QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn excellent banking silk.

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Davies-Jones QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis analysis is second to none.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Blair QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely experienced across a broad range of banking issues.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Edwards QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent at cross-examination, including of technical experts in the field of banking, especially complex derivatives.

Ranked: tier 5
2018 Silks

Ian Wilson QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA great practitioner who is building a stellar practice.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe stepped up to the plate and helped us massively.

Ranked: tier 1

Peter De Verneuil Smith QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery punchy with his intellect and advice, he delivers a star turn.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Adam Kramer - 3 Verulam BuildingsBrilliant on paper, he can work through the most complex case and distil it into a persuasive, easy to understand submission.

Ranked: tier 1

Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam BuildingsA very able junior who is confident in his written and oral work and is a pleasure to deal with.

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely hardworking, and just as good on paper as he is on his feet.

Ranked: tier 1

Scott Ralston - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis preparation is excellent, which allows his submissions to be focused and tight.

Ranked: tier 1

William Edwards - 3 Verulam BuildingsA formidable advocate who has the ability to make incisive points at key moments.

Ranked: tier 1

David Simpson - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery affable and a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Lazarus - 3 Verulam BuildingsHighly responsive, personable, and unparalleled attention to detail matched by astute strategic and commercial skills.

Ranked: tier 2

Charlotte Eborall - 3 Verulam BuildingsShe is always excellent.

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Mark Phillips - 3 Verulam BuildingsA leading expert on promissory notes and really nice to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

Lisa Lacob - 3 Verulam BuildingsOrganised, clear in her written advice and pleadings and an effective advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Rajesh Pillai - 3 Verulam BuildingsSuper efficient and structured, he is also extremely hardworking and a real pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Bond - 3 Verulam BuildingsBalances thorough legal analysis with a practical approach to identifying which are the issues that really matter to the outcome of a case.

Ranked: tier 4

Sophie Mallinckrodt - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery efficient, she gets stuck into the papers and gives clear advice.

Ranked: tier 4

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Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Leading Silks

Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery experienced in prosecuting for the SFO.

Ranked: tier 1

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

3 Verulam Buildings

With 'excellent bench strength', 3 Verulam Buildings is a 'go-to set for commercial litigation mandates'. Over the years, the set has been building an extremely strong team at the junior end, with some well-chosen laterals, arriving either from rival sets or law firms. Notable recent examples include Jamie Riley QC and James McWiliams from Littleton Chambers. The workload of members also continues to impress, with significant roles on Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, in which Adrian Beltrami QC successfully represented the defendant, and PCP Capital Partners v Barclays Bank Plc, where Ewan McQuater QC led the defence for the bank.

Top ten under eight years’ call

Hannah Glover - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn excellent banking junior with real attention to detail and a robust advocacy style.

Leading Silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsWorld class – calm, unflappable, and ready to push the envelope with legal argument and analysis.

Ranked: tier 1

Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA first-rate senior silk, he has exceptional analytical skills and commands attention in court.

Ranked: tier 2

Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis cross-examination was exceptional and he got on top of the factual detail of the case very quickly.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExactly what the client was hoping for in a tough case with a tricky opponent.

Ranked: tier 3

David Quest QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsEffective and thorough.

Ranked: tier 3

John Jarvis QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsFast, quick to cut through to the nub of a matter, and energetic.

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Nash QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsDeserves his star status.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Salter QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA very safe pair of hands with clinical attention to detail.

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA brilliant tactician, a great advocate and second to none as a team player.

Ranked: tier 4

Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsPowerful legal analysis and his communication skills are excellent.

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Davies-Jones QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsPhenomenally bright and an incredibly nice man to work with.

Ranked: tier 5

John Odgers QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsIncredibly bright, calm and measured with clients and on his feet.

Ranked: tier 5

Andrew Fletcher QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsStrategically sound, has an impressive grasp of detail, is very responsive, and has an excellent manner with clients.

Ranked: tier 6

Richard Edwards QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA passionate, personable advocate who has extraordinary knowledge of the detail.

Ranked: tier 6
2019 Silks

Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA powerful advocate who can push points hard when he needs to.

Ranked: tier 1

Jamie Riley QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA very clever and accomplished barrister yet he is easy to deal with and always makes himself available.

Ranked: tier 1

Peter de Verneuil Smith QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn incredible barrister.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Michael Lazarus - 3 Verulam BuildingsFirst class – easily silk quality and beyond.

Ranked: tier 1

Adam Kramer - 3 Verulam BuildingsOne of the best juniors I have ever worked with.

Ranked: tier 2

Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam BuildingsSeriously impressive, he readily earns the respect of the bench.

Ranked: tier 2

Rajesh Pillai - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis ability to think strategically makes him a real asset, and he is incredibly hands-on and client friendly.

Ranked: tier 2

George McPherson - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn excellent junior with strong drafting skills, and impressive grasp of the law, and very user friendly.

Ranked: tier 3

Philip Hinks - 3 Verulam BuildingsA very assured lawyer who produces quality work.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Hanke - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is very capable, punches above his weight and has the ear of the court.

Ranked: tier 5

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Commodities
2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA true heavyweight at the commercial Bar, he is not frightened to express a clear view. Strategic, innovative but hard-headed advice.

Ranked: tier 1

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Construction
Leading Silks

Hefin Rees QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExperienced in engineering and construction disputes.

Ranked: tier 5
Leading Juniors

Jane Davies Evans - 3 Verulam BuildingsHighly regarded at the construction Bar for her unparalleled experience in dealing with quantum delay claims.

Ranked: tier 3

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Consumer
Leading Juniors

Charlotte Eborall - 3 Verulam BuildingsA junior who is very good on her feet.

Ranked: tier 3

Theodor van Sante - 3 Verulam BuildingsEfficient with his time and commercial in his approach.

Ranked: tier 3

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Energy
Energy - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

3 Verulam Buildings

In 2018, members of 3 Verulam Buildings appeared in numerous court and arbitration cases related to oilfields and mines, as well as technical disputes and matters concerning the economic interests of parties involved in the operation of major oil and gas pipelines. The set is 'more than just its core finance and banking practice', remarks one client, while another recommends the 'efficient and forward-looking' clerking team. Andrew Onslow QC acted for the claimant in Iran Offshore & Engineering Construction Company v Dean Investment Holdings SA & Ors Acting to attempt the recovery of $87m for an offshore oil drilling rig. Heavyweight commercial silk Hodge Malek QC joined the set in 2018. He is currently involved in a multibillion-dollar arbitration concerning a long-term gas supply contract. Ali Malek QC acted for Ukrainian oligarch Gennadiy Bogolyubov in a $380m oil distribution dispute. Paul Wee is acting for The Russian Federation in enforcement proceedings concerning the $50bn arbitral awards obtained by former shareholders of Yukos under the Energy Charter Treaty.

Leading Silks

Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA respected commercial silk representing oil companies, governments and regulators.

Ranked: tier 3

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA highly capable silk for international arbitrations in the oil sector.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA specialist, impressive arbitration advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery client friendly with an in-depth knowledge of arbitration related litigation; his written advocacy is superb.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Jane Davies Evans - 3 Verulam BuildingsOne of the swiftest rising stars in the energy sector with deep knowledge of energy projects worldwide.

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Wee - 3 Verulam BuildingsPhenomenally hardworking, knows the law inside out and is extremely reliable and thorough in his legal analysis.

Ranked: tier 3

Georges Chalfoun - 3 Verulam BuildingsTruly outstanding in extremely complicated cases involving technical issues.

Ranked: tier 4

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

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings remains 'a go-to set for any dispute with a financial services angle', according to instructing solicitors. Recently members such as Richard Brent QC have advised on several major test cases affecting the financial services industry. Members, including Rory Phillips QC, Robert Purves, and Sophie Mallinckrodt  also acted for the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority on the Part VII transfers of Barclays Bank, Lloyds Bank, HSBC, and Santander.

Leading Silks

Michael Blair QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA hugely respected silk within the financial services community.

Ranked: tier 1

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA real team player who makes himself available 24/7.

Ranked: tier 2

Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery highly rated for financial services regulation work.

Ranked: tier 2

Rory Philips QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHugely experienced advising the regulators on the new ring-fencing regime.

Ranked: tier 2

John Odgers QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsUnderstated yet highly effective both as a lawyer and advocate, clients like his calm, measured approach.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Brent QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHighly experienced across a broad range of financial services issues.

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Ian Wilson QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAlways has a calm and assured manner, and excellent on his feet.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam BuildingsHighly intelligent, very hardworking, and above all a creative thinker that always finds solutions for clients rather than problems.

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Purves - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery responsive and approachable, with strong knowledge of both the law and the regulatory approach.

Ranked: tier 1

David Simpson - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely intelligent and has an amazing breadth and depth of knowledge.

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Hinks - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely approachable, flexible, user-friendly, with a practical outcomes based approach.

Ranked: tier 2

Saima Hanif - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery energetic and enthusiastic, easy to deal with and approachable but robust when needed.

Ranked: tier 2

Charlotte Eborall - 3 Verulam BuildingsCommercial, practical and very user friendly.

Ranked: tier 3

James Potts - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery knowledgeable on the law and excellent both on his feet and on paper.

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Mark Phillips - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery user friendly, careful, and clearly very clever.

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely good in all areas in which he was engaged.

Ranked: tier 3

Rajesh Pillai - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe researches the law thoroughly and effortlessly and comes up with creative and pragmatic solutions.

Ranked: tier 3

Sophie Mallinckrodt - 3 Verulam BuildingsA good team player.

Ranked: tier 3

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

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings has an 'excellent blend of barristers and door tenants, and the clerks ensure that the barristers instructed are available when needed'. The set's pedigree in the fraud arena is demonstrated by the caseload of its members, which includes AHAB v Saad Investments Co Ltd, one of the largest fraud claims ever litigated, in which David Quest QC acted for the Algosaibi Brothers. Other notable mandates included Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, where Adrian Beltrami QC represented the accountants, and Tatneft v Bogolyubov & Ors, in which Ali Malek QC and Peter De Verneuil Smith represented the defendants.

Leading Silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent in terms of being hands on, astute in his legal advice and legal strategy.

Ranked: tier 1

Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsBrilliant at getting right to the heart of complex issues.

Ranked: tier 1

Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA great silk.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn excellent silk. His advice is always clear and concise.

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe's the real deal – calm, clear, unflappable, and always on top of his brief.

Ranked: tier 3

David Quest QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsSensible, user friendly, and very good with numbers.

Ranked: tier 3

Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsTruly one of the best.

Ranked: tier 3

John Jarvis QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely versatile and is able to apply his experience across a wide range of different subject areas.

Ranked: tier 3

David Head QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis sublime advocacy is underpinned by an incredibly strong work ethic.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn excellent barrister.

Ranked: tier 1

Peter de Verneuil Smith QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery well regarded for his fraud expertise.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Michael Lazarus - 3 Verulam BuildingsFirst choice by some distance.

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is incredible.

Ranked: tier 2

Rajesh Pillai - 3 Verulam BuildingsPerforms consistently at silk level – a proven case leader who exudes gravitas on his feet and on paper.

Ranked: tier 3

Adam Kramer - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe's a super brain but also very commercial and direct.

Ranked: tier 4

William Edwards - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis preparation for hearings is impeccable.

Ranked: tier 4

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Michael Lazarus - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is an excellent technical lawyer and an engaging advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

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Insolvency
Insolvency - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings has 'strength in depth at every level and offer an excellent choice of counsel'. The set has been involved in a number of high-profile cases, demonstrated by Ewan Mcquater QC's lead of Vodafone's defence in Phones 4u Limited v Vodafone Group. In another highlight, Matthew Hardwick QC acted for the claimant in Delco Participation BV v Green Elite Limited. Adrian Beltrami QC, who was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2018, acted for RBS in the pre-trial phase of Marme v RBS.

Leading Silks

Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsTremendously clear mind; highly responsive; a great advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is brilliant at getting right to the heart of complex issues then providing a clear answer or route map through.

Ranked: tier 2

John Jarvis QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAside from his formidable intellect, he has seen it all and done it all many times before, so nothing phases him.

Ranked: tier 5

Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is adept at identifying the core issues and in coming up with creative ways of tackling them.

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Salter QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsEnjoyable to work with, intellectually rigorous.

Ranked: tier 5
2018 Silks

Ian Wilson QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe combines intelligence with a good range of commercial legal expertise and a positive attitude.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Jamie Riley QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is great on his feet, courteous but confident.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Angharad Start - 3 Verulam BuildingsA tour de force who commands the attention of the court.

Ranked: tier 4

Philip Hinks - 3 Verulam BuildingsHigh-quality advice, excellent advocate, user-friendly, and collaborative where necessary.

Ranked: tier 4

William Edwards - 3 Verulam BuildingsHas particular expertise in the fraud side of insolvency.

Ranked: tier 5

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

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings is noted for its 'star individuals' for insurance and reinsurance work. Peter Ratcliffe and Adam Kramer were instructed in professional indemnity policy dispute Brightside Group Ltd v AIG Europe Ltd and others. With several 'fantastic silks', Tom Weitzman QC, in particular, has been involved in a number of complex insurance disputes; he led Kate Holderness in The Cultural Foundation & Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company v Beazley Furlonge, which relates to claims brought by third parties against Beazley Furlonge and a number of excess insurers under the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 1930.

Leading Silks

Tom Weitzman QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsIntelligent, tough and a great advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is rigorous and provides sound advice.

Ranked: tier 3

Rory Phillips QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is a very well regarded silk.

Ranked: tier 3
2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is a powerhouse.

Ranked: tier 1

Peter de Verneuil Smith QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA new silk that is going places.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Peter Ratcliffe - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is the ultimate insurance barrister; he knows the law, is superb to work with, and is unbelievably persuasive.

Ranked: tier 1

Adam Kramer - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is outstandingly bright.

Ranked: tier 4

Kate Holderness - 3 Verulam BuildingsShe is hardworking, efficient, knowledgeable, unflappable; a junior with good judgement.

Ranked: tier 4

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International arbitration: arbitrators
Leading arbitrators

Christopher Symons QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery efficient and well-organised; clear and crisp-minded.

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings is praised for its 'mentality and ethos'. The set has built up an impressive roster of arbitration counsel over recent years, particularly at the more junior end. Recent highlight cases include Marfin Investment Group v Cyprus, where Ali Malek QCTariq Baloch and Mark Wassouf represented the claimants, and Anatolie Stati & (2) Gabriel Stati & (3) Ascom Group S.A. & (4) Terra Raf Trans Traiding Ltd v The Republic of Kazakhstan in which Malek and Christopher Harris QC represented Kazakhstan.

Leading Silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA fantastic advocate, very experienced, with excellent judgement.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn excellent advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe got on top of the very substantial factual detail of the case very quickly.

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Nash QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely capable and user friendly.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Salter QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA solid choice for arbitration.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsFantastic on his feet and works incredibly hard, he really deserves to have taken silk.

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsParticularly effective at processing masses of information within a relatively short period and presenting arguments succinctly and persuasively.

Ranked: tier 1

Peter De Verneuil Smith QC  - 3 Verulam BuildingsA very clever and very good advocate.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Tariq Baloch - 3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent client handling, sound knowledge of the law, effective advocacy, and user friendly.

Ranked: tier 1

Jane Davies Evans - 3 Verulam BuildingsA highly sought after counsel in international arbitration because of her most unusual and helpful dual qualifications as a chartered accountant and as a top barrister.

Ranked: tier 2

Mark Wassouf - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery responsive, commercial and client focused.

Ranked: tier 2

Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam BuildingsA fabulous advocate and nitty-gritty street fighter, you don't want to be against him.

Ranked: tier 2

Rajesh Pillai - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely perceptive and always meets clients expectations.

Ranked: tier 2

Georges Chalfoun - 3 Verulam BuildingsHas a very hard work ethic and is an essential part of the counsel team on big ticket matters.

Ranked: tier 3

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)
Media and entertainment - Leading Silks

Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is a safe pair of hands for disputes in the music industry.

Ranked: tier 4

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Offshore
Offshore - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

3 Verulam Buildings

A set that is 'very impressive in terms of its coverage, and advocates with really strong advocacy skills', 3 Verulam Buildings handles a range of work, with a number of cases having links to the CIS region through the BVI. Members are also involved in litigation elsewhere in the Caribbean. Matthew Hardwick QC represented Delco Participation, a Dutch company, in an appeal against the decision of a BVI's first instance court to refuse to appoint liquidators over Green Elite in an unusual use of the loss of substratum ground for a winding-up. Ewan McQuater QC led the team representing BVI companies in the Investec Trust v Glenalla Trustees case, the latest round of the Tchenguiz saga, in this instance concerning enforcing against Robert Tchenguiz's home near the Royal Albert Hall. Hefin Rees QC joined in October 2018 from 39 Essex Chambers, further strengthening the set.

Leading Silks

Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsBrilliant at getting right to the heart of complex issues then providing a roadmap through.

Ranked: tier 1

David Quest QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsEven among commercial QCs, he stands out as a clear, precise and incisive thinker.

Ranked: tier 2

Hefin Rees QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis commercial practice includes Caribbean cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis commercial practice includes BVI disputes with Russian elements.

Ranked: tier 2

Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsInstructed in the most high-profile cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis broad commercial practice includes Channel Island and Caribbean work.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Peter de Verneuil Smith QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery tactical, he grasps the issues early on.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Philip Hinks - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe has a track record of fraud and insolvency cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Rajesh Pillai - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe has experience of Manx litigation.

Ranked: tier 3

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Pensions
Leading Juniors

Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam BuildingsHighly flexible and punching well above his weight.

Ranked: tier 3

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Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture
Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings has a solid track record representing the National Crime Agency in civil recovery proceedings. Andrew Sutcliffe QC and Anne Jeavons successfully acted for the agency in the case of National Crime Agency v Nuttall, involving the recovery of assets worth £6m, which were found to be the proceeds of a money laundering scheme.

Leading Silks

Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery experienced in acting for the NCA in asset recovery claims.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Anne Jeavons - 3 Verulam BuildingsEnergetic, bright and methodical.

Ranked: tier 3

Theodor van Sante - 3 Verulam BuildingsA junior with a powerful brain.

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Leading Juniors

Saima Hanif - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery approachable and excellent on her feet.

Ranked: tier 4

Yash Bheeroo - 3 Verulam BuildingsAdept at presenting key points to the court in a persuasive manner.

Ranked: tier 4

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

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings 'undoubtedly has strength-in-depth' and offers 'quality counsel' for professional negligence disputes, where it is noted for its ability to handle cases in the financial services sector. It is also instructed by a number of major insurance and reinsurance groups. Richard Edwards QC acted for the claimant in Court of Appeal case CGL Group Ltd v RBS, which concerned alleged duties of care owed by banks to customers. Ali Malek QC  is instructed in Carlyle Capital Corporation Ltd (In Liquidation) & Others v Conway & Others, which involves the collapse of a $22bn fund and  professional negligence issues.

Leading Silks

Thomas Weitzman QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is very experienced.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA first-rate silk.

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsSmart and accessible.

Ranked: tier 3

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is exceptional.

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is fantastic at getting into the detail.

Ranked: tier 3

Rory Phillips QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is experienced in brokers' negligence work.

Ranked: tier 3

David Head QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is stellar.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Edwards QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHas an outstanding ability to focus on the most important issues in a case.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is very responsive, thoroughly charming and a team player.

Ranked: tier 1

Peter de Verneuil Smith QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is noted for professional negligence cases involving financial services.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is excellent.

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Kramer - 3 Verulam BuildingsOutstandingly bright.

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Ratcliffe - 3 Verulam BuildingsBrilliant to work with and very experienced.

Ranked: tier 3

Angharad Start - 3 Verulam BuildingsShe is experienced in professional negligence cases.

Ranked: tier 5

Peter Cranfield - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is experienced in professional negligence work.

Ranked: tier 5

Sophie Mallinckrodt - 3 Verulam BuildingsNoted for cases involving financial services professionals.’

Ranked: tier 5

William Edwards - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is experienced in professional negligence matters.

Ranked: tier 5

Christopher Bond - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe has the ability to balance thorough legal analysis with a practical approach to identifying which are the issues that really matter.

Ranked: tier 6

Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery bright, engaged and good at finding solutions to complex legal problems.

Ranked: tier 6

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Public international law
2019 Silks

Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA first-rate advocate, especially in the closing submissions where he never fails to impress.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Paul Wee - 3 Verulam BuildingsBrilliant, a go-to junior for investment treaty arbitrations.

Ranked: tier 3

Tariq Baloch - 3 Verulam BuildingsUnderstands what the client wants and delivers.

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

One of the first choices for banking and financial market disputes’, the ‘top notch3 Verulam Buildings has ‘strong bench strength’ with ‘numerous barristers who are excellent in a range of other areas’, including arbitration, fraud, and insolvency; ‘they are all reliable and provide quality advice, with some superstars there present’. The set ‘unquestionably has the heft and the strength in depth of the very best commercial sets,’ said one client, and despite its ‘top-flight status’ solicitors are pleased chambers has ‘managed to stay in the real world’ when it comes to fees, which are described as ‘realistic and commercial’. Christopher Harris, Peter De Verneuil Smith, and Nicholas Craig all took silk in 2019. After a busy 2018 for recruitment, chambers further strengthened its stable with the arrival of new commercial litigation and insolvency silk Jamie Riley QC and junior James McWilliams from Littleton Chambers. The set also celebrated the arrival of three new high-profile associate members: Brian King, formerly head of arbitration at Freshfields, Sean Hagan, former general counsel of the International Monetary Fund, and sovereign debt specialist Lee C Buchheit. But it is not just the set’s membership that has grown; chambers has also recruited talented clerk Samantha Jones from Serjeants' Inn Chambers. The set’s senior management consists of chambers director Robin Jackson and joint senior practice managers Stephen Penson (‘a pleasure to deal with’) and Stuart Pullum (‘responsive, helpful, and has a strong relationship with the court’), who together oversee ‘one of the best clerks' rooms around’. The clerks are all ‘approachable and highly responsive. They take time to get to know you and can put together the right team for you in short order’. Richard Ansell is ‘particularly impressive’; Ed Tolfts is ‘helpful, hardworking, and goes the extra mile’; Robert Croke, James Ingham, Harry Freeman, and Jack Wheeler are also rated for their ‘exemplary’ client service. Offices in: London

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Shipping
2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is thorough and responsive.

Ranked: tier 1

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial

3 Verulam Buildings is ‘a very commercially savvy set’ primarily known for work with Indian elements, but also accepts instructions across the region. Many work higlights have somewhat of a civil fraud flavour. Ewan McQuater QC continues to be instructed by Abu Dhabi’s publicly-owned investment vehicles International Petroleum Investment Company and Aaabar (subsequently amalgamated into Mubadala for unrelated reasons) in a dispute with the Malaysian government concerning funding for several power station projects which has not been repaid. In a different arena, financial services regulation specialist Saima Hanif is active in matters concerning Asean jurisdictions, including Singapore, and Hong Kong – she is one of several new recruits from 39 Essex Chambers.

Commercial – Leading silks

Ewan McQuater QC 3 Verulam BuildingsInstructed in Asia’s agenda-setting civil fraud cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Salter QC 3 Verulam BuildingsInstructed in Indian disputes.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Onslow QC 3 Verulam BuildingsInstructed in technical financial cases with Asian elements.

Ranked: tier 3

Ali Malek QC 3 Verulam BuildingsAn arbitration star – an experienced internationalist very much in demand.

Ranked: tier 3

Hefin Rees QC 3 Verulam BuildingsHe throws himself into a case team with tremendous enthusiasm.

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Davies-Jones QC 3 Verulam BuildingsHe handles heavyweight arbitrations, many with strong Indian elements.

Ranked: tier 3
Commercial – Leading juniors

Rajesh Pillai 3 Verulam BuildingsWith a fierce intellect, he is always ready to get into the detail while being a statesmanlike advisor.

Ranked: tier 1

Cameron Miles 3 Verulam BuildingsResponsive, thoughtful and energetic, with an expansive knowledge of investment treaty arbitration.

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Harris 3 Verulam BuildingsHe appears in India-related arbitrations.

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Craig 3 Verulam BuildingsAn impressive advocate who is good on paper and with clients too.

Ranked: tier 2

Saima Hanif 3 Verulam BuildingsHer written submissions are precise and persuasive, proving her ability to address regulators’ concerns.

Ranked: tier 2

Tariq Baloch 3 Verulam BuildingsA barrister with deep knowledge and passion for public international law.

Ranked: tier 2

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Construction

3 Verulam Buildings’s Jane Davies Evans represents TANROADS – a government agency of Tanzania – in a dispute with an Indian contractor concerning a road-building project in the African country.

Construction – Leading juniors

Jane Davies Evans 3 Verulam BuildingsInstructed in disputes with issues in Indian elements, and an arbitrator too.

Ranked: tier 1

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Energy

3 Verulam Buildings’ James Potts – who joined the set from 39 Essex Chambers – has a practice which includes a number of oil and gas disputes.

Energy – Leading juniors

James Potts 3 Verulam BuildingsInstructed in oil and gas disputes.

Ranked: tier 1

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Fraud and corporate crime
Fraud and corporate crime - Leading silks

Hodge Malek QC 3 Verulam BuildingsHe can immediately connect with clients so they feel he instinctively understands their objectives.

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

3 Verulam Buildings has ‘excellent regional experience in almost all sectors’. The set handles a range of matters, typically on the commercial and banking side of arbitration, including matters involving alleged fraud. Meshing well with its growing presence in Singapore, the set has particularly strong links with India. ‘It is a pleasure to deal with the clerks, who are commercially clued-in, flexible and understand client requirements.’ Steve Penson and Stuart Pullum head the ‘superb, responsive and intelligent’ clerking operation as senior practice managers, with Richard Ansell also notable.

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