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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

The β€˜first-class’ 3 Verulam Buildings is β€˜where to go with the most difficult questions’ in the banking and finance world thanks to its β€˜formidably strength’ at junior and silk levels. A β€˜pre-eminent’ set in relation to commercial litigation, 3VB’s β€˜quality and reliability is universally high’ and it has β€˜worked very hard to keep that personal touch that contrasts well with the "super sets"’. Chambers was bolstered earlier this year following the arrivals of Hodge Malek QC, Saima Hanif, Cleon Catsambis, James Potts and Yash Bheeroo from 39 Essex Chambers. Chambers has also β€˜really impressed in recent years with the strength and breadth of its arbitration practitioners, particularly at the junior end’. Offering β€˜premier service from a premiership set’, chambers director Robin Jackson leads β€˜the best clerks in London, by a country mile’ that is β€˜well informed, responsive and reliable’ and β€˜understands the pressures facing law firms’. The β€˜first-rate’ joint senior practice manager Stephen Penson is the set’s β€˜standard bearer on client service’; β€˜he is down to earth, has excellent judgement’ and is β€˜always thinking of ways to help, add value and make solicitors’ lives easier’. β€˜Excellent’ joint senior practice manager Stuart Pullum is β€˜very responsive, helpful and has a strong relationship with the court and other senior clerks from the top commercial sets’. Andrew Monks is β€˜responsive, proactive, knows his counsel well and offers the right selection for the job in hand’; Robert Croke is also recommended for clerking. James Kelly is β€˜particularly helpful when it comes to answering queries about the inner workings of the commercial court and listing’; Richard Ansell and Ed Tolfts β€˜stand out as particularly strong clerks’. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

3 Verulam Buildings has β€˜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. β€˜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 β€˜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)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Rory Phillips QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He’s very bright, eloquent and incisive, and excellent on his feet.’

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 is praised for its β€˜strength in depth in financial disputes’, and offers a β€˜stand out’ service and a β€˜genuine "how can I help" attitude’. Clients note that β€˜the junior silks are really superb on the banking sphere’. The set added to its already considerable ranks following the arrival of Hodge Malek QC and three juniors from 39 Essex Chambers, and Farhaz Khan from Outer Temple Chambers. The year saw the end of the RBS rights issue litigation, which involved numerous members of chambers. Other key disputes keeping several barristers busy, included PCP Capital Partners v Barclays Bank, and Red Kite Management v Barclays Bank.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜The leading advocate for banking litigation at the bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Deservingly a star at the bar and a gentleman with it.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A very approachable and user-friendly advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Quest QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜An excellent advocate; calm clear and unfazed.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Very polished in terms of banking and fraud.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Nash QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜First rate at distilling the law into digestible and easily consumable advice and submissions.’

Ranked: tier 2

Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A fearless advocate in the best sense of the word, and hugely committed to his practice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Salter QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Unbeatable when he is in his stride.’

Ranked: tier 2

Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Statesman-like and commanding, people pay attention to what he has to say.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Odgers QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Has a knack for expecting the unexpected and spotting pitfalls well before they’re a danger.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Jarvis QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Good at getting to the crux of a matter.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Extremely bright and clear strategic thinking.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Davies-Jones QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A very good lawyer, excellent to deal with and a real team player.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Blair QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Responsive, intellectually extraordinary, experienced, and generally fantastic.’

Ranked: tier 4

Catherine Gibaud QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Very pragmatic and user friendly; able to get to grips with the matter quickly.’

Ranked: tier 5
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2017 silks

Richard Brent QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Meticulous, extremely approachable and a consistently safe pair of hands.’

Ranked: tier 1
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2018 silks

Ian Wilson QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A calm presence, and able to bring clear thought to complicated issues.’

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

Adam Kramer - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Absolutely first rate – an excellent lawyer and outstanding advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜An excellent barrister; brings his best-of-class knowledge and understanding to his advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He is a rare mix because his live and written advocacy is of the same exceptional standard.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter De Verneuil Smith - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Stoical and robust, he delivers a star turn.’

Ranked: tier 1

William Edwards - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Very insightful and thorough, and often picks up things which others leave out.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Simpson - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Extremely easy to deal with, clever, supportive, and always has a good idea.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Lazarus - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He sees the law as something that’s three dimensional and he has a unique style that judges appreciate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Scott Ralston - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Particularly adept at getting to the heart of the key issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Mark Phillips - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Very thorough and diligent, he really gets to grips with challenging technical points.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rajesh Pillai - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Incredibly bright and his drafting is superb.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Harris - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Extremely bright and a pleasure to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Charlotte Eborall - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Clear, measured and methodical in her advice, her written work output is excellent.’

Ranked: tier 4

Lisa Lacob - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A lively advocate, enthusiastic, and a good communicator.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sophie Mallinckrodt - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Good understanding of finance-based transactions and banking matters.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He is instructed in international corruption cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings is β€˜a favourite go-to set for almost everything’ and has a β€˜great bench of commercial operators and good clerks’. Clients note the set is β€˜interested in building joint strategies for developing practice areas and clients, rather than just waiting for cases to be brought to them. A very modern and refreshing approach’. Members have been involved in several blockbuster cases, including Manning & Napier v Tesco, Vincent Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, and Ryanair v Hertz Europe.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜On his feet, an advocate of the highest order.’

Ranked: tier 1

Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Brilliant and at the height of his powers – has a fantastic sense of what the court is likely to decide.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Unflappable, incisive, inspires confidence, and a good team player.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Very measured with his advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Jarvis QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Logical, incisive and charming – he has an instant grasp of technical data.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Nash QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Incredibly calm under pressure and has a real eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Salter QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A man for the most difficult appeals.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Very capable and hands on.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Quest QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Down to earth, super bright, and pugnacious.’

Ranked: tier 4

Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Extremely trustworthy, a clever and brilliant lawyer, truly a gentleman.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Davies-Jones QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Absolutely brilliant for technical banking issues.’

Ranked: tier 5

Andrew Fletcher QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Pedantic in a good way, thinks laterally, and is good to work with.’

Ranked: tier 6

John Odgers QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Outstanding on a wide range of commercial litigation matters.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Michael Lazarus - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜There is no better senior junior I know of, and much better than many silks.’

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Incredibly smart, precise and procedurally excellent.’

Ranked: tier 1

Adam Kramer - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜The complete package and a brilliant commercial junior.’

Ranked: tier 2

Peter De Verneuil Smith - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A phenomenal advocate who adds legal finesse to a commercial strategy.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rajesh Pillai - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜An extremely gifted and wise counsel – surely a future silk.’

Ranked: tier 3

George McPherson - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜An excellent junior with strong drafting skills and an impressive grasp of the law.’

Ranked: tier 4

Christopher Harris - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Absolutely awesome, he will walk into silk.’

Ranked: tier 5

Philip Hinks - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Great to work with and a trusted pair of hands.’

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

Hannah Glover - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜An up-and-coming star of the future, skilled far beyond her years of call.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ian Higgins - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Calm and unflustered and handles clients very well.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Commodities
Commodities – Leading juniors

Nicholas Craig - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He has a wealth of experience in international arbitration as both counsel and arbitrator.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Construction
Construction – Leading silks

Hefin Rees QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Charming, entertaining, commercially astute and frank.’

Ranked: tier 5
Construction – Leading juniors

Jane Davies Evans - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜The most competent construction advocate; very experienced in international disputes.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Consumer
Consumer – Leading juniors

Charlotte Eborall - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Strong in banking and finance cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Energy
Energy – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings is β€˜a responsive and talented set’; its investment in its international arbitration practice has been β€˜paying dividends, giving the chambers better strength in depth in this area than its commercial competitors’. Christopher Harris has been acting for one large gas company claiming $2.5bn in an investment treaty arbitration in relation to confiscations of its gas by an Eastern European state. Ali Malek QC is the key silk along with Hodge Malek QC, who arrived in April 2018 from 39 Essex Chambers.

Energy – Leading silks

Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A highly effective advocate who can deal with complex issues in a measured, unpretentious way.’

Ranked: tier 3
Energy – Leading juniors

Christopher Harris - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A tremendously well-prepared litigator, and a thorough, meticulous arbitrator.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jane Davies Evans - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Absolutely first rate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Wee - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Extremely strategic, knowledgeable about international law, enormously hardworking and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

3 Verulam Buildings

Barristers at 3 Verulam Buildings have a superb track record for contentious and non-contentious regulatory advice. Recently, members have been involved in FCA v Asset Land, regarding the establishment of a multi-site land-banking scheme. Michael Blair QC also oversaw the drafting of the legal framework of the Astana International Financial Centre.

Financial services – Leading silks

Michael Blair QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Unfailingly courteous with a depth of experience in financial services regulation that is unequalled.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Very good with clients and brings insight into the likely approach of the judiciary.’

Ranked: tier 2

Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A brilliant strategist.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Odgers QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Approachable and his advice well thought out and easy to follow.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rory Phillips QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜His experience gives him great gravitas and a keen sense of how to play the courtroom.’

Ranked: tier 3
Financial services – 2017 silks

Richard Brent QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A highly rated junior silk for financial services regulation.’

Ranked: tier 1
Financial services – 2018 silks

Ian Wilson QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Good with clients in conference and by telephone.’

Ranked: tier 1
Financial services – Leading juniors

Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Literally wrote the book on FCA guidance.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Purves - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Ex-FSA in-house counsel and now a leading authority.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Simpson - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Understated, hardworking, with a very good sense of humour; he’ll go far.’

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Hinks - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A truly outstanding junior who punches well above his weight.’

Ranked: tier 2

Saima Hanif - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A first-class junior; technical strong, highly responsive and commercially focused.’

Ranked: tier 2

Charlotte Eborall - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Gets to grips well with cases, quickly and efficiently.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Simpson - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A very approachable and extremely effective advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Mark Phillips - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜The perfect balance between law and commerce, and so hands-on.’

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A first-rate junior and very much a silk in waiting.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rajesh Pillai - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Easy to work with, bright, and has excellent skills.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sophie Mallinckrodt - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Enormously clever.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings is β€˜an excellent, well-run chambers’ with a selection of top quality seniors and juniors for civil fraud. Members can regularly be found on the biggest cases working their way through the courts. Notable highlights include acting for Grant Thornton in the defence of a $750m conspiracy claim brought by Vincent Tchenguiz. Other key cases include Manning & Napier v Tesco, and Avonwick Holdings v Azitio Holdings.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Has a strong grasp of the detail and issues; a calm and measured advocacy style.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Has a huge depth of experience on civil fraud and offshore jurisdictions.’

Ranked: tier 1

Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A leading advocate for civil fraud work; he has great credibility with judges.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Totally charming to work with, and has a very quick grasp of complex commercial matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Very active in civil fraud as well as on behalf of the National Crime Agency.’

Ranked: tier 3

Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜One of the best QCs I’ve ever worked with.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Jarvis QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A heavyweight litigator.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Quest QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A very strong barrister across the board.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A very likeable, easy to work with and talented lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Lazarus - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Has excellent judgement and an immensely sharp mind.’

Ranked: tier 2

Peter de Verneuil Smith - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Tactically very astute, with a nice crisp style.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Craig - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Extremely approachable and clients like him, he is always calm and meticulous.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rajesh Pillai - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A gifted and wise counsel who I am grateful to have on our team in extremely complex matters.’

Ranked: tier 4

William Edwards - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A superb junior; gets to the nub of the matter and offers practical real-world solutions.’

Ranked: tier 4

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IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings leverages its commercial practice in a range of IT and IT-related disputes. Its members’ expertise spans from internet related concerns to intellectual property rights and software and contractual issues.

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading juniors

Michael Lazarus - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He is very calm and brilliant on detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings is β€˜a top-quality set’ that is β€˜well clerked and full of brilliant barristers’. Boosting the set’s presence in the insolvency space, Ian Wilson QC took silk in 2018. Members are involved in a number of stand-out insolvency matters, including Phones 4u Limited v Vodafone Group, FCA v Asset Land and Marme v RBS. Adrian Beltrami QC continues to act for Lehman Brothers Holdings in the on-going β€˜waterfall’ disputes.

Insolvency – Leading silks

Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜At the height of his power.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A very bright and a fantastic advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Jarvis QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Logical, incisive and charming.’

Ranked: tier 5

Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He is a true internationalist and an extremely persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Salter QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Experienced commercial litigator.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insolvency – 2018 silks

Ian Wilson QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He has a very impressive legal mind and is also solution driven.’

Ranked: tier 1
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Angharad Start - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜She is a tremendous fighter, who also writes extraordinarily well.’

Ranked: tier 4

Philip Hinks - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Smart, approachable and very user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

3 Verulam Buildings

β€˜The excellent, professional, dedicated and progressive’, 3 Verulam Buildings is β€˜very well regarded for insurance and reinsurance work’ and β€˜a rising force in international arbitration’. With barristers such as Tom Weitzman QC, who is involved in significant professional indemnity and directors and officers liability policy work, and Peter Ratcliffe, continuing to be instructed in several high-value market disputes, β€˜they have the brains, the depth and the experience’.

Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Tom Weitzman QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Accessible, user-friendly and good at focusing on delivering the clients’ objectives.’

Ranked: tier 1

Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Can construct a compelling case from disparate parts that don’t appear to fit together.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rory Phillips QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A sure hand for high-profile litigation.’

Ranked: tier 3
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Peter Ratcliffe - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Extremely bright and able to add value in terms of new points you haven't thought of.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nicholas Craig - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Excellent technical and client skills.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Kramer - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Regularly advises and acts in disputes for insurers, insureds and brokers.’

Ranked: tier 4

Peter de Verneuil Smith - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A renowned advocate and very user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 4

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International arbitration: arbitrators
International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading individuals

Christopher Symons QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜One of the best arbitrators around, he demonstrates sound judgement and issues awards promptly.’

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

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings is β€˜a very strong set for international arbitration, whose strength in depth has grown markedly over the last few years’. The set is especially strong at the junior end, fielding some highly-respected, up-and-coming barristers with expertise in major commercial arbitrations and investment treaty disputes.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Very versatile and an impressive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Very team-oriented and user friendly, and an excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He has a lovely cross-examination style.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Salter QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Highly recommended for international arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Nash QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Extremely good on his feet and clients find his presence reassuring.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Christopher Harris - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A silk in the making, extremely commercial and a very effective advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tariq Baloch - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Very good for commercial arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Definitely at the point where he could be taking silk.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Craig - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A fine advocate and tactician.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rajesh Pillai - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Highly rated.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jane Davies Evans - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A very good senior junior with a strong focus on construction and infrastructure disputes.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Wassouf - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A rising star; always calm and considered, even under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 3

Peter De Verneuil Smith - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Cuts everything down to their essentials and sees a common sense, pragmatic way through.’

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 Buildings β€˜He is well regarded in this area.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Offshore
Offshore – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings’s Ewan McQuater QC led the team representing the BVI liquidators in Investec Trust v Glenalla Properties, an appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council from the Guernsey Court of Appeal; the case concerned the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust, which is subject Robert Tchenguiz’s long-running legal disputes with both the SFO and Grant Thornton. Meanwhile, David Quest QC represented AHAB in the AHAB v Saad Investments case.

Offshore – Leading silks

David Quest QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Phenomenally intelligent, has a great forensic mind and is a wonderful team player.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He has experience of high-profile Privy Council cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Very sharp and gives practical advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜His work includes offshore professional negligence cases.’

Ranked: tier 4
Offshore – Leading juniors

Rajesh Pillai - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He understands the complexities of unwieldy disputes in a three-dimensional way.’

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Hinks - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Very good at providing strategic advice on how to achieve the client’s objectives.’

Ranked: tier 3

Peter de Verneuil Smith - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Razor sharp and easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Pensions
Pensions – Leading juniors

Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He is highly regarded for equalisation and professional negligence claims.’

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 2

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings has a strong relationship with the National Crime Agency, with several members representing it in civil recovery proceedings. Andrew Sutcliffe QC represents the agency in a civil recovery case against 11 respondents concerning an alleged multi-jurisdictional fraud.

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – Leading silks

Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He represents the NCA in confiscation proceedings.’

Ranked: tier 3
Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture – Leading juniors

Anne Jeavons - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜She represents the NCA in civil recovery proceedings.’

Ranked: tier 3

Theodore van Sante - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He appears for the NCA and FCO in confiscation proceedings.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional discipline and regulatory law
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Saima Hanif - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜She has an insightful and excellent grasp of the principles that apply in any particular case.’

Ranked: tier 4

Yash Bheeroo - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Very impressive before tribunals – he gets to the detail of cases and knows what the issues are.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings is a β€˜fantastic set’ that is particularly regarded for its experience in financial services sector professional negligence disputes and members are often instructed by major insurance and reinsurance groups.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Thomas Weitzman QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He has a great combination of academic and commercial acumen.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Extremely quick at grasping factual and legal complexities; very team oriented and user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He is smart, very helpful and bends over backwards to support the client.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Great advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rory Phillips QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He is noted for cases involving brokers’ negligence.’

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Responsive and tactical.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – leading juniors

Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He handles claims involving solicitors and accountants.’

Ranked: tier 2

Peter Ratcliffe - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Bright and hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 3

Adam Kramer - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜First rate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicholas Craig - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Excellent on professional negligence and he understands the complexities.’

Ranked: tier 4

Angharad Start - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Excellent.’

Ranked: tier 5

Peter Cranfield - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Excellent.’

Ranked: tier 5

Peter de Verneuil Smith - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He is very experienced.’

Ranked: tier 5

Sophie Mallinckrodt - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜She is experienced in cases involving financial services professionals.’

Ranked: tier 5

William Edwards - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He handles a range of claims against solicitors and valuers.’

Ranked: tier 5

Christopher Bond - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He is excellent at analysing legal issues, and he also keeps in mind the practical implications of different strategies and which legal points are strategically worth taking.’

Ranked: tier 6

Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Very talented and easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Public international law
Public international law – Leading juniors

Christopher Harris - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A very strong lawyer and QC in waiting for public international law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tariq Baloch - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A very good lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The β€˜first-class’ 3 Verulam Buildings is β€˜where to go with the most difficult questions’ in the banking and finance world thanks to its β€˜formidably strength’ at junior and silk levels. A β€˜pre-eminent’ set in relation to commercial litigation, 3VB’s β€˜quality and reliability is universally high’ and it has β€˜worked very hard to keep that personal touch that contrasts well with the "super sets"’. Chambers was bolstered earlier this year following the arrivals of Hodge Malek QC, Saima Hanif, Cleon Catsambis, James Potts and Yash Bheeroo from 39 Essex Chambers. Chambers has also β€˜really impressed in recent years with the strength and breadth of its arbitration practitioners, particularly at the junior end’. Offering β€˜premier service from a premiership set’, chambers director Robin Jackson leads β€˜the best clerks in London, by a country mile’ that is β€˜well informed, responsive and reliable’ and β€˜understands the pressures facing law firms’. The β€˜first-rate’ joint senior practice manager Stephen Penson is the set’s β€˜standard bearer on client service’; β€˜he is down to earth, has excellent judgement’ and is β€˜always thinking of ways to help, add value and make solicitors’ lives easier’. β€˜Excellent’ joint senior practice manager Stuart Pullum is β€˜very responsive, helpful and has a strong relationship with the court and other senior clerks from the top commercial sets’. Andrew Monks is β€˜responsive, proactive, knows his counsel well and offers the right selection for the job in hand’; Robert Croke is also recommended for clerking. James Kelly is β€˜particularly helpful when it comes to answering queries about the inner workings of the commercial court and listing’; Richard Ansell and Ed Tolfts β€˜stand out as particularly strong clerks’. Offices in: London

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading juniors

Nicholas Craig - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Thorough and astute.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial

3 Verulam Buildings is β€˜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 Buildings β€˜Instructed in Asia’s agenda-setting civil fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Salter QC 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Instructed in Indian disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Onslow QC 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Instructed in technical financial cases with Asian elements.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ali Malek QC 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜An arbitration star – an experienced internationalist very much in demand.’

Ranked: tier 3

Hefin Rees QC 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He throws himself into a case team with tremendous enthusiasm.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Davies-Jones QC 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He handles heavyweight arbitrations, many with strong Indian elements.’

Ranked: tier 3
Commercial – Leading juniors

Rajesh Pillai 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜With a fierce intellect, he is always ready to get into the detail while being a statesmanlike advisor.’

Ranked: tier 1

Cameron Miles 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Responsive, thoughtful and energetic, with an expansive knowledge of investment treaty arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Harris 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜He appears in India-related arbitrations.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Craig 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜An impressive advocate who is good on paper and with clients too.’

Ranked: tier 2

Saima Hanif 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Her written submissions are precise and persuasive, proving her ability to address regulators’ concerns.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tariq Baloch 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜A 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 Buildings β€˜Instructed 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 Buildings β€˜Instructed 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 Buildings β€˜He 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 β€˜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. β€˜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 β€˜superb, responsive and intelligent’ clerking operation as senior practice managers, with Richard Ansell also notable.

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