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Farhaz Khan

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3 Verulam Buildings (Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC)


Farhaz is recognised as one of the leading senior juniors at the commercial bar. The legal directories state he is a “highly sought-after barrister” with an “exceptional reputation” who is “impressive beyond his year of call”. He receives instructions in complex and high-profile commercial litigation, arbitration and regulatory investigations, with a focus on banking, financial services, and pensions. According to the legal directories he is “probably the best junior at the bar for financial services work”, “a real star in banking disputes”, and involved “in the most important pensions cases”. Farhaz’s cases typically involve the interpretation of contracts and commercial trusts, professional negligence, civil fraud and regulatory enforcement matters. His cases also take him into different area of law, and he has broad experience in cases involving company law, insolvency, partnership, employment, EU and public law. His regulatory work often involves ‘white collar’ criminal and money laundering issues, such as market abuse and bribery.
Banking: Farhaz is ranked as a leading Junior by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal, which ranks him as number 3 of the 5 most highly regarded banking and finance juniors at the Bar. He has particular experience of mis-selling and LIBOR claims, having been instructed in Graiseley, the first LIBOR test case, and cases concerning complex derivatives and the meaning and effect of complex securitization, loan, security and ISDA documentation.
Financial Services: Farhaz is ranked as a leading Junior by Chambers and Partners (tier 1) and Legal 500. He is widely regarded as one of the foremost financial services juniors at the Bar with deep experience of regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, having been involved in some of the most significant regulatory interventions since the financial crisis (LIBOR, FOREX, JP Morgan ‘Whale Trades’, Keydata). Farhaz regularly acts for Lloyd’s of London in regulatory and enforcement matters.
Pensions: Farhaz is recognized as one of the leading juniors at the pensions bar having been involved in many of the major pension cases over the last decade (Foster Wheeler, IMG, Desmonds, Lehman, BT, G4S, Sea Containers) and has been ranked by Chambers and Partners since he was 4 years call. He is also ranked by Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.  Farhaz enjoys cases with an international or cross-border dimension. He regularly appears in the commercial courts of off-shore jurisdictions such as the DIFC and ADGM courts and has acted as a legal expert in foreign proceedings. Farhaz was identified by Legal Week (“Stars at the Bar”, 2013) as one of the 10 “most acclaimed young barristers making their mark” at the commercial & chancery bar. Farhaz is a founding committee member of the Financial Services Lawyers Association, and a member of the Commercial Court User’s Committee. He also acts as consultant for the OECD on access to justice for businesses projects in emerging market economies.


Called: 2005 (Middle Temple, Queen Mother Major Scholar and Harmsworth Entrance Exhibitioner). Registered to practice in the DIFC.


COMBAR, ChBA, APL, FSLA (Assistant Secretary), IBA

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn excellent barrister; brings his best-of-class knowledge and understanding to his advice.

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

3 Verulam Buildings is praised for its ‘strength in depth in financial disputes’, and offers a ‘stand out’ service and a ‘genuine "how can I help" attitude’. Clients note that ‘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.

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Financial services

Within: Financial services – Leading juniors

Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam BuildingsLiterally wrote the book on FCA guidance.

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Within: Pensions – Leading juniors

Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is highly regarded for equalisation and professional negligence claims.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – leading juniors

Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery talented and easy to work with.

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United Arab Emirates: The English bar


Within: Leading juniors

Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam BuildingsA barrister with a track record of DIFC and ADGM commercial cases.

Within: Commercial

3 Verulam Buildings’s Christopher Harris and Georges Chalfoun, represented Algerian publicly owned oil and gas company Sonatrach. Jane Davies Evans represented Crescent Oil in an arbitration against the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq concerning the supply of gas. In addition, Saima Hanif handles defence work in DFSA investigations. Farhaz Khan has joined from Outer Temple Chambers.

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