The ‘thoroughly efficient’ 3 Verulam Buildings remains a recognised and prestigious set in a wide variety of commercial law practice areas. Members of chambers have consistently been instructed on leading commercial and investment arbitrations, whilst developing an investment treaty practice within Asia Pacific regions. One standout case for the chambers was International Petroleum Investment Company; Aabar Investments v 1 Malaysia Development Berhad; Ministry of Finance Inc, Malaysia whereby Ewan Mcquater KC handled the London leg of the litigation regarding the 1MDB scandal in Malaysia, relating to the alleged looting of billions of US dollars from a sovereign wealth fund by, inter alia, the country’s former prime minister Najib Razak. Saima Hanif KC has an established practice acting for financial institutions and individuals around banking and finance regulation. Richard Salter’s practice covers all aspects of commercial litigation and arbitration, with specialisms including banking, corporate finance and financial services. Recent arrivals include Can Yeginsu who has joined from 4 New Square and Damien Walker joining from Essex Court Chambers.
Commercial in Asia Pacific: The English Bar
3 Verulam Buildings
‘Thorough efficient friendly.’
‘At 3VB I work closely with a number of excellent juniors.’
‘3VB is a strong all round set – very good at all levels.’
‘3VB is by far the top commercial set in London and the first choice for commercial disputes, fraud litigation, and arbitration disputes as well as insurance claims.’
‘Fast and efficient.’
‘The senior clerks are brilliant and work well together. They keep each other abreast of things. Very experienced and act responsibly and do not over promise.’
‘Very good – responsive and commercial.’
‘The clerks like Stuart Pullum and Stephen Penson are simply excellent. They provide clear recommendations that have proven to be excellent and do not simply push barristers on instructing solicitors that are not suited for a particular dispute. They are at the top of their game. Simply excellent.’
‘The clerks at 3VB are honest, fair and clear in providing strong recommendations of choice of junior or senior barristers depending on the nature of the dispute. This is a rare quality in London as we are not being pushed to instruct a barrister but provided with clear recommendations to suit a specific dispute. They are simply excellent clerks.’
The 36 Group is a dedicated commercial set with its members having experience with high value, multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes, across Asia Pacific regions such as Singapore and Hong Kong. Colin Ong KC is revered for his experience in arbitration in Brunei - he is also a member of the Bruneian and Singaporean Bars - and is an advisory member of the China-ASEAN Legal Research Centre. Ravi Aswani is skilled in Indian law, Malaysian law and Singaporean law.
’36 Stone group is excellent and has some extremely intelligent barristers.’
’36 Stone is a well regarded and diversified set. I have a high regard for Elizabeth Blackburn KC (pollution at sea), Charles Debattista (shipping) and Mary Thomson (shipping, commercial and insurance). Like Mr Wight, Ms Thomson divides her practice between London and Hong Kong.’
‘Clerking has always been good. Very attentive and generally commercial on fees.’
‘Likeable and efficient, just what all sets need.’
39 Essex Chambers
39 Essex Chambers are an international chambers offering leading commercial barristers in Asia Pacific regions such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. Members of chambers are supported by the clerks who bring a high degree of knowledge about the Asia Pacific market, with their client focused and commercial approach. Adrian Hughes KC has an established commercial arbitration practice, acting as counsel for law firms and clients in Asia and the Far East including China, with work highlights also including London litigation involving the enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards. Jonathan Bellamy as an established advisory and representation practice including arbitrations under institutions including ICC, LCIA, SIAC and UNCITRAL.
‘This chambers has strength in depth when it comes to international arbitrators.’
‘Abhinav Bhushan from 39 Essex is hugely helpful resource.’
Fountain Court Chambers
Fountain Court Chambers is a leading international arbitration chambers, with a long-standing close connection to Singapore. Its members have enjoyed a large number of counsel appointments in arbitrations including Stephen Moriarty KC, Leigh-Ann Mulcahy KC, Anneliese Day KC, Raymond Cox KC and others. The Singapore office is led by Andrew Pullen, who has developed a successful practice and has been appointed as arbitrator by the SIAC.
‘Fountain Court has deep bench strength across all seniorities.’
‘Our engagement with Chambers has surrounded expert advice from a depth of experience pertaining to our case. It has been both well received and directed. Counsel has been pertinent and direct and performed by senior advocates with an impressive depth of knowledge and with a refreshing good humour.’
‘Fountain Court’s depth and strength is evident. They are able to offer counsel across many specialised fields.’
‘Of all the sets in Singapore, Fountain Court make the most effort to market themselves and to provide competitive services.’
‘Very strong set with a real commitment to Asia and Singapore. Andrew Pullen is based in Singapore, very involved with the local arbitration community and similarly hard working and smart.’
‘All my engagement has been thoroughly satisfactory.’
‘One of the very best in Alex Taylor. Extremely responsive.’
‘Alex Taylor is an excellent Head Clerk, and he leads a very strong team.’
Quadrant Chambers is a permanent presence within the Asia Pacific region with links to local law firms in the region including elite mainland Chinese firms, with particular expertise in cases touching on the set's strengths in shipping and commodities. Luke Parsons KC is regularly instructed by domestic and international law firms in complex disputes, coming from regions such as Korea and China, and Yash Kulkarni KC is often instructed by large US firms on high value international arbitrations in the region.
‘Good set, easy to deal with.’
The ‘utterly brilliant’ Twenty Essex has grown significantly with its increased investment into the Asia Pacific region, where its members undertake practice areas such as commercial arbitration. The set continues to have Michael Ashcroft KC has vast experience within numerous jurisdictions such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Korea, with cases involving commercial contract disputes. Timothy Hill KC and David Lewis KC are other key names in the set for Asian work.