Leading Silks

Timothy Howe QCFountain Court Chambers ‘He is the fountain of knowledge when it comes to the law, particularly on arbitration matters. Extremely bright and very easy to work with, and a fantastic advocate.’
Toby Landau QC –Duxton Hill ChambersHe has excellent advocacy skills and great rapport with instructing solicitors and clients.
Charles Manzoni QC39 Essex Chambers ‘Excellent in all respects. He is an excellent cross-examiner and gets straight to the core issues after reviewing complicated and voluminous documentation.’
Stephen Moriarty QCFountain Court ChambersHe knows the record thoroughly and picks up points that others miss. He’s very intelligent and is excellent with the law.
Charles Hollander QCBrick Court ChambersExceptional on his feet.
Adrian Hughes QC39 Essex ChambersHe has tremendous commercial sense and a broad understanding of legal practice in China.
Stuart Isaacs QCWilberforce Chambers ‘He is phenomenally incisive in his analysis and extremely persuasive in his court craft.
David Lewis QCTwenty EssexHe is unperturbable on his feet and can stand up to anyone.
Ali Malek QC3 Verulam Buildings ‘Ali has a brilliant mind and is meticulous and hardworking.
Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QCFountain Court ChambersShe has the ability to distill the issues succinctly and lay out the options for the client.
Luke Parsons QCQuadrant ChambersA brilliant legal brain, very commercial and an extremely skilled cross-examiner.
Nicholas Craig QC3 Verulam BuildingsHe is a powerhouse; an incisive thinker who drafts persuasively with clarity.
Anneliese Day QCFountain Court ChambersShe is a true star of the Bar and a first class arbitrator to boot. Academically brilliant, commercially savvy, impeccably fair, tough as teak when required and a delight to sit with as an arbitrator.
Nakul Dewan SA   – Twenty Essex  ‘A first-class barrister, with the finest of intellects.
Matthew Gearing QCFountain Court Chambers He is one of the standout advocates of his generation with a razor-sharp mind, immense work ethic and a good sense of humour along with it.
Ewan McQuater QC3 Verulam BuildingsHe is a very strong strategist and advocate. Gets the client's commercial objectives and works very well in a team.
Jern-Fei Ng QC7BRHe is highly strategic and innovative in his approach to dispute resolution and is able to identify and craft out-of-the-box legal arguments.’
Colin Ong QC36 StoneHe is lethal in his case strategy and as a cross-examiner; he is surgical sharp like a par excellence surgeon, though he is indeed a doctor of law.
Andrew Onslow QC3 Verulam BuildingsHe is very calm, reassuring and always 100% on your side. A real fighter.
Bankim Thanki QCFountain Court ChambersHe is extremely user-friendly and has a knack for cutting straight to the heart of knotty issues.’

2020 Silks

Rajesh Pillai QC3 Verulam BuildingsHe provides clear thinking, good presentation skills and frank advice.

2021 Silks

Saima Hanif QC3 Verulam BuildingsBright. Effective, eloquent and persuasive advocate. Excellent client skills. A good team player.

Leading Juniors

Jonathan Bellamy39 Essex Chambers ‘He has a strong following among clients based in Asia. He understands the cultural nuances of doing business in the region and works incredibly hard.’
Andrew PullenFountain Court ChambersHe is incredibly thorough in his advice and handles complex novel issues with great dexterity.’
Ravi Aswani 36 Stone ‘He is very quick in understanding the relevant and core issues involved in a dispute and find legal arguments to support a case.
Yash Bheeroo3 Verulam BuildingsGood prompt advice, client-friendly and easy to speak to.
Darius ChanFountain Court ChambersHe is is extremely intelligent and deeply knowledgeable and, as counsel, is prescient in anticipating what opponents might serve up and provides a clear strategy for the road ahead.
Loretta Malintoppi39 Essex ChambersOne of her key strengths is her forensic ability to absorb all the details and then very quickly work out what the key issues in dispute are - she does not get lost in detail. ’
Cameron Miles3 Verulam BuildingsHe argues his points in a tenacious and persuasive manner. Very proactive and accessible.
James Potts3 Verulam BuildingsHis input into tactics and approach goes beyond what is expected of counsel and he serves the client well with his bigger-picture thinking. James is a stellar team player.
Thomas SebastianMonckton ChambersInsightful and a clear thinker, Tom is user friendly and works well in a team.’

Commercial in Asia Pacific: The English Bar

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The ‘very strong set3 Verulam Buildings is particularly strong for commercial disputes involving the financial services sector. Ali Malek QC  retains his reputation in the region for both commercial and investment treaty arbitration while Saima Hanif QC, who took silk in 2021, is particularly active in disputes involving banking and finance regulation. Among the juniors, James Potts continues to be instructed in a strong stream of disputes relating to Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea and Australia. The set is praised for its ‘wealth of talent of door tenants from across different jurisdictions‘ - these include Gopal Subramanium SA, a former Solicitor General of India and one the jurisdiction's , and Hong Kong commercial silk José-Antonio Maurellet SC, who practices out of Des Voeux Chambers in that jurisdiction.

Testimonials

Set

3VB are fortunate to have a wealth of talent of door tenants from across different jurisdictions to help bolster their international profile particularly in international arbitration.

A very strong set. I have instructed several barristers from 3VB over the years for financial services, commercial and fraud-related litigation. I have recently found their seminars on fraud very interesting.’

A very strong set for investment treaty arbitration. Several excellent barristers of varying seniority who are extremely knowledgable in the field and very accessible and easy to work with.’

Clerking

Stephen Penson and Stuart Pullum are excellent senior clerks and they jointly manage my pro-active with the support of James Kelly. They work well with each other. James Kelly is very good at dealing with the court and judges clerks which helps with listing.’

This is a set with commercially savvy clerks who are pleasant, easy to deal with, and flexible and unfussy. 3VB must surely have one of, or even the best set of clerks. Stuart Pullam, for example, is a pleasure to deal with.’

36 Stone

Reputable set36 Stone is well-known for its commercial, shipping and international trade disputes. Colin Ong QCis in his element when handling complex disputes‘ with particular experience in the energy sector; he is also admitted to practice in Brunei and Singapore. Ravi Aswani stands out for his ‘good skill and understanding of cross border disputes and alternative dispute redressal mechanisms‘.

Testimonials

Set

Reputable set.

Clerking

Very good service.’

39 Essex Chambers

Excellent set39 Essex Chambers benefits from offices in Singapore and Kaula Lumpur, as well as London-based barristers active in the Asia Pacific region and ‘strength-in-depth when it comes to arbitrators‘. Charles Manzoni QC, who is also admitted to the Bar and a member of Temple Chambers in Hong Kong, where he is based, has ‘a wealth of experience dealing with complex fraud and insolvency matters‘, Adrian Hughes QC is particularly active in China-related disputes while Italian-qualified arbitrator Loretta Malintoppi attracts praise for her ‘superb understanding of both civil and common law as well as public international law‘.

Testimonials

Set

An excellent set with no weak links.

39 Essex is a strong set. They have a good bunch of younger up-and-coming barristers.’

39 Essex is a solid commercial set.’

This Chambers has strength-in-depth when it comes to arbitrators.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are easy to work with.

Arbitration Chambers

All-arbitrator set Arbitration Chambers includes a range of members with experience of sitting in disputes across Asia, with particularly strong connections in Hong Kong. Key contacts include founder Gavin Denton - ‘a popular arbitrator in the Asian market and is well-suited to hear China-related cases‘ - and John Beechey, who has experience presiding over commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

Testimonials

The set is all full-time arbitrators and includes some of the best in the world.’

Gavin Denton is a popular arbitrator in the Asian market and is well-suited to hear China-related cases due to in particular his education background in Beijing and his great familiarity with transactions involving Chinese parties.‘

Well prepared and very experienced arbitrator with sound judgment. A pleasure to sit with.’

Simply one of the best in the business. John is extremely knowledgeable and razor-sharp in his analysis. I am always impressed about his efficiency and his sound judgment, grasping the most complex issues and boiling matters down to the key issues. Always a great pleasure to work with.

Fountain Court Chambers

Noted as ‘fast and efficient‘, Fountain Court Chambers has ‘incredible range and quality across the entire team‘. It has a strong annexe in Singapore, a jurisdiction which it has connections spanning decades,  led by Andrew Pullen. Other London-based key names include Stephen Moriarty QC, who has a breadth of experience in the Singapore International Commercial Court and SIAC arbitrations, and Timothy Howe QC who counts shareholder and M&A disputes among his areas of expertise.  Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC has specialist expertise in insurance, contractual and IT disputes, while Anneliese Day QC splits her time between commercial and construction matters. The set continues to strengthen its Asian coverage with the addition of Hong Kong-based Matt Gearing QC (who is also qualified as a solicitor-advocate in the SAR) who joined from Allen & Overy in 2021.

Testimonials

Set

Fountain Court is top tier for banking and financial services. Anneliese brings something special to a terrific set.

Fountain Court is excellent across many practices.

The Chambers are popular in Asia, because they constantly reach out to this part of the world.’

Fountain Court is one of the very strongest commercial chambers in London, without question. They have incredible range and quality across the entire team. I have been very impressed with everyone I have worked with there over the years and they are just world class in every way.’

Clerking

The clerks room works like clockwork, and is led by Alex Taylor who is one of best senior clerks around.

Alex Taylor is extremely user-friendly and responsive.

Fast and efficient.

Twenty Essex

An impressive set in international arbitration, international trade and commodities‘, Twenty Essex has a number of barristers experienced in commercial disputes in these sectors and beyond. Key names include energy sector expert David Lewis QC and Philip Edey QC , who frequently advises on disputes involving allegations of fraud, dishonesty, bribery and conspiracy. The ‘commercialNakul Dewan SA  is an Indian Senior Advocate with strong connections in Singapore.

Testimonials

Set

A leading commercial set of chambers!’

Twenty Essex is an impressive set in international arbitration and commodities/trade with a great team of juniors and senior barristers. Over the last year I have appointed a number of members to tribunals and also instructed counsel for advice.’

Twenty Essex is one of the leading, if not leading commercial set with significant strength in depth at both the senior and junior ends of the Bar.

Sharpest legal minds and always available and resourceful.

Clerking

The clerks are great. Chris Theobald and Rachel Foxton are a pleasure to deal with but all of the clerks I have dealt with are very efficient.