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Leading Silks

Stephen Auld QC - One Essex CourtA very smooth and persuasive advocate - good at cutting through knotty issues to get to the heart of things.
Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsOne of the foremost advocates of his generation and a star individual when it comes to any form of banking dispute.
Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court ChambersA calm and authoritative advocate who inspires confidence - he is incredibly thorough and leaves no stone un-turned in preparing a case.
Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court ChambersI thoroughly recommend him for banking litigation.
Robin Dicker QC - South SquareA top silk.
Richard Handyside QC - Fountain Court ChambersMy first choice for banking litigation - he has exceptional judgement and is a pleasure to deal with, and is also a fine advocate.
Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersIncredible presence, authority and ability to condense the law into digestible submissions.
Tim Lord QC - Brick Court ChambersAn excellent advocate - he has boundless enthusiasm for the law, making it fun to work with him.
Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘A force of nature. He has tremendous instincts developed from years of experience. His insights on not just strategy but the individuals involved are invaluable.
Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery strong and increasingly senior. One of the names you’d always think about on a big case.
Andrew Mitchell QC - Fountain Court ChambersOne of the very best QCs at the bar - his preparation is meticulous, he builds a great rapport with the judge, and was both forensic and ruthless at the right moments when dealing with the opponent's arguments at trial.
Laurence Rabinowitz QC - One Essex CourtHe is one of a handful of absolute superstars but combines it with being incredibly nice and thoughtful.
David Railton QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn outstanding advocate and a thoroughly wholesome presence in any team.
Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe’s an outstanding cross-examiner in an unshowy but highly effective way; and Courts have the greatest of respect for him. Really exceptional.
Sonia Tolaney QC - One Essex CourtOutstanding - she can win an unwinnable case, and is responsive, creative but utterly determined to bottom out the difficult issues.
Daniel Toledano QC - One Essex CourtOne of the finest banking advocates at the Bar, he is one of a rare breed who can really make the different to the outcome of closely fought financial disputes.
David Wolfson QC - One Essex CourtHe is super clever and fast thinking but also fun and practical - he is absolutely top notch.
David Allison QC - South SquareResponsive, clear thinking and a master of his subject matter - he is incredibly user-friendly and our go-to QC on complex matters.
David Blayney QC - Serle CourtA brilliant mind, and first choice for complex and fact-heavy financial litigation. Large-spirited and unflappable.
Alain Choo Choy QC - One Essex CourtVery hard working, collegiate and engaging and kind with clients - he is a delight to work with.
Rhodri Davies QC - One Essex CourtA leader in complex banking litigation work - he distils complex points down to their essence and presents them clearly and cogently.
Jeremy Goldring QC - South SquareHis drafting is very strong and he has a lovely way with the written word - on his feet, he's calm, composed and compelling.
Patrick Goodall QC - Fountain Court ChambersA first rate barrister who appears in the most substantial matters.
Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsWorks very rapidly. Good value because of that. Thorough and logical. Very practical. His finance background is very helpful.
Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery user friendly, approachable and a great team member, whether you are the senior partner or the trainee - always involved in the most difficult and complex cases, particularly on the banking side.
Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court Chambers ‘Close to pre-eminence at the intersection of civil and criminal liability in the banking field, he is also genuinely and consistently superb for his client handling.
Richard Mawrey QC - Henderson Chambers ‘Commercial and practical – and very user-friendly.
Jonathan Nash QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsGreat analytical and forensic mind - practical and commercial advice.
Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHugely experienced and knowledgeable on banking matters. He is responsive, calm and a pleasure to work with.
Craig Orr QC - One Essex CourtWonderful brain and great judgement.
David Quest QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely hard working and one of the brightest Silks of his generation.
Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court ChambersUndoubtedly right at the top of her game, not just in relation to regulatory and disciplinary matters in which she has achieved such high profile successes but also on commercial litigation matters, particularly those that have a banking and financial services flavour.
Anthony de Garr Robinson QC - One Essex CourtExtremely rigorous in his approach to analysing the law and the evidence, and a persuasive advocate.
Richard Salter QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery knowledgeable about the structure of the bond markets and how they operate. Always courteous and polite.
Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court ChambersExtremely capable, both on paper and on his feet, and always in demand.
Joe Smouha QC - Essex Court ChambersOne of the true heavyweights of the current commercial bar - a truly excellent advocate, inspires confidence, and fantastic on the law and trial tactics.
Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump CourtHe has immense gravitas and huge ability, he never lets you down.
Jeffrey Chapman QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe's tactically highly astute and he's a delightful and highly persuasive advocate.
Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone BuildingsStrong advocate, confident, gravitas, and great with clients.
Derrick Dale QC - Fountain Court ChambersExtremely hard working with excellent judgement.
Helen Davies QC - Brick Court ChambersNotable for her highly analytical approach and exceptional preparation for advocacy, she is always determined to be ready for every possible argument and to have addressed it in advance.
Jonathan Davies-Jones QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA superb, all-round QC. Excellent on paper and in court. Highly intelligent and very strategic. A pleasure to work with.
Jasbir Dhillon QC - Brick Court ChambersThe master of finance litigation, particularly derivatives disputes - he is academically superb, combined with exceptional commerciality and formidable courtroom skills.
Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersHas an impressive grasp on the legal aspects of a case, but perhaps more importantly is very commercial and strategic.
Andrew Green QC - Blackstone ChambersAn excellent advocate with strong cross examination skills, his advice is to the point and clear.
Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone ChambersExcellent advocate and able to cut through complicated issues simplifying them to the judge - very strong with clients.
Stephen Houseman QC - Essex Court ChambersHis intelligence, and his ability to clearly advocate a complex legal argument, are both strong points, but he is also a pleasure to work with and a real team player.
Barry Isaacs QC - South SquareClinical as a surgeon in his preparation - knows a case like the back of his hand and is able to think strategically and outside of the box. A go to silk in the prime of his career.
John Jarvis QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA persuasive advocate not afraid to take tough lines of argument.
Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHas a broad and excellent skill set which he brings to bear in providing us with a high quality service. He has super analytical skills and good presentation skills with my clients.
Philip Marshall QC - Serle CourtA superlative Commercial and Chancery Silk – creative with exceptional tangential thinking ability and very hard working.
Paul McGrath QC - Essex Court ChambersIt is a genuine pleasure to work with him on complex cases where we are pushing at the boundaries of the law.
Martin Moore QC - Erskine ChambersThe only QC I would trust to recommend to my clients when it comes to complex part VII business transfers, his experience and pragmatism on such transfers is invaluable.
Mark Phillips QC - South SquareAn extremely capable and determined advocate and relishes the chance to go up against any opposition, which is a pleasure to see.
Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersApproachable, user friendly and a great team member, he has no airs and graces and treats everyone on the team from trainee to partner the same.
Tom Smith QC - South SquareHe is very user friendly in conference and a strong team player.
Ben Strong QC - One Essex CourtA real team player and very responsive - extremely attentive to the detail of a case whilst also keeping an eye on the bigger picture.
Andrew Ayres QC - Twenty Essex 'Very precise in his written work and works well with the team.'
Simon Birt QC - Brick Court ChambersRapidly developing into a senior silk capable of leading and winning the largest matters.
Michael Bowes QC - Outer Temple ChambersKnows his stuff inside out, backwards and forwards.
John Brisby QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHe is clear in his delivery of advice but always cognisant of the client’s ultimate goal and provides his advice in context.
Dominic Dowley QC - Serle CourtQuick and great on the papers.
Philip Edey QC - Twenty EssexConscientious and hard working, he is also a joy to work with.
Jonathan Gaisman QC - 7 King's Bench WalkSuperb advocate, his trial preparation is second to none.
Andrew George QC - Blackstone ChambersOutstanding attention to detail, a brilliant advocate and very quick to respond.
Lord Grabiner QC - One Essex CourtWhen he speaks, he has absolute command of the room - if you need to make an impression in Court, there is no-one better.
Jeffrey Gruder QC - Essex Court Chambers ‘He is an excellent lawyer with a very good grasp of the case.
Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is incredibly intelligent, quick thinking, a phenomenal strategist, great on his feet, user friendly and responsive.
Paul Lowenstein QC - Twenty EssexHe is brilliant under pressure, bright, innovative, hard working, responsive, and brilliant as a leader.
Roger Masefield QC - Brick Court ChambersHis easy going manner coupled with his comprehensive mastery of the facts of our case make him an ideal silk - truly first class.
Catherine Newman QC - Maitland ChambersA strong leader and strategist.
Rosalind Phelps QC - Fountain Court ChambersA brilliant lawyer who drills down into the detail with ease but also can see the wood for the trees.
Benjamin Pilling QC - 4 Pump CourtVery clever, very responsive, his drafting is excellent (clear, concise, and to the point), he is also very commercial and gets the wider picture.
Nathan Pillow QC - Essex Court ChambersExcellent grasp of the key issues, legal and commercial, and able to deal with potentially challenging issues and clients with aplomb.
Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsCalm and unflappable. You can throw anything at him and he soaks it up and responds. He is a formidable advocate.
John Taylor QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is extremely user-friendly and responsive, measured and analytical, and sees to the heart of a case very quickly.
Daniel Bayfield QC - South SquareUser-friendly, operates as part of the team, committed and hard-working, intelligent, excellent judgement and an outstanding advocate.
Michael Black QC - XXIV Old BuildingsQuick to understand the issues involved and has an excellent ability in explaining his thoughts in the briefest way possible.
Jeremy Cousins QC - Radcliffe ChambersA very thorough and detailed thinker.
Orlando Gledhill QC - One Essex CourtFearless, always on top of the detail, determined to get the answer right, and not afraid to take on a judge.
David Head QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsGreat team player and excellent advocate.
Richard Hill QC - 4 Stone BuildingsGives sound advice and has a great nose for the commercial drivers.
Lexa Hilliard QC - Wilberforce ChambersDeep-rooted knowledge of banking and finance - has a vast amount of experience in this area and is able to advise on very complex arrangements with clarity and precision.
Elizabeth Jones QC - Serle CourtAn outstanding mind and phenomally hard worker.
Rupert Reed QC - Serle CourtOur go to silk for DIFC Court matters - he is pre-eminent in the UAE and DIFC.
Toby Riley-Smith QC - Henderson ChambersStrong attention to detail, impressive advocacy skills, and expert in the area of consumer credit.
Charles Samek QC - Littleton ChambersA combative advocate who commands the stage in any hearing.
Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHard-working and applies himself thoroughly to any matter on which he is instructed.
Richard Slade QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is one of the best at the bar when it comes to complex cross-border/multi-jurisdictional litigation in the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as with freezing orders and jurisdiction challenges.
Stephen Moverley Smith QC - XXIV Old BuildingsVery good and remains my first choice.
Adam Tolley QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery clear and succint drafting, helpful advice, very communicative and great team player.
Felicity Toube QC - South SquareA consummate team player, and a very good advocate.
Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old BuildingsAlways prepared and available, and very impressive ability to deal with and solve complex issues.
Ben Valentin QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is a class act - on top of the detail, always available, and a pleasure to deal with

2019 Silks

Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA first rate advocate with a keen strategic mind and a complete mastery of the facts.
Nicholas Medcroft QC - Fountain Court Chambers ‘Very technically able, commercial outlook, and a great team player.
Andrew de Mestre QC - 4 Stone Buildings ‘A very safe pair of hands as counsel and has an enviable fund of banking and finance knowledge.
Fionn Pilbrow QC - Brick Court ChambersExcellent judgement and a thoroughly pleasant individual to work with.
Peter De Verneuil Smith QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsReal dedication to the developing area of law concerning securities claims under Financial Services & Markets Act.

2020 Silks

Christopher Boardman QC - Radcliffe ChambersHis experience and knowledge is second-to-none.
Richard Fisher QC - South Square ‘His quick grasp of complex factual and legal issues and provision of clear advice has been nothing short of exceptional. His appointment as a Queen’s Counsel is testament to his outstanding knowledge and abilities.
Jamie Goldsmith QC - One Essex CourtA top new silk.
Edward Levey QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery detailed, and good at delivering all the facts before the Court in a concise, robust and detailed fashion.
Tamara Oppenheimer QC - Fountain Court ChambersRightly renowned as one of the leading juniors prior to taking silk this year - inspires confidence and a leading authority on privilege.
Conall Patton QC - One Essex CourtOne of the finest barristers that I have ever instructed at any level, Conall made silk this year and is destined to be a Star at the Bar.
Rajesh Pillai QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA class act. Fantastic attention to detail. Good on novel/complex areas of law. Great on conflict of laws. Superb drafting skills. A relaxed but commanding presence in Court.
Sharif Shivji QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHe is responsive, efficient, indefatigable and a pleasure to work with.
Henry Warwick QC - Henderson ChambersHenry is a former solicitor so understands things from our side of the fence, he gets what it's like and he provides clear advice.
Giles Wheeler QC - Fountain Court ChambersOn top of his game and a rising star.

2021 Silks

David Davies QC - Essex Court ChambersHe is quick responsive and incisive, his written work is excellent and thorough.
Laurence Emmett QC - One Essex CourtHis advocacy is clear and persuasive, he prepares well and works collegiately with the solicitor team.
Andrew Fulton QC - Twenty EssexHe is intellectually very able, always fights the clients’ case with vigour, and able to cut to the heart of the dispute quickly.
Laura John QC - Fountain Court ChambersA complete star, she holds her own against very senior silks and is completely unfazed by any theatrics.
Adam Kramer QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHighly knowledgeable and analytical, devours complex facts and superb on paper.
James McClelland QC - Brick Court ChambersAll barristers in the top chambers are clever but he is in the top margin! Extremely quick and able.
Matthew Parker QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsTotally outstanding in every respect. Phenomenally clever, hard working, and fantastic to work with. I would instruct him on every case I have, if it were possible.
Tony Singla QC - Brick Court ChambersMy first choice for banking litigation - he has a creative and thorough approach and is always willing to listen to the thoughts of others.
James Willan QC - Essex Court ChambersAn absolute star - he is excellent all round and can operate equally well led or as a lead barrister.

Leading Juniors

Rupert Allen - Fountain Court ChambersA very reassuring senior junior to have on board - clear, firm of view, very sharp, and a very good member to have on the team. Drafts well and strong skills on long pleadings.
Simon Atrill - Fountain Court ChambersSuperb senior junior with outstanding drafting and advocacy skills, trusted by leading city firms in their highest value cases.
Michael D'Arcy - One Essex CourtTechnically brilliant with fantastic attention to detail, he is also an extremely pleasant person to work with.
William Edwards - 3 Verulam BuildingsA careful and measured barrister with a meticulous eye for detail.
Simon Hattan - Serle CourtTop-notch senior junior - works hard, is reliable and produces excellent work product.
Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam BuildingsUser friendly, very commercial and a good team player.
James MacDonald - One Essex CourtHard working, responsive and insightful, he is also an absolute pleasure to work with.
Sandy Phipps - One Essex CourtHe is a superb junior, with an ability quickly to master the most complex brief and focus in on the key issues on which the case will turn.
Alexander Polley - One Essex CourtIncredibly hard working and responsive - a first rate junior counsel.
Scott Ralston - 3 Verulam BuildingsMega bright junior with tremendous attention to detail and a key member of any team.
James Sheehan - Essex Court ChambersNever afraid to roll up his sleeves and be fully immersed in a case, he is hard working, ferociously bright and has excellent judgement.
Oliver Assersohn - XXIV Old BuildingsHighly personable and a dream to work with - slots into the team very well and a tremendous team player.
Ruth Bala - Gough Square ChambersRuth's knowledge of consumer credit and banking and finance regulation more broadly is vast and her appetite to review all recent case law and other relevant decisions means she is a true expert in this field.
Marianne Butler - Fountain Court ChambersShe is very approachable, good with the client and excellent on drafting documents.
Stewart Chirnside - Quadrant ChambersSuperb on paper and on his feet, excellent turnaround, and very responsive.
James Duffy - Fountain Court ChambersAn excellent banking junior - he has a lot of experience in this area and is a very safe pair of hands, he is also very pleasant to deal with.
Charlotte Eborall - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Particularly strong in devising, developing and implementing strategies. She has a clear sighted view of complex matters beyond the intricacies of the particular litigation. This, coupled with a confident and empathetic manner, garners her the respect and confidence of clients.
Richard Eschwege - Brick Court ChambersA star junior, his particular strengths lie in his ability to digest huge amounts of material at pace, his legal knowledge and judgement, and his high work rate.
Mark Fell - Radcliffe ChambersHe is a fantastic sounding board when you just need a second opinion or someone to bounce an idea off and his expanse of knowledge and expertise in the area is immense.
William Hibbert - Henderson ChambersAn excellent, top-notch consumer finance barrister.
Fred Hobson - Brick Court ChambersExcellent to work with, very bright, good judgment, explains complex issues well to lay clients, likeable and a team player.
Louise Hutton - Essex Court ChambersHer combination of expertise in insolvency, banking litigation and fraud is invaluable.
Sebastian Isaac - One Essex CourtVery quick to get to the heart of a matter, gives clear, incisive advice, without doubt, one of my top choices for senior junior on banking and finance cases.
Liisa Lahti - Quadrant ChambersAn outstanding barrister, she is exceptionally hard-working and has excellent commercial instincts.
Michael Lazarus - 3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent analysis. Succinct. Very hard working and efficient. A pleasure to instruct.
Iain MacDonald - Gough Square ChambersVery good all rounder - Considered and careful, master of detail, and excellent tactical judgement.
Luke Pearce - Twenty EssexVery user-friendly and pro-active - he is a steady hand on cases and provides useful tactical insight on procedural matters and general case strategy.
Georgina Peters - South SquareHighly focused and responsive; a brilliant advocate, always well prepared, and can persuade the most difficult of Judges.
Fred Philpott - Gough Square ChambersAs the grandfather of consumer law Fred has seen it all.
Simon Popplewell - Gough Square ChambersThe absolute go-to barrister for consumer credit issues - he is able to explain things simply and clearly; he also has a pragmatic, commercial approach, which clients really appreciate.
Stephen Robins - South SquareVery impressive senior junior and prodigiously hard-working.
Nehali Shah - One Essex CourtA strong banking and finance junior, and a pleasure to work with - on top of the detail and quick to respond.
David Simpson - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Hugely practical with his solutions, he understands the client's needs and, by extension, the solicitor's needs and his pragmatism is very much appreciated.
Julia Smith - Henderson ChambersA major player in this area.
Justina Stewart - Outer Temple ChambersJustina is brilliant. She is sensible, calm and organised as well as being really personable and a fantastic communicator, her practice will go from strength to strength following her recent move to Outer Temple Chambers.
Nik Yeo - Fountain Court ChambersCombines technical excellence with a real talent for strategy.
Adam Al-Attar - South SquareA seriously talented advocate, combining obvious intellectual firepower with a responsive, can-do attitude.
Natasha Bennett - Fountain Court ChambersAn absolute pleasure to work with, she is exceptionally bright and hard working, with a distinct ability to unpick the most complex legal problems.
Christopher Bond - 3 Verulam BuildingsBright, strategic, very knowledgeable in financial services matters and a strong team player.
Oliver Butler - One Essex CourtSuperb legal analysis and delivery of written submissions - excellent judgement.
Nazeer Chowdhury - Henderson ChambersOur 'go-to' barrister because he is technically excellent but also very personable and commercial.
Christopher Harrison - 4 Stone BuildingsReally good to work with, he is very detailed focussed and responsive, turning around items quickly.
Emma Jones - One Essex CourtVery clever and gets points quickly, she is very able to deal with complex legal and regulatory issues - a superb junior.
Ciaran Keller - Essex Court ChambersHe is a complete all rounder: super bright, all over the detail, calm under pressure, clear and confident with clients, very easy to work with and forms an integral part of our team.
Lisa Lacob - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely dedicated and passionate in everything she does. She is dependable and has a comprehensive understanding of the legal, procedural and commercial aspects of a case.
Andrew Maguire - Littleton ChambersHas an excellent eye for detail, is widely regarded for his commercial acumen, and has a good entrepreneurial style to his practice which, within this area particularly, often allows deals to be done where they otherwise would not be.
Alec McCluskey - Maitland ChambersBrilliantly clever, personable and fantastic on his feet - he is excellent with lay clients and puts them at their ease.
Alexander Milner - Fountain Court ChambersHis written work is always outstanding, and he matches that with mature and persuasive oral advocacy.
Craig Morrison - Brick Court ChambersAbsolutely inexhaustible, a total super star.
Stephen Neville - Gough Square ChambersHe communicates well with clients and is able to explain technical matters in a way the clients, without technical expertise, are able to understand - he is a pleasure to work with.
Elizabeth Ovey - Radcliffe ChambersA careful, considered but very user-friendly barrister who provides excellent value to clients for their money.
Jonathan Mark Phillips - 3 Verulam BuildingsA leading expert on promissory notes and really nice to work with.
James Ross - Gough Square ChambersHe is particularly experienced in dealing with consumer credit disputes and is a go-to junior for litigation arising in this arena.
Emily Saunderson - Quadrant Chambers ‘Has a core of steel and her work ethic is impressive.
Adam Sher - Fountain Court Chambers ‘A hard working clear thinker who is not afraid to give forthright views.
Henry Forbes Smith - One Essex CourtA go-to person for any jurisdictional or cross-border issues - he's incredibly inventive and not afraid to put together, and run, difficult arguments.
Turlough Stone - Quadrant ChambersVery user-friendly and thorough, available at all hours, extremely adept at spotting the little details that make all the difference.
Adam Temple - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Extremely bright, thorough and hard working, he is able to process difficult concepts with ease, and expresses himself clearly and articulately on paper. He is becoming a 'go to' junior for financial services work.
Andrew Thomas - Brick Court ChambersVery thorough, excellent on detail, very good with clients , including very stressed ones.
Emily Wood - Essex Court ChambersShe has keen litigation sense and gives clear advice about what the options are and which is best to choose and why - her writing is crystal clear and persuasive, and she can crank out a written submission faster than I have ever seen.
Sarah Abram - Brick Court ChambersVery organised, pro-active, always a pleasure to work with on even the most stressful cases - very clear and articulate on her feet.
Tom Asquith - 4 New SquareA tenacious advocate, his written work is consistently sound and he is incredibly user friendly.
Sarah Bayliss - XXIV Old BuildingsHas an encyclopaedic knowledge of banking law and is extremely user friendly.
Tony Beswetherick - Twenty EssexBrilliant on paper and in court.
Jonathan Dawid - Brick Court ChambersHighly intelligent senior junior, who benefits from having had time in practice in a law firm, and a superb written advocate: quickly masterminding documents to get to the essence of a case.
Lee Finch - Gough Square ChambersHas an excellent attention to detail and delivers the highest-quality product within extremely short timescales.
Tom Ford - Essex Court ChambersHe is bright, energetic and has the tenacity to always stay one step ahead of the opposition - his strategic thinking is beyond his years.
Ian Higgins - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery thoughtful lawyer whose drafting is first rate, clearly has a quick intellect, and is absolutely easy to work with - Definitely moving up a notch in banking and finance.
Geoffrey Kuehne - Brick Court ChambersAn exceptional talent, with really deep knowledge of finance and particularly derivatives disputes.
Anna Lintner - Enterprise ChambersAn excellent team player and a very impressive academic lawyer - she is incredibly insightful and also tactful in the delivery of her views to a wider team, her advocacy on paper is succinct, persuasive and elegant.
Sophie Mallinckrodt - 3 Verulam BuildingsHard working and efficient - a very strong team player.
Richard Mott - One Essex CourtAn extremely smart, hard-working junior, having him on board is a real asset.
David Murray - Fountain Court ChambersVery strategic; very quick to pick things up, really good drafting and great in court.
Sam Neaman - Littleton ChambersVery personable but very incisive and on top of the detail, he has a good eye for strategy.
Simon Oakes - Quadrant Chambers ‘Miles above his call level when it comes to his experience and offering, both from a client perspective and from that as instructing solicitor.
Alexander Pelling - XXIV Old BuildingsThoughtful and tactically astute.
John Robb - Essex Court Chambers ‘Incredibly bright, hardworking, and able to produce top quality work whilst under a lot of pressure and maintaining his good humour throughout.
Alan Roxburgh - Brick Court ChambersHe is excellent - thorough, well researched, detail oriented, and great with clients.
Thomas Samuels - Gough Square ChambersCombines very strong advocacy with a very intellectual approach.
Marcus Staff - XXIV Old BuildingsHas good experience and sufficient flexibility when dealing with difficult clients.
Joseph Sullivan - Quadrant ChambersA stand out junior with experience and an ability beyond his call, he is extremely diligent and reliable and a pleasure to work with.
Alastair Tomson - 4 Stone BuildingsPerformed exceptionally well and was particularly strong when cross examining.
Craig Ulyatt - Fountain Court ChambersHighly intelligent, sharp and incredibly fast at digesting large volumes of information - he is incredibly thorough and detailed in his review of cases and this sets him above in the banking world.
William Willson - South SquareBright, responsive and well respected by leaders.

Rising Stars

Max Evans - Fountain Court ChambersA very impressive junior.
Hannah Glover - 3 Verulam BuildingsHannah is a passionate and creative barrister, whilst also being forensic and very sharp - she has a great presence, is strong at drafting and she is very easy to work with.
Niranjan Venkatesan - One Essex Court ‘He is extremely intelligent, user-friendly and responsive, and his written work is always first rate.
Rebecca Zaman - 3 Verulam BuildingsHighly intelligent, great analytical skills, wonderful with clients and definitely a star of the future.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) in London Bar

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings has 'huge strength in depth' and is 'definitely our go-to chambers for all things banking and finance'. 'The expertise of its barristers from the most senior members of chambers to the most junior is exceptional' and clients also appreciate the 'excellent engagement and teamwork'. From smaller claims on which the juniors cut their teeth, through to the highest-profile cases on the market, the set is a mainstay of the banking market. Notable recent cases include BNP Paribas v TRM, in which Adrian Beltrami QC is leading Christopher Bond, and Farol v Clydesdale Bank Plc, in which Andrew Onslow QC is representing the claimants and Richard Hanke is on the defence.

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is 'a go-to set for the banking, financial services and financial crime fields', with 'enormous strength in depth from junior to senior leading counsel'. Clients note that 'the set has a knack for attracting the best of the best – who also happen to be nice people'. Major cases include Law Debenture v Ukraine, in which Bankim Thanki QC and Simon Atrill defended the Ukraine on a $3bn Eurobond loan default claim. Another highlight was Arena Plaza Jersey Limited Partnership and others v N M Rothschild & Sons Limited and others, where Patricia Robertson QC and Natasha Bennett successfully defended NM Rothschild.

One Essex Court

One Essex Court has 'strength in depth that is among the very best at the bar'. Clients commend 'a high level of client service' and 'brilliant technical advice', along with a willingness 'to use new technology tools', and 'they understand the need to be accessible and modern in their approach'. Highlight cases include Red Kite Management Limited & Ors v Barclays Bank PLC in which Orlando Gledhill QC and Laurence Rabinowitz QC are facing Alain Choo Choy QC. Six members are involved in FDIC v Barclays, Lloyds, HBOS, RBS, Deutsche Bank & Other banks, with Sonia Tolaney QC, David Wolfson QC, Conall Patton QC and Nehali Shah among those representing the defendants.

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers is a 'go-to set for banking and finance work with some true stars and incredible strength in depth'. The set 'offers the whole package' and is noted for its 'large group of very talented barristers'. Its offering at the junior end was strengthened by the arrival of the highly-rated James McClelland from Fountain Court Chambers. Noteworthy cases include Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse in which Helen Davies QC and Tony Singla are leading the defence for Credit Suisse. Another highlight has been Banca Intesa Sanpaolo and Dexia Crediop v City of Venice in which Jasbir Dhillon QC is leading Geoffrey Kuehne.

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers is 'always one of our first ports of call' for banking and finance disputes, and is 'particularly good on complex cases with an international element'. The chambers stands out for having 'an absolutely fabulous set of senior juniors'. Market-defining cases are a matter of course, such as PCP Capital Partners LLP v Barclays Plc, in which Joe Smouha QC and James Sheehan are representing the claimant. Nathan Pillow QC and David Davies are among a team of four members representing the claimant in Bank Trust v Yurov & others, with James Willan on the opposing team.

South Square

South Square is 'the leading set, by far, for restructuring and insolvency work and outstanding for broader related work such as banking and finance (contentious and advisory)'. Clients also consider it a 'go-to set for structured finance – they are very consistent across the piece'. Highlight cases include Winterbrook Special Opportunities v Novo Banco in which Tom Smith QC led for Winterbrook and Daniel Bayfield QC was among the opposing counsel. Several members were involved in Primeo Fund v HSBC, including William Willson on behalf of the respondents, and Smith and Richard Fisher QC representing the claimants.

4 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings has long had a firm foothold in the banking litigation market. Related insolvency disputes feature high on the agenda, as do broader finance claims, not only in the UK, but also the Middle East and various offshore jurisdictions. Notable examples include Al Khorafi v Bank Sarasin-Alpen, in which multiple members were involved, including Richard Hill QC, Sharif Shivji QC (who took silk in 2020) and Alastair Tomson. Another highlight was Singularis Holdings v Daiwa Capital Markets Europe in which Jonathan Crow QC and Andrew de Mestre QC successfully represented the claimant before the Supreme Court.

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is a 'market-leading set' that provides 'excellent service'. As well as financial services regulatory matters, the set is highly rated for broader banking and finance disputes and is praised for its ability 'to provide suitable alternative barristers of the same quality and standard' if original choices are busy. A notable recent case was Roman Pipia v BGEO Group LTD which involved five members at varying stages, including Andrew George QC and Andrew Hunter QC respectively, acting for the claimants and defendant. Javan Herberg QC was also involved in PCP Partners v Barclays Bank, leading ex-CEO John Varley's intervention.

Gough Square Chambers

Gough Square Chambers is 'excellent for any consumer credit or mortgage regulatory advice' and clients appreciate its 'perfect balance of seniors and juniors'. Clients also credit 'a real sense of team in chambers', and the fact that more senior members such as Fred Philpott 'has helped pass the baton to junior members where appropriate'. Notable case highlights include Kerrigan & Ors v Elevate Credit, in which Ruth Bala acted for the defendant, and Milne v Open Access Finance Ltd where Iain MacDonald also represented the defendant. Thomas Samuels also achieved a successful result for the defendant in Promontoria (Henrico) Ltd v Samra.

Henderson Chambers

Henderson Chambers is 'at the forefront of consumer credit' and praised for its 'strength-in-depth and availability'. Its silks and juniors are 'always very personable' and clients are 'grateful for the commercial acumen they bring'. The set is a popular with the major banks and several challenger banks, and members such as Richard Mawrey QC, Julia Smith and William Hibbert are very active on the advisory front. Notable case highlights included Toby Riley-Smith QC's advice to Intrum UK Finance on Intrum Finance v BaldwinHenry Warwick QC, who recently took silk, was also involved in Praetura Asset Finance v Prime Industries.

Quadrant Chambers

Quadrant Chambers has 'a number of barristers who have well-deserved reputations for excellence in banking and finance work'. Paul Downes QC has a strong reputation, particularly for disputes with a fraud element, and recently led Emily Saunderson in N v RBS. Among the juniors, Liisa Lahti has established a very strong reputation, and was part of the team representing the claimants in Aldersgate et al v Bank of Scotland, in which four separate claims were heard concurrently. Stewart Chirnside also represented the claimant in Saxo Bank A/S v Gaitameonline Co Ltd.

Serle Court

Serle Court is an 'excellent commercial set' whose members are often instructed on market-leading and complex banking and finance disputes, including many with an international angle. Recent mandates include The Public Institution for Social Security v Al-Rajaan, a dispute involving Kuwait's state pension fund in which Philip Marshall QC and Simon Hattan represented one of the defendants. David Blayney QC is regularly involved in heavyweight disputes, including ongoing proceedings linked to the Lehman Brothers collapse. Rupert Reed QC is often silk of choice for Middle Eastern financial disputes, such as (1) First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC (2) FAB Securities LLC v. Larmag Holdings BV before the DIFC Court and Court of Appeal.

Twenty Essex

Twenty Essex has several silks and juniors with a strong grounding in this area, particularly in disputes relating to futures and derivatives, and on claims with a trade, offshore, fraud or insolvency element. Paul Lowenstein QC and and Tony Beswetherick are currently representing Alfa Bank in Alfa Bank v Abyzov, Emmerson and others. Lowenstein is also acting for the claimants, alongside Luke Pearce, in two separate claims against HBOS: Dove v HBOS, and Wells v HBOS. A highlight for Philip Edey QC has been his advice to Boris Mints on PJSC National Bank and PJSC Bank Otkritie v Boris Mints and Others.

XXIV Old Buildings

XXIV Old Buildings is 'a fantastic set' where 'everyone has been great - really down to earth and user friendly'. The chambers has 'really increased the depth of its expertise over recent years' and its members are 'extremely cost effective'. Its members have good expertise in hedge fund and structured investment vehicle-related matters, mis-selling claims and cross-border insolvencies. Highlight cases include Al Sadik v Investcorp BSC  where Michael Black QC and Sarah Bayliss represented the claimant. Stephen Moverley Smith QC also represented the defendants Société Générale v Goldas, while Francis Tregear QC led Alexander Pelling in Janus Capital Management LLC v Safeguard World International Ltd.

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court is praised for its 'relationship-led approach'. The set has several silks and juniors with a strong grounding in banking disputes who are regularly instructed by the major banks. This has included significant roles in major FX, PPI and derivatives disputes that have dominated the market since the 2008 financial crisis. Members are also called upon for disputes with an international dimension, such as State Bank of India v Mallya, in which Nigel Tozzi QC led the team on behalf of the Indian banks. Tozzi also led Adam Temple in IDBI Bank v Axcel, also on behalf of the Indian bank.

Maitland Chambers

Maitland Chambers offers a selection of 'extremely hardworking and excellent barristers' who are 'very easy to work with and pragmatic'. Well known for its expertise in areas such as Chancery and fraud, several members are also highly active on the banking front. Notable case highlights include Red Kite Management Limited  v Barclays Bank plc in which Catherine Newman QC and Alec McCluskey represented the hedge fund, Red Kite. Members are also experienced in banking disputes with a property or offshore element.

Radcliffe Chambers

Radcliffe Chambers is 'highly approachable and happy to assist' and the barristers 'are all experts in their field and highly commercial in their advice'. The set has a good reputation for consumer finance and more general banking disputes. The retirement of Malcolm Waters QC, long considered a doyen of consumer finance law, is a loss, although juniors such as Mark Fell remain well respected in this area. Jeremy Cousins QC is also recommended, with his work often overlapping onto the insolvency side, as demonstrated by his advice to the claimant on CNM Estates (Tolworth Tower) Ltd v VeCREF I SARL.