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Leading Silks

Michael Blair QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely responsive, succinct and always to the point, this has helped us get through a vast amount of complex material speedily and efficiently.
Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court ChambersMethodical, calm and unflappable - the complete barrister who acts with complete integrity with everything he does.
Charles Flint QC - Blackstone Chambers ‘A high-quality barrister.
Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone ChambersFantastically bright and energetic, superb understanding of how broad principles will be applied by regulators, a great sense of what will play well with regulators and judgement as to which points to push and which to drop.
Michael Bowes QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe is very knowledgeable as you would expect, he is very approachable, he has fantastic client bedside manner as well as a terrific work ethic.
Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone ChambersA leader in her field and impresses with the clarity of her advice, she is very thorough, careful and precise and instills confidence in her clients.
Timothy Dutton CBE QC - Fountain Court ChambersHis technical expertise is second to none and he is a delight to work with.
Sarah Clarke QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersVery responsive with an excellent understanding of the regulatory process, having spent time at the FSA and now regularly instructed both by and against the regulator.
James Counsell QC - Outer Temple ChambersA go-to QC for financial services litigation - bright, personable and good with judges.
Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery experienced, and a very careful and logical thinker, which results in extremely thoroughly thought-through arguments.
Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone BuildingsA brilliant advocate, extremely knowledgeable, and very pleasant to work with.
Jonathan Fisher QC - Red Lion Chambers ‘He is a tough yet charming advocate, with a compelling courtroom presence that commands judicial respect.
Andrew George QC - Blackstone ChambersIncredibly bright, technically astute, engages the audience and has a very easy going manner in front of clients that puts them immediately at ease, the latter is incredibly important because he is dealing with people who are facing losing their regulated status/livelihoods.
Andrew Green QC - Blackstone ChambersHe has unparalleled credibility and truly exceptional skills dealing with boards of leading regulated firms.
Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersVery clever and incisive, inspires real confidence in his views and in his running of the case.
Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court ChambersOozes charm and confidence, which wins over courts, tribunals and clients to his side.
Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is calm, practical and applies a common-sense/commercial head to difficult problems.
Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsOne of the UK’s leading legal minds in the area of banking, financial services, fraud and regulatory law.
Richard Mawrey QC - Henderson ChambersAn excellent silk.
Andrew Mitchell QC - Fountain Court Chambers ‘A very impressive advocate - always thoroughly prepared and able to deliver engaging submissions as well as dealing with challenges from the bench or opposing advocates.
Rory Philips QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA wise head for a complex case.
Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court ChambersFormidable, unflappable and a real pleasure to work with, she has a very easy manner and her advocacy is exceptional.
Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersOne of the acknowledged leaders of this area of the Bar delivering strategies of complexity and cunning with consummate charm time after time.
Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump CourtImmensely knowledgeable completely calm and unflappable.
James Ayliffe QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Bright and extremely approachable.
Richard Brent QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHighly experienced across a broad range of financial services issues.
John Brisby QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHe is proactive and creative in his thinking.
Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersExtremely hardworking, meticulous and quick on the uptake.
Philip Hackett QC - The 36 GroupEvidentially meticulous with a formidable court presence, this leader is simply first class.
Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is great on paper and a super advocate - clients and colleagues enjoy working with him.
Ben Jaffey QC - Blackstone ChambersHas excellent judgement, is genuinely open-minded to the thoughts and suggestions of others, and his written work and tactical thinking are first class.
Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is exceptionally clever, even by barrister standards, brilliant on paper and on his feet.
Henry King QC - Fountain Court ChambersOne of the few truly expert practitioners in the financial services field, with a comprehensive knowledge of both law and practice, he also has a quite exceptionally charming way of persuading tribunals of his case.
Jonathan Kirk QC - Gough Square ChambersHe thinks like a judge and has faultless judgement when making the calls in litigation.
Terence Mowschenson QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Great attention to detail and very quick to identify the core issues in complex matters - a tenacious advocate.
Toby Riley-Smith QC - Henderson ChambersHighly intelligent and very hard-working, and good at getting to the core of a case without being distracted by peripherals.
James Strachan QC - 39 Essex ChambersHas a deep knowledge of Financial Services law which he deploys to great effect, and is a tenacious and technically proficient advocate.
Ben Strong QC - One Essex CourtStrong writing, strategy, dedication, good humour, and judgement - he is a joy to work with and the consummate professional.
Tom Weitzman QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent presentation skills, great forensic abilities, meticulous preparation, superb analytical skills.

2019 Silks

Nicholas Medcroft QC - Fountain Court ChambersFantastic with clients - one of his greatest strengths is that he is one of the few practitioners who I know who can legitimately be described as both a civil and criminal practitioner.

2020 Silks

Robin Barclay QC - Fountain Court ChambersExperienced and knowledgeable in regulatory enforcement actions, was prompt and thorough in his advice and extremely economical in his approach.
Rajesh Pillai QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery bright, practical and user friendly. No question is a bad question, and he wants to work as part of the legal team as a whole; he is a pleasure to work with.
Sharif Shivji QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHe always does his absolute best for the client.
Henry Warwick QC - Henderson ChambersHis written work is excellent and he's never afraid to roll up his sleeves.

2021 Silks

Saima Hanif QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHer strategic/ tactical attributes and abilities on the case management side of litigation are top drawer, and she also has expert knowledge and understanding of financial services law and various financial services regulatory frameworks with an ability to simplify complex issues and advise on them in plain English.
James McClelland QC - Brick Court ChambersA cut above the rest, he has a huge brain but remains humble, engaging and commercial.

Leading Juniors

Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam BuildingsRapidly becoming one of the very best known and well regarded juniors at the Bar, he has a clear passion and aptitude for contentious regulatory work, and is likely to become a doyen of the market in years to come.
Jason Mansell - QEB Hollis WhitemanQuite simply what Jason doesn't know about FCA litigation isn't worth knowing - he is an absolute superstar with almost unrivalled expertise and great tactical acumen.
Charles Marquand - 4 Stone BuildingsVery quick to grasp issues and understand background, he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of relevant legislation.
Simon Pritchard - Blackstone ChambersA go-to junior dealing with financial services disputes with a regulatory angle: extremely intelligent and provides concise, easily digestible advice, and excellent written work.
James Purchas - 4 Pump CourtExtremely thorough and always very well prepared - he is always on top of the detail and good at anticipating and preparing for any potential difficulties.
Robert Purves - 3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent and good value for FCA insurance regulatory work.
Rupert Allen - Fountain Court ChambersGreat attention to detail, strong technical knowledge, and very responsive.
Oliver Assersohn - XXIV Old BuildingsExcellent attention to detail, good analytical skills coupled with regulatory knowledge and experience.
Ruth Bala - Gough Square ChambersHer advocacy is persuasive, powerful and pertinent, she is an absolute pleasure to work with and her hard work and commitment are outstanding.
Daniel Burgess - Blackstone ChambersFantastic knowledge of the law and understanding of the legal issues, married with very practical advice.
Charlotte Eborall - 3 Verulam BuildingsTechnically strong, a good team player, and commercially astute.
Mark Fell - Radcliffe ChambersHe is an expert in this field and has an expanse of knowledge which means he is able to provide practical and relevant examples when giving any advice.
Simon Hattan - Serle CourtDiligent, thorough and clear - he has a good written style and is a persuasive advocate.
William Hibbert - Henderson ChambersCommercial, practical, and very user friendly.
Philip Hinks - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is very good in his paperwork, dealing with factually heavy cases quickly and comprehensively, and his advocacy is also strong.
Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone ChambersVery bright and very personable, he has great experience in financial services law and is one to watch.
Iain MacDonald - Gough Square Chambers ‘He is responsive and knowledgeable. Incredibly approachable. Excellent service and I would highly recommend him.
Andrew Maguire - Littleton ChambersVery responsive, always willing to go the extra mile and someone who has managed to develop a strong rapport with clients.
Elizabeth Ovey - Radcliffe ChambersVery good analytical skills in advising and drafting and an excellent communicator.
Fred Philpott - Gough Square ChambersHe can cut through mist and get straight to the key point very quickly, and is also very personable and approachable.
Simon Popplewell - Gough Square ChambersIt is difficult to overstate the breadth and depth of Simon's knowledge of financial services regulation, he is able to use this knowledge to provide clear, pragmatic advice that is second to none.
James Ross - Gough Square ChambersIncredibly user friendly and always across the detail of a dispute.
David Simpson - 3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent for financial services regulatory instructions.
Julia Smith - Henderson ChambersAn excellent barrister.
Adam Temple - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely 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.
Adam Al-Attar - South SquareFor someone relatively junior he clearly has presence beyond his years.
Tim Aron - Minerva ChambersHe is that rare combination of a lawyer with first-rate technical skills, commercial acumen, who is also solutions orientated - he is also a pleasure to work with and is very user friendly.
Tom Asquith - 4 New SquareVery thorough and he really goes that extra mile to do a brilliant job.
Daniel Brayley - Gough Square ChambersA very good communicator and is extremely easy to work with; he works in a collaborative way and is a good team player.
Cleon Catsambis - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘A highly polished advocate and deep, strategic thinker who provides a quality service for all of his clients in this area and in the related sectors of financial services regulation area.
Stewart Chirnside - Quadrant ChambersHe is very thorough and knowledgeable and provided detailed, well reasoned and considered advice.
Nazeer Chowdhury - Henderson ChambersA pleasure to work with given his human touch and also added practical commercial judgement given his experience in this field.
Eleanor Davison - Fountain Court ChambersVery smart junior who is easy to work with on financial services regulatory investigations matters.
Anthony Dearing - Radcliffe ChambersExcellent knowledge of the regulatory framework, user-friendly, and cost effective.
Rebecca Loveridge - Fountain Court ChambersThoughtful and intelligent, she is a pleasure to work with, and approachable for junior team members.
Sophie Mallinckrodt - 3 Verulam BuildingsA smart, team-player.
Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersAn excellent technical lawyer who provides high-quality advice. He is also very easy to deal with - I have always found him to be highly responsive and readily accessible.
Stephen Neville - Gough Square ChambersStephen has a superb technical knowledge of the law and regulation, and applies his knowledge in a considered and practical way and understands the broader context in which his expertise is applied.
Thomas Ogg - 11KBWVery bright and technically astute.
Shail Patel - 4 New SquareShail is a star. He is really easy to work with, he turns around matters quickly, has a great way of explaining challenging concepts to clients and assisting them to assess risk in a pragmatic and commercial way.
James Potts - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery analytical and has a clarity of thought which all busy solicitors value - got on top of matters very quickly and excellent drafting.
Suzanne Rab - Serle CourtIntellectually robust, tenacious, and gets into the detail.
Thomas Samuels - Gough Square ChambersVery intelligent and hardworking junior, blessed with good judgement.
Emily Saunderson - Quadrant ChambersTechnically very strong but also has a real commercial common sense in terms of the long term best interests of the clients.
Alastair Tomson - 4 Stone BuildingsGives pragmatic commercial advice tailored to the client's needs.
Michael Uberoi - Outer Temple ChambersMichael is personable, technically outstanding, and very hard working and responsive.
Kate Urell - Gough Square ChambersExtremely approachable and really technical over a broad area.
Nik Yeo - Fountain Court ChambersAn excellent advocate, he has a sharp mind and provides intelligent insight on every matter he is involved with.

Financial services regulation in London Bar

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings 'offers unbelievable strength in depth, brilliant clerking and has some of the best barristers in the financial services sector'. Members are praised for their 'very substantial regulatory and commercial experience', while the set as a whole is also commended for having 'organised some great seminars and training events'. The chambers fields several silks and juniors who are regularly called upon for their regulatory expertise, including Rory Phillips QC, who, alongside Robert Purves and Sophie Mallinckrodt, advised the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) on the Ring Fencing transfers for Barclays, Lloyds, HSBC, and Santander banks. On the contentious side, Hodge Malek QC and James Potts have been advising ICAP on LIBOR rigging investigations launched by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is 'understandably the leading set in financial services. The quality of counsel and service provided are second to none'. The chambers 'is a cornucopia of experience in the area' with 'great bench strength both in silks and juniors'. Members command respect for their contentious and non-contentious advice, often acting for and against the regulators both at home and abroad. Recently Javan Herberg QC and Ben Jaffey QC successfully acted for the claimant in Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority v First Abu Dhabi Bank. Andrew George QC and Daniel Burgess also represented the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the high-profile case of Ford v Financial Conduct Authority.

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is 'quite simply one of the best chambers in London with the bench strength and quality to handle the largest and most complex cases'. The set has a 'good range of silks and senior juniors in the financial services field', several of which, including Richard Coleman QC and Andrew Mitchell QC offer strong non-contentious advisory support. On the contentious side, members have been involved in proceedings arising out of Barclays Bank's Qatar capital raising, with Richard Lissack QC and Eleanor Davison among those representing Barclays. Lissack, Tamara Oppenheimer QC, Bankim Thanki QC and Rebecca Loveridge were also on ENRC's team in Director of the Serious Fraud Office v ENRC.

4 Stone Buildings

4 Stone Buildings has several silks and juniors with a strong grounding in financial services regulatory law. Members regularly represent clients before the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) Regulatory Decisions Committee and the Financial Services & Markets Tribunal. Charles Marquand is especially strong on the advisory side, providing strong support to clients in the public and private sectors. On the contentious side, Jonathan Crow QC has been involved in several offshore-related regulatory cases. Sharif Shivji QC, who recently took silk, John Brisby QC, and Alastair Tomson also all have noteworthy track records in this area.

Gough Square Chambers

Gough Square Chambers is a 'very good set for complex regulatory issues' and 'financial services regulated lending work'. This includes high-end advisory support, as well as contentious dealings with the financial regulators. Stephen Neville is active on the non-contentious side and advised Aldermore Bank on the £380m MotoNovo Securitisation of car finance hire purchase agreements. On the disputes side Jonathan Kirk QC and Thomas Samuels represented the self-invested pension plan administrator in R (Berkeley Burke SIPP Administration Ltd) v FOS, FCA and Charlton, which went to the Court of Appeal. Fred Philpott and Kate Urell were also involved in CFL Finance Ltd v Bass.

Henderson Chambers

Henderson Chambers is 'an excellent set for financial services regulatory matters' with a selection of 'highly recommended' silks and juniors. There is a strong overlap with its market-leading work on the consumer credit end, and its members are regularly instructed by the major retail banks, financial services companies, and fintech providers. The set offers a wide range of expertise on contentious and non-contentious matters, where senior silks and juniors such as Richard Mawrey QC, William Hibbert and Julia Smith have long held sway. Other names of note include up-and-coming silks Toby Riley-Smith QC and Henry Warwick QC, who took silk in 2020, and Nazeer Chowdhury.

Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers has 'strength and depth across the gamut of financial services' and is 'generous in offering insights and education and training programmes'. Members are experienced across a range of areas, including regulatory enforcement proceedings, both for and against regulators such as the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Silks such as Michael Bowes QC also offer strong support on the overlap between criminal, regulatory and civil issues. James Counsell QC is also highly experienced and was involved in The Council of Lloyd’s v Equity Syndicate Management Company Limited and Others.