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Leading Silks

Sarah Clarke KCSerjeants’ Inn Chambers ‘Sarah is peerless on the law, particularly regarding market abuse, FSMA offences and insider dealing. Her preparation is thorough which leads to flawless courtroom advocacy, particularly when it comes to cross-examination, at which she is particularly skilled.’
Richard Coleman KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Richard is extremely intelligent, always a pleasure to work with and has great attention to detail. He is a measured, clear and conscientious advocate.’
Andrew George KCBlackstone Chambers ‘Andrew has great court craft, is completely unflappable and knows the law inside-out.’
Andrew Green KCBlackstone Chambers ‘One of a handful of leading silks for this type of work, Andrew is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced, carrying real weight with the FCA in a way that other silks do not.’
Richard Handyside KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Richard is absolutely outstanding and, rightly, the first choice for many solicitors and clients in this area. He is terribly clever, an excellent advocate, a first-rate lawyer and a tough but delightful opponent.’
Javan Herberg KCBlackstone Chambers ‘Javan is a great individual, who has an excellent understanding of the law in this area. His huge reputation in this field is rightly deserved.’
Richard Lissack KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Richard is a superb advocate, always exceptionally well prepared, and a very clever man. He has a super-sleek, but winning manner.’
Bankim Thanki KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Bankim’s intellect and knowledge are extraordinary; he is also one of the most decent people at the Bar full stop.’
Alex Bailin KC – Matrix Chambers ‘Alex has a unique skillset having been a trader before he trained as a barrister. This means that, in the complex trading investigations, he has a deep understanding of the subject matter and is well placed to probe the explanations being offered by the traders involved.’
Timothy Dutton CBE KC – Fountain Court Chambers ‘Timothy is ferociously bright and a courageous advocate. He brings that magical quality of gravitas that comes from being a doyen in his field.’
James Counsell KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘Given James' experience, it is no surprise that he is a safe pair of hands. However, he is also extremely creative, approachable, down-to-earth and easy to work with.’
Ben Jaffey KCBlackstone Chambers  ‘Ben is excellent. He is extremely clever, thinks very quickly on his feet, is great with clients, and very collegiate to deal with.’
Jonathan Kirk KCGough Square Chambers ‘His advocacy is considered and directed, often managing to ensure the judge sees the bigger picture. Jonathan is a joy to watch and always impressive.’
Hodge Malek KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘Hodge is the go-to financial services barrister. He is an intellectual powerhouse who is clearly at the top of his game, commanding the respect of his clients, opponents and the courts.’
Nicholas Medcroft KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Nicholas is a very strong advocate and extremely bright.’
Patricia Robertson KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Patricia is one of the most gifted advocates. What sets her apart is the detail and attention she gives to a case all the way through, and not just when it comes to the hearing.’
Saima Hanif KC3 Verulam Buildings 'Saima works extremely hard and in doing so, thoroughly thinks through and works out all the difficult issues.'
Timothy Howe KCFountain Court Chambers ‘A workhorse; Timothy puts in the hours to get on top of the detail, and improves documents his juniors have prepared. He is top of his field.’
Andrew Hunter KCBlackstone Chambers ‘Andrew has a great intellect, is a total team player, immensely hardworking and hard as nails.’
Brian Kennelly KCBlackstone Chambers ‘Exceptionally knowledgeable expert with immense experience both as an advisor and an advocate, including in the European Court of Justice. Brian is a fantastic communicator and a trusted advisor with great judgement.’
Henry King KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Henry is wise, with very measured judgement and a real team player.’
James McClelland KCBrick Court Chambers 'A phenomenally good barrister with an outstanding mind and judgement.'
Sharif Shivji KC4 Stone Buildings ‘Sharif is a hard-working and highly focused person. He is great at financial services and his written submissions are both detailed and well laid-out.’

2022 Silks

Mark Fell KCRadcliffe Chambers ‘Mark is a very clear and persuasive advocate. He has strong technical skills and his written work is comprehensive and persuasive.'
Farhaz Khan KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘An absolute class act, with a deep knowledge of financial services matters. Charismatic and user-friendly.'
Hanif Mussa KCBlackstone Chambers ‘Hanif provides considered and pragmatic strategic advice. He is a pleasure to work with and is particularly skilled at breaking down complex legal points for consumption by lay clients. He is responsive and works very effectively within the barrister team.'

2024 Silks

Oliver Assersohn KCXXIV Old Buildings ‘Oliver is an outstanding team player and brings commerciality as well as excellent analytical skills to the team. He is a go-to counsel for financial services regulatory matters.’
Shail Patel KC4 New Square ‘Shail is a very intelligent and thorough counsel with a real ability to give clients clear commercial advice. A pleasure to work with, responsive and creative in his approach.'

Leading Juniors

Eleanor DavisonFountain Court Chambers  ‘Eleanor provides top-notch client service. She has a sharp intellect, combined with an effortlessly humble approach to stakeholder engagement – not afraid to ask astute questions in order to shape her advice accordingly, and always on top of the detail.’
Charlotte Eborall3 Verulam Buildings ‘Charlotte is extremely forensic with an excellent understanding of financial services. She produces excellent drafts, and is the perfect balance of intellect, pragmatism and client service.’
Philip Hinks3 Verulam Buildings ‘Philip is a superb communicator who provides clear and precise advice in all situations. He is a pragmatic but firm advocate who is able to think quickly on his feet.’
Paul LuckhurstBlackstone Chambers ‘Paul's strengths are clarity of thought and expression, as well as extremely good drafting, Paul is a thinker and is always a good choice to guide through tricky issues.’
Charles Marquand4 Stone Buildings ‘Charles is practical, commercial and responsive.’
James Potts3 Verulam Buildings ‘James is absolutely first-rate and knows and understands financial services regulation, including basic compliance across the areas on money laundering, fraud and sanctions. He is hard working and over the years he has developed a deeper understanding of the sector and all the sorts of things to look for.’
Simon PritchardBlackstone Chambers ‘Simon advisory work is second-to-none. His ability to cut through tricky issues and provide straight-forward and intelligent advice is invaluable.’
James Purchas4 Pump Court ‘James has a forensic eye for detail in financial services statutes and rules, and approaches everything with a high degree of analysis.’
Robert Purves3 Verulam Buildings ‘Robert has absolute expertise in financial services matters, I do not know anyone with the same level of expertise.’
Adam Temple3 Verulam Buildings 'Adam is incredibly quick to get on top of a vast amount of detail, marshalling it with consummate ease. He works enormously hard and has excellent judgement. His calm and purposeful cross-examination is highly effective and his advocacy matches his outstanding written work.'
Daniel BurgessBlackstone Chambers ‘Daniel is exceptionally bright and extremely competent. He is particularly adept in being able to cut through large volumes of material and complex issues.’
Stephen NevilleGough Square Chambers ‘Stephen is incredibly knowledgeable, not only about the regulations but the industry as a whole and the way the courts and regulators apply and interpret the regulations.’
Elizabeth OveyRadcliffe Chambers ‘Elizabeth is very careful and considered. She has good experience in the area of FCA regulated pensions, which a lot of pension barristers do not have, and therefore is a good senior all-rounder.’
Ajay RatanBlackstone Chambers ‘Ajay is exceptionally bright and on top of that, is a pleasure to work with. He shows the thoughtfulness of a barrister well beyond his call and is responsive to a fault.’
Theodor van Sante3 Verulam Buildings ‘Responsive and quick, very pleasant to deal with. Theodor is collaborative and provides clear and accurate written advice which identifies how legal issues impact on clients in practical and commercial terms.’
Julia SmithHenderson Chambers ‘Julia is very efficient and responsive on often quite time-sensitive instructions. Her technical expertise is clear from her advice, and she has a very logical approach.’
Kate UrellGough Square Chambers ‘Kate is very responsive and provides insightful, commercially focused advice on highly technical areas of law, but in a user-friendly manner and bearing in mind that her advice will often also be received by non-lawyers and business teams.’
Harry AdamsonBlackstone Chambers ‘Harry is an absolute delight to work with. He is kind, considerate and gracious, as well as being immensely intelligent and having an excellent eye for detail and drafts beautifully.’
Daniel BrayleyGough Square Chambers ‘Detailed and thorough analysis; Daniel is great to work with.’
Cleon Catsambis3 Verulam Buildings ‘Cleon has great experience in financial services law and is trusted by clients and the court alike.’
Lee Finch  – Gough Square Chambers ‘A silk in the making: Lee is dedicated, reliable and bright. Judges have always taken a real shine to his style, which is firm and direct, but polite and respectful at all times.’
Stephen Kosmin11KBW ‘Stephen is great to work with. He has tremendous knowledge and is very creative, coming up with strategies that other people wouldn't think of and that make a big difference.’
Robin Lööf – Fountain Court Chambers ‘Robin is extremely knowledgeable and one of the go-to barristers for AML/CTF regulatory advice. He is commercial and quick to assist, is excellent with clients and a pleasure to work with.’
Rebecca LoveridgeFountain Court Chambers ‘Very easy to work with, Rebecca knows the details and brings you solutions, not problems.’
Teniola Onabanjo  – 3 Verulam BuildingsTeniola is an outstanding lawyer, with a confident grasp of highly complex legal concepts and an excellent drafting style. She has reliably good judgement and an unusual ability to make powerful points in a low-key way, which is very effective.’
Leonora Sagan  – Fountain Court Chambers ‘She is extremely bright, clear thinking and focussed. Leonara discards the irrelevant and can build strengths into a case by focussing on what is meritorious and will work with the judge or tribunal. Judges and tribunals will consider her to be a leading light of her generation because of the clarity she brings to a case and the total absence of show or flannel.’
Emily SaundersonQuadrant Chambers ‘Incredible attention to detail - Emily is always on top of her brief, well prepared and able to present complex legal and regulatory advice in a way that clients can understand. She is also an impressive negotiator, bringing a useful skill set to meditations and settlement meetings.’
Nik YeoFountain Court Chambers ‘Nik is responsive, clear and always understands the instructions.’

Financial services regulation in London Bar

3 Verulam Buildings

With ‘genuine strength in depth’, 3 Verulam Buildings is ‘one of the pre-eminent financial services regulation sets’; highly active across both the contentious side, including FCA investigations, market misconduct and judicial review, as well as non-contentious regulatory matters. 2021 silk Saima Hanif KC has a stellar reputation for acting against financial regulators, while 2022 silk Farhaz Khan KC continues to undertake high-profile work in the area of non-financial misconduct proceedings and investigations. Adam Temple is known for representing regulators and did so in FCA v Steel, the FCA has sought to use s.382 of FSMA to obtain restitution orders against shareholders of regulated firms.


‘The clerks are very efficient and straightforward to work with. I have been impressed by the thoughtful and considered approach of Richard Ansell.’

‘The clerks are 3VB are first rate. Stuart Pullum and Steve Penson are senior clerks leading the room. Clients adore them and they are absolute superstars.’

‘The clerks at 3VB are almost without exception professional and accommodating. Steve Penson and Stuart Pullum lead by example and when problems arise they are faced head on.’

3VB have great strength in financial services and financial regulatory work – they are one of the top sets in this area.’

‘Courageous and pragmatic set, with excellent client service. A depth of knowledge and resource in the regulatory contentious space.’

‘Great strength in depth for financial services regulatory work.’ 

‘3VB are one of the pre-eminent financial services regulation sets. They have a lot of great barristers with experience in this area.’

‘3VB has genuine strength in depth. Their tendency to recruit former solicitors means that a number of their baby juniors have experience that others lack.’

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Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers is a ‘go-to set for financial regulatory work’ and offers expertise across the spectrum of related work including FCA and PRA regulatory investigations, judicial reviews of regulatory action, and commercial and chancery claims involving breaches of the Financial Services and Markets Act. In one of the highest profile market abuse cases pursued by the FCA in recent years, Javan Herberg KC and Paul Luckhurst acted for Sir Christopher Gent in defending a claim of market abuse by disclosure of information while chair of the medical device maker ConvaTec. Another highly publicised case has seen 2022 silk Hanif Mussa KC represent UKAR and NRAM, the successors to Northern Rock, in the “mortgage prisoners” litigation; a complex case brought by thousands of claimants who allege they are trapped on more expensive mortgages due to affordability requirements, despite being up-to-date with mortgage payments.


‘The clerks are polite and responsive. Billy Brian in particular has been a joy to work with.’

‘All the clerks are very good but my go to person is Gary Oliver, with Lewis Walker in close second.’

‘Leading set for contentious financial services work.’

‘Blackstone are top notch for financial services work.’

‘Blackstone are the pre eminent financial services chambers.’

‘Blackstone is very clearly the leading set for contentious regulatory and FCA work.’

‘Blackstone is full of talent from top to bottom. They are my go to set for Financial Regulatory and Sanctions work. They also do excellent pro bono work.’

‘The set it without doubt the leader in the area, in terms of range, depth, and numbers of practitioners.’

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Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is ‘one of the top, if not the top, financial services set’, drawing upon the exceptional broader expertise in the banking and regulatory practices to act for regulators, regulated entities and high-net-worth individuals. In HSBC v Stanford International Bank, Patricia Robertson KC secured a dismissal in the Supreme Court for HSBC for all but £2.4 million of a £118.5m fine for liability stemming the bank’s operation of accounts for Stanford International Bank, a Ponzi scheme for which sometime cricket sponsor Allen Stanford was stripped of his knighthood by the Antiguan government and sentenced to over a century in prison by the US courts. Richard Coleman KC has been acting for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking, which seeks to challenge the FCA by judicial review for their failure to compensate SMEs who were mis-sold interest rate hedging products.


‘Outstanding. Alex Taylor runs an excellent clerking service. The team structure he has created and the regular meetings which all teams have mean that his two excellent deputies (Sian Huckett and Katie Szewczyk) are superb and all team leaders and their assistants follow an excellent example. The clerking team is one of the most diverse at the Bar.’

‘Always an excellent service from the clerks.’

‘Fountain Court is one of the top, if not the top, financial services set.’

‘Fountain Court is an extremely strong all round commercial set with many very able practitioners in this field.’

‘Fountain Court has great strengths in this area from top to bottom. The set’s concentration on quality and the members’ work in the commercial arena mean that it is a leader in financial services regulation.’

‘They are one of our go to sets: their barristers are generally of a very high quality.’

‘Fountain Court would be my preferred chambers as they have considerable expertise in financial services area and are technically very strong, get involved in the detail and are very thorough.’

‘Fountain Court has a deservedly high reputation in the field of financial regulation.’

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Gough Square Chambers

Gough Square Chambers consistently act for many of the UK’s major banks and government bodies across the gamut of contentious and non-contentious regulatory areas, with the chambers having a particular strength in the regulation of retail products. Jonathan Kirk KC acted for Diamond Resorts and Club La Costa in consumer credit litigation concerning the mis-selling of timeshare as an investment, with the High Court dismissing claims for judicial review in May 2023. Stephen Neville continues to be an authority on compliance issues, recently advising Masthaven Bank on its withdrawal from the UK mortgage market and the sale of its almost £500m portfolio. Simon Popplewell brings an abundance of experience appearing before the FCA’s Regulatory Decisions Committee and regularly advises on the FCA perimeter and the boundaries in which parliament limits the regulator to act.


‘The clerks are fantastic and provide a brilliant client focused service, often working to tight deadlines, and ably handle competing demands and deadlines. We have dealt with Richard Bryant, Bob Weekes and Jack Bradshaw.’

‘Bob Weekes is superb and a pleasure to deal with – he has a great knowledge of counsel’s expertise.’

‘We always receive great service from Gough Square.’

‘An annual consumer law conference is a real treat and the clerking team are fantastic.’

‘Gough Square Chambers is our go-to set, they have fantastic strength in depth.’

Henderson Chambers

Henderson Chambers is ‘excellent for financial services litigation and regulatory work’, with members being increasingly called upon to advise on matters governed by the FSMA and FCA regulatory regime related to consumer credit legislation and unfair business-to-consumer practices. In Intrum Finance v Baldwin, Toby Riley-Smith KC was instructed by the financier to appear in its appeal concerning if a debt-purchase company requires authorisation from the FCA to engage a third-party debt-recovery agent. Thomas Samuels is advising Google on the financial services aspects of a dispute regarding the right of insolvency practitioners to place search advertisements. Julia Smith continues to advise banks and other businesses on issues arising from the FSMA and FCA notification requirements.


‘Excellent for Financial Services Litigation and Regulatory work.’

‘Henderson Chambers must be one of – if not the – leading set of consumer finance regulatory barristers.’

‘Henderson appears to have evolved with the times and expanded its consumer finance expertise to cover general banking and financial technology expertise.’

‘Whenever I approach the clerks, it’s almost a burden to have to choose between so many talented barristers. The clerks are very good at promoting new talent.’ 


Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambershave always had a very strong presence in the financial services regulation space’ and are active across all aspects: from early advice related to perimeter guidance breaches; through to advising on investigations brought by the FCA’s enforcement division, and through to representation before the Regulatory Decisions Committee and the Upper Tribunal. Michael Uberoi has acted for the defendant in FCA v Reynolds, an alleged pensions misselling case heard by the Regulatory Decisions Committee in January 2023. Michael Bowes KC, as was, is now a circuit judge. Oliver Powell was instructed under direct access in proceedings before Lloyd’s Enforcement Board, advising and negotiating a settlement in response to a discreditable conduct charge.


‘Clerks are very accommodating with urgent requests, training and generally building up a relationship with chambers not just the individual.’

‘Excellent clerks – definitely some of the best in the market. Sam Carter and Colin Bunyan are amazing to deal with. Super responsive, transparent and great for a chat!’

‘The clerks are one of Outer Temple’s greatest assets. A special shout out to Colin Bunyan and Nick Levett who will always do their utmost to assist me, even when it’s a last minute instruction for the most difficult of clients.’

‘Excellent. User-friendly and pro-active.Colin Bunyan is a pleasure to deal with – very organised, quick to respond to emails and very user friendly.’ 

‘Outer Temple are one of my go to chambers. The clerks are friendly and helpful – nothing is too much trouble for them. Counsel are all well rounded and expert advocates. They are flexible and willing to roll their sleeves up to help their solicitors and lay clients.’

‘Outer Temple Chambers have always had a very strong presence in the FS regulation space. The have some very talented barrister there, from junior all the way to silk.’

‘Outer Temple has an awesome selection of barristers with a huge range of expertise. Generally, they are all down to earth and easy to get along with.’

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