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Leading Silks

Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court ChambersA silk with gravitas.
Andrew George QC - Blackstone ChambersHe has an encyclopedic knowledge of regulatory law and procedure. A very strong advocate who is accessible and very good with clients.
Andrew Green QC - Blackstone ChambersA superb financial services silk. He is an outstanding strategist with great judgement, very responsive, and user-friendly.
Richard Handyside QC - Fountain Court ChambersRichard is a very user-friendly silk, who provides clear, candid and pragmatic advice.
Javan Herberg QC - Blackstone ChambersJavan is a leading expert in the field with unrivalled technical knowledge of the rules and practice in relation to enforcement matters.
Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersA legend of the financial services Bar. He is highly regarded for his persuasive advocacy and encyclopaedic knowledge.
Michael Bowes QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe is in his element dealing with cases with complicated factual backgrounds, different enforcement agencies and cross-border issues.
Monica Carss-Frisk QC - Blackstone ChambersMonica can always be counted on to provide outstanding and insightful legal advice. She provides a calming presence, regardless of the difficulties involved.
Timothy Dutton CBE QC  –Fountain Court ChambersHe has immense experience of and is trusted by regulatory tribunals, and carries huge authority when making submissions.
Sarah Clarke QC - Serjeants' Inn ChambersSarah has excellent first-hand experience of financial services regulatory cases. She is calm, responsive, knowledgeable, and very user-friendly.
James Counsell QC - Outer Temple ChambersHe has a great intellect and is able to get complex issues across to clients. A silk who is relentless in the courtroom.
Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone BuildingsHe is a consummate advocate: exceptionally clever, always perfectly prepared, and his submissions are beguiling.
Jonathan Fisher QC - Red Lion ChambersA skilled practitioner. His long experience means he is really on top of all aspects of the relevant law and guidance across different parts of the regulated sector.
Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is ferociously clever and also incredibly thoughtful and respectful of other people's views. His clarity of thinking is exceptional, allowing him to explain and argue legal concepts with apparent ease.
Jonathan Kirk QC - Gough Square ChambersAn outstanding advocate with a great eye for detail.
Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a real knack for persuasion, and is simply excellent with lay clients.
Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA silk with a very good client manner. He is an excellent advocate.
Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA good strategist with a detailed understanding of the financial services industry. A hugely respected silk.
Andrew Mitchell QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a knack for hitting the right notes before the judge when it counts.
Rory Philips QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA stellar individual.
Toby Riley-Smith QC - Henderson ChambersHe is an excellent counsel for financial services regulation matters.
Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court ChambersShe is phenomenally hard-working. She not only drives and clearly articulates strategies, but is also all over the detail. A tremendous silk.
James Strachan QC - 39 Essex ChambersJames is highly intelligent, with outstanding analytical skills. His knowledge of regulatory financial services is excellent. He has a calm, clear and concise style.
Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump CourtNicholas is very charming and disarming in his courtroom presentation. He is realistic and efficient.
John Brisby QC - 4 Stone BuildingsA very bright silk, who is a great strategist and tactician and a very effective advocate.
Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersA ferocious and fantastic silk in really difficult cases.
Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is a thorough advocate with a keen eye both for strategy and the killer legal point.
Brian Kennelly QC - Blackstone ChambersA silk who is exceptionally knowledgeable and user friendly.
Henry King QC - Fountain Court ChambersA commanding silk with a forensic mind. He is incredibly dedicated and hardworking.
Nicholas Medcroft QC - Fountain Court ChambersNicholas is highly persuasive and logical on his feet. He is commercial and affable with excellent industry knowledge; clients love him.
Ben Strong QC - One Essex CourtAn excellent team player, who gets thoroughly to grips with the details and is extremely responsive.
Tom Weitzman QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is tremendously analytical and well-organised. A silk with a fantastic breadth of knowledge and experience.

2020 Silks

Robin Barclay QC - Fountain Court ChambersRobin has fantastic knowledge of the MAR rules, and his instincts regarding tactical considerations are excellent.
Rajesh Pillai QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsRajesh combines deep knowledge of the area with strong written and oral advocacy skills. A force to be reckoned with.
Sharif Shivji QC - 4 Stone BuildingsA very strong new silk. His advice is commercially savvy and he is very accommodating with clients.
Henry Warwick QC - Henderson ChambersHe is a very bright thinker, a very effective advocate and a real team player who is a pleasure to work with. He is bound to be a very successful silk, and is widely respected by both the Bar and the bench.

2021 Silks

Saima Hanif QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsShe is technically brilliant and extremely accessible to solicitors and lay clients alike. She has an absolute mastery of the crossover between the financial regulation and banking and finance areas.
James McClelland QC - Brick Court ChambersVery sharp, and completely on top of his brief in relation to financial services matters. He inspires confidence in the client and in the court.

Leading Juniors

Mark Fell - Radcliffe ChambersMark provides clear and sound advice. He is pragmatic, commercial and considered.
Philip Hinks - 3 Verulam BuildingsPhilip is outstandingly clever, charming and responsive.
Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam BuildingsFarhaz has an extremely able mind.
Jason Mansell - QEB Hollis WhitemanHe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of FCA rules and regulations. An excellent street-fighting defence counsel.
Charles Marquand - 4 Stone BuildingsHe has an outstanding memory for technical detail, and is also very commercial in his approach.
Fred Philpott - Gough Square ChambersFred's knowledge of this subject is second to none, and he manages to present it to clients in a straightforward, manageable way.
Simon Pritchard - Blackstone ChambersA super smart, very responsive and incredibly hard-working junior.
James Purchas - 4 Pump CourtJames' knowledge of financial services law is encyclopedic. He seems to have considered every nuance in depth.
Robert Purves - 3 Verulam BuildingsRobert is a clear expert in this field. He is approachable and down to earth.
Adam Temple - 3 Verulam BuildingsAdam is immensely bright, responsive, and a persuasive advocate. He has an excellent grasp of FCA regulations. A junior with great judgement.
Rupert Allen - Fountain Court ChambersA first-rate barrister. He is extremely bright, very responsive and user-friendly.
Oliver Assersohn - XXIV Old BuildingsOliver takes ownership of a case from the outset and will work tirelessly in support of the client's case. He is very bright, and has significant FCA expertise.
Daniel Burgess - Blackstone ChambersDaniel is a superb barrister, responsive, insightful and thorough.
Charlotte Eborall - 3 Verulam BuildingsA real star; her analysis is very considered and detailed, and she is very responsive.
William Hibbert - Henderson ChambersHe is very intelligent and good at explaining difficult concepts.
Paul Luckhurst - Blackstone ChambersA very bright advocate and a strategic thinker. He understands the FCA process and provides good cogent, coherent advice.
Iain MacDonald - Gough Square ChambersHe gets to the heart of the issue and is very practical and pragmatic.
Andrew Maguire - Littleton ChambersA very personable and very commercially minded barrister.
Hanif Mussa - Blackstone ChambersHanif tackles the nub of any issue incredibly quickly, and provides technical solutions in a practical manner. Diligent, responsive and a delight to work with.
Stephen Neville - Gough Square ChambersHe is responsive and pragmatic. A master of his subject matter.
Elizabeth Ovey - Radcliffe ChambersShe is incredibly responsive and easy to work with.
Shail Patel - 4 New SquareAn extremely analytical, diligent and hard-working junior. He is one of the brightest talents for the future.
Simon Popplewell - Gough Square ChambersHe has an exceptional grasp of the law, and provides sound and pragmatic advice that always meets our clients' needs.
James Potts - 3 Verulam BuildingsJames is very intelligent and personable, and has a great manner with solicitors and clients alike. An unflappable junior who provides serene, sensible advice in a crisis.
James Ross - Gough Square ChambersA highly regarded junior for financial services' matters.
David Simpson - 3 Verulam BuildingsDavid is analytical, knowledgeable and open to new ideas. He anchors his advice on thorough legal research.
Julia Smith - Henderson ChambersA technically excellent and very personable junior barrister.
Kate Urell - Gough Square ChambersShe is tenacious, and has sharp advocacy skills married with unrivalled attention to detail.
Harry Adamson - Blackstone ChambersHe has a brilliant mind, and gets to the heart of an issue in a very quick and clear manner.
Tim AronMinerva Chambers 'Tim is intelligent in his thinking and commercial in his application. He has a strong ability to apply technical legal principles to achieve the commercial goals of the client. Tim understands details as well as the bigger picture and is able to amalgamate the important aspects of the two when providing his advice.'
Tom Asquith - 4 New SquareHe has excellent attention to detail, and his advocacy is well measured and thoughtful.
Daniel Brayley - Gough Square ChambersHe is conscientious, hard working, and a great team player.
Cleon Catsambis - 3 Verulam BuildingsA charismatic and hard-working junior. One to watch.
Stewart Chirnside - Quadrant ChambersA proactive barrister who thinks for the solicitor and is very much a team player.
Anthony Dearing - Radcliffe ChambersHe has comprehensive regulatory knowledge and business acumen. He provides sound advice and practical solutions.
Kathryn Hughes - QEB Hollis WhitemanKathryn is extremely hard-working and diligent. A fantastic team player who quickly grasps complex points.
Stephen Kosmin - 11KBWStephen has a tremendous intellect that is matched with his charm. An extremely hard working and effective junior.
Rebecca Loveridge - Fountain Court ChambersAn insightful junior barrister who is also a great team player.
Sophie Mallinckrodt - 3 Verulam BuildingsSophie is an astute and decisive senior junior.
Thomas Ogg - 11KBWHe is very accessible and down to earth in his approach, yet comprehensive and confident in his advice.
Oliver Powell - Outer Temple ChambersHe is very approachable, charismatic and a pleasure to be around and work with.
Suzanne Rab - Serle CourtShe has a first-rate intellect and is a tenacious advocate. She has very sound judgement, combined with a commercial approach.
Thomas Samuels - Gough Square ChambersA junior with a methodical eye for detail.
Theodor van Sante - 3 Verulam BuildingsTheodor's technical knowledge in this area is unsurpassed. His advice is practical and easy to understand. He has a very good client manner.
Emily Saunderson - Quadrant ChambersA junior who is very on top of the law. She can distil complex facts into concise and effective legal arguments. Very user friendly, and a real team player.
Justina Stewart - Outer Temple ChambersNo matter how stressful the situation, Justina has a way of calming matters so that the focus is always on the issues at hand. Her grasp of financial markets matters, aided by her first-hand experience of working in an investment bank, is hugely helpful in getting to the kernel of the matter.
Alastair Tomson - 4 Stone BuildingsA junior who is great at taking the time to understand the problem from the client's point of view.
Michael Uberoi - Outer Temple ChambersMichael is very personable, and his approach to work is excellent; thorough, comprehensive, practical, and timely.
Nik Yeo - Fountain Court ChambersNik is approachable and responsive. A highly proficient and clever junior barrister.

Rising Stars

Ajay Ratan - Blackstone ChambersAjay is highly intelligent and hard working. He gets to grips with the case quickly and offers clear and pragmatic advice. A great team player.

Financial services regulation in London Bar

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings is 'an excellent financial services set, with strength at all levels'. The chambers is home to a team which regularly acts for and against the regulators, including the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and is adept at handling contentious and advisory matters. Rory Phillips QC advised Lloyds Banking Group on establishing an independent appeals process for customers, following decisions made by the client as part of its implementation of the recommendations of the Cranston Review; the Cranston Review was set up following the high-profile HBOS fraud in Reading. In another matter, Thomas Weitzman QC advised the PRA on two major Brexit-related Part VII insurance business transfers. The set also added to its junior ranks with the arrival of Adam Temple from 4 Pump Court in October 2020.

Testimonials

Set

‘3VB is an excellent financial services set with strength at all levels.’

‘Huge strength in depth of expertise and availability of counsel. An impressive offering.’

‘We are always well served by the team at 3VB. They are readily able to give us a choice of suitable people for a wide range of cases.’

‘3VB is our set of choice. They offer remarkable strength in depth which means that availability is never an issue. This also allows for the instruction of barristers which are suitable for a particular matter. This is incredibly helpful when it comes to the issue of costs, which is always front and centre of a client’s mind.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are highly efficient and user-friendly. Richard Ansell is a particular pleasure to deal with – responsive, straightforward and dependable.’

‘Good, and responsive.’

‘The clerks have been efficient and available.’

‘They are probably the most user friendly clerks room I have experienced. The joint senior practice managers, Steve Penson and Stuart Pullum, complement each other perfectly while Richard Ansell also stands out both for his loyalty to chambers and for his commitment to client service.’

‘Very good – Richard Ansell stands out.’

Blackstone Chambers

The 'excellent' Blackstone Chambers is 'a go to set for financial services regulation work'. The set is home to an impressive range of silks and juniors who are well versed in contentious and non-contentious matters, including advice to regulators such as the FCA, as well as representing individuals and financial services companies before regulatory tribunals. Andrew George QC and Daniel Burgess  are acting for the FCA in tribunal proceedings concerning Keydata Investment Services and £475m worth of structured financial product investments it sold to over 37,000 investors. Andrew Green QC represented a major hedge fund in a market abuse investigation by the FCA; the investigation was discontinued. In another matter, Javan Herberg QC acted for the FCA concerning Carillion's mis-statement of information to the market prior to its insolvency.

Testimonials

Set

‘Blackstone is a first-rate set. All the barristers I have worked have been highly intelligent with excellent analytical skills.’

‘Very strong for contentious financial services work.’

‘Blackstone is very much the leading set in the contentious financial services area with the most heavyweight of QCs, in particular Andrew Green QC and Javan Herberg QC, and leading juniors such as Simon Pritchard.’

‘The have a number of very impressive contentious regulatory QCs and juniors‘.

Clerking

‘Derek Sutton is extremely user friendly.’

‘Excellent and extremely responsive.’

‘Blackstone are really well run and clerked. I love working with the chambers director Julia Hornor and senior clerk Gary Oliver, both exceptionally talented and authentic people.’

‘Gary Oliver is superb, professional and responsive.’

‘I mainly deal with Adam Sloane who is always available and I consider to be first class. You can always have a sensible conversation with Adam.’

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers' market-leading status in this area extends beyond its strengths in banking and finance, mixing in expertise in related areas such as professional negligence and civil and criminal fraud. The depth of experience covers every level, both for contentious and non-contentious financial regulatory advice. Recent instructions for the team include Andrew Mitchell QC advising RBS on pre-litigation matters linked to its replacement of LIBOR as a reference rate for bank lending with SONIA. In another matter, Bankim Thanki QC is advising KPMG in relation to a formal complaint by FRC in relation to its auditing of Bank of New York Mellon, where Raymond Cox QC and Rupert Allen were representing the FRC in the sanctions hearing.

Testimonials

Set

‘Fountain Court is an outstanding set.’

‘Fountain Court is one of the pre-eminent sets for complex finance disputes.’

‘Fountain Court have considerable strength-in-depth in this area with a host of high quality practitioners.’

‘It is a well-known market leader.’

Clerking

‘The clerking team at Fountain Court are fantastic for identifying an appropriate barrister for whatever particular matter you have.’

4 Stone Buildings

At 4 Stone Buildings, members have established strength in representing clients before the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) Regulatory Decisions Committee. Charles Marquand is singled out for his expertise in advising a client base of major banks, funds and brokers. At silk level, Sharif Shivji QC, Jonathan Crow QC  and John Brisby QC have solid track records in acting for defendant-side clients and regulatory bodies, including the FCA, in significant regulatory actions.

Testimonials

Clerking

‘The clerks are very approachable.’

Gough Square Chambers

Gough Square Chambers is 'a clear leader in the area of financial services'. Members assist banks and financial services providers with a range of contentious and non-contentious work. Recently Jonathan Kirk QC, Fred Philpott and Kate Urell appeared for various parties in different stages of CFL Finance Ltd v Bass, Gertner & Others, which concerns if a Tomlin order requiring payments in installments was a regulated credit agreement under the Consumer Credit Act 1974; the matter reached the Court of Appeal. Simon Popplewell has a solid track record in handling cases concerning FCA challenges.

Testimonials

Set

‘Gough Square is an excellent set, with lots of barristers who are able to provide good quality advice and advocacy in this area. The clerks are amazing, especially Bob Weekes. If counsel is unavailable they are always able to find an alternative. Very high quality of service.’

‘Fabulous client focused chambers.’

‘A clear leader in the area of financial services.’

Clerking

‘The clerks will always endeavour to accommodate and Jack Bradshaw is an outstanding, attentive second clerk.’

‘The are superb. They are responsive with a quick turnaround and extremely flexible to work to meet with our clients expectations and approach.’

‘Easy to deal with and responsive.’

Henderson Chambers

Henderson Chambers has an 'excellent' reputation for financial services regulation. Members regularly handle a range of FCA matters. Richard Mawrey QC has a solid track record in defending investment managers against the FCA. Toby Riley-Smith QC prepared a report for the High Court Enforcement Officers Association on reforming the system for enforcing consumer debts. Henry Warwick QC, William Hibbert and Julia Smith are other key practitioners.

Testimonials

Clerking

‘Excellent clerking.’

Outer Temple Chambers

Outer Temple Chambers has a top-notch reputation, and many of its members handle work at the interplay between financial services regulation, crime and civil fraud. In addition to advising on FCA regulatory breaches, the set's members regularly assist with cross-border issues, for example global financial investigations. In addition to well-established silks such as Michael Bowes QC and James Counsell QC, the set fields a strong selection of highly-rated juniors including Michael UberoiJustina Stewart, who comes from a financial services background; and Oliver Powell, who has recently been involved in several cases involving the FCA and SFO.

Testimonials

Set

‘Whenever additional expertise is required, Outer Temple has a specialist who can provide it. All the barristers I have worked with are extremely responsive.’

‘This is a great set that I regularly use for cases that span FCA regulatory and criminal issues in complex enforcement investigations.’

‘Outer Temple has excellent bench strength at the junior commercial end, where my work to date with this set has been focused. We have had an excellent experience with a number of barristers across a range of projects, each and all of whom have been skillful, responsive, and easy to work with.’

Clerking

‘The clerks are excellent. Matt Sale and Peter Foad are efficient, polite and always available.’

‘The clerks provide a very good level of service. They are courteous and respond quickly to inquiries.’

‘All the clerks are very good. They are responsive, deal with fees and invoices promptly and are always willing to do what they can to make the process as smooth as possible.’