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Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC

7-8 ESSEX STREET, LONDON, WC2R 3LD, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7379 3550
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Fax 020 7379 3558
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302 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.brickcourt.co.uk

Michael Swainston QC

Tel:
Work 020 7379 3550
Email:
Brick Court Chambers (Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC)

Work Department

Commercial litigation.

Position

Commercial barrister with broad litigation and arbitration practice in England and abroad, including Dubai, Bermuda, the BVI and Strasbourg. Having acted for the Russian Federation last year in Yukos v Russia before the ECHR, Michael is acting again for the Russian Federation in substantial Strasbourg litigation this year. He is also lead counsel in commercial hearings in Qatar (bank insolvency) and Dubai (joint venture dispute), alongside commercial litigation and arbitration in London. Michael also has particular experience of commercial arbitration (including, for example, international shipping, reinsurance and trade arbitrations in London and Bermuda form arbitration in Bermuda). His particular specialisms include: International trade, fraud, insolvency, insurance, reinsurance, private international law and human rights (particularly in commerce and conflict situations).

Career

Called 1985, Lincoln’s Inn (Hardwicke and Denning scholarships); called to California Bar 1988 (inactive).

Member

Bencher, Lincoln’s Inn; COMBAR.

Education

Sir William Turner’s Grammar School; Downing College, Cambridge (MA Cantab); University College, Oxford (BCL Oxon).

Leisure

Travel, painting, music.


London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court ChambersHas a formidable reputation as a cross-examiner – forensic and to the point questions.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court ChambersAlways asks forensic and to-the-point questions.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court ChambersVery well regarded for his cross-examination skills.

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Public international law

Within: Public international law – Leading silks

Michael Swainston QC - Brick Court ChambersHis coordination of the work and his advocacy is very impressive.

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