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Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC

7-8 ESSEX STREET, LONDON, WC2R 3LD, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7379 3550
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Fax 020 7379 3558
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302 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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Neil Calver QC

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

Position

Neil is an extremely versatile advocate and at any one time he has a very wide ranging caseload of commercial disputes at both first instance and appellate level, as well as by way of international arbitrations. This versatility, allied to an extremely high win-rate, is demonstrated by the fact that he consistently appears each year in no fewer than 6 separate categories of expertise in both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners Guides to the leading barristers (Commercial Litigation; Insurance and Reinsurance; Banking & Finance; International Arbitration; Aviation and Professional Negligence). Neil won the award of Legal 500's International Arbitration Silk of the Year for 2015.

In particular, much of Neil’s time is now occupied by international oligarch disputes, both in the High Court, in overseas jurisdictions (such as the BVI and Gibraltar) and in international arbitrations, in relation to disputes worth as much as US$47 billion (he is currently acting for respectively Russian, Chinese, Ukranian, Georgian and Indian business oligarchs). Most recently, in SCM Financial Overseas v Raga [2018] EWHC 1008 (comm), Neil acted for Raga in upholding a $1 billion dollar arbitration award and defeating a challenge under section 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996.  The arbitration concerned the sale by Raga Establishment Limited of the privatised Ukrainian telecoms company, Ukrtelecom, to SCM, a company controlled by Ukrainian oligarch Rinat Akhmetov.

Neil frequently acts as Leading Counsel and as an arbitrator in a wide variety of international commercial arbitration disputes, including LCIA, ICC and Hague arbitrations.


London Bar

Aviation

Within: Leading Silks

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is very impressive.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Silks

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersExcellent technical advice and analysis.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Leading Silks

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersVery user friendly and good to work with.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Leading Silks

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersHe is meticulously prepared and very persuasive.

Within: Insurance and reinsurance

Brick Court Chambers is 'one of the leading sets for insurance and reinsurance work' thanks to its 'range of able counsel', according to clients. Eight members of chambers were instructed on the high-profile Single Buoy Moorings v Zurich Insurance case, where Mark Howard QC, Neil Calver QC, Stephen Midwinter QC, Tony Singla and Fred Hobson played a key role. FRC v KPMG (re Equity Red Star), which examined the alleged deficient auditing of the technical reserves of a Lloyd’s Motor Syndicate, was a notable case for Simon Salzedo QC in which he led Hobson. Meanwhile, Singla was also instructed in Crowden v QBE Insurance, which involved the interpretation and application of an exclusion in a professional liability insurance policy to a claim for mis-selling of financial instruments.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: Leading Silks

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersAstute and thorough in the conduct of a complex international case.

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Professional negligence

Within: Leading Silks

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersExcellent to work with.

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