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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

Tony Singla

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

Position

Tony Singla has a broad practice which covers all aspects of commercial litigation (including banking, civil fraud, energy, insurance, media and entertainment, and professional negligence) and competition law. Tony’s current and recent commercial work includes: The Lloyds/HBOS Litigation (acting for Lloyds in defence of group litigation brought by over 6,000 shareholders arising out of its acquisition of HBoS in 2008); Single Buoy Moorings Inc v Zurich Insurance plc and others (acting for the primary layer insurers in $1 billion coverage dispute concerning damage to a platform in the North Sea); BAT v Sequana SA and others ($600 million auditors' negligence claim concerning historic pollution liabilities in the US); Terra Firma v Citibank ($2 billion claim by Terra Firma against Citibank arising out of its acquisition of EMI in 2007); and Michael Cherney v Oleg Deripaska ($4 billion claim in the Commercial Court relating to a disputed shareholding in Rusal).  In the last three years Tony has also appeared in three Supreme Court cases: Eclairs Group v JKX Oil & Gas plc (appeal concerning the duties of company directors and the scope of the proper purposes doctrine); The Alexandros T (appeal concerning Articles 27 and 28 of the Judgments Regulation); and VTB Capital plc v Nutritek International (appeal concerning jurisdiction in respect of tort claims and piercing the corporate veil). In competition law, Tony’s recent cases include: WM Morrison Supermarkets v MasterCard Incorporated (damages claims in excess of £1 billion arising out of the MasterCard multi-lateral interchange fee); Imperial Tobacco v OFT (appeal against £100 million fine for pricing practices in the tobacco industry); and Intel v Commission (appeal against €1 billion fine for abusive conduct in the supply of computer chips). In addition, Tony is currently instructed in a number of cartel damages claims including Emerald Supplies Ltd v British Airways plc (damages claim arising out of an alleged cartel in the air cargo sector).

Career

Called 2007, Lincoln’s Inn; Retained Lecturer in Law, Oxford University, teaching contract law and competition law (2006-11). Publications: co-author of ‘Accountants’ Negligence and Liability’ (due to be published in 2016); contributing author of ‘Competition Litigation: UK Practice and Procedure’ (OUP, 2010).

Languages

French.

Member

COMBAR; Bar European Group; Bar Pro Bono Unit.

Education

Winchester College; Pembroke College, Oxford University (BA (Hons) Law (First Class)), (BCL (Distinction)); Inns of Courts School of Law (Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding)).


London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Leading Juniors

Tony Singla - Brick Court ChambersParticularly impressive ability to be completely on top of the detail of a very fact-heavy case but also cut through to its key points.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Juniors

Tony Singla - Brick Court ChambersA real star of his generation, whilst being likeable and easy to work with.

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Competition

Within: Leading Juniors

Tony Singla - Brick Court ChambersAn exceptional junior who can hold his own with any silk.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Leading Juniors

Tony Singla - Brick Court ChambersHe is great at analysing the detail.

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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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

Within: Leading Juniors

Tony Singla - Brick Court ChambersHe has a brilliant mind.

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Professional negligence

Within: Leading Juniors

Tony Singla - Brick Court ChambersHe fully commits to the case and has the intellectual firepower to come up with the right analysis.

Within: Professional negligence

Brick Court Chambers is an 'exceptional set with truly superb counsel at all levels'. It is noted for its experience in high-profile cases involving film finance investment schemes, as well claims involving auditors, solicitors, brokers and financial services professionals. Tom Adam QC appeared for Ernst & Young in Alton v Ernst & Young, a claim alleging that negligent advice was given to wealthy individuals regarding a film finance, tax-management opportunity. Simon Salzedo QC and Tony Singla defended Grant Thornton in Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton, a £50m claim for negligent auditing.

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