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Chambers of Michael Todd QC

33 CHANCERY LANE, LONDON, WC2A 1EN, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7242 5532
Fax:
Fax 020 7831 0125
DX:
308 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
Email:
Web:
www.erskinechambers.com

Stephen Smith QC

Tel:
Work 020 7242 5532
Email:
Web:
www.erskinechambers.com/
Erskine Chambers (Chambers of Michael Todd QC)

Position

Stephen specialises in complex commercial litigation, often with chancery (including company and insolvency) or jurisdictional element and/or involving restraints on disposals of assets, tracing and receiverships, professional negligence, civil fraud, insolvency and property disputes and arbitrations. Acted for BTA Bank (Kazakhstan) to recover billions of dollars of stolen funds - UK proceedings generated over 70 reported decisions, including 15 in the Court of Appeal and two in the Supreme Court; several committals resulting in prison sentences; and judgments being entered for over $1bn. Other cases of note include: Mezhprombank v Pugachev; Thevarajah v Riordan; Trustor v Smallbone; Derby v Weldon; Morris v Mahfouz (BCCI); FTIT Ltd v Morgan Stanley (Maxwell); AK Investments;  and Algosaibi v. SICL. Appeared over 20 times in the Supreme Court and Privy Council, and countless times (at first instance and on appeal) in the BVI, the Bahamas, the Isle of Man and Cayman.

Career

Called to the Bar 1983; Eastern Caribbean Bar 1994;  QC 2000; Bar of the Bahamas (ad hoc) 2004 and 2016, 2018 & 2019; licensed in IoM (ad hoc) 2007; Cayman Islands (ad hoc) 2010, 2018 & 2019; Recorder 2004; Deputy High Court Judge, Chancery Division 2006.

Member

Middle Temple, Chancery Bar Association.

Education

University College, Oxford (BA Jurisprudence (1st)), Wronker Prizewinner.


London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Silks

Stephen Smith QC - Erskine ChambersSuperb in his field of expertise, and can really inspire confidence in the court.

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Company and partnership

Within: Company - Leading Silks

Stephen Smith QC - Erskine ChambersHe is an experienced company law specialist.

Within: Company and partnership

Erskine Chambers is noted for its 'strength in depth and large number of counsel available' for UK and offshore company law matters. In recent highlights, Andrew Thompson QC and Ben Griffiths are acting in BAT v Sequana (a multi-jurisdictional commercial dispute regarding environmental pollution of US rivers, and claims of breach of fiduciary duty)in addition to regularly advising on corporate transactions. Also of note, Martin Moore QC is assisting Sky in its complex takeover by Comcast. In another highlight, Stephen Smith QC was instructed by JSC Mezhprombank in JSC Mezhprombank v Pugachev; complex proceedings against a former Russian oligarch in connection with the liquidation of a Russian bank and claims of misappropriation.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Leading Silks

Stephen Smith QC - Erskine ChambersOne of the very best civil fraud silks.

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Insolvency

Within: Leading Silks

Stephen Smith QC - Erskine ChambersVery responsive and switched on to the complex legal issues involved.

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Offshore

Within: Leading Silks

Stephen Smith QC - Erskine ChambersHis depth of experience in fraud means he is rightly very confident in his approach to the legal issues.

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