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Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC

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Alain Choo Choy QC

Work 020 7583 2000
One Essex Court (Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC)


Barrister practising across the broad spectrum of commercial dispute resolution (both litigation and domestic and international arbitration). Expertise in areas including, but not limited to: banking and financial services; company and insolvency law; civil fraud; energy and natural resources; insurance and reinsurance; regulation (city and industry); and professional negligence. Recent cases include: acting for an LME broker against large claims arising out of copper transactions; acting for defendants in proceedings for worldwide freezing relief in support of a multibillion claim in US courts; acting for a defendant firm of actuaries in a large professional negligence claim arising out of the firm’s review of the claimant’s insurance reserves; acting for a banking syndicate in connection with a dispute with shareholders regarding a forced sale of the shares of the debtor company; representing third parties seeking relief in respect of damage caused by interim injunction; representing a Liechtenstein trust enterprise in proceedings for an account and other relief against the bank; representing an investment bank in a claim for declaratory relief in respect of a facility agreement; dispute in Bermudan courts involving the management of a hedge fund; a shareholders’ dispute involving the grant of US$500m freezing order in support of an arbitration claim; a dispute between shareholders in a Bulgarian bank; an LCIA arbitration concerning the sale and purchase of shares in a Nigerian telecommunications company; a dispute between the owner of a powerstation and the station operator and manager regarding the owner’s rights to use of management information during the currency of the operation and management agreement; a dispute between one of the Big Four accountancy firms and an offshore property-owning trust regarding the performance of a contract for the provision of corporate finance services in connection with a collective investment scheme; a dispute between a shipping group and a bank regarding the performance by the bank of a mandate to raise equity capital for the group; and three related arbitrations (LCIA/ICC) concerning the financing of coffee and wheat in east Africa and the fraudulent procurement of such financing; advising on the construction of a long-term liquid natural gas supply agreement; advising on the construction of a £500m facility agreement in the light of potential breaches of financial ration covenants caused by the credit crunch; acting in Cayman Islands proceedings concerning a private equity fund dispute about the ownership and enjoyment of intellectual property rights to a world-famous brand; defending a claim by an Irish mortgage broker for alleged wrongful termination of a mortgage distribution agreement by a US investment bank due to the credit crunch; acting for a US Dollar/Turkish Lira trader in connection with losses sustained as a result of the forced close out of his trading book; advising a yacht owner in connection with the withdrawal of the banking licence of an Icelandic bank which had procured a letter of credit as security for the construction of the yacht; acting for a broker in connection with the forced close out of exchange traded sugar contracts of a large physical sugar trader who did business with the broker; acting for a group of US investors in connection with a US$150m plus fraud relating to the Azerbaijan privatisation programme.


Qualified 1991, Inner Temple.


Fluent French.


French grammar school; Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London (LLB 1st class Hons).


Badminton, table tennis (Seoul Olympics 1988); classical music.

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

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

Alain Choo Choy QC - One Essex CourtA very good, hardworking advocate who has an easy manner with clients.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Alain Choo Choy QC - One Essex CourtHis legal analysis is brilliant and he is an absolute pleasure to work with.

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Within: Energy – Leading silks

Alain Choo Choy QC - One Essex CourtExtremely bright and user friendly.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Alain Choo Choy QC - One Essex CourtKnocking on the door of being one of the top silks in London.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Alain Choo Choy QC - One Essex CourtAn excellent all-round advocate and a pleasure to work with.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

Alain Choo Choy QC - One Essex CourtThorough and able.

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