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Chambers of Simon Croall QC

QUADRANT HOUSE, 10 FLEET STREET, LONDON, EC4Y 1AU, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7583 4444
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Fax 020 7583 4455
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292 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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www.quadrantchambers.com

Paul Downes QC

Tel:
Work 0207 583 4444
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Quadrant Chambers (Chambers of Simon Croall QC)

Position

Barrister specialising in commercial law (with specific expertise in banking and finance-related matters), international trade, media and entertainment, and professional negligence.  

Career

After taking Silk in 2010, his reputation as a tough, commercially-minded barrister has continued to grow.

Before coming to the Bar, Paul worked for Barclays Bank and was an assistant examiner for the Chartered Institute of Bankers. A direct understanding of the commercial and financial worlds means clients benefit from a practical and user-friendly approach. Paul has also acted as an expert witness overseas in relation to banking regulation in the UK, and is lead contributor to Butterworths LexisNexis Encyclopedia on Forms and Precedents.

Paul also handles general commercial litigation, international trade, media and entertainment, and professional negligence. He acts as an arbitrator in LMAA shipping disputes, commercial disputes and insurance disputes

Education

BA Oxon (First Class)

Associate Chartered Institute of Bankers


London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

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

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersA brave and dogged advocate who reads a judge well.

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Quadrant Chambers enters the rankings following the arrival of highly rated Paul Downes QC, Stewart Chirnside, Emily Saunderson, and Joseph Sullivan from 2TG – 2 Temple Gardens. They add to a strong stable of commercially minded banking litigators with a strong track record in major civil disputes.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersA real street fighter with enormous desire to win and a great forensic mind.

Within: Commercial litigation

Quadrant Chambers is a ‘go-to chambers due to the quality of the members, the set’s specialism in marine/insurance litigation, as well as its commercial approach to litigation’. The chambers is sailing far beyond its traditional shipping horizons thanks to a string of new recruits, including Paul Downes QC and a team of juniors from 2TG – 2 Temple Gardens, who came onboard in 2018. Clients also appreciate the chamber’s ‘responsiveness and willingness to be sensible regarding fees’.

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Financial services

Within: Financial services – Leading silks

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersExtremely effective at making a very difficult case.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersTechnically very strong and willing to stick his neck out.

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Within: Set overviews: England and Wales

Quadrant Chambers is the ‘go-to set for shipping’ matters, but it also has a growing reputation for general commercial work and international arbitration. ‘Having successfully carved out a particular specialism in the insurance, energy and trade sectors’ the set is ‘gaining a formidable reputation outside its core areas’. With ‘good strength in depth and guaranteed quality’, chambers is described as ‘a very cost effective option’ which ‘offers real value for money’. Chambers was strengthened this year with the arrivals of a specialist banking and commercial team from 2TG – 2 Temple Gardens; Paul Downes QC, Emily Saunderson, Stewart Chirnside and Joseph Sullivan all joined in January 2018. The ‘extremely well-run’ and ‘efficient’ clerks’ room is led by senior clerks Gary Ventura and Simon Slattery. ‘Knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his barristers’, the ‘tremendous’ Ventura is ‘a bit of a legend’ and ‘a great figurehead’ for chambers; the ‘great’ Slattery regularly meets client requirements ‘no matter how unusual some of those requirements might be’. The team is ‘first rate and always willing to work to urgent deadlines’. Practice managers John Walker and Daryl Hughes are ‘particularly on the ball; they cannot do enough for you’. Offices in: London

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Regional Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Within: Set overviews: England and Wales

Quadrant Chambers is the ‘go-to set for shipping’ matters, but it also has a growing reputation for general commercial work and international arbitration. ‘Having successfully carved out a particular specialism in the insurance, energy and trade sectors’ the set is ‘gaining a formidable reputation outside its core areas’. With ‘good strength in depth and guaranteed quality’, chambers is described as ‘a very cost effective option’ which ‘offers real value for money’. Chambers was strengthened this year with the arrivals of a specialist banking and commercial team from 2TG – 2 Temple Gardens; Paul Downes QC, Emily Saunderson, Stewart Chirnside and Joseph Sullivan all joined in January 2018. The ‘extremely well-run’ and ‘efficient’ clerks’ room is led by senior clerks Gary Ventura and Simon Slattery. ‘Knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his barristers’, the ‘tremendous’ Ventura is ‘a bit of a legend’ and ‘a great figurehead’ for chambers; the ‘great’ Slattery regularly meets client requirements ‘no matter how unusual some of those requirements might be’. The team is ‘first rate and always willing to work to urgent deadlines’. Practice managers John Walker and Daryl Hughes are ‘particularly on the ball; they cannot do enough for you’. Offices in: London

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