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Robin practises in commercial, regulatory and criminal law with a particular focus on fraud, banking and financial services, corporate liability, directors’ duties, cross-jurisdictional investigations and judicial review. 

In recent years Robin has appeared in numerous complex and high-profile commercial, regulatory and criminal cases across the full range of domestic courts and tribunals, as well as in a number of international financial centres. A number of those cases have involved multi-billion pound liabilities and/or criminal and regulatory outcomes of lasting and industry-wide significance. Robin has substantial experience as a sole advocate both at first-instance and on appeal (including the Court of Appeal, Divisional Court and Upper Tribunal). 

He also routinely advises Boards and Board sub-committees of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies on suspected wrongdoing and crisis management.


Call 1999. QC 2020.


COMBAR, DIFC, Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association (CFLA), Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL), Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Robin Barclay QCFountain Court ChambersA real lateral thinker.

At Fountain Court Chambers, Richard Lissack QC is representing the CFO of software company Autonomy in the ongoing case concerning allegations of corporate fraud brought against the company by the SFO and the FRC in the UK, as well as the Department of Justice in the USA, relating to the $8bn sale of Autonomy to Hewlett-Packard. Strengthening the team on the senior end, 2020 saw Robin Barclay QC (described as ‘very proactive and hardworking‘) and Tamara Oppenheimer QC (who ‘expresses opinions succinctly and with clarity‘) be elevated silk.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Robin Barclay QCFountain Court ChambersExperienced and knowledgeable in regulatory enforcement actions, was prompt and thorough in his advice and extremely economical in his approach.

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

With a presence in both London and Singapore, Fountain Court Chambers is a top tier set for commercial litigation, including banking and financial services and aviation matters. This year’s guide sees Fountain Court among the top ten sets for the most overall barrister rankings and most silk rankings. In a strong year for the set, Giles Wheeler QC, Edward Levey QC, Robin Barclay QC, Chloe Carpenter QC, Ben Lynch QC, and Tamara Oppenheimer QC all took silk in 2020; former UK Supreme Court Justice Lord Wilson has joined chambers as an arbitrator and mediator door tenant; Nico Leslie  is a new member of the Court of Arbitration for Art; and Michael Green QC was elevated to the High Court.