Tamara Oppenheimer QC > Fountain Court Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Fountain Court Chambers
FOUNTAIN COURT, TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 9DH
England
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Position

Barrister practising in civil and commercial law, including banking, professional negligence, aviation, international arbitration and insurance. Particular expertise in the law of privilege, including in the context of regulatory and criminal investigations.

Career

QC 2020. Called 2002, Inner Temple; former solicitor (litigation department Allen & Overy); judicial assistant to Lord Woolf (2000); legal assistant at the Treasury Solicitor (1997-8).

Languages

Good working knowledge of Russian and Italian.

Memberships

COMBAR.

Education

Dragon School, Oxford High School; Merton College, Oxford (BA Hons Philosophy, Politics and Economics First Class); City University (Diploma in Law, Distinction); Christ Church, Oxford (BCL Distinction).

Leisure

Opera, skiing, walking

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Tamara Oppenheimer QCFountain Court ChambersA dynamic and impressive junior silk.

Fountain Court Chambers has particular travel-related expertise in acting for bespoke tour operators, as well as other commercial disputes in the travel industry. Akhil Shah QC was engaged in Blanche v easyJet, a second appeal and test case of a passenger claim for compensation under EU Regulation 261; while Rosalind Phelps QC was involved in Volare v Civil Aviation Authority, acting as the external legal adviser to the CAA Panel deciding a contested case about the use of aircraft parts and their impact on the airworthiness of passenger aircraft. New silk Tamara Oppenheimer QC has extensive aviation sector expertise.

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

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Tamara Oppenheimer QCFountain Court ChambersShe possesses outstanding legal knowledge.

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 > Fraud: civil

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Tamara Oppenheimer QCFountain Court ChambersTamara is a star – she is accessible, responsive and easy to deal with. She cuts through things quickly, identifying the key issues and addresses them head on. She is practical and commercial. She thinks laterally and finds answers where others wouldn’t.

Fountain Court Chambers is ‘a top chambers and does a great deal of fraud work‘. The set is commended for its ‘very real strength in depth at all levels‘ and in recent years it has ‘actively built out by lateral hires in the market‘, particularly in the intersection of civil and criminal fraud. The HP v Autonomy dispute saw Richard Lissack QC representing Autonomy’s former chief financial officer, while, on the opposing side, Patrick Goodall QC was among those representing the claimants. Another landmark case was SFO v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation, where Bankim Thanki QC and new silk Tamara Oppenheimer QC successfully represented ENRC in the Court of Appeal. Edward Levey QC was another member of chambers to talk silk in early 2020; considered a ‘creative thinker‘, Ian Bergson is a rising star in chambers.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

Fountain Court Chambers is ‘quite simply one of the best chambers in London with the bench strength and quality to handle the largest and most complex cases‘. The set has a ‘good range of silks and senior juniors in the financial services field‘, several of which, including Richard Coleman QC and Andrew Mitchell QC offer strong non-contentious advisory support. On the contentious side, members have been involved in proceedings arising out of Barclays Bank’s Qatar capital raising, with Richard Lissack QC and Eleanor Davison among those representing Barclays. Lissack, Tamara Oppenheimer QC, Bankim Thanki QC and Rebecca Loveridge were also on ENRC’s team in Director of the Serious Fraud Office v ENRC.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Tamara Oppenheimer QCFountain Court ChambersA highly analytical lawyer with a fantastic brain but is also very easy to work with.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Tamara Oppenheimer QCFountain Court ChambersRightly renowned as one of the leading juniors prior to taking silk this year – inspires confidence and a leading authority on privilege.

London Bar > Aviation

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Tamara Oppenheimer QCFountain Court ChambersTamara is a hard-working tenacious advocate with a careful and meticulous approach to cases. She is very bright, pragmatic, and unfailingly friendly and calm.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Tamara Oppenheimer QCFountain Court ChambersA fantastic advocate who is extremely calm and persuasive.

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.