Patricia Robertson QC > Fountain Court Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Fountain Court Chambers


Barrister specialising in commercial litigation and related regulatory work: especially, banking/financial services; professional negligence (in particular, legal, audit and financial services); advice on compliance and representation in disciplinary proceedings relating to legal, accountancy and financial services. 

Recent examples: defence of claims brought by Danish tax authorities relating to cum-ex trading; successfully defending a number of high profile disciplinary proceedings brought by the SRA; defending claims against bank arising from massive Ponzi scheme. 

Extensive experience of commercial/professional negligence mediations as advocate and accredited by CEDR as a mediator.


Called 1988; QC 2006; Member of Bar Standards Board (2010-2015) and Vice-Chair (2013-2015); Member Abu Dhabi Global Markets Appeals Panel; Member of Astana International Financial Centre Advisory Panel; Deputy High Court Judge (appointed 2016)  

Publications: Contributor to “Professional Negligence and Liability” (ed. Simpson) on the liability of Fund Managers, and on Expert Witnesses; “The Law of Bank Payments” (eds. Brindle & Cox, 5th Ed) on Plastic Money, and on Internet payments; “Guide to the Legal Services Act 2007” (eds. Miller & Thorne, 2009) on the regulatory framework, and on the Legal Services Board.


French, Italian.




Balliol College, Oxford (Brackenbury Scholar; 1986 BA); City University (1987 Dip Law).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Patricia Robertson QCFountain Court ChambersOne of the go-to barristers in the field she has a fantastic ability to deal with high-pressure cases.

A very strong set with a range of barristers with high ability‘, Fountain Court Chambers deploys an ‘abundance of talent and depth‘ in various matters concerning white-collar regulators, with particular involvement in high-profile solicitors and auditors regulation cases. Mark Simpson QC continues to advise the Financial Reporting Council on its investigation into Grant Thornton’s 2016 audit of Sports Direct, and Nicholas Medcroft QC is advising the same regulator on its investigations into the demise of contractor Carillion. Several members represented parties acquitted by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) in the Gary Senior case: Patricia Robertson QC and 2020 silk appointment Chloe Carpenter QC represented Baker McKenzie, while Richard Coleman QC  represented a partner who was involved in the internal investigation. Another 2020 silk appointment, Edward Levey QC  represented the regulator in SRA v Siaw, in which the Administrative Court reversed the tribunal’s findings, holding that the respondent had acted dishonesty and struck him off.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Patricia Robertson QCFountain Court ChambersUndoubtedly right at the top of her game, not just in relation to regulatory and disciplinary matters in which she has achieved such high profile successes but also on commercial litigation matters, particularly those that have a banking and financial services flavour.

Fountain Court Chambers is ‘a go-to set for the banking, financial services and financial crime fields‘, with ‘enormous strength in depth from junior to senior leading counsel‘. Clients note that ‘the set has a knack for attracting the best of the best – who also happen to be nice people‘. Major cases include Law Debenture v Ukraine, in which Bankim Thanki QC and Simon Atrill defended the Ukraine on a $3bn Eurobond loan default claim. Another highlight was Arena Plaza Jersey Limited Partnership and others v N M Rothschild & Sons Limited and others, where Patricia Robertson QC and Natasha Bennett successfully defended NM Rothschild.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Patricia Robertson QCFountain Court ChambersShe is excellent. Fantastic ability to deal with high pressure cases and absorb huge amounts of information.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Patricia Robertson QCFountain Court ChambersFormidable, unflappable and a real pleasure to work with, she has a very easy manner and her advocacy is exceptional.