Ben Valentin KC > Fountain Court Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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

Position

Ben is a commercial disputes specialist, with acknowledged expertise in disputes involving banking and finance, civil fraud, corporate transactions and company law, and insolvency and restructuring.  He has extensive experience as a trial and appellate advocate, regularly appearing before the higher English courts, at all stages of proceedings.  His English practice is diverse in subject-matter and often international in nature.

He is also an acknowledged specialist advocate in international arbitration, and acts as an expert on English law in civil litigation overseas.

Beyond his London practice, Ben also has significant experience as an advocate in complex offshore litigation (notably in the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands).

Career

England and Wales (1995), QC (2016); New York (1998); British Virgin Islands (2007).

Memberships

Commercial Bar Association, Chancery Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, LCIA, CEDR Accredited Mediator.

Education

Bedford School; Worcester College, Oxford (1992 BA; 1993 BCL); Cornell (1994 LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Ben Valentin KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Superb legal and strategic intellect. Perhaps one of the best advocates at the English Bar at this moment.’

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Ben Valentin KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Extremely responsive, robust, user-friendly and charming (both in person and as an advocate) – an all-round pleasure to have on a team.’

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Ben Valentin KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Ben is top of the list of any new instruction. It is a pleasure to watch Ben in action in Court – his advocacy skills are unrivaled. He is not afraid of getting stuck into the detail and the drafting. A clear leader, with the ability to drive strategic outcomes, and an absolute delight to work with.’

London Bar > Company

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Ben Valentin KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Very clear advice – brilliant analysis which is always to the point.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 6

Ben Valentin KC – Fountain Court Chambers ‘Ben is top of the list of any new instruction. It is a pleasure to watch Ben in action in Court – his advocacy skills are unrivaled. He is not afraid of getting stuck into the detail and the drafting. A clear leader, with the ability to drive strategic outcomes, and an absolute delight to work with.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Ben Valentin KC – Fountain Court Chambers ‘Superb legal and strategic intellect. Perhaps one of the best advocates at the English Bar at this moment. Great team player. Always makes himself available and puts teamwork first.’

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Ben Valentin KCFountain Court ChambersBen is one of the best advocates. He is amazing to work with and the clients love him.’ 

Fountain Court Chambers is a well respected commercial set offering offshore expertise in areas such as banking and finance, commercial litigation, company law and civil fraud. Members of chambers are regularly instructed by leading firms for cases in the Caribbean. One highlight case is Sonera v Cukurova Telecom/Alfa Telecom, a matter before the British Virgin Islands courts, in which Bankim Thanki KC appeared in breach of contract in a claim against a Russian entity arising over a dispute over the ownership of a substantial European mobile telephone network. Ben Valentin KC has an extensive offshore practice in both the BVI and Cayman Islands, and turning to the set’s juniors Nico Leslie is a notable junior for his involvement in large and high profile offshore disputes in recent years, with recent work in jurisdictions such as the Cayman Islands.