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Fountain Court Chambers

FOUNTAIN COURT, TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 9DH, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7583 3335
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Fax 020 7353 0329
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5 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.fountaincourt.co.uk
London, Singapore

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

The β€˜outstanding’ Fountain Court Chambers is β€˜a premier set of the highest quality for banking, commercial litigation and professional regulation and discipline’; it has β€˜strength in depth at all levels’, meaning there are β€˜many safe pairs of hands to choose from’. Clients have also noticed how it is β€˜substantially increasing its offering in the insurance coverage and professional negligence arena’. The β€˜highly responsive’ clerks’ room is β€˜exceptional’ and able β€˜to provide various solutions demonstrating incredible commercial awareness’. The team is led by β€˜fantastic’ senior clerk Alex Taylor, who is β€˜a very real asset to chambers’. According to one solicitor, the clerks are β€˜efficient and user friendly; willing to go above and beyond (including thinking creatively) to meet your needs, but without overpromising’. Katie Szewczyk and Sian Huckett have been promoted to joint deputy senior clerks; Szewczyk β€˜stands out as a future senior clerk – highly responsive, very client friendly’; the β€˜impressive’ Huckett is β€˜on the ball’ when it comes to relationship management with law firms. At team leader level, Richard Evans and Alfie Harper are β€˜adept at responding to solicitors’ needs’; and Reiss Note and Chloe Gibbs β€˜look for solutions, not problems’. Meanwhile, Luke Diebelius is singled out as β€˜commercial, always available and trustworthy’; Georgie Boggis is also β€˜highly recommend’. Former deputy senior clerk Paul Martenstyn has joined third-party funder Vannin Capital as its new managing director. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

β€˜A go-to set for banking and finance disputes’, Fountain Court Chambers features barristers instructed in all manner of commercial disputes worldwide. The set has long-standing links to Singapore dating back to the 1970s, where it has had a physical presence since 2014. Caroline McConnon is the key practice management contact there, however, in London, senior clerk Alex Taylor is the name of note.

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is home to β€˜some excellent barristers’ and is recommended for β€˜complex public law advice.’ It is known for its regulatory, disciplinary and commercial focus as well as acting for government bodies including the Treasury, Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Defence. Timothy Dutton QC acted for the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the challenge to its decision that independent midwives who did not carry appropriate insurance would be removed from its register. In other work James McClelland acted for the FCA in a high-profile judicial review challenge brought by one of Russia’s largest oil companies; the case considered the legality of EU sanctions imposed on Russia following its actions in the Ukraine.

Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Charles BΓ©ar QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Known for his judicial review work especially in the procurement and employment fields.’

Ranked: tier 4

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She has an admirably clear and succinct style and puts a relatively difficult case attractively.’

Ranked: tier 5

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Has a broad knowledge of disciplinary and regulatory regimes including financial services.’

Ranked: tier 5

Timothy Dutton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He commands respect, distils complex issues and has the ear of the court.’

Ranked: tier 5
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Chloe Carpenter - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She demonstrates strong analytical skills and high levels of intellect and commercial acumen.’

Ranked: tier 3

James McClelland - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Extremely bright, ferociously hardworking and extremely pleasant to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Aviation
Aviation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is a β€˜clear leading set in aviation’ and stands out for its β€˜quality and depth across all levels of experience’. Monarch Airlines v Airport Coordination Limited is a key case for the set, in which several members of were involved. Ethiopian Airways v Honeywell is also a highlight, which involved claims against three aircraft manufacturers arising out of a fire at Heathrow on board a Boeing 787, operated by Ethiopian Airways.

Aviation – Leading silks

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is frighteningly intelligent, and very forensic and thorough in his approach.’

Ranked: tier 1

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Provides clear and thoughtful advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael McLaren QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Combined with a charming manner and a fierce intellect, he provides clients with the decisive advice they need to make commercial decisions.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court Chambers 'A real intellectual powerhouse and a great choice where especially complex or novel points of law are engaged.’

Ranked: tier 2

Charles BΓ©ar QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜First-rate advocate and excellent draftsman.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Taylor QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is impressive; punchy, robust and authoritative.’

Ranked: tier 4
Aviation – 2017 silks

Adam Zellick QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very bright and creative.’

Ranked: tier 1
Aviation – 2018 silks

James Cutress QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is very clever and very thoughtful in terms of whether arguments will work and the development of arguments.’

Ranked: tier 1
Aviation – Leading juniors

Alexander Milner - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His written work is exceptional and very compelling.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Duffy - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A brilliant choice; has marvellous client skills.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tamara Oppenheimer - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She has a brilliant intellect and superb client handling skills.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Murray - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is a hugely talented junior with great attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is β€˜the pre-eminent set for financial disputes’ and the β€˜clerking is first rate’. The chambers has market leading barristers at every level, and offers expertise in the civil, criminal and regulatory side of banking law. Members have plenty of experience of large scale mis-selling claims, having been involved in the Property Alliance Group litigation on behalf of RBS, as well as the RBS rights issue litigation. Beyond banks, several members have been advising the Ukraine on its $3bn Eurobond dispute, Law Debenture Trust v Ukraine.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Andrew Mitchell QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A go-to silk for complicated banking litigation.’

Ranked: tier 1

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A strong appellate advocate who clearly has the ear of the Court of Appeal.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Railton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a great strength for advocacy as well as being great with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Handyside QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Excellent in the context of LIBOR and has a very good feel for the issues and potential pitfalls.’

Ranked: tier 1

Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very sound and gives clear and well-reasoned advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Patrick Goodall QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An excellent and decisive advocate who is willing to stand up and fight when really required.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His advice is always insightful and measured and he always deals with all the points head on.’

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Incredibly hands on and commercial.’

Ranked: tier 2

Derrick Dale QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very personable, accurate and concise drafting and great with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jeffrey Chapman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A down to earth, clear thinking and impressive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜By combining civil, criminal and regulatory expertise, he really is a breed in himself.’

Ranked: tier 3

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Highly recommended in relation to letters of credit.’

Ranked: tier 4

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Excellent in court and on paper, grabs a superb grasp of case essentials very quickly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Adam Tolley QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very thorough, incisive, approachable, makes himself available, and pleasant to work with.’

Ranked: tier 5

John Taylor QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Punchy, robust and authoritative.’

Ranked: tier 5
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2017 silks

Adam Zellick QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Bright, dedicated and very focused on achieving client objectives.’

Ranked: tier 1

Henry King QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Especially good on accounting type issues given his dual qualification.’

Ranked: tier 1
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2018 silks

James Cutress QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Definitely a person to turn to on anything complex requiring real brain power.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Sinclair QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A real pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2019 silks

Nicholas Medcroft QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A genuine team player with deep knowledge across civil and criminal aspects.’

Ranked: tier 1
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

Laura John - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An excellent junior: clever, incisive and hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Atrill - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Has a very client-friendly manner, explains things clearly and talks through difficult points.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Duffy - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Absolutely outstanding, a first-rate lawyer who provides incisive and practical input.’

Ranked: tier 2

Marianne Butler - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An excellent junior; good at grappling with large volumes of material and distilling issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nik Yeo - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable on the law and application of it to difficult products and facts.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rupert Allen - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Exceptionally bright and easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Sher - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜One of the outstanding juniors at the Bar and a superstar of the future.’

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Milner - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He’s great: very bright, responsive and thorough.’

Ranked: tier 3

James McClelland - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A brilliant lawyer who leaves no stone unturned.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tamara Oppenheimer - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Always highly responsive, has an immense capacity for hard work and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Deepak Nambisan - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Particularly good with clients, he’s a smooth operator.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Murray - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A very safe pair of hands.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Levey - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Good fun to work with, fantastic on his feet and superb cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 4

Natasha Bennett - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Has a first-rate mind and a formidable capacity for hard work.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers includes a small team instructed for the defence in agenda-setting SFO cases. Richard Lissack QC, Robin Barclay and Eleanor Davison represented Barclays against allegations the bank financed a Qatari entity’s acquisition of its shares during the 2008 crash, averting a state bailout; the charges were dismissed.

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading silks

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He handles the intersection between civil and criminal as well as anyone.’

Ranked: tier 1
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – 2019 silks

Nicholas Medcroft QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A pleasure to work with: extremely hardworking and very astute for a junior.’

Ranked: tier 1
Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) – Leading juniors

Robin Barclay - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Extremely bright – clearly a silk in waiting.’

Ranked: tier 1

Eleanor Davison - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She handles novel cases and complex advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tamara Oppenheimer - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She comes at problems from a commercial, client-savvy perspective.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) – Leading silks

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Possesses true and heavy commercial experience.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers has β€˜great strength in depth and highly intelligent yet friendly members’, and is praised for its β€˜unfailingly good service’. The excellent pedigree of its senior and junior members was reflected in the quality of their caseload. Significant cases included Property Alliance Group v RBS, the RBS rights issue litigation, and Bluewaters Communications v Bayerische Landesbank, Bernie Ecclestone & Bambino Holdings.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Absolutely deserves his position among the super silks.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Railton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An extremely experienced trial advocate whose cross-examination is superb.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stuart Ritchie QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Superb advocate and all-round lawyer, with a charming manner.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Handyside QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Having so much court experience, he has good insight into what the bench is thinking.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Sharp, creative, strategic and efficient, with a 360-degree view of the issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Always on my shortlist for basically anything.’

Ranked: tier 3

Charles BΓ©ar QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A great barrister.’

Ranked: tier 4

Derrick Dale QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very impressive, commercial and practical.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jeffrey Chapman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An excellent counsel in commercial litigation.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael McLaren QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A real warrior who takes hold of a matter and gets to the bottom of the issues.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Rubin QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A warrior who mixes advocacy and aggression with welcome moments of levity.’

Ranked: tier 4

Patrick Goodall QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An excellent silk with great bedside manner.’

Ranked: tier 5

Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Extremely well regarded, particularly for banking-related disputes.’

Ranked: tier 5

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Real quality – immediately becomes part of the team to get the best position for the client.’

Ranked: tier 6

Andrew Mitchell QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A calm and very powerful adviser and advocate.’

Ranked: tier 6

Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An extremely able barrister whose judgement and contribution is highly valued.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – 2017 silks

Adam Zellick QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Advocates and advises in a genuine manner that wins attention.’

Ranked: tier 1

Henry King QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His advice is always very clear, he is very user friendly and a good tactical thinker.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – 2018 silks

Bridget Lucas QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Did a good job in difficult circumstances.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Cutress QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An excellent man to have on your team in a crisis.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Sinclair QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A formidable intellectual and authoritative presence in court and with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Laura John - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Formidable in court and always brings good humour to a case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Rupert Allen - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Has a very sound, concise and commercial way of thinking.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tamara Oppenheimer - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Never shies away from knotty issues; gives clear, coherent and commercial advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Levey - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Fantastic and very user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 4

James McClelland - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very bright and very solid, a silk of the future.’

Ranked: tier 4

Alexander Milner - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An outstanding practitioner for Russia and CIS-related work.’

Ranked: tier 5

Ben Lynch - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A determined and adept advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

James Duffy - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Combines excellent technical knowledge and innovative solutions, with practical advice.’

Ranked: tier 5

Natasha Bennett - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A formidable talent and a star in the making.’

Ranked: tier 5
Commercial litigation – Top ten under eight years’ call

Rebecca Loveridge - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Has an excellent eye for detail and an ironclad memory.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Company and partnership
Company – 2018 silks

Bridget Lucas QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜User friendly and fights her client’s corner well.’

Ranked: tier 1
Company – Leading juniors

Alex Barden - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is thorough and gives clear and commercial advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Construction
Construction – Leading silks

Anneliese Day QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very intelligent and a great advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment
Employment – Leading silks

Adam Tolley QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is incredibly technical and thorough.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Energy
Energy – Leading silks

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Particularly active in international arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Financial services
Financial services – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers has β€˜a number of members who are real experts in financial regulatory and mis-selling matters, and one of the few go-to sets for this work’. Highlights include representing Barclays Bank on regulatory investigations linked to its controversial Β£11bn fundraising from Qatar. Other cases include Andrew Tinney v FCA and Angela Burns v FCA.

Financial services – Leading silks

Andrew Mitchell QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An excellent lawyer and tactician.’

Ranked: tier 2

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A star in all of his fields of practice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Close to pre-eminence at the intersection of civil and criminal liability in the banking field.’

Ranked: tier 2

Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Extremely well regarded for financial services matters.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Distils nebulous or broad concepts into practical advice; his litigation experience is invaluable.’

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Dutton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An incomparable and majestic barrister.’

Ranked: tier 2

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A go-to counsel for financial services work.’

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He’s got a hugely strong pedigree for financial services work.’

Ranked: tier 3
Financial services – 2017 silks

Henry King QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A fantastic barrister with a good eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 1
Financial services – 2019 silks

Nicholas Medcroft QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A great court performer, and tough, with great ability.’

Ranked: tier 1
Financial services – Leading juniors

James McClelland - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very bright, capable and so in demand these days.’

Ranked: tier 2

Rupert Allen - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His advocacy was scintillating – a brilliant performance.’

Ranked: tier 2

Eleanor Davison - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Highly knowledgeable in the field of financial regulatory law and global investigations.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nik Yeo - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A powerful and persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Robin Barclay - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Has unrivalled technical knowledge and skill in the white collar crime space.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is a β€˜high-quality set’ where civil fraud is becoming β€˜a real growth area’. The set fields a selection of heavy-hitting silks and juniors, some of whom also have experience in financial crime. Russian and CIS-related fraud disputes still feature heavily on the agenda, with members involved in Ramilov v Buyanovsky and National Bank Trust v Yurov. More domestic matters include Autonomy v Michael Lynch & others.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Stephen Rubin QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A firm favourite for fraud and corruption work with an international flavour.’

Ranked: tier 1

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His advice is spot on and he’s very hard working.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stuart Ritchie QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His legal analysis is superb and his judgement excellent.’

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate and very good on paper.’

Ranked: tier 3

Brian Doctor QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in international fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jeffrey Chapman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Cuts through the nub of an argument and presents it in compelling terms.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: civil – 2017 silks

Adam Zellick QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Brilliant – very knowledgeable and has an excellent memory for detail.’

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: civil – 2019 silks

Nicholas Medcroft QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His attention to detail is outstanding and he is particularly strong on POCA and financial crime.’

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Deepak Nambisan - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Prodigiously hardworking and always a very valuable member of any team.’

Ranked: tier 2

Laura John - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A first-rate advocate, a strong team player, user friendly and excellent with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Levey - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very strong advocacy skills, both written and oral.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Atrill - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A very good junior; calm and unruffled by anything that comes his way.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Fraud: crime
Fraud: crime – Leading silks

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Instructed in sensitive corporate fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 2
Fraud: crime – Leading juniors

Robin Barclay - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He advises on corporate fraud issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Health and safety
Health and safety – Leading silks

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜One of the best in the area with excellent presentation in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

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IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading silks

Timothy Howe - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is a diligent, thorough, and exceptionally able counsel with an astute eye.’

Ranked: tier 4
Telecoms (regulatory) – Leading juniors

Ben Lynch - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A senior junior with skills and wisdom beyond his years.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading silks

Michael Green QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His mastery of cross examination is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ben Valentin QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He works seamlessly as part of a team and inspires confidence in judges.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insolvency – 2018 silks

Bridget Lucas QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She is a skilled advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Alex Barden - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is thorough and gives clear and commercial advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Insurance and reinsurance
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Fountain Court Chambers

The already stellar Fountain Court Chambers continues to β€˜increase its offering in the insurance coverage and professional negligence arena’, and is cementing itself as β€˜dominant market players’. The β€˜pleasant and responsive’ set includes Michael Crane QC, who is involved in high-profile cross-border disputes, and Stephen Moriarty QC, who is acting for AIG in the complex XL Insurance v AXA and AIG case, with judgment pending.

Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

David Railton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Extraordinary levels of preparation and skill ensure his performance is first rate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Particularly notable in the specialist area of war risks insurance.’

Ranked: tier 3

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A preeminent silk with international expertise.’

Ranked: tier 4

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A sharp intellect, always willing to go the extra mile.’

Ranked: tier 4

Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Experienced in a broad range of insurance disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Easy to work with and very responsive.’

Ranked: tier 4

Anneliese Day QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A forthright and robust advocate, who does not suffer fools.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insurance and reinsurance – 2018 silks

James Cutress QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Good with heavy, complex disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Ben Lynch - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His understanding of the relevant legal principles is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 1

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is β€˜a very strong set’ for arbitration whose silks and juniors are β€˜very clever, but also sensible and user friendly’. The set is especially noted for its strong presence in Asia, backed up by an office in Singapore. Several barristers have also built up strong track records in Russia and CIS-related disputes, as wells major insurance claims. A major highlight has been Naftogaz v Gazprom before the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A very, very good advocate and always calm under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜One of the most creative minds at the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A diligent, thorough, and exceptionally able counsel with an astute eye.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Railton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A particularly impressive silk.’

Ranked: tier 3

Anneliese Day QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Extremely sharp, really gets into the detail and provides pragmatic and commercial advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very bright and analytical in his approach, while also having a sensible approach to any dispute.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – 2017 silks

Adam Zellick QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Brings strategic insight, is user friendly and has a grasp of detail.’

Ranked: tier 1
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Alexander Milner - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜One of the most experienced and capable senior juniors of his generation.’

Ranked: tier 2

Deepak Nambisan - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Always engaged fully with the detail of the case.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Offshore
Offshore – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers’s Bankim Thanki QC represents the Turks & Caicos Financial Services Commission in a dispute over the jurisdiction’s insurance regulations. Bridget Lucas QC – who was was appointed silk in 2018 – represented several Cayman companies in AHAB v Saad Investments, which involved over two million disclosed documents and significant Saudi elements; she was initially led by Marcus Smith QC (as was), but took over the lead role after his appointment to the bench.

Offshore – Leading silks

Ben Valentin QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜His work includes arbitral award enforcement.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Green QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is always prepared for unexpected developments at trial.’

Ranked: tier 3

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He handles a range of Caribbean disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4
Offshore – 2018 silks

Bridget Lucas QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She has a track record of offshore fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Product liability
Product liability – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Fountain Court Chambers

Members of the β€˜excellent’ Fountain Court Chambers provide β€˜measured advice’, across a range of sectors, including aviation, energy, medical and pharmaceuticals. The set has been involved in many of the leading claims in the medical sector such as PIP implants, metal hip replacements and a variety of leading vaccination litigations. Another key case for the set has been Ethiopian Airlines v Honeywell & Others.

Product liability – Leading silks

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Excellent technical expertise.’

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Brook Smith QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Acting across the high profile medical cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Excellent commercial experience, measured advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional discipline and regulatory law
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers’ Timothy Dutton QC and Patricia Robertson QC continue to represent the SRA and Leigh Day respectively in the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s appeal after the firm’s acquittal by the SDT; Paul Gott QC and Tetyana Nesterchuk were also involved for the firm. Meanwhile, Richard Coleman QC represented Clifford Chance in its SDT case concerning the Excalibur litigation, and agreed a negotiated outcome of a fine of Β£50,000.

Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜There are no better regulatory silk than her.’

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Dutton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A counsel of choice for the most difficult and high-profile cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael McLaren QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Instructed in solicitors and accountancy cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate, easy to work with and of high intellect.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Gott QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He brings immense energy and commitment and leaves no stone unturned for his clients.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional discipline and regulatory law – 2019 silks

Nicholas Medcroft QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very bright and strategic – he has a great future ahead of him.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Edward Levey - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Robust in advice and preparation, he is the right choice for aggressive regulatory disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Chloe Carpenter - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Absolutely forensic in her examination of the evidence, she knows exactly where the issues lie.’

Ranked: tier 2

James McClelland - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Instructed by the SRA on serious matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Marianne Butler - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A bright junior who gets on top of the issues quickly, even in the most complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rupert Allen - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He acts unled for the FRC.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tetyana Nesterchuk - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜She both defends and prosecutes SDT and FRC cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is a β€˜high-class set of barristers’ with β€˜very effective advocates for professional negligence matters’. Financial services negligence is a key area of expertise and members have been advising on a number of claims arising out of or related to financial mis-selling issues. Bankim Thanki QC represented Lloyds Bank in a Β£20m LIBOR mis-selling claim, which included allegations of negligent advice in connection with the sale of financial products associated with lending to a property development company. Meanwhile, an unled Tamara Oppenheimer acted for Coutts in a Β£5m claim of product mis-selling and negligent investment advice. For valuers negligence, Mark Simpson QC led Nik Yeo and Nico Leslie in representing the claimant in the Gemini litigation, a claim arising out of alleged negligent valuation of 26 properties in a securitised portfolio valued at Β£1.2bn.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Anneliese Day QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Exceptionally good with clients, a great sense of humour and produces work of the highest quality.’

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Simpson QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is very user friendly; very experienced on negligence claims; and very quick to understand the issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is a brilliant advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜First rate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Has a brain the size of a planet and is a delight to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Dutton CBE QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is a doyen in relation to professional conduct.’

Ranked: tier 2

Derrick Dale QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is experienced in claims involving solicitors, barristers, property and financial services professionals.’

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very bright.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Railton QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very impressive.’

Ranked: tier 4

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very thorough and clear.’

Ranked: tier 4

Patrick Goodall QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very able.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He regularly handles professional negligence cases in the financial services sector.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – 2018 silks

James Cutress QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has exceptional intellect and is able to distil his advice on very complex points of law into a clear and comprehensive form.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional negligence – 2019 silks

Nicholas Medcroft QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Excellent experience in financial services-related disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1
Professional negligence – leading juniors

Giles Wheeler - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nik Yeo - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Lynch - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Has superb insurance expertise.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tamara Oppenheimer - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Excellent.’

Ranked: tier 3

Chloe Carpenter - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Extremely bright but commercial and is always accessible.’

Ranked: tier 5

David Murray - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is experienced in financial sector professional negligence claims.’

Ranked: tier 5

James Duffy - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Combines excellent technical knowledge and innovative solutions, with practical advice and an accessible approach.’

Ranked: tier 5

Nico Leslie - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He has a brilliant mind and is a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The β€˜outstanding’ Fountain Court Chambers is β€˜a premier set of the highest quality for banking, commercial litigation and professional regulation and discipline’; it has β€˜strength in depth at all levels’, meaning there are β€˜many safe pairs of hands to choose from’. Clients have also noticed how it is β€˜substantially increasing its offering in the insurance coverage and professional negligence arena’. The β€˜highly responsive’ clerks’ room is β€˜exceptional’ and able β€˜to provide various solutions demonstrating incredible commercial awareness’. The team is led by β€˜fantastic’ senior clerk Alex Taylor, who is β€˜a very real asset to chambers’. According to one solicitor, the clerks are β€˜efficient and user friendly; willing to go above and beyond (including thinking creatively) to meet your needs, but without overpromising’. Katie Szewczyk and Sian Huckett have been promoted to joint deputy senior clerks; Szewczyk β€˜stands out as a future senior clerk – highly responsive, very client friendly’; the β€˜impressive’ Huckett is β€˜on the ball’ when it comes to relationship management with law firms. At team leader level, Richard Evans and Alfie Harper are β€˜adept at responding to solicitors’ needs’; and Reiss Note and Chloe Gibbs β€˜look for solutions, not problems’. Meanwhile, Luke Diebelius is singled out as β€˜commercial, always available and trustworthy’; Georgie Boggis is also β€˜highly recommend’. Former deputy senior clerk Paul Martenstyn has joined third-party funder Vannin Capital as its new managing director. Offices in: London

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)
Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers travel law expertise focuses on aviation and regulatory claims, and the relationships between travel businesses and consumers in the European Union. Akhil Shah QC acted for Manchester Airport, an intervenor, in a judicial review which challenged a decision by ACL to refuse to allocate summer 2018 airport slots (worth Β£65m) to Monarch Airlines (in administration).

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading silks

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court Chambers β€˜He is very familiar with aviation industry issues and provides advice on technical issues in a clear and understandable manner.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial

Fountain Court Chambers, which has a long track record in Singapore, is β€˜well known for high stakes arbitration, including transnational commercial disputes’. Michael Brindle QC sits primarily as an arbitrator, while Raymond Cox QC has banking and fintech dispute expertise.

Commercial – Leading silks

Stephen Moriarty QC Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A top-tier advocate who provides a 360-degree view of the legal issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Howe QC Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A sharp intellect and a measured advocate – very accessible and a real pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Bankim Thanki QC Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Instructed in banking and commercial disputes around Asia.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Brindle QC Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Frequently instructed as an arbitrator in Singapore.’

Ranked: tier 2

Raymond Cox QC Fountain Court Chambers β€˜A high-quality commercial silk in tune with the new generation of solicitors.’

Ranked: tier 2
Commercial – Leading juniors

Andrew Pullen Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Hardworking, diligent and capable; the quintessential junior counsel with a bright future.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Construction

Fountain Court Chambers is best known for commercial disputes, but also includes members who have experience of heavyweight construction disputes.

Construction – Leading silks

Anneliese Day QC Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Excellent under pressure and performs well at short notice – he is excellent in cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 2
Construction – Leading juniors

Andrew Pullen Fountain Court Chambers β€˜Hardworking, diligent and capable.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

β€˜A go-to set for banking and finance disputes’, Fountain Court Chambers features barristers instructed in all manner of commercial disputes worldwide. The set has long-standing links to Singapore dating back to the 1970s, where it has had a physical presence since 2014. Caroline McConnon is the key practice management contact there, however, in London, senior clerk Alex Taylor is the name of note.

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