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Fountain Court Chambers

FOUNTAIN COURT, TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 9DH, ENGLAND
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London, Singapore

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘reassuringly expensiveFountain Court Chambers remains the ‘go-to’ set for banking and financial services litigation as well as being a ‘first choice’ for aviation instructions and civil fraud, according to solicitors who note its ‘abundance of talent and depth from the most junior junior to big name silks’. ‘Its expansion programme with lateral hires has been a real success.’ The ‘transparent’ clerking team is ‘user-friendly and helpful and generally willing to accommodate any particular or unusual requirements the client may have’. Senior clerk Alex Taylor ‘runs a tight ship with supervision from top to bottom; nothing comes as a surprise or too difficult for him to deal with and he understands the importance of relationships’. Following Paul Martenstyn’s departure, the ‘excellent’ Katie Szewczyk and Sian Huckett (‘devoted to client service and a particular asset to her set, she epitomises their fantastic service’) are now the set’s deputy senior clerks. Since the publication of our last guide, banking and fraud expert Nicholas Medcroft took silk in 2019 and specialist fraud and investigations practitioner Leonora Sagan joined from disputes boutique Kobre & Kim LLP. Also of note, Ian Benjamin SC (head of Bethany Chambers in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) has joined a door tenant; arbitrations Professor Luca Radicati di Brozolo and Anneliese Day QC have been appointed as vice president of the LCIA and as a new member of the LCIA Court respectively; and door tenant Professor Andrew Burrows has been appointed as a new Justice of the Supreme Court, commencing June 2020. Offices in: London and Singapore

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

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)
Leading Juniors

James McClelland - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a huge brain yet remains humble, engaging and commercial.

Ranked: tier 3

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Aviation
Aviation - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is applauded by clients as a 'go-to set for complex aviation-related litigation' thanks to its offering of a 'strong spread of top-quality silks and juniors'. Bankim Thanki QCAlexander MilnerAkhil Shah QC and David Murray, were involved in judicial review proceedings, brought by the administrators of Monarch Airlines, regarding the decision by the UK airport coordinator not to allocate or to reserve slots for Monarch for the summer 2018 season. Aircraft leasing dispute LaudaMotion v Lufthansa was also a key highlight for the set; Akhil Shah QC acted for LaudaMotion, while James Cutress QC, who was leading David Murray, appeared for Lufthansa.

Leading Silks

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court Chambers'He is super-bright, super-responsive, and is the most capable aviation specialist silk at the bar'.

Ranked: tier 1

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers'A real star at the Bar who brings very clear and coherent analysis to difficult legal issues'.

Ranked: tier 1

Michael McLaren QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe stands out for his forensic approach and knowledge of aviation law.

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court ChambersUnbelievably clever, able and a great advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Béar QC - Fountain Court Chambers'He is very highly rated for aviation work'.

Ranked: tier 3

John Taylor QC - Fountain Court Chambers'He is a very strong advocate'.

Ranked: tier 3

Rosalind Phelps QC - Fountain Court ChambersShe has a really good knack of being able present cases in a way that means judges follow her way of thinking.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

James Cutress QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is absolutley top drawer.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Alexander Milner - Fountain Court ChambersHe is incredibly efficient in his work and extremely responsive.

Ranked: tier 2

James Duffy - Fountain Court ChambersHe is very commercial and approachable.

Ranked: tier 2

Tamara Oppenheimer - Fountain Court ChambersShe is calm and persuasive in the face of judicial challenge, very user-friendly, and is a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 2

David Murray - Fountain Court ChambersA hugely talented junior with great attention-to-detail and he displays sober, sensible judgement at all times.

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 'continues to excel in the area of banking and finance' and has 'great strength in depth' with 'a number of eminent barristers', according to sources. The set, which typically represents banks, has a broad spread of barristers covering every aspect of banking law, from the advisory to the crossover between the criminal and the regulatory spheres. A significant highlight saw Bankim Thanki QC lead the Ukraine's defence in the Court of Appeal against a $3bn Eurobond claim brought by Russia. Other notable cases included Property Alliance Group v RBS, in which Richard Handyside QC succesfully represented RBS in the Court of Appeal, and Marme v RBS, in which Timothy Howe QC, Laura John and Simon Atrill successfully represented the bank.

Leading Silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe's now in the band of the real elite at the commercial Bar, and rightly so.

Ranked: tier 1

David Railton QC - Fountain Court ChambersExtremely bright, hugely experienced, and unflappable under pressure, as well as being very personable and client friendly.

Ranked: tier 1

Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery calm and unflappable.

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Handyside QC - Fountain Court ChambersOne of the leading banking silks currently in practice, he is at the top of his game.

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court ChambersExcellent technical knowledge in the banking sphere and very user friendly.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Mitchell QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a highly authoritative and effective advocacy style that judges really warm to.

Ranked: tier 2

Patrick Goodall QC - Fountain Court ChambersAbsolutely top rate.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court ChambersDeeply impressive knowledge of banking and finance law, and advocacy skills.

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersA smooth and eloquent advocate who has the ear of the court.

Ranked: tier 2

Derrick Dale QC - Fountain Court ChambersA star banking silk.

Ranked: tier 3

Jeffrey Chapman QC - Fountain Court ChambersA great communicator – explains the complex clearly and cuts through to the nub of matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court ChambersShe is in complete control, and has a critical eye but a calm and easy manner that instils confidence and makes her a delight to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersA real team player with great analytical ability.

Ranked: tier 4

John Taylor QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn outstanding banking practitioner.

Ranked: tier 4

Adam Tolley QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn excellent silk.

Ranked: tier 5

Ros Phelps QC - Fountain Court ChambersA star – excellent judgement beyond what you might expect for a relatively junior silk.

Ranked: tier 5
2018 Silks

James Cutress QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a formidable intellect and can always see creative solutions to the most difficult problems.

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Sinclair QC - Fountain Court ChambersMeasured and eloquent in court and entirely professional in his dealings, he is an effective and intelligent cross-examiner.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Nicholas Medcroft QC - Fountain Court ChambersGreat on the fine details of cases as well as the big picture.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Laura John - Fountain Court ChambersAn excellent banking junior.

Ranked: tier 1

Rupert Allen - Fountain Court ChambersExceptionally clever, hardworking, highly responsive and very effective and experienced.

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Atrill - Fountain Court ChambersHighly recommended, you should not hesitate in instructing him.

Ranked: tier 1

James Duffy - Fountain Court ChambersA brilliant banking and finance junior – he's great to work with, has a good sense of strategy, and drafts very well.

Ranked: tier 2

James McClelland - Fountain Court ChambersHe has fantastic analytical skills, never misses a point, and has a good strategic mind.

Ranked: tier 2

Marianne Butler - Fountain Court ChambersShe gives down-to-earth, accurate advice, and the clients adore her – she's a star of the future.

Ranked: tier 2

Nik Yeo - Fountain Court ChambersHis knowledge of the area of law and of how structured finance products is very good.

Ranked: tier 2

Tamara Oppenheimer - Fountain Court ChambersSkillful, analytical, innovative, and very user friendly.

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Sher - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a first-rate mind, a wonderful drafting style, unstinting energy and is a real pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Milner - Fountain Court ChambersAbsolutely outstanding, incredibly bright, and a great person to have on your team.

Ranked: tier 3

Natasha Bennett - Fountain Court ChambersA top-quality junior who produces excellent work product.

Ranked: tier 3

David Murray - Fountain Court ChambersHe is excellent to deal with, and has a good, user-friendly manner which appeals to clients and solicitors alike.

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Levey - Fountain Court ChambersA very smart lawyer and also a really nice barrister to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

Giles Wheeler - Fountain Court ChambersHe is a strong advocate with great client-handling skills.

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 houses members with an established track record of defending in high-profile SFO cases. Richard Lissack QC and Robin Barclay represented Barclays in the SFO investigation into the bank's alleged fraud linked to its 2008 capital raising in Qatar; in 2018 the SFO's application for a voluntary bill of indictment against Barclays was dismissed. Meanwhile, Tamara Oppenheimer appeared for ENRC in an appeal against the judgment made in The Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation, concerning legal professional privilege over documents produced during an internal investigation; the appeal was successful.

Leading Silks

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is an exceptional lawyer, willing to confront received wisdom with energy and forensic finesse.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Nicholas Medcroft QC - Fountain Court ChambersA clear thinker and a delight to work with.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Robin Barclay - Fountain Court ChambersA class act with the brain of a commercial silk and the court-craft of a criminal one.

Ranked: tier 1

Eleanor Davison - Fountain Court ChambersWell prepared, thoughtful and personable.

Ranked: tier 2

Tamara Oppenheimer - Fountain Court ChambersA junior with a great legal mind.

Ranked: tier 3

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

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe instils confidence in the client, with authoritative and to the point contributions.

Ranked: tier 4

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

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is a 'quality set with strength throughout the ranks', including 'strong juniors and silks who are responsive and fun to work with'. The set has 'the depth of brainpower and size of team which a major solicitor practice needs when the balloon goes up'. Members are regularly called upon to act on the country's most hard-fought disputes, including the landmark Serious Fraud Office v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation, in which Bankim Thanki QC and Tamara Oppenheimer represented the defendant, and Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, in which David Railton QC and Charles Bear QC were among eight members involved at various stages of the case. Another highlight was Stobart Group v Tinkler, which involved three members from chambers including Alex Barden.

Top ten under eight years’ call

Philip Ahlquist - Fountain Court ChambersEasily holds his own against silks many years ahead of his call.

Leading Silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery calm and comforting on a difficult case, he reads a court so very well one trusts him implicitly.

Ranked: tier 1

David Railton QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has command of the courtroom, is flawless, articulate, and grapples with key commercial decisions quickly and intelligently.

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Béar QC - Fountain Court ChambersFirst choice for any complex trial or appeal, and one of only a very small number of truly outstanding advocates in London.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Handyside QC - Fountain Court ChambersCalm and straightforward to work with, and an effective and persuasive advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Stuart Ritchie QC - Fountain Court ChambersMy go-to silk for anything – he is sharp, incisive and a brilliant advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Rubin QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery powerful and determined in court.

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court ChambersAs impressive as it gets – knows everything there is to know about the workings of the Commercial Court.

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersA master tactician who is operating at the top of the commercial litigation tree.

Ranked: tier 3

Derrick Dale QC - Fountain Court ChambersExceptionally charming and on the ball, he also has a good way with clients.

Ranked: tier 4

Jeffrey Chapman QC - Fountain Court ChambersResponsive, smart thinking, efficient, ahead of the game with the latest precedents and case developments, and always pleasant to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael McLaren QC - Fountain Court ChambersStrategically very astute, taking wise decisions about which points to emphasise and when to steer clear of an issue.

Ranked: tier 4

Patrick Goodall QC - Fountain Court ChambersRight at the top of my list of go-to barristers, he is a joy to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Mitchell QC - Fountain Court ChambersHas superb judgement and technical acumen combined with a calm and unflappable manner.

Ranked: tier 5

James Duffy - Fountain Court ChambersVery personable, responsive and thorough – a good team player and highly intelligent.

Ranked: tier 5

Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery experienced, and particularly well suited to legally complex cases.

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery logical, clear and succinct in his advice, and completely unflappable.

Ranked: tier 5

Anneliese Day QC - Fountain Court ChambersBrilliant with clients and an excellent advocate.

Ranked: tier 6

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe performs at the top of his game throughout a case.

Ranked: tier 6
2018 Silks

Bridget Lucas QC - Fountain Court ChambersA good all-rounder and wonderful advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

James Cutress QC - Fountain Court ChambersExcellent in all areas.

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Sinclair QC - Fountain Court ChambersExtremely able and forthright in his advice to clients as well as his advocacy.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Laura John - Fountain Court ChambersA rising star – she was responsive throughout and provided practical and commercial advice.

Ranked: tier 1

Tamara Oppenheimer - Fountain Court ChambersA great barrister, a great person, and a true role model for the commercial Bar.

Ranked: tier 2

Rupert Allen - Fountain Court ChambersA truly excellent commercial junior, one of the very best at the Bar.

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander Milner - Fountain Court ChambersBrilliantly clever, very thorough and also has fantastic experience in Russia-related litigations.

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Levey - Fountain Court ChambersVery thoughtful and a good advocate, he did an excellent job.

Ranked: tier 4

James McClelland - Fountain Court ChambersA brilliant lawyer who leaves no stone unturned.

Ranked: tier 4

Natasha Bennett - Fountain Court ChambersHer advice is always clear and commercially focused.

Ranked: tier 4

Alex Barden - Fountain Court ChambersHe is great with clients and, despite being a junior, his advocacy is up there with some of the very top silks.

Ranked: tier 5

Ben Lynch - Fountain Court ChambersHe is a total star and bound to take silk before long.

Ranked: tier 5

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Company and partnership
Company - 2018 Silks

Bridget Lucas QC - Fountain Court ChambersShe is really commercial in her approach and while she provides detailed consideration of the legal issues this is overlaid with common sense and realism as to the outcome and next steps.

Ranked: tier 1
Company - Leading juniors

Alex Barden - Fountain Court ChambersHis advice is consistently valuable and delivered with clarity and humour; he seems to know the minds of judges before they know themselves.

Ranked: tier 3

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Construction
Leading Silks

Anneliese Day QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery hardworking and very, very clever. A favourite barrister to work with at the Bar.

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment
Leading Silks

Adam Tolley QC - Fountain Court ChambersExtremely intelligent, grasps the most complex issues quickly and also an expert on cross-border jurisdictional questions.

Ranked: tier 4

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Energy
Leading Silks

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court Chambers'Calm under fire; an effective, economical, and persuasive advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Anneliese Day QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn excellent advocate both on paper and on her feet, and her client care is perfect.

Ranked: tier 4

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

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is praised for its 'excellent all-round service' and 'remains one of the standout chambers for financial services regulation work', according to its instructing solicitors. The set has experienced members at every level, offering contentious and non-contentious regulatory advice. Highlights for members, such as Bankim Thanki QC, Richard Lissack QC, and Eleanor Davison,  include successfully guiding Barclays Bank through numerous proceedings arising from the £11bn Qatar capital raising in 2008.

Leading Silks

Andrew Mitchell QC - Fountain Court ChambersFirst class, and barrister of choice for the most complex matters.

Ranked: tier 2

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersOne of the best barristers in the financial services sphere, his arguments carry great weight with courts and tribunals.

Ranked: tier 2

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court ChambersA very experienced and able silk who is very well-known and rightly well-respected.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn absolutely terrific advocate who spans the world of commercial law, crime and regulation.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery logical, clear and succinct in advice, and completely unflappable.

Ranked: tier 2

Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery experienced, and a very careful and logical thinker, which results in extremely thoroughly thought-through arguments.

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Dutton QC - Fountain Court ChambersHugely experienced, knows which points to take and which to leave.

Ranked: tier 2

Henry King QC - Fountain Court ChambersA calm, authoritative presence, he is always knowledgeable and very well prepared.

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery perceptive, extremely strong analysis and judgement, and very responsive and user-friendly.

Ranked: tier 3
2019 Silks

Nicholas Mecroft QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has a deserved reputation for being a formidable opponent, and will thrive in silk.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

James McClelland - Fountain Court ChambersA cut above the rest, he has a huge brain but remains humble, engaging and commercial.

Ranked: tier 2

Rupert Allen - Fountain Court ChambersAlways offers a view and is clear and considered in his analysis.

Ranked: tier 2

Robin Barclay - Fountain Court ChambersVery clear in his advice, instils confidence in the client, and it is evident he knows his field and the regulator's mindset.

Ranked: tier 2

Eleanor Davison - Fountain Court ChambersA brilliant lawyer, she combines a rare expertise in both financial services regulation law and those aspects of criminal law which engage with regulated financial activity.

Ranked: tier 3

Nik Yeo - Fountain Court ChambersVery pragmatic in dealing with difficult issues of evidence, he is a good advocate and argues his case well.

Ranked: tier 3

Rebecca Loveridge - Fountain Court ChambersVery smart and thorough and great with clients.

Ranked: tier 3

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

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is a 'top-class set for civil fraud'. The set boasts some excellent juniors and silks, several of whom also have strong expertise in criminal law. Members have been acting on a raft of major cases, and in the Tchenguiz litigation it had two silks, including Stephen Rubin QC, acting on either side of the dispute. Another highlight was SFO v Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation, in which Bankim Thanki QC and Tamara Oppenheimer successfully represented ENRC before the Court of Appeal.

Leading Silks

Stephen Rubin QC - Fountain Court ChambersA standout silk for fraud work.

Ranked: tier 1

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersFeared by opponents – someone who knows how to scalp a witness.

Ranked: tier 2

Stuart Ritchie QC - Fountain Court ChambersSimply one of the best silks in town and a nice guy to go with it.

Ranked: tier 2

Jeffrey Chapman QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn excellent communicator and very much hands-on type of silk which clients very much appreciate.

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery perceptive and provides extremely strong analysis and judgement.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court ChambersGives very calm and measured advice and clients rate him highly.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Nicholas Medcroft QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery knowledgeable on POCA and extremely hardworking.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Deepak Nambisan - Fountain Court ChambersHas strong experience in multi-jurisdictional fraud disputes.

Ranked: tier 2

Laura John - Fountain Court ChambersAn excellent and persuasive advocate who outshone her opponent and was a delight to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Atrill - Fountain Court ChambersVery clever, works stupendously hard and is a very good advocate with excellent judgement.

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Levey - Fountain Court ChambersErudite, empathetic with clients, and has strong advocacy skills.

Ranked: tier 4

Tamara Oppenheimer - Fountain Court ChambersHas fantastic clarity of thought and attention to detail.

Ranked: tier 4

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Health and safety
Leading Silks

Richard Lissack QC - Fountain Court ChambersA silk with a first-class brain.

Ranked: tier 1

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is known for his telecoms sector experience.

Ranked: tier 4

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Insolvency
Leading Silks

Michael Green QC - Fountain Court ChambersSmart, polished and also very accessible and responsive.

Ranked: tier 4

Ben Valentin QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn impressive advocate and top notch lawyer.

Ranked: tier 5
2018 Silks

Bridget Lucas QC - Fountain Court ChambersShe very user friendly, and gets to the centre of a dispute.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Alex Barden - Fountain Court ChambersHe is outstanding and very talented.

Ranked: tier 2

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

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is a 'very strong set' noted for its 'intellectual rigour'. Its members are regularly instructed in high-value disputes including insurance coverage and liability work. Bermuda Form insurance coverage disputes, product and public liability insurance, professional indemnity, run-off policies, property catastrophe insurance disputes and political risks cover are also key areas of expertise. Claims arising from the financial services sector are a notable area of activity for the set. Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC is defending AIG in Various Claimants v Giambrone & Law & AIG Europe, a complex claim for costs against an insurer non-party. Brightside Group and Brightside Insurance Services v RSM UK Audit and Paul Chase-Gardener, a £50m case brought by the Brightside group of insurance companies, is a notable case for Bankim Thanki QC who is acting for the former director.

Leading Silks

David Railton QC - Fountain Court ChambersA real market leader.

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court ChambersUnbelievably clever, able and a great advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersCombines banking and insurance work at the highest level.

Ranked: tier 4

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC - Fountain Court ChambersHer legal analysis is excellent.

Ranked: tier 4

Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is a highly regarded silk.

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is exceptionally bright.

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Mitchell QC - Fountain Court ChambersExcellent at providing an answer that meets the interpretive zeitgeist.

Ranked: tier 5

Anneliese Day QC - Fountain Court ChambersHer advice is always clear and measured and she easily wins the confidence of the client.

Ranked: tier 5

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is very good with tricky technical issues and thorough in his analysis.

Ranked: tier 5

Derrick Dale QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn obvious choice for complex commercial and insurance and reinsurance disputes.

Ranked: tier 5

Timothy Dutton CBE QC - Fountain Court ChambersApproachable, user-friendly, efficient and extremely thorough.

Ranked: tier 5
2018 Silks

James Cutress QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery solid with his legal analysis and can be trusted to navigate out of a tricky case.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Ben Lynch - Fountain Court ChambersAn outstanding junior.

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Knowles - Fountain Court ChambersHighly intelligent, keeps a sense of humour and perspective at all times, knowledgeable and experienced beyond his years.

Ranked: tier 4

Natasha Bennett - Fountain Court ChambersShe is a very impressive junior; smart, works hard and a real pleasure to deal with.

Ranked: tier 4

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International arbitration: arbitrators
Leading arbitrators

Michael Crane QC - Fountain Court ChambersCharming, efficient, effective, dispassionate, careful, polite – he has all the qualities that one wants and hopes for in an international arbitrator.

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

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers has 'many outstanding members at all stages of their careers' and when it comes to international arbitration, the set's members offer strong expertise across a range of disciplines. Members also have strong links to key arbitration centres such as Singapore. The set's barristers have been instructed on several major disputes, including Naftogaz v Gazprom, in which Alexander Milner is on the team representing Naftogaz. In the high-profile Maldives International Airport dispute, Bankim Thanki QC is representing GMR in a claim concerning the unlawful cancellation of the development project.

Leading Silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn outstanding cross-examiner in an unshowy but highly effective way.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court ChambersImpressive cross-examination skills, and makes submissions that are lucid and easily understood.

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersUnderstands every aspect of the realities of the conduct of an arbitration.

Ranked: tier 2

Anneliese Day QC - Fountain Court ChambersBrilliant with clients and an excellent advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

David Railton QC - Fountain Court ChambersProvides painstaking attention to detail and outstanding advocacy skills.

Ranked: tier 3

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersSupremely qualified in arbitrations.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Alexander Milner - Fountain Court ChambersImpressive intellect, very quick, and strong experience of Russian disputes and language.

Ranked: tier 1

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Offshore
Offshore - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers includes a number of silks involved in challenging and high-stakes cases across offshore jurisdictions. Michael Green QC, who is also called to the Trinidadian Bar, represents Nanfong International Investments in a cross-border defence of a winding-up petition; he has been admitted to the Samoan Bar to handle the case there following success in a jurisdiction battle in the Caymanian Court of Appeal. Elsewhere, Bridget Lucas QC represented the "AwalCos" as defendants in the AHAB v Saad, a case in which more than two million documents were disclosed.

Leading Silks

Ben Valentin QC - Fountain Court ChambersA brilliant advocate with a fabulous intellect.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Green QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has experience on the bench in the Caribbean.

Ranked: tier 2

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersA super-smart barrister, exactly the opponent you do not want to have.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Bridget Lucas QC - Fountain Court ChambersExtremely capable for counsel for a relatively new silk.

Ranked: tier 1

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Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture
Leading Juniors

Eleanor Davison - Fountain Court ChambersEnergetic, intellectual and decisive.

Ranked: tier 3

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

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers has a number of barristers with product liability litigation experience. The set's members have been involved in some of the largest cases in the field in recent years, including the PIP breast implant litigation, and has also advised on issues arising out of the Grenfell Tower fire. In a victory before the Court of Appeal, Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC successfully acted for the defendant in Goodlife Foods Ltd v Hall Fire Protection Ltd; the case concerned the alleged failure of a fire suppressant system during a fire.

Leading Silks

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC - Fountain Court ChambersA first-class advocate and a leading silk in this field.

Ranked: tier 2

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has developed a strong product liability practice, especially in relation to aviation.

Ranked: tier 3

Philip Brook Smith QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn experienced silk for product liability cases.

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Professional disciplinary and regulatory law - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Fountain Court Chambers

Noted for its 'fantastic strength in depth,' Fountain Court Chambers’ barristers are 'very highly regarded' by instructing solicitors and 'regularly  lead on significant regulatory investigations and prosecutions'. Richard Coleman QC and Chloe Carpenter successfully acted for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) before the Court of Appeal concerning two appeals heard together, SRA v Malins and Wingate and Evans v SRA. The core issue in question was the inter-relationship between honesty and integrity for the purpose of professional codes of conduct; the court ruled that the qualities were not indistinguishable. Meanwhile, James McClelland represented the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) in resisting an injunction application made by Taveta Investments, owned by Sir Philip Green, which sought to prevent the FRC from publishing the results of its investigation into PwC's audit of BHS' accounts prior to the retailer's collapse.

Leading Silks

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court ChambersHighly experienced in SRA investigations.

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Dutton QC - Fountain Court ChambersA doyen of the regulatory Bar.

Ranked: tier 1

Michael McLaren QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has an incredibly analytical mind.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court ChambersA very responsive silk who provides clear advice.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Gott QC - Fountain Court ChambersInstructed in high-profile SRA cases.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Nicholas Medcroft QC - Fountain Court ChambersA young silk to watch.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Chloe Carpenter - Fountain Court ChambersVery accessible, proficient and practical.

Ranked: tier 1

Edward Levey - Fountain Court ChambersA match for any silk in this area.

Ranked: tier 1

James McClelland - Fountain Court ChambersHis advocacy is cerebral yet accessible.

Ranked: tier 2

Marianne Butler - Fountain Court ChambersShe has technical expertise and an impressive client manner; a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

Rupert Allen - Fountain Court ChambersA very user-friendly senior junior.

Ranked: tier 4

Tetyana Nesterchuk - Fountain Court ChambersStunningly intelligent and very disciplined.

Ranked: tier 4

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

Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is a 'very professional and commercially-savvy set', with 'strength-in-depth across all levels'. It handles a raft of professional negligence disputes across the legal, construction, tax, property and financial services sectors. Mark Simpson QC appeared in Carlyle Capital Corporation v  Conway, acting for the claimant in its appeal against the dismissal of a $1bn claim made against the directors and investment manager after the company's collapse during the 2008 financial crisis. Anneliese Day QC is acting for more than 100 investors in Investors in the Scotts Atlantic Film Finance Scheme v Andrew Thornhill QC, a high-profile case alleging negligent advice.

Leading Silks

Anneliese Day QC - Fountain Court ChambersShe has an ability to look at matters strategically.

Ranked: tier 1

Mark Simpson QC - Fountain Court ChambersA fantastic courtroom advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is experienced in financial services disputes.

Ranked: tier 2

Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court ChambersShe is excellent.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is exceptionally clever.

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Dutton CBE QC - Fountain Court ChambersIncredibly intelligent, disciplined and hardworking.

Ranked: tier 2

Derrick Dale QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has excellent judgement.

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersWell-respected by judges and he is able to sway their opinions.

Ranked: tier 3

David Railton QC - Fountain Court ChambersHas great judgement.

Ranked: tier 4

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery tenacious.

Ranked: tier 4

Patrick Goodall QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is a terrific advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Coleman QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery good at quickly getting to the core issues on any matter.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

James Cutress QC - Fountain Court ChambersExcellent at getting into the detail.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Nicholas Medcroft QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is excellent.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Giles Wheeler - Fountain Court ChambersHe is outstanding in his is his legal analysis and drafting.

Ranked: tier 1

Nik Yeo - Fountain Court ChambersHe has an easy, charming, fluent manner, which is backed by a real understanding of the matters.

Ranked: tier 2

Tamara Oppenheimer - Fountain Court ChambersShe is ferociously clever and a really clear advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Lynch - Fountain Court ChambersA brilliant junior.

Ranked: tier 3

Chloe Carpenter - - Fountain Court ChambersShe has a fantastic forensic mind and is able to drill down and find holes in the other side's evidence.

Ranked: tier 5

David Murray - Fountain Court ChambersHe is noted for financial-sector claims.

Ranked: tier 5

James Duffy - Fountain Court ChambersBrilliant on his feet and in his written work.

Ranked: tier 5

Nico Leslie - Fountain Court ChambersHe is very able and excellent to work with.

Ranked: tier 5

Natasha Bennett - Fountain Court ChambersShe incredibly hardworking, has a crisp drafting style and is similarly delightful to work with.

Ranked: tier 6

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘reassuringly expensiveFountain Court Chambers remains the ‘go-to’ set for banking and financial services litigation as well as being a ‘first choice’ for aviation instructions and civil fraud, according to solicitors who note its ‘abundance of talent and depth from the most junior junior to big name silks’. ‘Its expansion programme with lateral hires has been a real success.’ The ‘transparent’ clerking team is ‘user-friendly and helpful and generally willing to accommodate any particular or unusual requirements the client may have’. Senior clerk Alex Taylor ‘runs a tight ship with supervision from top to bottom; nothing comes as a surprise or too difficult for him to deal with and he understands the importance of relationships’. Following Paul Martenstyn’s departure, the ‘excellent’ Katie Szewczyk and Sian Huckett (‘devoted to client service and a particular asset to her set, she epitomises their fantastic service’) are now the set’s deputy senior clerks. Since the publication of our last guide, banking and fraud expert Nicholas Medcroft took silk in 2019 and specialist fraud and investigations practitioner Leonora Sagan joined from disputes boutique Kobre & Kim LLP. Also of note, Ian Benjamin SC (head of Bethany Chambers in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) has joined a door tenant; arbitrations Professor Luca Radicati di Brozolo and Anneliese Day QC have been appointed as vice president of the LCIA and as a new member of the LCIA Court respectively; and door tenant Professor Andrew Burrows has been appointed as a new Justice of the Supreme Court, commencing June 2020. Offices in: London and Singapore

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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 is a 'fantastic set' which is experienced in aviation and regulatory matters. Akhil Shah QC, who is noted for his regulatory experience, was involved in Blanche v easyJet, a second appeal and test case of a passenger claim for compensation under EU Regulation 261. Rosalind Phelps QC is 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; Volare v Civil Aviation Authority.

Leading Silks

Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe has has great aviation industry knowledge and experience and has developed a confident and effective courtroom style.

Ranked: tier 2

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersA real star at the Bar who brings very clear and coherent analysis to difficult legal issues.

Ranked: tier 2

Rosalind Phelps QC - Fountain Court ChambersShe is a very impressive silk.

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 ‘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 ChambersA top-tier advocate who provides a 360-degree view of the legal issues.

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Howe QC Fountain Court ChambersA sharp intellect and a measured advocate – very accessible and a real pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 1

Bankim Thanki QC Fountain Court ChambersInstructed in banking and commercial disputes around Asia.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Brindle QC Fountain Court ChambersFrequently instructed as an arbitrator in Singapore.

Ranked: tier 2

Raymond Cox QC Fountain Court ChambersA high-quality commercial silk in tune with the new generation of solicitors.

Ranked: tier 2
Commercial – Leading juniors

Andrew Pullen Fountain Court ChambersHardworking, 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 ChambersExcellent under pressure and performs well at short notice – he is excellent in cross-examination.

Ranked: tier 2
Construction – Leading juniors

Andrew Pullen Fountain Court ChambersHardworking, diligent and capable.

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

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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