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Bankim Thanki QC

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Bankim Thanki QC is generally recognised as one of the pre-eminent Leading Counsel in practice at the English Commercial Bar.  He commenced practice in 1989 and took Silk in 2003. His practice as Queen’s Counsel spans a wide range of commercial litigation, arbitration, regulatory investigations and inquiries (public and private) and other high quality civil work. Bankim represented Barclays Bank in the case which saw the first judgment handed down in the new Financial List in London. He is currently acting for Ukraine in defending the $3 billion Eurobond claim brought on behalf of the Russian Federation in the same List. Bankim recently represented BP in the first case brought to trial under the Commercial Court’s Shorter Trials Scheme. 

Other notable cases in Silk have included leading successfully for GMR in its dispute with the Republic of the Maldives over the international airport at Malé, for Deloitte LLP in its successful appeal against the record fine imposed by the Financial Reporting Council over its involvement with the Phoenix Four/MG Rover, for Vincent Tchenguiz in his civil claim against the Serious Fraud Office, for the Central Bank of Trinidad & Tobago in the public inquiry into the collapse of Colonial Life Insurance, for Lloyds Bank in the OFT test case on Bank Charges, for RBS in the principal test case on the enforceability of credit card agreements, for the son of the King of Bahrain in his dispute with the late Michael Jackson, for the Bank of England in the Three Rivers litigation, for Qantas in The Deep Vein Thrombosis and Air Travel Group Litigation and for the Bar Council in R (Prudential) v HMRC.

Current or recent clients include AstraZeneca, BAE, BNP Paribas, British Airways, BT, the CAA, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, the FCA, Goldman Sachs, GlaxoSmithKline, HSBC, JP Morgan, Lloyds Banking Group, NATS, Qantas, Rolls-Royce, RBS, Teva and UBS. He has also advised the central banks of a number of countries including the Deutsche Bundesbank, the Bank of England, the Bank of Namibia and the Central Bank of Trinidad & Tobago. For full details see Fountain Court’s’ website.


Called 1988, Middle Temple; (Harmsworth Scholar, 1988; Bencher 2008); QC 2003.

Editor, ‘The Law of Privilege’ (2011, OUP); contributor Seddon, Davison et el, ‘The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations’ (2016, law Business Research) contributor Coppel, ‘Information Rights’ (2014, Hart); contributor, Brindle & Cox; ‘The Law of Bank Payments’ (2010, Sweet & Maxwell); co-author, Fountain Court on ‘Carriage By Air’, (2000, Butterworths); co-editor ‘Commercial Court Procedure’ (Sweet & Maxwell).


Commercial Bar Association.


Owen’s School; Balliol College, Oxford (1986 BA First Class Hons; 1989 MA).

London Bar


Within: Aviation – Leading silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersProvides clear and thoughtful advice.

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersA strong appellate advocate who clearly has the ear of the Court of Appeal.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersAbsolutely deserves his position among the super silks.

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Financial services

Within: Financial services – Leading silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersA star in all of his fields of practice.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersHis advice is spot on and he’s very hard working.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersA preeminent silk with international expertise.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersA very, very good advocate and always calm under pressure.

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Within: Offshore – Leading silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe handles a range of Caribbean disputes.

Within: Offshore

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.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe is a brilliant advocate.

Within: Professional negligence

Fountain Court Chambers is a ‘high-class set of barristers’ with ‘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 £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 £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 £1.2bn.

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