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Chambers of Ewan McQuater KC and Adrian Beltrami KC
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Barrister specialising in commercial law, including banking and financial disputes, insurance and international trade; professional negligence; insolvency; domestic and international commercial arbitration; private international law; aviation; civil fraud; energy law; competition and consumer credit law; and sports law. Cases: XAG [1983]; Cryne v Barclays (1987); Lathia v Dronsfield (1987); R v Southwark Crown Court (1990); Hone v CIBC (1990); EDF Mann v Haryanto (1991); Barclays v Khaira (1992); Tudorgrange v Citibank (1992); Natwest v Daniel (1993); Barclays Bank v Homan (1993); Robertson v CIBC (1994); James v Barclays (1994); Glencore International AG v Bank of China [1996]; National Provincial Building Society v Lloyd (1996); Barclays Bank v Thomson (1997); BCCI v Price Waterhouse (1998); Ispahani v Bank Melli (1998); Box, Brown & Jacobs v Barclays Bank (1998); Bolkiah v KPMG (1999); Yorkshire Bank v Halls (1999); Yorkshire Bank v Lloyds (1999); Young v Robson Rhodes (1999); Halewood v ABC (2000); Turner v RBS [2000]; Sepoong v Formula One (2000); Portman v Dussangh (2000); Alliance & Leicester v Slayford (2000); Casson v Ostley (2001); Montrod v Grundkottor (2002); Nash v Paragon (2002); Eurolife v FSA (2002); Lloyds TSB v Hayward (2002); Dardana v Yukos (2002); Dubai v Salaam (2002); Sabena v SIA (2003); Niru Battery v Milestone (2004); Mann v Coutts (2004); RBC v Rabobank (2004); Financial Institutions v Negril (2004); Valse v Merrill Lynch (2004); OFT v Lloyds (2004); Kayo v Blue Wings [2005]; JP Morgan v Primacom AG [2005]; Paragon Finance v Pender [2005]; Dornoch v Mauritius Union Assurance [2006]; Walnapatrias v Lehman Brothers [2006]; Lopes v Howard Kennedy [2006]; AG of the Cayman Islands v James Cleaver [2006]; AIG Capital v Republic of Kazakhstan [2006]; Republic of Kazakhstan v Istil [2006, 2007 and 2008]; AWB v North American Steamships [2007]; Jafari-Fini v Skillglass [2007]; Akai Holdings v Robson Rhodes [2007]; Sea Emerald v Prominvestbank [2008]; Elaktrim SA v Vivendi Holdings [2008]; Langbar v Rybak [2008]; OFT v Abbey [2009]; Pacific International Sports Clubs v Soccer Marketing International [2009]; Cherney v Deripaska [2009]; Sibir Energy v Tchigirinski [2009]; Pacific International Sports Clubs Ltd v Soccer Marketing International Ltd [2009 and 2010]; Parabola v Browalla [2010]; Linsen v Humpuss Sea [2011]; Standard Chartered Bank v Ceylon Petroleum Company [2011]; Berezovsky v Abramovich and others [2012]; Ferrexpo AG v Gilson Investments Limited and ors [2012]; Royal Bank of Scotland v Hicks [2012]; Abbar v Saudi Economic & Development [2013]; Forsta AP v Bank of New York SA [2013]; Starbev v Interbrew Central European Holdings [2014].


Called 1980; QC 1996; recorder 1998; Deputy High Court Judge 2008. Publications: paper on issues concerning cross-border disputes involving banks, presented at the International Bar Association/American Banking Association in Washington; ‘Cross-Border Fraudulent Activity’; joint paper presented at the Creaton Conference on ‘Banks, Fraud and Crime’; joint article with Caroline Lewis on ‘Worldwide Injunctions’; Jack, Malek and Quest ‘Documentary Credits’ (4th ed) (2009).


Oxford University (MA); BCL.

Lawyer Rankings

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Ali Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsHighly engaged, responsive, commercial and precise – advice is commercial, practical and effective.’

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Ali Malek KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘In addition to his formidable substantive legal skills, he has a remarkable ability to think laterally and to distil complex issues to an easily conveyed main point.’

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading counsel as arbitrators)Ranked: Tier 1

Ali Malek KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘A man of the world. Clever and sophisticated, and very adept at dealing with international clients.’

3 Verulam Buildings ‘has done an incredible job in joining highly experienced arbitrators and arbitration counsel and, as a result, has formed a very strong arbitration team‘. The set offers a compelling mix of highly experienced former solicitors, now acting as full-time arbitrators, alongside several active counsel with active arbitrator practices. Leading names include Christopher Harris KC, Ali Malek KC and Jane Davies Evans, who practice on both sides of the tribunal. Former barrister Christopher Symons KC now operates a full-time practice alongside several highly respected former solicitors, including Brian King. Elizabeth Birch comes highly recommended both as a mediator and arbitrator.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Ali Malek KC3 Verulam Buildings

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Ali Malek KC3 Verulam BuildingsAn impressive advocate. A lightning rod for work.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Ali Malek KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘He has an exceptionally commercial approach with clients and knows exactly how courts and arbitrators react to issues. One of the greats of the London Bar.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Ali Malek KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘A heavyweight. Ali talks and judges listen.’

3 Verulam Buildings ‘continues to be a blue ribbon set with many proven and talented silks and juniors of various ranges of experience‘. The set’s recent investments, particularly at the junior end, have not gone unnoticed, having ‘materially improved the offering across the range of expertise needed for major international litigation‘. Major recent mandates include Ewan McQuater KC leading Adam Kramer KC and Hannah Glover  on behalf of Vodafone in Phones4U Ltd (in administration) v EE, Vodafone UK and others, in which Phones 4U’s administrators claim that Vodafone conspired with other mobile network operators to stop supplying Phones 4U, sinking the business. Multiple members, including Ali Malek KC, Matthew Hardwick KC, Andrew Onslow KC, David Head KC and George McPherson are representing the defendants in the epic SKAT (The Danish Customs & Tax Administration) v Solo Capital Partners LLP, concerning “cum-ex” trading of Danish shares by a Dubai-based hedge fund which the Danish authorities allege to be a tax fraud.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Ali Malek KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘Clients love Ali’s direct and down to earth commercial approach which is based on years of experience. There is no better all rounder in the London market for high value work than Ali Malek.’

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Ali Malek KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘Ali is responsive, committed, and integrates himself fully with the operation of a case. He is perceptive and brings an excellent perspective to a case – which is a result of his vast silk-level experience, as well as judicial experience.’

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Ali Malek KC – 3 Verulam BuildingsAli has a strong reputation as one of London’s finest barristers for commercial disputes and arbitration.’

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Ali Malek KC3 Verulam BuildingsAli Malek is the best of the best.’