Adam Kramer > Chambers of Ewan McQuater KC and Adrian Beltrami KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Ewan McQuater KC and Adrian Beltrami KC
3 Verulam Buildings
Adam Kramer photo


Adam Kramer QC is a highly regarded commercial litigator and arbitration advocate specialising in banking and finance, commercial fraud, energy, sale of goods, professional negligence and insurance and reinsurance disputes. He has extensive experience of group/multi-party litigation.

He is frequently instructed in large-scale, high-profile matters, most recently in the Covid-19 business interruption insurance test case and subsequent substantial aggregation disputes, CIS v IBM exclusion clause appeal, the Phones 4U alleged collusion dispute, Lehman waterfall litigation, Tesco s90A securities claim, a $1bn Angolan LCIA energy arbitration, the Al-Rajaan fraud dispute, and the VW (and other) Diesel Emissions group claims.

Adam is an expert in contract damages, being the sole author of leading practitioner text – The Law of Contract Damages (3rd edition forthcoming).

He is consistently ranked highly across multiple practice areas in the legal directories and praised for his sharp analytical skills, in-depth knowledge and courtroom style.


Called 2004; Gray’s; formerly law lecturer at Durham University and University College Oxford.


Working knowledge of French.


COMBAR; ChBA; LCIA; Society of Legal Scholars; Bar Pro Bono Unit.


Manchester Grammar School; University College, Oxford University (BA Hons); McGill University, Canada (LLM).


Cooking, philosophy, reading, painting, running, yoga.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(2021 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Adam Kramer KC3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent young silk destined for great things.

With longstanding credentials in insurance and reinsurance disputes, 3 Verulam Buildings‘ is ‘a strong set of Chambers with lots of high-quality barristers‘. Recent work includes major COVID 19-related business interruption claims, including Tom Weitzman KC‘s representation of  insured restauranteurs in arbitration proceedings, in which they sought to recover from their property insurer, ChinaTaiping, business losses resulting from the restrictions imposed on them in response to COVID-19; and Adam Kramer KC is a go-to policyholder silk for business interruption claims against insurers, reinsurers and brokers, since his representation (while still a senior junior) of the FCA in the high-profile test case it brought on behalf of business interruption insurance policyholders. The set is additionally highly regarded for its expertise in insurance regulation, with members frequently acting for policyholders, firms and the regulators.

London Bar > Insolvency

(2021 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Adam Kramer KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘Adam is a real star in the making. Clever, responsive and commercial.’

London Bar > Group litigation

3 Verulam Buildings has established itself as one of the more experienced sets in group litigation, with notable strength in securities cases but also a number of barristers that have leveraged that experience in some of the key diesel emissions cases in the market, among other areas. Adam Kramer is one such name, acting for the Leigh Day  claimant group against the Volkswagen manufacturers and others for loss arising out of the VW diesel emissions fraud. On the securities side, he led counsel for a major claimant group in the Tesco s90A FSMA claim, which settled for a substantial sum in late 2021. Another standout recent securities case, Allianz v RSA Insurance Group Plc, has seen Peter De Verneuil Smith KC acting for over 170 funds in a £100m s.90A FSMA claim backed by Woodsford Litigation Funding. In broader financial matters, the multi-party Ingenious litigation, a leading tax and finance case and one of the most notable cases of 2022, had Jonathan Nash KC acting for the lead claimant.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(2021 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Adam Kramer KC3 Verulam BuildingsAdam is a team player. He is highly academic and his analysis is beautifully clear.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(2021 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Adam Kramer KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘Brilliant lawyer and advocate, very responsive, commercial and strategic.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(2021 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Adam Kramer KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘Adam is a total pleasure to work with. He is hard-working and extremely knowledgeable on the law. He thinks deeply and laterally about the issues and is tireless in chasing down points that may be relevant to the case. He is good at building relationships and working as part of a team.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(2021 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Adam Kramer KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘Adam is a super clever barrister who spots points others miss. He is a great strategic thinker and knows how to fight the case in the big and the small picture.’

London Bar > Commodities

(2021 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Adam Kramer KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘Always a worrying opponent to face, he is a strong analyst with an eye for the killer point and he has a lovely relaxed style of advocacy.’