Hodge Malek KC > 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


Barrister with an impressive academic and practical background with a successful and heavyweight commercial practice which includes commercial dispute resolution; banking and financial services; fraud and corruption; professional disciplinary, energy, insurance/reinsurance and procurement. He is particularly known for cases with an international element. Hodge travels widely on cases, including Europe, Caribbean, the Far East and the Middle East.

He is the general editor of the leading book on the law of evidence, Phipson on Evidence (19th ed. 2018) and the joint author of Disclosure (5th ed. 2017, with Paul Matthews), both of which are often cited in judgments in common law jurisdictions. He is also a contributor to Mithani, Directors Disqualification (Human Rights chapters with James Potts) and various volumes of Atkins Court Forms (Human Rights, Disclosure and Information Requests, Financial Services, and Administrative Court). He was a member of the Commercial Court working party chaired by Lord Justice Cresswell on Electronic Disclosure.

Hodge is Chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. He sits as a Recorder in both civil and criminal cases. He regularly sits as chairman of disciplinary panels of the Bar. He is a member of the Inn’s Conduct Committee and a Bencher of Gray’s Inn.


Bar Sports Group, ALBA, COMBAR, PEBA, Franco-British Lawyer Society.


Undergraduate and postgraduate law degrees from Oxford University.

Bedford School Keble College, Oxford – BA (Jurisprudence) 1981; BCL 1982 Sorbonne, University of Paris 1978.

Lawyer Rankings

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Hodge Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsHodge is a superstar of the Bar and one of the pre-eminent heavyweight silks at the Bar. He is an intellectual powerhouse and also two steps ahead.’

3 Verulam Buildings has particular expertise in banking and finance disputes and international arbitration in the Middle East. Andrew Onslow QC represented a number of the defendants in the London leg of the high-profile SKAT v Solo Capital Partners dispute concerning “cum-ex trading” alleged to be a fraud by the Danish tax authorities; the matter also featured large-scale proceedings in the DIFC. In Abu Dhabi, Ewan Mcquater QC is leading the counsel team, which includes David Quest QC among others, for the lenders in NMC Healthcare Ltd v Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC, the largest insolvency in the region. Hodge Malek QC is another standout name and acted for an Iranian petrochemical company in a $70 million banking fraud claim. The set welcomes the arrival of Tom Montagu-Smith QC, who joined in 2021 from XXIV Old Buildings.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Hodge Malek KC3 Verulam BuildingsHodge has vast experience in dealing with insurance cases. He is highly knowledgeable in the area, has been involved in some of the leading cases, and is a deeply impressive advocate who always has the ear of the court. One of the brightest at the bar, a master tactician, and you will always have a fighting chance when he is leading your team.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Hodge Malek KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘A master strategist and a calm and measured advocate, he is completely unflappable and his intelligence is unmatched at the Bar.’

3 Verulam Buildings is ‘up there with the best of the best, the set has it all’. One client remarks that ‘it is undoubtedly the pre-eminent chambers for arbitration and public international law, with a large number of leading practitioners with real expertise and deep in energy disputes’. The set is instructed on energy claims both in commercial and investment treaty arbitration and claims in the English courts. Members have acted in some of the largest international arbitrations in the energy sector in recent years. Christopher Harris KC successfully defended claims in relation to a $180m sale of offshore gas field rigs, and represented claimants seeking damages in relation to the expropriation of Sri Lanka’s largest wind and solar power project. Hodge Malek KC frequently acts for the major oil companies, as well as governments and regulators. Prominent junior Jane Davies Evans frequently acts as counsel and arbitrator in international energy arbitrations, with the majority of her instructions relating to the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, the CIS and Latin America.

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Hodge Malek KC3 Verulam BuildingsHodge combines an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law with an incredibly astute strategic awareness. He focuses on identifying the best for the client, and uses his exceptional knowledge and experience to achieve it. Always hugely in demand, you want him on your side.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Hodge Malek KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘Hodge knows the financial services  industry inside out and has acted in some of the leading cases in this area.’

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Hodge Malek KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘His judgement is simply outstanding and this helps him to achieve great things for his clients. As an advocate, Hodge combines fluency and authority. He knows exactly what the judge needs to hear to succeed on the point and is completely unflappable in his focus.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Hodge Malek KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘Excellent advocate – controlled, calm and informative presentations which judges appreciate. Always demonstrates knowledge of the facts and the law.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Hodge Malek KC3 Verulam Buildings ‘Hodge has natural gravitas; judges’ ears prick up when he starts addressing them.’

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Hodge Malek KC – 3 Verulam Buildings  ‘Hodge is extremely bright, a masterful strategist and first rate advocate. He is powerhouse commercial silk, both in England and abroad. He is a commanding figure before any court and tribunal. He has a phenomenal attention to detail and is able to cut through the issues in a simple and effective way. He is always two steps ahead and is ahead to draw on his experience to look at cases more holistically and offer clients advice on every aspect and on issues no one else has foreseen. His clients adore him and trust him blindly to get the right result.’

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Hodge Malek KC3 Verulam BuildingsExceptional lawyer with unsurpassed knowledge in a number of areas particularly privilege and disclosure.  His advocacy style is calm and assured and judges listen intently to everything he is saying.’