Set Profile > 3 Verulam Buildings > London, England

Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC
3 Verulam Buildings
GRAY'S INN
LONDON
WC1R 5NT
England

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2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent judgement. Great at simplifying things and putting clients at ease.

Leading Juniors

Cleon Catsambis - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn expert in his field who is able to deliver advice pragmatically in uncomplicated language.
Ranked: Tier 4

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2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn excellent advocate with a great feel for the courtroom. He is strong on paper and engenders confidence.

Commodities

2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsUnflappable and reassuring, both in court and before a tribunal, he is decisive, persuasive and strategic.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Tier 1

3 Verulam Buildings has 'huge strength in depth' and is 'definitely our go-to chambers for all things banking and finance'. 'The expertise of its barristers from the most senior members of chambers to the most junior is exceptional' and clients also appreciate the 'excellent engagement and teamwork'. From smaller claims on which the juniors cut their teeth, through to the highest-profile cases on the market, the set is a mainstay of the banking market. Notable recent cases include BNP Paribas v TRM, in which Adrian Beltrami QC is leading Christopher Bond, and Farol v Clydesdale Bank Plc, in which Andrew Onslow QC is representing the claimants and Richard Hanke is on the defence.

Rising stars

Hannah Glover - 3 Verulam BuildingsHannah is a passionate and creative barrister, whilst also being forensic and very sharp - she has a great presence, is strong at drafting and she is very easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Rebecca Zaman - 3 Verulam BuildingsHighly intelligent, great analytical skills, wonderful with clients and definitely a star of the future.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsOne of the foremost advocates of his generation and a star individual when it comes to any form of banking dispute.
Ranked: Tier 1

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘A force of nature. He has tremendous instincts developed from years of experience. His insights on not just strategy but the individuals involved are invaluable.

Ranked: Tier 1
Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery strong and increasingly senior. One of the names you’d always think about on a big case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsWorks very rapidly. Good value because of that. Thorough and logical. Very practical. His finance background is very helpful.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Nash QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsGreat analytical and forensic mind - practical and commercial advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHugely experienced and knowledgeable on banking matters. He is responsive, calm and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Quest QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely hard working and one of the brightest Silks of his generation.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Salter QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery knowledgeable about the structure of the bond markets and how they operate. Always courteous and polite.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Davies-Jones QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA superb, all-round QC. Excellent on paper and in court. Highly intelligent and very strategic. A pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Jarvis QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA persuasive advocate not afraid to take tough lines of argument.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHas a broad and excellent skill set which he brings to bear in providing us with a high quality service. He has super analytical skills and good presentation skills with my clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsCalm and unflappable. You can throw anything at him and he soaks it up and responds. He is a formidable advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
David Head QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsGreat team player and excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 5

2019 Silks

Peter De Verneuil Smith QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsReal dedication to the developing area of law concerning securities claims under Financial Services & Markets Act.
Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA first rate advocate with a keen strategic mind and a complete mastery of the facts.

2020 Silks

Rajesh Pillai QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA class act. Fantastic attention to detail. Good on novel/complex areas of law. Great on conflict of laws. Superb drafting skills. A relaxed but commanding presence in Court.

2021 Silks

Adam Kramer QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHighly knowledgeable and analytical, devours complex facts and superb on paper.
Matthew Parker QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsTotally outstanding in every respect. Phenomenally clever, hard working, and fantastic to work with. I would instruct him on every case I have, if it were possible.

Leading Juniors

William Edwards - 3 Verulam BuildingsA careful and measured barrister with a meticulous eye for detail.
Ranked: Tier 1
Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam BuildingsUser friendly, very commercial and a good team player.
Ranked: Tier 1
Scott Ralston - 3 Verulam BuildingsMega bright junior with tremendous attention to detail and a key member of any team.
Ranked: Tier 1

Charlotte Eborall - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Particularly strong in devising, developing and implementing strategies. She has a clear sighted view of complex matters beyond the intricacies of the particular litigation. This, coupled with a confident and empathetic manner, garners her the respect and confidence of clients.

Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Lazarus - 3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent analysis. Succinct. Very hard working and efficient. A pleasure to instruct.
Ranked: Tier 2

David Simpson - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Hugely practical with his solutions, he understands the client's needs and, by extension, the solicitor's needs and his pragmatism is very much appreciated.

Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Bond - 3 Verulam BuildingsBright, strategic, very knowledgeable in financial services matters and a strong team player.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lisa Lacob - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely dedicated and passionate in everything she does. She is dependable and has a comprehensive understanding of the legal, procedural and commercial aspects of a case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Mark Phillips - 3 Verulam BuildingsA leading expert on promissory notes and really nice to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3

Adam Temple - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Extremely bright, thorough and hard working, he is able to process difficult concepts with ease, and expresses himself clearly and articulately on paper. He is becoming a 'go to' junior for financial services work.

Ranked: Tier 3
Ian Higgins - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery thoughtful lawyer whose drafting is first rate, clearly has a quick intellect, and is absolutely easy to work with - Definitely moving up a notch in banking and finance.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sophie Mallinckrodt - 3 Verulam BuildingsHard working and efficient - a very strong team player.
Ranked: Tier 4

Commercial litigation Tier 1

3 Verulam Buildings is a 'go-to set' for high-end commercial disputes and boasts 'numerous quality operators', and 'the juniors, in particular, are first-rate'. Clients also appreciate the 'conducive environment', 'very friendly and supportive staff' and the 'free training programmes to client's in-house counsel in order to build their capacity for handling commercial litigation, which makes this chambers different from other sets'. Members have been kept busy with a string of high-profile mandates, including Phones 4u Limited v Vodafone Group, in which Ewan McQuater QC and Adam Kramer are representing Vodafone. Another key case is Manning & Napier v Tesco PLC, where Peter De Verneuil Smith QC and Philip Hinks are among those acting for the claimants.

Rising stars

Hannah Glover - 3 Verulam BuildingsProvides clear and succinct advice, a strong advocate, works incredibly hard to hit deadlines, honest, effective, and is received well by clients
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn outstanding leading counsel and I would be happy to use him on any type of commercial dispute.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA tremendous advocate - clear and compelling with the ear of the court. He is quick on his feet and has a total mastery of the case.
Ranked: Tier 1

Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Very tough, which we like him for, and he’s easy to deal with.

Ranked: Tier 1

John Jarvis QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘User friendly and adaptable, with a great breadth of knowledge across insolvency and re/insurance.

Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Nash QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHands on, willing to fit into team, cool headed and instils confidence in clients at the outset of instructions and assists with client management.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent advocate. Always well-prepared and strong judgement in the court room and with written work.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Quest QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery strong advocate, clear focussed submissions, and always approachable and available.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Salter QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHugely experienced and has encyclopaedic knowledge - you know you are getting exactly the right answer, both from a legal and a commercial perspective, which is just what you need in a high value case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis commercial law strengths and his excellent client engagement and communication have combined with his broad and deep knowledge and have been invaluable.
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA superb advocate - he is very measured and understated which is very effective.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Davies-Jones QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsSupremely hard working but also very commercial, he instinctively understands what the client is trying to achieve and adapts accordingly.
Ranked: Tier 5
Andrew Fletcher QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent orator, detailed and thorough approach, always well prepared and with one eye on next steps.
Ranked: Tier 6
David Head QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsTotally delightful – a great team player and exceptionally clever commercial litigator.
Ranked: Tier 6

2019 Silks

Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent advocate, assured and forensic, with very good client skills.
Jamie Riley QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsOutstanding, compelling, organised and authoritative advocate, my go-to to cut through complexity like a hot knife through butter.
Peter de Verneuil Smith QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsBright, hard-working and exceptional on paper - he fights your corner, and is a good choice of silk for a hard case.

2020 Silks

Rajesh Pillai QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Very sharp and able to quickly navigate through complex facts and distil the issues. He is also very responsive, technically sound, provides very practical advice and excellent drafting.

2021 Silks

Adam Kramer QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsOne of the best juniors I have ever worked with. Has all the law at his finger tips. Written work is measured, concise and powerful. Pleasure to work with. A real star.
Matthew Parker QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn extremely experienced and highly skilled junior, a fighter with a very strong work ethic and an excellent attention to detail - he is a great team player and a fantastic person to have on your side in a major piece of litigation.

Leading Juniors

Michael Lazarus - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Excellent analysis, succinct, very hard working and efficient - a pleasure to instruct.

Ranked: Tier 1
George McPherson - 3 Verulam BuildingsStrategically strong, very personable and user friendly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Hanke - 3 Verulam BuildingsPossesses a good combination of being highly intelligent and very approachable which makes him good to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Philip Hinks - 3 Verulam BuildingsHas a very considered approach and is very engaging, he is in the next wave of rising stars.
Ranked: Tier 4
Lisa Lacob - 3 Verulam BuildingsCommercially astute, very sharp and is excellent with clients
Ranked: Tier 5

Financial services regulation Tier 1

3 Verulam Buildings 'offers unbelievable strength in depth, brilliant clerking and has some of the best barristers in the financial services sector'. Members are praised for their 'very substantial regulatory and commercial experience', while the set as a whole is also commended for having 'organised some great seminars and training events'. The chambers fields several silks and juniors who are regularly called upon for their regulatory expertise, including Rory Phillips QC, who, alongside Robert Purves and Sophie Mallinckrodt, advised the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) on the Ring Fencing transfers for Barclays, Lloyds, HSBC, and Santander banks. On the contentious side, Hodge Malek QC and James Potts have been advising ICAP on LIBOR rigging investigations launched by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

Leading Silks

Michael Blair QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely responsive, succinct and always to the point, this has helped us get through a vast amount of complex material speedily and efficiently.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is calm, practical and applies a common-sense/commercial head to difficult problems.
Ranked: Tier 2
Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsOne of the UK’s leading legal minds in the area of banking, financial services, fraud and regulatory law.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rory Philips QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA wise head for a complex case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Brent QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHighly experienced across a broad range of financial services issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Weitzman QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent presentation skills, great forensic abilities, meticulous preparation, superb analytical skills.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Rajesh Pillai QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery bright, practical and user friendly. No question is a bad question, and he wants to work as part of the legal team as a whole; he is a pleasure to work with.

2021 Silks

Saima Hanif QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHer strategic/ tactical attributes and abilities on the case management side of litigation are top drawer, and she also has expert knowledge and understanding of financial services law and various financial services regulatory frameworks with an ability to simplify complex issues and advise on them in plain English.

Leading Juniors

Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam BuildingsRapidly becoming one of the very best known and well regarded juniors at the Bar, he has a clear passion and aptitude for contentious regulatory work, and is likely to become a doyen of the market in years to come.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Purves - 3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent and good value for FCA insurance regulatory work.
Ranked: Tier 1
Charlotte Eborall - 3 Verulam BuildingsTechnically strong, a good team player, and commercially astute.
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Hinks - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is very good in his paperwork, dealing with factually heavy cases quickly and comprehensively, and his advocacy is also strong.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Simpson - 3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent for financial services regulatory instructions.
Ranked: Tier 2
Adam Temple - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely bright, thorough and hard working, he is able to process difficult concepts with ease, and expresses himself clearly and articulately on paper. He is becoming a go-to junior for financial services work.
Ranked: Tier 2

Cleon Catsambis - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘A highly polished advocate and deep, strategic thinker who provides a quality service for all of his clients in this area and in the related sectors of financial services regulation area.

Ranked: Tier 3
Sophie Mallinckrodt - 3 Verulam BuildingsA smart, team-player.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Potts - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery analytical and has a clarity of thought which all busy solicitors value - got on top of matters very quickly and excellent drafting.
Ranked: Tier 3

Fraud: civil Tier 1

'A safe choice for complex fraud work', 3 Verulam Buildings is 'an exceptional set of chambers' with 'many very accomplished barristers who boast impressive fraud credentials'. Members are often called upon in cases with heavy offshore elements, such as Ritchie Capital Management LLC & Ors v (1) Lancelot Investors Fund Ltd (in Official Liquidation) (2) General Electric Company, in which Ewan McQuater QC and James McWiliams represented General Electric in connection with a $3.6bn Ponzi scheme operated by Tom Petters. McWilliams is among several members, including Andrew Onslow QC and Ali Malek QC representing multiple defendants in the mammoth SKAT litigation, brought by Denmark's tax administration authority. In recent news, Rajesh Pillai was elevated to silk in March 2020.

Leading Silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘The most highly regarded civil fraud silk. I go to him for the most complex high value matters where his strategic (and calm) thinking set him aside from the rest. His understanding of what issues will sway a court or tribunal is second to none.

Ranked: Tier 1
Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsRaw intelligence and a confident and assertive leadership style – he's not afraid to make tough calls and back them. He combines these with impeccable manners and a calm and reassuring bedside manner.
Ranked: Tier 1
Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery strong analytical powers, first-rate knowledge of the relevant law and grasp of the commercial context.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery commercial, exceptionally good to work with as a member of a big team, accessible and pragmatic. Just the sort of person you want in order to help you through tangled fraud situations.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Quest QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsClever advocate, excellent on skeletons and correspondence, and easy to get on with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn outstanding advocate and adviser, he combines vast experience of litigating complex civil fraud matters, with an excellent courtroom manner.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Head QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsDavid is first rate. He is exactly the person you want by your side on a heavy fraud case. He is ferociously clever whilst remaining commercial and pragmatic.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsMeticulous and with a good common sense, and high ethical standards.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Jarvis QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely user friendly, commercial and a really good team player.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsClear, concise advice, unflappable and reassuring, with an ability to quickly develop a mastery of the detail of a case.
Peter de Verneuil Smith QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn exceptional young silk who will see immense success in the next few years and a pleasure to work with.

2020 Silks

Rajesh Pillai QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn extremely gifted and wise counsel, and someone whom I am grateful to have on our team in extremely complex matters.

2021 Silks

Matthew Parker QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA bold and convincing advocate who demands the attention of the court, charming with solicitors and clients alike, and a real pleasure to work with.
Adam Kramer QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn extremely clever lawyer and tactician who is huge fun to work with. Great subtlety of analysis, and good at knowing when to go in strong and when to hold back.

Leading Juniors

Michael Lazarus - 3 Verulam BuildingsA top silk in disguise - forensic, commercial, analytical, persuasive and excellent to deal with. First class.
Ranked: Tier 1
William Edwards - 3 Verulam BuildingsBright and hardworking; he is a great team player.
Ranked: Tier 4
Philip Hinks - 3 Verulam BuildingsAnalytical and has shown good judgement in very factually and legally complex cases.
Ranked: Tier 4
James McWilliams - 3 Verulam BuildingsFantastically bright, an impressive, assured advocate, and very commercial in his approach - he is the full package and a future superstar.
Ranked: Tier 4

IT and telecoms

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Michael Lazarus - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is very easy to work with, setting out his advice clearly and robustly. Strong analytical ability; good grasp of IT issues.
Ranked: Tier 1

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

Leading Silks

Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings Very experienced in prosecuting for the SFO.
Ranked: Tier 1

International arbitration: counsel Tier 2

3 Verulam Buildings' 'depth in the field of arbitration has grown consistently over the past few years,' and 'they are catching up with the traditional top sets for general commercial arbitration'. In recent years the set has made astute recruits from among the ranks of experienced arbitration solicitors, and this has started to pay dividends with high-profile instructions. Notable highlights include KLS Energy Lanka v Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, an ICSID claim in which Christopher Harris QC and Mark Wassouf are representing KLS Energy Lanka. Ewan McQuater QC and Paul Wee are also representing TC Ziraat Bank in the epic Sonera Holding v Cukurova Holding LCIA arbitration. In recent news, Rajesh Pillai took silk in 2020.

Leading Silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is a devastatingly good advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn excellent practitioner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Nash QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA supremely calm and reassuring presence in meetings with solicitors and clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery robust and extremely impressive on his feet. Always cool, calm and collected.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Davies-Jones QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA fantastic QC with impeccable knowledge of the law - strategic in arbitration and able to carry Tribunals with him at ease.
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Salter QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis client care is exceptional - he is very responsive, supplies written conference notes beforehand, and is commercial enough to allow his views to be shared with other relevant professionals on a non-reliance basis. I have rarely felt in safer hands.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA very good advocate that is able to identify and focus on facts that will be compelling to a tribunal - he is easy to work with and responsive.
Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsOutstanding intellectual ability, rock-solid judgement and a compelling and highly persuasive advocacy style.

Peter De Verneuil Smith QC 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Has a fantastic instinct for the points which really resonate with a tribunal, but equally he understands which points really matter to the client, as a result he is a fantastically user-friendly barrister.

2020 Silks

Rajesh Pillai QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsFiercely intelligent but combined with commercial pragmatism. He's user friendly, great with clients and good on his feet.

2021 Silks

Matthew Parker QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA great team player, he often goes above and beyond to help and is a superb advocate.

Leading Juniors

Tariq Baloch - 3 Verulam BuildingsA particularly bright star in the arbitral firmament and an exceptional technical lawyer.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jane Davies Evans - 3 Verulam BuildingsShe has a strong following of loyal clients and an excellent understanding of the process of international arbitration and how best to present cases.
Ranked: Tier 1
Mark Wassouf - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe has real expertise in the law of international arbitration and a focus on work in the Middle East, for which he is particularly well qualified as an Arabic speaker.
Ranked: Tier 2
Georges Chalfoun - 3 Verulam BuildingsFirst-rate lawyer with a vast knowledge of international arbitration.
Ranked: Tier 2
Dominic Kennelly - 3 Verulam BuildingsFrighteningly smart and cuts to the chase. No waffle. He is one to watch.
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Wee - 3 Verulam BuildingsIn my experience the most user-friendly barrister at the bar - he is phenomenally hard-working and his style of working means that he is seamlessly embedded into our team on cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

International arbitration: arbitrators

Elizabeth Birch - 3 Verulam BuildingsOn top of all the details of the case, took a realistic and practical approach to the management of the hearing and demonstrated good judgement throughout. Pleasant and professional at all times but, quite rightly, not willing to indulge hopeless arguments.

Offshore Tier 2

A 'very strong set with lots of talented barristers', 3 Verulam Buildings' strengths offshore are focused around company law and asset tracing. Ewan Mcquater QC and Philip Hinks represent Brazilian former tycoon Eike Batista, who has been accused of operating a fraud through overstating oil discoveries and laundering proceeds through the Cayman Islands. Hefin Rees QC represents the claimant in Holm v Sancus Financial Holdings, which reached the BVI Court of Appeal in December 2019, a dispute concerning ownership of Bank of Asia, the first such institution to be created in the jurisdiction for over two decades.

Leading Silks

Hefin Rees QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsRespected for his good humour and force as an advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn exceptionally strong advocate with the intellect to transform complex issues into persuasive propositions.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn impressive advocate who is very accessible.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Quest QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsTerrifyingly bright, he is incredibly down to earth and not afraid to roll his sleeves up.
Ranked: Tier 2
Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery charismatic, he can give bite to the storyline in rather academic discussions.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA class act, he gets straight to the point in a case.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Peter de Verneuil Smith QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery tactical, he grasps the issues early on.

2020 Silks

Rajesh Pillai - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery sharp and able to quickly navigate through complex facts.

Leading Juniors

Philip Hinks - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe has excellent commercial instincts and provides invaluable strategic advice.
Ranked: Tier 3

Professional negligence Tier 2

3 Verulam Buildings is a 'pragmatic and commercial' set, with 'excellent strength in depth in professional negligence'. The 'well-regarded and respected' set has particular expertise in financial and insurance-related professional negligence claims, with Matthew Hardwick QC and Ali Malek QC defending a financial brokerage company in SKAT v Solo Capital Partners, a multi-party claim brought by the Danish tax authority, and Andrew Onslow QC representing the investors in a claim against a tax silk and an independent financial adviser over a film finance tax scheme. Other highlights include Adam Kramer representing the defendant law firm in Addlesee v Dentons, which related to a fraudulent investment scheme.

Leading Silks

Thomas Weitzman QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe stands out for his great forensic abilities, meticulous preparation and superb analytical skills.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe has tactical expertise and is willing to descend into the detail.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is exceptional.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsOne of the best cross-examiners, with a quick and practical grasp of complex issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe does his utmost to get clients’ points across and is a very strong advocate on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Head QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is stellar.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA powerful and highly experienced advocate. Advice is always clear and realistic. Response times are excellent and clients love him.
Peter de Verneuil Smith QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe has outstanding attention to detail but also a rare ability to understand commercial dynamics.

2021 Silks

Adam Kramer QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is affable and persuasive: a dangerous opponent.
Matthew Parker QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA superb cross-examiner and skilled advocate.

Leading Juniors

Peter Ratcliffe - 3 Verulam BuildingsGreat intellect, legal knowledge, practical approach and meticulous preparation skills. He is extremely able and has great attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Bond - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe has a calm style of advocacy, with good judgement in difficult situations.
Ranked: Tier 5
Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is extraordinarily bright and superbly commercial. He is assertive and bold and easy to work with. Clients love him.
Ranked: Tier 5
Sophie Mallinckrodt - 3 Verulam BuildingsNoted for cases involving financial services professionals.
Ranked: Tier 5
Angharad Start - 3 Verulam BuildingsShe has an excellent strategic approach. Angharad is very passionate about cases, thorough in her preparation and often approaches cases from interesting angles.
Ranked: Tier 5
Richard Hanke - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is an impressive junior for professional negligence matters.
Ranked: Tier 6
Theodor Van Sante - 3 Verulam BuildingsFabulously insightful into how the regulator sees disputes.
Ranked: Tier 6

Adam Temple - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘He is bright, personable and a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: Tier 6

Public international law Tier 2

3 Verulam Buildings is 'increasingly developing genuine expertise and depth in Public International Law at all levels' and is considered by some to be a 'premier Investor State Arbitration chambers'. Christopher Harris QC is one of the set's best-known silks in this area, and more in recent years, he has been joined by several ex-solicitors with a strong track background in this area, including Tariq Baloch, Mark Wassouf, Paul Wee, and Cameron Miles. Recent highlights include The Nova Group BV v Romania, where Harris and Miles are representing Nova Group.

2019 Silks

Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHas a deep knowledge of investment treaty arbitration jurisprudence and strong legal and strategic instincts.

Leading Juniors

Tariq Baloch - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely capable, experienced and dynamic.
Ranked: Tier 3
Cameron Miles - 3 Verulam BuildingsEnthusiastic and energetic. An accomplished draftsperson with an encyclopaedic knowledge of public international law. Cameron is particularly reliable for sovereign immunity issues and investment arbitration.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Wassouf - 3 Verulam BuildingsMark has an extensive knowledge of the law in relation to investment arbitration and is easy to work with - his drafting skills are first class.
Ranked: Tier 3

Paul Wee - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘A rising star who is becoming a go-to in the Public International Law sphere due to his excellent draftsmanship, knowledge of the law, and attention to detail.

Ranked: Tier 3

Insolvency Tier 3

'A very good all-round set', 3 Verulam Buildings is home to a number of commercial insolvency experts. Of note, in Phones 4u Limited v Vodafone Group, Ewan Mcquater QC is leading the counsel team in Vodafone's defence of claims by the administrators of Phones 4u that the client conspired with other networks to withdraw from the mobile phone retailer. Also of note, Matthew Hardwick QC has a significant offshore insolvency practice, often appearing before the BVI court of appeal.

Leading Silks

Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery strong analytical powers; first-rate knowledge of the relevant law; grasp of the commercial context.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe has raw intelligence and a confident and assertive leadership style.
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is by far one of the most accessible silks around, and dealing with him is an absolute pleasure where he explains complicated concepts simply without condescension.
Ranked: Tier 4
John Jarvis QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsJohn is extremely user friendly, commercial and a really good team player (the junior solicitors and clients love working with him). He has remarkable energy and drives cases forward.
Ranked: Tier 5
Richard Salter QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsEnjoyable to work with, intellectually rigorous.
Ranked: Tier 5
Ian Wilson QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe has incredible clarity of thought that is translated concisely into his submissions.
Ranked: Tier 5

2019 Silks

Jamie Riley QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsClear, concise and promptly delivered advice. I have found him to be approachable and very astute and commercial.

Leading Juniors

Philip Hinks - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis advice is clear, reasoned and concise.
Ranked: Tier 4
Angharad Start - 3 Verulam BuildingsIn court, she is an absolutely fearless advocate, and has the skill of bringing sceptical judges around.
Ranked: Tier 4
William Edwards - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery brainy, reads in and prepares beautifully, is determined and takes a good overview.
Ranked: Tier 5

Insurance and reinsurance Tier 3

3 Verulam Buildings 'has a number of very good re/insurance barristers at all levels in London, and the set's clerks are both friendly and helpful'. It has a long history of acting in insurance and reinsurance disputes, on behalf of brokers, insureds, insurers, and reinsurers, as well as insurance regulators and regulated entities. Peter De Verneuil Smith QC, who took silk in 2019, acted for Hannover Re in a reinsurance contract dispute, which related to funds at Lloyds. Elsewhere in chambers, Peter Ratcliffe is acting for the claimant in anticipated proceedings, which arise from catastrophic water damage to the roof structure of a prestigious building that was completed in 2015.

Leading Silks

Tom Weitzman QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsSuper bright and easily one of the best insurance silks in the UK. He knows the law back to front, and has the ability to digest huge amounts of information and turn around the required work product quickly.
Ranked: Tier 1
Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsDelivers advice that can be relied upon.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rory Phillips QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA widely respected silk.
Ranked: Tier 3

2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA great advocate for factually complex matters, where the tribunal may not have the same experience in the subject matter. He is also very good at reading tribunals.
Peter de Verneuil Smith QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery hardworking, great drafting skills, and highly skilled in complex matters.

2021 Silks

Adam Kramer QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsProvides very clear advice and picks things up extremely quickly.

Leading Juniors

Peter Ratcliffe - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe does not disappoint. He is very able, has a good eye for detail and a great intellect. Peter also has a practical approach and meticulous preparation skills.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kate Holderness - 3 Verulam BuildingsHardworking, efficient and knowledgeable. What I particularly admire about her is her judgement - she has no weaknesses, only strengths.
Ranked: Tier 4
Theodor van Sante - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe was admirably prepared and made his submissions forcefully and effectively.
Ranked: Tier 4

Pensions

Leading Juniors

Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam BuildingsHighly flexible and punching well above his weight.
Ranked: Tier 3

Consumer

Leading Juniors

Charlotte Eborall - 3 Verulam BuildingsSound knowledge of court procedure and practice, and grasp of financial services law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Theodor Van Sante - 3 Verulam BuildingsGreat ability to simplify a complex and multi-faceted set of facts. Organised, well-prepared, passionate, persuasive and assertive.
Ranked: Tier 3

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

2021 Silks

Saima Hanif QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsSaima not only knows the law, but also its application and how to challenge bodies that have failed in that application. That is what you want from Counsel, not simply a rehearsal of the statutes. Saima is great with clients and can keep even the most emotional of clients on track and focused. Her stand-out characteristic is her performance on her feet. She is persuasive before any forum and can respond decisively and effectively to the other side's arguments.

Leading Juniors

Yash Bheeroo - 3 Verulam BuildingsYash is very good at disseminating the key issues in an evidence heavy matter and presenting the most pertinent points to the court in a persuasive manner.
Ranked: Tier 3

Construction

Leading Silks

Hefin Rees QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsGreat to work with and his enthusiasm is infectious. He is very client friendly and commercially minded in his approach.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Jane Davies Evans - 3 Verulam BuildingsHas vast knowledge and experience in the international construction industry, including all its aspects – legal, technical and accounting. She is a master of the detail of construction cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture Tier 3

3 Verulam Buildings 'is an increasing force in POCA work and asset forfeiture'. The set is well known for its strength in assisting the National Crime Agency (NCA) with civil recovery proceedings, and Andrew Sutcliffe QC has solid experience in assisting the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) with proceeds of crime cases spanning multiple jurisdictions.

Leading Silks

Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn outstanding advocate and adviser. He has a charming courtroom manner, always holding the court’s attention and, as a deputy high court judge, he knows how to pitch a case perfectly. An absolute delight to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Anne Jeavons - 3 Verulam BuildingsEnergetic, bright and methodical.
Ranked: Tier 3
Theodor van Sante - 3 Verulam BuildingsA junior with a powerful brain.
Ranked: Tier 3

Energy Tier 4

3 Verulam Buildings is 'evidently a strong set with breadth and depth of quality' and clients report that its members are 'very user-friendly'. The set is known for its expertise in banking and commercial litigation but its members also appear frequently in court and arbitration cases concerning oil fields, mines and technical issues related to the operation of oil and gas pipelines. New silks Christopher Harris QC, who represented the claimant in Forum International v OOS International which concerned high-value oil exploration assets in Brazil, and Nicholas Craig QC are among the set's most active members in energy disputes. Juniors Paul Wee, who appeared in English enforcement proceedings concerning the $50bn arbitral awards obtained by former shareholders of Yukos under the Energy Charter Treaty, and Jane Davies Evans are highly recommended; Mark Wassouf is a rising star in chambers. 'The clerks are good - responsive, approachable and keen to help', remarks one client.

Rising stars

Mark Wassouf - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn extremely focused and accomplished advocate with a significant energy practice in the Middle East.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA confident barrister with a particular set of skills which enables him to get to the heart of an issue, analyse it and offer solutions.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is a class act, extremely experienced, and he gets straight to the key point in a case.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsEasy to work with and a great advocate, he is adaptable and able to advocate well in factually complex matters.
Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis very good tactical sense and strong advocacy skills make him a reassuring presence in investment arbitration.

Leading Juniors

Paul Wee - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe shows meticulous attention to detail and is extremely hardworking, very strategic, polished with the clients and cool under pressure.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jane Davies Evans - 3 Verulam BuildingsA most impressive construction lawyer who has extensive specialist knowledge of the energy market and is formidable in this area.
Ranked: Tier 2
Georges Chalfoun - 3 Verulam BuildingsA lively and innovative presence in any counsel team, he is reliable, user-friendly, diligent and has a serious analytical brain.
Ranked: Tier 4

Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

In the arts and cultural property arena, 3 Verulam Buildings demonstrates a strong suit in ownership rights disputes and questions of attribution or dating of works of art. Members of the chambers, with the help of 'friendly, efficient and sensible clerking', act both for and against art dealers, auctioneers, buyer and sellers. Cleon Catsambis was instructed as the defendants' sole counsel in Astrid Cole v Sean Carpenter, Lauren Carpenter and David Carpenter, a rights of sale dispute over the 1932 Picasso painting 'The Rescue'.

Art and cultural property - Leading Silks

Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is responsive, calm and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1

Media and entertainment - Leading Silks

Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsTruly goes the extra mile and inspires the highest level of confidence.
Ranked: Tier 3

Art and cultural property - 2020 Silks

Rajesh Pillai QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsGreat responsiveness, very strong in writing and as an advocate.

Art and cultural property - Leading Juniors

Cleon Catsambis - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is very clever, knowledgable and easy to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 1

Set overviews: England and Wales

With 13 leading set rankings, 192 barrister rankings, including 79 leading silk rankings, 3 Verulam Buildings is one of the most successful chambers in this year's guide. In recent news, Rajesh Pillai has been appointed Queen's Counsel; Adam Temple joined from 4 Pump Court; Judy Fu, a former associate at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, has been awarded tenancy following a period of pupillage.

Testimonials

Clerks:

3VB stands out for the quality of its clerking. Always reasonable, professional and a pleasure to deal with, the clerks are trusted and valuable members of the team.

Andrew Monks is highly communicative and very friendly. Always goes the extra mile to assist.

Great clerks room – they really ‘get’ the client issues that instructing solicitors face and they are flexible, pragmatic and innovative in coming up with solutions. Stephen and Richard stand out.

Probably the best clerked set in London. Fantastically led by Steve Penson who gets everything spot on all of the time. Andrew Monks and Stuart Pullum can never do enough to help you get the right barrister and ensure everything runs smoothly.

The clerking at 3VB is exceptional. Nothing is ever too much trouble and their response times are superb. Working with Theodor, I have mostly dealt with Andrew Monks and more recently Ellie Sanders, both of whom are outstanding clerks.

The clerks are exceptional. Always willing to go the extra mile for clients and solicitors. Richard Ansell and Rob Croke in particular stand out.

The clerks at 3VB are always responsive, communicative and helpful. Stuart Pullum gets things done when they need to be done in a pragmatic no-nonsense way.

The clerks’ room is excellent: in particular Stuart Pullum is particularly effective as he’s responsive, very friendly and very accommodating where necessary.

The clerks’ room is very approachable and responsive; in particular, Andrew Monks, the practice manager for junior counsel, who is friendly, has a good command of ongoing cases and always goes the extra mile.

The “senior junior” clerks are positive and helpful and, particularly during the COVID 19 lockdown and having to deal with virtual court hearings, have been of invaluable assistance.

We have been very pleased with the service from 3VB across a range of cases, and found all of the clerks to be competent, prompt and helpful.

Set:

3VB are at the forefront of the Commercial Bar and International arbitration. A true heavyweight set with a down to earth touch.

3VB are our set of choice. They offer unbelievable strength in depth, brilliant clerking and have some of the best barristers in the financial services sector.

3VB has a great reputation and is a “go-to” set for complex commercial disputes.

3VB has great strength-in-depth in financial services disputes expertise across the full spectrum of juniors to senior silks. It is the “go-to” set for disputes in this field.

3VB is an impressive set. I would definitely turn to them for a case which required a Rolls Royce academic barrister at any level.

3VB is extremely user friendly, building strong relationship with those instructing their tenants, ensuring a fast efficient and supremely professional service. They go the extra mile in facilitating client and adviser requests wherever possible.

3VB is my go-to chambers for all financial and complex commercial disputes. The expertise of its barristers from the most senior members of chambers to the most junior is exceptional. I have worked with approximately 1/3 of the members of 3VB during my career and not once have I been disappointed. They are universally hard working, approachable and have a great team spirit.

3VB is one of our preferred sets for commercial disputes work. They have an array of talent at every level, offering great intellect, technical excellence and advocates of the highest calibre.

3VB remain one of the best sets to use for contractual and banking matters. The training they offer is exceptional and it is great that they leave London to ensure that all instructing solicitors have the opportunity to attend the training sessions.

A very strong set. Good strength in depth, not as expensive as some rival sets. 3VB barristers offer great skill but also excellent engagement and teamwork.

THE CHAMBERS

3 Verulam Buildings is one of the foremost sets of barristers’ chambers specialising in commercial law, with 85 members based in London and with many highly prominent legal practitioners across the world. Members advise and represent clients in court, arbitration and other tribunals in England, other jurisdictions worldwide and internationally. 3VB’s approachable and responsive members and practice managers understand the pressures on solicitors and clients and the importance of providing a superb quality of service, in which legal excellence is combined with a commercial attitude.

WORK UNDERTAKEN

3VB has a genuine depth of experience across the full range of commercial litigation, from banking and financial services to company law, insurance, professional negligence, insolvency, commercial fraud, IT and media and entertainment. Its members are regularly instructed by the leading law firms in the major pieces of commercial litigation of the day, and often act in teams on various sides of major disputes. In addition, Chambers has a strong reputation in domestic and international arbitration, including significant experience of investment treaty disputes and cases involving energy, natural resources and infrastructure. 3VB has substantial experience of international work, in both litigation and arbitration. Members are frequently instructed by lawyers from other jurisdictions and are accustomed to working in multi-jurisdictional teams. They have particular experience of disputes arising in the Caribbean, the Gulf States, the post-Soviet states and the Asia-Pacific region. As well as acting as counsel, many of its members and impressive array of international associate members sit as arbitrators, under all the major arbitration rules.  3VB’s members also undertake non-contentious work, such as drafting terms and conditions in contracts for financial institutions and commercial clients, and advising clients on the effects of new law. The languages spoken in 3VB include English, Arabic, French, German, Greek, Italian, Punjabi, Russian, Sinhala, Spanish, Swedish and Urdu.

RECRUITMENT

3VB offers up to four pupillages a year (through the Pupillage Gateway and for Gateway-exempt transferring lawyers) and also considers applications as lateral hires from barristers with established, excellent practices.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Practice Manager Stephen Penson 020 7831 8441
Senior Practice Manager Stuart Pullum 020 7831 8441
Chambers Director Stewart Thompson 020 7831 8441
Marketing Director Petra Bailey 020 7831 8441
Head of Finance and Operations Andrew Veale 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers McQUATER QC, Ewan (1985) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers BELTRAMI QC, Adrian (1989) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers MALEK QC, Ali (1980) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers JARVIS QC, John (1970) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers SYMONS QC, Christopher (1972) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers SALTER QC, Richard (1975) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers BLAIR QC, Michael (Hon Causa) (1965) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers MITCHELL QC, Gregory (1979) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers MALEK QC, HODGE (1983) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers SUTCLIFFE QC, Andrew (1983) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers ONSLOW QC, Andrew (1982) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers PHILLIPS QC, Rory (1984) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers WEITZMAN QC, Tom (1984) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers FLETCHER QC, Andrew (1980) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers NASH QC, Jonathan (1986) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers REES QC, Hefin (1992) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers QUEST QC, David (1993) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers DAVIES-JONES QC, Jonathan (1994) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers HARDWICK QC, Matthew (1994) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers McKENDRICK QC, Ewan (Hon Causa) (1998) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers HEAD QC, David (1995) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers WILSON QC, Ian (1995) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers RILEY QC, Jamie (1995) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers de VERNEUIL SMITH QC, Peter (1998) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers CRAIG QC, Nicholas (1998) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers HARRIS QC, Christopher (2002) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers PILLAI QC, Rajesh (2002) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers PARKER QC, Matthew (1997) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers HANIF QC, Saima (2002) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers KRAMER QC, Adam (2004) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers LAZARUS, Michael (1987) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers START, Angharad (1988) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers RATCLIFFE, Peter (1998) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers CRAIG, Nicholas (1998) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers MALLINCKRODT, Sophie (1999) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers BALOCH, Tariq (2001) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers DAVIES EVANS, Jane (2001) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers EDWARDS, William (2002) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers McPHERSON, George (2003) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers SIMPSON, David (2003) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers LACOB, Lisa (2004) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers EBORALL, Charlotte (2004) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers KHAN, Farhaz (2005) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers HANKE, Richard (2006) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers PURVES, Robert (2007) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers KNIGHT, Alexia (2007) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers BOND, Christopher (2008) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers HINKS, Philip (2008) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers JEAVONS, Anne (2008) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers TEMPLE, Adam (2008) 010 7831 8441
Member of Chambers HOLDERNESS, Kate(2008) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers LAHTI, Liisa (2009) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers DE VECCHI, Tom (2009) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers VAN SANTE, Theodor (2009) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers RAINSBURY, Tom (2010) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers BURDIN, Christopher (2010) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers ONABANJO, Teniola (2010) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers C K WEE, Paul (2010) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers SCHMELZER, Miriam (2010) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers HIGGINS, Ian (2011) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers BHEEROO, Yash (2011) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers POTTS, James (2011) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers CATSAMBIS, Cleon (2011) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers MCWILLIAMS, James (2011) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers RALSTON, Scott (2012) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers PAVLOVICH, Antony (2012) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers WASSOUF, Mark (2014) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers BIRD, Nathaniel (2012) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers TULIP, Sarah (2012) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers DUTTON, Pia (2013) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers SHEPPARD, Emmanuel (2013) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers CHALFOUN, Georges (2014) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers GLOVER, Hannah (2013) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers KNIGHT, Hannah (2014) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers MILES, Cameron (2015) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers ZAMAN, Rebecca (2015) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers KENNELLY, Dominic (2016) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers DAY, William (2016) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers FERRO, Ryan (2017) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers DZWIG, Sophia (2017) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers STEINMETZ, Victor (2014) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers JACKSON, Ravi (2017) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers DASKALOVA, Ivana (2018) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers FU, Judy (2019) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers JONES, Clarissa (2018) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers MULDERRIG, Calum (2019) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers PARKER, Sarah 2016) 020 7831 8441
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English (fluent)
Arabic
French
German
Greek
Italian
Punjabi
Russian
Sinhala
Spanish
Swedish
Urdu

THE CHAMBERS

3 Verulam Buildings is one of the foremost sets of barristers’ chambers specialising in commercial law, with 85 members based in London and with many highly prominent legal practitioners across the World.  Members advise and represent clients in court, arbitration and other tribunals in England, other jurisdictions worldwide and internationally. 3VB’s approachable and responsive members and practice managers understand the pressures on solicitors and clients and the importance of providing a superb quality of service, in which legal excellence is combined with a commercial attitude.

WORK UNDERTAKEN

3VB has a genuine depth of experience across the full range of commercial litigation, from banking and financial services to company law, insurance, professional negligence, insolvency, commercial fraud, IT and media and entertainment. Its members are regularly instructed by the leading law firms in the major pieces of commercial litigation of the day, and often act in teams on various sides of major disputes. In addition, Chambers has a strong reputation in domestic and international arbitration, including significant experience of investment treaty disputes and cases involving energy, natural resources and infrastructure. 3VB has substantial experience of international work, in both litigation and arbitration. Members are frequently instructed by lawyers from other jurisdictions and are accustomed to working in multi-jurisdictional teams. They have particular experience of disputes arising in the Caribbean, the Gulf States, the post-Soviet states and the Asia-Pacific region.  As well as acting as counsel, many of its members and impressive array of international associate members sit as arbitrators, under all the major arbitration rules.  3VB’s members also undertake non-contentious work, such as drafting terms and conditions in contracts for financial institutions and commercial clients, and advising clients on the effects of new law. The languages spoken in 3VB include English, Arabic, Creole, French, German, Greek, Italian, Punjabi, Russian, Sinhala, Spanish, Swedish and Urdu.

RECRUITMENT

3VB offers up to four pupillages a year (through the Pupillage Gateway and for Gateway-exempt transferring lawyers) and also considers applications as lateral hires from barristers with established, excellent practices.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chambers Director Stewart Thompson 020 7831 8441
Senior Practice Manager Stephen Penson 020 7831 8441
Senior Practice Manager Stuart Pullum 020 7831 8441
Marketing Director Petra Bailey 020 7831 8441
Head of Finance and Operations Andrew Veale 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers McQUATER QC, Ewan (1985) (QC 2003) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers BELTRAMI QC, Adrian (1989) (QC 2008) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers MALEK QC, Ali (1980) (QC 1996) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers JARVIS QC, John (1970) (QC 1989) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers SYMONS QC, Christopher (1972) (QC 1989) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers SALTER QC, Richard (1975) (QC1995) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers BLAIR QC, Michael (Hon Causa) (1965) (QC 1996) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers MITCHELL QC, Gregory (1979) (QC 1997) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers MALEK QC, HODGE (1983) (QC 1999) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers SUTCLIFFE QC, Andrew (1983) (QC 2001) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers ONSLOW QC, Andrew (1982) (QC 2002) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers PHILLIPS QC, Rory (1984) (QC 2002) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers WEITZMAN QC, Tom (1984) (QC 2003) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers FLETCHER QC, Andrew (1980) (QC 2006) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers NASH QC, Jonathan (1986) (QC 2006) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers REES QC, Hefin (1992) (QC 2013) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers QUEST QC, David (1993) (QC 2013) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers DAVIES-JONES QC, Jonathan (1994) (QC 2013) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers HARDWICK QC, Matthew (1994) (QC 2014) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers McKENDRICK QC, Ewan (Hon Causa) (1998) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers HEAD QC, David (1995) (QC 2016) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers WILSON QC, Ian (1995) (QC 2018) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers RILEY QC, Jamie (1995) (QC 2019) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers DE VERNEUIL SMITH QC, Peter (1998) (QC 2019) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers CRAIG QC, Nicholas (1998) (QC 2019) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers HARRIS QC, Christopher (2002) (QC 2019) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers PILLAI QC, Rajesh (2002) (QC 2020) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers PARKER QC, Matthew (1997) (QC 2021) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers HANIF QC, Saima (2002) (QC 2021) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers KRAMER QC, Adam (2004) (QC 2021) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers LAZARUS, Michael (1987) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers START, Angharad (1988) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers PARKER, Matthew (1997) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers RATCLIFFE, Peter (1998) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers MALLINCKRODT, Sophie (1999) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers BALOCH, Tariq (2001) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers DAVIES EVANS, Jane (2001) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers EDWARDS, William (2002) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers McPHERSON, George (2003) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers SIMPSON, David (2003) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers LACOB, Lisa (2004) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers EBORALL, Charlotte (2004) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers KHAN, Farhaz (2005) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers HANKE, Richard (2006) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers PURVES, Robert (2007) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers KNIGHT, Alexia (2007) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers BOND, Christopher (2008) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers HINKS, Philip (2008) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers JEAVONS, Anne (2008) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers HOLDERNESS, Kate (2008) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers DE VECCHI, Tom (2009) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers VAN SANTE, Theodor (2009) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers BURDIN, Christopher (2010) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers ONABANJO, Teniola (2010) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers C K WEE, Paul (2010) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers SCHMELZER, Miriam (2010) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers HIGGINS, Ian (2011) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers BHEEROO, Yash (2011) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers POTTS, James (2011) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers CATSAMBIS, Cleon (2011) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers McWILLIAMS, James (2011) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers RALSTON, Scott (2012) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers PAVLOVICH, Antony (2012) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers WASSOUF, Mark (2014) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers BIRD, Nathaniel (2012) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers TULIP, Sarah (2012) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers DUTTON, Pia (2013) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers SHEPPARD, Emmanuel (2013) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers CHALFOUN, Georges (2014) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers GLOVER, Hannah (2013) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers MILES, Cameron (2015) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers ZAMAN, Rebecca (2015) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers KENNELLY, Dominic (2016) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers DAY, William (2016) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers FERRO, Ryan (2017) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers DZWIG, Sophia (2017) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers DASKALOVA, Ivana (2018) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers JACKSON, Ravi (2017) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers STEINMETZ, Victor (2014) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers FU, Judy (2019) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers JONES, Clarissa (2018) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers MULDERRIG, Calum (2019) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers PARKER, Sarah (2016) 020 7831 8441
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