Set Profile > Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC > London, England

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

Shipping

2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is thorough and responsive.

Public international law

2019 Silks

Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA first-rate advocate, especially in the closing submissions where he never fails to impress.

Leading Juniors

Tariq Baloch - 3 Verulam BuildingsUnderstands what the client wants and delivers.
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Wee - 3 Verulam BuildingsBrilliant, a go-to junior for investment treaty arbitrations.
Ranked: Tier 3

Aviation

2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is a very effective advocate; he gets his points across clearly and interacts well with the court.

Leading Juniors

Cleon Catsambis - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is excellent at practically applying legal concepts and rulings to a situation.
Ranked: Tier 4

Commodities

2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA true heavyweight at the commercial Bar, he is not frightened to express a clear view. Strategic, innovative but hard-headed advice.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Tier 1

3 Verulam Buildings 'continues to thrive as a first-rate set,' and is a 'clear market leader in this field', according to instructing solicitors, who add that on 'all banking and finance matters they can offer genuine expertise and huge strength in depth'. The set's silks and juniors are regularly called upon to act on the market's largest and most technically challenging banking disputes. Recent examples using multiple members include PJSC Commercial Bank Privatbank v Kolomoisky & Others, in which Ali Malek QC and Matthew Parker represented Gennadiy Bogolyubov. Another highlight was PCP Capital Partners v Barclays Bank Plc, in which Ewan McQuater QC represented Barclays, while Andrew Onslow QC  advised the Serious Fraud Office in related parallel criminal proceedings.

Leading Silks

Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is first class – incredibly clear-minded, highly responsive and a great advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA first-class banking litigator.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery strong on the technical banking stuff, and he's a fighter, which we like.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsShowed outstanding attention, patience and mastery of the papers.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Nash QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is an incredible silk.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Odgers QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA cerebral and formidable counsel.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsClearly a leader in his field in relation to banking disputes.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Quest QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsCareful, thoughtful, has a strong specialist knowledge and is an effective advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Salter QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA top-flight lawyer who can bring an alternative analysis to matters, which clients appreciate.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Jarvis QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe has a very broad range of experience, particularly in finance, fraud and insolvency matters.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely well regarded for banking litigation.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Blair QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely experienced across a broad range of banking issues.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Davies-Jones QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis analysis is second to none.
Ranked: Tier 4
Catherine Gibaud QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn excellent banking silk.
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA superb banking silk.
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Edwards QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent at cross-examination, including of technical experts in the field of banking, especially complex derivatives.
Ranked: Tier 5

2018 Silks

Ian Wilson QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA great practitioner who is building a stellar practice.

2019 Silks

Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe stepped up to the plate and helped us massively.
Peter De Verneuil Smith QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery punchy with his intellect and advice, he delivers a star turn.

Leading Juniors

William Edwards - 3 Verulam BuildingsA formidable advocate who has the ability to make incisive points at key moments.
Ranked: Tier 1
Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam BuildingsA very able junior who is confident in his written and oral work and is a pleasure to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Adam Kramer - 3 Verulam BuildingsBrilliant on paper, he can work through the most complex case and distil it into a persuasive, easy to understand submission.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely hardworking, and just as good on paper as he is on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 1
Scott Ralston - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis preparation is excellent, which allows his submissions to be focused and tight.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Lazarus - 3 Verulam BuildingsHighly responsive, personable, and unparalleled attention to detail matched by astute strategic and commercial skills.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Simpson - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery affable and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Charlotte Eborall - 3 Verulam BuildingsShe is always excellent.
Ranked: Tier 3
Lisa Lacob - 3 Verulam BuildingsOrganised, clear in her written advice and pleadings and an effective advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Mark Phillips - 3 Verulam BuildingsA leading expert on promissory notes and really nice to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rajesh Pillai - 3 Verulam BuildingsSuper efficient and structured, he is also extremely hardworking and a real pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Bond - 3 Verulam BuildingsBalances thorough legal analysis with a practical approach to identifying which are the issues that really matter to the outcome of a case.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sophie Mallinckrodt - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery efficient, she gets stuck into the papers and gives clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 4

Commercial litigation Tier 1

With 'excellent bench strength', 3 Verulam Buildings is a 'go-to set for commercial litigation mandates'. Over the years, the set has been building an extremely strong team at the junior end, with some well-chosen laterals, arriving either from rival sets or law firms. Notable recent examples include Jamie Riley QC and James McWiliams from Littleton Chambers. The workload of members also continues to impress, with significant roles on Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, in which Adrian Beltrami QC successfully represented the defendant, and PCP Capital Partners v Barclays Bank Plc, where Ewan McQuater QC led the defence for the bank.

Leading Silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsWorld class – calm, unflappable, and ready to push the envelope with legal argument and analysis.
Ranked: Tier 1
Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA first-rate senior silk, he has exceptional analytical skills and commands attention in court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis cross-examination was exceptional and he got on top of the factual detail of the case very quickly.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Jarvis QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsFast, quick to cut through to the nub of a matter, and energetic.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Nash QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsDeserves his star status.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExactly what the client was hoping for in a tough case with a tricky opponent.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Quest QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsEffective and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Salter QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA very safe pair of hands with clinical attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsPowerful legal analysis and his communication skills are excellent.
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA brilliant tactician, a great advocate and second to none as a team player.
Ranked: Tier 4
Jonathan Davies-Jones QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsPhenomenally bright and an incredibly nice man to work with.
Ranked: Tier 5
John Odgers QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsIncredibly bright, calm and measured with clients and on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 5
Richard Edwards QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA passionate, personable advocate who has extraordinary knowledge of the detail.
Ranked: Tier 6
Andrew Fletcher QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsStrategically sound, has an impressive grasp of detail, is very responsive, and has an excellent manner with clients.
Ranked: Tier 6

2019 Silks

Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA powerful advocate who can push points hard when he needs to.
Jamie Riley QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA very clever and accomplished barrister yet he is easy to deal with and always makes himself available.
Peter de Verneuil Smith QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn incredible barrister.

Leading Juniors

Michael Lazarus - 3 Verulam BuildingsFirst class – easily silk quality and beyond.
Ranked: Tier 1
Adam Kramer - 3 Verulam BuildingsOne of the best juniors I have ever worked with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam BuildingsSeriously impressive, he readily earns the respect of the bench.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rajesh Pillai - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis ability to think strategically makes him a real asset, and he is incredibly hands-on and client friendly.
Ranked: Tier 2
George McPherson - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn excellent junior with strong drafting skills, and impressive grasp of the law, and very user friendly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Philip Hinks - 3 Verulam BuildingsA very assured lawyer who produces quality work.
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Hanke - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is very capable, punches above his weight and has the ear of the court.
Ranked: Tier 5

Financial services regulation Tier 1

3 Verulam Buildings remains 'a go-to set for any dispute with a financial services angle', according to instructing solicitors. Recently members such as Richard Brent QC have advised on several major test cases affecting the financial services industry. Members, including Rory Phillips QC, Robert Purves, and Sophie Mallinckrodt  also acted for the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority on the Part VII transfers of Barclays Bank, Lloyds Bank, HSBC, and Santander.

Leading Silks

Michael Blair QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA hugely respected silk within the financial services community.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA real team player who makes himself available 24/7.
Ranked: Tier 2
Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery highly rated for financial services regulation work.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rory Philips QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHugely experienced advising the regulators on the new ring-fencing regime.
Ranked: Tier 2
Richard Brent QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHighly experienced across a broad range of financial services issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Odgers QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsUnderstated yet highly effective both as a lawyer and advocate, clients like his calm, measured approach.
Ranked: Tier 3

2018 Silks

Ian Wilson QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAlways has a calm and assured manner, and excellent on his feet.

Leading Juniors

Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam BuildingsHighly intelligent, very hardworking, and above all a creative thinker that always finds solutions for clients rather than problems.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Purves - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery responsive and approachable, with strong knowledge of both the law and the regulatory approach.
Ranked: Tier 1
Saima Hanif - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery energetic and enthusiastic, easy to deal with and approachable but robust when needed.
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Hinks - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely approachable, flexible, user-friendly, with a practical outcomes based approach.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Simpson - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely intelligent and has an amazing breadth and depth of knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 2
Charlotte Eborall - 3 Verulam BuildingsCommercial, practical and very user friendly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sophie Mallinckrodt - 3 Verulam BuildingsA good team player.
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely good in all areas in which he was engaged.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Mark Phillips - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery user friendly, careful, and clearly very clever.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rajesh Pillai - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe researches the law thoroughly and effortlessly and comes up with creative and pragmatic solutions.
Ranked: Tier 3
James Potts - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery knowledgeable on the law and excellent both on his feet and on paper.
Ranked: Tier 3

Fraud: civil Tier 1

3 Verulam Buildings has an 'excellent blend of barristers and door tenants, and the clerks ensure that the barristers instructed are available when needed'. The set's pedigree in the fraud arena is demonstrated by the caseload of its members, which includes AHAB v Saad Investments Co Ltd, one of the largest fraud claims ever litigated, in which David Quest QC acted for the Algosaibi Brothers. Other notable mandates included Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, where Adrian Beltrami QC represented the accountants, and Tatneft v Bogolyubov & Ors, in which Ali Malek QC and Peter De Verneuil Smith represented the defendants.

Leading Silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent in terms of being hands on, astute in his legal advice and legal strategy.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsBrilliant at getting right to the heart of complex issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA great silk.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Jarvis QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely versatile and is able to apply his experience across a wide range of different subject areas.
Ranked: Tier 3
Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsTruly one of the best.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn excellent silk. His advice is always clear and concise.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Quest QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsSensible, user friendly, and very good with numbers.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe's the real deal – calm, clear, unflappable, and always on top of his brief.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Head QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis sublime advocacy is underpinned by an incredibly strong work ethic.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn excellent barrister.
Peter de Verneuil Smith QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery well regarded for his fraud expertise.

Leading Juniors

Michael Lazarus - 3 Verulam BuildingsFirst choice by some distance.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is incredible.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rajesh Pillai - 3 Verulam BuildingsPerforms consistently at silk level – a proven case leader who exudes gravitas on his feet and on paper.
Ranked: Tier 3
William Edwards - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis preparation for hearings is impeccable.
Ranked: Tier 4
Adam Kramer - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe's a super brain but also very commercial and direct.
Ranked: Tier 4

IT and telecoms Tier 1

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Michael Lazarus - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is an excellent technical lawyer and an engaging advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1

Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations) Tier 1

Leading Silks

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

International arbitration: arbitrators Tier 2

Christopher Symons QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery efficient and well-organised; clear and crisp-minded.

Mediators Tier 2

3 Verulam Buildings' Elizabeth Birch is also a member of In Place of Strife. Birch has been mediating commercial and international disputes since 1995, and is particularly focused on maritime, commercial, insurance and reinsurance matters, and receives appointments from the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and other international panels.

Offshore Tier 2

A set that is 'very impressive in terms of its coverage, and advocates with really strong advocacy skills', 3 Verulam Buildings handles a range of work, with a number of cases having links to the CIS region through the BVI. Members are also involved in litigation elsewhere in the Caribbean. Matthew Hardwick QC represented Delco Participation, a Dutch company, in an appeal against the decision of a BVI's first instance court to refuse to appoint liquidators over Green Elite in an unusual use of the loss of substratum ground for a winding-up. Ewan McQuater QC led the team representing BVI companies in the Investec Trust v Glenalla Trustees case, the latest round of the Tchenguiz saga, in this instance concerning enforcing against Robert Tchenguiz's home near the Royal Albert Hall. Hefin Rees QC joined in October 2018 from 39 Essex Chambers, further strengthening the set.

Leading Silks

Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsBrilliant at getting right to the heart of complex issues then providing a roadmap through.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis commercial practice includes BVI disputes with Russian elements.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Quest QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsEven among commercial QCs, he stands out as a clear, precise and incisive thinker.
Ranked: Tier 2
Hefin Rees QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis commercial practice includes Caribbean cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsInstructed in the most high-profile cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis broad commercial practice includes Channel Island and Caribbean work.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

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

Leading Juniors

Philip Hinks - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe has a track record of fraud and insolvency cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rajesh Pillai - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe has experience of Manx litigation.
Ranked: Tier 3

Professional negligence Tier 2

3 Verulam Buildings 'undoubtedly has strength-in-depth' and offers 'quality counsel' for professional negligence disputes, where it is noted for its ability to handle cases in the financial services sector. It is also instructed by a number of major insurance and reinsurance groups. Richard Edwards QC acted for the claimant in Court of Appeal case CGL Group Ltd v RBS, which concerned alleged duties of care owed by banks to customers. Ali Malek QC  is instructed in Carlyle Capital Corporation Ltd (In Liquidation) & Others v Conway & Others, which involves the collapse of a $22bn fund and  professional negligence issues.

Leading Silks

Thomas Weitzman QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is very experienced.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is fantastic at getting into the detail.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is exceptional.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA first-rate silk.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rory Phillips QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is experienced in brokers' negligence work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsSmart and accessible.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Edwards QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHas an outstanding ability to focus on the most important issues in a case.
Ranked: Tier 4
David Head QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is stellar.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is very responsive, thoroughly charming and a team player.
Peter de Verneuil Smith QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is noted for professional negligence cases involving financial services.

Leading Juniors

Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is excellent.
Ranked: Tier 2
Adam Kramer - 3 Verulam BuildingsOutstandingly bright.
Ranked: Tier 3
Peter Ratcliffe - 3 Verulam BuildingsBrilliant to work with and very experienced.
Ranked: Tier 3
Peter Cranfield - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is experienced in professional negligence work.
Ranked: Tier 5
William Edwards - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is experienced in professional negligence matters.
Ranked: Tier 5
Sophie Mallinckrodt - 3 Verulam BuildingsNoted for cases involving financial services professionals.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Angharad Start - 3 Verulam BuildingsShe is experienced in professional negligence cases.
Ranked: Tier 5
Christopher Bond - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe has the ability to balance thorough legal analysis with a practical approach to identifying which are the issues that really matter.
Ranked: Tier 6
Farhaz Khan - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery bright, engaged and good at finding solutions to complex legal problems.
Ranked: Tier 6

Insolvency Tier 3

3 Verulam Buildings has 'strength in depth at every level and offer an excellent choice of counsel'. The set has been involved in a number of high-profile cases, demonstrated by Ewan Mcquater QC's lead of Vodafone's defence in Phones 4u Limited v Vodafone Group. In another highlight, Matthew Hardwick QC acted for the claimant in Delco Participation BV v Green Elite Limited. Adrian Beltrami QC, who was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2018, acted for RBS in the pre-trial phase of Marme v RBS.

Leading Silks

Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsTremendously clear mind; highly responsive; a great advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is brilliant at getting right to the heart of complex issues then providing a clear answer or route map through.
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is adept at identifying the core issues and in coming up with creative ways of tackling them.
Ranked: Tier 5
John Jarvis QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAside from his formidable intellect, he has seen it all and done it all many times before, so nothing phases him.
Ranked: Tier 5
Richard Salter QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsEnjoyable to work with, intellectually rigorous.
Ranked: Tier 5

2018 Silks

Ian Wilson QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe combines intelligence with a good range of commercial legal expertise and a positive attitude.

2019 Silks

Jamie Riley QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is great on his feet, courteous but confident.

Leading Juniors

Philip Hinks - 3 Verulam BuildingsHigh-quality advice, excellent advocate, user-friendly, and collaborative where necessary.
Ranked: Tier 4
Angharad Start - 3 Verulam BuildingsA tour de force who commands the attention of the court.
Ranked: Tier 4
William Edwards - 3 Verulam BuildingsHas particular expertise in the fraud side of insolvency.
Ranked: Tier 5

Insurance and reinsurance Tier 3

3 Verulam Buildings is noted for its 'star individuals' for insurance and reinsurance work. Peter Ratcliffe and Adam Kramer were instructed in professional indemnity policy dispute Brightside Group Ltd v AIG Europe Ltd and others. With several 'fantastic silks', Tom Weitzman QC, in particular, has been involved in a number of complex insurance disputes; he led Kate Holderness in The Cultural Foundation & Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company v Beazley Furlonge, which relates to claims brought by third parties against Beazley Furlonge and a number of excess insurers under the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 1930.

Leading Silks

Tom Weitzman QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsIntelligent, tough and a great advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is rigorous and provides sound advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Rory Phillips QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is a very well regarded silk.
Ranked: Tier 3

2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is a powerhouse.
Peter de Verneuil Smith QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA new silk that is going places.

Leading Juniors

Peter Ratcliffe - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is the ultimate insurance barrister; he knows the law, is superb to work with, and is unbelievably persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 1
Adam Kramer - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is outstandingly bright.
Ranked: Tier 4
Kate Holderness - 3 Verulam BuildingsShe is hardworking, efficient, knowledgeable, unflappable; a junior with good judgement.
Ranked: Tier 4

International arbitration: counsel Tier 3

3 Verulam Buildings is praised for its 'mentality and ethos'. The set has built up an impressive roster of arbitration counsel over recent years, particularly at the more junior end. Recent highlight cases include Marfin Investment Group v Cyprus, where Ali Malek QCTariq Baloch and Mark Wassouf represented the claimants, and Anatolie Stati & (2) Gabriel Stati & (3) Ascom Group S.A. & (4) Terra Raf Trans Traiding Ltd v The Republic of Kazakhstan in which Malek and Christopher Harris QC represented Kazakhstan.

Leading Silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA fantastic advocate, very experienced, with excellent judgement.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe got on top of the very substantial factual detail of the case very quickly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan Nash QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely capable and user friendly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsAn excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Richard Salter QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA solid choice for arbitration.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsParticularly effective at processing masses of information within a relatively short period and presenting arguments succinctly and persuasively.
Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsFantastic on his feet and works incredibly hard, he really deserves to have taken silk.
Peter De Verneuil Smith QC  - 3 Verulam BuildingsA very clever and very good advocate.

Leading Juniors

Tariq Baloch - 3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent client handling, sound knowledge of the law, effective advocacy, and user friendly.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jane Davies Evans - 3 Verulam BuildingsA highly sought after counsel in international arbitration because of her most unusual and helpful dual qualifications as a chartered accountant and as a top barrister.
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam BuildingsA fabulous advocate and nitty-gritty street fighter, you don't want to be against him.
Ranked: Tier 2
Rajesh Pillai - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely perceptive and always meets clients expectations.
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Wassouf - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery responsive, commercial and client focused.
Ranked: Tier 2
Georges Chalfoun - 3 Verulam BuildingsHas a very hard work ethic and is an essential part of the counsel team on big ticket matters.
Ranked: Tier 3

Consumer Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Charlotte Eborall - 3 Verulam BuildingsA junior who is very good on her feet.
Ranked: Tier 3
Theodor van Sante - 3 Verulam BuildingsEfficient with his time and commercial in his approach.
Ranked: Tier 3

Construction Tier 3

Leading Silks

Hefin Rees QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExperienced in engineering and construction disputes.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Jane Davies Evans - 3 Verulam BuildingsHighly regarded at the construction Bar for her unparalleled experience in dealing with quantum delay claims.
Ranked: Tier 3

Pensions Tier 3

Leading Juniors

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

Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture Tier 3

3 Verulam Buildings has a solid track record representing the National Crime Agency in civil recovery proceedings. Andrew Sutcliffe QC and Anne Jeavons successfully acted for the agency in the case of National Crime Agency v Nuttall, involving the recovery of assets worth £6m, which were found to be the proceeds of a money laundering scheme.

Leading Silks

Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery experienced in acting for the NCA in asset recovery claims.
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

In 2018, members of 3 Verulam Buildings appeared in numerous court and arbitration cases related to oilfields and mines, as well as technical disputes and matters concerning the economic interests of parties involved in the operation of major oil and gas pipelines. The set is 'more than just its core finance and banking practice', remarks one client, while another recommends the 'efficient and forward-looking' clerking team. Andrew Onslow QC acted for the claimant in Iran Offshore & Engineering Construction Company v Dean Investment Holdings SA & Ors Acting to attempt the recovery of $87m for an offshore oil drilling rig. Heavyweight commercial silk Hodge Malek QC joined the set in 2018. He is currently involved in a multibillion-dollar arbitration concerning a long-term gas supply contract. Ali Malek QC acted for Ukrainian oligarch Gennadiy Bogolyubov in a $380m oil distribution dispute. Paul Wee is acting for The Russian Federation in enforcement proceedings concerning the $50bn arbitral awards obtained by former shareholders of Yukos under the Energy Charter Treaty.

Leading Silks

Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA respected commercial silk representing oil companies, governments and regulators.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA highly capable silk for international arbitrations in the oil sector.
Ranked: Tier 4

2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery client friendly with an in-depth knowledge of arbitration related litigation; his written advocacy is superb.
Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA specialist, impressive arbitration advocate.

Leading Juniors

Jane Davies Evans - 3 Verulam BuildingsOne of the swiftest rising stars in the energy sector with deep knowledge of energy projects worldwide.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Wee - 3 Verulam BuildingsPhenomenally hardworking, knows the law inside out and is extremely reliable and thorough in his legal analysis.
Ranked: Tier 3
Georges Chalfoun - 3 Verulam BuildingsTruly outstanding in extremely complicated cases involving technical issues.
Ranked: Tier 4

Professional disciplinary and regulatory law Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Yash Bheeroo - 3 Verulam BuildingsAdept at presenting key points to the court in a persuasive manner.
Ranked: Tier 4
Saima Hanif - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery approachable and excellent on her feet.
Ranked: Tier 4

Administrative and public law (including local government) Tier 4

Leading Silks

Rory Phillips QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is incisive, tactically astute, pragmatic and very experienced.
Ranked: Tier 4

Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property) Tier 4

Media and entertainment - Leading Silks

Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is a safe pair of hands for disputes in the music industry.
Ranked: Tier 4

Set overviews: England and Wales

One of the first choices for banking and financial market disputes’, the ‘top notch3 Verulam Buildings has ‘strong bench strength’ with ‘numerous barristers who are excellent in a range of other areas’, including arbitration, fraud, and insolvency; ‘they are all reliable and provide quality advice, with some superstars there present’. The set ‘unquestionably has the heft and the strength in depth of the very best commercial sets,’ said one client, and despite its ‘top-flight status’ solicitors are pleased chambers has ‘managed to stay in the real world’ when it comes to fees, which are described as ‘realistic and commercial’. Christopher Harris, Peter De Verneuil Smith, and Nicholas Craig all took silk in 2019. After a busy 2018 for recruitment, chambers further strengthened its stable with the arrival of new commercial litigation and insolvency silk Jamie Riley QC and junior James McWilliams from Littleton Chambers. The set also celebrated the arrival of three new high-profile associate members: Brian King, formerly head of arbitration at Freshfields, Sean Hagan, former general counsel of the International Monetary Fund, and sovereign debt specialist Lee C Buchheit. But it is not just the set’s membership that has grown; chambers has also recruited talented clerk Samantha Jones from Serjeants' Inn Chambers. The set’s senior management consists of chambers director Robin Jackson and joint senior practice managers Stephen Penson (‘a pleasure to deal with’) and Stuart Pullum (‘responsive, helpful, and has a strong relationship with the court’), who together oversee ‘one of the best clerks' rooms around’. The clerks are all ‘approachable and highly responsive. They take time to get to know you and can put together the right team for you in short order’. Richard Ansell is ‘particularly impressive’; Ed Tolfts is ‘helpful, hardworking, and goes the extra mile’; Robert Croke, James Ingham, Harry Freeman, and Jack Wheeler are also rated for their ‘exemplary’ client service. Offices in: London

THE CHAMBERS

3 Verulam Buildings is one of the foremost sets of barristers’ chambers specialising in commercial law, with 80 members based in London (ranked by Chambers UK in 28 practice areas) 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 Robin Jackson 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 ODGERS QC, John (1990) 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 GIBAUD QC, Catherine (1996) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers McKENDRICK QC, Ewan (Hon Causa) (1998) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers EDWARDS QC, Richard (1993) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers HEAD QC, David (1995) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers BRENT QC, Richard (1995) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers WILSON QC, Ian (1995) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers CRANFIELD, Peter (1982) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers LAZARUS, Michael (1987) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers START, Angharad (1988) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers PHILLIPS, Jonathan Mark (1991) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers PARKER, Matthew (1997) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers RATCLIFFE, Peter (1998) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers DE VERNEUIL-SMITH, 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 HARRIS, Christopher (2002) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers PILLAI, Rajesh (2002) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers HANIF, Saima (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 KRAMER, Adam (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 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
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 Tariq Baloch  photo Tariq Baloch Specialises in international arbitration (international investment treaty claims and internationl commercial arbitration),…
 Adrian Beltrami QC photo Adrian Beltrami QC Barrister specialising in commercial law, banking law, insolvency, sale of goods, commercial…
 Elizabeth Birch  photo Elizabeth Birch Commercial barrister since 1980, has sat as arbitrator since 1992 and as…
 Nathaniel Bird  photo Nathaniel Bird Barrister specialising in commercial and financial work, including banking, financial services, insurance,…
 Michael Blair QC photo Michael Blair QC Queen’s Counsel in independent practice, specialising in financial services.
 Christopher Bond  photo Christopher Bond General commercial litigation, including banking, financial services, insurance, civil fraud, professional negligence,…
 Richard Brent QC photo Richard Brent QC Barrister specialising in general commercial work, including banking law, insurance and reinsurance…
 Christopher Burdin  photo Christopher Burdin Barrister specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration, including banking and finance, civil…
 Cleon Catsambis  photo Cleon Catsambis Cleon has a strong and well-regarded commercial practice that encompasses commercial litigation…
 Nicholas Craig QC photo Nicholas Craig QC Barrister specialising in commercial litigation, in particular arbitration, civil fraud, banking, shipping,…
 Peter Cranfield  photo Peter Cranfield Barrister specialising in professional indemnity (including claims against accountants, architects, brokers, financial…
 Jane Davies Evans  photo Jane Davies Evans Jane is a renowned commercial barrister, specialising in energy and engineering/construction disputes,…
 Jonathan Davies-Jones QC photo Jonathan Davies-Jones QC Barrister specialising in general commercial work including banking, fraud, insurance and reinsurance,…
 Tom De Vecchi  photo Tom De Vecchi General commercial practice, including banking, financial services, insolvency, civil fraud, insurance and…
 Peter De Verneuil Smith QC photo Peter De Verneuil Smith QC Peter is a newly appointed silk (2019) with specialisms in banking, financial…
 Pia Dutton  photo Pia Dutton Pia is building a general commercial practice in line with Chambers’ profile.…
 Charlotte Eborall  photo Charlotte Eborall Barrister specialising in commercial litigation, including banking and finance (including consumer credit),…
 William Edwards  photo William Edwards Barrister specialising in general commercial work (including sale of goods/supply of services…
 Richard Edwards QC photo Richard Edwards QC Barrister specialising in commercial work, including banking, financial services, art and cultural…
 Andrew Fletcher QC photo Andrew Fletcher QC Barrister with particular experience in share purchase agreements (especially misrepresentation and breach…
 Clive Freedman  photo Clive Freedman Barrister specialising in commercial work generally, in particular IT law, banking, building…
 Catherine Gibaud QC photo Catherine Gibaud QC Barrister specialising in commercial law, in particular banking and finance, insolvency and…
 Hannah Glover  photo Hannah Glover Hannah specialises in commercial disputes, with a particular emphasis on banking and…
 Saima Hanif  photo Saima Hanif Barrister. Saima has an expertise in banking and financial services, with a…
 Richard Hanke  photo Richard Hanke General commercial work, including banking and financial services, civil fraud and insolvency.
 Matthew Hardwick QC photo Matthew Hardwick QC Barrister specialising in commercial litigation, banking, insolvency, insurance, professional negligence and employment.
 Christopher Harris QC photo Christopher Harris QC Barrister specialising in banking, financial services, general commercial litigation and international commercial…
 David Head QC photo David Head QC David Head is an experienced advocate with a wide-ranging commercial practice, including…
 Ian Higgins  photo Ian Higgins Ian is a former solicitor with a general commercial practice, with particular…
 Philip Hinks  photo Philip Hinks
 Kate Holderness  photo Kate Holderness Experience across the breadth of general commercial law, including in the specialist…
 John Jarvis QC photo John Jarvis QC Commercial work, specialising in banking law both domestic and international, including drafting…
 Anne Jeavons  photo Anne Jeavons General commercial practice, including banking, insurance, civil fraud, professional negligence, financial services,…
 Dominic Kennelly  photo Dominic Kennelly Dominic is a former solicitor with substantial experience of commercial disputes, particularly…
 Farhaz Khan  photo Farhaz Khan Farhaz is recognised as one of the leading senior juniors at the…
 Alexia Knight  photo Alexia Knight General commercial work and litigation in line with 3VB’s practice, including banking…
 Adam Kramer  photo Adam Kramer Barrister specialising in commercial disputes, especially banking and finance, commercial fraud, energy,…
 Lisa Lacob  photo Lisa Lacob Barrister specialising in general commercial work, including banking and financial services, insurance,…
 Michael Lazarus  photo Michael Lazarus Michael’s practice includes most areas of domestic and international commercial and business…
 Ali Malek QC photo Ali Malek QC Barrister specialising in commercial law, including banking and financial disputes, insurance and…
 Hodge Malek QC  photo Hodge Malek QC Barrister with an impressive academic and practical background with a successful and…
 Sophie Mallinckrodt  photo Sophie Mallinckrodt Barrister with general commercial practice, including banking, insurance, financial services, insolvency, company…
 Ewan Mckendrick QC photo Ewan Mckendrick QC Barrister specialising in advisory work on general commercial matters, particularly contract law,…
 George Mcpherson  photo George Mcpherson Barrister with general commercial practice, including insurance and reinsurance, insolvency, commercial fraud,…
 Ewan Mcquater QC photo Ewan Mcquater QC Barrister specialising in commercial work in particular international and domestic banking and…
 Gregory Mitchell QC photo Gregory Mitchell QC Specialises in commercial litigation, arbitration and advisory work. He has been instructed…
 Jonathan Nash QC photo Jonathan Nash QC Banking law and insolvency, financial services, professional negligence (solicitors, barristers and accountants),…
 John Odgers QC photo John Odgers QC Commercial litigator specialising in banking, financial services, professional negligence, fraud, company sale…
 Teniola Onabanjo  photo Teniola Onabanjo Barrister specialising in general commercial work, including banking, financial services, contractual disputes,…
 Matthew Parker  photo Matthew Parker Matthew is one of the leading juniors at the commercial Bar.  He…
 Anthony Pavlovich  photo Anthony Pavlovich Barrister experienced in banking (guarantees, mortgages, bonds, derivatives, sale-and-purchase agreements); financial services…
 Jonathan Phillips  photo Jonathan Phillips Commercial litigation, particularly banking, finance, security and insolvency; practice includes domestic and…
 Rory Phillips QC photo Rory Phillips QC Wide-ranging public and commercial law practice.
 Rajesh Pillai  photo Rajesh Pillai Barrister specialising in banking, commercial fraud, company, insurance and reinsurance, entertainment, insolvency…
 James Potts  photo James Potts
Dr Robert Purves  photo Dr Robert Purves Robert acts for financial services firms, individuals and regulatory bodies seeking advice…
 David Quest QC photo David Quest QC Barrister specialising in commercial law: banking; international trade and finance; insurance and…
 Scott Ralston  photo Scott Ralston Barrister specialising in commercial and banking law.
 Peter Ratcliffe  photo Peter Ratcliffe Barrister specialising in commercial litigation and advisory work, with particular emphasis on…
 Hefin Rees QC  photo Hefin Rees QC Hefin Rees QC has extensive experience of international disputes in the commercial,…
 Richard Salter QC photo Richard Salter QC Barrister specialising in business and financial law, with particular emphasis on domestic…
 Miriam Schmelzer  photo Miriam Schmelzer Miriam is developing a broad commercial practice in line with Chambers’ profile.…
 David Simpson  photo David Simpson Barrister undertaking general commercial work with particular emphasis to date on financial…
 Angharad Start  photo Angharad Start Barrister specialising in company law, corporate and personal insolvency, professional indemnity work,…
 Andrew Sutcliffe QC photo Andrew Sutcliffe QC Principal areas of practice are commercial and business law (including banking, financial…
 Christopher Symons QC photo Christopher Symons QC Barrister specialising in commercial litigation/arbitration particularly all aspects of insurance, reinsurance, professional…
 Theodor Van Sante  photo Theodor Van Sante Specialising in regulatory and financial services work, Theodor has extensive experience acting…
 Mark Wassouf  photo Mark Wassouf Mark Wassouf has a broad commercial and public international law practice. He…
 Paul Wee  photo Paul Wee Paul is a barrister practicing from 3 Verulam Buildings in London, specialising…
 Thomas Weitzman QC photo Thomas Weitzman QC Barrister with a general commercial practice, specialising in insurance, insurance-related and reinsurance…
 Ian Wilson QC photo Ian Wilson QC Barrister specialising in commercial litigation, including banking and finance, commercial fraud, professional…
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 82 members based in London (ranked by Chambers UK in 26 practice areas) 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 Robin Jackson 020 7831 8441
Senior Practice Manager Stephen Penson 020 7831 8441
Senior Practice Manager Stuart Pullum 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 EDWARDS QC, Richard (1993) 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) (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 CRANFIELD, Peter (1982) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers LAZARUS, Michael (1987) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers START, Angharad (1988) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers PHILLIPS, Jonathan Mark (1991) 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 PILLAI, Rajesh (2002) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers HANIF, Saima (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 KRAMER, Adam (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 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 DASKALOVA, Ivana (2018) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers JACKSON, Ravi (2017) 020 7831 8441
Member of Chambers STEINMETZ, Victor (2014) 020 7831 8441
English (fluent)
Arabic
French
German
Greek
Italian
Punjabi
Russian
Sinhala
Spanish
Swedish
Urdu