Theodor Van Sante > Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC
3 Verulam Buildings
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Specialising in regulatory and financial services work, Theodor has extensive experience acting for financial regulators, including the FCA and PRA, as well as regulated businesses and consumers.  Frequently instructed by the FCA, recent instructions include the Equitable Life Scheme of Arrangement and the Royal London Scheme of Arrangement, as well as various Part VII insurance transfers of business.  Theodor also has a broader regulatory and commercial practice, including having acted on both the multi-billion pound pieces of litigation to arise out of rights issues during the financial crisis, namely in the PCP v Barclays Bank litigation (acting for the SFO) and the RBS Rights Issue litigation (acting for RBS). Theodor also maintains a practice in civil recovery work under proceeds of crime legislation for the NCA.


Called 2009, Inner Temple; seconded to the FSA (2011) and FCA (2018)


French, Dutch.


COMBAR; FSLA; Bar Pro Bono Unit.


B.Sc. Economics, London School of Economics (2006)

M.S. Management Science, Stanford University (2007)

GDL, City University (2008)

M.St. International Relations, Cambridge University (2015)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Theodor van Sante3 Verulam BuildingsTheodor’s technical knowledge in this area is unsurpassed. His advice is practical and easy to understand. He has a very good client manner.

London Bar > Proceeds of crime (POCA) and asset forfeiture

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Theodor van Sante3 Verulam BuildingsHe has a good knowledge of the law relating to proceeds of crime and asset forfeiture. He is very good at identifying inconsistencies and contradictions in the respondents’ case and has impressive powers of forensic analysis.

An ‘increasing force in POCA work and asset forfeiture’, the set at 3 Verulam Buildings specialises in acting for government agencies involved in civil recovery procedures. Andrew Sutcliffe QC and Anne Jeavons are acting for the CPS in CPS v Aquila Advisory Ltd, which concerns the interaction of a confiscation order and a claim by the company against its directors. Sutcliffe QC is also involved in National Crime Agency v Odewale & Yadav, also leads Theodor Van Sante, in a claim by the NCA for a recovery order. Tom Rainsbury has been instructed by the NCA in the Hajiyeva unexplained wealth order case.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Theodor van Sante3 Verulam BuildingsVery good on insurance principles.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 6

Theodor van Sante3 Verulam Buildings

London Bar > Consumer

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Theodor Van Sante3 Verulam BuildingsListened to by clients on calls and very responsive to instructing solicitors.