Philip Hinks > 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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Philip is a leading junior who is regularly instructed in high-value, complex matters, particularly in relation to general commercial, civil fraud, financial services and insolvency disputes. 

The directories describe him as “seriously impressive and will no doubt be a star of the future”, “a sophisticated and erudite adviser”, “frighteningly efficient and very bright”, “exudes authority and has the ability to grasp complex issues quickly”, and “a really excellent junior.”

Philip’s recent experience includes representing the FCA in the Supreme Court in what is the leading authority on collective investment schemes: FCA v Asset Land, and representing the liquidators in the Supreme Court in Re D&D Wines International, where the court considered the circumstances in which a receipt by an insolvent agent would give rise to a constructive trust.  He is currently acting in a $250m claim against Tesco Plc arising from the retailer’s overstatements of profits, and represents one of the Defendants to a $400m fraud claim in a dispute concerning the alleged siphoning off of oil payments in Ukraine and Russia (PJSC Tatneft). 


BCL, University of Oxford (BNC) – restitution, conflict of laws, insolvency & tax.

LLB in Law & French, University of Bristol – top 1st in graduating year.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Philip Hinks3 Verulam BuildingsHe has excellent commercial instincts and provides invaluable strategic advice.

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.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Philip Hinks3 Verulam BuildingsHas a very considered approach and is very engaging, he is in the next wave of rising stars.

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.

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Philip Hinks3 Verulam BuildingsHis advice is clear, reasoned and concise.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Philip Hinks3 Verulam BuildingsAnalytical and has shown good judgement in very factually and legally complex cases.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Philip Hinks3 Verulam BuildingsHe is very good in his paperwork, dealing with factually heavy cases quickly and comprehensively, and his advocacy is also strong.