Ali Malek QC > 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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Barrister specialising in commercial law, including banking and financial disputes, insurance and international trade; professional negligence; insolvency; domestic and international commercial arbitration; private international law; aviation; civil fraud; energy law; competition and consumer credit law; and sports law. Cases: XAG [1983]; Cryne v Barclays (1987); Lathia v Dronsfield (1987); R v Southwark Crown Court (1990); Hone v CIBC (1990); EDF Mann v Haryanto (1991); Barclays v Khaira (1992); Tudorgrange v Citibank (1992); Natwest v Daniel (1993); Barclays Bank v Homan (1993); Robertson v CIBC (1994); James v Barclays (1994); Glencore International AG v Bank of China [1996]; National Provincial Building Society v Lloyd (1996); Barclays Bank v Thomson (1997); BCCI v Price Waterhouse (1998); Ispahani v Bank Melli (1998); Box, Brown & Jacobs v Barclays Bank (1998); Bolkiah v KPMG (1999); Yorkshire Bank v Halls (1999); Yorkshire Bank v Lloyds (1999); Young v Robson Rhodes (1999); Halewood v ABC (2000); Turner v RBS [2000]; Sepoong v Formula One (2000); Portman v Dussangh (2000); Alliance & Leicester v Slayford (2000); Casson v Ostley (2001); Montrod v Grundkottor (2002); Nash v Paragon (2002); Eurolife v FSA (2002); Lloyds TSB v Hayward (2002); Dardana v Yukos (2002); Dubai v Salaam (2002); Sabena v SIA (2003); Niru Battery v Milestone (2004); Mann v Coutts (2004); RBC v Rabobank (2004); Financial Institutions v Negril (2004); Valse v Merrill Lynch (2004); OFT v Lloyds (2004); Kayo v Blue Wings [2005]; JP Morgan v Primacom AG [2005]; Paragon Finance v Pender [2005]; Dornoch v Mauritius Union Assurance [2006]; Walnapatrias v Lehman Brothers [2006]; Lopes v Howard Kennedy [2006]; AG of the Cayman Islands v James Cleaver [2006]; AIG Capital v Republic of Kazakhstan [2006]; Republic of Kazakhstan v Istil [2006, 2007 and 2008]; AWB v North American Steamships [2007]; Jafari-Fini v Skillglass [2007]; Akai Holdings v Robson Rhodes [2007]; Sea Emerald v Prominvestbank [2008]; Elaktrim SA v Vivendi Holdings [2008]; Langbar v Rybak [2008]; OFT v Abbey [2009]; Pacific International Sports Clubs v Soccer Marketing International [2009]; Cherney v Deripaska [2009]; Sibir Energy v Tchigirinski [2009]; Pacific International Sports Clubs Ltd v Soccer Marketing International Ltd [2009 and 2010]; Parabola v Browalla [2010]; Linsen v Humpuss Sea [2011]; Standard Chartered Bank v Ceylon Petroleum Company [2011]; Berezovsky v Abramovich and others [2012]; Ferrexpo AG v Gilson Investments Limited and ors [2012]; Royal Bank of Scotland v Hicks [2012]; Abbar v Saudi Economic & Development [2013]; Forsta AP v Bank of New York SA [2013]; Starbev v Interbrew Central European Holdings [2014].


Called 1980; QC 1996; recorder 1998; Deputy High Court Judge 2008. Publications: paper on issues concerning cross-border disputes involving banks, presented at the International Bar Association/American Banking Association in Washington; ‘Cross-Border Fraudulent Activity’; joint paper presented at the Creaton Conference on ‘Banks, Fraud and Crime’; joint article with Caroline Lewis on ‘Worldwide Injunctions’; Jack, Malek and Quest ‘Documentary Credits’ (4th ed) (2009).


Oxford University (MA); BCL.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

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.

A safe choice for complex fraud work‘, 3 Verulam Buildings isan 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.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Ali Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsHe is exceptional.

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.

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Ali Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsA class act, he gets straight to the point in a case.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Ali Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsHe is a devastatingly good advocate.

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading counsel as arbitrators) Ranked: Tier 2

Ali Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsTook a very constructive and facilitative approach as arbitrator, making sensible interventions and working hard to try to steer the parties to a suitable outcome.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Ali Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsHe is calm, practical and applies a common-sense/commercial head to difficult problems.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Ali Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsHe is a class act, extremely experienced, and he gets straight to the key point in a case.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Ali Malek QC3 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.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks) 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.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Ali Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsGreat advocate with well-researched up to date legal knowledge, excellent and effective.

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Ali Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsA very effective advocate with an authoritative and persuasive style. As well as being a strong team player who understands the competing pressures within a legal team, he has very strong client-facing skills and is responsive, dependable and inspiring to work with.

3 Verulam Buildings continues to be a well-regarded set for banking and finance disputes, as part of a broader commercial disputes offering taking it to free zones and international arbitration in the Middle East. Ali Malek QC heads a team from chambers representing ED&F Man Capital Markets, a defendant which has not been accused of fraud, in the leviathan SKAT v Solo Capital Partners litigation. Saima Hanif is involved in some of the most visible DFSA regulatory investigations, and in addition to involvement in the Abraaj liquidation and related matters, Hodge Malek QC  is well-connected in Oman.