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
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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

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Ali Malek QC3 Verulam Buildings ‘Ali has a brilliant mind and is meticulous and hardworking.

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Ali Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsHighly engaged, responsive, commercial and precise – advice is commercial, practical and effective.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Ali Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsAli has a unique ability to spot winning points in a case and to deliver arguments in a way which judges find appealing.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Ali Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsPragmatic in the extreme and excellent at cutting through the issues.

3 Verulam Buildingsremains one of the best sets for banking litigation‘, praised for its strength-in-depth from top silks down to baby juniors. Not one to rest on its laurels, it continues to attract up-and-coming senior juniors, as demonstrated by the arrivals of Adam Temple and Liisa Lahti from 4 Pump Court and Quadrant Chambers. The set’s quality is reflected in its cases, including BNP Paribas v Trattamento Rifiuti Metropolitani SpA in which Adrian Beltrami QC led Christopher Bond for the claimants before the Court of Appeal in a case with contested jurisdictional issues. Another highlight is National Bank of Kazakhstan v BNY Mellon; Anatolie Stati; & Others, a matter which Kazakh entity owns assets held by the American bank in which a team of four members, including Ali Malek QC, David Quest QC and William Edwards are representing the claimants, the Kazakh central bank.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Ali Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsHe has command of the court room and the respect of the bench, and he has an incredible capacity to absorb information quickly.

A very diverse set with some outstanding counsel’, 3 Verulam Buildings is ‘undoubtedly a leading set for energy work where technical excellence combines with understanding to guide clients through every stage’. Best known for banking and commercial litigation, it is active in contract disputes and investment treaty arbitrations involving the energy sector, as well as cases concerning the operation of oil and gas fields and pipelines. Ali Malek QC frequently handles cases involving energy and natural resources including international arbitrations involving mobilisation and exploration issues. Jane Davies Evans, who specialises in energy and natural resources cases is among the set’s prominent juniors.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Ali Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsA silk with a very good client manner. He is an excellent advocate.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Ali Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsAn extremely good tactician; commercial and pragmatic and very experienced – Ali has seen it all before, which inspires confidence.

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading counsel as arbitrators)Ranked: Tier 1

Ali Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsAn arbitrator who brings an profound knowledge and experience of commercial law and commercial litigation to the business of arbitrating.

3 Verulam Buildings‘ impressive push into the international arbitration market isn’t limited to the counsel side. The set has an increasingly strong stable of full time and part time arbitrators who command considerable respect in the market. Full time arbitrators such as Elizabeth Birch bring a huge amount of experience, having had a full time practice since 2003, while Christopher Symons is especially known for his expertise in arbitrating insurance disputes. Brian King has also bedded in with a full time practice, following a distinguished career as a partner in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP‘s renowned international arbitration practice. Distinguished counsel as arbitrators include Ali Malek QC and Jane Davies Evans.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Ali Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsIndividual strengths of Ali include his command of the law, strategic thinking, oral advocacy and attention to detail and preparation. Ali is fantastic in all of these areas, really top-notch.

3 Verulam Buildings is now firmly ensconced among the leading sets in London for international arbitration and is considered by some to be ‘the leading set of chambers for international investment arbitration disputes‘. In addition to several top name commercial silks, such as Ali Malek QC, who are equally adept before the tribunals as they are before the High Court, the set also has some excellent senior juniors and junior silks with strong specialist expertise in this area, with Christopher Harris QC being of particular note. Harris represented the Moroccan government in its ICSID arbitration, Carlyle v Morocco, with Georges Chalfoun, Mark Wassouf and Cameron Miles also on the team. Another ICSID highlight was Mytilineos SA v Republic of Serbia in which Tariq Baloch was sole barrister for the Greek industrial conglomerate. In February 2022 Can Yeginsu joined from 4 New Square.

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Ali Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsHighly intelligent, a quality silk.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Ali Malek QC3 Verulam Buildings