Rajesh Pillai > 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 banking, commercial fraud, company, insurance and reinsurance, entertainment, insolvency and general commercial law.


Called 2002; admitted to New York Bar 2003.


French and Sinhala (both conversational).


Middle Temple; COMBAR; New York State Bar Association.


St Edward’s School; Oxford University (1998 BA Hons); Cambridge University (2000 BA Hons); New York University (2002 LLM International Law).


Cricket, golf.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Rajesh Pillai QC3 Verulam BuildingsAn extremely gifted and wise counsel, and someone whom I am grateful to have on our team in extremely complex matters.

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 > Offshore

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Rajesh Pillai3 Verulam BuildingsVery sharp and able to quickly navigate through complex facts.

London Bar > Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

(Art and cultural property - 2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Rajesh Pillai QC3 Verulam BuildingsGreat responsiveness, very strong in writing and as an advocate.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Rajesh Pillai QC3 Verulam BuildingsFiercely intelligent but combined with commercial pragmatism. He’s user friendly, great with clients and good on his feet.

3 Verulam Buildings‘ ‘depth in the field of arbitration has grown consistently over the past few years,’ and ‘they are catching up with the traditional top sets for general commercial arbitration‘. In recent years the set has made astute recruits from among the ranks of experienced arbitration solicitors, and this has started to pay dividends with high-profile instructions. Notable highlights include KLS Energy Lanka v Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, an ICSID claim in which Christopher Harris QC and Mark Wassouf are representing KLS Energy Lanka. Ewan McQuater QC and Paul Wee are also representing TC Ziraat Bank in the epic Sonera Holding v Cukurova Holding LCIA arbitration. In recent news, Rajesh Pillai took silk in 2020.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Rajesh Pillai QC3 Verulam BuildingsVery bright, practical and user friendly. No question is a bad question, and he wants to work as part of the legal team as a whole; he is a pleasure to work with.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Rajesh Pillai QC3 Verulam BuildingsA class act. Fantastic attention to detail. Good on novel/complex areas of law. Great on conflict of laws. Superb drafting skills. A relaxed but commanding presence in Court.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Rajesh Pillai QC – 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Very sharp and able to quickly navigate through complex facts and distil the issues. He is also very responsive, technically sound, provides very practical advice and excellent drafting.

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

With 13 leading set rankings, 192 barrister rankings, including 79 leading silk rankings, 3 Verulam Buildings is one of the most successful chambers in this year’s guide. In recent news, Rajesh Pillai has been appointed Queen’s Counsel; Adam Temple joined from 4 Pump Court; Judy Fu, a former associate at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, has been awarded tenancy following a period of pupillage.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

(2020 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Rajesh Pillai QC3 Verulam BuildingsResponsive with clear thinking and excellent communication skills.

3 Verulam Buildings is home to ‘excellent counsel with in-depth knowledge of nearly all branches of law’. Its members are engaged for the full array of commercial litigation, though are particularly reputed for their handling of disputes with a banking or financial services component. Yash Bheeroo is primarily active in Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong; he is currently instructed on a multi-jurisdiction, high-value ICC arbitration claim pertaining to the validity of export contracts. The set enjoys comparable depth at silk level with Ewan McQuater QC notably acting for two Abu Dhabi-state-owned investment vehicles in litigation concerning the 1MDB scandal in Malaysia. Rajesh Pillai QC, a specialist in contractual, shareholder and commercial fraud claims, is a 2020 Silk appointment.