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Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC
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Barrister specialising in commercial litigation/arbitration particularly all aspects of insurance, reinsurance, professional negligence work, and actions for and against financial institutions. Now increasingly sitting as an arbitrator in international and domestic arbitrations frequently involving insurance and reinsurance claims but also other commercial disputes. Insurance/reinsurance work includes actions by and against insurance/reinsurance companies, Lloyds etc and for insureds on behalf of their insurers. Professional negligence work includes actions for and against solicitors, barristers, accountants, insurance brokers, surveyors/valuers etc and disciplinary proceedings. Also practises in a wide range of other financial and other commercial disputes. Court work includes acting for company directors in major litigation.


Called 1972; QC 1989; deputy High Court judge; bencher Middle Temple; member of Irish, Northern Ireland, Gibraltar and Brunei Bars; formerly junior counsel to the Crown (common law).


Clifton College; University of Kent (BA law).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading arbitrators)Ranked: Tier 2

Christopher Symons QC3 Verulam BuildingsA conscientious and insightful arbitrator with a commercial perspective.

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.