James Potts > 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

Work Department

James specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, banking and financial services, civil fraud, energy, and regulatory & professional disciplinary law. He has substantial experience of high-value, complex commercial litigation and arbitration, and regularly appears unled in trials and interim applications as well as acting as a junior. Much of James’s work is international, including arbitrations under DIFC, LCIA, ICC and GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre rules. He has significant experience of litigation and arbitration in the Caribbean, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and a number of Middle East jurisdictions (including Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain).


Called 2011, Gray’s Inn.

Publications of note:

  • Contributing editor, Phipson on Evidence (20th edition)
  • Contributing editor, Mithani on Directors’ Disqualification
  • Contributing author, Jordans Disciplinary and Regulatory Proceedings (8th, 9th and 10th editions)
  • Contributing editor, Atkins Court Forms: Financial Services
  • Contributing author, Butterworth Financial Regulation Service


COMBAR, Chancery Bar Association, FSLA, Bar Pro Bono Unit


MA (English Literature), First Class, University of Oxford (2008)

MPhil (Eighteenth Century Literature), Distinction, University of Cambridge (2009)

GDL, City University (2010)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

James Potts3 Verulam BuildingsVery analytical and has a clarity of thought which all busy solicitors value – got on top of matters very quickly and excellent drafting.

3 Verulam Buildingsoffers unbelievable strength in depth, brilliant clerking and has some of the best barristers in the financial services sector‘. Members are praised for their ‘very substantial regulatory and commercial experience‘, while the set as a whole is also commended for having ‘organised some great seminars and training events‘. The chambers fields several silks and juniors who are regularly called upon for their regulatory expertise, including Rory Phillips QC, who, alongside Robert Purves and Sophie Mallinckrodt, advised the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) on the Ring Fencing transfers for Barclays, Lloyds, HSBC, and Santander banks. On the contentious side, Hodge Malek QC and James Potts have been advising ICAP on LIBOR rigging investigations launched by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

James Potts3 Verulam BuildingsDiligent, insightful and creative, with an impressive ability to assimilate and synthesise extremely large volumes of facts.

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

James Potts3 Verulam BuildingsHe is extremely bright and produces excellent submissions, and has done a great deal of Iran-related work.