Hodge 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


Barrister with an impressive academic and practical background with a successful and heavyweight commercial practice which includes commercial dispute resolution; banking and financial services; fraud and corruption; professional disciplinary, energy, insurance/reinsurance and procurement. He is particularly known for cases with an international element. Hodge travels widely on cases, including Europe, Caribbean, the Far East and the Middle East.

He is the general editor of the leading book on the law of evidence, Phipson on Evidence (19th ed. 2018) and the joint author of Disclosure (5th ed. 2017, with Paul Matthews), both of which are often cited in judgments in common law jurisdictions. He is also a contributor to Mithani, Directors Disqualification (Human Rights chapters with James Potts) and various volumes of Atkins Court Forms (Human Rights, Disclosure and Information Requests, Financial Services, and Administrative Court). He was a member of the Commercial Court working party chaired by Lord Justice Cresswell on Electronic Disclosure.

Hodge is Chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. He sits as a Recorder in both civil and criminal cases. He regularly sits as chairman of disciplinary panels of the Bar. He is a member of the Inn’s Conduct Committee and a Bencher of Gray’s Inn.


Bar Sports Group, ALBA, COMBAR, PEBA, Franco-British Lawyer Society.


Undergraduate and postgraduate law degrees from Oxford University.

Bedford School Keble College, Oxford – BA (Jurisprudence) 1981; BCL 1982 Sorbonne, University of Paris 1978.

Lawyer Rankings

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Hodge Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsKnown globally for his astuteness and razor-sharp intellect, his brilliance comes to the fore in complicated cross-border matters.

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.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Hodge Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsHodge is a superb strategist. He is a pleasure to work with and very warm with clients. He can coordinate and lead multiple teams of lawyers in cross-border litigation and is very shrewd in plotting out where a case will be won or lost.

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Hodge Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsHodge has a deep understanding of SFO prosecutions and is highly sought after by the agency and suspects. His experience means he brings an invaluable sense of perspective to problems. In cross-jurisdictional cases there are few who have his understanding of the different agencies and possible political considerations.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Hodge Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsA go-to barrister for the most complicated cases, he sees angles and nuances that others would miss and he always advises with a view to the best possible ultimate outcome.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Hodge Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsIntellectually first-rate, wise and with excellent judgement, he also has a strong sense of ethics and honesty.

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Hodge Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsA good strategist with a detailed understanding of the financial services industry. A hugely respected silk.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Hodge Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsA highly experienced litigator with sound tactical acumen and a wealth of knowledge handling complex disputes, particularly in Asia, Middle East and Far East, including cases with a criminal or regulatory element.

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Hodge Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsHodge has seen it all and is an excellent lawyer.

Praised by one client for ‘growing and improving all the time‘, 3 Verulam Buildings had another strong year of offshore work, with highlights including David Quest QC leading Philip Hinks in acting for the former party in Banque Havilland v Christophe Mazurier, a $10m fraud action before the Supreme Court of the Bahamas. In the BVI, Hefin Rees QC is acting for the claimant in Holm v Sancus Financial Holdings, a dispute over the ownership of the newest bank to be licensed in the BVI for the last 20 years, to be heard at the Privy Council in 2021. Among the sets eclectic mix of cases, Hodge Malek QC acted for the trustee of a multi billion dollar Bermudian trust in a judicial review concerning the Bermudian Police Service.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Hodge Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsAstute tactical acumen and decades of experience in a very wide range of practice areas.