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

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Hodge Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsOne of the UK’s leading legal minds in the area of banking, financial services, fraud and regulatory law.

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).

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Hodge Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsVery charismatic, he can give bite to the storyline in rather academic discussions.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Hodge Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsDelivers advice that can be relied upon.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Hodge Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsMeticulous and with a good common sense, and high ethical standards.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Hodge Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsA confident barrister with a particular set of skills which enables him to get to the heart of an issue, analyse it and offer solutions.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Hodge Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsHis commercial law strengths and his excellent client engagement and communication have combined with his broad and deep knowledge and have been invaluable.

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Hodge Malek QC3 Verulam Buildings Very experienced in prosecuting for the SFO.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Hodge Malek QC3 Verulam BuildingsHas a broad and excellent skill set which he brings to bear in providing us with a high quality service. He has super analytical skills and good presentation skills with my clients.

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.