Adrian Beltrami 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
GRAY'S INN
LONDON
WC1R 5NT
England
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Position

Barrister specialising in commercial law, banking law, insolvency, sale of goods, commercial fraud and professional negligence; particularly accountants, surveyors and solicitors; cases include: BCCI v Price Waterhouse [1997, 1998]; Electra v KPMG [1998]; Box v Barclays Bank [1998]; Middle Temple v Lloyds Banks [1999]; Thyssen v Thyssen [1999-2001]; Grupo Torras v Al-Sabah [2001]; BCCI v Bank of America [2003]; TXU [2004]; JPMorgan v Springwell [2004-2008]; Real Estate Opportunities Ltd v Aberdeen Asset Managers [2005-2007]

Career

Called 1989; Queen’s Counsel 2008; publications: author of ‘Contributory Negligence: A Viable Defence for Auditors’ 1990 in Lloyd’s Maritime & Commercial Law Quarterly; principal contributor to ‘Banking Litigation’ (2005).

Education

Cambridge University (MA); Harvard University (LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Adrian Beltrami QC3 Verulam BuildingsSimply an exceptional senior silk and one of the leaders of the commercial Bar. Adrian has the rare skill of being able to combine precise technical analysis with commercial pragmatism.

3 Verulam Buildings has ‘a plethora of excellent barristers, all of whom are extremely approachable‘, and clients appreciate the ‘great strength in depth, especially amongst the juniors’. Senior and junior members are regularly instructed on some of the largest commercial disputes to hit the London and international courts and tribunals. A notable highlight was Tatneft v Bogolyubov & Others – a case concerning a Ukrainian oil refinery with multiple interlocutory points addressing complex issues of law – in which Ewan McQuater QC and Matthew Parker QC successfully represented the defendants who had the claims against them dismissed in February 2021. McQuater QC and David Quest QC also represented the defendant in PCP Capital Partners v Barclays Bank. Another major mandate is Arcelormittal v Essar Steel & VTB Bank, a matter concerning the enforcement of an ICC arbitral award, in which Adrian Beltrami QC is representing VTB. In February 2022 Can Yeginsu joined from 4 New Square.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Adrian Beltrami QC3 Verulam BuildingsOne of the foremost silks at the banking litigation Bar. Hugely respected by judges. Hard working, insightful, impeccable judgment and a pleasure to work with.

3 Verulam Buildingsremains one of the best sets for banking litigation‘, praised for its strength-in-depth from top silks down to baby juniors. Not one to rest on its laurels, it continues to attract up-and-coming senior juniors, as demonstrated by the arrivals of Adam Temple and Liisa Lahti from 4 Pump Court and Quadrant Chambers. The set’s quality is reflected in its cases, including BNP Paribas v Trattamento Rifiuti Metropolitani SpA in which Adrian Beltrami QC led Christopher Bond for the claimants before the Court of Appeal in a case with contested jurisdictional issues. Another highlight is National Bank of Kazakhstan v BNY Mellon; Anatolie Stati; & Others, a matter which Kazakh entity owns assets held by the American bank in which a team of four members, including Ali Malek QC, David Quest QC and William Edwards are representing the claimants, the Kazakh central bank.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Adrian Beltrami QC3 Verulam BuildingsSuper-clever, measured, authoritative, calm, a superb manner when addressing the court, commercial, very good with clients.

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Adrian Beltrami QC3 Verulam BuildingsAble to see the core issues and has a huge wealth of legal knowledge.

3 Verulam Buildings has its strengths and reputation in financial services but now marries that with the expertise of a number of commercial insolvency barristers. A recent standout case has seen Ewan McQuater QC lead counsel to Vodafone, defending a claim from the administrators of Phones 4U that it, along with other mobile network operators, caused the company’s collapse into insolvency. Both Adrian Beltrami QC and 2021 silk Adam Kramer QC are instructed in matters resulting from the Lehman Brothers insolvency, while Philip Hinks was part of a team acting for the former party in Vneshprombank LLC v Bedzhamov, obtaining an ex parte worldwide freezing order for $1.34bn against a Russian oligarch. A further name to note is rising star William Day, who is involved in a number of fraud-infused cases.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Adrian Beltrami QC3 Verulam BuildingsSuper-clever, measured, authoritative, calm, and has a superb manner when addressing the court.

Viewed as ‘a class act‘, 3 Verulam Buildings is ‘a very strong set in financial services‘. Members have ‘great talent‘ in handling professional negligence claims in the financial arena, and report an uptick in auditors’ negligence claims. Andrew Onslow QC continues to represent multiple claimants in an ongoing claim brought against an independent financial adviser and a tax silk, regarding losses suffered under a film finance tax scheme. Adrian Beltrami QC is sought after for his expertise in handling claims against solicitors, valuers and accountants. The junior end was reinforced by the arrival of Adam Temple from 4 Pump Court in October 2020, while the senior end of the team was recently bolstered with the elevation of Adam Kramer QC and Matthew Parker QC to silk in March 2021.