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Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC

GRAY'S INN, LONDON, WC1R 5NT, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7831 8441
Fax:
Fax 020 7831 8479
DX:
331 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.3vb.com

Matthew Hardwick QC

Tel:
Work 020 7831 8441
Email:
3 Verulam Buildings (Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC)

Position

Barrister specialising in commercial litigation, banking, insolvency, insurance, professional negligence and employment.

Career

Called 1994, Gray’s Inn.

Languages

Fluent French; German (working knowledge).

Education

Marlborough College; Trinity College, Cambridge (1991 BA Classics/Law; 1994 MA); L’Université Libre de Bruxelles (MA European Community Law, 1st).

Leisure

Marathon running, singing, sailing, windsurfing, hiking.


London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Leading Silks

Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsShowed outstanding attention, patience and mastery of the papers.

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Insolvency

Within: Leading Silks

Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is adept at identifying the core issues and in coming up with creative ways of tackling them.

Within: Insolvency

3 Verulam Buildings has 'strength in depth at every level and offer an excellent choice of counsel'. The set has been involved in a number of high-profile cases, demonstrated by Ewan Mcquater QC's lead of Vodafone's defence in Phones 4u Limited v Vodafone Group. In another highlight, Matthew Hardwick QC acted for the claimant in Delco Participation BV v Green Elite Limited. Adrian Beltrami QC, who was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge in 2018, acted for RBS in the pre-trial phase of Marme v RBS.

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Offshore

Within: Leading Silks

Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHis commercial practice includes BVI disputes with Russian elements.

Within: Offshore

A set that is 'very impressive in terms of its coverage, and advocates with really strong advocacy skills', 3 Verulam Buildings handles a range of work, with a number of cases having links to the CIS region through the BVI. Members are also involved in litigation elsewhere in the Caribbean. Matthew Hardwick QC represented Delco Participation, a Dutch company, in an appeal against the decision of a BVI's first instance court to refuse to appoint liquidators over Green Elite in an unusual use of the loss of substratum ground for a winding-up. Ewan McQuater QC led the team representing BVI companies in the Investec Trust v Glenalla Trustees case, the latest round of the Tchenguiz saga, in this instance concerning enforcing against Robert Tchenguiz's home near the Royal Albert Hall. Hefin Rees QC joined in October 2018 from 39 Essex Chambers, further strengthening the set.

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Professional negligence

Within: Leading Silks

Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe is fantastic at getting into the detail.

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