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Ali Malek QC

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3 Verulam Buildings (Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC)


Barrister specialising in commercial law, including banking and financial disputes, insurance and international trade; professional negligence; insolvency; domestic and international commercial arbitration; private international law; aviation; civil fraud; energy law; competition and consumer credit law; and sports law. Cases: XAG [1983]; Cryne v Barclays (1987); Lathia v Dronsfield (1987); R v Southwark Crown Court (1990); Hone v CIBC (1990); EDF Mann v Haryanto (1991); Barclays v Khaira (1992); Tudorgrange v Citibank (1992); Natwest v Daniel (1993); Barclays Bank v Homan (1993); Robertson v CIBC (1994); James v Barclays (1994); Glencore International AG v Bank of China [1996]; National Provincial Building Society v Lloyd (1996); Barclays Bank v Thomson (1997); BCCI v Price Waterhouse (1998); Ispahani v Bank Melli (1998); Box, Brown & Jacobs v Barclays Bank (1998); Bolkiah v KPMG (1999); Yorkshire Bank v Halls (1999); Yorkshire Bank v Lloyds (1999); Young v Robson Rhodes (1999); Halewood v ABC (2000); Turner v RBS [2000]; Sepoong v Formula One (2000); Portman v Dussangh (2000); Alliance & Leicester v Slayford (2000); Casson v Ostley (2001); Montrod v Grundkottor (2002); Nash v Paragon (2002); Eurolife v FSA (2002); Lloyds TSB v Hayward (2002); Dardana v Yukos (2002); Dubai v Salaam (2002); Sabena v SIA (2003); Niru Battery v Milestone (2004); Mann v Coutts (2004); RBC v Rabobank (2004); Financial Institutions v Negril (2004); Valse v Merrill Lynch (2004); OFT v Lloyds (2004); Kayo v Blue Wings [2005]; JP Morgan v Primacom AG [2005]; Paragon Finance v Pender [2005]; Dornoch v Mauritius Union Assurance [2006]; Walnapatrias v Lehman Brothers [2006]; Lopes v Howard Kennedy [2006]; AG of the Cayman Islands v James Cleaver [2006]; AIG Capital v Republic of Kazakhstan [2006]; Republic of Kazakhstan v Istil [2006, 2007 and 2008]; AWB v North American Steamships [2007]; Jafari-Fini v Skillglass [2007]; Akai Holdings v Robson Rhodes [2007]; Sea Emerald v Prominvestbank [2008]; Elaktrim SA v Vivendi Holdings [2008]; Langbar v Rybak [2008]; OFT v Abbey [2009]; Pacific International Sports Clubs v Soccer Marketing International [2009]; Cherney v Deripaska [2009]; Sibir Energy v Tchigirinski [2009]; Pacific International Sports Clubs Ltd v Soccer Marketing International Ltd [2009 and 2010]; Parabola v Browalla [2010]; Linsen v Humpuss Sea [2011]; Standard Chartered Bank v Ceylon Petroleum Company [2011]; Berezovsky v Abramovich and others [2012]; Ferrexpo AG v Gilson Investments Limited and ors [2012]; Royal Bank of Scotland v Hicks [2012]; Abbar v Saudi Economic & Development [2013]; Forsta AP v Bank of New York SA [2013]; Starbev v Interbrew Central European Holdings [2014].


Called 1980; QC 1996; recorder 1998; Deputy High Court Judge 2008. Publications: paper on issues concerning cross-border disputes involving banks, presented at the International Bar Association/American Banking Association in Washington; ‘Cross-Border Fraudulent Activity’; joint paper presented at the Creaton Conference on ‘Banks, Fraud and Crime’; joint article with Caroline Lewis on ‘Worldwide Injunctions’; Jack, Malek and Quest ‘Documentary Credits’ (4th ed) (2009).


Oxford University (MA); BCL.

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Deservingly a star at the bar and a gentleman with it.’

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜On his feet, an advocate of the highest order.’

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Within: Energy

3 Verulam Buildings is β€˜a responsive and talented set’; its investment in its international arbitration practice has been β€˜paying dividends, giving the chambers better strength in depth in this area than its commercial competitors’. Christopher Harris has been acting for one large gas company claiming $2.5bn in an investment treaty arbitration in relation to confiscations of its gas by an Eastern European state. Ali Malek QC is the key silk along with Hodge Malek QC, who arrived in April 2018 from 39 Essex Chambers.

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Financial services

Within: Financial services – Leading silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Very good with clients and brings insight into the likely approach of the judiciary.’

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Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Has a strong grasp of the detail and issues; a calm and measured advocacy style.’

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Very versatile and an impressive advocate.’

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Within: Offshore – Leading silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜His work includes offshore professional negligence cases.’

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Great advocate.’

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United Arab Emirates: The English bar


Within: Leading individuals: Leading silks

Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings

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