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Adrian Beltrami QC

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


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]


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).


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

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Leading Silks

Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘ He is first class – incredibly clear-minded, highly responsive and a great advocate. ’

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Silks

Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘ A first-rate senior silk, he has exceptional analytical skills and commands attention in court. ’

Within: Commercial litigation

With 'excellent bench strength', 3 Verulam Buildings is a 'go-to set for commercial litigation mandates'. Over the years, the set has been building an extremely strong team at the junior end, with some well-chosen laterals, arriving either from rival sets or law firms. Notable recent examples include Jamie Riley QC and James McWiliams from Littleton Chambers. The workload of members also continues to impress, with significant roles on Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, in which Adrian Beltrami QC successfully represented the defendant, and PCP Capital Partners v Barclays Bank Plc, where Ewan McQuater QC led the defence for the bank.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Leading Silks

Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘ A great silk. ’

Within: Fraud: civil

3 Verulam Buildings has an 'excellent blend of barristers and door tenants, and the clerks ensure that the barristers instructed are available when needed'. The set's pedigree in the fraud arena is demonstrated by the caseload of its members, which includes AHAB v Saad Investments Co Ltd, one of the largest fraud claims ever litigated, in which David Quest QC acted for the Algosaibi Brothers. Other notable mandates included Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, where Adrian Beltrami QC represented the accountants, and Tatneft v Bogolyubov & Ors, in which Ali Malek QC and Peter De Verneuil Smith represented the defendants.

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Within: Leading Silks

Adrian Beltrami QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘ Tremendously clear mind; highly responsive; a great advocate. ’

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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