David Blayney KC > Serle Court > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Serle Court
6 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3QS
England

Position

General commercial and chancery litigation, particularly: commercial, banking, insolvency, companies, trusts, charities, contracts, professional negligence, joint ventures and partnerships. Particular specialism in financial, numerical and quantum issues. Major cases include: The RBS Rights Issue litigation; OFT v Abbey National (the bank charges litigation); Re Lehman Brothers International Europe (banking and insolvency); Constantin Medien v Ecclestone (bribery); Re Bradford & Bingley (banking); Re Bearwood College Trustees (charities); RBS v Winterthur (share sale warranties); Akkurate v Moschillo (directors duties); Credit Suisse v Ramot Plana (banking); Lemos v Coutts (trusts); Phillips v Symes (partnership/fraud); Re Continental Assurance (wrongful trading); SAAMCO (damages).

Career

Called 1992; Silk 2013.

Memberships

COMBAR, Chancery Bar Association.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Partnership

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

David Blayney KCSerle Court ‘David is an outstanding practitioner in this area, a superb advocate, technically quite brilliant, and enormous fun to work with.’

London Bar > Private client: trusts and probate

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

David Blayney KCSerle Court ‘David is an outstanding practitioner who is technically quite brilliant.’

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

David Blayney KCSerle CourtA fantastic advocate who has excellent judgement. A real fighter.

Serle Court fields a strong team in both the junior and senior barrister level in many leading professional negligence cases. Members of the chambers are present in defending complex claims for professional service providers, financial advisers, solicitors and tax advisers. Philip Jones KC is active in this space, with one highlight case being Jomast v Muckle, a claim against solicitors for allegedly negligent advice and drafting of a commercial contract to provide accommodation for asylum seekers to the Home Office. David Blayney KC is a specialist in numerous cases involving surveyors accused of negligence property valuation. David Drake  has extensive experience acting and advising in disputes in relation to solicitors, accountants and directors.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

David Blayney KCSerle CourtA brilliant technical mind, able to navigate the most complex tactical and forensic issues.’

Serle Court stands out for offshore banking and finance, and is making a strong name for Middle Eastern matters, with ‘considerable depth in quality and one of the few offering genuine specialism in DIFC Court work‘. Rupert Reed KC  is particularly active on this front and represented First Abu Dhabi Bank in First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC and FAB Securities LLC v Larmag Holdings, which involved resisting a freezing injunction with major jurisdictional implications for the DIFC. Philip Marshall KC has also been leading Simon Hattan  for one of the defendants in The Public Institution for Social Security v Al-Rajaan, involving allegations of bribery and fraud in respect of banking and investments by Kuwait’s state pension fund. David Blayney KC continues to be a major figure in the banking space.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

David Blayney KCSerle Court ‘David is an outstanding practitioner in this area, a superb advocate, technically quite brilliant, and enormous fun to work with.’