Mr Orlando Fraser KC > Chambers of George Bompas KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of George Bompas KC
4 Stone Buildings
LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3XT
England

Work Department

Barrister specialising in litigation concerning, and advice on, all aspects of corporate affairs, including particularly civil fraud and asset recovery, commercial/chancery disputes, trusts and offshore trusts (including beneficiary trusts, charitable trusts and wills), general commercial disputes and insolvency.

Position

Orlando’s career began at 4 Stone Buildings in the 1990s, learning his trade under noted Chancery advocates Peter Curry and Philip Heslop, with early exposure to the Maxwell, BCCI and Marc Rich litigation, and on the DTI’s Directors’ Disqualification Counsel list. Since then, Orlando has gone on himself to feature in heavy financial litigation in the UK and throughout Commonwealth jurisdictions, being noted in particular for his own punchy advocacy and cross-examination. Orlando’s practice is at the commercial end of the Chancery Bar, with an emphasis on civil fraud, company, insolvency, commercial and trusts, and he has featured in numerous reported cases.

Orlando took silk in 2014, and is licenced to appear in the BVI, St Christopher and Nevis, and DIFC.

Career

  • Called 1994, Inner Temple; admitted to Lincoln’s Inn;
  • Directors Disqualification list for the DTI, 1997-1999.
  • Queen’s Counsel, 2014
  • Legal Board Member of the Charity Commission, 2013-2017
  • Civil Justice Council, 2016-2019

Publications: Contributor to 4 Stone Buildings’ Litigation in a Time of Covid; Legal Issues in commerce, finance and industry (2021).

Languages

French.

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association; Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR).

Orlando was a Legal Member of the Board of the Charity Commission (2013-2017), and of the Civil Justice Council (2016-2019).

Education

St Paul’s School, London (Foundation Scholar); Cambridge University.

Leisure

Scrabble, golf and fishing.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Orlando Fraser KC4 Stone Buildings ‘Very commercial, easy to deal with, thinks out of the box.’

4 Stone Buildings is an ‘outstanding Chancery set‘ which is ‘highly reputable for offshore commercial matters’. Clients note that the ‘juniors, in particular, are of a consistently high calibre‘. Richard Hill KC is leading a large team, including fellow member Andrew de Mestre KC, for the claimants in Travelport and Ors v WEX Inc, concerning two joined claims arising out of WEX’s proposed acquisition of eNett and Optal. Another major mandate has been Faulkner v Vollin Investments Limited, in relation to a dispute between 70 shareholders in a projector technology company and its funder, in which Donald Lilly  and, at an earlier stage, Orlando Fraser KC, represented the respondents.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Orlando Fraser KC4 Stone Buildings ‘Very commercial, easy to deal with, thinks out of the box.’

London Bar > Company

4 Stone Buildings has ‘carved out a place in the market where it is known for quality‘ and has been a regular fixture at the top of the company law litigation market for a number of years. Head of Chambers George Bompas KC continues a renowned practice involving both advisory work and heavyweight litigation and dispute resolution for a wide range of clients. Jonathan Crow KC was instructed in Avonwick Holdings Ltd v Azitio Holdings Ltd, a substantial case at the appellate level involving complex allegations of deceit, issues of causation, and disputes over choice of law. Orlando Fraser KCHerman Boeddinghaus KC and Eleanor Holland have continued to act in Ma v Incredible Power Limited and others in the BVI, which has now progressed to that jurisdiction’s Court of Appeal.

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Orlando Fraser KC4 Stone BuildingsVery charming manner including in court. Very good advocate. Very knowledgeable on trust law issues. Good commercial feel. Clients love the combination of legal knowledge, good strategy and commercial feel.’