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Chambers of Brian Green QC
Wilberforce Chambers
8 NEW SQUARE, LINCOLN'S INN
LONDON
WC2A 3QP
England

Position

John has a very broad and varied commercial litigation practice. Most of his cases are heard in the High Court although he also does international arbitration work and regularly appears in offshore jurisdictions. Much of his time is taken up dealing with complex frauds. He also has a substantial professional indemnity practice. He is widely regarded as a leading silk. ‘His advice has real clarity and strategic vision, and he always displays a strong tactical grip’. He is an ‘outstanding advocate who is highly skilled at cross-examination. He is able to digest large volumes of information quickly and impresses clients with his commercial knowledge’. ‘He has a great eye for detail, is incredibly numerate and user-friendly’. As well as applauding his strategic thinking and cross-examination skills, solicitors welcome his willingness to back his judgment. ‘He gives bold advice and sticks to it. He is very calm, good on his feet, clever and has a nice touch with clients’.

Career

Qualified 1979; Silk 2002.

Memberships

Chancery Bar Association; Commercial Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association.

Education

Exeter University (LLB Hons); Cambridge (MPhil).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

John Wardell QCWilberforce ChambersHe is able to think outside the box. A great legal mind, strategic and practical.

Wilberforce Chambers is ‘a great commercial litigation set with excellent specialists‘, whose expertise go well beyond traditional strengths of trusts and insolvency law. Among the silks, Alan Gourgey QC is a standout name, and has been leading Anna Littler for one of the defendants in Libyan Investment Authority v Credit Suisse and others, a dispute concerning several transactions the sovereign fund entered into with Credit Suisse. John Wardell QC is another key silk and has been leading Emily McKechnie for Grupo Mexico in Grupo Mexico v Registrar of Companies, concerning the question of the Court’s power to order rectification of the register to reverse the administrative restoration of an LLP where the restoration had been obtained through the provision of fraudulent material. Joanna Smith QC left the set for the High Court bench.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

John Wardell QCWilberforce ChambersPeerless in fraud cases, able to get to grips with the most complicated of cases and give robust, and aggressive advice when required. Very responsive. Loved by clients and instructing solicitors alike.

Wilberforce Chambers is ‘an excellent set with a deep bench of experience‘. In addition to the high-quality silks and juniors, clients also appreciate the set’s infrastructure which is well placed to handle fast-moving fraud claims. Coupled with this is the set’s excellent standing for offshore disputes, where it is among the very best in London. Alan Gourgey QC has an excellent reputation in this field and is currently leading Jack Watson on behalf of the a Russian bank in liquidation in Vneshprombank v Bedzhamov, in which a ten-week trial involving claims of conspiracy and fraud is set for early 2022. Another leading figure is John Wardell QC who, alongside Thomas Lowe QC and Watson, was representing AHAB in its epic two-decade, $128 billion fraud dispute, AHAB v Saad Investments Company Limited, which was awaiting its Cayman Islands Appeal Court judgment at press time against several outstanding defendants, having agreed a settlement with Saad in October 2020.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

John Wardell QCWilberforce ChambersHe has an excellent command of equity and trust law which is increasingly a rare thing especially amongst lawyers who hold themselves out to know about arbitrations as well.

London Bar > Offshore

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

John Wardell QCWilberforce ChambersOne of the true masters of the courtroom and absolutely in his element when on his feet.

One of the pre-eminent offshore sets‘, Wilberforce Chambers has a presence across all of the principal offshore jurisdictions, with expertise in company-related litigation and seen as ‘one of the strongest in the area of trusts.Thomas Lowe QC, John Wardell QC and 2020 silk Andrew Mold QC are acting for different parties in a case regarding an application to wind-up the Torchlight investment fund, which is now one of the longest-running recent Cayman Island cases. Clare Stanley QC is acting for the joint official liquidators of Ardent in BDO (Cayman) Ltd v Ardent Harmony Fund Inc (in Official Liquidation), while David Phillips QC is representing the former party in the politically sensitive litigation Estate Management and Business Development Co Ltd v Namalco Construction Services Ltd & Ors. On the junior side, Graeme Halkerston continues to impress, recently acting for liquidators of Global Steel Holdings in recovery investigations.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

John Wardell QCWilberforce Chambers

London Bar > Company and partnership

(Company - Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

John Wardell QCWilberforce Chambers