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3 Verulam Buildings

Chancery: Commercial

9 ranked barristersBand 3London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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3 Verulam Buildings is particularly well regarded for its handling of commercial chancery litigation involving complex elements of banking and financial services law. Members are also well versed in civil fraud and insolvency disputes, and are regularly called upon to appear in major litigation arising in several international and offshore jurisdictions.

Client service:

"The clerks are cooperative, nice and easy to deal with." "They are very responsive and nothing's too much trouble for them. They pull out the stops to go above and beyond in terms of level of service." Stephen Penson and Stuart Pullum are the senior practice managers.

Strengths:

Adam Kramer QC
"He is authoritative on the law, very personable and quick to take in matters and boil down the case to something straightforward."
Recent work: Acted in Etihad Airways PJSC v Air Berlin plc (in administration), a EUR2 billion claim by Air Berlin that Etihad breached financial support commitments leading to Air Berlin's collapse.

Strengths:

Adrian Beltrami QC
"Really, really excellent on his feet, He has a fantastic manner in court; he's very concise but very persuasive." "A standout individual, who has a fabulous practice and a great reputation."
Recent work: Instructed in Madison Pacific Trust v Shakoor Capital, successfully acting for the noteholders (Shakoor Capital) in obtaining an order to distribute the proceeds of a USD100 million arbitration award against PrivatBank, a Ukrainian bank, even though it meant that other noteholders would not be paid.

Strengths:

Ali Malek QC
"A very, very good operator who is highly experienced. He really knows his stuff and is very highly regarded."

Strengths:

Ewan McQuater QC
"A fantastic, pleasant and efficient advocate."
Recent work: Instructed by Vodafone to defend a case brought by the administrators of the now insolvent Phones 4u, claiming that Vodafone, in combination with other mobile network operators, caused the highly publicised collapse into insolvency of Phones 4u.

Strengths:

Farhaz Khan QC
"Very, very knowledgeable. He is a very sound lawyer and a real expert in financial work."
Recent work: Instructed in BCS v Terry & Drewett, a Section 423 Insolvency Act 1986 claim alleging that the defendants defrauded creditors.

Strengths:

Jamie Riley QC
"Excellent to work with and provides clarity of thought . He cuts through complex technical matters with ease and establishes a rapport and understanding with the bench."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in proceedings brought by the trustee in bankruptcy of Eliezer Fishman, an Israeli business tycoon whose bankruptcy is the largest ever in Israel, with total debts of USD1.2 billion.

Strengths:

Nicholas Craig QC
"He is incredibly good at teasing out complex issues and giving the right advice."
Recent work: Acted for the Brazilian liquidators of the estate of Daniel Birmann in connection with a proprietary claim to recover valuable assets wrongly transferred into a Cayman company following his bankruptcy.

Strengths:

Peter de Verneuil Smith QC
"He is extremely hard-working, very bright and an excellent advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in Allianz v RSA Insurance Group Plc, a Section 90a FSMA claim against RSA in respect of false statements it made regarding risks taken by its Irish subsidiary which were published in its accounts.

Strengths:

Philip Hinks
"Commercial, practical and a barrister with excellent, technical knowledge."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidators in re Bannergable Limited, a £2 million unlawful return of capital case.

Chancery: Commercial

3 Verulam Buildings

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3 Verulam Buildings

Gray's Inn

London

Greater London

UK

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Chancery: Commercial


Adam Kramer QC
New Silks
Adrian Beltrami QC
Star Individuals
Ali Malek QC
Band 3
Ewan McQuater QC
Band 1
Farhaz Khan QC
New Silks
Jamie Riley QC
Band 4

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