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Blackstone Chambers

Financial Services

8 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Blackstone Chambers continues to be "a go-to for regulatory work," winning praise from across the market for its enviable financial services practice. Its formidable offering rests on the recognised regulatory expertise of its barristers, several of whom are considered counsel of choice for regulatory bodies both in the UK and internationally. Its members are also frequently instructed by major financial institutions on diverse and often highly significant mandates. Recent work handled by the set includes FCA v Standard Chartered Bank, in which the regulator imposed fines in excess of £100 million on the bank for anti-money laundering breaches.

Client service:

"The clerks are highly responsive and understanding of what the clients require." Gary Oliver is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Andrew George QC
Recognised specialist in the financial services field, and particularly praised for his skill and expertise in dealing with the intricacies of the FCA investigation and enforcement process. He is experienced in the representation of individuals, as well as financial institutions.
"He's absolutely brilliant. He has the client's confidence from the outset, with an amazing ability to analyse the facts of the law and give practical advice." "The first port of call for excellent written work."
Recent work: Represented a former director of Carillion in multiple regulatory investigations.

Strengths:

Andrew Green QC
A widely lauded adviser with extensive experience of dealing with regulatory bodies, including the Financial Reporting Council and the Prudential Regulation Authority. In addition to acting in investigations and disciplinary proceedings he has also been called upon to assess the scope of regulatory action itself.
"Excellent in court, with first-class advocacy skills." "Highly experienced and commands respect."
Recent work: Represented the London Stock Exchange in disciplinary proceedings brought against a NOMAD firm.

Strengths:

Andrew Hunter QC
Strong advocate who combines deep sector knowledge with a sophisticated courtroom manner. He acts for the FCA as well as for those undergoing regulatory proceedings. His recent work includes dealing with allegations of rate fixing and misrepresentation.
"He can construct a winning argument in seconds - he is seriously impressive, surprisingly affordable and really easy-going." "Tremendously assured, with a detailed knowledge of the area and an incisive intelligence."

Strengths:

Ben Jaffey QC
Enjoys a rising profile for his command of the intersection of administrative and public law with financial services. A first choice for representation before a range of financial regulatory bodies and tribunals including the FCA, PRA and Upper Tribunal. Alongside working on disputes arising from the Libor and forex proceedings, he has also been engaged in cases concerning accusations of financial misreporting.
"He is very knowledgeable, user-friendly and has excellent judgement." "An excellent choice for any matter involving an aspect of public or regulatory law. His written work is superb and he works well in a team."
Recent work: Defended the state of Ukraine against a USD3 billion claim brought by Russia for non-repayment of Eurobonds.

Strengths:

Charles Flint QC
Revered figure on the financial services scene, highly respected both for his deep technical understanding of the matters at hand and for his skills as an advocate in the courtroom. He is widely considered to lend weight and credence to a case by reputation alone. He has a strong understanding of Brexit issues and their impact on financial services. In addition to acting in litigation he is frequently instructed in high-stakes arbitration and mediation proceedings.
"Wise, practical and measured." "His experience in the financial services sector is exceptional."

Strengths:

Javan Herberg QC
Highly reputed in all aspects of regulatory and enforcement action, and much in demand as both an adviser and advocate. He has first-hand experience across a number of fora including the High Court, the Supreme Court and the Upper Tribunal.
"Excellent on complex regulatory issues, including challenging decisions by the FCA and PRA." "Provides a sound and considered view. He will give the client clear and realistic advice and is a valuable sounding board."
Recent work: Acted for Standard Chartered Bank in a contested hearing before the Regulatory Decisions Committee. In the first contested hearing involving the FCA's focused resolution agreement procedure, he obtained a significant reduction in a fine imposed on the bank by the FCA.

Strengths:

Monica Carss-Frisk QC
Renowned for her prowess throughout public and regulatory law, turning her hand successfully to the regulatory provisions governing financial services. She is frequently sought out by the FCA for counsel in high-stakes matters, including appellate work and judicial review.
"Extremely user-friendly, readily accessible and brilliantly incisive." "She is not only extremely knowledgeable and persuasive but also has a very nice style. Judges listen to her intently." "She navigates complex material extremely well and is very well regarded."

Strengths:

Simon Pritchard
Highly regarded junior who works on the full array of financial regulations matters for both institutions and individuals, including collective investment schemes, market abuse and insider trading issues.
"Emerging as an experienced senior advocate with a wealth of practical knowledge to draw from." "He is approachable, user-friendly and a real expert."
Recent work: Acted for the interested party in a matter concerning a validation order that had been made by the FCA in respect of numerous regulated credit agreements.

Financial Services Department

Blackstone Chambers

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Blackstone House

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Greater London

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Financial Services


Andrew George QC
Band 2
Andrew Green QC
Band 2
Andrew Hunter QC
Band 2
Ben Jaffey QC
Band 3
Charles Flint QC
Senior Statespeople
Javan Herberg QC
Star Individuals