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Brick Court Chambers

Banking & Finance

16 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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Brick Court Chambers is a prominent banking set, capable of drawing on the expertise of an impressive range of barristers. Members of the set are seasoned in handling a wide array of financial matters, including asset recovery, damages claims and contentious regulatory issues. Barristers here are instructed by a broad client base, which includes investment managers, funds and international banks. Barristers at the set notably acted on behalf Igor Kolomoisky, a Ukrainian oligarch, in a high-profile fraud claim brought by PrivatBank. Sources praise Brick Court for tackling particularly complex and novel cases, noting: "All the barristers are exceptional quality, very user-friendly and work well with our team."

Client service:

"A stellar set that we use a lot. We have never had a problem with the clerking service. They are always reliable." "Tony Burgess is a very effective clerk." Paul Dennison and Tony Burgess are the senior clerks.

Strengths:

Craig Morrison
Experienced junior who frequently handles a wide array of financial and commercial litigation, and has additional expertise in the insurance and energy spaces. He has a fine grasp of cases involving fraud disputes and swap misrepresentations.
"He brings a level of supreme brightness but also supreme niceness; he's always easy to deal with." "Craig is astounding. His appetite for work is simply phenomenal."

Strengths:

Fionn Pilbrow QC
Proficient silk with expertise in handling complex financial matters. He frequently acts for international organisations and in cases concerning offshore jurisdictions. Pilbrow has effectively established a niche in matters concerning the Takeover Code.
"Fionn is a very hard-working and highly experienced advocate, as well as easy to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Lombard North Central v Airbus, launching a EUR16 million claim against the defendant in relation to a helicopter which ended up being owned by the bank.

Strengths:

Fred Hobson
Accomplished practitioner who handles financial disputes both for and against banks, many of which include swaps mis-selling and civil fraud claims. He has experience of acting in complex Supreme Court matters and cases concerning share options, joint ventures and private equity acquisitions.
"He is very bright, very user-friendly and commercial. He is also a good draftsman."
Recent work: Acted for the casino in the case of Playboy Club London v Banca Nazionale de Lavoro. The case concerned multiple fraud and deceit claims brought against the Italian bank, including a Supreme Court hearing and two Court of Appeal hearings.

Strengths:

Helen Davies QC
Joint head of chambers and an advocate of some renown when it comes to commercial, energy and competition law disputes. She has appeared in a number of leading banking cases including those addressing issues of investigation procedure, fraud, mis-selling and the interpretation of the ISDA Master Agreement. Davies has acted as an advocate at all levels of the English courts, and also regularly appears as an arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations. 
"Helen is an absolutely excellent cross-examiner." "She's a super advocate and a very good team manager." "She's a heavyweight. A tough individual and a very safe pair of hands."
Recent work: Successfully defended Lloyds Banking Group and five of its former directors against a damages claim brought by a large group of shareholders in Lloyds. The claimants alleged that Lloyds and its directors misrepresented the financial state of HBOS prior to its acquisition by Lloyds in 2008.

Strengths:

James McClelland QC
A highly intelligent junior with a wide-ranging practice spanning a variety of areas. Besides his expertise in commercial and banking disputes, he has noted ability and experience of handling cases arising in administrative and public law and professional discipline. McClelland is comfortable acting for and against banks and is also experienced in acting for the regulator in challenges of great import. He is noted for his strength in handling domestic and multi-jurisdictional group actions.
"He is extraordinarily bright and quite singular in that he is able to drive through an argument very quickly." "James is superb on detail, unflappable and has a really nice manner with clients."
Recent work: Acted in the case of Public Institution for Social Security Investment v Man Plc & Others,defending the Man Group against allegations of bribery and other impropriety in relation to the investment of billions of dollars over a period of more than 20 years.

Strengths:

Jasbir Dhillon QC
A banking silk who has a number of appearances in leading cases to his name. Besides his expertise in securitisation and derivatives cases, he has additional experience in handling contentious regulatory proceedings. His practice also covers professional negligence, asset tracing, fraud and insolvency matters. He is well regarded for his handling of cases relating to interpretation of the ISDA Master Agreement.
"Excellent knowledge of ISDA documentation. He's very driven and determined." "Dhillon has great intellectual aptitude and he applies it well."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in the matter of Burford Capital v London Stock Exchange Group. The case involved claims against the LSE seeking disclosure, pursuant to the Norwich Pharmacal principle, of evidence relating to alleged unlawful short selling by high frequency traders, which reduced Burford's share price by £1.7 billion.

Strengths:

Kyle Lawson
Promising junior with experience of handling a broad array of matters for private, investment and retail banks. He acts for both claimants and defendants in cases involving loan disputes, swap mis-selling claims and conspiracy allegations.
"A star of the future. Capable of performing well above the level of his year of admission."
Recent work: Acted for Property Alliance Group to bring high-profile claims against RBS relating to swap mis-selling, LIBOR manipulation and misconduct by the RBS Global Restructuring Group.

Strengths:

Mark Howard QC
One of the very finest silks of his generation, and a barrister with a stellar practice spanning a large number of areas. Besides his exceptional ability in banking and finance disputes, he has further expertise in energy, civil fraud, professional negligence and international arbitration proceedings. He regularly appears in landmark cases for a number of leading market participants, and regularly acts for a wide array of national and international banks in matters frequently involving debt and loan recoveries.
"A top commercial silk at the Bar. He's excellent. You cannot get a better commercial silk than Mark. His name strikes fear into the heart of the opposition."
Recent work: Acted for Igor Kolomoisky, the Ukrainian oligarch and politician, in defending a USD2.5 billion fraud claim brought by PrivatBank.

Strengths:

Richard Blakeley
Skilled junior with a solid financial practice involving cases relating to breaches of duty, LIBOR-related disputes and bond issues. He acts on both the claimant and defendant sides and is further adept at handling mis-selling claims. Clients include major investment banks and government bodies. 
"He is a down-to-earth, sensible barrister."
Recent work: Acted for the FDIC in bringing claims on behalf of 39 closed US banks against a number of banks, as well as the British Bankers' Association, relating to allegations of LIBOR manipulation.

Strengths:

Richard Eschwege
Highly adept junior with experience in a wide array of banking and finance disputes and general commercial litigation. He acts in matters involving the enforcement of guarantees, breaches of confidence, restructuring, LIBOR manipulation and hedge fund disputes. Eschwege impresses with his appetite for complex cases that raise novel points of law.
"He is a brilliant barrister with a phenomenal brain. His ability to analyse and draft is second to none." "He is a very bright junior and absolutely fantastic. He is super smart."
Recent work: Acted for Bangkok Land in the defence of a £35 million claim by Deutsche Trustee Company, relating to a USD150 million bonds issue on which Bangkok Land had defaulted in 1998.

Strengths:

Roger Masefield QC
Experienced silk who handles a wide array of banking and commercial litigation. His clients include sovereign wealth funds, among many others, and he has acted in a number of matters concerning breaches of duty, corruption allegations and derivative disputes.
"Very impressive. He brings judges around with very artful persuasion."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the claimant in Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale, concerning a claim to rescind four derivative transactions, which took place during the Gadaffi regime, for alleged bribery, corruption and intimidation. The matter settled for a payment of circa USD1 billion.

Strengths:

Simon Birt QC
Has established himself as a skilled advocate in banking and general commercial disputes. His work in financial matters often concerns cases arising from the financial crash and credit crisis. He is also instructed in film partnership litigation involving FSMA issues. Birt works both for and against banking institutions, often undertaking cases with cross-border elements.
"He's very good, thorough and diligent. A very measured barrister with a nice court manner." "He's very available, to the point, quick on the uptake and understands the issues immediately. He is also very technical and amenable to understanding foreign law concepts."
Recent work: Acted for Ingenious Film Partners in the defence of multiple claims brought by a large group of claimants, alleging fraudulent misrepresentation in the promotion of film finance partnerships.

Strengths:

Simon Salzedo QC
Highly adept silk handling banking litigation at all court levels, who is experienced in matters concerning negligence claims, fund recoveries and fraud disputes. He is also a noted advocate in the fields of professional negligence and insurance. His broad finance practice is informed by his previous career as a chartered accountant.
"He's one of the leading barristers for negligence work and his reputation is richly justified." "He is exceptionally bright and good at expressing extremely complex issues on paper in a straightforward manner."
Recent work: Acted for Grant Thornton in a claim brought by Manchester Building Society, successfully defending the client against a £50 million claim for negligent auditing at a five-week Commercial Court trial.

Strengths:

Stephen Midwinter QC
Experienced advocate who acts both for and against an array of national and international banks in matters involving fraud claims and ISDA-associated matters. He has additional expertise in the insurance and energy spheres.
"He is a very clever, excellent advocate." "Stephen has a very good sense for commercial litigation and an understanding for financial law."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the Leipzig water authority in the defence of a USD300 million CDO claim brought by UBS against the defendant.

Strengths:

Tim Lord QC
A superb advocate who leads cases involving high-profile conspiracy claims, swaps mis-sellings, LIBOR misrepresentations and general loan disputes. He acts both for and against banks in market-leading cases and has additional broader experience within the professional negligence and civil fraud arenas. Commentators admire his forthright and robust advocacy.
"He has very deep experience in acting against the investment banks and has a great nose for things like disclosure and evidence and picking out the holes." "He is a very persistent and tenacious advocate and in loads of high-profile cases."
Recent work: Acted for Leeds City Council and others in bringing a £200 million class action claim against Barclays in relation to fraudulent misrepresentations about the LIBOR benchmark.

Strengths:

Tony Singla QC
Well-renowned barrister adept at tackling banking cases addressing issues of fraud and shareholder disputes. He is noted for his handling of substantial group litigation on behalf of banks. 
"He produced a really fantastically helpful piece of work with a really brilliant analysis."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in the case of Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse, which concerned a Commercial Court claim for rescission of State guarantees for loans of over USD2 billion for alleged bribery and fraud.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Banking & Finance


Fionn Pilbrow QC
Band 4
Helen Davies QC
Band 3
James McClelland QC
New Silks
Jasbir Dhillon QC
Band 4
Mark Howard QC
Star Individuals
Roger Masefield QC
Band 4