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Brick Court Chambers

Dispute Resolution

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Laying claim to some of the leading practitioners in the market, Brick Court offers "very strong quality across the board." Interviewees consider it to be "a go-to set for heavyweight disputes," as its barristers are regularly involved in the highest-value and most high-profile matters. Recent highlights for members have included the defence of the network provider in the widely reported case of Phones 4u v O2 & Others. This matter involved serious allegations of network collusion to bring about the collapse of a major mobile phone retailer. Eight of the set's individuals acted for defendants in Privatbank v Kolomoisky and Others, a USD2.5 billion fraud case. With capabilities across numerous jurisdictions and success in the highest courts, Brick Court is held to be "one of the most respected chambers out there and an absolute powerhouse for commercial dispute resolution."

Client service:

"The clerks are very proactive, helpful and easy to deal with." "They are fantastic and always put forward the right barrister." "Senior clerk Tony Burgess is marvellous," while "joint senior clerk Paul Dennison is extremely quick to respond and very user-friendly."

Strengths:

Alan Roxburgh
"A man of very considerable intellect." "On the analysis side he is top notch; Alan finds really unique ways through cases."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in United Company Rusal plc v Crispian Investments Ltd, a dispute between major shareholders of the world’s largest nickel producer.

Strengths:

Alec Haydon QC
"An effective and well-prepared advocate." "He has a lot of flair and he is someone who judges respond well to."
Recent work: Acted for Cardamon in its claim for GBP2.5 million in damages against McAlistair for breaches of warranty in share purchase agreements for the acquisition of shares in Motorplus.

Strengths:

Ben Woolgar
"Extremely client-friendly." "He is making a name for himself and is in demand among leading silks."
Recent work: Acted for the Privinvest Group and its co-owner, Iskandar Safa, in a USD2.1 billion claim brought by the Republic of Mozambique over alleged bribery regarding a series of major infrastructure transactions.

Strengths:

Charles Hollander QC
"A top name for cases with a lot of documentary evidence." "He's very user-friendly, he masters the detail in a case and he really understands the client's points of pressure."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidators of CMT in China Medical Technologies v Paul, Weiss LLP, a dispute concerning a claim that the international law firm had failed to uncover a fraud it was asked to look into.

Strengths:

Charlotte Tan
"She can make seemingly unarguable points the winning points."
Recent work: Acted for six of the defendants in a case brought by SKAT, an agency of the Danish government, which sought remedies against them following alleged claims for refunds of Danish withholding tax relating to shareholder dividends.

Strengths:

Colin West QC
"He is technically terrific and very impressive in all he does."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant, Alan McAlistair, in a claim brought by 116 Cardamon for breach of warranty.

Strengths:

Craig Morrison
"Very clever, diligent and easy to work with." "He is really outstanding: he is responsive, he writes well, he is clever, he knows the law really well and he has good judgement."
Recent work: Defended a claim against Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig brought by UBS for circa USD350 million over CDOs entered into immediately prior to the credit crunch. He also acted in its counterclaim against UBS for rescission and negligent portfolio management.

Strengths:

Daniel Jowell QC
"A well-rounded commercial silk, with competition law experience, who has excellent judgement." "He is very responsive, a pleasure to work with and a tenacious advocate."
Recent work: Defended Mr Merinson, a former employee of Yukos International, against the company's claim centring on alleged secret commissions.

Strengths:

Edward Harrison
"Proactive and reasoned in his thinking." "He has a seriously sharp and mature brain."
Recent work: Defended Energy Venture Partners against a USD9.5 billion claim brought by the Federal Government of Nigeria relating to an allegation that companies associated with Shell and Eni obtained the rights to a valuable offshore oil concession at an undervalue. The case concerned various allegations including the bribing of former and current Nigerian politicians.

Strengths:

Edward Ho
"Excellent, intelligent and a lawyer who really gets to the bottom of a case." "He is a very good advocate who is unflappable and really practical. In addition he works his socks off."
Recent work: Acted for three defendants, Mr Guenther Klar, Europa Executive Pension Scheme and Khajuraho Equity Trading, in a GBP1.5 billion claim brought by the Danish tax authority SKAT, which alleged that it paid out tax refunds where none were properly due.

Strengths:

Fionn Pilbrow QC
"Extremely bright and a good team player." "He is skilled at cutting through the opponent's tactics."
Recent work: Instructed by Eni, the Italian oil major, in a claim brought by Blue Power Group over alleged breaches of agreements and improper use of technology.

Strengths:

Fred Hobson
"User-friendly and on top of the detail."
Recent work: Appeared for Mr Klar and his companies in SKAT v Solo Capital Partners and Others, defending claims of an alleged conspiracy to defraud the Danish tax authorities.

Strengths:

Gerard Rothschild
"He is very responsive, is always very well researched and has extremely good knowledge of the law."
Recent work: Acted unled for EDF Energy in a GBP1 million case against Fine Lady Bakeries. The case concerned the question of who is responsible when an industrial user’s electricity meter is set up incorrectly but this fact is undetected for many years.

Strengths:

Harry Matovu QC
"An advocate that you stop and listen to as he really commands the courtroom." "He has an excellent commercial mind, shows excellent leadership and is a great team player."
Recent work: Acted for the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a case brought by Process and Industrial Developments, which sought to enforce a USD6.5 billion arbitration award.

Strengths:

Helen Davies QC
"Has a skilful way of assimilating information and manages to lead the judge through a case very simply." "She is fantastic with clients as she is calm, clear and decisive."
Recent work: Successfully defended Lloyds Banking Group and five of its former directors against a claim for in excess of GBP500 million in damages for alleged negligence in failing to reveal, and for misrepresenting, the true financial position of HBOS prior to its acquisition by Lloyds in 2008.

Strengths:

James McClelland QC
"Excellent and has a very fine mind." "He is an extremely thoughtful and thorough legal analyst."
Recent work: Appeared in Public Institution for Social Security Investment (Kuwait) v Man Plc & Others, acting for the Man Group (one of the largest financial institutions in the world) resisting 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
"He is all over the papers and is a very interesting lateral thinker who puts forward very novel points." "A persuasive advocate who is very user-friendly." 
Recent work: Acted for Computer Associates defending a GBP6 million claim brought by Software Incubator. The case raised the novel and important question as to whether software supplied electronically can constitute the 'sale of goods'.

Strengths:

Joanne Box
"Excellent, proactive and great to work with." "She is extremely user-friendly, really commercial, and invariably calm at all times. Her drafting is excellent, precise and to the point."
Recent work: Defended Ingenious Media against claims brought by investors in its film finance schemes, seeking compensation for alleged mis-selling and professional negligence.

Strengths:

Kyle Lawson
"A star of the future who performs well above the level of his year of call." "He churns out documents, and the quality of his work is very good."
Recent work: Acted for the successful respondent, East Asia Company, in a case brought by PT Satria Tirtatama Energindo concerning the validity of a purported agreement for the sale of a multimillion-dollar energy project in Bali.

Strengths:

Laura Newton
"Very smart and highly capable, she is going places." "Clients really like her and she is completely on top of all of the documents."
Recent work: Acted for Slater and Gordon in its GBP637 million claim against Watchstone alleging fraud and breach of warranty.

Strengths:

Mark Howard QC
"Right at the top of the Commercial Bar, he is a phenomenal advocate and a stellar performer." "He is well respected by judges and he is very canny in terms of shaping the case." "Mark is the pre-eminent trial lawyer of his generation. His intellect and his advocacy skills are remarkable, and his cross-examinations are things to behold."
Recent work: Appeared in the Supreme Court acting for Law Debenture Trust in a case involving a dispute over a USD3 billion loan that Ukraine refused to repay to President Putin’s regime.

Strengths:

Max Schaefer
"He is on top of the papers, he thinks quickly on his feet, and his opinions are very well researched and considered." "Max is incredibly clever and supremely diligent."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant group of companies suing the ex-CEO and CFO of Autonomy, purchased by HP in 2011, for accounting fraud.

Strengths:

Michael Bolding
"User-friendly and easy to work with, he stays calm and unflustered at all times." "He is an extraordinarily bright junior who is very diligent."
Recent work: Defended Viktor Vekselberg, and a number of companies within the Renova Group, against a claim for over USD1 billion relating to sums allegedly owed in connection with contributions made to a joint venture concerning Russian energy assets.

Strengths:

Michael Bools QC
"He is very commercial and frighteningly clever."  "His submissions are to the point and he makes all the right points."
Recent work: Defended Bambino Holdings, Bernard Ecclestone's family trust company, against claims brought by Bluewaters Ventures for over USD1 billion. The claims alleged that Mr Eccleston fraudulently paid the financial risk manager of the seller of Formula One, Dr Gribkovsky, USD40 million to ensure that the sale was made to Mr Ecclestone’s preferred purchaser, CVC.

Strengths:

Richard Blakeley
"Very bright and fantastically good at drafting." "He has the ear of the court."
Recent work: Represented Alexander Tugushev in a case against Vitaly Orlov, Magnus Roth and Andrey Petrikhe, who he claimed had entered into a fraudulent conspiracy to deprive him of his share of the USD1.5 billion Norebo fishing group.

Strengths:

Richard Eschwege
"Highly cerebral and a very safe pair of hands." "He is like a machine when it comes to work and has a fine legal mind."
Recent work: Acted for Gennady Bogolyubov in a USD1.9 billion fraud claim brought against him and others relating to the assets of PrivatBank, which he once owned.

Strengths:

Richard Slade QC
"Has excellent drafting skills and a very persuasive and smooth advocacy style." "He is excellent at cutting to the heart of the matter." 
Recent work: Acted for Elite Property Holdings in its case brought against Barclays on the grounds of breach of contractual duties owed under FSA review and conspiracy to injure by unlawful means.

Strengths:

Roger Masefield QC
"Supremely at home in heavyweight litigation." "He is very bright and very good on the detail but sees the commercial big picture."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the Libyan Investment Authority in its USD1.5 billion claim against Société Générale to rescind four complex derivative transactions.

Strengths:

Sarah Abram
"Really good on her feet and knows her stuff." "She is an excellent junior for competition disputes in particular."
Recent work: Defended O2 against allegations of collusion with other networks to force Phones 4u into administration.

Strengths:

Simon Birt QC
"A very smart lawyer and a very smart tactician." "He gets into the detail and has good judgement in court."
Recent work: Defended Ingenious Film Partners against multiple claims brought by around 500 separate claimants relating to fraudulent misrepresentation and conspiracy on the basis that it did not afford the tax benefits that they had anticipated.

Strengths:

Simon Salzedo QC
"Has a really good technical brain and, as a former accountant, is very good when you have something that involves accounts and figures." "He focuses on both the detail and the bigger picture, and he is excellent on jurisdictional issues."
Recent work: Represented the Angolan sovereign wealth fund in seeking to recover control of the USD3 billion fund from the previous Angolan regime and claiming damages for conspiracy and fraud following revelations in the Paradise Papers.

Strengths:

Sophie Shaw
"Very responsive, dependable and a purveyor of robust advice." "She is very thorough and successfully masters large volumes of documentation, working well as part of a team."
Recent work: Defended Grant Thornton in a claim brought by the Manchester Building Society over losses allegedly caused by negligence.

Strengths:

Stephen Midwinter QC
"A barrister who can say a lot in a very few words: he provides clear written advocacy and pleadings that are short and to the point. He is charming, easy to get on with and someone who can filter through a mass of details."
Recent work: Acted for the Bank of Portugal as intervener in successfully persuading the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court that the English courts lacked jurisdiction to try Goldman Sachs' USD800 million claim against Novo Banco, the bridging bank set up by the Bank of Portugal following the collapse of BES.

Strengths:

Thomas Plewman QC SC
"He has flair and is very bright." "Thomas is exceptionally astute and is a really good strategic thinker who adds another dimension to a legal team."
Recent work: Acted for Goldman Sachs in an appeal to the Supreme Court over an USD800 million claim against Novo Banco following restructuring measures imposed by the Bank of Portugal.

Strengths:

Tim Lord QC
"As well as being highly intelligent and an expert in the law, he has a very good grasp of litigation and commercial tactics and is a particularly skilled and intrepid advocate." "He is incredibly effective and spends a lot of time preparing the case. As a result he has a clear route plan and gets exactly what the client needs."
Recent work: Acted for three of the defendants, Guenther Klar, Europa and Khajuraho, in SKAT v Solo Capital Partners and 160 Others. This was a massive, multiparty claim by the Danish Tax Authority seeking to recover GBP1.5 billion paid out by way of withholding tax refunds to a host of international defendants.

Strengths:

Tom Adam QC
"A good advocate who is delightful to deal with." "He is absolutely excellent in all respects."
Recent work: Acted for Eni in a dispute arising from agreements with Blue Power relating to the possible use of new compressed natural gas technology in a Norwegian oil field. The claim alleged breach of exclusivity obligations, failure to use best endeavours to advance the new technology and misuse of confidential information.

Strengths:

Tony Singla QC
"Speaks from a position of a wealth of experience and makes the case as compelling as possible." "He is good at finding creative solutions to difficult issues."
Recent work: Successfully represented Lloyds Banking Group and its former directors in a trial brought by 6,000 shareholders arising out Lloyds' GBP12 billion acquisition of HBOS in 2008.

Strengths:

Vernon Flynn QC
"He is able to translate difficult problems into words that clients understand." "Vernon is absolutely brilliant; he is affable, credible, and someone who commands the respect of the court."
Recent work: Acted for JTrust in its claim to recover around USD95 million, which it claimed to have invested in a Thai public company as a result of accounting fraud by its CEO, Mr Konoshita.

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Silks (QC)

UK

Dispute Resolution: Commercial


Alec Haydon QC
Band 5
Charles Hollander QC
Band 1
Colin West QC
New Silks
Daniel Jowell QC
Band 2
Fionn Pilbrow QC
Band 5
Harry Matovu QC
Band 3