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Brick Court Chambers

Dispute Resolution

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Brick Court lays claim to some of the leading practitioners in the market. Its barristers are regularly involved in the highest-value and most high-profile matters. Recent highlights for members have included Blue Power Group v Eni SpA, Tatneft v Kolomoisky, The Public Institution for Social Security v Al-Rajaan, SKAT (the Danish Customs and Tax Administration) v Solo Capital Partners, and Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation v (1) Dechert LLP (2) Neil Gerrard. With capabilities across numerous jurisdictions and success in the highest courts, Brick Court is held to be "at the very top of the market."  Sources say: "For anything high-profile and of high complexity you cannot do better than Brick Court."

Client service:

"The clerks are very good, always responsive and very helpful. Paul Dennison and Tony Burgess will run through brick walls for their barristers – they are thoroughly reliable clerks."

Strengths:

Alan Roxburgh
"He has a genuinely exceptional mind, and can spot critical legal points invisible to most other practitioners, and often ones which are vital to tactical decisions or to the outcome of the entire case." "He is very smart and solid."
Recent work: Instructed in ABN AMRO Fund Services (Isle of Man) Nominees Ltd v Krys, a three-day appeal against refusal of an order restraining liquidators from pursuing USD6 billion claims in the United States of America.

Strengths:

Alec Haydon QC
"Great to work with, very thorough and always on top of the details."
Recent work: Represented the former owners of PrivatBank, a now nationalised Ukrainian bank. The bank claimed that Haydon's clients had misappropriated USD2.4 billion by arranging fraudulent loans.

Strengths:

Ben Woolgar
"He is hugely intelligent and operates way above his year of call."
Recent work: Acted for Vitaliy Gaiduk, the former Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, and his associated entities against two other oligarchs in a USD1.1 billion claim. The claim concerns a misrepresentation made in the course of the sale of Industrial Union of Donbass, Ukraine’s largest metals business.

Strengths:

Charles Hollander QC
"Outstanding on his feet and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Ivanishvili v Credit Suisse, a case arising from an alleged fraud in the management of a Swiss law life portfolio.

Strengths:

Charlotte Tan
"Very able junior who punches above her weight."
Recent work: Acted for a bank in relation to a USD55 million ICC claim made under three performance bonds issued in relation to a construction contract for a Kuwaiti plant.

Strengths:

Colin West QC
"An excellent junior who has deservedly made the step up to silk." "Pragmatic, commercially astute and superb in terms of his analytical skills."
Recent work: Acted for Conversant Wireless in a claim against Huawei concerning telecoms patents.

Strengths:

Craig Morrison
"Has an outstanding intellect and couples it with being a delightful person to work with. He is a future star."
Recent work: Acted for Sports Information Services (SIS) in defending a claim by The Racing Partnership Limited (TRP) alleging that SIS has wrongly used horse race data that belongs to TRP as part of an unlawful means conspiracy with Ladbrokes and Betfred.

Strengths:

Daniel Jowell QC
"Very thorough and shows good attention to detail. He is strategic, cautious and careful in his advice, and good on his feet."
Recent work: Defended Gennadiy Bogolyubov who was sued alongside Igor Kolomoisky for around USD2 billion in damages by the insolvent Ukrainian bank he previously co-owned.

Strengths:

Edward Harrison
"A great junior, both reliable and highly accessible, and possessed of a client-friendly manner."
Recent work: Successfully defended the Samba Financial Group in a USD318 million claim brought by the liquidators of Saad Investments Company Limited in connection with the allegedly fraudulent transfer of shares in September 2008 by a third party to the defendant.

Strengths:

Edward Ho
"He is the most amazing advocate." "A man with a fantastic mind who is extremely hard-working."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Avonwick Holdings v Azitio Holdings, a USD1 billion deceit claim arising from misrepresentations made by the claimant’s former business partners during the sale of the claimant’s share in one of Ukraine’s largest industrial corporations.

Strengths:

Fionn Pilbrow QC
"Extremely bright and a good team player. Excellent on his feet, he's a rising star of the Commercial Bar."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of Arcadia Group, a number of oil-trading companies owned by shipping billionaire John Fredriksen, who claim to have been defrauded by former management/traders.

Strengths:

Fred Hobson
"Deals with complex and novel areas of law very, very well. He is also highly collaborative and very much part of the team."
Recent work: Acted for SCOR, one of the world’s largest reinsurers, in a claim against Barclays for breach of confidence relating to an abortive multibillion-euro takeover bid.

Strengths:

Gerard Rothschild
"A careful advocate who is meticulous on points of detail. He gives clients extremely robust but balanced advice."
Recent work: Appeared on behalf of Romania in the Supreme Court case of Micula v Romania. The case concerned whether the enforcement of a EUR178 million (plus interest) ICSID arbitration award would amount to unlawful state aid contrary to EU law.

Strengths:

Harry Matovu QC
"Knows his subject inside out and is technically very good. He is a very, very clear advocate and easy to work with."
Recent work: Instructed for the claimant in Ogini Ltd v Philbrick, a claim arising from a major fraud in the global contemporary art market.

Strengths:

Helen Davies QC
"A fierce advocate who is highly thoughtful and only says what needs to be said."
Recent work: Acted for Alexander Tugushev, former owner of a one-third interest in Russia’s largest fishing business, who was claiming GBP350 million damages for fraudulent conspiracy in respect of the misappropriation of that interest.

Strengths:

James McClelland QC
"A class act." "Insanely smart."
Recent work: Successfully acted for Uber in its appeal against Transport for London’s decision to deny it a licence to operate in London.

Strengths:

Jasbir Dhillon QC
"Smart, thoughtful, excellent at oral advocacy and highly responsive to clients."
Recent work: Represented Burford Capital in a claim against the London Stock Exchange seeking disclosure, pursuant to the Norwich Pharmacal principle, of evidence relating to alleged unlawful short selling by high-frequency traders during August 2019 which reduced Burford's share price by GBP1.7 billion.

Strengths:

Joanne Box
"Clear and robust in her views, which she can always back up when challenged. She is always prepared to argue her position and does so graciously and intelligently."
Recent work: Acted for the second defendant in Saad Investments Company Limited v J.P. Morgan International Bank Limited and Awal Bank BSC, a case arising out of the collapse of the international Saad Group following a major fraud perpetrated by Maan Al Sanea.

Strengths:

Kyle Lawson
"A good, bright and personable barrister."
Recent work: Acted for Lloyds Banking Group in its successful defence of group litigation brought by about 6,000 shareholders arising out of Lloyds’ acquisition of HBOS in 2008.

Strengths:

Laura Newton
"She has a really sharp brain and is very clear in her advice."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of two Ukrainian individuals and a number of offshore entities in Commercial Court proceedings between three Ukrainian oligarchs who were fighting over ownership of their business empire of steel mines in Ukraine.

Strengths:

Mark Howard QC
"Terrifying to have as an opponent as his submissions cut right to the heart of the case and his cross-examination is phenomenal. He wins cases that he should lose."
Recent work: Represented Igor Kolomoisky, a Ukrainian oligarch and politician accused of having defrauded PrivatBank. The claim was valued at USD2.5 billion.

Strengths:

Max Schaefer
"Incredibly strong junior, who is very user-friendly, and turns around top-notch work in no time. He is also a highly effective cross-examiner."
Recent work: Acted for the Central Bank of Venezuela in its claim aimed at unlocking around USD1 billion worth of gold from its account with the Bank of England to fund COVID-19 relief.

Strengths:

Michael Bolding
"Very intelligent and able to immediately grasp complex issues. His drafting is top-notch."
Recent work: Represented one of the insurers in Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance (UK) Ltd and Others, an FCA test case concerned with the extent to which non-damage business interruption policies respond to loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Strengths:

Michael Bools QC
"Just extremely user-friendly and responsive, as well as highly strategic in his approach."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in PrivatBank v Kolomoisky et al., a USD2.6 billion claim against Mr Kolomoisky and others alleging the fraudulent diversion of funds from the now nationalised Ukrainian bank PrivatBank.

Strengths:

Richard Blakeley
"Tenacious, robust and capable of producing performances that blow you away."
Recent work: Instructed for the Federal Republic of Nigeria as claimant in two sets of proceedings against multiple parties,  arising out of a fraudulent and corrupt scheme to sell the rights to a Nigerian oil block to a Shell/Eni consortium in 2011.

Strengths:

Richard Eschwege
"An extremely good lawyer." "His ability to get on top of complex law and facts and present them in a digestible fashion is truly impressive."
Recent work: Acted unled for the two principal defendants in Alta Trading v Bosworth, a long-running USD300 million civil fraud claim involving oil trading in West Africa.

Strengths:

Richard Slade QC
"An excellent barrister, who is knowledgeable, commercial, practical and responsive."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Tugushev v Orlov and Others, a claim concerning a misappropriated share in a Russian fishing industry joint venture.

Strengths:

Roger Masefield QC
"He is considered and very personable." "A young silk but a good one who wins round judges through his intelligence and hard work."
Recent work: Represented the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a claim against J.P. Morgan based on the breach of a Quincecare duty of care arising out of an allegedly corrupt disposal of an oil licence.

Strengths:

Sarah Abram QC
"Sarah is ferociously bright, and you can put her in a room with anybody. She is user-friendly and very, very impressive."
Recent work: Instructed to appear unled for Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores SA in Daimler v Compañía Sudamericana de Vapores SA, a cartel damages claim concerning roll-on/roll-off shipping services.

Strengths:

Simon Birt QC
"A really good advocate, whom judges like and trust, he is brilliant on the detail."
Recent work: Instructed for the claimant in Renova Industries v Emmerson, BVI litigation between Russian oligarchs regarding their joint venture in a Russian energy business. The dispute involved allegations of dishonest assistance, conspiracy and forgery.

Strengths:

Simon Salzedo QC
"He is absolutely brilliant." "So engaged, he's really focused on finding solutions and is very imaginative in his approach. Simon is great at managing a big team in cases with lots of evidence."
Recent work: Represented the Playboy casino group in seeking recovery from Banco Nazionale del Lavoro, an Italian bank, for negligence and fraud.

Strengths:

Sophie Shaw
"Produces high-quality work and is both very responsive and excellent with clients."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Rowe and Others v Ingenious Media, a claim which concerned the marketing and operation of film finance schemes between 2002 and 2007.

Strengths:

Stephen Midwinter QC
"A brilliant lawyer and a leader in the insurance and reinsurance field. He is responsive, clear and great to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Fairfield Sentry in ongoing USD6 billion claims brought by the largest feeder fund to Madoff, UBS. The case raised novel questions with regard to whether a BVI insolvency statute can be applied by a US court.

Strengths:

Thomas Plewman SC QC
"Highly astute and provides an impressive service." "He's down to earth, pragmatic, and something of an iron fist in a velvet glove."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of a number of defendants in PJSC Bank v Kolomoisky, USD1.9 billion fraud proceedings.

Strengths:

Tim Lord QC
"Extremely dynamic and energetic, he forms a strategic vision and ruthlessly pursues it. He exerts true leadership in a case and provides direction."
Recent work: Represented Uralkali in a claim against the joint administrators of Force India Formula One in relation to the way in which the joint administrators handled the disposal of the business and in particular the bid process.

Strengths:

Tom Adam QC
"He prepares superbly, his advocacy is really impressive, and he considers every possible argument in a case. Tom is a real wordsmith, who comes up with just the right way of explaining points to the judge."
Recent work: Acted for Royal Sun Alliance in defending a group action brought by 79 current or former shareholders in Royal Sun Alliance. The dispute concerned whether relevant senior group executives knew of improper under-reserving practices in the Irish subsidiary.

Strengths:

Tony Singla QC
"Thinks about things carefully without rushing, and comes up with solutions. He has great judgement."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse, a claim for rescission of state guarantees for loans of over USD2 billion for alleged bribery and fraud.

Strengths:

Vernon Flynn QC
"A fabulous advocate with particular strength in offshore jurisdictions, such as the DIFC."
Recent work: Acted in JTrust Asia Pte Ltd v Konoshita,a claim to recover about USD95 million which JTrust contends that it invested in a Thai public company as a result of an 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
Band 5
Daniel Jowell QC
Band 2
Fionn Pilbrow QC
Band 4
Harry Matovu QC
Band 3

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