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35 Ranked Lawyers

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Fountain Court Chambers is a market-leading set with a huge offering of expert barristers covering diverse banking matters. Members of chambers regularly act for global financial institutions, including investment and retail banks, in wide-ranging disputes. Complex claims pertaining to both civil and criminal fraud, bribery and money laundering are frequently handled with great proficiency by the Fountain Court barristers. Members of the set have been acting in The Ingenious Litigation, which raises issues regarding duties owed by a bank in relation to tax avoidance schemes and is just one example of the high-profile work conducted here. Sources describe Fountain Court as "one of the leading sets," and add: "The set has a really strong bench at all levels." Interviewees report: "They are excellent and have a very established reputation."

Client service

"The clerks are helpful and responsive." "I have always found the clerks to be excellent. It is one of the top clerking teams." "The clerking is great. They have been really helpful on fee notes, fee estimates and processing things fast. It's a nice team to deal with." "The clerks are brilliant. The are super responsive, on top of the details, flexible and open to any request." Alex Taylor is the senior clerk.

Richard Handyside KC
Richard Handyside KC is renowned as a leading player in the banking sphere having forged an impressive reputation for handling market-leading cases on behalf of a variety of investment banks and financial institutions. He is particularly noted for his market-leading expertise in issues facing banks arising from the LIBOR manipulation scandal. His recent work also includes disputes relating to the sale of structured notes and film investment schemes. As well as handling the most significant domestic cases, he is also noted for his considerable experience conducting multi-jurisdictional disputes.
"Richard is a fantastic barrister both in court and with clients. His ability to distil an issue to its fundamental components and deliver it in a way that everyone understands is to be commended." "He is super clever, easy to deal with and you can contact him as needed. He has so much experience and is so well-versed in the best way to say things." "He is a smooth and skilled advocate."

Defended Société Générale against a claim brought by Vestia, a Dutch housing association which operates in the field of social housing. Vestia seeks to set aside a number of derivatives transactions into which it entered with the bank between 2008 and 2011 on the grounds that those transactions were outside Vestia’s capacity and procured by bribes.

David Railton KC
David Railton KC is a vastly experienced advocate with a practice spanning the full range of disputes in banking and finance. He has particularly deep expertise in issues arising from the financial crash of 2008. His practice covers complex financial products, note issue construction and operation, swaps and derivatives disputes, and cases concerning allegations of LIBOR manipulation. He is also a highly adept practitioner in insurance and general commercial cases. He is also recognised for his expertise in offshore jurisdictions including the BVI, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands where he handles highly complex financial cases and a number of group litigation matters.
"David is excellent. He is a deep thinker and very strategic in the way that he thinks things through." "He is an extremely good advocate and someone who commands the respect of judges. His submissions are always very measured."

Acting for Russian oil company Tatneft in seeking damages under Russian law from four oligarchs in respect of the misappropriation of monies paid for oil supplied to a refinery in Ukraine.

Bankim Thanki KC
Bankim Thanki KC is an extraordinarily versatile silk with a superb reputation in an array of practice areas including civil fraud, financial services, offshore and international arbitration, among others. He has acted for a variety of clients in the realm of banking disputes including retail, investment and central banks, often where there is an overlap between contentious regulatory and banking issues. He is additionally noted for his work with central banks in Germany, Namibia and Trinidad & Tobago. Commentators are impressed by his charming manner, which never fails to win over clients.
"He has gravitas. He is a very accomplished performer." "He is massively well respected, very user-friendly, very proactive and very calm and measured in his approach."

Acted for Ukraine in the USD3 billion Eurobond loan default claim brought on behalf of the Russian Federation in the Financial List in London.

Simon Atrill
Simon Atrill is a proficient senior junior, highly experienced in acting for a broad variety of investment and retail banks in matters involving derivative disputes and swaps mis-selling. He has experience acting in leading banking disputes, many of which are international in nature, including those concerning alleged EURIBOR manipulation.
"He is very well respected by clients in particular. He is a really solid banking and commercial lawyer and he produces things really quickly. I love working with him."

Acted for Credit Suisse in a dispute with the Libyan Investment Authority concerning allegations of bribery and undue influence arising from the placement of substantial investments by Libya with Western banks.

Andrew Mitchell KC
Andrew Mitchell KC has established himself as a silk of choice for complex finance litigation, and has an especially strong standing in interest rate swaps disputes. He is also a noted practitioner in commercial dispute resolution and insurance cases. Mitchell is frequently sought out to defend banks against allegations of benchmark interest rate manipulation, and has also appeared for them in PPI mis-selling claims cases. He further advises clients on complex securitisation and underwriting issue.
"He has a real grounding in banking and finance. He has a really good understanding of how the banks want to manage a case and how to do so." "He has a calm presence."

Acted for five Credit Suisse defendants in Loreley 30 v Credit Suisse. The claimant alleges the bank committed fraud in the sale of a USD100 million structured note consisting of US sub-prime residential mortgage debt, whose default caused the financial crisis.

Adam Sher
Adam Sher is a well-regarded barrister capable in IBOR-related litigation and general financial disputes, many of which have offshore elements. He acts for an array of major national and multinational retail and investment banks.
"He is very bright, passionate and drafts very well. He is punchy." "He is very responsive, user-friendly, very bright, and his drafting is excellent and concise." "Adam is very quick to form considered views on difficult issues. He is very forthright and produces fantastic written work."

Defending Barclays Bank against claims brought by eight local authorities in connection with 'LOBO' loans, which the local authorities claim are liable to be rescinded on the grounds of Barclays' involvement in LIBOR manipulation claims.

Richard Coleman KC
Richard Coleman KC is a capable advocate who acts for both claimants and defendants especially in cases concerning mis-selling disputes. He is experienced acting for major national banks as well as prominent financial bodies, including the FCA.
"He is very good at hearings in terms of keeping everything on track. He is a good cross-examiner and very impressive on his feet."

Acted for Coutts, NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland in the defence of multiple claims brought by a large group of claimants alleging fraudulent misrepresentation in the promotion of film finance partnerships.

Raymond Cox KC
Raymond Cox KC is a highly experienced banking and financial services silk with a great deal of expertise in derivatives, securities and insolvency matters. His recent work has seen him handling disputes addressing issues of mortgage interest rate alteration in tracker products and cases concerning secured loan facilities. He has expertise in multi-jurisdictional matters, including those concerning the Cayman Islands. 
"He is very authoritative, calm and persuasive." "He is very knowledgeable and great to work with."

James Duffy
James Duffy is an impressive junior who handles complex matters for a wide variety of major national investment banks. He has expertise in cases concerning LIBOR manipulation, swaps mis-selling and fraud disputes. Duffy has appeared in a number of the most significant cases of recent years in the banking and finance sector, including the Bank Charges Litigation, and is noted for his handling of cases that are both high-profile and reputationally sensitive, as evidenced by his instruction in Lloyds Banking Group’s first trial regarding an interest rate swap mis-selling claim.
"He is incredibly bright and on the ball." "He is excellent technically and really good at drafting." "James is a very safe pair of hands and certainly a future KC. He is able to hold his own in a courtroom full of other KCs. His lay client skills are impressive and he is always a reassuring presence."

Instructed by Lloyds Banking Group, Lloyds TSB Bank and Bank of Scotland in defence of claims brought against them by the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The claims alleged that the banks, involved in setting US dollar LIBOR, were engaged in a fraudulent and anti-competitive scheme designed deliberately to artificially lower LIBOR rates.

Patrick Goodall KC
Patrick Goodall KC is a renowned silk and an advocate of choice for complex financial disputes turning on intricate questions of technical law, and is particularly proficient at handling LIBOR claims and swaps mis-selling cases. He acts both for and against banks and has experience in coordinating cases with offshore elements.
"He is really excellent - very logical and orderly in the way he approaches things. He is technically very strong. He is also very collaborative." "He understands what solicitors need. He is a great team player and he is very meticulous and provides very thorough, high-quality advice."

Acted for MDO Management Company, one of the defendants in Agate Assets v Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild. The action relates to a structured notes transaction arranged by Commerzbank.

Timothy Howe KC
Timothy Howe KC is an exceptionally capable advocate with an enormous amount of experience of handling banking litigation and arbitration. Within banking and finance, he is especially good at handling cases stemming from allegations of LIBOR and EURIBOR manipulation and from the collapse of Lehman Brothers. He represents leading global investment banks in high-value matters relating to complex derivatives and other transactions.
"He is extremely responsive, very available and very client-facing." "He does an amazing job and is a smooth operator." "He is very clever and very user-friendly however complex the issues are."

Acted for VTBC Bank in a dispute with the Republic of Mozambique involving issues relating to the non-payment and enforcement of sovereign debt obligations.

Richard Lissack KC
Richard Lissack KC is a highly regarded practitioner with a wealth of sector experience. His esteemed banking practice is focused on complex and substantial matters, regularly involving cross-border elements. He has specialist knowledge of disputes involving financial crime, fraud, bribery, money laundering and sanctions, and has handled a number of matters relating to SFO investigations. Lissack has also been called to numerous international Bars including New York, the DIFC and the Eastern Caribbean.
"He is very user-friendly, very hard-working, always makes himself available and is a very good advocate." "He is excellent; he has very, very good judgement, years of experience, and his delivery is excellent. He is measured and judges trust him."

Acted for the claimant in ECU v HSBC, a dispute concerning a £200 million foreign exchange fraud.

Rosalind Phelps KC
Rosalind Phelps KC is an accomplished silk who is noted for her abilities across a range of banking and finance matters, and has particular expertise in bond and loan disputes, LIBOR and swap mis-selling cases. She handles significant disputes for clients including both high-street and investment banks.
"She is brilliant. She's very practical and easy to deal with, in a way that really enables real problem solving and enables getting good client outcomes. She is very good at giving a steer and a view on strategy." "Brilliantly clever, unflappable in court and an invaluable member of the team."

Defended Barclays in three claims which arise from the alleged manipulation of the foreign exchange market before 2013.

Nik Yeo
Nik Yeo is a notable senior junior who enjoys a solid standing among instructing solicitors and his peers for his practice in structured finance litigation matters. He has additional noted proficiency in handling professional negligence and commercial international arbitration proceedings. Yeo is regularly involved in very sizeable and complex disputes arising out of the credit crunch. He impresses with his grasp of highly elaborate structured products such as CPDOs, and is noted for his handling of cases with international law elements.
"He is brilliant, charming, intelligent and hard-working." "An expert in complex banking litigation."

Represented Société Générale in a case to enforce events of default under a loan against Industrial Union of Donbass, a Ukrainian corporation specialising in steel and agriculture. The case arises out of a multibillion-dollar fraud committed by the corporation's owners and the military action in Ukraine.

Natasha Bennett
Natasha Bennett is a strong-performing junior adept in acting for major national and multinational banks. Her wide-ranging practice covers professional negligence and financial services disputes as well as general commercial litigation and arbitration. She regularly acts in complex cases and is accomplished at acting both as part of a team and as sole counsel. She is also experienced in handling matters relating to alleged manipulation of benchmark interest rates.
"She is outstanding - very smooth, incredibly capable and very quick." "She produces very high-quality work. She is very responsive, user-friendly and approachable. She is very technically able."

Defended Credit Suisse in a claim brought by the Libyan Investment Authority alleging that transactions it entered into with the bank in 2008 and 2009 for structured notes were procured by bribery and corruption.

Jeffrey Chapman KC
Jeffrey Chapman KC is a highly capable and respected advocate whose practice in banking and finance commonly overlaps with his wider expertise in commercial fraud matters. He has noted ability in international disputes, financial regulatory matters and arbitration proceedings, and regularly handles matters for national and international banks.
"He is a down-to-earth and to-the-point barrister. He is very clear with the client and the court. He has a very clear vision about how to win a case and which points will be run and which won't."

Acted for ETS against Liechtensteinische Landesbank (Switzerland) in proceedings concerning a £100 million fraud and allegations that the bank assisted in the fraudsters' scheme.

Nico Leslie
Nico Leslie is a talented junior with a rising reputation for handling disputes relating to interest rate swaps and alleged market manipulation on behalf of leading financial institutions. In recent years he has made great use of his fluency in Italian to handle cases for international investment banks that have had disputes with Italian authorities. He is highly experienced in conducting cases in multiple jurisdictions, as evidenced by his appearance in cases in Bermuda and the BVI.
"A great barrister who gets into the weeds, loves the job and gives advice in excess of his year of call." "He provides first-class legal analysis and he is a superb team player. He is hard-working, dedicated to his cases and very user-friendly."

Represented ECU, a currency management firm, that alleges historic 'front running' of its FX trading orders by HSBC.

Alexander Milner KC
Alexander Milner KC is an accomplished barrister who is equally adept at acting both for and against banks, and is experienced in cases connected with interest rate hedging products. Milner speaks fluent Russian, and a number of his recent cases in the banking sphere have come from the CIS region as a result. Domestically, he acts for and against banks in litigation covering a variety of banking and finance issues. Mis-selling claims and LIBOR misrepresentation cases are a particular specialism.
"He is absolutely unflappable, clever and really helpful on strategy and tactics." "He is brilliant legally and strategically. He is responsive and deals with complex issues very easily."

Acted for Roman Pipia, a Georgian businessman and owner of Dinamo Tbilisi FC, in a USD300 million claim against the Bank of Georgia for allegedly fraudulently misappropriating a major fertiliser plant.

David Murray
David Murray enjoys an excellent reputation as a versatile junior experienced in appearing before the English courts and the DIFC on behalf of a range of banking clients. He is particularly adept at handling cases relating to the mis-selling of financial products. His work sees him advising on a broad range of disputes in commercial, investment and retail banking.
"He is great. He knows his stuff and gets to the core of the matter quickly." "He is very clever, really good at drafting, very responsive, open, and you can call him anytime for advice. He thinks on his feet and is always thinking ahead."

Acted for J.P. Morgan in the defence of a USD1.7 billion claim brought by Federal Republic of Nigeria concerning payments made by the client from an account in the name of the Nigerian government.

Patricia Robertson KC
Patricia Robertson KC is an experienced and versatile practitioner with a strong track record of representing clients in litigation in the banking sector, especially in cases addressing allegations of regulatory breaches. In addition to her expertise in financial disputes, she is also a noted advocate with respect to professional discipline and negligence matters. She acts with regularity in multiparty disputes relating to failed investment schemes, and is known for her knowledge of interest rate swaps.
"She is really excellent, super bright, really hard-working, and has a great reputation." "She is very incisive whilst being able to present legal and factual arguments clearly on paper and in court."

Defended Khun Weerawong, the senior partner of a leading Thai law firm, and Khun Arthid, the president of the Siam Commercial Bank, against allegations that they were parties to a conspiracy to defraud Thai entrepreneur Nopporn Suppipat of his interest in an alternative energy company.

John Taylor KC
John Taylor KC has a strong track record of representing banks both in the English courts and overseas. He has particular experience in cases addressing LIBOR manipulation, the operation of standard terms and the mis-selling of interest rate swaps. His banking practice incorporates disputes in overseas jurisdictions, and he has particular experience of acting in the DIFC.
"John is very strong tactically and very clear in the advice he gives. He really steers the case well and recognises the direction of a case. He is very realistic in assessing your strengths and seeing the bigger picture." "He is tenacious and a highly effective advocate on banking matters. He provides hands on leadership and excellent client management skills."

Defended the Royal Bank of Scotland in a multimillion-pound claim brought by Grove Park Properties. The property owner alleges that the terms of a financing facility were fraudulently altered by the bank and that it was induced by fraudulent misrepresentation to enter into associated interest rate swaps.

Rupert Allen
Rupert Allen is an impressive senior junior with significant expertise in banking and finance cases. His impressive client roster includes major international and domestic banks and financial institutions.
"He is incredibly sharp and his drafting is superb." "He is very experienced, clever and hard-working."

Acted for Deutsche Bank and Unicredit in two separate sets of Financial List proceedings against the Italian Region of Sicily. The proceedings concern the validity of interest rate swaps entered into by the Region with the banks in 2005 and 2006.

Laurie Brock
Laurie Brock has acted in some of the more substantial, high-value cases of recent times. He is particularly skilled in cases involving allegations of derivatives mis-selling and LIBOR manipulation.
"He is very good on LIBOR and manipulation. He is bright, personable and good to get along with. He provides very good, clear and concise advice." "He has a fantastic attention to detail. He is able to pick up on minor details in documents."

James Cutress KC
James Cutress KC is a well-regarded silk experienced in handling a broad range of complex and high-value banking and financial matters, as well as wider insurance and general commercial disputes. His recent cases in banking include matters dealing with LIBOR fraud allegations, PPI insurance disputes, sanctions and mortgaging issues. He has also acted in a series of high-profile and well-documented interest rate swap mis-selling cases.
"He is very user-friendly, extremely clever and expresses his views very clearly, in a way that is accessible and commercial."

Continued to act for The ECU Group in a claim against HSBC, alleging that the bank engaged in fraudulent activity by manipulating foreign exchange prices.

Daniel Edmonds
Daniel Edmonds is an accomplished junior well versed in appearing in courts at all levels. He handles an array of financial matters including those involving substantial damages claims, debt mis-selling allegations and repayment disputes.
"It is a pleasure to work with him. He is hard-working and always on top of things." "He gets on with clients very well. He understands different system and cultures very well."

Continued to represent a number of former Credit Suisse and Barclays bankers in a major fraud claim brought by the Danish tax authority for damages and proprietary remedies, for the repayment of tax, said to have been paid out by in error pursuant to an international financial conspiracy.

Henry King KC
Henry King KC is a highly capable advocate whose practice in banking and financial regulatory disputes is informed, in part, by his accountancy qualification. He is well versed in handling claims on behalf of central and investment banks, and is very experienced in derivatives cases. King regularly handles both national and international financial disputes involving a range of high-profile clients.
"He is very responsive and easy to work with. He really gets into the detail of the facts and the documents and quickly grasps the key issues. His drafting is clear and concise, as is his oral advocacy. His financial background has been a real asset."

Represented the claimant in Tatneft v Bogolyubov, a high-profile claim for the alleged theft of USD300 million.

Tamara Oppenheimer KC
Tamara Oppenheimer KC is a highly adept silk acting in a wide variety of prominent banking cases for major clients. She handles matters involving fraud allegations and mis-selling disputes and is also experienced in professional negligence matters. She further has experience of representing the government.
"She is fantastic. She is incredibly diligent, very sharp and a real pleasure to work with." "She is a fierce litigator who gives very clear and honest advice."

Lead counsel for the defendant lenders in a £40 million Commercial Court claim arising out of the financing of Tolworth Tower, Surbiton.

Paul Sinclair KC
Paul Sinclair KC is noted for his impressive practice focusing on disputes involving LIBOR rigging and swaps mis-selling, and who is developing a solid reputation among leading solicitor firms for the superior quality of his work. His practice is going from strength to strength, as evidenced by his key roles in cases that have proven seminal for the industry as a whole.
"He is highly cerebral, measured and engaging in advisory mode, commanding and highly effective on his feet."

Acted for Credit Suisse in a claim brought by Tulshayn, a Singapore shipping group, concerning default on USD12 million of loans granted by the bank.

Craig Ulyatt
Craig Ulyatt is an accomplished junior who appears both led and unled in a variety of banking and financial services cases. He regularly acts in matters involving financial mis-selling, particularly concerning interest rate swaps.
"He is punchy, direct and a strong advocate. He will roll up his sleeves and get stuck in." "You could not find a more hands-on, dynamic and enthusiastic barrister. He knows so much in this area."

Acting for the defendant in Banca Intesa v Comune di Venezia, a case concerned with interest rate swaps that were sold by the claimant banks to the defendant, the local authority for the city of Venice, as part of a restructuring of a EUR156 million bond issue.

Ben Valentin KC
Ben Valentin KC has undoubted expertise in banking cases as part of a wide-ranging international commercial arbitration and commercial dispute resolution practice, and has appeared in a number of leading cases appearing for major financial clients on both the claimant and defendant sides. He is noted for his significant experience of acting in complex offshore litigation in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands in particular.
"He is very calm, astute, very commercial and very responsive. He is a very hands-on KC." "He gets right to the point every time."

Acted for the claimant in Manx Capital v Scottish Widows & Others, a dispute arising from the settlement of the RBS Rights Issue Litigation.

Giles Wheeler KC
Giles Wheeler KC is a well-regarded practitioner who garners growing praise for his adept representation in a range of banking disputes, including those involving LIBOR misrepresentations and FCA challenges. He is especially well versed in handling derivatives litigation, and acts both for and against banks.
"He is fantastic." "He is extremely quick turning work around and fantastic on his feet. Giles has the ability to get on top of a legal conundrum however difficult the question might be."

Acted for the defendant in JP SPC 4 v Royal Bank of Scotland International, a claim arising out of the collapse of the Axiom Legal Financing Fund.

Adam Zellick KC
Adam Zellick KC is a highly adept silk who coordinates a broad array of banking cases, including those involving derivatives, swaps and LIBOR manipulations. He is frequently sought out to handle both substantial, highly publicised litigation and cases that are reputationally sensitive.
"He is a hugely enjoyable person to work with. His strategic strengths are remarkable in being able to analyse the legal arguments. He is incredibly approachable as a leading counsel and silk." "He is cerebral, practical and trusted by judges."

Acted for Santander in a PPI mis-selling case concerning whether it is the insurers or the banks that are ultimately liable for the hundreds of millions of pounds paid out to customers.

Laura John KC
Laura John KC is a highly adept and experienced practitioner with a renowned practice in financial litigation and arbitration. She is involved in significant, market-leading matters concerning LIBOR and EURIBOR manipulations and acts for a vast array of investment and retail banks.
"She is very good. She's a fierce advocate that gets straight to the point." "She is one of the most natural and accomplished silks of her generation. She is a strong advocate, very intelligent, and she knows how to work a courtroom."

Defended NatWest Markets in a case alleging that the bank was involved in the mis-selling of swaps and LIBOR manipulation.

Rebecca Loveridge
Rebecca Loveridge acts for both national and international clients in a range of financial matters. She acts in matters concerning LIBOR manipulation, the enforcement of guarantees and the mis-selling of financial products.
"She really rolls up her sleeves and has great technical expertise."

Ian Bergson
Despite his relatively recent call, Ian Bergson has been involved in a range of high-value and high-profile banking and financial services cases. His expertise includes mis-selling cases and banking-related insolvency disputes.
"He is very hard-working and bright. He is able to get on top of very complex issues quickly and come up with a strategy." "He is super smart and just a great junior. He is really good at writing and spots points others miss."

Acted for the claimant in VTB Capital v Republic of Mozambique and Others, proceedings arising from the 'hidden loans' controversy involving in excess of USD2 billion of debt guaranteed by the Republic of Mozambique.

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