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Fountain Court Chambers

Commercial Dispute Resolution

37 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Fountain Court houses talented commercial litigators at all levels of seniority. Its barristers are regulars in the highest-value and most eye-catching cases of the day, routinely appearing in the Commercial Court, Financial List and Chancery Division. Although best known for their skill in banking and finance cases, they undertake a truly broad sweep of work and have involvement in major matters across the commercial spectrum. Recent examples of Supreme Court cases handled include: Law Debenture v Ukraine, a USD3 billion Eurobond claim brought on behalf of the Russian Federation; Times Travel v Pakistan International Airlines, which concerned the existence of lawful act economic duress; and the FCA Test Case litigation, a matter of enormous significance to the insurance industry. The set is noted for its strength in claims related to allegations of market-rigging in the forex and LIBOR markets, having handled such cases as Deutsche Bank v Unitech and the Scarborough Litigation, and is further acclaimed for its criminal commercial practice. Other recent matters of note handled by the set include Public Institution for Social Security of Kuwait v Man Group PLC, and VTB Capital plc v Republic of Mozambique, landmark, multibillion-dollar sovereign debt proceedings arising from lending to the Republic of Mozambique. Commentators state: "This is a premium commercial set whose overall talent pool is second to none."

Client service:

"The clerks are practical, easy to work with and businesslike." "They are always anxious to cultivate relationships with solicitors." "The set has friendly, helpful clerks and provides clear and timely billing." Senior clerk Alex Taylor "represents the absolute very best the Temple has to offer. He seemingly works 24 hours a day." Deputy senior clerk Sian Huckett is "very accommodating, super responsive and extremely easy to deal with," whilst "nothing is too much trouble" for fellow deputy senior clerk Katie Szewczyk.

Strengths:

Alex Barden
"He is tenacious and will really fight his corner. Alex is a good tactician."
Recent work: Acted for the US government in the FDIC LIBOR Cartel Litigation. The FDIC alleges that eight UK panel banks fraudulently and systematically manipulated LIBOR over a period of years, inflicting grievous losses on over 30 US banks that subsequently required government bail-outs.

Strengths:

Alexander Milner
"Has a fantastic brain and has built a very strong practice in Russian and oligarch cases." "He has a heavyweight practice."
Recent work: Acted for Process & Industrial Developments in proceedings concerning the enforcement of an arbitration award worth USD10 billion against the state of Nigeria, which Nigeria alleged to have been procured by fraud and bribery.

Strengths:

Andrew Mitchell QC
"Andrew Mitchell QC is a wonderful barrister. He's thoughtful, great on his feet and tough."
Recent work: Acted for the respondents in Profile Partners v Hauge, a major shareholders dispute concerning European football and other sports media rights.

Strengths:

Anneliese Day QC
"She is wonderful. Experiences with her are always outstanding, and she is very bright and easy to get along with."
Recent work: Acted for Deloitte in respect of a USD128 million claim by minority shareholders of the former Lebanese Canadian Bank. The claim arose out of alleged money laundering and funnelling of funds to Hezbollah carried out through the bank, which it is asserted should have been detected by Deloitte as auditors.

Strengths:

Bankim Thanki QC
"Picks up the biggest work at the Bar as he's unbelievably clever and his cross-examination is deadly."
Recent work: Acted for Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited in a case against prominent Indian businessman Anil Dhirajlal Ambani. The case arose out of the default by Reliance Communications, one of Mr Ambani’s companies, on a written facility agreement entered into with the bank.

Strengths:

Ben Lynch QC
"Has a fantastic eye for detail and very sound reasoning. He has the ability to explain things to clients in a very digestible way, and is extremely reliable and thorough."
Recent work: Instructed in the FCA Business Interruption Test Case, the leading authority on business interruption insurance.

Strengths:

Ben Valentin QC
"An excellent advocate who is a team player and great with clients."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Manx Capital v Scottish Widows & Others, litigation arising from the settlement of the RBS Rights Issue Litigation.

Strengths:

Charles Béar QC
"Imaginative and effective." "He is very good for very difficult cases."
Recent work: Defended the British Banking Association in a claim brought by 39 US banks, now in receivership, against a number of banking institutions for alleged manipulation of the LIBOR rate during and after the global financial crisis.

Strengths:

Daniel Edmonds
"A great team player, who is really good, absolutely flexible and brilliant with clients and other people."
Recent work: Instructed by a defendant group in SKAT v Solo & Others, a £1.3 billion claim brought by the Danish tax authority for damages and proprietary remedies.

Strengths:

David Murray
"He is good to deal with and sensible."
Recent work: Acted for Deloitte in defending allegations of professional negligence and fraud in connection with its auditing of a Lebanese bank which was found by the US authorities to be involved in money-laundering and terrorist financing.

Strengths:

David Railton QC
"He is very good with judges and very authoritative."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in VTB Capital v Republic of Mozambique litigation, a number of related claims to recover funds advanced to Mozambique borrowers and guaranteed by the Mozambique state.

Strengths:

Derrick Dale QC
"Pleasant to deal with and has solid, solid judgement." "A fine cross-examiner, who is affable and effective."
Recent work: Instructed in Advina Care Homes v Bupa Care Homes Investments, a dispute between two healthcare providers relating to their respective obligations under various sale and purchase agreements.

Strengths:

Edward Levey QC
"A very pragmatic leader, who understands client objectives. He is responsive and a team player."
Recent work: Acted for Mr Gray in defending proceedings brought by Global Energy Horizons Corp for breach of fiduciary duty.

Strengths:

Ian Bergson
"He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the law, and is thoughtful and hard-working."
Recent work: Instructed by the claimant in VTB Capital v Republic of Mozambique and Others, proceedings in the Commercial Court arising from the so-called 'hidden loans' controversy involving in excess of USD2 billion of debt guaranteed by the Republic of Mozambique.

Strengths:

James Cutress QC
"Straight-talking, incredibly bright, unflappable. and utterly focused."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in ECU v HSBC, a dispute concerning a high-profile foreign exchange fraud.

Strengths:

James Duffy
"Responsive, hard-working and someone who rolls his sleeves up. He is very clever and a nice person to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Lloyds Bank in its defence of a fraudulent misrepresentation claim concerning alleged LIBOR manipulation.

Strengths:

Jeffrey Chapman QC
"A very easy-going barrister who stays nice and calm. He is delightful outside of court as well. Unflappable - he keeps his calm under pressure."
Recent work: Acted for ETS, victim of a EUR100 million fraud, in claims against parties who dishonestly persuaded it to invest in a bogus scheme and others, including solicitors and Liechtensteinische Landesbank.

Strengths:

John Taylor QC
"Very down to earth, sensible, clever and all the things you would expect from Fountain Court. He is just very easy to deal with. John has a very relaxed manner and is full of common sense."
Recent work: Defended Mr Thun Reansuwan and Keleston Holdings in a claim for over USD2 billion brought against 17 defendants in the Commercial Court. The claimants, Nopporn Suppipat and Symphony Partners, alleged a 17-party conspiracy to deprive them of their shares in Thailand’s leading wind farm operating company.

Strengths:

Laura John QC
"Laura is absolutely exceptional, very down to earth, very friendly and popular with clients. She is not all about the law; she understands the needs of clients and is able to comprehend the human element in a case."
Recent work: Acted for the second defendant in Mulberry v Unilever and Mitie, a high-value case involving waste disposal sub-contracts.

Strengths:

Michael McLaren QC
"Sophisticated, charming and someone who makes the most difficult things look effortless. He has a capacity for deep insight and analysis, and a panoramic knowledge of commercial and corporate law matters."
Recent work: Acted for Alfred Street Properties in a claim against the National Asset Management Agency for over £5 million plus interest. The claim concerned disputed payments under extendable interest rate swaps.

Strengths:

Natasha Bennett
"An incredibly hard-working junior, who is lovely to work with. She has a ferocious work ethic and intellect."
Recent work: Acted in Morley Estates v RBS, defending RBS against a claim brought by Morley Estates relating to RBS’s decision to transfer Morley Estates to RBS’s controversial 'GRG' division.

Strengths:

Nico Leslie
"Incredibly hard-working and shows very good attention to detail. He is immensely useful when it comes to complicated areas of foreign law." "A great asset to the team."
Recent work: Acted for the Public Institution for Social Security (Kuwait) in bringing a claim against its former director and 37 other defendants alleged to have assisted him in procuring the payment of unauthorised secret commissions.

Strengths:

Nik Yeo
"Very alive to the client's concerns and comments, which is always appreciated. He is clearly very bright and very hard-working."
Recent work: Acted in Teesside Gas Transportation v CATS North Sea, a case concerning a long-running set of disputes between the parties arising out of a major North Sea pipeline.

Strengths:

Patricia Robertson QC
"Her written work is extremely polished. On her feet she is very authoritative, and judges trust her."
Recent work: Defended Khun Weerawong, the senior partner of a Thai law firm, and Khun Arthid, the president of the Siam Commercial Bank, against allegations that they were parties to a conspiracy to defraud a Thai entrepreneur, Nopporn Suppipat, of his interest in an alternative energy company.

Strengths:

Patrick Goodall QC
"Exudes authority, is popular with commercial clients and is nimble on his feet. He is able to build a good rapport with judges."
Recent work: Acted for Heinrich von Pezold in two disputes arising out of overlapping ICSID arbitral awards obtained by Mr von Pezold and Border Timbers Ltd against Zimbabwe providing for USD124 million in compensation in relation to the expropriation of a large agricultural estate in Zimbabwe, pursuant to Zimbabwe’s infamous Land Reform Programme.

Strengths:

Paul Casey
"He is excellent, his advice is superb and his advocacy is extremely good. Judges listen to him."
Recent work: Acted for Vueling in a jurisdiction dispute arising from Aura Airlines'failure to deliver up an Airbus passenger aircraft and pay rent.

Strengths:

Philip Ahlquist
"Experienced beyond his years and a very impressive junior."
Recent work: Acted in Harcus Sinclair LLP v Your Lawyers Ltd, a dispute between two law firms in the VW Emissions Litigation. The case arose after the claimant set up its own group of claimants, having previously cooperated with the defendant and signed a non-disclosure agreement.

Strengths:

Richard Handyside QC
"Very good at banking and finance, he is very clear and someone with an authoritative manner. He makes very direct and persuasive submissions. You can trust him with the most difficult of cases."
Recent work: Represented the Bank of New York Mellon in a dispute brought by the National Bank of Kazakhstan arising out of the freezing of USD22 billion of assets.

Strengths:

Richard Power
"Walks into court and knocks it out of the park in terms of the arguments he is giving. He is approachable, straight-talking and always charming. Clients love him."
Recent work: Acted for Ivory Castle and William Gibson in defence of a claim that ground rent investments held by Ivory Castle are not owned by William Gibson and Ivory Castle, but in fact are owned by Eric Watson.

Strengths:

Rosalind Phelps QC
"Ros has a very diverse range of experience; she does heavyweight commercial litigation but also has a good regulatory practice." "Invariably helpful and pleasant to deal with, she is clearly an expert in financial matters. She gives practical and sensible advice, and remains calm under pressure."
Recent work: Defended Barclays in the Allianz cross-border litigation arising from the alleged manipulation of foreign exchange markets by a number of banks before 2013.

Strengths:

Rupert Allen
"Punches above his weight and is technically excellent."
Recent work: Successfully acted for BNY Mellon in two sets of proceedings brought against it by the National Bank of Kazakhstan relating to a long-running dispute concerning about USD23 billion of safe custody assets held by BNY Mellon at its London branch under a global custody agreement.

Strengths:

Simon Atrill
"An excellent commercial lawyer, who has a great manner with clients. He is a very impressive advocate, who is already operating at silk standard."
Recent work: Intervened, for Ukraine, in the Supreme Court case of Times Travel v Pakistan Airlines, a matter regarding whether 'lawful act' duress exists.

Strengths:

Stephen Moriarty QC
"Very good as he's, responsive, diligent and engaged. He is very thorough and nice to work with."
Recent work: Instructed by BT Pension Scheme in a High Court test case against the Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs to obtain repayment of mistakenly paid corporation tax dating back to the 1990s.

Strengths:

Stephen Rubin QC
"Incredibly experienced and loves the law. He is generous with his ideas and very nice to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Hytera Communications Corporation in resisting a Section 25 freezing order brought by Motorola in support of a USD700 million judgment from the Illinois District Court.

Strengths:

Stuart Ritchie QC
"Very detailed, very focused and highly committed. Judges like him because he does not overplay his hand."
Recent work: Instructed in a claim brought by the Kuwait National Social Security and Pension Fund against its former director general, alleging that he had operated an unlawful scheme, under which he received bribes on investments placed with financial institutions by the pension fund valued at over USD840 million.

Strengths:

Tamara Oppenheimer QC
"A real stand-out person." "She is a very effective advocate, who is technically astute."
Recent work: Acted for Sir Frederick Barclay and Amanda Barclay in the Barclays Brothers litigation.

Strengths:

Timothy Howe QC
"Tim is fantastic. He gives clients very sage counsel, and he works incredibly hard. He gets some fantastic results for his clients."
Recent work: Represented VTB Capital in a dispute against the Republic of Mozambique to recover funds advanced to Mozambique borrowers and guaranteed by the Mozambique state.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Commercial Dispute Resolution


Andrew Mitchell QC
Band 3
Anneliese Day QC
Band 2
Bankim Thanki QC
Band 1
Ben Lynch QC
Band 5
Ben Valentin QC
Band 3
Charles Béar QC
Band 3

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