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UK Bar 2022
London (Bar) Financial Services
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10 Ranked Lawyers

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Fountain Court Chambers has continued to build on its established reputation as a powerhouse for financial services litigation. Members of the set are widely lauded for their capabilities across such diverse concerns as investigations, enforcement proceedings, challenges to sanctions and civil actions, and routinely act for both regulators and some of the most prominent regulated firms.

Client service

"The clerks are really good and responsive. They go the extra mile." "The clerking is very efficient." Alex Taylor is the senior clerk.

Richard Lissack KC
Richard Lissack KC is greatly respected on account of his finely honed skills across the criminal, regulatory and banking spheres. Qualified to practise in New York, Dubai, Northern Ireland and the Caribbean, he is much valued for his skill in handling proceedings with major multi-jurisdictional concerns.
"He goes from strength to strength and really works hard." "He's a fantastically talented advocate and is very supportive of his team members and clients."

Acted for Sports Direct in a test case on litigation privilege stemming from an FRC investigation into the conduct of Sports Direct’s auditor.

Bankim Thanki KC
Bankim Thanki KC is much valued by banks, on both the retail and investment sides, for his ability to construct a highly sophisticated defence in response to regulatory inquiries by the FCA, PRA and SFO. A strong background in commercial litigation combined with extensive international experience makes him a powerful choice for City institutions. He is also sought out to represent accountants.
"He's extremely authoritative, hard-working and knowledgeable. He's measured and sophisticated in client handling. The complete-package barrister." "He is always very calm and has excellent judgement - you go to him for absolutely the best."

Robin Barclay KC
Robin Barclay KC is a leading practitioner in many areas of financial services, whose widely acknowledged expertise in financial crime, fraud and other regulatory matters makes him an increasingly popular choice for both individuals and companies. He regularly drafts independent board reports, and his experience in civil and criminal matters means that he is often called upon to advise on a range of cross-border issues.
"He is very user-friendly, responsive, knows his stuff and is great with clients."

Richard Coleman KC
Richard Coleman KC is a well-regarded figure across the City, who is appreciated for his talent and experience in both litigation and other modes of dispute resolution. He is also noted for his ability to handle the administrative and public law aspects of financial services regulation.
"He is very bright and experienced."

Represented the FCA in enforcement proceedings against Aviva for failing to take reasonable care to ensure that information regarding its ability to cancel certain Preference Shares was not misleading.

Eleanor Davison
Eleanor Davison is an accomplished junior counsel with a respected practice at the intersection of criminal law and civil regulatory matters. Her astute advice is highly valued by household-name financial institutions, and she is also noted for frequently counselling the FCA.
"A very good operator."

Timothy Dutton CBE KC
Timothy Dutton CBE KC is a doyen of the Bar who is able to draw upon almost peerless levels of experience of handling a range of financial services matters at all levels. His parallel expertise in professional discipline makes him an especially good representative of individuals in the financial industry undergoing investigation. He is also adept at advising regulators and financial institutions.
"He is very strong on regulatory issues. He is highly respected." "A leader in the field. He's a tough advocate." "He has an enormously impressive feel for regulatory proceedings."

Led for FRC against Deloitte in all of the proceedings arising out of its dealings with the Phoenix Four prior to the collapse of the MG Rover Group.

Henry King KC
Drawing upon his past life as a qualified chartered accountant, Henry King KC is able to adroitly handle the most complex and technical aspects of regulatory disputes between financial institutions and the FCA. He is especially noted for his work helping banks sift through the fallout from the financial crisis. He is also experienced at acting in tax disputes and has extensive knowledge on tax avoidance schemes.
"He's very hard-working and detailed in his analysis." "His advocacy is excellent."

Acted for FRC in regulatory proceedings regarding allegations of lack of integrity and objectivity brought against Deloitte. 

Rebecca Loveridge
Rebecca Loveridge is a high-quality junior who inspires confidence when acting in contentious matters involving regulators such as the FRC and FCA. Her areas of strength include advising on actions related to audits, as well as banking issues such as LIBOR fixing.
"She is a formidable opponent; the case was well presented and she was careful and reasoned in her approach."

Acted for the FRC in an appeal brought by Sports Direct regarding the FRC's investigation into Grant Thornton's audit of Sports Direct.

Nicholas Medcroft KC
Nicholas Medcroft KC is particularly admired for his strength in handling commercial litigation in a regulatory context, where he advises clearing banks and individuals who are undergoing FCA investigation and enforcement proceedings. He also acts for the FRC and the FCA.
"He's a very capable and hard-working barrister." "He is client-friendly, pragmatic and commercial."

Acted for the FRC in allegations of misconduct against KPMG and a partner in relation to the insolvency of bed manufacturer Silentnight.

Nik Yeo
Nik Yeo has wide-ranging expertise in the financial services sector, encompassing both criminal and civil cases. He regularly handles FCA investigations and compliance issues. He also advises on cryptocurrency-related regulatory issues.
"On the technical side he really knows his stuff; you're confident whatever he does will be very good." "He's very sensible and well prepared."

Represented FX provider Global Reach in a claim brought by a client alleging 'identity theft' committed by the client’s agent for which it sought to hold Global Reach responsible.

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Robin Barclay KC
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Eleanor Davison
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Nik Yeo
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Nik Yeo
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Band 3
Rebecca Loveridge
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Rebecca Loveridge
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