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Fountain Court Chambers retains its reputation as a leading set for high-value, multi-jurisdictional civil fraud disputes. Members are well regarded for their effective representation of a wide range of clients, including several banks, high net worth individuals and leading corporates, in complex cases involving allegations of bribery, conspiracy and misrepresentation. The team also houses strength in fraudulent transactions and breach of fiduciary duty claims, and standout recent cases handled by the set include Autonomy/Hewlett-Packard v Lynch and Hussain, a high-profile dispute valued at over USD5 billion involving claims of misrepresentation, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. Instructing solicitors praise Fountain Court as "one of the leading chambers in this area, with a deservedly strong reputation."
Client service: "The clerks are all accessible, friendly and helpful." "The clerking is very efficient and everyone is very pleasant to deal with." "The clerks are very helpful and quick to respond." Alex Taylor is the senior clerk.
Bankim Thanki QC
Runs a busy practice that includes regular instructions in civil fraud arbitrations and litigation. He also serves as head of chambers. His cases span various jurisdictions and relate to such allegations as bribery and duress.
Strengths: "He projects an air of calm authority and takes a measured approach that focuses on key issues." "An extraordinary barrister across many fields with the most phenomenal brain." "He has a unique skill in making complicated cases look simple."
Recent work: Acted for Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation in its appeal to the Court of Appeal challenging a judgment denying ENRC the right to claim legal professional privilege over substantial volumes of documentation concerning an SFO investigation into alleged corruption around the acquisition of mining rights.
Ben Valentin QC
A talented silk who has amassed extensive experience of handling complex cases of alleged fraud. His broad commercial practice also touches on a number of other areas including insolvency and professional negligence.
Strengths: "An absolute standout barrister who is incredibly talented and intelligent." "A fantastically bright, robust and skilled tactician." "He is a persuasive advocate who is able to digest vast and complex material and draft excellently."
Recent work: Defended an individual director and DMS, the world-leading fund service provider, in a USD120 million claim in the Cayman Islands relating to the fraudulent collapse of the Axiom Legal Financing Fund.
Jeffrey Chapman QC
A standout silk with a broad commercial and banking practice who appears on behalf of claimants and defendants in fraud-related claims. He has dealt with a wide variety of allegations including conspiracy, dishonesty and misrepresentation.
Strengths: "An excellent, clear and structured barrister." "He is absolutely fantastic, very pragmatic and provides sensible advice."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Group Seven v Notable Services, Liechtensteinische Landesbank (Switzerland) and Others. The defendants were alleged to have dishonestly persuaded the claimant to invest monies in a bogus investment scheme.
An esteemed junior who has a solid grasp of banking-related fraud. She is familiar with the various allegations that arise in such cases including rate rigging, fraudulent misrepresentation and conspiracy.
Strengths: "A strong advocate." "She is excellent and clear in her submissions."
Recent work: Acted for the UK arm of ICICI Bank, India's largest private sector bank, in ICICI Bank UK v Assam Oil Company and Others, a case involving accusations of fraudulent misrepresentation, economic duress and conspiracy to injure.
Patrick Goodall QC
Has scored wins in numerous high-profile fraud claims. Many of his instructions originate in the CIS.
Strengths: "A capable advocate who can spot a good point." "He is a safe pair of hands and is excellent in mediations and settlements."
Recent work: Acted for one of the defendants, MDO Management Company, in Agate Assets v Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild, a claim brought against multiple defendants involving allegations of conspiracy in relation to a structured notes transaction.
Rosalind Phelps QC
An exemplary commercial and banking practitioner who often acts in complex fraud disputes. She has experience of dealing with numerous allegations including dishonest assistance, misrepresentation and conspiracy. She has notable expertise in matters arising in the banking sector.
Strengths: "An analytical, calm, measured and methodical barrister." "She is extremely user-friendly, commercial and cuts through cases to get to the heart of the matter."
Recent work: Defended Bank of Scotland in several fraudulent manipulation claims brought by companies associated with the Reuben Brothers.
A well-regarded junior who has deployed his talents in several major multimillion-pound fraud trials. Much of his work is international in nature and he has notable expertise in Russian cases. He is sought out by both claimants and defendants.
Strengths: "A creative, commercial and aggressive barrister." "He is cleverly persuasive, has a nice style in court and can get people to come round to his way of thinking without them realising."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Company v Tabatabei and Others, a case centred around the alleged misappropriation and laundering of proceeds from the fraudulent purchase of an oil rig for the Iranian government.
Stephen Rubin QC
An exceptional commercial advocate instructed in multimillion-pound fraud litigation and arbitrations concerning various allegations including conspiracy and corruption. His work often has an international aspect, involving such jurisdictions as Russia, the CIS and the Caribbean.
Strengths: "A hugely experienced fraud expert." "He is extremely bright, thorough in his research and robust in his advice."
Recent work: Defended Lunan Pharmaceutical in a USD700 million claim brought by Kunlun New Century and Zhao Long concerning allegations of fraud and breach of trust.
Stuart Ritchie QC
A broad commercial practitioner who takes on high-level fraud work covering all manner of issues including trusts, dishonest assistance and breach of duty. He handles arbitration proceedings as well as litigation.
Strengths: "A brilliant advocate with a fine legal mind." "He is incredibly clever, hard-working and experienced in fraud cases." "He is articulate and succinct in his submissions and gets on top of the material very quickly."
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 in excess of USD840 million.
Tamara Oppenheimer QC
A well-regarded new silk with a growing reputation in commercial fraud matters. She has experience handling cases involving allegations of misrepresentation and conspiracy, and is frequently instructed in matters with a corporate crime element.
Strengths: "She is phenomenal - compelling and clear in her advocacy." "She is brilliant, affable and works very hard."
Recent work: Acted for RBS in a £700 million claim for the alleged mis-selling of an interest rate swap in the context of a securitisation.
Timothy Howe QC
An experienced silk with a global practice who is routinely engaged to act in multimillion-pound fraud disputes. Many of his cases since the financial crisis have concerned banking fraud. He is notable for acting in matters involving alleged Euribor manipulation as well as alleged tax and securities fraud.
Strengths: "He is a smart, clear and diligent barrister who gets to grip with the details quickly. He is able to express himself in a lucid way."
Recent work: Acted for a syndicate of leading banks in Marme Inversiones v Royal Bank of Scotland & Others, a EUR1 billion claim brought by a corporate borrower against RBS and the syndicate in relation to an alleged fraudulent Euribor manipulation on interest rate swaps.