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UK Bar 2022
London (Bar) Fraud: Civil
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11 Ranked Lawyers

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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. Standout recent cases handled by the set include PIFSS v Al Rajaan & Others, a multi-defendant claim valued at over USD1 billion involving serious allegations of bribery. The team also houses strength in fraudulent transactions and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Interviewees praise Fountain Court as "a top choice for complex and high-value fraud disputes."

Client service

"The clerking service is first-rate - the clerks are very responsive and always willing to go the extra mile to make sure proceedings run smoothly." "The clerks are accommodating and commercially minded." The set's senior clerk Alex Taylor and deputy senior clerks Katie Szewczyk and Sian Huckett are "super helpful, really quick to respond and always available."

Bankim Thanki KC
Bankim Thanki KC 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.
"A very charming and thorough advocate." "He is unbelievably clever, deadly in cross-examinations and his submissions are superb. The courts eat out of his hands." "A genuine all-rounder who has the universal respect of his clients, his opponents and the judiciary."

Acted for Ukraine in a USD3 billion Eurobond claim brought on behalf of the Russian Federation in the Financial List in London. The claim involved allegations that Russia forced Ukraine to enter a transaction by menaces and blackmail.

Simon Atrill
Simon Atrill is 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.
"He is incredibly clever, thorough and detailed - his grasp of his cases is second to none. He is very hands on, proactive, great to work with and a real powerhouse to have on your side in a tricky case." "He's an understated and effective advocate who is very persuasive and really hard-working." "Simon is someone who fights very hard for his clients and is always very fair, sensible and easy to deal with. He's incredibly thorough in his preparation and is a very measured, clear advocate."

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

Jeffrey Chapman KC
Jeffrey Chapman KC is 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.
"Extremely clever, user-friendly and approachable. He's also a quick thinker and is absolutely superb on his feet." "He's extremely helpful, thorough, constructive and strategic. He has a wonderful manner with clients and always sees the bigger picture." "He's easy to work with, exceptionally thorough and his advice is very commercial."

Acted for Wirecard in Prashant Manek v Wirecard AG, a claim concerning allegations that senior Wirecard executives conspired in relation to the EUR300 million acquisition of Hermes, an Indian payments business, from a Mauritius-based fund in 2015.

Patrick Goodall KC
Patrick Goodall KC has scored wins in numerous high-profile fraud claims. Many of his instructions originate in the CIS.
"He is an inspirational team leader and his cross-examination and advocacy are first class. He adapts very well to the circumstances of the case and is fast in dealing with queries. He has a good knowledge of procedure and thinks in depth about the strategies and tactics." "He is very smart and user-friendly, has meticulous attention to detail and is on top of all the details. He's very proactive and collaborative." "He's smooth on his feet and very logical."

Acted for the claimants in Autonomy/Hewlett-Packard v Lynch and Hussain, a USD5 billion case concerning claims of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and misrepresentation in relation to the acquisition of Autonomy by the Hewlett-Packard group. 

Stuart Ritchie KC
Stuart Ritchie KC is a broad commercial barrister 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.
"A very thorough and well-prepared advocate. He has a huge brain, thinks over every point and his advocacy is incredible." "He is supremely clever and ridiculously hard-working." "Stuart is a very good advocate and is very hands-on. He's good with clients and is a very approachable person to work with."

Instructed in (1) MB & Services Limited (2) Tatiana Golovina v Rusal, a claim by an entrepreneur for damages and an account of profits estimated at USD1 billion in connection with the supply of gondola wagon liners to Rusal group companies for use in shipping aluminium products on the Russian railways.

Rosalind Phelps KC
Rosalind Phelps KC is an exemplary commercial and banking barrister 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.
"She knows her stuff inside and out and is incredibly responsive. She picks up fast-moving cases and is well thought out and considered in her approach." "She's super bright, quick, very strategic, really user-friendly and really pleasant to work with." "She is extremely hands-on and exceptionally good at absorbing details very quickly."

Acted on behalf of JPMorgan Chase in an USD870 million fraud claim brought by the Federal Government of Nigeria arising from an allegedly corrupt oil deal in 2011 involving Shell and Eni.

Stephen Rubin KC
Stephen Rubin KC is 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 jurisdictions in places such as Russia, the CIS and the Caribbean.
"A hugely experienced fraud expert and cross-examination supremo." "He's very effective and very talented."

Acted for Witel AG, formerly Renova Management, and Mr Moskov in Renova Industries v Emmerson International and Others, a claim for fraud and conspiracy by counterclaims from Emmerson for some USD1 billion.

Ben Valentin KC
Ben Valentin KC is 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.
"An excellent advocate who is incredibly bright and tactically so astute. He's easy to deal with and a real go-to KC for fraud work." "He is exceptional in court, has a genius level of intellect, is very user-friendly and gets to the heart of matters very quickly."

Acted for an individual defendant in ArcelorMittal v Ruia & Others, a USD1.5 billion unlawful means conspiracy claim relating to the enforcement of an arbitral award.

Timothy Howe KC
Timothy Howe KC is 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.
"He's very diligent, thorough and leads from the front."

Represented VTB Capital in a multibillion-dollar, cross-border dispute between the Republic of Mozambique and a number of global investment banks including VTBC involving serious allegations of fraud, corruption and bribery.

Tamara Oppenheimer KC
Tamara Oppenheimer KC is a well-regarded barrister 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.
"She is utterly brilliant, has a superb strategic brain and is first class on the law." "She hits the ground running and deals with difficult, strategic decisions." "She's great to work with, very responsive and a very good advocate."

Acted for Sir Frederick Barclay and Amanda Barclay in a dispute involving the two branches of the Barclay family. Sir Frederick and his daughter brought claims for breach of confidence/privacy and conspiracy arising out of the actions of Sir Frederick's nephews and others in conducting covert recordings of confidential conversations of Sir Frederick and his daughter concerning their business and personal affairs in the conservatory of the Ritz Hotel.

Laura John KC
Laura John KC is an esteemed new silk 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.
"She is excellent and has a really good eye for detail." "Very intelligent and provides very straightforward advice. She is great at dealing with tricky clients, defusing tense situations and adapting to whatever is thrown at her." "A very strong and ferocious advocate."

Acted for the defendant bank in Boyse (International) v NatWest Markets & Another, a case involving allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation and LIBOR manipulation.

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Fraud: Civil

Bankim Thanki KC
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Bankim Thanki KC
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Jeffrey Chapman KC
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Jeffrey Chapman KC
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Patrick Goodall KC
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Patrick Goodall KC
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Band 2
Stuart Ritchie KC
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Stuart Ritchie KC
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Ben Valentin KC
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Ben Valentin KC
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Rosalind Phelps KC
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Rosalind Phelps KC
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Stephen Rubin KC
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Stephen Rubin KC
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Tamara Oppenheimer KC
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Tamara Oppenheimer KC
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Timothy Howe KC
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Band 4
Laura John KC
Laura John KC
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Fraud: Civil

Simon Atrill
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Simon Atrill
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