Fountain Court Chambers

Professional Discipline Department

London (Bar)
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A pre-eminent professional discipline set which prosecutes and defends. The barristers operate at the very highest level in the fields of legal and financial services regulation. They have featured in some of the most significant cases in recent years, including the long-running Leigh Day affair, in which members of chambers acted for both sides, and the FRC's investigation and prosecution of Deloitte in relation to the Autonomy accounting scandal. The barristers regularly defend and prosecute solicitors, law firms and financial entities. A market source comments: "They have a hard-working culture which serves them well."

Client service: "The clerking service is excellent." "Alex Taylor is the senior clerk and he is a very pleasant individual who runs a good team."

Chloe Carpenter QC

New silk with a strong reputation in the field of professional discipline, particularly as it relates to solicitors and barristers. She is also skilled in matters involving financial services, insolvency practitioners and the London Metal Exchange regulatory scheme. She habitually acts for the SRA and is especially adept at advisory work on behalf of both regulators and the regulated.
Strengths: "Brilliant to work with, incredibly focused, knows the law well and prepares thoroughly." "She knows her stuff inside and out."
Recent work: Acted for the SRA in its prosecution of Ehsan Kabir and Lauren Anderson, concerning serious allegations of dishonesty, including misleading the regulator. One respondent was struck off and the other received a suspension.

Edward Levey QC

Respected new silk who continues to develop his expertise in disciplinary matters involving solicitors. He frequently tackles significant cases on behalf of the SRA, both before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and in the Administrative Court. He is experienced in cases involving an international element.
Strengths: "He is really fabulous and has rock-solid judgement." "He knows his brief well and is a good opponent."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the SRA in an appeal to the Administrative Court which challenged the findings made by the SDT in relation to a solicitor who failed to account for fees he had received. The court decided to strike off the solicitor where the SDT had imposed a suspension.

Marianne Butler

Experienced advocate with a wealth of experience in disciplinary matters related to the legal profession. She routinely acts on behalf of the SRA and advises regulated firms and individuals, particularly in relation to matters of sexual misconduct.
Strengths: "A supportive advocate who is highly regarded. She is very strong in the regulatory field as well as civil fraud and commercial litigation." "Fantastic with clients, very knowledgeable, great to work with and produces very well-drafted pleadings. Her advocacy couldn't be faulted." "She writes breathtakingly impressive work."

Michael McLaren QC

Highly skilled and commercially-minded advocate whose experience in administrative law complements his distinguished professional discipline practice. He is frequently instructed by professional individuals, law firms and the SRA in significant cases. He is also notable for his advisory work for regulators.
Strengths: "He is a heavyweight lawyer in the legal regulation field." "Vastly experienced and intellectually strong."
Recent work: Defended a solicitor facing allegations of dishonesty and other breaches of principles in respect of evidence he had provided in a civil case. The case considered the approach the SRA should take to the conduct of solicitors when acting on their own behalf, rather than for a client.

Nicholas Medcroft QC

A specialist in professional discipline cases in the financial services sector, he regularly prosecutes bankers, accountants and corporate finance advisers. He is also instructed to defend financial institutions in disciplinary proceedings. He also has a strong advisory practice which takes in complex regulatory and compliance issues.
Strengths: "He is absolutely brilliant and knows his accountancy regulation back to front. Very user-friendly too."
Recent work: Acted for the FRC in relation to its investigation into the collapse of Carillion.

Patricia Robertson QC

Respected silk with vast experience of handling complex professional discipline matters in the legal, financial and accountancy sectors. She is capable of handling matters on behalf of regulators as well as regulated individuals and firms. She often appears in proceedings involving the FRC and the SRA.
Strengths: "She is academically bright and very good in the High Court, particularly defending solicitors. If you wanted to take a point of law in professional discipline she would be one of the top choices."
Recent work: Defended Baker McKenzie in SRA proceedings relating to its investigation of sexual harassment allegations against former partner Gary Senior, and its alleged failure to report the allegations.

Paul Gott QC

Accomplished silk with considerable skill in disciplinary matters involving solicitors. He acts on behalf of regulated firms, individuals and the SRA in high-profile cases.
Strengths: "A fearless, strong and robust advocate."

Richard Coleman QC

An experienced and effective silk who is particularly au fait with legal and financial disciplinary proceedings. He frequently represents the SRA, the FRC and other regulators in high-profile matters and is also experienced in acting for regulated firms and individuals.
Strengths: "He is mega brainy and a very fair prosecutor." "Very sound judgement, and user-friendly and straightforward."
Recent work: Represented Tom Cassels in the SRA proceedings relating to his role in investigating sexual harassment allegations against Baker McKenzie partner Gary Senior.

Rupert Allen

Respected advocate who is frequently instructed by the SRA, often as sole counsel, in relation to contested interventions and complex judicial reviews. He is also experienced in acting for the FRC in disciplinary matters.
Strengths: "A good all-round junior." "He has a very strong presence in the solicitors' disciplinary field." "He is exceptionally bright and thorough and produces tremendous written submissions."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the SRA in its proceedings against Ryan Beckswith, relating to allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour towards a junior associate.

Tetyana Nesterchuk

An accomplished representative of legal regulators, who is frequently called upon by both the Bar Standards Board and the SRA. She also advises individual practitioners and law firms, often in complex and unusual cases. Her capabilities extend to disciplinary proceedings before the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants' disciplinary committee.
Strengths: "She is one of the most intelligent barristers around, and is extremely diligent and hard-working."
Recent work: Acted for the SRA in the prosecution of solicitors involved in the collapse of the Axiom Litigation Financing Fund.

Timothy Dutton CBE QC

Pre-eminent advocate who is exceptional in the field of professional discipline. His considerable experience in relation to financial services and legal regulation makes him highly sought after for high-profile, high-value matters, often on behalf of the SRA and FRC.
Strengths: "The doyen of the professional discipline Bar." "He is brilliant - a guru of professional disciplinary law. He is like a chameleon as he can change so easily depending on the client and the situation." "He is extremely knowledgeable and delightful to deal with."
Recent work: Acted for the FRC in its prosecution of two Deloitte auditors, in respect of the USD8.8 billion overvaluation of Autonomy, which was discovered shortly after it was bought by HP.