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One Essex Court is described as a "premier league" set and is distinguished by its many accomplishments in the banking sector. Its barristers routinely act on behalf of international financial institutions in high-profile disputes concerning fraud, professional negligence and bribery. Members of the set are particularly experienced with regard to claims of LIBOR misrepresentation. One recent highlight includes defending HSBC from claims brought by The ECU Group, alleging dishonest currency rate manipulation by 'front running' currency transactions between 2004 and 2006.

Client service:

"The clerking is the gold standard." "The clerks are always friendly and organised." "The clerks are good at managing the fee aspects of the case and good to work with." "The clerks are incredibly helpful and go above and beyond to assist with liaising with the court." Darren Burrows is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Alain Choo Choy QC
Alain Choo-Choy QC is an advocate with broad-ranging expertise across a number of practice areas central to One Essex Court, including banking and civil fraud. He has a particularly strong reputation when it comes to points of conflict of law and jurisdiction cases, and is noted for his skill in handling LIBOR and loan disputes. His practice also includes domestic and international commercial arbitrations. Choo-Choy has appeared before numerous foreign courts including in the BVI, the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands and the Mauritius Supreme Court.
"He is approachable and happy to speak, even on short notice. His advice, input and contributions are invaluable." "He is very hard-working and responsive. He is incredibly user-friendly and a superb advocate."
Recent work: Acted in a claim by a debtor company for declaratory relief in relation to whether the restructuring of total debt of nearly EUR1 billion complied with the terms of an intercreditor agreement and was effected lawfully.

Strengths:

Alexander Polley QC
Alexander Polley QC is a barrister of choice for a range of major solicitors and eminent silks, and who has a reputation for being an exemplary technician. His practice in banking and finance matters often overlaps with his wider expertise in civil fraud and professional negligence. He is noted for acting in particularly high-value cases that often involve cross-border elements, and is an expert in matters concerning misrepresentations, bribery allegations and ISDA-related matters. His clients include national and international banks and corporations.
"His analysis is excellent and he is on the ball." "He is very efficient, very responsive, practical and sensible."
Recent work: Defended Barclays in Commercial Court proceedings brought by PCP Capital Partners. The dispute arises out of the global financial crisis of 2008 and concerns alleged fraudulent misrepresentation by representatives of the bank during its recapitalisation.

Strengths:

Anthony de Garr Robinson QC
Anthony de Garr Robinson QC enjoys a growing reputation for his capable representation of sophisticated domestic and international clients in a range of disputes including those relating to company law and civil fraud, as well as banking and finance. He is regularly instructed in international arbitrations in addition to appellate and High Court proceedings. De Garr Robinson is also registered to practise in the British Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Singapore and DIFC. He is frequently instructed in significant commercial disputes and is familiar with cases centring around capital markets transactions, often when they involve asset-backed securities and structured products. He has undertaken a number of cases concerning LIBOR and bribery disputes.
"He is incredibly hard-working and incisive. A first-class operator. He has excellent client-handling skills."
Recent work: Represented the Association of British Insurers as interveners in an appeal concerning the approach the courts should adopt on applications to sanction transfers of insurance business under Part VII of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

Strengths:

Anthony Grabiner QC
Anthony Grabiner QC is a doyen of the Commercial Bar with several decades of experience of appearing in the leading cases of the day, a significant number of which have taken place in the House of Lords and the Supreme Court. He is an accomplished arbitration counsel and also sits as an arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations.
"He brought experience, gravitas and clear advice to a very complex case. We value his insight and strategic arguments." "He is a superb advocate. He knows what will work and what won't with judges and different tribunals. He has a good feel for outcomes."

Strengths:

Conall Patton QC
Conall Patton QC enjoys a fast-growing reputation among peers and instructing solicitors particularly for his outstanding written advocacy across a range of areas including banking, competition law and energy. Such is the regard in which he is held that he often acts unled in major cases. He is a go-to for numerous instructing solicitors presented with complex, multi-jurisdictional banking cases, and is noted for his deft handling of bond disputes and fraud claims.
"He is definitely one to watch." "He is incredibly bright but also has a sense of humour. Commercial clients rightly consider him a real star."
Recent work: Acted for Rabobank in defending competition law and fraud claims brought by Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as receiver for various failed US banks in relation to the alleged suppression of US dollar LIBOR.

Strengths:

Craig Orr QC
Craig Orr QC has a markedly international practice, often appearing in the courts of both Europe and the Far East representing both banks and claimants. His practice in financial disputes focuses on matters involving complex investment arrangements and derivatives. He also has notable experience of cases involving conspiracy claims and allegations of fraud.
"He is very focused and driven." "He really rolls up his sleeves and gets stuck in. He is a very good advocate as well."
Recent work: Acted in LIC Telecommunications v VTB Capital, a EUR100 million conspiracy claim arising out of investments in the Bulgarian Vivacom telecoms group.

Strengths:

Daniel Toledano QC
Daniel Toledano QC is an outstanding silk of choice for many leading banks and hedge funds in complex disputes, and has particular recent experience in cases concerning the provision of investment advice, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligence and dishonest assistance. He is also a highly rated advocate for civil fraud and general commercial matters. Alongside his fantastic trial experience, he is noted for his busy advisory practice.
"He is very bright, very sensible, constructive, and takes a good commercial approach."
Recent work: Advised Nomura International in relation to a dispute with the Region of Sicily regarding an interest rate swap executed by the parties pursuant to a 1992 ISDA Master Agreement.

Strengths:

James MacDonald QC
James MacDonald QC is an impressive new silk who is highly respected for his handling of complex banking and finance disputes. His practice in this area is diverse, spanning multi-jurisdictional cases and enforcement proceedings. MacDonald's superb reputation sees him regularly instructed in the most high-profile of matters, and he acts on both the claimant and defendant sides for national and international banking organisations. He is experienced acting on top-drawer cases involving silks of the highest order, and is further noted for his knowledge of Islamic finance cases.
"He is a phenomenal barrister. He has a terrific legal mind, phenomenal work ethic and also incredible caseload of work. The quantity of material he can assimilate is extremely impressive." "An excellent barrister who is meticulous in his preparation and extremely client-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for investors in loan assets purchased on the secondary markets in relation to the 'Proindicus' loans made to the Republic of Mozambique and arranged by Credit Suisse.

Strengths:

Jamie Goldsmith QC
Jamie Goldsmith QC is a a skilled and well-respected new silk with a practice covering the full spectrum of domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration. He is comfortable acting for both claimants and defendants in major cases, many of which involve breaches of contract, negligence allegations and loan disputes.
"He is very knowledgeable, thorough in review, and knows what the court wanted. He is easy to work with, friendly and effective." "He gets on top of the issues very quickly. He is very easy to deal with, very user-friendly and happy to throw around ideas and get into the weeds. He is good with clients."
Recent work: Acted for Glencore in a USD50 million tax indemnity dispute arising from the sale of a Peruvian mine.

Strengths:

Laurence Rabinowitz QC
Laurence Rabinowitz QC is an extremely reputable silk with renowned experience in the banking sector, who has an outstanding reputation for handling the most complex and intricate disputes with aplomb. He is skilled in handling cases involving misrepresentation of LIBOR, damages claims and asset disputes, among others, and acts for a glittering array of clients including banks, funds and asset managers.
"He is a big name and his reputation as one of the leading barristers is well deserved. He is very client-friendly, measured, has excellent judgement and is very good technically." "He is a superstar."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in Travelport and Others v WEX, a case which concerned the proper construction of, and burden of proof in relation to, the definition of material adverse effect contained in a share purchase agreement.

Strengths:

Nehali Shah
Nehali Shah is a standout junior who has forged a growing reputation across a number of related fields for being a highly intelligent and hard-working practitioner. She has particularly pronounced experience with regard to noteholder, private equity and restructuring cases, and regularly handles matters relating to sale disputes, LIBOR manipulation and derivatives. As a consequence of her popularity, her enviable client list includes leading international investment banks, hedge funds and private equity firms.
"She is absolutely extraordinary! She is so smart and so user-friendly. She epitomises the barrister of the future as she combines commercial solutions with the law."
Recent work: Acted for Deutsche Bank in a multibillion-dollar claim brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation against several banks and the British Bankers’ Association for alleged anti-competitive behaviour and US tort claims in connection with the manipulation of the US dollar LIBOR.

Strengths:

Neil Kitchener QC
Neil Kitchener QC maintains a wide-ranging and well-respected practice encompassing civil fraud, insolvency, company law and energy disputes. His recent representations in banking cases have included those addressing allegations of negligence and breaches of fiduciary duty. He has growing expertise in resolving disputes through international arbitration. Kitchener has also gained experience of late in cases relating to Islamic financial instruments.
"An incredibly hard-working and tenacious advocate."
Recent work: Acted in the long-running case of JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov arising out of alleged multibillion-dollar fraud and embezzlement by Mukhtar Ablyazov.

Strengths:

Oliver Butler
Oliver Butler is a promising junior with expertise in a wide range of domestic and international litigation and arbitration in the financial arena. He acts for both claimants and defendants and regularly handles matters relating to damages allegations, breaches of contract and LIBOR mis-selling.
"He shows really excellent drafting - some of the most clear and powerful." "He is a future star. He is incredibly bright, has extremely good judgement and is incredibly thorough as well. He empathises with the client and works extremely well as part of the wider litigation team."
Recent work: Defended Barclays against a claim brought by PCP Capital for damages of over £1 billion. The case involves allegations of deceit in relation to capital raising by Barclays.

Strengths:

Orlando Gledhill QC
Orlando Gledhill QC is a junior silk with an impressive practice covering the fields of retail and investment banking. He has experience of acting both for and against banks, and his longstanding proficiency in fraud cases makes him well placed to handle allegations of misrepresentation and the misappropriation of assets. Of late he has handled a variety of cases involving LIBOR misrepresentation, fund issues and lease disputes.
"One of my first choices for any intense commercial litigation. He is absolutely excellent." "He has a real instinctive sense about strategy; he is able to anticipate moves the other side might make. He is good on his feet, his drafting is extremely concise and punchy, and he understands and thinks through all the commercial angles."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in Bilta UK & Others v Royal Bank of Scotland and Mercuria Energy Europe Trading. The case involves dishonest assistance claims arising out of RBS’s carbon emissions allowance trading.

Strengths:

Rhodri Davies QC
Rhodri Davies QC is especially accomplished with regard to cases stemming from the credit crunch, and has a particular interest in financial disputes involving issues of bondholder rights, credit facility and share sale agreements. He has further experience of handling professional negligence cases, most often those addressing alleged accountants' negligence. Davies is adept at handling cases concerning transactions governed by the ISDA Master Agreement or the Global Master Repurchase Agreement. He acts for both national and international organisations and also sits as a deputy High Court judge.
"He is a senior barrister with a lot of gravitas. He gets to the point." "He has a very good reputation and he is very able."
Recent work: Continued to act for Dutch housing association Stichting Vestia Groep in a claim for over EUR800 million in relation to complex derivative products sold under an ISDA Master Agreement.

Strengths:

Richard Mott
Richard Mott is an established junior with a practice encompassing arbitration, energy, and banking and finance disputes. He has an additional interest in cases addressing issues of civil fraud. Mott has built up substantial expertise working for claimants and has growing experience of handling large-scale group actions. He acts on both the claimant and defendant sides and is noted for his work handling conspiracy claims and mis-selling allegations.
"He is very reliable, creative and a tenacious junior." "He is excellent. He has a super work ethic and a real talent for putting a case persuasively both in writing and on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for 58 claimants in Financial List proceedings brought against Tesco arising out of its profit overstatement announced in Autumn 2014.

Strengths:

Sandy Phipps
Sandy Phipps is widely regarded as a leading commercial junior with a strong focus on banking and finance matters. His enviable roster of clients includes many leading investment banks, as well as high net worth individuals and financial services providers. He has previous experience of working as a commercial litigator at a magic circle firm. Cases he has handled include a number relating to PPI mis-selling.
"He is brilliant and his background at Freshfields gives him an edge."
Recent work: Defended HSBC against claims brought by The ECU Group, a currency trading firm, alleging dishonest currency rate manipulation by ‘front running’ currency transactions between 2004 and 2006.

Strengths:

Sebastian Isaac QC
Sebastian Isaac QC has an ever-growing reputation as a capable barrister whose commercial disputes practice is not limited to banking and finance disputes. In this field, he has particular experience in securities cases and those turning on allegations of fraud. He is often instructed in matters with a significant international dimension. Isaac is particularly noted for his experience in relation to transactions of debt-based securities such as bond sale disputes and cases concerning subordinated debt. He acts for prominent banks, financial organisations and individuals.
"He will have a long and illustrious career. He is very clever, responsive, user-friendly and fun to work with."
Recent work: Acted in Travelport v WEX, a case which arose out of the coronavirus crisis. The case deals with whether WEX could pull out of a USD1.7 billion acquisition of a travel payments business due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in reliance on a widely used material adverse effect clause.

Strengths:

Sonia Tolaney QC
Sonia Tolaney QC enjoys a standing as an exceptionally talented advocate with regard to banking and finance disputes. She offers additional expertise in civil fraud and insolvency cases. Tolaney is much in demand and receives regular instruction from leading sector clients including a number of prominent national and international banks. Her specialisms in this area are myriad, but among her numerous market-leading cases are several landmark disputes relating to swaps transactions, ISDA issues and contract disputes in which she has displayed particular flair.
"She is charming, has a great presence and good judgement." "She pulls off the impossible and wins against the odds. An utterly compelling advocate."
Recent work: Defended HSBC from claims brought by The ECU Group, a currency trading firm, alleging dishonest currency rate manipulation by 'front running' currency transactions between 2004 and 2006.

Strengths:

Stephen Auld QC
Stephen Auld QC maintains a highly respected practice across a number of areas, including civil fraud, and has a focus on cases addressing complicated contractual arrangements. He has expertise in swaps, derivatives and mis-selling cases, among other matters. Auld has recently shown particular expertise acting on the side of claimants in disputes with leading financial institutions.
"He is very much a people person and he is very good with clients and solicitors as a result. He is willing to advocate difficult things. He does not shy away from things other barristers will." "He is friendly, very bright and gets to the core of the issue."
Recent work: Acting for London Partners Capital Management in a fraud claim relating to the misappropriation of £150 million of assets by the defendants. The assets belong to a client of London Partners Capital Management.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Banking & Finance


Alain Choo Choy QC
Band 2
Alexander Polley QC
New Silks
Anthony de Garr Robinson QC
Band 3
Anthony Grabiner QC
Band 1
Conall Patton QC
Band 4
Craig Orr QC
Band 3

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