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Commercial Dispute Resolution

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A set with profound commercial expertise that counts within its ranks a number of the most well-known litigation barristers in the market. Solicitors select One Essex Court for the choicest disputes. Members have been involved in some of the most highly publicised cases of recent times, including Autonomy v Michael Lynch, the litigation relating to Tesco PLC's misstatement of accounts, and PCP v Barclays Bank PLC. With its exceptional record across the market, the set is widely held to be "a class act." It is "truly a leading set with deep and broad  expertise. Its barristers' skills are remarkable."

Client service:

"The clerking is second to none; it's a world-class service." The very well respected Darren Burrows "runs a tight ship" and leads a clerking team that includes first deputy senior clerk Jackie Ginty and deputy senior clerk Rob Smith. The clerks are "supremely efficient and helpful." "They are proactive and flexible on fees. They also go above and beyond in helping instructing solicitors to liaise with the court."

Strengths:

Abra Bompas
"Has a huge brain and shows an extraordinary attention to detail. She is very good at thinking about the wider issues in a case and comprehends the commercial consequences surrounding it. Very responsive, she turns work around very quickly, and always brings the right balance to the team."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the McLaren group in CRS GT Limited v McLaren Automotive Limited and Others, an expedited Commercial Court dispute between the supercar manufacturer McLaren and one of its suppliers, CRS.

Strengths:

Adam Rushworth
"Easy to work with, clever, thoughtful and really happy to cooperate with people at all levels of the team."
Recent work: Acted for Agate Assets, Commerzbank and Mr Peter Corner in relation to a substantial claim concerning a structured note transaction and allegations of conspiracy and fraud.

Strengths:

Alain Choo Choy QC
"Very quick and sharp-witted on his feet. He has great instincts."
Recent work: Instructed in Natixis SA v Marex Financial Ltd, a claim in respect of the delivery of allegedly forged warehouse receipts in respect of substantial nickel transactions worth over USD32 million.

Strengths:

Alexander Gunning QC
"Bright, sensible and charming. He's the sort of barrister who can produce a definitive note overnight."
Recent work: Represented the respondent in Xstrata Coal v Benxi Iron & Steel, an application by the claimants under Section 68 of the Arbitration Act to remit a 2010 arbitration award relating to a contract for the supply of coal following the claimants’ failure to enforce the award in the PRC.

Strengths:

Alexander Polley QC
"Brilliant, highly commercial and very user-friendly. His ability to assimilate documents and craft written advocacy is of the highest level."
Recent work: Defended Christian and Nicholas Candy, as well as Christian Candy's company CPC and its employees and officers, against claims of conspiracy and other causes of action. The case arose out of CPC enforcing a loan agreement against a borrower.

Strengths:

Andrew Lodder
"Extremely clever, tactically astute, hard-working, responsive and a real team player."
Recent work: Acted for Sana Sabbagh in a USD600 million dispute over the estate of Hassib Sabbagh, which involved actions for conspiracy under Lebanese and Greek law.

Strengths:

Anna Boase QC
"Very bright, responsive, capable and diligent."
Recent work: Acted for ENRC in relation to a professional negligence claim brought against Dechert. The case arose from an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office in relation to allegations of corruption by ENRC, and Dechert's work for ENRC in relation to that investigation.

Strengths:

Anthony de Garr Robinson QC
"One of the pre-eminent fraud barristers out there. He provides forensic insights into cases."
Recent work: Acted for Ron Dennis and his company in a claim concerning a £100 million project to acquire an estate and develop it into one of the finest country houses in England.

Strengths:

Anthony Grabiner QC
"Tony is a superb advocate - as one of the elders at the Bar, he is just great because he knows what will work and what won't with judges and different tribunals. He has a good feel for outcomes."
Recent work: Acted for Halliburton in its challenge to an arbitrator in Bermuda Form insurance arbitration proceedings. The case concerned an explosion and fire on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, known as the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Strengths:

Benjamin Strong QC
"Very good on paper and in conference with the clients, he is a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for insurers of Alitalia in seeking to recover from Airbus losses caused by the failure in Italy of landing gear on an A320 plane.

Strengths:

Camilla Bingham QC
"Has the ability to focus on what the likely response of the court will be. She is incredibly experienced and really refreshing to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in Super-Max Offshore Holdings & Actis Consumer Grooming Products Ltd v Rakesh Malhotra, a large-scale dispute arising out of Actis’s USD250 million investment in the India-based Super-Max razor blade group.

Strengths:

Charles Graham QC
"He is thorough, good to work with, very charming and a good advocate."
Recent work: Acted for BTCS seeking injunctions against a former employee and her legal advisers to restrain her from using confidential information belonging to BTCS in the form of lists of customers and their bank and contact details.

Strengths:

Clare Reffin
"Excellent in all respects, her attention to detail is extraordinary."
Recent work: Represented News Group Newspapers Ltd in defence of 'phone hacking' cases, at hearings.

Strengths:

Conall Patton QC
"He is very good and has a very precise mind."
Recent work: Acted for private equity fund Fougera in a four-day expedited trial in relation to alleged information obligations under a share sale agreement.

Strengths:

Craig Orr QC
"Very fluent in the law and a workaholic. He has an impressive way and style about him."
Recent work: Acted for certain defendants in LIC Telecommunications v VTB Capital & Others, a EUR100 million conspiracy claim brought by the Russian oligarch Dmitry Kosarev arising out of the refinancing of the Bulgarian Vivacom telecommunications group, in which Mr Kosarev held an interest.

Strengths:

Daniel Toledano QC
"Super user-friendly, very clever and someone with good judgement. He has the ability to get to the absolute nub of a point very quickly."
Recent work: Instructed in General Dynamics United Kingdom Ltd v The State of Libya, a case concerning the enforcement against a London property worth £16 million of an arbitration award made against the State of Libya

Strengths:

David Caplan
"Good on the detail, he really rolls up his sleeves and gets into it. He is really experienced and does what he can to understand the case. David is able to deal with a huge volume of information and is good when faced with tricky situations - he remains calm under pressure."
Recent work: Acted for first defendant VTB Capital in a £100 million case concerning an enforcement sale of a major Bulgarian telecoms group.

Strengths:

David Cavender QC
"He is very hard-working, very fierce and tough at trial in particular. His most evident strength is his cross-examination."
Recent work: Acted for the Post Office against over 500 sub-postmasters who alleged that the 'Horizon' system introduced false figures into monthly accounts, resulting in false losses which the Post Office wrongfully sought to recover from them.

Strengths:

Emma Jones
"Excellent at drafting and strong intellectually. She is friendly and easy to work with as well."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant companies within the Hewlett-Packard group seeking damages in excess of USD5 billion in a case arising out of the acquisition of Autonomy.

Strengths:

Henry Hoskins
"Super hands-on, he offers brilliant analysis, is on top of the law and is really easy to work with. He is a really good person for a second opinion - he is calm, steps back and provides proper advice."
Recent work: Acted for Australian investment bank Macquarie in its claim for financial advisory fees relating to the EUR1.6 billion of equity and debt financing raised for the Meg1/Merkur Offshore Windfarm Project in the North Sea.

Strengths:

James MacDonald QC
"Hard-working, nice and really bright. He is all over the documents."
Recent work: Acted for Banque Pictet, and related entities, in a multi-jurisdictional dispute with PIFSS. The claimant fund was suing 38 defendants located in multiple jurisdictions, alleging that they paid, or facilitated the payment of, commissions to the first defendant, who was PIFSS’s former director general.

Strengths:

James Nadin
"A good junior, who is responsive and very smart. He is very detail-orientated."
Recent work: Acted for Amec in The Construction Industry Vetting Information Group Litigation, a case concerned with alleged blacklisting in the construction industry involving over 1,000 claimants and dozens of defendants.

Strengths:

Jamie Goldsmith QC
"He works incredibly hard, and you feel like his only client. Jamie is extremely competent and very easy to work with. He has a good sense of humour and is incredibly responsive."
Recent work: Acted in a high-profile £1.5 billion claim against 98 defendants arising out of an alleged international conspiracy to deceive the Danish revenue authority.

Strengths:

Jeffery Onions QC
"Brilliantly user-friendly and tech-savvy for someone of his seniority," he's "a lawyer with great cross-examination skills who sees the whole picture."

Strengths:

John McCaughran QC
"Very thorough, very detailed and someone with the ability to communicate dry and complex material in a way that is understandable."
Recent work: Acted for ScottishPower in a claim for damages relating to the extended shutdown of the Andrew Field, resulting in the complete cessation of supplies of gas to ScottishPower.

Strengths:

Joyce Arnold
"Has a first-class intellect and is a real fighter." "She really cuts through the issues and is very bright, down to earth and willing to roll her sleeves up."
Recent work: Acted for the SFO in a high-profile dispute between ENRC, Dechert, Neil Gerrard and the SFO. ENRC alleged that the SFO induced Dechert and Mr Gerrard to breach Dechert’s retainer with ENRC.

Strengths:

Kenneth MacLean QC
"Tremendously clever and very strong tactically and strategically. He drafts beautifully and gets to the point."
Recent work: Acted for the third defendant in PJSC Tatneft v Bogolyubov & Others defending a major fraud claim in relation to oil supplies to Ukraine.

Strengths:

Laurence Emmett QC
"He is extremely detailed, highly focused and fantastic at processing complex data."
Recent work: Acted for the third defendant in FM Capital Partners v Marino and Others, a claim arising out of work carried out by the claimant for the Libya Africa Investment Portfolio, a sovereign wealth fund. The case involved difficult questions of law in relation to allegedly unlawful payments made in the context of complex equity derivatives.

Strengths:

Laurence Rabinowitz QC
"A big name, and his reputation as one of the leading barristers is well deserved. He is very measured, client-friendly and technically sound. He further has excellent judgement."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant company, Tesco, in civil fraud claims arising out of the supermarket's historic c.£250 million profit overstatement in September 2014.

Strengths:

Michael d'Arcy
"A superstar in the making, he is technically brilliant, but he combines that with a very down-to-earth manner. He is excellent at explaining complex and difficult issues to clients, and takes a good, commercial approach."
Recent work: Acted in Raiffeisen Bank International v Asia Coal Energy Ventures Ltd & Ashurst LLP, a USD70 million claim arising out of the sale of certain loans and a shareholding in Asia Resource Minerals Plc.

Strengths:

Michael Fealy QC
"Extremely clever, diligent and commercial, he is a very strong advocate with a very effective style. Forceful but courteous, he is a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant Danish Customs and Tax Administration in relation to high-profile £1.5 billion claims against around 100 defendants arising out of an alleged international conspiracy to deceive the authority.

Strengths:

Michael Watkins
"A bright, academic lawyer with a good commercial and strategic sense, he is the full package."
Recent work: Acted for the Japanese bank/broker Daiwa Capital Markets in defending a claim for approximately USD204 million for dishonest assistance and/or negligence when executing the payment instructions of its client.

Strengths:

Nehali Shah
"Very commercial and very easy to deal with."
Recent work: Acted for EY in defending whistle-blower proceedings brought by former partner Amjad Rihan.

Strengths:

Neil Kitchener QC
"Decisive and authoritative, he really homes in on what is important."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant shareholder group in relation to the SFO’s intervention in the civil fraud claims arising out of Tesco’s historic £250 million profit overstatement in September 2014.

Strengths:

Nicholas Sloboda
"One of the cleverest juniors around and a man who wears his intelligence lightly. He is a real team player, who is prepared to debate arguments and really get involved. In court he structures his arguments very well."
Recent work: Acted for BHP Group in defence of a claim in excess of USD5 billion brought by some 204,000 Brazilian individuals, private businesses and various state municipalities in respect of the collapse of an iron ore tailings dam in Brazil.

Strengths:

Niranjan Venkatesan
"Niranjan is excellent and a very smart lawyer. He is one of the most in-demand juniors at the moment, and is both easy to work with and against. He has encyclopedic knowledge and always listens to and incorporates the solicitor's views."
Recent work: Acted for Sequana and the former directors of its subsidiary company in a high-profile appeal arising out of claims in the Chancery Division worth some USD800 million. The appeal raised novel questions of company law, particularly in relation to the duty of directors to consider the interests of creditors.

Strengths:

Orlando Gledhill QC
"Thoughtful, very user-friendly, an excellent team player and a great advocate."
Recent work: Acted for LGIM Commercial Lending in a £214 million damages claim arising out of breach of an exclusivity agreement. The case concerned the failed attempt by the claimant, Bugsby Property, to acquire the Olympia exhibition centre.

Strengths:

Owain Draper
"He is brilliant and thorough."
Recent work: Acted for Deutsche Bank in defence of claims by the FDIC-R for damages alleged to result from unlawful collusion between London banks to suppress USD LIBOR.

Strengths:

Patricia Burns
"Really thorough and diligent. She very quickly gets up to speed and is a valuable member of the team."
Recent work: Acted for J.P. Morgan in a claim concerning the sum paid on the redemption of structured CER-linked notes.

Strengths:

Rhodri Davies QC
"A barrister with a smooth, calm style, who is very effective."
Recent work: Defended a claim for USD290 million arising out of the major infrastructure project for the enlargement of the Panama Canal.

Strengths:

Richard Boulton QC
"A class act who's good to work with and excellent on the figures as he used to be an accountant. He is so effective at cross-examining witnesses because he understands the process."
Recent work: Represented one of three oligarchs in Avonwick Holdings Limited and Others v Castle Investment Fund Limited, a USD200 million case in the Chancery Division.

Strengths:

Richard Gillis QC
"A good, technical lawyer, who is charming and goes down well with the court."
Recent work: Acted for the Dana Gas PJSC in a dispute concerned with the validity and enforceability of a mudaraba agreement, a Shari’a finance instrument, and a purchase undertaking for some USD900 million.

Strengths:

Richard Mott
"Has a huge brain and is exceptionally good on strategy and tactics. He has a very good eye for pressure tactics in litigation, which clients really appreciate. He also drafts very eloquently."
Recent work: Acted for 58 claimants in the market-leading Financial List proceedings brought against Tesco Plc arising out of its profit overstatement announced in autumn 2014.

Strengths:

Sa'ad Hossain QC
"Really excellent, he truly delves into the details in an impressive way, and demolishes the other party in cross-examination. He has a very forensic approach and is really impressive."
Recent work: Acted for SDI, a subsidiary of Sports Direct, in disputes with Rangers FC over the commercial exploitation of Rangers' replica kit and branded products.

Strengths:

Sam O'Leary
"Excellent and a delight to work with, he is bright, hard-working and imaginative."
Recent work: Acted for Danish Customs and Tax Administration SKAT in connection with its £1.5 billion claims against around 100 defendants. The case arose out of fraudulent applications for refunds of dividend withholding tax.

Strengths:

Sandy Phipps
"Clever and very good with both solicitors and clients, he's the full package."
Recent work: Instructed by the defendant in Evison Holdings v Orient Express Bank PJSC, an application for an anti-suit injunction in the Commercial Court made by one of the shareholders in the defendant Russian bank.

Strengths:

Sebastian Isaac QC
"A walking encyclopedia in terms of the law, and someone who has a very quick grasp of facts and concepts. He has a pretty singular ability to analyse things instantly and distil them down."
Recent work: Acted for Oleg Mkrtchan and others in defending claims brought by Avonwick Holding Limited. This was a high-value, multi-party dispute arising out of the sale of a majority interest in the Ukrainian group Industrial Union of Donbass.

Strengths:

Simon Colton QC
"Measured, calm and very impressive. He is very clever - a real intellectual, academic type."
Recent work: Appeared in Sabbagh v Khoury, a Commercial Court action for conspiracy under Lebanese law in which damages in excess of USD600 million are claimed.

Strengths:

Sonia Tolaney QC
"She is going from formidable strength to formidable strength. Her cross-examination skills are first-rate and so is her ability to read a court and judge how to put a point across, She is phenomenal."
Recent work: Acted for Vale, a Brazilian mining company, in claims damages from Benjamin Steinmetz and others for fraudulent misrepresentation and conspiracy in connection with the claimant's entry into a joint venture with BSG Resources Limited.

Strengths:

Sophie Weber
"Responsive, extremely diligent, and someone with an extraordinary work ethic who is unbelievably thorough."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant Danish Customs and Tax Administration in high-profile £1.5 billion claims against around 100 defendants arising out of an alleged international conspiracy to deceive the authority.

Strengths:

Stephen Auld QC
"Very much a people person., he has a lot of empathy and is very good with clients and solicitors as a result. He is willing to advocate difficult points, never shying away from issues that other barristers might."
Recent work: Acted for 112 institutional investors claiming very substantial compensation from Tesco PLC in respect of its profit overstatement revealed in autumn 2014.

Strengths:

Steven Elliott QC
"Writes beautifully and is a great assistance to the whole team. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the law, is very practical in how he approaches a case, and is someone who gains the respect of tribunals."
Recent work: Acted for Mercuria Energy, an energy trader, defending a claim arising out of trading in carbon emissions allowances.

Strengths:

Tamara Kagan
"A very capable junior who is extremely bright. Her drafting is of really high quality, and she is good at cases where there are a lot of facts to get on top of."
Recent work: Acted in The Public Institution for Social Security v Al-Rajaan and Others, defending claims exceeding USD850 million. The case concerned alleged unlawful payments by financial institutions and intermediaries of unauthorised secret commissions to the first defendant, Mr Al-Rajaan, the former director general of the claimant.

Strengths:

Timothy Goldfarb
"A future star with an enormous capacity for work and a talent for distilling complex issues into an intelligible form."
Recent work: Acted in Lonestar Communications v Kaye, Marziano, Cellcom, Polani and Orange, appearingfor the Liberian subsidiary of the French telecommunications giant Orange. These were Commercial Court proceedings arising out of alleged cyberattacks on Lonestar, the Lebanese subsidiary of MTN, by notorious British hacker Daniel Kaye.

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