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One Essex Court is a set that has a hugely impressive portfolio of the most sophisticated and significant commercial litigation cases in the market. Whether it be fraud matters, banking cases, shareholder disputes or energy-related litigation this is a chambers that can field barristers who are the very best you can get. Key recent cases handled include the RBS Rights Issue litigation, the 'Goldenbelt' litigation, Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale, and Robert Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton. One Essex Court is a name that trips off the tongue when you are discussing the very best the Commercial Bar has to offer and is crammed to the rafters with members of chambers who are "technically excellent and supremely knowledgeable."
"The clerks are superb: they're reactive, easy to get hold of and straightforward." "Chambers as a whole is generally very efficient and user-friendly, while the clerks are realistic and manage expectations effectively." Darren Burrows is the senior clerk and a man noted for his dedication and professionalism.
Alain Choo Choy QC
"A charming barrister who people listen to, he's got the capacity to argue anything." "He's a real pleasure to work with, and is very approachable, collaborative and responsive."
Recent work: Acted in the long-running dispute between the Tchenguiz brothers and Grant Thornton and Kaupthing arising out of the collapse of the Icelandic bank Kaupthing during the onset of the global financial crisis and the Tchenguiz brothers’ subsequent arrest by the SFO in March 2011.
Alexander Gunning QC
"Cool, calm and collected, he marshals documents, evidence and information in the shortest time and responds in clear, user-friendly language. He's a highly impressive advocate who's great for the largest, most complex cases."
Recent work: Represented claimant Société Générale in interlocutory applications relating to allegations that Turkish companies, including Goldas, had misappropriated gold held on consignment for the bank.
"A really clear-minded thinker who's able to distil the facts of the matter very quickly and easily." "He's like a machine in the way that he produces high-quality work at speed."
Recent work: Represented Intertrust, a Cayman Islands trustee with shares in a hedge fund business, in defending breach of warranty and deceit claims brought by PGI regarding the business's sale to a US fund.
"Very responsive, provides clear advice and is a pleasure to work with." "She has a remarkable ability to grasp the context of a situation and work excellently around that."
Recent work: Acted for oligarch Vitaliy Machitski defending Chancery Division claims brought by Avonwick Holdings and others. The case raised key questions about the level of knowledge required for a conspiracy charge.
Anthony de Garr Robinson QC
"Utterly meticulous in his preparation." "Anthony is an impressive strategist with a keen eye for detail, who's great at finding the pressure points in a case."
Recent work: Acted in Bates and Others v Post Office Ltd, defending Post Office Ltd against a group claim by over 500 current and former postmasters relating to the electronic point-of-sale and accounting system called ‘Horizon’ that sub-postmasters are required to use.
Anthony Grabiner QC
"Gives clear, clever, practical advice, and offers invaluable insight into tactical issues. He has a great ability to know what arguments will appeal to the court." "He's authoritative and commands absolute respect."
Recent work: Acted in 1Malaysia Development Berhad v International Petroleum Investment Company PJSC. This was a wide-ranging dispute involving a number of different agreements between the parties, including disputed payments of USD3.5 billion made by 1MDB subsidiaries.
Camilla Bingham QC
"Understands the client's needs, gets on top of the law, works well with a team and cares about how information affects the client." "She's lovely, as she's absolutely down-to-earth and very intelligent."
Recent work: Acted for Super-Max Offshore Holdings and Actis Consumer Grooming Products to successfully obtain injunctions against Rakesh Malhotra. The case related to Actis's large investment in Super-Max.
Charles Graham QC
"Possesses very broad experience, is incredibly hard-working and collaborative, and has an almost photographic memory." "He is brilliant, charming and tenacious."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Abbott & others v RCI Europe, a case brought by 487 claimants relating to a timeshare exchange programme.
"Has an excellent grasp of all the documents, shows great attention to detail and has a commendable work ethic." "She provides excellent, to-the-point advice and stands out for her efficiency."
Recent work: Represented the Government of India with regard to its claims to a National Westminster Bank fund which had been frozen since 1948. The case raised several non-justiciability, restitution and trust concerns.
"His drafting is particularly strong, and he has very good judgement." "Connall gets to the nub of an issue quickly, and is exceptionally effective at breaking down complex issues in a simple fashion."
Recent work: Defended Fougera Sweden Holding 2 in a four-day trial against Takeda Pharmaceutical, in connection with information obligations which were allegedly established under a share sale agreement.
Craig Orr QC
"A skilled, calm advocate who engages with everyone in the team, and concerns himself with every detail right down to the pagination in a trial bundle." "He's brilliant on the paperwork and also a very good advocate."
Recent work: Instructed by the Libyan Investment Authority in its claim against defendants led by Société Générale, relating to alleged fraud and corruption in investments made during the Gaddafi regime.
Daniel Toledano QC
"His most impressive attribute is the easy-going and friendly manner in which he slots into a team and works in a collaborative way." "He's an incredibly smooth advocate who's hugely well prepared."
Recent work: Aided RREEF European Value Added Fund with contract breach and negligence claims for over EUR150 million against Deutsche Alternative Asset Management.
David Cavender QC
"A great cross-examiner whose overall strategic view is great, and who's always calm and collected." "He's a good advocate who's understated and not given to histrionics."
Recent work: Defended Mike Ashley of Sports Direct and Newcastle United FC against a claim brought by a consultant investment banker appointed by Sports Direct. The claim was for a bonus of GBP14 million which the banker claimed was payable pursuant to an oral agreement alleged to have been reached with Mike Ashley in a London pub in January 2013.
David Wolfson QC
"Calm, responsive and clear-thinking, he's good at breaking down difficult concepts and explaining them in a simple way." "He is a great advocate and a strategic thinker."
Recent work: Acted in Re Bangkok Land Public Company Ltd, a dispute arising out of the issue of notes by the company.
"His knowledge, preparation and written skills are first class." "User-friendly and efficient, he solves problems and is always very flexible in his approach."
Recent work: Acted for Deutsche Bank defending Vestia's claim of over EUR850 million in damages for alleged bribery through an intermediary. The case concerned numerous structured derivatives transactions.
"Very intelligent, and able to assimilate complicated facts and portray them simply to a client - he can cut through volumes of documents." "He has an easy manner in court, and he presents well."
Recent work: Acted for international investors, including DuPont Pension Trust, in deceit claims against Turkish business Yuksel Insaat and some directors, relating to proposed English law restructuring schemes.
Jeffery Onions QC
"A real authority with years of experience; there's nothing he doesn't know. In court he has real presence and is a great cross-examiner."
Recent work: Acted for FTSE in a dispute relating to the rights in, and the use of intellectual property rights under and after the termination of, a co-operation agreement relating to data used to produce 'green indices'.
John McCaughran QC
"Extremely bright, very experienced and commercial in his outlook." "John is an extremely impressive advocate who handles trials involving huge amounts of documents and evidence with great skill."
Recent work: Acted for Scottish Power in a claim for damages relating to the extended shutdown of the Andrew Field, which resulted in the complete cessation of supplies of gas to Scottish Power for a time.
Kenneth MacLean QC
"Takes an evidence-based approach and has the ability to assimilate all the facts very quickly; he's a powerful advocate." "Ken is strategically excellent and delightful to work with."
Recent work: Represented Mercuria Energy in the case of Bilta (UK) v RBS, in which claimants alleged a missing trader VAT fraud for EUR100 million. The case arose out of carbon emissions allowances trading.
Laurence Rabinowitz QC
"The consummate silk; his trial skills are impeccable and his manner is perfectly gracious." "Laurie is an absolute pleasure to work with, and he manages to add value with the lightest of touches."
Recent work: Acted in the Supreme Court for Littlewoods Retail in successfully seeking restitution from HMRC for GBP1.2 billion in compound interest. The case related to overpaid VAT from as far back in time as 1973.
Neil Kitchener QC
"An outstanding trial lawyer and a terrific personality who fights hard and is great fun to work with." "He obviously knows his way around the courtroom."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of the fifth defendant in the Commercial Court claim brought by the Libyan sovereign wealth fund, the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), against Société Générale and Walid Giahmi, a Dubai-based businessman. The claim relates to investments totalling around USD2.1 billion made by the LIA with Société Générale during the Gaddafi era.
Richard Boulton QC
"He's brilliant at picking out the key issues and explaining them to all concerned."
Recent work: Acted in Masternaut Bidco Limited v Martin Hiscox, Paul Bosson and Francisco Partners, a claim arising out of the claimant's acquisition of Masternaut Group Holding.
"Easy to work with, and impresses with his attention to detail on hugely complex cases." "Richard is extremely hard-working, collaborative and very commercial in his approach."
Recent work: Served as sole counsel to World First UK in its claim against Newstar Garments to enforce payment of a GBP1.8 million close-out, and in resisting a GBP4.4 million counterclaim for derivatives mis-selling.
Sa'ad Hossain QC
"Gets more into the detail of cases than most." "His advice is always clear, considered and commercial, and he's excellent in front of the client."
Recent work: Defended Novatrust in Part 7 claims and winding-up petitions brought by Glenn and Kea Investment. The case followed a falling out between the two shareholders of a GBP130 million investment company.
"Very well attuned to what solicitors really want from counsel, and someone who drafts well and is an absolute pleasure to work with." "A fine team player who's very good on paper."
Recent work: Defended Bernie Ecclestone against claims by private equity investor Bluewaters Communications that he bribed an officer of German bank BLB, regarding the sale of its interests in Formula One.
"Gives good advice both ad hoc and in conference, and performs very well on his feet." "He's very diligent and tireless in the way he chases down ideas."
Recent work: Acted for John Michael Sharp and other Lloyds shareholders in a group action against the bank and its ex-directors, claiming negligence surrounding their recommendation to acquire the distressed HBOS.
Sonia Tolaney QC
"Delivers her advocacy in a clear and convincing manner." "She reads the judge brilliantly, picks out the key points in a case, and really understands what the client wants to achieve."
Recent work: Acted for Deutsche Bank in defamatory relief claims against Comune di Savona regarding several swap transactions under an ISDA Master Agreement.
Stephen Auld QC
"Has slick client skills, comes up with structural and tactical initiatives in a case, and is great fun to work with." "A charming and confident advocate who's quick to grasp complex issues."
Recent work: Acted for OJSC Bank of Moscow in its successful application for summary judgment to enforce three Russian judgments against Andrey Chernyakov, a Russian businessman living in the UK.