Quadrant Chambers

Commercial Dispute Resolution Department

London (Bar)
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Members of Quadrant Chambers maintain busy commercial dispute practices and regularly receive an abundance of both domestic and international instructions. One recent key cross-border case saw them acting for the Islamic Republic of Iran, successfully resisting attempts to enforce US judgments issued over the country's alleged liability for the 9/11 terrorist attack. Individuals at Quadrant not only exhibit a particular aptitude for coordinating instructions from overseas, but are also highly regarded for their ability to organise multiparty cases. By way of example, the set recently represented 109 claimants in a professional negligence case against Messer Beg & David Lowe QC. Instructing solicitors hold the barristers in high esteem and appreciate the fact that "they feel like part of the team and are very commercial in their approach."

Client service: "The client service is excellent. The senior clerks Gary Ventura and Simon Slattery are user-friendly, responsive and commercially aware. They appreciate the pressures and strains instructing solicitors are under." "The clerks run a very tight ship. They are proactive, good to work with and, above all, fun." Also praised is business development director Sarah Longden who is hailed for "doing an excellent job of marketing the set."

Andrew Guy Blackwood QC

Strengths: "He is very approachable and an excellent technician."
Recent work: Acted in Bilta and Others v SVS Securities and Others, a £70 million case involving alleged dishonest assistance in the carbon trading market.

Emily Saunderson

Strengths: "A very strong technical lawyer who has a clear sense of the commercial practicalities of a case." "She is brilliant; she is an intellectual powerhouse who is able to build arguments well, both on paper and in person."
Recent work: Acted for Sheffield United Football Club in a shareholder dispute with UBT relating to the ownership of Sheffield United.

Jeremy Richmond QC

Strengths: "Extremely commercial, great tactically and someone who consistently adds value." "
Recent work: Represented Staffing 360 in opposing a claim by Mr Leyshon and others for deferred compensation for £2 million under a business sale agreement. He also acted in respect of Staffing 360’s cross-claim for breach of warranty.

Paul Downes QC

Strengths: "Extremely hard-working, meticulous and quick on the uptake. He is a pleasure to work with as he is always au fait with the voluminous documents in a case. He is decisive in terms of the strategy to be adopted, and his impressive eloquence and effective style of advocacy give a lot of comfort to the clients."
Recent work: Appeared for the appellant in West Ham United v E20 Stadium LLP, the first televised civil appeal in the Court of Appeal. This was an important decision on the scope of litigation privilege and the grounds for judicial inspection of documents.

Robert-Jan Temmink QC

Strengths: "Clever and inventive, he makes it difficult for the other side." "He is a reassuring presence, both in court and in conference. Able to quickly digest complex facts and law, he provides clear and practical advice to clients."
Recent work: Acted for 109 claimants in a professional negligence action against Messer Beg & David Lowe QC. The action arose out of the settlement of a substantial claim against two banks for mis-selling shared appreciation mortgages.

Simon Rainey QC

Strengths: "A very capable and experienced advocate." "He is smoother than a marble and more polished than a guardsman's jacket button."
Recent work: Appeared for the Iranian government in successfully resisting jurisdiction and enforcement proceedings in the Commercial Court regarding an attempt to enforce various US judgments totalling USD600 million obtained against Iran for alleged liability for the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and other terrorist incidents.

Stewart Chirnside

Strengths: "He is clever and he drafts well." "Stewart gets to grips with every nook and cranny of the most complex claims."
Recent work: Acted for one of the defendants in Brown v Nicholas and Christian Candy & Others, successfully striking out a £1.5 billion claim for commission in relation to the alleged sale of a penthouse flat at One Hyde Park.

Yash Kulkarni QC

Strengths: "He is extremely intelligent and represents a compelling balance of an iron fist in a velvet glove." "Yash is very calm and measured. He gives tribunals what they want and need in order that they find in favour of his client."
Recent work: Acted for Gulf Air in respect of a USD20 million fraud claim brought against an ex-employee, his associates and their corporate vehicles. The case concerned the provision of in-flight entertainment services.