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South Square

Dispute Resolution: Commercial

9 ranked barristersBand 4UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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South Square operates a thriving commercial dispute practice, and houses a strong bench of leading silks and juniors. Its practitioners are active in sophisticated litigation, with one recent example of their work being Primeo Fund v HSBC, a USD2 billion professional negligence claim arising out of the highly publicised Bernie Madoff fraud. The set is the clear market leader for commercial cases arising out of insolvency, as illustrated by its successful representation of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) in its claim against foreign exchange trader Exotix Partners over a sale, which took place during its administration, of Peruvian bonds for which it received only one-thousandth of their value. The set comes well recommended by instructing solicitors, who report: "The barristers here all provide a great service."

Client service:

"The clerks are excellent." "They are helpful and personable." "In terms of ensuring availability and  sensible pricing, they get it just right." Mike Killick and Dylan Playfoot are the senior practice managers.

Strengths:

Adam Al-Attar
"Picks up any point you need him to, no matter how difficult it might be, and he is really creative in terms of problem solving." "Adam is exceptionally bright, tactically smart and prepared to go the extra mile for his clients."
Recent work: Acted in Pamplona v ISAM & Others, a case in which the claimant fund alleged fraud against the defendant fund in relation to the sale of an investment business in 2014.

Strengths:

Daniel Bayfield QC
"Combines a sound legal approach with pragmatic advice and is user-friendly and responsive." "He is incredibly diligent and commercially minded."
Recent work: Successfully appeared for Lehman Brothers International (Europe) in its claim against a foreign exchange trader,Exotix Partners. The case concerned a sale  of Peruvian bonds during Lehman's administration for which it received only one-thousandth of their value.

Strengths:

David Allison QC
"He is proactive and generates a lot of ideas, enabling the instructing solicitor to look at things from a different perspective." "David Allison is a very knowledgeable, very user-friendly silk who is more than happy to play as full a role as possible in the team."
Recent work: Acted for ING Bank in its successful defence of a claim brought by OCBC Bank arising from the USD1 billion sale of ING’s South Asia banking operations.

Strengths:

Felicity Toube QC
"She is a good advocate with a crisp style that goes down really well." "She is very responsive, very clever and very easy to deal with."
Recent work: Acted in the Saad Litigation, an international fraud case, which raised issues relating to Saudi banking relationships, transfers of shares and the English insolvency processes.

Strengths:

Henry Phillips
"He is very good at digesting and understanding extremely complicated information. His written work is just so good and he is a clear verbal communicator."
Recent work: Acted for five defendants in connection with a circa USD1 billion claim for unlawful means conspiracy brought by property tycoon Robert Tchenguiz against Grant Thornton.

Strengths:

Jeremy Goldring QC
"Modest, thorough and impressive on his feet," he is "a very clever barrister with a distinct human dimension to him."
Recent work: Appeared in Deutsche Bank v Barings UK Limited, acting for a collateral manager in a case concerning the right to a fee in a collateralised loan obligation securitisation.

Strengths:

Richard Fisher QC
"Exceedingly bright, very hard-working and eminently user-friendly." "He is very good at cutting through the legal issues and getting straight to the strategy."
Recent work: Appeared in Co-operative Group v FROL, proceedings concerning the validity of an employee benefit trust and the satisfaction of an inter-company debt. The claim was worth in excess of GBP3 million.

Strengths:

Robin Dicker QC
"Hugely able and highly experienced. He offers great insight into how the court is likely to approach a complicated problem and he has great presence and authority." "Robin has a brilliant manner in cross-examination."

Strengths:

Tom Smith QC
"Clever and able, he can do an amazing amount of work." "He is very effective in the way he presents to the court."
Recent work: Acted for Avonwick in its claim to recover a USD200 million loan made to a vehicle controlled by a Russian oligarch.

Dispute Resolution: Commercial Department

South Square

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Department location

3-4 South Square

Gray's Inn

London

Greater London

UK

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Silks (QC)

UK

Dispute Resolution: Commercial


Daniel Bayfield QC
Band 4
David Allison QC
Band 4
Felicity Toube QC
Band 2
Jeremy Goldring QC
Band 4
Richard Fisher QC
New Silks
Robin Dicker QC
Band 3