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UK Bar Guide 2023

Ranked in 8 Practice Areas
Banking & Finance
28 Years Ranked
Financial Services
11 Years Ranked
1
Fraud: Civil
22 Years Ranked
2
Aviation
25 Years Ranked
2
Insurance
16 Years Ranked
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Provided by Bankim Thanki KC

UK Bar

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Bankim Thanki KC is generally recognised as one of the pre-eminent Silks practising at the English Commercial Bar, with an emphasis on commercial litigation and arbitration, as well as investigations and inquiries (public and private). He has been described by The Times as “One of London’s leading commercial silks” and as “… one of the superstars of the UK Bar”.

He recently appeared in the Court of Appeal in Soteria Insurance v IBM [2022] EWCA Civ 440 and in the Supreme Court in Pakistan International Airline Corporation (Respondent) v Times Travel [2021] UKSC 40. He has acted for Ukraine in proceedings before the Supreme Court in the US$3 billion Eurobond claim brought on behalf of the Russian Federation in the Financial List, in which he secured a significant victory in the Court of Appeal [2019] 2 WLR 655, and in defeating a US$6 billion claim concerning minority shareholdings in Ukraine’s largest producer of oil and associated gas in an investment treaty arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty (Stockholm Chamber of Commerce). He successfully represented Barclays Bank in the case which saw the first judgment handed down in the Financial List in London (GSO Credit v Barclays Bank [2017] 1 All ER (Comm) 421). He also successfully represented BP in the first case brought to trial under the Commercial Court’s Shorter Trials Scheme and ENRC in its notable victory in the Court of Appeal in SFO v ENRC: [2019] 1 WLR 791.

Other notable cases include leading successfully for GMR in its dispute with the Republic of the Maldives over the international airport at Malé, for Deloitte LLP in its successful appeal against the record fine imposed by the Financial Reporting Council over its involvement with the Phoenix Four/MG Rover, for KPMG in successfully disputing the sanctions sought by the Financial Reporting Council over its CASS audits of BNY, for Vincent Tchenguiz in his successful claim against the SFO, for the Central Bank of Trinidad & Tobago in the Colonial Life Enquiry, for the Bar Council in R (Prudential) v HMRC, for Lloyds Banking Group in the OFT test case on bank charges, for the son of the King of Bahrain in his claim against Michael Jackson, for the Bank of England in Three Rivers and for Qantas in The Deep Vein Thrombosis and Air Travel Group Litigation.

Bankim regularly advises and represents clients facing SFO and FCA investigations. He has also been instructed to advise several nation states and the central banks of a number of countries including the Central Bank of Belize, the Deutsche Bundesbank, the Bank of England, the Bank of Namibia and the Central Bank of Trinidad & Tobago, as well as the World Bank.

He regularly acts for clients offshore and has appeared recently in cases in the British Virgin Islands, Trinidad & Tobago and the Isle of Man. He is currently advising or has recently advised clients in relation to litigation, investigations or inquiries in New York, Abu Dhabi, The Bahamas, Hong Kong, Jersey, Singapore, the Isle of Man, Taiwan and Trinidad & Tobago.

Bankim regularly provides expert evidence on English law to foreign courts or tribunals and has done so recently for cases before courts in the USA, Hong Kong and Brazil.

He accepts appointments as an arbitrator and has conducted LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICC, SIAC and ad hoc arbitrations.

Career

Called to the Bar 1988. Silk 2003. Bencher, Middle Temple 2008. Head of Fountain Court Chambers since 2018.

Professional Memberships

Commercial Bar Association.

Publications

He is the editor of the Law of Privilege (Oxford, 3rd ed 2018).

Personal

Educated at Balliol College, Oxford (BA, 1st Class Hons 1986; MA 1989). Harmsworth Scholar, Middle Temple, 1988.

Chambers Review

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Banking & Finance - London (Bar)
Star Individuals

Bankim Thanki KC
Bankim Thanki KC is an extraordinarily versatile silk with a superb reputation in an array of practice areas including civil fraud, financial services, offshore and international arbitration, among others. He has acted for a variety of clients in the realm of banking disputes including retail, investment and central banks, often where there is an overlap between contentious regulatory and banking issues. He is additionally noted for his work with central banks in Germany, Namibia and Trinidad & Tobago.


Commercial Dispute Resolution - London (Bar)
Star Individuals

Bankim Thanki KC


Financial Services - London (Bar)
Star Individuals

Bankim Thanki KC
Bankim Thanki KC is much valued by banks, on both the retail and investment sides, for his ability to construct a highly sophisticated defence in response to regulatory inquiries by the FCA, PRA and SFO. A strong background in commercial litigation combined with extensive international experience makes him a powerful choice for City institutions. He is also sought out to represent accountants.


Fraud: Civil - London (Bar)
1
Band 1

Bankim Thanki KC
Bankim Thanki KC runs a busy practice that includes regular instructions in civil fraud arbitrations and litigation. He also serves as head of chambers. His cases span various jurisdictions and relate to such allegations as bribery and duress.


International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance - London (Bar)
1
Band 1

Bankim Thanki KC
Bankim Thanki KC is well regarded for the breadth of his expertise in relation to international arbitration. He has handled a number of ICC and UNCITRAL arbitrations seated in Stockholm, Singapore and the British Virgin Islands. He also handles arbitrations under the Energy Charter Treaty. At present he serves as head of chambers. As well as acting as counsel, he also sits as arbitrator.


Aviation - London (Bar)
2
Band 2

Bankim Thanki KC
Bankim Thanki KC is a formidable and heavily in-demand barrister who is also the head of chambers. He is regularly instructed in considerable transactional, commercial and regulatory matters in domestic and international jurisdictions. As well as handling heavyweight contractual disputes, he provides cutting-edge advice to airlines on a raft of regulatory matters.


Insurance - London (Bar)
2
Band 2

Bankim Thanki KC
Bankim Thanki KC is head of chambers and is particularly well known for taking on major insurance cases in the financial sector. He handles claims in a wide range of insurance and reinsurance disputes. He is particularly skilled at handling matters relating to D&O claims.


Travel: Regulatory & Commercial - London (Bar)
2
Band 2

Bankim Thanki KC
Bankim Thanki KC is a leading aviation silk who regularly receives instructions from airlines, contractors and regulators. He handles commercial disputes over airport development and operation, and offers regulatory assistance with regard to liabilities in the context of tour operator bankruptcy.

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