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Sonia Tolaney QC

London, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 4 departments
Ranked in : Banking & FinanceChancery: CommercialFraud: CivilCommercial Dispute Resolution
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Sonia Tolaney QC
Sonia Tolaney QC enjoys a standing as an exceptionally talented advocate with regard to banking and finance disputes. She offers additional expertise in civil fraud and insolvency cases. Tolaney is much in demand and receives regular instruction from leading sector clients including a number of prominent national and international banks. Her specialisms in this area are myriad, but among her numerous market-leading cases are several landmark disputes relating to swaps transactions, ISDA issues and contract disputes in which she has displayed particular flair.
Strengths: "She is charming, has a great presence and good judgement." "She pulls off the impossible and wins against the odds. An utterly compelling advocate."
Recent work: Defended HSBC from claims brought by The ECU Group, a currency trading firm, alleging dishonest currency rate manipulation by 'front running' currency transactions between 2004 and 2006.
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Chancery: Commercial - London (Bar)

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Sonia Tolaney QC
Strengths: "A standout commercial practitioner, who's one of the top silks of her generation. She is very good with clients and also a real lawyer's lawyer, who is very good at grappling with difficult legal points."
Recent work: Acted for Deutsche Bank representing the interests of subordinated bondholders in the administrations of two companies in the Lehman Brothers group.
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Fraud: Civil - London (Bar)

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Sonia Tolaney QC
Sonia Tolaney QC is a standout silk who is particularly adept at dealing with instances of alleged banking fraud. Her work relates to a broad range of allegations, including misrepresentation, collusion and conspiracy, and is often international in nature.
Strengths: "She is unbeatable and one of the cleverest people at the Bar. She's incredibly commercial, user-friendly and an excellent advocate. She's smooth and clients love her." "She has the ear of the court, has fantastic instincts, cuts through the case law to get to the point and knows exactly how to judge a court."
Recent work: Acted for Vale S.A. in a dispute against various defendants concerning damages for fraudulent misrepresentation and conspiracy in connection with the exploitation of iron ore deposits in Guinea.
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Commercial Dispute Resolution - London (Bar)

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Sonia Tolaney QC
Strengths: "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.
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Specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, in particular domestic and international banking (including all aspects of credit and security), domestic and international commercial fraud and asset tracing, corporate and personal insolvency, professional negligence and insurance and reinsurance. Some notable cases include: Vale v Steinmetz [2021] EWCA Civ 1087; WEX v Travelport [2020] EWHC 2670 (Comm); Sabbagh v Khoury [2019] EWHC 3004 (Comm); LLB Verwaltung (Switzerland) AG v Group Seven & Ors [2019] EWCA Civ 614; Deutsche Bank v Unitech [2019] EWHC 969 (Comm); ECU v HSBC [2018] EWHC 3045 (Comm); Privatbank v Kolomoisky [2018] EWHC 3308 (Ch); Deutsche Bank v Savona [2018] EWCA Civ 1740; Greenwood v. Goodwin – RBS Rights Litigation [2017]; Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration) v. Deutsche Bank & Bank of New York Mellon [2016]; Rosneft v. HM Treasury [2015] EWHC 248; Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander v. UBS [2014] EWHC 2540 (Comm); Deutsche Bank v. Sebastian Holdings [2014] EWCA Civ 1100; HSH Nordbank AG v. Intesa Sanpaolo SpA [2014] EWHC 142; Berezovsky v. Abramovich [2012] EWHC 2463 (Comm); Centrica v. Accenture [2010] EWCA Civ 912; UBS AG v. HSH Nordbank AG [2009] EWCA Civ 585 (CA); and British Energy Power & Energy Trading Ltd v. Credit Suisse [2007] 2 Lloyds’s Rep 427.

Career

Called 1995; QC 2011. Appointed Deputy High Court Judge (QBD), authorised to sit in the Commercial Court (2016). Appointed as the Attorney General to the Duchy of Lancaster (2021). Elected a Bencher of Middle Temple (2013). Elected Chair of the Commercial Bar Association (2019-2021).

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