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UK Bar London (Bar) Banking & Finance

This section principally focuses on litigation relating to commercial banking activities. Types of matters include litigation for claims of mis-selling of financial products, professional negligence, breaches of warranty, civil fraud and matters arising out of bank failures and state bailouts.

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Band 1
  1. 3 Verulam Buildings
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    3 Verulam Buildings
    Banking & Finance
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 19 Years Ranked
    3 Verulam Buildings remains a pre-eminent set with an excellent reputation in the City, noted for its expert handling of banking and finance matters. The set houses an extensive range of market-leading practitioners, who are skilled at tackling diverse contentious and non-contentious financial matters. Barristers here are frequently instructed to act both for and against multinational banks in cases of the utmost complexity and market profile. Highlight work includes acting for Barclays Bank in a USD1 billion claim regarding LIBOR manipulation. Members of the set are proficient at dealing with claims concerning civil fraud, professional negligence and the mis-selling of financial products. A market commentator reports: "3 Verulam Buildings is an excellent set with numerous high-quality barristers." Another source says that the barristers are "all first-class practitioners."
  2. Fountain Court Chambers
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    Fountain Court Chambers
    Banking & Finance
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 19 Years Ranked
    Fountain Court Chambers is a market-leading set with a huge offering of expert barristers covering diverse banking matters. Members of chambers regularly act for global financial institutions, including investment and retail banks, in wide-ranging disputes. Complex claims pertaining to both civil and criminal fraud, bribery and money laundering are frequently handled with great proficiency by the Fountain Court barristers. Members of the set have been acting in the SKAT litigation, which involves examination of certain types of trading engaged in by leading banks and is just one example of the high-profile work conducted here. Sources describe Fountain Court as "the premier set for high-level work" and add that "it is well equipped to deal with difficult commercial disputes." Interviewees report: "Fountain Court is always ready to help and has a very strong team player ethos."
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Band 2
  1. Brick Court Chambers
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    Brick Court Chambers
    Banking & Finance
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    Brick Court Chambers is a prominent banking set, capable of drawing on the expertise of an impressive range of barristers. Members of the set are seasoned in handling a wide array of financial matters, including asset recovery, damages claims and contentious regulatory issues. Barristers here are instructed by a broad client base, which includes investment managers, funds and international banks. Barristers at the set notably acted in The Law Debenture Trust v Ukraine, a USD3 billion debt dispute. Sources say: "Brick Court Chambers are a go-to set for complex and high-value cross border matters."
  2. One Essex Court
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    One Essex Court
    Banking & Finance
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    One Essex Court is described as having a "very good bench strength" and is distinguished by its many accomplishments in the banking sector. Its barristers routinely act on behalf of international financial institutions in high-profile disputes concerning fraud, professional negligence and bribery. Members of the set are particularly experienced with regard to claims of LIBOR misrepresentation. One recent highlight includes acting for Deutsche Bank in Deutsche Bank v Comune di Busto Arsizio, an Italian swaps dispute, and the Dutch housing association dispute Stitching Vestia v BNP Paribas.
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Band 3
  1. 4 Stone Buildings
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    4 Stone Buildings
    Banking & Finance
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 15 Years Ranked
    4 Stone Buildings is a highly capable set with a strong reputation for banking and finance work. Its barristers regularly tackle complex cases arising in the context of fraud and insolvency, as well as regulatory breaches. Its extensive client base includes multinational banks, financial corporations and institutional investors. Barristers at the set are regularly instructed in high-profile cases, such as continuing to act for the liquidator of Stanford International Bank, a Ponzi scheme operated by Robert Stanford, in a multimillion-pound claim against HSBC and for Credit Suisse in a claim brought against it by the Republic of Mozambique related to allegations of fraud and corruption. Members of chambers are experienced at acting in offshore disputes and offer particular expertise in handling allegations of LIBOR manipulation. The set is capable of drawing on broader expertise in a range of chancery matters, company law and commercial arbitration. Market sources say: "4 Stone Buildings are known for big banking cases with high-quality silks."
  2. Essex Court Chambers
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    Essex Court Chambers
    Banking & Finance
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 19 Years Ranked
    Essex Court Chambers is an excellent choice for banking law matters and enjoys a strong reputation for its deft handling of high-profile international litigation. Barristers at the set are routinely instructed to act on behalf of a variety of clients, ranging from global banks and funds to investment managers and sovereign governments. Frequent complex matters tackled by the set include claims of LIBOR manipulation and swaps mis-selling, as well as fraud and bribery trials. Notable recent work includes acting for Barclays Bank in resisting claims brought by the FDIC related to alleged LIBOR manipulation and the Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse loan dispute. Sources describe Essex Court Chambers as "absolutely first class" and that "there is always someone there able to meet our needs." Another interviewee adds that the barristers have an "impressive ability to make complex matters simple."
  3. South Square
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    South Square
    Banking & Finance
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 19 Years Ranked
    South Square remains a popular choice for clients seeking assistance with a broad spectrum of financial matters. The set is noted for its prowess in insolvency-related disputes, with barristers regularly bringing their expertise to bear in major domestic and international litigation. Members of chambers are also highly proficient at advising on claims of fraud, bribery and debt recovery. Recent high-profile work includes acting for the Kuwait Port Authority in a dispute over the management of financial investments. Commentators report: "South Square has clear expertise and a number of leading silks and juniors."