According to the latest edition of Legal 500 Fountain Court chambers has built upon its position as ‘a wonder set’ with 35 tier 1 rankings, an increase of 15 on last year.
The 190 rankings (an increase of 44 on last year) includes 34 silks alongside 27 juniors and sees the set ranked as ‘Top Tier’ in four practice areas; aviation, commercial litigation, civil fraud and, banking and finance where it is recognised as ‘right at the top when it comes to commercial law’ and has ‘real strength in depth for banking disputes’. According to the directory, the addition of ‘some big-name counsel’ has ‘not only bolstered its commercial practice but also meant that the set was able to establish a corporate crime team in order to cater for an increasing number of cases at the intersection of criminal, regulatory and banking law’.
With 20 new rankings and 39 increased rankings, the members and set are described as a ‘truly impressive array of top-quality barristers’ that make it ‘an elite set’, that is appreciated for its ‘down-to-earth approach’ and the fact that it has ‘moved with the times’. The set was also recommended as a leader in a further six practice areas administrative and public law (including local government); business & regulatory crime; insurance and reinsurance; international arbitration – counsel; professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law); and professional negligence.
Cementing their international presence, chambers was further praised for the close relationships within the administration and clerking teams that provide an excellent client service. The ‘forward-thinking’ clerks’ room is ‘a very slick operation’ and ‘a true asset to chambers’.