Following on from being named as Chambers of the Year and Commercial Set of the Year, the latest edition (2017) of Chambers and Partners UK Bar Directory confirms Fountain Court as an elite set with 33 tier 1 rankings.

The 189 rankings (an increase of 24 on last year) includes 33 silks alongside 21 juniors and sees the set ranked as ‘Top Tier’ in six practice areas; aviation, banking and finance, commercial dispute resolution, civil fraud financial services and travel.

With 6 new rankings and 29 improved rankings, the set was highlighted as ‘the pre-eminent banking and financial services set’, ‘a first-rate commercial set’ and ‘the chambers you go to for aviation’. Chambers was also noted for its ‘additional strength in the areas of travel and civil fraud’ as well as being commended for its strength in depth, though its ability to offer “top silks and juniors in every major practice area.”

The set was also recommended as a ‘Leader’ in a further five practice areas insurance and reinsurance; international arbitration – counsel; product liability; professional discipline and regulatory law; and professional negligence.

Chambers was also highlighted for delivering ‘excellent, all-round service’. Singled out as ‘a class above the rest’, the clerking team was acclaimed for their ‘responsiveness, approachability, and true understanding of the value of commercial relationships’ and they were praised for being ‘incredibly responsive, helpful, organised, commercially-minded and customer-focused’ individuals.

The set was praised for its transparent billing and willingness to engage in ‘sensible discussions on fees,’ while the clerks are also lauded for the way in which they are ‘enormously accommodating when advice is needed at short notice’.