This is the third episode in the fourth series of The Fountain Court Podcast. The episode is hosted by Daniel Carall-Green, a barrister at Fountain Court. In this episode, we look at the importance of an effective relationship between solicitors and counsel. Joining Daniel in the discussion are:

  • Tamara Oppenheimer KC: A silk at Fountain Court with a broad commercial and civil practice. Described in the directories as “faultless as a barrister” and “a true role model for the commercial Bar”, Tamara was formerly a solicitor at Allen & Overy (as was) so has experience in both roles discussed in the episode.
  • Chiraag Shah: An international disputes partner in the London office of Morrison Foerster. Chiraag has over two decades of experience representing clients in domestic and cross-border disputes including commercial and investor-state arbitrations around the world. Ranked in various legal directories, Chiraag is ‘commended for his ability to handle disputes involving the engineering and technology sectors…’.
  • Julius Handler: An associate in Morrison Foerster’s London office and a member of the Litigation Group. Julius advises high-profile companies, financial institutions and individuals on business-critical challenges across a wide spectrum of risks including white collar crime and high-stakes contractual, commodities, insurance, ESG and supply chain disputes.

During the session, our panel discussed various issues including their experience of the division of labour between solicitors and counsel and how this has developed over time, the impact of differing levels of proximity to the client, the range of involvement end clients have in the selection of counsel and ultimate strategy of the case, what the relationship looks like when it is at its best and how to deal with things if they go wrong.