According to the latest edition (2019) Chambers and Partners UK Bar directory Fountain Court chambers has built upon its position as ‘a premier’ set for banking, commercial, financial services and fraud cases with 39 star and tier 1 rankings and an individual “Star at the Bar” recognition.
The 179 rankings includes 37 silks alongside 24 juniors and sees the set ranked as ‘Top Tier’ in six practice areas: aviation, commercial dispute resolution, civil fraud financial services and travel and banking and finance.
With 3 new rankings and 20 improved rankings, the set was highlighted as at the “forefront of the market for banking disputes, owing in large part to its deep bench of practitioners who combine “unfailing quality and technical excellence with personability and user-friendliness.” In the realm of commercial litigation and civil fraud, the set was acclaimed as “A chambers steeped in quality commercial litigation work that has excellent barristers at all levels catering to an ever growing range of practice areas” that also “exhibits profound strength in civil fraud disputes. It provides advocacy in both litigation and arbitration, and handles a large volume of international work”. Emphasised as the “pre-eminent aviation set” that also “houses a number of “excellent individuals in the insurance sector”, the set was acknowledged as retaining “its reputation as a premier set for regulatory and commercial work in the travel sector.”
The set was also recommended as a ‘Leader’ in a further 5 practice areas: insurance and reinsurance; international arbitration – counsel; product liability; professional discipline and regulatory law (including police law); and professional negligence.
The set’s clerking team were acclaimed as “responsive, efficient and proactive, approachable, commercial…helpful and responsive.” . They make the instructing solicitor’s job much easier”. Particular emphasis was placed upon the responsiveness and understanding of solicitor’s needs: “The clerking team go over and above to assist with cases, whether that be matters of sourcing appropriate barristers, practicalities and funding. They communicate effectively and are a pleasure to deal with.”