Fountain Court Chambers

London & Singapore


Fountain Court is a long established and substantial set of commercial barristers, based in the Temple, London, but also with new offices in Singapore’s financial district.

Members of Chambers are recognised as leaders in the field of commercial disputes, for clients both in the UK and overseas, offering expertise in a wide range of practice areas and modes of dispute resolution.

Fountain Court has long been regarded as a premier set within the ‘magic circle’ of leading commercial sets of barristers in London. Its members have been involved in virtually all of the most significant pieces of commercial litigation to come to trial over the past few decades and we expect that trend to continue into the future.

The set has a distinguished record of being involved in cases making new law, whether in the House of Lords, the Supreme Court, the Privy Council, the Court of Appeal or at first instance.

Members have also appeared in other jurisdictions including in the Caribbean, Hong Kong, Singapore, and in the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice.

Some of our members have gone on to become Justices of the Supreme Court, Law Lords, Court of Appeal and High Court judges, or to take positions in the United Kingdom government, including as Lord Chancellor, Attorney-General and Solicitor-General. Others make up the ranks of international arbitrators in which they have a distinguished reputation.

Other members have taken leadership positions within the Bar Council and Bar Standards Board, in industry, in specialist professional associations, such as the Commercial Bar Association, or acting as the trustees of some of the UK’s leading charities.

We have been instructed by the UK government, foreign governments, central banks around the world, major local authorities, the general counsel of FTSE-100 companies, major UK and US law firms in the City of London, as well as law firms around the world. We are also regularly instructed by nationally, regionally, and locally recognised solicitors’ practices throughout England & Wales.

Bankim Thanki QC is the Head of Chambers and Patrick Goodall QC is the Deputy Head of Chambers. Alex Taylor leads the clerking team. Julie Parker leads our administration team. Our clerking and administration teams consistently receive accolades for their exceptional client service.

Our characteristic and distinctive qualities are recognised as:

  • Counsel who are first rate, who are user-friendly and who are easy to work with
  • A superb range of choice of members, with quality and strength in depth
  • A very reliable and friendly clerking and administration service, closely attuned to commercial reality and the needs of our clients
  • An approachable style in dealings with those who instruct us
  • Good clear, practical and commercial advice
  • Outstanding command of both law and evidence
  • Thorough and timely preparation
  • Excellent advocacy at all levels of practice and experience