Commercial Disputes

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Commercial dispute resolution is the core part of the work of Fountain Court. Members advise on commercial disputes daily.

The set has members appearing in a large number of The Lawyer‘s ‘Top Cases of 2022’ and ‘Top 10 Appeals of 2022’, as has been the case for many years.

We advise and appear in complex, high-value disputes in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division, as well as in international commercial arbitrations (seated in the UK and abroad) and in numerous overseas jurisdictions.

Examples of our work include the $3 billion Eurobond claim against Ukraine brought by Law Debenture on behalf of the Russian Federation and heard in the Supreme Court in December 2019 (the longest Supreme Court hearing of any non-public law case in 2019); the Scarborough Group litigation relating to LIBOR; the SKAT litigation; the HP-Autonomy dispute; and two appearances in the Supreme Court in Playboy v Banca Nazionale Del Lavoro.

The scale and variety of our work demonstrates why members of Fountain Court are considered indispensable for the largest value, highest profile, instructions.

Our work includes cases relating to:

  • Ingenious Film Finance Litigation: Acting for various financial institutions in the large scale, high-profile and multi-party dispute arising out investments made in Ingenious Film Partnership schemes.
  • Tatneft v Bogolyubov & Others: Acting in a $300 million fraud claim in the Commercial Court between a Russian oil company and four Ukrainian oligarchs.
  • The Law Debenture Trust Corporation plc v Ukraine UKSC 2018/0192: Acting for the Ukraine in the $3 billion Eurobond claim brought by Law Debenture on behalf of the Russian Federation and heard in the Supreme Court in December 2019. This was the longest Supreme Court hearing of any non-public law case during 2019.
  • SKAT Litigation: Acting for various defendants in the high-profile litigation brought by the Danish tax administration, relating to claims it was defrauded out of approximately £1.5 billion by allegedly false withholding tax reclaims. SKAT has brought proceedings against almost 100 defendants in London.
  • HP / Autonomy Litigation: Acting for various parties in the longest running, very high-profile trial of 2019, in claims relating to breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and misrepresentation in relation to the acquisition of Autonomy by the Hewlett-Packard group.
  • The Public Institution for Social Security v The Man Group & Others: Acting for the claimants and a number of defendants in a billion pound claim against 38 corporations and individuals, involving allegations of bribery and corruption spanning a period of 30 years.
  • Robert Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton UK LLP & Others: Acting both for and against the businessman, Robert Tchenguiz, in relation to his claim of in the region of £200 million for unlawful means conspiracy and malicious prosecution relating to his arrest by the Serious Fraud Office in 2011.
  • Marme Inversiones v Royal Bank of Scotland & Others: Acting for various parties in a €1 billion claim by a corporate borrower against RBS and a syndicate of banks, relating to alleged fraudulent EURIBOR manipulation by RBS on interest rate swaps. The case is now a leading authority on various aspects of law, including as regards implied representations and the doctrine of agency in the context of syndicated lending.
  • National Bank of Kazakhstan v BNY Mellon SA/NV: Acting for BNY Mellon in proceedings brought against it in relation to $23 billion of safe custody assets held by the bank under a global custody agreement. The case raised complex issues of jurisdiction and foreign law. The trial was the first Commercial Court trial ever live streamed via YouTube following The Coronavirus Act 2020.
  • PCP Capital Partners v Barclays Bank Plc: Acting for Barclays in a £1 billion claim against it, arising out of capital raising in 2008 by Abu Dhabi.
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Commercial Disputes Barristers

Richard Lissack QC

Richard Lissack QC

Call 1978 | Silk 1994

David Railton QC

David Railton QC

Call 1979 | Silk 1996

Timothy Dutton QC

Timothy Dutton CBE QC

Call 1979 | Silk 1998

Stephen Moriarty QC

Stephen Moriarty QC

Call 1986 | Silk 1999

Stephen Rubin QC

Call 1977 | Silk 2000

Michael McLaren QC

Michael McLaren QC

Call 1981 | Silk 2002

Raymond Cox QC

Raymond Cox QC

Call 1982 | Silk 2002

Charles Bear QC

Charles Béar QC

Call 1986 | Silk 2003

Bankim Thanki QC

Bankim Thanki QC

Call 1988 | Silk 2003

Patricia Robertson QC

Patricia Robertson QC

Call 1988 | Silk 2006

Timothy Howe QC

Timothy Howe QC

Call 1987 | Silk 2008

Mark Simpson QC

Mark Simpson QC

Call 1992 | Silk 2008

Richard Handyside QC

Richard Handyside QC

Call 1993 | Silk 2009

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC

Call 1993 | Silk 2009

Jeffrey Chapman QC

Jeffrey Chapman QC

Call 1989 | Silk 2010

Derrick Dale QC

Derrick Dale QC

Call 1990 | Silk 2010

Akhil Shah QC

Akhil Shah QC

Call 1990 | Silk 2010

Andrew Mitchell QC

Andrew Mitchell QC

Call 1992 | Silk 2011

Paul Gott QC

Paul Gott QC

Call 1991 | Silk 2012

Richard Coleman QC

Richard Coleman QC

Call 1994 | Silk 2012

Stuart Ritchie QC

Stuart Ritchie QC

Call 1995 | Silk 2012

Anneliese Day QC

Anneliese Day QC

Call 1996 | Silk 2012

John Taylor QC

John Taylor QC

Call 1993 | Silk 2013

Adam Tolley QC

Adam Tolley QC

Call 1994 | Silk 2014

Patrick Goodall QC

Patrick Goodall QC

Call 1998 | Silk 2014

Matthew Gearing QC

Matthew Gearing QC

Silk 2014

Ben Valentin QC

Ben Valentin QC

Call 1995 | Silk 2016

Rosalind Phelps QC

Rosalind Phelps QC

Call 1998 | Silk 2016

Henry King QC

Henry King QC

Call 1998 | Silk 2017

Adam Zellick QC

Adam Zellick QC

Call 2000 | Silk 2017

Bridget Lucas QC

Bridget Lucas QC

Call 1989 | Silk 2018

Paul Sinclair QC

Paul Sinclair QC

Call 1997 | Silk 2018

James Cutress QC

James Cutress QC

Call 2000 | Silk 2018

Nicholas Medcroft QC

Nicholas Medcroft QC

Call 1998 | Silk 2019

Giles Wheeler QC

Giles Wheeler QC

Call 1998 | Silk 2020

Edward Levey QC

Edward Levey QC

Call 1999 | Silk 2020

Robin Barclay QC

Robin Barclay QC

Call 1999 | Silk 2020

Ben Lynch QC

Ben Lynch QC

Call 2001 | Silk 2020

Chloe Carpenter QC

Chloe Carpenter QC

Call 2001 | Silk 2020

Tamara Oppenheimer QC

Tamara Oppenheimer QC

Call 2002 | Silk 2020

Laura John QC

Laura John QC

Call 2001 | Silk 2021

Alexander Milner QC

Alexander Milner QC

Call 2006 | Silk 2022

Louise Merrett

Call 1995

Deepak Nambisan

Call 1998

Nik Yeo

Call 2000

Paul Casey

Call 2002

Andrew Pullen

Andrew Pullen

Call 2016

Eleanor Davison

Eleanor Davison

Call 2003

Marianne Butler

Marianne Butler

Call 2003

David Murray

David Murray

Call 2004

Simon Atrill

Simon Atrill

Call 2005

James Duffy

James Duffy

Call 2005

Rupert Allen

Rupert Allen

Call 2005

Alex Barden

Alex Barden

Call 2005

Adam Sher

Adam Sher

Call 2007

Richard Power

Call 2007

Craig Ulyatt

Craig Ulyatt

Call 2008

Robin Lööf

Robin Lööf

Call 2009

Natasha Bennett

Natasha Bennett

Call 2009

Nico Leslie

Nico Leslie

Call 2010

Daniel Edmonds

Daniel Edmonds

Call 2010

Deborah Horowitz

Deborah Horowitz

Call 2010

Tetyana Nesterchuk

Tetyana Nesterchuk

Call 2011

Rebecca Loveridge

Rebecca Loveridge

Call 2011

Philip Ahlquist

Philip Ahlquist

Call 2012

Niamh Cleary

Niamh Cleary

Call 2012

Giles Robertson

Giles Robertson

Call 2012

Samuel Ritchie

Samuel Ritchie

Call 2012

Leonora Sagan

Leonora Sagan

Call 2012

James Hart

James Hart

Call 2012

Joseph Farmer

Joseph Farmer

Call 2013

Simon Paul

Simon Paul

Call 2013

Laurie Brock

Laurie Brock

Call 2013

Nick Daly

Nick Daly

Call 2014

Max Evans

Max Evans

Call 2015

Max Kasriel

Max Kasriel

Call 2015

Ian Bergson

Ian Bergson

Call 2015

Samuel Rabinowitz

Samuel Rabinowitz

Call 2016

Alexandra Whelan

Alexandra Whelan

Call 2016

Jacob Turner

Jacob Turner

Call 2016

Aaron Taylor

Aaron Taylor

Call 2017

Damien Bruneau

Damien Bruneau

Call 2016

Laurentia de Bruyn

Laurentia de Bruyn

Call 2018

Gillian Hughes

Gillian Hughes

Call 2018

Nathalie Koh

Nathalie Koh

Call 2019

Marcus Field

Marcus Field

Call 2019

Orestis Sherman

Orestis Sherman

Call 2019

Joseph Leech

Joseph Leech

Call 2020

Francesca Ruddy

Call 2020

Daniel Schwennicke

Daniel Schwennicke

Call 2020

Hannah Bernstein

Hannah Bernstein

Call 2020

Sebastian Said

Sebastian Said

Call 2004

Gordon Langley

Sir Gordon Langley

Call 1966 | Silk 1983

Michael Brindle QC

Michael Brindle QC

Call 1975 | Silk 1992

Brian Doctor QC

Brian Doctor QC

Call 1991 | Silk 1999

Philip Brook Smith QC

Philip Brook Smith QC

Call 1982 | Silk 2002

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Contact our clerks

For more information on our experience or to discuss a particular case, please contact us.

Call:    +44 (0)207 583 3335
Email: clerks@fountaincourt.co.uk

"'Rightly among the leading commercial sets' with 'an abundance of talent and depth'."


The Legal 500

"The barristers 'are at the top of their game'."


The Legal 500

"Fountain Court is firmly cemented in the very front rank of commercial litigation sets."


Chambers & Partners

"Speaking of Fountain Court, one instructing solicitor attests that 'this is a fabulous set that it's a pleasure to take clients to'."


Chambers & Partners

"'Quality set with strength throughout the ranks', including 'strong juniors and silks who are responsive and fun to work with'."


The Legal 500

"The set has 'the depth of brainpower and size of team which a major solicitor practice needs when the balloon goes up'."


The Legal 500

"Members are regularly called upon to act on the country's most hard-fought disputes."


The Legal 500

"It is an excellent set. I have never worked with anyone at Fountain Court or appeared against anyone at Fountain Court who was not a barrister at the very top of their game."


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