Fountain Court Chambers

London & Singapore

Rupert AllenCall Date: 2005

Rupert has a broad commercial and civil practice. He has experience of working on substantial commercial cases, including those involving complex jurisdiction issues and foreign law. He has previously been named as one of Legal Week’s “Stars” of the Commercial Bar.

Recent experience includes acting for:

  • Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV in two sets of proceedings brought against it by the National Bank of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Kazakhstan concerning Belgian and Dutch garnishment orders obtained by creditors of the Republic;
  • Deutsche Bank in a dispute with the Netherlands relating to the payment of “negative interest” under the ISDA Credit Support Annex (both at first instance on appeal);
  • Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Bank in various claims concerning LIBOR manipulation.
  • Goldman Sachs International in defending the Libyan Investment Authority’s claims to set aside US$1.2 billion of equity derivatives trades on grounds of undue influence and unconscionable bargain (one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases of 2016);
  • Dexia Crediop and Deutsche Bank in claims against numerous Italian local authorities concerning the validity of interest rate swaps (both at first instance and on appeal) including Dexia Crediop v Prato (both at first instance and on appeal) on the important Court of Appeal decision on the jurisdiction challenge in Deutsche Bank v Savona.

In addition to his practice in the Courts of England and Wales, Rupert has been called to the Bar in the British Virgin Islands (2011). He has also recently been instructed in connection with proceedings taking place in Guernsey and Trinidad and Tobago.

Rupert also has significant experience of regulation and professional discipline and he is regularly instructed in cases both by and against regulators (including, in particular, in relation to solicitors, accountants, financial services and the aviation industry). He has extensive experience of complex and high profile proceedings in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and in relation to appeals to the Divisional Court and judicial reviews of regulators’ decisions. Rupert acted for the SRA in Spector v SRA, an important case on anonymity orders in disciplinary proceedings, and for the FRC in Lewin v FRC, a judicial review concerning redactions to a tribunal judgment.

Rupert is ranked:

  • in Chambers and Partners 2019 in the fields of Commercial Dispute Resolution and Professional Discipline; and
  • in The Legal 500 2019 in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance, Financial Services and Professional Discipline.

Recent comments include:

“One of the best juniors of his level at the commercial Bar.”

“He is extremely clever, clear and confident, and has a good grasp of the commercial issues.”

“An excellent barrister: very bright and also very responsive.”

“Exceptionally bright and easy to work with.”

“He is really excellent. He gets straight to the point, his drafting is really good and he turns work around really quickly.”

“His advocacy was scintillating – a brilliant performance.”

“He has a useful knack for spotting clever points.”

“Has a very sound, concise and commercial way of thinking.”

 “Rupert is impressive; he’s extremely bright and able. He has a good analytical mind and an eye for detail. He is also a persuasive advocate who is well liked by clients.”

Areas of Expertise

  • Banking & finance
  • Commercial dispute resolution
  • Energy & natural resources
  • Financial services
  • Fraud: civil
  • International arbitration
  • Media, entertainment & sport
  • Professional discipline
  • Professional negligence
  • Telecommunications
  • Administrative & public law
  • Aviation

Recent practice

Commercial dispute resolution

Rupert has experience of working on substantial commercial cases, including those involving complex jurisdiction issues and foreign law, as part of a team of counsel as well as appearing as the sole advocate. Recent experience includes

  • National Bank of Kazakhstan v BNY Mellon [2017] EWHC 3374 (Comm), [2018] EWCA Civ 1390: Rupert is currently acting (with Richard Handyside QC) for BNY Mellon in complex litigation arising out of the freezing of US$22 billion of assets held by BNY Mellon as custodian under an agreement with the National Bank of Kazakhstan.
  • Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs International [2016] EWHC 2530 (Ch): Acted (with Robert Miles QC and Orlando Gledhill) for Goldman Sachs International in defending claims of undue influence and unconscionable bargain brought by the Libyan Investment Authority seeking to set aside US$1.2 billion of equity derivative trades entered into in the first half of 2008. This was one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases of 2016.
  • Dexia v Comune di Prato [2015] EWHC 1746 (Comm), [2016] EWHC 2824 (Comm) and [2017] EWCA Civ 428, [2017] 1 CLC 969: Rupert acted (with Richard Handyside QC) for Dexia in the Commercial Court trial of its claim to enforce interest rate swaps entered into by an Italian local authority.  The defendant local authority raised numerous defences based on Italian administrative law and Italian civil and financial services law. All defences were dismissed following a 6 day hearing in the Court of Appeal in May 2017.
  • National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago v Super Industrial Services [2018] UKPC 17: acted (with Michael Brindle QC) for NGC on an appeal to the Privy Council in relation to the interpretation of Trinidad Civil Procedure Rules.
  • Noble Caledonia v Air Niugini [2017] EWHC 1095 (QB), [2017] EWHC 1393 (QB)Rupert recently acted as sole counsel for the national airline of Papua New Guinea on its challenge to the jurisdiction of the English courts.
  • ARC Capital Holdings Ltd v ARC Capital Partners Ltd: Acted (with Tim Howe QC) in connection with a dispute between a private equity fund and its fund manager in relation to investments in China. Rupert appeared as sole counsel resisting an application by the fund manager to stay the proceedings pending the outcome of efforts to enforce a CIETAC arbitral award in China (see [2015] EWHC 2170 (QB)).
  • Digicel v Cable & Wireless [2010] EWHC 888 (Ch): Rupert acted on behalf of Digicel (led by Stephen Rubin QC with Huw Davies QC and Stephen Houseman) in a 77 day trial of claims for breach of statutory duty and unlawful means conspiracy arising out of the liberalisation of the Caribbean mobile telecoms market. The trial included a significant decision on implied waiver of legal professional privilege: [2009] EWHC 1437 (Ch).
  • Acted (with Jeff Chapman QC) in a dispute concerning the ownership of a 1950s Ferrari racing car sold for almost £11 million in June 2014.
  • Advised (with Colin Edelman QC) a professional firm in relation to allegations of unlawful means conspiracy concerning a corporate takeover.
  • Acted (with John Taylor QC) in relation to a dispute concerning a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of a semiconductor manufacturer.
  • Acted (with Michael Brindle QC) in substantial Commercial Court proceedings concerning an alleged conspiracy to fraudulently manipulate financial statements with a view to acquiring a company’s shares at an undervalue.
  • Acted (with Brian Doctor QC) in BVI proceedings concerning a joint venture agreement for a mining project in Burundi.
  • Acted (with Akhil Shah QC) for an aircraft operator to recover sums due from the owner of an aircraft.

International arbitration

  • Recently acted (with Michael Brindle QC) in an ad hoc arbitration concerning the sharing of refinancing gains in relation to a private finance initiative transaction.
  • Petrochemical Industries Company (KSC) v The Dow Chemical Company [2012] EWHC 2739 (Comm): Acted (with Joe Smouha QC) in defending a claim brought under section 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 to set aside a US$2 billion ICC arbitration award obtained by Dow against PIC. Rupert had previously advised and assisted Shearman & Sterling in connection with the conduct of the underlying ICC arbitration proceedings on behalf of Dow.
  • Recently acted (with Tim Howe QC and then with Robert Miles QC) in two sets of LCIA arbitration proceedings concerning disputes over the correct interpretation of the complex suite of documents giving effect to a very substantial property securitisation transaction.
  • Recently advised in relation to the governing law and correct interpretation and effect of arbitration and jurisdiction clauses in a series of connected contracts.

Banking & finance

Rupert has significant experience over a wide range of banking and finance matters, including heavy commercial litigation, with particular experience of financial services regulation. Rupert regularly acts for major UK and international banks (both on the retail and investment side) and he has acted in numerous disputes concerning the alleged mis-selling of financial products to both retail and professional investors (including interest rate swaps), claims concerning LIBOR manipulation, as well as claims under guarantees, mortgages and consumer credit agreements.

  • National Bank of Kazakhstan v BNY Mellon (see Commercial Dispute Resolution above)
  • Dexia v Comune di Prato (see Commercial Dispute Resolution above).
  • Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs International (see Commercial Dispute Resolution above).
  • Ventra Investments v Bank of Scotland [2017] EWHC 199 (Comm), [2019] EWHC 2058 (Comm): Currently acting (with Rosalind Phelps QC and Max Kasriel) in defending a substantial damages claim concerning alleged LIBOR manipulation, misrepresentation and negligence in relation to the sale of interest rate swaps and the subsequent realisation of an investment property portfolio by administrative receivers.
  • Scarborough Group Developments v Bank of Scotland: Currently acting (with Richard Handyside QC and Rebecca Loveridge) in the defence of a claim valued in excess of £500 million arising out of alleged LIBOR manipulation.
  • Grove Park Properties v RBS [2018] EWHC 3521 (Comm), [2018] EWHC 3618 (Comm): Currently acting (with John Taylor QC) on a substantial claim concerning the effect of alleged unauthorised manuscript alterations to a loan agreement.
  • Marsden v Barclays Bank: Recently acted as sole counsel for Barclays in striking out a claim raising issues of insolvency set off concerning the payment of redress to customers in the FSA/FCA review of the sale of interest rate hedging products.
  • State of Netherlands v Deutsche Bank [2018] EWHC 1935 (Comm), [2019] EWCA Civ 771: Rupert recently acted (with Richard Handyside QC) for Deutsche Bank in Part 8 proceedings in the Financial List concerning whether negative interest is payable under a standard ISDA credit support annex.
  • Deutsche Bank v Comune di Savona [2017] EWHC 1013 (Comm), [2018] 1 BCLC 358; [2018] EWCA Civ 1740, [2018] ILPr 38: Rupert recently acted (with Sonia Tolaney QC and Andrew Lodder) for Deutsche Bank in opposing a jurisdiction challenge brought by the defendant local authority.
  • Deutsche Bank v Bright Food: Rupert recently acted (with Richard Handyside QC) for Deutsche Bank in Commercial Court proceedings concerning cross currency swaps.
  • GSO v Barclays; Barclays v HCC [2017] 1 All ER (Comm) 421: Acted (with Bankim Thanki QC) for Barclays in a dispute concerning the meaning and effect of the LMA Standard Terms for distressed debt trades in relation to the sale of a Surety Bonds Facility; the trial in October 2015 and was one of the first in the Financial List.
  • Day v Barclays Bank [2018] EWHC 393 (QB), [2018] EWHC 394 (QB): Rupert appeared as sole counsel for Barclays Bank in striking out claims seeking declaratory relief concerning the conduct of the FCA review of sales of interest rate hedging products.
  • Barclays Bank v Ibrahim [2012] EWCA Civ 640, [2012] 4 All ER 160: Acted (with Patrick Goodall QC) for Barclays on the appeal against the dismissal by Vos J of claims against the bank. The decision of the Court of Appeal is one of the leading authorities on the discharge of debts by a third party payment made under compulsion.
  • Recently acted as sole counsel in a dispute concerning the meaning and effect of a settlement concluded with a guarantor of an aircraft finance agreement.
  • Acted for RBS (with John Taylor QC) in a dispute concerning allegedly negligent advice given by the bank to a customer in relation to the winding up of the customer’s business venture with a third party.
  • Acted as sole counsel for Barclays in the trial of claims brought by a bank customer arising out of credit references made by the bank.
  • Acted as sole counsel at trial for a private bank defending a claim in relation to alleged negligent investment advice. The claim settled on the first day of the trial with the claimant discontinuing the action.
  • Acted as sole counsel for a bank to strike out claim brought by the sole shareholder of a corporate customer on the basis that he was a “private person” under FSMA 2000.
  • Acted as sole counsel for a bank in defending a claim concerning the duties of a mortgagee in possession to repair and maintain a property.

Rupert is also regularly instructed on complex matters concerning financial services regulation:

  • R (Willford) v Financial Services Authority [2013] EWCA Civ 674 & 677: Acted (with Michael Brindle QC) for the Financial Services Authority on an appeal concerning the extent to which its decisions to issue warning notices and decision notices under FSMA 2000 are subject to challenge by way of judicial review. Rupert then acted (led by Michael Green QC) in the proceedings brought by Mr Willford before the Upper Tribunal seeking to challenge the decision notice which had been issued by the FSA.
  • Regularly instructed as sole counsel or with a leader to act for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme in relation to the interpretation of the compensation rules.
  • Recently advised an offshore financial services regulator in relation to judicial review proceedings concerning its enforcement and disciplinary procedures.
  • Acted (with Bankim Thanki QC) for a major UK bank in a regulatory dispute with the Financial Services Authority concerning the variation of mortgage terms and conditions.
  • Advised (with Bankim Thanki QC and alone) in connection with Financial Services Authority enforcement proceedings arising out of market abuse and breaches of listing rules.
  • Advised (with Bankim Thanki QC) on the powers of a security agent to release guarantees without lender consent under a syndicated loan agreement.
  • Advised (with Raymond Cox QC) in relation to possible mis-selling claims against a major European bank regarding the sale of structured investments.
  • Advised (with Tim Dutton QC) regarding the jurisdiction of the Financial Ombudsman Service in relation to complaints concerning the mis-selling of payment protection insurance.
  • Advised a major UK bank regarding its contractual powers unilaterally to vary mortgage terms and conditions.
  • Advised on the duties owed by directors of holding companies and the authorised corporate director of open-ended investment companies.

Professional discipline

Rupert regularly acts in proceedings brought by or against solicitors including proceedings before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal:

  • Solicitors Regulation Authority v Lewis: Rupert recently acted as sole counsel for the SRA in this high profile prosecution in relation to offensive messages on social media.
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority v Fallon:  Rupert acted as sole counsel for the SRA in a substantial and complex hearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal concerning allegations of dishonesty against the former sole principal of a City law firm.
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority v Munn; Solicitors Regulation Authority v. Cope: Rupert acted as sole counsel for the SRA in disciplinary proceedings before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in connection with the involvement of solicitors in arrangements facilitating the unlawful conduct of litigation by debt recovery companies.
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority v Grindrod: Rupert acted for the SRA (with Michael McLaren QC) in disciplinary proceedings concerning the involvement of solicitors in the marketing and implementation of SDLT avoidance schemes.
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority v Brough: Rupert acted as sole counsel for the SRA in disciplinary proceedings concerning the sending of offensive emails by solicitors.
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority v Anderson: Rupert acted as sole counsel for the SRA in disciplinary proceedings arising out of the winding down of a firm of solicitors which had been unable to renew its professional indemnity insurance. These proceedings included allegations of dishonesty against the sole equity partner.
  • Rupert also recently acted for the SRA in a number of sets of disciplinary proceedings arising out of the collapse of the Axiom Investment Fund in the Cayman Islands.

Rupert has considerable experience of High Court proceedings arising out of the exercise of statutory powers by regulators or disciplinary proceedings:

  • R (on the application of Lewin) v Financial Reporting Council [2018] EWHC 446 (Admin), [2018] 1 WLR 2867: Rupert acted as sole counsel for the FRC on an important judicial review concerning the procedural rights of a third party to disciplinary proceedings.
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority v Spector [2016] EWHC 37 (Admin), [2016] 4 WLR 16: Acted for the SRA (with Tim Dutton QC) in a leading case regarding the circumstances in which anonymity orders can be granted in favour of respondents to disciplinary proceedings.
  • Re Birchall [2015] EWHC 1541 (Ch): Advised the SRA (with Richard Coleman QC) in relation to an application by a trustee in bankruptcy for payment of fees and expenses from client monies held by a bankrupt solicitor on Berkeley Applegate principles.
  • Schubert Murphy v Law Society [2014] EWHC 4561 (QB), [2015] PNLR 15; [2017] EWCA Civ 1295, [2017] 4 WLR 200: Acted for the Law Society (with Tim Dutton QC) in relation to proceedings concerning the alleged negligent registration of a bogus law firm.
  • Peiris v Law Society: Rupert acted for the Law Society in a subrogation and tracing claim seeking to recover sums misappropriated from a solicitor’s client account.
  • Iqbal v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2012] EWHC 3251 (Admin): Rupert acted as sole counsel for the SRA on an application to strike out claims for alleged misfeasance in public office and unlawful interference with a solicitor’s right to peaceful enjoyment of possessions arising out of the conduct of a forensic investigation into his practice.
  • Baxendale-Walker v Middleton [2011] EWHC 998 (QB): Acted on behalf of the Law Society (led by Marcus Smith QC) in High Court proceedings brought by a former solicitor claiming substantial damages as a result of alleged misfeasance in public office in connection with disciplinary proceedings which led to him being struck off the Roll. Rupert has since been instructed as sole counsel in relation to a series of ongoing claims brought by Mr Baxendale-Walker and he obtained an Extended Civil Restraint Order against him in 2012.
  • Regularly acts on behalf of the Solicitors Regulation Authority in obtaining injunctions in support of its statutory powers of intervention and obtaining documents and information under section 44B of the Solicitors Act 1974.
  • Acted on behalf of the Law Society (with Tim Dutton QC) in relation to High Court proceedings against individual solicitors to recover a shortfall on a firm’s client account caused by breaches of the Solicitors Accounts Rules 1998.
  • Acted for the Law Society (with Tim Dutton QC) in proceedings brought by a solicitor which concern the human rights implications of the Law Society’s statutory powers to intervene into the practice of a solicitor.
  • Appeared on a number of renewed applications for judicial review of regulatory or disciplinary decisions of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and other bodies.
  • R (on the application of Coatman) v Council for Licensed Conveyancers [2012] EWHC 1648 (Admin): Acted (with Hodge Malek QC) in judicial proceedings brought against the Council arising out of a decision to refuse to make a grant from its compensation fund.

Rupert is also frequently instructed to advise in relation to the regulatory obligations of solicitors:

  • R (Holman Fenwick Willan LLP) v Police Service of Scotland [2016] EWHC 1006 (Admin) Recently advised and acted in judicial review proceedings (with Jim Sturman QC) in relation to the execution of a police search warrant over privileged material held by the City law firm (including an application for emergency injunctive relief to restrain the use of the documents removed by the police from the solicitors’ offices). The firm were ultimately awarded their costs of the action on the indemnity basis with Gross LJ and Mitting J describing the actions of the police as “an abuse of state power”.
  • Recently advised (with Bankim Thanki QC) a City law firm in relation to the SRA’s powers to require production of privileged material under section 44B of the Solicitors Act 1974.
  • Recently advised a solicitor regarding a complaint made against him by a neighbour to the Legal Ombudsman and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
  • Recently advised in relation to the effect of the statutory trust which arises under paragraph 6 of Schedule 1 of the Solicitors Act 1974 upon the Law Society effecting an intervention.
  • Advised a firm of solicitors in relation to a referral of their conduct by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to an adjudicator.

Rupert is also regularly instructed to act in disciplinary proceedings on behalf of the Financial Reporting Council. Most recently Rupert acted (with Ray Cox QC) at the sanctions hearing following admissions of misconduct by KPMG in relation to its conduct of the client asset audits of two Bank of New York Mellon entities. Other experience includes:

  • (with Patrick Lawrence QC) in connection with proposed disciplinary proceedings against a major firm of accountants arising out of its conduct in the auditing of an AIM listed company.
  • (with Chris Coltart QC) in connection with disciplinary proceedings against the former directors of iSoft plc.

(with Patricia Robertson QC) in connection with disciplinary proceedings arising out of the collapse of the Presbyterian Mutual Society in Northern Ireland.

Rupert also has substantial experience of financial services regulation (see ‘Banking and Finance’ above) and the regulation of the airline industry (see ‘Aviation’ below).

Aviation

Rupert has significant experience of aviation disputes and airline regulation:

  • Recently advised a national carrier in relation to its rights and remedies arising out of the delayed delivery of leased aircraft.
  • Recently acted as sole counsel for a national carrier in relation to a substantial damages claim brought by a tour operator concerning the delayed departure of a flight.
  • Advised (with Ros Phelps QC) in relation to the requirements for ATOL renewal
  • Advised (with Bankim Thanki QC) on the implications of an airline joint venture agreement on the effective control requirements under UK and European legislation.
  • Acted (with Akhil Shah QC) for an aircraft operator in High Court proceedings concerning a dispute with an aircraft owner over the non-payment of fees due under a private agreement for the operation of an aircraft.
  • Advised (with Bankim Thanki QC and alone) on the regulatory aspects of international airline mergers including licensing issues and national control requirements.
  • Advised (with Bankim Thanki QC and alone) on issues arising in connection with the ATOL scheme including matters connected with the collapse of various ATOL holders.
  • Advised (with Bankim Thanki QC) on matters arising out of the collapse of Oasis Hong Kong Airlines.
  • Advised a major international hotel chain in connection with a dispute with an airport over excessive charges for shuttle bus access to the airport.
  • Advised (with Bankim Thanki QC) a major international airline in connection with a trade mark licensing dispute.
  • Acted for South African Airways (with Bankim Thanki QC) in Commercial Court proceedings concerning the alleged late redelivery of an aircraft under a lease.

Professional negligence

Rupert has been instructed in relation to a number of claims against professionals, including:

  • Solicitors, including disputes concerning:
    • client identification checks
    • the registration of charges over property
    • breaches of undertaking and
    • the premature release of funds in conveyancing transactions.
  • Accountants, including (with Mark Simpson QC) a claim concerning negligent advice regarding the tax implications of a client’s non-domiciled status and (also with Mark Simpson QC) a claim involving the systematic misappropriation of funds from a client.
  • Financial advisers and fund managers, including (with Tim Howe QC) a dispute between a private equity fund and its fund manager concerning an alleged negligent investment in China and (with John Taylor QC) a claim concerning the mismanagement of share portfolios and CFD and spread betting accounts.
  • Banks, including claims concerning the duties of a mortgagee in possession to repair and maintain the property, the provision of investment advice and breach of mandate.
  • Surveyors and valuers in relation to the valuation of property for mortgage lending.

Recommendations

  • Rupert is ranked in the fields of both Commercial Dispute Resolution and Professional Discipline in Chambers and Partners 2019 and in the fields of Banking and Finance, Financial Services, Commercial Litigation and Professional Discipline in Legal 500 2019.
  • Contributors say Rupert is: “responsive and approachable”“extremely bright and able”“extremely impressive” and as having “a first-class intellect”“a good analytical mind” and “an eye for detail” allied with a “commercial approach” and “maturity beyond his call”.
  • Other recent comments include:

“A careful and shrewd adviser.” “He has excellent drafting skills, his advocacy is impressive, he is clear and calm when presenting oral arguments, and he’s easy to work with.” – Chambers and Partners 2019, Commercial Dispute Resolution

“Very user friendly and an absolute delight to work with. Very clever and very astute. His drafting is excellent and he is very industrious.” “Strong instincts commercially” – Chambers and Partners 2019 – Professional Discipline

“Exceptionally bright and easy to work with”  – Legal 500 2019, Banking and Finance

“He has a very sound, concise and commercial way of thinking” – Legal 500 2019, Commercial Litigation

“His advocacy was scintillating – a brilliant performance” – Legal 500 2019, Financial Services

“He’s a really bright guy, who is really hard-working and capable.” – Chambers and Partners 2018, Commercial Dispute Resolution

“He really is excellent. He gets straight to the point, his drafting is really good and he turns work around really quickly.” “A very good tactician who has a particular eye for commercial outcomes.” – Chambers and Partners 2018, Professional Discipline

‘He is extremely clever, clear and confident, and has a good grasp of the commercial issues.’ – The Legal 500 2017, Banking and Finance

Extremely bright and able to get on top of a mass of information very quickly.’ – The Legal 500 2017, Financial Services

An excellent barrister: very bright and also very responsive.’ – The Legal 500 2017, Commercial Litigation

Extremely bright and very good at spotting novel points in support of a case.’ – The Legal 500 2017, Professional Discipline

“One of the best juniors of his level at the commercial Bar.” – The Legal 500 2016, Commercial Dispute Resolution

“He has a useful knack for spotting clever points.” – The Legal 500 2016, Professional Discipline

“He is a very bright guy who gets on top of matters impressively quickly.” “He is really responsive and very thoughtful.” – Chambers and Partners 2016, Commercial Dispute Resolution

 “Rupert is impressive; he’s extremely bright and able. He has a good analytical mind and an eye for detail. He is also a persuasive advocate who is well liked by clients.” – Chambers and Partners 2016, Professional Discipline

“A great contract lawyer, who is extremely responsive.” “He is very bright and personable.” “Extremely bright, has a real eye for detail, and prepares for everything incredibly well so he’s never taken by surprise. He knows the law inside-out and is extremely hard-working.” –  Chambers UK 2015, Commercial Dispute Resolution

“He is confident, quick to grab the issues and always approachable and client-friendly.” “He has an analytical mind and an eye for detail.” – Chambers UK 2015, Professional Discipline

“Peerless in his knowledge of the law” – The Legal 500 2015, Commercial Dispute Resolution

“He understands the banks, their drivers, and the commercial sensitivities they face” – The Legal 500 2015, Banking and Finance

“Sought after for cases involving solicitors, financial services and aviation regulatory issues” – The Legal 500 2015, Professional Discipline

  • In 2012 Rupert was also featured as a ‘Star’ at the Commercial Bar in Legal Week.

Education

  • MA (Law), Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (First Class)
  • BCL, Merton College, Oxford (Distinction)
  • BVC, Inns of Court School of Law (Outstanding)

Appointments, memberships, prizes

University of Cambridge:

  • University Prizes for Top of Year in Second Year and Final Year (2002, 2003)
  • University Prizes for Best Performance in:
    • Contract Law (2002)
    • Equity (2003)
    • Conflict of Laws (2003)
  • Gonville and Caius College:  Schuldham Plate (prize for the best overall academic performance by a graduating student in any subject) (jointly awarded, 2003)

University of Oxford:

  • Proxime Accessit to the Vinerian Scholarship on the BCL (2006)
    University Prizes for Best Performance on the BCL in Restitution and Intellectual property Rights (2006)
  • Eldon Law Scholarship (2007)

Inns of Court School of Law:

  • Everard Ver Heyden Foundation Prize for Overall Performance on BVC (2005)
  • Prize for Best Overall Performance in Commercial Practice Options on BVC (2005)

Lincoln’s Inn: 

  • Lord Mansfield Scholarship (2003)

Memberships:

  • COMBAR
  • LCLCBA
  • British Association of Sport and Law

Other experience

  • Secondments in the Banking Litigation Department of Matthew Arnold & Baldwin (September 2007) and the Litigation and Arbitration Division of Herbert Smith (October 2007 to December 2007).
  • Research Assistant in the Property and Trust Law Team of the Law Commission for England and Wales (2003-2004), working on projects concerning trustee exemption clauses and the apportionment of capital and income in trusts.
  • Tutor in Contract Law at King’s College, London (2004-2005)

Languages

Working knowledge of French.


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