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.”