Craig Ulyatt

Craig Ulyatt

Call 2008

"He is punchy, direct and a strong advocate. He will roll up his sleeves and get stuck in."


Chambers & Partners

For enquiries please contact

Alfie Harper

Alfie Harper
Team Leader
+44 (0)20 7842 3806
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Expertise

Reported Banking & Finance Cases


FCA v Barons Finance Ltd [2021] EWHC 2363 (Ch)

Acting (as sole counsel) for the FCA against a number of companies that had been engaged in illegal money lending in order to obtain a remedial injunction to remove approximately 625 charges, notices and other restrictions registered against consumer’s properties at HMLR.


Banca Intesa Sanpaolo Spa v Commune di Venezia [2020] EWHC 3150 (Comm)

Acting for the Defendant local authority (with Ray Cox QC) in relation to an application to strike out parts of the Particulars of Claim in an interest rate swaps mis-selling claim.


Best Friends Group v Barclays Bank Plc [2018] EWCA Civ 601

Acting for Barclays to successfully resist the claimant’s appeal against the striking out of the claim.


Qadir v Barclays Bank Plc [2016] EWHC 1092 (Comm)

Acting for Barclays in an interest rate swap mis-selling claim. Craig appeared (as sole advocate) in the successful strike out application dealing with important limitation and section 14A issues.


Bank of Cyprus v Claremont Court [2013] EWHC 4521 (Ch)

Acting for BOC in a claim relating to a multi-currency loan agreement and repossession of a commercial hotel.


Nine Regions Ltd (t/a Log Book Loans) v The OFT [2010] GCCR 10501

Acting for the OFT in relation to a trial of various preliminary issues relating to Bills of Sale and Consumer Credit.

Notable Banking & Finance Cases


Latchworth Ltd v HSBC Bank UK Plc (2020-ongoing)

Acting (with Adam Tolley QC) for the Claimant investment company to recover the sum of €11.6 million fraudulently paid away by a trustee in breach of trust. The claim is brought against the Defendant bank (with whom the trust account was held) in dishonest assistance and negligence.


Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance v Lloyds Bank (2020-2021)

Acting for a large Church organisation in a claim for mis-selling of interest rate swaps and LIBOR manipulation.


Banca Intesa Sanpaolo Spa v Commune di Venezia (2019 – ongoing)

Acting (with Ray Cox QC) for the Defendant local authority in a €100 million claim concerned with the mis-selling of an interest rate swap to an Italian local authority.


Offshore frozen bank account case (2019-2020)

Acting (with Nicholas Medcroft QC) for a multinational company seeking to unfreeze an offshore frozen bank account containing approximately $200 million.


Smith v Barclays (2019)

Acting for Barclays in relation to an injunction application to unfreeze a bank account and reverse a decision to close an account.


Acumendia v RBS Invoice Finance (2018)

Acting for an online grocery wholesaler start up in a claim against the invoice finance division of RBS, including an application for an interim mandatory injunction to prevent RBS from decreasing the amount of funding provided to the business.


Solar panel claims (2018)

Acting for Barclays in relation to a large portfolio of claims concerned with the alleged mis-selling of photovoltaic solar panels.


Match Serviced Apartments v HSBC (2018)

Acting for HSBC in relation to an injunction application to unfreeze a bank account.


17 Stars v Santander (2018)

Acting for Santander in relation to an injunction application to unfreeze a bank account.


Newton v Financial Conduct Authority (2018)

Acting (as sole counsel) for the FCA in relation to an appeal by a former director of a debt management company against the making of a prohibition order under section 56 of FSMA.


AFEX v Newstar Garments (2017-2018)

Acting (with Andrew Mitchell QC) for a global payment firm in an FX Swap mis-selling claim.


Mandatory injunction case (2017)

Acting (with Tim Howe QC) for a large retail bank in relation to an interim mandatory injunction requiring the bank to continue providing banking services following the termination of a contract.


Dexia Crediop S.p.A. v Provincia Di Brescia (2016)

Acting (with Charles Samek QC) for Brescia in relation to an interest rate swap mis-selling claim.


WPPL v Financial Conduct Authority (2016)

Acting (as sole counsel) for the FCA in relation to a payday lender’s appeal against the revocation of its authorisation. The appeal was withdrawn shortly before the final hearing.


Credit Suisse v Up Energy (2015)

Acting (with Jonathan Nash QC) for a Chinese mining company in a dispute relating to the exercise of a put option to repurchase convertible loan notes. The case settled shortly before trial.


NHS Business Services Authority v Various Banks (2015)

Acting for the NHS pensions scheme to obtain Norwich Pharmacal orders identifying the holders of bank accounts into which pension payments had mistakenly been paid.


Delivered on Time v Santander (2014)

Acting for Santander defending a claim brought by a non-customer for negligently failing to detect a fraud perpetrated upon the non-customer by one its employees. Craig appeared (as sole advocate) in the successful summary judgment application.


KfW v Euroclear (2012)

Acting (with Tim Howe QC) for KfW, the German Federal Bank for Reconstruction in a multi-million dollar Commercial Court claim against Euroclear, an International Central Securities Depository, for negligently refusing to accept a US Treasury Bill as collateral from Lehman Brothers immediately prior to Lehman Brother’s insolvency. The case settled shortly before trial.


Barclays Stockbrokers v Rai (2012)

Acting for BSL in a claim arising out of a disputed conversion of nil paid rights into shares.


Bank of Cyprus v Menelaou (2011)

Acting for the BOC in a claim to recover in excess of £11 million under various guarantees. Craig appeared (as sole advocate) in the successful summary judgment application.


Log Book Loans v Office of Fair Trading (2011)

Acting (with Richard Coleman QC) for the OFT in respect of an appeal by Log Book Loans, a sub-prime lender, to the First Tier Tribunal (Consumer Credit) against the OFT’s determination to revoke the lender’s consumer credit licence. The appeal was dismissed two weeks into the four-week final hearing following a successful mid-hearing summary judgment application.


MF Global v Ventouris (2010)

Acting (with Tim Howe QC) for MF Global in relation to a dispute concerning various contracts for differences.

Reported Civil Fraud Cases


Wirecard Bank v Scott [2010] EWHC 451 (QB)

Acting (with Craig Orr QC) for the second defendant in a five-day High Court trial of a claim involving an allegation of a conspiracy to sell non-existent Olympics tickets.

Notable Civil Fraud Cases


VTB Commodities Trading DAC v Sberbank (2019)

Acting for the claimant oil trading company in respect of a substantial fraud claim arising out of the double selling and diversion of pre-paid oil cargoes.


Delivered on Time v Santander (2014)

Acting for Santander in relation to a claim to recover funds lost through a fraud perpetrated by an employee altering invoices to specify his own bank account.


Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance v Opal Healthcare (2013)

Acting for Lloyds TSB in a claim concerned with fraudulent “fresh air invoicing”.

Reported Commercial Disputes Cases


von Pezold v Border Timbers Ltd [2020] EWHC 2172 (QB); [2021] 1 BCLC 773

Acting for the Claimant (with Patrick Goodall QC) in relation to the Defendant’s application to set aside an order for alternative service and to contest jurisdiction.


Venson Automotive Solutions Ltd v Morrisons Facilities Services Ltd [2019] EWHC 3089 (Comm)

Acting for the claimant vehicle leasing company in a successful summary judgment application on the basis of a “pay now, argue later” clause.


Anglia Autoflow North America LLC v Anglia Autoflow Ltd [2019] EWHC 2432 (TCC)

Acting for the defendant company in relation to a successful application for relief from sanctions.


IMRL v Your Lawyers Ltd [2018] EWHC 1632 (Ch)

Acting for the defendant solicitors in relation to a claim for an account under an agreement relating to the provision of medical reports. Craig acted (as sole advocate) in the successful defence of a summary judgment application.


Berezovsky v Edmiston [2010] EWHC 1883 (Comm); [2011] EWCA Civ 431

Acting for Mr Berezovsky in relation to a broker’s claim for commission arising out of the sale of a luxury superyacht. Craig acted at both first instance with Tim Howe QC and in the Court of Appeal with Luke Parsons QC.


GDE LLC v Anglia Autoflow Ltd [2020] EWHC 105 (Comm)

Acting (as sole advocate) in a trial of a preliminary issue as to the governing law of the contract.


Dexia Crediop S.p.A. v Provincia Di Brescia [2016] EWHC 3261 (Comm)

Acting (with Charles Samek QC) in a jurisdiction challenge in the context of an interest rate swap mis-selling case.

Notable Commercial Disputes Cases


von Pezold v Border Timbers Ltd (2020)

Acting in a significant dispute arising out of overlapping ICSID arbitral awards obtained against Zimbabwe for approximately $200 million in relation to the expropriation of land.


Tremain v Schneider FX (2018-2019)

Acting for the defendant FX trading company in relation to a disputed agreement to allot shares. The claim was successfully struck out.


Office Depot v AM Packaging (2018)

Acting for a packaging company (and its factoring company) in a claim relating to the supply of allegedly substandard plastic bags.


Ikon International v Ikon Finance (2015)

Acting (with Raymond Cox QC) for a Hong Kong company in relation to an application to set aside a worldwide freezing injunction in a dispute relating to a joint venture agreement.


Secured Express v Waverley Media (2015)

Acting for Secured Express in relation to a counterclaim for substantial damages arising out of the days late mailing of invitations to a workshop.


Cambria Africa v Lonrho (2015)

Acting (with Veronique Buehrlen QC) for Cambria in a wide ranging claim concerned with breach of a management agreement and fraudulent misrepresentation in connection with the acquisition and leasing of commercial aircraft.


Safe Racing v Amlin (2015)

Acting for Amlin in a dispute relating to a sponsorship agreement for a Formula E racing team.


Caring v Sharp (2014)

Acting (with Ian Mill QC) for the well-known restauranteur and entrepreneur, Richard Caring, in a commercial dispute relating to a significant London property development. The case settled shortly before trial.

Reported Professional Discipline Cases


Logue v Shaw [2014] EWHC 5 (Admin)

Acting (with Tim Dutton QC) for two solicitors an appeal against a decision of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal to strike them both off the roll following a private prosecution by an aggrieved litigant.

Notable Professional Discipline Cases


Confidential (2020)

Advising (with Tim Dutton QC) a large multinational firm in relation to allegations of sexual harassment against a partner.


SRA v Howard Kennedy (2018)

Acting (with Tim Dutton QC) for the lay client in respect of whose affairs proceedings had been brought by the SRA. The client, against whom no allegations had been made, successfully applied for the substantive hearing to be held in private to protect the client’s confidentiality.


SRA v Clifford Chance (2017)

Acting (with Richard Coleman QC) for Clifford Chance in proceedings bought by the SRA.

Notable Professional Negligence Cases


Confidential (2021)

Acting (with Patrick Goodall QC) for a top Commercial Silk in relation to allegations of professional negligence arising out of the conduct of a swaps mis-selling claim.


Popham v Coutts (2016)

Acting for Coutts in a claim relating to the alleged negligence of an investment manager.


Topham v Cordea Savills (2015)

Acting (with Patrick Goodall QC) for Cordea Savills in a claim relating to the management of a property fund.

"You could not find a more hands-on, dynamic and enthusiastic barrister. He knows so much in this area."


Chambers & Partners

"Craig Ulyatt is an accomplished junior who appears both led and unled in a variety of banking and financial services cases."


Chambers & Partners

"Very thorough and detailed in his preparation. Sees arguments and points early."


The Legal 500

"Highly intelligent, sharp and incredibly fast at digesting large volumes of information - he is incredibly thorough and detailed in his review of cases and this sets him above in the banking world."


The Legal 500

Chambers & Partners
  • Banking & Finance
The Legal 500
  • Banking & Finance

  • BVC (4th in the year), BPP Law School
  • MPhil Law, Brasenose College, Oxford
  • BCL, St Hugh’s College, Oxford
  • LLB (Hons) (top 3 students in the year), University of Auckland (NZ)
  • BA Psychology, University of Auckland (NZ)

  • Admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (2003)

  • Megarry Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2008)
  • Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn (2008)
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2006)
  • Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2006)
  • Winner (representing NZ), Louis M Brown International Client Counselling Competition, Glasgow (2004)
  • Spencer Mason Travelling Scholarship in Law, Auckland District Law Society (2004)
  • Winner (representing Auckland), Mallesons Stephen Jacques Client Interviewing Competition, Brisbane (2003)
  • Senior Scholarship in Law, University of Auckland (2003)
  • Chapman Tripp Research Scholarship, University of Auckland (2002)

  • ‘Justifying Private Law Remedies (book review)’ [2009] Restitution Law Review 248
  • ‘The demise of consideration for contract variations – Antons Trawling Co Ltd v Smith [2003] 2 NZLR 23’ (2003) 9(4) Auckland University Law Review 1386
  • ‘Should consideration be required for the variation of contracts?’ (2002) 9(3) Auckland University Law Review 883

For enquiries please contact

Alfie Harper

Alfie Harper
Team Leader
+44 (0)20 7842 3806
Click here to email

Sam McCrone-small

Sam McCrone
Team Leader's Assistant
+44 (0)20 7583 3335
Click here to email

"You could not find a more hands-on, dynamic and enthusiastic barrister. He knows so much in this area."


Chambers & Partners

"Craig Ulyatt is an accomplished junior who appears both led and unled in a variety of banking and financial services cases."


Chambers & Partners

"Very thorough and detailed in his preparation. Sees arguments and points early."


The Legal 500

"Highly intelligent, sharp and incredibly fast at digesting large volumes of information - he is incredibly thorough and detailed in his review of cases and this sets him above in the banking world."


The Legal 500

Chambers & Partners
  • Banking & Finance
The Legal 500
  • Banking & Finance

  • BVC (4th in the year), BPP Law School
  • MPhil Law, Brasenose College, Oxford
  • BCL, St Hugh’s College, Oxford
  • LLB (Hons) (top 3 students in the year), University of Auckland (NZ)
  • BA Psychology, University of Auckland (NZ)

  • Admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (2003)

  • Megarry Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2008)
  • Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn (2008)
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2006)
  • Hardwicke Entrance Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2006)
  • Winner (representing NZ), Louis M Brown International Client Counselling Competition, Glasgow (2004)
  • Spencer Mason Travelling Scholarship in Law, Auckland District Law Society (2004)
  • Winner (representing Auckland), Mallesons Stephen Jacques Client Interviewing Competition, Brisbane (2003)
  • Senior Scholarship in Law, University of Auckland (2003)
  • Chapman Tripp Research Scholarship, University of Auckland (2002)

  • ‘Justifying Private Law Remedies (book review)’ [2009] Restitution Law Review 248
  • ‘The demise of consideration for contract variations – Antons Trawling Co Ltd v Smith [2003] 2 NZLR 23’ (2003) 9(4) Auckland University Law Review 1386
  • ‘Should consideration be required for the variation of contracts?’ (2002) 9(3) Auckland University Law Review 883

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