Edward Levey QC

Edward Levey QC

Call 1999 | Silk 2020

"A joy to work with. He is a fantastic advocate and his cross-examination is immense."


The Legal 500

For enquiries please contact

Sian Huckett

Sian Huckett
Deputy Senior Clerk
+44 (0)20 7842 3764
Click here to email

George Hack
Team Leader
+44 (0)207 842 3762
Click here to email

Expertise

Edward has considerable experience of acting for and against clearing and investment banks and other financial institutions in a broad range of domestic and international disputes.

Notable Banking & Finance Cases


OBEX and Prime Capital v Cowen (Commercial Court)

Edward is currently acting for Cowen, a US-based financial services company, in a prime brokerage dispute which raises issues as to whether Cowen was entitled to issue margin calls in respect of its client’s accounts and whether those margin calls were satisfied. The trial is due to take place in 2023.


Al Sadik v Investcorp

Acted for an international investment bank, Investcorp, in a $135 million claim arising out of a failed hedge-fund investment. Led by Lord Falconer QC in the Privy Council. Link to judgment here.


UBS v Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig

Acted (with David Railton QC and Richard Power) for Depfa Bank in defence of an $80 million claim brought against it by UBS for payment under two credit-default swaps and in Depfa’s claim against KWL, a state-owned German water company, for payment of $130 million under two back-to-back swaps. Link to judgment here.


Fine Care Homes v Royal Bank of Scotland

Edward has acted for Barclays and RBS in numerous claims involving the alleged ‘mis-selling’ of interest rate swaps and other derivative products. In one of only a handful of such cases to reach trial, Edward acted for RBS in its successful defence of a claim brought by Fine Care Homes, a nursing home company, in respect of a complex interest rate hedging product. Link to judgment here.


WestLB v Nomura

Acted with Richard Handyside QC on behalf of Nomura in a $22 million claim brought against it by WestLB arising out of the valuation by the Calculation Agent of shares in a Mauritian investment fund following the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Link to judgment here.


Williams v Central Bank of Nigeria

Acted with Guy Philipps QC on behalf of the Central Bank of Nigeria in a claim involving allegations dating back more than 25 years. The Bank’s successful appeal to the Supreme Court is the leading authority on the limitation period applicable to a claim for dishonest assistance and knowing receipt. Link to judgment here.


OFT v Abbey National & Others (‘Bank Charges Litigation’)

Acting as part of the Lloyds TSB team in the bank charges litigation, a high-profile test case concerning the legality of charges for unplanned borrowing on current accounts. Led by Bankim Thanki QC and Richard Handyside QC.


AK Investment CJSC v Kyrgyz Mobil Tel

Acted for CP-Crédit Privée, a Swiss fiduciary house, in a multi-million dollar dispute concerning the disputed ownership of a Kyrgyz mobile telephone company. The Privy Council’s decision is one of the leading modern authorities on jurisdictional challenges and the judgment of Lord Collins is frequently cited in jurisdictional disputes. Link to judgment here.


African Strategic Investment v Main and Rensburg Sheppards

Acting for a firm of stockbrokers in its successful application to strike out a contribution claim brought against it by the defendant arising out of the alleged conversion of a share certificate worth $40 million.

Edward has considerable experience of claims involving civil fraud and is frequently instructed in cases involving robust advocacy and cross-examination. As part of his practice, he is regularly instructed in cases involving urgent injunctive relief, whether to freeze assets or obtain information about the whereabouts of assets, and he also has experience of contempt proceedings arising out of breaches of injunctions.

He is currently acting for a US broker-dealer in an ongoing claim against two employees accused of stealing in the region of $35 million, thought to be one of the biggest frauds thought to have taken place in the City of London in recent years (leading Bobby Friedman of Wilberforce Chambers).

Notable Civil Fraud Cases


Commercial Bank of Dubai v Al Sari

Ongoing proceedings in which Edward is acting for the main group of defendants in relation to claims brought by the Commercial Bank of Dubai in the Commercial Court in respect of claims for an unlawful means conspiracy and other economic torts arising out of the bank’s attempts to enforce a foreign judgment in the sum of c.£78 million.


Ivy Technology v Bell & Martin

Acted for the successful claimant in a civil fraud claim arising out of the purchase of an online gambling business. In a 200-page judgment handed down by Henshaw J in May 2022, following a two-week trial in the Commercial Court (leading Nick Daly), the two defendants were both found liable for deceit and conspiracy to injure by unlawful means. Link to judgment here.

An earlier interlocutory decision granting Ivy Technology permission to bring a breach of warranty claim against one of the defendants who was not named as a party to the sale contract was upheld by the Court of Appeal in November 2020. Link to judgment here.


Discovery Land Company v Jirehouse

Acted for Discovery Land in a $15 million civil fraud claim against its solicitors arising out of its purchase of Taymouth Castle in Scotland. Discovery Land obtained a freezing injunction against Jirehouse and subsequently brought contempt proceedings against one of the solicitors as a result of his failure to comply with disclosure obligations and undertakings contained in the injunction, which culminated in his being committed to prison for 14 months. Link to news item here.


Williams v Central Bank of Nigeria

Acted with Guy Philipps QC on behalf of the Central Bank of Nigeria in a claim involving allegations of fraud dating back more than 25 years. The Bank’s successful appeal to the Supreme Court is the leading authority on the limitation period applicable to a claim for dishonest assistance and knowing receipt. Link to judgment here.


AK Investment v Kyrgyz Mobil Tel Limited

Led by Bankim Thanki QC, Edward acted for one of the defendants, CP-Crédit Privée, in a long-running fraud claim (led by Bankim Thanki QC). The claim concerned the disputed ownership of a Kyrgyz mobile telephone company and included an allegation that the Kyrgyz Supreme Court had been bribed or improperly influenced fraud. The Privy Council’s decision is one of the leading modern authorities on jurisdictional challenges and the judgment of Lord Collins is frequently cited in jurisdictional disputes. Link to judgment here.


UBS v Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig Gmbh v Depfa Bank

Acting for Depfa bank in a $350 million claim arising out of credit default swaps entered into by a state-owned German water company. The underlying claim involved allegations of fraud, misrepresentation and bribery made by KWL against UBS.  During the course of the 12-week trial, evidence emerged for the first time which led to Depfa bringing its own successful fraud claim against UBS. Link to judgment here.

A significant amount of Edward’s practice falls under the rubric of general commercial litigation, whether in the context of the financial services industry, the oil and gas industry, IT and telecoms disputes, or contractual disputes of a more general commercial nature.

Edward is comfortable working on cases of a technical nature in unfamiliar fields. He has been involved in a diverse range of technical cases, ranging from cases concerning the effective control of a blast furnace to the best practice to be used when migrating data between electronic payment platforms.  He recently acted in a dispute involving companies specialising in cyber-offensive technology designed to exploit vulnerabilities in the Android and Apple operating systems (leading Philip Ahlquist).

Edward regularly acts in cases with an international element and has considerable experience of disputes concerning jurisdiction and conflicts of law. He has acted and advised in many such disputes, including disputes in relation to anti-suit injunctions, forum conveniens, jurisdiction clauses, choice of law, concurrent proceedings and the enforcement of foreign judgments.

Notable Commercial Disputes Cases


Primafacio v Tres Canopia & Euroenergy Investments Corp

Currently acting with Gillian Hughes in a claim involving sums allegedly due under a sale and purchase agreement relating to solar energy and wind parks situated in Greece.  The claim involves an allegation that, in breach of fiduciary duty, the assets were deliberately sold at an overvalue with a view to the director personally benefiting from the transaction.


Wells & Solari v Cathay Investments & PNC Global Logistics [2019] EWHC 2996 (QB)

Acted (with Nick Daly) for the defendant companies, Cathay and PNC, in an expedited trial in the High Court arising out of a shareholder/ employee dispute.  The companies succeed in their claims that the claimants were ‘bad leavers’ – and therefore not entitled to more than nominal value for their shares – as a result of the way they had reverse-engineered the company’s management accounts to give a false indication of profitability. Link to judgment here.


Idemitsu v Sumitomo

Acted in a $150 million misrepresentation claim between two major Japanese companies arising out of the purchase of a North Sea oil and gas field. This is a leading authority on whether a contractual warranty can also be relied on as a representation (led by Simon Rainey QC of Quadrant Chambers). Link to judgment here.


Ahmed v Sheikh Khalifa

Acted for a member of the Bahraini royal family in his successful defence of a $50 million claim for breach of contract relating to the arrangement of meetings with high-profile Bollywood film stars. Led by Andrew Hochhauser QC of Essex Court Chambers. Link to judgment here.


WPP Plc v Ghossoub

Acted with Charles Béar QC for Mr Ghossoub in proceedings arising out of the sale of a middle eastern media business to WPP. Successfully resisted WPP’s application for an anti-suit injunction as well as its subsequent attempt to obtain summary judgment against Mr Ghossoub. Link to judgment’s here and here.


Palmer & Harvey Mclane Ltd v Garrad

Acted on behalf of the claimant, a major confectionery supplier, against a former trading partner. The claim and counterclaim were worth in the region of £8 million. The proceedings involved allegations of sham transaction, breach of contract and misrepresentation. Led by Stephen Rubin QC. Link to judgment here.


Al Sadik v Investcorp

Acted for an international investment bank, Investcorp, in a $135 million claim arising out of a failed hedge-fund investment. Led by Lord Falconer QC in the Privy Council. Link to judgment here.

Edward regularly acts in cases with an international element and has considerable experience of disputes concerning jurisdiction and conflicts of law. He has acted and advised in many such disputes, including disputes in relation to anti-suit injunctions, forum conveniens, jurisdiction clauses, choice of law, concurrent proceedings and the enforcement of foreign judgments.

He acted one of the defendants in AK Investment CJSC v Kyrgyz Mobil Tel one of the leading modern authorities on jurisdictional challenges and frequently cited in jurisdictional disputes.

He acted for Mr Ghossoub in WPP v Ghossoub, a case where, notwithstanding an exclusive jurisdiction clause in favour of England, the court refused to grant an anti-suit injunction to restrain foreign proceedings in Hong Kong. The case also considered the circumstances in which the court may permit service of proceedings in the UAE using an alternative method of service despite the existence of a service treaty between the UK and the UAE governing the permitted methods of service.

Edward has extensive experience in the fields of oil and gas, mining and natural resources, both in the High Court and in arbitral proceedings.

He is currently acting in a breach of warranty claim involving an oil and gas company arising out alleged failures to disclose decommissioning liabilities and breaches of environmental and health and safety regulations.

Notable Construction, Energy & Infrastructure Cases


Primafacio v Tres Canopia & Euroenergy Investments Corp

Currently acting with Gillian Hughes in a claim involving sums allegedly due under a sale and purchase agreement relating to solar energy and wind parks situated in Greece.  The claim involves allegation that the assets were deliberately sold at an overvalue with a view to the director personally benefiting from the transaction.


Global Energy Horizons Corporation v Gray

Appeared in a 5-day hearing in the Court of Appeal arising out of long-running proceedings against a defaulting fiduciary for an account of profits in respect of his alleged interests in innovative technology for the extraction of oil from underperforming wells. Led by Timothy Dutton CBE QC. Link to judgment here.


Nord Naphtha Ltd v New Stream Trading AG

Acted for the claimant, Nord Naphtha, in a $16 million oil and gas claim arising out of a force majeure event at one of Russia’s largest refineries. Nord Naphtha successfully obtained summary judgment in the Commercial Court and New Stream’s appeal to the Court of Appeal was subsequently dismissed. Link to judgment here.


Idemitsu v Sumitomo

Acted in a $150 million misrepresentation claim between two major Japanese companies arising out of the purchase of a North Sea oil and gas field. This is a leading authority on whether a contractual warranty can also be relied on as a representation (led by Simon Rainey QC of Quadrant Chambers). Link to judgment here.


Maritech Resources Inc. v Ironshore Insurance Limited

Acted for the defendant in proceedings in the Commercial Court involving an insurance coverage dispute arising out of hurricane damage caused to offshore oil and gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico. Led by Andrew Lydiard QC.


Acted in a confidential arbitration concerning one of the largest oil and gas discoveries offshore West Africa in the last decade.


Acted for an exploration company in a High Court action involving the alleged misuse of confidential information in connection with a shale gas concession in Europe.


Advised in relation to a dispute between joint venturers in relation to the operation and management of a substantial mining concession in Central Africa.


Acted in a dispute between joint venture partners involving competing claims for a $20 million fund held in escrow relating to an oil and gas concession in Nigeria. Led by Simon Rainey QC.

Edward has extensive experience of arbitrations, including international commercial arbitrations conducted under the ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules, and he also has experience of ICSID arbitrations. A number of those arbitrations involved oil and gas and energy disputes (see above under Construction, Energy & Infrastructure).

Notable International Arbitration Cases


Sole counsel in an LCIA arbitration in a dispute concerning the hospitality industry involving claims brought by the owner of a hotel against the hotel operator under a Hotel Management Agreement.


Acting in an ICC arbitration on behalf of an investment fund owned by a major US investment bank in a substantial international commercial arbitration worth in excess of £50 million. The claim by the investment fund involved the failed IPO of a major Polish real estate company following the banking crisis in 2008. Led by Guy Philipps QC.


Acting in a substantial arbitration under UNCITRAL rules concerning the establishment and operation of a mobile telephone network in Nigeria.

Edward has appeared on numerous occasions before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) in disciplinary proceedings brought against solicitors. As a junior, Edward acted for the SRA in more than 50 disciplinary matters, many of which involved involving allegations of dishonesty and lack of integrity and required the extensive cross-examination of witnesses.  He also acted for the SRA in a number of subsequent appeals from the SDT to the Administrative Court (e.g. SRA v Emeana, SRA v Newell-Austin, SRA v Farrimond, SRA v Maitland Hudson, SRA v Dar, SRA v Siaw and SRA v Webb).

Prior to taking silk, Edward was the only junior to prosecute any of the disciplinary proceedings arising out of the collapse of the Axiom Litigation Fund, in a case where two non-solicitors were banned from working in the legal profession and were fined £250,000 between them (the largest fines ever to have been made by the SDT against non-solicitors).

Since taking silk, the focus of Edward’s practice in this area has been on acting for individual solicitors or firms of solicitors facing disciplinary proceedings. He regularly advises firms in relation to issues concerning privilege, confidentiality, conflicts of interest and the operation of the Solicitors Accounts Rules.

Edward is often instructed by firms or individuals at an early stage of an investigation, to assist firms to navigate the complex issues which can arise, or to advise firms as to whether they should self-report to the SRA.

Edward was recently instructed by a firm of solicitors in a case where the SRA’s forensic investigator had found multiple breaches of the Solicitors Accounts Rules. The SRA was proposing to impose a fine on the firm. However, following submissions filed on behalf of the firm, the SRA issued a warning, but no further enforcement action was taken and the warning did not need to be published.

Edward has considerable experience of professional negligence claims, particularly claims arising the in the banking sector (e.g. claims against solicitors and auditors). He has also been involved in a number of cases involving claims against surveyors and project managers. He is a contributing editor to Professional Negligence and Liability, a leading practitioner work in this area.

"First-rate: he combines a sharp intellect with pragmatism and good commercial sense. He is very user-friendly and a delight to work with."


The Legal 500

"Excellent on his feet and a fearsome cross-examiner. His advice is always relevant and on the money."


Chambers & Partners

"Incredibly thorough and does sterling cross-examination."


Chambers & Partners

"Ed instils confidence in clients by combining a robust approach with opponents with practical advice that keeps the client’s objectives in focus."


Chambers & Partners

"Robust in his advice and preparation and great in hearings. He is the right choice for the hard-fought, aggressive regulatory dispute."


Chambers & Partners

"His laid-back style endears him to tribunals and clients, but belies a formidable advocate who thinks on his feet."


Chambers & Partners

"Very impressive on his feet. Very detailed, and good at delivering all the facts before the Court in a concise, and robust fashion."


The Legal 500

"He is diligent, intelligent, a wonderful draftsman, with a great eye for detail."


The Legal 500

"A highly engaging and persuasive advocate who has the ear of the court."


The Legal 500

Chambers & Partners – Global
  • Dispute Resolution: Commercial – UK (Global Guide)
Chambers & Partners – UK
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Discipline
The Legal 500 – UK
  • Banking & Finance
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Fraud: Civil
  • Professional Disciplinary & Regulatory Law

  • BCL, Oxford University
  • BA (Law, First Class), Cambridge University
  • Newcastle Royal Grammar School

  • Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland
  • Ad hoc admission to the Gibraltar Bar
  • Ad hoc admission to the Isle of Man Bar

  • Member of the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)
  • Member of the London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA)
  • Panel member of the Bar Tribunals & Adjudication Service (2012-2019) hearing disciplinary cases against barristers
  • Everard Ver Heyden Prize for overall performance on the Bar Vocational Course (1999) (fifth place in the year)
  • Research Assistant, Law Commission of England & Wales (1997-1998)
  • Tutor in Law (part time), University College, London (1997-1999)
  • Princess Royal Scholarship from Inner Temple (1998) (highest award available from Inner Temple at that time)
  • British Academy Scholarship to fund BCL in Oxford (1997)
  • Elected into Scholarship of Robinson College, Cambridge for undergraduate results

  • Contributor to Professional Negligence & Liability, responsible (with Raymond Cox QC) for the chapter on limitation.
  • Editor, Commercial Court Procedure (Sweet & Maxwell).
  • Formerly a contributor to Civil Court Service on Civil Proceedings (“the Brown Book”) (published by Jordans), responsible for the section on arbitration claims.

  • Modern Hebrew (advanced)
  • French (basic)

For enquiries please contact

Sian Huckett

Sian Huckett
Deputy Senior Clerk
+44 (0)20 7842 3764
Click here to email

George Hack
Team Leader
+44 (0)207 842 3762
Click here to email

"First-rate: he combines a sharp intellect with pragmatism and good commercial sense. He is very user-friendly and a delight to work with."


The Legal 500

"Excellent on his feet and a fearsome cross-examiner. His advice is always relevant and on the money."


Chambers & Partners

"Incredibly thorough and does sterling cross-examination."


Chambers & Partners

"Ed instils confidence in clients by combining a robust approach with opponents with practical advice that keeps the client’s objectives in focus."


Chambers & Partners

"Robust in his advice and preparation and great in hearings. He is the right choice for the hard-fought, aggressive regulatory dispute."


Chambers & Partners

"His laid-back style endears him to tribunals and clients, but belies a formidable advocate who thinks on his feet."


Chambers & Partners

"Very impressive on his feet. Very detailed, and good at delivering all the facts before the Court in a concise, and robust fashion."


The Legal 500

"He is diligent, intelligent, a wonderful draftsman, with a great eye for detail."


The Legal 500

"A highly engaging and persuasive advocate who has the ear of the court."


The Legal 500

Chambers & Partners – Global
  • Dispute Resolution: Commercial – UK (Global Guide)
Chambers & Partners – UK
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Discipline
The Legal 500 – UK
  • Banking & Finance
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Fraud: Civil
  • Professional Disciplinary & Regulatory Law

  • BCL, Oxford University
  • BA (Law, First Class), Cambridge University
  • Newcastle Royal Grammar School

  • Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland
  • Ad hoc admission to the Gibraltar Bar
  • Ad hoc admission to the Isle of Man Bar

  • Member of the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)
  • Member of the London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA)
  • Panel member of the Bar Tribunals & Adjudication Service (2012-2019) hearing disciplinary cases against barristers
  • Everard Ver Heyden Prize for overall performance on the Bar Vocational Course (1999) (fifth place in the year)
  • Research Assistant, Law Commission of England & Wales (1997-1998)
  • Tutor in Law (part time), University College, London (1997-1999)
  • Princess Royal Scholarship from Inner Temple (1998) (highest award available from Inner Temple at that time)
  • British Academy Scholarship to fund BCL in Oxford (1997)
  • Elected into Scholarship of Robinson College, Cambridge for undergraduate results

  • Contributor to Professional Negligence & Liability, responsible (with Raymond Cox QC) for the chapter on limitation.
  • Editor, Commercial Court Procedure (Sweet & Maxwell).
  • Formerly a contributor to Civil Court Service on Civil Proceedings (“the Brown Book”) (published by Jordans), responsible for the section on arbitration claims.

  • Modern Hebrew (advanced)
  • French (basic)

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