Ian Bergson

Ian Bergson

Call 2015

"He is very hard-working and bright. He is able to get on top of very complex issues quickly and come up with a strategy."


Chambers & Partners

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Expertise

Notable Aviation & Travel Cases


Regularly appearing in the County Court in claims for compensation under Regulation 261/2004 (as sole counsel).


Regularly appearing on a number of other claims against airlines alleging breach of contract, negligence and/or under the Montreal Convention (as sole counsel).

Reported Banking & Finance Cases


Elite Property Holdings Ltd v Barclays Bank Plc [2019] EWCA Civ 204

Claim in unlawful means conspiracy allegedly arising in connection with the Review.


Elite Property Holdings Ltd v Barclays Bank Plc [2018] EWCA Civ 1688, [2018] 2 BCLC 460

Whether banks owe contractual duties in the Review.


Bartels v Barclays Bank Plc [2017] EWCA Civ 1073, [2018] 1 W.L.R. 2137

Whether banks owe a duty of care to customers in relation to the Review.


Elite Property Holdings Ltd v Barclays Bank Plc [2017] EWHC 2030 (QB)

Acting for Barclays Bank plc in High Court proceedings concerning claims in the economic torts following interest rate hedging product mis-selling (led by Patrick Goodall QC).


Standard Chartered Bank v Ceylon Petroleum Corporation [2011] EWHC 1785 (Comm)

(At Linklaters) acting for the claimant bank in proceedings against a Sri-Lankan state-owned oil company for sums due under oil hedging transactions.

Notable Banking & Finance Cases


Acting for Barclays Bank plc unled in a permission application before the Court of Appeal in the Bartels litigation.


Acting for Barclays Bank plc following further proceedings in the Elite litigation (as sole counsel).


Acting on a substantial dispute concerning a capital guarantee scheme (as junior counsel).


Appearing in the Magistrates Court for a Bank in connection with a witness summons in criminal proceedings (as sole counsel).


Acting on various claims concerning the sale of payment protection insurance (as sole counsel).


Advising on several claims concerning the alleged mis-selling of interest rate hedging products (during pupillage, assisting a number of members of Chambers).

Notable Civil Fraud Cases


SKAT v Solo Capital Partners & Others (led by Adam Zellick QC)

Acting for defendants in claims for >£1.5 billion brought by the Kingdom of Denmark relating to dividend arbitrage and cum ex trading and allegations of fraudulent withholding tax reclaim applications.


Auden McKenzie & Ors v Patel (led by Camilla Bingham QC)

Acting for a defendant in >£250 million claims in deceit, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of warranty following the sale of a substantial pharmaceutical business.


Acting for a company in High Court proceedings following the discovery of a fraud by a senior employee, obtaining orders for delivery up and an interim payment (as sole counsel).


J.P.Morgan v BVG

Defending a claim arising from the global financial crisis concerning the alleged mis-sale of financial products. A $200 million fraud and mis-selling claim arising out of the sale of a collateralised debt obligation.


(At Linklaters), acting for the liquidators of an insolvent Cayman Islands company advising on certain aspects of claims arising from an alleged multi-billion-dollar fraud.

Reported Commercial Disputes Cases


One Step v Morris Garner [2018] UKSC 20, [2019] A.C. 649

Acting for the appellants in their successful Supreme Court appeal. A leading authority on the law of damages addressing Wrotham Park / negotiating damages for breach of contract (led by Charles Béar QC).


Slater & Gordon (UK) 1 Ltd v Watchstone [2019] EWHC 2371 (Comm)

Acting for Slater & Gordon in their £637 million claim for fraud and breach of warranty against Watchstone following the sale of Watchstone’s / Quindell’s professional services division (one of The Lawyer’s ‘Top Cases’ of 2019, led by Simon Salzedo QC).


Palladian Partners LP v Republic of Argentina & Anr [2020] EWHC 1946 (Comm)

Acting for Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee of certain GDP-linked securities issued by the Republic of Argentina in relation to >€1 billion proceedings brought in the Financial List (led by Adam Zellick QC).


Idemitsu Kosan Co Ltd v Sumitomo Corp [2016] EWHC 1909 (Comm)

(During pupillage, assisting Edward Levey), defending misrepresentation claims advanced following the sale of an oil and gas business for $575 million.

Notable Commercial Disputes Cases


VTB Capital v Republic of Mozambique & Ors

Acting for VTB Capital in multiple proceedings in the Commercial Court arising from the so-called “hidden loans” controversy involving in excess of $2 billion of debt guaranteed by the Republic of Mozambique (with David Railton QC, Timothy Howe QC and Adam Sher).


Tchenguiz & Others v Grant Thornton & Others

Acting for the claimants in unlawful means conspiracy and malicious prosecution claims arising from an SFO investigation (12-week Commercial Court trial and one of The Lawyer’s ‘Top Cases’ of 2018, settlement reached with a related party once the case had been opened) (led by Stephen Rubin QC and Charles Béar QC).


Acting for Slater & Gordon defending a £63 million contribution claim brought following Watchstone issuance of proceedings against its advisor, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (led by Daniel Toledano QC).


Acting for the claimant in claims for breach of warranty following an M&A transaction, which were the subject of an Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) process (as junior counsel).


Acting for a services company on a range of claims on the small claims track and the fast track concerning allegations of breach of contract and misrepresentation (as sole counsel).


Acting on various claims on the small claims track and the fast track concerning breach of contract and negligence (as sole counsel).


Acting for a claimant in a contractual dispute concerning allegations of bribery and misrepresentation (as sole counsel).


Acting on linked claims arising following the issuance of overlapping ICSID arbitration awards (as junior counsel).


Advising on jurisdiction issues and the availability of anti-suit relief to restrain potential proceedings in a CIS country (as sole English counsel).


(At Linklaters), defending a number of claims arising from the global financial crisis concerning the alleged mis-sale of financial products, including J.P.Morgan v BVG (a $200 million fraud and mis-selling claim arising out of the sale of a collateralised debt obligation).


(At Linklaters), acting for the liquidators of an insolvent Cayman Islands company advising on certain aspects of claims arising from an alleged multi-billion-dollar fraud.

Reported Commercial Disputes - Conflict of laws and private international law Cases


Coward v Ambrosiadou [2019] EWHC 2105 (Comm)

Acting for the claimant, Dr Coward, in a high-value multi-jurisdictional dispute with his former wife and business partner concerning the profits of a hedge fund that they started (led by Derrick Dale QC).


WPP plc v Ghossoub [2017] EWHC 2401 (Comm)

Acting for the defendant resisting claims for an anti-suit injunction arising from the sale of a global advertising business (assisting Edward Levey during pupillage).


J.P.Morgan v BVG [2011] 1 W.L.R. 2087

Acting on a leading case concerning the exclusive jurisdiction provisions of the Brussels I Regulation, which was ultimately resolved by the Court of Justice of the European Union (at Linklaters).

Notable Commercial Disputes - Conflict of laws and private international law Cases


Acting on linked claims arising following the issuance of overlapping ICSID arbitration awards (as junior counsel).


Advising on jurisdiction issues and the availability of anti-suit relief to restrain potential proceedings in a CIS country (as sole English counsel).


Advising on complex choice of law issues concerning the validity of assignments (at Linklaters).


Bringing English proceedings for damages for breach of an exclusive jurisdiction agreement (at Linklaters).

Reported Company, Restructuring & Insolvency Cases


In re Lehman Brothers International (Europe) [2014] AC 209

(At Linklaters) advising on various matters arising from the Lehman Brothers administration, including the Supreme Court appeal concerning the ranking of statutory liabilities that arose in connection with the Lehman Brothers Pension Scheme.


HHY Luxembourg Sarl v Barclays Bank plc [2010] EWCA Civ 1248, [2011] 1 BCLC 336

(At Linklaters) acting for a syndicate of senior lenders in a successful appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning a challenge to the debt restructuring of the European Directories group.

Notable Company, Restructuring & Insolvency Cases


Acting on various winding up petitions and an application to set aside statutory demands (as sole counsel).

Notable Insurance Cases


Advising a claimant in respect of claims under a warranty and indemnity insurance policy (led by Ben Valentin QC).


Advising a policyholder on claims under non-payment insurance policies (as junior counsel).


(During pupillage, assisting Ben Lynch) advising on illegality issues arising in connection with a claim under an insurance policy.


Advising an insurance company in relation to liability and coverage issues arising from a high-profile insolvency (as junior counsel).

Notable International Arbitration Cases


Advising on a substantial international arbitration concerning a joint investment in a telecoms business (as sole English counsel).


Acting as an arbitral assistant to the Tribunal on a Bahamian seated arbitration.


(During pupillage, assisting Ben Valentin QC) applying for a share sale order in relation to a British Virgin Islands company to satisfy a substantial ICC arbitration award.


(During pupillage, assisting Alexander Milner) bringing LCIA arbitration proceedings to enforce a Put Option Agreement.


(At Linklaters), advising the majority shareholder of a major CIS corporation in connection with a shareholders’ dispute.

Notable Media, Entertainment & Sport Cases


Acting for an individual in connection with an Ethics investigation by a sports governing body (led by Timothy Howe QC).


(During pupillage, assisting Timothy Howe QC), acting for an individual in connection with a dispute regarding their proposed admission to the board of an international sports governing body.

Notable Professional Discipline Cases


Acting for a firm of auditors in connection with an investigation by the ICAEW (as sole counsel).


SRA v Thomas

(During pupillage, assisting Edward Levey), bringing proceedings before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in connection with fraudulent overbilling.

Notable Professional Negligence Cases


Acting for the claimant in a substantial claim for negligence against a firm of solicitors acting on a property transaction (as junior counsel).


(At Linklaters), advising a leading firm of auditors in connection with a professional negligence claim arising from the fraudulent diversion of assets from an offshore fund.

Notable Technology Cases


Advising a leading technology company on an e-commerce dispute (as sole counsel).


Advising a leading investment bank on a claim by a fund relating to a trading platform and the provision of prime brokerage services (as sole counsel).


Advising on claims against a contractual counterparty arising out of a data breach incident (as junior counsel).


Appearing in the County Court defending a claim concerning an online marketplace (as sole counsel).


(At Linklaters) advising on civil liability issues arising following a significant data loss incident.

"He is super smart and just a great junior. He is really good at writing and spots points others miss."


Chambers & Partners

"He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, and is thoughtful and hard-working."


Chambers & Partners

"Despite his relatively recent call, Ian Bergson has been involved in a range of high-value and high-profile banking and financial services cases. His expertise includes mis-selling cases and banking-related insolvency disputes."


Chambers & Partners

"Superbly clever and spots points that others miss, alongside being commercial and practical, collaborative, generous with his time and very nice."


The Legal 500

"Technically very able, very bright and a delight to work with - one to watch for the future."


The Legal 500

"Extremely clever and his knowledge of the law is remarkable. He is also incredibly hard-working, which makes for a very effective combination."


The Legal 500

"Ian has an exceptional work ethic and attention to detail, it is not an exaggeration to say that he does the work of two other barristers in half the time."


The Legal 500

"Extremely responsive and highly technical as well as being a delight to work with, he is practical and solutions-focussed as well as unflappable under pressure - one to watch for the future, and an excellent junior."


The Legal 500

Chambers & Partners

  • Banking & Finance (Up & Coming)
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution (Up & Coming)
  • Dispute Resolution: Commercial – UK (Up & Coming) (Global Guide)

The Legal 500

  • Banking & Finance (Rising Star)
  • Civil Fraud (Rising Star)
  • Commercial Litigation (Rising Star)

  • BCL (Distinction), Balliol College, Oxford University (2013)
  • Legal Practice Course (Distinction), College of Law (2009)
  • BA (Jurisprudence) (First Class), Balliol College, Oxford University (2008)

  • Eldon Scholarship (for the most promising graduate of Oxford University commencing practice at the Bar) (2016)
  • Vinerian Scholarship (proxime accessit, for being ranked joint second in the year on the BCL) (2014)
  • Allen & Overy Prize (for the Best Performance in Corporate Insolvency Law on the BCL) (2014)
  • Martin Wronker Prize (for the Final Honour School examinations in Jurisprudence [proxime accessit, for being ranked joint second in the year]) (2008)
  • Gibbs Book Prize (for the Best Combined Performance in Contract, Tort, Land & Trusts) (2008)
  • All Souls Prize (for the Best Performance in Public International Law) (2008)
  • Brackenbury Scholarship (2005)

  • Chapter on ‘Good arguable case’ (November 2020, co-author): Worthington and Day (ed.), Challenging Private Law: Lord Sumption on the Supreme Court
  • Case Comment: Service Out in the Supreme Court (2018) 134 L.Q.R. 344 (co-author)
  • A new frontier for Brussels I – private law remedies for breach of the Regulation? [2017] 13 Journal of Private International Law 356
  • Consequential damage and the tort gateway (2016) 132 L.Q.R. 42 (cited to the Supreme Court in oral argument in Brownlie v Four Seasons Holdings Inc [2017] UKSC 80, [2018] 1 W.L.R. 192)
  • The death of the torpedo action? The practical operation of the Recast’s reforms to enhance the protection for exclusive jurisdiction agreements within the European Union. [2015] 11 Journal of Private International Law 1 (cited in the Commercial Court in Etihad Airways PJSC v Flother [2019] EWHC 3107 (Comm))

For enquiries please contact

Richard Evans

Richard Evans
Team Leader
+44 (0)20 7842 3771
Click here to email

Katie Palmer

Katie Palmer
Team Leader's Assistant
+44 (0)20 7842 3709
Click here to email

"He is super smart and just a great junior. He is really good at writing and spots points others miss."


Chambers & Partners

"He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, and is thoughtful and hard-working."


Chambers & Partners

"Despite his relatively recent call, Ian Bergson has been involved in a range of high-value and high-profile banking and financial services cases. His expertise includes mis-selling cases and banking-related insolvency disputes."


Chambers & Partners

"Superbly clever and spots points that others miss, alongside being commercial and practical, collaborative, generous with his time and very nice."


The Legal 500

"Technically very able, very bright and a delight to work with - one to watch for the future."


The Legal 500

"Extremely clever and his knowledge of the law is remarkable. He is also incredibly hard-working, which makes for a very effective combination."


The Legal 500

"Ian has an exceptional work ethic and attention to detail, it is not an exaggeration to say that he does the work of two other barristers in half the time."


The Legal 500

"Extremely responsive and highly technical as well as being a delight to work with, he is practical and solutions-focussed as well as unflappable under pressure - one to watch for the future, and an excellent junior."


The Legal 500

Chambers & Partners

  • Banking & Finance (Up & Coming)
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution (Up & Coming)
  • Dispute Resolution: Commercial – UK (Up & Coming) (Global Guide)

The Legal 500

  • Banking & Finance (Rising Star)
  • Civil Fraud (Rising Star)
  • Commercial Litigation (Rising Star)

  • BCL (Distinction), Balliol College, Oxford University (2013)
  • Legal Practice Course (Distinction), College of Law (2009)
  • BA (Jurisprudence) (First Class), Balliol College, Oxford University (2008)

  • Eldon Scholarship (for the most promising graduate of Oxford University commencing practice at the Bar) (2016)
  • Vinerian Scholarship (proxime accessit, for being ranked joint second in the year on the BCL) (2014)
  • Allen & Overy Prize (for the Best Performance in Corporate Insolvency Law on the BCL) (2014)
  • Martin Wronker Prize (for the Final Honour School examinations in Jurisprudence [proxime accessit, for being ranked joint second in the year]) (2008)
  • Gibbs Book Prize (for the Best Combined Performance in Contract, Tort, Land & Trusts) (2008)
  • All Souls Prize (for the Best Performance in Public International Law) (2008)
  • Brackenbury Scholarship (2005)

  • Chapter on ‘Good arguable case’ (November 2020, co-author): Worthington and Day (ed.), Challenging Private Law: Lord Sumption on the Supreme Court
  • Case Comment: Service Out in the Supreme Court (2018) 134 L.Q.R. 344 (co-author)
  • A new frontier for Brussels I – private law remedies for breach of the Regulation? [2017] 13 Journal of Private International Law 356
  • Consequential damage and the tort gateway (2016) 132 L.Q.R. 42 (cited to the Supreme Court in oral argument in Brownlie v Four Seasons Holdings Inc [2017] UKSC 80, [2018] 1 W.L.R. 192)
  • The death of the torpedo action? The practical operation of the Recast’s reforms to enhance the protection for exclusive jurisdiction agreements within the European Union. [2015] 11 Journal of Private International Law 1 (cited in the Commercial Court in Etihad Airways PJSC v Flother [2019] EWHC 3107 (Comm))

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