We are pleased to have had two of our silks named by Chambers & Partners as 2021 ‘Stars at the Bar’, meaning they have “proved their excellence across a range of practice areas”. Head of Chambers Bankim Thanki QC and fellow senior silk Richard Lissack QC have been named in the list, and their detailed write ups are below.
As the only set to have more than one member named, this supports our excellent 2021 set rankings in both Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500, including top tier rankings for Aviation, Banking & Finance, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Financial Services, Civil Fraud and others.
Fountain Court has also been shortlisted for nine awards at next week’s Chambers Bar Awards 2020 (see here for more information).
BANKIM THANKI QC
“‘When a leading bank finds itself in hot water, Bankim Thanki QC is undoubtedly one of the first people they will call. He is widely considered to be a “star commercial silk” and a go-to for the most factually complex banking litigation. One fellow barrister calls him “truly the best person I’ve worked with at the Bar,” whilst solicitors reinforce the sentiment, including one who says “the indefatigable Bankim Thanki is on another level.” He is described as a “highly intelligent and effective advocate,” and someone who “operates at a high level of advocacy.” Composure is a key theme when interviewees discuss Thanki: “He is able to dissect complicated cases full of detail in a cool and collected manner; he makes complex things look so simple and there’s a real art to that.” A supremely talented silk, Thanki can turn his hand to a range of areas, leading to his reputation as “an extraordinary barrister across many fields, with the most phenomenal brain.” He is ranked in ten sections of our guide and has well-earned band one rankings in commercial dispute resolution, financial services and civil fraud. He has also developed a reputation as the foremost expert in legal privilege following his representation of ENRC in the Court of Appeal. He is no stranger to the higher courts, having appeared for Ukraine before the Supreme Court in its high-profile dispute with Russia relating to a 2013 Eurobond issuance.’
RICHARD LISSACK QC