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UK Bar: Civil Fraud 2016

This year 70 practitioners have been identified by our research as the leaders in the field.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Leading Silks
Jonathan Crow QC 4 Stone Buildings
Mark Howard QC Brick Court Chambers
Richard Millett QC Essex Court Chambers
Ewan McQuater QC 3 Verulam Buildings
Leading Juniors
Tim Akkouh Erskine Chambers
Emily Gillett Erskine Chambers
James Willan Essex Court Chambers


Essex Court Chambers sees seven silks recommended. Richard Millett QC is a “sensational advocate” who excels in civil fraud matters. He is “quick on his feet” and “tactically astute”. Paul McGrath QC is in “high demand” due to his “expert handling” of asset recovery and tracing claims. Joe Smouha QC is “without doubt a leading name” at the bar. In addition to regularly appearing in the high court and in arbitrations, he also appears before courts in offshore jurisdictions. Paul Stanley QC is “incredibly bright” and represents both claimants and defendants in complex civil fraud cases. Gordon Pollock QC brings a “wealth of experience” to cases and “outlines a clear strategy that puts clients at ease”. David Foxton QC is “very active” in arbitrations and in court and is praised for his “calm and measured approach” to matters. Nathan Pillow QC took silk in 2015 and is recommended for his “confident and assured manner” and “great courtroom presence”. He has vast experience in civil fraud and asset recovery.

3 Verulam Buildings is also home to seven leading silks in this area. Ewan McQuater QC is an “excellent performer” who “really has the ear of the court”. He is considered “hugely accomplished” yet “very approachable”. Ali Malek QC is a “great strategist” whose “excellent judgement” and “personable manner” win great favour with clients and judges. Paul Lowenstein QC is a “tenacious advocate” who is considered a “go-to for difficult cross-examination”. His expertise in fraud matters and securing interim remedies is “revered” by peers. Sonia Tolaney QC has an “incredible work ethic” and “gets on famously well with clients”. Cyril Kinsky QC has been heavily involved in civil fraud cases in recent years and clients praise his “hands-on approach”. Andrew Onslow QC is “not afraid to get stuck in” and is a “great courtroom advocate”. David Quest QC is a “great scholar” who employs a “forensic approach” to matters. He is “very popular with solicitors due to his easy manner and hardworking ethic”.

Fountain Court is represented by seven silks. Michael Brindle QC is simply “first-rate”. He has vast experience in civil fraud matters and is a “true heavyweight silk” who clients turn to with their most complex matters. Charles Béar QC is “fiercely bright” and the “quality of his work is unrivalled”. He is a “powerful advocate” who “fights his clients’ corner”. David Railton QC is “thoroughly recommended” and an “accomplished practitioner” who “can be relied upon to always perform”. Stephen Rubin QC is a “great advocate” whose “cross-examination is exceptional”. The “terrific” Simon Browne-Wilkinson QC is “no stranger to complex and challenging cases” and “manages to make it look easy”. Jeffrey Chapman QC is an “innovative lawyer” who is recommended for his “details-oriented approach”. Timothy Howe QC takes a “measured and practical approach” to matters and is “among the best” at the bar.

At Blackstone Chambers seven silks are highly recommended. Barbara Dohmann QC is “fantastic” and “tough as nails”. Peers describe her as “one of the best around”. Andrew Hunter QC is a “talented” lawyer who “has the ear of the court”. Peers praise his “great delivery style”. Anthony Peto QC is both “highly knowledgeable” and a “pleasure to work with”. He is co-head of the chambers and specialises in civil fraud matters. Robert Howe QC is “sensible and astute” and employs a “hands-on approach”. Robert Anderson QC is a “real strategic thinker” who is “intellectually very impressive” and “always well prepared”. Charles Flint QC has a “sterling reputation” and is very knowledgeable in financial services regulation and enforcement cases. Alan Maclean QC provides “concise and practical advice” and is recommended for his “client-friendly manner”.

Serle Court sees six QCs recommended. The “outstanding” Philip Marshall QC is “the silk brought in to get results”. Alan Boyle QC is “in a class of his own” and his “brilliant legal analysis” is revered by peers. Hugh Norbury QC is “fiercely intelligent” and “great in the courtroom” while Philip Jones QC is “highly impressive” and a “great team player”. Elizabeth Jones QC receives praise for her “ability to build a strong rapport with clients” and her “strategic thinking”. Jonathan Adkin QC is a “talented advocate” who “inspires confidence in clients”.

At One Essex Court five names are singled out. Laurence Rabinowitz QC enjoys a “prominent position” in the legal marketplace receiving praise for his “incisive mind”, “impressive courtroom abilities” and “commercial acumen”. Kenneth MacLean QC is “incredibly bright” and “hardworking” while Anthony de Garr Robinson QC receives recognition for his “mastery of the law” and “strategic thinking”. Stephen Auld QC has vast experience in civil fraud disputes and clients appreciate his “user-friendly manner” and “details-oriented approach”. Craig Orr QC is “extremely able” and is “highly adept at getting to the heart of an issue”.

At Maitland Chambers four silks are recommended. Paul Girolami QC is a “senior silk” who “gets the court’s attention and respect”. Richard Morgan QC is “very good with clients” and “always on top of the facts”. Peers praise his “analytical mind” and “forensic approach”. Anthony Trace QC is described as a “tenacious advocate” and is “not afraid to run a difficult argument”. David Mumford QC took silk in 2016. He garners huge respect for his “forward thinking” and “courtroom presence”. He regularly works on matters with an international element and has appeared and advised in offshore jurisdictions including Singapore, Hong Kong, Gibraltar, the Cayman Islands and Jersey.

4 Stone Buildings is represented by three silks in this chapter. Jonathan Crow QC is “sensational”, a “bright scholar” and an “impressive all-rounder”. Peers “cannot praise him highly enough”. Richard Hill QC is a “great team player” who impresses clients with his “dedicated approach” and “astute mind”. Robert Miles QC is a “calm and polished performer” who “stands out” for his work in large and complex matters.

At Wilberforce Chambers, Alan Gourgey QC is a “supportive team player” who is “sought after for high-value cases”. He is a “brilliant advocate” and “thought leader”. John Wardell QC provides “clear and concise advice that clients understand” and is “exceptionally skilful at cross-examination”. Thomas Lowe QC is an “expert” in cross-border disputes having substantial experience practising in offshore jurisdictions including the BVI and Cayman Islands.

XXIV Old Buildings sees three silks listed. Alan Steinfeld QC has “vast experience” combined with “vision and gravitas”. He is “one of the big names in the area”. Elspeth Talbot Rice QC has a “robust style of advocacy” that wins “great favour with clients”. She is “efficient” and “always two steps ahead of the competition”. The “talented” Stephen Moverley Smith QC earns recognition for his “thorough analysis” and “creative problem-solving”.

At Erskine Chambers, Stephen Smith QC is “thorough and methodical” and has built a strong reputation for his work on civil fraud matters. David Chivers QC is “sought after” for his “well-honed drafting skills and oral arguments”.

At 20 Essex Street Chambers Duncan Matthews QC provides “detailed and sophisticated legal analysis” and “strong advocacy”. Clients appreciate Stephen Atherton QC’s “robust approach” to advocacy.

South Square sees two silks recognised. Robin Dicker QC is a “true star” in the field. Peers praise his “diligent manner” and “efficient working style”. Felicity Toube QC is “tremendous” and peers praise her “sensible approach” to matters.

According to peers, “you won’t find better” than Brick Court Chambers’ Mark Howard QC. An experienced silk, he provides “the full package of forensic legal analysis, commercial acumen and great advocacy”.

7 King’s Bench Walk’s Clive Freedman QC is “well reputed” in the market as an “excellent cross-examiner”. He “takes on a brief and does it properly” and is “very popular with clients”.

Hodge Malek QC at 39 Essex Chambers is an “eminent” silk at the bar who is revered for his “in-depth analysis”, “brave approach to litigation” and “exemplary work ethic”.

33 Chancery Lane’s Andrew Mitchell QC stands out for his experience in asset recovery and is a “thought leader” in the field. He is “unreservedly recommended” by peers.

At 4 New Square Justin Fenwick QC is “highly impressive” and a “skilful lawyer”. He “remains calm under pressure” and “instils confidence in his clients”.

At Matrix Chambers Clare Montgomery QC is noted for her civil fraud experience bringing “a great eye for detail”. She is also a “sensational courtroom lawyer” who is “revered as a cross-examiner”.


Erskine Chambers is home to three talented juniors. Peers praise Tim Akkouh as being “tactically astute” and “great on paper and on his feet”. He has vast experience for his years in civil fraud and asset recovery and regularly appears with and without leaders in the chancery division and the commercial court. Emily Gillett is “simply unflappable” and her “drafting is of the highest quality”. Ben Griffiths is a “master of his art” and is “in high demand” for civil fraud cases.

Essex Court Chambers’ James Willan is “fantastic, realistic and persuasive” according to peers. He possesses a “brilliant analytical mind” and has an “incredible work ethic”.

Matthew Parker at 3 Verulam Buildings is a “thorough lawyer” who “masters the facts and law at impressive speed”.

Matrix Chambers’ Andrew Bodnar has a “sterling reputation” in this field due to his extensive experience and “strong command of the law”.

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