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3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings has established itself as a leading commercial set. One of the foremost banking and finance sets, 3VB achieves its strongest showing in our corresponding chapter with 15 listings, 12 of whom are silks.

Among the standout silks is Sonia Tolaney QC, a “sensational advocate” who is “prized by clients”; she is currently acting for RBS and its former directors in the RBS Rights Issue litigation. She is also recognised for her civil fraud expertise and had a major role in the Berezovsky litigation. Adrian Beltrami QC specialises in complex financial matters and has been active in several trials involving financial institutions arising out of the 2008 financial crisis, including Libor. Ewan McQuater QC is “devastatingly good” and has a “high profile” in the banking sector and in civil fraud matters. Solicitors find him a “delight to work with” and praise his “sharp mind”. Head of chambers Ali Malek QC is “tremendous” and the “silk of choice” for many clients. Peers commend his “versatile approach and strong delivery”. He is recognised across our banking and finance, civil fraud and arbitration chapters. 

Andrew Onslow QC is recommended for his work in commercial fraud cases including freezing and search orders and other interim remedies. He also has “deep experience” in banking and finance disputes and is noted for his “encyclopedic knowledge”. The “terrific” David Quest QC appears in the High Court in London as well as in offshore jurisdictions and is “highly adept” at handling banking and finance, and civil fraud disputes.

Christopher Symons QC devotes a significant portion of his practice to sitting as an arbitrator in insurance and reinsurance disputes. Peers praise his “extensive experience in the insurance industry” and “strong presence”. The “brilliant” Tom Weitzman QC is considered a “heavyweight” in the insurance and reinsurance field. His clients include Lloyd’s syndicates, major insurance and reinsurance companies, captives and indemnity funds and major insurance and reinsurance brokers.

David Head QC made silk in 2016 and has appeared both as sole advocate and as part of a larger team in several high-profile banking and finance cases. He provides “first-rate written and oral work”.

3VB is home to a deep bench of “first-rate” juniors including Matthew Parker, Laura John and Adam Kramer, to name just a few. Parker is highly nominated in our civil fraud and professional negligence sections for his “smooth and persuasive arguments” and “ability to keep his calm under pressure”. He has recently been involved in a case securing judgment for US$500 million in a fraud claim against the former owners of an Ecuadorian bank. John specialises in commercial and financial litigation and in arbitration, and is recommended for her “details-oriented approach” and for being “reliable and efficient”. Kramer is known for his “composed manner” and “clear and effective arguments”. He appears as senior junior and as sole advocate, often against silks. Elizabeth Birch is recognised in our guide as a leading arbitrator and mediator.

With its members recognised a total of 36 times across seven distinct practice areas for their “market leading abilities”, 3 Verulam Buildings demonstrates its “deep bench of skill and expertise”.  

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