Bankim Thanki QC

Bankim Thanki QC
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Bankim Thanki QC is generally recognised as one of the preeminent silks practising at the English Commercial Bar. He commenced practice in 1989 and took silk in 2003.  His practice spans a wide range of commercial litigation, international arbitration, regulatory investigations and inquiries (public and private) and other high value civil work, including aviation, civil fraud and financial services.

Bankim is first and foremost recognised for his advocacy and the range and variety of his practice, much of which is international in scope.  He successfully represented Barclays Bank in the case which saw the first judgment handed down in the new Financial List in London and he is currently acting for Ukraine in defending the $3 billion Eurobond claim brought on behalf of the Russian Federation in the same list. Bankim also successfully represented BP in the first case brought to trial under the pilot Commercial Court Shorter Trials Scheme. Other notable cases in silk have included leading successfully for GMR in its dispute with the Republic of the Maldives over the international airport at Malé, for Deloitte LLP in its successful appeal against the record fine imposed by the FRC over its involvement in MG Rover, for Vincent Tchenguiz in his civil claim against the SFO, for the Central Bank of Trinidad & Tobago in the public inquiry into the collapse of Colonial Life Insurance, for Lloyds Bank in the OFT test case on bank charges, for the son of the King of Bahrain in his dispute with the late Michael Jackson, for the Bank of England in the Three Rivers litigation, for Qantas in The Deep Vein Thrombosis and Air Travel Group Litigation and for the Bar Council in R (Prudential) v HMRC.

Bankim is currently advising several clients facing major SFO investigations and has been instructed to advise the central banks of a number of countries including the Deutsche Bundesbank, the Bank of England, the Bank of Namibia and the Central Bank of Trinidad & Tobago.

Bankim is the deputy head of chambers of Fountain Court Chambers in London and a bencher of the Middle Temple. He is editor of the Law of Privilege, published by Oxford University Press.

WWL says: One of the UK's most gifted silks, Bankim Thanki QC is a high-class operator in commercial litigation.

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