Chambers & Partners

Chambers & Partners 2018


Leading Sets by number of rankings

An outstanding commercial set with a track record of excellence across its core areas of work. This year, the set has maintained its top-tier standing in commercial dispute resolution, civil fraud, competition and European law, whilst also ranking highly in administrative & public law, energy and insurance. Brick Court has obtained 13 set rankings, which is testament to the strength in depth the group possesses. The set houses over 40 silks, most of whom receive at least one ranking in our guide. Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC are joint heads of chambers and have 15 individual rankings between them, including high-level rankings for both commercial dispute resolution and energy. Other standout silks include banking & finance star Mark Hapgood QC and competition and European law standouts Marie Demetriou QC and Jemima Stratford QC. The junior ranks are similarly full of talent. Of particular note is Fionn Pilbrow who has achieved a ranking in seven practice areas, including a new ranking for his professional negligence work. The set’s standing is summed up by one source who said: “Brick Court delivers top quality all round, and easily stands comparison with the very best sets in London.”

- Chambers & Partners 2018: Leading Sets by Number of Rankings

Administrative & Public Law


Brick Court Chambers is renowned for its "consistently high standard of work in public and administrative law cases." The set handles a wide array of complex, high-value matters, predominantly representing commercial clients and regulators. Members here are increasingly instructed in judicial reviews invoking equality and human rights law, something which complements their long-standing strengths in disputes concerning EU, competition and regulatory law. A key case from the last year is R (Public Law Project) v Secretary of State for Justice, which challenged the residence test requirement for legal aid claimants.

Client service: "The service is first-rate. They are very good at getting things set up." "I have been impressed. They are very polite and efficient." Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler lead the clerking team.

- Chambers & Partners 2018: Administrative & Public Law (Band 2)

Banking & Finance


Brick Court Chambers is renowned for its regular involvement in some of the most high-profile and high-value disputes in banking and finance. The set is home to market-leading specialists in Libor manipulation, multi-jurisdictional bank restructurings, and large-scale insolvencies. Members are equally at home acting both for and against banks and financial institutions. An example of the work undertaken by the chambers includes acting for the bond holders in the £3 billion COCO Bonds expedited Supreme Court hearing.

Client service: "The clerks are second to none: they go the extra mile to ensure that the client ultimately receives the best service possible." Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler are the senior clerks.

- Chambers & Partners 2018: Banking & Finance (Band 3)

Civil Liberties & Human Rights


The highly accomplished members of Brick Court are capable of acting in the foremost civil liberties and human rights matters, including significant cases relating to discrimination, national security, terrorism, sanctions and torture damages claims. Well known for their defendant work for the Government and public sector clients, the set has an ever increasing reputation for handling leading cases on the claimant side. Among the excellent work undertaken by chambers is S v Director of Legal Aid Casework & Lord Chancellor, a case that established important principles relating to the right to legal aid.

- Chambers & Partners 2018: Civil Liberties & Human Rights (Band 3)

Commercial Dispute Resolution


Brick Court has been in the front rank of commercial sets for a number of years and offers impressive barristers of consistently high quality. Members handle most major areas of commercial work and are regularly involved in cases of an international nature, appearing in courts as far afield as Hong Kong, Tanzania and the Cayman Islands. They are regulars in those cases that attract media attention, and in recent months have had involvement in high-profile cases relating to the Libyan Investment Authority, the litigation brought by thousands of Lloyds Bank shareholders arising out of the bank's acquisition of HBOS in 2008, and the much-publicised property loan dispute involving the Candy brothers. Sources say: "Brick Court delivers top quality all round, and easily stands comparison with the very best sets in London."

Client service: "The chambers offers prompt, effective and transparent service when it comes to their clerking." "The clerks make sure we're looked after and they really are attentive to us and our clients." Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler are the senior clerks.

- Chambers & Partners 2018: Commercial Dispute Resolution (Band 1)

Competition Law


Brick Court is "definitely top of the market" for competition work, advising both defendants and claimants on a wide range of cartel follow-on damages actions. By way of example, they have recently been involved in both the air cargo cartel and the trucks cartel cases. The set has a strong financial competition practice, acting in Libor and Euribor matters, and has played a major role in the Visa and Mastercard interchange fees litigation. An interviewee enthuses that "the barristers are tremendously knowledgeable and their response time is really impressive."

Client service: "The clerks are fantastic and nothing is too much trouble for them." "The clerks are good at getting back to you, they are an on-the-ball bunch." Joint senior clerk Ian Moyler is singled out by commentators who say: "Ian does a great job of being responsive as head clerk." Deputy senior clerk Tony Burgess is a popular member of the clerking team, with a source saying: "Tony Burgess is a great addition."

- Chambers & Partners 2018: Competition Law (Band 1)

Energy & Natural Resources


Brick Court Chambers enjoys a strong reputation at the commercial end of the energy spectrum, and has additional noted proficiency in regulatory and competition matters. Sources commend the depth of commercial expertise at both silk and junior level. Barristers here handle all manner of disputes and tackle cases relating to everything from exploration, drilling and mining rights, through to transportation, trading and supply, and domestic electricity and utilities matters. They also act in corporate takeover disputes relating to energy companies, as well as insurance-related cases. In addition to their strong domestic practices, members act in cases in a broad array of other jurisdictions around the world. By way of example, they recently undertook a case in the BVI concerning a mining joint venture, and tackled a financing dispute concerning iron ore reserves in Sierra Leone.

Client service: Senior clerks Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler lead the "first-rate" team.

- Chambers & Partners 2018: Energy & Natural Resources (Band 2)



Longstanding expertise in public law and EU law leaves the set well equipped to tackle challenging cases in the environmental sector. Its clients range from the UK government and the Environment Agency to energy companies and pressure groups. Members recently acted for the Welsh Government in successfully dismissing a judicial review application brought against the Welsh Water Authority.

Client service: Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler are the senior clerks at the set.

- Chambers & Partners 2018: Environment (Band 3)

European Law


An outstanding set for questions of intellectual property, data protection, asylum and freedom of movement regulations under EU law. The set is highly regarded by clients from the energy, agricultural and life sciences sectors. Interviewees enthuse that "they are the best in competition and EU law in terms of knowledge, service and advocacy." Recent high-profile cases include the Article 50 judicial review and the tobacco products litigation.

Client service: Senior clerk Ian Moyler is described as "the perfect clerk as he is excellent at business development and commercial realities." Other sources report that the set is "very easy to deal with clerking-wise" and that the "clerking is very user-friendly."

- Chambers & Partners 2018: European Law (Band 1)

Fraud: Civil


Brick Court has a sizeable team of silks and juniors with a proven track record of fighting fraud cases. The chambers' barristers have been involved in some of the most significant and high-value claims of recent years, including Bank Saint Petersburg v Vitaly Arkhangelsky and Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs. Their instructions often stretch across several overseas jurisdictions and relate to such allegations as bribery, dishonesty, conspiracy and misrepresentation. Instructing solicitors remark that the set has "an excellent reputation" and much "strength in depth."

Client service: "They are just so good at customer service." "I found their service to be prompt and very professional. Their practice was modern and convenient." Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler are the senior clerks.

- Chambers & Partners 2018: Fraud: Civil (Band 1)



Widely regarded as "a marvellous set," Brick Court is frequently instructed in an array of complicated and high-end insurance and reinsurance disputes. It consists of experienced practitioners skilled across various subject areas including marine and energy insurance. The set represents insurers, insureds and insurance brokers in coverage disputes, and offers significant expertise in cross-border matters, handling both litigation and international arbitration. Solicitors appreciate that the barristers "are very thorough, bright people who don't hesitate to become part of the litigation team."

Client service: The clerks are "fantastic, responsive folk who swiftly give you the heads up if something comes up. They are very efficient and adaptable." The team is led by senior clerks Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler.

- Chambers & Partners 2018: Insurance (Band 2)

International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance


Brick Court Chambers is a solid choice for insurance and commercial international arbitrations and investment treaty disputes. Its members' cases span a range of sectors including shipping, commodities, mining and energy, under the auspices of the main arbitral institutions as well as ad hoc arbitrations. The set's barristers also deal with enforcement cases in the domestic courts. A competitor highlights the breadth of the group, pointing out that the set has "a large number of people who do international work."

Client service: "The clerking is first-rate. They are very responsive and if your chosen advocate isn't available there's always someone else to be recommended." Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler are the senior clerks.

- Chambers & Partners 2018: International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance (Band 3)

Professional Negligence


Brick Court's professional negligence offering is held in much esteem by peers in the legal industry. A barrister at another set affirms that "the standard of counsel is really exceptional." Members appear in high-value cases involving all kinds of professionals including barristers, solicitors from Magic Circle firms, accountants and auditors. They also have significant experience in negligence allegations arising out of film finance schemes. A recent work highlight is Ferster v Ferster, which addressed the scope of prejudice privilege in the context of blackmail.

Client service: "We have a very close relationship with the clerks, which makes the day-to-day stuff easier. They're really nice people and they do a good job." Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler jointly head the clerking team.

- Chambers & Partners 2018: Professional Negligence (Band 2)



A set with particular experience of handling commercial telecoms matters, whose members regularly act for operators. Individuals here are also noted for their expertise in regulatory matters and handle matters both in the UK and internationally. Sources praise the barristers for their significant industry knowledge which they have applied to good effect in several recent significant cases. Examples include the Ethernet appeals and the Business Connectivity Market Review appeal, and Vodafone v Infineon, acting for Philips in relation to a smart-chip cartel. 

Client service: "The barristers have very good sector knowledge and are able to get up to speed with particular issues on a case. They understand the regulatory regime very well and are well supported by efficient clerks." Ian Moyler and Julian Hawes lead the clerking team.

- Chambers & Partners 2018: Telecommunications (Band 2)

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