The Legal 500
The Legal 500 2017
The ‘exceptional’ Brick Court Chambers is, ‘without question, one of the leading sets in the UK, if not the best’ for commercial and public law disputes. ‘Counsel instructed are always impressive’ and solicitors say ‘it is hard to think of any way in which the service could be improved’. The ‘commercial and approachable’ clerks are ‘very-service minded, very responsive and deserve accolade’. Leading the team are joint senior clerks Ian Moyler and Julian Hawes, who ‘can always be relied upon, and are familiar with and cater to the needs of solicitors’. The deputy senior clerks are also praised as ‘first class’: Paul Dennison ‘gets things sorted’ and is ‘particularly well connected with the courts’, and the ‘super-helpful’ Tony Burgess provides ‘an excellent service’.
- The Legal 500 2017: Set overviews
Administrative and public law
Brick Court Chambers has ‘the perfect approach to solicitor relationships’, and is ‘a set that you can turn to for any challenge, no matter how complex or novel’. Martin Chamberlain QC acted for the Scottish government in the Supreme Court hearing regarding the constitutionality of Westminster’s attempt to unilaterally trigger Article 50. Chambers is also involved in the plain-packaging tobacco challenge.
- The Legal 500 2017: Administrative and public law (including local government) (Tier 2)
Banking & Finance
‘A go-to set for the biggest, most complex work’, Brick Court Chambers is ‘experienced at addressing contractual and banking claims’, and is ‘highly recommended’ by solicitors. Counsel regularly act for banks and claimants in a range of disputes, with several going to the highest court level, such as the CoCo bonds expedited Supreme Court hearing for Lloyds Banking Group. Several members were also involved in Property Alliance Group v RBS in the Financial List.
- The Legal 500 2017: Banking and finance (including consumer credit and financial regulation) (Tier 3)
Civil Liberties & Human Rights
Brick Court Chambers handles a good mix of claimant and defendant work. Paul Bowen QC was involved in the death row appeals challenging the constitutionality of mandatory death penalties in Trinidad for people with mental disorders.
- The Legal 500 2017: Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) (Tier 3)
Brick Court Chambers is a ‘fantastic brain-box set’ that is ‘the one to go to for commercial litigation’. Clients also appreciate that members are ‘alive to the commercial realities that instructing solicitors face’. Highlight cases involving several members include Terra Firma v Citigroup, Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale, and Holyoake v Candy.
- The Legal 500 2017: Commercial litigation (Tier 1)
‘Oozing excellence’, Brick Court Chambers’ enviable docket saw several members appearing for Visa and Mastercard in multilateral interchange fee litigation. The set is a go-to name for pharmaceutical clients and received instructions in separate Pfizer and Flynn appeals against fines imposed by the Competition and Markets Authority.
- The Legal 500 2017: Competition (Tier 1)
Brick Court Chambers is a ‘stable of very impressive counsel’, who are ‘ready for any challenge’ and adopt a ‘perfect approach to client relationships’. The set maintains a high-profile docket; for example, the judicial review challenge to the plain-packaging legislation and Arkady Rotenberg v Council of the European Union, arising from the EU-imposed restrictive measures on Russia.
- The Legal 500 2017: EU Law (Tier 1)
Brick Court Chambers is ‘among the elite sets’ and ‘represents quality across the board’. Chambers’ headline instructions included BVI litigation proceedings arising from a multimillion-dollar energy joint venture between Russian oligarchs, and resisting appeal brought by Scottish Power against BP for alleged breach of long-term gas supply contracts.
- The Legal 500 2017: Energy (Tier 2)
Brick Court Chambers is ‘obviously one of the top sets’, where the barristers are ‘very commercial and approachable’. It has a long track record acting in major fraud cases, and the last year has been no exception. Members have been involved in some of the market’s longest-running cases, including Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs International, and the Bank of St Petersburg v Vitaly Arkhangelsky trial, which lasted almost six months.
- The Legal 500 2017: Fraud: civil (Tier 1)
Insurance & Reinsurance
There are ‘no weak links’ at Brick Court Chambers, which maintains ‘quality across the board’ and frequently receives instructions in high-profile cases with an international angle. Mark Howard QC is representing the claimants in Single Buoy Moorings v Zurich Insurance and others and is also acting in the Ocean Victory appeal proceedings.
- The Legal 500 2017: Insurance and reinsurance (Tier 3)
International Arbitration: Counsel
Brick Court Chambers has a selection of silks and juniors with very good expertise in commercial arbitrations and investment treaty disputes, both as counsel and arbitrators. Among the recent work highlights, members appeared on both sides of the hugely significant Micula v Romania case.
- The Legal 500 2017: International arbitration: Counsel (Tier 2)
International Arbitration: Arbitrators
Brick Court Chambers has a hugely impressive mix of barristers and ex-judges on its books, many of whom are considered go-to names in this area.
- The Legal 500 2017: International arbitration: Arbitrators (Tier 2)
- ‘A highly rated commercial and user-friendly mediator’, Brick Court Chambers’ William Wood QC conducts around 80 mediations each year. Wood has broad experience, with recent matters including mis-selling disputes; contractor claims and professional liability disputes involving architects, engineers and surveyors; shipping and international trade disputes; pharmaceutical claims; and insurance and reinsurance disputes. Other areas of note include oil and gas; competition disputes; planning issues; and pension and employment-related disputes.
- Stephen Ruttle QC is in ‘the top rank of mediators’. Ruttle has mediated approximately 1,200 cases to date, and a large proportion of his work is international in nature. Most of his mediations take place in London, but he regularly mediates elsewhere in the UK and Ireland, and has mediated in the US, Greece, the Gulf, the Caribbean and Hong Kong. Ruttle is well known for mediating large shipping disputes; but his practice also covers oil and gas, banking, insurance and reinsurance, and professional negligence claims. Other areas of note are construction, employment, corporate matters, and general commercial disputes.
- Tony Willis at Brick Court Chambers has conducted over 1,000 mediations to date; beyond the UK, he has mediated in New York, the United Arab Emirates, Belgium, Romania, Guernsey, Jersey, the Republic of Ireland, and the Bahamas. Willis’ practice covers professional negligence; shareholder, partnership and M&A disputes; pensions; IT; employment; and family trusts. Other areas include insolvency, tax, charity, oil and gas, civil engineering and construction, insurance, and reinsurance.
- The Legal 500 2017: Mediators
Brick Court Chambers is a ‘pre-eminent commercial litigation set’ with ‘excellent individuals’ and ‘vast experience in professional negligence cases’, including high-value accountancy claims. Several members appeared in UBS v KWL – the professional negligence part of a Commercial Court trial. In other work, Simon Salzedo QC and Tom Adam QC defended Ernst & Young in multiple cases brought by clients following the failure of a film finance tax planning scheme.
- The Legal 500 2017: Professional negligence (Tier 2)
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