People

Tony Singla

Year of Call: 2007

Email: tony.singla@brickcourt.co.uk

Clerk: Julian Hawes julian.hawes@brickcourt.co.uk

Tony Singla

Year of Call: 2007

Email: tony.singla@brickcourt.co.uk

Clerk: Julian Hawes   julian.hawes@brickcourt.co.uk

"Has an increasingly strong reputation as a junior of choice for many leading silks and solicitors." "Extremely calm and impressive on his feet." "Works incredibly hard, shows tremendous attention to detail, is hugely bright, and is very personable. He's just a delight to work with."
- Chambers & Partners 2016

"One of the brightest and most promising juniors around. He drafts documents excellently, and is also a calm, confident and eloquent advocate." "'Frustratingly brilliant', 'he is also a very nice man' who is 'very highly thought of by many people senior to him.'"
- Chambers & Partners 2015

Overview

Tony Singla is a junior barrister with a broad practice which covers all aspects of commercial litigation and competition law.

Across the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories, Tony is identified as a leading junior in the fields of Banking and Finance, Commercial Litigation, Competition Law, Insurance and Reinsurance, Media and Entertainment, and Professional Negligence.  Tony is also ranked in Chambers Global in the areas of Commercial Dispute Resolution and Competition Law.

In 2015 Tony was featured by The Lawyer magazine as one of two junior barristers in its “Hot 100” and in 2014 Tony was awarded “Commercial Litigation Junior of the Year” at the Chambers Bar Awards where it was said that “he has long been considered a leading commercial junior, as evidenced by his wealth of experience in the most high profile cases”.  In 2012 Tony was identified by Chambers & Partners as one of the “Stars at the Bar: 5 Years’ Call and Under” and was described as having “rapidly established himself as a junior of choice for commercial litigation and competition law issues”.  In 2010 Tony featured in The Lawyer as a “rising star” in an article profiling “the most talented and promising legal practitioners at work today”.

Tony appears frequently in the High Court and also has experience of numerous cases in the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court.  In addition, Tony appears in arbitration under ICC, LCIA, and other rules.

Tony's current and recent commercial work includes: The Lloyds/HBOS Litigation (acting for Lloyds in defence of group litigation brought by over 6,000 shareholders arising out of its acquisition of HBoS in 2008); Single Buoy Moorings Inc v Zurich Insurance plc and others (acting for the primary layer insurers in $1 billion coverage dispute concerning damage to a platform in the North Sea); BAT v Sequana SA and others ($600 million auditors' negligence claim concerning historic pollution liabilities in the US); Terra Firma v Citibank ($2 billion claim by Terra Firma against Citibank arising out of its acquisition of EMI in 2007); and Michael Cherney v Oleg Deripaska ($4 billion claim in the Commercial Court relating to a disputed shareholding in Rusal).  In the last three years Tony has also appeared in three Supreme Court cases: Eclairs Group v JKX Oil & Gas plc (appeal concerning the duties of company directors and the scope of the proper purposes doctrine); The Alexandros T (appeal concerning Articles 27 and 28 of the Judgments Regulation); and VTB Capital plc v Nutritek International (appeal concerning jurisdiction in respect of tort claims and piercing the corporate veil).

In competition law, Tony’s recent cases include: WM Morrison Supermarkets v MasterCard Incorporated (damages claims in excess of £1 billion arising out of the MasterCard multi-lateral interchange fee); Imperial Tobacco v OFT (appeal against £100 million fine for pricing practices in the tobacco industry); and Intel v Commission (appeal against €1 billion fine for abusive conduct in the supply of computer chips).  In addition, Tony is currently instructed in a number of cartel damages claims including Emerald Supplies Ltd v British Airways plc (damages claim arising out of an alleged cartel in the air cargo sector).

Tony is the co-author of “Accountants’ Negligence and Liability” (due to be published in 2016) and a contributing author of “Competition Litigation: UK Practice and Procedure” (2010).  Between 2006 and 2011, Tony was a Retained Lecturer in Law at Oxford University where he taught Contract Law and Competition Law.

practice areas

Commercial

Tony has a broad practice which encompasses all aspects of commercial law. He has substantial experience of interim applications and trials in both the Commercial Court and the Chancery Division and he has acted in a number of high-value and high-profile cases in recent years. He has appeared three times in the Supreme Court and on numerous occasions in the Court of Appeal. Tony also appears in arbitration under ICC, LCIA, and other rules. Notable cases include:

General Commercial (including Conflict of Laws)

  • ENRC v Dechert [2016] EWCA Civ 375 - Court of Appeal case concerning implied waiver of privilege and the principle of open justice
  • Eclairs Group v JKX Oil & Gas plc [2015] UKSC 71 - Supreme Court appeal concerning the duties of company directors and the proper purposes doctrine in the context of an attempted "corporate raid" by shareholders
  • Granada Group Ltd v The Law Debenture Pension Trust Corp - acting for ITV plc in £40 million company law dispute concerning the company's pension arrangements for executive directors (appeal to the Court of Appeal pending)
  • Winkler v Shamoon and others [2016] EWHC 217 (Ch) - successful jurisdiction challenge on behalf of the widow and daughter of the late Israeli billionaire, Sami Shamoon, raising issues of domicile and succession under the Judgments Regulation 
  • The Alexandros T [2013] UKSC 70 - Supreme Court appeal concerning Articles 27 and 28 of the Judgments Regulation
  • VTB Capital plc v Nutritek International Corp [2013] UKSC 5 - Supreme Court appeal concerning the common law principles of jurisdiction and piercing the corporate veil
  • Michael Cherney v Oleg Deripaska - $4 billion Commercial Court claim relating to a disputed shareholding in Rusal, listed for 3 month trial in 2012
  • Norgine BV v Salix Pharmaceuticals Inc - acting for the Claimant in a substantial pharmaceuticals licensing dispute in the Commercial Court
  • Nomihold Securities v Mobile Telesystems Finance [2012] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 6 and [2011] EWHC 2143 (Comm) - Commercial Court proceedings to enforce a $200 million LCIA arbitration award
  • ITV v Scottish Television - £30 million contractual licensing dispute relating to the Channel 3 television network
  • Bloomsbury International v Holyoake [2010] EWHC 1150 (Ch) - application to remove administrators on the basis of a conflict of interest
  • Skype v Joltid [2009] EWHC 2783 (Ch) - multi-billion pound licensing dispute against the founders of Skype, including a successful application for an anti-suit injunction to restrain Californian proceedings
  • Barclays Bank v The Guardian [2009] EWHC 591 (QB) - obtaining an injunction on behalf of Barclays Bank against The Guardian newspaper, prohibiting the publication of confidential tax documents

Banking and Finance

  • The Lloyds/HBOS Litigation - [2015] EWHC 2681 (Ch), [2015] EWHC 2685 (Ch), [2015] EWHC 3007 (Ch), [2015] EWHC 3219 (Ch), [2015] EWHC 3220 (Ch), [2015] EWHC 4873 (Ch), [2015] EWHC 4874 (Ch), [2016] EWHC 412 (Ch), and [2016] EWHC 776 (Ch) - acting for Lloyds in defence of group litigation brought by over 6,000 shareholders arising out of its acquisition of HBoS in 2008, listed for a 12 week trial in 2017
  • Acting for Ingenious Media in group litigation concerning the sale and promotion of its film finance investment schemes
  • Terra Firma v Citibank - $2 billion claim by Terra Firma against Citibank arising out of Terra Firma’s acquisition of EMI in 2007, listed for 8 week trial in 2016
  • Acting for private equity firm in very substantial claim concerning improper financial accounting
  • Acting for the Libyan Investment Authority in successful application for the appointment of receivers to manage $3.3 billion of litigation against Goldman Sachs and Societe Generale
  • Bank of Moscow v JFC Group - Commercial Court proceedings concerning a $150 million loan facility agreement and related guarantees
  • Belltrey Corporation v Newcote International [2013] EWHC 3500 (Ch) - Chancery Division trial concerning the validity of a demand for security in respect of a £200 million loan
  • VTB Capital plc v Nutritek International Corp [2013] UKSC 5 - Supreme Court appeal concerning a £200 million loan facility agreement
  • Habib Bank v Citibank - acting for Citibank in successfully resisting an application for Norwich Pharmacal / Bankers Trust relief arising out of the administration of Lehman Brothers
  • Salkeld Investments Ltd v West One Loans Ltd [2012] EWHC 2701 (QB) - claim against a bridging finance company to recover losses suffered as a result of a mortgage fraud

Civil Fraud

  • Acting in a 3 week LCIA arbitration concerning allegations of bribery and corruption in Africa
  • Bank of Moscow v JFC Group - $150 million fraud claim and related committal proceedings arising out of a worldwide freezing order
  • Terra Firma v Citibank - $2 billion fraud claim against Citibank arising out of Terra Firma’s acquisition of EMI in 2007
  • VTB Capital plc v Nutritek International Corp [2013] UKSC 5 - Supreme Court appeal concerning jurisdiction in respect of fraud claims, piercing the corporate veil, and the discharge of a worldwide freezing order on the basis of material non-disclosure
  • Nomihold Securities v Mobile Telesystems Finance [2012] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 6 and [2011] EWHC 2143 (Comm) - application to set aside registration of a $200 million LCIA arbitration award on the basis of fraud and an appeal to the Court of Appeal on the scope of the ordinary course of business exception in worldwide freezing orders
  • Bloomsbury International v Holyoake [2010] EWHC 1150 (Ch) - £200 million fraud proceedings arising out of the collapse of the British Seafood group, including an application for fortification of a cross-undertaking in damages

Energy

  • Acting in $1 billion Commercial Court claim concerning a mobile offshore production unit and storage tank in the Yme oil field in the North Sea
  • Acting for Talisman Energy in Commercial Court proceedings concerning the interpretation of a Joint Operating Agreement
  • Advising in relation to Ofgem's RIIO-ED1 price control decision for electricity distribution companies
  • LCIA arbitration concerning a production sharing contract and joint operating agreement entered into by joint venture partners in an oil and gas development project in Algeria
  • CGGVeritas v Dominion Energy - Commercial Court claim for payment arising out of the processing and acquisition of seismic data in Tunisia
  • Lahyani v Benedetti - Commercial Court claim concerning investments made in a number of oil exploration and production companies
  • Advising BP on the interpretation of various acquisition and processing agreements

Insurance

  • Acting for the primary layer insurers in a $1 billion coverage dispute concerning damage to a platform in the North Sea
  • The Alexandros T [2012] 1 Lloyd's Rep 162, [2013] 1 Lloyd's Rep 217, [2013] UKSC 70, [2014] EWHC 712 (Comm), [2014] EWHC 1029 (Comm), [2014] EWCA Civ 1010, and [2014] EWHC 3068 (Comm) - acting for the Companies Market insurers in the long-running insurance litigation arising out of the loss of the “Alexandros T”, which has resulted in a successful appeal to the Supreme Court on jurisdiction issues, successful  contempt of court proceedings resulting in the imposition of substantial fines, and a summary judgment against the insureds upheld by the Court of Appeal
  • Compagnie Generale De Location SA v AXA Corporate Solutions Assurance SA – representing AXA in a multi-million coverage dispute arising out of the sinking of a vessel
  • New Proton Bank v Brit UW Limited - marine insurance claim following the loss of the “Elli”
  • Ad hoc arbitration concerning alleged breaches of an underwriting agency agreement
  • AXA Seguros v Allianz Insurance [2011] EWHC 268 (Comm) - reinsurance claim arising out of hurricane damage to Mexico’s highway structure

Professional Negligence

  • Acting in a £100 million negligence claim against a leading City law firm
  • Defending one of the "big four" accounting firms against a $600 million auditors' negligence claim
  • Defending a leading accountancy firm against a £50 million negligence claim arising out of the accounting treatment of interest rate swaps
  • Acting for a leading accountancy firm in FRC Disciplinary Tribunal proceedings
  • Defending a leading tax and advisory firm against a negligence claim arising out of a multi-million corporate finance transaction
  • Defending a leading accountancy firm against a negligence claim arising out of an allegedly deficient audit
  • Defending a leading City law firm against a multi-million pound negligence claim concerning its conduct of litigation
  • Acting for liquidators in a negligence claim worth approximately £100 million against the former auditors of an international collective investment scheme
  • Advising a major accountancy firm in relation to a multi-million claim arising out of allegedly negligent tax advice provided to a high net worth individual
  • Defending a West End firm of solicitors against a multi-million negligence claim concerning its conduct of litigation

Media, Entertainment, and Sport

  • Acting for a leading Premiership football club in a very substantial dispute concerning its global sponsorship rights
  • Advising on company law issues in connection with the Premier League
  • Acting for a payday lending company in a claim involving breaches of copyright and database rights
  • ITV v Scottish Television - £30 million dispute relating to the Channel 3 television network and associated sponsorship rights
  • Acting for a well known pop singer in a dispute concerning the cancellation of a concert at the Malaysian Grand Prix
  • Advising a major online casino in relation to licensing issues
  • Barclays Bank v The Guardian [2009] EWHC 591 (QB) - obtaining an injunction on behalf of Barclays Bank against The Guardian newspaper, prohibiting the publication of confidential tax documents
  • Skype v Joltid [2009] EWHC 2783 (Ch) - multi-billion pound licensing dispute against the founders of Skype involving copyright issues relating to the underlying software
  • Stanford v Digicel - dispute over the sponsorship rights for the Stanford 20/20 for 20 cricket series in the West Indies
  • 1861 Leisure v Worksop Town FC - dispute between the current and former owners of Worksop Town Football Club

EU/Competition

Tony has extensive experience of competition litigation and has appeared in many of the leading cases in recent years in the High Court, Competition Appeal Tribunal, and the European Courts.  He is currently instructed in a number of cartel damages actions.  Notable cases include:

  • iiyama Benelux BV v Schott AG and others [2016] EWHC 1207 (Ch) - successful jurisdiction challenge on behalf of Samsung in respect of a cartel damages claim relating to cathode ray tubes
  • Peugeot SA v NSK and others - cartel damages claim relating to automotive bearings in the Competition Appeal Tribunal
  • Vodafone v Infineon and others - acting for Vodafone in cartel damages claim relating to smart card chips
  • Emerald Supplies Ltd v British Airways plc - acting for Asiana Airlines in relation to a damages claim arising out of an alleged cartel in the air cargo sector
  • Acting for Rolls-Royce in defending a stand-alone Article 102 claim in the Chancery Division relating to the supply of spare parts
  • Acting for an Italian airport in LCIA arbitration concerning State aid
  • Advising in relation to the European Commission’s investigation into collusive conduct in the credit default swaps market
  • Advising the Royal Bank of Scotland in relation to the European Commission’s investigation into LIBOR-rigging
  • Acting in the first ever appeal to the Competition Markets Authority against Ofgem's price controls for electricity distribution companies
  • Hanson Quarry Products Europe Limited v Competition Commission [2013] CAT 7 - acting for Hanson in relation to the Competition Commission’s market investigation into aggregates, cement, and ready-mix concrete
  • Advising in relation to the OFT’s investigation into the electronic platform services market
  • WM Morrison Supermarkets plc and others v MasterCard Incorporated and others [2013] EWHC 1071 (Comm), [2013] EWHC 3082 (Comm), and [2014] EWHC 2921 (Comm) - defending damages claims in excess of £1 billion arising out of the MasterCard multi-lateral interchange fee, the largest ever damages action brought before the English courts
  • Imperial Tobacco v OFT [2011] CAT 41 - successful appeal against £100 million fine for retail pricing practices in the tobacco industry, the highest ever fine imposed upon a single firm by the OFT
  • Case T-286/09 Intel v Commission - appeal before the General Court against €1 billion fine for infringement of Article 102 in the supply of computer chips, the highest ever fine imposed upon a single firm by the European Commission
  • Boliden AB v IMI plc and others - cartel damages claim relating to copper tubes
  • WH Newson v IMI plc and others - cartel damages claim relating to copper fittings
  • Sony v AU Optronics and others - cartel damages claim relating to liquid crystal displays
  • Nokia v AU Optronics and others [2012] EWHC 731 (Ch) - cartel damages claim relating to liquid crystal displays
  • Nokia v Tatung and others - cartel damages claim relating to cathode ray tubes
  • Honda v Asahi and others - cartel damages claim relating to carglass
  • Durkan Holdings v OFT [2011] CAT 6, Crest Nicholson v OFT and ISG Pearce v OFT [2011] CAT 10, Quarmby Construction Company v OFT [2011] CAT 11, and GMI Construction v OFT [2011] CAT 12 - acted in 5 appeals against the OFT's infringement decision in respect of cover pricing in the construction industry
  • Durkan Holdings v OFT [2010] CAT 12 - disclosure application raising issues of when the OFT can rely upon fresh evidence in the CAT
  • Case T-448/07 YKK v Commission - appeal against €150 million fine for participation in the zip fasteners cartel
  • Case T-112/07 Hitachi v Commission - appeal before the General Court against €50 million fine for participation in the gas insulated switchgear cartel
  • Virgin Media v BSkyB - Article 102 claim relating to the supply of pay TV channels
  • Vtesse Networks v Valuation Officer [2010] EWCA Civ 16 - Court of Appeal case concerning State aid and the principle of equal treatment in the telecommunications sector
  • Tonstate v South Somerset DC [2009] EWHC 3308 (Ch) - competition law claim raising questions of issue estoppel and abuse of process

Directory Quotes

  • "Has an increasingly strong reputation as a junior of choice for many leading silks and solicitors. He has appeared in a number of the most high-profile proceedings of recent years, including those in relation to banking, directorial duties and media and entertainment." (Chambers & Partners 2016)
  • "Extremely calm and very impressive on his feet. He has done a terrific job." (Chambers & Partners 2016)
  • "Works incredibly hard, shows tremendous attention to detail, is hugely bright, and is very personable.  He's just a delight to work with." (Chambers & Partners 2016)
  • "Has been involved in a whole host of high-profile cases of late and has marked himself out as one of the younger breed that is destined for great things." (Chambers & Partners 2016)
  • "He's really good, knows the law, gets into the detail very quickly and will come up with good ideas. He showed very good judgement in how he presented the legal arguments and the facts and got things across perfectly." (Chambers & Partners 2016)
  • "A very promising junior who is very bright and has excellent drafting skills." (Chambers & Partners 2016)
  • "Tony is hard-working, intelligent and has an excellent grasp of detail." (Chambers & Partners 2016)
  • "A commercial junior with an impressively broad practice. He is gaining respect in the area for his advocacy and dexterous handling of high profile shareholder disputes and cases relating to corporate finance acquisitions." (Chambers & Partners 2016)
  • "A tenacious advocate with good judgement. He's effective, hard-working and good to deal with." (Chambers & Partners 2016)
  • "Incredibly bright" (Legal 500 2015)
  • "A good up-and-coming junior" (Legal 500 2015)
  • "Effective, hardworking and good to deal with when it comes to pleadings" (Legal 500 2015)
  • "One of the brightest and most promising juniors around. He drafts documents excellently, and is also a calm, confident and eloquent advocate.” (Chambers & Partners 2015)
  • "A gifted junior with a quality commercial practice. One solicitor who regularly instructs him says: 'Not only is he an excellent barrister academically, but he is also a pleasure to work with on a practical and personal level.'" (Chambers & Partners 2015)
  • "'Frustratingly brilliant', 'he is also a very nice man' who is 'very highly thought of by many people senior to him.'” (Chambers & Partners 2015)
  • "Tipped as a future star, he is already gaining significant recognition from top clients." (Chambers & Partners 2015)
  • "He has a voracious appetite for work, good judgement and terrific brainpower as well." (Chambers & Partners 2015)
  • "Tony is very approachable, good on his feet, and excellent if you require practical and commercial advice." (Chambers & Partners 2015)
  • "An impressive and active junior, with a broad practice encompassing insurance, energy, civil fraud and professional negligence cases. Solicitors appreciate his user-friendliness and strong work ethic." (Chambers & Partners 2015)
  • "He has a very good grasp of the issues and puts a lot of effort into knowing everything about the case. Very easy to work with, he has no airs and graces." (Chambers & Partners 2015)
  • "A real star for the future. He does an excellent job every time, and works at a level well beyond his year of call." (Chambers & Partners 2014)
  • "A fast-emerging talent in commercial and competition law, who continues to receive plaudits for his broad expertise as a commercial litigator." (Chambers & Partners 2014)
  • "He drafts well and has a very high work quality." (Chambers & Partners 2014)
  • "Gains favour among solicitors and clients in the entertainment industry due to his accomplished handling of contract, licensing and database rights disputes." (Chambers & Partners 2014)
  • "'standout junior' Tony Singla, who has 'a fantastic legal brain'" (Legal 500 2013)
  • "future star" (Legal 500 2013)
  • "Brick Court Chambers’ Tony Singla has rapidly established himself as a junior of choice for commercial litigation and competition law issues. He is 'very bright and mature beyond his years, and he has a gravitas that is well beyond his year of call'. He is 'highly commercial with his advice', and 'is very quick to grasp both the detail and the key arguments of a matter'. He delights clients with his application, 'devoting every hour and even weekends to getting the hard work shifted'. One instructing solicitor who used him said that 'for a case of the magnitude we were handling, to have operated as the only junior, that in itself is testament to his considerable abilities.'  He recently acted for the Israeli entrepreneur Michael Cherney in a $4 billion claim bought against Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska concerning shares in Rusal, a Russian aluminium company.  He also acted for ITV in a high-profile USD30 million contractual licensing dispute with Scottish Television concerning the Channel 3 network." (Chambers & Partners 2013, Stars at the Bar: 5 Years' Call and Under)
  • "an impressive level of market attention, considering his comparative youth" (Chambers & Partners 2013)
  • "Praise also falls on Tony Singla, who sources say is 'great for commercial work with a competition angle'" (Chambers & Partners 2013)
  • "praised as a 'junior of choice' as a result of his 'ability to take complex problems and make them sound simple'" (Chambers & Partners 2013)
  • "quick, efficient and not afraid to make his views known" (Legal 500 2012)
  • "Tony Singla is fast establishing an excellent reputation for commercial disputes and is widely acknowledged as an 'excellent up-and-comer' at the set." (Chambers & Partners 2012)
  • "a bright, young barrister with a tremendous future ahead of him" (Chambers & Partners 2011)

Qualifications

Education

Winchester College (1996 - 2001)

Pembroke College, Oxford University (2002 - 2006)

Inns of Court School of Law (2006 - 2007)

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Jurisprudence (2005) (First Class)

Bachelor of Civil Law (2006) (Distinction)

Bar Vocational Course (2007) (Outstanding)

Scholarships & Prizes

Oxford University

  • Proxime Accessit to the Gibbs Prize (for best performance in Contract, Land, Tort, and Trusts Finals Papers)
  • Norton Rose Prize (for best performance in Company Law Finals Paper)
  • Distinction in Law Moderations

Pembroke College, Oxford

  • Domus Scholarship
  • Sir Roger Bannister Scholarship
  • Crystal Prize for Law
  • Farthing Prize for Constitutional Law

Lincoln’s Inn

  • Buchanan Prize
  • Megarry Scholarship
  • Lord Mansfield Scholarship
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award

Publications

Co-author (with Simon Salzedo QC) of "Accountants’ Negligence and Liability", due to be published in 2016

Contributing author of "Competition Litigation: UK Practice and Procedure" (OUP, 2010)

"No restitutionary remedies for cartel victims", Solicitors Journal (November 2008)

"The remedies (not) available for breaches of Article 81 EC", (2008) European Competition Law Review 201 - 205

"Procedural aspects of unfair prejudice and the re-use of company names", (2008) Company Lawyer 214 - 216

"The fiduciary duties of resigning directors", (2007) Company Lawyer 275 - 276

"Unfair prejudice in the Privy Council", (2007) Law Quarterly Review 542 - 546


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