Financial Services

Widely acclaimed for its traditional prowess in broader chancery work, as well as for its increasing profile in the field of financial services regulation and related litigation. Clients beat a path to its barristers for high-level contentious mandates including allegations of trading breaches and the mis-selling of financial products. Its members are no strangers to pure advisory work either, and their firm grasp of the fast-changing financial world extends to knowledge of the burgeoning area of cryptocurrency.

Client service: “Over the many years of our relationship I have always found the clerks to be very efficient and generally excellent.” “The clerks are a really friendly group.” David Goddard is the senior clerk.

George Bompas QC
Has a comprehensive knowledge of the regulations, and particular experience in working for international clients in Hong Kong, the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands. He is noted for his impressive advisory work in relation to the regulations governing insider dealing, market abuse, collective investment schemes, and other matters.
Strengths: “He has an excellent eye for detail” and  “knows financial services inside out.”

Jonathan Crow QC
A major figure on the financial services scene thanks to his widely perceived excellence in written and courtroom advocacy, and his broad base of experience in commercial litigation and public law. He has appeared at all levels of the court system, including the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: “A fantastic advocate who is highly convincing.” “Judges cannot help but listen to him.”

Robert Miles QC
His financial services work predominantly focuses on complex chancery and commercial matters involving insolvency, shareholder disputes and compliance. He is highly rated for his work representing both regulators and regulated organisations.
Strengths: “He is a very clever and persuasive advocate, and a very tough opponent.”  “A very smooth operator.”

Charles Marquand
A highly regarded senior junior who is especially valued for his expertise in non-contentious advisory work acting for public and private clients in the financial services sector. He also handles contentious work, and shows impressive technical skill and an in-depth knowledge of regulations across the EU.
Strengths: “He was very helpful and practical, great to talk to and very user-friendly.” “He is a financial services expert who is always willing to debate difficult points and help to craft solutions.”

Sharif Shivji
His previous background as a derivatives trader allows him to bring a wealth of direct and professional experience to his highly rated work advising on a range of domestic and international financial regulatory issues. He is also well regarded as an advocate and regularly appears before the Upper Tribunal. His client list includes high-profile investment banks, institutional investors and regulatory bodies.
Strengths: “As an ex-banker, he comes with a great understanding of financial products and documents.”  “He is very personable, user-friendly and very smart.”
Recent work: Acted for Michael Lynch, the former CEO of Autonomy, in litigation arising from the company’s acquisition by Hewlett-Packard.