It specialises in banking and finance,
chancery and commercial law
Legal 500
It specialises in banking and finance,
chancery and commercial law
Legal 500

The members of St Philips Stone Banking and Financial Services team belong to the leading chambers in the Midlands for such work. The team is increasingly expanding its reach to service high quality work in London and overseas. An increasing amount of the work involves cross-territory disputes. According to Chambers UK 2016, “St Philips’ chancery and commercial group is noted for its strengths in areas such as banking and financial services”.

We recognise that clients demand specialist knowledge from barristers who are technically astute, excellent in court, aware of wider commercial issues and personable. St Philips Stone, with its dedicated team, can provide such skills and back it with a professional clerking team that is wholly client-focused and responsive.

Each member of our team is over 10 years’ call and has significant experience of banking and financial services work and such expertise spans all aspects of contested and advisory claims. Particular areas of expertise include:

• Banking and FSA supervision, investigation and enforcement
• Banking litigation
• Guarantees
• Mortgages and charges
• Securitisation
• Capital market arrangements
• Bonds
• Derivatives
• Factoring
• Finance leasing
• Pensions

Members of the team have been involved in a number of banking cases, arising out of recent bank collapses, such as, Lehman Brothers, Landsbanki, Kaupthing and Northern Rock. They also regularly provide advice in relation to financing and banking transactions and documentation. Some members of the team also accept appointments as arbitrators or mediators in these fields. The team has specialist knowledge and expertise in advising as to financial products mis-selling claims, including claims arising out of the swaps and Libor scandal, acting both for and against claimants.

The quality and reputation of the team is demonstrated by recommendations in the legal press, particularly Chambers UK 2015 and Legal 500 2015, where the following members are singled out for praise: Avtar Khangure QC as possessing "an encyclopaedic knowledge of commercial matters and the ability to cut through copious amounts of materials to get to the key points." "He's exceptionally slick and knowledgeable." Simon Clegg is noted for being "extremely personable, versatile and helpful. A real safe pair of hands; you can pass him anything and he will get on with it." Andrew Charman is praised for being “very clever, but also very measured and commercial too. It's valuable because you don't just get legalese from him; his advice has a commercial edge to it. He has a very calm, professional demeanour." Sean Kelly is noted for “his strong focus on claimant representation in the mis-selling of financial products”. William Buck is noted as being "exceptionally clever and understands the realities of solicitors' practice. He is unflappable, particularly when on his feet." John Brennan is mentioned for being “very intelligent, methodical, thorough and charming." "Thorough and well prepared, he takes a sensible commercial view and doesn’t sit on the fence while James Morgan is “very clever, commercial and shrewd." "He's a tenacious advocate who applies a commercial approach to his detailed legal submissions." Paul Dean receives plaudits for being “good on detail, and helpful.” Ali Tabari receives praise for “a knack for getting to the root of an issue quickly.”

There are numerous reported cases involving members of the team, details of which can be viewed on each member’s CV. Members of the team contribute articles to specialist Banking and Financial Services publications. They also regularly provide local and national seminars to solicitors and financial advisers.

We recognise that funding can sometimes be an issue and in appropriate cases, members of the team are prepared to consider acting on a conditional fee basis. We will always try to provide a clear response to funding issues as quickly as possible.

"It specialises in banking and finance, Chancery and company law." - Legal 500 2015

Contact Clerks

  • Birmingham | Tel: 0121 246 7010
  • London | Tel: 020 7440 6900
  • Leeds | Tel: 0113 244 6691

Barristers List

Banking & Financial Services Barristers

    • Vasanti Selvaratnam QC
    • Year Of Call: 1983
    • Silk: 2001
    • Tel: 020 7440 6900
    • Full profile >
    • Avtar Khangure QC
    • Year Of Call: 1985
    • Silk: 2003
    • Tel: 020 7440 6900
    • Full profile >
    • Professor Charles Debattista
    • Year Of Call: 1978
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 020 7440 6900
    • Full profile >
    • Simon Clegg
    • Year Of Call: 1980
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 0121 246 2096
    • Full profile >
    • Colin Wright
    • Year Of Call: 1987
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 020 7440 6900
    • Full profile >
    • Sean Kelly
    • Year Of Call: 1990
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 0113 394 7412
    • Full profile >
    • Dominic Happé
    • Year Of Call: 1993
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 020 7440 6900
    • Full profile >
    • Andrew Charman
    • Year Of Call: 1994
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 0121 246 7000
    • Full profile >
    • John Brennan
    • Year Of Call: 1996
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 0121 246 2196
    • Full profile >
    • Ravi Aswani
    • Year Of Call: 2000
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 020 7440 6900
    • Full profile >
    • Mark Jones
    • Year Of Call: 2000
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 020 7440 6900
    • Full profile >
    • Paul J Dean
    • Year Of Call: 2001
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 0121 246 2092
    • Full profile >
    • William Buck
    • Year Of Call: 2001
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 0113 394 7422
    • Full profile >
    • James Shirley
    • Year Of Call: 2002
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 020 7440 6900
    • Full profile >
    • Tom Whitehead
    • Year Of Call: 2002
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 020 7440 6900
    • Full profile >
    • Peter Cherry
    • Year Of Call: 2003
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 0113 394 7415
    • Full profile >
    • Ali Tabari
    • Year Of Call: 2006
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 0121 246 2197
    • Full profile >
    • Amit Gupta
    • Year Of Call: 2006
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 0121 246 7003
    • Full profile >
    • Iqbal Mohammed
    • Year Of Call: 2007
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 0121 246 7090
    • Full profile >
    • Helen Gardiner
    • Year Of Call: 2007
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 0113 394 7417
    • Full profile >
    • Jonathan Gale
    • Year Of Call: 2009
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 0113 394 7418
    • Full profile >
    • Kate Rogers
    • Year Of Call: 2009
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 020 7440 6900
    • Full profile >
    • Gavin McLeod
    • Year Of Call: 2010
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 0121 246 7000
    • Full profile >
    • Thomas Steward
    • Year Of Call: 2011
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 020 7440 6900
    • Full profile >
    • Andrew Dinsmore
    • Year Of Call: 2013
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 020 7440 6900
    • Full profile >
    • Katie Longstaff
    • Year Of Call: 2013
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 020 7440 6900
    • Full profile >
    • William Hooper
    • Year Of Call: 2014
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 020 7440 6900
    • Full profile >
    • Oberon Kwok
    • Year Of Call: 2014
    • Silk:
    • Tel: 020 7440 6900
    • Full profile >

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