Five of the best

Jonathan Nash 3 Verulam Buildings

Called to the Bar: 1986

Professional achievements/associations:

Member of Combar and of the European Society for Banking and Financial Law.

Areas of practice:

All aspects of banking operations; financial services; insolvency; professional negligence; insurance; commercial fraud; arbitration.

Recent reported cases:

Target Home Loans v Redferns (1998); Barclays Bank v Weeks Legg & Dean (1998); Jerrard v Barclays Bank (1998).

What they say about him:

“Has a very analytical mind, making him good at interpreting contracts.”

Martin Brindle QC

Fountain Court

Called to the Bar: 1975

Appointed QC: 1992

Professional achievements/associations:

Chairman of Trustees of Public Concern at Work; special adviser to Trade & Industry Select Committee on “Export Licensing and BMARC”; author of Does Constructive Knowledge Make a Constructive Trustee? (Australian Law Journal and Trust Law & Practice, 1987), Money Laundering and the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (International Tax Report, May 1995) and Tolley's International Tax Planning (1996); co-author of The Law of Bank Payments FT Law & Tax (1996).

Areas of practice:

Commercial/corporate and employment law. Emphasis on banking and financial services; company law; professional negligence in financial and commercial matters; insurance; arbitration; international. Experience in City- related matters, including litigation arising out of audits take-overs and rights issues.

Recent reported cases:

Omni v Deloittes (1998); Bank Austria v Price Waterhouse (1998); BCCI v Price Waterhouse and Bank of England (1997).

What they say about him:

“Very practical and down to earth.”

Ali Malek QC

3 Verulam Buildings

Called to the Bar: 1980

Appointed QC: 1996

Professional achievements/associations:

Author of paper on cross-border disputes involving banks, presented to the International Bar Association/American Banking Association in Washington; co-author of Cross-Border Fraudulent Activity, presented at the Creaton Conference on “Banks, Fraud and Crime”; member of Combar and American Banking Association.

Areas of practice:

Commercial law including banking; insurance; international trade; professional negligence; insolvency; domestic and international commercial arbitration; private international law.

Recent reported cases:

Yorkshire Bank v Hall (1998); Prince Jefri v KPMG (1998); Barclays v Thompson (1997); BCCI v Price Waterhouse (1997).

What they say about him:

“An up-beat commercial mind”; “very impressive”; “he doesn't hesitate to pick up the telephone or send e-mail”.

Bankim Thanki

Fountain Court

Called to the Bar: 198

Professional achievements/associations:

Harmsworth Law Scholar, Middle Temple, 1998; Inns of Court Studentship, 1987-89; co-author of Carriage by Air (forthcoming), Butterworths; Rapporteur to the Alexander Review on Bar Standards, Blueprint for the Bar, 1994.

Areas of practice:

Commercial and other civil work, with emphasis on commercial litigation; banking; banking supervision; professional negligence; commercial arbitration; insurance; employment; sports law; disciplinary tribunals and inquiries.

Recent reported cases:

Nuova Safim SpA v Sakura Bank [1998]; Federal Republic of Germany v Sothebys and Cobert Finance [1998].

What they say about him:

“Very commercial with very sharp analysis.”

Anthony Grabiner QC

One Essex Court

Called to the Bar: 196Appointed QC: 1

Professional achievements/associations:

Head of chambers since 1994; director of the London Court of International Arbitration; Deputy High Court Judge, Chancery and Queen's Bench Divisions.

Areas of practice:

Banking; arbitration; commodity disputes; conflict of laws; financial services; insurance; judicial review; monopolies and mergers; oil and gas cases; professional negligence; takeovers.

Recent reported cases:

National Power v United Gas Company (1998); Society of Lloyd's v Fraser and Os, Queen's Bench Division (1998); Rembrandt Group v Philip Morris International Incorporated (1997).

What they say about him:

“Very experienced – a top silk.”