Fountain Court adds South Square barrister

Insolvency set South Square has lost a senior junior barrister to Fountain Court Chambers.

Commercial litigation barrister Ben Valentin is to join the set next month (3 March 2014).

He arrives at chambers with a list of magic circle clients, having represented a string of high-profile financial institutions including the Bank of England, Bank of New York Mellon, Goldman Sachs and RBS.

Valentin was instructed by Field Fisher Waterhouse in 2013 as a junior to Thanki in a Supreme Court case over whether the principle of legal advice privilege should extend to encompass the accountancy profession (23 January 2013).

In 2011, Thanki also led Valentin to enforce a $1bn arbitration for the Scandinavian telecoms company Sonera in BVI.

Director of clerking Alex Taylor said:  “We are really looking forward to Ben joining Fountain Court.  He is an outstanding name in commercial disputes work and undoubtedly one of the star juniors in the London market.”