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Banking Overview

We have a strong and growing reputation as one of the leading sets of chambers for banking and financial services litigation.  Several members of Serle Court are recognised in the directories as leading practitioners in this area and our members have participated (sometimes on opposing sides) in some of the main banking and financial services cases of recent years, including the RBS Rights Issue Litigation, the Bank Charges Litigation, cases arising out of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and many mis-selling cases including JP Morgan Chase v Springwell Navigation Corp.

Members of Serle Court act both for and against banks and financial services companies, and have experience in a wide range of banking transactions, instruments and types of dispute.

Our banking and financial services clients often appreciate our ability to couple expertise in those fields with expertise in other areas that may be relevant, such as insolvency, trusts, regulatory issues and fraud/asset recovery.


Chambers & Partners 2018


David Blayney QC
Has a growing reputation in silk as a highly technically capable banking lawyer, who is involved at the centre of some of the most significant cases in the field. He is also noted for his expertise in relation to commercial chancery, company law and partnership disputes. Blayney receives plaudits for his significant trial experience and is appreciated for his imaginative and persuasive arguments.
Strengths: "David has an extraordinarily creative and lateral mind. He's able to see lines of argument others miss."

Philip Marshall QC
Highly experienced silk with a wide-ranging practice centred on commercial matters heard in the Chancery Division. He focuses on complex disputes turning on issues of company law, civil fraud and insolvency, as well as banking and finance. Marshall also appears regularly in complex and substantial arbitrations, particularly before the ICC and LCIA.
Strengths: "Philip is a superb advocate who balances aggression with excellent judgement."


Simon Hattan
Enjoys a growing reputation as an accomplished banking junior and has a practice that has seen him appear in a number of headline cases in recent years. He is particularly well versed in civil fraud, trusts litigation, disciplinary proceedings and disputes arising out of breaches of fiduciary duties. Hattan has further noted expertise in contentious financial regulatory matters. 
Strengths: "Very thorough and very level-headed."

Legal 500 2017

David Blayney QC - 'The consummate professional with a strong intellect'

Dominic Dowley QC - ‘He has the ability to get to the heart of the problem quickly’ 

Elizabeth Jones QC - ‘The word excellent doesnt do her justice; an outstnading silk in every respect’ 

Philip Marshall QC - ‘An immensely sharp barrister’

Simon Hattan - ‘He has a "never-say-die" attitude and must be knocking on the door of silk’



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Notable Cases

Wyatt v Royal Bank of Scotland

Acted for the guarantor of debts of a company which... more

Greenwood & Ors v Goodwin & Ors

The ongoing group litigation relating to the £12bn rights issue... more

Bank of St Petersburg v Vitaly Arkhangelsky & Anor [2014] EWCA Civ 593, [2014] EWHC 695 (Ch.), [2014] EWHC 574 (Ch.)

A claim to enforce a series of guarantees afforded to... more

JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov, Zharimbetov & Ors

Large fraud trial in which the Bank successfully obtained Judgment... more

Access Bank plc v Akingbola [2012] EWHC 1124 (Comm)

The case involved a fraud claim against the former Chief... more

Lexi Holdings v Pannone

Philip Marshall QC and Ruth Holtham continued to appear on... more

JP Morgan Chase Bank v Springwell Navigation Corporation [2008] EWHC 1186 and 1793 (Comm)

A mis-selling claim against a bank relating to a US$600m... more

North Shore Venture v Anstead Holdings [2010] EWHC 1485 (Ch); [2011] EWCA Civ 230; [2010] EWHC 910 (Ch)

Acting for the defendants in a case which raises important... more

Tchigirinski v Orton Oil

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Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc v Winterthur (UK) Holdings Ltd

A £37m claim for breach of warranty and fraudulent misrepresentation... more

National Westminster Bank v Rabobank [2007] EWHC 1742

Decision on circumstances in which implied misrepresentation can arise between... more

Redwood Master Fund v TD Bank Europe Ltd [2006] BCLC 149

Claim by vulture funds that majority banks' decision in syndicated... more

SAMA v Dresdner bank [2005] 1 Lloyds Rep 12, CA

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Bank of Ireland v AMCD Property Holdings and others (2001) 2 All ER (Comm) 894

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