Banking & Financial Services Barristers

Banking & Financial Services

What our barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers has a full complement of leading barristers with considerable experience of acting for clients in the banking and financial services sector. They have a deep knowledge and understanding of all the business needs and practicalities that are particular to banking and financial services. We offer our clients an expert, multi-faceted and practically focused service.

Who our banking and financial services barristers act for

Our barristers act for the full range of clients of all sizes and importance in the banking and financial services sector, including:

  • Banks, both domestic and international
  • Borrowers
  • Independent financial advisers
  • Insurers and insurance brokers
  • Investors
  • Hedge funds, investor firms and private equity groups
  • Bank of England
  • HM Treasury
  • Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS)
  • Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)

Which areas of banking and financial services we cover

  • Asset tracing and recovery (including freezing orders, search orders and payments into court)
  • Assurance, insurance and re-insurance
  • Authorisation, supervision and compliance issues
  • Banking litigation, insolvency and debt recovery
  • Challenges to decisions by the FCA, the FOS, the SFO and the FSCS
  • Collective investment schemes
  • Competition, market abuse and market manipulation
  • Consumer credit
  • Credit and asset hire agreements
  • Disciplinary, investigation and enforcement proceedings
  • European legislation (including RDR, MMR, EMIR, MiFID II, AIFMD, MAD, MAR, SBD and CRD IV)
  • Financial Services and Markets Act issues
  • Freedom of information
  • Human rights
  • Listing, prospectus, disclosure and transparency
  • Mis-selling (including PPI, mortgages and interest rate hedging products)
  • Pensions regulation
  • Professional negligence (including experience of acting for both sides)
  • White collar and corporate crime

Jurisdictions we cover

Our barristers have much experience of acting in banking and financial services disputes with an international or cross-border dimension, having particular expertise of disputes in the EMEA region (including acting for clients before the Dubai Financial Services Authority), the USA and the BVI.

Additional banking and financial services sector knowledge

We support our clients within the financial services sector by sending our juniors to them on longer-term secondments.

Our barristers have acted as s.166 approved persons in high-profile market investigations and have contributed to leading publications in the banking and financial services sector.

Who to contact

Owen Lawrence

Owen Lawrence is the Senior Practice Manager for the Banking & Financial Services team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


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Call: +44 (0)20 7634 9016


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Hodge Malek QC

Hodge Malek QC

Call: 1983 Silk: 1999

Sean Wilken QC

Sean Wilken QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2010

Jenni Richards QC

Jenni Richards QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2011

Fenella Morris QC

Fenella Morris QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2012

Hefin Rees QC

Hefin Rees QC

Call: 1992 Silk: 2013

James Strachan QC

James Strachan QC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2013

Marion Smith QC

Marion Smith QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2015

James Ramsden QC

James Ramsden QC

Call: 1987 Silk: 2016

Andrew Tabachnik QC

Andrew Tabachnik QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2017

Denys Hickey

Denys Hickey

Call: 1975

Jonathan Bellamy

Jonathan Bellamy

Call: 1986

Christiaan Zwart

Christiaan Zwart

Call: 1997

Jess Connors

Jess Connors

Call: 2000

Saima Hanif

Saima Hanif

Call: 2002

Ned Helme

Ned Helme

Call: 2006

Jennifer Thelen

Jennifer Thelen

Call: 2007

Catherine Dobson

Catherine Dobson

Call: 2009

Patrick Hennessey
Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Call: 2010

Stephen Kosmin

Stephen Kosmin

Call: 2011

James Potts

James Potts

Call: 2011

Yash Bheeroo

Yash Bheeroo

Call: 2011

Cleon Catsambis

Cleon Catsambis

Call: 2011

Adam Boukraa

Adam Boukraa

Call: 2013

Sarah Bousfield

Sarah Bousfield

Call: 2013

Paul Hayes

Paul Hayes

Call: 2005

Patrick Lane SC

Patrick Lane SC

Call: 1977

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