Conall Patton acts as an advocate and adviser in a broad range of commercial litigation and arbitration disputes. His areas of expertise include contract/commercial, energy, banking, jurisdiction and choice of law, professional negligence, commercial judicial review and competition law. In the most recent directories, he has been described as “one of the brightest juniors at the Bar whose name will one day be up in lights”. (Chambers UK Bar, 2016). He has previously been described as "a Laurence Rabinowitz of the future" (Chambers UK Bar 2012).
In recent years, Conall has appeared in all divisions of the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, as well as in large-scale arbitrations under a variety of institutional rules. He is regularly instructed as a member of a silk-led Counsel team, as sole advocate or alongside a more junior barrister.
Conall was shortlisted for the Commercial Junior of the Year award at the Chambers UK 2015 Bar Awards. He is recommended as a leading junior in Chambers UK Bar 2016 in four distinct categories: Commercial Dispute Resolution (Band 1), Energy & Natural Resources (Band 2), Competition Law (Band 2) and Banking & Finance (Band 3). He is recommended in Legal 500 2015 in five categories: Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance, EU and Competition, Energy and International Arbitration: Counsel.
Notable recent cases include: acting (without a leader) for Odeon Capital in a six-day Commercial Court trial resisting a claim under New York law arising out of bond trading; acting pro bono (without a leader) for DSO Estates in a two-day County Court trial and obtaining a £10,000 pro bono costs award; acting for British Airways (with Jon Turner QC) in its defence of anti-trust damages claims, including the high-profile recusal of the presiding judge; acting (with Laurence Rabinowitz QC and Patrick Goodall QC) in large-scale Commercial Court and arbitration claims between three Ukrainian oligarchs; acting for Autonomy (with Richard Snowden QC, Laurence Rabinowitz QC and James Potts QC) in claims against its former CEO and finance director.
Conall is a member of the Bar of the British Virgin Islands.
Praise for Conall from Chambers UK Bar 2016:
Banking & Finance: He is the "junior of choice" for many instructing solicitors on complex or multi-jurisdictional banking matters. "He's very easy to deal with and has a good manner with clients." "He is simply fantastic and I would tip him for great things."
Commercial Dispute Resolution: Rises to the top rank of junior commercial advocates this year on the back of resounding praise from peers and solicitors. He has particular expertise in relation to energy, banking and competition disputes. "A rising star of the future. He is exceptionally bright, a natural orator, and not shy about coming forth with suggestions on tactics and points we need to consider." "Extremely bright, extremely affable and highly responsive."
Competition: Has a broad commercial practice and is instructed by top law firms to assist with competition mandates. "One of the brightest juniors at the Bar whose name will one day be up in lights."
Energy and Natural Resources: A very capable junior commercial barrister who sources praise for his work on LNG contracts and in energy arbitrations generally. "He is embarrassingly bright and there are very few rooms he goes into where he is not the brightest by some distance."
Praise from Legal 500 2015:
Banking and Finance: Extremely bright, efficient and commercial – a pleasure to work with.
Commercial Litigation: A very impressive junior who is hugely intelligent and cuts to the nub of the issue very quickly.
EU and Competition: User-friendly and very clever.
Energy: A seriously impressive junior.
International Arbitration: Counsel: A rising star – user-friendly and very clever.