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 “unquestionably brilliant intellectually” (Chambers UK Bar, 2017) and “outstanding in every sense” (Legal 500, 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 is recommended as a leading junior in Chambers UK Bar 2017 in four distinct categories: Commercial Dispute Resolution (Band 1), Energy & Natural Resources (Band 2), Banking & Finance (Band 2) and Competition Law (Band 2). He is recommended in Legal 500 2016 in five categories: Commercial Litigation (Tier 2), Banking and Finance (Tier 2), EU and Competition (Tier 3), Energy (Tier 1) and International Arbitration: Counsel (Tier 2). He was shortlisted for the Commercial Junior of the Year award at the Chambers UK 2015 Bar Awards. In 2018 Conall won Competition Junior of the Year.
Notable recent cases include: acting (without a leader) for Alfa Bank in obtaining a freezing order and subsequent committal order; acting (without a leader) for Autonomy Inc on an appeal in a letter of request case; acting (with Mark Howard QC) for Atheer in a 5-day Commercial Court trial; acting (with Mark Howard QC) in a 5-day energy arbitration; acting (with Daniel Toledano QC) for Dexia in a jurisdiction challenge by an Italian province; acting (with Daniel Toledano QC) for ExxonMobil in a Commercial Court trial arising from the Lehmans collapse; 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 2019:
Energy & Natural Resources: Widely regarded as being at the vanguard of juniors in this field, he is capable of dealing with both the commercial and regulatory aspects of energy work. He has experience of advising and representing clients both in court and in arbitration, and acts for high-ranking developers and facility operators, as well as commodity traders. "Extremely bright and just turns things around remarkably quickly." "He has a very concise and persuasive style of advocacy." "One of the few that 'get' the industry at a very detailed level."
Commercial Dispute Resolution: "He's a great communicator who produces impressive drafting and can condense complex facts into a straightforward pleading." "Always calm under pressure."
Competition Law: Has a strong competition disputes practice, representing clients in high-profile cartel litigation. ."He understands competition law very well, and is a sharp thinker and a smooth presenter."
Praise for Conall from L500 2018:
Banking and Finanance (Including Consumer Credit): ‘Fantastic – a go-to barrister on complex finance disputes.’
Commercial Litigation: ‘Certainly destined for greatness.’
Competition: ‘Undoubtedly one of the top juniors at the commercial Bar and has also gained substantial experience in competition litigation.’
Energy: ‘Regularly instructed on complex, large-scale commercial arbitrations'
International Arbitration (Counsel): ‘One of the absolute top-notch juniors, so incisive and calm.’
Praise for Conall from Chambers UK Bar 2017:
Banking & Finance: Enjoys a fast-growing standing among peers and instructing solicitors for his outstanding written advocacy across a range of areas including banking, competition law and energy. Such is the regard in which he is held that he often acts unled in major cases. "He produces beautifully written advocacy - he has an incredible way of expressing himself that is very effective." "A highly intelligent advocate with an excellent understanding of complex financial products. His expertise in derivatives and structured notes is particularly impressive."
Commercial Dispute Resolution: One of the top juniors at the Commercial Bar, he has a deep understanding of energy, competition, banking and finance matters. He is widely praised for his written work and his incisive analysis of legal issues. "He is unquestionably brilliant intellectually and is completely dedicated." "He is unbelievably clever and quick at getting to the heart of an issue."
Competition: An expert in competition law who also has a wider commercial practice. He has recently acted in high-profile cartel damages actions. "Destined to be a name in shining lights, he's one of the best juniors at the Bar."
Energy and Natural Resources: A "very good all-rounder" who is capable of dealing with both the commercial and regulatory aspects of energy work. He has experience of advising and representing clients both in court and in arbitration. "He's very good and he does the crossover into regulatory work. He's clear, concise, incisive in his legal reasoning and someone with good judgement."
Praise from Legal 500 2016:
Banking and Finance: A very intelligent advocate with an excellent understanding of complex financial products.”
Commercial Litigation: “‘Outstanding in every sense.”
EU and Competition: “User-friendly, hardworking and bright.”
Energy: “Highly regarded by peers and clients alike.”
International Arbitration: Counsel: “A star of the future, who is extremely clever and technically astute.”