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Sonia Tolaney QC is widely regarded as one of the leading Commercial Silks at the Bar. She is the "go-to silk for numerous financial institutions" and is "regularly instructed on the most substantial and topical disputes". She is currently acting for RBS and its former directors in the RBS Rights Issue litigation and for the FCA in litigation before the English courts and the CJEU over Russian sanctions imposed on Rosneft. She is also acting in disputes in relation to LIBOR, FX and ISDA (for Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and others), in Lehmans' related litigation concerning repo transactions (for BNY Mellon) and in the high profile Commercial Court proceedings regarding CPDOs sold by ABN AMRO (for Standard & Poor).

Sonia has “an enviable reputation” for her "very compelling and incredibly focused" advocacy" and “lethal cross-examination”. She is a very experienced trial advocate; she recently acted for Deutsche Bank in the high profile 16 week trial of its FX and Equities prime brokerage claims against Sebastian Holdings and for UBS, Dexia and Intesa in trials concerning the enforceability of CDOs and interest rate swaps. Prior to that she was engaged in the Berezovsky v Abramovich trial and related litigation.

She combines her powerful advocacy skills with formidable legal analysis, commercial sense and tactical judgment. She has been described as "one of the brightest stars at the Bar" who is "brilliant academically", with "crisp and flawless paperwork", "tremendous intellect" and "great tactical sense and litigation ability...'A big name' who is ‘at the top of any right-thinking person's wish list'. Solicitors comment that "When the other side sees her on her feet in court, they know they've already lost thebattle...her courtroom skills are simply head and shoulders above most others..".

Sonia was named the Chambers UK "Banking Silk of the Year" 2015 (an award for which she was also nominated in 2014) and in 2014, she was also named The Legal 500 "Commercial Litigation Silk of the Year", where it was noted she was “regularly instructed on the most substantial and topical disputes…she is a serious presence in the market and a great strategist to have on your side.”

"A serious presence in the market and a great strategist." "She is clear, concise and authoritative, as well as very user-friendly." Chambers and Partners 2017 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

"She has the ear of the court and can make submissions that go down like sweetmeats." "An incredibly persuasive advocate with an excellent courtroom manner in terms of presenting a reasonable face to the court. She knows what points to concede and what to pursue." Chambers and Partners 2017 - Banking and Finance

'She is very user friendly, formidably clever and also very engaged.' 'She quickly earns the respect of solicitors and clients alike.' Chambers and Partners 2017 - Civil Fraud

"She's fantastic, absolutely fantastic. It's a pleasure to work with her because she's very personable. She is incredibly easy-going but it's like steel in a silk glove."  Chambers UK 2016

A "class act" of the banking world, she continues to impress market sources with her comprehensive analysis and effective strategy on cases of the highest importance and complexity.  Chambers UK 2016

"She is a force to be reckoned with. Tactically brilliant and very open to discussion. She understands very quickly what you're asking of her and delivers exactly the product you need." Chambers UK 2016

"She is very popular, very clever and hard-working." Chambers UK 2016

"Very tenacious. She's a real fighter who's very bright, very sensible and extremely easy to work with."  Chambers UK 2016

"She is almost the complete QC in a way; she has strong advocacy and drafting skills combined with great client handling skills."  Chambers UK 2016