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Practice Summary

Described as a ‘fantastic oral and written advocate’ with ‘an amazing eye for detail’ and as ‘user-friendly’.  Orlando Gledhill's practice encompasses across a broad range of commercial work in litigation, arbitration and ADR.  He has specific considerable expertise in banking and finance, energy and natural resources, commodities, pharmaceutical and IT (including online gaming), although his expertise is not limited to those among other industries.  Orlando has substantial experience in large-scale litigation (see e.g. Red Kite v Barclays, Bilta v RBS and Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs), but he is equally comfortable working on smaller cases (see Challis v British Gas, Staffordshire v Siemens Financial Services).  He also sits as an arbitrator.

Recommended by  Legal 500 (Energy), Chambers UK (Energy and Natural Resources, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Banking and Finance), Chambers Global (UK, Dispute Resolution: Commercial; UK, Energy and Natural Resources), Legal 500 (Energy) and Who’s Who Legal (Banking & Finance and Energy & Natural resources).


"Thoughtful, very user-friendly, an excellent team player and a great advocate." Chambers & Partners 2021/2022 - Commercial Dispute Resolution 

"He is clever, creative, constructive and provides concise advice and, equally important, is very approachable and works collaboratively with instructing solicitors to tight deadlines." "He is a very good advocate." "He is very responsive and intelligent." Chambers & Partners 2021/2022 - Energy

"One of my first choices for any intense commercial litigation. He is absolutely excellent." "He has a real instinctive sense about strategy; he is able to anticipate moves the other side might make. He is good on his feet, his drafting is extremely concise and punchy, and he understands and thinks through all the commercial angles." Chambers and Partners 2021/2022 - Banking & Finance

"He is a diligent, hands-on, capable advocate. He is very precise in his analysis and good at untangling difficult energy cases." "He really rolls his sleeves up and gets stuck in. He's a go-to for oil and gas work." Chambers Global 2021 - Energy 

"Very good - quick and bright." "He is user-friendly, creative and practical." Chambers Global 2021 - Commercial 

'Very bright and creative but also user-friendly, he has excellent analytical skills and is a tactical adviser on litigation.' Legal 500 2021-2022 (Energy)

'A master tactician. He understands the commercial dynamics and drivers of a case instinctively, which is seamlessly integrated into his strategic advice. He stands out in particular for his advocacy, which is concise and punchy and highly effective.' Legal 500 2021-2022 (Banking and Finance) 

 ‘One of the best silks in this sector, he is analytically brilliant and a very effective cross-examiner.’ Legal 500 2020-2021 (Energy)

 ‘Fearless, always on top of the detail, determined to get the answer right, and not afraid to take on a judge.’ Legal 500 2020-2021 (Banking and Finance)

'Superb and can cut straight to the core of a complicated issue. He has an amazing eye for detail and is a super advocate.' 'Orlando is incredibly accurate and surgical in his approach and is not afraid to take on a judge.' Chambers & Partners 2020 - Banking & Finance

'Orlando has a very smooth and relaxed style which clients like, and an awful lot of experience.' 'A barrister with an excellent eye for the detail of any case, he's a very calm advocate who is forensic and measured.'  Chambers & Partners 2020 - Commercial Dispute Resolution 

'His analytical skills are very high and on his feet he is a very proficient advocate. He has got a very orderly brain - he processes information really quickly and is pretty unflappable and calm as an advocate.' 'He has a forensic eye for detail.'  Chambers & Partners 2020 - Energy & Natural Resources 

'A team player and a very tenacious advocate who prepares for cases brilliantly.'  Legal 500 2019-2020 (Energy)

‘A fantastic oral and written advocate, if I could use him on every case I would.’ Legal 500 2018-2019 (International Arbitration) 

‘Shows a fierce commitment to the job in hand and is excellent on his feet.’ Legal 500 2018-2019 (Commercial Litigation) 

‘Very thorough, very tenacious and has a great advocacy style.’ Legal 500 2018-2019 (Banking and Finance)

'... direct, punchy and passionate about fighting for clients.' 'He's thorough, user-friendly and popular with clients.' Chambers UK 2019 - Energy and Natural Resources

'He's a serious opponent, who's thorough, bright and someone who commands respect.’ '... a meticulous eye for detail, and is very strong on quantum issues.' Chambers UK 2019 – Banking and Finance

'Incredibly sensible and hard-working. A very good advocate and a very good cross-examiner.' 'Very bright.' Chambers UK 2018 - Fraud: Civil

'Great at helping us find ways around a problem, and very analytical in working out which arguments will fly.' 'An outstanding draftsman who is always fully committed.' Chambers UK 2018 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

'He's a very sophisticated barrister. He works very hard, spots the key points and is a very impressive opponent. He is someone you would want on your team.' Chambers UK 2017 and Chambers Global 2018 – Energy and Natural Resources

Orlando is a fantastic lawyer and one of the best draftsmen I've come across. His ability to say things in a short number of words is unparalleled. He captures things in a punchy way.' 'His drafting and strategic advice are exemplary.’ Chambers UK 2017 – Fraud: Civil

Excellent on his feet and user-friendly.Legal 500 2016-2017 (Energy)

His attention to detail and need to present the best case possible make him formidable.’ Legal 500 2016-2017 (International Arbitration)