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Practice Summary

Rhodri Davies has a wide-ranging commercial practice in both litigation and arbitration. He is regularly instructed in the fields of banking, company law, derivatives, energy and professional negligence and also in respect of large, complex investigations such as the Leveson Inquiry. He was appointed a Recorder (for civil cases) in 2004 and a Deputy High Court Judge in 2010. In addition to his practice as an advocate, Rhodri sits as an arbitrator when appropriate. 

Rhodri’s recent work includes the matter of Stichting Vestia Groep v. Deutsche Bank AG, instructed (with Ben Strong QC and Tamara Kagan) on behalf of the Claimant Dutch housing association in a claim for over €800 million in relation to complex derivative products sold under an ISDA Master Agreement on the basis of allegations of bribery and capacity. Settlement was reached midway through the 35 day trial which took place across June/July 2019. 

In the last few years Rhodri has appeared in major trials in the High Court and in arbitrations, represented News International before the Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press and successfully conducted the appeal to the Supreme Court in Jivraj v Hashwani [2011] UKSC 40, the landmark case on the application of discrimination law to arbitrators.

Current Directory Recommendations

"He is a lovely, calming influence and is not fazed by anything." "A fabulous advocate, who is extremely user-friendly, no-nonsense and a pleasure to deal with."  Banking & Finance, Chambers UK 2020

"He's extremely persuasive on his feet, smooth and confident with clients, no-nonsense, very efficient and a great team player." "Highly commercial and completely unflappable." Commercial Dispute Resolution, Chambers UK 2020 

‘Highly intelligent, charming, and very user-friendly.’, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Legal 500 2019-2020

'A no-nonsense, fabulous advocate and a pleasure to deal with'Banking & Finance, Legal 500 2019-2020

"Able to quickly identify key legal issues, while understanding the commercial and strategic considerations in a case." "He is a delight to work with and has a very good eye for the bigger picture."  Commercial Dispute Resolution, Chambers UK 2019

"A fabulous advocate, who is extremely user-friendly, he's no-nonsense and a pleasure to deal with." Banking & Finance, Chambers UK 2019

‘Technically brilliant and a very calm and persuasive advocate.’ Commercial Litigation, Legal 500 2018-2019

 ‘A go-to silk on difficult issues and a pleasure to work with every time.’ Banking and Finance, Legal 500 2018-2019

Other directory recommendations include;  

"Has a lovely, calm manner in court, but when you need some steel he is up for the fight." "His excellent judgement enables him to give clear advice on complex legal points.", "Rhodri is phenomenally bright and has excellent judgement, enabling him to give clear advice on complex legal points." "He has a very reassuring presence and is never rattled. On his feet he is a calm, persuasive and incredibly effective advocate.", "Highly commercial and completely unflappable." "Extremely persuasive on his feet and smooth and confident with clients.", "He is extremely persuasive on his feet, smooth and confident with clients, no-nonsense and to the point." "He is very experienced and reliable, with a deep perspective and the ability to create confidence in clients with ease.", "He is charming, highly experienced and has good judgment". "He is very sound, very calm, very clever and a great advocate"., He's an extremely smooth advocate, who stands out as being very calm, and completely in control. There's something reassuring about his presence"., "A very good, understated advocate who is very good with clients and thoroughly charming"., "very good approach.  He is very alert and tactically shrewd". and "Rhodri Davies QC provides ‘very good, practical and robust advice, often in the most technical areas'"