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Practice Summary

Stephen Auld QC undertakes a wide and varied range of commercial and chancery work often involving a number of different jurisdictions, with a particular emphasis on arbitration, banking and finance, civil fraud, complex contractual arrangements and complex shareholder disputes including group actions.  He has extensive and detailed experience in commercial litigation and arbitration, and in banking litigation in particular across a wide range of complex financial markets and instruments, including swaps and derivatives, and commercial fraud and asset freezing/recovery. 

Stephen is an outstanding trial lawyer, highly regarded for his overall handling of cases, his attention to detail, his ability to understand and achieve clients’ commercial objectives and to participate as a team player as well as a team leader. In banking cases, he has in recent years been one of the leading QCs in relation to disputes involving the LIBOR scandal, complex derivatives, FX and GRG cases. In civil fraud, he has been involved in some of the most substantial recent asset freezing cases.

Stephen is called to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the Eastern Caribbean (BVI) and to the Bar in Grenada and has considerable experience of proceedings at first instance in the East Caribbean Court of Appeal and Privy Council. He sits as an Arbitrator, has qualified as a Mediator and has given expert evidence on English Law in substantial US proceedings.

 

BANKING AND FINANCE

"One of the top stars in the field, particularly for difficult cases against the bank." Legal 500 2018 - Banking & Finance

"A smooth, calm and clear advocate who is highly skilled at seizing the court's attention and getting it to focus on key points. His courtroom presence is masterful and his written work is a delight to read. He is hands-on and adept at case management on the most complex of matters." Chambers UK 2019 - Banking & Finance

"Has built a great reputation for handling complex banking disputes, and has a fine track record of success." "He is a great strategist and far more commercially minded than other advocates of his level. He sees right through the issues and gives clear and commercial advice." Chambers UK 2018 - Banking & Finance

"A very smooth and persuasive advocate who is good at cutting through knotty issues to get to the heart of things." "A no-nonsense, charming and confident advocate who is great with clients." Chambers UK 2017 - Banking and Finance

"He is assured and personable and very good with clients. His command of the law and strategic thinking are first-class". "He is intelligent and innovative, allowing him to deal with the novel and difficult issues which often arise in this area of practice." Chambers UK 2016 - Banking and Finance

COMMERCIAL

"Has slick client skills, comes up with structural and tactical initiatives in a case, and is great fun to work with. A charming and confident advocate who's quick to grasp complex issues." Chambers UK 2019 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

"Combines calm and masterful advocacy with excellent client bedside manner." Legal 500 2018 - Commercial Litigation

"A smooth, persuasive advocate who's good at cutting through knotty issues to get to the heart of things." "An amiable barrister well suited to dealing with complex disputes." Chambers UK 2018 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

"He is tactically brilliant and is an extremely good advocate." "A charming and confident advocate, who is great with clients." Chambers UK 2017 - Commercial Dispute Resolution

"He is very good at getting the ear of the judge and ascertaining which points are going to be accepted". "A charming and confident advocate who is great with clients and quick to grasp complex issues and identify commercial solutions". Chambers UK 2016 - Commercial Dispute Resolution
 

CIVIL FRAUD/ASSET FREEZING

"A charming and confident advocate who is great with clients. He is quick to grasp complex issues and identify commercial solutions. He is highly skilled at seizing the court's attention and getting it to focus on the key points." Chambers UK 2019 - Fraud: Civil

"Provides real leadership and is the most commercial and decisive of barristers." Legal 500 2018 - Fraud: Civil

"A great tactician for fraud cases who is a pleasure to work with." "A charming and confident advocate who is great with clients and quick to grasp complex issues." Chambers UK 2018 - Fraud: Civil 

"He is a charming and confident advocate. He is great with clients and quick to grasp complex issue and identify commercial solutions.' Chambers UK 2017 - Civil Fraud

"He is a very good advocate who is good at assessing the judge and ascertaining which points are going to be accepted. He's very pragmatic and also excellent to work with." Chambers UK 2016 - Fraud: Civil
 

GENERAL

'Fantastic all-round commercial litigator’ Stephen Auld QC, who attracts praise for his ‘relaxed yet commanding manner’. The Legal 500 2013

Stephen Auld QC has "excellent communication skills when dealing with solicitors and clients alike." 
Chambers UK 2012

Stephen Auld QC is 'every solicitor's ideal combination: extremely personable with the cutting edge and legal excellence that stands him apart as one of the best of the best'. 
The Legal 500 2011 

Stephen Auld QC is 'a confidence inspiring leader who is a fantastic trial advocate'
The Legal 500 2011