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Laurie Brock

Call 2013

lbrock@maitlandchambers.com

Laurie practices across a range of chambers’ areas of expertise, but with a particular focus on banking and financial services (in which area he was ranked as an up and coming junior in Chambers UK 2020), commercial and property disputes. He has experience of acting as part of a counsel team in large and complex cases and in lengthy trials and appeals (such as Property Alliance Group v RBS, below) but is also comfortable acting as sole counsel and regularly appears in the County Court and in High Court applications.

Laurie’s recent and current notable work includes:

Banking and Financial Services

Acted (with Catherine Newman QC and Alec McCluskey) for the Claimants in Red Kite Management Limited & Ors v Barclays Bank Plc, a multi-hundred million pound claim based on alleged mis-use of confidential information (and market manipulation) in the context of London Metal Exchange copper trading.

Has particular expertise in relation to allegations of derivative mis-selling and LIBOR manipulation, having been instructed in some of the most notable and high-profile cases in these areas, including:

Property Alliance Group v Royal Bank of Scotland Plc: Acted for the successful Defendant, the Royal Bank of Scotland (with Richard Handyside QC, Paul Sinclair and Adam Sher) in this landmark £30 million claim based on allegations of derivative mis-selling, unfair practice in RBS’s Global Restructuring Group and LIBOR Manipulation. The LIBOR Manipulation claim was the first of its kind to have reached trial before the English Courts and the case was one of the Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2016.

Following a ten week trial (May-July 2016), judgment was handed down in December 2016 ([2016] EWHC 3342) dismissing all of the Claimant’s claims. Laurie was also instructed (with Richard Handyside QC and Adam Sher) on the 7-day appeal heard between January-February 2018, which was unanimously dismissed ([2018] EWCA Civ 355).

The case also involved urgent injunctive proceedings against the solicitors for Property Alliance Group (concerning the obligations on law firms to protect confidential information held by an employee of that firm as the result of his prior employment) in which Laurie was instructed with Patrick Goodall QC and Adam Sher.

Stuart Wall v Royal Bank of Scotland Plc: Acted for the Royal Bank of Scotland (with Andrew Mitchell QC, Jeremy Goldring QC, Tamara Oppenheimer, James Cutress and Adam Sher) in a multi-million pound claim based on the alleged mis-selling of an interest rate swap in the context of a securitisation. The case also involved allegations relating to RBS’s Global Restructuring Group and LIBOR manipulation. The case was one of the Lawyer’s Top 20 cases of 2017 and settled shortly before a 12-week trial.

London Bridge Holdings Ltd & ors Royal Bank of Scotland Plc: Acted for the Royal Bank of Scotland (with Adrian Beltrami QC and James Cutress QC) in a £450 million claim based on allegations of LIBOR manipulation.

Basalt Holdings Ltd & another v Royal Bank of Scotland Plc: Acted for the Royal Bank of Scotland (with James Cutress QC) in a multi-million pound claim based on alleged derivative mis-selling and LIBOR manipulation.

Fine Care Homes Ltd v Natwest Markets Plc: Instructed for Natwest Markets Plc (with Edward Levey QC) for six day trial listed for October 2020.  

Lampo v Natwest Markets Plc: Acting for Natwest Markets Plc (with Paul Sinclair QC) in claim based on alleged derivative mis-selling. A six day trial is listed for early 2021.

Boyse International Ltd v Natwest Markets Plc: Advised Natwest Plc on issues relating to an application to strike-out a claim based on allegations including LIBOR manipulation. The application succeeded (see [2020] EWHC 1264 (Ch)).  

TP Properties LP v (1) National Westminster Bank Plc (2) Natwest Markets Plc: Acted for the Defendants (with Paul Sinclair QC) in a multi-million pound claim based on alleged derivative mis-selling. The case settled shortly before trial.

London Executive Aviation v Royal Bank of Scotland Plc: Acted for the Royal Bank of Scotland (with Paul Sinclair QC) at an interlocutory stage in a multi-million pound claim based on alleged derivative mis-selling, including successfully resisting an application by the Claimant for expert evidence ([2017] EWHC 1037 (Ch)).

Commercial Chancery Disputes

Mars Capital v Hussain & ors: Acting (with Thomas Grant QC) for a mortgage company in its claim relating to the enforceability of an assigned mortgage portfolio. A five day trial is listed for January 2021.

Mohamed v Breish: Assisted Christopher Pymont QC and Benjamin John (on behalf of the successful Applicant, Dr Mohamed) in relation to the hearing and determination of issues relating to a dispute over the chairmanship of the Libyan Investment Authority (see [2020] EWHC 696 (Comm)).

Advised two individual Defendants on jurisdictional issues relating to service of the Claim Form in a claim for damages estimated at £150-175 million.

Advised (with Christopher Pymont QC and Siward Atkins) a car dealership on agency issues and equitable remedies arising out of the sale of a number of classic cars.

Property

Acting (with John McGhee QC) for developers in a number of cases involving disputes over rights to light.

Acting (with John McGhee QC) for a limited partnership in a dispute relating to the acquisition of investments in ground rents.

Acting (with John McGhee QC) for an investor in a dispute relating to a proposed development in Woolwich.

Acted (with John McGhee QC) for a developer in relation to a trial of the quantum of “negotiation” damages owed to the Claimant developer following breach of an overage agreement.

Acted (with John McGhee QC) for a developer in a dispute relating to the lease of a dock.

Acted (with John McGhee QC) for a developer in an expert determination relating to the interpretation of an option agreement.

Acted (with Thomas Grant QC) for a real estate business in an expert determination relating to contractual interpretation and estoppel.

Company

Acted (with Andrew Ayres QC) in unfair prejudice proceedings relating to a group of companies making up an international luxury fashion brand.

Acted (with Mark Cunningham QC) in unfair prejudice/partnership proceedings in Gibraltar relating to two Gibraltarian companies.

Acted (led by Andrew Walker QC) for the Defendant in the trial of a claim and counterclaim relating to the ownership and control of two companies.

Advised an incorporated charity in relation to rectification of its register of members.

Media and Entertainment

Acting for former member of the Sex Pistols in claim brought by another former member.

Arbitration

Acting as sole counsel in £2 million arbitration proceedings concerning an abortive corporate acquisition.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Laurie read Classics at Girton College, Cambridge, graduating in 2011 with First Class Honours and winning the Wace Medal for outstanding performance in Art and Archaeology, as well as a number of college academic awards. He went on to study the GDL at Kaplan Law School, where he received a distinction and came top of his year.  For his BPTC year, he was awarded the Princess Royal Scholarship by Inner Temple and was marked Outstanding on the Bar Course, coming top of his year and receiving the Best Student and Leading Advocate Prizes.

Memberships
Chancery Bar Association, COMBAR, Gibraltarian Bar

Qualifications
MA (Cantab) (First Class)

Laurie's clerks would be happy to discuss the terms on which Laurie will act. In the absence of express agreement in writing to the contrary, Laurie accepts instructions on the basis of the Bar Standards Board’s Standard Contractual Terms for the Supply of Legal Services By Barristers to Authorised Persons 2012 (updated for the GDPR in 2018).

Testimonials

Chambers UK, 2020

Banking & Finance
"Incredibly industrious" and has "an almost photographic memory."