Head of chambers
Mr Ewan McQuater QC, Mr Adrian Beltrami QC
3VB is one of London’s leading sets of barristers’ chambers, and its members are often involved in the major commercial and international cases of the day. Recent examples include PCP Capital Partners LLP v Barclays Bank, Barclay v Barclay, Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale SA, Stati v The Republic of Kazakhstan, The RBS Rights Issue Litigation, PJSC Tatneft v Bogolyubov, Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton UK LLP, Terra Firma v Citigroup, and Goldman Sachs International v Novo Banco SA. Members of chambers are also involved in high-value complex international commercial, energy and treaty-based arbitrations. 3VB prides itself on its professional expertise and the outstanding opportunities afforded to all tenants to build leading commercial practices. It is a forward-looking, friendly, and diverse set, with excellent practice managers and first-class facilities.
3VB’s members are recognised as specialists in categories that span the full range of commercial law including international arbitration, investment treaty work, banking and financial services, commercial and contractual disputes, civil fraud, energy, natural resources and infrastructure, construction, insolvency, insurance, technology, IT and telecoms, media and entertainment, and professional negligence.
Commercial practice is demanding and 3VB seeks the brightest and the best. The characteristics we are looking for are intellectual and analytical ability, oral and written communication and advocacy skills, and the temperament and determination to succeed at the competitive Commercial Bar. As a minimum, candidates should have an actual or expected 2.1 in undergraduate studies (and a good record on the GDL where applicable). Many successful applicants have a first class degree or a master’s degree, or both.
Pupils sit with four pupil supervisors for three months each. 3VB’s pupil supervisors are ordinarily drawn from the senior juniors. Pupils also have the opportunity to work with many other members of chambers during the course of pupillage. Pupils are exposed to a range of cases, advocacy training exercises, and top-quality expertise from which to learn their skills, all in an encouraging and supportive environment. During the practising second six months, pupils are given the opportunity to undertake advocacy on their own account, to build up experience and earnings. Tenancy at 3VB is offered to all pupils who make the grade. Pupils are invited to many chambers events and socialise regularly with members and staff.
3VB normally offers up to four pupillages per year (including deferred pupillages). 3VB is a member of the Pupillage Gateway and, save for established practitioners and other applicants who have obtained BSB dispensation, all candidates should apply via the Gateway.
Two-day mini-pupillages are an essential part of chambers’ selection procedure and include an assessed exercise; prospective applicants for pupillage are strongly encouraged to apply for a mini-pupillage; please visit the 3VB website.
The pupillage award is £70,000 per annum. Up to £20,000 of this award can be drawn down during the year before pupillage.
Admiralty & shipping
Shipping law is one of the oldest and most developed branches of commercial law.
Banking & finance
Barristers and banks generally cross paths when something costly has gone wrong in relation to a transaction or product.
Commercial dispute resolution
The commercial Bar covers a range of areas, including banking, sale of goods and shipping, insolvency, civil fraud, and insurance/reinsurance.
Construction & engineering
Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes by way of litigation, mediation, adjudication or arbitration.
Some of the biggest insolvencies have billions of pounds at stake, so there can be lucrative work for barristers.
When parties from different jurisdictions come into conflict over commercial relationships, they may decide that arbitration is the best method of resolution.
Clinical negligence is a type of professional liability involving disputes between patients and healthcare providers.
Whether it’s EU-originated, domestic or an industry code of conduct, regulation affects all aspects of civil life and commercial activity.
Sports & entertainment
Among the different types of client are professional athletes; their managers, coaches and agents; sports clubs and brand sponsors.