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Adrian Beltrami QC

Call 1989; QC 2008; MA (Cantab) LLM (Harvard)
Email: abeltrami@3vb.com

Adrian Beltrami QC

Adrian Beltrami specialises in commercial litigation and advisory work, both domestic and multinational. He was appointed Queen's Counsel on 28 March 2008. His litigation practice includes banking and financial services, commercial disputes, corporate insolvency and restructuring, professional negligence involving solicitors, accountants and valuers, civil fraud and asset tracing, restitution, off-shore trusts, forum disputes, injunctions, freezing and search orders and other interim remedies. He is also instructed in arbitrations in the same fields.

Adrian has wide advocacy experience and has acted in a number of complex financial cases, in England and in commonwealth jurisdictions, including JPMorgan Chase v Springwell, Real Estate Opportunities v Aberdeen Asset Managers, BCCI, Polly Peck, Grupo Torras, Thyssen and TXU. He has recently acted in a string of trials involving financial institutions arising out of the 2008 financial crisis, such as Titan Steel Wheels v RBS, Camerata v Credit Suisse, Zaki v Credit Suisse, SNCB v UBS, Al Sulaiman v Credit Suisse and Torre v RBS. Such cases frequently involve structured notes, funds and other investment products, asset allocation strategies, interest rate and other swaps, securitisations, loan syndications and valuations. He was instructed throughout in Graiseley Properties v Barclays Bank plc and is involved in other cases concerning LIBOR.

Adrian was awarded Banking and Finance Silk of 2013: Chambers & Partners Bar Awards.

Legal Directories

Adrian is listed as a leading Silk in Banking and Finance, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Civil Fraud, Chancery Commercial and Restructuring/Insolvency (Chambers & Partners) and in Banking and Finance, Commercial Litigation and Civil Fraud (Legal 500):

Adrian Beltrami QC was regarded by many as the best commercial junior at the Bar before taking silk. His excellent performance in the Springwell litigation only served to reinforce his credentials. A 'solid, bright fellow, he can be trusted with anything.'

'calm and measured, always displaying a coherent and commercially astute strategy.'

his specialist knowledge of fraud is especially applauded: 'He knows the law inside and out, and presents a trenchant and rigorous case.'

‘a top drawer young silk',

‘gets straight to the point' and is ‘a delight to work with'

‘Bright, efficient and refreshingly succinct,' he is very much one to watch,

another of the set's leading silks and has been involved in a raft of high-value cases. Instructing solicitors value his outstanding intellect and advocacy, which he brings to bear on a range of areas, including banking and finance, commercial disputes and corporate insolvency.

received a flood of highly complimentary feedback from sources keen to highlight his analytical prowess and his amenable working manner. One instructing solicitor said of him: ‘He's been superb to work with. He has great judgment and a real insight into big and difficult cases. He's something of a star.'

‘He is really heavily skilled from having spent quite so much time in court on the bigger cases'

is admired for his ‘creativity when looking for solutions' and his ‘relaxed and calm advocacy style'

'very bright, and completely unflappable.'

'always immensely intelligent and sensible - nothing seems to throw him.'

'a clever, incisive, relaxed and capable advocate.'

'has immense ability and a bright future.' 


  • Entrance Exhibition, Downing College, Cambridge
  • Open Scholarship, Downing College, Cambridge
  • Clive Parry Prize for International Law, University of Cambridge
  • George Long Prize for Roman Law, University of Cambridge
  • George Long Prize for Roman Law II, University of Cambridge
  • Wright Rogers Scholarship, University of Cambridge
  • Knox Fellowship, Harvard Law School
  • Hardwicke Scholarship, Lincoln's Inn
  • Denning Scholarship, Lincoln's Inn


  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
  • Chancery Bar Association


  • Contributory Negligence: A Viable Defence for Auditors [1990] LMCLQ
  • Banking Litigation (ed. Hewetson & Elliott) 1999, 3rd edition 2011
  • A Note on Incidental Benefit and Multi-Party Situations [2013] RLR 46


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