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Sonia Tolaney QC

One Essex Court

London, GBR


Sonia Tolaney QC is widely regarded as one of the leading Commercial Silks at the Bar. She is the "go-to silk for numerous financial institutions" and is "regularly instructed on the most substantial and topical disputes". Currently she is acting for BNP Paribas on its appeal in the Golden Belt litigation (concerning an arranger’s duties in a complex financial transaction); for Barclays in substantial Lehmans related litigation; for Sothebys in a high profile fine art dispute; and for Deutsche Bank both in the Unitech litigation and in the Commercial Court claim recently brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation against a number of LIBOR panel banks. Sonia is also acting for a variety of financial institutions and hedge funds (including ABN AMRO, Commerzbank, Dexia, Deutsche Bank, and Carval) in a range of complex disputes concerning FX, ISDA, syndicated credit agreements, waterfall issues and jurisdiction.

Sonia has "an enviable reputation" for her "very compelling and incredibly focused advocacy" and "lethal cross-examination". She is a hugely experienced advocate, having appeared in a vast number of high profile applications, trials and appeals. She has been described as "one of the brightest stars at the Bar" who is "brilliant academically". 'A big name' who is ‘at the top of any right-thinking person's wish list'. 

Sonia was awarded the “Commercial Litigation Silk of the Year” 2017 (Chambers UK Bar Awards 2017). She was awarded the "Banking Silk of the Year" 2015 (an award for which she was also nominated in 2014) (Chambers UK Bar Awards). In 2014, she was awarded The Legal 500 "Commercial Litigation Silk of the Year", where it was noted that she is a serious presence in the market and a great strategist to have on your side." She was nominated for that award again in 2017.

In 2016, Sonia was appointed as a Deputy High Court Judge (QBD) and specifically authorised to sit in the Commercial Court. Sonia is also the Vice Chairman of the Commercial Bar Association (2017).
Sonia Tolaney QC is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Developments in Securities Litigation for Corporate Lawyers - Seventeenth Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe: Practical Implications of U.S. Law on EU Practice, Wednesday, February 07, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Developments in Securities Litigation for Corporate Lawyers - Developments in Securities Litigation for Corporate Lawyers, Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Developments in Securities Litigation for Corporate Lawyers - Developments in Securities Litigation for Corporate Lawyers, Wednesday, February 07, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Developments in Securities Litigation for Corporate Lawyers - Developments in Securities Litigation for Corporate Lawyers, Wednesday, February 07, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Seventeenth Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe: Practical Implications of U.S. Law on EU Practice, Friday, February 09, 2018, London
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