Jeremy Cousins QC
Education: Oxford School, Warwick University
Languages: Working knowledge of Italian and French
Jeremy Cousins QC practises in commercial, commercial chancery (including trusts), professional negligence and real estate litigation and is continuously instructed in high-profile and/or high-value cases in these areas. He is well known for his particular expertise in banking and banking related disputes. His practice in these areas frequently involves him in Channel Islands work. His ability to deal with ever more complex cases in a calm and measured way makes him a firm favourite among his clients.
Over many years he has had substantial practices in the Midlands as well as London and from 2002-2006 he was chairman of the Midland Chancery and Commercial Bar Association. In 2007 he was appointed to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge in QBD and Chancery matters.
On a regular basis he contributes articles to a number of leading publications.
What others say
In January 2012, The Lawyer featured one of Jeremy's cases, Christine Davies v AIB Group (UK), in their Top 20 cases for 2012. The article highlights significant and high-profile litigation which is set to define the legal landscape.
Jeremy has been recommended as a leading silk by Chambers UK in the areas of commercial chancery, professional negligence and banking & finance and by Legal 500 in the areas of commercial litigation and professional negligence. Without doubt, Jeremy's expertise contributed to 11 SB being ranked as a leading set for professional negligence in Legal 500 2013. A selection of the most recent quotes and rankings:
He is often instructed by large building societies and also shows skill in cases relating to investment product mis-selling. Expertise: "He has tremendous judgement and is very reliable." "He's basically a dream to work with. He is incredibly knowledgeable and also very personable." Recent work: Acted for the claimant bank AIB alleging breach of trust in its dispute with Mark Redler. (Banking & Finance - Chambers UK 2015)
"A favourite for heavyweight litigation" who appears in the Chancery courts in complex cases. He is well renowned for his expertise in banking and finance disputes. Expertise: "A quite exceptional performer who is very intuitive and has a touch of genius about him." "Remarkably versatile and client-friendly. His encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and thorough preparation make him unbeatable." (Chancery commercial - Chambers UK 2015)
"Calm, collected, and never flustered by the largest, most complex cases." (Commercial litigation - Legal 500 2014)
"An encyclopaedic knowledge of the law coupled with comprehensive and formidable preparation." (Professional negligence - Legal 500 2014)
[He] has significant experience in the banking sector and is regularly instructed on behalf of building societies and other financial institutions. Expertise: "Very intuitive with a touch of genius about him. A quite exceptional performer, he is remarkably versatile and client-friendly. His encyclopaedic knowledge of the law combined with his thorough preparation make him hard to beat." Recent work: Acted in AIB v Redler, dealing with the issue of bankers' remedies for breach of trust against solicitors. (Banking & Finance - Chambers UK 2014)
His reputation for cases involving fiduciary duty precedes him and he is frequently instructed on novel and sophisticated trust disputes. Expertise: "He has a gentle approach but he gets results. He is a formidable preparer of his work and that makes him unbeatable. Possessed of the most lovely cross-examination method, he is gentle, persuasive and avuncular." Recent work: worked on the AIB v Redler case which is tipped to be the leading authority on the remedies available to bankers where solicitors are liable for breach of trust. (Chancery: commercial - Chambers UK 2014 and Chambers Global 2014)
Often works for claimant banks in their negligence claims against a range of professionals including solicitors and valuers. Expertise: "He's very approachable and willing to muck in. He assists in ways other counsel don't."
Recent work: acted for the claimants in AIB v Redler, alleging a breach of trust by the defendant solicitors. (Professional negligence - Chambers UK 2014)
Key individuals at the "very commercially focused" 11 Stone Buildings include Jeremy Cousins QC, whose "quality of advice and written work is always excellent"... (Professional negligence - Legal 500 2013)
11 Stone Buildings’ Jeremy Cousins QC attracts praise for his "encyclopaedic wealth of knowledge, and fabulously calm demeanour". (Commercial litigation - Legal 500 2013)
Jeremy Cousins QC of 11 Stone Buildings is "intuitive and has a touch of genius about him". Possessed of "an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law", he has a practice that encompasses both banking and professional negligence matters. (Banking & Finance - Chambers UK 2013)
Jeremy Cousins QC is an "outstanding" practitioner on commercial matters, and is particularly good on cases with a fiduciary duties element to them. He recently acted in Stanleybet International Betting v Steinberg & others, a claim surrounding guarantee liability construction. (Chancery: commercial – Chambers UK 2013 and Chambers Global 2013)
Jeremy Cousins QC of 11 Stone Buildings has developed a specialist practice dealing with claims relating to solicitors. The past year has seen him acting on a number of claims involving alleged solicitors' breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust and negligence. (Professional negligence – Chambers UK 2013)
The "very impressive" Jeremy Cousins QC joins from Selborne Chambers, a move which has given added vigour to the set. His is a broad-based, classic commercial chancery practice, which has lately seen him take on a number of high-stakes banking and finance cases. (Chancery: commercial - Chambers UK 2012)
Jeremy Cousins QC of 11 Stone Buildings is "responsive and thorough", and combines an "encyclopaedic knowledge of the law" with a steely resolve. He is popular in the market. (Professional negligence - Chambers UK 2012)
11 Stone Buildings' commercial litigation offering was significantly enhanced by the arrival of Jeremy Cousins QC from Selborne Chambers. (Commercial litigation - Legal 500 2011)
Recent moves include the "exceptional" Jeremy Cousins QC (formerly of Selborne Chambers) joining 11 Stone Buildings. (Property litigation - Legal 500 2011)
The greatly experienced and "impressively engaging" Jeremy Cousins QC conducts work across a broad variety of areas, including professional negligence and property litigation. (Chancery: commercial London - Chambers UK 2011)
Jeremy Cousins QC is a Deputy High Court Judge and a popular pick among solicitors for complicated or weighty commercial litigation. (Chancery: commercial Midlands - Chambers UK 2011)
Extremely thorough and good with lay clients. (Professional negligence - Legal 500 2010)
Impresses on all counts. (Professional negligence - Legal 500 2009)
Pragmatic, sensible advice. (Property litigation - Legal 500 2008)
Jeremy Cousins QC is according to one interviewee "a genius. He carries around an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law in his head". He is heartily recommended for his conduct in banking and professional negligence disputes. (Commercial litigation - Chambers UK 2007)
He "casts a long shadow in the marketplace for ‘first-rank' expertise in conflicts relating to banking and professional negligence issues". (Chambers UK 2006)