Fraser’s practice is focused on commercial litigation and arbitration. He is also experienced in judicial review cases, typically involving highly-regulated businesses, and in pensions-related litigation.  

He is recommended in the current editions of the legal directories as a leading junior in Commercial Litigation (“Incredibly intelligent, highly commercial, hard-working, proactive and just a brilliant advocate”), Company (“He is like an encyclopaedia in the field of unfair prejudice law”), Administrative & Public Law ("He provides pragmatic and commercial advice and is extremely responsive"), and Pensions ("He has a knack of breaking down complex problems in an understandable and logical way").  He was also one of Legal Week's 2017 'Stars at the Bar' (top 12 commercial litigation barristers under 10 years' call).

A former solicitor and a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, Fraser is Junior Counsel to the Crown (B Panel), and in 2016 was appointed a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee.

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Commercial

Fraser regularly appears in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division, both as sole counsel (often against Silks) and with a leader. He has a particular interest in unfair prejudice petitions, involving allegations of oppression of minority shareholders, under section 994 of the Companies Act. 

He is recommended as a Leading Junior (Commercial Litigation/Commercial Dispute Resolution) in the Legal 500 2020 and Chambers and Partners 2020. 

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Arbitration

Fraser regularly appears in domestic and international arbitrations, under a variety of different arbitration regimes. 

He is recommended as a Leading Junior (Commercial Litigation/Commercial Dispute Resolution) in the Legal 500 2020 and Chambers and Partners 2020. 

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Public & Regulatory

Fraser has considerable experience of judicial review claims and statutory appeals brought by highly-regulated businesses and professionals, particularly in the energy and health/life sciences sectors. He is a past Vice Chair of the Human Rights Lawyers Association and a member of the Attorney General’s Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (B Panel).

He is recommended as a Leading Junior (Public & Administrative Law) in Chambers and Partners 2020.

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Pensions

Fraser’s pension law practice draws on his broader experience of contractual, public law and employment law disputes. He has appeared in recent leading cases on the Imperial duty to maintain trust and confidence when exercising pension scheme discretions (IBM in the Court of Appeal) and on the construction of pension scheme deeds and rules (Barnardo's in the Supreme Court), as well as in various pensions-related judicial review claims. 

He is recommended as a Leading Junior (Pensions) in the Legal 500 2020 and Chambers and Partners 2020. 

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Achievements

Education

MA (Oxon)

Prizes & Scholarships

  • Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford (2005 – 2012, and 2013 to present)
  • Hunt Prize for Advocacy (Gray’s Inn, 2011)
  • Phoenicia Scholarship (Bar European Group, 2011)

Other relevant experience

Fraser studied law at Pembroke College, Oxford and the University of Leiden, Netherlands. As a student he was President of the Oxford Union (where he is now a trustee) and European Debating Champion, and on graduating was elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. In 2008 he was the youngest of ten solicitors profiled in The Times as ‘Future Stars of the City’. He is co-author of The Law of Political Donations (Wildy & Sons, 2012) and former Vice Chair of the Human Rights Lawyers Association.  

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