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 (“He excels on his feet and is a master cross-examiner, with an assurance beyond his years of call”), Company (“He is like an encyclopaedia in the field of unfair prejudice law”), Administrative & Public Law ("He's hard-working, collegial and just an absolutely fantastic team member"), and Pensions ("Proactive, personable and perceptive. Incredibly responsive. A true intellect, but always commercial").  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.

Experience

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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 is recommended as a Leading Junior (Commercial Litigation/Commercial Dispute Resolution) in the Legal 500 2022 ("A very strong all-rounder, offering tight drafting, cogent advice and deft advocacy. He excels on his feet and is a master cross-examiner, with an assurance beyond his years of call" ), Chambers and Partners 2022 ("Extremely hard-working and a charming advocate with an excellent demeanour. He is available even late into the day and is fantastic with clients. A silk in the making"), and Chambers Global 2021 ("His drafting is concise and to the point, which drives cases. In court he is an extremely adept cross-examiner who judges warm to").  

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Company

Fraser has a particular interest in unfair prejudice petitions, involving allegations of oppression of minority shareholders, under section 994 of the Companies Act. He is also frequently instructed in other types of shareholder disputes, in both court and arbitration, and in cases involving alleged breaches of directors’ duties. 

He is recommended as a leading junior in the Company section of Legal 500 2022 ("Not only is he incredibly intelligent, but he is like an encyclopaedia in the field of unfair prejudice law’") and Chambers and Partners 2022 ("An extremely impressive advocate who is very strategic and always coming up with solutions"). 

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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 2022 ("A very strong all-rounder, offering tight drafting, cogent advice and deft advocacy. He excels on his feet and is a master cross-examiner, with an assurance beyond his years of call" ), Chambers and Partners 2022 ("Extremely hard-working and a charming advocate with an excellent demeanour. He is available even late into the day and is fantastic with clients. A silk in the making"), and Chambers Global 2021 ("His drafting is concise and to the point, which drives cases. In court he is an extremely adept cross-examiner who judges warm to").  

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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 pensions, 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 2022 ("He's hard-working, collegial and just an absolutely fantastic team member").

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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 the 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 2022 ("Proactive, personable and perceptive. Incredibly responsive. A true intellect, but always commercial" ) and Chambers and Partners 2022 ("Fraser is superb for crossover public law and pensions litigation"). 

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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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