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  • Head of Mediation at Unity Legal Solutions
  • Deputy Chancellor
  • Barrister

Anthony Trace, Queen's Counsel, (born 23 October 1959), is Head of Mediation at Unity Legal Solutions[1], Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Norwich[2], and a former barrister. During his 37 year career as a litigator he led some of the most high profile cases in the UK and International court, including acting for Boris Berezovsky (businessman) [3], in the Bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers [4] & in the Concerns and controversies at the 2008 Summer Olympics ticket fraud [5] proceedings.

Early Life

Anthony is the eldest son of Anne and Peter Trace. He was born in Zanzibar in 1959. He went to Uppingham School and later Magdalene College, Cambridge, from which he graduated in 1980 with a First in Law. He was called to Bar (law) at Lincoln's Inn in 1981. During pupillage at 13 Old Square, now Maitland Chambers, he won the John Smith Memorial Mace Debating Championship with Oliver Wise, beating Charles Kennedy in the final, who later went on to became leader of the Liberal Democrats.


Anthony was elected Queen's Council (QC) in 1998. As one of the leading Queen's Counsel, in legal circles he became a household name[6]. In 2012, he acted for Mukhtar Ablyazov in the main proceedings in JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [7]. In 2013, he was the inaugural The Legal 500 Commercial Silk of the Year [8] . He is now Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Norwich. The Chancellor (ecclesiastical) acts as the independent judge of the Consistory court, overseeing legal issues across the Diocese. He is also Head of Mediation at Unity Legal Solutions.

Notable Cases

Anthony acted for the Argentina in its long dispute with hedge funds after the 1998–2002 Argentine great depression (NML Capital v Republic of Argentina, 2010).[9]. He represented the Zambia in its battle with a major hedge fund in relation to restructured debt obligations (Donegal International v The Republic of Zambia, 2007) [10]. He also represented Wirecard AG in the Beijing Olympic ticket fraud case (Wirecard AG v Scott, 2010) [5], as well as Mr Ablyazov in the main proceedings with JSC BTA Bank (JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov, 2010)[7]

Writing & Publishing

In 2018, Anthony published a Festschrift in memory of the late Jeff Abbott [11], long serving member of staff at Uppingham School from 1962 to 1989[12]. The book contains contributions from several of Anthony’s contemporaries at Uppingham, including Giles Catchpole, Andrew Gimson (biographer of the Prime minister, Boris Johnson) and Leonie Jameson.


  1. "Anthony Trace Q.C. » Unity Legal Solutions". Unity Legal Solutions. Retrieved 2021-08-25.
  2. "Diocese of Norwich Prayer Calendar" (PDF).
  3. "Oligarch Boris Berezovsky may have left debts of £309m, court hears". The Independent. 2013-09-04. Retrieved 2021-03-20.
  4. "Re Lehman Brothers International (Europe) ((in Administration)) - [2014] EWHC 704 (Ch)". vLex. Retrieved 2021-03-20.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Wirecard Bank Ag & Anor v Scott & Ors | [2010] EWHC 451 (QB) | England and Wales High Court (Queen's Bench Division) | Judgment | Law | CaseMine". Retrieved 2021-03-20.
  6. "Who's Who Legal". Who's Who Legal.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "JSC BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov - [2010] EWHC 1779 (Comm)". vLex. Retrieved 2021-03-20.
  8. "The Legal 500 - 2013 Bar Winners". The Legal 500.
  9. "Republic of Argentina v NML Capital Ltd | [2010] 1 CLC 38 | England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) | Judgment | Law | CaseMine". Retrieved 2021-03-20.
  10. "Donegal International Ltd v Zambia & Anor | [2007] EWHC 197 (Comm ) | England and Wales High Court (Commercial Court) | Judgment | Law | CaseMine". Retrieved 2021-03-20.
  11. "A "Festschrift" in memory of the late Jeff Abbott". Retrieved 2021-03-20.
  12. "Jeff Abbott English and Classics scholar at Uppingham". The Sunday Times.

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