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Index of tables

  1. Energy – Leading silks
  2. Energy – Leading juniors

Energy – Leading silks

  1. 1
    • Timothy Hill QC - 20 Essex StreetHe is extremely capable, user-friendly, attentive and well liked by clients.’
    • Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersInstructed in disputes at the interface of shipping, commodities and energy.’
    • Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is super-efficient, straightforward and very strong on the analysis of complex cases.’
    • Peter Rees QC - 39 Essex ChambersAn oil and gas specialist with in-house experience at the zenith of the sector.’
  2. 2
    • Alexander Gunning QC - 4 Pump CourtA popular choice for offshore construction matters.’
    • Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump CourtInstructed regularly in oil industry cases.’
    • Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersA first-choice QC for the very complicated cases.’
    • David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin ChambersA popular choice for Korean construction companies.’
    • Andrew White QC - Atkin ChambersVery easy to work with and an excellent advocate.
    • David Lewis QC - 20 Essex Street‘He is very clever and easy to work with too.’
  3. 3

Energy – Leading juniors

  1. 1
    • Denys Hickey - 39 Essex ChambersHe enjoys wide support from the oil and gas sector and displays a firm grasp of its working procedures.’
    • Simon Milnes - 20 Essex StreetHe is very enthusiastic, with Mandarin skills that are helpful when dealing with Chinese parties.’
    • Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court ChambersHe is super-responsive, has an encyclopaedic memory for case law and keen eye for strategy.’
    • Ben Olbourne - 39 Essex ChambersA very approachable and user-friendly barrister, who is ready to handle a wide variety of problems.’
    • Chris Smith - Quadrant ChambersHe is outstanding in his legal analysis and presentation of cases before tribunals.

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4 Pump Court’s Sean O’Sullivan QC continues to represent a drilling contractor in a dispute regarding costs in the wake of the cancellation of a contract to construct a bespoke deep-sea drilling rig.

20 Essex Street’s David Lewis QC represented Xstrata in London litigation against Benxi Iron & Steel Group, following challenges enforcing a $28m arbitral award regarding the sale of Australian coal.

39 Essex Chambers is ‘a set with very broad energy expertise’ and in particular ‘strength in depth in the offshore energy area’. One member of note is Peter Rees QC, a former legal director of Shell. The set is also noted for disputes concerning power plant construction.

Atkin Chambers receives a strong roster of instructions from Korean construction companies. It is also particularly noted for matters involving power station construction and LNG projects.

Quadrant Chambers has a number of members involved in oil rig construction cases, as well as energy commodity matters and London litigation surrounding the enforcement of arbitral awards. Luke Parsons QC represents TMT Asia in its long-running dispute with BHP Billiton regarding energy transportation.

Essex Court Chambers’ Jern-Fei Ng appears as sole or lead counsel in arbitrations concerning commodities and infrastructure disputes.

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