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Index of tables

  1. Energy – Leading silks
  2. Energy – 2018 silks
  3. Energy – 2019 silks
  4. Energy – Leading juniors

Energy – Leading silks

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    • Alexander Gunning QC One Essex CourtHe is extremely capable of cross-examining technical experts.
    • Luke Parsons QC Quadrant ChambersInstructed in heavyweight oil and gas arbitrations.
    • Lionel Persey QC Quadrant ChambersExcellent with detail, a beguiling cross-examiner and very hardworking.
    • Simon Rainey QC Quadrant ChambersBrilliant and user-friendly, he is a stunning advocate and a top-level academic able to understand the most complex of expert evidence.
    • Peter Rees QC 39 Essex ChambersAt the top of the field for energy-related construction disputes.
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    • Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC Atkin ChambersA popular choice for chaebols in energy disputes.
    • Timothy Hill QC 20 Essex StreetA fearless, tenacious and determined advocate.
    • Sean O’Sullivan QC 4 Pump CourtInstructed in terrestrial and offshore energy engineering cases.
    • David Streatfeild-James QC Atkin ChambersHe has a very easy manner and can also quickly understand a client’s needs – a helpful blend of skills for a QC.
  3. 3
    • Adam Constable QC Keating ChambersVery bright and approachable, and excellent at coming up with practical solutions.
    • Nigel Cooper QC Quadrant ChambersA class act: intelligent, sharp, quick on his feet and incisive in his thinking.
    • James Howells QC Atkin ChambersInstructed in Singapore energy arbitrations.
    • Adrian Hughes QC 39 Essex ChambersHe is exceedingly well respected across Hong Kong and China.
    • Charles Kimmins QC 20 Essex StreetExcellent attention to detail and always utterly on top of the cases.
    • David Lewis QC 20 Essex StreetVery clever, responsive and a source of clear and concise advice.
    • Andrew White QC Atkin ChambersInstructed in cases with Chinese elements.

Energy – 2018 silks

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Energy – 2019 silks

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    • Christopher Smith Quadrant ChambersInstructed in drill ship and oil rig building disputes.

Energy – Leading juniors

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3 Verulam Buildings’ James Potts – who joined the set from 39 Essex Chambers – has a practice which includes a number of oil and gas disputes.

4 Pump Court’s Sean O'Sullivan QC represents a European drilling contractor in a dispute with a Korean shipyard over the termination of a contract to construct a drilling rig intended for ultra-deep oil wells.

20 Essex Street’s energy specialism frequently crosses over with shipping and commodities. Cases range from disputes over coal through to oil rig construction issues.

39 Essex Chambers has members handling a range of energy work, including hydrocarbon extraction disputes and the construction of power stations. One name of note is Peter Rees QC, who brings in-house expertise as a former legal director of Shell.

Atkin Chambers’ particular strength in energy is matters concerning the set’s wheelhouse of engineering and construction. Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC is particularly active in work with Korean elements including Seoul arbitrations and, alongside arbitration work, James Howells QC represents PTT in litigation before London’s Technology and Construction Court concerning the termination of a contract to design a commodities trading and charter party management IT system.

Essex Court Chambers’ Jern-Fei Ng QC has a practice which includes oil and gas engineering, tax and commodities disputes.

Keating Chambers is ‘excellent and a go-to set for anything with a construction element, but is also building an impressive reputation in energy’. Many cases involve matters at the crossroads of the two.

Quadrant Chambers handles cases concerning the construction of vessels such as jack-up rigs and drill ships in Asia. Alongside heavyweight arbitration work, Simon Rainey QC represented Mena Energy DMCC (an Emirati company registered in the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre) in a claim against a Pakistani petrol station chain in a Commercial Court case in London.

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