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  1. Energy – Leading sets
  2. Energy – Leading silks
  3. Energy – 2017 silks
  4. Energy – 2018 silks
  5. Energy – 2019 silks
  6. Energy – Leading juniors

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One Essex Court is β€˜an amazing set, with a fantastic range of practitioners’ that provide β€˜efficient service’. It is best known for its strength in commercial dispute resolution: Lord Grabiner QC acted for Northern Gulf Petroleum in international arbitration proceedings against MP G1 (Thailand) concerning a joint operating agreement to develop and operate an oilfield in the Gulf of Thailand. Laurence Emmett represented Scottish Power in several disputes arising from the extended shutdown of the Andrew oilfield in the North Sea.

Noted for its experience in construction- and infrastructure-related energy disputes, 4 Pump Court has deep experience in offshore energy matters and high-profile arbitrations in regions around the globe. As well as being active in oil and gas, the set often handles renewables work: Sean Brannigan QC acted for Fluor in a high-profile quantum case against ZPMC concerning the fabrication of key pieces of equipment for the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm project in the North Sea. Kate Livesey defended the constructor of a jack-up oil drilling rig in a contractual dispute following lengthy construction delays.

With β€˜excellent strength in depth for construction-related and commercial energy disputes’, 39 Essex Chambers also handles public international law in the energy sector; it β€˜consistently delivers, often on short notice or with imperfect or incomplete information’. Stuart Catchpole QC acted for Tepe in an enforcement appeal to the Privy Counsel from the Court of Appeal in Jersey regarding two arbitral awards over the construction of a pipeline in Turkey. Duncan Sinclair is especially experience in electricity work: he defended npower in a regulatory case brought by Ofgem, and represented Peakgen as claimant in a judicial review case against the regulator regarding the latter’s changes to transmission charges.

Fielding some of β€˜the top energy construction barristers in London’, Atkin Chambers provides β€˜strong service’, and its practitioners are β€˜outstandingly available’. It has been increasingly active in matters pertaining to renewable and nuclear energy, as well as in more traditional oil, gas and power work. Mark Chennells represented ZPMC in a high-profile $400m quantum case against Fluor arising out of the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm project in the North Sea. Stephen Dennison QC acted for Engie in a Β£25m dispute with one of its contractors constructing upstream facilities in a North Sea gas field.

β€˜Excellent across a range of disciplines’, including public law, competition law and commercial disputes, Brick Court Chambers is also praised for its β€˜service-focused clerks’. Peers note the set’s regulatory and corruption expertise: Harry Matovu QC is acting for Wartsila (defendant) in a claim brought by VIP (claimant) against parties including Standard Chartered involving a power plant in Dar es Salaam. On the commercial side, Fionn Pilbrow acted for MMG in an insurance and breach-of-warranty dispute against Glencore arising from the sale and purchase of the $6bn Las Bambas copper mine in Peru.

Noted for its β€˜very deep bench’, its β€˜high-quality legal advice’ and the β€˜availability of its counsel’, Essex Court Chambers is widely regarded as β€˜the top international arbitration set in London’. It also handles serious litigation: David Foxton QC defended Peter Bosworth and Colin Hurley in a $325m fraud and breach-of-duty case brought by their former employer, Arcadia Petroleum. Siddharth Dhar acted for the Republic of Albania in a €450m ICSID arbitration brought by power and renewables investors regarding the construction of a renewable energy plant near Tirana.

Keating Chambers is a β€˜uniformly excellent’ set: its β€˜knowledge and experience of construction-related energy matters is second to none’, and its barristers are β€˜responsive, approachable and able to work as part of a team’. It covers a wide range of energy matters: Alexander Nissen QC acted for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in a damages case brought by Energy Solutions, and Paul Buckingham represented E.ON Climate & Renewables UK Robin Rigg in a case against MT HΓΈjgaard regarding defective grouted connections at an offshore wind farm. Lucy Garrett QC took silk in 2018.

β€˜A high-calibre commercial set’, 7 King's Bench Walk fields β€˜a well-rounded mix of juniors and silks working at the highest standard’; they β€˜often make otherwise tense moments enjoyable’. Shipping, insurance and offshore work are particular areas of strength: Richard Southern QC acted for ST Shipping and Transport in its appeal against an arbitral award arising from the attempted theft of a cargo of Venezuelan crude oil. Elizabeth Lindesay represented Dana Petroleum in bringing claims worth over Β£30m against Zurich Insurance regarding damage to one of its offshore facilities.

Offshore work and energy trading are particular areas of expertise for Twenty Essex’s energy practice, which is frequently instructed by clients from China and Korea. Timothy Hill QC acted for the claimant, the owners of the vessel Magellan Spirit, in a commercial dispute regarding a terminated contract for the sale of liquefied natural gas to Korea. Simon Milnes acted in a charter-party dispute between European, Hong Kong and Thai parties. Charles Kimmins QC, David Lewis QC and Duncan Matthews QC are the other key sector experts.

Widely regarded as pre-eminent in offshore and shipping-related energy work, Quadrant Chambers is also β€˜very strong in commercial energy disputes and international arbitration’; it wins praise for being β€˜user friendly and accommodating’. Luke Parsons QC acted for Novol Banco in a fraud dispute against Petrosaudi Oil Services regarding a drilling contract. Simon Rainey QC and Caroline Pounds, who is particularly strong in disputes involving semi-submersibles, acted in a drilling contract dispute between Transocean Drilling UK and Repsol Sinopec Resources.

3 Verulam Buildings is β€˜a responsive and talented set’; its investment in its international arbitration practice has been β€˜paying dividends, giving the chambers better strength in depth in this area than its commercial competitors’. Christopher Harris has been acting for one large gas company claiming $2.5bn in an investment treaty arbitration in relation to confiscations of its gas by an Eastern European state. Ali Malek QC is the key silk along with Hodge Malek QC, who arrived in April 2018 from 39 Essex Chambers.

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