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  1. International arbitration: counsel – Leading sets
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  3. International arbitration: counsel – New silks
  4. International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

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Chambers are coming up with more innovative ways to push their international arbitration expertise on an increasingly competitive market. Several have already opened offices in the Far East to try and capture the growing demand for arbitration in jurisdictions such as Singapore and Hong Kong. Others have taken a more holistic view, cross-selling their expertise in other areas such as fraud, where skills such as asset tracing and freezing injunctions are much needed when it comes to the enforcement of awards. All this serves to highlight the growing importance of international arbitration to London’s top chambers, and this is unlikely to diminish in the future.

Essex Court Chambers is a ‘fantastic set overall and a preferred choice in many arbitration and commercial litigation cases’. The ‘top-notch’ practice is particularly appreciated for its ‘very strong niche practice in enforcing arbitration awards’, especially given chambers’ expertise in fraud and asset tracing. Recent highlights include Botas v National Iranian Gas Company, and being involved in the enforcement of Yukos v Russian Federation.

The ‘service is top notch’ at 7 King’s Bench Walk, which has expertise at all levels, including ‘good young juniors’. ‘The quality is clear right throughout the set’, and members have been involved in several critical cases linked to the aviation, shipping and energy sectors.

20 Essex Street is ‘one of the top commercial sets’. One client comments on its commitment ‘towards not just the set’s practice in arbitration, but also towards the overall growth and contribution to the entire field of arbitration’. The set benefits from its Singapore outpost and members are experienced across a range of areas, including energy, shipping and commodities.

Atkin Chambers has ‘huge strength in depth and is much more than just a construction set’, praised for its ‘very attentive and efficient service’. Chambers has established a strong reputation for arbitrations in the Middle East and Asia. Manus McMullan QC has been involved in one of the world’s largest infrastructure disputes, concerning the $5.2bn project to widen the Panama canal.

Brick Court Chambers is ‘highly recommended’ for international arbitration with a strong cast of commercial barristers well versed in the area. Members have notable expertise in general global commercial disputes across a range of sectors, and have also been involved in several energy and investment treaty arbitrations.

Fountain Court Chambers is a ‘top-class commercial set – always available and always accommodating’. The arbitration experience of its members is all-encompassing, while its global reach includes an outpost in Singapore. Highlights included Diag Human v Czech Republic, and a continuing involvement in Sonera v Cukurova.

Keating Chambers has a long track record in international arbitration, and its ‘clerks’ room delivers a top-quality service’. The set remains a top choice for construction and infrastructure disputes and several of its members are dual-qualified as engineers. Some counsel are permanently based in Hong Kong and Australia.

One Essex Court has ‘a good bench with constantly emerging talent’. The set has some extremely experienced silks and juniors with versatile practices spanning a wide range of industries. Members have been involved in several major cases in the IT, telecoms, energy and infrastructure sectors, and have a very good track record of handling global enforcement proceedings.

3 Verulam Buildings is ‘among the best’ for international arbitration and has ‘good people at all levels’ who provide a ‘helpful and responsive’ service. The chambers acts on matters across the board, and has seen a particular growth in energy, construction and banking-related arbitrations. A significant highlight has been advising the Russian Federation in its resistance to the enforcement of the record $50bn arbitration award following its dispute with Yukos.

4 Pump Courtprovides excellent service every time’ and is ‘a good set with many good operators’. Members have become an increasingly popular choice for energy, construction, engineering and insurance disputes. The set has strong links to Asia through its association with Arbitration Chambers Hong Kong.

39 Essex Chambers has a ‘fantastic range of expertise’ and the barristers are ‘approachable, effective and responsive’. The set provides a broad mix of highly experienced barristers, both for commercial, insurance and infrastructure-related arbitrations. The opening of offices in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur backed up the set’s push for Asian work.

Blackstone Chambers is ‘strong for international arbitration’ and the service is ‘excellent’. Its well-balanced practice covers the full range of commercial disputes and public international law. Work highlights included GMR v Republic of the Maldives.

Crown Office Chambers is ‘excellent to work with’ and enjoys a good standing in the infrastructure and construction arena. Members have recently been involved in key cases throughout Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and Eastern Europe.

Providing ‘good value for money’ and ‘excellent barristers, who are very easy to work with’, Quadrant Chambers is particularly ‘strong in shipping through a range of seniorities’. As well as its strong offering of silks, the set is recommended for the calibre of its juniors. Chambers is also well regarded for commercial arbitrations and investment treaty disputes.

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