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One Essex Court

Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC

TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 9AR, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7583 2000
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Fax 020 7583 0118
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430 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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London, Singapore

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

A ‘premier’ set for big ticket commercial disputes, the ‘stellar, dynamic, and energeticOne Essex Court is ‘uniformly good’ and has a ‘deep bench strength’ of ‘extremely smart, hardworking, and commercially savvy barristers’ who are expert in financial markets disputes and international arbitrations, as well as being ‘fun to work with’. Or as one source put it: ‘It’s probably the top commercial set, end of.’ In recent news, Alexander Gunning joined from 4 PUMP COURT, Anna Boase took silk in 2019, and Sonia Tolaney QC has been elected chair of the Commercial Bar Association. One of chambers’ strength is its ‘elite’ clerks’ room, which is ‘super responsive, always goes the extra mile’, and has ‘an unrivalled reputation for flexibility, honesty, and transparency’. ‘The quality of the clerking is second to none and I am reminded how good they are because I am invariably disappointed whenever I use another set,’ offered one solicitor. Senior clerk Darren Burrows runs the ‘honest and pragmatic’ team like ‘a well-oiled machine’. He is assisted by ‘astute’ deputy senior clerk Jackie Ginty who is ‘very efficient, open, and responds promptly’ to queries. Clerks Rob Smith, Ben O’Hanlon, Jade Cassell, David Amdor, and Kirsty Hough, in particular, are ‘extremely personable and do all they can to assist’ solicitors and ‘provide a good insight into new talent and as to the work being done in chambers’. Jessica Barnes and Adam Wheeler are 'both responsive, friendly, and do their best to assist'. Offices in: London and Singapore

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

One Essex Court is known as a heavyweight commercial set in London, and also has an office in Singapore’s Maxwell Chambers. Senior clerk Darren Burrows and deputy senior clerk Jackie Ginty are key clerking contacts in London, with Kelly Lim the key contact in Singapore.

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London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

One Essex Court

One Essex Court is 'one of the pre-eminent sets for financial markets disputes' with 'a range of barristers, the quality of whose advice and advocacy is unfailingly excellent', say instructing solicitors. Members regularly act on both sides of the table, although the calibre of its silks has led to it being an increasingly favoured choice of the banks. Recent highlights include  Sonia Tolaney QC leading the successful defence of Barclays Bank against a £1.6bn claim by Compucredit. Another lead case was Red Kite Management Limited & Ors v Barclays Bank PLC, in which Alain Choo Choy QC and Laurence Rabinowitz QC were on opposing sides.

Leading Silks

David Wolfson QC - One Essex CourtAbsorbs enormous amounts of information with ease and explains highly complex and intertwined issues with enviable clarity.

Ranked: tier 1

Daniel Toledano QC - One Essex CourtPhenomenal on his feet – always charming and unflustered and judges really listen and trust him.

Ranked: tier 1

Laurence Rabinowitz QC - One Essex CourtHe is a serious heavyweight when you have a problem that you don’t know the answers to.

Ranked: tier 1

Sonia Tolaney QC - One Essex CourtNot only is she technically superb and a silky smooth advocate, she is just such a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Auld QC - One Essex CourtGood at cutting through knotty issues to get to the heart of things.

Ranked: tier 1

Alain Choo Choy QC - One Essex CourtVery intelligent, likeable, open-minded and works with you as part of the team.

Ranked: tier 2

Anthony de Garr Robinson QC - One Essex CourtOutstanding – a leading advocate in the area of banking litigation.

Ranked: tier 2

Craig Orr QC - One Essex CourtHe is superb on his feet – calm and unflappable – and top drawer at cross-examination.

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Strong QC - One Essex CourtA real team player, he gets to grips with the detail and is very responsive.

Ranked: tier 3

Rhodri Davies QC - One Essex CourtA no-nonsense, fabulous advocate and a pleasure to deal with.

Ranked: tier 3

Lord Grabiner QC - One Essex CourtA leader of the Bar.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Hannah Brown QC - One Essex CourtExcellent to work with, very intelligent, and is always all across the case law.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Conall Patton - One Essex CourtOne of the leading banking litigation juniors of his generation.

Ranked: tier 1

James MacDonald - One Essex CourtOne of the leading banking juniors at the Bar.

Ranked: tier 1

Michael D'Arcy - One Essex CourtHe provides forensic analysis, clear advice and excellent drafting.

Ranked: tier 1

Alexander Polley - One Essex CourtA great team player – he absorbs and digests very large amounts of information effortlessly.

Ranked: tier 2

Jamie Goldsmith - One Essex CourtWithout a doubt a fantastic barrister.

Ranked: tier 2

Sandy Phipps - One Essex CourtExtremely user friendly and responsive, with an excellent client manner.

Ranked: tier 2

Sebastian Isaac - One Essex CourtVery strategic and extremely supportive – obtains fantastic results.

Ranked: tier 2

Henry Forbes Smith - One Essex CourtFantastic on black letter law issues, particularly jurisdiction.

Ranked: tier 3

Laurence Emmett - One Essex CourtA very intelligent, methodical and hardworking barrister who quickly digests complex financial transactions.

Ranked: tier 3

Nehali Shah - One Essex CourtExtremely efficient and very thorough.

Ranked: tier 3

Emma Jones - One Essex CourtA very responsive, hardworking junior.

Ranked: tier 4

Oliver Butler - One Essex CourtSmart, imaginative and hardworking.

Ranked: tier 4

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

One Essex Court

One Essex Court is an 'excellent' and 'user-friendly' set that is ‘very good at all levels and particularly useful at the bottom as they have very high academic standards' according to instructing solicitors. The calibre of the barristers, from the top silks to the most junior juniors, ensures an impressive range of high-profile instructions. Lately, several of the set's members have had prominent roles on major cases, including Autonomy v Dr Michael Lynch, where Laurence Rabinowitz QC is leading the claim for Hewlett Packard, supported by Conall Patton. Rabinowitz QC and Patton are also facing Neil Kitchener QC in Omers v Tesco plcDavid Wolfson QC also represented EE in various claims brought by Phones4U arising out of its collapse.

Top ten under eight years’ call

Maximilian Schlote - One Essex CourtVery, very clever and one to watch.

Leading Silks

David Wolfson QC - One Essex CourtA go-to barrister for significant commercial disputes, he is very commercial and bright.

Ranked: tier 1

Laurence Rabinowitz QC - One Essex CourtA tremendously skilled advocate, his strategic and legal advice are spot-on.

Ranked: tier 1

Sonia Tolaney QC - One Essex CourtFerociously clever and at the very top end of the commercial Bar.

Ranked: tier 1

Craig Orr QC - One Essex CourtThorough, thoughtful and a tenacious advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Daniel Toledano QC - One Essex CourtVery intelligent, strategic and considered, and his confidence impresses clients.

Ranked: tier 2

John McCaughran QC - One Essex CourtCombines great legal intelligence and knowledge with commerciality and common sense.

Ranked: tier 2

Lord Grabiner QC - One Essex CourtHas the gravitas and command commensurate with his reputation.

Ranked: tier 2

Neil Kitchener QC - One Essex CourtNever shies away from a fight and is not afraid of being imaginative.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Auld QC - One Essex CourtA very smooth and persuasive advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Graham QC - One Essex CourtA first-class silk for a complex and difficult case.

Ranked: tier 3

Jeffery Onions QC - One Essex CourtA huge support to the team throughout and his analysis was extremely forensic.

Ranked: tier 3

Kenneth MacLean QC - One Essex CourtA no-nonsense commercial advocate and cross-examiner of the first order.

Ranked: tier 3

Alain Choo Choy QC - One Essex CourtAn outstanding commercial silk who comes up with solutions few others would think of.

Ranked: tier 4

David Cavender QC - One Essex CourtA superb silk.

Ranked: tier 4

Rhodri Davies QC - One Essex CourtHighly intelligent, charming, and very user-friendly.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Boulton QC - One Essex CourtDid a superb job and his past career as an accountant pays dividends.

Ranked: tier 4

Camilla Bingham QC - One Essex CourtHer advocacy is first class and her cross-examination skills are up there with the best.

Ranked: tier 5

Sa'ad Hossain QC - One Essex CourtVery methodical, cool and calm, and very astute in terms of getting the right result.

Ranked: tier 5

Andrew Lenon QC - One Essex CourtA very impressive barrister who cuts through the chaff.

Ranked: tier 6
2018 Silks

Steven Elliott QC - One Essex CourtA master of the pen who formulates and delivers top-tier pleadings.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Anna Boase QC - One Essex CourtHas a superb grasp of the law and very good on the factual details.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Conall Patton - One Essex CourtHe has an outstanding reputation which is entirely deserved.

Ranked: tier 1

Jamie Goldsmith - One Essex CourtCombines hard work with a fierce intellect.

Ranked: tier 1

Alexander Polley - One Essex CourtBrilliant legal skills allied to superb forensic nous.

Ranked: tier 2

Claire Reffin - One Essex CourtExcellent analytical mind, good clear advice, and strong academically.

Ranked: tier 2

Sebastian Isaac - One Essex CourtHe is bright, very good with solicitors, and a very effective advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

James MacDonald - One Essex CourtThoughtful and hardworking, with excellent judgement – very popular with solicitors, and rightly so.

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Watkins - One Essex CourtHardworking, rigorous, sensible and very able.

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Sloboda - One Essex CourtExcellent – bright, energetic, team focused, and a calm and considered manner whatever the challenges.

Ranked: tier 3

Nehali Shah - One Essex CourtHas ability beyond her year of call and is all over the details of the case.

Ranked: tier 3

Derek Spitz - One Essex CourtAn active senior junior with a broad commercial practice.

Ranked: tier 4

Laurence Emmett - One Essex CourtIncredibly sharp and well-reasoned when it comes to difficult legal issues.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael D'Arcy - One Essex CourtAn extraordinarily talented barrister.

Ranked: tier 4

Sandy Phipps - One Essex CourtHas a razor-sharp brain that cuts to the answer quickly and with no nonsense.

Ranked: tier 4

Rachel Oakeshott - One Essex CourtA great junior, who works well in a team and gets through things at an impressive pace.

Ranked: tier 5

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Company and partnership
Company - Leading Silks

Anthony de Garr Robinson QC - One Essex CourtHe is an outstanding company silk.

Ranked: tier 2

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Competition
Leading Juniors

Conall Patton - One Essex CourtA first-class commercial junior well able to turn his hand to competition law.

Ranked: tier 3

Derek Spitz - One Essex CourtImpressive in competition damages litigation.

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Cook - One Essex CourtHe has incredible knowledge of the subject mater on a case.

Ranked: tier 3

Owain Draper - One Essex CourtA real fighter in court.

Ranked: tier 3

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Energy
Energy - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

One Essex Court

One Essex Court is 'the pre-eminent set for high-value and complex commercial disputes, including those in the energy sector'. The set is 'highly-regarded in China and Asia' and 'its work ethic and the excellence of its work are hard to fault'. Led by Lord Grabiner QC, who is 'a force of nature and is still battling hard in big cases', the set has leading lights such as John McCaughran QC, who acted for Shell International UK in a dispute arising out of a gas sale agreement with British Gas Trading Limited. Laurence Rabinowitz QC, leading Douglas Paine, acted for co-defendant Esso in the same case.  Daniel Toledano QC act for investment bank Macquarie Capital (Europe) Ltd in a claim relating to the a  €1.6bn equity and debt financing raised for the Meg I/Merkur offshore windfarm project in the North Sea. 'Clerks elsewhere are all, to a degree, a throwback to a Victorian era, but at One Essex they are more modern in their approach', remarks one client.

Leading Silks

John McCaughran QC - One Essex CourtA leading advocate in this area who combines great intelligence with commerciality.

Ranked: tier 1

Lord Grabiner QC - One Essex CourtAn incredible advocate who has the gravitas and command commensurate with his reputation.

Ranked: tier 1

Laurence Rabinowitz QC - One Essex CourtSo accomplished and natural, his submissions are masterpieces in elegant simplicity.

Ranked: tier 1

Alexander Gunning QC - One Essex CourtA superb advocate, very sharp but with graceful manners, who finds solutions to knotty legal issues.

Ranked: tier 2

Daniel Toledano QC - One Essex CourtAlways well thought of in the energy space, he is super-bright but without any airs and graces.

Ranked: tier 2

Jeffery Onions QC - One Essex CourtA formidable opponent – he has a tremendously impressive ability to master complex facts to distil high-quality legal advice.

Ranked: tier 2

Alain Choo Choy QC - One Essex CourtA strong presence in the market – technically superb, very hardworking and responsive.

Ranked: tier 3

Charles Graham QC - One Essex CourtA smart cross-examiner with expertise in oil and gas contracts.

Ranked: tier 3

David Wolfson QC - One Essex CourtVery commercial and bright – another “go-to” barrister for significant commercial disputes.

Ranked: tier 3

Ian Glick QC - One Essex CourtAn excellent silk and arbitrator who performs well in hearings.

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas Sharpe QC - One Essex CourtMagisterial – a genuine heavyweight who commands instant respect and confidence from his clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Fealy QC - One Essex CourtA standout lawyer – incisive with a great courtroom manner.

Ranked: tier 4

Orlando Gledhill QC - One Essex CourtA team player and a very tenacious advocate who prepares for cases brilliantly.

Ranked: tier 4

Sa’ad Hossain QC - One Essex CourtSuccinct and convincing, he demonstrates good empathy with clients.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Conall Patton - One Essex CourtA gifted cross-examiner and very clear writer who is easy to deal with.

Ranked: tier 1

Laurence Emmett - One Essex CourtVery clever, commercial and approachable; he identifies key issues and counter-arguments brilliantly.

Ranked: tier 1

Matthew Cook - One Essex CourtA good advocate who handles complex facts well.

Ranked: tier 2

Nehali Shah - One Essex CourtExceptionally diligent and committed, she can cut through the knottiest of legal and technical issues.

Ranked: tier 2

Nicholas Sloboda - One Essex CourtA formidable opponent, a great all-rounder and a real star; his written work is impressive.

Ranked: tier 2

Douglas Paine - One Essex CourtA real expert in the energy sector – always on top of the detail and the industry context.

Ranked: tier 4

Daniel Hubbard - One Essex CourtExperienced in complex and high-value arbitration and litigation in the energy sector.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Watkins - One Essex CourtBright, very user-friendly, works extremely well as part of a team.

Ranked: tier 4

Owain Draper - One Essex CourtA solid mid-level junior – proactive, hardworking and a real fighter in court.

Ranked: tier 4

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Financial services regulation
Leading Silks

Ben Strong QC - One Essex CourtA junior silk whose star is on the rise – a legal brainbox.

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

One Essex Court

One Essex Court is a 'go-to set for commercial and fraud work' with 'quality people at all levels' who are 'very enjoyable to work with'. Both juniors and silks are regularly called upon to represent clients on the biggest claims. Notable cases involving multiple members of chambers include Autonomy v Michael Lynch, in which Laurence Rabinowitz QC and Conall Patton are representing Autonomy. Rabinowitz and Patton are also opposing sides to Neil Kitchener QC's team on the Tesco Profit Overstatement litigation, OMERS Administration Corporation & Ors v Tesco Plc.

Leading Silks

Laurence Rabinowitz QC - One Essex CourtOne of the absolute superstars – stupendously clever, but also responsive, diligent and thoughtful.

Ranked: tier 1

Neil Kitchener QC - One Essex CourtA stellar performer.

Ranked: tier 1

Daniel Toledano QC - One Essex CourtClever, user friendly and good with clients, a persuasive advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Sonia Tolaney QC - One Essex CourtHugely responsive, strategic, and an excellent advocate on paper and in court.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Auld QC - One Essex CourtCommercial, sensible, and very client friendly.

Ranked: tier 2

Anthony de Garr Robinson QC - One Essex CourtThe advocate I would most like to have in the trenches next to me on the most demanding matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Alain Choo Choy QC - One Essex CourtA technically excellent and forensic barrister.

Ranked: tier 3

Lord Grabiner QC - One Essex CourtHas consummate skills as an advocate – always chooses the right argument and displays great judgement.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Gillis QC - One Essex CourtHe is tenacious and never stops looking for innovative ways to bolster the case.

Ranked: tier 3

Craig Orr QC - One Essex CourtHis exceptionally quick mind brings an unrivalled courtroom presence to bear.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Steven Elliott QC - One Essex CourtA formidable advocate and a brilliant lawyer.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Alexander Polley - One Essex CourtIncredibly bright, quick on his feet and really user friendly.

Ranked: tier 2

Henry Forbes Smith - One Essex CourtExceptionally intelligent and has profound experience in Russia and CIS-related litigations.

Ranked: tier 2

Conall Patton - One Essex CourtAbsolutely outstanding.

Ranked: tier 3

Jamie Goldsmith - One Essex CourtHas an ability to assimilate and analyse facts that is second to none.

Ranked: tier 4

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - 2018 Silks

Philip Roberts QC - One Essex CourtHe is a first-rate advocate, very commercial with real understanding of the interplay between IT and IP.

Ranked: tier 1

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Insolvency
Leading Silks

David Wolfson QC - One Essex CourtA creative thinker and will come up with arguments that sound incredible but are credible.

Ranked: tier 4

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

One Essex Court

One Essex Court is a 'high-quality, general commercial set with a serious IP specialism', where 'the combination of IP and commercial barristers seems to elevate both'. The set attracts praise for its 'good sector-specific knowledge' and 'strength in depth, with counsel of a range of levels of experience'. It has expertise across a range of soft and hard IP matters, and in a recent highlight Geoffrey Hobbs QC represented Abbvie Biotechnology in the Court of Appeal against Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics in litigation relating to the scope of declaratory relief available to biosimilar manufacturers; Hobbs QC also acted for Sky, alongside Philip Roberts QC, in its trade mark dispute against Skykick, including on the reference to the CJEU.

Leading Silks

Geoffrey Hobbs QC - One Essex CourtHe has encyclopaedic knowledge of trade mark law.

Ranked: tier 1

Emma Himsworth QC - One Essex CourtShe is one of the very best trade mark experts at the Bar, with an easy style and encyclopaedic knowledge.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Philip Roberts QC - One Essex CourtHe is very unflappable, deeply knowledgable of the law and very composed in court.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Guy Hollingworth - One Essex CourtHe has phenomenal attention to detail, and is extremely bright and ready to assist with even the trickiest of clients.

Ranked: tier 2

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International arbitration: arbitrators
International arbitration: arbitrators - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

One Essex Court

One Essex Court offers an incredibly strong mix of returning judges, ex-solicitors, and top-notch barristers. Members cover a range of disciplines and regions, from ad-hoc arbitrations to investment treaty disputes.

Leading arbitrators

Alan Redfern - One Essex CourtExtraordinarily knowledgeable and experienced in the practice of international arbitration, he has an amazing presence that makes everyone respect him.

Andrew Foyle QC - One Essex CourtAn outstanding arbitrator, particularly as chair – thoughtful and diligent.

Christopher Style QC - One Essex CourtOne of the best arbitrators; handles disputes calmly, fairly and with authority.

Ian Glick QC - One Essex CourtHas established himself as an extremely capable arbitrator – diligent, efficient and has excellent legal skills.

Lord Neuberger - One Essex CourtIntellect and charm, with a complete absence of pomp, mean that he is already a hugely popular choice both for appointing parties and as presiding arbitrator.

Peter Leaver QC - One Essex CourtA leading arbitrator by any standard, he is clear in his no-nonsense approach and focuses on conducting the arbitration fairly and effectively.

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

One Essex Court

One Essex Court has an excellent reputation for international arbitration, and its clerking team is 'very efficient in finding appropriate barristers'. The set fields numerous top name silks and juniors with strong expertise in commercial arbitration and BIT claims. Recent highlights for members, such as John McCaughran QC and Nicholas Sloboda,  include successfully representing Israel Electric Corp, a defendant in East Mediterranean Gas v Egyptian General Petroleum Corp & Others. The set was recently boosted by the arrival of Alexander Gunning QC from 4 PUMP COURT.

Leading Silks

Daniel Toledano QC - One Essex CourtTop of my list for complex commercial arbitrations.

Ranked: tier 1

Laurence Rabinowitz QC - One Essex CourtAbsolutely outstanding.

Ranked: tier 1

Craig Orr QC - One Essex CourtFantastic at getting on top of complex and detailed issues quickly, and great with clients.

Ranked: tier 2

David Wolfson QC - One Essex CourtHe is friendly, engaging, charming, but brilliant, and he knows when to stick the knife in.

Ranked: tier 2

John McCaughran QC - One Essex CourtExtremely impressive quality of work, availability and approachability.

Ranked: tier 2

Alexander Gunning QC - One Essex CourtHas an extremely deep knowledge of construction/energy law and international arbitration practice and procedure.

Ranked: tier 3

Charles Graham QC - One Essex CourtHe was born for arbitration work – his advocacy and cross-examination skills are second to none.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Boulton QC - One Essex CourtAn excellent cross-examiner, and the leading barrister on quantification of damages and forensic accounting issues.

Ranked: tier 3

Alain Choo Choy QC - One Essex CourtTakes a rigorous approach to his written and oral submissions.

Ranked: tier 4

Neil Kitchener QC - One Essex CourtAn absolutely brilliant advocate, you really don't want him on the other side.

Ranked: tier 4

Sa'ad Hossain QC - One Essex CourtProvides clear, commercial advice.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Conall Patton - One Essex CourtA gifted cross-examiner, very clear writer, and easy to deal with.

Ranked: tier 2

Eleanor Campbell - One Essex CourtProvides concise advocacy that deals with exactly what the panel wants to hear about.

Ranked: tier 3

Michelle Menashy - One Essex CourtDoes a superb job – highly recommended.

Ranked: tier 3

Nicholas Sloboda - One Essex CourtA formidable opponent, his written work is impressive in all respects.

Ranked: tier 3

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Private client: personal tax
Leading Silks

Julian Ghosh QC - One Essex CourtA formidable intellect combined with his own style of forthright and succinct advocacy has generated a reputation as one of the leading tax silks.

Ranked: tier 2
2018 Silks

Jonathan Bremner QC - One Essex CourtProvides you with clear advice.

Ranked: tier 1

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - Leading sets - ranked: tier 5

One Essex Court

One Essex Court's members are regularly instructed on professional negligence disputes involving solicitors, accountants, actuaries, auditors and financial services professionals. Alexander Polley is instructed in Boubyan v Various, a case against a number of professionals and fiduciaries arising out of poorly invested funds; audit negligence claim Moorhouse v PwC was also a recent highlight for the junior barrister.

Leading Silks

Sonia Tolaney QC - One Essex CourtIncredibly bright.

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Lenon QC - One Essex CourtGreat on the detail.

Ranked: tier 4

Alain Choo Choy QC - One Essex CourtVery knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 4

Craig Orr QC - One Essex CourtHe is a very capable silk.

Ranked: tier 4

Laurence Rabinowitz QC - One Essex CourtHe is exceptionally talented.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Alexander Polley - One Essex CourtHe has has an awe-inspiring knowledge of the law and the ability to apply that swiftly and effectively to issues as they arise.

Ranked: tier 5

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Set overviews: England and Wales

A ‘premier’ set for big ticket commercial disputes, the ‘stellar, dynamic, and energeticOne Essex Court is ‘uniformly good’ and has a ‘deep bench strength’ of ‘extremely smart, hardworking, and commercially savvy barristers’ who are expert in financial markets disputes and international arbitrations, as well as being ‘fun to work with’. Or as one source put it: ‘It’s probably the top commercial set, end of.’ In recent news, Alexander Gunning joined from 4 PUMP COURT, Anna Boase took silk in 2019, and Sonia Tolaney QC has been elected chair of the Commercial Bar Association. One of chambers’ strength is its ‘elite’ clerks’ room, which is ‘super responsive, always goes the extra mile’, and has ‘an unrivalled reputation for flexibility, honesty, and transparency’. ‘The quality of the clerking is second to none and I am reminded how good they are because I am invariably disappointed whenever I use another set,’ offered one solicitor. Senior clerk Darren Burrows runs the ‘honest and pragmatic’ team like ‘a well-oiled machine’. He is assisted by ‘astute’ deputy senior clerk Jackie Ginty who is ‘very efficient, open, and responds promptly’ to queries. Clerks Rob Smith, Ben O’Hanlon, Jade Cassell, David Amdor, and Kirsty Hough, in particular, are ‘extremely personable and do all they can to assist’ solicitors and ‘provide a good insight into new talent and as to the work being done in chambers’. Jessica Barnes and Adam Wheeler are 'both responsive, friendly, and do their best to assist'. Offices in: London and Singapore

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Shipping
Leading Silks

Alexander Gunning QC - One Essex CourtHe is a persuasive advocate.

Ranked: tier 5

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Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax
Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Julian Ghosh QC - One Essex CourtA go-to expert for issues involving the interaction of tax rules that turn on accounting treatment.

Ranked: tier 3
Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

Julian Ghosh QC - One Essex CourtA go-to expert for issues involving the interaction of tax rules that turn on accounting treatment.

Ranked: tier 1

Malcolm Gammie QC - One Essex CourtHe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of tax law and how it has built up over the past 30 years.

Ranked: tier 1
Tax: VAT - 2018 silks

Jonathan Bremner QC - One Essex CourtBrilliant technical mind, strong common sense, admirable and experienced advocate.

Ranked: tier 1
Tax: corporate - 2018 Silks

Jonathan Bremner QC - One Essex CourtBrilliant technical mind, strong common sense, admirable and experienced advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial
Commercial – Leading silks

Alexander Gunning QC One Essex CourtA great pleasure to work with – solicitors and lay clients find him a go-to advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

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Energy
Energy – Leading silks

Alexander Gunning QC One Essex CourtHe is extremely capable of cross-examining technical experts.

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

One Essex Court is known as a heavyweight commercial set in London, and also has an office in Singapore’s Maxwell Chambers. Senior clerk Darren Burrows and deputy senior clerk Jackie Ginty are key clerking contacts in London, with Kelly Lim the key contact in Singapore.

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading silks

Alexander Gunning QC One Essex CourtA superb advocate – very sharp, but in a graceful manner.

Ranked: tier 2

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