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David Scorey QC

Work 020 7813 8000
Essex Court Chambers (Essex Court Chambers)


Wide-ranging practice in international and domestic commercial law, litigating in both domestic courts and tribunals in addition to international arbitrations. Has acted in a wide variety of commercial disputes including insurance and reinsurance (particularly in respect of high-level excess liability insurance on the Bermuda form), Lloyd’s litigation, shipping and the carriage of goods, banking and civil fraud. Also has considerable experience in VAT, insurance premium tax and other duties instructed by solicitors, accountants and other professionals. Practice includes both advisory work and litigation and he has appeared in cases in the Commercial Court, Queen’s Bench Division, Chancery Division, Court of Appeal and the House of Lords. His litigation experience extends beyond domestic cases and he is accustomed to working with foreign lawyers and particularly US attorneys, both instructed directly and also in conjunction with English solicitors.


Called 1997, Lincoln’s Inn.


French (working knowledge).


St John’s College, Oxford (BA); Leiden University, The Netherlands (LLM).

London Bar

Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

David Scorey QC - Essex Court ChambersWorks across a range of insurance disputes but is a particular specialist in the highly technical area of Bermuda Form coverage.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

David Scorey QC - Essex Court ChambersBrilliant, he goes above and beyond the call of duty.

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Tax: corporate and VAT

Within: Tax: VAT – Leading silks

David Scorey QC - Essex Court ChambersOne of the best VAT litigators at the bar.

Within: Tax: corporate and VAT

The barristers at Essex Court Chambers are ‘experts in the field of VAT and customs’ and ‘can be relied upon to give the best advice’ to clients seeking to resolve tax issues. Members are predominantly instructed by tax payers in disputes with HMRC. Roderick Cordara QC and David Scorey QC are the go-to names in chambers, while Edmund King QC and Jern-Fei Ng QC took silk in 2018.

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