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Essex Court Chambers, Sara Cockerill QC, London, ENGLAND

Sara Cockerill QC

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


Sara Cockerill QC has wide experience as an advocate and advisor in international commercial law in a variety of proceedings and tribunals. She regularly represents clients in heavy and complex matters before the High Court and in arbitral tribunals based in London or internationally, in appeals from arbitration awards and before the Court of Appeal and in complex interlocutory matters – particularly disputes as to jurisdiction, arbitration applications, injunctions, and disputes relating to the obtaining of evidence. Sara acts in disputes which involve all areas of commercial law, and she has particular experience in the range of disputes which arise from international trading transactions, including commodities disputes relating to physical or hedging transactions, banking and finance including letters of credit and performance bond/guarantee disputes, all aspects of dry shipping disputes, and shipbuilding and yachtbuilding contracts. She also has extensive experience of the spectrum of disputes relating to insurance and reinsurance including coverage disputes, fraud claims, claims handling issues and agency disputes. Sara is the author of the only book dealing specifically with the complex area of compelling evidence for use in civil proceedings, whether in aid of UK or foreign litigation or arbitration. As one of the leading experts in this field she is frequently consulted by law firms around the world on the best ways to prepare or resist applications to the English court either for inwards or outwards letters of request or under the Taking of Evidence Regulation (Regulation 1206/2001). She has had extensive experience, throughout her career, in large scale litigation requiring extensive factual and legal preparation, arising in a variety of contexts including professional negligence, insurance and reinsurance, and competition damages. As such, she is well versed in the skills needed for such disputes, including leading and acting as a member of a team (often involving lawyers from more than one jurisdiction), planning and maintaining a timeline for litigation while dealing with extensive interlocutory disputes, and the need to keep prospects constantly under review and clients updated in the context of evolving material. Sara frequently acts as an arbitrator in a variety of contexts, as sole arbitrator or as part of a three man tribunal and has also acted as an expert on English law for foreign proceedings. Sara is the editor of the Commercial Court and Arbitration sections of the White Book and is Deputy Chair of the Chartered Insurance Institute’s Appeal Panel, having previously acted as a member of the Disciplinary Committee.


Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR); LCIA Young International Arbitrators Group; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; London Maritime Arbitrators Association (supporting member).

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