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Vernon Flynn QC

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Essex Court Chambers (Essex Court Chambers)


Vernon Flynn QC is a veteran of many heavyweight litigation and arbitration battles. He has a wide-ranging practice in international and domestic commercial law at the highest level. He has very extensive experience of trial work and appellate advocacy and has unusually extensive experience of civil tribunals under many different laws. He has particular expertise in international arbitration (including ICSID, BIT and ECT claims) under most institutional rules and related court applications. He has appeared in many jurisdictions as counsel such as the BVI, Anguilla, Qatar, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Seychelles, Sweden, Tanzania, Singapore and Dubai. Many of his cases concern Russian and CIS clients (which work he has been doing for 20 years), Africa (such as Kenya, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Ghana, Niger and Nigeria – particularly mining, telecoms and beer) and the Far East. He has represented many major companies, countries, heads of state, royalty and extremely wealthy individuals or their interests. His cases include acting for the Union of India in a confidential arbitration, the original arbitration concerning the supply of gas between Russia and the Ukraine in Stockholm and the latest Ukrainian gas dispute, acting for the head of state of the UAE in a sovereign immunity case in the Seychelles, the Chevron litigation in relation to Equador, for Saudi interests against Wafic Said relating to Syria in the Grand Cayman High Court, the Buncefield litigation, the Nomihold dispute, the ENRC Trio, the Euroil dispute, the Taaleem litigation in the DIFC, Fiona Trust, the Telenor/Altimo dispute, two ICC arbitrations concerning the distribution of beer in Africa, several LNG pricing arbitrations, BIT and ECT claims and numerous shipping, fraud and arbitration matters.


Called 1991, Lincoln’s Inn; visiting fellow London School of Economics LLM International and Comparative Commercial Arbitration (co-founded course) 2003-09.


Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR); London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association.


Trinity College, Cambridge (BA).

London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court ChambersJudges love him, as do clients, for his calm and intellectual manner.

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Within: Energy – Leading silks

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court ChambersVery effective, astute and user friendly.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court ChambersA brilliant appellate advocate – relishes quick fire exchanges with bright judges asking difficult questions.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court ChambersA razor-sharp intellect combined with a client-friendly manner.

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Within: Shipping – Leading silks

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court ChambersHe is extremely knowledgeable.

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