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Essex Court Chambers

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Philippa Hopkins

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


Advises and acts in a wide range of commercial disputes, both in court and arbitration. Specialises in particular in dry shipping and commodities/international trade and in insurance/reinsurance disputes, but is also involved in more general commercial disputes and in aviation, professional negligence, sale of goods and associated matters (including commodities contracts, letter of credit disputes, commercial agency disputes and computer/information technology disputes) and banking matters. Has a particular interest in private international law issues. Also sits as an arbitrator. Publications: co-author, Colman, Lyon and Hopkins’ ‘The Practice and Procedure of the Commercial Court’ (6th ed); was also contributing editor to 17th edn of ‘Arnould on Marine Insurance’.


Called 1994, Middle Temple.


COMBAR; London Maritime Arbitrators Association (supporting member); LCIA.


Merton College, Oxford (BA jurisprudence; joint winner of the Martin Wronker prize for best performance in Final Honour Schools; BCL with distinction); Eldon Scholar, University of Oxford; Queen Mother’s Scholar of the Middle Temple.


Family, walking, cooking, poetry, theatre, gardening.

London Bar


Within: Commodities – 2018 silks

Philippa Hopkins QC - Essex Court ChambersHaving been a strong senior junior in commodities and shipping, she is set to continue building her reputation as a QC.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance – 2018 silks

Philippa Hopkins QC - Essex Court ChambersAlways creative in her approach, resourceful and highly effective.

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Within: Shipping – 2018 silks

Philippa Hopkins QC - Essex Court ChambersShe has an unparalleled hunger for knowledge and a superb ability to uncover case-law.

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