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Essex Court Chambers

24 LINCOLN'S INN FIELDS, LONDON, WC2A 3EG, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7813 8000
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Fax 020 7813 8080
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320 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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www.essexcourt.com
London, Singapore

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

With β€˜unrivalled strength in depth’, Essex Court Chambers is β€˜the place to go to with high-value and complex disputes’; β€˜the silks are all leaders in their areas and the juniors are the best at the Bar’. With an extensive track record overseas and an office in Singapore, for many this is also β€˜the leading set for international commercial work in both courts and arbitral tribunals’, and β€˜the clerking team is keenly aware of the service issues that international law firms need to have addressed’. Jointly led by David Grief and Joe Ferrigno, the clerks’ room is β€˜far superior to competitors’’ and some say that β€˜all clerks should be like the team at Essex Court’. Grief β€˜remains the clerking master at the Bar’ – β€˜impossible to beat in terms of client service and creativity’, and Ferrigno β€˜has modernised chambers and fundamentally recognises the issues solicitors face’. Team leader and first junior clerk Ben Perry is β€˜always helpful and client-focused’, and Jack Wood (also team leader) is also β€˜consistently brilliant to deal with’. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

Essex Court Chambers is β€˜clearly a top set, where there is great depth, and the clerks always find someone to help – even at short notice’. It includes members with experience both as counsel and arbitrator in shipbuilding and commercial disputes. David Grief and Joe Ferrigno are the joint senior clerks, responsible for providing a β€˜seamless and smooth client service’.

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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) – Leading silks

Hugh Mercer QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Among the brightest, most personable and hardest-working silk on the circuit.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers is a β€˜high-grade set, with a very strong bench of QCs and juniors’. It benefits from a strong overlapping fraud practice, where silks such as Paul McGrath QC hold sway. Recent highlights for the set include the Libor test cases Property Alliance Group v RBS and Hockin v RBS, both on behalf of RBS, as well as the Lehman Brothers Waterfall Part C dispute and Barclays Bank v UniCredit.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A legal rock star with cutting-edge intellect; he is a delight to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Joe Smouha QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A supreme advocate and an absolute joy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul McGrath QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A go-to silk for fraud disputes arising from banking insolvencies.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jeffrey Gruder QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very able intellectually and a very good legal adviser.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Millett QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜High class and excellent with clients.’

Ranked: tier 5

Stephen Houseman QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Solid and responsive.’

Ranked: tier 5
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

Edmund King - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A very strong, responsive and user-friendly lawyer, who gives clear, practical advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Willan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A first-choice junior for difficult jurisdiction issues, who is going to be a superstar in time.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ciaran Keller - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An outstanding barrister and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Davies - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A very impressive junior, who inspires confidence.’

Ranked: tier 3

Emily Wood - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A first-rate junior, who is highly responsive.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Sheehan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He has a very bright future ahead of him and quickly grasps difficult points.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers is β€˜full of talented people’ and β€˜probably the top set in London’, which added to its already strong stable of juniors, as well as its capabilities in civil fraud, through the arrival of Ciaran Keller and James Sheehan from Maitland Chambers. Highlight cases included BAT v Sequana, a top-tier showdown with David Foxton QC and Joe Smouha QC on opposing sides.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A phenomenal advocate and trusted adviser, and now firmly one of the few supersilks at the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Joe Smouha QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜One of the most serious heavyweights at the Bar for commercial litigation.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Hochhauser QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A terrific barrister.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul McGrath QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Outstandingly clever and a true pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jeffrey Gruder QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A commercially minded silk, who has good judgement and great ability to empathise with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Appears reasonable and credible at all times, which judges and arbitrators appreciate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Millett QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A consummate team player and polished advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Joseph QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A great team player and strategist.’

Ranked: tier 5

Graham Dunning QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He really is stunning Dunning – the complete advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

Martin Griffiths QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An amazingly clever, first-class advocate, who works very hard and is easy to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 5

Gordon Pollock QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An extremely well-respected trial lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 6

Paul Stanley QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Crisp written and oral advocacy; he makes cross-examination look effortless.’

Ranked: tier 6

Stephen Houseman QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He cuts through the detail very quickly and is very commercial in his approach.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

James Willan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜The brightest junior at the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Anna Dilnot - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A brilliant junior: smart and immensely energetic.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ciaran Keller - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A brilliant junior.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Peters - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He exudes confidence and is a very hardworking lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edmund King - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A very robust and impressive advocate, who fights his corner with passion and style.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Sheehan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜His pleadings are fantastic and he is always a pleasure to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Brown - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Technically very strong, sensible and calm under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 5
Commercial litigation – top ten under eight years’ call

Richard Hoyle - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is very bright, pragmatic, and works well with junior and senior team members.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Commodities
Commodities – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Essex Court Chambers

Clients of Essex Court Chambers are β€˜impressed with the strength in depth of the set, which is able to draw on a wide selection of counsel across all commercial areas’. It is also β€˜gaining prominence in Asia as the leading set internationally’. Nigel Eaton QC won a substantial settlement for the seller in Perenco v Vitol, which concerned the sale of oil from a South American refinery.

Commodities – Leading silks

Steven Berry QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A sought-after silk, who sees the merits of a case clearly.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nigel Eaton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Analytically brilliant and an excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Claire Blanchard QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A fearsome opponent, who delivers thoroughly considered advice in clear terms.’

Ranked: tier 4
Commodities – Leading juniors

Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An extremely persuasive advocate, who brings considerable intellectual capacity and endless energy to cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Philippa Hopkins - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable about shipping and commodities, she can be relied upon to provide clear and accurate advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edmund King - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A very strong advocate, who is especially good on the energy side.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Company and partnership
Company – Leading juniors

James Sheehan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He has expertise, wisdom and gravitas beyond his years.’

Ranked: tier 5

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EU law
EU law – Leading silks

Hugh Mercer QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A solid performer in court.’

Ranked: tier 4
EU law – Leading juniors

Iain Quirk - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A consummate junior, who marshals facts and the law in an excellent way.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Employment
Employment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers is β€˜a premium employment set’ with considerable experience in a range of employment matters, including cross-border team moves, deferred remuneration disputes and complex bonus issues. Multiple members appeared in JLT v Willis, one of the highest profile and largest team move disputes of recent times, valued at around $100m.

Employment – Leading silks

Andrew Hochhauser QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜The best trial lawyer in the business.’

Ranked: tier 1

Daniel Oudkerk QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A class act and an excellent strategist, who has a real sense of how a case will develop.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Craig QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is meticulous in everything he does and leaves no stone unturned.’

Ranked: tier 2

Martin Griffiths QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is very bright and has good knowledge of the law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Ciumei QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Practical, commercial and incisive.’

Ranked: tier 3
Employment – Leading juniors

Jane Russell - Essex Court Chambers β€˜She is incredibly hardworking and very user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 2

Amy Sander - Essex Court Chambers β€˜She is very hardworking, committed and fantastic to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Brown - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A star of the future.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Energy
Energy – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Essex Court Chambers

β€˜Extremely well-regarded’ set Essex Court Chambers is β€˜gaining strong prominence in Asia’ and attracts praise in the UK for its β€˜tremendous experience and strength in depth’. David Foxton QC represented the appellants in Arcadia Petroleum and others v Bosworth and another; and Paul Key QC is involved in a multibillion-dollar dispute between three BSG companies and the Republic of Guinea. Ciaran Keller joined from Maitland Chambers.

Energy – Leading silks

David Mildon QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Highly regarded by clients and opponents alike.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Key QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Tremendously precise in his legal analysis.’

Ranked: tier 2

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Extremely user-friendly, focused on central issues and credible in his advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 2

Claire Blanchard QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An outstanding cross-examiner with a stellar intellect.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Foxton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Supremely intelligent and remarkably modest.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Jacobs QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A wise, thoughtful and extremely clever senior advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4
Energy – Leading juniors

Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An extremely persuasive, fiercely intelligent and innovative advocate, who leaves no stone unturned.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ciaran Keller - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A strong lateral thinker.’

Ranked: tier 2

Siddharth Dhar - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Committed and in control of complex technical issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

Essex Court Chambers

Often the β€˜first port of call’, Essex Court Chambers is β€˜steeped in fraud specialists, with coverage at all levels’. In silks such as Paul McGrath QC, it has one of the top fraud experts in the market, and this senior experience has also led to a strong flow of juniors coming through. Major recent cases include National Bank Trust v Yurov, Arcadia Petroleum v Bosworth and Mezhprombank v Pugachev.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Joe Smouha QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Uber-bright and commercial, and an outstanding advocate in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul McGrath QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜The go-to silk for high value, complex civil fraud – outstanding.’

Ranked: tier 1

Huw Davies QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Delightful, charming and a brilliant advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Goes the extra mile both for his clients and instructing solicitors.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jeffrey Gruder QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He makes the most complex of cases seem easy; a rare gift in the market.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

James Willan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜The brightest junior at the civil fraud Bar with the maturity and judgement of a silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Anna Dilnot - Essex Court Chambers β€˜She is great to work with and knows her stuff in the fraud arena.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Peters - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A great knowledge of the law, particularly in the Chancery areas.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Excellent, he can eat documents for breakfast.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ciaran Keller - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Approachable and very responsive.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Davies - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A very strong lawyer, who is responsive and user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Sheehan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Expert wisdom and gravitas beyond his years – outstanding.’

Ranked: tier 4

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IT and telecoms (including data protection)
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading juniors

Iain Quirk - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He has excellent judgement and strategic sense.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Insurance and reinsurance
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Essex Court Chambers

A β€˜practical and commercial approach’ permeates Essex Court Chambers at all levels of seniority. The set’s expertise ranges from marine insurance claims to matters related to political risk indemnity. Single Buoy Moorings v Zurich Insurance and others continues to be the highlight of John Lockey QC’s docket, while Jeffrey Gruder QC was instructed in the Ocean Victory proceedings.

Insurance and reinsurance – Leading silks

John Lockey QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very approachable and able to explain difficult concepts clearly and concisely.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Jacobs QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An exceptionally gifted advocate, strategist and a go-to name for Bermuda Form claims.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Foxton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A well-established silk in the marine and professional indemnity areas.’

Ranked: tier 3

Steven Berry QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A sound choice for complex arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 3

Graham Dunning QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An established name in Bermuda Form and reinsurance arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jeffrey Gruder QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A wise head on broad shoulders.’

Ranked: tier 4

Claire Blanchard QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An expert in marine insurance claims.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Philippa Hopkins - Essex Court Chambers β€˜She provides first-class advice and is brilliant on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers’s has a broad range of members equally comfortable arbitrating on commercial arbitrations and investment treaty disputes. Its top names are among the best in the market.

International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading individuals

Toby Landau QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A star arbitrator and counsel.’

V V Veeder QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An excellent arbitrator.’

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers is β€˜clearly one of the leading, if not the leading set for international arbitration’ and has β€˜unparalleled depth in this sphere’. β€˜Every barrister is on the A team: no reserves on the bench here.’ Members are regularly relied upon for major commercial arbitrations and investment treaty disputes. Highlights include Philip Morris Asia v Australia, regarding the country’s plain cigarette packet legislation, and Cukurova Telecom v Alfa Telecom.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

David Joseph QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A great barrister and outstanding cross-examiner; he has a compelling presence.’

Ranked: tier 1

Graham Dunning QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Probably the best international arbitration silk at the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Joe Smouha QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An intellectual powerhouse and a top pick for arbitration matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Millett QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Ideally suited to complex international arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 1

Toby Landau QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜The best arbitration barrister on the planet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Extremely user-friendly, and focused on the central issues and how to win those.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Foxton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Incredibly academic, detail-oriented and an excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Huw Davies QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A very strong all-rounder, who will never let you down.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jeffrey Gruder QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A very incisive silk with incredible insight and excellent client skills.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Stanley QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He has a fantastic ability to focus on what is really important.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Mildon QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is commercial, which is why clients love him.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Collins QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A very thoughtful, proactive and hands-on silk.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Key QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He always tests the case’s boundaries and develops winning strategies.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Jacobs QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜The go-to London barrister for policyholders with coverage disputes.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Scorey QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Responsive, hardworking, approachable, commercially astute and practical.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sam Wordsworth QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A first choice for states and investors all around the world in BIT disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – 2016 silks

Salim Moollan QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 1
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

David Davies - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very bright and strong on complex, abstract points of law.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Willan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Extremely good.’

Ranked: tier 1

Siddharth Dhar - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A complete pleasure to work with and extremely talented.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Peters - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An up-and-coming star, who is intelligent and not afraid of rolling up his sleeves.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Always available, always β€œon the ball”, always excellent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Lucas Bastin - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A valuable asset in any legal team, especially during arbitral proceedings.’

Ranked: tier 2

Dan Sarooshi - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He has a deep knowledge of international law and principles.’

Ranked: tier 3

Damien Walker - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A popular junior for international disputes.’

Ranked: tier 3

Iain Quirk - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of arbitration law and procedure.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)
Art and cultural property – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers is β€˜a good choice for the most complex cases’. The set has a broad media and entertainment practice as well as niche expertise in the art and cultural property space, where a number of members act for Sotheby’s, for example.

Art and cultural property – Leading silks

Joe Smouha QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is an outstanding advocate – simply perfect.’

Ranked: tier 1
Art and cultural property – Leading juniors

Claudia Renton - Essex Court Chambers β€˜She has it all and will go a very long way.’

Ranked: tier 1

Emily Wood - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A diligent and impressive barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1
Media and entertainment – Leading juniors

Iain Quirk - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He has excellent judgement and strategic sense.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Brown - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Thorough, easy to work with and definitely one to watch.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers’ β€˜experienced’ members handle a range of professional negligence matters, including claims against solicitors and barristers, valuers, surveyors, and insurance brokers.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Christopher Smith QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜First-rate.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Foxton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Strong experience.’

Ranked: tier 4

Graham Dunning QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very able.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Public international law
Public international law – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers is β€˜clearly a leader in this field’, with big-name silks and some β€˜hugely impressive juniors’. The set is also praised for its client care, and one solicitior β€˜truly cannot think of anything it could do to improve the service’. Recent mandates include representing Kenya in the ICJ concerning a bid by Somalia to delimit the maritime boundary between the two countries.

Public international law – Leading silks

Vaughan Lowe QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A top-class international lawyer – among the best in the world.’

Ranked: tier 1

Malcolm Shaw QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A highly experienced barrister and renowned international legal scholar.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sir Frank Berman KCMG QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Pre-eminent in this area.’

Ranked: tier 2

Toby Landau QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Brings invaluable insight and an ability to focus on the key issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Key QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Supremely clever and hardworking, he has a brain the size of a small planet.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sam Wordsworth QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜One of the very best barristers working in public international law with an excellent knowledge of the field.’

Ranked: tier 3
Public international law – Leading juniors

Dan Sarooshi - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An international lawyer of very considerable skill and distinction.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alan Boyle - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very experienced before courts and international tribunals.’

Ranked: tier 2

Amy Sander - Essex Court Chambers β€˜She provides a top-notch service.’

Ranked: tier 2

Lucas Bastin - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He has extensive experience in investment disputes, acting for states and investors.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Set overviews: England and Wales

With β€˜unrivalled strength in depth’, Essex Court Chambers is β€˜the place to go to with high-value and complex disputes’; β€˜the silks are all leaders in their areas and the juniors are the best at the Bar’. With an extensive track record overseas and an office in Singapore, for many this is also β€˜the leading set for international commercial work in both courts and arbitral tribunals’, and β€˜the clerking team is keenly aware of the service issues that international law firms need to have addressed’. Jointly led by David Grief and Joe Ferrigno, the clerks’ room is β€˜far superior to competitors’’ and some say that β€˜all clerks should be like the team at Essex Court’. Grief β€˜remains the clerking master at the Bar’ – β€˜impossible to beat in terms of client service and creativity’, and Ferrigno β€˜has modernised chambers and fundamentally recognises the issues solicitors face’. Team leader and first junior clerk Ben Perry is β€˜always helpful and client-focused’, and Jack Wood (also team leader) is also β€˜consistently brilliant to deal with’. Offices in: London

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers houses β€˜several star barristers’ for shipping work, who have β€˜considerable experience’. A recent work highlight, Volcafe v CSAV was a Court of Appeal case concerning the burden of proof under the Hague Rules in relation to the defence of inherent vice.

Shipping – Leading silks

Steven Berry QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A truly outstanding silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Graham Dunning QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜One of the heavyweights in the market.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Smith QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Personable and commercially minded.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jeffrey Gruder QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Fantastic.’

Ranked: tier 3

Claire Blanchard QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Absolutely first-rate and a phenomenal advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Foxton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Impressive.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Siberry QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very able.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nigel Eaton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He wins cases by being completely on top of the facts and by presenting them clearly.’

Ranked: tier 5

Nathan Pillow QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Excellent.’

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Jacobs QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is extremely clever, easy to work with and a fantastic advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is especially adept at reacting to judges’ questions in an appellate setting.’

Ranked: tier 5
Shipping – Leading juniors

Philippa Hopkins - Essex Court Chambers β€˜She can be relied on to provide clear, accurate advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Edmund King - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Excellent.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Davies - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very capable.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is wonderfully client-oriented and responsive.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jeremy Brier - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very client-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Robb - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very client-focused.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Snider - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is very hands-on.’

Ranked: tier 3

Neil Hart - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is great at looking into the detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Tax: corporate and VAT
Tax: VAT – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Essex Court Chambers

With β€˜particular strength in cases involving indirect tax’, Essex Court Chambers is anchored by some of the β€˜top QCs for VAT and a good team of juniors’. Members do find themselves involved in tax-related commercial disputes, but primarily act for taxpayers in litigation against HMRC. Indeed, Edward Brown successfully represented the taxpayer in the first customs duty case ever to be heard before the Supreme Court.

Tax: VAT – Leading silks

Roderick Cordara QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜The pre-eminent VAT QC; perhaps the most knowledgeable indirect tax lawyer at the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1
Tax: VAT – Leading juniors

Edward Brown - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Unflappable; indeed, he regularly appears on his own against silks.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Legg - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An able junior, who is carving out a successful career in VAT.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edmund King - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Articulate and very technically strong, with a good commercial approach to boot.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Tremendous experience of a wide range of issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)
Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading silks

Hugh Mercer QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An advocate who is thoroughly in command of his subject.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial
Commercial – Leading silks

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Easy to work with, calm under pressure, down to earth and great with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Joseph QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He appears in arbitrations across key jurisdictions in the region.’

Ranked: tier 3
Commercial – Leading juniors

Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A consummate advocate, who is not afraid of rolling up his sleeves and doing the hard work.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Energy

Essex Court Chambers’ Jern-Fei Ng appears as sole or lead counsel in arbitrations concerning commodities and infrastructure disputes.

Energy – Leading juniors

Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is super-responsive, has an encyclopaedic memory for case law and keen eye for strategy.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

Essex Court Chambers is β€˜clearly a top set, where there is great depth, and the clerks always find someone to help – even at short notice’. It includes members with experience both as counsel and arbitrator in shipbuilding and commercial disputes. David Grief and Joe Ferrigno are the joint senior clerks, responsible for providing a β€˜seamless and smooth client service’.

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Shipping

Essex Court Chambers’ Jern-Fei Ng appears in a range of shipbuilding disputes, ranging from vessel defect cases through to charterparty matters.

Shipping – Leading silks

Roderick Cordara QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He appears in shipbuilding arbitrations.’

Ranked: tier 2
Shipping – Leading juniors

Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court Chambers β€˜His advocacy skills mean he is able to annihilate the opposing witness in cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 1

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