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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
DX:
320 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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Web:
www.essexcourt.com
London, Singapore

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Essex Court Chambers is β€˜the first port of call for commercial litigation and arbitration’, and has further strength in employment, shipping, tax, public international law and insurance matters. Chambers also has a substantial international practice and an office in Singapore. Clients receive β€˜a great service from this top set’, and the clerks are rated as β€˜the best around’; β€˜they are reliable, and adopt an honest and straightforward style, which fosters mutual trust and makes things like fee negotiations infinitely easier’. Following his recent promotion, Joe Ferrigno is now joint senior clerk alongside David Grief. Ferrigno is β€˜top notch and understands the commercial complexities solicitors face when instructing counsel’, and Grief is β€˜an expert clerk, who knows internal mechanism of each barrister’. Also of note are team leaders Ben Perry, who β€˜acts in the best interest of the client and treats instructions as if they were his own’, and Jack Wood, who β€˜appreciates what law firms are trying to achieve and tailors the service accordingly’. Offices in: London

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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€˜Approachable and meticulous.’

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 has a β€˜very strong spread of barristers across the board’; β€˜the intake is always of high quality and the silks are very user-friendly’. Members have been involved in several key cases – notably Barclays Bank v Unicredit and Lehman Waterfall part C – as well as several significant banking arbitrations.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He combines formidable intellectual ability with a terrific work ethic and great charm.’

Ranked: tier 2

Joe Smouha QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A very strong lawyer, who is great to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul McGrath QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A persuasive advocate with very impressive gravitas on matters of civil fraud.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jeffrey Gruder QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very user-friendly, intelligent and experienced.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Millett QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Always on top form – one of the first choices for heavy commercial matters.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Houseman QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very bright but also very user-friendly, he will go from strength to strength.’

Ranked: tier 5

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜That great breed of 21st century barrister, who is a real team player.’

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

Edmund King - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A very good banking junior.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ciaran Keller - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Outstanding – his ability to grasp technically difficult issues sets him apart.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Davies - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He shows excellent judgement and legal analysis, and is tremendous in his presentation.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Willan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very good at undertaking a forensic analysis and getting to grips with complex issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Emily Wood - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An outstanding junior – she is unbelievable.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Sheehan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Extremely bright, practical, clear and a great team player.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers is β€˜a heavy-hitting set across the commercial litigation space’ with β€˜an excellent and well-deserved reputation’. β€˜No matter who you instruct, you will get a very good counsel.’ The versatile group of barristers span a range of disciplines and provide a good offering in cases that overlap other areas, such as civil fraud. Recent highlights involving multiple members include BAT v Sequana and Barclays Bank v Unicredit.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A phenomenal advocate, widely recognised as one of the super-silks of the English Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Joe Smouha QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Tough, tactical, practical – a real fighter, who knows how he wants to win.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Hochhauser QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A fierce courtroom advocate, who will fight tooth and nail for his clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jeffrey Gruder QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Combines deep knowledge and love of the law with user-friendliness and commerciality.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul McGrath QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Top of the class as far as injunctions are concerned.’

Ranked: tier 3

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A great team player, who is dynamically enthusiastic.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Millett QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An exceptionally bright lateral thinker and forceful advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Joseph QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A great team player, who has the ear of the court.’

Ranked: tier 5

Graham Dunning QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He retains his charm and sense of humour even in high-octane situations.’

Ranked: tier 5

Martin Griffiths QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A fantastic barrister and a great tactician, always thinking three moves ahead.’

Ranked: tier 5

David Mildon QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Technically unrivalled, delivering potent advice in a succinct yet precise manner.’

Ranked: tier 6

Gordon Pollock QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜One of the best-known advocates of his generation.’

Ranked: tier 6

Paul Stanley QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate and strategist.’

Ranked: tier 6

Stephen Houseman QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A terrific advocate and cross-examiner, and also a first-rate strategist.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Ciaran Keller - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A sublime junior; he deserves silk soon.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Willan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Simply astonishing in full flow, definitely a future super-silk.’

Ranked: tier 2

Anna Dilnot - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Absolutely first class; she combines razor-sharp insight with impressive attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Peters - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A rising star.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edmund King - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A superb and robust advocate, who will go above and beyond to serve his clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Edward Brown - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate, whose submission drafting is impressive.’

Ranked: tier 5

James Sheehan - Essex Court Chambersβ€˜A very able lawyer and a junior with a stellar career ahead of him.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Commodities
Commodities – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Essex Court Chambers

Members of Essex Court Chambers are known for their β€˜sharp analysis and deep understanding of the market’. Simon Bryan QC acted in a high-value soya bean arbitration and Nigel Eaton QC represented Morgan Stanley in an oil contract dispute with Vitol.

Commodities – Leading silks

Steven Berry QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Always in demand, he cuts to the heart of the matter.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Bryan QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜One of the best advocates, he works hard and exhibits formidable advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nigel Eaton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He brings an intellectual rigour to cases and is able to identify arguments others might not.’

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

Brian Dye - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very bright but also pragmatic, always willing to go the extra mile.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edmund King - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A very clear advocate in banking and commodities cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A real talent of the junior Bar.’

Ranked: tier 3

Philippa Hopkins - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A very cerebral and forthright advocate, who takes no prisoners.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Company and partnership
Company – Leading juniors

James Sheehan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A rising star; he is delightful to work with and charming with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

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EU and competition
EU and competition – Leading juniors

Iain Quirk - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A pleasure to work with even when things are not going entirely to plan.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Employment
Employment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Essex Court Chambers

Clients receive β€˜a great service’ from the β€˜top-class’ Essex Court Chambers, which is β€˜the go-to set for High Court employment work and complex disputes’. Three members were involved in the high-profile Arthur J Gallagher v Ross & Ors case, which arose from a team move in the insurance industry and ultimately resulted in one of the highest-value settlements in the sector.

Employment – Leading silks

Andrew Hochhauser QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A fearsome cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Daniel Oudkerk QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜One of the best; he really gets stuck in, and has a fantastic tactical and technical brain.’

Ranked: tier 1

Martin Griffiths QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A great strategist and tactician; he is always thinking three steps ahead.’

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Ciumei QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜One of the cleverest and most intellectually rigorous members of the Bar, with an unrivalled work ethic.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Craig QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A first-choice silk for high-value employment disputes, particularly in High Court litigation.’

Ranked: tier 4
Employment – Leading juniors

Amy Sander - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A real star in the making; she is incredibly hardworking and has brilliant attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Brown - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He combines ultra-responsiveness with great legal acumen.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jane Russell - Essex Court Chambers β€˜She is incredibly tenacious and has repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to go the extra mile for clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Energy
Energy – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Essex Court Chambers

Members of Essex Court Chambers have been involved in a number of international disputes, particularly in the oil and gas industry. Paul Key QC has been representing Karkey in $500m ICSID arbitration proceedings against the State of Pakistan.

Energy – Leading silks

David Mildon QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜His incisive brain pin-points the real issues in a case.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Key QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Outstanding in oral arguments and cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 3

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Highly attuned to the client’s key concerns.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Foxton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜One of the leading silks in the commercial Bar.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Jacobs QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Organised, focused and precise in his preparation.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Bryan QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He combines detailed analysis with good judgement.’

Ranked: tier 4
Energy – Leading juniors

Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An exceptional advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ciaran Keller - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Recommended for cases with an international or state sovereignty aspect.’

Ranked: tier 2

Siddharth Dhar - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He has a great command of highly technical issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

Essex Court Chambers

At Essex Court Chambers, the silks and juniors β€˜work incredibly well as a team and are almost invariably of the highest quality’. β€˜You can be sure to get not only the best legal brains and advocates, but commercially minded barristers who muck in.’ Highlight cases included Kazakhstan Kagazy v Arip, and Aeroflot v Estate of Boris Berezovsky.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Joe Smouha QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Forward-thinking, strategic, creative, quick and on top of matters; he has no weaknesses.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul McGrath QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A phenomenal barrister – most silks will dabble in civil fraud but he lives and breathes it.’

Ranked: tier 1

Huw Davies QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜His relaxed approach belies his eye for detail and creativity.’

Ranked: tier 3

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An excellent counsel.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jeffrey Gruder QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Any legal question, no matter how complex or thorny, can be answered by him.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is very hardworking and manages clients very well.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Willan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An exceptional talent, who shows a level of knowledge and judgement well beyond his years.’

Ranked: tier 2

Anna Dilnot - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A tenacious and determined operator with a user-friendly style.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ciaran Keller - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is very responsive, approachable and succinct, and has the ability to think laterally.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Peters - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is very bright and produces excellent written submissions and pleadings.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Davies - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An outstanding all-round junior for civil fraud cases, who shows superb judgement.’

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 is thorough, meticulous and bright.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Essex Court Chambers

The β€˜excellent’ Essex Court Chambers is β€˜full of highly competent counsel at all levels’ with β€˜vast experience and a commercial approach’. Apart from building their experience in Bermuda form claims, members have appeared in other high-value matters such as John Lockey QC’s involvement in the $1.3bn claim made by Single Buoy Moorings.

Insurance and reinsurance – Leading silks

John Lockey QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He has a marvellous ability to make complex concepts appear simple.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Foxton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Particularly noted for arbitration proceedings.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Jacobs QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Willing to roll up sleeves and get stuck into the detail.’

Ranked: tier 2

Steven Berry QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Excellent on his feet, particularly in international arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 2

Graham Dunning QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He has substantial experience in property and liability insurance.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jeffrey Gruder QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Persuasive and knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 4

Claire Blanchard QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Enormously talented.’

Ranked: tier 5

Simon Bryan QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Philippa Hopkins - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Incisive and determined.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers has a separate wing for arbitrators at 24 Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Its members have a superb reputation for international arbitrations and investment treaty disputes.

International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading individuals

Toby Landau QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜In a class of his own.’

V V Veeder QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He enjoys a fantastic reputation as a global arbitrator.’

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

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers is a β€˜fantastic set overall and a preferred choice in many arbitration and commercial litigation cases’. The β€˜top-notch’ practice is particularly appreciated for its β€˜very strong niche practice in enforcing arbitration awards’, especially given chambers’ expertise in fraud and asset tracing. Recent highlights include Botas v National Iranian Gas Company, and being involved in the enforcement of Yukos v Russian Federation.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

David Joseph QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An excellent and persuasive advocate, who is very enjoyable to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Graham Dunning QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A formidable and highly effective advocate and an excellent strategist.’

Ranked: tier 1

Joe Smouha QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A great cross-examiner, who provides extremely sharp analysis and is easy to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Millett QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Knows his stuff backwards and is really good on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Toby Landau QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Incredibly user-friendly, unusually good with clients and a top-notch advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He has a pre-eminent reputation in arbitration and is a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Foxton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very good on the law and surrounding technical issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

Huw Davies QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Exceptionally knowledgeable on all arbitration matters and great with clients.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jeffrey Gruder QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A compassionate and insightful silk, who is intelligent, experienced and easy to deal with,.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Stanley QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate and strategist.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Mildon QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An excellent choice for international arbitration, who pinpoints the real issues in a case.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Collins QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A bright and resourceful arbitration silk.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Key QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜The go-to silk for complicated legal issues in international arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Jacobs QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is incisive, effective, calm and has a relaxed manner with the tribunal.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sam Wordsworth QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜In investment treaty arbitration, he is one of the standouts.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – New silks

Salim Moollan QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Smooth, confident and stylish advocacy used to deploy his encyclopaedic knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 1
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

David Davies - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He works extremely hard and has a good overlap of knowledge between fraud and arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Willan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Outstanding – a joy to work with and his work never falters in its sheer excellence.’

Ranked: tier 1

Siddharth Dhar - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A go-to junior for international arbitration – very committed and knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An outstanding advocate, who is very meticulous in his preparation and extremely hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 2

Dan Sarooshi - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He has a great command of public international law fused with practical advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Peters - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An up-and-coming star – bright, commercial and understands where clients are coming from.’

Ranked: tier 3

Damien Walker - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Highly experienced across a wide range of international arbitration matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

Iain Quirk - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Clear and concise, and a good strategist with an extensive knowledge of arbitration law.’

Ranked: tier 3

Lucas Bastin - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An excellent communicator with a deep understanding of investment protection issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment – Leading juniors

Iain Quirk - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An excellent technical lawyer and advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Brown - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He has expertise in contractual disputes and his practice encompasses the film and television industries.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers handles claims against lawyers, valuers and surveyors, as well as marine and non-marine insurance brokers.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Christopher Smith QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very experienced.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Ranked: tier 4

Graham Dunning QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A very safe pair of hands.’

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€˜pre-eminent’ in PIL, and is particularly noted for its strong expertise in state v state and investment treaty disputes. Significant cases include Nicaragua v Colombia in the ICJ.

Public international law – Leading silks

Vaughan Lowe QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A brilliant public international law barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

Malcolm Shaw QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He handles even the hardest questions with ease – that only comes from being a master of international law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sir Frank Berman KCMG QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A very seasoned practitioner in the broadest sense, he really is top notch.’

Ranked: tier 2

Toby Landau QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A star in the investment arbitration and a public international law galaxy.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Key QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A very talented and impressive barrister.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sam Wordsworth QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜States and corporations entrust him with their most important international law cases and he always delivers.’

Ranked: tier 3
Public international law – Leading juniors

Dan Sarooshi - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Clearly one of the leaders at the Bar for public international law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alan Boyle - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A great academic in environmental matters and the law of the sea.’

Ranked: tier 2

Amy Sander - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Flawlessly tackles, analyses and handles extremely difficult and complex issues.’

Ranked: tier 2

Lucas Bastin - Essex Court Chambers β€˜One of the rising stars of the junior public international law Bar.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Essex Court Chambers is β€˜the first port of call for commercial litigation and arbitration’, and has further strength in employment, shipping, tax, public international law and insurance matters. Chambers also has a substantial international practice and an office in Singapore. Clients receive β€˜a great service from this top set’, and the clerks are rated as β€˜the best around’; β€˜they are reliable, and adopt an honest and straightforward style, which fosters mutual trust and makes things like fee negotiations infinitely easier’. Following his recent promotion, Joe Ferrigno is now joint senior clerk alongside David Grief. Ferrigno is β€˜top notch and understands the commercial complexities solicitors face when instructing counsel’, and Grief is β€˜an expert clerk, who knows internal mechanism of each barrister’. Also of note are team leaders Ben Perry, who β€˜acts in the best interest of the client and treats instructions as if they were his own’, and Jack Wood, who β€˜appreciates what law firms are trying to achieve and tailors the service accordingly’. Offices in: London

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Essex Court Chambers

β€˜Fantastic set’ Essex Court Chambers is β€˜very responsive’ and members are β€˜extremely strong in shipping disputes’. Gard Marine & Energy v China National Chartering Co. (β€œOcean Victory”) was a notable case.

Shipping – Leading silks

Steven Berry QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Continues to perform at the highest level.’

Ranked: tier 1

Graham Dunning QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Extremely knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

Ranked: tier 3

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

Ranked: tier 3

Claire Blanchard QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An approachable silk with a refreshingly straightforward and no-nonsense manner.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Siberry QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He provides in-depth expertise.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nigel Eaton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very strong.’

Ranked: tier 5

Richard Jacobs QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜User-friendly and calm under fire.’

Ranked: tier 5

Simon Bryan QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very able.’

Ranked: tier 5

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He combines an outstanding legal brain with excellent client-handling skills.’

Ranked: tier 5
Shipping – Leading juniors

Philippa Hopkins - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A very able senior junior.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

Ranked: tier 2

David Davies - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A brilliant practitioner.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very approachable, commercially minded and technically superb.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jeremy Brier - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Extremely bright.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Robb - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Fantastic.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Snider - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Extremely focused.’

Ranked: tier 3

Neil Hart - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is very forensic and thinks outside of the box.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers has β€˜collected a group of the most professional barristers in the VAT space’. Roderick Cordara QC represented NestlΓ© before the First Tier Tribunal in a case regarding the VAT rating of Nesquik flavoured milk powder.

Tax: VAT – Leading silks

Roderick Cordara QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He has a compelling courtroom presence and is easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1
Tax: VAT – Leading juniors

Andrew Legg - Essex Court Chambers β€˜His principal strength is his intellectual rigour.’

Ranked: tier 3

Edward Brown - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He combines technical brilliance with an easy charm with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court Chambers β€˜His work includes civil MTIC matters and classification disputes.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial
Commercial – Leading silks

David Joseph QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Instructed in complex cases in Hong Kong, Singapore and India.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial – Leading juniors

Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very active in Singapore-related arbitrations.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Energy
Energy – Leading juniors

Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Skilled and highly effective on his feet and in writing.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading silks

Roderick Cordara QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Counsel and arbitrator in shipbuilding matters.’

Ranked: tier 1
Shipping – Leading juniors

Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He has built up a formidable reputation in Asia Pacific as an arbitrator and counsel.’

Ranked: tier 1

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