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Essex Court Chambers

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24 LINCOLN'S INN FIELDS, LONDON, WC2A 3EG, ENGLAND
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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

β€˜The Rolls Royce of the Bar’, Essex Court Chambers is β€˜brimming with talent’ and β€˜absolutely brilliant from top to bottom’. With its expansion into Singapore, and a track record of dealing with complex disputes, it is seen as β€˜one of the leading sets for international arbitration’ and is β€˜up there with Pump Court Tax Chambers as the leading indirect tax sets’. Leading junior Ruth den Besten has joined from Serle Court. The clerking at Essex Court is β€˜assertive, pragmatic and sensible’, helping to maintain strong relationships with instructing solicitors. In a significant development for chambers’ international aspirations, the β€˜legendary’ David Grief has stepped down as joint senior clerk to take on a new role as director of international business development. This leaves β€˜leading clerk’ Joe Ferrigno to continue running β€˜a tight ship’ as the sole senior clerk. Ferrigno is β€˜a class act – very well connected, good to deal with and always finds a pragmatic, sensible way of resolving any issues’. Team leader and first junior clerk Ben Perry is β€˜particularly responsive and sharp’. Offices in: London and Singapore

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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. Joe Ferrigno is the senior clerk, responsible for providing a β€˜seamless and smooth client service’. David Grief has taken on a new role as director of international business development.

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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€˜A broad, commercially focused practice.’

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 popular choice for major banking and finance disputes, particularly where there is an overlap into areas like civil fraud. Members are often involved in the most complex cases. Notable highlights include Lehman Waterfall Part C, Lehman Brothers Finance v Tschira, FDIC v Barlcays, and National Bank Trust v Yurov, Belyaev & Fetisov.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate and gets to the nub of the issue very quickly.’

Ranked: tier 2

Joe Smouha QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A consummate professional who brings formidable insight to everything he touches.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul McGrath QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A powerhouse of a litigator.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jeffrey Gruder QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Highly rated for banking litigation.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Houseman QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A spirited and enthusiastic silk who truly knows his stuff.’

Ranked: tier 5
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – 2018 silks

Edmund King QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A tenacious and effective advocate with complete command of all the commercial and legal issues.’

Ranked: tier 1
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

James Willan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He outstanding and considerably better than most QCs he’s up against.’

Ranked: tier 2

Louise Hutton - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Legally and commercially astute in equal measure, with a huge amount of experience.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ciaran Keller - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Down to earth and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Sheehan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜His ability to grasp complex factual matters is particularly impressive.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Davies - Essex Court Chambers β€˜His written work is excellent and he gets on top of the facts very quickly.’

Ranked: tier 4

Emily Wood - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A superstar of the future – down to earth, clear and supremely smart.’

Ranked: tier 4

Tom Ford - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An absolutely first-rate junior combining intellect with sound practical judgement and advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers are a β€˜go to set for heavy duty litigation’ with a β€˜fantastic team, from the most senior QCs down to the youngest juniors’. Clients also praise β€˜the best clerks’ room in the City, they are sensible on rates’. Members could be found on a wide range of major energy, fraud, banking, and broader commercial disputes. Notable highlights included National Bank Trust v Yurov, Vincent Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton, and BAT v Sequana.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜One of the best advocates at the Bar, he is who we turn to on disputes that are going to change the law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Joe Smouha QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Without a doubt, one of the Bar’s superstars.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Hochhauser QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Highly regarded for a broad range of commercial disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul McGrath QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜The best at what he does – he understands people, so is a devastating cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 2

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Judges love him, as do clients, for his calm and intellectual manner.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jeffrey Gruder QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Extremely pleasant and easy to work with and has a nice manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Millett QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A fighter and someone you are always grateful to have on your side.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Joseph QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An exceptional advocate, he has a special ability to make complex points simple and persuasive.’

Ranked: tier 5

Graham Dunning QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Prepared to be creative legally, which barristers often do not do.’

Ranked: tier 5

Martin Griffiths QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜If you’ve got a knotty problem, he will think creatively to get you out of it.’

Ranked: tier 5

Gordon Pollock QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜One of the most experienced advocates at the Bar.’

Ranked: tier 6

Nathan Pillow QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An excellent cross-examiner and an excellent person to have on the team.’

Ranked: tier 6

Paul Stanley QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Great rapport with the judges, good presentation skills, and quick on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 6

Stephen Houseman QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜The complete package – very user friendly, hardworking, and a great courtroom advocate.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – 2018 silks

Edmund King QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Packs a considerable punch when it comes to excellent and pointed advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

James Willan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Quite simply, one of the best juniors at the commercial Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ruth den Besten - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A pleasure to work with and a good team player.’

Ranked: tier 1

Anna Dilnot - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Works very well as part of a team, giving a good steer to junior members.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ciaran Keller - Essex Court Chambers β€˜One of the best juniors I’ve worked with and certainly one of the stars of the market.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Peters - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Confident and forthright, he articulates powerful arguments and inspires confidence.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Sheehan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Bright, thorough and has great judgement, definitely a junior to watch.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Davies - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A real star who gets on top of the facts very quickly.’

Ranked: tier 5

Edward Brown - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Strong attention to detail and absorbs himself in the case.’

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

John Robb - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Fought our client’s corner ferociously, getting an excellent result.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Hoyle - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Not afraid to express an opinion (which is always considered) and to think strategically. He also works well as part of a team. One to watch.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Commodities
Commodities – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers is β€˜a professional and responsive set with high quality among its barristers and clerks’. Its members include outstanding performers such as Steven Berry QC and Claire Blanchard QC. Leading light Nigel Eaton QC acted for BP Gas Marketing in a Commercial Court action concerning the processing and transporting of liquefied natural gas supplies to the UK. Simon Bryan QC was appointed to the bench.

Commodities – Leading silks

Steven Berry QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An ever-reliable and always impressive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nigel Eaton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A go-to silk for trading cases, he is able to cut through complex factual and legal issues to give concise and high-quality advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Claire Blanchard QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Straightforward, clear and incredibly impressive on her feet.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Foxton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate who gets to the nub of the issue very quickly.’

Ranked: tier 5

Graham Dunning - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very thorough, very able and effective on his feet in court.’

Ranked: tier 5

Nathan Pillow QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An excellent cross-examiner who is willing to get to grips with the details.’

Ranked: tier 5
Commodities – 2018 Silks

Edmund King QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A strong advocate, whether it be in shipping, commodities or fraud matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jern-Fei Ng QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Legally brilliant, very hardworking and can master complex facts quickly; easy to work with and very attuned to commercial drivers and strategy.’

Ranked: tier 1

Philippa Hopkins QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Having been a strong senior junior in commodities and shipping, she is set to continue building her reputation as a QC.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Company and partnership
Company – Leading juniors

James Sheehan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He has an uncanny ability to get to the heart of an issue and has a masterful command of detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ruth den Besten - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An experienced advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Competition
Competition – Leading juniors

Iain Quirk - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is very intelligent, collaborative, works well under pressure and is gracious with solicitors and clients alike.’

Ranked: tier 3

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EU law
EU law – Leading silks

Hugh Mercer QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A leading EU law specialist who has considerable experience of dealing with cases at the highest level.’

Ranked: tier 4
EU law – Leading juniors

Iain Quirk - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very intelligent, collaborative, works well under pressure and is gracious with solicitors and clients alike.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Employment
Employment – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers has β€˜some of the best employment barristers around’ and provides β€˜a first-class service’ across the spectrum of employment law issues, including remuneration disputes, restrictive covenants and the protection of confidential information. Highlights included ICAP v Berry, a High Court case relating to TUPE issues; Fallows v Sir Elton John, a discrimination matter; and Egon Zehnder v Tillman, which relates to non-compete clauses.

Employment – Leading silks

Andrew Hochhauser QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate and a Rottweiler in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Craig QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He has an incredible brain and is a superb cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Daniel Oudkerk QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A true star of the restrictive covenant world.’

Ranked: tier 1

Martin Griffiths QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Sharp, determined and gets to the point.’

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Ciumei QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Extremely thorough in his preparation and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law.’

Ranked: tier 3
Employment – Leading juniors

Jane Russell - Essex Court Chambers β€˜She is someone you want in your corner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Edward Brown - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is thorough and very easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Amy Sander - Essex Court Chambers β€˜She is ferociously productive and able to master any challenging dispute.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Energy
Energy – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Essex Court Chambers

Noted for its β€˜very deep bench’, its β€˜high-quality legal advice’ and the β€˜availability of its counsel’, Essex Court Chambers is widely regarded as β€˜the top international arbitration set in London’. It also handles serious litigation: David Foxton QC defended Peter Bosworth and Colin Hurley in a $325m fraud and breach-of-duty case brought by their former employer, Arcadia Petroleum. Siddharth Dhar acted for the Republic of Albania in a €450m ICSID arbitration brought by power and renewables investors regarding the construction of a renewable energy plant near Tirana.

Energy – Leading silks

Paul Key QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An impressive cross-examiner who presents cases engagingly and compellingly even when they’ve come to him late.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

Ranked: tier 2

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very effective, astute and user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

Ranked: tier 3

David Foxton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜The complete barrister, and down to earth with it; superb in every respect.’

Ranked: tier 4
Energy – 2018 silks

Jern-Fei Ng QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A truly superb advocate – extremely persistent, easy to work with and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law.’

Ranked: tier 1
Energy – Leading juniors

Siddharth Dhar - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A very good barrister.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ciaran Keller - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very bright and his written work is exceptional.’

Ranked: tier 3

Anton Dudnikov - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate and tactician.’

Ranked: tier 4

Iain Quirk - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An excellent technical lawyer and advocate; very good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Lucas Bastin - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Has a brilliant mind, and is commercially astute.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers is β€˜without doubt at the forefront of civil fraud’, and its barristers β€˜are always in the line-up for the biggest cases, and rightly so’. Clients commend the β€˜really deep bench, if you can’t get your first choice, there is a conveyor belt of talent waiting to be unleashed’. Four members were involved in PJSC Tatneft v Bogolyubov, while another six had key roles on National Bank Trust v Yurov & others. Other key cases include Avonwick Holdings v Azitio Holdings, and Nigerian Petroleum Company v IPCO.

Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Joe Smouha QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜One of the most serious heavyweights at the Bar for heavy duty commercial litigation with a fraud element.’

Ranked: tier 1

Paul McGrath QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A phenomenal work ethic, great court presence, and an absolute pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Huw Davies QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜His demeanour in court and style of advocacy are highly effective.’

Ranked: tier 3

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A brilliant appellate advocate – relishes quick fire exchanges with bright judges asking difficult questions.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jeffrey Gruder QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very experienced and good at seeing the points that really matter.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nathan Pillow QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Really easy to work with, excellent with clients, and a very good court room advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: civil – 2018 silks

Jern-Fei Ng QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A good, strong, methodical applicator of the law, he was born a silk.’

Ranked: tier 1
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Anna Dilnot - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Clever, hardworking and highly recommended for commercial fraud work.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Willan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A brilliant lawyer, who can cut through mountains of detail to the crux of the issue.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Peters - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Good on his feet, feisty, and to the point.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ruth den Besten - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Disarmingly affable – a robust and sharp counsel with precise drafting skills.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ciaran Keller - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Cuts through the detail and manages not to lose sight of the bigger commercial picture.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Davies - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A high-calibre senior junior for fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Sheehan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜His drafting is crystal clear; a great team player.’

Ranked: tier 3

Louise Hutton - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An excellent and intelligent advocate with an eye for strategy.’

Ranked: tier 3

Anton Dudnikov - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Personable, responsive, an excellent draftsman, but also very good on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 4

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IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory)
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) – Leading juniors

Iain Quirk - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is hardworking and meticulous.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Ruth den Besten - Essex Court Chambers β€˜She has substantial expertise in insolvency law.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers is β€˜an excellent set full of highly competent counsel of all levels’. With particular expertise in marine insurance and Bermuda Form the set β€˜brings a practical and commercial approach to its work’. At present, members of chambers are involved in coverage disputes totalling billions of dollars including 2010’s Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico and Single Buoy Mooring v Insurers, a $1bn insurance claim in the Commercial Court in which John Lockey QC is instructed.

Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

John Lockey QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An expert in insurance and reinsurance law.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Foxton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Supremely intelligent and remarkably modest, he is a delight to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Scorey QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Works across a range of insurance disputes but is a particular specialist in the highly technical area of Bermuda Form coverage.’

Ranked: tier 5

Graham Dunning QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate and arbitrator.’

Ranked: tier 5

Jeffrey Gruder QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A go-to silk for high-value or difficult matters.’

Ranked: tier 5

Mark Templeman QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Great attention to detail, sound and reliable, with a profound knowledge of the law.’

Ranked: tier 5

Steven Berry QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Particularly notable in marine insurance.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insurance and reinsurance – 2018 silks

Philippa Hopkins QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Always creative in her approach, resourceful and highly effective.’

Ranked: tier 1
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

David Peters - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Oodles of common sense and the ability to sort the wheat from the chaff.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers has a range of highly impressive full-time arbitrators working out of its specialist in-house arbitrator chambers, 24 Lincon’s Inn Fields. Within the broader chambers there are also several barristers who also enjoy excellent reputations as arbitrators.

International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading individuals

Toby Landau QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜One of the market’s most popular arbitrators.’

V V Veeder QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A high-profile arbitrator with a strong international following.’

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

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers is a β€˜blue chip’ set for international arbitration with β€˜absolutely first-class’ barristers at β€˜both junior and senior level’. The clerks are β€˜a wonderful resource and wholly independent and objective in assessing who can meet the demands of a case’. Members are experienced across every sector, including energy, infrastructure, insurance and BIT claims. Major recent highlights include roles on the Autoridad del Canal de Panama v Sacyr dispute and BSG Resources v Republic of Guinea.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A brilliant advocate, strategist and brave.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Joseph QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A delight to work with and a real authority on international law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Graham Dunning QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very able and effective on his feet, very thorough and excellent in all other areas.’

Ranked: tier 1

Joe Smouha QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A valuable and distinguished asset for leading the legal team.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

Ranked: tier 1

Toby Landau QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An astounding advocate, wonderful judgement, and has the ear of the court and tribunals.’

Ranked: tier 1

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A razor-sharp intellect combined with a client-friendly manner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Huw Davies QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very diligent and has extremely sound judgement.’

Ranked: tier 2

Jeffrey Gruder QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Knows the law inside out and has a wealth of experience.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Key QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A great combination of technical knowledge and approachability.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Stanley QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is great: very clever and hardworking and thoughtful.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Mildon QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Huge experience in oil and gas and a very able lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Collins QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Outstanding – a very strong practitioner in the field of international arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Scorey QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Brilliant, he goes above and beyond the call of duty.’

Ranked: tier 4

Ricky Diwan QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An excellent silk who lives and breaths arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sam Wordsworth QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Great strength in strategy and ability to push complex points forcefully yet simply.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – 2018 silks

Dan Sarooshi QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜As good as they come.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jern-Fei Ng QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Always on top of his material – fully deserving of his appointment to silk.’

Ranked: tier 1
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

David Davies - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Has a very good legal mind, is confident in his advice and advocacy, and has excellent judgement.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Willan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Extraordinarily creative with an exceptional sense of judgement.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lucas Bastin - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Simply superb, with vast experience in the field of arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 1

Siddharth Dhar - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A creative lawyer, incredibly responsive and very thorough in his work.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Peters - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Analytical, incisive and dynamic.’

Ranked: tier 2

Iain Quirk - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He’s not only a good lawyer but has a wealth of experience in arbitration law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Damien Walker - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Well regarded for major international arbitrations.’

Ranked: tier 3

Emily Wood - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Incredibly diligent and a real delight to work with.’

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 boasts art litigation expertise. Joe Smouha QC and James Collins QC continue to act in Accent Delight & Others v Yves Bouvier & Others, a high-profile, multi-jurisdictional claim concerning allegations of fraudulently inflated prices of artwork.

Art and cultural property – Leading silks

Joe Smouha QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Prepares thoroughly, and can always be relied on.’

Ranked: tier 1
Art and cultural property – Leading juniors

Claudia Renton - Essex Court Chambers β€˜She is multi-talented, adaptable and charms judges out of trees.’

Ranked: tier 1

Emily Wood - Essex Court Chambers β€˜She ably handles both commercial disputes at litigation and arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 1
Media and entertainment – Leading juniors

Iain Quirk - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is acknowledged for acting in contractual disputes in the television and film industries.’

Ranked: tier 2

Edward Brown - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He specialises in contractual disputes in the media sector, and also acts in copyright and breach of confidence matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Offshore
Offshore – Leading silks

James Collins QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜His practice includes cross-border art fraud cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Millett QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is instructed in BVI and Cayman cases.’

Ranked: tier 4
Offshore – Leading juniors

Ciaran Keller - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Instructed in offshore funds cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

James Willan - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Fantastically clever and responsive.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Private client: trusts and probate
Private client: trusts and probate – Leading juniors

Louise Hutton - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An excellent advocate with a good eye for detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers offers a β€˜client-orientated’ service and is instructed on cases against solicitors, barristers and insurance brokers, often with a cross-border element.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Christopher Smith QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Has an extraordinary capability to deal with the issues in an astonishingly clear and logical manner.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Foxton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Hardworking and thorough.’

Ranked: tier 4

Graham Dunning QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Vast experience.’

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€˜outstanding’, and considered by many to be the β€˜top set for public international law, with impressive strength in depth’. The set hosts a range of versatile silks and juniors with strong expertise in bilateral investment treaty disputes, as well as state v state claims before the International Court of Justice. Highlight cases include Vaughan Lowe QC’s instruction in Bolivia v Chile, concerning Bolivia’s access to the Pacific Ocean, and Dan Sarooshi QC’s involvement in the Brexit case, Miller v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

Public international law – Leading silks

Vaughan Lowe QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜The preeminent practitioner of public international law in the UK; academically unparalleled.’

Ranked: tier 1

Malcolm Shaw QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He’s great, he’s written the book and is great to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sam Wordsworth QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜One of the stars of the PIL and investment arbitration Bar.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sir Frank Berman KCMG QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Clearly respected by institutions on all sides.’

Ranked: tier 2

Toby Landau QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Formidable - a wonderful advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Key QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Astonishingly intelligent, his grasp of the facts and law is second to none.’

Ranked: tier 3
Public international law – 2018 silks

Dan Sarooshi QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A very versatile and experienced public international lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 1
Public international law – Leading juniors

Alan Boyle - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for major sovereignty disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Amy Sander - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Excellent; she is a very fine, highly intelligent and persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Lucas Bastin - Essex Court Chambers β€˜For someone of his level of call, he is the best - an excellent strategic thinker.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Set overviews: England and Wales

β€˜The Rolls Royce of the Bar’, Essex Court Chambers is β€˜brimming with talent’ and β€˜absolutely brilliant from top to bottom’. With its expansion into Singapore, and a track record of dealing with complex disputes, it is seen as β€˜one of the leading sets for international arbitration’ and is β€˜up there with Pump Court Tax Chambers as the leading indirect tax sets’. Leading junior Ruth den Besten has joined from Serle Court. The clerking at Essex Court is β€˜assertive, pragmatic and sensible’, helping to maintain strong relationships with instructing solicitors. In a significant development for chambers’ international aspirations, the β€˜legendary’ David Grief has stepped down as joint senior clerk to take on a new role as director of international business development. This leaves β€˜leading clerk’ Joe Ferrigno to continue running β€˜a tight ship’ as the sole senior clerk. Ferrigno is β€˜a class act – very well connected, good to deal with and always finds a pragmatic, sensible way of resolving any issues’. Team leader and first junior clerk Ben Perry is β€˜particularly responsive and sharp’. Offices in: London and Singapore

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers is a β€˜first-rate set’ for shipping disputes and headline cases included major marine insurance dispute the Panamax Trader; and Euro-Asian Oil v Credit Suisse, a case involving missing bills of lading and alleged letter of credit fraud. General average case the Cape Bonny is also a notable highlight for the set.

Shipping – Leading silks

Steven Berry QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is a brilliant silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Graham Dunning QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is very able and effective on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Smith QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He has vast experience.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jeffrey Gruder QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is very experienced.’

Ranked: tier 3

Claire Blanchard QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Exceptional, straightforward and clear.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Foxton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He has a great reputation.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nathan Pillow QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is very impressive.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nigel Eaton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is very highly rated.’

Ranked: tier 5

Vernon Flynn QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is extremely knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 5
Shipping – 2018 silks

Edmund King QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is a first-rate barrister.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jern-Fei Ng QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Superb; a rising star.’

Ranked: tier 1

Philippa Hopkins QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜She has an unparalleled hunger for knowledge and a superb ability to uncover case-law.’

Ranked: tier 1
Shipping – Leading juniors

David Davies - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is a fantastic junior.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Walsh - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is thorough, responsive and user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jeremy Brier - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Snider - Essex Court Chambers β€˜One of the best for producing clever pleadings.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Robb - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is a force to reckon with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Neil Hart - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is very able.’

Ranked: tier 3

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

Essex Court Chambers

The barristers at Essex Court Chambers are β€˜experts in the field of VAT and customs’ and β€˜can be relied upon to give the best advice’ to clients seeking to resolve tax issues. Members are predominantly instructed by tax payers in disputes with HMRC. Roderick Cordara QC and David Scorey QC are the go-to names in chambers, while Edmund King QC and Jern-Fei Ng QC took silk in 2018.

Tax: VAT – Leading silks

Roderick Cordara QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A free thinking advocate who can see arguments and solutions where others don’t.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Scorey QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜One of the best VAT litigators at the bar.’

Ranked: tier 3
Tax: VAT – 2018 silks

Edmund King QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is an experienced tax lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jern-Fei Ng QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜At the top of his game.’

Ranked: tier 1
Tax: VAT – Leading juniors

Edward Brown - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He is a persuasive advocate and uses an analytic approach.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Legg - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He has a broad tax practice.’

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€˜A crisp and huge intellect with a warm personality who is one of the very best silks dealing with conflicts of laws.’

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. Joe Ferrigno is the senior clerk, responsible for providing a β€˜seamless and smooth client service’. David Grief has taken on a new role as director of international business development.

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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

David Walsh - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He appears for Asian ship financiers, charterers and builders in London and Hong Kong arbitrations.’

Ranked: tier 2

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