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Essex Court Chambers

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Work 020 7813 8000
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London, Singapore

Iain Quirk

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


Has a broad commercial practice before the English courts and in arbitration. His practice has a particular emphasis on international commercial arbitration and investment arbitration. Regularly advises and appears as counsel in arbitrations under all of the main international institutions and is also appointed as arbitrator, including recent appointments in energy arbitrations. In the commercial law field, acts for major international corporate clients particularly in the financial, energy and construction sectors. Often instructed on commercial and employment cases in the Commercial Court and Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court. Extensive expertise in acting for sports and media companies and individuals, in particular relating to the music industry and, on the sports side, Formula 1, football and horseracing. On the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (B Panel) and has appeared for the UK Government at all levels up to the Supreme Court. Recommended in ‘The Legal 500’ since 2009 as a Leading Junior for Media, Entertainment and Sport. In 2009, named as one of the ‘barristers to watch’ by ‘Legal Week’, in which he was cited as an ‘excellent and reliable junior: good team-player, great attitude and first-class draftsman’. Areas of expertise: administrative and public law; banking & financial services; commercial fraud; commercial litigation; competition law; conflict of laws; construction and engineering; employment law; energy and utilities; international commercial arbitration; media and entertainment; public international law; sports law. Assistant editor of the ‘European Human Rights Reports’.


Called 2002, Lincoln’s Inn; junior counsel to the Crown (C Panel) 2007, (B Panel) 2012.


French (basis); Mandarin Chinese (elementary).


University of Nottingham (LLB (First Class)).

London Bar


Within: Leading Juniors

Iain Quirk - Essex Court ChambersHis strengths are his knowledge of the law, attention to detail, intelligence and ability to think outside the box.

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Within: Leading Juniors

Iain Quirk - Essex Court ChambersVery sound and very able, he is smooth and incredibly sharp with great forensic ability.

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IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Juniors

Iain Quirk - Essex Court ChambersHe is able to leverage his broad expertise across multiple practice areas.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: Leading Juniors

Iain Quirk - Essex Court ChambersA go-to individual, particularly for investment treaty work.

Within: International arbitration: counsel

Essex Court Chambers a 'go-to set for any general commercial or arbitration-related matters'. The chambers is praised for being 'commercial and strategic in approach' and 'typically team-oriented and user-friendly, including for non-UK clients'. The barristers are 'the cream of the crop' and few will quibble with the set's overall market-leading status. Members are well-versed in arbitrations across a range of jurisdictions, sectors, and disciplines, including insurance, infrastructure, BIT claims, and general commercial disputes. The set's barristers have been involved in several high-profile disputes, including Turkmenistan v National Iranian Gas Corporation in which Paul Key QC was lead counsel for the National Iranian Gas Corporation. Another highlight was Progas Energy Limited, Progas Holding Limited, and Sheffield Engineering Company Ltd v Republic of Pakistan, in which Dan Sarooshi QC faced David Foxton QC and Iain Quirk.

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

Within: Media and entertainment - Leading Juniors

Iain Quirk - Essex Court ChambersAn impressive, plain-speaking and unstuffy barrister.

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