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Essex Court Chambers

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David Foxton QC

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


Has a wide-ranging commercial practice. Experienced lead trial advocate in all types of commercial disputes: both in arbitration (SIAC, LCIA, LMAA, ICC and UNCITRAL) and in court. Also accepts appointments as an arbitrator. Has been appointed sole arbitrator in ICC, SIAC and ‘ad hoc’ arbitrations, and also as chairman of three-member tribunals. Visiting professor in Commercial Law at the University of Nottingham. Key areas of expertise include: banking; commercial litigation and commercial fraud; energy and natural resources; insurance and reinsurance; international commercial arbitration; professional negligence; and shipping and commodities.


Called 1989, Gray’s Inn; Essex Court Chambers 1989; QC 2006; recorder 2010; bencher Gray’s Inn.


Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR); Junior Counsel to the Crown (A Panel) to 2006; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association.


Magdalen College, Oxford (MA; BCL); King’s College, London (PhD).

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court ChambersAn excellent advocate and gets to the nub of the issue very quickly.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court ChambersOne of the best advocates at the Bar, he is who we turn to on disputes that are going to change the law.

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Within: Commodities – Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court ChambersAn excellent advocate who gets to the nub of the issue very quickly.

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Within: Energy – Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court ChambersThe complete barrister, and down to earth with it; superb in every respect.

Within: Energy

Noted for its ‘very deep bench’, its ‘high-quality legal advice’ and the ‘availability of its counsel’, Essex Court Chambers is widely regarded as ‘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.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court ChambersSupremely intelligent and remarkably modest, he is a delight to work with.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court ChambersA brilliant advocate, strategist and brave.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court ChambersHardworking and thorough.

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Within: Shipping – Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court ChambersHe has a great reputation.

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