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20 Essex Street

Chambers of Christopher Hancock QC and Duncan Matthews QC

LONDON, WC2R 3AL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7842 1200
Fax:
Fax 020 7842 1270
DX:
0009 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.20essexst.com
London, Singapore

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

An β€˜extremely well-established commercial set’ with β€˜very strong international trade expertise’, 20 Essex Street is β€˜a premier set for private international law issues’ and houses β€˜excellent barristers in all areas’. Led by practice directors Arron Zitver, Christopher Theobald and Anthony Carroll, the clerks are β€˜very attentive and take the time to understand clients’ wants and needs. They are exceptionally understanding about costs and fee negotiations’. A focus on β€˜valuing longterm relationships’ and β€˜the transition to a younger clerking team has done wonders for making the set more accessible’. The β€˜pragmatic’ Billy Brian is β€˜always very efficient and commercial on fee discussions’; George Bennett is β€˜very helpful and proactive’ and Rachael Osborne is β€˜a rising star’. Other names to note are Jemma Tagg, who is director of strategic development, and Rachel Foxton, who is head of marketing and practice support. Offices in: London and Singapore

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

20 Essex Street β€˜is clearly very strong in the maritime area although it offers impressive strength in other practice areas across a broad spectrum of commercial interests’. The set has β€˜devoted a considerable investment in establishing an office in Singapore and ensuring that members of chambers visit’. Aarron Zitver is the senior clerk.

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London Bar

Aviation
Aviation – Leading juniors

Patricia Edwards - 20 Essex Street β€˜Has a solutions-based focus.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 5

20 Essex Street

20 Essex Street β€˜is always willing to find someone to help’ and β€˜very strong in banking and finance, and increasingly so where there are additional fraud elements’. Clients particularly appreciate its β€˜range of expertise, practicality and pricing’. As well as nurturing some top-notch, home grown talent, it has also attracted leading silks, such as Paul Lowenstein QC from 3 Verulam Buildings.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Paul Lowenstein QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Cuts through very complex legal issues.’

Ranked: tier 5

Philip Edey QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜A popular choice for banking disputes.’

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

Andrew Fulton - 20 Essex Street β€˜Extremely knowledgeable on banking and trade related matters and hugely committed.’

Ranked: tier 3

Luke Pearce - 20 Essex Street β€˜A highly impressive junior with an unflappable manner.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

20 Essex Street

20 Essex Street has β€˜excellent commercial silks and juniors’, and while the set is β€˜historically known for shipping work, it has become a leading set in complex commercial litigation’. The set’s commercial offering was boosted by the arrival of Paul Lowenstein QC from 3 Verulam Buildings. Notable highlights include Retailers v MasterCard and Retailers v Visa, as well as Petrosaudi Oil Services v Novo Banco & PDVSA. Clients also note that β€˜the clerks are great to work with and extremely flexible in their approach’.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Duncan Matthews QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜A very safe pair of hands and a comforting presence as an advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Lowenstein QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Dedicated, hands-on, and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Philip Edey QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜A fiercely bright and top-class advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Blair Leahy - 20 Essex Street β€˜A stellar senior junior who picks the case up by the scruff of the neck.’

Ranked: tier 4

Philip Riches - 20 Essex Street β€˜Responsive and rolls up his sleeves, he’s also creative in the arguments he formulates.’

Ranked: tier 4

Susannah Jones - 20 Essex Street β€˜She’s totally brilliant and her written work is just fabulous.’

Ranked: tier 4

Josephine Davies - 20 Essex Street β€˜Always impresses with creative solutions to complex problems.’

Ranked: tier 5

Malcolm Jarvis - 20 Essex Street β€˜Regularly instructed on major energy disputes.’

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

Belinda McRae - 20 Essex Street β€˜Very client friendly but hard as tempered steel with the other side.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Commodities
Commodities – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

20 Essex Street

β€˜First-rate’ 20 Essex Street is β€˜one of the go-to sets for commodities work as it has great strength both among leading counsel and juniors at several levels; the clerking, too, is excellent’. Among its members are some of the leading lights for commodities cases, such as Timothy Young QC, Philip Edey QC and Duncan Matthews QC. Matthews and Susannah Jones acted in Natixis SA v Marex Financial Limited, in which the bank pursued a claim against a commodities broker for breach of a repurchase agreement relating to nickel stored in Asia.

Commodities – Leading silks

Timothy Young QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Absolutely superb, a clever advocate with encyclopaedic knowledge of the commodities and shipping sectors.’

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Kimmins QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜He has almost 25 years’ experience in complex multi-jurisdictional trade and commodities disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Duncan Matthews QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜A proper, grown-up silk who is mightily impressive.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Collett QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜He is a very responsive, bright and friendly advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Ashcroft QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Tough, gritty and vastly experienced in international trade and commodities work.’

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Edey QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜A real star as a leader and an intellectual heavyweight who is recommended for difficult cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Lewis QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Measured and magisterial, he is very bright, responsive and committed; he should go very far.’

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Hill QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜A specialist in international commercial litigation and arbitration who handles complex and high-value disputes.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Hancock QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Extremely intelligent; he gives clients complete confidence in commodities trading disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Coburn QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜A good all-rounder and a fantastic silk who is highly recommended for commodities cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

Sara Masters QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜A very approachable, efficient and responsive advocate for shipping and commodities matters.’

Ranked: tier 4

Julian Kenny QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜An excellent choice, a real up-and-coming barrister who stands out among silks.’

Ranked: tier 5
Commodities – Leading juniors

Angharad Parry - 20 Essex Street β€˜A fantastic junior who is thoroughly recommended.’

Ranked: tier 2

Daniel Bovensiepen - 20 Essex Street β€˜A thinker – very user friendly and smart.’

Ranked: tier 2

Henry Byam-Cook - 20 Essex Street β€˜A pro-active and thorough advocate with extensive experience in FOSFA and GAFTA cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Luke Pearce - 20 Essex Street β€˜He has significant experience in international trade matters and is often instructed as sole counsel in complex cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Malcolm Jarvis - 20 Essex Street β€˜Very bright and user friendly, he gives straightforward and practical advice and is a persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Riches - 20 Essex Street β€˜A very strong senior junior and a rising star who is quite capable of handling silk-level work.’

Ranked: tier 2

Susannah Jones - 20 Essex Street β€˜She exhibits excellent attention to detail and is very clever; she has always been willing to roll up her sleeves and work closely with the client.’

Ranked: tier 2

Colleen Hanley - 20 Essex Street β€˜Popular with commodity and energy traders for her experience in international trade disputes.’

Ranked: tier 3

Josephine Davies - 20 Essex Street β€˜Experienced in high-value international trade matters, notably those involving hydrocarbons.’

Ranked: tier 3

Oliver Caplin - 20 Essex Street β€˜He is very responsive, organised and proactive and has an impressive work ethic; his calm unflappable demeanour assists him in managing clients and expectations.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Snook - 20 Essex Street β€˜Very easy to work with, he is great at explaining issues in plain English, and he grapples with complex, multifaceted cases with ease.’

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas Corby - 20 Essex Street β€˜Excellent to work with, he has a very strong intellect, is extremely hardworking and very responsive.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Company and partnership
Company – Leading silks

Stephen Atherton QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜A punchy draftsman and an excellent advocate with a light touch that can prove very effective.’

Ranked: tier 4
Company – Leading juniors

Harris Bor - 20 Essex Street β€˜Very thorough and goes the extra mile.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Energy
Energy – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

20 Essex Street

Offshore work and energy trading are particular areas of expertise for 20 Essex Street’s energy practice, which is frequently instructed by clients from China and Korea. Timothy Hill QC acted for the claimant, the owners of the vessel Magellan Spirit, in a commercial dispute regarding a terminated contract for the sale of liquefied natural gas to Korea. Simon Milnes acted in a charter-party dispute between European, Hong Kong and Thai parties. Charles Kimmins QC, David Lewis QC and Duncan Matthews QC are the other key sector experts.

Energy – Leading silks

Charles Kimmins QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Very responsive, and manages expectations very effectively. Has a very good grasp of the law, and swiftly gets to grip with the facts of a case.’

Ranked: tier 4

Duncan Matthews QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜A master tactician, and immensely impressive in court.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Ashcroft QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Extremely intelligent and inspires complete confidence.’

Ranked: tier 4
Energy – Leading juniors

Malcolm Jarvis - 20 Essex Street β€˜Particularly active in oil and gas.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Duncan Matthews QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜In a class of his own, a master tactician, and immensely impressive in court.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Lowenstein QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜An immensely impressive commercial silk; extremely thorough, hardworking and responsive.’

Ranked: tier 4
Fraud: civil – Leading juniors

Christopher Newman - 20 Essex Street β€˜The dream junior on any tough case, he is bright, tenacious and aggressive - a genuine star.’

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Riches - 20 Essex Street β€˜Prepared to get creative over tricky arguments.’

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Fulton - 20 Essex Street β€˜A first-class operator, mature beyond his years and very confident in conference with clients.’

Ranked: tier 4

Blair Leahy - 20 Essex Street β€˜Her combination of fraud and insolvency knowledge is excellent.’

Ranked: tier 4

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

Lawrence Akka QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜He is a real star in tech disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Lowenstein QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜He is very focused, hands on and combative.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading silks

Stephen Atherton QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜He is a very good advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Blair Leahy - 20 Essex Street β€˜Her combination of insolvency and fraud knowledge is excellent.’

Ranked: tier 3

Anthony Beswetherick - 20 Essex Street β€˜Specialises in fraud aspects of insolvency law.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Insurance and reinsurance
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

20 Essex Street

Involved in several high-profile cases, 20 Essex Street had Charles Kimmins QC appear in the Court of Appeal in Axa v ARIG, one of the leading cases on the law of inducement, as well as Christopher Hancock QC instructed on further claims by the insurers under a P&I contract in respect of losses out of the landmark Prestige case, relating to one of the largest oil spills in history.

Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Philip Edey QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Substantial across the board insurance knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Hancock QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜An insurance and reinsurance specialist.’

Ranked: tier 5

Charles Kimmins QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Accustomed to high-value disputes.’

Ranked: tier 5

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

20 Essex Street

20 Essex Street houses an excellent choice of ex-judges, ex-solicitors and acting barristers, who are often top pick as arbitral chairs.

International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading individuals

David Sutton - 20 Essex Street β€˜An immensely experienced chair for a broad range of commercial disputes.’

J William Rowley QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜A popular choice for commercial and public international law arbitrations.’

Julian Lew QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Extremely experienced in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.’

Sir Bernard Rix - 20 Essex Street β€˜A former judge and one of the market’s leading arbitrators.’

Duncan Matthews QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Highly sought after as arbitrator as well as counsel.’

Michael Lee - 20 Essex Street β€˜Highly recommended, particularly for Asia-related arbitrations.’

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

20 Essex Street

20 Essex Street is β€˜top notch for international commercial arbitration’ and β€˜has real depth in commercial work and is involved in some significant high-value cases’. Clients also appreciate that the set β€˜meets with us to understand our needs and drivers’, while their β€˜fee rates are very reasonable’. The expertise of its members stretches from major shipping, commodities and energy disputes, to significant BIT claims.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Charles Kimmins QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜For a silk of his outstanding ability, he is refreshingly normal – clients love him.’

Ranked: tier 1

Duncan Matthews QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Always on my list for the heavy stuff.’

Ranked: tier 1

Philip Edey QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Highly recommended for international arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Young QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Very popular for shipping, trade and commodities disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Ashcroft QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜He gave us and the client confidence in him, and is easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Lewis QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Exceptionally bright and provides commercial and clear advice.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Harris Bor - 20 Essex Street β€˜An invaluable resource as a junior.’

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Riches - 20 Essex Street β€˜A good and skilled advocate who is really thorough and prepared to roll up his sleeves.’

Ranked: tier 2

Henry Byam-Cook - 20 Essex Street β€˜An excellent all-round counsel who is very good on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 3

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International crime and extradition
International crime and extradition - Leading juniors

Monica Feria-Tinta - 20 Essex Street β€˜Her practice is centred around international crime matters.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading silks

Paul Lowenstein QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Has a hands-on approach.’

Ranked: tier 2

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

20 Essex Street

20 Essex Street has a stellar reputation for public international law, fielding some highly experienced barristers at both senior and junior levels. Members have been involved in a broad range of headline cases with major international law issues. Notable highlights included Guglielmo Verdirame’s instruction as part of the attorney general’s team in Miller v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Sir Michael Wood KCMG’s involvement in the Australia v Timor-Leste conciliation, as well as Sir Daniel Bethlehem KCMG QC leading a team in the β€˜Enrica Lexie’ incident (Italy v India).

Public international law – Leading silks

Sir Daniel Bethlehem KCMG QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜An invaluable part of our team.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sudhanshu Swaroop QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Well regarded in the field of public international law.’

Ranked: tier 3
Public international law – Leading juniors

Sir Michael Wood KCMG - 20 Essex Street β€˜Excellent, with a smooth and emollient advocacy style.’

Ranked: tier 1

Guglielmo Verdirame - 20 Essex Street β€˜Particularly good in the practical application of PIL in novel commercial situations.’

Ranked: tier 2

Penelope Nevill - 20 Essex Street β€˜A highly competent barrister who really knows her stuff on international law.’

Ranked: tier 2

Kate Parlett - 20 Essex Street β€˜Really excellent, very bright, and very hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 3

Philippa Webb - 20 Essex Street β€˜Really plugged into the international law arena, I wouldn’t hesitate to use her.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

An β€˜extremely well-established commercial set’ with β€˜very strong international trade expertise’, 20 Essex Street is β€˜a premier set for private international law issues’ and houses β€˜excellent barristers in all areas’. Led by practice directors Arron Zitver, Christopher Theobald and Anthony Carroll, the clerks are β€˜very attentive and take the time to understand clients’ wants and needs. They are exceptionally understanding about costs and fee negotiations’. A focus on β€˜valuing longterm relationships’ and β€˜the transition to a younger clerking team has done wonders for making the set more accessible’. The β€˜pragmatic’ Billy Brian is β€˜always very efficient and commercial on fee discussions’; George Bennett is β€˜very helpful and proactive’ and Rachael Osborne is β€˜a rising star’. Other names to note are Jemma Tagg, who is director of strategic development, and Rachel Foxton, who is head of marketing and practice support. Offices in: London and Singapore

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

20 Essex Street

The β€˜impressive’ 20 Essex Street has a β€˜very good reputation for shipping’ and members were involved in both sides of the Court of Appeal case, Sino Channel Asia v (1) Dana Shipping & Trading Pte Singapore & Anor, an action governing the enforcement of an arbitration award in respect of a dispute under a contract of affreightment. The commercially sensitive Kyokuyo Co v A.P Moller – Maersk (the Maersk Tangier) was also a key case for the set.

Shipping – Leading silks

Timothy Young QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜A superb advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Duncan Matthews QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜He is an excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Ashcroft QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜He is extremely intelligent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Hancock QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Impressive counsel.’

Ranked: tier 3

Philip Edey QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Very detail-orientated.’

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Hill QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜He is a great team player.’

Ranked: tier 3

Charles Kimmins QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜He is outstanding.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Lewis QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜He is simply exceptional.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Collett QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜He has a wealth of experience in shipping matters and is very approachable.’

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Coburn QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜He is highly-rated.’

Ranked: tier 5

Sara Masters QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Very user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 5
Shipping – Leading juniors

Daniel Bovensiepen - 20 Essex Street β€˜He is very talented.’

Ranked: tier 2

Henry Byam-Cook - 20 Essex Street β€˜He knows how to win cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Luke Pearce - 20 Essex Street β€˜He is very efficient and approachable.’

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Riches - 20 Essex Street β€˜He is very thorough.’

Ranked: tier 2

Angharad Parry - 20 Essex Street β€˜Very responsive to the client’s needs and she is able to produce high-quality work to a tight deadline.’

Ranked: tier 3

Colleen Hanley - 20 Essex Street β€˜She gives very direct advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

Charlotte Tan - 20 Essex Street β€˜She is very thorough.’

Ranked: tier 3

Malcolm Jarvis - 20 Essex Street β€˜He is very meticulous and thorough.’

Ranked: tier 3

Oliver Caplin - 20 Essex Street β€˜He is quick and very bright.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Snook - 20 Essex Street β€˜He is considered, thorough and excellent at breaking down an issue.’

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas Corby - 20 Essex Street β€˜He is approachable, reliable and brilliant on paper.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial

Crossing over with its expertise in shipping, 20 Essex Street has a particular strength in commodities disputes. Work includes arbitrations in Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as work for Asian instructing solicitors in London.

Commercial – Leading silks

Charles Kimmins QC 20 Essex Street β€˜One of the best – a ninja in cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Lewis QC 20 Essex Street β€˜He provides superb and detailed analysis, and is responsive too.’

Ranked: tier 2

Duncan Matthews QC 20 Essex Street β€˜Sharp and incisive, he has done very well as the head of chambers.’

Ranked: tier 3
Commercial – Leading juniors

Henry Byam-Cook 20 Essex Street β€˜Instructed in commodities and commercial arbitrations.’

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Riches 20 Essex Street β€˜Instructed in commodities and commercial disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Energy

20 Essex Street’s energy specialism frequently crosses over with shipping and commodities. Cases range from disputes over coal through to oil rig construction issues.

Energy – Leading silks

Timothy Hill QC 20 Essex Street β€˜A fearless, tenacious and determined advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Kimmins QC 20 Essex Street β€˜Excellent attention to detail and always utterly on top of the cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Lewis QC 20 Essex Street β€˜Very clever, responsive and a source of clear and concise advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Market overview

20 Essex Street β€˜is clearly very strong in the maritime area although it offers impressive strength in other practice areas across a broad spectrum of commercial interests’. The set has β€˜devoted a considerable investment in establishing an office in Singapore and ensuring that members of chambers visit’. Aarron Zitver is the senior clerk.

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Shipping

Alongside shipbuilding arbitrations, 20 Essex Street’s members also handle charterparty disputes, cargo claims and all manner of other matters concering the operation of vessels. Duncan Matthews QC represented Dana Shipping & Trading – a Singapore company – in a London Court of Appeal case against a Hong Kong business concerning the proper serving of arbitration notices.

Shipping – Leading silks

David Lewis QC 20 Essex Street β€˜He provides very swift and clear advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Hill QC 20 Essex Street β€˜A ferocious and tenacious advocate who can think outside the box and look at problems from different perspectives.’

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Kimmins QC 20 Essex Street β€˜First-class; very attentive and a great advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Duncan Matthews QC 20 Essex Street β€˜He brings a good strategic and commercial mind to the game.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Ashcroft QC 20 Essex Street β€˜Very bright indeed – a good strategist who provides excellent submissions and skeletons.’

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Edey QC 20 Essex Street β€˜Instructed in wet and dry shipping arbitrations.’

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Young QC 20 Essex Street β€˜A popular choice for Singapore dry shipping cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Francisco Orrego VicuΓ±a at London barristers’ chambers 20 Essex Street is highly regarded as β€˜one of the world’s leading arbitrators’; he has a wealth of knowledge and experience of handling disputes involving Latin American parties, as well as those relating to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is also on the ICDR’s Energy Arbitrators List. AndrΓ©s Jana at Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana regularly acts as a member or delegate in major arbitral forums, including UNCITRAL, the ICC, ICSID and the ICIA. Jana is β€˜not only incredibly experienced in international arbitration, but also has brilliant legal mind and an outstanding knowledge of Chilean procedural law’. At Carey, Gonzalo FernΓ‘ndez and Aldo Molinari recently represented Sacyr Vallehermoso in a series of disputes with the Ministry of Public Works relating to the construction of highways; FernΓ‘ndez was appointed as Chile’s representative at the Paris-based International Court of Arbitration in July 2018. YrarrΓ‘zaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Goldenberg, Lagos & Silva’s Arturo YrarrΓ‘zaval is a highly-regarded arbitrator. At Claro & Cia., NicolΓ‘s Luco has notable expertise in the energy and mining sectors, and Felipe Ossa is experienced in the energy and banking industry arbitrations. Other notable names include Pedro Pablo GutiΓ©rrez at GutiΓ©rrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo, CristiΓ‘n Conejero Roos at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & UrΓ­a and Esteban Ovalle at Ovalle Gazzana Bulnes Abogados. Carlos Eugenio Jorquiera serves as president of the Centre for Arbitration and Mediation at the Santiago Chamber of Commerce.

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial

Crossing over with its expertise in shipping, 20 Essex Street has a particular strength in commodities disputes. Work includes arbitrations in Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as work for Asian instructing solicitors in London.

Commercial – Leading silks

Charles Kimmins QC 20 Essex Street β€˜One of the best – a ninja in cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Lewis QC 20 Essex Street β€˜He provides superb and detailed analysis, and is responsive too.’

Ranked: tier 2

Duncan Matthews QC 20 Essex Street β€˜Sharp and incisive, he has done very well as the head of chambers.’

Ranked: tier 3
Commercial – Leading juniors

Henry Byam-Cook 20 Essex Street β€˜Instructed in commodities and commercial arbitrations.’

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Riches 20 Essex Street β€˜Instructed in commodities and commercial disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Energy

20 Essex Street’s energy specialism frequently crosses over with shipping and commodities. Cases range from disputes over coal through to oil rig construction issues.

Energy – Leading silks

Timothy Hill QC 20 Essex Street β€˜A fearless, tenacious and determined advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Kimmins QC 20 Essex Street β€˜Excellent attention to detail and always utterly on top of the cases.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Lewis QC 20 Essex Street β€˜Very clever, responsive and a source of clear and concise advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Market overview

20 Essex Street β€˜is clearly very strong in the maritime area although it offers impressive strength in other practice areas across a broad spectrum of commercial interests’. The set has β€˜devoted a considerable investment in establishing an office in Singapore and ensuring that members of chambers visit’. Aarron Zitver is the senior clerk.

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Shipping

Alongside shipbuilding arbitrations, 20 Essex Street’s members also handle charterparty disputes, cargo claims and all manner of other matters concering the operation of vessels. Duncan Matthews QC represented Dana Shipping & Trading – a Singapore company – in a London Court of Appeal case against a Hong Kong business concerning the proper serving of arbitration notices.

Shipping – Leading silks

David Lewis QC 20 Essex Street β€˜He provides very swift and clear advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Hill QC 20 Essex Street β€˜A ferocious and tenacious advocate who can think outside the box and look at problems from different perspectives.’

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Kimmins QC 20 Essex Street β€˜First-class; very attentive and a great advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Duncan Matthews QC 20 Essex Street β€˜He brings a good strategic and commercial mind to the game.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Ashcroft QC 20 Essex Street β€˜Very bright indeed – a good strategist who provides excellent submissions and skeletons.’

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Edey QC 20 Essex Street β€˜Instructed in wet and dry shipping arbitrations.’

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Young QC 20 Essex Street β€˜A popular choice for Singapore dry shipping cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Francisco Orrego VicuΓ±a at London barristers’ chambers 20 Essex Street is highly regarded as β€˜one of the world’s leading arbitrators’; he has a wealth of knowledge and experience of handling disputes involving Latin American parties, as well as those relating to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is also on the ICDR’s Energy Arbitrators List. AndrΓ©s Jana at Bofill, Mir & Álvarez Jana regularly acts as a member or delegate in major arbitral forums, including UNCITRAL, the ICC, ICSID and the ICIA. Jana is β€˜not only incredibly experienced in international arbitration, but also has brilliant legal mind and an outstanding knowledge of Chilean procedural law’. At Carey, Gonzalo FernΓ‘ndez and Aldo Molinari recently represented Sacyr Vallehermoso in a series of disputes with the Ministry of Public Works relating to the construction of highways; FernΓ‘ndez was appointed as Chile’s representative at the Paris-based International Court of Arbitration in July 2018. YrarrΓ‘zaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Goldenberg, Lagos & Silva’s Arturo YrarrΓ‘zaval is a highly-regarded arbitrator. At Claro & Cia., NicolΓ‘s Luco has notable expertise in the energy and mining sectors, and Felipe Ossa is experienced in the energy and banking industry arbitrations. Other notable names include Pedro Pablo GutiΓ©rrez at GutiΓ©rrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo, CristiΓ‘n Conejero Roos at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & UrΓ­a and Esteban Ovalle at Ovalle Gazzana Bulnes Abogados. Carlos Eugenio Jorquiera serves as president of the Centre for Arbitration and Mediation at the Santiago Chamber of Commerce.

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