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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

Michael Ashcroft QC

Tel:
Work 020 7842 1200
Email:
20 Essex Street (Chambers of Christopher Hancock QC and Duncan Matthews QC)

Work Department

  • Civil fraud
  • Commercial arbitration
  • Commodities
  • Financial derivatives
  • General commercial litigation
  • Insurance/reinsurance
  • International trade
  • Investment disputes
  • Jurisdictional disputes
  • Mining
  • Offshore/energy
  • Oil rig/drilling disputes
  • Ship sale contracts
  • Shipbuilding contracts and other construction contracts
  • Shipping
  • Super yacht disputes

Position

Michael specialises in a wide range of general commercial law disputes.
Most of Michael’s work falls within four main areas: general commercial litigation/arbitration (including share and asset sales and mortgage securities); energy (including oil, gas and renewables); shipping and ship/offshore construction (including shipbuilding and ship sale disputes) and commodities; and insurance/reinsurance. He has experience of cases involving civil fraud, jurisdictional disputes and injunctive relief.
Michael appears regularly in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court. He also has a wide range of experience of cases before, and on appeal from, arbitration tribunals in various jurisdictions (including Singapore, Hong Kong and New York). Michael has led large teams of counsel in significant cases and worked as co-counsel with lawyers qualified in other jurisdictions. He also has significant experience of mediation.
He accepts appointments as an arbitrator both in London and abroad. Michael is a member of the Marine Offshore Oil and Gas Association Panel of International Arbitrators and Mediators. He also acts as an expert on English law in foreign proceedings.
Michael was named “International Arbitration Silk of the Year" by Chambers and Partners in 2016.

Career

Qualified 1997 (Gray’s Inn). Took Silk in 2011.

Member

  • Commercial Bar Association

Education

  • University of Oxford, Magdalen College: BA, First Class; Bachelor of Civil Law, First Class

Leisure

Golf, skiing, badminton.


London Bar

Commodities

Within: Commodities – Leading silks

Michael Ashcroft QC - 20 Essex StreetTough, gritty and vastly experienced in international trade and commodities work.

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Energy

Within: Energy – Leading silks

Michael Ashcroft QC - 20 Essex StreetExtremely intelligent and inspires complete confidence.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Michael Ashcroft QC - 20 Essex StreetHe gave us and the client confidence in him, and is easy to work with.

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Shipping

Within: Shipping – Leading silks

Michael Ashcroft QC - 20 Essex StreetHe is extremely intelligent.

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