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Twenty Essex

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

Michael Ashcroft QC

Tel:
Work 020 7842 1200
Email:
Twenty Essex (Twenty Essex)

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 has a broad commercial practice, specialising in high value and complex (often highly technical) commercial contract disputes. He took silk in 2011, at only 38 years of age.

He was awarded the prestigious “International Arbitration Silk of the Year” by Chambers & Partners in 2016. Over recent years, he has been ranked as a leading silk by Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 in the following practice areas: shipping, commodities, energy, civil fraud and international arbitration.

Michael has vast experience of jurisdictional disputes, having appeared in several of the leading cases. He is also regularly involved in applications for injunctions and for the enforcement of judgments and arbitration awards.

He appears regularly in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court. Michael also has a wide range of experience of cases before, and on appeal from, arbitration tribunals in various jurisdictions (including Singapore, Hong Kong, Sweden, Malaysia, Paris and New York). He is a team player and has led large teams of counsel in significant cases; he works frequently as co-counsel with lawyers qualified in other jurisdictions. Michael also has significant experience of mediation.

Michael accepts appointments as an arbitrator both in London and abroad. He is a member of the MOOGAS panel of international arbitrators and mediators. Michael also acts as an expert on English law in foreign proceedings.

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: Leading Silks

Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty Essex ‘ A “go-to” silk in the shipping and commodities sector. ’

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Energy

Within: Leading Silks

Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty Essex ‘ Extremely easy to deal with and intellectually at the top of the tree. ’

Within: Energy

A standout set for shipping and commodities work, Twenty Essex also has a strong practice in energy disputes, notably in the offshore construction and energy trading arenas. One client notes how the set has 'a strong practice for the largest and most commercial disputes'. Timothy Hill QC acted in Glencore Energy UK Limited v Springfield Energy Limited, which concerned the storage and importation of gasoil and gasoline into Ghana for the domestic market. Michael Ashcroft QC advised Repsol on a $1.3bn Commercial Court claim brought by SBM on contractors all risks policies relating to the YME Mopustor Project in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Co-head of chambers Duncan Matthews QC is active in several high-value disputes, including an UNCITRAL matter on behalf of the claimant that concerns a long-term drilling contract and the performance of a drilling vessel. Junior Malcolm Jarvis handled a substantial claim concerning the termination of contract for the supply and sale of subsea equipment for an offshore oilfield in Africa.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Leading Silks

Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty Essex ‘ He is an exceptionally gifted barrister. ’

Within: Insurance and reinsurance

Twenty Essex is 'excellent' and regularly engaged in complex insurance and reinsurance disputes; Michael Ashcroft QC  is representing the insurers in The Swedish Club v Connect Shipping (MV Renos), a high-profile claim for constructive total loss. Christopher Hancock QC is instructed by the claimant in M/T Prestige, a case relating to one of the largest oil spills in history.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: Leading Silks

Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty Essex ‘ Clearly highly experienced in international arbitration and inspires confidence in his solicitor team and the client. ’

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Shipping

Within: Leading Silks

Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty Essex ‘ A slick operator who gets the ear of tribunals. ’

Within: Shipping

Twenty Essex is a 'leader for shipping disputes' and highly rated by clients thanks to its 'exceptionally talented' members. Michael Ashcroft QC and Luke Pearce appeared for the insurers in The Swedish Club v Connect Shipping (MV Renos), which examines the law of marine insurance and claims for constructive total loss. The Songa Winds, which concerns letters of indemnity, was also a notable highlight for Michael Ashcroft QC leading Oliver Caplin. Maersk Tangier, which examined the applicability of the Hague-Visby Rules, was a key case for Sara Masters QC and Daniel Bovensiepen. Elsewhere, Timothy Hill QC appeared in Lady M, which raised important questions as to the scope and interpretation of The Hague Rules; he also appeared in class action claim Alize 1954 v Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG ('The CMA CGM LIBRA'), which concerned issues as to whether the vessel was seaworthy.

Twenty Essex is a 'leader for shipping disputes' and highly rated by clients thanks to its 'exceptionally talented' members. Michael Ashcroft QC and Luke Pearce appeared for the insurers in The Swedish Club v Connect Shipping (MV Renos), which examines the law of marine insurance and claims for constructive total loss. The Songa Winds, which concerns letters of indemnity, was also a notable highlight for Michael Ashcroft QC leading Oliver Caplin. Maersk Tangier, which examined the applicability of the Hague-Visby Rules, was a key case for Sara Masters QC and Daniel Bovensiepen. Elsewhere, Timothy Hill QC appeared in Lady M, which raised important questions as to the scope and interpretation of The Hague Rules; he also appeared in class action claim Alize 1954 v Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG ('The CMA CGM LIBRA'), which concerned issues as to whether the vessel was seaworthy.

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