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20 Essex Street

Chambers of Christopher Hancock QC and Duncan Matthews QC

Work 020 7842 1200
Fax 020 7842 1270
London, Singapore

David Lewis QC

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

Work Department

  • Arbitration
  • Banking
  • Civil fraud
  • Conflicts of laws
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Mediation
  • Sale of goods
  • Shipbuilding
  • Shipping


David is a specialist advocate who took silk in 2014 at the age of 36. He practises in a wide range of general commercial and private international law disputes, with a  particular emphasis on energy and natural resources, civil fraud and the conflict of laws.
A substantial amount of his work is in international arbitration. He has acted as lead counsel in arbitration hearings in numerous jurisdictions worldwide, including frequently in Singapore, where he was based permanently from 2009 to 2010.
He has also appeared before the Courts of the BVI, the Cayman Islands and Gibraltar.
David is renowned for his strategic instincts as to how judges and arbitrators think, his incisive intellect and his responsiveness.
He also accepts appointments as arbitrator, and has acted as arbitrator under various institutional rules and ad hoc.  


Year of call: 1999 (England and Wales); 2017 (British Virgin Islands)
Year of QC: 2014


French (proficient)


  • Arbitration Ireland
  • Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Dubai International Financial Centre: Registered Practitioner
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • ICC
  • LCIA
  • LMAA: Supporting Member
  • Scottish Arbitration Centre
  • Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration: Supporting Member
  • Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
  • Singapore International Commercial Court: Registered Foreign Lawyer


  • University of Oxford, St Edmund Hall: BA in Jurisprudence, First Class (1998)

London Bar


Within: Commodities – Leading silks

David Lewis QC - 20 Essex StreetMeasured and magisterial, he is very bright, responsive and committed; he should go very far.

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Within: Energy

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.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

David Lewis QC - 20 Essex StreetExceptionally bright and provides commercial and clear advice.

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Within: Shipping – Leading silks

David Lewis QC - 20 Essex StreetHe is simply exceptional.

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