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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

Charles Kimmins QC

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

Work Department

  • Banking and financial
  • Commercial dispute resolution
  • Energy
  • General commercial and insurance
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • International arbitration
  • Shipping and commodities


Charles specialises in all areas of commercial law.
He has represented clients in a broad range of disputes before arbitral tribunals, including the London Court of International Arbitration, International Chamber of Commerce, Gafta, FOSFA, London Maritime Arbitrators Association, IPE, Refined Sugar Association, London Metal Exchange and City Disputes Panel.
Charles has extensive experience in civil fraud cases, including cases involving fraud in the banking and shipping sectors. He is instructed in applications for urgent relief arising out of fraud claims. Charles has been involved in numerous cases involving banking and investment disputes, company law and financial services. He has particular experience in derivatives. Charles has also been involved in cases involving most commodities.
He has appeared in numerous cases involving energy and natural resources, and has particular experience in the petroleum and natural gas industries. He has extensive experience in all kinds of shipping disputes, including disputes under charterparties, bills of lading and memoranda of agreement.
Charles regularly advises on issues of jurisdiction arising in all areas of commercial law.
He accepts appointments as an arbitrator in commercial disputes.


Year of call: 1994
Year of QC: 2010


  • Fraud Lawyers Association


  • University of Cambridge, Trinity College: Law, First Class.


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London Bar


Within: Commodities – Leading silks

Charles Kimmins QC - 20 Essex StreetHe has almost 25 years’ experience in complex multi-jurisdictional trade and commodities disputes.

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Within: Energy – Leading silks

Charles Kimmins QC - 20 Essex StreetVery 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.

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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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Charles Kimmins QC - 20 Essex StreetAccustomed to high-value disputes.

Within: Insurance and reinsurance

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.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Charles Kimmins QC - 20 Essex StreetFor a silk of his outstanding ability, he is refreshingly normal – clients love him.

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Within: Shipping – Leading silks

Charles Kimmins QC - 20 Essex StreetHe is outstanding.

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