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Chambers of Christopher Hancock QC and Duncan Matthews QC

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London, Singapore

Timothy Young QC

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

Work Department

  • Banking
  • Carriage and sale of goods
  • Commodities
  • Defence procurement
  • Insurance
  • International trade
  • Shipping and shipbuilding
  • Telecommunications


Timothy’s principal area of practice is international trade, embracing shipping, commodities, insurance, the carriage and sale of goods, banking and related disciplines.
He appears principally in the High Court and Court of Appeal and before various international arbitration tribunals, in relation to all manner of trading and financial disputes.
Timothy also acts as an arbitrator, either sole or as a member of a panel. He accepts appointments under the rules of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and ad hoc, if required. Timothy is on the panel of arbitrators of the ICC, LCIA and SIAC.
Much of his work is in arbitration and therefore, by definition, confidential unless the cases reach the courts. However, the key cases below, from several jurisdictions, give a taste of Timothy’s work.


Called to Gray’s Inn 1977; Master of Bench; QC 1996. Co-author of ‘Voyage Charters’ (Informa 2007).


  • London Commercial and Common Law Bar Association
  • LMAA: Supporting Member


  • Gray's Inn: Bachelor of Civil Law, First Class (1977)
  • University of Oxford, Magdalen College: BA in Jurisprudence, First Class (1975)
  • Institut Britannique de la Sorbonne (1972)


Watercolours; member Dulwich GC, Thebertons CC, Rain Men CC.

London Bar


Within: Commodities – Leading silks

Timothy Young QC - 20 Essex StreetAbsolutely superb, a clever advocate with encyclopaedic knowledge of the commodities and shipping sectors.

Within: Commodities

First-rate20 Essex Street is ‘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.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Timothy Young QC - 20 Essex StreetVery popular for shipping, trade and commodities disputes.

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Within: Shipping – Leading silks

Timothy Young QC - 20 Essex StreetA superb advocate.

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