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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

Christopher Hancock QC

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

Work Department

  • Commercial law
  • General contractual disputes
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Jurisdictional disputes
  • Sales of goods and international trade (including commodities and banking)
  • Shipping (carriage by sea, ship sale and purchase, shipbuilding)

Position

Christopher is joint Head of Chambers.
He has appeared before courts at all levels, including the High Court, Court of Appeal, House of Lords and Privy Council.
Christopher is a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) accredited mediator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
He is a former Chairman of the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR).
Christopher was appointed as a Recorder in 2004 and a deputy High Court judge in 2008.

Career

Year of call: 1983
Year of QC: 2000
CEDR Accredited Mediator.

Member

  • British Maritime Law Association (BMLA) Subcommittee on Charterers’ Rights to Limit Liability (2008)
  • BMLA Committee on Carriage of Goods by Sea (1987–2002)
  • BMLA EDI Subcommittee: Chairman (2000)
  • COMBAR: Former Chairman
  • COMBAR: Chairman of North American Committee (2005–2007)
  • COMBAR: Vice Chairman (2007–2009)
  • Electronic Commerce Association Legal Advisory Group (1996–2000)
  • London Maritime Arbitrators Association: Supporting Member

Education

  • Harvard Law School: LLM
  • University of Cambridge, Trinity College: MA, First Class


London Bar

Commodities

Within: Commodities – Leading silks

Christopher Hancock QC - 20 Essex StreetExtremely intelligent; he gives clients complete confidence in commodities trading disputes.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Christopher Hancock QC - 20 Essex StreetAn insurance and reinsurance specialist.

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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Shipping

Within: Shipping – Leading silks

Christopher Hancock QC - 20 Essex StreetImpressive counsel.

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