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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

Christopher Hancock QC

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

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 also an LMAA supporting member and sits regularly as a commercial arbitrator.

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. He sits regularly as a judge of the Commercial Court.

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)
  • BMLAEDI 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)
  • LMAA: Supporting Member

Education

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


London Bar

Commodities

Within: Leading Silks

Christopher Hancock QC - Twenty EssexA first-class silk who is extremely user-friendly but has considerable gravitas and respect.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Leading Silks

Christopher Hancock QC - Twenty EssexHe is a very appealing advocate; measured clear and compelling.

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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Shipping

Within: Leading Silks

Christopher Hancock QC - Twenty EssexHe is very good with clients.

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