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39 Essex Chambers

Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC

MAXWELL CHAMBERS, 32 MAXWELL ROAD, 02-16, SINGAPORE 069115, SINGAPORE
Tel:
Work +65 6634 1336
Email:
Web:
www.39essex.com
Kuala Lumpur, London, Manchester, Singapore

Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

β€˜One of the strongest sets in Singapore’, 39 Essex Chambers is β€˜an overall commercial powerhouse with a very wide selection of specialities from insurance to energy and construction’. The set also includes a number of members who accept appointments as arbitrators. The clerks β€˜provide an excellent service and are very responsive’. Notable individuals include practice manager Niki Merison, who β€˜invests a lot of time in developing long-term relationships built on trust’. Rod Noble, the set’s director of Asian business, is permanently based in Singapore. It also has a permanent office in Kuala Lumpur. Formerly a senior practice manager at the set, Owen Lawrence is now the CEO of the International Arbitration Centre in London.

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial

39 Essex Chambers continues to have members instructed in commercial disputes across the Asia region.

Commercial – Leading silks

Adrian Hughes QC 39 Essex Chambers β€˜A sensible advocate who makes clients feel confident they are getting excellent expertise.’

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Manzoni QC 39 Essex Chambers β€˜His work includes commercial, finance and IP disputes with Chinese connections.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial – Leading juniors

Ben Olbourne 39 Essex Chambers β€˜Very well known for writing reasoned arbitral awards.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Bellamy 39 Essex Chambers β€˜Very well regarded for disputes in Asia.’

Ranked: tier 1

Loretta Malintoppi 39 Essex Chambers β€˜Highly regarded as an arbitrator, she is also an expert in public international law.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Construction

39 Essex Chambers is active in construction disputes across the entire Asia region, covering both traditional buildings and infrastructure as well. Charles Manzoni QC is also notably a senior counsel in Hong Kong on top of being an English silk and a qualified mechanical and electrical engineer.

Construction – Leading silks

Paul Darling QC 39 Essex Chambers β€˜He provides helpful strategic guidance, and clients find his advocacy style appealing.’

Ranked: tier 1

Adrian Hughes QC 39 Essex Chambers β€˜Tremendously dedicated to each case, with a great understanding of the technical matters in question.’

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Manzoni QC 39 Essex Chambers β€˜Instructed in Hong Kong construction disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Marion Smith QC 39 Essex Chambers β€˜Instructed in construction disputes across Asia.’

Ranked: tier 2

Peter Rees QC 39 Essex Chambers β€˜An absolute delight to work with: well prepared and always thoughtfully responsive.’

Ranked: tier 2
Construction – Leading juniors

Ben Olbourne 39 Essex Chambers β€˜Unflappable, with a breadth of legal knowledge and experience.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Bateson 39 Essex Chambers β€˜A very good arbitrator with great commercial judgement – he is personable and good with parties.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Bellamy 39 Essex Chambers β€˜Very experienced in construction disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Samar Abbas 39 Essex Chambers β€˜Extremely diligent and a producer of high-quality work, he has a very international practice.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Energy

39 Essex Chambers has members handling a range of energy work, including hydrocarbon extraction disputes and the construction of power stations. One name of note is Peter Rees QC, who brings in-house expertise as a former legal director of Shell.

Energy – Leading silks

Peter Rees QC 39 Essex Chambers β€˜At the top of the field for energy-related construction disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Adrian Hughes QC 39 Essex Chambers β€˜He is exceedingly well respected across Hong Kong and China.’

Ranked: tier 3
Energy – Leading juniors

Ben Olbourne 39 Essex Chambers β€˜Smart and capable, he is a highly effective arbitrator.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Hopkins 39 Essex Chambers β€˜Exceptionally capable and extremely versatile.’

Ranked: tier 1

Denys Hickey 39 Essex Chambers β€˜Instructed in offshore oil and gas matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

β€˜One of the strongest sets in Singapore’, 39 Essex Chambers is β€˜an overall commercial powerhouse with a very wide selection of specialities from insurance to energy and construction’. The set also includes a number of members who accept appointments as arbitrators. The clerks β€˜provide an excellent service and are very responsive’. Notable individuals include practice manager Niki Merison, who β€˜invests a lot of time in developing long-term relationships built on trust’. Rod Noble, the set’s director of Asian business, is permanently based in Singapore. It also has a permanent office in Kuala Lumpur. Formerly a senior practice manager at the set, Owen Lawrence is now the CEO of the International Arbitration Centre in London.

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Shipping

Alongside his arbitrator practice, 39 Essex Chambers’s Ben Olbourne acts as counsel on dry shipping matters and shipbuilding disputes.

Shipping – Leading juniors

Ben Olbourne 39 Essex Chambers β€˜A highly efficient arbitrator who identifies issues early on and helps parties keep things on track.’

Ranked: tier 1

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