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39 Essex Chambers

Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright QC and Richard Harwood QC

81 CHANCERY LANE, LONDON, WC2A 1DD, ENGLAND
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Kuala Lumpur, London, Manchester, Singapore

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘ever-growing' 39 Essex Chambers has ‘a good selection’ of ‘outstanding, world-class, user-friendly advocates’ who have ‘a team-focused and goal-oriented approach’. Chambers has a wide range of specialties but it is particularly noted for being ‘one of the market leaders for defendant personal injury’; the ‘top set for Court of Protection work’; ‘great for public law matters’ and professional discipline; and for having ‘an impressive set of international arbitrators’. Since our last guide, Rory Dunlop QC, Victoria Butler-cole QC, James Todd QC, and David Brynmor Thomas QC all took silk in 2019; Michael McParland QC and Zane Malik joined from Quadrant Chambers and 12 Old Square respectively, while Justine Thornton QC and Alison Foster QC have been made High Court judges in the Queen’s Bench Division. Chief executive and director of clerking Lindsay Scott has ‘done a good job’ of growing the set’s Asian business, as chambers now boasts one of the largest stables of Singapore-based barristers; director of Asian Business Rod Noble is well-connected across the region. Back home, the set’s Chancery Lane location is superb, with ‘all the facilities a solicitor could hope for’. Senior clerks Alastair Davidson (‘extremely helpful and efficient’) and Michael Kaplan (‘helpful, diligent, and convivial’) run a ‘five-star’ clerks’ room that is ‘responsive, practical, proactive, and client friendly’; a ‘second to none’ team that is ‘always willing to go the extra mile’ for clients. Deputy senior clerk Andrew Poyser is ‘one of the most reliable clerks’ at the Bar. Senior practice managers Peter Campbell, Jamie Tucker, and Sheraton Doyle are ‘what all clerks should aspire to be’; Ben Sundborg is ‘excellent and provides a high level of service’. Hannah Milne, Harry Airth, and Tom Gibbons are all ‘really friendly, helpful, and provide solicitors with what they need’. Practice manager Nathan Hitchman has joined New Square Chambers. Offices in: London, Manchester, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

One of the strongest sets in Singapore’, 39 Essex Chambers is ‘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 ‘provide an excellent service and are very responsive’. Notable individuals include practice manager Niki Merison, who ‘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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London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)
Administrative and public law (including local government) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

39 Essex Chambers

'Full of able barristers', 39 Essex Chambers is 'a go-to set for public law matters in the healthcare field', as well as issues across public services and the welfare state. Jenni Richards QC represented a claimant in a High Court case concerning the Universal Credit system of calculating monthly income mismatching with their employers' end-of-month payroll. Kate Grange QC represented various government departments as interested parties in the R (Privacy International) v Investigatory Powers Tribunal, a case concerning an "ouster" clause purporting to shield decisions of the IPT from judicial review. Katherine Apps, unled, acts for the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions against a claim brought by an unmarried woman who was turned down for widowed parents' allowance and bereavement payments. Alison Foster QC has been appointed to the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court.

Leading Silks

Charles Cory-Wright QC - 39 Essex ChambersHis lines of question demonstrate his experience of closed material proceedings.

Ranked: tier 3

Fenella Morris QC - 39 Essex ChambersAn accomplished advocate who combines great intellect with emotional intelligence.

Ranked: tier 3

Jenni Richards QC - 39 Essex ChambersOn her feet, she is one of the toughest and most successful advocates.

Ranked: tier 3

Nigel Pleming QC - 39 Essex ChambersA very senior practitioner and a good, clear advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Deok Joo Rhee QC - 39 Essex ChambersHer written and oral advocacy oozes erudition.

Ranked: tier 4

Eleanor Grey QC - 39 Essex ChambersVery persuasive in her presentation to the court.

Ranked: tier 4

James Strachan QC - 39 Essex ChambersA confident and persuasive advocate who commands the attention of the court.

Ranked: tier 4

Kate Grange QC - 39 Essex ChambersA superb team player, she maintains her cool even under the most intense pressure.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Parishil Patel QC - 39 Essex ChambersSensible, pragmatic and down-to-earth.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Rory Dunlop QC - 39 Essex ChambersInstructed for the government in difficult cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Victoria Butler-Cole QC - 39 Essex ChambersA fantastic advocate.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Katherine Apps - 39 Essex ChambersShe can think through cutting-edge issues of law in an impressive way.

Ranked: tier 1

Fiona Paterson - 39 Essex ChambersOne of the leading lights in admin and public law.

Ranked: tier 3

Nicola Greaney - 39 Essex ChambersShe has a good knowledge of the structure of the NHS.

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Mant - 39 Essex ChambersVery able and thorough.

Ranked: tier 3

Sian Davies - 39 Essex ChambersA first port of call for crossover matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Annabel Lee - 39 Essex ChambersA conscientious junior with a real eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 4

Benjamin Tankel - 39 Essex ChambersA top-class barrister – he can turn his mind to anything.

Ranked: tier 4

Catherine Dobson - 39 Essex ChambersShe provides immensely helpful technical advice.

Ranked: tier 4

Jack Anderson - 39 Essex ChambersVery good under pressure.

Ranked: tier 4

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Aviation
Leading Silks

John Steel QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe has strong knowledge of aviation matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Michael McParland QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is approachable and is a fantastic advocate.

Ranked: tier 4

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)
Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers is a 'strong government and claimant practice' with its members using their significant public law expertise to regularly act in judicial review claims on human rights issues. Recent instructions include Nigel Pleming QC acting in Core Issues Trust v Transport for London surrounding the use of advertising space which may cause offence and the right of corporate bodies to control access. Elsewhere, Lisa Giovannetti QC is acting in  R (W2 & IA) v SSHD, a SIAC Court of Appeal case regarding the deprivation of British citizenship on the basis of national security reasons, as well as drafting the UK response to the European Court of on Human Rights in Ndidi v UK, a case concerning a deportation matter of an applicant with a history of drug offences. Also of note are Vikram Sachdeva QC for his niche expertise in medical human rights, and James Strachan QC who acted for the government in R (Conway) v Secretary of State for Justice which saw a challenge to the ban on assisted dying following the Supreme Court’s early decision in Nicklinson. Alison Foster QC has joined the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court.

Leading Silks

Nigel Pleming QC - 39 Essex ChambersA fearless advocate with a tactical feel of what is right and a wonderful courtroom manner.

Ranked: tier 2

Lisa Giovannetti QC - 39 Essex ChambersTenacious, sets the court at ease and has a forensic knowledge of the case.

Ranked: tier 3

James Strachan QC - 39 Essex ChambersA very fine oral advocate who is extremely intelligent and sees points very quickly.

Ranked: tier 4

Jenni Richards QC - 39 Essex ChambersHas authority in court with her compelling and novel arguments.

Ranked: tier 4

Vikram Sachdeva QC - 39 Essex ChambersA charming and eloquent advocate with an almost unique background of medicine and law.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Victoria Butler-Cole QC - 39 Essex ChambersThe leading light who tells it like it is.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Katherine Apps - 39 Essex ChambersSimply brilliant; one of the best juniors around.

Ranked: tier 3

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Clinical negligence
Clinical negligence - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

39 Essex Chambers

The 'approachable' 39 Essex Chambers has a 'breadth and depth of expertise' and 'good range of counsel' who cover the full array of clinical negligence claims, from minor injuries to complex litigation involving catastrophic injury and difficult group actions. The assessment of quantum in high-value cases is a particular area of expertise for barristers. James Todd QC represented an NHS Trust in contempt of court proceedings (Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust v Atwal), arising out of an £835,000 personal injury claim brought by a disk jockey, which was found to have been exaggerated following social media and surveillance evidence - the claimant was committed to prison for three months. Fiona Paterson joined from Serjeants' Inn Chambers and Samantha Jones joined from 7BR in September 2018.

Leading Silks

Neil Block QC - 39 Essex ChambersAn excellent barrister who understands the real issues and negotiates hard for a fair result.

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Cory-Wright QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is able to identify and get to the bottom of the real issues in a case.

Ranked: tier 4

Susan Rodway QC - 39 Essex ChambersShe does not shy away from complex issues.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

James Todd QC - 39 Essex ChambersAlways well-prepared and able to get to grips quickly with the most complex of clinical negligence claims.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Judith Ayling - 39 Essex ChambersShe is an exceptional barrister, meticulous in her preparation and calm under fire.

Ranked: tier 3

Romilly Cummerson - 39 Essex ChambersExcellent at evaluating the nuances of the medical records.

Ranked: tier 3

Christian Du Cann - 39 Essex ChambersA polished performer who provides sound, clear advice.

Ranked: tier 4

Emily Formby - 39 Essex ChambersExcellent at strategy, identifying the key issues and robust in court.

Ranked: tier 4

Nicola Greaney - 39 Essex ChambersExcellent at mental health, consent and capacity issues.

Ranked: tier 4

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Commodities
Leading Juniors

Ben Olbourne - 39 Essex ChambersA skilled advocate and arbitrator in high-value and complex international commercial disputes.

Ranked: tier 3

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Competition
Leading Juniors

Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho - 39 Essex ChambersExperienced, knowledgeable and thorough.

Ranked: tier 3

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Construction
Construction - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers' construction team has 'strength in depth', with members often instructed by governments, contractors and construction professionals in international disputes. Sean Wilken QC acted in Octagon Healthcare Ltd v John Laing Construction Ltd, a £60m claim over the defective design and construction of a major hospital under a PFI contract. Stuart Catchpole QC is lead counsel for Kier Build in Kier Build Limited v Cameron Taylor One Limited, a dispute arising out of the defective design of the car park for a substantial retail complex. Meanwhile, the 'well-respectedPaul Darling QC acted in Blue Manchester v NWGR, a dispute about defects in the cladding of the Hilton Hotel Manchester.

Leading Silks

Stuart Catchpole QC - 39 Essex ChambersHis advocacy is second to none, he's always prepared

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Darling QC - 39 Essex ChambersFantastic strategist who is very well respected.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC - 39 Essex ChambersExtremely competent, has great tactical acumen.

Ranked: tier 2

Adrian Hughes QC - 39 Essex ChambersHighly regarded with real in-depth knowledge of construction law

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Wilken QC - 39 Essex ChambersA great barrister specialising in domestic and international litigation.

Ranked: tier 4

Kate Grange QC - 39 Essex ChambersIncredibly lucid, with an unerring ability to identify and distill the key points.

Ranked: tier 5

Karim Ghaly QC - 39 Essex ChambersDevises succinct and commercial legal advice.

Ranked: tier 5

Lindy Patterson QC - 39 Essex ChambersDelivers quality legal advice in a commercial way.

Ranked: tier 5

Marion Smith QC - 39 Essex ChambersExperience representing domestic and international clients.

Ranked: tier 5
2018 Silks

Adam Robb QC - 39 Essex ChambersTechnically excellent and accessible.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Jess Connors - 39 Essex ChambersAn exceptional barrister, very clever and commercially orientated

Ranked: tier 3

Karen Gough - 39 Essex ChambersSuperb rapport with clients and tremendously knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 3

Rachael O'Hagan - 39 Essex ChambersHighly intelligent and brilliant with clients

Ranked: tier 3

Alexandra Bodnar - 39 Essex ChambersRegularly acts unled in court

Ranked: tier 4

Patrick Hennessey - 39 Essex ChambersUndoubtedly one of the rising stars in construction

Ranked: tier 4

Rebecca Drake - 39 Essex ChambersAble to deal with complex issues quickly.

Ranked: tier 4

Samar Abbas - 39 Essex ChambersHe is truly exceptional and hardworking beyond belief.

Ranked: tier 4

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Costs
Costs - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

39 Essex Chambers

Well-regarded set 39 Essex Chambers has broad expertise in costs litigation. Among Vikram Sachdeva QC's recent caseload was his work in Jolyon Maugham QC v Uber London Ltd, where he was instructed to obtain a Protective Costs Order against Uber, while Judith Ayling advised on costs issues and likely costs recovery in two high-value personal injury claims.

Leading Silks

Vikram Sachdeva QC - 39 Essex ChambersA persuasive advocate; he is well-regarded in the costs world.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Judith Ayling - 39 Essex ChambersExtremely meticulous in her approach and with an encyclopaedic knowledge of costs.

Ranked: tier 3

Katharine Scott - 39 Essex ChambersProduces absolutely excellent written work.

Ranked: tier 4

Nicola Greaney - 39 Essex ChambersA great person to have around when the storm hits.

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Edwards - 39 Essex ChambersHe has a patient, unshowy but highly effective style of advocacy.

Ranked: tier 4

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Court of Protection and community care
Court of Protection and community care - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers has a ‘real depth of counsel in the Court of Protection arena, from the most senior counsel through to excellent newly called juniors’. Members advise across all areas and are regularly instructed by claimants, relatives, statutory agencies, private bodies, and the Official Solicitor. ‘The depth of talent means someone is always available’, said one client. The set has particular expertise in health and welfare matters as well as strength in handling property and affairs issues. Recent examples of work include Jenni Richards QC acting for the Clinical Commissioning Group in an ongoing dispute between public bodies over an historic responsibility for funding the provision of services to a severely disabled young person. Elsewhere, Fenella Morris QC advised in a dispute between relatives and a hospital about whether a frail and elderly patient should be moved to palliative care.

Leading Silks

Fenella Morris QC - 39 Essex ChambersHas excellent knowledge of the structure, commissioning framework and legal responsibilities of both commissioners and provider organisations within the NHS.

Ranked: tier 1

Jenni Richards QC - 39 Essex ChambersAlways instils great confidence in everything she does, has the ear of the court and has an absolute command of all the papers.

Ranked: tier 1

Vikram Sachdeva QC - 39 Essex ChambersIs very responsive and has a particular expertise in complex medical treatment cases.

Ranked: tier 2
2018 Silks

Parishil Patel QC - 39 Essex ChambersAn excellent advocate and an extremely adept cross-examiner.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Victoria Butler-Cole QC - 39 Essex ChambersA top-notch silk

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Alexander Ruck Keene - 39 Essex ChambersIs extremely knowledgeable and well respected by judges and advocates alike.

Ranked: tier 1

Fiona Paterson - 39 Essex ChambersThorough and diligent.

Ranked: tier 2

Mungo Wenban-Smith - 39 Essex ChambersImpressive advocacy and negotiating skills.

Ranked: tier 2

Nicola Greaney - 39 Essex ChambersGives intelligent advice.

Ranked: tier 2

Neil Allen - 39 Essex ChambersIncredible intellectual abilities; not in the least phased at the prospect of having to appear before the senior courts on complex matters, at short notice.

Ranked: tier 2

Annabel Lee - 39 Essex ChambersThinks outside the box to find the right solution for the client.

Ranked: tier 3

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Data protection
Data protection - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers stands out for its Freedom of Information Act knowledge through the expertise of Eleanor Grey QC and new silk Rory Dunlop QC. Both regularly act for public sector bodies and governmental departments; Dunlop recently acted for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Maurizi v ICO & CPS, an appeal relating to the agency's refusal to disclose certain emails between itself and the Swedish Prosecution Authority regarding WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Leading Silks

Eleanor Grey QC - 39 Essex Chambers‘She always takes a well-balanced approach and is very knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 2
2019 Silks

Rory Dunlop QC - 39 Essex ChambersHis elevation to silk is unsurprising as he is very strong intellectually, has a great eye for detail and is an outstanding advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

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EU Law
Leading Silks

Timothy Lyons QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe has an exceptional knowledge and understanding of EU law.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Katherine Apps - 39 Essex ChambersShe has a deep knowledge of employment, EU and public law.

Ranked: tier 3

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Education
Education - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers is 'a well-known player both in public law and in education specifically'. Its barristers are noted for their 'professional approach', and have experience representing individuals, schools, and local authorities before the First Tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal, and higher courts. Rory Dunlop QC, who was appointed silk in 2019, acted for the defendant in Wong v Anglia Ruskin University; the claimant sued for breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation on the basis that her degree is a 'Mickey Mouse' degree. Jennifer Thelen acted for Ofsted in a claim for judicial review by a nursery challenging an Ofsted inspection report.

Leading Silks

Fenella Morris QC - 39 Essex Chambers‘She provides crisp, clear, easily consumed written advice.’

Ranked: tier 2
2019 Silks

Rory Dunlop QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is responsive, practical, and sees the big picture.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Jack Anderson - 39 Essex ChambersProvides sound advice and has an easy, approachable manner.

Ranked: tier 4

Jennifer Thelen - 39 Essex Chambers‘Very pleasant to deal with as an opponent, yet also tenacious and determined.’

Ranked: tier 5

Thomas Amraoui - 39 Essex ChambersHe has a brilliant way of simplifying complex legal issues.

Ranked: tier 5

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Employment
Leading Juniors

Katherine Apps - 39 Essex ChambersExtremely clever and the right person to go with a difficult and novel point of law.

Ranked: tier 4

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Energy
Energy - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers is 'a fantastic set' and clients remark of the barristers that 'their analysis is in-depth and to the point' and that 'they work hard to come up with practical solutions'. Sean Wilken QC acted in a $300m force majeure claim arising from an international border dispute between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire which halted international deepwater exploration in Ghana. Karim Ghaly QC's recent work includes acting for the world’s largest independent oil producer, a leading oilfield contractor, and one of the largest power generation contractors in the Middle East. The clerks are 'highly efficient – always responsive and a pleasure to work with'.

Leading Silks

Stuart Catchpole QC - 39 Essex ChambersOne of the star counsel in the energy sector, he is creative, experienced, succinct, and his advocacy is persuasive.

Ranked: tier 2

Sean Wilken QC - 39 Essex ChambersA specialist in the high-profile and complex, both at home or abroad.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC - 39 Essex ChambersExtremely competent and helpful in construction and engineering litigation and arbitration.

Ranked: tier 3

Karim Ghaly QC - 39 Essex ChambersFrequently handles disputes arising out of multibillion-pound oil and power projects.

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Tromans QC - 39 Essex ChambersClients rave about him; he is very responsive, commercial and personable.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Duncan Sinclair - 39 Essex ChambersHe has a creative approach to problem solving, and is clear and robust in his advice.

Ranked: tier 2

Jess Connors - 39 Essex ChambersGreat clarity of thought and the ability to absorb huge amounts of information and apply legal principles to awkward facts.

Ranked: tier 2

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Environment
Environment - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

39 Essex Chambers

Environmental law is a significant element in the work of the planning, environment and property team at 'excellent39 Essex Chambers, which is known for its strength in public, commercial and civil liability law. Members of the chambers regularly appear in high-profile cases before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, and High Court as well as undertaking public inquiry, Crown Court, and Magistrates' Court work.  Four members are involved in the judicial review of the government’s decision on a third runway at Heathrow Airport. Amongst those is Stephen Tromans QC, who is challenging the National Policy Statement on air quality, environmental assessment, transport, and other grounds. Richard Wald represented Natural Resources Wales in its objection to a proposed £1.1bn extension to the M4 motorway based on the impact on protected species. 'All the clerks are really helpful and friendly', remarks a client.

Leading Silks

Stephen Tromans QC - 39 Essex ChambersGreatly respected – a very strong performer who clearly knows his stuff.

Ranked: tier 1

James Strachan QC - 39 Essex ChambersTruly amazing in the way he calmly absorbs a huge amount of evidence and presents a case that is coherent and compelling.

Ranked: tier 2

Nigel Pleming QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe has a long and distinguished track record in environmental cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Harwood OBE QC - 39 Essex ChambersVery good on his feet with particular expertise in environmental matters.

Ranked: tier 2

William Norris QC - 39 Essex ChambersExcellent advocacy and sector knowledge, he leaves no stone unturned and is one of the outstanding advocates of his generation.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Colin Thomann - 39 Essex ChambersHardworking and reliable, a clear thinker with extremely good legal knowledge.

Ranked: tier 3

Ned Helme - 39 Essex ChambersBright and quick to grasp the important points, he is responsive and punchy, and very concise and clear.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Wald - 39 Essex Chambers'A shrewd advocate and tenacious questioner with impressive control of detail, he is exceptionally pragmatic.

Ranked: tier 3

Christiaan Zwart - 39 Essex ChambersA big name in environmental law.

Ranked: tier 4

Catherine Dobson - 39 Essex ChambersA genuine rising star – highly intelligent and extremely thorough, she is always willing to go the extra mile.

Ranked: tier 4

Daniel Stedman Jones - 39 Essex ChambersWith excellent written work and very good advocacy skills, he is helpful and a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

James Burton - 39 Essex ChambersHe knows his subject inside out and is able to think outside the box.

Ranked: tier 4

Philippa Jackson - 39 Essex ChambersA team player who is able to grasp complex facts quickly and present a compelling case.

Ranked: tier 4

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Financial services regulation
Leading Silks

James Strachan QC - 39 Essex ChambersA polished advocate with an eye for the key persuasive points.

Ranked: tier 3

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Health and safety
Leading Juniors

Christian Du Cann - 39 Essex ChambersAn extremely good advocate who can gain the respect and trust of the judge.

Ranked: tier 3

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Immigration (including business immigration)
Immigration (including business immigration) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers 'is full of powerful performers' appearing in both the domestic and international courts, including the Special Immigration Appeals Commission and the Court of Justice of the European Union, to handle judicial reviews that challenge removal and detention, control orders, or the immigration rules. In the Supreme Court, Lisa Giovannetti QC acted on behalf of the Secretary of State for the Home Department in a case concerning applications for British citizenship based on false information. Further strengthening chambers, Zane Malik joined the set from 12 Old Square in February 2019.

Leading Silks

Lisa Giovannetti QC - 39 Essex ChambersShe is a true leader in the immigration field as she commands the highest respect from judges and barristers alike.

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Cory-Wright QC - 39 Essex ChambersHis line of questioning demonstrates his experience of the SIAC process and the type of evidence that appears in closed hearings.

Ranked: tier 2
2019 Silks

Rory Dunlop QC - 39 Essex ChambersAdvances his client’s case with flare and charisma.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Zane Malik - 39 Essex ChambersHe is always an admirable opponent and has a great legal mind in the field of immigration.

Ranked: tier 3

Colin Thomann - 39 Essex ChambersHe has a first-rate mind and is a strong opponent.

Ranked: tier 4

Christopher Staker - 39 Essex ChambersHe is an outstanding counsel both in opinion and appearances work.

Ranked: tier 4

Jack Holborn - 39 Essex ChambersOne of the leading juniors in cases dealing with Tiers 2, 4 and 5 licensing and sponsorship matters.

Ranked: tier 4

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Inquests and inquiries
Leading Silks

Eleanor Grey QC - 39 Essex ChambersShe is a high-quality and compassionate advocate who influences the court with her reasonableness.

Ranked: tier 3

Jenni Richards QC - 39 Essex ChambersShe has excellent judgement, and works extremely well under pressure.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Samantha Jones - 39 Essex ChambersShe is bright, sensible and all her work is characterised by a detailed grasp of the evidence.

Ranked: tier 3

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Insurance and reinsurance
Leading Silks

Neil Block QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is very experienced in cases involving coverage issues.

Ranked: tier 4

Stuart Catchpole QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is a well-regarded silk.

Ranked: tier 5
Leading Juniors

Jonathan Bellamy - 39 Essex ChambersHe knows his stuff and turns round work fast.

Ranked: tier 3

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International arbitration: arbitrators
International arbitration: arbitrators - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers hosts an increasingly deep pool of highly rated and very experienced arbitrators, many of whom have particularly experience in the construction and infrastructure space.

Leading arbitrators

Peter Rees QC - 39 Essex ChambersVery diligent and efficient.

David Brynmor Thomas QC - 39 Essex ChambersWell-thought of in international arbitration circles.

David Bateson - 39 Essex ChambersExtremely practical and efficient, and extremely knowledgeable about arbitration.

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers has some 'outstanding and world-class advocates with a team-focused and goal-oriented approach'. The set has a good balance of barristers with expertise in infrastructure and insurance-related disputes. Recently, members such as Sean Wilken QC  have been involved in several major disputes in the energy sector, while Adrian Hughes QC is noted for his experience in Asia-based arbitrations.

Leading Silks

Stuart Catchpole QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is diligent and distils the key issues in a coherent manner.

Ranked: tier 1

Adrian Hughes QC - 39 Essex ChambersVery hardworking, a good team player, very gentlemanly and exemplary advocacy skills.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe always has the ear of the relevant Tribunal and has great tactical acumen.

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Wilken QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe offers remarkably quick turnaround, and rigorous analysis of the position.

Ranked: tier 3
2018 Silks

Adam Robb QC - 39 Essex ChambersHas strong expertise in major infrastructure disputes.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

David Brynmor Thomas QC - 39 Essex ChambersWell known both as counsel and arbitrator.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Karen Gough - 39 Essex ChambersDemonstrated expert knowledge and rapidly and incisively mastered the voluminous and intricate documentation.

Ranked: tier 2

Jess Connors - 39 Essex ChambersAlways on my radar as a possible person to instruct.

Ranked: tier 3

Rachael O'Hagan - 39 Essex ChambersWorks very diligently on any role she is given.

Ranked: tier 3

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Pensions
Leading Juniors

Katherine Apps - 39 Essex ChambersHugely intelligent and hardworking junior – someone clients can rely on to get the right answer.

Ranked: tier 4

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud
Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

39 Essex Chambers

'Undoubtedly one of the leaders in the personal injury arena', defendant-oriented set 39 Essex Chambers is 'an ever-growing set with a huge range of experience'. Members 'offer a first-class service at all levels' and have extensive expertise in high-value catastrophic injury cases, fielding a growing caseload for historical abuse claims. Neil Block QC was instructed by the Foreign and Colonial Office in the Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation, the largest and most complex personal injury claim brought against the UK government. Derek O’Sullivan QC is highlighted for acting in high-value, severe injury cases; Sadie Crapper often acts as sole in catastrophic injury claims, such as those involving brain and spinal injuries. Also of note, James Todd QC took silk in 2019.

Personal Injury - Leading Silks

Neil Block QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is a great strategist and his ability to manage and control joint settlement meetings is second to none.

Ranked: tier 1

William Norris QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is quick to grasp issues and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of personal injury law. 

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Cory-Wright QC - 39 Essex ChambersHighly regarded counsel in complex catastrophic injury claims.

Ranked: tier 3

Derek O'Sullivan QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe cuts to the chase quickly and succinctly but always listens to the clients’ views.

Ranked: tier 3

Susan Rodway QC - 39 Essex ChambersBrilliant advocate who is smart and switched on tactically.

Ranked: tier 3
Insurance fraud - 2019 Silks

James Todd QC - 39 Essex ChambersExcellent on high-value quantum disputes.

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury - 2019 Silks

James Todd QC - 39 Essex ChambersExcellent on high-value quantum disputes.

Ranked: tier 1
Insurance fraud - Leading Juniors

Sadie Crapper - 39 Essex ChambersJunior counsel of choice in difficult cases.

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury - Leading Juniors

Bernard Doherty - 39 Essex ChambersHe is simply outstanding; on paper, in person and in court. 

Ranked: tier 1

Christian Du Cann - 39 Essex ChambersFormidable negotiator, very balanced and reasonable.

Ranked: tier 1

Emily Formby - 39 Essex ChambersBrilliant strategist who is innovative when thinking of ways to solve problems.

Ranked: tier 2

Romilly Cummerson - 39 Essex ChambersShe is an extremely intelligent and skilful junior barrister involved in large-scale cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Sadie Crapper - 39 Essex ChambersJunior counsel of choice in difficult cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Camilla Church - 39 Essex ChambersShe is very good with clients and always well-prepared.

Ranked: tier 4

Geoffrey Brown - 39 Essex ChambersA specialist in complex, high-value and emotive work-related stress claims.

Ranked: tier 4

Judith Ayling - 39 Essex ChambersHer strengths are her attention to detail and meticulous approach to technical evidence.

Ranked: tier 4

Quintin Fraser - 39 Essex ChambersSolid on paper, in conference and in court – a genuine all-rounder.

Ranked: tier 4

Angela Rainey - 39 Essex ChambersCases, law and statute appear at her fingertips with frightening ease.

Ranked: tier 5

James Burton - 39 Essex ChambersHe is meticulous, always prepared and an excellent tactician.

Ranked: tier 5

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Planning
Planning - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

39 Essex Chambers

'A leading set for planning', 39 Essex Chambers includes members instructed to assist with all manner of infrastructure and house-building projects. The plans for Heathrow's third runway, and aviation in general, has been a key source of work for the set, with Stephen Tromans QC representing Transport for London and John Steel QC representing Heathrow Hub; Steel also advised Plymouth City Council on the re-opening of its airport. Paul Stinchcombe QC represented New World Payphones in a test case concerning the use of permitted development rights to install what are described as "telephone kiosks", which feature large advertising displays. In the junior ranks, Christiaan Zwart is instructed by the States of Jersey to promote a proposed new hospital in St. Helier. James Strachan QC and Jonathan Darby act for United Utilities in proposals for the first compulsory purchase using section 155 of the Water Industry Act 1991.

Leading Silks

James Strachan QC - 39 Essex ChambersTruly amazing in the way he absorbs huge amounts of evidence.

Ranked: tier 1

John Steel QC - 39 Essex ChambersApproachable, good-humoured and intellectual able to grasp and communicate the most complex issues.

Ranked: tier 2

Peter Village QC - 39 Essex ChambersA real fighter, and a compelling and skilled advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Tromans QC - 39 Essex ChambersHis knowledge of planning matters in the waste sector is without equal.

Ranked: tier 2

Brian Ash QC - 39 Essex ChambersVery effective in cross-examination in public inquiries.

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Horton QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe has a practice including planning inquiries and compulsory purchase matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Stinchcombe QC - 39 Essex ChambersAble to quickly grasp the salient facts and develop a logical strategy.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Harwood OBE QC - 39 Essex ChambersHis cross-examination is forensic and exposes weaknesses of opposing witnesses.

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas Hill QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe has a track record of ports and airports work.

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Tabachnik QC - 39 Essex ChambersA legal powerhouse with a persuasive presence as an advocate.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

John Pugh-Smith - 39 Essex ChambersAlways alert to the commercial side of a client's case.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Wald - 39 Essex ChambersA superb advocate, extremely intelligent and tactically astute.

Ranked: tier 2

Christiaan Zwart - 39 Essex ChambersA team player who is skilled at understanding technical issues quickly.

Ranked: tier 3

James Burton - 39 Essex ChambersA leading planning junior – thorough and resourceful.

Ranked: tier 3

Daniel Stedman-Jones - 39 Essex ChambersHe handles planning cases as a government panellist.

Ranked: tier 4

Ned Helme - 39 Essex ChambersBright and quick to grasp the important points, he is punchy in writing.

Ranked: tier 4

Philippa Jackson - 39 Essex ChambersA team player who can grasp complex facts quickly and present a compelling case.

Ranked: tier 4

Victoria Hutton - 39 Essex ChambersAble to command the facts and deploy knowledge to convey the importance of the issues.

Ranked: tier 4

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Product liability
Leading Silks

Neil Block QC - 39 Essex ChambersTalented, able and approachable, he provides excellent advice.

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional disciplinary and regulatory law
Professional disciplinary and regulatory law - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers is 'a very user-friendly set', especially noted for its 'good strength in depth in regulatory and disciplinary work at silk level'. Andrew Tabachnik QC represented the Law Society in the high-profile regulatory investigation into Malik Law Chambers, an immigration law firm, and the its managers, Dr Akbar Ali Malik and Imtiaz Ali, after the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) alleged dishonesty in connection with the business and failure to comply with the SRA Principles 2011; the firm was shut down. Also of note, Fenella Morris QC acted for one of the interveners in Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba's appeal against being struck off the medical register following a conviction for gross negligence manslaughter. Alison Foster QC has become a High Court judge in the Queen’s Bench Division.

Leading Silks

Gregory Treverton-Jones QC - 39 Essex ChambersAn excellent advocate with a great ability to convey the human angle in any case.

Ranked: tier 1

Fenella Morris QC - 39 Essex ChambersAn intellectual powerhouse.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Tabachnik QC - 39 Essex ChambersA silk who focuses on the detail.

Ranked: tier 4

James Ramsden QC - 39 Essex ChambersA strong advocate who provides high-quality, robust advice; a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

Jenni Richards QC - 39 Essex ChambersShe quickly gains the trust and confidence of the court.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Rory Dunlop QC - 39 Essex ChambersA formidable class act.

Ranked: tier 1

Victoria Butler-Cole QC - 39 Essex ChambersA clear and concise silk.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

David Bradly - 39 Essex ChambersPersuasive and scrupulously even-handed.

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Mant - 39 Essex ChambersHe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of professional disciplinary case law.

Ranked: tier 2

Robert Lazarus - 39 Essex ChambersAdept at cross-examining expert witnesses.

Ranked: tier 2

Alexis Hearnden - 39 Essex ChambersShe has an impressively calm advocacy style.

Ranked: tier 3

Nicola Greaney - 39 Essex ChambersWell liked by clients.

Ranked: tier 4

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers is noted for its 'exceptionally talented' members' professional negligence experience in the construction and engineering fields. In one example, Stuart Catchpole QC and Adam Robb QC appeared in Kier Build Limited v Cameron Taylor One, a claim arising out of the defective design of the car park for a retail complex.

Leading Silks

Stuart Catchpole QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is brilliant to work with and extremely knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 1

Paul Darling OBE QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is experienced in construction-related disputes.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC - 39 Essex ChambersNoted for construction and engineering-related professional negligence claims.

Ranked: tier 3

Adrian Hughes QC - 39 Essex ChambersA user-friendly silk.

Ranked: tier 4

Marion Smith QC - 39 Essex ChambersShe is able to distil complex themes and extensive documentation into something that is unfailingly understandable.

Ranked: tier 4

Neil Block QC - 39 Essex ChambersAn experienced silk.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Adam Robb QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe provides very commercial and pragmatic advice.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Alexandra Bodnar - 39 Essex ChambersHer approach is dynamic and enthusiastic.

Ranked: tier 6

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Public international law
Leading Juniors

Christopher Staker - 39 Essex ChambersPossesses a deep intellect in analysis, and competency and clarity in drafting opinions and court presentations.

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘ever-growing' 39 Essex Chambers has ‘a good selection’ of ‘outstanding, world-class, user-friendly advocates’ who have ‘a team-focused and goal-oriented approach’. Chambers has a wide range of specialties but it is particularly noted for being ‘one of the market leaders for defendant personal injury’; the ‘top set for Court of Protection work’; ‘great for public law matters’ and professional discipline; and for having ‘an impressive set of international arbitrators’. Since our last guide, Rory Dunlop QC, Victoria Butler-cole QC, James Todd QC, and David Brynmor Thomas QC all took silk in 2019; Michael McParland QC and Zane Malik joined from Quadrant Chambers and 12 Old Square respectively, while Justine Thornton QC and Alison Foster QC have been made High Court judges in the Queen’s Bench Division. Chief executive and director of clerking Lindsay Scott has ‘done a good job’ of growing the set’s Asian business, as chambers now boasts one of the largest stables of Singapore-based barristers; director of Asian Business Rod Noble is well-connected across the region. Back home, the set’s Chancery Lane location is superb, with ‘all the facilities a solicitor could hope for’. Senior clerks Alastair Davidson (‘extremely helpful and efficient’) and Michael Kaplan (‘helpful, diligent, and convivial’) run a ‘five-star’ clerks’ room that is ‘responsive, practical, proactive, and client friendly’; a ‘second to none’ team that is ‘always willing to go the extra mile’ for clients. Deputy senior clerk Andrew Poyser is ‘one of the most reliable clerks’ at the Bar. Senior practice managers Peter Campbell, Jamie Tucker, and Sheraton Doyle are ‘what all clerks should aspire to be’; Ben Sundborg is ‘excellent and provides a high level of service’. Hannah Milne, Harry Airth, and Tom Gibbons are all ‘really friendly, helpful, and provide solicitors with what they need’. Practice manager Nathan Hitchman has joined New Square Chambers. Offices in: London, Manchester, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur

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Shipping
Leading Silks

Michael McParland QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe has a great depth of knowledge and experience in international commercial litigation and jurisdiction disputes.

Ranked: tier 5

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Social housing
Leading Juniors

Sian Davies - 39 Essex ChambersHer practice operates at the interface between housing and immigration, as well as welfare assistance.

Ranked: tier 4

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Sport
Leading Juniors

Jonathan Bellamy - 39 Essex ChambersVery strong at sports cases with a commercial and arbitration angle.

Ranked: tier 2

Katherine Apps - 39 Essex ChambersShe has carved out a niche in sports safeguarding work.

Ranked: tier 4

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Tax: corporate and VAT/indirect tax
Tax: VAT - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers is noted for an outstanding offering in VAT and other indirect tax disputes, drawing as it does on significant experts within the set, including Timothy Lyons QC, who is 'a recognised leader in customs law'. Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho's practice encompasses EU and International Tax, corporate tax, income tax, VAT, customs and environmental taxes. In a recent development, Alison Foster QC has been appointed a High Court judge.

Tax: VAT - Leading silks

Nigel Pleming QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is very user friendly and a good, clear advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Lyons QC - 39 Essex ChambersA recognised leader in customs law; he literally wrote the book.

Ranked: tier 4
Tax: corporate - Leading Silks

Timothy Lyons QC - 39 Essex ChambersA recognised leader in customs law; he literally wrote the book.

Ranked: tier 3
Tax: VAT Leading juniors

Kelly Stricklin-Coutinho - 39 Essex ChambersA promising junior barrister with great potential; enthusiastic, hardworking and calm.

Ranked: tier 3

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)
Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers is 'one of the leading sets in personal injury work' and it is 'extremely well-regarded for international claims'. Neil Block QC successfully defended the government in Kimathi and others v Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a significant claim brought by 40,000 Kenyans relating to the alleged actions of the British colonial administration in Kenya during the state of emergency in 1952. The travel practice was recently bolstered by the arrival of Michael McParland QC , who joined the set in November 2018 from Quadrant Chambers.

Leading Silks

Charles Cory-Wright QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is astute and very good with clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael McParland QC - 39 Essex ChambersA masterful advocate and easy to work with.

Ranked: tier 2

Neil Block QC - 39 Essex ChambersHe is always very calm and thoughtful in his approach to cases.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Bernard Doherty - 39 Essex ChambersHis knowledge on issues of jurisdiction and applicable law are unparalleled.

Ranked: tier 1

Colin Thomann - 39 Essex ChambersA first-class barrister; extremely intelligent, an excellent lawyer and very approachable.

Ranked: tier 3

James Burton - 39 Essex ChambersHe is meticulous, always prepared and an excellent tactician.

Ranked: tier 3

Nicola Greaney - 39 Essex ChambersShe is clever and well prepared.

Ranked: tier 3

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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 ChambersA sensible advocate who makes clients feel confident they are getting excellent expertise.

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Manzoni QC 39 Essex ChambersHis work includes commercial, finance and IP disputes with Chinese connections.

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial – Leading juniors

Jonathan Bellamy 39 Essex ChambersVery well regarded for disputes in Asia.

Ranked: tier 1

Loretta Malintoppi 39 Essex ChambersHighly 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 ChambersHe provides helpful strategic guidance, and clients find his advocacy style appealing.

Ranked: tier 1

Adrian Hughes QC 39 Essex ChambersTremendously dedicated to each case, with a great understanding of the technical matters in question.

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Manzoni QC 39 Essex ChambersInstructed in Hong Kong construction disputes.

Ranked: tier 2

Marion Smith QC 39 Essex ChambersInstructed in construction disputes across Asia.

Ranked: tier 2

Peter Rees QC 39 Essex ChambersAn absolute delight to work with: well prepared and always thoughtfully responsive.

Ranked: tier 2
Construction – Leading juniors

Ben Olbourne 39 Essex ChambersUnflappable, with a breadth of legal knowledge and experience.

Ranked: tier 1

David Bateson 39 Essex ChambersA very good arbitrator with great commercial judgement – he is personable and good with parties.

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Bellamy 39 Essex ChambersVery experienced in construction disputes.

Ranked: tier 1

Samar Abbas 39 Essex ChambersExtremely 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 ChambersAt the top of the field for energy-related construction disputes.

Ranked: tier 1

Adrian Hughes QC 39 Essex ChambersHe is exceedingly well respected across Hong Kong and China.

Ranked: tier 3
Energy – Leading juniors

David Hopkins 39 Essex ChambersExceptionally capable and extremely versatile.

Ranked: tier 1

Denys Hickey 39 Essex ChambersInstructed in offshore oil and gas matters.

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

One of the strongest sets in Singapore’, 39 Essex Chambers is ‘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 ‘provide an excellent service and are very responsive’. Notable individuals include practice manager Niki Merison, who ‘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.

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