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7 King’s Bench Walk (7KBW) has a pre-eminent reputation for excellence and intellectual rigour in all areas of commercial law. They are at the cutting edge of developments in commercial law. The members of 7KBW pride themselves on adapting matters of intellect to practical and commercial priorities, producing a hand-crafted and modern approach to advocacy and advice.

As advocates, members of 7KBW accept instructions to appear in any court, tribunal or board of enquiry in England and Wales. 7KBW specialises in cases before the Commercial Court and in commercial arbitrations in London. With their commercial expertise, members also appear in other jurisdictions, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands and Gibraltar, and before international arbitration tribunals in numerous jurisdictions.

Members undertake advisory work and the creation of written submissions and legal documents for litigation and non-contentious matters. Members regularly sit as arbitrators and/or mediators and also as court-appointed examiners for the purpose of conducting deposition hearings. Several members have written or contributed to leading legal textbooks, articles in the press and journals, and contributed to academic research.

Work Undertaken

7KBW’s practice areas are exclusively commercial. Members have a respected expertise in the full breadth of commercial law: 7KBW has maintained an enviable reputation and experience in all aspects of insurance and reinsurance; shipping and transport; professional negligence; international trade and commodities; energy, oil and gas; international arbitration; injunctions and arrests; shipbuilding; banking and financial services; product liability; futures and derivatives; aviation; media and communications; construction; conflicts of law; state immunity; international investment and a growing reputation in civil fraud. Recent high profile cases include OW Bunkers, Ocean Victory, Republic of Djibouti -&- Boreh, Yukos Finance -&- Lynch, Sebry -&- Companies House, Rathbone Bros -&- Novae Corp and Excalibur Ventures -&- Texas Keystone. A large proportion of 7KBW’s practice is of an international flavour and members regularly work with overseas clients and foreign lawyers. In appropriate circumstances members are delighted to accept instructions directly from overseas clients and foreign lawyers.


7KBW attracts pupils of only the highest quality, and pursues a policy of only taking tenants of such quality either from those starting their careers in law or from those in mid-career who have elected to change from another part of the profession. The emphasis on quality has meant a steady but selective growth in the overall number of tenants over the past years.

7KBW is the Insurance Set of The Year , an accolade awarded by Chambers UK in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. For further information about 7 King’s Bench Walk and the range of work carried out by its members, please visit the chambers’ website at

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