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Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC

TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7DS, ENGLAND
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239 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.7kbw.co.uk

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘a great pedigree’ with ‘real depth of expertise’. It is ‘renowned as the premier set for insurance disputes’ but is ‘extraordinarily strong and versatile in virtually all commercial practice areas’. ‘Chambers has increasingly recognised the need to reach out to solicitors and has become even more commercial in its approach as a result.’ Practice development and marketing director Brian Lee is ‘a particular asset to the set’; some say ‘there is a noticeable change in the set’s approach to marketing and profile raising since he joined in 2015’. Jointly led by Bernie Hyatt and Greg Leyden, the ‘first-class’ clerking team is trusted by solicitors ‘to provide the right person for the job at hand’, and ‘they adopt a refreshingly straightforward and transparent approach to discussions concerning fees’. Hyatt has been ‘a life-saver on more than one occasion’ and Leyden ‘goes the extra mile’. Offices in: London

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Aviation
Aviation – Leading silks

Gavin Kealey QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkStrong in person and on paper.

Ranked: tier 3
Aviation – Leading juniors

Emma Hilliard - 7 King’s Bench WalkExcellent.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 5

7 King’s Bench Walk

7 King’s Bench Walk houses a selection of excellent silks with sterling reputations for advocacy work. Highlights included acting for RBS (and four directors) on the defence of shareholder claims arising from the 2008 rights issue.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Clive Freedman QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkRigorous in his analysis, and creative and bold in the applications he makes.

Ranked: tier 4

Dominic Kendrick QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkPerforms superbly, with deft advocacy.

Ranked: tier 5

Jonathan Gaisman QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkHe is fantastic and does a lot of banking work.

Ranked: tier 5

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

7 King’s Bench Walk

7 King’s Bench Walk has ‘a great deal of strength and depth in commercial litigation’ and the set has some of the most highly esteemed advocates at the Bar. Highlight cases involving several members include Orb v Ruhan, Republic of Djibouti v Mr Boreh, and Cattles and Welcome Financial Services v PwC.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Jonathan Gaisman QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkGood at singling out winning points and achieving the best results possible.

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Butcher QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkHe has a magnificent intellect and ability to give decisive, clear-cut opinions.

Ranked: tier 2

Clive Freedman QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkUnbelievably dedicated to his cases – his experience in Russian cases is also a tremendous asset.

Ranked: tier 2

Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA go-to silk for the must-win heavyweight cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Gavin Kealey QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA real market leader.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Waller QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA top-flight advocate, who is prepared for every eventuality.

Ranked: tier 4

David Edwards QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkAn excellent silk, who works extremely hard and is masterful in his advocacy.

Ranked: tier 5

Stephen Hofmeyr QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA great leader – calm and unflappable, while authoritative and knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 5

Siobán Healy QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA very calm and thorough counsel, who has outstanding legal ability and penetrates to the real issues.

Ranked: tier 5

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA real team player, who is proactive, hardworking and cuts to the important points.

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

James Brocklebank - 7 King’s Bench WalkA compelling advocate, who is fully on top of the facts.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Holmes - 7 King’s Bench WalkParticularly well regarded for major commercial insurance disputes.’

Ranked: tier 4

Alexander MacDonald - 7 King’s Bench WalkTruly excellent – diplomatic, super-intelligent and astute.

Ranked: tier 5

Jawdat Khurshid - 7 King’s Bench WalkHis knowledge of interim remedies, such as anti-suit injunctions, is very good.

Ranked: tier 5

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Commodities
Commodities – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

7 King’s Bench Walk

7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘one of the best commercial sets in terms of quality and value for money’. Robert Bright QC led a successful Supreme Court action for OW Bunker against ING Bank concerning retention of title over fuel oil. The clerking team is ‘exceptionally approachable, responsive and helpful’.

Commodities – Leading silks

Robert Bright QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA leading performer, who is clear in his thinking, effective and understated.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA wonderful advocate, always at the top of his game.’

Ranked: tier 2

Dominic Kendrick QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkAlways clear and user-friendly, he explains complex issues in straightforward terms.’

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Southern QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkAn intelligent and insightful advocate with a keen eye for strategy.’

Ranked: tier 2

Peter MacDonald Eggers QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkAn exceptional barrister, who combines intellect with a personal touch.’

Ranked: tier 3

Siobán Healy QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkVery calm, thorough and proactive, she has outstanding legal ability and penetrates the real issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

David Allen QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkOne of the few top-quality commercial silks, who truly understands his clients’ businesses.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Kenny QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkIn shipping or commodities cases, his experience and judgement shine through.’

Ranked: tier 5
Commodities – Leading juniors

Charles Priday - 7 King’s Bench WalkThorough, conscientious and consistently excellent in commodities disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jessica Sutherland - 7 King’s Bench WalkAn excellent advocate with intelligence and the will to fight hard.’

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Holroyd - 7 King’s Bench WalkVery measured in his advocacy, careful but clear.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sandra Healy - 7 King’s Bench WalkAn impressive star junior, who is hardworking and always keen to get stuck in.’

Ranked: tier 2

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Costs
Costs – Leading silks

Clive Freedman QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA clear thinker and an impressive advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

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Energy
Energy – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

7 King’s Bench Walk

7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘an excellent set with competent and bright counsel’, who have particular expertise in energy-related insurance and commercial disputes.

Energy – Leading silks

Dominic Kendrick QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA highly persuasive yet fearless advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Jonathan Gaisman QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkHe is devastating in his cross-examination of factual and expert witnesses.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Southern QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkHe combines a great mind with a responsive and user-friendly approach.

Ranked: tier 4

Siobán Healy QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA tenacious and impressive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Hofmeyr QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA major player for offshore energy disputes.

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Kenny QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkUser-friendly and commercially astute.’

Ranked: tier 4
Energy – Leading juniors

James Brocklebank - 7 King’s Bench WalkA first-rate junior.’

Ranked: tier 2

Sandra Healy - 7 King’s Bench WalkAlways keen to get stuck in, and particularly good on the technical aspects.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Clive Freedman QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA deep and creative thinker with a superb knowledge of all matters relating to fraud.

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Waller QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkAn excellent advocate; he is very quick and compelling and carries the judges with him.

Ranked: tier 4

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Insurance and reinsurance
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

7 King’s Bench Walk

One of the pre-eminent insurance and reinsurance sets’, 7 King’s Bench Walk comprises the sector’s ‘heavy-hitters’. Christopher Butcher QC represented Brit Insurance in the Court of Appeal case brought by Milton Furniture, while Dominic Kendrick QC appeared in the $175m Ocean Victory appeal concerning subrogation.

Insurance and reinsurance – Leading silks

Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkThe go-to silk for must-win heavyweight cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Butcher QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkConsistently impressive – a prime counsel.

Ranked: tier 1

David Edwards QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkRecommended for international arbitration and cases governed by foreign laws.

Ranked: tier 1

Dominic Kendrick QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkExtremely commercially astute and he is rising further every minute.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gavin Kealey QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkHis grasp of highly complex scientific details is impressive.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Gaisman QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkHighly intelligent, articulate and with a wonderful turn of phrase.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Hofmeyr QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA heavyweight insurance silk, who is extremely experienced.’

Ranked: tier 1

Adam Fenton QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkNoted for his professional indemnity experience.

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Wales QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkCommercially savvy with a formidable intellect.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Bailey QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkRecommended for insurance arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 4

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkAttentive to detail and easy to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Southern QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkExperienced in property damage and shipping-related claims.’

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Kenny QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkHe understands commercial issues and is extremely able.’

Ranked: tier 4

Siobán Healy QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkHer attention to detail is extraordinary.’

Ranked: tier 4

Julia Dias QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkTough and imaginative as an advocate and sound in written presentation.

Ranked: tier 5

Peter MacDonald Eggers QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkHis advocacy skills are first rate.’

Ranked: tier 5

Robert Bright QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA committed team player.

Ranked: tier 5
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Jawdat Khurshid - 7 King’s Bench WalkA creative legal mind.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Brocklebank - 7 King’s Bench WalkAlways in control of the case – a compelling advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Holmes - 7 King’s Bench WalkHe gets to grips with the issues quickly and provides pragmatic solutions.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alexander MacDonald - 7 King’s Bench WalkA supremely intelligent young barrister, who is mature beyond his years.’

Ranked: tier 2

Josephine Higgs - 7 King’s Bench WalkShe quickly masters the detail of a case.

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Kerr - 7 King’s Bench WalkA fine intellect.’

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Kenefick - 7 King’s Bench WalkA skilled tactician and a pragmatic lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 2

Benjamin Parker - 7 King’s Bench WalkHe applies intellectual rigour to his work and combines it with a commercial approach.

Ranked: tier 3

Jessica Sutherland - 7 King’s Bench WalkHer experience includes a Bermuda Form arbitration.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sushma Ananda - 7 King’s Bench WalkA great team player, who deals with the difficult aspects of cases extremely well.

Ranked: tier 3

Sarah Cowey - 7 King’s Bench WalkExperienced in property-related insurance disputes.’

Ranked: tier 3

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

7 King’s Bench Walk

The ‘service is top notch’ at 7 King’s Bench Walk, which has expertise at all levels, including ‘good young juniors’. ‘The quality is clear right throughout the set’, and members have been involved in several critical cases linked to the aviation, shipping and energy sectors.

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA quality act.

Ranked: tier 1

Gavin Kealey QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkHis depth of legal knowledge and masterful oral advocacy mean clients are always on the front foot.

Ranked: tier 1

Clive Freedman QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA superb advocate, who is excellent at cross-examining witnesses.

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Butcher QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA superb practitioner and an excellent strategist, who always makes himself available.

Ranked: tier 2

David Edwards QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkAn extremely able silk, who is approachable and user-friendly.

Ranked: tier 2

Dominic Kendrick QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkCerebral, highly commercial and truly superb.

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Gaisman QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA superb advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Waller QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkHe gets to grips with all of the factual and legal issues, and drafts excellent pleadings.

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Hofmeyr QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkOne of the best at giving clear, thorough and robust opinions.

Ranked: tier 3

David Allen QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkHis advocacy is superb and he leaves the other side no chance of a successful outcome.

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Bright QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkHighly recommended for arbitration.

Ranked: tier 4

Siobán Healy QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkShe has outstanding legal ability and penetrates to the real issues.

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Kenny QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkSolicitors want to work with him, wherever possible.

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

Michael Holmes - 7 King’s Bench WalkKnowledgeable and particularly on top of English law insurance authorities.

Ranked: tier 2

Alexander Macdonald - 7 King’s Bench WalkHe is responsive and deals with difficult issues very sensibly.

Ranked: tier 3

Benjamin Parker - 7 King’s Bench WalkHe has an excellent written style.

Ranked: tier 3

Jawdat Khurshid - 7 King’s Bench WalkSuperb – he should be a silk.

Ranked: tier 3

Marcus Mander - 7 King’s Bench WalkA first-rate junior, who understands the needs of solicitors and the commercial needs facing their clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Noel Casey - 7 King’s Bench WalkExcellent with clients, adopting a smooth and calm approach.

Ranked: tier 3

Sandra Healy - 7 King’s Bench WalkAn extremely impressive junior with a very good grasp of the detail of cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Kenefick - 7 King’s Bench WalkVery user-friendly and commercial in his approach.

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

7 King’s Bench Walk

7 King’s Bench Walk is a ‘fantastic choice for professional negligence’, housing ‘top-quality’ barristers, who ‘really know their stuff’. Cattles and Welcome Financial Services v PwC was a notable case highlight for the ‘top-notch’ set.

Professional negligence – Leading silks

Jonathan Gaisman QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkAn outstanding advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Clive Freedman QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkVery thorough and commercial.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Butcher QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA stonking trial advocate, whose vast experience is immensely valuable.’

Ranked: tier 2

Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA brilliant advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkVery intelligent and experienced.’

Ranked: tier 3

Adam Fenton QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkHe adopts a very thorough approach.’

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Wales QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkVery highly regarded.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Bailey QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkDetail-oriented.’

Ranked: tier 4
Professional negligence – Leading juniors

James Brocklebank - 7 King’s Bench WalkA compelling advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Josephine Higgs - 7 King’s Bench WalkVery focused.’

Ranked: tier 4

N G Casey - 7 King’s Bench WalkVery strong.’

Ranked: tier 5

Elizabeth Lindesay - 7 King’s Bench WalkA first-rate junior.’

Ranked: tier 6

Michael Ryan - 7 King’s Bench WalkA hardworking and efficient junior.’

Ranked: tier 6

Michael Holmes - 7 King’s Bench WalkExcellent.’

Ranked: tier 6

Sushma Ananda - 7 King’s Bench WalkA great team player.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Set overviews: England and Wales

7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘a great pedigree’ with ‘real depth of expertise’. It is ‘renowned as the premier set for insurance disputes’ but is ‘extraordinarily strong and versatile in virtually all commercial practice areas’. ‘Chambers has increasingly recognised the need to reach out to solicitors and has become even more commercial in its approach as a result.’ Practice development and marketing director Brian Lee is ‘a particular asset to the set’; some say ‘there is a noticeable change in the set’s approach to marketing and profile raising since he joined in 2015’. Jointly led by Bernie Hyatt and Greg Leyden, the ‘first-class’ clerking team is trusted by solicitors ‘to provide the right person for the job at hand’, and ‘they adopt a refreshingly straightforward and transparent approach to discussions concerning fees’. Hyatt has been ‘a life-saver on more than one occasion’ and Leyden ‘goes the extra mile’. Offices in: London

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

7 King’s Bench Walk

A fantastic choice for shipping’, 7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘an extremely user-friendly set with great depth of expertise’ and ‘helpful and pro-active counsel’. Recent case highlights include the “Res Cogitans” case.

Shipping – Leading silks

Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkHe has a phenomenal mind.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Gaisman QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA very tough cross-examiner, who gets the attention of the court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Butcher QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA ferocious cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 2

David Bailey QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkHe adopts a commercial, common sense approach.’

Ranked: tier 2

Dominic Kendrick QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkHe has a strong presence and gravitas as an advocate, while remaining very approachable.’

Ranked: tier 2

Robert Bright QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkHe has a hugely retentive memory coupled with a robust sense of humour, which makes him a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Hofmeyr QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkVery able.’

Ranked: tier 3

Gavin Kealey QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkHe provides sensible advice.’

Ranked: tier 4

Peter Macdonald Eggers QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkQuietly persuasive.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Waller QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkHe demonstrates an impressive ability to analyse and master detail.’

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Southern QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkVery polished at hearings.’

Ranked: tier 4

David Allen QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkVery highly regarded.’

Ranked: tier 5

Siobán Healy QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkA very calm silk, whose thorough approach penetrates to the real issues and proactivity allows her to think ahead.’

Ranked: tier 5

Stephen Kenny QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkHe is first rate and provides excellent advice.’

Ranked: tier 5

Timothy Saloman QC - 7 King’s Bench WalkVery thorough.’

Ranked: tier 5
Shipping – Leading juniors

Charles Priday - 7 King’s Bench WalkAn excellent performer on his feet with a collaborative approach.’

Ranked: tier 1

Benjamin Parker - 7 King’s Bench WalkDiligent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Adam Turner - 7 King’s Bench WalkVery impressive.’

Ranked: tier 3

Gavin Geary - 7 King’s Bench WalkExtremely diligent and calm.’

Ranked: tier 3

Jessica Sutherland - 7 King’s Bench WalkVery astute.’

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Holmes - 7 King’s Bench WalkVery focused.’

Ranked: tier 3

Marcus Mander - 7 King’s Bench WalkFerociously clever and a charming individual.’

Ranked: tier 3

N G Casey - 7 King’s Bench WalkKeen and easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Sarll - 7 King’s Bench WalkVery bright and user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 3

Sandra Healy - 7 King’s Bench WalkA star junior.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial

7 King's Bench Walk is involved in a range of international arbitrations, with a particular strength in insurance. Gavin Kealey QC’s work includes arbitrations in the aftermath of major tragedies.

Commercial – Leading silks

Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King's Bench WalkCounsel in high-stakes Singapore arbitrations.

Ranked: tier 1

Gavin Kealey QC - 7 King's Bench WalkParticularly well regarded for insurance work.

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Bright QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA truly excellent silk, instructed in Hong Kong and beyond.

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

7 King's Bench Walk’s particular strengths include insurance, commodities and shipping disputes. The joint senior clerks are Bernie Hyatt and Greg Leyden, with practice development and marketing manager Brian Lee also a key contact.

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading juniors

Gavin Geary - 7 King's Bench WalkRegularly instructed in Korea-related shipping arbitrations.

Ranked: tier 1

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