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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

With ‘unrivalled strength in depth’, 7 King's Bench Walk has ‘a first-class reputation’ for complex insurance and reinsurance matters, and remains one of the leading sets for shipping and commercial work, as well as being highly rated for international arbitrations. In addition, the set is making inroads into more high-profile civil fraud work. Members are ‘first rate’ and ‘without exception, fiercely intelligent and diligent’. Solicitors ‘always expect excellent service’ from the set’s ‘reliable, friendly, efficient, sensible, and effective’ clerks’ room. Led by ‘top class’ co-senior clerks Bernie Hyatt and Greg Leyden they are, collectively, ‘a class act’ and ‘always anticipate the next requirements’. ‘They build genuine relationships with solicitors and proactive problem solvers.’ Eddie Johns, Gary Rose, and Joe Clayton are all praised by solicitors for their responsiveness and being easy to work with. In recent news, returning to chambers as full-time arbitrator, former Supreme Court deputy president Lord Mance has been appointed international judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court, and Ritin Rai, senior advocate of the Bar of India, has joined as a door tenant. Also of note, Brian Lee, practice development and marketing director, will be retiring in 2019. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

7 King's Bench Walk is active in Asia, particularly in the set’s strengths of arbitration in the commercial and shipping areas. Bernie Hyatt and Greg Leyden are the joint senior clerks, with practice development and marketing director Brian Lee particularly noteworthy for his international contacts.

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London Bar

Aviation
Leading Silks

Gavin Kealey QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA brilliant and fearless advocate with a great intellect, who can vary his pitch to suit the occasion.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Emma Hilliard - 7 King's Bench WalkShe has a quick mind, is enthusiastic and is hardworking.

Ranked: tier 3

Elizabeth Lindesay - 7 King's Bench WalkShe is hardworking, imaginative, persistent and thoughtful.

Ranked: tier 4

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Leading Silks

Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is very, very thorough and is an appealing advocate.

Ranked: tier 5

Jonathan Gaisman QC - 7 King's Bench WalkThe best advocate at the Bar – he has built a strong profile for banking and finance 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 is 'a very strong set' with 'clearly rigorous' selection process for new members. Clients appreciate the 'depth of appreciation of the needs of commercial and insurance clients is impressive'. Members come highly recommended for commercial, insurance, and fraud-related disputes. The set is especially strong at the senior level, where its top silks command huge respect in the courts.

Top ten under eight years’ call

Clara Benn - 7 King's Bench WalkA genuine star of the future, she is seriously clever and applies that with proper nous.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Gaisman QC - 7 King's Bench WalkFirst choice for big-ticket cases requiring a robust advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Gavin Kealey QC - 7 King's Bench WalkAt his best in an appellate environment, bringing charm, gravitas, and a huge appetite for getting to the bottom of really complex issues of law.

Ranked: tier 2

Richard Waller QC - 7 King's Bench WalkExcellent for commercial and insurance matters.

Ranked: tier 3

Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHugely knowledgeable and authoritative performer in court but a very calm demeanour and good with clients.

Ranked: tier 4

David Allen QC - 7 King's Bench WalkAn extraordinarily excellent advocate and devotes himself 110% to any case he is on.

Ranked: tier 4

Sioban Healy QC - 7 King's Bench WalkVery calm and thorough, and excellent in maintaining trust and confidence.

Ranked: tier 4

David Edwards QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA terrific silk.

Ranked: tier 5

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA good advocate and easy to work with.

Ranked: tier 6

Stephen Hofmeyr QC - 7 King's Bench WalkWell regarded for commercial and insurance disputes.

Ranked: tier 6
2018 Silks

James Brocklebank QC - 7 King's Bench WalkProved invaluable in countering others with far greater financial resources.

Ranked: tier 1

Jawdat Khurshid QC - 7 King's Bench WalkCompelling written advocacy.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Michael Holmes - 7 King's Bench WalkVery easy to work with as he fits seamlessly into the team with solicitors, clients and experts.

Ranked: tier 3

Alexander MacDonald - 7 King's Bench WalkExcellent legal knowledge and ability to apply it in a practical way.

Ranked: tier 5

Josephine Higgs - 7 King's Bench WalkHas excellent attention to detail and tactical awareness and she is very focused and hardworking.

Ranked: tier 5

Marcus Mander - 7 King's Bench WalkFiercely bright and hardworking, very capable on paper, and well respected.

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 'an excellent set with some of the best legal minds', remarks a client who sees it as 'our first choice set for shipping, commodities and insurance-related arbitration work'. Another notes that 'the end-to-end service is unparalleled and the clerks ensure availability – you are safe in the knowledge that they have not left a stone unturned'. Robert Bright QC is one of the best-known silks in the commodities sector and in 2018, along with Marcus Mander, Clara Benn and other members, he acted for ING/OW Bunkers in arbitration claims following a landmark Supreme Court decision from 2016. In ED&F Man Sugar v Royal and Sun AlliancePeter MacDonald Eggers QC is currently handling a US$19m claim for lost or damaged sugar which had been stored in a warehouse in Ghana.

Leading Silks

Richard Southern QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe has a strong instinct for how a case will play out and is fantastic in oral hearings.

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Bright QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA first-class barrister, particularly noteworthy in shipping and commodities cases.

Ranked: tier 1

Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe really stands out and immerses himself in cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Siobán Healy QC - 7 King's Bench WalkVery knowledgeable, quick to the point and clear.

Ranked: tier 2

Dominic Kendrick QC - 7 King's Bench WalkUser-friendly, experienced and knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 3

Peter MacDonald Eggers QC - 7 King's Bench WalkResponsive, level-headed and thorough in his work.

Ranked: tier 3

David Allen QC - 7 King's Bench WalkStrong in both shipping and commodities.

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Kenny QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA clear thinker and a careful analyst.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Charles Priday - 7 King's Bench WalkVery careful, detailed and accurate in his analysis of issues.

Ranked: tier 1

Jessica Sutherland - 7 King's Bench WalkVery smart, completely reliable, sharp and efficient - you know she has played devil’s advocate in respect of every single angle.

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Sarll - 7 King's Bench WalkA strong player in international trade, shipping and commodities.

Ranked: tier 1

Clara Benn - 7 King's Bench WalkA genuine star of the future, very intelligent, diligent, personable and sensible with a fluent drafting style.

Ranked: tier 2

Sandra Healy - 7 King's Bench WalkShe has matured into an extremely sharp, thorough and practical lawyer, and her work rate is exceptional.

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Holroyd - 7 King's Bench WalkStrong in shipping and international trade.

Ranked: tier 3

Marcus Mander - 7 King's Bench WalkWell respected, fiercely bright and hardworking.

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 highly regarded for shipping, insurance and offshore cases and  is widely regarded as 'one of the most academic sets – the barristers are very good at whatever they do'. One client remarks that it has 'very good practitioners, with much depth in insurance and shipping, who provide real in-depth knowledge'. Another notes that 'the clerks stand out for their responsiveness – they are commercial, sensible and very good to deal with'. Sought after silk David Allen QC acted for an offshore operator in an ICC arbitration concerning failures by a state-owned oil company to honour its obligations for oil extraction services. In Single Buoy Moorings Inc v Zurich Insurance plc and OthersJonathan Gaisman QC acted for the insurers in a claim concerning losses allegedly incurred by SBM Offshore following the evacuation of a mobile storage and production platform under construction in the Norwegian North Sea. In Septo Trading Inc v Tintrade Ltd and Septo Trading Inc v Macoil SASandra Healy represented the claimant in disputes concerning the purchase and sale of fuel oil.

Leading Silks

David Allen QC - 7 King's Bench WalkAn impressive advocate with excellent technical knowledge.

Ranked: tier 3

Jonathan Gaisman QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA wonderful commercial silk.

Ranked: tier 3

Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA star of the commercial Bar who is always impressive.

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Hofmeyr QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA first-rate barrister and arbitrator.

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Kenny QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA silk with great sector knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

James Brocklebank QC - 7 King's Bench WalkAn excellent strategic thinker with first-class legal knowledge; very good on paper and on his feet.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Alexander MacDonald - 7 King's Bench WalkTenacious and responsive with excellent legal knowledge and the ability to apply it in a practical way.

Ranked: tier 4

Sandra Healy - 7 King's Bench WalkAn impressive and hardworking junior.

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Kerr - 7 King's Bench WalkExperienced in a wide range of oil, gas and power cases.

Ranked: tier 4

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Fraud: civil
Leading Silks

David Allen QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHas a confident and assertive manner.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Waller QC - 7 King's Bench WalkAn excellent advocate with very good court and client management skills.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Keir Howie - 7 King's Bench WalkAn impressive junior with sound judgement.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Ryan - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is a standout junior who will always go the extra mile.

Ranked: tier 4

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

7 King's Bench Walk

7 King's Bench Walk is 'the premier set for insurance and reinsurance work'; it 'consistently provides the desired balance of incredibly bright and talented barristers while also being approachable and enjoyable to work alongside'. Single Buoy Moorings v Zurich Insurance which concerned damage to the MOPUstor platform in the North Seawas a key highlight for the set where Jonathan Gaisman QC, Dominick Kendrick QC, David Bailey QC, Alistair Schaff QC, and several juniors from chambers, were instructed. Also of note, Peter MacDonald Eggers QC is instructed by Lloyd's Underwriters in Shuffle Along v Lloyd’s Underwriters, a claim under an event cancellation policy which is litigated in New York. In Cultural Foundation v Beazley Furlonge,  a key claim under a professional liability policy relating to two construction projects in the UAE, MacDonald Eggers QC led Marcus Mander on behalf of the excess insurers and James Brocklebank QC acted for the American School of Dubai.

Leading Silks

Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is a real force in court.

Ranked: tier 1

David Edwards QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is up there with the best at the commercial Bar.

Ranked: tier 1

Dominic Kendrick QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is extremely effective.

Ranked: tier 1

Gavin Kealey QC - 7 King's Bench WalkOne of the finest silks for contentious insurance work.

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Gaisman QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA very experienced and effective advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Peter MacDonald Eggers QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is a wonderful advocate and he has a very measured style.

Ranked: tier 2

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA fearless advocate with outstanding experience of insurance law.

Ranked: tier 2

Stephen Hofmeyr QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe has a wealth of experience.

Ranked: tier 2

Robert Bright QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA brilliant lawyer who is able to get to the heart of issues quickly.

Ranked: tier 3

Siobán Healy QC - 7 King's Bench WalkShe is excellent on her feet.

Ranked: tier 3

Adam Fenton QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe knows the insurance market very well and understands the technical insurance nuances and insurance contracts to a very high level.

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Wales QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is good on the detail.

Ranked: tier 4

David Bailey QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is very good with clients and is a team player.

Ranked: tier 4

Julia Dias QC - 7 King's Bench WalkShe stands out for the clarity of her advice and for her user-friendly approach.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Waller QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is fantastic on complex disputes.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Southern QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA razor-sharp cross-examiner with an outstanding intellect and huge experience of insurance claims.

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Kenny QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe has excellent analytical skills and is easy to work with.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

James Brocklebank QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHis advice is always well-thought through and is delivered in a timely fashion.

Ranked: tier 1

Jawdat Khurshid QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe has a real eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Michael Holmes - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is clever, articulate, a good team player and has sound commercial judgement.

Ranked: tier 1

Alexander MacDonald - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is attentive, proactive and dedicated.

Ranked: tier 2

Josephine Higgs - 7 King's Bench WalkShe gives very good tactical, strategic advice and gets to grips with issues very quickly.

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Kenefick - 7 King's Bench WalkGreat with clients and a favourite with judges.

Ranked: tier 2

Benjamin Parker - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is highly intelligent and extremely responsive.

Ranked: tier 3

Jessica Sutherland - 7 King's Bench WalkShe is legally on point and very efficient.

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Kerr - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is exceptionally talented.

Ranked: tier 3

Emma Hilliard - 7 King's Bench WalkShe is extremely bright and very able.

Ranked: tier 4

Elizabeth Lindesay - 7 King's Bench WalkVery clever, very analytical, very thorough, and determined; she is a pleasure to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

Harry Wright - 7 King's Bench WalkClient-focused, excellent in court, brilliant on paper.

Ranked: tier 4

Keir Howie - 7 King's Bench WalkA star of the junior Bar.

Ranked: tier 4

Marcus Mander - 7 King's Bench WalkHighly regarded, hardworking and user-friendly.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Ryan - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is very personable and extremely bright.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Sarll - 7 King's Bench WalkHe researches the law thoroughly and does not hesitate to be honest about the prospects of a case.

Ranked: tier 4

Sushma Ananda - 7 King's Bench WalkShe produces excellent pleadings, reflecting a thorough analysis of the issues.

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Cowey - 7 King's Bench WalkShe is recommended for marine and non-marine insurance work.

Ranked: tier 4

Sandra Healy - 7 King's Bench WalkHer advice is clear and practical.

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Martin - 7 King's Bench WalkShe is extremely bright, incredibly thorough and very hardworking.

Ranked: tier 4

Tim Jenns - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is very responsive and a brilliant barrister.

Ranked: tier 4

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International arbitration: arbitrators
Leading arbitrators

Gavin Kealey QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA scrupulously courteous and effortlessly authoritative arbitrator who combines a first-class intellect with an impressive ability to master complex material.

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

7 King's Bench Walk

7 King's Bench Walk is an 'excellent set with some of the best legal minds' and contains a 'well-rounded mix of juniors and silks working at the highest standard' and who take a 'rigorous intellectual approach' to their instructions. Chambers is praised for its strength in depth, whereby 'if the barrister of choice is not available, there will likely be a quality alternative'. The set is a market leader when it comes to insurance and reinsurance disputes, but its members are also highly experienced in broader commercial arbitrations.

Leading Silks

Gavin Kealey QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA very experienced advocate with a style that appeals to arbitrators – one of the best in the field.

Ranked: tier 1

Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King's Bench WalkGreat to work with.

Ranked: tier 2

David Edwards QC - 7 King's Bench WalkAn excellent insurance silk and very responsive.

Ranked: tier 2

Dominic Kendrick QC - 7 King's Bench WalkEspecially experienced in insurance and reinsurance disputes.

Ranked: tier 2

Jonathan Gaisman QC - 7 King's Bench WalkExtremely clever and a brilliant advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Sioban Healy QC - 7 King's Bench WalkOutstanding intellect, but also easy-going, responsive and user friendly.

Ranked: tier 2

David Allen QC - 7 King's Bench WalkDirect, to the point advice, a robust advocate, and a down-to-earth and friendly QC.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Waller QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA very well-regarded arbitration counsel.

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Hofmeyr QC - 7 King's Bench WalkFirst rate as a barrister and as an arbitrator.

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Bright QC - 7 King's Bench WalkLives up to his name.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Jawdat Khurshid QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHis judgement is spot on.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Alexander Macdonald - 7 King's Bench WalkEven in a legal market that is extremely competitive, Alex stands out as first rate.

Ranked: tier 2

Marcus Mander - 7 King's Bench WalkClever, responsive and amusing, a sensible second opinion, and also technically very able.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Holmes - 7 King's Bench WalkHas a great eye for detail and knows insurance and reinsurance inside out.

Ranked: tier 2

Sandra Healy - 7 King's Bench WalkHer work rate is exceptional and she works seamlessly across cultures and jurisdictions.

Ranked: tier 2

Benjamin Parker - 7 King's Bench WalkFerociously intelligent, extremely practical, and an absolute joy to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

Noel Casey - 7 King's Bench WalkHis background in accounting makes him an excellent fit for a wide range of forensic and quantum issues.

Ranked: tier 3

Sushma Ananda - 7 King's Bench WalkStrong ability to focus in on issues quickly and good drafting ability.

Ranked: tier 3

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Product liability
Leading Silks

Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King's Bench WalkGives thoughtful and realistic assessments of cases and has excellent advocacy skills.

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's experience in professional negligence is 'very impressive' and its barristers are 'very robust and rigorous', according to clients. Members are experienced in complex disputes involving auditors, accountants, solicitors, and financial services professionals. As an example, Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC appeared on behalf of Manchester Building Society in the Court of Appeal case of Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton, a high-profile auditors negligence claim. Elsewhere, James Brocklebank QC successfully struck out a claim against Ernst & Young in Cunningham v Ernst & Young, which alleged conspiracy between EY, Bank of Scotland, and former company directors, resulting in loss to the value of a company.

Leading Silks

Jonathan Gaisman QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is highly regarded for complex financial claims.

Ranked: tier 1

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC - 7 King's Bench WalkVery cool, calm and easy to work with.

Ranked: tier 1

Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe commands the courtroom.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Wales QC - 7 King's Bench WalkVery able and pro-active.

Ranked: tier 4

Adam Fenton QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is very technically astute.

Ranked: tier 4

David Bailey QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is a user-friendly silk.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

James Brocklebank QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is very thorough.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Josephine Higgs - 7 King's Bench WalkShe is very highly-regarded.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Ryan - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is bright and unflappable.

Ranked: tier 4

N G Casey - 7 King's Bench WalkVery knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 5

Alexander MacDonald - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is a top-quality junior.

Ranked: tier 6

Elizabeth Lindesay - 7 King's Bench WalkShe is extremely thorough and conscientious.

Ranked: tier 6

Michael Holmes - 7 King's Bench WalkExtremely knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 6

Sushma Ananda - 7 King's Bench WalkShe is exceptional.

Ranked: tier 6

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Set overviews: England and Wales

With ‘unrivalled strength in depth’, 7 King's Bench Walk has ‘a first-class reputation’ for complex insurance and reinsurance matters, and remains one of the leading sets for shipping and commercial work, as well as being highly rated for international arbitrations. In addition, the set is making inroads into more high-profile civil fraud work. Members are ‘first rate’ and ‘without exception, fiercely intelligent and diligent’. Solicitors ‘always expect excellent service’ from the set’s ‘reliable, friendly, efficient, sensible, and effective’ clerks’ room. Led by ‘top class’ co-senior clerks Bernie Hyatt and Greg Leyden they are, collectively, ‘a class act’ and ‘always anticipate the next requirements’. ‘They build genuine relationships with solicitors and proactive problem solvers.’ Eddie Johns, Gary Rose, and Joe Clayton are all praised by solicitors for their responsiveness and being easy to work with. In recent news, returning to chambers as full-time arbitrator, former Supreme Court deputy president Lord Mance has been appointed international judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court, and Ritin Rai, senior advocate of the Bar of India, has joined as a door tenant. Also of note, Brian Lee, practice development and marketing director, will be retiring in 2019. Offices in: London

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Shipping
Shipping - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

7 King's Bench Walk

7 King's Bench Walk is a 'thoroughbred stable' for shipping work, 'always impresses with its expertise in the sector'. Supreme Court case the B Atlantic, which examined the scope of cover for malicious third parties in marine insurance cover, and the construction of the exclusion of an infringement of customs regulations in the standard war risks form, is a key highlight for Alistair Schaff QC and Alexander MacDonald. Peter MacDonald Eggers QC and Sandra Healy appeared in the Court of Appeal in Aspen v Kairos, a $22m claim relating to the loss of the vessel, the Atlantik Confidence. Richard Southern QC acted in Classic Maritime v Limbungan Makmur Sdn Bhd, a $20m claim for non-performance of a contract of affreightment. Elsewhere, Suez Fortune v Talbot, a marine insurance claim under a war risks policy is a high-profile instruction for Peter MacDonald Eggers QC, Tim Jenns and Richard Waller QC.

Leading Silks

Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is formidable; exceptionally clever and is clear and concise.

Ranked: tier 1

David Bailey QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is incredibly thorough.

Ranked: tier 1

Dominic Kendrick QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA very experienced silk.

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Gaisman QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is very effective and extremely able.

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Bright QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is a top-flight silk.

Ranked: tier 1

David Allen QC - 7 King's Bench WalkAn extraordinarily excellent advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Peter MacDonald Eggers QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is simply brilliant.

Ranked: tier 3

Richard Waller QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is very able and is an excellent advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Gavin Kealey QC - 7 King's Bench Walk'He is always available and is fully committed to his cases'.

Ranked: tier 4

Richard Southern QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is ferociously clever but a real team player.

Ranked: tier 4

Stephen Kenny QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe has excellent analytical skills.

Ranked: tier 4

Siobán Healy QC - 7 King's Bench WalkSuperbly thorough.

Ranked: tier 4

Andrew Wales QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe has a great eye for detail.

Ranked: tier 5

Julia Dias QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHer written advice is clear and succinct.

Ranked: tier 5

Timothy Saloman QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is experienced in a range of shipping cases.

Ranked: tier 5
Leading Juniors

Charles Priday - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is an all-round stellar counsel.

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Sarll - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is precise, accurate and succinct and is real thinker.

Ranked: tier 1

Adam Turner - 7 King's Bench WalkA rising star.

Ranked: tier 2

Alexander MacDonald - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is very thorough and is exceptionally bright.

Ranked: tier 2

Benjamin Parker - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is very responsive.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Holmes - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is clever, articulate, a good team player and has sound commercial judgement.

Ranked: tier 2

Marcus Mander - 7 King's Bench WalkFiercely bright and hardworking.

Ranked: tier 2

N G Casey - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is an excellent advocate and his approach with clients is second-to-none.

Ranked: tier 2

Sandra Healy - 7 King's Bench WalkExtremely sharp, thorough and practical.

Ranked: tier 2

Clara Benn - 7 King's Bench WalkShe is seriously clever and applies that with proper nous.

Ranked: tier 3

Gavin Geary - 7 King's Bench WalkA fantastic shipping junior.

Ranked: tier 3

Jessica Sutherland - 7 King's Bench WalkShe is completely reliable, sharp and efficient.

Ranked: tier 3

Stephen Du - 7 King's Bench WalkA real star in the making.

Ranked: tier 3

Emma Hilliard - 7 King's Bench WalkA very able junior.

Ranked: tier 4

Elizabeth Lindesay - 7 King's Bench WalkVery clever, very analytical, very thorough, and determined.

Ranked: tier 4

Jocelin Gale - 7 King's Bench WalkA rising star; he is thorough, intelligent and reliable.

Ranked: tier 4

Sarah Martin - 7 King's Bench WalkShe is exceedingly good.

Ranked: tier 4

Sushma Ananda - 7 King's Bench WalkShe delivers rapid responses, ability to focus is on issues quickly, has good drafting ability.

Ranked: tier 4

Tim Jenns - 7 King's Bench WalkGreat at getting to the detail quickly.

Ranked: tier 4

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

7 King's Bench Walk is active in Asia, particularly in the set’s strengths of arbitration in the commercial and shipping areas. Bernie Hyatt and Greg Leyden are the joint senior clerks, with practice development and marketing director Brian Lee particularly noteworthy for his international contacts.

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Shipping

7 King's Bench Walk’s Stephen Du, who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, is instructed in shipping-related arbirations in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Shipping – Leading juniors

Stephen Du 7 King's Bench WalkA Chinese-speaking barrister instructed in shipbuilding arbitrations.

Ranked: tier 2

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    The Immigration Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal. The  explanatory notes  to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the  Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002  (“the 2002 Act”). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.