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Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC

TEMPLE, LONDON, EC4Y 7DS, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7910 8300
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Fax 020 7910 8400
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239 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
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www.7kbw.co.uk

Clara Benn

Tel:
Work 020 7910 8300
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7 King's Bench Walk (Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC)

Position

Since becoming a tenant in September 2014, Clara has been developing a broad commercial practice, with a particular emphasis on conflict of laws, energy and natural resources, shipping, commodities, insurance/reinsurance and professional liability. She has appeared in arbitration, the High Court and the Court of Appeal, and was instructed on behalf of the successful claimants in Lakatamia v Nobu Su [2014] EWHC 3611 (Comm), a case in which an individual was held personally liable on a $40m claim. Clara accepts instructions as sole counsel or as part of a team, and has recently been led by Gavin Kealey QC, David Bailey QC, David Allen QC and S. J. Phillips QC.

Career

Called 2012; Lincoln's Inn. Clara completed her pupillage under the supervision of Benjamin Parker, Jawdat Khurshid, Timothy Kenefick and James Brocklebank. In July 2014 she was seconded to a major firm of city solicitors. She has been a tenant at 7 King’s Bench Walk since September 2014.

Member

COMBAR; BILA; YMP; Lincoln's Inn Denning Society.

Education

University of Oxford (2005-2008 BA History – First class); City University (2010-2011 GDL – Distinction); BPP (2011-2012 BPTC – Outstanding); University of Oxford (2012-2013 BCL (Conflict of Laws, Commercial Remedies, Restitution) – Distinction).

Leisure

Painting, theatre, travel, cooking.


London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: Top ten under eight years’ call

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

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Commodities

Within: Leading Juniors

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

Within: Commodities

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 Alliance, Peter MacDonald Eggers QC is currently handling a US$19m claim for lost or damaged sugar which had been stored in a warehouse in Ghana.

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Shipping

Within: Leading Juniors

Clara Benn - 7 King's Bench Walk ‘ She is seriously clever and applies that with proper nous. ’

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