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  1. International arbitration: counsel – Leading sets
  2. International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks
  3. International arbitration: counsel – 2017 silks
  4. International arbitration: counsel – 2018 silks
  5. International arbitration: counsel – 2019 silks
  6. International arbitration: counsel – Leading juniors

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

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International arbitration: counsel – 2017 silks

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Essex Court Chambers is a β€˜blue chip’ set for international arbitration with β€˜absolutely first-class’ barristers at β€˜both junior and senior level’. The clerks are β€˜a wonderful resource and wholly independent and objective in assessing who can meet the demands of a case’. Members are experienced across every sector, including energy, infrastructure, insurance and BIT claims. Major recent highlights include roles on the Autoridad del Canal de Panama v Sacyr dispute and BSG Resources v Republic of Guinea.

7 King's Bench Walk β€˜has fantastic strength, with senior juniors able to take large roles as necessary’. Many clients also see it as β€˜first choice for insurance disputes’, although it fields a selection of barristers well versed in other areas. Recent highlights include prominent roles on major claims in the technology and energy sectors, as well as several long-running fraud-related matters.

Twenty Essex is β€˜top notch for international commercial arbitration’ and β€˜has real depth in commercial work and is involved in some significant high-value cases’. Clients also appreciate that the set β€˜meets with us to understand our needs and drivers’, while their β€˜fee rates are very reasonable’. The expertise of its members stretches from major shipping, commodities and energy disputes, to significant BIT claims.

Atkin Chambers has β€˜many experienced counsel and arbitrators with in-depth construction law knowledge’. The set offers an impressive range of silks and juniors, many of whom have excellent track records in major infrastructure disputes. A significant highlight has been successfully representing the Panama Canal Authority in Grupo Unidos per el Canal v Autoridad del Canal de Panama.

Brick Court Chambers β€˜has a wide array of excellent counsel’ with plenty of experience in major commercial arbitrations, as well as an increasing number of BIT claims and disputes coming out of Africa. Significant highlights include the high-profile mining-related dispute, Gerald Metals v Frank Timis, which has involved several members from chambers.

Fountain Court Chambers is β€˜a very strong set’ for arbitration whose silks and juniors are β€˜very clever, but also sensible and user friendly’. The set is especially noted for its strong presence in Asia, backed up by an office in Singapore. Several barristers have also built up strong track records in Russia and CIS-related disputes, as wells major insurance claims. A major highlight has been Naftogaz v Gazprom before the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

Keating Chambers has β€˜excellent strength in depth and a stable of excellent construction barristers, including top-notch silks’. The barristers are β€˜very quick to pick up highly specialist technical issues, as well as being down to earth and easy to work with’. The set’s members can regularly be found on major disputes emanating from the Middle East and Asia.

One Essex Court is β€˜a go-to commercial set’ and its popularity extends to major international arbitrations, where it has several leading silks and juniors with market-leading expertise. Members are highly experienced in ICC and LCIA arbitrations, as well as the enforcement of claims in the UK courts.

3 Verulam Buildings is β€˜a very strong set for international arbitration, whose strength in depth has grown markedly over the last few years’. The set is especially strong at the junior end, fielding some highly-respected, up-and-coming barristers with expertise in major commercial arbitrations and investment treaty disputes.

4 Pump Court is a β€˜go-to set for technology disputes’ and has β€˜impressive strength in depth for providing user-friendly, sharp and able construction counsel at both silk and junior level’. The set is highly versatile, with barristers experienced across a range of sectors, including construction and engineering, shipping and insurance.

39 Essex Chambers fields a range of high-quality silks and juniors with an excellent pedigree in construction and insurance disputes. The set has established a strong reputation for work in the Middle East.

Blackstone Chambers boasts a strong selection of silks and juniors well versed in major commercial arbitrations and BIT claims. The set is also noted for its expertise in India, thanks in part to the presence of Harish Salve SA. Recent highlights include multiple roles on Agility for Public Warehousing v Pakistan, and GMR v Republic of Maldives.

Crown Office Chambers is a β€˜very impressive set of chambers with an outstanding construction and engineering practice’. While energy and infrastructure disputes dominate the agenda, members are also seeing an increasing amount luxury yacht-related arbitrations.

Quadrant Chambers’ β€˜reputation in arbitration outside maritime work continues to grow apace, and rightly so’. The set has β€˜some particularly outstanding juniors and senior juniors coming through’. β€˜The senior team, both in terms of the silks and chambers management are also excellent.’

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