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Leading Silks

Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump CourtExtremely intelligent, practical and well experienced. Sean can turn his hand to any situation. Clients love him as he can speak their language, tells it straight but always has a plan and strategy.
Stuart Catchpole QCAtkin ChambersVery smart, detail oriented, he makes very persuasive arguments.
Adam Constable QC - Keating ChambersA standout silk at the construction and energy Bar.
Graham Dunning QC - Essex Court ChambersA formidable opponent and a particularly robust cross-examiner - but always excellent company outside the hearing room.
Vernon Flynn QC - Brick Court ChambersHe has a wealth of experience.
Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersA class act and vastly experienced in arbitration. His advocacy is slick and to the point and clients appreciate the clarity with which he leads tribunals through the evidence.
Siobán Healy QC7 King’s Bench WalkTechnical brilliance and a real eye for the right strategic moves. A powerful advocate and well respected by the tribunals.
Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersBrilliant, brilliant, brilliant. When Mark is at crease it’s like watching Ben Stokes destroy the bowling attack. He has all the shots and no hesitation in playing them.
David Joseph QC - Essex Court ChambersCompletely on top of the facts and his cross-examination was highly effective. His understanding of private international law is unmatched.
Gavin Kealey QC - 7 King's Bench WalkCharismatic and a delight to work with. Exceptionally creative and analytical winning arguments.
Paul Key QC - Essex Court ChambersAn outstanding intellect. He is sharp as a tack, with superb brevity and timing. His opponents rightly fear him.
Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexBalanced and measured, with sound commercial judgement, and all over the details.
Toby Landau QC  - Chambers of Toby Landau QC ‘Toby is a no-nonsense barrister who cuts to the chase. He is able to master the facts and grasp the critical issues very quickly and comes up with the right answers or options. He also has a great sense of humour and is very personable and easy to work with, despite his formidable reputation.
Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsIndividual strengths of Ali include his command of the law, strategic thinking, oral advocacy and attention to detail and preparation. Ali is fantastic in all of these areas, really top-notch.
Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty EssexHe is a superb advocate, and an outstanding strategist. He is a super-silk who is silky smooth.
Manus McMullan QC - Atkin ChambersExtremely highly intellectual and substantial knowledge on relevant areas of law, and extensive experience with international arbitration which shines through in his work.
Laurence Rabinowitz QC - One Essex CourtHe is thoughtful and a great leader whilst always taking time to understand the client's perspective and work with the client to get to a pragmatic result.
Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersAn excellent advocate - sharp and effective. Always such a pleasure to work with.
Joe Smouha QC - Essex Court ChambersAcknowledged as being one of the leading international arbitration counsel in practice today, Joe is deeply immersed in each case he takes on - always finding time for instructing solicitors and the client.
David Thomas QC - Keating ChambersA top barrister. He has very strong technical skills and very hard working. Exceptionally good advocacy and cross-examination skills. Excellent ability to read the minds of tribunals.
Daniel Toledano QC - One Essex CourtClever, of course, but combines it with great judgement, and a charming manner with clients and tribunals.
Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump CourtAccessible, very client friendly, hard working and with a great intellect.
Andrew White QC - Atkin ChambersThe leading light at the construction Bar and an absolute delight to work with. He has massive gravitas but at the same time is humble and approachable.
David Allen QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA straight-talking and formidable QC, highly effective at cross-examination and oral advocacy.
Rachel Ansell QC - 4 Pump CourtHas an immeasurable intellect and formidable presence, tenacity and authority when speaking.
Alain Choo Choy QC - One Essex CourtA genius with an encyclopedic knowledge of the law, brilliant on paper and a very smooth advocate. He's incredibly responsive and hard working. Clients love him and arbitrators respect him. He's the full package and one of the best international arbitration silks at the Bar.
Helen Davies QC - Brick Court ChambersA stellar advocate and a true leader in every respect.
Anneliese Day QC - Fountain Court ChambersA truly effective advocate, who is able to find the right approach to the tribunal.
Stephen Dennison QC - Atkin ChambersHe is excellent, thorough and calm under pressure. He is an absolute joy to work with and a true team player.
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC  - Atkin ChambersOne of the go-to counsel for complex cross-border construction disputes. She has an active international practice, especially in Asia. She understands what clients want and exceeds their expectations.
Zachary Douglas QC - Matrix ChambersHas a tremendous grip on both commercial and bilateral investment treaty law.
Colin Edelman QC - DevereuxA go to QC for complex insurance coverage advice.
Philip Edey QC - Twenty EssexPhilip is formidable.
David Edwards QC - 7 King's Bench WalkOrganised, smart and a very effective advocate. He is an exceptional insurance barrister.
Jonathan Gaisman QC - 7 King's Bench WalkThere is probably no one better at presenting a complex case to a sophisticated tribunal.
Andrew Goddard QC - Atkin ChambersA top barrister who is not just excellent in the law, but offers broader advice on strategy and good ideas on alternative approaches.
Jeffrey Gruder QC - Essex Court ChambersA calming and reassuring presence both in hearings and in preparation. He brings unruffled insight to difficult situations.
Alexander Gunning QC - One Essex CourtAlexander has a superb analytical mind and can devour detail more quickly than one would think possible. He has reliable judgement and a measured incisive and adaptable style of advocacy that lends itself well to arbitration.
Richard Harding QC - Keating ChambersHands-on and into the detail from the start. He has a clear vision for how to present a case and uses his experience as an arbitrator to keep a laser-like focus on the key issues. He is also well known for his very strong Middle East practice.
Robert Howe QC - Blackstone ChambersAn exceptional QC and advocate. Calm, but firm and hugely clever.
Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersTenacious, diligent, clever and good at reading his tribunal. A fearsome opponent.
James Howells QC - Atkin ChambersIncredibly hard-working, great attention to detail and very user-friendly.
Adrian Hughes QC - 39 Essex ChambersSolid and experienced, he has a great understanding of the China market.
Simon Hughes QC - Keating ChambersContinues to excel and remains a 'go to' Silk for construction disputes.
Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone ChambersA first-rate advocate with a fantastic eye for detail. He is a skillful cross-examiner with a measured style that lends itself well to international arbitration.
David Lewis QC - Twenty EssexDavid is extremely bright and he has very strong analytical skills.
Simon Lofthouse QC - Atkin ChambersConsistently outclasses opposing silks, because he works harder and has a passion for the case that means he doesn't just walk the extra mile, he thoroughly maps it and is prepared for any eventuality.
Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court ChambersA highly intelligent and capable lawyer, an attractive advocate and a pleasure to listen to. He is calm , measured and has good judgement.
John McCaughran QC - One Essex CourtHe has an excellent legal mind and great knowledge of the energy sector, combined with a commercial approach.
Ewan McQuater QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsGreat at identifying the key issues and finding pragmatic ways to deal with them, and also a fantastic advocate.
Ian Mill QC - Blackstone ChambersA consummate advocate and clever tactician who is prepared to roll his sleeves up and work with the team.
Salim Moollan QC  – Brick Court Chambers  ‘Very competent in the area of bilateral treaty arbitration.
Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court ChambersHighly intelligent, diligent and hard working. Very personable and helpful. Great attention to detail and ability to explain complex concepts to clients in clear way.
Sean O'Sullivan QC - 4 Pump CourtAn excellent lawyer and a brilliant advocate. He understands the legal as well as commercial points and presents the client's position incredibly well.
Craig Orr QC - One Essex CourtHe is an excellent leader of junior barristers and works well with the solicitor team. His sense of humour comes through when things are at their toughest.
Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersExtremely personable, focused and brilliant, supportive and thoughtful of instructing counsel, a pleasure to work with.
Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA very clever barrister involved in many large commercial cases.
David Scorey QC - Essex Court ChambersAlways the best-prepared barrister in the room, and the combination of hard work and talent enables him to take charge of proceedings.
Malcolm Shaw QC - Essex Court ChambersHis individual strength and qualities are based on his highest reputation, strong commitment to international law and the principles and code of legal profession and the highest possible standard of academic competence, experience, knowledge and expertise.
Paul Stanley QC - Essex Court ChambersA superstar. He is probably the most intelligent person I have worked with at the Bar (and they are all intelligent) and yet he meshes that with a good sense of humour, approachability and tactical acumen. He is my go-to silk for difficult commercial problems.
Roger Stewart QC - 4 New SquareVery strong leading counsel, confident and knowledgeable. Highly impressive in cross-examination, he reads the mind-set of the tribunal very well.
David Streatfeild-James QCAtkin ChambersWithout question, one of the very top London-based silks specializing in the energy/construction/infrastructure sectors, and a first choice for any bet the company dispute in those areas.
Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersHe projects a measured air of quiet authority. He is a great peacemaker who is able to unite fractious groups. His cross-examinations are subtle but effective.
Antony White QC - Matrix ChambersVery intelligent, strategic, easy to work with, good with clients and crisp and authoritative in advocacy. A gem.
Sean Wilken QC - Keating ChambersA brilliant strategist and leader and very commercially minded which makes him easy to put in front of clients. Sean is also very team orientated and is the most efficient barrister I have ever worked with – often turning around very complex pieces of advice in a short period of time.
Timothy Young QC - Twenty EssexHe has a brilliant mind and never misses a point. Wonderful use of language and turn of phrase. Tenacious and highly persuasive as an advocate.
Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty EssexA pleasure to work with - a real team player, but also incredibly thoughtful and a master tactician and strategist.
Guy Blackwood QC - Quadrant ChambersHas a top class legal brain combined with an unbelievable ability to assimilate the facts of a case. He is a master cross-examiner and has a huge work ethic.
Richard Boulton QC - One Essex CourtEthical, hard-working, profoundly smart and experienced in all commercial valuation and quantum matters. Also a delight to work with.
Veronique Buehrlen QC - Keating ChambersShe takes a clever and measured approach to presenting cases and persuasive.
Alex Charlton QC - 4 Pump CourtAlex oozes confidence and assurance, which puts clients at ease. He is also incredibly bright, notable even in a profession full of incredibly bright people.
James Collins QC - Essex Court ChambersA great advocate, great on the papers and generally great with everything. Very responsive - at any time of day or night.
Jonathan Crow QC - 4 Stone BuildingsOne of the stars of the Bar.
Paul Darling QC - 39 Essex ChambersAdaptability and focus have made Paul a gamechanger and his wealth of experience in conducting arbitrations in Asia Pacific since 1990s is invaluable.
Jonathan Davies-Jones QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsJonathan combines a fantastically impressive intellect and command of the detail with a real pragmatism in a claim. A pleasure to work with and inspires complete client confidence.
Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin ChambersA great silk.
Justin Fenwick QC - 4 New SquareA wealth of experience almost unmatched at the bar. Anything Justin does not know, is not worth knowing.
Karim Ghaly QC - 39 Essex ChambersA joy to work with: able to cut straight to the key issues and distill these down for any arbitral tribunal.
Alan Gourgey QCWilberforce ChambersThe best all-round QC in London with in-depth knowledge of arbitration procedures and a unique ability to grapple with complex foreign legal systems and laws.
Charles Graham QC - One Essex CourtHe is personally delightful, with forensic attention to detail, strong work ethic and outstanding client handling skills. Our clients adore him.
Andrew Green QC - Blackstone ChambersSuper strong cross-examination. Fearsome and always well prepared.
Stephen Hofmeyr QC - 7 King's Bench WalkAuthoritative, personable and extremely intelligent.
Sa'ad Hossain QC - One Essex CourtAn excellent strategist and strong team player. Meticulous advocate and quietly devastating cross-examiner who is all over the details.
Riaz Hussain QC - Atkin ChambersA superstar. He is extremely affable to work with and is a meticulously prepared and forceful advocate.
Dominic Kendrick QC7 King’s Bench WalkHe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law gained over decades of experience in many important cases.
Neil Kitchener QC - One Essex CourtAn analytical mind and good on paper.
Christopher Lewis QC - Atkin ChambersGreat attention to detail, highly adept at mastering areas of law outside his usual practice area.
Alison Macdonald QC - Essex Court ChambersVery diligent and collegiate. Equally strong advising on matters of strategy as well as substance. Calm and convincing as an oral advocate.
Alan Maclean QC - Blackstone ChambersHe is highly analytical, quick to focus in on the important points and a superb advocate in hearings.
Philip Marshall QC - Serle CourtA very good tactician who is able to consider all of the strategic matters in a case and how best to deploy to maximise pressure on the opponent.
Sara Masters QC - Twenty EssexSara is fantastic. She is excellent on her feet and in presenting matters on paper. Always keen to use her - both as an advocate or as an arbitrator.
David Mildon QC - Essex Court ChambersQuick and agile mind who provides incisive analysis of issues.
Jonathan Nash QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsExtremely smooth and provides a helpful strategic guide during the preparation of the case.
Jern-Fei Ng QC - 7BROne of the most skilled and insightful QCs working in the field. A master strategist and excellent advocate.
Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsOne of the smartest barristers, with impeccable judgement and real style to his advocacy. One of the best.
Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersSharp and strategic.
David Railton QC - Fountain Court ChambersOne of the most lucid thinkers I have ever encountered. David tests every argument and the strength of evidence from all possible angles.
Marc Rowlands QC - Keating ChambersHe is excellent; tactically astute, clear thinking, clear talking, calm, great with clients but most of all with impressive advocacy skills.
Harish Salve SA QCBlackstone ChambersA huge intellect, he can make the difference in a difficult case.
Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court ChambersIncredibly bright, and whilst always polite, identifies the key points quickly and effectively.
Robert-Jan Temmink QC - Quadrant ChambersA true leader of cases - someone who is always well prepared, on top of all aspects of the case, and leads with decisiveness.
Nicolas Vineall QC - 4 Pump CourtExcellent on his feet and very easy to work with.
Richard Waller QC - 7 King's Bench WalkClear and analytical approach and advice. Good in hearings and a strong cross-examiner. Always well-prepared.
Robert Anderson QC - Blackstone ChambersOne of my go-to counsel.
David Bailey QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA phenomenally hard worker who will devote 100% of his attention to the case.
Michael Bloch QC - Blackstone ChambersExcellent intellect, strategic nous and stamina. Michael is well up to the task in demanding cases.
Robert Bright QC - 7 King's Bench WalkExtremely sharp and impressive with good interpersonal skills.
Serena Cheng QC - Atkin ChambersA brilliant advocate, subtle and measured. There is an almost hypnotic quality to her oral advocacy.
Simon Davenport QC - 3 Hare CourtVery hands on and gets closely involved with all aspects of the case, not just relying on the juniors. I was particularly impressed with Simon's commercial awareness and ability to understand a foreign client from the cultural and industry business perspective.
Ricky Diwan QC - Essex Court ChambersHe provides clear, concise analysis of difficult points. Thoughtful and considered. Excellent all-round knowledge. Very hands-on and responsive. An absolute pleasure to work with.
Christopher Harris QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsPolished, articulate, fiercely smart and expert in the specialism of international arbitration in England (especially in relation to the Arbitration Act 1996 and jurisprudence applying it).
Alexander Hickey QC - 4 Pump CourtBalances his in-depth legal knowledge with sound commercial strategy.
Timothy Hill QC - Twenty EssexSolicitors value his robust style, taking no nonsense and cutting to the heart of the issue.
Philippa Hopkins QC - Essex Court ChambersExtremely impressive - she is very hands-on and approachable, and gives very commercial and pragmatic advice. She also has a very good advocacy style which is very engaging with the arbitrators.
Jawdat Khurshid QC - 7 King's Bench WalkExceptionally bright and gives very clear and commercial advice on the most difficult of issues. Calm but very persuasive on his feet.
Yash Kulkarni QC - Quadrant ChambersVery client friendly and always remains calm. An excellent advocate - able to think on his feet and deal with the most difficult clients with charm.
Tim Lord QC - Brick Court ChambersA very-effective cross-examiner who commands strong client confidence. Excellent nose for detecting where a trail goes in the evidence. Very strong tactician.
Lynne McCafferty QC - 4 Pump CourtIncredibly efficient in her approach and gets into the detail of a case very quickly. She is a terrific advocate and extremely effective cross-examiner.
Maurice Mendelson QC - Blackstone ChambersHis extensive experience in the relevant specialism shone through in the clear, succinct opinion provided, going straight to and focusing on the important issues.
Wendy Miles QC - Twenty EssexIntelligent, hard working and always displays common sense.
Justin Mort QC - Keating ChambersAble to absorb large amount of detail and identify immediately the key issues in a case. Justin's advocacy is measured and persuasive and he builds strong relationships with the solicitor team, as well as the client's in-house team.
Andrew Neish QC - 4 Pump CourtAn assertive barrister who has great cross-examination skills and excellent judgement.
Zoe O'Sullivan QC - Serle CourtExtremely sharp intellectually but combined with being incredibly responsive with practical advice. Her advocacy was also very impressive - high energy, assertive and to the point.
Khawar Qureshi QC - Serle CourtA great tactician who reads a tribunal well and fights hard.
Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC - 7 King's Bench WalkVery hard worker. Great attention to detail. Very clever. Good at cross-examination of witnesses.
Richard Salter QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery efficient and very thorough and can be relied upon to come up with a clear view and clear advice.
Dan Sarooshi QC - Essex Court ChambersAn exceptional and experienced advocate armed with encyclopedic knowledge of international and investment law.
Vasanti Selvaratnam QC - The 36 GroupA great team leader with a client friendly approach.
Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersFantastic and remains a go to for aviation matters.
Tom Smith QC - South SquareA gifted advocate who commands the respect of the tribunal.
Tom Montagu-Smith QC  - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘He is particularly strong in his understanding of the laws and procedures of the DIFC and their interaction with other legal systems in the UAE. He is one of the premier barristers in this jurisdiction.
Michael Sullivan QC - One Essex CourtMichael stands out for his unique set of experience in commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration, both as counsel and arbitrator. He provides thorough, extremely thoughtful and convincing analysis in strategic matters.
David Brynmor Thomas QC - 39 Essex ChambersA confident advocate and rises to the demands of complex cases with great charm.
Ben Valentin QC - Fountain Court ChambersIncredibly bright and and a superb advocate - I would probably say some of the best advocacy I have ever come across.
John Wardell QCWilberforce ChambersHe has an excellent command of equity and trust law which is increasingly a rare thing especially amongst lawyers who hold themselves out to know about arbitrations as well.
Sam Wordsworth QC - Essex Court ChambersAn outstanding senior in this area.

2020 Silks

Henry Byam-Cook QC - Twenty EssexThe advice was on point and realistic, but also thorough and focused on maximizing the chances of success for our client. In summary, all that you expect from a top notch barrister.
Conall Patton QC - One Essex CourtHe has a huge amount of knowledge about international arbitration and excellent technically. Always is prepared, works hard and gives you the right answer particularly where there are judgement calls to be made as to how to proceed and which arguments to run.
Rajesh Pillai QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsBrilliant mix of technical expertise and commercial nous. Manages to cut through and identify the key issues.

2021 Silks

Mark Chennells QC - Atkin ChambersVery quick to get on top of the detail and difficult concepts, user friendly and an excellent advocate.
Rupert D'Cruz QC - Littleton ChambersAn excellent barrister. Very considered, pleasant and efficient. A great team-player and extremely knowledgeable in particular in the CIS space.
Andrew Fulton QC - Twenty EssexClearly a star. He is a winner. He works very hard. He always see points that nobody see. When Andrew is on your side you feel safe.
Michael Holmes QC - 7 King's Bench WalkReally excellent knowledge of the insurance market. Good team skills. Sound judgment on legal points.
Matthew Parker QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery user-friendly; willing to get stuck into a case; great with clients and with a charming advocacy style.
George Spalton QC - 4 New SquareStrategic and forceful in cross-examination, managing to draw devastating concessions from otherwise uncooperative and evasive witnesses.
Samuel Townend QC - Keating ChambersHe gives very clear practical advice. His written pleadings and advocacy are very clear, logical and persuasive. His cross examination of both factual and experts goes to the heart of the matter and is very effective.
James Willan QC - Essex Court ChambersAstonishingly clever, very hard-working, responsive and easy to work with.
Crispin Winser QC - Crown Office ChambersSimply superb. Very responsive, helpful and suitably aggressive when he needs to be. A dedicated expert in his field. Richly deserved elevation to silk.

2022 Silks

Lucas Bastin QC - Essex Court ChambersOne of the brightest legal minds of his generation: he has a wealth of knowledge, is very responsive and experienced. A class act.
Edward Brown QC - Essex Court ChambersDown-to-earth, super-bright and a joy to work with. A huge asset on the most complex and demanding cases.
Rupert Choat QC - Atkin ChambersExtremely sharp, attentive to details, brilliant cross-examinator. An advantage in any construction arbitration.
Calum Lamont QC - Keating ChambersAn excellent cross-examiner who is quick on his feet. Calum gets down quickly to the core of the dispute. He fights your corner.
Alexander Milner QC - Fountain Court ChambersBrilliantly clever and has fantastic experience in Russia and CIS related matters.
Andrew Scott QC - Blackstone ChambersA star junior. Excellent paperwork and a valuable addition to any team. Very clever and always capable of finding an extra point.
Robert Weekes QC - Blackstone ChambersFantastic attention to detail and is sensibly aggressive based on a very deep understanding of the law - a great choice for difficult cases where arbitration intersects with court based applications
Emily Wood QC - Essex Court ChambersConfident and punchy advice. Not afraid to make a difficult judgement call and to defend it. A pleasure to work with.
Alexander Wright QC4 Pump CourtHighly intelligent and very hard working. Nothing is ever too much trouble for him. He is good with the clients and effective in the hearing room.

Leading Juniors

Tariq Baloch - 3 Verulam BuildingsA great legal mind, with strong knowledge of the law combined with first-rate advocacy skills.
Siddharth Dhar - Essex Court ChambersVery thorough and quickly able to grasp even very technical issues. His arbitration expertise is phenomenal and working with him is always a pleasure as he is very user-friendly.
Jane Davies Evans - 3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent specialist counsel in international construction arbitrations, with a great understanding of the nuances of overseas parties and cultures.
Sandra Healy - 7 King's Bench WalkA standout junior.
Edward Ho - Brick Court ChambersA first-rate lawyer, who combines a great strategic mindset with hard work and thorough research. He is also great to work with too.
Iain Quirk - Essex Court ChambersSimply exceptional. Calm and authoritative. Easy to work with and excellent on the law and the advocacy is sensational.
Can Yeginsu - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘ A truly outstanding arbitration counsel, who is equally good in commercial and investment cases. He is a natural leader and always has the ear of the tribunal.
Samar Abbas KazmiAtkin ChambersHas a first-class brain, a commercial mindset and an unparalleled work ethic. Clients love him, as do judges and tribunals.
Ravi Aswani - The 36 GroupHe is a superb advocate; tenacious and diligent and hard working. And with a real grasp of the principles of international arbitration.
Sean Aughey - Essex Court ChambersHe has a razor-sharp intelligence and forensic manner and able to communicate complex issues in an accessible fashion.
Harris Bor - Twenty EssexAs a former solicitor, very user-friendly with great ability to distill complex facts and law in drafting.
Noel Casey - 7 King's Bench WalkAn absolute star - combines brilliant technical expertise with user-friendliness.
Georges Chalfoun - 3 Verulam BuildingsOne of the strongest barristers, both technically and commercially. He punches well above his weight. He works at a speed I have not come across, has a phenomenal ability to retain knowledge and apply it.
Timothy Chelmick - 4 New SquareHe steals a march on other barristers in terms of on-the-ground Middle East experience. A go to barrister for the Middle East region.
Dr Cyril Chern - 4 New SquareIdentifies the key issues quickly and immediately looks for the commercial drivers. Able to cut through extraneous matters and get to the nub of the problem efficiently and effectively.
Andrew Fenn - Atkin ChambersAn excellent team leader. He is very personable, understands the demands of building a case, seeks to draw the best work from those around him and build on it to advance the case.
Karen Gough - 39 Essex ChambersImmensely hard-working, is tireless, resourceful, well-prepared at all times and a delight to work with.
Matthieu Gregoire - 4 New SquareKnowledgeable and personable. He is easy to work with and can work seamlessly across various co-counselling arrangements. Being fluent in French gives him a further edge over his colleagues.
Alexander Macdonald - 7 King's Bench WalkPhenomenally hard working and has an incredible ability to assimilate a very large amount of information in a short period of time. His legal analysis is excellent and very well-presented.
Marcus Mander - 7 King's Bench WalkIncredibly smart and considered in everything he does, he is approachable and knowledgeable and very user-friendly.
Belinda McRae - Twenty EssexA quite brilliant knowledge of, and application of, international law. Also very easy to deal with and always on hand to help.
Michelle Menashy - One Essex CourtShe has strong tactical skills. Her cross-examination skills are like a submarine - the other side's witnesses don't see her coming until it's too late.
David Peters - Essex Court ChambersIncredibly bright, incredibly user-friendly, and willing to pull his weight and get into the details. Also a brave and intelligent advocate - he has gone up against QCs and got the better of them.
Thomas Sebastian - Monckton ChambersAbsolutely brilliant. He's the total package - calm, client-friendly, super smart and an excellent advocate. He is also without doubt the leading expert at the Bar on WTO and trade law.
Nicholas Sloboda - One Essex CourtAn excellent junior, very thorough and well-prepared. Produces high quality written analysis and advocacy.
Andrew Stevens - 4 Pump CourtProfessional, hard working and capable of handling very difficult cases.
James Thompson - Keating ChambersUnderstands how to get the best results for his clients. He is good at steering strategy from a high level and getting into the detail when needed.
Mark Wassouf - 3 Verulam BuildingsOne of the go to juniors in the field of international investment arbitration disputes.
Paul Wee  - Essex Court Chambers> ‘One of the best juniors I have worked with – a brilliant lawyer with fantastic legal knowledge, drafting skills, and attention to detail, along with mature judgment and excellent strategic ability. A real star.
Angeline Welsh - Essex Court ChambersAn exceptional barrister - she is clever, easy to work with and her attention to detail is second to none. She excels in difficult cross-examinations.
Zahra Al-Rikabi - Brick Court ChambersExcellent at digesting complex materials and reducing them to very digestible content.
Sushma Ananda - 7 King's Bench WalkObviously super intelligent, hard working and a genuine pleasure to work with.
Jonathan Bellamy - 39 Essex ChambersVery experienced and skillful advocate. Knows the key issues the tribunal wish to be addressed on. Exceptional in cross-examining expert witnesses.
Paul Buckingham - Keating ChambersVery considered and with very good legal knowledge and analysis. His background also gives him good practical insight, especially in cases with engineering elements.
Michelle Butler - Matrix ChambersShe is rightly confident in the quality of her advice and willing to make tough strategic judgement calls, which other barristers might shy away from.
Eleanor Campbell - One Essex CourtA pleasure to work with, she provides sound and excellent advice and leaves no stone unturned.
Jess Connors - 39 Essex ChambersOutstanding and ridiculously intelligent.
Simon Crawshaw - Atkin ChambersHis ability to read, digest and understand complex matters over vast swaths of paperwork in a short timeframe is wonderful.
Marcos Dracos - One Essex CourtVery clever barrister with great intellect. He won’t stop fighting for the client and very nimble in cross examination. Great tactical brain and very client friendly.
Joseph England - Quadrant ChambersHas an engaging enthusiasm for arbitration, dispute resolution and the law. He has an excellent, down to earth, practical and highly commercial outlook.
Ben Gardner - Quadrant ChambersA trusted and always outstanding member of the team on the largest and most complex commercial arbitrations. A joy to work with and his rapidly growing profile is very well-deserved.
Emilie GoninBrick Court Chambers  ‘A brilliant lawyer, thorough in her analysis, precise in her drafting and clear in her thoughts. She is a pleasure to work with under any circumstance, including when faced with the stress of a filing deadline or hearing.
David Heaton - Brick Court ChambersDown-to-earth, super-bright and a joy to work with. A huge asset on the most complex and demanding cases.
Drew Holiner - Monckton ChambersIt is a huge advantage to have an expert in Russian law that is also UK-qualified and fluent in English. Drew is an excellent expert. He produces clear, concise and convincing expert reports with great efficiency.
Daniel Hubbard - One Essex CourtA tremendous advocate. Analytically astute and tenacious in his advocacy. Incredibly hard working and user-friendly.
Abdul Jinadu - Keating ChambersThorough, courteous, displayed excellence both on paper and orally.
Dominic Kennelly - 3 Verulam BuildingsCareful and hard-working with a fine mind and anticipates precisely what the case needs at a high and detailed level. Great to have him on our team.
Jonathan Ketcheson - Twenty EssexFirst class at drafting and building an argument. Very quick.
Zulfikar Khayum - Atkin ChambersIntelligent, hardworking and very quick on his feet. Also very enthusiastic and passionate about his work.
Timothy Killen - 2 Temple GardensHe has a stellar practice in the Middle East with a loyal following at some of the top firms.
Anna Laney - Crown Office ChambersExcellent and very much my go-to for complex claims: incredibly detail orientated and gets to the nub of the issue quickly and effortlessly. Her cross-examination skills are quite formidable and her overall delivery impressive.
John McMillan - Keating ChambersJohn has real star quality - able to process large volumes of information at light speed and conjure up compelling legal arguments from difficult facts. His written advocacy is top of the class and he is also very strong on his feet.
Cameron Miles - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of public international law. A real asset and a pleasure to work with.
Gemma Morgan - Quadrant ChambersShe has massive strength in assessing a case to see where the focus of argument and evidence needs to be, and building a strategy to deliver that. Extremely intelligent but also hugely client focussed and practical.
Rani Noakes - 4 Pump CourtA pleasure to work with. Thorough and a team player. A very clear, concise and persuasive advocate.
Rachael O'Hagan - Keating ChambersExcellent team player - arguments are clear and logical. Very personable, and developed rapport with tribunal despite a remote hearing and a language barrier.
Benjamin Parker - 7 King's Bench WalkExtremely clever with a superb grasp of case law relating to tort and contract.
Sanjay Patel - 4 Pump CourtUnflappable; incredibly hard-working (even for a barrister); brings a great sense of humour when working under pressure.
Sebastian Pigott - Atkin ChambersCommercial in the application of the advice and aware of the bigger picture whilst retaining an eye for detail and finessing the best approach in the drafting.
Jason Robinson - 7 King's Bench WalkExtremely clever. Gets on top of the material quickly and identifies the issues. Superb written work. Very impressive and forensic cross-examiner
Nehali Shah - One Essex CourtVery user friendly with quick turn-around times and a nice drafting style.
Frederico Singarajah - Gatehouse ChambersHe is a very good communicator and is bilingual in English and Brazilian Portuguese, which is invaluable.
Peter Webster - Essex Court ChambersHe is as comfortable analysing and shaping document-heavy factual and expert evidence for arbitral proceedings as he is developing the most elaborate legal arguments for the Supreme Court. He is an absolute star.

Rising Stars

Judy Fu - 3 Verulam BuildingsIncredibly quick to get across the detail of claims and forensically hones in on the crucial legal issues. Brilliant academically with an excellent intellect.
Sam Goodman - Twenty EssexSam has showed outstanding abilities on difficult matters, with judgement well beyond his years. His drafting and overall knowledge of arbitration law are particularly impressive.
Benedict Tompkins - Essex Court ChambersAn up-and-coming barrister who is very diligent, knows the law and very easy to work with. He is also very good in coming up with novel angles to issues.
Ben Woolgar - Brick Court ChambersHe could easily be the best barrister of his generation. He has strong analytical skills, legal skills and advocacy skills.

International arbitration: counsel in London Bar

Blackstone Chambers

Blackstone Chambers has several leading silks who are highly sought after for major international disputes. This expertise extends to investment treaty arbitrations, where public international law specialists such as Maurice Mendelson QC are held in particularly high regard. Other members of note include Andrew Hunter QC, who has been representing a Chinese alumina supplier in a London Metals Exchange arbitration, and Robert Howe QC , who is instructed on a set of LCIA arbitrations involving a $650 million shareholder dispute linked to the development of a Caribbean island. Among the juniors, Robert Weekes QC has built up an extremely good track record in this area.



‘Very good breadth of work and depth of experience.’

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers is still for many 'the leading set in this area', a fact undiminished by the much-publicised sanctions imposed by China in 2021 over a legal opinion written by a number of members of chambers concerning the country’s controversial treatment of its Uyghur minority. The subsequent fallout resulted in the departure of several high profile silks, but the set's strength-in-depth and pedigree in this area ensures no reduction in quality. In addition to its cadre of top tier silks who have dominated the market for years, the set has an excellent pool of younger QCs and juniors climbing the ranks, notably Alison Macdonald QC who was part of a team, including David Peters representing the Yukos majority shareholders in the enforcement of their $50bn arbitral award against the Russian Federation. Paul Key QC is representing the claimant and Lucas Bastin QC is part of Pakistan's team in the investment treaty dispute, Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim A.S. v The Islamic Republic of Pakistan.



‘First class in all departments. The barristers at Essex Court are universally first-rate, and highly responsive. Essex Court also delivers very high quality training programmes.’

‘The Rolls-Royce set – everything purrs.’

‘Very good chambers, maybe the best when it comes to international dispute resolution.’

‘Essex Court Chambers is the market leader in international arbitration by some distance. No other chambers comes close to matching the bench-strength they have on offer.’

‘Fantastic strength in depth.’


‘They are excellent. Extremely responsive and very easy to deal with.’

‘They are outstanding. Joe Ferrigno, Ben Perry and Oliver Duane are the best clerks one could ever dream of dealing with.’

‘Joe Ferrigno and Ollie Butcher are both very responsive and helpful. ‘

‘The entire clerking team is excellent, very responsive and reliable.’

‘Very easy to work with the clerks.’


Fountain Court Chambers

Fountain Court Chambers is an 'excellent all-round' set for commercial disputes, a quality that extends to its international arbitration offering. Clients appreciate the 'useful Singapore presence', although its members also are active in arbitrations spanning the US, Middle East, Russia, the CIS, and Africa. Among the silks, Anneliese Day QC is building an excellent reputation both as an advocate and arbitrator, and is currently representing NIDCO in NIDCO v OAS, a dispute involving a contract for Trinidad's southern road network. The highly versatile Bankim Thanki QC is also active in this area and is representing Ukraine in Littop Enterprises and others v Ukraine. Other key members include Timothy Howe QC and Alexander Milner QC, who is noted for his Russia and CIS related expertise.



‘I have had very good experiences with Fountain Court to date. The barristers are excellent, and the clerks helpful.’

‘High class chambers with many excellent counsel at all levels.’

‘My preferred London set for international arbitration.’

‘Excellent counsel and excellent clerks.’

‘We have instructed this chambers for many years, and find them to be excellent, having members of chambers covering very every skill set across the full range of commercial dispute resolution matters.’


‘The clerks always respond promptly and try to stay flexible in terms of resolving technical issues.’

‘Alex Taylor is simply London’s best Head Clerk, no arguments. Sian Huckett is a pleasure to deal with and knows her members and their abilities very well.’

‘The service of the clerks at Fountain Court is excellent. Luke Diebelius and Alfie Harper are experienced clerks who are able to strike a good balance between keeping their members and instructing solicitors/their clients happy, and always with a smile on their faces.’

‘Luke Diebelius is easy to work with and works hard to coordinate multiple diaries, often with conflicting appointments.’

‘The clerks are responsive and professional.’

Keating Chambers

Keating Chambers is 'in the top two of construction sets in London' and 'offers a superb service' . Clients appreciate the 'huge amount of strength in depth and generally good availability', and the fact that the barristers are 'excellent team players' who 'all worked very well together'. In the past few years, the set has seen some of its more senior members retire, or in the case of Marcus Taverner QC, shift towards a full time arbitrator role. Nevertheless, the set has plenty of senior silks more than able to fill their shoes, with Adam Constable QC and David Thomas QC being two notable examples. Juniors such as Calum Lamont QC and James Thompson have also made good names for themselves in this area.



‘Keating are rightly considered the leading construction chambers. The breadth and depth of their expertise is unmatched, with several leading individuals. I have always found their barristers to be exceptionally capable, responsive and lending additional gravitas to any case.’

‘Keating are the go-to set for construction. I have instructed a number of members of Keating in the last few years, from mid-level junior to senior QC, and all of them have always exceeded my (high) expectations. They understand the pressures and realities of working in the construction industry, and lay clients really appreciate the value this adds.’

‘Top set of barrister chambers, with many specialist barristers to choose from.’

‘This is a prestigious chamber. Every barrister we have worked with shows high standard of proficiency.’

‘Keating are my go-to chambers for anything involving construction & engineering issues. They always seem to attract clever, commercially-minded and approachable barristers whose knowledge of technical issues and the construction industry is second to none. ‘


‘The clerks at Keating are excellent – personable, responsive, commercial and effective. Declan Redmond has built and leads a brilliant team and is unrivalled in developing long-terms relationships with instructing solicitors. James Luxmoore is also highly-effective and easy to deal with.’

‘The clerks at Keating Chambers are second to none. They are friendly, professional, responsive, and always deliver what is needed. In particular, Sarah Walker epitomises all these qualities. She is the person I always go to. She is a pleasure to deal with, and a real asset to clerking team at Keating.’

‘Declan Redmond is awesome. Always prepared to go above and beyond for his clients.’

‘Will Shrubsall is very responsive and always on hand to assist where necessary.’

‘The clerks’ room is professional and responsive, particularly William Shrubsall and Rob Garvan.’

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings is now firmly ensconced among the leading sets in London for international arbitration and is considered by some to be 'the leading set of chambers for international investment arbitration disputes'. In addition to several top name commercial silks, such as Ali Malek QC, who are equally adept before the tribunals as they are before the High Court, the set also has some excellent senior juniors and junior silks with strong specialist expertise in this area, with Christopher Harris QC being of particular note. Harris represented the Moroccan government in its ICSID arbitration, Carlyle v Morocco, with Georges Chalfoun, Mark Wassouf and Cameron Miles also on the team. Another ICSID highlight was Mytilineos SA v Republic of Serbia in which Tariq Baloch was sole barrister for the Greek industrial conglomerate. In February 2022 Can Yeginsu joined from 4 New Square.



‘3VB is very strong in arbitration with a deep bench of practitioners we have involved in our arbitration matters.’

‘3VB has a deep arbitration bench which is why we gravitate to them for arbitration matters.’

‘3VB are exceptionally strong and well clerked.’

‘3VB has great strength in depth and high-quality barristers at all levels. It is particularly strong on public international law where it has some of the leading individuals at the junior, mid and senior levels.’

‘By instructing a top set like 3VB we expect the best and we got it. Technical excellence combines with understanding to guide us through every stage of a worryingly complex process. We felt reassured and supported at every stage. 3VB would be our first-choice chambers for any relevant future disputes, especially complex international claims.’


‘Very responsive, professional and pleasant.’

‘Very good and supportive.’

‘Friendly efficient clerking.’

‘Service from the clerks and from the clerks’ room has been seamless and excellent.’

‘Clerks are professional and accessible. James Kelly is very good to have grown-up conversations with.’

7 King's Bench Walk

7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘an extremely strong set with some top-tier individuals at all levels‘. The set is a market-leader for insurance, shipping and commodities disputes, and is also held in extremely high regard for broader commercial arbitrations. Siobán Healy QC enters the top tier of silks on the back of several high profile disputes, including Cockett v OW Bunker, where she pursued a successful enforcement of the award in the Commercial Court. Three members, including David Bailey QC and Marcus Mander were involved in Enka v Chubb, an ICC arbitration that also went to the Supreme Court on issues of the choice of law governing an arbitration agreement. Leading junior silks such as Jawdat Khurshid QC are also highly rated in this area.



‘7KBW is an extremely strong set for insurance and arbitration work.’

‘Top notch and in a league of it’s own for insurance and international arbitration work.’

‘7KBW has become the ‘go to’ set for any insurance and reinsurance dispute. They have tremendous strength in depth.’

‘7KBW is an excellent set for commercial disputes matters and on the arbitration side boasts a strong bench both of Silks and Juniors.’

‘An extremely strong set with some top-tier individuals at all levels.’


‘Excellent. Incredibly responsive and efficient. A pleasure to work with. 

‘I have always found 7KBW to be efficient and responsive to my needs. The head clerk, Bernie Hyatt, is particularly adept at finding solutions in double quick time.’

‘An efficient, friendly and well mannered service.’

‘7 KBW provides a better service than any other set I have dealt with.’

‘Always very pleasant and helpful.’

One Essex Court

One Essex Court is praised for its ‘good strength in depth for international arbitration‘, with the ability to provide ‘the right team for any case‘. Several members have a heavy focus on this area, notably Michael Sullivan QC who was awarded Kenya’s Order of the Grand Warrior in 2020 for his work defending the state in several ICSID arbitrations, such as the recent Cortec Mining Kenya Limited, Cortec (Pty) Limited and Stirling Capital Limited v. Republic of Kenya. In addition to investment treaty claims, members regularly appear in LCIA, ICC, and SIAC disputes, as well as in the courts for arbitral enforcement proceedings.  Alexander Gunning QC, Alain Choo Choy QC and Michelle Menashy have built up especially strong reputations in this area.



‘I regularly instruct One Essex Court – they’re definitely one on the top commercial sets, including for international arbitration.’

‘One Essex Court has a fantastic selection of senior/junior counsel so you can always count on being offered someone who is very good.’

‘OEC is on top of its game; genuine strength in depth.’

‘One of my favoured sets. It has one of the strongest teams around for arbitration, commercial and banking. It’s where you go when you want the best of the best.’

‘An excellent set, with a wide range of talent at all levels.’


‘Very good clerks, particularly David Amdor.’

‘Darren Burrows is a highly efficient and considerate clerk. He reacts quickly and am able to provide suitable candidates to suit our client’s needs. He adopts flexible and commercial approach to fee arrangements, which set him apart from his peers at other leading chambers.’

‘Clerks are very good and efficient. David Amdor, Jackie Ginty and Kirsty Hough, Jade Cassell are all very good. David is excellent for keeping in touch and providing helpful insights into strengths of individual counsel.’

‘A very strong clerking team. Very responsive and always willing to go the extra mile for you.’

‘The clerks are great, they will always bend over backwards to find someone to help, even at short notice.’

Atkin Chambers

Atkin Chambers has developed an excellent reputation for international arbitration, and is praised for its 'strength-in-depth for construction and energy related disputes'. The set's credentials for Asia and Middle East-related matters are especially strong, particularly when it comes to infrastructure disputes. On the transport side, Andrew White QC , Nicholas Dennys QC and Sebastian Pigott have all been involved in several high-profile rail and metro-related claims. On the social infrastructure front, Simon Lofthouse QC and Zulfikar Khayum both worked on Obrascon Huarte Lain SA (t/a OHL Internacional) & Anor v Qatar Foundation where they defeated a challenge to a partial arbitral award concerning a hospital project in Doha.



Atkin is one of the two preeminent construction sets. They have considerable strength in depth at all levels. The barristers are generally competitive and academic colleagues and opponents.’

‘One of my first ports of call when looking for construction and arbitration counsel.’

‘The reputation as one of the best sets for construction and arbitration is well deserved.’

‘Atkin is typically the first place I look for assistance in high-value and complex energy/construction/infrastructure disputes under English law because of their impressive talent at all levels of seniority.’

‘A peerless set for construction, with great strength in depth.’


‘Its clerking service is top quality especially David Barnes and Justin Wilson. They are very experienced at dealing with the issues faced when working in Hong Kong.’

‘Responsive and helpful clerks, accommodating on fees.’

‘David Barnes is exceptional. A great asset to the set.’

‘Justin Wilson and David Barnes are knowledgeable, well-respected and provide an excellent service.’

‘The clerks are always hands on as they remind the team of important deadlines. Their strengths include good organization and management which is extremely helpful for the team as it enables them to only focus on the case at hand.’

Twenty Essex

Twenty Essex is a 'premier chambers in international arbitration' with a selection of top-notch silks and juniors. The members cover a broad range of disputes, including investment treaty claims, as well as broader commercial, shipping and commodities arbitrations. In recent years it has also done well in recruiting esteemed former solicitor advocates, with Wendy Miles QC being the latest most high profile example. Significant public disputes include PL Holdings SARL v Republic of Poland, a dispute over an alleged forced sale of a Polish bank, in which Sara Masters QC and Belinda McRae represented Polish government, with Philip Riches QC and rising star Sam Goodman acting for the investors.



‘Twenty Essex is well-known in the market as having excellent bench strength in arbitration, with consistently high quality counsel at all levels of seniority.’

‘Leading set for arbitration.’

‘Twenty Essex is undoubtedly still one of small number of “go to” sets for arbitration/public international law work, with a very strong bench at all levels. I really rate them.’

‘Twenty Essex is known for its silks but has an incredible team of juniors as well.’

‘Twenty Essex are one of the top players in International Arbitration.’


The clerks are a very good and decent team.’

‘Very nice people to work with, always willing to help the clients.’

‘Clerks are very responsive and commercial.’

‘Excellent – Arron Zitver has always been a stand out performer.’

‘Excellent, with a special mention to Chris Theobald who is always available and willing to assist.’

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers is a strong choice for international arbitration, particularly for construction, infrastructure and energy-related disputes. The set's international reach, with outposts in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, makes it particularly popular for disputes in the Middle East and Asia. Among the senior and junior members, Karim Ghaly QC has established himself as a favoured choice for clients in the Middle East, while Adrian Hughes QC is one of the foremost Chinese arbitration specialists operating in the market. This is in addition to several highly experienced senior juniors including Karen Gough, who handles a broad mix of energy and infrastructure disputes, and Jess Connors.



’39 Essex is a strong set and has a number of highly competent, qualified and experienced barristers who we regularly instruct as counsel or nominate as arbitrators.’

‘The quality of everyone that I interacted with from the Chambers has been top class.’

‘The set has very considerable depth in this area.’


‘Niki Merison is an experienced clerk who is willing to have open and frank conversations regarding fees and budgets and appreciates that providing and expecting an hourly rate basis is not acceptable to most clients. Niki is always able to balance available budget, timelines and expertise to provide a client driven solution.’

‘The service of the clerks has always been exceptional, with particular mention to Niki Merison and Mark Winrow.’

‘Mark Winrow and Niki Merison are brilliant.’

4 New Square

4 New Square is 'a good, well-rounded set with some stand-out arbitration specialists'. In addition to broader commercial international arbitrations the set is also developing a strong name in investment treaty claims and public international law. Highlight cases include Province of Balochistan v TCC, in which George Spalton QC is representing a claimant in the Commercial Court following ICSID and ICC arbitrations. Senior silks such as Roger Stewart QC and Justin Fenwick QC both come highly recommended for their advocacy skills. In February 2022 Can Yeginsu moved to 3 Verulam Buildings.



‘The chambers is very well equipped to handle all manner of disputes and in particular investment and other international arbitration matters.’

‘4 New Square is one of my firm’s go to chambers for international arbitration. The barristers there are all phenomenally good but also very pleasant to deal with and clerked to a very high standard. They take a team approach and I am noticing that they are also now becoming a force in investor-state arbitration harnessing their growth as a public international law set.’

‘4 New Square has an excellent roster of practitioners in the arbitration space. They have built and focused on this area in recent years and offer strength and depth.’

‘They are very detail-focused, sharp and proactive.’

‘4 New Square is a vary good set and easy to deal with and with a broad range of barristers well represented by their clerks.’


‘Alex Dolby is an excellent clerk and we are very pleased.’

‘They are very responsive and understand the client’s needs and approach. It is a pleasure to work with them.’

‘Always found the clerking team very pleasant and proactive.’

‘All excellent from junior clerks to the most senior clerks.’

‘Dennis Peck is an excellent clerk. He is responsive and always a pleasure to deal with.’

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court is a 'fantastic set - going from strength to strength to strength in International Arbitration' and 'now offering some of the biggest silk names in this field'. The versatile chambers offers a broad range of skills from energy and construction through to insurance, IT, telecoms, shipping and broader commercial arbitrations. Members such as Nigel Tozzi QC and Sean Brannigan QC have firmly established themselves at the top of the market, with several other leading silks, including Rachel Ansell QC and Sean O’Sullivan QC close behind. In addition to the largely confidential arbitration workload, members are also involved in cases that spill into the Courts and the public domain, such as the hugely influential Chubb v Halliburton in the Supreme Court, where Nick Vineall QC led Andrew Stevens acted on behalf of the interveners, the LMAA.



‘4 Pump Court has a very strong profile in international arbitration, especially shipping and energy disputes.’

‘4 Pump Court cares about Chinese market and has a long-time goal in providing best services adaptive to local needs. They have exceled themselves in maintaining good relationship with instructing firms in China.’

‘We use 4PC a lot, and often when things get particularly busy they are able to provide additional junior resource at short notice. The whole team has a great work ethic and is very user-friendly and willing to muck in to get the job done. ‘

‘4 Pump Court is my go to Chambers. Great barristers, amazing clerks, brilliant service and an ability to think outside the box to provide services that are tailored to the solicitor or client needs.’

‘Fastastic set – a force to be reckoned with in both the middle east and far east.’


‘Carl Wall provides top quality service and is incredibly responsive. He gives particular attention to help chambers to develop China-related practice and cares about Chinese clients’ feedback.’

‘Service of the clerks is second to none. I have a lot of contact with Billy Griffiths in particular, who is exceptional and always available and willing to assist in any way he can.’

‘Excellent service – really understand what is required.’

‘Stewart Gibbs is really impressive.’

‘The clerk’s are very helpful and in my view one of the stand-out clerking teams in the City. Stewart Gibbs in particular is incredibly helpful and friendly to deal with.’

Brick Court Chambers

Brick Court Chambers is building an increasingly strong reputation international arbitration work. The set will miss former top tier silk Neil Calver QC, who left for the High Court bench, but any loss to the overall offering has been mitigated by the arrival of the hugely respected Vernon Flynn QC from Essex Court Chambers. Other members cover a broad range of key sectors, including infrastructure, energy and insurance.  Flynn QC led highly-rated junior Edward Ho in The Republic of Kazakhstan v World Wide Minerals Ltd in a Commercial Court challenge to a BIT award. Other key juniors include Zahra Al-Rikabi, who had a prominent role representing the Qatari broadcaster in the BIT dispute Al Jazeera Media Network v Egypt, a case concerning issues such as the arrest of three Al Jazeera journalists against a backdrop of greatly soured diplomatic relations between Qatar and other Arab nations. Mark Howard QC acted for the claimant in Standard Life Aberdeen v Lloyds Banking Group before the LCIA.



‘Obviously great set of Chambers with strength across the board.’

‘Brick Court is one of the foremost commercial sets, involved in much international arbitration either as practitioners or as arbitrators. It is not surprising that a high proportion of its members have gone on to be judges in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and following that have sat as judges in other courts or as arbitrators.’

‘The best set for commercial litigation and with a rapidly growing presence in commercial arbitration.’

‘Brick Court are first class.’

‘The client insisted he want to be represented by Brick Court as “They are the best.’


‘They are all at the top of their game. My experience of them is very positive.’

‘Tony Burgess and Paul Dennison are both impressive clerks.’

‘Philip Wilkes has been helpful throughout.’

‘Good clerking service.’

‘Very efficient and commercial.’

Quadrant Chambers

Quadrant Chambers is 'a first class set for commercial and shipping dispute resolution, made up of a group of the most outstanding minds in the UK'. The international arbitration expertise of its members now goes well beyond the set's traditional strengths of shipping and commodities disputes. Among the more high profile cases has been Malaysian Government v 1MDB, in which Luke Parsons QC led the Malaysian government's challenge to a $5.8 billion LCIA settlement agreement negotiated by the country's former prime minister with an Abu Dhabi government-owned entity. Guy Blackwood QC also successfully represented the appellant in a bit to overturn an arbitral award in Herculito Maritime Ltd v. Gunvor International. Alexander Uff, who joined recently from Shearman & Sterling LLP is one of several with experience at elite firms of solicitors in this space.



‘Quadrant Chambers has an impressive depth of expertise in international arbitration, at all levels. The addition of Alexander Uff seriously enhances their offering and shows they are committed to growing arbitration as a specialist practice area. ‘

‘Excellent team work with determination and self-discipline. ‘

‘A very talented set of chambers, the barristers and and the clerking team provide seamless service and are very friendly. ‘

‘Quadrant has come along leaps and bounds in recent years. A number of my go to counsel in the past year or two have been drawn from that set.’

‘Much of Quadrant’s work is highly international by nature and there is a significant growing practice in the international arbitration market especially at the mid level/senior junior end.’


‘Top rate. Their support and commercial staff are extremely professional and good to deal with also. Simon Slattery is excellent.’

‘Gary Ventura is a force of nature. He really knows how to manage a set and get the best out of his barristers.’

‘Very user friendly and pragmatic.’

‘First rate. Daryl Hughes in particular cannot do enough for you. We have always felt supported from the clerks room and know they can be relied on to meet deadlines.’

‘Everything perfect – as it should be. All the work is made timely and with no errors at all. What else could one expect?’



Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambers is not as large as some of the leading arbitration sets, but the quality of its barristers is high, particularly for infrastructure and construction related arbitration claims. For many, the smaller size is a virtue, guaranteeing clients a much more personalized and flexible service. Roger Ter Haar QC has an eminent reputation for infrastructure and energy related disputes, particularly in the Middle East. Andrew Rigney QC is another top name in the construction and infrastructure space, while Crispin Winser QC's advocacy skills were recognised in 2021 as he took silk. Notable juniors include the highly experienced Anna Laney.



‘As a firm, we have used several barristers from Crown Office Chambers, all of which we would highly recommend. They are commercially minded, incredibly responsive and have a real in-depth knowledge of arbitration. They are also incredibly good value in comparison with other chambers.’

‘Excellent. Counsel are engaged and responsive. Good construction expertise and a deep bench at all levels, particularly at the junior end.’


‘I have always found the clerks responsive. As international counsel, having a chambers who can operate with flexibility helps a lot.’

‘The clerks are excellent. I worked with Andy Flanagan who gives excellent service and goes that extra mile for his clients.’

‘The clerks have been exceptional. With some clients, it can be a challenge to find a balance with payment terms that satisfy both chambers and the client’s needs. Crown Office Chambers were incredibly receptive to this, really wanting to understand the needs of the client and adapt accordingly without any issue. This was very impressive, and made my role as an instructing solicitor incredibly easy. Andy Flanagan, in particular, is exceptional at what he does – he is personable, and really wants to understand the client’s needs.’

‘Very well and efficiently clerked in Andy Flanagan and Chris Kent.’