Leading Silks

Anneliese Day KCFountain Court Chambers ‘Anneliese is a brilliant advocate who is a team player and a pleasure to deal with. Despite being extremely in demand and the recipient of a number of awards, Anneliese is a grounded and hard-working member of the team who is also extremely effective.’
Chirag Karia KCQuadrant Chambers ‘Excellent attention to detail. Advice is clear, concise and practical, and is always helpful to the client.’
Zoe O’Sullivan KCSerle Court ‘Zoe is an excellent advocate. She gets up to speed quickly and is persuasive, cuts to the chase and is practical. The lay client is always really impressed with her work.’
Rupert Reed KCSerle Court ‘An excellent assured advocate with superb judgment. He is client friendly and works extremely well with the solicitor team.’
David Russell KCOuter Temple Chambers 'David is an outstanding barrister with a very strong reputation within the global legal community. He has in-depth knowledge and expertise in matters of common law and international taxation.'
Andrew Spink KCOuter Temple Chambers ‘Andrew is an impressive advocate and great leader. His advocacy style commands respect and his experience and manner demands the judge’s attention.’ 
Robert-Jan Temmink KCQuadrant Chambers ‘Robert is a fantastic advocate and leader on a case. He has brilliant strategic foresight, great judgement and is meticulous in his preparation and drafting; and both formidable and charming in his advocacy - where he is a particular leader in his cohort of experienced international silks. A real Rolls-Royce!
Steven Thompson KCXXIV Old Buildings ‘Steven is one of the leading authorities on DIFC litigation at the English Bar. Incredibly hard-working, a brilliant advocate and highly intelligent.’
Guy Blackwood KC – Quadrant Chambers ‘Simply put, Guy among the best barristers in the field of trading and trade finance matters.’
Charles Dougherty KC – 2 Temple Gardens 'A detailed, methodical and quick-witted advocate, whose calm manner and matter-of-fact demeanour is effective in winning over judges. His busy practice reflects his popularity.'
Karim Ghaly KC39 Essex Chambers ‘Incredibly bright with excellent advocacy and cross-examination skills.’
Stuart Isaacs KCWilberforce Chambers ‘Stuart is a very thorough and clever counsel. His cross examination is excellent and he presents key aspects of complex cases with great clarity.’
Richard Liddell KC4 New Square Chambers ‘Richard is a pleasure to work with. He becomes part of the team on matters we have instructed him on and is very responsive. Richard's key strengths include his meticulous attention to detail and his advocacy skills.'

2022 Silks

Leading Juniors

James Bickford SmithLittleton Chambers ‘James is an outstanding advocate, using a combination of charm and forensic technical ability to achieve strategic and commercial goals.’
Tim Chelmick4 New Square Chambers ‘Without a shadow of doubt, one of the real superstars of the English Bar in the Middle East. Timothy has excellent understanding of the nuances of the region and is always able to assist. Instructing him would be placing the matter in the hands of a very capable barrister.’
Stephen Doherty – Outer Temple Chambers ‘Stephen is phenomenal. He can absorb huge amounts of complex information extremely rapidly and gives clear, commercial and tactical advice; he is a joy to work with.'
Ian Edge 3PB 'His knowledge of the law of the Middle East is outstanding. He really has cornered the market.'
Gregor Hogan Serle Court ‘Rigorous analysis and excellent written work. Thorough knowledge of DIFC procedure.’
Timothy Killen2 Temple Gardens ‘Timothy is a brilliant legal analyst who quickly sees the fault-lines of any case in terms of both the relevant principles and the available evidence.’
Laurence Page  – 4 Pump Court ‘Laurence is commercially minded and is someone who instructing solicitors are comfortable introducing to clients. He is a go-to junior for the jurisdiction.’
Justina Stewart  – Outer Temple Chambers ‘Strong intellectual capabilities which translate well into pragmatic and commercial advice. She demonstrates a dexterity not often seen in barristers.’
Paul Toms Quadrant Chambers ‘Paul is strong technically and very responsive to queries.’
Karishma Vora39 Essex Chambers ‘Extremely astute, focused, and observant. A pleasure to work with.’
Edward Crossley 4 Stone Buildings ‘Edward is incredibly responsive and acutely bright. Great attention to detail and demonstrates judgment and nous that belies his years of call. A superstar in the making and certainly one to watch! He is my go to junior!’ 
Lucas Fear-Segal – 2 Temple GardensLucas is a fantastic counsel for any commercial dispute and is extremely easy to work with. Lucas has supreme intellect, masterful advocacy and an affable personality to put anyone at ease.’
Francis Hornyold-Strickland   - Monckton Chambers  ‘A powerful and persuasive advocate with excellent tactical sense. Great at coping with time pressure and always responsive and reliable.’
Peter LinsteadOuter Temple Chambers ‘Peter has excellent communication and is very clear in his speaking.’
Gideon Shirazi 4 Pump Court 'Boldness, creativity and calmness under pressure.'
Tom Stewart Coats – XXIV Old Buildings ‘Tom is one of a very small number of junior barristers practising in the DIFC Courts who has real and extensive DIFC Court advocacy experience. He has an uncanny feel for how judges will look at particular issues and is very well respected, making him one of the go-tos.’
James WealeSerle Court ‘His drafting and attention to detail are second to none. James has the ability to focus on the core issues and crystalise the issues which need to be addressed. He expressed himself clearly and had a calming effect on the rest of the team.’

Commercial in Middle East: The English Bar

3 Verulam Buildings

A market leading set for commercial litigation in the Middle East, 3 Verulam Buildings’ members regularly appear in high value banking claims in the DIFC Courts, as well as complex commercial arbitration as both counsel and arbitrators. Tom Montagu-Smith KC led Matthew Watson in Emirates NBD Bank v Advanced Facilities Management, successfully convincing the DIFC Court of Appeal to dismiss a claim against a judgement for a $540 million loan facility under both conventional and Islamic lending. Nicholas Craig KC was also successful in September 2023 before the DIFC Court of First Instance in Union Insurance PJSC v International Precious Metals Refiners, with the issues around jurisdiction of the court being developed from previous decisions in Horizon Energy v Al Buhaira and AIG v Qatar Insurance. Saima Hanif KC continues to offer extensive expertise in matters concerning regulatory investigations by the likes of the DFSA.

Work highlights

4 Stone Buildings

Internationally renowned for financial matters and commercial disputes, 4 Stone Buildings is ‘a great set with barristers having expertise in a wide range of subject matters and regularly collaborating with the DIFC courts.’ Chambers is equally at the forefront of matters before the AGDM courts, with Andrew Rose representing the defendant in NMC v Dubai Islamic Bank; the three-week trial in May 2023 saw the court reject the creditor’s claim on the grounds of UAE, ADGM and English law principles on the construction and ratification of contracts. Richard Hill KC is representing the defendant in Gate Mena DMCC v Tarabak Capital Investments, with an appeal pending in the DIFC Court of Appeal regarding breach of contract and duty in relation to cryptocurrency transactions. In Emirates NBD v Advanced Facilities Management, Edward Crossley acted for the appellants in a case concerning a $500m syndicated loan agreement, dismissed by the Court of Appeal on 1st of May 2023.


‘The clerks, guided by David Goddard, who is one of the best clerks, are extremely helpful and always willing to assist.’

‘The clerks are excellent and will find a way to make things work. David Goddard and Ben Lashmar are standouts!’

‘Ben Lashmer and Ryan Tunkel are responsive and are always available to assist and accommodate.’

‘The clerks are extremely helpful and are guided by David Goddard who is one of the best clerks.’

‘Excellent barristers across the board.’

‘Excellent Chambers. Responsive with great depth and expertise across all years of call.’

‘4 Stone Buildings is a great set with barristers having expertise in a wide range of subject matters. The set regularly collaborate with the DIFC Courts and the DIFC Academy in respect of training in the UAE.’

Outer Temple Chambers

A heavyweight commercial chambers with a deep bench of excellent counsel’, Outer Temple Chambers’ Dubai office serves as a hub for the set’s expertise in the region’s civil, common and Sharia legal systems; particularly in relation to commercial, employment and arbitration-related matters. Andrew Spink KC led Justina Stewart in Huobi and another v Tabarak Investment Capital, representing the appellant in a significant case for cryptocurrency transactions in the region after the appeal was granted in February 2023. Stephen Doherty has been involved in a landmark and novel ADGM judgement when representing the defendant in Mingguo v Sadeghnia, providing a significant decision on governing law and jurisdiction clauses.


‘Sam Carter is my go-to clerk. He is always available and always tries to accommodate the most urgent requests.’

‘Sam Carter is a very business savy clerk and always delivers. I really like they way he structured the chambers.’

‘Clerk’s room are very responsive. I work with Sam Carter, who is always willing to speak about an instruction.’

‘Outer Temple Chambers is a heavyweight commercial chambers with a deep bench of excellent counsel.’

‘The Chambers are excellent.’

‘I have been working exclusively with the Chambers on all DIFC matters. Availability of counsel and response time are an absolute strength.’

‘Rapidly growing set, with a particularly strong presence and reputation in the UAE for commercial work.’

‘Outer Temple have provided numerous training sessions with the DIFC authority.’

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Quadrant Chambers

‘A strong international commercial set with top class silks and juniors‘, Quadrant Chambers are considered a ‘go-to set’ in the Middle East for ‘all trading, shipping, trading finance and sanctions matters.’ Chirag Karia KC continues to command a strong reputation for commercial, shipping and commodities cases, while Robert-Jan Temmink KC regularly appears before DIFC and ADGM Courts; as well as being a DIAC registered arbitrator. Paul Toms is highly active in the DIFC Courts and represents the claimant in Westford Trade Services DMCC v Dubai Insurance Co., a credit insurance claim following the demise of Phoenix Global DMCC.


Clerks are very helpful.’

‘Outstanding in all respects.’

‘Quadrant are a strong international commercial set with some really top class silks and juniors – particularly in the international arbitration space.’

They have excellent strength across the board; so many good people.’

‘Quadrant are my go-to set for all trading, shipping and trade finance matters and any sanctions queries we have that reach that level.’

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Serle Court

Serle Courtdeservedly has an excellent reputation for DIFC cases’ and has an equally strong presence in the Middle Eastern arbitration space, acting as both counsel and arbitrators. Zoe O’Sullivan KC led Gregor Hogan when successfully acting for the respondent in Al Buhaira National Insurance Co v Horizon Energy, with the DIFC Court of Appeal’s judgement establishing that anti-suit injunctions will only be granted exceptionally to restrain proceedings in another Emirate. As the SBM Bank (Mauritius) Ltd v Renish Petrochem FZE and Prime Energy FZE case continues on, James Weale appeared at the sanctions hearing in June 2023. Rupert Reed KC remains extremely active throughout the region in disputes concerning commercial, banking, civil fraud and property issues.


‘I have no complaints whatsoever. I was very happy with the service received and our client was elated with the result.’

‘Dan Wheeler is very responsive and personable; he is always a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Excellent set.’

‘Serle Court has a really strong reputation for Middle East work.’

Work highlights

XXIV Old Buildings

With particularly strong connections to Dubai, XXIV Old Buildings has an established reputation in the Middle East for its members acting in litigation and arbitration within the commercial, construction, and banking and finance areas. In Nest Investments Holding Lebanon v Deloitte and Touche, Steven Thompson KC acted on an application to the DIFC Court of Appeal regarding a preliminary trial related to recoverability of loss and the status of foreign law in the DIFC. Arshad Ghaffar acted on behalf of a defendant in IDBI v Barghouthi & Others, a DIFC claim filed by an Indian development finance institution against a Kuwaiti telecoms provider. Edward Knight’s practice continues to focus on international commercial contract disputes, as well as significant activity in ICC, DIAC and other institutional arbitrations.


‘Very good. Perry Brown is easy to deal with and very friendly. A modern-day clerk with brilliant commercial skills.’

‘We often work with Lyndon Tiller who is excellent – very responsive and helpful.’

‘Paul Horsfield and Perry Brown are personable, hard working and really proactive especially with urgent instructions.’

‘The clerks are a delight to deal with. Paul Horsfield has an excellent understanding of the DIFC market.’

‘It is a great set, particularly for Middle East and Dubai arbitration and DIFC litigation.’

‘Very active in the DIFC market.’

Work highlights

2 Temple Gardens

2 Temple Gardens is strong at both KC and silk level, with a growing presence in the UAE that sees the set handle insurance cases in a variety of sectors, Covid-19 related claims, and major construction and infrastructure project disputes. Frequently instructed in the DIFC and ADGM Courts, the ’eminent’ Charles Dougherty KC was active in the first insurance trial of the latter court in Global Private Investments RSC Limited v Global Aerospace Underwriting Managers Limited. Timothy Killen is widely lauded as a ‘very bright and careful barrister’ who ‘is methodical, considered, well-prepared and understated in his approach, which achieves excellent results, particularly in cross-examination. Lucas Fear-Segal also provides ‘fantastic counsel’ and has a vast knowledge of the entire GCC region.


‘Lee Tyler is a very experienced and effective clerk, he is commercial and user-friendly.’ 

‘The clerks are always clear and helpful. Billy Hammonds is responsive and helpful.’

‘Billy Hammonds is very good and makes efforts to ensure matters are handled in timely manner.’

‘Very efficient clerk room. Lee is just the best clerk at any set – an absolute pleasure to deal with. Billy Hammonds is also very good.’   

‘Very good clerking team.’

‘The clerks’ room is very good. Their services were provided in timely manner.’

‘A fantastic set with real strength and depth for work in the Middle East. Have had a strong presence in the region for over a decade and really understand the quirks and detail of the particular market.’

‘One of the best and on our list of “go to” chambers.’

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers is ‘a world class institution able to provide top talent in a myriad of practice areas’, with the set’s presence in the EMEA region continuing to expand, especially in relation to international commercial disputes concerning fraud and cross-border asset tracing. In KBBO Group v Anand Choudha, Karishma Vora is instructed by the latter in this shareholder dispute arising from the now defunct Spectrami DMCC, the once largest cyber security company in the Middle East. Karim Ghaly KC maintains a well-established reputation throughout the Middle East for his expertise on complex international arbitration, including under ICC, DIFC and LCIA arbitral rules.


‘Chambers’ management is very user friendly and Lindsay Scott in particular is a delight to work with.’

‘The clerks are professional and responsive.’

‘They have a good team of KCs and juniors.’

’39 Essex Chambers is a leading chambers with many excellent barristers.’

’39 Essex Chambers is a world class institution able to provide top talent in a myriad of practice areas.’

Work highlights

4 New Square Chambers

4 New Square Chambers members have been involved in a wide array of claims, often acting in international arbitration centres and the local UAE courts. Most recently, its members have been involved in insurance, contractual, joint venture, professional negligence, and wrongful termination disputes, as well as large real estate and energy construction contentions. Richard Liddell KC is a ‘master of the detail’ and handles substantial DIFC, LCIA and ICC Arbitration claims – amongst others. Tim Chelmick is ‘unflappable in the face of the most overwhelming issues’, and in recent months has been instructed in multi-faceted shareholder disputes and wrongful termination claims. David Turner KC and Paul Fisher are further names of note in the set.


‘Efficient clerk room. Denis Peck, Alex Dolby and Nick Angliss are a pleasure to deal with. Nick Angliss in particular goes out of his way to ensure comfort of any instructing solicitor.’

‘The clerks are excellent. If Dennis Peck can’t make something happen, it cannot be done!’   

‘All clerks are very helpful.’

‘The clerks are easy to work with and very responsive to queries regarding billing, training sessions, and other matters.’   

‘4 New Square Chambers has excellent availability of Counsel, and its barristers appear to be very approachable and pleasant to work with.’   

‘Very good set all around, some excellent heavy-weights and really promising juniors. Good availability.’   

‘Excellent set for professional liability and insurance coverage matters. Several barristers have expertise in the Middle East.’   

‘Go to set for Insurance and Reinsurance related issues and matters, especially those of an international nature.’   

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Littleton Chambers

Littleton Chambers offers considerable experience handling complex commercial and employment disputes before the DIFC, ADGM and other Middle Eastern offshore courts. Mohinderpal Sethi KC represented the defendants in Kahlon v Liberty Steel Group Ltd, a significant case before the DIFC Court of Appeal in which a damages claim in excess of $32 million was brought by the company’s former CEO; the judgement will be a leading case on the jurisdiction of the DIFC Courts under the Judicial Authority Law. James Bickford Smith remains highly sought after for complex employee disputes which span multiple jurisdictions, including the DIFC, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia.


‘Great clerking team.’

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