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One Essex Court

Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC

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Neil Kitchener QC

Work 020 7583 2000
One Essex Court (Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC)


Barrister with a wide ranging commercial and chancery practice, instructed in many of the heaviest and most complex cases of the day. A particular emphasis on arbitration, banking and financial services, professional negligence, international fraud and asset tracing, oil and gas and the law relating to arts and antiques. Appeared for the claimants in the recent Tajik Aluminium litigation (in London and the BVI) and related arbitrations. Appeared in the House of Lords in the leading case on judicial interference in international arbitration (Lesotho v Impregilo [2006] 1 AC 21) and in the leading case on the construction of contracts (ICS v West Bromwich BS [1998] 1 WLR 896). Acted for the claimant in Parabola v MF Global [2009] EWHC 1492 (Comm), the leading case on damages for fraud and, in particular, for lost opportunities to trade.


Qualified 1991, Middle Temple; QC 2008.

London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Silks

Neil Kitchener QC - One Essex CourtNever shies away from a fight and is not afraid of being imaginative.

Within: Commercial litigation

One Essex Court is an 'excellent' and 'user-friendly' set that is ‘very good at all levels and particularly useful at the bottom as they have very high academic standards' according to instructing solicitors. The calibre of the barristers, from the top silks to the most junior juniors, ensures an impressive range of high-profile instructions. Lately, several of the set's members have had prominent roles on major cases, including Autonomy v Dr Michael Lynch, where Laurence Rabinowitz QC is leading the claim for Hewlett Packard, supported by Conall Patton. Rabinowitz QC and Patton are also facing Neil Kitchener QC in Omers v Tesco plcDavid Wolfson QC also represented EE in various claims brought by Phones4U arising out of its collapse.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Leading Silks

Neil Kitchener QC - One Essex CourtA stellar performer.

Within: Fraud: civil

One Essex Court is a 'go-to set for commercial and fraud work' with 'quality people at all levels' who are 'very enjoyable to work with'. Both juniors and silks are regularly called upon to represent clients on the biggest claims. Notable cases involving multiple members of chambers include Autonomy v Michael Lynch, in which Laurence Rabinowitz QC and Conall Patton are representing Autonomy. Rabinowitz and Patton are also opposing sides to Neil Kitchener QC's team on the Tesco Profit Overstatement litigation, OMERS Administration Corporation & Ors v Tesco Plc.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: Leading Silks

Neil Kitchener QC - One Essex CourtAn absolutely brilliant advocate, you really don't want him on the other side.

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