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One Essex Court

Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC

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London, Singapore

Laurence Rabinowitz QC

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


Queen’s Counsel barrister specialising in commercial litigation, banking, insurance, professional negligence, financial services and energy. Some notable cases include: Turner v Grovit [2002]1 WLR 107, HL; Kuwait Oil Tanker Co SAK and anor v Qabazard [2004]1 AC 300, HL; Deutsche Morgan Grenfell Group plc v Inland Revenue Commissioners [2006] 3 WLR 781, HL; Sempra Metals Ltd v Inland Revenue Commissioners [2007] UKHL 34; The Equitable Life Society v Bowley and Ors [2004] 1 BCLC 180 (Comm); OFT v Abbey Plc and Ors ‘Bank charges’ [2009] UKSC 6; Colour Quest Ltd v Total Downstream UK Plc ‘Buncefield’ [2009] EWHC 540 (Comm); Berezovsky v Abramovich [2009]; FII; Littlewoods v HMRC [2015]; Pinchuk v Kolomolsky [2014]; Sabbagh v Khoury & Ors [2014], Philips Pension Trustees v Aon Hewitt Ltd and Alliance Bernstein [2014].


Called 1987, Middle Temple; tenant, 1 Essex Court, 1987; junior counsel to Crown, Chancery (1995-2002; silk 2002); editor, Bencher Middle Temple, 2008, ‘Weinberg & Blank’ on takeovers and mergers (1989, Sweet & Maxwell, 5th edition). Chair Combar (June 2015).


Highlands North High, Johannesburg; University of Witwatersrand (1980 BA; 1983 LLB); Oxford University (1985 BA; 1986 BCL). Academic awards include Juta Prize (1982); Advocates Prize (1983) (University of Witwatersrand); Rhodes Scholarship, South Africa at Large (1983); Eldon Scholar (Oxford) (1986); Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition (Middle Temple) (1986) and Queen’s Mother Scholarship (Middle Temple) (1986).

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Leading Silks

Laurence Rabinowitz QC - One Essex CourtHe is a serious heavyweight when you have a problem that you don’t know the answers to.

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

One Essex Court is 'one of the pre-eminent sets for financial markets disputes' with 'a range of barristers, the quality of whose advice and advocacy is unfailingly excellent', say instructing solicitors. Members regularly act on both sides of the table, although the calibre of its silks has led to it being an increasingly favoured choice of the banks. Recent highlights include  Sonia Tolaney QC leading the successful defence of Barclays Bank against a £1.6bn claim by Compucredit. Another lead case was Red Kite Management Limited & Ors v Barclays Bank PLC, in which Alain Choo Choy QC and Laurence Rabinowitz QC were on opposing sides.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Silks

Laurence Rabinowitz QC - One Essex CourtA tremendously skilled advocate, his strategic and legal advice are spot-on.

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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Within: Leading Silks

Laurence Rabinowitz QC - One Essex CourtSo accomplished and natural, his submissions are masterpieces in elegant simplicity.

Within: Energy

One Essex Court is 'the pre-eminent set for high-value and complex commercial disputes, including those in the energy sector'. The set is 'highly-regarded in China and Asia' and 'its work ethic and the excellence of its work are hard to fault'. Led by Lord Grabiner QC, who is 'a force of nature and is still battling hard in big cases', the set has leading lights such as John McCaughran QC, who acted for Shell International UK in a dispute arising out of a gas sale agreement with British Gas Trading Limited. Laurence Rabinowitz QC, leading Douglas Paine, acted for co-defendant Esso in the same case.  Daniel Toledano QC act for investment bank Macquarie Capital (Europe) Ltd in a claim relating to the a  €1.6bn equity and debt financing raised for the Meg I/Merkur offshore windfarm project in the North Sea. 'Clerks elsewhere are all, to a degree, a throwback to a Victorian era, but at One Essex they are more modern in their approach', remarks one client.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Leading Silks

Laurence Rabinowitz QC - One Essex CourtOne of the absolute superstars – stupendously clever, but also responsive, diligent and thoughtful.

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

Laurence Rabinowitz QC - One Essex CourtAbsolutely outstanding.

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Professional negligence

Within: Leading Silks

Laurence Rabinowitz QC - One Essex CourtHe is exceptionally talented.

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