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Essex Court Chambers




2019: Appointed to the Attorney General’s London ‘C’ Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown
2016: Tenant at Essex Court Chambers
2015: Advocate at the Scottish bar
2013-14: Judicial assistant to Lord Kerr, Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
2009-11: Trainee solicitor, Simpson & Marwick (now Clyde & Co)
2009: Intern, Gulf Region Advocacy Center, Houston (through Reprieve)


2013: LL.M., Yale Law School
2012: B.C.L., Lincoln College, Oxford
2011: M.Sc. (philosophy), University of Edinburgh
2008: LL.B., University of Glasgow

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

Stephen DonnellyEssex Court ChambersFirst rate and very hard working. He is also a good team player with the ability to fit in and get on with a wide spread of individuals. Incredible attention to detail, wise beyond his years and an intellectual powerhouse.

‘A leading commercial set with a strong shipping practice’, the barristers at Essex Court Chambers are frequently instructed on wet and dry shipping disputes, in court and in arbitration. Christopher Smith KC had another strong year, handling complex litigation including the CCNI Arauco, a case in the wake of an explosion on a ship caused by a dangerous cargo of paint thinner.  In this he led Stephen Donnelly, and acted opposite David Walsh; one of a number of cases in 2020 in which Walsh acted as sole counsel against silks. 2018 silk Philippa Hopkins KC continues to act on dry and wet shipping matters both in English courts and in arbitration. Elsewhere, Steven Berry KC and John Robb acted together on several cases, including the bills of lading dispute FIMBank plc. v Polaris Bulkship SA, and Halis Holdings v Revelry Limited, which involved issues of force majeure related to the COVID-19 pandemic. David Davies KC is a 2021 Silk appointment.