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Essex Court Chambers


Barrister with a broad commercial practice. Particularly well-known for his work in insurance and reinsurance, shipping, international trade, commodities, energy, and shipbuilding / offshore construction disputes.


Called 2007 (Inner Temple)


British Insurance Law Association
London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
LCIA Young International Arbitration Group


BA (Oxon) LLM (UCL)

Lawyer Rankings

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

David Walsh – Essex Court Chambers

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

David WalshEssex Court ChambersHis advice is always well presented and commercial and his advocacy formidable. A joy to work with for solicitors and lay clients alike.’

Fielding ‘high-level professional services’, Essex Court Chambers is known for its strong barristers on both junior and silk level.  The set handles disputes, arbitration, and litigation on the full spectrum of maritime matters. Christopher Smith KC appeared for the South African government in Argentum v The Silver – the case, concerning the recovery of silver bars from a 1942 shipwreck, was the first to consider the State Immunity Act in relation to an in rem claim. Sanctions were  a central part of OCM Nile and OCM Kama v Courage and Amethyst, in which Graham Dunning KC led for the defendants. Philippa Hopkins KC regularly appears in various courts and arbitration fora in relation to ship arrests, shipbuilding, and marine insurance. 2021 was another strong year for David Walsh, who was involved in the charterparty claim Container Schiffahrts-Gmbh & Co. KG MS “MSC Flaminia” v MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. about an onboard explosion caused by cargo. Jeremy Brier KC and Neil Hart KC are both 2022 Silk appointments.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

David WalshEssex Court Chambers

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

David WalshEssex Court Chambers ‘A top-level junior, he has excellent written skills and produces top-quality yet concise advice on complex issues.’

Essex Court Chambers remains ‘one of the go-to sets for commodities and shipping, with great depth both at silk and junior level’. It has an impressive track record in both areas of law and is particularly highly regarded in wet and dry shipping cases, as well as high-value fraud matters. Nathan Pillow KC, who is ‘a fantastic example of what a modern-day silk should be’, is the set’s most active silk in commodities matters; he led the representation of a claimant in a Commercial Court claim between Turkish and Russian interests for breach of a long-term contract for the supply of oil. Among the juniors, the ‘user-friendly, intelligent, commercial and pragmaticDavid Walsh acted for Trafigura in a claim against various Sudanese governmental agencies concerning crude and gasoil supplies.