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Essex Court Chambers


Benedict has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice. He has experience in banking, shipping, insurance and general commercial disputes; and both investor-state and commercial arbitration, including proceedings under the ICSID, ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, SIAC, LMAA and UNCITRAL Rules. He also has particular interests in public international law, private international law, agency and restitution. 

In addition to led work, Benedict has appeared as sole advocate in the Commercial Court, and in a number of general commercial County Court trials and applications.


Called 2016, Lincoln’s Inn. 
Prior to joining Essex Court Chambers Benedict qualified in New Zealand (2012), where he prosecuted serious criminal cases before moving to commercial practice.




University of Auckland, BA / LLB (Hons) (2007–2012, ranked first in year);
Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, LLM (2015–2016, ranked first in year).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

Benedict TompkinsEssex Court Chambers ‘Benedict is highly professional in fact-finding processes whether by analyzing facts or determining the key elements of the dispute. He has vast experience in public international law and investment disputes.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Rising stars)Ranked: Tier 1

Benedict Tompkins  – Essex Court Chambers ‘Benedict is technically excellent – he will also grasp the key point quickly and will hone in on any weaknesses in an opponent’s argument.’

Essex Court Chambers is ‘packed with excellent barristers‘ and has ‘a deserved reputation as a Magic Circle chambers for heavyweight litigation‘. The set’s senior and junior members offer an incredibly broad range of expertise, including overlapping strengths in civil fraud and commercial arbitration. Recent noteworthy cases include Dynasty Company for Oil and Gas Trading Ltd v The Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq; and Dr Ashti Hawrami, a US$1.5bn Commercial Court claim relating to change of control of two oil and gas blocks in Northern Iraq in which Hawrami was successfully represented by Graham Dunning KC, Anton Dudnikov and Catherine Jung. Several members, including Dunning, Anna Dilnot KC, Ruth den Besten, Ciaran Keller and Benedict Tompkins, are representing different groups of defendants in, Suppipat & Ors v Nop Narongdeg & Ors, a US$2bn claim concerning an alleged fraud by Thai businessman Nop Narongdej and several other individuals and entities over the ownership of Thailand’s largest renewable energy company.