Iain Quirk QC QC > Essex Court Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Has a broad commercial practice before the English courts and in arbitration. His practice has a particular emphasis on international commercial arbitration and investment arbitration. Regularly advises and appears as counsel in arbitrations under all of the main international institutions and is also appointed as arbitrator, including recent appointments in energy arbitrations. In the commercial law field, acts for major international corporate clients particularly in the financial, energy and construction sectors. Often instructed on commercial and employment cases in the Commercial Court and Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court. Extensive expertise in acting for sports and media companies and individuals, in particular relating to the music industry and, on the sports side, Formula 1, football and horseracing. On the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (B Panel) and has appeared for the UK Government at all levels up to the Supreme Court. Recommended in ‘The Legal 500’ since 2009 as a Leading Junior for Media, Entertainment and Sport. In 2009, named as one of the ‘barristers to watch’ by ‘Legal Week’, in which he was cited as an ‘excellent and reliable junior: good team-player, great attitude and first-class draftsman’. Areas of expertise: administrative and public law; banking & financial services; commercial fraud; commercial litigation; competition law; conflict of laws; construction and engineering; employment law; energy and utilities; international commercial arbitration; media and entertainment; public international law; sports law. Assistant editor of the ‘European Human Rights Reports’.


Called 2002, Lincoln’s Inn; junior counsel to the Crown (C Panel) 2007, (B Panel) 2012.


French (basis); Mandarin Chinese (elementary).


University of Nottingham (LLB (First Class)).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Employment

(2021 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Iain Quirk QCEssex Court ChambersVery hard-working and communicative. 

Essex Court Chambers is regularly instructed in high-profile, complex employment cases. In Citadel Securities v GSA Capital Partners and others, David Craig QC represented Citadel in claims for conspiracy and misuse of confidential information, which related to an algorithmic trading strategy; and in JLT & Ors v Ed Broking & Ors, Daniel Oudkerk QC  and senior junior Edward Brown QC acted for the claimants in a high-value High Court claim (with related disclosure applications in the New York Courts) that arose out of a poaching raid in the insurance sector. Boosting the set’s senior end, Iain Quirk QC took silk in 2021.

London Bar > Energy

(2021 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Iain Quirk QCEssex Court ChambersQuite simply, brilliant – he is calm, reassuring and fights the cause in a realistic and attractive manner.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Iain QuirkEssex Court ChambersSimply exceptional. Calm and authoritative. Easy to work with and excellent on the law and the advocacy is sensational.

London Bar > Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

(Media and entertainment - Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Iain QuirkEssex Court Chambers