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Essex Court Chambers
Essex Court Chambers
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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 > Energy

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier

Iain Quirk QCEssex Court ChambersHe has a great brain and a pragmatic approach and he has all the skills to succeed in silk.

London Bar > Employment

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier

Iain Quirk QCEssex Court ChambersHe really knows the law and is very good for detail.

London Bar > IT and telecoms

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier

Iain Quirk QCEssex Court ChambersHe is able to leverage his broad expertise across multiple practice areas.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier

Iain Quirk QCEssex Court ChambersWell-known on the arbitration scene and brings his experience to bear, he’s equally good in written or oral advocacy and thinks creatively, too.

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

(2021 Silks) Ranked: Tier

Iain Quirk QCEssex Court ChambersAn impressive, plain-speaking and unstuffy barrister.