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Commercial barrister frequently appearing in the Commercial Court and in international arbitrations, specialising in complex commercial, jurisdiction, shipping and shipbuilding/construction disputes. Frequently appears as sole advocate and as junior counsel in the High Court and Court of Appeal. Recent cases include Royal Bank of Scotland v Highland [2012] in the Court of Appeal; a Commercial Court jurisdiction battle in a dispute involving complex contract of affreightment and bill of lading arrangements entered into by Russian food producers: Finmoon Ltd & anor v Baltic Reefers Management Ltd & ors [2012] EWHC 920; a successful $13m arbitration for Middle Eastern airline in ticketing dispute; a leading case on sea waybills: A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S v Sonaec Villas Cen Sad Fadoul & ors [2011] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 1; and a jurisdiction victory for seven Malaysian insurers in ‘The Mujur I’ [2011] EWHC 643 (Commissioners). Full caseload is set out on Jeremy’s web profile: Former lecturer at Pepperdine University School of Law,California (2004-2008) and winner of the World Debating Championships (2004).


Called 2004, Middle Temple.




Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR); LCIA Young International Arbitrators Group; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; The European Circuit of the Bar.


University of Cambridge (MA Cantab).


Debating, politics, sports.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Jeremy Brier KCEssex Court ChambersAn excellent advocate, calm and unflappable in hearings. Very clear advice given. Strongly recommended.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Jeremy Brier KCEssex Court ChambersA brilliant advocate and an excellent drafter.

Essex Court Chambers regularly represents the London market, international insurers, policyholders and brokers in major insurance and reinsurance disputes. Recent high-profile cases include Financial Conduct Authority v Arch (UK) Insurance & Others, the test case on Covid-19 business interruption, in which John Lockey KC and junior Jeremy Brier KC represented the first defendant in both the Divisional Court and the Supreme Court. In other areas, David Scorey KC acted for Chubb in Halliburton v Chubb, a $100m claim under an insurance policy, which related to the $1.1bn claims settlement by Halliburton for the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico – the matter reached the UK Supreme Court on a point about the selection of arbitrators across multiple linked disputes.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Jeremy Brier KCEssex Court ChambersA very powerful advocate with a dogged determination in arguing his case, both in written and oral advocacy.