Roderick Cordara KC KC > Essex Court Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Essex Court Chambers


Has a broad commercial and public law practice with over 30 years’ experience in international commercial arbitration and litigation, in which he acts both as counsel and arbitrator. Particular focus on advocacy in front of arbitral tribunals and the courts, particularly in cases where cross-examination may be critical. Has appeared in the supreme courts of the UK, Australia, and the European Community (ECJ). Specialises in insurance and reinsurance disputes, including issues of insurance market regulation; international disputes in oil and gas, and energy production sectors with particular expertise in acting in oil and gas disputes in relation to fields in Central Asia, India, the Far East, and the North Sea; shipping and international shipbuilding disputes, both in arbitration and the courts; UK administrative law and judicial review; telecommunications regulation and taxation; financial services regulation media work; and European law issues in particular in relation to taxation. Also advises on all aspects of indirect tax law in Europe, Asia and Australia.


Called 1975, Middle Temple; QC 1994; SC (NSW) 2000.




Trinity Hall, Cambridge (BA first class; MA).


Exploring, sailing, music, gardening, cooking.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Tax: VAT and excise

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Roderick Cordara KC – Essex Court Chambers ‘Roderick is an eloquent speaker and can weave an argument on behalf of his clients; drawing from his myriad of knowledge of the relevant case law, vastly enhanced by the fact that in many of the landmark cases, it was he who acted for the taxpayer. ’

Essex Court Chambers  includes experienced members in the field of VAT and indirect tax, with specialist expertise in areas relating to customs duty, environmental tax and restitution work. Roderick Cordara KC represented the claimants, comprising over 350 local authorities and businesses, in the extremely significant Royal Mail Group Litigation before the Court of Appeal; with Cordara KC being successful on cross-appeal and the matter subsequently being decided by the CJEU. Andrew Legg acted in a complex and high value VAT dispute in Saint-Gobain Building Distribution Ltd v HMRC, with the Upper Tribunal ruling that a historical bad debt relief claim approaching £10m could not be made due to a lack of supporting evidence. Edward Brown KC, who has this year taken silk, appeared before the Court of Appeal in News UK v HMRC, the first VAT dispute to concern the supply of electronic copies of newspapers.