Anton Dudnikov > Essex Court Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Essex Court Chambers


Anton has a broad commercial practice. He is regularly instructed in international arbitrations, as well as trials and applications in the High Court and the County Courts. He has appeared in the Court of Appeal, and is accustomed to acting both as sole counsel and as part of a team of leading and other junior counsel, solicitors and experts. Key areas of expertise include: arbitration and related court applications; banking and financial services; civil fraud and asset tracing; commercial dispute resolution; conflict of laws and private international law; European law and competition; and insurance and reinsurance.


Called 2008; Gray’s Inn. Research assistant for Professor Simon Whittaker, St John’s College, Oxford (2006-07); Tutor in EC Law, St John’s College and Balliol College, Oxford (2007-08); Tutor in Jurisprudence, Wadham College, Oxford (2007-08); Research assistant, Law Commission (2008-09); Call, Gray’s Inn (2008); Pupillage at Essex Court Chambers (2009-10); Essex Court Chambers (2010).


Russian (fluent); Anton is a native Russian speaker.


St John’s College, Oxford, BA (First Class Hons) (Law) (2003-06); St John’s College, Oxford, BCL, Distinction (Conflict of Laws, Restitution, Jurisprudence and Political Theory) (2006-07); BVC (Very competent) (2007-08); Keble College Advanced International Advocacy Course (2013). Awards: Casberd Scholarship (for a distinction in Law Moderations) (2004); Lord Justice Holker Award (Gray’s Inn) (2006); Herbert Hart Prize (for best performance in Jurisprudence and Political Theory) (2007); Phoenicia Scholarship (Bar European Group) (2008); Lee Essay Prize (Gray’s Inn) (2009).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Anton DudnikovEssex Court ChambersA fiercely bright, commercial junior. His drafting is second to none, as is his command of the relevant legal principles. Anton’s pragmatic approach sets him apart from other juniors at his level.

Essex Court Chambers is to some the ‘go-to commercial set above all others‘ and ‘the universal quality of its counsel marks it out as exceptional‘. Perhaps a mark of the set’s quality and depth is its ability to carry on despite the departure of several high profile silks in 2021, in part owing to sanctions imposed on the set by the Chinese government. A glance at the calibre of the set’s new silks and juniors  suggests the future remains bright. Among these, James Willan KC was sole counsel to Nikolay Fetisov, one of the defendants in National Bank Trust v Yurov, a matter concerning an alleged misappropriation of funds from a Russian bank, with Nathan Pillow KC, David Davies and Anton Dudnikov appearing for the claimant, and Paul Stanley KC acting for another defendant. Joe Smouha KC also led for the claimants in PCP Capital Partners LLP v Barclays Bank plc with a team that included James Sheehan.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Anton DudnikovEssex Court ChambersOne of the brightest junior barristers at the bar. Ruthlessly efficient and extremely smart, Anton is responsive and pro-active with an ability to get quickly and effectively into the detail of a matter in a way that is second to none.

Essex Court Chambers is ‘strong in banking litigation‘ and has ‘unparalleled strength in depth‘ for banking fraud cases. One of the set’s most notable cases is PCP Capital Partners LLP v Barclays Plc – a long-running dispute concerning Qatari investment in the bank during the 2008 crisis – in which Joe Smouha KC is leading a team of silks and juniors from within chambers including the highly rated senior junior, James Sheehan. Another highlight case with strong fraud aspects was National Bank TRUST v Yurov, Belyaev & Fetisov in which Nathan Pillow KC is leading David Davies KC, who recently took silk, and Anton Dudnikov. Stephen Houseman KC has made a strong impression in this area and is representing the claimant in Madison Pacific Trust v Sahkoor Capital and PrivatBank, a dispute about limited recourse notes issued by a Ukranian bank which was nationalised in 2016.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Anton DudnikovEssex Court ChambersAnton is analytically very strong, with an excellent grasp of the law, and is very good at taking a step back and considering issues that others might not.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Anton DudnikovEssex Court ChambersAn extremely knowledgeable and accomplished fraud practitioner. He is an utterly reliable and polished advocate who appears to be unflappable even under pressure on his feet or otherwise.