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Essex Court Chambers Offices
Essex Court Chambers
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Commercial and chancery litigation and arbitration (domestic and international), including: business agreements and contractual disputes of all kinds; banking and financial services litigation; civil fraud and asset tracing; energy and minerals; jurisdiction disputes; company, partnership and insolvency matters; shareholder disputes; fiduciaries; professional negligence; enforcement of judgments and awards; and claims for and against sovereign states.
Admitted as a member of the Bar of the British Virgin Islands.
Notable cases include: Maximov v NLMK  (Comm – enforcement of annulled award); Hellas II v Apax Partners  (Ch – transaction defrauding creditors); Nogotkov v Browder  (Ch – Cross Border Insolvency Regulations; public policy); British American Tobacco v Sequana  (Ch – unlawful dividends; breach of fiduciary duty; transactions defrauding creditors); Krys v KBC Partners  (Privy Council – construction of articles of a limited partnership); Yukos Capital v Rosneft (No. 2)  (Comm – enforceability of annulled arbitral awards); Barnsley v Noble  (Ch – deceit, breach of contract and fiduciary duty); Cifal Groupe v Meridian Securities  (Comm – jurisdiction challenge); Yukos Capital v Rosneft  (CA – act of state, issue estoppel); Favor Easy Management v Wu  (CA – civil fraud); NML v Argentina  (Supreme Court – sovereign immunity); Crossco v Jolan  (CA – constructive trust, proprietary estoppel); Star Energy v Bocardo  (Supreme Court – trespass by oil pipelines at depth); Crest Nicholson v Akaria  (CA – contractual formation); IPCO v NNPC  (CA – part enforcement of New York Convention awards); Meretz v ACP  (CA – conspiracy; inducing breach of contract); Donegal v Zambia  (Comm – debt recovery against a sovereign state); Gamlestaden v Baltic Partners  (Privy Council – unfair prejudice remedy for shareholders).
Formerly a Member of HM Diplomatic Service (serving at the United Nations and the British Embassy, Lisbon). Called to the Bar 2004.
Commercial Bar Association; Chancery Bar Association; Financial Services Lawyers Association
Educated at Cheadle Hulme School and Brasenose College, Oxford (MA, 1st Class Honours; Gibbs Prize, John House Prize, Shell Prize; Open Scholarship), City University (Distinction) and the Inns of Court School of Law (Barstow Scholarship, Sweet & Maxwell Company Law Prize). Member of Lincoln’ s Inn (Hardwicke, Lord Haldane, Lord Mansfield and Megarry Scholarships; Buchanan Prize; Sir Louis Gluckstein Advocacy Prize).
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3
Essex Court Chambers is a ‘high-profile, high-quality set‘ whose members have an enviable track record when it comes to complex and highly technical banking litigation. In recent years chambers has been involved in several insolvency-related banking disputes, such as the Lehmans Waterfall litigation relating to the distribution of over $1bn from the Lehman’s estate. Another highlight involving numerous members was the Hellas II litigation – Hosking v Apax Partners, Deutsche Bank & Others, in which Joe Smouha QC and Ciaran Keller faced a team including David Foxton QC.(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2 (Partnership - Leading juniors) Ranked: Tier 3 (Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3 (Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2 (Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3