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Essex Court Chambers
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In private practice as a barrister since 1994, specialising in international and commercial law, and, in particular, international and commercial arbitration. Regularly advises and appears as counsel before the English courts and international arbitrations in many countries. Also has extensive experience as an arbitrator in ad hoc and institutional international arbitration. Awarded ‘Chambers & Partners’ Junior Barrister of the Year in the field of international arbitration in 2005 and 2007.


Called 1993, Middle Temple; attorney and counsellor-at-law, New York 1994; F.C.I.Arb and chartered arbitrator; visiting senior lecturer in arbitration law, King’s College, London; board of directors LCIA.


American Society of International Law; Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (trustee and fellow); Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR); International Arbitration Club (committee); International Arbitration Institute; International Law Association; LCIA (Board of Directors); London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; Swiss Arbitration Association.


Merton College, Oxford (BA, MA, BCL); Harvard (LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading counsel as arbitrators) Ranked: Tier 1

Toby Landau QCEssex Court ChambersA quality barrister arbitrator who has specialised in arbitration as counsel.

Essex Court Chambers is a ‘first-rate international arbitration chambers‘ and this reputation extends to its stable of arbitrators. The full-time arbitrators, which include Sir Bernard Eder and several other highly respected former judges, are housed in the associated specialist chambers, 24 Lincoln’s Inn Fields. The main chambers has several well-respected counsel who also work as arbitrators, with Toby Landau QC and Jeffrey Gruder QC among the most active. The set, and the market as a whole, mourns the loss V V Veeder QC, who sadly passed away in 2020 and was widely considered to be a doyen of the arbitration world.

London Bar > Public international law

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Toby Landau QCEssex Court ChambersUndoubtedly one of the best.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Toby Landau QCEssex Court ChambersA very impressive advocate.

London Bar > Set overviews: England and Wales

From its base in London and outpost in Singapore, Essex Court Chambers is one of the leading commercial sets for both domestic and international disputes. The latest guide sees the set among the top ten chambers with the most leading set rankings, the most Tier 1 set rankings, the most overall barrister rankings, and the most leading silks rankings. In recent news, Joe Smouha QC and Huw Davies QC were appointed Joint Heads of Chambers, following the announcement of David Foxton QC’s elevation to the High Court Bench in December 2019. Alison Macdonald QC and Angeline Welsh  joined from Matrix Chambers, while Sean Aughey  arrived from 11KBW. Toby Landau QC was elected to the governing board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration. Hugh Mercer QC has been elected to serve as Head of the UK Delegation to The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe.