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Essex Court Chambers
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Ruth den Besten is a senior junior practitioner with substantial expertise in heavy commercial and chancery litigation. She specializes, in particular, in civil fraud and asset recovery, insolvency, contractual and company disputes, and the obtaining and discharge of injunctive relief (worldwide freezing, search and Norwich Pharmacal orders). She is currently engaged in (amongst other matters) proceedings brought by the Danish Revenue in respect of an alleged $billion tax fraud, and has recently appeared in ArcelorMittal USA LLC v Essar Steel Limited [2019] EWHC 724 (Comm), Atlantica Holdings Inc v Samruk-Kazyna JSC [2019] EWHC 319 (QB), Tatneft PJSC v (1) Bogolyubov, (2) Kolomoisky & Ors [2019] EWHC 1480 (Comm), [2018] 4 WLR 14 and [2017] EWCA Civ 1591, and Lehman Brothers – Waterfall I [2017] UKSC 38.


Commercial Bar Association; Chancery Bar Association


1996-1999 BA Jesus College, Oxford (History, First Class);

2000 Dip Law, City University

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Company

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Ruth den BestenEssex Court Chambers ‘Very cool calm and incisive advocacy. Always on top of her brief.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Ruth den BestenEssex Court Chambers ‘Very cool, calm and incisive advocacy. Always on top of her brief.’

Essex Court Chambers is ‘packed with excellent barristers‘ and has ‘a deserved reputation as a Magic Circle chambers for heavyweight litigation‘. The set’s senior and junior members offer an incredibly broad range of expertise, including overlapping strengths in civil fraud and commercial arbitration. Recent noteworthy cases include Dynasty Company for Oil and Gas Trading Ltd v The Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq; and Dr Ashti Hawrami, a US$1.5bn Commercial Court claim relating to change of control of two oil and gas blocks in Northern Iraq in which Hawrami was successfully represented by Graham Dunning KC, Anton Dudnikov and Catherine Jung. Several members, including Dunning, Anna Dilnot KC, Ruth den Besten, Ciaran Keller and Benedict Tompkins, are representing different groups of defendants in, Suppipat & Ors v Nop Narongdeg & Ors, a US$2bn claim concerning an alleged fraud by Thai businessman Nop Narongdej and several other individuals and entities over the ownership of Thailand’s largest renewable energy company.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Ruth den BestenEssex Court Chambers ‘Ruth is extremely smart and hard-working with a very impressive knowledge of the law across a wide range of areas. She is also a pleasure to work with.’