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Essex Court Chambers

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David Foxton QC

Work 020 7813 8000
Essex Court Chambers (Essex Court Chambers)


Has a wide-ranging commercial practice. Experienced lead trial advocate in all types of commercial disputes: both in arbitration (SIAC, LCIA, LMAA, ICC and UNCITRAL) and in court. Also accepts appointments as an arbitrator. Has been appointed sole arbitrator in ICC, SIAC and ‘ad hoc’ arbitrations, and also as chairman of three-member tribunals. Visiting professor in Commercial Law at the University of Nottingham. Key areas of expertise include: banking; commercial litigation and commercial fraud; energy and natural resources; insurance and reinsurance; international commercial arbitration; professional negligence; and shipping and commodities.


Called 1989, Gray’s Inn; Essex Court Chambers 1989; QC 2006; recorder 2010; bencher Gray’s Inn.


Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR); Junior Counsel to the Crown (A Panel) to 2006; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association.


Magdalen College, Oxford (MA; BCL); King’s College, London (PhD).

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court ChambersA legal rock star with cutting-edge intellect; he is a delight to work with.’

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court ChambersA phenomenal advocate and trusted adviser, and now firmly one of the few supersilks at the Bar.’

Within: Commercial litigation

Essex Court Chambers is ‘full of talented people’ and ‘probably the top set in London’, which added to its already strong stable of juniors, as well as its capabilities in civil fraud, through the arrival of Ciaran Keller and James Sheehan from Maitland Chambers. Highlight cases included BAT v Sequana, a top-tier showdown with David Foxton QC and Joe Smouha QC on opposing sides.

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Within: Energy – Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court ChambersSupremely intelligent and remarkably modest.’

Within: Energy

Extremely well-regarded’ set Essex Court Chambers is ‘gaining strong prominence in Asia’ and attracts praise in the UK for its ‘tremendous experience and strength in depth’. David Foxton QC represented the appellants in Arcadia Petroleum and others v Bosworth and another; and Paul Key QC is involved in a multibillion-dollar dispute between three BSG companies and the Republic of Guinea. Ciaran Keller joined from Maitland Chambers.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance – Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court ChambersA well-established silk in the marine and professional indemnity areas.’

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court ChambersIncredibly academic, detail-oriented and an excellent advocate.’

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court ChambersStrong experience.’

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Within: Shipping – Leading silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court ChambersImpressive.’

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