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Essex Court Chambers

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Work 020 7813 8000
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London, Singapore

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: Leading Silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court ChambersCombines immense charm with encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, along with boundless energy and tireless persistence in court.

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

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.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court ChambersHe really is extraordinary, and completely deserves his reputation as one of the leaders of the Bar.

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Within: Leading Silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court ChambersA top energy disputes silk with a fantastic understanding of the industry.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Leading Silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court ChambersHe is outstanding.

Within: Insurance and reinsurance

Essex Court Chambers has 'great strength-in-depth' for insurance and reinsurance work. Although it is active across a range of insurance disputes, the set stands out for its Bermuda Form and marine insurance expertise. David Foxton QC and David Walsh, who joined from Quadrant Chambers in 2018, are involved in Double Eight Marine v RSA & others, a claim for the total loss of the vessel, the Panamax Trader. Elsewhere, John Lockey QC was instructed in the $1bn dispute, Single Buoy Mooring v Insurers and was also instructed in platform rig claim, Siri v Noreco. David Scorey QC was instructed in Harvey Weinstein v Chubb, a claim by the former film producer seeking coverage for his legal costs relating to multiple sexual assault allegations.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: Leading Silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court ChambersAmazing for arbitration matters.

Within: International arbitration: counsel

Essex Court Chambers a 'go-to set for any general commercial or arbitration-related matters'. The chambers is praised for being 'commercial and strategic in approach' and 'typically team-oriented and user-friendly, including for non-UK clients'. The barristers are 'the cream of the crop' and few will quibble with the set's overall market-leading status. Members are well-versed in arbitrations across a range of jurisdictions, sectors, and disciplines, including insurance, infrastructure, BIT claims, and general commercial disputes. The set's barristers have been involved in several high-profile disputes, including Turkmenistan v National Iranian Gas Corporation in which Paul Key QC was lead counsel for the National Iranian Gas Corporation. Another highlight was Progas Energy Limited, Progas Holding Limited, and Sheffield Engineering Company Ltd v Republic of Pakistan, in which Dan Sarooshi QC faced David Foxton QC and Iain Quirk.

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Within: Leading Silks

David Foxton QC - Essex Court ChambersAn incredible advocate and he knows shipping law backwards.

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