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Essex Court Chambers

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Work 020 7813 8000
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London, Singapore

David Davies

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


Has a broadly based commercial practice encompassing both acting as junior counsel on large scale commercial litigation and as an advocate on smaller matters. Developing substantial experience of international commercial arbitration and has acted in matters under the rules of the LCIA, ICC, FOSFA, GAFTA and ICSID as well as in various ad hoc proceedings. Such work has often involved acting closely with other counsel and with a team of solicitors and experts. Also has a substantial court practice with a particular emphasis on acting as an advocate in commercial disputes, whether in the county courts or High Court. Has been instructed on numerous county court trials and is rapidly gaining experience as a trial advocate. Also has experience of appearing in the Commercial Court and the Chancery Division.


Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR); London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association.

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Leading Juniors

David Davies - Essex Court Chambers ‘ An excellent junior, very user friendly and responsive. ’

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Juniors

David Davies - Essex Court Chambers ‘ Very perceptive, he sees the problems and the solutions. ’

Within: Commercial litigation

Essex Court Chambers is a 'first-class set to turn to on significant matters' with 'an incredibly deep and diverse bench'. The set's versatility on commercial disputes is one of the things that marks it out, with some excellent expertise in areas such as fraud and international arbitration. The set has expanded heavily at the junior level in recent years, with Tim Akkouh arriving from Erskine Chambers being the most recent example. Major recent cases have included PJSC Tatneft v Bogolyubov & Others in which Paul McGrath QC, David Davies and James Sheehan were on opposing sides to fellow members, including Ruth den Besten. Other highlights included Fortress Group v BNP Paribas (the Golden Belt litigation), and Yukos Finance v Lynch. Martin Griffiths QC has been appointed a High Court judge in the Queen’s Bench Division.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Leading Juniors

David Davies - Essex Court Chambers ‘ Possesses great judgement and is a fine lawyer – known for his involvement in cases involving complex fraud. ’

Within: Fraud: civil

Essex Court Chambers is 'without question the go-to set for heavy-duty commercial litigation, in particular, fraud'. The set has expanded significantly in this area over recent years, particularly at the junior end, and the recent arrival of tier-one junior Tim Akkouh, from Erskine Chambers, continues the trend. Five members, including Nathan Pillow QC, David Davies, and James Willan  were involved in the nine-week National Bank Trust v Yurov & ors trial, relating to a $800m fraud claim. Paul McGrath QC, James Sheehan, and Ruth den Besten were among those with significant roles on Tatneft v Bogolyubov & Ors.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: Leading Juniors

David Davies - Essex Court Chambers ‘ Has an excellent and user-friendly manner. ’

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Within: Leading Juniors

David Davies - Essex Court Chambers ‘ He is a good choice for shipping disputes. ’

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