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Twenty Essex
Twenty Essex

The Set: A leading commercial set of chambers, the barristers of Twenty Essex offer outstanding legal minds combined with a modern and commercial disputes experience.

Clients include major global companies, institutions, governments and their advisors from around the world and our barristers advise and appear as advocates in court or arbitration in relation to a broad range of company and commercial, EU, competition, and public international law disputes. Practices involve the preparation and conduct of litigation before a wide range of courts and tribunals, in the UK, in foreign jurisdictions as well as on the international stage.

The vast majority of the work is international in nature and we have well-established links to many overseas markets, including through our Asian hub in Singapore servicing clients throughout Asia Pacific and beyond.

The set is also home to a number of highly respected domestic and international arbitrators and mediators, some of whom were previously judges either in the UK or overseas.

Types of work undertaken:

Commercial dispute resolution: most members of Twenty Essex advise and act as advocates in relation to all types of commercial disputes, particularly in disputes with an international dimension. These may be resolved in the English courts, by institutional or ad hoc international arbitration, or by London maritime and commodity trade arbitrations. Members are experienced in representing overseas and large corporate clients and advising in complex, high-value and multi-forum litigation. The areas in which members accept instructions are: financial services (banking/compliance/regulation); international trade (including shipping, commodities and sale of goods); energy and natural resources; insurance and reinsurance; civil fraud; aviation; information technology, data protection; intellectual property; telecoms and media; ; shareholder, joint venture and partnership disputes; agency and sport.

Brexit, EU and competition: a number of members at Twenty Essex specialise in the substantive law of the EU (including Brexit) and in UK and EU competition law. Virtually all members deal with aspects of EU law regularly. A number have experience of working in the European Court of Justice, at the European Commission and for UK government regulatory authorities. Members appear before the: Competition Appeal Tribunal; Competition Commission; European Commission; European Court of First Instance; and European Court of Justice. In addition, members of the set appear regularly before domestic courts and tribunals to argue questions of EU and competition law. They also advise and represent Community institutions, member states, corporations and private individuals. Advice and the conduct of litigation both for and against the OFT and other regulatory bodies also forms a significant part of members work.

International arbitration: Twenty Essex has a strong reputation as a leading arbitration set. It has an exclusive team of 15 leading international arbitrators from around the globe. In addition, the set has 72 barrister members who act as advocates and arbitrators at all of the world’s major institutions. Its high-quality silks and juniors deal with all manner of international commercial disputes involving banking, shipping, international trade and energy, and investor trade disputes (among many others).

Insolvency and company: members of Twenty Essex are well known for their expertise in contentious and non-contentious restructurings (including schemes of arrangement), insolvency law and company law, spanning all business and industry sectors. In the context of restructurings and insolvency, members regularly advise and represent insolvency office-holders, companies, creditors, shareholders and company directors (both in the UK and abroad) and have been heavily involved in most of the major restructurings and insolvencies of recent years.

Public international law: Twenty Essex is pre-eminent in public international law. Two members of chambers have been principal legal advisers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Others have been appointed judges ad hoc of the International Court of Justice, president and members of the North American Free Trade Association tribunals and members of tribunals under the World Bank’s International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes and have been engaged as legal adviser within the United Nations. Members provide legal and strategic advice to states and other parties and appear before English courts in cases in which issues of public international law arise, before international courts and tribunals including: The International Court of Justice; dispute settlement panels of the World Trade Organisation; the European Court of Human Rights; the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea; and international arbitral tribunals.

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Chambers Christopher Hancock QC (1983) 442078421200
Head of Chambers Duncan Matthews QC (1986) 442078421200
CEO Jemma Tagg 442078421200
Practice Director Arron Zitver 442078421205
Practice Director Christopher Theobald 442078421210
Practice Director Anthony Carroll 442078421230
Member Alexander Layton QC (1976) 44207842100
Member Timothy Young QC (1977) 44207842100
Member Sir Daniel Bethlehem QC (1988) 44207842100
Member Stephen Atherton QC (1989) 44207842100
Member Phillip Edey QC (1994) 44207842100
Member Timothy Hill QC (1990) 44207842100
Member Paul Lowenstein QC (1988) 44207842100
Member Michael Coburn QC (1990) 44207842100
Member Charles Kimmins QC (1994) 44207842100
Member Gordon Nardell QC (1995) 44207842100
Member Michael Ashcroft QC (1997) 44207842100
Member Lawrence Akka QC (1991) 44207842100
Member Sara Masters QC (1993) 44207842100
Member Michael Collett QC (1995) 44207842100
Member David Lewis QC (1999) 44207842100
Member Thomas Raphael QC (1999) 44207842100
Member Wendy Miles QC (2020) 44207842100
Member Andrew Ayres QC (!996) 44207842100
Member Sudhanshu Swaroop QC (1997) 44207842100
Member Julian Kenny QC (1997) 44207842100
Member Guglielmo Veridrame QC (2006) 44207842100
Member Nakul Dewan SA (2014) 6562257230
Member Henry Byam-Cook QC (2000) 44207842100
Member Blair Leahy QC (2001) 44207842100
Member Phillip Riches QC (2001) 44207842100
Member Andrew Fulton QC (1999) 44207842100
Member Sir Michael Wood (1968) 44207842100
Member Karen Maxwell (1992) 44207842100
Member Julie Anderson (1993) 44207842100
Member Malcolm Jarvis (1998) 44207842100
Member Susannah Jones (1999) 44207842100
Member Zannis Mavrogordato (1999) 44207842100
Member Sean Snook (2000) 44207842100
Member Socrates Papadopoulos (2001) 44207842100
Member Angharad Parry (2002) 44207842100
Member Colleen Hanley (2003) 44207842100
Member Christopher Newman (2003) 44207842100
Member Simon Milnes (2005) 44207842100
Member Tony Beswetherick (2003) 44207842100
Member Daniel Bovenseipen (2004) 44207842100
Member Josephine Davies (2006) 44207842100
Member Stefan Talmon (2007) 44207842100
Member Patricia Edwards (2006) 44207842100
Member Harris Bor (2006) 44207842100
Member Charlotte Tan (2008) 44207842100
Member Luke Pearce (2007) 44207842100
Member Albert Dinelli (2007) 6562257230
Member Penelope Nevill (2010) 44207842100
Member Rupert Hamilton (2010) 44207842100
Member Thomas Corby (2011) 44207842100
Member Mahnaz Malik (2012) 44207842100
Member Oliver Caplin (2012) 44207842100
Member Alex Carless (2012) 44207842100
Member Thomas Leary (2012) 44207842100
Member Richard Greenberg (2013) 44207842100
Member Matthew McGhee (2013) 44207842100
Member Andrew Feld (2013) 44207842100
Member Andrew Dinsmore (2013) 44207842100
Member Monica Feria-Tinta (2014) 44207842100
Member Belinda McRae (2014) 44207842100
Member Alexander Thompson (2014) 44207842100
Member Kate Parlett (2015) 44207842100
Member John Bethell (2014) 44207842100
Member Sam Goodman (2015) 44207842100
Member Alistair Wooder (2015) 44207842100
Member Jonathan Ketcheson (2016) 44207842100
Member Phillipa Webb (2016) 44207842100
Member Mark Tushingham (2016) 44207842100
Member Paulo Busco (2017) 44207842100
Member Patrick Dunn Walsh (2012) 44207842100
Member Michal Hain (2017) 44207842100
Member Fiona Whiteside (2017) 44207842100
Member Paolo Busco (2014) 44207842100
Member Daniel Kalderismis (!999) 6562257230
Member The Honorable Charles N Brower 44207842100
Member Michael Lee (Arbitrator) 6562257230
Member David Sutton (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member J William Rowley QC (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member Malcolm Holmes QC (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member L Yves Fortier QC (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member Sir Bernard Rix (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member David Owen QC (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member Michael Tselentis QC (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member Professor Julian Lew QC (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member Dr Michael Moser (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member Sir Martin Moore-Bick (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member Sir Mark Havelock-Allan (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member Clare Ambrose (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member Judith Gill QC (Arbitrator) 65 62257230
Member Sir Peter Gross (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member Lord Glennie (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member Nigel Rawding QC (Arbitrator) 65 62257230
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
General Council of the Bar of England and Wales
Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
INSOL - International Association of Restructuring
IBA (International Bar Association)
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
London Maritime Arbitrators Association (supporting member)
British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)
Young International Arbitration Group