Set Profile > Twenty Essex > London, England

Twenty Essex
Twenty Essex
20 ESSEX STREET
LONDON
WC2R 3AL
England

London Bar > Commodities Tier 1

Twenty Essex has ‘a huge concentration of expertise and familiarity with commodities associations, as well as deep and long-standing expertise in an area in which you cannot dabble’. It is widely regarded as the leading set across the full spectrum of commodities cases, including areas of growing importance such as commodities fraud and cryptoasset trading. Leading junior Angharad Parry was also involved in a novel case, having obtained the first reported worldwide freezing order granted by an English court in relation to a Scottish limited partnership. Among its members are some of the leading names in shipping, commodities and international trade, notably Timothy Young QC and Michael Ashcroft QC, the latter having handled a major off-specification fuel oil dispute in Commercial Court. Michael Collett QC and outstanding junior Oliver Caplin recently were recently involved in MT “Tenacity” – Tenacity Marine Inc v NOC Swiss LLC, which concerned the alleged misdelivery of cargo without presentation of bills of lading following the insolvency of Gulf Petroleum.

Leading Silks

Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty EssexA very senior silk and second to none in commodities, he demands his opponents' A game.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Collett QC - Twenty EssexVery thorough, he has a 360-degree knowledge of how everything fits together in the commodities world.
Ranked: Tier 1
Timothy Young QC - Twenty EssexHeavily involved in commodities disputes, he never misses a point and is a tenacious and highly persuasive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexHe has a great ability to put across difficult legal concepts in simple terms and is very good in arguing tight corners.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Lewis QC - Twenty EssexHe knows the area inside out, is extremely user-friendly and brings with him strategic brilliance and a formidable intellect.
Ranked: Tier 2
Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty EssexA big game player, he is incredibly effective on his feet, with an imposing presence - there is no better cross-examiner at the Bar.
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Edey QCTwenty EssexA fierce advocate and a fantastic team player, he is a quick thinker and instinctively reads the courtroom very well.
Ranked: Tier 3
Timothy Hill QC - Twenty EssexHe is very commercial, very quick to understand the client’s perspective, and has a good grasp of technical issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Coburn QC - Twenty EssexCalm, considered, patient and very thorough on the law, he gives realistic advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sara Masters QC - Twenty EssexShe has a great ability to grasp detail very quickly and explain things in simple and commercial terms to clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Lawrence Akka QC - Twenty EssexVery accessible, calm and unflappable, he offers creative solutions.
Ranked: Tier 5
Christopher Hancock QC - Twenty EssexA veteran in shipping and commodities cases who works well as counsel or arbitrator.
Ranked: Tier 5
Julian Kenny QC - Twenty EssexA top-drawer silk who is very clever with a great sense of humour – a lethal combination.
Ranked: Tier 5

2020 Silks

Henry Byam-Cook QC - Twenty EssexA very able silk with meticulous attention to detail, unrivalled knowledge of the law and a commercial attitude to advice.
Philip Riches QC - Twenty EssexHis advocacy is clear and concise, and he will consider all avenues.

Leading Juniors

Daniel Bovensiepen - Twenty EssexA great mathematical brain, he is a junior at the very top of his game and his written work is absolutely top-notch.
Ranked: Tier 1
Oliver Caplin - Twenty EssexA senior junior that is more than capable of mixing it with silks, he is calm, affable, extremely responsive, strategically astute and a true specialist in the area.
Ranked: Tier 1
Colleen Hanley - Twenty EssexBright, responsive, and thorough in her consideration of the relevant legal issues, she has a warm and reassuring presence in front of clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Malcolm Jarvis - Twenty EssexEasy to work with and very commercial, he is clued up on jurisdictional matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Susannah Jones - Twenty EssexA first-class senior junior, she is very thorough and provides outstandingly clear analysis.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Milnes - Twenty EssexHe is a gift to the profession, a great counsel, quick to identify and comprehend the issues and mechanisms however intricate and technical.
Ranked: Tier 2
Angharad Parry - Twenty EssexTechnically brilliant with a real eye for detail, she has an uncanny ability to unravel the most complex legal issues with surprising ease.
Ranked: Tier 2
Luke Pearce - Twenty EssexHe is excellent when it comes to commodities work and he is an excellent technical lawyer who produces well-reasoned and comprehensive opinions.
Ranked: Tier 2
Thomas Corby - Twenty EssexExtremely diligent, thorough, knowledgeable and strategic, he provides an excellent service to his instructing solicitors.
Ranked: Tier 3
Josephine Davies - Twenty EssexShe brings a rare combination of science and art, no one can beat her on detail and her style of advocacy is calm and precise.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Dinsmore - Twenty EssexA tenacious advocate with a very good eye for detail who offers proactive and practical comment and advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sean Snook - Twenty EssexAn extremely strong junior to watch, he is experienced in both in court and in arbitration.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Twenty Essex is my go-to set for commodities work. They have a great range of counsel at differing levels of seniority. The clerks are friendly, proactive and approachable. They are willing to be flexible on rates when appropriate.’

‘It has excellent strength in depth and always has someone available at the requested level of call and quality.’

‘Easy to work with and methodical.’

‘A very good set with some market-leading silks.’

‘Twenty Essex is my go-to commercial set in London. I think it has great strength in depth and provides top-quality service at prices which are acceptable. I have always felt that I am putting my clients in very good hands.’

Clerks

‘All have been patient, understanding and proactive.’

‘The clerking is reliable, with no need to chase for updates, quotes or communications with the court.’

‘Twenty Essex’s clerks  provide great support. I never have to quibble over a brief. Discussions are frank and fair and for one-off advice work, the turnaround times and pricing are good.’

‘Anthony Carroll in particular is very responsive, commercial and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘A very good team – I think Chris Theobald is one of the best.’

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators Tier 1

Twenty Essex is praised for its 'very strong bench of well-known arbitrators' who range from former judges through to practicing barristers. The set, which has a strong background in shipping, international trade and broader commercial and investment treaty disputes, has several counsel who have excellent arbitrator credentials, with Duncan Matthews QC being a prime example. This is in addition to a strong cohort of full time arbitrators, including ex judges such as Sir Bernard Rix, and distinguished former solicitors including Judith Gill QC, Julian Lew QC and David Sutton. Clients appreciate the service, commending the set for being 'very experienced in clerking arbitrators'.

Testimonials

Set

‘Leading set for arbitration.’

‘Twenty Essex is undoubtedly still one of small number of go-to sets for arbitration/public international law work, with a very strong bench at all levels. I really rate them.’

‘Twenty Essex are one of the top players in International Arbitration.’

‘Great set, use them regularly,’

Clerking

‘I would like to credit Catherine Reeves as the arbitrators’ practice manager, for doing an outstanding job not just on the organisational side but also and – perhaps more importantly – working really hard on the profile raising efforts which are critical to growing and maintaining arbitrators’ practices. She is a real unsung hero.’

”The clerks are a very good and decent team. ‘

‘Clerks are very responsive and commercial.’

‘Very experienced in clerking Arbitrators.’

‘Arron Zitver has always been a stand out performer.’

London Bar > Public international law Tier 1

Twenty Essex fields a selection of the market's top public international law barristers, with a commendable range of expertise at the most senior and junior levels. Several, such as Sir Michael Wood KCMG and Sir Daniel Bethlehem QC came from distinguished legal careers at the UK Foreign Office, and bring a mixture of public and private expertise to a broad range of major international disputes. Notable case highlights include Islamic Republic of Iran v United States of America, concerning the question of whether the rights victims of Iranian terrorism to pursue compensation in the US courts is a treaty violation; Bethlehem is leading Belinda McRae on behalf of the USA, with Philippa Webb a member of the opposing team. Bethlehem, Webb, Wood, Sudhanshu Swaroop QC and Guglielmo Verdirame QC are also representing Italy in the MB Enrica Lexie case between India and Italy, concerning an incident where two Italian Navy marines protecting a commercial ship were detained by Indian forces after two fishermen were found shot dead off the coast of Kerala.

Leading Silks

Sir Daniel Bethlehem KCMG QCTwenty EssexTruly impressive, with an encyclopedic knowledge of international law and a refined sense of litigation strategy. He is indefatigable, user friendly, and honest.
Ranked: Tier 1
Wendy Miles QC - Twenty EssexParticularly good at arbitrations involving public international law disputes.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Guglielmo Verdirame QC - Twenty EssexBeautifully prepared, and leaves no stone unturned: novel areas and arguments don't faze him. He relishes a fight on uncertain ground and delivers brilliantly. A class act.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Kate Parlett - Twenty EssexKate is a fantastic, talented lawyer: hardworking, clever, a great advocate and also a joy to work with. She holds her own against far more senior people with aplomb.
Ranked: Tier 1
Belinda McRae - Twenty EssexA go-to junior in the public international law arena. Her work is of extremely high quality. She is going to be an absolute superstar.
Ranked: Tier 2
Philippa Webb - Twenty EssexAn excellent advocate - very thoughtful, very acute analytical skills.
Ranked: Tier 2
Monica Feria-Tinta - Twenty EssexAn outstanding practitioner in the field of international environmental and human rights law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Olleson - Twenty EssexSimon is a brilliant professional, he's proactive, practical and great to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Excellent set for PIL.’

 

 

London Bar > Commercial litigation Tier 2

Twenty Essex 'is an excellent chambers for commercial disputes' and has made strong inroads into the market in recent years. Clients are quick to praise its 'impressive array of commercial barristers who are leaders in their field or will be leaders of the next generation'. Duncan Matthews QC is one of the set's leading silks and represented the fourth defendant, Igor Mints, against fraudulent  conspiracy claims brought by two Russian banks in PJSC National Bank Trust v Mints, a case that involved six members in total, with Philip Edey QC and Andrew Fulton QC representing Russian businessman Boris Mints. Paul Lowenstein QC and Sam Goodman are also representing the Frontier Investment Management Partners, the third defendant  in The Libyan Investment Authority v Credit Suisse International and ors, one of a portfolio of disputes concerning Libya's sovereign wealth fund.

Rising stars

Sam Goodman - Twenty EssexAn outstanding prospect. He is an excellent lawyer who shows great judgement and is very articulate.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty EssexHe is brilliant. Unflappable, highly attuned to the needs of his clients and instructing solicitors and a first rate advocate who is a delight to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Philip Edey QC - Twenty EssexHe is client-friendly, a brilliant strategist and without a doubt one of the most distinguished commercial barristers in London.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Lowenstein QC - Twenty EssexHe is extremely knowledgeable, prepares his cases thoroughly and comes at them from a strategic perspective. Paul is a forceful advocate. Everything you want in a top commercial silk.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Ayres QC - Twenty EssexVery user-friendly. Andrew has a very smooth advocacy style and very good court presence - has a real air of authority and is unflappable.
Ranked: Tier 5
Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexBalanced and measured, with sound commercial judgement, and all over the details.
Ranked: Tier 5
Lawrence Akka QC - Twenty EssexA calm, collected and extremely intelligent barrister with clarity of thought and an ability to articulate complicated concepts in a simple way.
Ranked: Tier 6
David Lewis QC - Twenty EssexExtremely bright and he has very strong analytical skills. He is unerringly pleasant to work with, always willing to muck-in and be part of a legal team. David is very user-friendly indeed. His advocacy is first-rate.
Ranked: Tier 6

2020 Silks

Blair Leahy QC - Twenty EssexA strong new silk who is very responsive and understands the complexities involved in large-scale multi-jurisdictional matters.
Philip Riches QC - Twenty EssexHe does a sterling job - his advocacy is clear, concise and he adapts easily in the face of time restrictions.

2021 Silks

Andrew Fulton QC - Twenty EssexVery responsive and hardworking, and a clear and persuasive advocate.

Leading Juniors

Susannah Jones - Twenty EssexSusannah is superb. Clever and thoughtful. She has the ability to remember and assimilate every detail in a case in no time. Her drafting is really first-class - an outstanding senior junior.
Ranked: Tier 2
Josephine Davies - Twenty EssexVery responsive and absolutely a team player. Her legal analysis is excellent and her resulting drafting is top-notch.
Ranked: Tier 3
Belinda McRae - Twenty EssexBelinda is outstanding. One of the best communicators in the business. An intellectual powerhouse with a straight forward communication style.
Ranked: Tier 4
Luke Pearce - Twenty EssexObviously highly intelligent but at the same time extremely calm and measured and a pleasure to work with. He is confident and assertive enough to deal with and impress difficult clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
Malcolm Jarvis - Twenty EssexExcellent on jurisdictional matters.
Ranked: Tier 5
Angharad Parry - Twenty EssexTechnically brilliant with a real eye for detail - Angharad has an uncanny ability to unravel the most complex legal issues with surprising ease.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

‘Twenty Essex is an excellent set with whom I and my firm work with regularly. They have excellent counsel at all levels of seniority and each is approachable and provides high quality advice.’

‘Twenty Essex are brilliant and are on the rise.’

‘Twenty Essex offers great variety of counsel and availability.’

‘Twenty Essex are an excellent set with expertise across the experience spectrum. In terms of banking and commercial work they are one of the very best and their growing practice in insolvency will stand them in good stead for many years to come.’

‘A very commercial set. I love to work with Twenty Essex.’

Clerking

‘Very strong support, friendly, professional and commercial. Tara Shah seems to know what instructing solicitors want and how to deliver the service.’

‘Flawless service. Sam McDowell is a real asset. He is extremely on the ball, always available, follows through on every task.’

‘Jemma Tagg has brought admirable modernity to the set and it seems to be thriving as a result. We have also received excellent training sessions from them on many occasions, on all sorts of commercial litigation issues.’

‘Tara Shah is friendly, communicative and easy to deal with. I am always thrilled to be dealing with her on a case.’

‘Chris Theobald is excellent.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil Tier 2

Twenty Essex is 'a very strong set with a wide range of experiences ranging from top-notch QCs to extremely able juniors starting out on their careers'. Civil fraud claims regularly feature on the agenda, often with a link to the set's traditional strengths in trade, commodities, and international arbitration, as well as other areas of growth such as banking, insolvency and offshore claims. Six members  represented the defendants against fraudulent conspiracy claims brought by two Russian banks in PJSC National Bank Trust and PJSC Otkritie Bank Financial Corporation v Mints, with Philip Edey QC and Andrew Fulton QC representing Boris Mints, and Duncan Matthews QC defending his son, Igor Mints. Paul Lowenstein QC is also representing Standard Chartered in Standard Chartered Bank and another v Holdwave Trading Ltd and another, a fraud case involving accusations of money laundering.

Rising stars

Sam Goodman - Twenty EssexMiles ahead of his peers, and often his seniors; a great barrister to work with in all respects.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Paul Lowenstein QC - Twenty EssexHe has a steeliness to his advocacy that makes solicitors reluctant ever to see him pop up on the other side.
Ranked: Tier 2
Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty EssexHe is totally unflappable and is at the top of his game. He is the go-to QC for civil fraud.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Atherton QC - Twenty EssexA very experienced senior fraud and insolvency silk. His advice is very clear and well thought out. An excellent strategist and an extremely fine and strong advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Ayres QC - Twenty EssexHighly strategic approach to litigation - always thinking of the next step. Great knowledge of the fraud toolkit.
Ranked: Tier 3
Philip Edey QC - Twenty EssexHe is a cut above his peers and very easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3

2020 Silks

Blair Leahy QC - Twenty EssexA strong new silk who understands the complexities involved in complex multi-jurisdictional fraud cases.
Philip Riches QC - Twenty EssexHe does a stirling job - his advocacy is clear, concise and he adapts easily in the face of time restrictions.

2021 Silks

Andrew Fulton QC - Twenty EssexClearly a star. He is a winner. He works very hard. He always see points that nobody see. When Andrew is on your side you feel safe.

Leading Juniors

Christopher Newman - Twenty EssexA rigorous, energetic and intelligent barrister who fights for his client's best interests.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tony Beswetherick - Twenty EssexA great senior junior – leading silks fight to have him as their junior – very capable in handling matters in his own right.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sarah Tresman - Twenty EssexA fabulous lawyer, very clever indeed. She is determined to get to the right answer and her no stone unturned approach is just what is needed on high-value cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Twenty Essex are a formidable set with real depth and breadth of talent, both in arbitration as well as litigation.’

‘They are reliable and dependable and have a very good crew on board.’

‘Always have strong barristers to put forward for any matter.’

‘Clearly a leading set for civil fraud.’

‘A fantastic set, usually my first port of call.’

Clerking

‘Chris Theobald at Twenty Essex is an outstanding clerk who understands instructing solicitors’ demands and commercial objectives.’

‘Excellent. Tara Shah is an excellent clerk. Pleasure to work with.’

‘The clerks are great and will deal with queries promptly.’

‘Extremely helpful and experienced clerks. Good availability and, when required, will go the extra mile.’

‘Excellent, with a special mention to Chris Theobald who is always available and willing to assist.’

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel Tier 2

Twenty Essex is a 'premier chambers in international arbitration' with a selection of top-notch silks and juniors. The members cover a broad range of disputes, including investment treaty claims, as well as broader commercial, shipping and commodities arbitrations. In recent years it has also done well in recruiting esteemed former solicitor advocates, with Wendy Miles QC being the latest most high profile example. Significant public disputes include PL Holdings SARL v Republic of Poland, a dispute over an alleged forced sale of a Polish bank, in which Sara Masters QC and Belinda McRae represented Polish government, with Philip Riches QC and rising star Sam Goodman acting for the investors.

Rising stars

Sam Goodman - Twenty EssexSam has showed outstanding abilities on difficult matters, with judgement well beyond his years. His drafting and overall knowledge of arbitration law are particularly impressive.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexBalanced and measured, with sound commercial judgement, and all over the details.
Ranked: Tier 1
Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty EssexHe is a superb advocate, and an outstanding strategist. He is a super-silk who is silky smooth.
Ranked: Tier 1
Philip Edey QC - Twenty EssexPhilip is formidable.
Ranked: Tier 2
David Lewis QC - Twenty EssexDavid is extremely bright and he has very strong analytical skills.
Ranked: Tier 2
Timothy Young QC - Twenty EssexHe has a brilliant mind and never misses a point. Wonderful use of language and turn of phrase. Tenacious and highly persuasive as an advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty EssexA pleasure to work with - a real team player, but also incredibly thoughtful and a master tactician and strategist.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sara Masters QC - Twenty EssexSara is fantastic. She is excellent on her feet and in presenting matters on paper. Always keen to use her - both as an advocate or as an arbitrator.
Ranked: Tier 3
Timothy Hill QC - Twenty EssexSolicitors value his robust style, taking no nonsense and cutting to the heart of the issue.
Ranked: Tier 4
Wendy Miles QC - Twenty EssexIntelligent, hard working and always displays common sense.
Ranked: Tier 4

2020 Silks

Henry Byam-Cook QC - Twenty EssexThe advice was on point and realistic, but also thorough and focused on maximizing the chances of success for our client. In summary, all that you expect from a top notch barrister.

2021 Silks

Andrew Fulton QC - Twenty EssexClearly a star. He is a winner. He works very hard. He always see points that nobody see. When Andrew is on your side you feel safe.

Leading Juniors

Harris Bor - Twenty EssexAs a former solicitor, very user-friendly with great ability to distill complex facts and law in drafting.
Ranked: Tier 2
Belinda McRae - Twenty EssexA quite brilliant knowledge of, and application of, international law. Also very easy to deal with and always on hand to help.
Ranked: Tier 2
Jonathan Ketcheson - Twenty EssexFirst class at drafting and building an argument. Very quick.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Twenty Essex is well-known in the market as having excellent bench strength in arbitration, with consistently high quality counsel at all levels of seniority.’

‘Leading set for arbitration.’

‘Twenty Essex is undoubtedly still one of small number of “go to” sets for arbitration/public international law work, with a very strong bench at all levels. I really rate them.’

‘Twenty Essex is known for its silks but has an incredible team of juniors as well.’

‘Twenty Essex are one of the top players in International Arbitration.’

Clerking

The clerks are a very good and decent team.’

‘Very nice people to work with, always willing to help the clients.’

‘Clerks are very responsive and commercial.’

‘Excellent – Arron Zitver has always been a stand out performer.’

‘Excellent, with a special mention to Chris Theobald who is always available and willing to assist.’

London Bar > Shipping Tier 2

Fielding 'great strength in depth across all levels of call', Twenty Essex offers clients silks and juniors of 'excellent quality'. Michael Ashcroft QC remains active on many of the largest cases in the shipping Bar. In 2020, he appeared several times before the Commercial Court, and has recently been instructed by Evergreen Marine to advise on matters related to the grounding of the Ever Given in March 2021, which blocked the Suez Canal for six days. Timothy Hill QC also had a strong year, handling CMA CGM Libra in the Court of Appeal; permission has been granted to appeal this case to the Supreme Court, where it will be heard in 2021. This dispute is the first time in almost 60 years that the highest court in the United Kingdom (and the first ever under the Supreme Court name) has considered the legal test for seaworthiness, in particular the extent to which a shipowner is obligated to exercise due diligence to make a ship seaworthy. Elsewhere, Christopher Hancock QC's handled CCNI Arauco in the Commercial Court, and Michael Collett QC appeared several times in the same court including in Sea Master Shipping Inc v Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd & Anor, a dispute involving the question of liabilities under bills of lading. On the junior end, Colleen Hanley acts as sole counsel, including against silks, in matters ranging from charterparty chain disputes to ship arrests.

Rising stars

Andrew Dinsmore - Twenty EssexHard-working, creative and pro-active.
Ranked: Tier 1
Richard Greenberg - Twenty EssexVery responsive, attentive and is quickly able to digest issues and identify a path forward which is both legally and commercially sound. The advice given is also practical and Richard has helped us to navigate a number of difficult procedural issues in addition to legal issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michal Hain - Twenty EssexSuperbly gifted and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew McGhee - Twenty EssexA honed analytical mind with knowledge beyond his years. Extremely user friendly with excellent communication skills. Thoroughly recommended.
Ranked: Tier 1
Alexander Thompson - Twenty EssexIncredibly bright.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Timothy Hill QC - Twenty EssexVery commercial and very quick to understand the clients perspective. He has a good grasp of technical issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty EssexA big game player. He is incredibly effective on his feet, with an imposing presence. I don't think there is a better cross-examiner at the Bar.
Ranked: Tier 2
Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexVery able and clever with has a great ability to put across difficult legal concepts in simple terms for both solicitors' and clients' benefit.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Lewis QC - Twenty EssexIt is always a pleasure to work with David. He is extraordinarily bright, has an extensive knowledge of shipping law and wider commercial law, and is someone you want in your team on big cases.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Coburn QC - Twenty EssexA very clever and a very effective advocate. He gives careful thought to presenting his written arguments.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Collett QC - Twenty EssexA clever lawyer who thinks of nuances and is able to grasp the legal and commercial points at play. He is responsive and very user friendly.
Ranked: Tier 4
Julian Kenny QCTwenty EssexClever, charming and engaging, with a superb turn of phrase; on his feet capable of holding the attention of his listeners, and creates written submissions with elegant prose which readers enjoy rather than endure.
Ranked: Tier 5
Sara Masters QC - Twenty EssexVery knowledgeable and has a keen appreciation for the commercial background to any situation, which ensures that her advice is tailored for the particular situation and/or client.
Ranked: Tier 5
Thomas Raphael QC - Twenty EssexA very intelligent barrister. His work is very carefully prepared. He puts across his arguments in a calm but very effective manner in oral submissions. He is also a very pleasant person and easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 5

2020 Silks

Henry Byam-Cook QC - Twenty EssexThe quality that really sets Henry apart from other QCs is that he is truly a team player, in addition to all the attributes that go without saying. I trust Henry to both challenge me and to be receptive to challenge in return.

Leading Juniors

Daniel Bovensiepen - Twenty EssexA junior at the very top of his game. His written work is absolutely top-notch. Dedicated and very hard working with fantastic judgment.
Ranked: Tier 1
Oliver Caplin - Twenty EssexAlways calm and affable. He never appears stressed or off his stride whoever he is up against. Oliver is a senior junior who can be easily pitted against QCs and can prevail.
Ranked: Tier 2
Colleen Hanley - Twenty EssexBright, responsive, and thorough in her consideration of the relevant legal issues. She is a reassuring presence in front of clients, and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Luke Pearce - Twenty EssexHe is excellent, very clear and approachable. Extremely user friendly and very good on his written work.
Ranked: Tier 2
Thomas Corby - Twenty EssexIncredibly hard-working, spectacularly clever, always polite whatever the provocation, and above all a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Malcolm Jarvis - Twenty EssexExcellent legal knowledge and experience on maritime law and contracts. A strong ability to extract only the relevant arguments and focus the case on those.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Alex Carless - Twenty EssexVery capable, reasoned and with excellent writing skills. He is also a good cross examiner and advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Josephine Davies - Twenty EssexNo one can beat Josephine on detail. If you have a difficult problem to solve, especially where you need to consider complex data to understand the legal position, Josephine is the barrister to go to.
Ranked: Tier 4
Susannah Jones - Twenty EssexVery thorough and provides outstandingly clear analysis. Extremely clever and capable, her pleadings are really excellent. A first class senior junior.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Sets

‘Twenty Essex is one of our go to sets for shipping and insurance work. The barristers we have worked with their are, without exception, of excellent quality.’

‘I particularly favour Twenty Essex because they are receptive to new ideas and actively help us to find the right barristers for the work at hand. I have for example discussed diversity with them and been satisfied that they are taking active steps to support a range of juniors and to arrange meet ups for them with our team.’

‘One of the pre-eminent sets for shipping work. Great strength in depth across all levels of call.’

‘The Chambers is one of the strongest in the commercial/maritime and international trade field, one of the first choices to instruct in these sectors.’

‘Twenty Essex is probably our go to set for shipping and commodities work. The strength in depth, at both silk and junior level, is what sets them apart.’

Clerks

‘There are two clerks who I consider to be particularly strong/forward thinking. These are Rachael Osborne and Robert Wheeler. They both work with us with a team attitude. Robert always provides me with clear and helpful information about costs in particular, it never feels like a fight to get to a sensible position, and I always understand why he is making a proposal. I am able to just forward on his proposal to the client, confident that it is reasonable and detailed. Rachael and I have discussed ways that we can work with different barristers, that do not place us as solicitors at risk.’

‘I have found both George Bennett and Sam McDowall to be very responsive and helpful.’

‘Always a high quality service with quick response times, and helpful suggestions where preferred counsel is not available.’

‘Generally excellent. Chris Theobald and Arron Zitver are both brilliant to deal with.’

‘Tara Shah was very responsive and helpful during my most recent instruction.’

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Tier 3

Twenty Essex fields a selection of impressive silks and juniors with good track records in a wide range of banking and finance claims, from complex trade-related derivatives issues through to consumer credit disputes. Paul Lowenstein QC is consistently busy on banking and related fraud claims, and led Luke Pearce on behalf of the claimants in Dove and others v HBOS and Bank of Scotland and Wells v HBOS and Bank of Scotland, a banking dispute involving significant fraud allegations. Philip Edey QC is also representing one of the defendants, Russian billionaire Boris Mints, in PJSC National Bank Trust v Mints, in a case concerning alleged fraudulent conspiracy in relation to the restructuring of loans. The arrival of Andrew Ayres QC from Maitland Chambers added further fire power.

Leading Silks

Paul Lowenstein QC - Twenty EssexExtremely thorough, hard-working and responsive. An immensely impressive commercial silk who was able to cut through very complex legal issues governed by entirely contradictory and evolving authority and offer clear, definitive (and ultimately the right) advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Ayres QC - Twenty EssexVery user-friendly. Very smooth advocacy style and very good court presence - has a real air of authority. Unflappable.
Ranked: Tier 4
Philip Edey QC - Twenty EssexHe has good judgement and takes a commercial approach.
Ranked: Tier 4
Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexAn absolute pleasure to work with, which has leads to repeat instructions from firms. His strongest attribute is the ability to distill complex legal principles and provide concise and targeted advice to clients in the financial services sector.
Ranked: Tier 5

2021 Silks

Andrew Fulton QC - Twenty EssexIntellectually very able, extremely knowledgeable on trade and banking; he always fights the clients’ case with vigour and able to cut to the heart of the dispute quickly.

Leading Juniors

Luke Pearce - Twenty EssexObviously highly intelligent but at the same time extremely calm and measured and a pleasure to work with. He is confident and assertive enough to deal with and impress difficult clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tony Beswetherick - Twenty EssexHe quickly got to grips with the myriad of complicated issues and provided an invaluable new perspective on some of the issues engaged. A real star to watch.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘On Consumer Credit work I am impressed by the firm’s ability to resource a large number of county court matters efficiently.’

’20 Essex Street are an excellent set.’

‘We are using this set more and more, they have high quality barristers.’

Clerking

‘Back office runs very smoothly and clerks are very efficient and helpful.’

‘Good clerks – very responsive and amenable.’

‘The clerking is always excellent. Arron Zitver is very approachable and easy to deal with. Tara Shah understands instructions perfectly, is efficient and goes out of her way to help.’

‘Tara Shah is always helpful and on point.’

London Bar > Energy Tier 3

Twenty Essex is ‘one of the top sets for international arbitration and I have always found any of the barristers to be extremely knowledgeable, hardworking and exceptional advocates’. Though best known for international trade, shipping and commodities matters, the set has broad expertise across the energy sector with members handling oil and gas, LNG, mining, drill and rig disputes, as well as emerging areas such as renewables and energy transition. Charles Kimmins QC is currently acting for the claimants in Dynasty v Kurdistan Regional Government, in a high profile commercial court claim for $1.6bn arising out the refusal of the local authorities to consent to a change of control in a production-sharing contract relating to oil in Iraqi Kurdistan. New silk Andrew Fulton QC recently acted as sole counsel in a dispute concerning alleged bribes in the context of a Nigerian oil concession.

Leading Silks

Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty EssexHe is very careful, thoughtful, leaves no stone unturned and his measured, detailed and well-structured approach secures good results.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexFantastically bright and very hands-on in getting to grips with the core issues and strategy of a case.
Ranked: Tier 3
Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty EssexA big game player who is incredibly effective on his feet, with an imposing and domineering presence – there is no better cross-examiner at the Bar.
Ranked: Tier 3
Timothy Hill QC - Twenty EssexAn outstanding silk with an incredible grasp of the detail in the most complex of cases and who takes no prisoners.
Ranked: Tier 4
David Lewis QC - Twenty EssexAs well as being very bright, he is a fantastic team player and a go-to silk for top energy clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

2020 Silks

Philip Riches QC - Twenty EssexHis advocacy is clear and concise, and he will consider all avenues.

2021 Silks

Andrew Fulton QC - Twenty EssexIntellectually very able, he always fights the client’s case with vigour and is able to cut to the heart of the dispute quickly.

Leading Juniors

Malcolm Jarvis - Twenty EssexResponsive, with a keen eye for detail, he is easy to work with and very commercial.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Twenty Essex is one of, if not the, go-to sets for commercial disputes, especially with a commodities or energy flavour. They have countless excellent barristers, and a really user-friendly, commercial and reasonable clerking team.’

‘Twenty Essex is one of the top sets for international arbitration and I have always found any of the barristers I have instructed from Twenty Essex to be extremely knowledgeable, hardworking and exceptional advocates.’

‘A very strong set in international disputes and arbitration. Willing to provide training and support to solicitors.’

‘Twenty Essex is my go-to commercial set in London. I think they have great strength in depth and provide top-quality service at prices which are acceptable. I have always felt that I am putting my clients in very good hands.’

‘Twenty Essex has good strength in depth and has solid barristers at all levels. I have worked with a number of Twenty Essex barristers at various levels and they are always very sharp, user-friendly and with good commercial awareness of the sectors in which they operate.’

Clerks

‘The back office runs very smoothly and the clerks are very efficient and helpful.’

‘Excellent service.’

‘Tara Shah in particular provides excellent support. Always available.’

‘Twenty Essex’s clerks provide great support. I never have to quibble over a brief. Discussions are frank and fair and for one-off advice work, the turnaround times and pricing are good.’

‘I have always found the clerks to be polite and helpful.’

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance Tier 4

'A very strong set with barristers who are excellent to a person', Twenty Essex fields experts across the whole spectrum of commercial insurance and reinsurance disputes. The current pandemic gave rise to several insurance cases, including the highly-publicised FCA test case to assess business interruption insurance policies (FCA v Arch Insurance (UK) and others), in which Philip Edey QC acted for policyholders. In other areas, Charles Kimmins QC was instructed by the LCIA to intervene in the Supreme Court Halliburton v Chubb appeal, concerning issues of arbitral appointments in the context of  Bermuda Form arbitrations after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Leading Silks

Philip Edey QC - Twenty EssexExudes confidence. He is a fierce advocate, a fantastic team player with no airs and graces, and a first choice for the most complex disputes. He is also excellent on his feet, a quick thinker, and instinctively reads the courtroom and judges very well. He has been against the most experienced heavyweights at the Bar, is never intimidated, and is exceedingly clever.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexThorough and meticulous in reviewing documents, creative and imaginative in approaching the law and the formulation of legal arguments, and a pleasure to work with. Also very user-friendly and good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty EssexHis strength is a measured, detailed and well-structured approach that secures good results.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Joshua FolkardTwenty Essex ‘A pleasure to work with, a very capable and skilled advocate, and extremely bright.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

Twenty Essex is a very strong set with barristers who are excellent to a person.

Clerking

Superb service from the clerks.

Very responsive and always deliver as promised.

London Bar > Offshore Tier 4

Praised  as ‘a brilliant offshore/civil fraud set‘, Twenty Essex has grown its offshore offering in recent years, with Andrew Ayres QC the latest addition with a notable practice in offshore litigation. 2020 silk Blair Leahy QC continues to advise in the BVI, Caymans and the East Caribbean on commercial disputes, insolvency and company law matters, including acting for the five claimants in $80m dispute Glen Moar Properties Ltd (and 4 others) v (i) Simon McNally (ii) Simon Cooper in the BVI, a claim involving allegations of breach of duty and knowing receipt against former management of a group of BVI and Manx investment companies. Stephen Atherton QC is a further name to note, leading Sarah Tresman in representing GHF Group and its related funds in two sets of large-scale fraud proceedings in the Cayman Islands.

Leading Silks

Stephen Atherton QC - Twenty EssexHe has a no-nonsense approach and is combative and well-regarded Offshore.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Ayres QC - Twenty EssexAbsolutely superb - his rapid responsiveness is unlike any other silk I have worked with.
Ranked: Tier 4

2020 Silks

Blair Leahy QC - Twenty EssexBlair's knowledge of Cayman law and the interplay with English law is impressive.

Leading Juniors

Tony Beswetherick - Twenty EssexClearly someone to watch for the future, shows clarity of thought and a commercial focus.
Ranked: Tier 3
Joshua FolkardTwenty EssexVery hard working and thorough, excellent draughtsman and great at producing comprehensive and relevant legal research.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sarah Tresman - Twenty EssexShe can be depended upon to execute offshore work to the highest standard.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

Twenty Essex are a brilliant offshore/civil fraud set. They have an impressive list of counsel at all levels.

Clerking

Fantastic, responsive, commercial.

Clerk service is excellent – we deal with Chris Theobold who is responsive and commercial.

Chris Theobald is one of the best clerks I have worked with in my 30 year career.

London Bar > IT and telecoms

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks

Lawrence Akka QCTwenty EssexThe cleverest person in the room. A pleasure to work with. A very nice guy but a very clever and sharp litigator. You want him to be on your side.
Ranked: Tier 1
Paul Lowenstein QCTwenty EssexPaul’s two most impressive characteristics are his ability to see the wood for the trees where others cannot, and his the fact that he is a dogged fighter. On complex cases he can see how they can be distilled into simple principles better than almost anyone.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Company and partnership

Company - Leading Silks

Stephen Atherton QCTwenty EssexExcellent all-round and a pleasure to work with, very adaptable and responsive.
Ranked: Tier 3
Blair Leahy QCTwenty EssexA strong new silk who understands the complexities involved in complex cross-border insolvency matters.
Ranked: Tier 4

Company - Leading Juniors

Harris BorTwenty EssexAlways calm and unflustered, supremely logical, leaves no stone unturned, cares about the client, always has an eye on a commercial solution.
Ranked: Tier 5

London Bar > Environment

Leading Silks

Gordon Nardell QCTwenty EssexHe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of all the areas in which he practises, and a calm and reassuring manner when dealing with clients.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Monica Feria-TintaTwenty EssexIncredibly hardworking with a fine eye for detail, she is a great junior who will take Silk before too long.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Insolvency

Leading Silks

Stephen Atherton QCTwenty EssexA heavyweight silk, who is at the top of his game, commanding the respect of the court and opponents alike.
Ranked: Tier 4

2020 Silks

Blair Leahy QCTwenty EssexAn up and coming junior silk, with an incredible work ethic and ability to roll up her sleeves and get stuck in.

London Bar > International crime and extradition

Leading Juniors

Monica Feria-TintaTwenty EssexA junior who is very competent and dedicated to her work.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

Leading Juniors

Penelope NevillTwenty EssexPenelope is fantastically easy to work with. She is a highly competent drafter and a good oral advocate. She shows good judgement and gets on very well with clients. I would think she ought to be a very good candidate for silk before too long.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Intellectual property

Leading Juniors

Josephine DaviesTwenty EssexJosephine is a real talent. She is very dedicated and clever, with a deep knowledge of intellectual property disputes. A very confident junior.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Professional negligence

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities Tier 1

Offering great strength in depth’ in the shipping and commodities space, members of Twenty Essex, both silks and juniors, have the ‘sharpest legal minds’. Based in London and Singapore, the set has a strong reputation in handling ship and rig building construction disputes in both international arbitrations and the London courts. David Lewis QC is acting for the tenth defendant in an alleged commodities fraud, ED&F Man Capital Markets Ltd v Come Harvest Holdings Limited and others, in relation to forged warehouse receipts for consignments of nickel in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Elsewhere, Michael Ashcroft QC is leading Oliver Caplin on the matter of Trafigura Maritime Logistics Pte Ltd v Clearlake Shipping Pte Ltd, an interim application to obtain an injunction to compel performance of a maritime letter of indemnity, which questions the interpretation of the standard for International Group letter of indemnity.

Leading Silks

Timothy Hill QC – Twenty Essex ‘He is very commercial and quick on the technical issues.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
David Lewis QCTwenty EssexHe is unperturbable on his feet and a go-to barrister for all shipping and commodities disputes.
Ranked: Tier 1
Timothy Young QCTwenty EssexCreative, resilient and willing to fight difficult cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sara Masters QC – Twenty EssexA first-class advocate who can see the wood for the trees.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Ashcroft QCTwenty EssexHe is incredibly meticulous with an excellently structured approach to his work and advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 2
Duncan Matthews QCTwenty EssexA superb tactician and excellent in advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Simon MilnesTwenty EssexA great strategist, a genius in getting the best out of his clients and instructing solicitors in building a case.
Ranked: Tier 1
Oliver CaplinTwenty EssexHe has a very calm manner and pleasant disposition, but never misses a trick.
Ranked: Tier 2
Susannah JonesTwenty EssexShe has a phenomenal eye for detail and a tremendous work rate.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘Twenty Essex is a preferred set for shipping and commodities work, offering great strength in depth.

‘Excellent set with strength in depth, availability of counsel and general counsel who are easy to work with.’

Clerking

‘The clerks have always been helpful and very responsive.’

‘Most efficiently run.’

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial Tier 2

An impressive set in international arbitration, international trade and commodities‘, Twenty Essex has a number of barristers experienced in commercial disputes in these sectors and beyond. Key names include energy sector expert David Lewis QC and Philip Edey QC , who frequently advises on disputes involving allegations of fraud, dishonesty, bribery and conspiracy. The ‘commercialNakul Dewan SA  is an Indian Senior Advocate with strong connections in Singapore.

Leading Silks

David Lewis QCTwenty EssexHe is unperturbable on his feet and can stand up to anyone.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nakul Dewan SA   – Twenty Essex  ‘A first-class barrister, with the finest of intellects.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

A leading commercial set of chambers!’

Twenty Essex is an impressive set in international arbitration and commodities/trade with a great team of juniors and senior barristers. Over the last year I have appointed a number of members to tribunals and also instructed counsel for advice.’

Twenty Essex is one of the leading, if not leading commercial set with significant strength in depth at both the senior and junior ends of the Bar.

Sharpest legal minds and always available and resourceful.

Clerking

The clerks are great. Chris Theobald and Rachel Foxton are a pleasure to deal with but all of the clerks I have dealt with are very efficient.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Construction, energy and infrastructure Tier 2

Twenty Essex is carving a reputation for its work in the energy space, with its members engaged in the full range of oil and gas, nuclear, renewables and mining disputes. While members are experienced in handling construction and engineering matters, the set also demonstrates expertise in the renewables market. Duncan Matthews QC is the joint head of chambers and his practice spans upstream, midstream and downstream disputes in the energy and natural resources sector. Nakul Dewan SA practises from Singapore and Delhi, as well as London.

Leading Silks

Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty Essex 'Great strategist, very practical and excellent advocacy skills.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Nakul Dewan SA Twenty EssexHe provides succinct, on-the-point advice, is a great speaker and is able to work with international clients.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Clerking

‘The clerks are always available and responsive. They are also a massive help in liaising with the court to smooth over arrangements.’

‘Always provide timely service.’

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 79 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 Duncan Matthews QC (1986) DMatthews@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Head of Chambers Stephen Atherton QC (1989) enquiries@twentyessex.com 44207842100
CEO Jemma Tagg JTagg@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Practice Director Arron Zitver AZitver@twentyessex.com 442078421205
Practice Director Christopher Theobald CTheobald@twentyessex.com 442078421210
Practice Director Anthony Carroll ACarroll@twentyessex.com 442078421230
Member Alexander Layton QC (1976) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Timothy Young QC (1977) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Christopher Hancock QC (1983) CHancock@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Sir Daniel Bethlehem QC (1988) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Phillip Edey QC (1994) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Timothy Hill QC (1990) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Paul Lowenstein QC (1988) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Michael Coburn QC (1990) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Charles Kimmins QC (1994) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Gordon Nardell QC (1995) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Michael Ashcroft QC (1997) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Lawrence Akka QC (1991) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Sara Masters QC (1993) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Michael Collett QC (1995) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member David Lewis QC (1999) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Thomas Raphael QC (1999) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Wendy Miles QC (2020) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Andrew Ayres QC (1996) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Sudhanshu Swaroop QC (1997) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Julian Kenny QC (1997) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Guglielmo Veridrame QC (2006) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Nakul Dewan SA (2014) enquiries@twentyessex.com 6562257230
Member Henry Byam-Cook QC (2000) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Blair Leahy QC (2001) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Phillip Riches QC (2001) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Andrew Fulton QC (1999) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Sir Michael Wood (1968) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
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Member Julie Anderson (1993) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
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Member Sarah Tresman (2008) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
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Member Oliver Caplin (2012) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Alex Carless (2012) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
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Member Matthew McGhee (2013) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Andrew Feld (2013) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Joshua Folkard (2013) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
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Member Monica Feria-Tinta (2014) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
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Member Phillipa Webb (2016) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Mark Tushingham (2016) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Paulo Busco (2017) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Patrick Dunn Walsh (2012) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Michal Hain (2017) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Fiona Whiteside (2017) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Matthew Chan (2018) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Edward Gilmore (2018) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member James Gardner (2018) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Maria Kennedy (2018) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
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Member Manuel Casas (2020) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
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Member Talia Zybutz (2020) enquiries@twentyessex.com 442078421200
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 Richard Greenberg  photo Richard Greenberg Richard has a broad commercial practice, with a particular focus on civil…
 Michal Hain  photo Michal Hain Michal joined Twenty Essex after successfully completing his pupillage in September 2018.…
 Rupert Hamilton  photo Rupert Hamilton Rupert has a varied practice covering all aspects of commercial law. He…
 Christopher Hancock photo Christopher Hancock Christopher is joint Head of Chambers. He has appeared before courts at…
 Colleen Hanley  photo Colleen Hanley Colleen is recommended as a leading junior for both shipping and commodities…
Sir Mark Havelock-Allan photo Sir Mark Havelock-Allan Mark is a former Mercantile Judge on the Western Circuit, and judge…
 Timothy Hill photo Timothy Hill Timothy specialises in international commercial litigation and arbitration. He has considerable expertise…
 Malcolm Holmes photo Malcolm Holmes Malcolm is a chartered arbitrator primarily based in Sydney but with an…
 Malcolm Jarvis  photo Malcolm Jarvis Malcolm specialises in commercial and EU law. He acts in commercial disputes…
 Susannah Jones  photo Susannah Jones Susannah specialises in commercial and private international law disputes, in particular concerning…
 Julian Kenny photo Julian Kenny Julian specialises in commercial law, particularly banking, shipping and commodities, insurance and…
 Jonathan Ketcheson  photo Jonathan Ketcheson Jonathan practises across all Chambers’ areas of expertise, including international arbitration, public…
 Charles Kimmins photo Charles Kimmins Charles specialises in commercial law, and represents clients in both court and…
 Alexander Layton photo Alexander Layton Alex is a specialist in private international law. His practice consists almost…
 Blair Leahy  photo Blair Leahy Blair is a commercial litigator specialising in complex multi-jurisdictional fraud and asset…
 Michael Lee  photo Michael Lee Michael is an experienced international commercial arbitrator practising principally from Singapore and…
Dr Julian Lew photo Dr Julian Lew Julian is a full-time arbitrator in international commercial and investment disputes. He…
 David Lewis photo David Lewis David is a specialist advocate who took silk in 2014 at the…
 Paul Lowenstein photo Paul Lowenstein Paul is a leading commercial silk in domestic and international litigation and…
 Mahnaz Malik  photo Mahnaz Malik Mahnaz is a barrister and arbitrator at Twenty Essex who specialises in…
 Sara Masters photo Sara Masters Sara specialises in all areas of commercial law. She has a particular…
 Duncan Matthews photo Duncan Matthews Duncan is joint Head of Chambers. He is a leading trial advocate…
 Zannis Mavrogordato  photo Zannis Mavrogordato Zannis is a barrister, French avocat and arbitrator. He is a specialist…
 Karen Maxwell  photo Karen Maxwell Karen practises in commercial law and international trade, with a particular focus…
 Matthew McGhee  photo Matthew McGhee Matthew enjoys a broad commercial practice. Clients instruct him to advise or…
 Belinda McRae  photo Belinda McRae Belinda has developed an impressive and diverse commercial practice. She has a…
Ms Wendy Miles QC photo Ms Wendy Miles QC Wendy is a specialist in international arbitration and dispute resolution with a…
 Simon Milnes  photo Simon Milnes Simon specialises in international dispute resolution, especially in the fields of energy…
Sir Martin Moore-Bick  photo Sir Martin Moore-Bick Sir Martin recently retired as a Lord Justice of Appeal after serving…
Dr Michael Moser  photo Dr Michael Moser Michael serves as arbitrator in high-value, complex international disputes. His specialities include…
 Gordon Nardell photo Gordon Nardell Gordon specialises in international litigation and arbitration. He has a particular focus…
 Penelope Nevill  photo Penelope Nevill Penelope is a specialist in international law. Her practice focuses on disputes…
 Christopher Newman  photo Christopher Newman Chris has a broad commercial practice with a focus on heavyweight commercial…
Mr Simon Olleson photo Mr Simon Olleson Simon’s practice focuses on public international law and international arbitration (including both…
 David Owen photo David Owen David is a full-time arbitrator and mediator, with a practice covering a…
 Socrates Papadopoulos  photo Socrates Papadopoulos Socrates has been a tenant at Twenty Essex since October 2001. He…
Dr Kate Parlett  photo Dr Kate Parlett Kate specialises in public international law and international arbitration. She acts for…
 Angharad Parry  photo Angharad Parry Angharad specialises in advisory and advocacy work in a wide range of…
 Luke Pearce  photo Luke Pearce Luke has a broad practice covering all aspects of commercial law, with…
 Thomas Raphael photo Thomas Raphael Thomas is a commercial silk, with a wide commercial practice, and a…
 Philip Riches  photo Philip Riches Philip has a wide-ranging commercial practice in international litigation and arbitration. His…
Sir Bernard Rix  photo Sir Bernard Rix Sir Bernard retired in 2013 as a Lord Justice of Appeal with…
 J. William Rowley photo J. William Rowley Bill is a highly experienced international arbitrator. He joined Twenty Essex in…
 Sean Snook  photo Sean Snook Sean advises and represents clients in a broad range of commercial and…
 David St John Sutton  photo David St John Sutton David is a full-time arbitrator practicing in London and Paris in international…
 Sudhanshu Swaroop photo Sudhanshu Swaroop Sudhanshu practises commercial, arbitration and public international law. He has acted in…
Prof Stefan Talmon  photo Prof Stefan Talmon Stefan has a wide-ranging practice in public international law. He has appeared…
 Alexander Thompson  photo Alexander Thompson Alexander is a commercial litigator. He has a broad practice in all…
 Sarah Tresman photo Sarah Tresman Sarah is a versatile barrister with extensive client-facing experience. She specialises in…
 Michael Tselentis photo Michael Tselentis Michael’s practice as an international arbitrator covers a wide field, which includes…
 Mark Tushingham  photo Mark Tushingham Mark has a broad practice in commercial law and a growing practice…
 Guglielmo Verdirame photo Guglielmo Verdirame Guglielmo acts as counsel in cases before English courts, international courts and…
 Philippa Webb  photo Philippa Webb Philippa’s practice covers all aspects of public international law. She acts for…
 Fiona Whiteside  photo Fiona Whiteside Fiona became a member of Twenty Essex on successful completion of her…
Sir Michael Wood KCMG  photo Sir Michael Wood KCMG Sir Michael is a member of the United Nations (UN) International Law…
 Alistair Wooder  photo Alistair Wooder Alistair is a commercial litigator with a broad practice spanning general commercial…
 Timothy Young photo Timothy Young Timothy’s principal area of practice is international trade, embracing shipping, commodities, insurance,…
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AIPN
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ICCA
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IBA (International Bar Association)
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
KLRCA
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Young International Arbitration Group

Diversity and inclusion

Twenty Essex has adopted a proactive approach to ensuring diversity within chambers and at the Bar. With an active and engaged committee spearheading internal and external initiatives, Twenty Essex is proud to be an inclusive environment and is committed to ensuring equal opportunities for members, employees, pupils, mini-pupils, prospective tenants and prospective pupils.

For questions relating to our equality and diversity policy, please contact our Equality and Diversity Officer, Angharad Parry.

We are proud to declare that we are a London Living Wage employer.

Diversity data

The Bar Standards Board Code of Conduct states that a summary of the Diversity Data submitted by the Members of the Workforce be published every three years from 31 December 2012 onwards. The summary data for Twenty Essex can be found here.

Rare contextual recruitment

We use Rare’s Contextual Recruitment System to review applications for pupillage and mini-pupillage in the context of the candidates’ socio-economic background. The system is intended to allow a recruiter to put a candidate’s achievements into the context of the candidate’s circumstances. Efforts to improve recruitment processes in terms of fairness, objectivity and awareness are just one piece of the jigsaw that will lead to a more diverse Bar and this is why a long-term commitment to diversity is one of our strategic objectives.

Women in Law Pledge

We are proud signatories to the Women in Law Pledge created by the Bar Council of England and Wales, The Law Society, and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx). We are committed to the progress of gender equality, elimination of gender discrimination and pledge to make positive change for the legal profession.

Disability and accessibility at Twenty Essex

Twenty Essex’s premises are compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act and if you would like to discuss any particular requirements for adjustments to services, including specific visitor needs, please contact our Facilities Manager.

Wellbeing

We recognise that working in the legal profession can often create a highly demanding and stressful environment for members and employees. As a chambers we are determined to achieve the appropriate balance between the professional and personal demands of working at the Bar and the need for individual wellbeing. We are focused on the wellbeing of members and employees and we are pleased to highlight that we have been awarded the Wellbeing at the Bar Certificate of Recognition.

Responsibility

Pro bono

Twenty Essex has a long tradition of its’ members providing legal advice and representation on a pro bono basis. Barristers support Advocate, CLIPS, and FRU on a regular basis as well as a range of other organisations.

Social mobility

Chambers has provided placements on the Bar Placement Week in partnership with the Bar Council and a number of our barristers have volunteered as mentors for students in recent years, through the Social Mobility Foundation as well as other organisations.

Volunteering and giving

Members and employees regularly make charitable donations, and within the work environment take part in a range of charitable events such as the annual London Legal Walk and the Palace to Palace bike ride in support of The Prince’s Trust. Internally hosted fundraising events also raised money for local and nominated charities.


Briefing
The evolution of the Commercial Bar (https://www.legalbusiness.co.uk/analysis/disputes-yearbook-2020/sponsored-briefing-the-evolution-of-the-commercial-bar/)
Duncan Matthews QC, co-head, and Jemma Tagg, chief executive, reflect on the evolution of Twenty Essex and wider sector changes across the Commercial Bar