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Twenty Essex
20 ESSEX STREET
LONDON
WC2R 3AL
England

London Bar > Commodities Tier 1

Twenty Essex is ‘a first-rate chambers for commodities and shipping disputes, with excellent depth of quality at all levels of seniority’. The set ‘certainly has the greatest depth of coverage of the commodities field of any other chambers’, with members well versed in major arbitrations under the rules of GAFTA, FOSFA and the other well-known commodity associations.Michael Ashcroft KC is currently involved in LCIA arbitrations concerning multiple sale contracts between mine operators, sellers of metals and Swiss traders concerning the compliance of metal products with contractual specifications. The ‘highly responsive, commercially savvy and incisiveOliver Caplin KC, who specialises in dry shipping and commodities disputes, is among the market’s most prominent juniors.

Rising stars

Michal Hain – Twenty Essex ‘Michal has an exceedingly sharp mind, and he truly is a safe pair of hands.’

Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Michael Ashcroft KCTwenty Essex ‘Encyclopaedically brilliant, Michael is very quick to pick up the issues and identify the key point, and exhibits strong and persuasive advocacy.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Collett KCTwenty Essex ‘Michael is a calm, measured and effective advocate who has seen everything and has an unparalleled ability to get to grips with the facts of a case.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Timothy Young KCTwenty Essex ‘Timothy has been at forefront of commodities disputes for decades and he is a good cross-examiner who thinks outside the box.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Charles Kimmins KCTwenty Essex ‘Charles is a strong leader and an excellent advocate and in planning and strategy, and there are very few counsel with his depth of knowledge.’
Ranked: Tier 2
David Lewis KCTwenty Essex ‘Very highly regarded by solicitors, David is encyclopaedically brilliant, authoritative and yet polite, and meticulously prepared.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Timothy Hill KCTwenty Essex ‘Tim is tactically very astute and a very strong advocate who is exceptionally intelligent with a razor-sharp legal mind, and he cuts to the heart of the most complex dispute.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Duncan Matthews KCTwenty Essex ‘A very powerful advocate who has the ear of the court and shows mastery of the details.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Edey KCTwenty Essex ‘Philip is quick on his feet and a confident performer.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Sara Masters KCTwenty Essex ‘Sharp and affable, Sara brings obvious intellectual weight.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Coburn KCTwenty Essex ‘Michael is very experienced, clear thinking, user-friendly, calm and composed.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Julian Kenny KCTwenty Essex ‘Julian is very clever and very skilled at reducing complex information into very concise statements, whether within advice or pleadings.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Lawrence Akka KCTwenty Essex ‘Lawrence is a calm and persuasive advocate with a highly intelligent and forensic legal mind.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Henry Byam-Cook KC – Twenty Essex ‘Henry is very clever and a really nice guy who is an unflappable and persuasive advocate with a real eye for detail.’
Ranked: Tier 5
Philip Riches KC – Twenty Essex ‘Philip is very pragmatic and solution-focused, very clear in his advice, and he understands his audience well.’
Ranked: Tier 5

2022 Silks

Simon Milnes KC – Twenty Essex ‘Simon is a very good advocate, very calm and persuasive, and his advice is very clear, practical and obviously the product of very careful consideration.’
Simon Milnes KCTwenty Essex ‘Simon is a very good advocate, very calm and persuasive, and his advice is very clear, practical and obviously the product of very careful consideration.’

2023 Silks

Luke Pearce KC  –Twenty Essex ‘Luke is incredibly bright and impressive on his feet, and he sees the good arguments and articulates them very clearly and persuasively.’

2024 Silks

Josephine Davies KCTwenty Essex ‘Josephine is not afraid to give a direct view on the merits of a point, without hedging her opinion with unnecessary caveats.’
Oliver Caplin KCTwenty Essex ‘Oliver is an excellent barrister whose advocacy is clear, concise and perfectly delivered.’

Leading Juniors

Daniel BovensiepenTwenty Essex ‘Daniel has a great eye for detail, is very strong on the law and comes up with some very clever and innovative solutions to legal problems.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Colleen HanleyTwenty Essex ‘Quick thinking, responsive, intelligent and clear-thinking, Colleen's work is always clearly expressed and logical.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Malcolm JarvisTwenty Essex ‘He knows his subject really well, is very approachable and easy to communicate with, and his points are well put and address the issues in question.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Susannah JonesTwenty Essex ‘Susannah is approachable and easy to work with, and her written advice is very clear, detailed and well-judged.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Angharad ParryTwenty Essex ‘Angharad is very efficient, very approachable, extremely knowledgeable in her subject area, able to provide succinct explanations of complex matters, brilliant and a pleasure to work with.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew DinsmoreTwenty Essex ‘Andrew is extremely user-friendly and approachable and commercial. He understands the clients' concerns and is equally formidable when it comes to his grasp of the law.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Richard Greenberg – Twenty Essex ‘Richard is an excellent advocate who delivers clear-headed and crisp advocacy.’

Ranked: Tier 3
Alex Carless – Twenty Essex ‘An outstanding junior, among the best for his age group. He is very user-friendly with a sharp analytical mind that cuts to the heart of the most complex matters.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom CorbyTwenty Essex ‘Thomas is incredibly bright, calm and measured, with sharp attention to detail and an ability to cut through complex issues.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Sean SnookTwenty Essex ‘Sean has a very collaborative and co-operative approach, and he has sound judgement.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Feld Twenty Essex ‘Andrew is absolutely excellent, a KC in the making. He is incredibly bright, on top of detail, responsive and user-friendly, with superb command of the law in international trade.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Alistair Wooder Twenty Essex ‘Alistair is particularly good at identifying the key issues in any dispute, and his submissions are always well drafted and thought out.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Joshua Folkard – Twenty Essex ‘A strong intellect and also easy to work with, Joshua provides decisive and concise advice.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘Practice Manager Anthony Carroll does a fantastic job in keeping clients happy and in arranging for counsel schedule. He serves as a constant point of contact which is appreciated, especially when members of the clerking team may change from time to time.’

‘The clerks are excellent and very helpful and always try to assist and accommodate instructions. Arron Zitver is always very helpful.’

‘I have always found the clerks of Twenty Essex to be very fair in fixing brief fees and in pricing work generally. They have been able to advise me well on availability of barristers and in making alternative arrangements when there are issues of maternity or paternity leave.’

‘Aaron Zitver and Christopher Theobald are incredibly helpful and a pleasure to deal with. They really go the extra mile in terms of support and assistance.’

‘A first-rate chambers for commodities and shipping disputes. Excellent depth of quality at all levels of seniority.’

’20 Essex has the depth of skill given the sheer number of members in Chambers. Clerks and members are all extremely user-friendly and responsive. I have not experienced any difficulty when it comes to availability of counsel, so the clerks are doing a great job in managing the schedule.’

‘The set as a whole is excellent, and almost all the barristers are very efficient and intelligent and provide a good service.’

‘Twenty Essex for me has some of the best and broadest expertise in international trade, shipping and insurance, whether amongst skills and juniors as advocates or amongst members of their chambers who appear as arbitrators or mediators.’

Work highlights

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators Tier 1

Twenty Essex is ‘a very strong set in the international arbitration arena with many outstanding arbitrators’ such as Sir Bernard Rix, Sara Masters KC, and Duncan Matthews KC. Appointments span all major arbitral institutions including ad-hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL rules across many sectors including energy, insurance, mining, IP, pharmaceuticals and a wide range of commercial disputes. While the set continues to be globally recognised and respected for its strong commercial expertise, its reputation for investor-state work grows with regular investor-state arbitration appointments. Notable additions boosting the set’s bench strength include Baiju Vasani, Wendy Miles KC, both also acting as counsel, and Philippa Charles, who joined from Stewarts Law LLP. Clare Ambrose is particularly sought-after as a full member of the LMAA and Sir Peter Gross attracts appointments in maritime as well as commercial disputes. Kate Parlett is building a strong practice of high-value international commercial arbitration appointments.

Leading arbitrators

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Sir Bernard RixTwenty Essex ‘Bernard has a commanding presence as a tribunal chair. He is experienced, decisive and very hard-working – all of which are critical qualities for an arbitrator deciding complex commercial disputes. He was a pleasure to sit with as an arbitrator and an excellent arbitrator.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael LeeTwenty Essex 'A reliable and vastly experienced arbitrator with excellent commercial nous. A perfect candidate for the role of presiding arbitrator.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Tselentis KCTwenty Essex ‘ Michael is meticulous in his approach. He is thoughtful, careful and courteous and is easy to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading counsel as arbitrators

Duncan Matthews KCTwenty Essex ‘A collegiate arbitrator with good judgement.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Wendy Miles KCTwenty Essex ‘Wendy is absolutely at the top of her game. She is so well-informed, interested and well-prepared for everything she does, and she presents with enthusiasm and a directness of style which is refreshing and productive.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Sara Masters KCTwenty Essex ‘Sara is absolutely fantastic. She stands out as one of the best arbitrators, successfully chairing over very senior counsel and former judges. Sara is extremely responsive, entirely on top of procedural matters and effective in dealing with a number of issues. Proceedings run smoothly and, in large part, thanks to Sara’s incredibly incisive mind and great humour – one of the rare finds of an outstanding arbitrator who ticks every box.’
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

‘They have recently hired Catherine Reeves, who has changed the game. She is fantastic in engaging with the arbitration community, organising key events and is the go-to person when considering arbitrators. She is keen on the right kind of diversity and has made it clear, which is hugely appreciated.’

‘Catherine Reeves deserves a special mention – an excellent and very experienced arbitration specialist managing the arbitrators’ practices.’

‘Twenty Essex is the top set in arbitration – both for arbitrators and counsel. It is a leading set historically but have recently reinvigorated their approach – offering interesting debates, hosting events. They have expertise across commercial, investor-state and state-state arbitrations – which is rare.’

‘Twenty Essex has a very good reputation as the home of a large number of arbitrators with expertise across a wide range of fields.’

 

Work highlights

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel Tier 1

Twenty Essex is a ‘top quality chambers of commercial arbitration’ housing ‘excellent talent at all levels with exceptional experience.’ The set has ‘some of the best and broadest expertise in international trade, shipping and insurance’ that aligns with significant strength in international commercial and public international law, translating into the ability to provide teams for global cases with instructing parties based across Europe, Asia-Pacific, the US, African and Middle East. Members are routinely instructed on cases relating to the impact of major global events, including Covid, Brexit and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Chambers is jointly led by renowned commercial silks Charles Kimmins KC and Philip Edey KC. Other notable members include Wendy Miles KC who is instructed in a set of globally significant cases spanning energy, environment, climate and finance, and Belinda McRae on the junior end with expertise spanning commercial arbitration, arbitration appeals and enforcement, and investment treaty arbitration.

Rising stars

Sam GoodmanTwenty Essex ' Sam is extremely intelligent and confident in his abilities. He has a good mind for seeing the wider picture and devising, often successful, strategies.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Duncan Matthews KCTwenty Essex ‘He is a master tactician and a brilliant advocate. When he speaks, everyone listens: he has a style that combines gravitas with eloquence. He is a real supersilk.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Ashcroft KCTwenty Essex ‘Incredibly clever, focussed, hard-working, absolutely first-rate. He must be one of the best KCs at the commercial and shipping Bars. His submissions are well-presented and forceful but never over the top.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Edey KCTwenty Essex ‘Probably the best there is. Reasoned, logical and slick.’
Ranked: Tier 2
David Lewis KCTwenty Essex ‘David is incredibly thorough and meticulously prepared for every conference and every hearing. He has deep expertise in international trade matters. A team player who interacts wonderfully with lay and professional clients.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Sara Masters KCTwenty Essex ‘Sara is a fantastic silk to have on your team. She is thorough, sensible, willing to look at creative approaches to difficult issues. She is impossible to intimidate, and expresses herself with a clarity and emphasis which makes her very effective.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Timothy Hill KCTwenty Essex ‘Extremely user-friendly and honest about the merits of the case, Timothy fights tooth and nail for a good result and is utterly fantastic on his feet.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Lord Verdirame KC – Twenty Essex ‘A stand-out silk and undoubtedly one of the very best at the Bar for investment treaty arbitration. A supremely polished and persuasive advocate. Guglielmo has excellent understanding of a client business and industry specifics, including in different regions of the world. ‘
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Fulton KCTwenty Essex 'Intellectually very able, extremely knowledgeable on trade and Banking ; always fights the clients’ case with vigour; able to cut to the heart of the dispute quickly.'
Ranked: Tier 4

2023 Silks

Leading Juniors

Belinda McRaeTwenty Essex ‘ Highly personable and intelligent. Great judgement – a silk in the making. She is an excellent lawyer. She is quick on her feet, very clear in her advocacy, and is very skilled as a cross-examiner.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Mark Tushingham  – Twenty Essex 'Mark is one of the best juniors around. His knowledge of law and an ability to produce concise advice fast is very impressive. Mark is an exceptional writer: his written advocacy is extremely persuasive and eloquent. Excellent and incisive oral advocacy.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Jonathan KetchesonTwenty Essex ‘Jonathan is excellent. An encyclopedic knowledge of public international law and a top-rate advocate both on paper and on his feet.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘This set is always super friendly. Arron Zitver is a star of the clerking world.’

‘Good reputation in shipping, good strength in depth, particularly at KC level.’

‘A strong and go-to set for a range of international arbitration and PIL work.’

‘Twenty Essex is an excellent set of chambers with vast experience and depth. One of the best in international arbitration.’

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

Work highlights

London Bar > Public international law Tier 1

Twenty Essex ‘is excellent on public international law, with a very deep bench of specialists at all levels of seniority’ and has bolstered its offering with Baiju Vasani and Rishab Gupta joining in May and November 2022, respectively, as well as several silk appointments including Sir Michael Wood KCMG KC’s appointment to honorary silk in March 2023. Members of chambers are acting at the forefront of groundbreaking matters at the highest level across the whole range of public international law. Highlights include the UK’s intervention on behalf of Ukraine in its claim against Russia before the ICJ based on allegations of genocide, in which Philippa Webb is instructed on; Kate Parlett is instructed on Australia’s intervention. In UN human rights committee proceedings Torres Strait Islanders v Australia, Monica Feria-Tinta and Sudhanshu Swaroop KC acted on behalf of a group of Torres Strait Islanders, indigenous people resident on an archipelago off the coast of mainland Queensland, who argue that Australia’s policies and laws regarding climate change are in breach of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  

Leading Silks

Sir Daniel Bethlehem KCMG KCTwenty Essex ‘Daniel is the Erling Haaland of his field - ahead of the pack and with a dazzling array of skills. He is quite simply at the top of his game and having him on your team confers an immediate advantage - Grand Master level.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Lord Verdirame KCTwenty Essex ‘Guglielmo is one of the leading public international lawyers in the country with vast knowledge in the field which he combines with a forensic approach to cases that is both rare and highly valuable. Hugely respected by judges – he does a first class job.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Sir Michael Wood KCMG KC (Hon)Twenty Essex ‘Michael has a deeper knowledge of more fields of public international law than practically anyone at the English Bar. He is also tactically very astute, and knows how international courts and tribunals think and work pretty much more than anyone. He is a first-rate advocate and, despite his seniority, a great team player.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Sudhanshu Swaroop KCTwenty Essex ‘On his feet, Sudhanshu is calm, clear and commands great respect. He also listens and works collaboratively.'
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Penelope NevillTwenty Essex ‘She is undoubtedly one of the talents in the field. She is knowledgeable, diligent, and fluent, both orally and in writing, with an unusually astute facility for grasping the essential policy context of international issues.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Kate ParlettTwenty Essex ‘She is fantastic, excellent strategic and pragmatic mind. She has is a legal heavyweight, with the ability to deliver on a human and sensitive level that clients can understand and brilliant drafting skills.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Philippa WebbTwenty Essex 'Philippa is a superb barrister, with excellent analytical skills and unsurpassed knowledge in certain areas (most obviously sovereign immunity). She is a pleasure to work with and is a safe pair of hands who consistently displays excellent judgement and produces the highest quality work.’ 
Ranked: Tier 1
Belinda McRaeTwenty Essex ‘A fantastic can-do attitude, always ready to roll her sleeves up. Belinda has a formidable intellect which she combines with excellent litigation skills and instincts – a real star.’ 
Ranked: Tier 2
Paolo BuscoTwenty Essex ‘Paolo is an extremely bright lawyer, a resourceful advocate, and an excellent scholar. He impresses with the width of his legal knowledge, spanning the whole spectrum of public international law – including, the law of the sea, jurisdictional immunities, human rights, humanitarian law, and general dispute resolution.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Monica Feria-TintaTwenty Essex ‘Monica is burning for her clients - she is definitely going the extra mile. She thinks outside the square to achieve the best solutions. She is a persuasive advocate.’ 
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon OllesonTwenty Essex ‘As a junior, Simon is peerless in the field of international law. Encyclopedic, refined and impactful, Simon brings class and quality to everything he does.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Manuel CasasTwenty Essex ‘Manuel’s international law expertise is first class. He has a deep understanding of the subject matter and is strong on strategy and tactics. He is also very personable and pleasant to deal with.’ 
Ranked: Tier 3
Rishab Gupta – Twenty Essex ‘Rishab is a very hard working highly intelligent lawyer with clarity of thinking and expression and his attention to detail is first-class. A consummate lawyer and clever tactician who is always prepared to roll his sleeves up and work with the team – phenomenal.’  
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

‘The clerks are professional and efficient.’

‘The clerks are very commercial and user friendly—always looking to help.’

‘This is one of the more active chambers, both in terms of holding events and in keeping regular contact with instructing solicitors. They have a particularly strong clerk team, with Anthony Carroll and Rachael Osborne being particular stand-outs.’

‘Excellent set for public international law.’

‘Quality counsel at all levels of seniority.’

‘Excellent talent at all levels with exceptional experience.’

‘A, if not the, leading international law set.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Crypto and blockchain assets Tier 1

Twenty Essex have found a strong footing within cryptocurrency disputes, with Lawrence Akka KC having co-authored the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce’s legal statement on cryptoassets and smart contracts, alongside the recent Digital Dispute Resolution Rules, which set the new precedent for arbitration rules for blockchain and crypto assets. Paul Lowenstein KC has been involved in innovative work in developing court techniques and tools for tackling international cyber fraud cases involving the transfer of money, and cryptocurrency assets across the international banking system and the blockchain, while Josephine Davies KC is noted for specialist knowledge from other areas of law including IP and competition law being applied to her cryptocurrency work, often involving injunctive work and private international law issues.

Testimonials

‘The clerks are very user-friendly.  Chris Theobald is particularly good to work with.’

‘What sets 20 Essex Street apart is not only their exceptional legal expertise but also the unparalleled support provided by their clerks. The clerks at 20 Essex Street, in particular Arron Zitver is an invaluable asset, always ready to go above and beyond to assist with any queries or requests. Arron’s helpful and approachable nature fosters a positive working relationship, making it a pleasure to collaborate with him.’

‘A first class commercial chambers.’

’20 Essex have some stellar leaders and juniors and are a real stand-out sit for civil fraud and digital assets work.’

 

 

 

London Bar > Commercial litigation Tier 2

Twenty Essex is ‘an excellent chambers for international commercial disputes‘. For major Court of Appeal and Supreme Court cases, the set particularly benefits from its members’ private and public international law expertise, including specialisms in jurisdiction, conflicts and enforcement work. In Process & Industrial Developments v Federal Republic of Nigeria, an extremely high-profile $11bn dispute, Philip Riches KC is representing Nigeria, which seeks to set aside the mega-value award made against it on grounds of fraud; and in Republic of Mozambique v Credit Suisse, Privinvest & others, a high-stakes $2bn Commercial Court claim arising out of the “tuna bond scandal”, involving fraud, bribery, corruption and conspiracy allegations, former head of chambers Duncan Matthews KC is leading Riches and others in the representation of Privinvest in this case.

Leading Silks

Duncan Matthews KCTwenty Essex 'A truly first-class super-silk. Authoritative and persuasive. The go-to KC.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Lowenstein KCTwenty Essex 'Paul has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, practice and procedure. He is an excellent strategist and instils confident in clients and the wider legal team. Clients absolutely want him on their side.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Charles Kimmins KCTwenty Essex 'Charles' advocacy is persuasive, commanding, and brutally effective. He zeroes in on the core issues, has sharp attention to detail, and is exceptionally user friendly and personable.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Ayres KCTwenty Essex 'Andrew is superb with clients and also a real team player. Technically he is first-rate and quick to spot issues or opportunities that others may have missed.'
Ranked: Tier 5
David Lewis KCTwenty Essex 'Massively able and unflappable. Very measured advocacy.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Andrew Fulton KCTwenty Essex ‘Meticulously prepared, and a very authoritative advocate whom the judges trust. Excellent use of technology.’
Ranked: Tier 6
Michael Ashcroft KC – Twenty Essex 'A superb operator who knows the law inside out. Judges feel comfortable following his propositions - he is the voice of reason.'
Ranked: Tier 6
Ranked: Tier 6
Lawrence Akka KCTwenty Essex ‘Lawrence is wonderfully easy to work with. He has a way of communicating advice on incredibly difficult issues in a way that makes them seem simple. Clients love working with him.’
Ranked: Tier 6
Stephen Atherton KC – Twenty EssexStephen provides a rare combination of hard work, intellect and commerciality. He is a calm and reassuring presence on a file and works extremely well with instructing solicitors. He is the go-to barrister for complex Cayman commercial litigation.’
Ranked: Tier 6

2024 Silks

Josephine Davies KCTwenty Essex 'Hugely talented commercial and Chancery junior - tremendously able and compelling to work with.'

Leading Juniors

Susannah JonesTwenty Essex 'Extremely able senior junior. She knows every detail of the case. Her pleadings are comprehensive but not long-winded. Brilliant at settlement agreements.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Belinda McRaeTwenty Essex 'Belinda's written work is superb and her skeleton arguments are a work of art. She is extremely user friendly, responsive and hardworking. A well-prepared and persuasive advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5
Angharad ParryTwenty Essex 'Truly exceptional, demonstrating an unparalleled level of skill and dedication. Her expertise in commercial litigation is unmatched, and her ability to navigate complex legal matters with precision and thoroughness is truly impressive. ’
Ranked: Tier 5
Andrew Dinsmore – Twenty Essex 'Robust beyond his years of call, and his written and oral advocacy are clear and persuasive.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Sam GoodmanTwenty Essex ‘The consummate junior - paperwork is strong, turned around efficiently, and he doesn't sit on the fence with his advice. Very easy to deal with and instruct.’
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

‘The clerks are excellent. Sam McDowall is particularly helpful and always on hand to help with any queries.’

‘Christopher Theobald is a brilliant clerk – always very helpful in relation to the practicalities of fee arrangements and very responsive.’

‘Anthony Carroll and Robert Wheeler are both excellent.’

Excellent depth at all levels.

The set’s quality is extremely high.

An excellent chambers for international commercial disputes.

Excellent clerks.

The clerks offer a very good service indeed – fast, responsive and friendly.

Work highlights

London Bar > Fraud: civil Tier 2

Twenty Essex‘s civil fraud members are able to leverage the chambers’ complementary expertise in financial services and terminology. Paul Lowenstein KC is a go-to silk for injunction and jurisdiction work, both in England and offshore Caribbean jurisdictions. In the long-running PJSC National Bank Trust v Mints case, Philip Edey KC, leading Sarah Tresman and Richard Greenberg, is defending businessman Boris Mints against claims by two Russian banks for alleged fraudulent conspiracy involving loan restructuring. In the same matter, former chambers head Duncan Matthews KC and represents fourth defendant Igor Mints, his son. In a novel cryptocurrency case, unled Josephine Davies KC acted for Fetch.Ai in obtaining worldwide freezing orders against the hackers of its Binance.com trading account, along with information orders against Binance entities.

Rising stars

Maria Kennedy – Twenty EssexMaria is a sharp and thorough counsel. She is bright, strategic and tenacious in her approach to cases.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Paul Lowenstein KCTwenty Essex ‘An excellent advocate and highly adept at building rapport with judges. He is one of the best barristers to instruct in fast-moving injunctive relief work for the recovery of stolen monies.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Edey KCTwenty Essex ‘Philip is an excellent senior silk, who is clever, decisive and has an excellent court manner. He is also a very good team leader.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephen Atherton KCTwenty EssexAn incredible advocate and a savvy advisor. Stephen is one of the best silks on the market for fraud work.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Ayres KCTwenty Essex ‘Andrew has an excellent knowledge of the fraud toolkit, and is a great strategic thinker, always looking for alternative strategies. His advocacy is very good – he is always well-prepared, and his calmness helps to put the end-client at ease.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Fulton KCTwenty Essex ‘Utterly formidable, iron-willed and relentlessly proactive. A superb advocate and committed team player.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Philip Riches KC - Twenty Essex 'Philip is very pragmatic and solution focused. He is also very clear in his advice, and understands his audience well.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

2022 Silks

2024 Silks

Josephine Davies KC - Twenty Essex 'Josephine's intellectual prowess is truly exceptional, and her unwavering commitment to meticulous attention to detail sets her apart. In the realms of crypto fraud tracing and asset recovery, her reputation is enviable.'

Leading Juniors

Sarah TresmanTwenty Essex ‘Sarah is brilliant, prodigiously hardworking, and has a level of attention to detail that is rarely seen. She is an absolute perfectionist, which is brilliant news for her clients.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Sam GoodmanTwenty Essex ‘Sam is outstanding - his legal analysis, judgement and advocacy are all of high quality. He is a star of the future.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Belinda McRae – Twenty EssexIn terms of civil fraud, her ability to draw together huge amounts of information to tell a story is impressive. There is no better junior to instruct.
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Dinsmore - Twenty Essex 'Andrew is tenacious, hardworking and well-versed in the law of civil fraud. He expresses himself clearly, in writing and orally, and is able to keep focused and stick to his guns.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard Greenberg - Twenty Essex 'Richard is fantastically bright. He gets across his brief with impressive speed and is an excellent strategist.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Joshua Folkard – Twenty Essex ‘An exceptionally talented junior with exceptional drafting and analytical skills. Easy to work with and always available.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Sam McDowall is highly professional and demonstrates impressive efficiency. His ability to address any administrative matters swiftly and provide timely assistance is commendable.’

‘Anthony Carroll does a fantastic job in keeping clients happy and in arranging for counsel schedule.’

‘Anthony Carroll serves as a constant point of contact, which is appreciated, especially when members of the clerking team may change from time to time. Hands on and a personal service that is straightforward.’

‘Arron Zitver provides a quality service to clients and is great to deal with.’

‘Excellent service from all, with Christopher Theobald standing out.’

‘Exceptionally strong chambers. Clerks can always find an alternative barrister of a high quality.’

‘Swift and responsive clerking, able to offer a good range of counsel (often at short notice), and sensible on fees.’

’20 Essex is one of the leading sets, particularly for international arbitration but also with an increasingly strong commercial litigation and civil fraud offering.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Shipping Tier 2

Lauded as ‘one of the pre-eminent shipping sets’, Twenty Essex’ strengths are well-distributed along the full range of maritime disputes. The charterparty dispute Trafigura Maritime Logistics Pte Ltd v Clearlake Shipping Pte Ltd kept a number of members busy, with Michael Ashcroft KC, Daniel Bovensiepen, and Timothy Young KC all being involved. The latter also led Colleen Hanley in the Shagang Giant, a case dealing with the interpretation of a force majeure clause in light of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. Damages caused by the detention of a vessel and the subsequent claim for demurrage are central in Rhine Shipping v Vitol, where Patrick Dunn-Walsh is led by Philip Edey KC on behalf of Rhine Shipping.

Rising stars

Matthew Chan – Twenty Essex ‘Matthew is bright, has experience beyond his years of qualification, and is one of the top junior juniors often chosen by silks to assist on matters.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Michal HainTwenty Essex ‘Michal is incredibly smart and always has the most relevant case, or excellent strategic suggestions on the tip of his tongue.’
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Michael Ashcroft KCTwenty Essex ‘A superb strategist and a specialist on letter of indemnity cases.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Timothy Young KCTwenty Essex 'Timothy has a fine mind and is a good lateral thinker. He comes up with points that no one has thought of.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Duncan Matthews KCTwenty EssexAn outstanding silk.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Timothy Hill KCTwenty Essex ‘Confident, robust and expresses his arguments with clarity.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
David Lewis KCTwenty EssexDavid is incredibly bright, calm and collected on his feet, with razor-sharp attention to detail.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Charles Kimmins KCTwenty EssexA razor-sharp legal mind who cuts to the heart of the most complex of disputes.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Henry Byam-Cook KC –Twenty Essex ‘He is not only able to process a lot of information quickly and to comprehensively advise on the legal issues but is also a commercially astute lawyer.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Julian Kenny KCTwenty Essex 'Stylish written submissions and engaging oral advocacy.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Coburn KCTwenty Essex 'Michael is a highly erudite barrister who thinks meticulously about his cases. He has a calm style of advocacy that allows him to develop detailed points whilst maintaining the court's attention.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Collett KCTwenty Essex 'Extremely calm, knowledgeable and has an air of quiet authority in all he does.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Sara Masters KCTwenty Essex 'Very sharp intellect. Excellent advocate. Great presence with clients.'
Ranked: Tier 5
Ranked: Tier 5
Thomas Raphael KCTwenty Essex ‘An excellent advocate who can get a complicated point across very well to arbitrators and judges. Also extremely bright and very knowledgeable on the law.’
Ranked: Tier 5

2022 Silks

Simon Milnes KCTwenty Essex 'His written advocacy is strong and he comes up with creative arguments. As an oral advocate, Simon can be incisive without being unnecessarily aggressive.'

2023 Silks

Luke Pearce KC –Twenty EssexVery high-quality written work and a polished advocate.’

2024 Silks

Oliver Caplin KCTwenty Essex 'Oliver is a superb advocate. He delivers the points that need to be made in a clear and measured way.'
Josephine Davies KCTwenty Essex 'She is not afraid to give a direct view on the merits of a point, without hedging her opinion with unnecessary caveats.'

Leading Juniors

Daniel BovensiepenTwenty EssexExceptionally bright.’
Ranked: Tier 1
Colleen HanleyTwenty Essex ‘Tenacious and prepared to go the extra mile.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom CorbyTwenty Essex ‘Hard working, reliable, and a pleasure to work with.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Angharad ParryTwenty Essex 'Excellent, responsive, and easy to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Malcolm JarvisTwenty Essex ‘Malcolm knows his subject matter really well. His submissions are well-put and address the issues in question.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Sean SnookTwenty EssexAn insightful senior junior.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Alex CarlessTwenty Essex 'Alex is excellent across the board. His opinions balance detail and nuance with clearness and accessibility to the reader - and are always on the money.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Patrick Dunn-Walsh – Twenty Essex 'Patrick's advocacy skills are very impressive. He is quick on his feet, and presents his arguments in a clear and concise manner. He will certainly be a force to be reckoned with in the years to come.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew FeldTwenty Essex 'Absolutely excellent. Superb command of the law in international trade.'
Ranked: Tier 4
Karen Maxwell Twenty Essex ‘Karen has a fantastic knowledge of the Arbitration Act and great insight into its application. She is creative in identifying solutions and an excellent, clear advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew DinsmoreTwenty Essex ‘A brilliant communicator, problem solver and advocate. He is able to find solutions quickly to complex legal and procedural issues.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Richard GreenbergTwenty EssexClear-headed, writes well and a crisp advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘There are some excellent shipping counsel working at Twenty Essex Street – it is one of our go-to sets.’

‘Very helpful clerking team. Arron Zitver is a joy to work with.’

‘Brilliant chambers. Leaders in their respective fields.’

‘Arron Zitver is always a pleasure to deal with and ensures that queries are dealt with promptly and thoroughly.’

‘Twenty Essex is an excellent set with many fine barristers in it. I have always enjoyed working with and against its members and have spotted no weak links.’

‘One of the pre-eminent shipping sets. Barristers work on some of the top cases and there are some excellent silks and senior juniors.’

‘Twenty Essex is the ‘go-to’ chambers in London for maritime disputes.’

‘Clerks are always helpful and alive to diversity requirements.’

Work highlights

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

Twenty Essex represents financial services providers and their clients in a range of fora across a full spectrum of banking, financial services, and asset management disputes. Members of the set are often instructed to obtain, or seek the discharge of, freezing injunctions and other interim relief in relation to banking and investment disputes, which include instructions both for and against major financial institutions. Andrew Fulton KC is noted as ‘intellectually very able, and extremely knowledgeable‘ on banking law, while Luke Pearce KC has appeared in a number of high-profile banking cases in recent years. Paul Lowenstein KC has an extensive practice encompassing fraud into the context of banking and finance cases involving major banks.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Riches KCTwenty EssexPhilip has good client skills, excellent attention to detail and great advocacy in the High Court and Court of Appeal.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Lowenstein KCTwenty EssexA very good strategist and a hugely experienced advocate, super at cross examination.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Fulton KC - Twenty Essex  'Intellectually very able, extremely knowledgeable on trade and banking. Andrew always fights the clients’ case with vigour, is able to cut to the heart of the dispute quickly and understands the pressures of private practice and the need to adopt a commercial approach rather than giving ivory tower solutions.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Charles Kimmins KCTwenty Essex ‘Excellent attention to detail with an ability to make very difficult and complex issues seem quite straightforward.  Tenacious and a good advocate.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Ayres KCTwenty EssexHe is a charming advocate who is not afraid to put his client's interests first.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Philip Edey KCTwenty Essex ‘Clever and has the ear of the tribunal - he has great depth of experience.’
Ranked: Tier 4

2022 Silks

Tony Beswetherick KCTwenty Essex ‘Tony is a true star on the rise.  Through the course of our engagement he has often pitted again more senior barristers on the other side but he routinely out performs them.  He is preparation is unrivalled, really getting under the skin of matters to ensure he can navigate way through hearings, often picking new points along the way.'

2023 Silks

Luke Pearce KCTwenty Essex  ‘An excellent young silk. Clear, confident and a pleasure to deal with. He has a very bright future.

Leading Juniors

Sean Snook  – Twenty Essex ‘An excellent all-rounder who produces excellent written work and advocates in a clear and compelling way. Sean can be relied on to manage a case with or without support from leading counsel, which is very reassuring.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘They are very responsive and helpful, particularly Arron Zitver and Robert Wheeler.’

‘Excellent clerks – very responsive, especially Chris Theobald.’

‘Twenty Essex offers a range of senior and junior counsel who are capable and a delight to work with. A go-to set for difficult commercial claims.’

 

London Bar > Energy Tier 3

Twenty Essex has ‘some of the best and broadest expertise in international trade, shipping and insurance, whether amongst skills and juniors’, and those skills see members increasingly involved in complex and high-value matters in the energy sector, particularly the oil and gas market. Their work also encompasses LNG, mining, drill and rig disputes, and there is a growing volume of work arising from the renewable energy sector and issues related to climate change and energy transition. Members couple industry-specific knowledge with expertise in financial, fraud and contractual disputes, as well as engineering and construction both onshore and offshore. David Lewis KC is an increasingly prominent presence in energy disputes, frequently acting for large trading houses in matters concerning price reviews and supply contracts. Michael Ashcroft KC recently acted for BP Oil in a $20m Commercial Court claim, BP Oil International Ltd v Vega Petroleum Ltd and Dover Investments Ltd, concerning the return of payments for 211,387 barrels of Gulf of Suez Mix crude oil that was, according to BP, never delivered from the Ras El Ush field in Egypt. Wendy Miles KC, who is best known for climate change matters, is also heavily involved in oil and gas disputes.

Leading Silks

David Lewis KCTwenty Essex ‘David has an outstanding intellect and is always available, courteous and excellent with clients.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Wendy Miles KC - Twenty Essex  ‘Wendy is extremely intelligent, combining a deep understanding of both the law and the most complex factual matrices. She is a systemic thinker and excellent advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Charles Kimmins KCTwenty Essex ‘Charles is extremely user friendly, adaptable and hardworking. His advice and paperwork are of the highest standard and his oral advocacy is superb.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Duncan Matthews KCTwenty Essex ‘A very powerful advocate who has the ear of tribunal and mastery of the details.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Ashcroft KCTwenty Essex ‘Incredibly bright, cool, calm and collected under pressure, Michael is a very polished and persuasive advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Timothy Hill KCTwenty Essex ‘Extremely user-friendly and honest about the merits of the case, Timothy fights tooth and nail for a good result and utterly fantastic on his feet.’
Ranked: Tier 4
Andrew Fulton KCTwenty Essex ‘Andrew is a clear and incisive thinker who always cuts to the heart of the legal and factual issues in any dispute. He is also a tenacious advocate.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Gordon Nardell KC – Twenty Essex ‘Gordon’s strengths are his knowledge of the energy market and his commercial approach.’ 

Ranked: Tier 4
Philip Riches KC –Twenty Essex ‘Philip is strong in dealing with expert evidence and is strategically creative.’
Ranked: Tier 4

2023 Silks

Luke Pearce KC – Twenty Essex ‘Really smart, agile, conscientious, and unflappable under pressure, Luke is impressive on his feet.’

Leading Juniors

Monica Feria-Tinta – Twenty Essex  ‘Monica is an outstanding junior – a hardworking and committed team member who is an absolute pleasure to work with.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Malcolm JarvisTwenty Essex ‘Malcolm has a very good eye for detail and works quickly, providing definitive and clear advice. His advocacy is measured, precise and persuasive.’
Ranked: Tier 3

Andrew Feld – Twenty Essex ‘Absolutely excellent. A KC in the making. He is incredibly bright, on top of detail, responsive and user-friendly.’

Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘I have always found the clerks of Twenty Essex to be very fair in fixing brief fees and in pricing work generally. They have been able to advise me well on availability of barristers and in making alternative arrangements when there are issues of maternity or paternity leave.’

‘Excellent – Anthony Carroll is excellent in BD. Robert Wheeler – excellent.’

‘Chris Theobald is a straightforward and approachable clerk with whom frank commercial discussion is always on the agenda. He leads a clerk team that is always keen to help and keep me informed about workloads and timings.’

‘The clerks offer a very good service indeed; fast, responsive and friendly. I am always offered a number of good options for counsel and I find the clerks are willing to be sensible in fee negotiations.’

‘Twenty Essex provides impeccable client service.’

‘Twenty Essex is one of a cluster of first-rate chambers for commercial matters that I regularly use, so they are always front-of-mind for a new case.’

‘A first-class commercial set at the top of their game; my go-to for heavyweight commercial and international disputes.’

‘The set is my preferred set for commercial disputes; it has a deep bench of very good counsel at all levels and covering the full spectrum of commercial disciplines.’

Work highlights

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance Tier 4

Twenty Essex covers a full spectrum of commercial insurance and reinsurance disputes, both in arbitration and in court. Members, including Charles Kimmins KC, have acted in large market disputes and have been instructed for policyholders, insurers and reinsurers, both domestically and internationally. Philip Edey KC acted for a major Middle Eastern retailer seeking to recover under its business interruption insurance policies for lockdown-related losses to its operations in the Middle East in Al Mana v Fidelity and Libano, whereas Susannah Jones has developed an impressive practice, with significant work in high-value reinsurance arbitrations. Luke Pearce KC was appointed silk in 2023.

Leading Silks

Charles Kimmins KCTwenty EssexCharles has a really great way of distilling complex matters so that they are readily understandable. He is also very good with numbers so where one has technical matters that require, for instance, significant input from accounting experts, he is very capable in this regard and able to probe matters effectively.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Philip Edey KCTwenty Essex ‘Philip is a top-notch silk, one of the best in his field. He has gravitas and charm as well as deep legal knowledge that is second-to-none. He exercises great judgement and has consummate client skills. He has a magic touch in court and is very strong on paper as well as orally, where the court listens to what he says. Superb.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Ashcroft KCTwenty EssexVery competent insurance lawyer who is hugely in demand.'
Ranked: Tier 4

2024 Silks

Leading Juniors

Susannah Jones – Twenty Essex 'A great brain, incredibly organised and efficient. A calming influence and a real team player.'
Ranked: Tier 3
Joshua FolkardTwenty EssexJoshua is very responsive and thorough and is a pleasure to deal with. He adds commercial and practical input to his technical knowledge.'
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > IT and telecoms (infrastructure and contracts)

London Bar > Insolvency

Leading Silks

Stephen Atherton KCTwenty Essex ‘Stephen is a pre-eminent barrister in this area.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Ayres KCTwenty EssexAndrew is very calm, considered and thorough – definitely among my first choices for complex insolvency and restructuring work.  He is also very easy to deal with – responsive and a pleasure to work with.’
Ranked: Tier 4

2022 Silks

Tony Beswetherick KCTwenty Essex 'Exceptional in all aspects, Tony is fantastic to work with and impresses clients in conference.'

London Bar > Company

Leading Silks

Stephen Atherton KCTwenty Essex ‘Technically excellent and perfectly suited for big-ticket work, Stephen is brilliant at explaining very complicated legal concepts to lawyers and clients.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Blair Leahy KC – Twenty Essex ‘Blair is one of the most thorough, engaged and responsive silks in the London market, nothing escapes her attention and her ability to communicate in a concise and clear manner is singularly impressive.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Ayres KC – Twenty Essex ‘Phenomenally bright, charming on his feet, and a fantastic team player, his judgement and instincts are second to none.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Harris BorTwenty Essex ‘Harris is approachable and incredibly user-friendly, as well as bright and across the legal issues.’
Ranked: Tier 5

London Bar > Environment

Leading Silks

Wendy Miles KC – Twenty Essex ‘Wendy is a leading thinker on climate law.'
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Monica Feria-TintaTwenty Essex 'Monica has particular expertise in the climate change space, with a sharp, clear understanding of the law.'
Ranked: Tier 2

London Bar > Construction

Leading Silks

Michael Ashcroft KCTwenty Essex ‘Michael remains as grounded and user-friendly now as he was when he was a junior, which is a great attribute when combined with his considerable intellectual power. He gets to the crux of a problem very quickly and offers sound, practical and very well-considered advice.'
Ranked: Tier 5

London Bar > Intellectual property

London Bar > International crime and extradition

Leading Juniors

Monica Feria-TintaTwenty Essex ‘Monica is a highly respected international lawyer who brings her great knowledge in the field of academia to the Bar.’
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Administrative law and human rights

London Bar > Professional negligence

Leading Juniors

Joshua FolkardTwenty Essex ‘His written work is of a consistently exceptional standard. He is inordinately careful and leaves no consideration unaddressed in his analysis of a matter.’
Ranked: Tier 6

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial Tier 1

Twenty Essex reports a significant uptick in shareholder disputes across the Asia Pacific region, and continues to handle a broad range of complex commercial disputes and high-value arbitrations. Commercial litigator Nakul Dewan SA - an Indian senior advocate - has vast experience within Singapore in international arbitration, with a solid track record in advising on enforcement proceedings arising from arbitral awards. Timothy Hill KC is highly regarded for advising on shareholder agreements, joint ventures and civil fraud litigation. Joshua Folkard is sought after for his strength in advising on asset tracing disputes, and Rishab Gupta is a key name for investment treaty arbitrations.

Leading Silks

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

The whole team was extremely professional, cordial and effective.’

Great service.’

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

Twenty Essex ‘has the biggest stable of commodities counsel‘ and maintains a close relationship with the Singaporean legal market, with members bringing their expertise to complex litigation in the shipping space. High-value arbitration matters have also been prominent in the group’s caseload, an area in which the ‘strong and dynamicTimothy Hill KC excels. Timothy Young KC has ‘a fearsome legal mind, and he is very creative on legal argument and strategy‘. The ‘sharpDuncan Matthews KC advises on a range of shipping issues, including bills of lading, cargo claims and contracts of affreightments. At the junior end of chambers, Oliver Caplin specialises in handling dry shipping and commodities disputes.

Leading Silks

Charles Kimmins KCTwenty Essex 'Charles knows the law relating to commodities trading very well - probably the most able commodities silk around.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Timothy Hill KC – Twenty Essex 'When Timothy is involved in a case, he leaves no stone unturned.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Ashcroft KCTwenty Essex 'He has a wonderful courtroom manner.'  
Ranked: Tier 1
Duncan Matthews KCTwenty Essex 'The equivalent of unleashing a hungry wolf onto your opponents.'
Ranked: Tier 1
David Lewis KCTwenty Essex 'A silk with a very good nose for how a tribunal will react to an argument.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Timothy Young KCTwenty Essex 'He thinks fast on his feet, and tailors arguments to the particular tribunal.'  
Ranked: Tier 2

2022 Silks

Simon Milnes KCTwenty Essex 'A very congenial silk who is easy to work with.'

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Susannah JonesTwenty Essex 'A junior who has super attention to detail and a concise and succinct manner of drafting pleadings.'
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Arron Zitver – always helpful and accommodating.’

Twenty Essex is a very strong chambers.’

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

Twenty Essex is ‘one of the best chambers for handling complex disputes involving construction law‘. Its Asia practice is focused on Singapore, where the set has an office, with members active in cases involving LNG supply contracts, oil export contractual litigation, force majeure issues and sale and purchase agreements, to name a few. Michael Ashcroft KC has been kept busy handling a wide spectrum of construction contractual disputes, and Duncan Matthews KC has expertise in upstream and downstream disputes in the energy sector. Timothy Hill KC‘s workload includes advising on disputes arising from the construction of oil and gas facilities, among other matters.

Leading Silks

Duncan Matthews KC – Twenty Essex 'He is meticulous down to the very minute details of a case.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Ashcroft KCTwenty Essex 'His legal analysis is very succinct and practical.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Anthony Carroll is a king among clerks.’

Twenty Essex is a great set, with a huge range of talented barristers and a great level of service.’

India - Senior Advocates > Commercial disputes Tier 2

Twenty Essex, which has offices in both London and Singapore, includes Nakul Dewan, who has longstanding experience on all kinds of international commercial arbitration matters before the Supreme Court of India as well as Singapore and London courts. His recent work involves Cox and Kings and Others versus SAP, a case reconsidering the companies group doctrine’s application of non-signatories to arbitration agreements under the Indian Arbitration Act before the Supreme Court of India.

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore Tier 4

Twenty Essex has a strong track-record in commercial chancery, company, and offshore litigation, with specific expertise regarding contentious trust and probate issues, undue influence, charitable and family company matters, fraud cases and shareholder disputes. Stephen Atherton KC is acting for the petitioner in Evenstar Master Fund SPC v Fang Holdings Limited, a just and equitable winding up petition concerning a company worth approximately $800m. Of the juniors, Joshua Folkard was instructed in Tethyan Copper Company Pty Limited v Pakistan, reportedly the first attempt at enforcing an ICSID award (in this case, $5.9bn) through the BVI courts – the matter settled in April 2023.

Leading Silks

Stephen Atherton KCTwenty Essex 'Stephen is a captivating advocate. He is also extremely hardworking and great to work with.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Ayres KCTwenty Essex 'Andrew is a very impressive silk with extensive expertise across a wide spectrum of offshore practice areas. He prepares meticulously for court, works collaboratively in large teams, and is incredibly effective in court. He is without par.'
Ranked: Tier 4

2022 Silks

Tony Beswetherick KCTwenty Essex 'Hard working, responsive and innovative.'

Leading Juniors

Joshua FolkardTwenty Essex ‘Joshua is highly skilled at legal research and writing. He works at a blazing speed and always produces superbly well-written and coherently constructed work.’
Ranked: Tier 3
Sarah TresmanTwenty Essex ‘Sarah is an accomplished junior and very much in demand. One of her strengths is her attention to detail and being able to immediately point leading counsel to every potentially relevant document or argument on the fly. She is also particularly adept at distilling difficult points of foreign law and other expert evidence.’
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

‘Excellent clerking, very responsive and professional.’

‘Chris Theobald and the clerking team are quick, responsive, commercial and sensible on fees.’

‘Deep bench strength.’

‘Excellent commercial set.’

Work highlights

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Arbitration counsel

Twenty Essex houses Nakul Dewan SA, who is a member of the Indian, Singaporean and English and Welsh Bars, and has been appointed as arbitrator by the ICC, LCIA and SIAC. Dewan has an excellent track record in handling complex international arbitrations in Singapore, and is sought after by clients in the banking and finance, energy, construction, and mining sectors. International arbitration expert Rishab Gupta regularly appears before Indian courts in construction arbitrations, and is well versed in advising on investment treaty arbitrations.

Leading Juniors

Rishab Gupta - Twenty Essex 'A very professional and efficient barrister.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Arbitrators

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
Co-head of Chambers Philip Edey KC (1994) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Co-head of Chambers Charles Kimmins KC (1994) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
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
Head of Business Development, Asia Pacific Lara Quie LQuie@twentyessex.com 6597261383
Arbitrator Practice Director Catherine Reeves creeves@twentyessex.com 442078426788
Member Alexander Layton KC (1976) blueteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Timothy Young KC (1977) yellowteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Christopher Hancock KC (1983) yellowteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Duncan Matthews KC (1986) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Sir Daniel Bethlehem KC (1988) blueteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Stephen Atherton KC (1989) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Timothy Hill KC (1990) yellowteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Paul Lowenstein KC (1988) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Michael Coburn KC (1990) yellowteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Gordon Nardell KC (1995) blueteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Michael Ashcroft KC (1997) yellowteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Lawrence Akka KC (1991) yellowteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Sara Masters KC (1993) blueteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Michael Collett KC (1995) yellowteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member David Lewis KC (1999) blueteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Thomas Raphael KC (1999) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Wendy Miles KC (2020) blueteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Andrew Ayres KC (1996) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Sudhanshu Swaroop KC (1997) blueteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Julian Kenny KC (1997) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Guglielmo Veridrame KC (2006) blueteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Nakul Dewan SA (2014) yellowteam@twentyessex.com 6562257230
Member Henry Byam-Cook KC (2000) yellowteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Blair Leahy KC (2001) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Phillip Riches KC (2001) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Andrew Fulton KC (1999) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Jonathon Redwood SC (2013) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Tony Beswetherick KC (2003) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Simon Milnes KC (2005) blueteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Albert Dinelli KC (2007) blueteam@twentyessex.com 6562257230
Member Sir Michael Wood KC (1968) blueteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Luke Pearce KC (2007) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Josephine Davies KC (2006) blueteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Oliver Caplin KC (2012) yellowteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Karen Maxwell (1992) yellowteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Julie Anderson (1993) blueteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Malcolm Jarvis (1998) blueteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Susannah Jones (1999) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Zannis Mavrogordato (1999) blueteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Sean Snook (2000) yellowteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Socrates Papadopoulos (2001) yellowteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Baiju Vasani (2001) blueteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Angharad Parry (2002) yellowteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Simon Olleson (2002) blueteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Colleen Hanley (2003) yellowteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Daniel Bovenseipen (2004) yellowteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Harris Bor (2006) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Patricia Edwards (2006) yellowteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Stefan Talmon (2007) blueteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Sarah Tresman (2008) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Penelope Nevill (2010) blueteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Rupert Hamilton (2010) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Thomas Corby (2011) yellowteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Mahnaz Malik (2012) blueteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Alex Carless (2012) yellowteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Richard Greenberg (2013) yellowteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Matthew McGhee (2013) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Andrew Feld (2013) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Andrew Dinsmore (2013) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Joshua Folkard (2013) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Monica Feria-Tinta (2014) blueteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Belinda McRae (2014) redteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Alexander Thompson (2014) yellowteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
Member Kate Parlett (2015) blueteam@twentyessex.com 442078421200
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Lawrence Akka KC photo Lawrence Akka KC Lawrence’s practice encompasses high value and technically complex commercial and contractual disputes.…
Clare Ambrose photo Clare Ambrose Clare Ambrose is a full time arbitrator with wide ranging experience in…
Julie Anderson photo Julie Anderson Julie has an outstanding level of “hands on” litigation experience in the…
Michael Ashcroft KC photo Michael Ashcroft KC Michael is an experienced silk with a broad commercial practice, specialising in…
Stephen Atherton KC photo Stephen Atherton KC Stephen’s practice comprises of international and domestic corporate insolvency and restructuring, company…
Andrew Ayres KC photo Andrew Ayres KC Andrew has an established commercial disputes practice, with a core of trial…
Tony Beswetherick KC photo Tony Beswetherick KC Tony has a busy practice specialising in the fields of insolvency, civil…
Daniel Bethlehem KC photo Sir Daniel Bethlehem KC Daniel Bethlehem is a barrister practising in the field of public international…
Harris Bor photo Dr Harris Bor Harris’s practice covers all areas of international arbitration and commercial and company…
Daniel Bovensiepen photo Daniel Bovensiepen Daniel’s practice covers a broad range of international commercial work, with a…
Charles N Brower photo The Honorable Charles N Brower Charles’s 55-year career in the law has combined extensive practice at the…
Paolo Busco photo Paolo Busco Paolo practices in the fields of public international law and international dispute…
Henry Byam-Cook KC photo Henry Byam-Cook KC Henry practises in a range of commercial disputes, principally shipping, energy, IT/telecoms,…
Oliver Caplin KC KC photo Oliver Caplin KC KC Oliver has a broad commercial practice which particularly focuses on international trade,…
Alex Carless photo Alex Carless Alex specialises in a broad range of commercial matters, including banking and…
Manuel Casas photo Manuel Casas Manuel is developing a broad practice across all of Chambers’ areas of…
Matthew Chan photo Matthew Chan Matthew has a broad practice in commercial litigation and international arbitration. He…
Philippa Charles photo Ms Philippa Charles Before joining Twenty Essex in February 2023, Philippa was the Head of…
Michael Coburn KC photo Michael Coburn KC Michael practises in all aspects of commercial law, usually with an international…
Michael Collett KC photo Michael Collett KC Michael specialises in commercial law. His areas of practice include general commercial…
Tom Corby photo Tom Corby Tom has a varied commercial practice, with a focus on international arbitration,…
Josephine Davies KC KC photo Josephine Davies KC KC Josephine specialises in all areas of commercial law and litigation. She has…
Alexandros Demetriades photo Alexandros Demetriades Alex is developing a broad practice across all of Chambers’ core practice…
Nakul Dewan SA photo Nakul Dewan SA Nakul practises from Singapore, Delhi and London. He accepts appointments both as…
Albert Dinelli KC photo Albert Dinelli KC Albert’s practice in London and Singapore focuses on arbitral proceedings and advice…
Andrew Dinsmore photo Andrew Dinsmore Andrew has extensive international commercial litigation and arbitration experience. His practice focuses…
Patrick Dunn-Walsh photo Patrick Dunn-Walsh Patrick has a broad commercial practice in line with Chambers’ profile, with…
Philip Edey KC photo Philip Edey KC Philip is co-Head of Chambers. He is a specialist lead advocate whose…
Patricia Edwards photo Patricia Edwards Patricia has a broad commercial practice, with a particular emphasis on advising…
Andrew Feld photo Andrew Feld Andrew has an eclectic practice encompassing the full spectrum of commercial litigation,…
Monica Feria-Tinta photo Monica Feria-Tinta Monica is a specialist in public international law and international arbitration. She…
Joshua Folkard photo Joshua Folkard Josh has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice including civil fraud…
Yves Fortier KC photo The Honorable Yves Fortier KC Yves is recognised as one of the top arbitrators in the world.…
Andrew Fulton KC photo Andrew Fulton KC Andrew has a broad and busy practice. He advises and appears in…
Edward Gilmore photo Edward Gilmore Edward’s practice spans the range of Chambers’ expertise in commercial litigation and…
Sam Goodman photo Sam Goodman Sam specialises in complex, high-value commercial litigation and arbitration. His practice has…
Courtney Grafton photo Courtney Grafton Courtney has developed a broad practice in commercial litigation, international arbitration and…
Richard Greenberg photo Richard Greenberg Richard has a broad commercial practice, with a particular focus on civil…
Sarah Grimmer photo Ms Sarah Grimmer Sarah joined Twenty Essex in August 2022 as a full-time arbitrator. She…
Rishab Gupta photo Dr Rishab Gupta Dr Rishab Gupta is a specialist in international arbitration, commercial litigation and…
Michal Hain photo Michal Hain Michal’s broad commercial practice is evenly split between English courts and international…
Rupert Hamilton photo Rupert Hamilton Rupert enjoys a varied practice covering all aspects of commercial law. He…
Christopher Hancock KC photo Christopher Hancock KC Christopher has appeared before courts at all levels, including the High Court,…
Colleen Hanley photo Colleen Hanley Colleen is a recommended leading junior in both Chambers & Partners and…
Mark Havelock-Allan KC photo Sir Mark Havelock-Allan KC Mark is a former Mercantile Judge on the Western Circuit, and judge…
Timothy Hill KC photo Timothy Hill KC Timothy specialises in international commercial litigation and arbitration. He has considerable expertise…
Malcolm Jarvis photo Malcolm Jarvis Malcolm specialises in commercial disputes arising in a variety of sectors including…
Susannah Jones photo Susannah Jones Susannah’s practice focuses on commercial disputes in areas including fraud, banking, commodities,…
Maria Kennedy photo Maria Kennedy Maria has a broad commercial practice with a particular focus on fraud,…
Julian Kenny KC photo Julian Kenny KC 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 KC photo Charles Kimmins KC Charles is co-Head of Chambers. Charles specialises in commercial law, and represents…
Alexander Layton KC photo Alexander Layton KC Alex is a specialist in private international law. His practice consists almost…
Blair Leahy KC photo Blair Leahy KC Blair has a broad commercial practice with an emphasis on complex multi-jurisdictional…
Michael Lee photo Michael Lee Michael is an experienced international commercial arbitrator practising principally from Singapore and…
Julian Lew KC photo Dr Julian Lew KC Julian is a full-time arbitrator in international commercial and investment disputes. He…
David Lewis KC photo David Lewis KC David is a specialist advocate who took silk in 2014 at the…
Paul Lowenstein KC photo Paul Lowenstein KC 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 KC photo Sara Masters KC Sara is “hugely experienced in the international arbitration field, both as counsel…
Duncan Matthews KC photo Duncan Matthews KC Duncan is a leading trial advocate with a broad practice in international…
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…
Matthew McGonagle photo Matthew McGonagle Matthew is developing a broad practice across all of Chambers’ main practice…
Belinda McRae photo Belinda McRae Belinda has developed a busy and wide-ranging practice, focusing on public international…
Wendy Miles KC photo Wendy Miles KC Wendy is a specialist in international arbitration and dispute resolution with a…
Simon Milnes KC photo Simon Milnes KC Simon is praised by clients for his strategic advocacy in international commercial…
Martin Moore-Bick photo Sir Martin Moore-Bick Sir Martin recently retired as a Lord Justice of Appeal after serving…
Michael Moser photo Dr Michael Moser Michael serves as arbitrator in high-value, complex international disputes. His specialities include…
Gordon Nardell KC photo Gordon Nardell KC 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…
Simon Olleson photo Simon Olleson Simon’s practice focuses on public international law and international arbitration (including both…
David Owen KC photo David Owen KC 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…
Kate Parlett photo Dr Kate Parlett Kate specialises in public international law and international arbitration. Her practice covers…
Angharad Parry photo Angharad Parry Angharad specialises in advisory and advocacy work in a wide range of…
Luke Pearce KC photo Luke Pearce KC Luke has a broad practice covering all aspects of commercial law, with…
Fiona Petersen photo Fiona Petersen Fiona is developing a broad practice across all of Chambers’ practice areas.…
Brendan Plant photo Brendan Plant Brendan has a broad practice covering all aspects of public international law…
Thomas Raphael KC photo Thomas Raphael KC Thomas is a commercial silk, with a wide commercial practice, and well…
Philip Riches KC photo Philip Riches KC Philip is recognised as a leading barrister in international commercial dispute resolution.…
Bernard Rix photo Sir Bernard Rix Sir Bernard retired in 2013 as a Lord Justice of Appeal with…
J. William Rowley KC photo Mr J. William Rowley KC 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 KC photo Sudhanshu Swaroop KC Sudhanshu practices arbitration, commercial and public international law. He has acted in…
Stefan Talmon photo Prof Stefan Talmon Stefan Talmon is currently a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford.…
Alexander Thompson photo Alexander Thompson Alexander practises across a broad range of areas in commercial and international…
Sarah Tresman photo Sarah Tresman Sarah is a versatile barrister with extensive client-facing experience. She specialises in…
Michael Tselentis KC photo Michael Tselentis KC Michael Tselentis KC’s practice as an international arbitrator covers a wide field,…
Mark Tushingham photo Mark Tushingham Mark has a broad practice in commercial law, international arbitration and public…
Guglielmo Verdirame KC photo Guglielmo Verdirame KC Lord Verdirame KC specialises in public international law, international arbitration (especially investment…
Philippa Webb photo Philippa Webb Philippa’s practice covers all aspects of public international law. She acts for…
Fiona Whiteside photo Fiona Whiteside Fiona is a versatile barrister with a broad commercial practice and is…
Michael Wood KCMG KC photo Sir Michael Wood KCMG KC Sir Michael is a member of the United Nations (UN) International Law…
Alistair Wooder photo Alistair Wooder Alistair Wooder is a barrister practising in commercial litigation and arbitration with…
Timothy Young KC photo Timothy Young KC Timothy’s principal area of practice is international trade, embracing shipping, commodities, insurance,…
Talia Zybutz photo Talia Zybutz Talia is developing a wide-ranging practice in all of Chambers’ main practice…
Cantonese
Chinese (Mandarin)
Czech
French
German
Greek
Italian
Japanese
Hebrew
Hindi
Spanish
AIPN
CEDR
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)
ICCA
INSOL - International Association of Restructuring
IBA (International Bar Association)
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
KLRCA
London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
London Maritime Arbitrators Association (supporting member)
SIAC
COMBAR
British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)
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 Officers, Wendy Miles QC and Henry Byam-Cook QC

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

Diversity data 

The Bar Standards Board Handbook rules relating to Equality and Diversity state that a summary of the Diversity Data submitted by the ‘workforce’ (meaning barristers members, pupils and employees) should be updated every three years and published on the website. The summary data for Twenty Essex last surveyed in December 2020 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 WalesThe 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.