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Twenty Essex
Twenty Essex

Commodities Tier 1

Twenty Essex is ‘still the standout set for commodities matters’ and clients note that is has 'some real quality among its members, both silks and juniors'. One remarks that 'the clerks are helpful, commercially flexible and responsive'. The set combines great depth in shipping matters with in-depth knowledge of commodities trading across a broad range of soft commodities, oil, coal, gas, and metals. Co-head of chambers Duncan Matthews QC has more than 30 years' experience in this field and he successfully appeared for the claimant in Euro-Asian Oil SA v Credit Suisse AG, in which the Court of Appeal upheld a $15m award arising from a dispute concerning a contract to buy oil. Highly regarded senior-junior Henry Byam-Cook defended oil and gas company OMV in claims brought in the Commercial Court by Glencore.

Leading Silks

Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty EssexA “go-to” silk in the shipping and commodities sector.
Ranked: Tier 1
Timothy Young QC - Twenty EssexAn old hand who is extremely effective and a good advocate.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Collett QC - Twenty EssexHe takes all the right points, sees angles no one else does, and has a genial manner that belies his razor-sharp mind.
Ranked: Tier 2
Phillip Edey QC - Twenty EssexA very good counsel who is very approachable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexA joy to work with, his ability to anticipate issues is most impressive; he has a tactical mind and a lovely style.
Ranked: Tier 2
Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty Essex'An excellent seasoned advocate with a wealth of experience.
Ranked: Tier 2
Timothy Hill QC - Twenty EssexOne of the "go-to" guys when you want someone punchy and aggressive; user-friendly and always willing to go the extra mile.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Lewis QC - Twenty EssexA leader in his field who is destined for the top; he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of case law and exceptional advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Coburn QC - Twenty EssexOne of the best silks - very commercial and always to the point, he doesn’t beat around the bush.
Ranked: Tier 4
Christopher Hancock QC - Twenty EssexA first-class silk who is extremely user-friendly but has considerable gravitas and respect.
Ranked: Tier 4
Sara Masters QC - Twenty EssexProvides exceptional assistance and grapples well with the complex technical aspects of a case.
Ranked: Tier 4
Julian Kenny QC - Twenty EssexVery clever, very intellectual.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Henry Byam-Cook - Twenty EssexCool, calm, collected and an absolute pleasure to work with; his work is comparable to, if not better than, many QCs.
Ranked: Tier 1
Angharad Parry - Twenty EssexShe has an incisive mind, gives clear and concise advice and looks for the solution rather than just the problem.
Ranked: Tier 2
Luke Pearce - Twenty EssexVery strong, very user-friendly, he knows his stuff and gets to grips with the issues quickly.
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Riches - Twenty EssexEfficient, diligent and intelligent, he is thorough and detailed with a no-nonsense style.
Ranked: Tier 2
Daniel Bovensiepen - Twenty EssexA cerebral advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Oliver Caplin - Twenty EssexTotally unflappable, he can stand up against anyone and appears far more experienced than his years of call; first-class in high-value oil trading cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Malcolm Jarvis - Twenty EssexA good team member who is willing to roll up his sleeves up and help solicitors to achieve the right result for the client.
Ranked: Tier 2
Susannah Jones - Twenty EssexShe is thorough, has a tremendous eye for detail and can be relied on to know her brief inside out.
Ranked: Tier 2
Thomas Corby - Twenty EssexA rising star who will undoubtedly take silk, he is clever, reassuring and user-friendly with a sharp legal mind.
Ranked: Tier 3
Josephine Davies - Twenty EssexPrecise in her work and excellent in technical matters, she is also straightforward and pleasant to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Colleen Hanley - Twenty EssexAn extremely thorough and skilful advocate; nothing fazes her.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Milnes - Twenty EssexA very bright and commercially astute barrister who gets to the point quickly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sean Snook - Twenty EssexHe has a good understanding of the sugar world and brings a lot of commercial cleverness to cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

International arbitration: arbitrators Tier 1

Twenty Essex is packed with some of the market's leading arbitrators, including ex-judges, solicitors, and barristers, many of whom are based in the set's Singapore chambers.

Public international law Tier 1

Twenty Essex has a selection of top names at senior and junior level who have established incredibly strong track records in public international law. Two members were formerly principal legal advisers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including Sir Michael Wood KCMG who never took silk due to a historic quirk in the system, but is a QC in all but name and therefore sits in The Legal 500's 'Senior Counsel' table in recognition of his expertise. Members have been involved in several major cases, including Australia v Timor-Leste Conciliation, while Guglielmo Verdirame QC and Sudhanshu Swaroop QC faced each other on the Freedom and Justice Party of Egypt v Foreign & Commonwealth Office case.

Leading Silks

Sir Daniel Bethlehem KCMG QC - Twenty EssexPre-eminent in this area.
Ranked: Tier 2
Sudhanshu Swaroop QC - Twenty EssexA superb strategist and technician, one to keep on speed-dial for important cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

2019 Silks

Guglielmo Verdirame QC - Twenty EssexHas excellent technical detailed knowledge of public international law, and is a superb advocate.

Leading Juniors

Penelope Nevill - Twenty EssexReally sharp, one of the best PIL juniors.
Ranked: Tier 1
Kate Parlett - Twenty EssexShe has a fantastic grasp of ECHR jurisprudence, and a depth of knowledge of PIL issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Philippa Webb - Twenty EssexAn excellent junior, she made a very good impression before the ICJ.
Ranked: Tier 2
Monica Feria-Tinta - Twenty EssexAn expert in public international law, particularly in relation to international organisations and privileges and immunities.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Olleson - Twenty EssexVery talented and a real star in the making in the field of international law.
Ranked: Tier 3

International arbitration: counsel Tier 2

Twenty Essex is 'especially good quality in international arbitration, public international law, and the international trade world'. The highly versatile set has a broad range of expertise, and members regularly handle major shipping, commodities, fraud, and BIT claims, as well as arbitration-related spin-off suits in the courts. Recent highlight cases include PL Holdings S.A.R.L and Republic of Poland in which Sara Masters QC led Belinda McRae  in a case that will consider the impact of the Achmea decision.

Leading Silks

Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexAbsolutely top notch, one of the leading silks in the field.
Ranked: Tier 1
Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty EssexAn impressive advocate whose delivery commands the attention of the tribunal.
Ranked: Tier 1
Philip Edey QC - Twenty EssexHugely popular for international arbitration.
Ranked: Tier 2
Timothy Young QC - Twenty EssexKnowledgeable, hardworking and conscientious.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty EssexClearly highly experienced in international arbitration and inspires confidence in his solicitor team and the client.
Ranked: Tier 3
David Lewis QC - Twenty EssexHis attention to detail is astonishing and his written submissions are some of the best I have ever seen.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sara Masters QC - Twenty EssexGreat judgement and a real pleasure to work with – hugely experienced in the international arbitration field, both as counsel and arbitrator.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Harris Bor - Twenty EssexThorough, clever, easy to work with, and a good cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Riches - Twenty EssexExcellent – a QC in waiting, and an intelligent and creative advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Henry Byam-Cook - Twenty EssexBright, thorough, and has a keen eye for the essential legal and commercial points in a matter.
Ranked: Tier 3
Belinda McRae - Twenty EssexA rising star of the international arbitration Bar.
Ranked: Tier 3

IT and telecoms Tier 2

IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks

Lawrence Akka QC - 20 Essex StreetHe is very able and user-friendly, a top choice for technology disputes.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Lowenstein QC - 20 Essex StreetHe is known for his experience in a range of telecoms contracts and IT disputes.
Ranked: Tier 3

Professional negligence Tier 2

Leading Silks

Paul Lowenstein QC - 20 Essex StreetHe is incredibly bright.
Ranked: Tier 2

Shipping Tier 2

Twenty Essex is a 'leader for shipping disputes' and highly rated by clients thanks to its 'exceptionally talented' members. Michael Ashcroft QC and Luke Pearce appeared for the insurers in The Swedish Club v Connect Shipping (MV Renos), which examines the law of marine insurance and claims for constructive total loss. The Songa Winds, which concerns letters of indemnity, was also a notable highlight for Michael Ashcroft QC leading Oliver CaplinMaersk Tangier, which examined the applicability of the Hague-Visby Rules, was a key case for Sara Masters QC and Daniel Bovensiepen. Elsewhere, Timothy Hill QC appeared in Lady M, which raised important questions as to the scope and interpretation of The Hague Rules; he also appeared in class action claim Alize 1954 v Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG ('The CMA CGM LIBRA'), which concerned issues as to whether the vessel was seaworthy.

Leading Silks

Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty EssexA slick operator who gets the ear of tribunals.
Ranked: Tier 1
Timothy Young QC - Twenty EssexHe is very experienced and extremely knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Philip Edey QC - Twenty EssexHe is exceptional and very approachable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Hancock QC - Twenty EssexHe is very good with clients.
Ranked: Tier 2
Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty EssexHe is very impressive.
Ranked: Tier 2
Timothy Hill QC - Twenty EssexHe is impressive on his feet, an excellent advocate and a feared cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexWonderfully user-friendly and a brilliant advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Coburn QC - Twenty EssexVery commercial and always to the point.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Collett QC - Twenty EssexHis calm approach reassures clients.
Ranked: Tier 4
David Lewis QC - Twenty EssexHe is flexible, and open to the clients' need, and is extremely responsive.
Ranked: Tier 4
Thomas Raphael QC - Twenty EssexA very innovative thinker who is adept at tackling difficult problems.
Ranked: Tier 5
Sara Masters QC - Twenty EssexShe is very able.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Daniel Bovensiepen - Twenty EssexHe is outstanding and is very good on paper.
Ranked: Tier 1
Henry Byam-Cook - Twenty EssexNot only is he phenomenally intelligent and hardworking, he is also a delight to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Oliver Caplin - Twenty EssexExtremely user-friendly, efficient and extremely bright.
Ranked: Tier 2
Luke Pearce - Twenty EssexHis analytical mind is extraordinary and he is someone one wants on their side.
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Riches - Twenty EssexHe is great at complex matters.
Ranked: Tier 2
Thomas Corby - Twenty EssexHe is always fully prepared, highly persuasive and sensitive to the nuances of advocacy before tribunals and courts.
Ranked: Tier 3
Colleen Hanley - Twenty EssexVery easy to work with and solution-oriented.
Ranked: Tier 3
Malcolm Jarvis - Twenty EssexHe is very experienced.
Ranked: Tier 3
Angharad Parry - Twenty EssexShe provides clear and commercially orientated advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Sean Snook - Twenty EssexVery able.
Ranked: Tier 3
Charlotte Tan - Twenty EssexVery bright with great attention-to-detail.
Ranked: Tier 3
Josephine Davies - Twenty EssexTenacious and strong on the law and on expert evidence.
Ranked: Tier 4

Commercial litigation Tier 3

Twenty Essex has 'an impressive bunch' of versatile silks and juniors. Members are especially experienced in major international disputes, often with a fraud or trade component, and they are especially noted for their private international law expertise. Highlight cases include CMOC Sales & Marketing Limited v Persons Unknown & 30 others, which involved the first-ever persons unknown injunction, and was led by Paul Lowenstein QC and also involved Philip Riches and two other members on behalf of CMOC. Another highlight was Deutsche Bank AG v (1) Sebastian Holdings Inc. (2) Mr Alexander Vik in which Duncan Matthews QC successfully represented Alexander Vik in a related offshore claim before the Court of Apeal of the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Leading Silks

Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty EssexOne of the most sought after silks, he has a big brain, has great attention to detail, and is a persuasive advocate.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Lowenstein QC - Twenty EssexPolished, confident, and stylish in the way he goes about his business.
Ranked: Tier 3
Philip Edey QC - Twenty EssexA top-notch advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Susannah Jones - Twenty EssexAn excellent senior junior who is imaginative and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 3
Blair Leahy - Twenty EssexA strong choice for insolvency-related commercial litigation.
Ranked: Tier 4
Philip Riches - Twenty EssexA thorough, diligent and perceptive adviser, willing to roll up his sleeves and really work alongside the client and solicitor team.
Ranked: Tier 4
Josephine Davies - Twenty EssexA bright, sparkly, well informed, team player, and a hard worker and good advocate.
Ranked: Tier 5
Malcolm Jarvis - Twenty EssexExtremely bright and a very calm operator, he is impressive on his feet – robust and determined.
Ranked: Tier 5

Company and partnership Tier 3

Company - Leading Silks

Stephen Atherton QC - 20 Essex StreetSound judgement, user-friendly and a first-rate trial advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Company - Leading Juniors

Harris Bor - 20 Essex StreetHe is a creative and thoughtful barrister; he is a real fighter for clients and a persuasive oral advocate.
Ranked: Tier 5
Blair Leahy - 20 Essex StreetShe is extremely user friendly and always willing to go the extra mile to make sure that the quality of the work she produces is of an outstanding standard.
Ranked: Tier 5

Energy Tier 3

A standout set for shipping and commodities work, Twenty Essex also has a strong practice in energy disputes, notably in the offshore construction and energy trading arenas. One client notes how the set has 'a strong practice for the largest and most commercial disputes'. Timothy Hill QC acted in Glencore Energy UK Limited v Springfield Energy Limited, which concerned the storage and importation of gasoil and gasoline into Ghana for the domestic market. Michael Ashcroft QC advised Repsol on a $1.3bn Commercial Court claim brought by SBM on contractors all risks policies relating to the YME Mopustor Project in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Co-head of chambers Duncan Matthews QC is active in several high-value disputes, including an UNCITRAL matter on behalf of the claimant that concerns a long-term drilling contract and the performance of a drilling vessel. Junior Malcolm Jarvis handled a substantial claim concerning the termination of contract for the supply and sale of subsea equipment for an offshore oilfield in Africa.

Leading Silks

Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexA “go-to” silk for high-value energy matters; he is very good at grasping complex and difficult matters.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty EssexExtremely easy to deal with and intellectually at the top of the tree.
Ranked: Tier 4
Timothy Hill QC - Twenty EssexVery smart, takes no prisoners, good on strategy.
Ranked: Tier 4
David Lewis QC - Twenty EssexHe is an excellent advocate, hardworking and destined for the top.
Ranked: Tier 4
Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty EssexA strong silk for shipping and energy matters.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Malcolm Jarvis - Twenty EssexExtremely bright and a very calm operator; on his feet he is impressive – robust and determined.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Fulton - Twenty Essex'His advocacy is outstanding and he is a tenacious litigator who sees points that others don't.
Ranked: Tier 4
Philip Riches - Twenty EssexVery efficient, diligent and intelligent, with a no-nonsense style.
Ranked: Tier 4

Fraud: civil Tier 3

Driven by its roster of experienced silks and juniors, Twenty Essex has seen huge growth in fraud instructions in recent years. Paul Lowenstein QC and Philip Riches acted on CMOC Sales & Marketing Limited v Persons Unknown & 30 others, which involved the first-ever persons unknown injunction, which will have a huge bearing on cyber fraud and cryptocurrency trade and asset tracing.

Leading Silks

Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty EssexAt the absolute top of his game.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Lowenstein QC - Twenty EssexUndoubtedly one of the genuine fraud specialists.
Ranked: Tier 3
Philip Edey QC - Twenty EssexAbsolutely superb.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Christopher Newman - Twenty EssexAn extremely capable barrister.
Ranked: Tier 2
Philip Riches - Twenty EssexHardworking and responsive, he has a lot of experience in this area.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Fulton - Twenty EssexA key member of the team – knowledgeable, and very quick to distil materials and identify the issues.
Ranked: Tier 4
Blair Leahy - Twenty EssexExcellent for fraud and insolvency work.
Ranked: Tier 4

Insolvency Tier 3

Leading Silks

Stephen Atherton QC - 20 Essex StreetSound judgement, user-friendly and a first-rate trial advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Blair Leahy - 20 Essex StreetExtremely user-friendly and always willing to go the extra mile to make sure the quality of her work is of an outstanding standard.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tony Beswetherick - 20 Essex StreetNothing gets passed him; insofar as advocacy is concerned, he anticipates every possible argument and leaves nothing to chance.
Ranked: Tier 5

International crime and extradition Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Monica Feria-Tinta - 20 Essex StreetVery experienced in international criminal law matters.
Ranked: Tier 3

Offshore Tier 3

Leading Silks

Stephen Atherton QC - 20 Essex StreetA court-friendly advocate who will take no nonsense.
Ranked: Tier 3

Insurance and reinsurance Tier 4

Twenty Essex is 'excellent' and regularly engaged in complex insurance and reinsurance disputes; Michael Ashcroft QC  is representing the insurers in The Swedish Club v Connect Shipping (MV Renos), a high-profile claim for constructive total loss. Christopher Hancock QC is instructed by the claimant in M/T Prestige, a case relating to one of the largest oil spills in history.

Leading Silks

Philip Edey QC - Twenty EssexHe is an excellent counsel and is very approachable.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty EssexHe is an exceptionally gifted barrister.
Ranked: Tier 5
Christopher Hancock QC - Twenty EssexHe is a very appealing advocate; measured clear and compelling.
Ranked: Tier 5
Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexHe provides an excellent service.
Ranked: Tier 5

Environment Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Monica Feria-Tinta - 20 Essex StreetShe astutely combines vast knowledge of human rights and international environmental law with great advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 4

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Tier 5

Twenty Essex fields a selection of high-end silks and juniors well-versed in complex banking and trade finance disputes. Members are also experienced in derivatives claims and banking-related cyber fraud. Highlights included Fundo Soberano De Angola and ors v Jean-Claude Bastos De Morais and ors, in which Philip Edey QC and Andrew Fulton represented the corporate respondents.

Leading Silks

Philip Edey QC - Twenty EssexA fiercely intelligent silk.
Ranked: Tier 5
Paul Lowenstein QC - Twenty EssexA silk who can be relied upon to deal soundly with difficult hearings.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Luke Pearce - Twenty EssexAn excellent junior counsel – very straightforward and efficient.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew Fulton - Twenty EssexParticularly knowledgeable on trade and banking instruments, he is an excellent advocate and always fights the clients' case with enthusiasm.
Ranked: Tier 3

Mediators Tier 5

Twenty Essex's David Owen QC has been mediating disputes since 2002. His cases are often international, with recent mediation appointments including disputes involving shipping and maritime issues, commodity sales, finance, corporate fraud, joint ventures, product liability and infrastructure projects.

Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘go-to’ chambers for international arbitrators and counsel, the recently rebranded Twenty Essex is ‘one of the leading sets’ for public international law instructions, a ‘leader in the charterparty and bill of lading/contractual side of shipping’, as well as commodities work, and it also has ‘a good reputation for commercial litigation’. Solicitors also notice its members’ ever increasing presence in banking work. In recent news, following three years in the Cayman Islands as a litigation attorney at Walkers, Sarah Tresman has returned to chambers. Led by practice directors Arron Zitver, Christopher Theobald, and Anthony Carroll, the ‘ever improving’ and ‘helpful’ clerks’ room is ‘friendly, prompt, and flexible on fees’. Tara Shah has recently joined the clerks’ room from 2 Hare Court. Other names to note are CEO Jemma Tagg, COO Daniel Clark, and Rachel Foxton, head of marketing and BD director, Asia. Offices in: London and Singapore

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

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

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

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

Types of work undertaken:

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

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

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

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

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Chambers Christopher Hancock QC (1983) 442078421200
Head of Chambers Duncan Matthews QC (1986) 442078421200
CEO Jemma Tagg 442078421200
Practice Director Arron Zitver 442078421205
Practice Director Christopher Theobald 442078421210
Practice Director Anthony Carroll 442078421230
Member Alexander Layton QC (1976) 44207842100
Member Timothy Young QC (1977) 44207842100
Member Sir Daniel Bethlehem QC (1988) 44207842100
Member Stephen Atherton QC (1989) 44207842100
Member Phillip Edey QC (1994) 44207842100
Member Timothy Hill QC (1990) 44207842100
Member Paul Lowenstein QC (1988) 44207842100
Member Michael Coburn QC (1990) 44207842100
Member Charles Kimmins QC (1994) 44207842100
Member Gordon Nardell QC (1995) 44207842100
Member Michael Ashcroft QC (1997) 44207842100
Member Lawrence Akka QC (1991) 44207842100
Member Sara Masters QC (1993) 44207842100
Member Michael Collett QC (1995) 44207842100
Member David Lewis QC (1999) 44207842100
Member Thomas Raphael QC (1999) 44207842100
Member Sudhanshu Swaroop QC (1997) 44207842100
Member Julian Kenny QC (1997) 44207842100
Member Guglielmo Veridrame QC (2006) 44207842100
Member Nakul Dewan SA (2014) 6562257230
Member Sir Michael Wood (1968) 44207842100
Member Karen Maxwell (1992) 44207842100
Member Julie Anderson (1993) 44207842100
Member Malcolm Jarvis (1998) 44207842100
Member Susannah Jones (1999) 44207842100
Member Andrew Fulton (1999) 44207842100
Member Zannis Mavrogordato (1999) 44207842100
Member Sean Snook (2000) 44207842100
Member Henry Byam-Cook (2000) 44207842100
Member Socrates Papadopoulos (2001) 44207842100
Member Blair Leahy (2001) 44207842100
Member Phillip Riches (2001) 44207842100
Member Angharad Parry (2002) 44207842100
Member Colleen Hanley (2003) 44207842100
Member Christopher Newman (2003) 44207842100
Member Simon Milnes (2005) 44207842100
Member Tony Beswetherick (2003) 44207842100
Member Daniel Bovenseipen (2004) 44207842100
Member Josephine Davies (2006) 44207842100
Member Stefan Talmon (2007) 44207842100
Member Patricia Edwards (2006) 44207842100
Member Harris Bor (2006) 44207842100
Member Charlotte Tan (2008) 44207842100
Member Luke Pearce (2007) 44207842100
Member Albert Dinelli (2007) 6562257230
Member Penelope Nevill (2010) 44207842100
Member Rupert Hamilton (2010) 44207842100
Member Thomas Corby (2011) 44207842100
Member Mahnaz Malik (2012) 44207842100
Member Oliver Caplin (2012) 44207842100
Member Alex Carless (2012) 44207842100
Member Thomas Leary (2012) 44207842100
Member Richard Greenberg (2013) 44207842100
Member Matthew McGhee (2013) 44207842100
Member Andrew Feld (2013) 44207842100
Member Andrew Dinsmore (2013) 44207842100
Member Monica Feria-Tinta (2014) 44207842100
Member Belinda McRae (2014) 44207842100
Member Alexander Thompson (2014) 44207842100
Member Kate Parlett (2015) 44207842100
Member John Bethell (2014) 44207842100
Member Sam Goodman (2015) 44207842100
Member Alistair Wooder (2015) 44207842100
Member Jonathan Ketcheson (2016) 44207842100
Member Phillipa Webb (2016) 44207842100
Member Mark Tushingham (2016) 44207842100
Member Paulo Busco (2017) 44207842100
Member Patrick Dunn Walsh (2012) 44207842100
Member Michal Hain (2017) 44207842100
Member Fiona Whiteside (2017) 44207842100
Member Paolo Busco (Registered European Lawyer) 44207842100
Member The Honorable Charles N Brower 44207842100
Member Michael Lee (Arbitrator) 6562257230
Member David Sutton (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member J William Rowley QC (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member Malcolm Holmes QC (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member L Yves Fortier QC (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member Sir Bernard Rix (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member David Owen QC (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member Michael Tselentis QC (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member Professor Julian Lew QC (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member Dr Michael Moser (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member Sir Martin Moore-Bick (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member Sir Mark Havelock-Allan (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member Clare Ambrose (Arbitrator) 44207842100
Member Judith Gill QC (Arbitrator) 65 62257230
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 Lawrence Akka QC photo Lawrence Akka QC Lawrence’s practice encompasses high value and technically complex commercial and contractual disputes.…
 Clare Ambrose  photo Clare Ambrose Clare is a full-time arbitrator with over 25 years’ experience of arbitration…
 Julie Anderson  photo Julie Anderson Julie has an outstanding level of “hands on” litigation experience in the…
 Michael Ashcroft QC photo Michael Ashcroft QC Michael has a broad commercial practice, specialising in high value and complex…
 Stephen Atherton QC photo Stephen Atherton QC Stephen’s practice comprises international and domestic corporate insolvency and restructuring, company law,…
 Tony Beswetherick  photo Tony Beswetherick Tony specialises in the fields of insolvency and restructuring, civil fraud, commercial…
 John Bethell  photo John Bethell John practises mainly in the areas of commercial disputes and public law.…
Sir Daniel Bethlehem QC photo Sir Daniel Bethlehem QC Daniel specialises in public international law, accepting instructions as counsel and adviser…
Dr 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…
The Honorable 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 has accepted an appointment overseas acting as an advisor on international…
 Henry Byam-Cook  photo Henry Byam-Cook Henry practises in a range of commercial disputes, including shipping and international…
 Oliver Caplin  photo Oliver Caplin 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…
 Michael Coburn QC photo Michael Coburn QC Michael practises in all aspects of commercial law, usually with an international…
 Michael Collett QC photo Michael Collett QC Michael specialises in commercial law. His areas of practice include general commercial…
 Thomas Corby  photo Thomas Corby Thomas has a varied commercial practice, with a focus on international arbitration,…
 Josephine Davies  photo Josephine Davies Josephine specialises in all areas of commercial and competition law and litigation.…
 Nakul Dewan SA  photo Nakul Dewan SA Nakul practises from Singapore, Delhi and London. He accepts appointments both as…
 Albert Dinelli  photo Albert Dinelli 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 became a member of Chambers in September 2018, having joined as…
 Philip Edey QC photo Philip Edey QC Philip is a specialist lead advocate whose practice focuses on commercial disputes…
 Patricia Edwards  photo Patricia Edwards Patricia has a broad commercial practice, with a particular emphasis on advising…
 Andrew Feld  photo Andrew Feld Andrew has a busy commercial practice encompassing all areas of Chambers’ work,…
 Monica Feria-Tinta  photo Monica Feria-Tinta Monica is a specialist in public international law. Her practice covers the…
The Honorable Yves Fortier QC photo The Honorable Yves Fortier QC Arbitrator/mediator, specialising in public international law and international dispute resolutions.
 Andrew Fulton  photo Andrew Fulton Andrew has a broad and busy practice. He advises and appears in…
 Judith Gill QC photo Judith Gill QC Judith is recognised as one of the leading practitioners in the field…
 Sam Goodman  photo Sam Goodman Sam has a broad commercial practice covering both litigation and international arbitration,…
 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 QC photo Christopher Hancock QC 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 QC photo Sir Mark Havelock-Allan QC Mark is a former Mercantile Judge on the Western Circuit, and judge…
 Timothy Hill QC photo Timothy Hill QC Timothy specialises in international commercial litigation and arbitration. He has considerable expertise…
 Malcolm Holmes QC photo Malcolm Holmes QC 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 QC photo Julian Kenny QC 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 QC photo Charles Kimmins QC Charles specialises in commercial law, and represents clients in both court and…
 Alexander Layton QC photo Alexander Layton QC 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…
 Thomas Leary  photo Thomas Leary Tom has a broad practice in commercial litigation, arbitration and public law.…
 Michael Lee  photo Michael Lee Michael is an experienced international commercial arbitrator practising principally from Singapore and…
Dr Julian Lew QC photo Dr Julian Lew QC Julian is a full-time arbitrator in international commercial and investment disputes. He…
 David Lewis QC photo David Lewis QC David is a specialist advocate who took silk in 2014 at the…
 Paul Lowenstein QC photo Paul Lowenstein QC 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 QC photo Sara Masters QC Sara specialises in all areas of commercial law. She has a particular…
 Duncan Matthews QC photo Duncan Matthews QC 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…
 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 QC photo Gordon Nardell QC 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…
 David Owen QC photo David Owen QC 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 QC photo Thomas Raphael QC 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 QC photo J. William Rowley QC 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 QC photo Sudhanshu Swaroop QC 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…
 Michael Tselentis QC photo Michael Tselentis QC 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 QC photo Guglielmo Verdirame QC 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 QC photo Timothy Young QC Timothy’s principal area of practice is international trade, embracing shipping, commodities, insurance,…
Chinese (Mandarin)
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
General Council of the Bar of England and Wales
Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
INSOL - International Association of Restructuring
IBA (International Bar Association)
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
London Maritime Arbitrators Association (supporting member)
British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)
Young International Arbitration Group

Twenty Essex

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.

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.


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.


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.

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