Joshua Folkard > Twenty Essex > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Twenty Essex

Work Department

  • (Re)insurance
  • Arbitration
  • Civil fraud and asset tracing
  • Commodities and international trade
  • Jurisdiction, conflicts and enforcement


Josh has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice including civil fraud and asset tracing, commodities, insurance and professional negligence. He has acted for clients in the automotive, energy, finance, private equity, IT, M&A, mining, property development and joint venture/shareholder spheres.

Josh has a particular specialism in private international law/the conflict of laws and is regularly instructed in international and cross-border disputes. Alongside full-time practice, Josh teaches International Commercial Litigation, Conflict of Laws and International Arbitration at University College London and has published widely on issues of jurisdiction and enforcement, most recently in festschrifts for Lord Sumption and Professor Bermann.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Joshua FolkardTwenty EssexJoshua is outstandingly bright, with impressive intellectual rigour which really shows in his pleadings, advice and submissions. He is particularly recommended for cases with an international dimension, especially those involving complex jurisdictional and conflict of law points. However, he also has broad experience of insurance and reinsurance disputes, and a deep knowledge of the law in this field.’

Up there as a go-to set for insurance litigation‘, Twenty Essex acts across the whole spectrum of commercial insurance and reinsurance disputes, both in arbitration (seated in England and elsewhere, including Bermuda), as well as in court. Further to the recent high-profile pandemic-related FCA test case concerning business interruption, Philip Edey KC‘s recent activity includes a number of other lockdown-related business interruption insurance disputes; and Charles Kimmins KC‘s longstanding track record includes leading insurance matters that come before the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal. At senior-junior level, insurance and reinsurance work features prominently within Susannah Jones ‘ practice; and in a boost to Chambers, Joshua Folkard, who has a significant insurance practice, joined from 4 New Square in September 2021.

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Joshua Folkard – Twenty Essex ‘He has an excellent understanding of complex legal issues, his written work is of a consistently exceptional standard and he is inordinately careful.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Joshua Folkard – Twenty Essex ‘Very responsive and insightful; excellent research and analysis skills.’

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 6

Joshua FolkardTwenty Essex  I have found his written work to be  of a consistently exceptional standard. He is inordinately careful and leaves no consideration unaddressed in his analysis of a matter.’

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Joshua FolkardTwenty EssexJosh is very user friendly and analytical.  He is also very good with clients and fits into the team seamlessly.’