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

Twenty Essex
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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 > Commodities

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Joshua Folkard – Twenty Essex ‘A strong intellect and also easy to work with, Joshua provides decisive and concise advice.’

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

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.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Joshua Folkard – Twenty Essex ‘An exceptionally talented junior with exceptional drafting and analytical skills. Easy to work with and always available.’

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 6

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.’

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

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.’

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.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Joshua Folkard – Twenty Essex

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.