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, the enforcement of judgments and awards, insurance and professional negligence.

As a particular specialist in private international law/the conflict of laws, Josh is very familiar with the jurisdiction and governing law rules applicable after the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period. He co-authored the jurisdiction section of COMBAR’s ‘Brexit Emergency Pack’ and has (since January 2021) been instructed in several cases brought against EU Defendants. Josh also has extensive experience in enforcing foreign judgments and arbitral awards, including against States.

Josh has been instructed in arbitrations under a variety of institutional rules, as well as ad hoc insurance arbitration. He also appears regularly (both led and as sole counsel) in court applications relating to the entire ‘lifespan’ of arbitrations, from the appointment of arbitrators under section 18 of the Arbitration Act 1996 to section 67 and 69 challenges to awards. Josh gained significant experience of Indian commercial arbitration from his work as Tribunal Secretary to the Hon’ble Mr Justice Deepak Verma.

Alongside full-time practice, Josh teaches International Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration at University College London. He has published widely on issues of jurisdiction and applicable law, most recently in a festschrift for Lord Sumption.


Called to the 2013 (England and Wales) and 2020 (BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS).


  • 2021 ­­­– Mentor for Mentoring the Market, an insurance scheme run jointly by Markel and DAC Beachcroft.
  • 2020­­­ – London Court of International Arbitration’s Young International Arbitration Group: Regional Representative for Europe.
  • 2017 – Commercial Bar Association India Sub-Committee.


  • University of Oxford, Merton College: BCL, Distinction (2014)
  • University of Oxford, University College: BA in Jurisprudence, First Class and Joint Top First (2012)

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 > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 6

Joshua FolkardTwenty Essex ‘Joshua is technically strong, with the ability to absorb information quickly and then use that effectively against opponents in court.  He is a measured and quietly compelling advocate and has the interest of the judge when making his arguments.’   

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.’