Henry Byam-Cook KC > Twenty Essex > London, England > Barrister Profile

Twenty Essex

Work Department

  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Banking
  • Civil fraud
  • Commercial dispute resolution
  • Commercial law
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Information technology
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Private international law
  • Shipping and international trade


Henry practises in a range of commercial disputes, principally shipping, energy, IT/telecoms, banking, fraud and insurance. He frequently represents clients as sole counsel, but also has considerable experience working as part of a larger team.

Clients and the directories highlight his advocacy (“his oral advocacy is superb”), depth of analysis (“has a very sharp mind”) and user-friendly approach (“absolute pleasure to work with”).

He is regularly instructed on cases in the English High Court (Commercial Court, TCC and Chancery Division) and has also appeared in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. He has extensive experience of jurisdictional disputes and interim applications (including obtaining and resisting urgent injunctive relief, anti-suits and freezing orders), together with acting in trials, often with a complex, technical dimension.

Henry also has a strong commercial arbitration practice. He represents clients in all forms of international arbitration – ad hoc, institutional and trade arbitrations. In addition, he has considerable experience of applications to court in support of arbitral proceedings, appeals against arbitration awards, jurisdictional challenges and enforcement. He accepts appointments to sit as an arbitrator.


Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

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.’

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Silks)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.’