David Lewis QC > Twenty Essex > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Twenty Essex
Twenty Essex

Work Department

  • Arbitration
  • Banking
  • Civil fraud
  • Conflicts of laws
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Mediation
  • Sale of goods
  • Shipbuilding
  • Shipping


David is a specialist advocate who took silk in 2014 at the age of 36. He practises in a wide range of general commercial and private international law disputes, with a particular emphasis on energy and natural resources, civil fraud and the conflict of laws.

A substantial amount of his work is in international arbitration. David has acted as lead counsel in arbitration hearings in numerous jurisdictions worldwide, including frequently in Singapore, where he was based permanently from 2009 to 2010.

He has also appeared before the courts of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands and Gibraltar.

David is renowned for his strategic instincts as to how judges and arbitrators think, his incisive intellect and his responsiveness.

He also accepts appointments as arbitrator, and has acted as arbitrator under various institutional rules and ad hoc.  


Year of call: 1999 (England and Wales); 2017 (British Virgin Islands)
Year of QC: 2014


French (proficient)


  • Arbitration Ireland
  • Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Dubai International Financial Centre: Registered Practitioner
  • Fraud Lawyers Association
  • ICC
  • LCIA
  • LMAA: Supporting Member
  • Scottish Arbitration Centre
  • Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration: Supporting Member
  • Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
  • Singapore International Commercial Court: Registered Foreign Lawyer


  • University of Oxford, St Edmund Hall: BA in Jurisprudence, First Class (1998)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

David Lewis QCTwenty EssexA leader in his field who is destined for the top; he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of case law and exceptional advocacy skills.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

David Lewis QCTwenty EssexHe is an excellent advocate, hardworking and destined for the top.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

David Lewis QCTwenty EssexHis attention to detail is astonishing and his written submissions are some of the best I have ever seen.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

David Lewis QCTwenty EssexHe is flexible, and open to the clients’ need, and is extremely responsive.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Construction, energy and infrastructure

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

David Lewis QCTwenty EssexHe is not destabilised by aggressive opposite numbers or by questionable tactics.

Twenty Essex‘s David Lewis QC has a strong track record of Asia-related disputes in the energy space, many of them relating to coal and other hydrocarbon fuels, both crossing over between arbitration and English court litigation.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

David Lewis QCTwenty EssexJuniors benefit from working with him as he is able to aid their development.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

David Lewis QCTwenty EssexHis advocacy is confident and polite.