Sara Masters QC > Twenty Essex > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Twenty Essex
Twenty Essex

Work Department

  • Arbitration
  • EU law/competition law
  • Private international law
  • Sale of goods
  • Shipping and commodities


Sara specialises in all areas of commercial law.

She has a particular interest in jurisdictional disputes, including jurisdictional issues in arbitration and in private international law and conflicts of law. Sara also has extensive experience in insurance and reinsurance, sale of goods, shipping (including shipbuilding and ship sale disputes) and commodities, construction, energy, and EU law, particularly competition law.

Sara has appeared in the High Court, Competition Appeal Tribunal, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Privy Council and before the European Court of Justice and Dubai International Financial Centre Courts. She is registered to appear before the Singapore International Commercial Court. Sara also appears frequently before arbitrators in a broad range of disputes both in the UK and abroad.

She accepts appointments as an arbitrator both in the UK and abroad. She has wide experience both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. Sara is appointed to the panels of arbitrators for the SCMA, CIETAC and SIAC Reserve.

Sara is also a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) accredited mediator.


Year of call: 1993
Year of QC: 2012


French (fluent); Italian (conversational)


  • ArbitralWomen
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • International Congress and Convention Association
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
  • LCIA European Users’ Council
  • LMAA


  • Universite Libre de Bruxelles: licence speciale en droit europeen, Grande distinction
  • University of Cambridge, Trinity College: MA

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Sara Masters QCTwenty EssexGreat judgement and a real pleasure to work with – hugely experienced in the international arbitration field, both as counsel and arbitrator.

Twenty Essex is ‘especially good quality in international arbitration, public international law, and the international trade world‘. The highly versatile set has a broad range of expertise, and members regularly handle major shipping, commodities, fraud, and BIT claims, as well as arbitration-related spin-off suits in the courts. Recent highlight cases include PL Holdings S.A.R.L and Republic of Poland in which Sara Masters QC led Belinda McRae  in a case that will consider the impact of the Achmea decision.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 5

Sara Masters QCTwenty EssexShe is very able.

Twenty Essex is a ‘leader for shipping disputes‘ and highly rated by clients thanks to its ‘exceptionally talented‘ members. Michael Ashcroft QC and Luke Pearce appeared for the insurers in The Swedish Club v Connect Shipping (MV Renos), which examines the law of marine insurance and claims for constructive total loss. The Songa Winds, which concerns letters of indemnity, was also a notable highlight for Michael Ashcroft QC leading Oliver CaplinMaersk Tangier, which examined the applicability of the Hague-Visby Rules, was a key case for Sara Masters QC and Daniel Bovensiepen. Elsewhere, Timothy Hill QC appeared in Lady M, which raised important questions as to the scope and interpretation of The Hague Rules; he also appeared in class action claim Alize 1954 v Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG (‘The CMA CGM LIBRA’), which concerned issues as to whether the vessel was seaworthy.

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Sara Masters QCTwenty EssexProvides exceptional assistance and grapples well with the complex technical aspects of a case.