Thomas Raphael KC > Twenty Essex > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Twenty Essex

Work Department

  • Banking and financial services
  • Commodities and international trade
  • EU & Competition
  • General commercial law
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Jurisdiction, conflicts and enforcement
  • Private international law
  • Shipping


Thomas is a commercial silk, with a wide commercial practice, and a specialism in work on private international law.

His commercial practice covers banking, financial services, shipping, aviation, commodities, property, offshore energy, insurance and reinsurance, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, and transjurisdictional disputes. Thomas also has a leading practice in cross-over cases involving intellectual property, competition law, commercial law and private international law.

Thomas has argued cases at all levels of the English courts including the Supreme Court.

He frequently appears in commercial arbitrations before the ICC, LCIA, and other trade specific arbitral forums, including the LMAA, LME, and RSA. Arbitrations have concerned subjects including mobile telephone contracts, international construction, superyachts, shipbuilding, charterparties, commodities, patent licensing and FRAND.

Thomas accepts appointments as an arbitrator in international arbitrations. He also acts as an expert witness on English law in foreign courts, including the French, Italian and Belgian courts.

He is the author of The Anti-Suit Injunction, which is the lead work on anti-suit injunctions and related issues in the conflict of laws. This has been cited with approval and adopted by the High Court and Court of Appeal on numerous occasions, and the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice.


Called 1999. Before joining chambers, he worked for the European Commission and at the Law Commission and taught Equity at SOAS and European law at Jesus College, Cambridge.


French (fluent)


  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators: Fellow
  • LMAA: Supporting Member


  • University of Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College: BA in Law, Top First in Year
  • University of Oxford: Magdalen College: BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Thomas Raphael KCTwenty Essex ‘He is very bright intellectually and knows his field of law extremely well. His advocacy is incisive and well presented in a calm manner.’

London Bar > IT and telecoms (infrastructure and contracts)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Thomas Raphael KCTwenty EssexHe has an incredible ability to get into the detail and develop powerful arguments, whilst also seeing the bigger picture. He is a great advocate who is both charming and authoritative.