Sean Snook > Twenty Essex > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Twenty Essex

Work Department

  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Banking and derivatives
  • Commercial law
  • Conflicts of laws
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • International trade, commodities and sale of goods
  • Private international law
  • Shipping


Sean advises and represents clients in a broad range of commercial and private international law disputes.

He has appeared in the Court of Appeal and the High Court (particularly the Commercial Court). Sean has also been instructed to represent clients before all the major arbitral bodies (including the LMAA, GAFTA, FOSFA, ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, London Metal Exchange and Refined Sugar Association).

In addition to trial work, Sean has extensive experience in interim proceedings, in particular obtaining freezing orders, inspection orders and anti-suit injunctions. He has also assisted in mediations.

Before joining Chambers, Sean worked for 11 years at Morgan Grenfell & Co Ltd (the investment banking division of Deutsche Bank AG). He was an Associate Director specialising in project and export finance, syndicated loan finance, and corporate and debt restructuring.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Sean SnookTwenty Essex

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Sean Snook  – Twenty Essex ‘Excellent strategic brain, compelling advocacy style and outstanding written work. A very capable all-rounder who is great to work with. Comfortably able to lead cases as part of larger or smaller teams, which is of tremendous value to clients.’ 

Twenty Essex is a ‘go-to set for high-value banking and finance work, both in litigation and arbitration‘. The members are noted for their ‘broad skill set and are able to help us on a range of cases ranging from high volume caseloads to large and complex matters‘. A major dispute before the Court of Appeal was Canada Square v Potter, a high profile PPI mis-selling test case, in which Charles Kimmins KC led a team including Sean Snook for Citibank as defendant. Luke Pearce acted for the defendants (having previously been led by Philip Edey KC) in Victor Pisante; Swindon Holdings & Finance Ltd; BCA Shipping Investments Corporation; Castor Navigation Ltd v George Logothetis; Lomar Corporation Ltd ; Lomar Shipmanagement Ltd; Libra Holdings, a Commercial Court case stemming from various investments in the shipping market and in Piraeus Bank.

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Sean SnookTwenty Essex ‘Dependable and hardworking, he has great strategic vision and is extremely adept at assimilating large amounts of information.’