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Twenty Essex

Work Department

  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Banking and finance
  • Civil fraud and asset tracing
  • Commercial litigation
  • Constitutional public and human rights law
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Insolvency and company law
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Private international law
  • Public international law
  • Shipping
  • Sport


Alistair Wooder is a barrister practising in commercial litigation and arbitration with particular emphasis on shipping and commodities. He also has experience of high-value commercial fraud litigation.

Alistair has appeared in the Court of Appeal and High Court. He has acted in arbitrations under most major arbitral rules, with particular experience of LMAA arbitration.

Alistair has experience of a wide range of issues commonly arising in shipping and commodities disputes, including repudiation, off-hire, demurrage, cargo claims, damage to vessel, misdelivery and claims against bill-holders.

In more general commercial litigation, highlights include:

  • Defending US$250m enforcement proceedings in Deutsche Bank v Sebastian Holdings (England, Turks & Caicos Islands and Connecticut).
  • Acting for former CEO of Lloyds Bank in his successful claim for his share scheme award.

Alistair holds a first-class law degree and LLM from Cambridge. He was the top-ranked student in his year in Bar exams.

Lawyer Rankings

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities

Twenty Essex is well-regarded in Singapore for the work conducted in shipping and maritime issues such as letters of indemnity, unsafe port claims, enforcement of parent company guarantees, mis-delivery disputes and oil trading disputes. Timothy Young KC and Simon Milnes KC were against David Lewis KC and Alistair Wooder  in an arbitration concerning delay to platform supply vessels which pushed them past the deadline to comply with the new MARPOL standards in 2016.

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Alistair Wooder Twenty Essex ‘Alistair is particularly good at identifying the key issues in any dispute, and his submissions are always well drafted and thought out.’