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Tony has a busy practice specialising in the fields of insolvency, civil fraud, commercial litigation and company law. His work has a strong international element, and he has substantial experience of cross-border issues arising in connection with foreign insolvencies, pre-emptive relief, receiverships and other asset recovery tools. In recent years, Tony’s work has particularly focused upon complex civil fraud disputes, usually involving multiple jurisdictions.

Tony took silk in 2022, having been recognised as a leading junior in his areas of specialism for a number of years. He is ranked in Tier 1 by the Legal 500 for Insolvency, Offshore, Civil Fraud and Banking and Finance, and as a “New Silk” for Company, Restructuring/Insolvency, Chancery – Commercial, Civil Fraud and Commercial Dispute Resolution by the Chambers UK Bar Guide. Prior to taking silk, Tony was identified as (one of two) “most highly regarded” junior barristers for Restructuring and Insolvency in successive editions of Who’s Who Legal and was shortlisted for Insolvency/Company Junior Barrister of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2017.

Recent directory quotes describe Tony as a “real star to watch”, and a “very clear, calm and careful advocate” who “marries a lot of brainpower into practicality and focus”.

Tony is admitted to the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, British Virgin Islands, and has been admitted to the Bars of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Cayman Islands (on an ad hoc basis). He is registered to appear in the DIFC Courts and recently appeared in the Abu Dhabi Global Market Court in what is believed to have been the first application for recognition of foreign insolvency proceedings.

He enjoys working as part of a larger team and has gained experience of both sides of the profession, having previously worked at a major international law firm.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Tony Beswetherick KCTwenty Essex ‘Exceptional in all aspects, Tony is fantastic to work with and impresses clients in conference.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Tony Beswetherick KCTwenty Essex ‘A star in civil fraud.’

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Tony Beswetherick KCTwenty Essex ‘Tony is a phenomenon – a complete barrister who unsurprisingly took silk earlier this year. He has an unrivalled ability to find a course through the most difficult of situations and his advocacy, both written and oral, is sublime.’

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

Twenty Essex features a large and strong team of specialised barristers in renewables, energy and natural resources, including case crossing over with civil fraud in this space. The past few years have seen the chambers get instructed on cases involving claims under letters of indemnity, oil trading disputes and sale and purchase of bunker fuel disputes. Michael Ashcroft KC has expertise in areas including energy markets, contracts relating to the exploitation of resources, construction, transportation, sales and insurance.  Simon Milnes KC and Tony Beswetherick KC were both appointed silk this year.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier

Tony Beswetherick KCTwenty Essex

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Tony Beswetherick KCTwenty EssexTony is smart, level-headed and well-prepared; an advocate that judges and solicitors can trust.’ 

Twenty Essex are well known for their fraud, insolvency, banking and financial services based casework. Members are often involved in cases with parties from Asia who have their companies structured through offshore vehicles. Stephen Atherton KC is the joint Head of Chambers and has a practice encompassing areas such as international and domestic corporate insolvency, restructuring and company law. Tony Beswetherick KC works on cases with a strong international element, with experience of cross-border issues arising in connection with foreign insolvencies. Sarah Tresman is a renowned junior for offshore work, having spent three years at the Cayman Islands as a litigation attorney before returning to London and has featured in cases such as Abdulhameed Dhia Jafar v The GHF Group Limited and GHF General Partner Limited, a case that is part of the fall-out from the collapse of emerging markets private equity house Abraaj.