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Twenty Essex
Twenty Essex

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Oliver has a broad commercial practice which particularly focuses on international trade, jurisdiction, IP/IT, and dry-shipping disputes (including ship construction).

His commercial work spans a number of different sectors, including up and downstream oil and gas, energy, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and IT, and sports. Many of his cases involve jurisdictional or other conflicts of laws issues. Oliver has developed particular experience in the area of anti-suit injunctive relief.

He appears frequently in the Commercial Court, both as sole counsel and as a junior to a QC. Oliver has also appeared a number of times in the Court of Appeal. He regularly represents clients in arbitral proceedings (both in London and Singapore) before the LMAA, LCIA, ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, GAFTA and FOSFA, as well as related arbitration applications in the Commercial Court.

Before coming to the Bar, Oliver trained and practised as a medical doctor. As a result, he has a particular interest in commercial litigation falling within the life sciences and technology industries. His scientific training also assists more generally with technical disputes involving issues of (bio)chemistry, physics, and engineering.


Called 2012, Middle Temple.


Italian (conversational)


  • Bar Pro Bono Unit
  • Wellness for Law
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association


  • City University: Bar Professional Training Course, Outstanding (2012)
  • BPP Law School: Graduate Diploma in Law, Distinction (2011)
  • University of Cambridge, Magdalene College: Medicine MB BChir, Distinction (2009)
  • Nottingham University: BMedSci (Hons), First Class (2006)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Oliver CaplinTwenty EssexExtremely user-friendly, efficient and extremely bright.

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 Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Oliver CaplinTwenty EssexTotally unflappable, he can stand up against anyone and appears far more experienced than his years of call; first-class in high-value oil trading cases.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Oliver CaplinTwenty EssexHe has the calm approach, meticulous preparation and knowledge to stand up against anyone.

Twenty Essex‘s members handle the range of dry shipping and commodities work, with much of this having close connections to Singapore. In wet shipping, Timothy Hill QC is instructed by Reed Smith LLP for a large group of cargo owners in an English courts case concerning the grounding of the CMA CGM Libra off the port of Xiamen, which required significant salvage. In another case before the English courts, Oliver Caplin was instructed, unled, by the Singapore office of Hill Dickinson LLP in a case concerning the sale of oil to Yemen. Two of the juniors – Henry Byam-Cook and Philip Riches – also have experience of sitting as arbitrators. Some recent instructions cross over with public international law matters, an area in which the set also has notable expertise.