Josephine Davies > Twenty Essex > London, England > Barrister Profile

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Josephine specialises in all areas of commercial law and litigation. She has a unique skill-set combining:

    • depth and breadth of legal knowledge (in established fields, notably, competition, intellectual property, shipping, commodities and private international law and in developing areas including cryptocurrency and FRAND litigation);
    • strong technical understanding based on her scientific background (BA in Physical Natural Sciences and MSci in Chemistry);
    • extensive and diverse litigation (including urgent injunction and trial work) and arbitration experience.

Josephine is a strong advocate with experience in the Court of Appeal, the High Court (Commercial Court, Chancery Division and Queen’s Bench Division) and in international arbitrations and appeals. Josephine particularly enjoys urgent injunctive work and cross-examination of factual and expert witnesses including in relation to fraud allegations and complex scientific and financial matters.

Josephine has notable expertise in: the developing cryptoasset fraud sphere, in jurisdiction disputes, and in injunctive work (e.g. anti-suit, freezing, Norwich Pharmacal, breach of confidence and associated contempt proceedings).

Her work covers a range of sectors including IP, pharmaceuticals, science, technology and IT, distribution, shipping, commodities, shipbuilding, and energy. Josephine is recognised by the legal directories for commercial litigation, shipping and commodities work.


French (proficient); German (conversational)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Intellectual property

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Josephine Davies – Twenty Essex

London Bar > Crypto and blockchain assets

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

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Twenty Essex have found a strong footing within cryptocurrency disputes, with Lawrence Akka KC having co-authored the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce’s legal statement on cryptoassets and smart contracts, alongside the recent Digital Dispute Resolution Rules, which set the new precedent for arbitration rules for blockchain and crypto assets. Paul Lowenstein KC has been involved in innovative work in developing court techniques and tools for tackling international cyber fraud cases involving the transfer of money, and cryptocurrency assets across the international banking system and the blockchain, while Josephine Davies is noted for specialist knowledge from other areas of law including IP and competition law being applied to her cryptocurrency work, often involving injunctive work and private international law issues.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Josephine DaviesTwenty Essex ‘She is not afraid to give a direct view on the merits of a point, without hedging her opinion with unnecessary caveats.’

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Josephine DaviesTwenty Essex ‘Josephine is not afraid to give a direct view on the merits of a point, without hedging her opinion with unnecessary caveats.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Josephine Davies – Twenty EssexJosephine’s intellectual prowess is truly exceptional, and her unwavering commitment to meticulous attention to detail sets her apart. In the realms of crypto fraud tracing and asset recovery, her reputation is enviable.

Twenty Essex‘s civil fraud members are able to leverage the chambers’ complementary expertise in financial services and terminology. Paul Lowenstein KC is a go-to silk for injunction and jurisdiction work, both in England and offshore Caribbean jurisdictions. In the long-running PJSC National Bank Trust v Mints case, Philip Edey KC, leading Sarah Tresman and Richard Greenberg, is defending businessman Boris Mints against claims by two Russian banks for alleged fraudulent conspiracy involving loan restructuring. In the same matter, former chambers head Duncan Matthews KC and represents fourth defendant Igor Mints, his son. In a novel cryptocurrency case, unled Josephine Davies acted for Fetch.Ai in obtaining worldwide freezing orders against the hackers of its trading account, along with information orders against Binance entities.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Josephine DaviesTwenty Essex

Hugely talented commercial and Chancery junior – tremendously able and compelling to work with.