Philip Edey QC > Twenty Essex > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Twenty Essex
Twenty Essex

Work Department

  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Banking and finance
  • Civil fraud
  • Commercial law
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Private international law
  • Shipping


Philip is a specialist lead advocate whose practice focuses on commercial disputes in areas including fraud, banking, insurance, commodities, energy and shipping. He has considerable experience in relation to freezing injunctions. Philip is also particularly noted for his cross-examination skills.

Most of Philip’s work has a strong international element, with his clients coming from all around the world, including CIS, the Middle East, India, China, South East Asia and the US. The cases on which he is instructed often raise complex jurisdictional and conflict of laws issues, including the interplay between proceedings in court and arbitration.

He has acted as lead counsel before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of England and Wales, as well as in many arbitrations seated both in England and overseas. Philip also accepts appointments as arbitrator.

Philip is ranked in the leading directories for civil fraud, commercial dispute resolution, banking and finance, international arbitration, insurance, shipping, and commodities.

He was nominated for The Legal 500 Commercial Silk of the Year in 2017.


Called to Gray’s Inn 1994; QC 2009.




  • Commercial Bar Association


  • University of Oxford: BA in Jurisprudence, First Class; MA


Tennis (real and lawn); squash; golf.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Philip Edey QCTwenty EssexHe is tenacious in Court and an exceptional advocate.

Twenty Essex is ‘a very reputable commercial set‘ which seems ‘to have an expert in every field of commercial law‘, and is particularly noted for its strong expertise in international trade. The set fields a strong selection of ‘very able‘ barristers, including senior silks and up-and-coming baby juniors. Notable cases include Halliburton v Chubb, in which Charles Kimmins QC and Luke Pearce led the LCIA’s intervention to the Supreme Court concerning the high profile arbitration award. Philip Edey QC also led Andrew Fulton in the $5bn dispute, Fundo Suberano De Angola and Others v Jean-Claude Bastos De Morais and Others.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Philip Edey QCTwenty EssexA very good and approachable counsel.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Philip Edey QCTwenty EssexHe is above a lot of the others in his generation.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Philip Edey QCTwenty EssexHardworking and tenacious in court.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Philip Edey QCTwenty EssexImpressive – I have a massive amount of time for him.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Philip Edey QCTwenty EssexConscientious and hard working, he is also a joy to work with.

Twenty Essex has several silks and juniors with a strong grounding in this area, particularly in disputes relating to futures and derivatives, and on claims with a trade, offshore, fraud or insolvency element. Paul Lowenstein QC and and Tony Beswetherick are currently representing Alfa Bank in Alfa Bank v Abyzov, Emmerson and others. Lowenstein is also acting for the claimants, alongside Luke Pearce, in two separate claims against HBOS: Dove v HBOS, and Wells v HBOS. A highlight for Philip Edey QC has been his advice to Boris Mints on PJSC National Bank and PJSC Bank Otkritie v Boris Mints and Others.

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Philip Edey QCTwenty EssexA highly capable counsel who is easy to work with and highly knowledgeable.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Philip Edey QCTwenty EssexHe is both user-friendly and commercial.

With offices in London and Singapore, Twenty Essex is called upon for Asia Pacific-based arbitrations in addition to undertaking disputes heard before England’s higher courts on behalf of Asian clients. Philip Edey QC is a household name for commercial disputes with a conspiracy, bribery and dishonesty component while David Lewis QC has been busy of late in a high-profile matter pertaining to $284m of forged warehouse receipts across Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. In a noteworthy development for the set, Phillip Riches and Henry Byam-Cook both recently took silk.