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

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

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Philip Edey QCTwenty Essex

An impressive set in international arbitration, international trade and commodities‘, Twenty Essex has a number of barristers experienced in commercial disputes in these sectors and beyond. Key names include energy sector expert David Lewis QC and Philip Edey QC , who frequently advises on disputes involving allegations of fraud, dishonesty, bribery and conspiracy. The ‘commercialNakul Dewan SA  is an Indian Senior Advocate with strong connections in Singapore.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Philip Edey KCTwenty EssexHe is client-friendly, a brilliant strategist and without a doubt one of the most distinguished commercial barristers in London.

Twenty Essexis an excellent chambers for commercial disputes‘ and has made strong inroads into the market in recent years. Clients are quick to praise its ‘impressive array of commercial barristers who are leaders in their field or will be leaders of the next generation‘. Duncan Matthews KC is one of the set’s leading silks and represented the fourth defendant, Igor Mints, against fraudulent  conspiracy claims brought by two Russian banks in PJSC National Bank Trust v Mints, a case that involved six members in total, with Philip Edey KC and Andrew Fulton KC representing Russian businessman Boris Mints. Paul Lowenstein KC and Sam Goodman are also representing the Frontier Investment Management Partners, the third defendant  in The Libyan Investment Authority v Credit Suisse International and ors, one of a portfolio of disputes concerning Libya’s sovereign wealth fund.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Philip Edey KCTwenty EssexHe is a cut above his peers and very easy to work with.

Twenty Essex is ‘a very strong set with a wide range of experiences ranging from top-notch QCs to extremely able juniors starting out on their careers‘. Civil fraud claims regularly feature on the agenda, often with a link to the set’s traditional strengths in trade, commodities, and international arbitration, as well as other areas of growth such as banking, insolvency and offshore claims. Six members  represented the defendants against fraudulent conspiracy claims brought by two Russian banks in PJSC National Bank Trust and PJSC Otkritie Bank Financial Corporation v Mints, with Philip Edey KC and Andrew Fulton KC representing Boris Mints, and Duncan Matthews KC defending his son, Igor Mints. Paul Lowenstein KC is also representing Standard Chartered in Standard Chartered Bank and another v Holdwave Trading Ltd and another, a fraud case involving accusations of money laundering.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Philip Edey KCTwenty EssexHe has good judgement and takes a commercial approach.

Twenty Essex fields a selection of impressive silks and juniors with good track records in a wide range of banking and finance claims, from complex trade-related derivatives issues through to consumer credit disputes. Paul Lowenstein KC is consistently busy on banking and related fraud claims, and led Luke Pearce on behalf of the claimants in Dove and others v HBOS and Bank of Scotland and Wells v HBOS and Bank of Scotland, a banking dispute involving significant fraud allegations. Philip Edey KC is also representing one of the defendants, Russian billionaire Boris Mints, in PJSC National Bank Trust v Mints, in a case concerning alleged fraudulent conspiracy in relation to the restructuring of loans. The arrival of Andrew Ayres KC from Maitland Chambers added further fire power.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Philip Edey KCTwenty EssexExudes confidence. He is a fierce advocate, a fantastic team player with no airs and graces, and a first choice for the most complex disputes. He is also excellent on his feet, a quick thinker, and instinctively reads the courtroom and judges very well. He has been against the most experienced heavyweights at the Bar, is never intimidated, and is exceedingly clever.

A very strong set with barristers who are excellent to a person‘, Twenty Essex fields experts across the whole spectrum of commercial insurance and reinsurance disputes. The current pandemic gave rise to several insurance cases, including the highly-publicised FCA test case to assess business interruption insurance policies (FCA v Arch Insurance (UK) and others), in which Philip Edey KC acted for policyholders. In other areas, Charles Kimmins KC was instructed by the LCIA to intervene in the Supreme Court Halliburton v Chubb appeal, concerning issues of arbitral appointments in the context of  Bermuda Form arbitrations after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Philip Edey KCTwenty EssexPhilip is formidable.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Philip Edey KCTwenty Essex

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Philip Edey KCTwenty EssexA fierce advocate and a fantastic team player, he is a quick thinker and instinctively reads the courtroom very well.