Christopher Hancock QC > Twenty Essex > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Twenty Essex
Twenty Essex

Work Department

  • Commercial law
  • General contractual disputes
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Jurisdictional disputes
  • Sales of goods and international trade (including commodities and banking)
  • Shipping (carriage by sea, ship sale and purchase, shipbuilding)


Christopher is joint Head of Chambers.

He has appeared before courts at all levels, including the High Court, Court of Appeal, House of Lords and Privy Council.

Christopher is a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) accredited mediator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also an LMAA supporting member and sits regularly as a commercial arbitrator.

He is a former Chairman of the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR).

Christopher was appointed as a Recorder in 2004 and a deputy High Court judge in 2008. He sits regularly as a judge of the Commercial Court.


Year of call: 1983
Year of QC: 2000
CEDR Accredited Mediator.


  • British Maritime Law Association (BMLA) Subcommittee on Charterers’ Rights to Limit Liability (2008)
  • BMLA Committee on Carriage of Goods by Sea (1987–2002)
  • BMLAEDI Subcommittee: Chairman (2000)
  • COMBAR: Former Chairman
  • COMBAR: Chairman of North American Committee (2005–2007)
  • COMBAR: Vice Chairman (2007–2009)
  • Electronic Commerce Association Legal Advisory Group (1996–2000)
  • LMAA: Supporting Member


  • Harvard Law School: LLM
  • University of Cambridge, Trinity College: MA, First Class

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 5

Christopher Hancock QCTwenty EssexHe is a very appealing advocate; measured clear and compelling.

Twenty Essex is ‘excellent‘ and regularly engaged in complex insurance and reinsurance disputes; Michael Ashcroft QC  is representing the insurers in The Swedish Club v Connect Shipping (MV Renos), a high-profile claim for constructive total loss. Christopher Hancock QC is instructed by the claimant in M/T Prestige, a case relating to one of the largest oil spills in history.

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Christopher Hancock QCTwenty EssexA first-class silk who is extremely user-friendly but has considerable gravitas and respect.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Christopher Hancock QCTwenty EssexHe is very good with clients.