Malcolm Jarvis > Twenty Essex > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Twenty Essex


Malcolm specialises in commercial disputes arising in a variety of sectors including energy and natural resources, international trade and shipping (including shipbuilding) and offshore construction.

He is ranked in The Legal 500 UK Bar for energy, shipping, commodities and commercial litigation. He has been described as “easy to work with and very commercial” (The Legal 500 UK Bar 2022) and “impressive on his feet – robust and determined” (The Legal 500 UK Bar 2020).

Malcolm’s client base is both domestic and international and he has extensive experience appearing in the High Court (Business and Property Courts) and the appellate courts in England. He also represents clients in commercial arbitrations, including institutional (for example ICC and LCIA) and trade (for example LMAA, GAFTA and FOSFA). He is instructed both as sole advocate and as part of a team.

Malcolm’s practice often involves cross-border disputes. He has considerable specialisation in jurisdictional and conflict of law disputes and in obtaining and opposing interim applications for anti-suit and freezing injunctions. Malcolm is regularly instructed on challenges to arbitration awards in the High Court.

His EU law practice complements his commercial practice and includes ‘retained EU law’  and other legal instruments implementing post-Brexit agreements between the UK and the EU.

Malcolm regularly publishes on energy law and particularly the oil and gas sector.


French (proficient); Dutch (proficient)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Malcolm JarvisTwenty Essex ‘Malcolm is extremely thorough, always on top of the minutiae of matters, and very quick to put all the pieces together.’

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Malcolm JarvisTwenty Essex ‘He is highly competent and experienced, and he possesses in-depth knowledge in respect of difficult legal issues and provides excellent advice.’

Twenty Essex is ‘a go-to set for substantial commercial disputes, particularly with an international angle’ and it provides ‘excellent silks and juniors who are very accessible and approachable’. One client remarks that ‘it has become the best set as a whole for shipping and commodities disputes’, which brings its members firmly into the energy arena. Duncan Matthews KC is a leading trial advocate with a broad practice in international and domestic commercial dispute resolution, and Michael Ashcroft KC frequently handles cases concerning contracts for the exploitation of resources, construction, transportation, sales and insurance. Ashcroft acted for BP Oil International in a case concerning the return of advance payments for shipments of crude oil. Andrew Fulton KC handled a US$16m Commercial Court dispute arising out of insolvent collapse of Singapore oil trader. Junior Malcolm Jarvis has significant expertise in complex high stakes arbitration and litigation on the broad span of upstream, midstream and downstream disputes. The clerks, led by Anthony Carroll, provide ‘an excellent support service at all levels and are very helpful and fair in negotiations on fees and briefs’.

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Malcolm JarvisTwenty Essex ‘He provides to-the-point and accurate advice, as well as skilful presentation of arguments in court.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 5

Malcolm JarvisTwenty Essex ‘Highly competent and experienced when it comes to commercial litigation matters. He possesses in-depth knowledge in respect of difficult legal issues as well as the maritime industry which he operates in.’