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Twenty Essex

20 ESSEX STREET, LONDON, WC2R 3AL, ENGLAND
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London, Singapore

London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘go-to’ chambers for international arbitrators and counsel, the recently rebranded Twenty Essex is ‘one of the leading sets’ for public international law instructions, a ‘leader in the charterparty and bill of lading/contractual side of shipping’, as well as commodities work, and it also has ‘a good reputation for commercial litigation’. Solicitors also notice its members’ ever increasing presence in banking work. In recent news, following three years in the Cayman Islands as a litigation attorney at Walkers, Sarah Tresman has returned to chambers. Led by practice directors Arron Zitver, Christopher Theobald, and Anthony Carroll, the ‘ever improving’ and ‘helpful’ clerks’ room is ‘friendly, prompt, and flexible on fees’. Tara Shah has recently joined the clerks’ room from 2 Hare Court. Other names to note are CEO Jemma Tagg, COO Daniel Clark, and Rachel Foxton, head of marketing and BD director, Asia. Offices in: London and Singapore

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

20 Essex Streetis clearly very strong in the maritime area although it offers impressive strength in other practice areas across a broad spectrum of commercial interests’. The set has ‘devoted a considerable investment in establishing an office in Singapore and ensuring that members of chambers visit’. Aarron Zitver is the senior clerk.

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London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 5

Twenty Essex

Twenty Essex fields a selection of high-end silks and juniors well-versed in complex banking and trade finance disputes. Members are also experienced in derivatives claims and banking-related cyber fraud. Highlights included Fundo Soberano De Angola and ors v Jean-Claude Bastos De Morais and ors, in which Philip Edey QC and Andrew Fulton represented the corporate respondents.

Leading Silks

Paul Lowenstein QC - Twenty EssexA silk who can be relied upon to deal soundly with difficult hearings.

Ranked: tier 5

Philip Edey QC - Twenty EssexA fiercely intelligent silk.

Ranked: tier 5
Leading Juniors

Luke Pearce - Twenty EssexAn excellent junior counsel – very straightforward and efficient.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Fulton - Twenty EssexParticularly knowledgeable on trade and banking instruments, he is an excellent advocate and always fights the clients' case with enthusiasm.

Ranked: tier 3

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Twenty Essex

Twenty Essex has 'an impressive bunch' of versatile silks and juniors. Members are especially experienced in major international disputes, often with a fraud or trade component, and they are especially noted for their private international law expertise. Highlight cases include CMOC Sales & Marketing Limited v Persons Unknown & 30 others, which involved the first-ever persons unknown injunction, and was led by Paul Lowenstein QC and also involved Philip Riches and two other members on behalf of CMOC. Another highlight was Deutsche Bank AG v (1) Sebastian Holdings Inc. (2) Mr Alexander Vik in which Duncan Matthews QC and Charlotte Tan successfully represented Alexander Vik in a related offshore claim before the Court of Apeal of the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Top ten under eight years’ call

Belinda McRae - Twenty EssexHer instinct for procedure is second to none, and her work rate and drafting is exceptional.

Leading Silks

Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty EssexOne of the most sought after silks, he has a big brain, has great attention to detail, and is a persuasive advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Lowenstein QC - Twenty EssexPolished, confident, and stylish in the way he goes about his business.

Ranked: tier 3

Philip Edey QC - Twenty EssexA top-notch advocate.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Susannah Jones - Twenty EssexAn excellent senior junior who is imaginative and thorough.

Ranked: tier 3

Blair Leahy - Twenty EssexA strong choice for insolvency-related commercial litigation.

Ranked: tier 4

Philip Riches - Twenty EssexA thorough, diligent and perceptive adviser, willing to roll up his sleeves and really work alongside the client and solicitor team.

Ranked: tier 4

Charlotte Tan - Twenty EssexIncredibly hardworking and she is clearly exceptionally clever.

Ranked: tier 5

Josephine Davies - Twenty EssexA bright, sparkly, well informed, team player, and a hard worker and good advocate.

Ranked: tier 5

Malcolm Jarvis - Twenty EssexExtremely bright and a very calm operator, he is impressive on his feet – robust and determined.

Ranked: tier 5

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Commodities
Commodities - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Twenty Essex

Twenty Essex is ‘still the standout set for commodities matters’ and clients note that is has 'some real quality among its members, both silks and juniors'. One remarks that 'the clerks are helpful, commercially flexible and responsive'. The set combines great depth in shipping matters with in-depth knowledge of commodities trading across a broad range of soft commodities, oil, coal, gas, and metals. Co-head of chambers Duncan Matthews QC has more than 30 years' experience in this field and he successfully appeared for the claimant in Euro-Asian Oil SA v Credit Suisse AG, in which the Court of Appeal upheld a $15m award arising from a dispute concerning a contract to buy oil. Highly regarded senior-junior Henry Byam-Cook defended oil and gas company OMV in claims brought in the Commercial Court by Glencore.

Leading Silks

Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty EssexA “go-to” silk in the shipping and commodities sector.

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Young QC - Twenty EssexAn old hand who is extremely effective and a good advocate.

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexA joy to work with, his ability to anticipate issues is most impressive; he has a tactical mind and a lovely style.

Ranked: tier 2

Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty Essex'An excellent seasoned advocate with a wealth of experience.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Collett QC - Twenty EssexHe takes all the right points, sees angles no one else does, and has a genial manner that belies his razor-sharp mind.

Ranked: tier 2

Phillip Edey QC - Twenty EssexA very good counsel who is very approachable.

Ranked: tier 2

David Lewis QC - Twenty EssexA leader in his field who is destined for the top; he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of case law and exceptional advocacy skills.

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Hill QC - Twenty EssexOne of the "go-to" guys when you want someone punchy and aggressive; user-friendly and always willing to go the extra mile.

Ranked: tier 3

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

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Coburn QC - Twenty EssexOne of the best silks - very commercial and always to the point, he doesn’t beat around the bush.

Ranked: tier 4

Sara Masters QC - Twenty EssexProvides exceptional assistance and grapples well with the complex technical aspects of a case.

Ranked: tier 4

Julian Kenny QC - Twenty EssexVery clever, very intellectual.

Ranked: tier 5
Leading Juniors

Henry Byam-Cook - Twenty EssexCool, calm, collected and an absolute pleasure to work with; his work is comparable to, if not better than, many QCs.

Ranked: tier 1

Angharad Parry - Twenty EssexShe has an incisive mind, gives clear and concise advice and looks for the solution rather than just the problem.

Ranked: tier 2

Daniel Bovensiepen - Twenty EssexA cerebral advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Luke Pearce - Twenty EssexVery strong, very user-friendly, he knows his stuff and gets to grips with the issues quickly.

Ranked: tier 2

Malcolm Jarvis - Twenty EssexA good team member who is willing to roll up his sleeves up and help solicitors to achieve the right result for the client.

Ranked: tier 2

Oliver Caplin - Twenty EssexTotally unflappable, he can stand up against anyone and appears far more experienced than his years of call; first-class in high-value oil trading cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Riches - Twenty EssexEfficient, diligent and intelligent, he is thorough and detailed with a no-nonsense style.

Ranked: tier 2

Susannah Jones - Twenty EssexShe is thorough, has a tremendous eye for detail and can be relied on to know her brief inside out.

Ranked: tier 2

Colleen Hanley - Twenty EssexAn extremely thorough and skilful advocate; nothing fazes her.

Ranked: tier 3

Josephine Davies - Twenty EssexPrecise in her work and excellent in technical matters, she is also straightforward and pleasant to work with.

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Milnes - Twenty EssexA very bright and commercially astute barrister who gets to the point quickly.

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Snook - Twenty EssexHe has a good understanding of the sugar world and brings a lot of commercial cleverness to cases.

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas Corby - Twenty EssexA rising star who will undoubtedly take silk, he is clever, reassuring and user-friendly with a sharp legal mind.

Ranked: tier 3

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Company and partnership
Company - Leading Silks

Stephen Atherton QC - 20 Essex StreetSound judgement, user-friendly and a first-rate trial advocate.

Ranked: tier 3
Company - Leading juniors

Blair Leahy - 20 Essex StreetShe is extremely user friendly and always willing to go the extra mile to make sure that the quality of the work she produces is of an outstanding standard.

Ranked: tier 5

Harris Bor - 20 Essex StreetHe is a creative and thoughtful barrister; he is a real fighter for clients and a persuasive oral advocate.

Ranked: tier 5

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Energy
Energy - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Twenty Essex

A standout set for shipping and commodities work, Twenty Essex also has a strong practice in energy disputes, notably in the offshore construction and energy trading arenas. One client notes how the set has 'a strong practice for the largest and most commercial disputes'. Timothy Hill QC acted in Glencore Energy UK Limited v Springfield Energy Limited, which concerned the storage and importation of gasoil and gasoline into Ghana for the domestic market. Michael Ashcroft QC advised Repsol on a $1.3bn Commercial Court claim brought by SBM on contractors all risks policies relating to the YME Mopustor Project in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Co-head of chambers Duncan Matthews QC is active in several high-value disputes, including an UNCITRAL matter on behalf of the claimant that concerns a long-term drilling contract and the performance of a drilling vessel. Junior Malcolm Jarvis handled a substantial claim concerning the termination of contract for the supply and sale of subsea equipment for an offshore oilfield in Africa.

Leading Silks

Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexA “go-to” silk for high-value energy matters; he is very good at grasping complex and difficult matters.

Ranked: tier 3

David Lewis QC - Twenty EssexHe is an excellent advocate, hardworking and destined for the top.

Ranked: tier 4

Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty EssexA strong silk for shipping and energy matters.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty EssexExtremely easy to deal with and intellectually at the top of the tree.

Ranked: tier 4

Timothy Hill QC - Twenty EssexVery smart, takes no prisoners, good on strategy.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Malcolm Jarvis - Twenty EssexExtremely bright and a very calm operator; on his feet he is impressive – robust and determined.

Ranked: tier 3

Andrew Fulton - Twenty Essex'His advocacy is outstanding and he is a tenacious litigator who sees points that others don't.

Ranked: tier 4

Philip Riches - Twenty EssexVery efficient, diligent and intelligent, with a no-nonsense style.

Ranked: tier 4

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Environment
Leading Juniors

Monica Feria-Tinta - 20 Essex StreetShe astutely combines vast knowledge of human rights and international environmental law with great advocacy skills.

Ranked: tier 4

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Twenty Essex

Driven by its roster of experienced silks and juniors, Twenty Essex has seen huge growth in fraud instructions in recent years. Paul Lowenstein QC and Philip Riches acted on CMOC Sales & Marketing Limited v Persons Unknown & 30 others, which involved the first-ever persons unknown injunction, which will have a huge bearing on cyber fraud and cryptocurrency trade and asset tracing.

Leading Silks

Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty EssexAt the absolute top of his game.

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Lowenstein QC - Twenty EssexUndoubtedly one of the genuine fraud specialists.

Ranked: tier 3

Philip Edey QC - Twenty EssexAbsolutely superb.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Christopher Newman - Twenty EssexAn extremely capable barrister.

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Riches - Twenty EssexHardworking and responsive, he has a lot of experience in this area.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Fulton - Twenty EssexA key member of the team – knowledgeable, and very quick to distil materials and identify the issues.

Ranked: tier 4

Blair Leahy - Twenty EssexExcellent for fraud and insolvency work.

Ranked: tier 4

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks

Lawrence Akka QC - 20 Essex StreetHe is very able and user-friendly, a top choice for technology disputes.

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Lowenstein QC - 20 Essex StreetHe is known for his experience in a range of telecoms contracts and IT disputes.

Ranked: tier 3

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Insolvency
Leading Silks

Stephen Atherton QC - 20 Essex StreetSound judgement, user-friendly and a first-rate trial advocate.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Blair Leahy - 20 Essex StreetExtremely user-friendly and always willing to go the extra mile to make sure the quality of her work is of an outstanding standard.

Ranked: tier 3

Tony Beswetherick - 20 Essex StreetNothing gets passed him; insofar as advocacy is concerned, he anticipates every possible argument and leaves nothing to chance.

Ranked: tier 5

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Insurance and reinsurance
Insurance and reinsurance - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Twenty Essex

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.

Leading Silks

Philip Edey QC - Twenty EssexHe is an excellent counsel and is very approachable.

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Hancock QC - Twenty EssexHe is a very appealing advocate; measured clear and compelling.

Ranked: tier 5

Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexHe provides an excellent service.

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty EssexHe is an exceptionally gifted barrister.

Ranked: tier 5

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International arbitration: arbitrators
International arbitration: arbitrators - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Twenty Essex

Twenty Essex is packed with some of the market's leading arbitrators, including ex-judges, solicitors, and barristers, many of whom are based in the set's Singapore chambers.

Leading arbitrators

David Owen QC - Twenty EssexVery classy, well prepared, and he commands the hearing room.

David Sutton - Twenty EssexAbsolutely first class.

Julian Lew QC - Twenty EssexOne of the most responsive and best prepared arbitrators working.

J William Rowley QC - Twenty EssexHe case manages excellently and arrives at an intellectually honest result.

Sir Bernard Rix - Twenty EssexVery able, amiable and penetratingly quick.

Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty EssexHas a powerful intellect and is able to lend his experience as an advocate to the deliberations of a commercial arbitration tribunal.

Judith Gill QC - Twenty EssexExtremely well-prepared, relentlessly courteous, and fast in rendering her award.

Michael Lee - Twenty EssexDeeply experienced as an arbitrator, he is sensitive to the cultural nuances and challenges that can arise in cross border transactions.

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Twenty Essex

Twenty Essex is 'especially good quality in international arbitration, public international law, and the international trade world'. The highly versatile set has a broad range of expertise, and members regularly handle major shipping, commodities, fraud, and BIT claims, as well as arbitration-related spin-off suits in the courts. Recent highlight cases include PL Holdings S.A.R.L and Republic of Poland in which Sara Masters QC led Belinda McRae  in a case that will consider the impact of the Achmea decision.

Leading Silks

Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexAbsolutely top notch, one of the leading silks in the field.

Ranked: tier 1

Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty EssexAn impressive advocate whose delivery commands the attention of the tribunal.

Ranked: tier 1

Philip Edey QC - Twenty EssexHugely popular for international arbitration.

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Young QC - Twenty EssexKnowledgeable, hardworking and conscientious.

Ranked: tier 2

David Lewis QC - Twenty EssexHis attention to detail is astonishing and his written submissions are some of the best I have ever seen.

Ranked: tier 3

Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty EssexClearly highly experienced in international arbitration and inspires confidence in his solicitor team and the client.

Ranked: tier 3

Sara Masters QC - Twenty EssexGreat judgement and a real pleasure to work with – hugely experienced in the international arbitration field, both as counsel and arbitrator.

Ranked: tier 4
Leading Juniors

Harris Bor - Twenty EssexThorough, clever, easy to work with, and a good cross-examiner.

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Riches - Twenty EssexExcellent – a QC in waiting, and an intelligent and creative advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Belinda McRae - Twenty EssexA rising star of the international arbitration Bar.

Ranked: tier 3

Henry Byam-Cook - Twenty EssexBright, thorough, and has a keen eye for the essential legal and commercial points in a matter.

Ranked: tier 3

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International crime and extradition
Leading Juniors

Monica Feria-Tinta - 20 Essex StreetVery experienced in international criminal law matters.

Ranked: tier 3

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Offshore
Leading Silks

Stephen Atherton QC - 20 Essex StreetA court-friendly advocate who will take no nonsense.

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional negligence
Leading Silks

Paul Lowenstein QC - 20 Essex StreetHe is incredibly bright.

Ranked: tier 2

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Public international law
Public international law - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Twenty Essex

Twenty Essex has a selection of top names at senior and junior level who have established incredibly strong track records in public international law. Two members were formerly principal legal advisers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including Sir Michael Wood KCMG who never took silk due to a historic quirk in the system, but is a QC in all but name and therefore sits in The Legal 500's 'Senior Counsel' table in recognition of his expertise. Members have been involved in several major cases, including Australia v Timor-Leste Conciliation, while Guglielmo Verdirame QC and Sudhanshu Swaroop QC faced each other on the Freedom and Justice Party of Egypt v Foreign & Commonwealth Office case.

Senior Counsel

Sir Michael Wood KCMG - Twenty EssexAn outstanding international lawyer.

Leading Silks

Sir Daniel Bethlehem KCMG QC - Twenty EssexPre-eminent in this area.

Ranked: tier 2

Sudhanshu Swaroop QC - Twenty EssexA superb strategist and technician, one to keep on speed-dial for important cases.

Ranked: tier 3
2019 Silks

Guglielmo Verdirame QC - Twenty EssexHas excellent technical detailed knowledge of public international law, and is a superb advocate.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Penelope Nevill - Twenty EssexReally sharp, one of the best PIL juniors.

Ranked: tier 1

Kate Parlett - Twenty EssexShe has a fantastic grasp of ECHR jurisprudence, and a depth of knowledge of PIL issues.

Ranked: tier 2

Philippa Webb - Twenty EssexAn excellent junior, she made a very good impression before the ICJ.

Ranked: tier 2

Monica Feria-Tinta - Twenty EssexAn expert in public international law, particularly in relation to international organisations and privileges and immunities.

Ranked: tier 3

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Set overviews: England and Wales

The ‘go-to’ chambers for international arbitrators and counsel, the recently rebranded Twenty Essex is ‘one of the leading sets’ for public international law instructions, a ‘leader in the charterparty and bill of lading/contractual side of shipping’, as well as commodities work, and it also has ‘a good reputation for commercial litigation’. Solicitors also notice its members’ ever increasing presence in banking work. In recent news, following three years in the Cayman Islands as a litigation attorney at Walkers, Sarah Tresman has returned to chambers. Led by practice directors Arron Zitver, Christopher Theobald, and Anthony Carroll, the ‘ever improving’ and ‘helpful’ clerks’ room is ‘friendly, prompt, and flexible on fees’. Tara Shah has recently joined the clerks’ room from 2 Hare Court. Other names to note are CEO Jemma Tagg, COO Daniel Clark, and Rachel Foxton, head of marketing and BD director, Asia. Offices in: London and Singapore

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Shipping
Shipping - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Twenty Essex

Twenty Essex is a 'leader for shipping disputes' and highly rated by clients thanks to its 'exceptionally talented' members. Michael Ashcroft QC and Luke Pearce appeared for the insurers in The Swedish Club v Connect Shipping (MV Renos), which examines the law of marine insurance and claims for constructive total loss. The Songa Winds, which concerns letters of indemnity, was also a notable highlight for Michael Ashcroft QC leading Oliver CaplinMaersk Tangier, which examined the applicability of the Hague-Visby Rules, was a key case for Sara Masters QC and Daniel Bovensiepen. Elsewhere, Timothy Hill QC appeared in Lady M, which raised important questions as to the scope and interpretation of The Hague Rules; he also appeared in class action claim Alize 1954 v Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG ('The CMA CGM LIBRA'), which concerned issues as to whether the vessel was seaworthy.

Leading Silks

Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty EssexA slick operator who gets the ear of tribunals.

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Young QC - Twenty EssexHe is very experienced and extremely knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 1

Christopher Hancock QC - Twenty EssexHe is very good with clients.

Ranked: tier 2

Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty EssexHe is very impressive.

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Edey QC - Twenty EssexHe is exceptional and very approachable.

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexWonderfully user-friendly and a brilliant advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Timothy Hill QC - Twenty EssexHe is impressive on his feet, an excellent advocate and a feared cross-examiner.

Ranked: tier 3

David Lewis QC - Twenty EssexHe is flexible, and open to the clients' need, and is extremely responsive.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Coburn QC - Twenty EssexVery commercial and always to the point.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Collett QC - Twenty EssexHis calm approach reassures clients.

Ranked: tier 4

Sara Masters QC - Twenty EssexShe is very able.

Ranked: tier 5

Thomas Raphael QC - Twenty EssexA very innovative thinker who is adept at tackling difficult problems.

Ranked: tier 5
Leading Juniors

Daniel Bovensiepen - Twenty EssexHe is outstanding and is very good on paper.

Ranked: tier 1

Henry Byam-Cook - Twenty EssexNot only is he phenomenally intelligent and hardworking, he is also a delight to work with.

Ranked: tier 1

Luke Pearce - Twenty EssexHis analytical mind is extraordinary and he is someone one wants on their side.

Ranked: tier 2

Oliver Caplin - Twenty EssexExtremely user-friendly, efficient and extremely bright.

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Riches - Twenty EssexHe is great at complex matters.

Ranked: tier 2

Angharad Parry - Twenty EssexShe provides clear and commercially orientated advice.

Ranked: tier 3

Charlotte Tan - Twenty EssexVery bright with great attention-to-detail.

Ranked: tier 3

Colleen Hanley - Twenty EssexVery easy to work with and solution-oriented.

Ranked: tier 3

Malcolm Jarvis - Twenty EssexHe is very experienced.

Ranked: tier 3

Sean Snook - Twenty EssexVery able.

Ranked: tier 3

Thomas Corby - Twenty EssexHe is always fully prepared, highly persuasive and sensitive to the nuances of advocacy before tribunals and courts.

Ranked: tier 3

Josephine Davies - Twenty EssexTenacious and strong on the law and on expert evidence.

Ranked: tier 4

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial

Crossing over with its expertise in shipping, 20 Essex Street has a particular strength in commodities disputes. Work includes arbitrations in Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as work for Asian instructing solicitors in London.

Commercial – Leading silks

Charles Kimmins QC 20 Essex StreetOne of the best – a ninja in cross-examination.

Ranked: tier 2

David Lewis QC 20 Essex StreetHe provides superb and detailed analysis, and is responsive too.

Ranked: tier 2

Duncan Matthews QC 20 Essex StreetSharp and incisive, he has done very well as the head of chambers.

Ranked: tier 3
Commercial – Leading juniors

Henry Byam-Cook 20 Essex StreetInstructed in commodities and commercial arbitrations.

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Riches 20 Essex StreetInstructed in commodities and commercial disputes.

Ranked: tier 2

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Energy

20 Essex Street’s energy specialism frequently crosses over with shipping and commodities. Cases range from disputes over coal through to oil rig construction issues.

Energy – Leading silks

Timothy Hill QC 20 Essex StreetA fearless, tenacious and determined advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Charles Kimmins QC 20 Essex StreetExcellent attention to detail and always utterly on top of the cases.

Ranked: tier 3

David Lewis QC 20 Essex StreetVery clever, responsive and a source of clear and concise advice.

Ranked: tier 3

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Market overview

20 Essex Streetis clearly very strong in the maritime area although it offers impressive strength in other practice areas across a broad spectrum of commercial interests’. The set has ‘devoted a considerable investment in establishing an office in Singapore and ensuring that members of chambers visit’. Aarron Zitver is the senior clerk.

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Shipping

Alongside shipbuilding arbitrations, 20 Essex Street’s members also handle charterparty disputes, cargo claims and all manner of other matters concering the operation of vessels. Duncan Matthews QC represented Dana Shipping & Trading – a Singapore company – in a London Court of Appeal case against a Hong Kong business concerning the proper serving of arbitration notices.

Shipping – Leading silks

David Lewis QC 20 Essex StreetHe provides very swift and clear advice.

Ranked: tier 1

Timothy Hill QC 20 Essex StreetA ferocious and tenacious advocate who can think outside the box and look at problems from different perspectives.

Ranked: tier 1

Charles Kimmins QC 20 Essex StreetFirst-class; very attentive and a great advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Duncan Matthews QC 20 Essex StreetHe brings a good strategic and commercial mind to the game.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Ashcroft QC 20 Essex StreetVery bright indeed – a good strategist who provides excellent submissions and skeletons.

Ranked: tier 2

Philip Edey QC 20 Essex StreetInstructed in wet and dry shipping arbitrations.

Ranked: tier 2

Timothy Young QC 20 Essex StreetA popular choice for Singapore dry shipping cases.

Ranked: tier 2

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