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Twenty Essex

Work 020 7842 1200
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London, Singapore

Charles Kimmins QC

Work 020 7842 1200
Twenty Essex (Twenty Essex)

Work Department

  • Banking and financial services
  • Commercial dispute resolution
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • General commercial and insurance
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • International arbitration
  • Shipping and commodities


Charles specialises in commercial law, and represents clients in both court and arbitration proceedings. His cases tend to be high value and complex, and often involve multiple sets of proceedings in several jurisdictions.

The broad nature of his practice is reflected by recommendations in a wide array of disciplines in Chambers/The Legal 500, including international arbitration, commercial dispute resolution, banking and financial, energy, insurance and reinsurance, shipping and commodities.

Charles has represented clients in a wide variety of disputes before the High Court and Court of Appeal. He has also appeared before many arbitral tribunals, including the International Chamber of Commerce, London Court of International Arbitration, London Maritime Arbitrators Association, GAFTA, FOSFA, IPE, Refined Sugar Association, London Metal Exchange and City Disputes Panel. He has particular experience of appeals from awards under s.67, 68 and 69 of the Arbitration Act 1996 (a subject on which he regularly lectures). He also accepts appointments as an arbitrator in commercial disputes.

He has been involved in numerous cases involving banking and investment disputes, company law and financial services. He has particular experience in derivatives. He also has significant experience in disputes arising in the private equity sector. He has appeared in numerous cases involving energy and natural resources, and has particular experience in the petroleum and natural gas industries. Likewise, he has acted in many insurance/reinsurance disputes, for both insured/reinsured and insurers/reinsurers. He has been involved in many leading cases in the fields of commodities and shipping, including shipbuilding disputes and disputes under MOAs.

Charles also has extensive experience in civil fraud cases, including cases involving fraud in the banking and shipping sectors. He is instructed in applications for urgent relief arising out of fraud claims.


Year of call: 1994
Year of QC: 2010


  • Fraud Lawyers Association


  • University of Cambridge, Trinity College: Law, First Class.


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London Bar


Within: Commodities – Leading silks

Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexHe has almost 25 years’ experience in complex multi-jurisdictional trade and commodities disputes.

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Within: Energy – Leading silks

Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexVery responsive, and manages expectations very effectively. Has a very good grasp of the law, and swiftly gets to grip with the facts of a case.

Within: Energy

Offshore work and energy trading are particular areas of expertise for Twenty Essex’s energy practice, which is frequently instructed by clients from China and Korea. Timothy Hill QC acted for the claimant, the owners of the vessel Magellan Spirit, in a commercial dispute regarding a terminated contract for the sale of liquefied natural gas to Korea. Simon Milnes acted in a charter-party dispute between European, Hong Kong and Thai parties. Charles Kimmins QC, David Lewis QC and Duncan Matthews QC are the other key sector experts.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexAccustomed to high-value disputes.

Within: Insurance and reinsurance

Involved in several high-profile cases, Twenty Essex had Charles Kimmins QC appear in the Court of Appeal in Axa v ARIG, one of the leading cases on the law of inducement, as well as Christopher Hancock QC instructed on further claims by the insurers under a P&I contract in respect of losses out of the landmark Prestige case, relating to one of the largest oil spills in history.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexFor a silk of his outstanding ability, he is refreshingly normal – clients love him.

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Within: Shipping – Leading silks

Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexHe is outstanding.

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