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20 Essex Street

Chambers of Christopher Hancock QC and Duncan Matthews QC

Work 020 7842 1200
Fax 020 7842 1270
London, Singapore

Philip Edey QC

Work 020 7842 1200
20 Essex Street (Chambers of Christopher Hancock QC and Duncan Matthews QC)

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.

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Philip Edey QC - 20 Essex StreetA popular choice for banking disputes.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Philip Edey QC - 20 Essex StreetA fiercely bright and top-class advocate.

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Within: Commodities – Leading silks

Philip Edey QC - 20 Essex StreetA real star as a leader and an intellectual heavyweight who is recommended for difficult cases.

Within: Commodities

First-rate20 Essex Street is ‘one of the go-to sets for commodities work as it has great strength both among leading counsel and juniors at several levels; the clerking, too, is excellent’. Among its members are some of the leading lights for commodities cases, such as Timothy Young QC, Philip Edey QC and Duncan Matthews QC. Matthews and Susannah Jones acted in Natixis SA v Marex Financial Limited, in which the bank pursued a claim against a commodities broker for breach of a repurchase agreement relating to nickel stored in Asia.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Philip Edey QC - 20 Essex StreetSubstantial across the board insurance knowledge.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Philip Edey QC - 20 Essex StreetHighly recommended for international arbitration.

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Within: Shipping – Leading silks

Philip Edey QC - 20 Essex StreetVery detail-orientated.

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