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20 Essex Street

Chambers of Christopher Hancock QC and Duncan Matthews QC

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London, Singapore

Philip Edey QC

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


Commercial litigation including banking, derivatives, insurance and reinsurance, shipping, sale of good, commodities, international trade, fraud, conflicts and arbitration. Recent / current work includes disputes in relation to jurisdiction; share purchase agreements; Bermuda form insurance; ship building contracts; enforcement of foreign arbitration awards; freezing and anti-suit injunctions; a ship-management agreement; and the effect of foreign criminal proceedings on contractual obligations. Past work includes acting for owners of MSC Napoli; the Buncefield Litigation; The Mercini Lady [2013] 1 Lloyd’s 360 (implied condition as to satisfactory quality); Bunge v Nidera [2013] EWCA 1628 (GAFTA prohibition clause and default clause); Masri v Consolidated Contractors [2011] EWCA 746; Sea Emerald v Prominvest (bank guarantee); BPI v Barclays (synthetic CDO); Faraday v Copenhagen Re [2007] Lloyd’s Rep IR 23 (follow-the-settlements clause); Travelers Casualty v Sunlife [2007] Lloyd’s Rep IR (insurance against regulatory investigation costs); The Doric Pride [2006] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 175 CA (off-hire); The ‘Demetra K’ [2002] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 581 (CA) (rectification); HIH v Chase [2003] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 61 (HL) (film finance insurance); HIH v New Hampshire [2001] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 161 (CA) (warranty in insurance); The ‘Jalagouri’ [2000] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 515 (CA) (NYPE time charter); and The Laconian Confidence [1997] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 139 (NYPE time charter).


Called to Gray’s Inn 1994; QC 2009.






Eton College; Oxford University (1993 BA Hons 1st Class); Gray’s Inn Queen Elizabeth Scholar.


Tennis (real and lawn); squash; golf.

Asia Pacific: The English Bar


Within: Commercial – Leading silks

Philip Edey QC - 20 Essex StreetHe has an absolutely first-rate intellect and is a brilliant advocate.

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London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

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

Philip Edey QC - 20 Essex StreetA powerful advocate before tribunal and court.’

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

20 Essex Street boasts several highly rated silks and juniors who are regular favourites for major cases. Key highlights include Philip Edey QC’s role in Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs International, while Luke Pearce represented Lloyds and Investec investors in the RBS rights issue litigation.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Philip Edey QC - 20 Essex StreetA brilliant advocate.’

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Within: Commodities – Leading silks

Philip Edey QC - 20 Essex StreetHe is a good man to have on your side in a difficult case; he can always pull a rabbit out of the hat.’

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance – Leading silks

Philip Edey QC - 20 Essex StreetInnovative, accessible and pleasant to work with, even under pressure.’

Within: Insurance and reinsurance

Renowned for its marine insurance practice, 20 Essex Street houses Christopher Hancock QC and Philip Edey QC, who appear in major litigation and arbitration proceedings, as well has handling a range of advisory work.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Philip Edey QC - 20 Essex StreetEqually at home cross-examining witnesses as he is with complex legal arguments.’

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Within: Shipping – Leading silks

Philip Edey QC - 20 Essex StreetPolished, calm and pleasant to work with.’

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