David Brynmor Thomas KC > Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright KC and Richard Harwood KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright KC and Richard Harwood KC
39 Essex Chambers


Counsel in international commercial arbitrations, also sits as an arbitrator. Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London Centre for Commercial Law Studies.


Qualified as a solicitor 1993; partner Herbert Smith from 2000-11; called to the Bar 2011; Middle Temple. International Arbitration Group.


Trustee CIArb; ICC Commission on Arbitration.


High School of Dundee; University of Edinburgh (1987MB ChB); College of Law (1991 CPE, Law Society Finals (First Class Hons)).


Skiing, golf, R&A, New Club Edinburgh.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

David Brynmor Thomas KC39 Essex Chambers ‘David is very much a safe pair of hands. He is particularly thorough and has the ability to approach things in a calm and composed manner.’

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

David Brynmor Thomas KC – 39 Essex Chambers ‘Very experienced and clear-thinking, he is good on strategy and has an incisive way of getting to the heart of a problem.’

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading counsel as arbitrators)Ranked: Tier 2

David Brynmor Thomas KC39 Essex Chambers ‘A well regarded arbitrator in the fields of construction and oil and gas. He has considerable experience as both a party appointed and sole arbitrator as well as a chairman.’

39 Essex Chambers is ‘full of excellent arbitrators‘ and is considered ‘an outstanding construction law set with many of the leading construction law specialists in the country‘. Energy and infrastructure disputes in Europe, the Middle East, Hong Kong and China, all feature prominently on the agenda for its strong selection of full time and part time arbitrators. The members come from an impressive mix of backgrounds, including former judges such as Lord Dyson, highly rated barristers including Adrian Hughes KC and Richard Wilmot-Smith KC, and former solicitors such as Peter Rees KC,  David Brynmor Thomas KC and David Bateson.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

David Brynmor Thomas KC39 Essex Chambers ‘David has a calm and relaxed style, he exudes easy gravitas and does not take silly points and is always well prepared.’

39 Essex Chambers has ‘great depth at both silk and junior level‘  and is considered a ‘premier set for large complex construction engineering infrastructure disputes‘. Clients are also attracted by the set’s ‘growing presence in Asia’. The  members’ international reach extends to major disputes in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Latin America. The set contains several high profile silks including Adrian Hughes KC, who recently defended a Chinese client in the enforcement of a Swiss arbitration award. David Brynmor Thomas KC and Karim Ghaly KC have also made a strong names for themselves in energy and infrastructure related claims. Jess Connors  and Karen Gough  are well-regarded at the junior end.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Construction, energy and infrastructure

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

David Brynmor Thomas KC39 Essex Chambers