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39 Essex Chambers

Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC

Work +65 6634 1336
Kuala Lumpur, London, Manchester, Singapore

The set: One of the leading barristers' chambers with 161 members, of which 51 are Queen's Counsel, Chambers is able to provide substantial expertise and experience in a wide range of areas. With offices in London, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur, members have experience of all courts in the UK and numerous jurisdictions around the world, including in Europe, China, Hong Kong, the British Virgin Islands, Singapore and Malaysia, the UAE, Middle Eastern jurisdictions, the Caribbean, South Africa, the US and India. Members have been called to the Bars of various international and offshore jurisdictions.

Areas of practice: Arbitration and mediation: experience includes all types of arbitration (domestic and international), including involvement in arbitrations conducted under the auspices of the ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, CIETAC, SIAC, DIAC, ADCCAC, KLRCA, AAA and UNCITRAL, as well as those held under ad hoc arbitration clauses. Members also have experience of appeals from and enforcement of arbitral awards and several are experienced mediators active in commercial dispute resolution.

Civil liability: experience in all aspects of civil liability including clinical negligence, insurance and reinsurance, international personal injury and conflict of laws, product liability, professional negligence, property damage and material loss, sea and aviation accidents, sports, toxic torts and trusts and contentious probate.

Commercial regulation: regularly instructed to advise upon and act in a wide range of judicial review and regulatory disputes, including telecommunications, utilities, environment, transport and numerous professional bodies.

Construction and engineering: involved in cases involving significant numbers of high profile structures, acting for employers, professionals, main contractors and subcontractors.

Energy: experience includes carbon emissions; commodities; contracts for electrical and water supply; environmental contamination and liability; field development and infrastructure; natural resources; nuclear power and disposal of waste; power stations; public and private international law issues; oil and gas and wind farms.

Planning, environmental and property: expertise in all areas of environmental and planning law. Domestic and overseas work includes environmental impact assessment; compulsory purchase; drafting planning and environmental ordinances; environmental due diligence and environmental audits.

Financial services: members act as advocates and advisers in all areas of contentious and non-contentious financial services law.

Insurance and reinsurance: experience of all aspects including financial and credit risk insurance; environmental risk policies; war and terrorist risk policies; life, fire, flood and all risks insurance; employer's liability, professional indemnity and public liability insurance; reinsurance treaties; associated coverage, wording, warranty and subrogation disputes.

Oil, gas and utilities: experience of long-term commodities contracts; field development and financing disputes; field infrastructure disputes; catastrophic and non-catastrophic accidents and perils; environmental contamination and liability; telecommunications; water and electrical infrastructure projects; public and private international law issues.

Professional negligence: particular expertise in construction and property-related negligence claims. Members are also involved in disputes involving lawyers, accountants, insurance brokers and other professionals, and act for a wide range of professional bodies and defence organisations and insurers.

Public: experience covers the whole range of public international law issues. Members have appeared in public international law cases before national courts in the UK and other jurisdictions and before international courts and tribunals, including the International Court of Justice. Members have also advised governments, international organisations, NGOs and corporations.

Shipping and commodities: extensive experience in a wide range of 'dry' and 'wet' shipping and ship-construction matters. Members are also regularly instructed in commodities and international trade disputes in relation to all types of commodities including, principally, oil and gas, petrochemical products, steel, ore, coal, cement, grains, and chemicals. Members practise in a range of jurisdictions in addition to England, including Singapore, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur, and regularly appear in arbitrations under all of the leading rules (eg LMAA, SCMA, HKIAC, LCIA, ICC and SIAC) in addition to appearing in courts in England and elsewhere. Members are also frequently appointed as arbitrators in shipping-related and international commodities disputes.

  • Contacts

  • Lindsay Scott (Chief Executive and Director of Clerking)

  • Alastair Davidson (Senior Clerk)

  • Michael Kaplan (Senior Clerk)

  • Roderick Noble (Director of Asian Business)

Above material supplied by 39 Essex Chambers (Chambers of Neil Block QC and Alison Foster QC).

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