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Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC
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Barrister and Arbitrator specialising in general commercial law disputes, including insurance; reinsurance; international trade and commodities; shipping and carriage of goods; banking and other contractual disputes; professional negligence particularly of solicitors, brokers, surveyors and accountants; arbitration and conflicts of law. Notable cases include acting for the claimants in the Buncefield litigation: Beazley Underwriting v Travelers [2012] Lloyd’s Rep IR 78; Carboex SA v Louis Dreyfus [2013]2 WLR 754; Colour Quest v Total [2009]2 Lloyd’s Rep 1; Dunlop Haywards v Barbon [2010]1 Lloyd’s Rep IR 149 (brokers’ duties); DHL v Erinaceous [2009] EWCA Civ 354 (rectification, joinder); Wasa v Lexington [2010]1 AC 180 (back-to-back nature of insurance and reinsurance); Encia v Canopius [2008] Lloyd’s Rep IR 79 (professional indemnity insurance); Diab v Regent [2007] 1WLR 797 (unaccepted repudiation of policy did not invalidate notification requirements); Limit No.3 v PDV [2005] Lloyd’s Rep IR 522 (forum non conveniens); Paine v Catlins [2005] Lloyd’s Rep IR 655 (fire insurance); Glencore v Alpina [2004]1Lloyd’s Rep 111 (insurance; open cover); Assicurazioni Generali v CGU [2004] Lloyd’s Rep IR 457 CA (‘follow settlements’ in reinsurance); Tradigrain v SlAT [2002]2 Lloyd’s Rep 553 (conflict of laws; Brussels-Lugano conventions articles 8, 12a, 17, 22); The Mass Glory [2002] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 244 (damages in string arbitrations damages for detention); The Happy Day [2002] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 487 (whether despatch payable where no valid NOR given); Chase v Ram [2000] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 418 (jurisdiction forum non conveniens, insurance); Eide v Lowndes Lambert CA [1999] QB 199 (broker’s lien); Boskalis v Mountain CA [1999] QB 674 (marine insurance). Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Acts as arbitrator in sports and commercial contractual disputes of all kinds


Qualified 1990 solicitor; 1993 barrister; 2010 Queen’s Counsel; articled clerk then solicitor Richards Butler 1988-93; director Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited 1995 to 2010; Bar Standards Board Professional Conduct Committee 2011-2015; FCIArb 2013.


LCIA; COMBAR; BILA; LSLC; LMAA (supporting member). Member of CAS, SIAC, ARIAS, KLRCA Panels of Arbitrators.


Brasenose College, Oxford (1986 BA Hons Jurisprudence); Northwestern University, Chicago (1991 LLM).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Siobán Healy QC7 King’s Bench WalkBright, incredibly hard-working, forensically detailed, and very well-prepared – a very strong advocate.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Siobán Healy QC7 King’s Bench WalkCalm under pressure and highly knowledgeable. An engaging advocate with clear presentation skills. Succinct and sticks to the point.

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Siobán Healy QC7 King’s Bench WalkA delight to work with, she shows technical brilliance and a real eye for the right strategic moves.

7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘one of the pre-eminent sets for shipping and commodities with very good strength in depth across the board’. Featuring many esteemed commodities silks and a large roster of talented juniors, it is best-known for its work in the areas of law where commodities, shipping and insurance intersect. It frequently handles matters concerning cargo damage, cargo theft, bill of lading fraud, and breach of obligations under contracts of international sale and purchase, often on behalf of the world’s leading commodities trading houses. Robert Bright QC recently handled a $3m claim concerning off-specification fuel oil in Septo v Tintrade. Siobán Healy QC’s caseload included matters relating to cocoa quality, London Metals Exchange rules relating to importation of metals into India, and the alleged deliberate dilution of premium fruit juices. Leading junior Richard Sarll led the defence in Gemcorp v Petrocas, which concerned a contract for sale and purchase of a consignment of fuel oil, to be loaded at a port in Russia.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Sioban Healy QC7 King’s Bench WalkBright, incredibly hardworking, forensically detailed and very-well prepared. She is a very strong advocate.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Siobán Healy QC7 King’s Bench WalkTechnical brilliance and a real eye for the right strategic moves. A powerful advocate and well respected by the tribunals.

7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘an extremely strong set with some top-tier individuals at all levels‘. The set is a market-leader for insurance, shipping and commodities disputes, and is also held in extremely high regard for broader commercial arbitrations. Siobán Healy QC enters the top tier of silks on the back of several high profile disputes, including Cockett v OW Bunker, where she pursued a successful enforcement of the award in the Commercial Court. Three members, including David Bailey QC and Marcus Mander were involved in Enka v Chubb, an ICC arbitration that also went to the Supreme Court on issues of the choice of law governing an arbitration agreement. Leading junior silks such as Jawdat Khurshid QC are also highly rated in this area.