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Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC
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Barrister specialising in all aspects of commercial law, including insurance, reinsurance, sale of goods, carriage of goods, banking, energy; professional negligence. Sample cases: Jones v Congregational and General Insurance [2003] (insurance fraud, construction Access to Justice Act 1999); Nippon Yusen Kubishiki Kaisha v Golden Strait Corporation [2003] (charterparty construction); Neo Investments v Cargil [2001] (practice); John v Wyeth v Cigna [2001] (New York law insurance); Glencore v Metro Trading [1999] (jurisdiction); Skandra v Thames Water [1999] (statutory tort); Yukong v Rendsburg [1998] (piercing the corporate veil); Hewett & Co v Sinclair Roche & Temperley [1997] (solicitors’ undertaking).


Qualified 1990; publications: ‘Company Law and the Human Rights Act 1998’ (Butterworths 2000).


Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.



Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

David Allen QC7 King’s Bench WalkAn experienced silk with a great depth of technical knowledge.

7 King’s Bench Walk has ‘unrivalled depth in the insurance space, not to mention commercial and marine work‘ and one client remarks that is is ‘a go-to set due to the consistent quality of its members and the work they do‘. The set is strong in shipping, insurance and commodities, which naturally leads to high-value energy cases, among which are matters concerning pipelines, oil production, renewable energy and LNG. David Allen QC recently handled a complex case concerning payment for drilling under a North Sea oil Farmout Agreement, and the relationship between that contract and a joint venture operations agreement. For one client, senior clerk Bernie Hyatt and his team are ‘the best in the business, always extremely helpful and a pleasure to deal with‘.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

David Allen QC7 King’s Bench WalkGreat with clients, clever and incredibly hard working – he has a technical background, which is a massive advantage in grasping complex technical issues.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

David Allen QC7 King’s Bench WalkCommercial, easy to deal with and doesn’t pull punches.

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

David Allen QC7 King’s Bench WalkA good commercial silk who is strong on his feet and in cross-examination.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

David Allen QC7 King’s Bench WalkCuts through the pomp and gets straight to the heart of the issue.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

David Allen QC7 King’s Bench WalkA fantastic barrister.