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Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC
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Barrister specialising in general commercial law including conflicts of laws, shipping, insurance, reinsurance, professional negligence and international sale of goods. Recent cases include: Bank of Scotland v Enclidian [2008] Lloyds Rep 1R 182 (ATE insurance)’ Pratt v Aigaion [2008] Lloyds Rep 1R Plus 23 (insurance – warranty); Front Comor [2007] UKHL 4 (anti-suit injunction – arbitration – jurisdiction regulation); The Athena [2007] Lloyd’s Rep 280 (arbitration – construction – exclusive jurisdiction); Dornoch v MUA [2006] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 475 (reinsurance – jurisdiction); Newfoundland Explorer [2006] Lloyd’s Rep IR 704 (shipping – marine insurance – warranty); Equitas v Wave [2006] Lloyd’s Rep IR 646 (reinsurance); Goshawk v Bank of Scotland (2005) EWHC 2906; Munich Re v Commonwealth [2005] Lloyds’ Rep IR 99 (reinsurance); Barings v Coopers Lybrand [2003] Lloyd’s Rep IR 566 (professional negligence); Martini Investments v McGuin [2000] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 313 (insurance); The Solon [2000] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 292 (shipping strike clauses); Royal Boskalis Westminster v Mountain [1999] QB 674 (marine insurance sue and labour).


Qualified 1989; silk 2006.




BA (Oxon) Jurisprudence; LLM (UCLA).


Director of English Sinfonia, trustee The Menat Trust.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

David Bailey QC7 King’s Bench WalkVery knowledgeable and experienced, his advocacy is smooth and he managed the tribunal well.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

David Bailey QC7 King’s Bench WalkOutstanding and dynamic professional of sound judgement.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

David Bailey QC7 King’s Bench WalkHe is incredibly thorough.

‘A very good set with barristers of a very high standard’, 7 King’s Bench Walk is noted for its work on high-profile shipping matters. A particular highlight of the last year for the set was the 52-day Commercial Court case Brillante Virtuoso (Suez Fortune Investments Ltd & Piraeus Bank AE v Talbot Underwriting Ltd & others), featuring Peter MacDonald Eggers QC, Tim Jenns and Richard Sarll against Jonathan Gaisman QC and Richard Waller QC. In other work, litigation related to the Atlantik Confidence involved Robert Bright QC and David Bailey QC, while Siobán Healy QC and Marcus Mander acted in the long-running OW Bunker litigation. Andrew Pearson is a rising star in the set.