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Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC
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Barrister specialising in all areas of commercial law, including shipping, general commercial disputes, insurance and reinsurance, international arbitration, sale of goods and jurisdictional disputes. Notable recent cases include: Clearlake Shipping Pte Ltd v Xiang Da Marine Pte Ltd [2019] EWHC 2284 (Comm) (anti-suit injunctions); Natwest Markets v. Stallion 8 Shipping Co. [2018] Lloyd’s Rep. Plus 93 (shipping); The Cultural Foundation v. Beazley Furlonge Ltd [2018] Lloyd’s Rep I.R. Plus 54 (insurance) and PST Energy 7 Shipping LLC v. O.W. Bunker Malta (the “Res Cogitans”) [2016] A.C. 1034 (sale of goods).


Solicitor Lovells, London 2001-04; solicitor-advocate (all Higher Courts) 2003; called to the Bar 2005; Middle Temple.




Peterhouse, Cambridge University (MA Hons History); DipLaw; LPC.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Marcus Mander7 King’s Bench WalkIncredibly smart and considered in everything he does, he is approachable and knowledgeable and very user-friendly.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Marcus Mander7 King’s Bench WalkIncredibly smart and considered in everything he does, he is approachable and knowledgeable and very user-friendly.

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.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Marcus Mander7 King’s Bench WalkBrilliant, thorough, and a pleasure to work with.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Marcus Mander7 King’s Bench WalkGreat attention to detail and responsiveness. Extremely able and very good on the use of the law in a commercial context.

7 King’s Bench Walk is praised by clients for its ‘excellent strength in depth for shipping, insurance and shipbuilding’, with the sets’ silks and juniors engaged in high-profile matters in court and arbitration. Robert Bright QC continues to act at the highest level on matters such as CMA CGM Libra, a Supreme Court case concerning the test for seaworthiness in which he and Richard Sarll represented the International Group of P&I Clubs as interveners. Elsewhere, Stephen Hofmeyr QC was instructed on Argentum Exploration Limited v Silver, a case relating to silver recovered from the wreck of the SS Tilawa. The set is also active on marine insurance cases, including Psara Energy vs Lancashire Insurance, a disputed war risks claim which saw Peter MacDonald Eggers QC leading Marcus Mander and Benjamin Parker, with Hofmeyr QC and Alexander MacDonald on the opposing side. Sushma Ananda also had a strong year, acting in a number of dry shipping disputes.

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Marcus Mander7 King’s Bench WalkUser-friendly, clever and good tactically, he is also very commercial.