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Clara specialises in all aspects of commercial law, with a particular emphasis on private international law, civil fraud, insurance (including marine insurance) and shipping. Since joining Chambers in 2014, she has appeared in the Supreme Court (twice), the Court of Appeal and the High Court, as well as in the DIFC Courts and LCIA, SIAC and LMAA arbitration.

Clara has acted in a number of high-profile cases, including Enka v Chubb, which is set to become the leading case on the governing law of arbitration agreements, and the OW Bunker litigation, described by Lloyd’s List as “the most spectacular shipping legal imbroglio so far this century”.


Called 2012; Lincoln’s Inn (Lord Bowen scholarship; Lord Denning scholarship; Sir Thomas Eastham scholarship; Buchanan Prize).

Clara joined 7 King’s Bench Walk on the successful completion of her pupillage in September 2014.


COMBAR; BILA; YMP; Lincoln’s Inn Denning Society (committee member).


  • University of Oxford (2005-2008 BA History – First class)
  • City University (2010-2011 GDL – Distinction)
  • BPP (2011-2012 BPTC – Outstanding, top of year)
  • University of Oxford (2012-2013 BCL – Distinction)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Clara Benn7 King’s Bench WalkA real star, she is fiercely bright but wears it lightly and has a superb ability to digest and marshal the factual picture.

7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘a market leader in this area and has great strength in depth‘, according to one client. ‘It has experts in commodities plus expertise in insurance and shipping, which strengthens its involvement in commodities disputes‘, says another. Members are skilled in all aspects of the trade of goods, including cargo damage and theft, bill of lading fraud, and breach of obligations under contracts of international sale and purchase. Robert Bright QC has a stellar reputation in the commodities arena and he recently led outstanding junior Sandra Healy in Septo v Tintrad, an $11m dispute concerning the supply of contaminated and off-spec fuel oil. Peter MacDonald Eggers QC, Jessica Sutherland, and the ‘unfailing responsiveClara Benn are among the set’s highly respected practitioners. ‘The clerks are, without exception, outstanding and absolutely committed to providing a first-class service‘.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Clara Benn 7 King’s Bench WalkShe has a great grasp of the materials and excellent application of the facts to the law.