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Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC
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Simon is a barrister specialising in commercial law and all aspects of commercial litigation and arbitration, with particular expertise in insurance and reinsurance, shipping, energy and natural resources, professional negligence and general commercial disputes. He has been involved in a large number of high profile commercial cases in the Commercial Court, in the appellate courts and in arbitration.  His work is split evenly between cases in the High Court and those involving arbitration, whether English arbitration, international arbitration (under rules such as ICC or LCIA) or “Bermuda Form” arbitration.


Called 1997; Lincoln’s Inn.

Author of chapters on damages and other remedies in Carver on Charterparties (1st ed., 2017)


Fluent French.


British Insurance Law Association; London Shipping Law Centre.


Merchant Taylors’ School; Keble College, Oxford (BA Honours 1st Class – Modern Languages);  Lincoln’s Inn (Hardwicke Entrance Scholar, Full CPE Award, Sunley Scholar).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Simon Kerr7 King’s Bench WalkA capable junior with experience in a range of matters from power generation to oil and gas matters.

7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘strong in major commercial disputes’, making it ‘a destination chambers, providing excellent quality barristers across key work areas including shipping, commodities, general commercial litigation and international arbitration’. The set approaches energy cases principally from the perspective of insurance and shipping, which has seen it involved in high-profile matters such as the high-value PetroSaudi v PDVSA energy arbitration, in which Jonathan Gaisman QC, David Allen QC, Simon Kerr, Jason Robinson and Michael Ryan were instructed for PetroSaudi. Alistair Schaff QC is another key member involved in energy matters, bringing his extensive experience in international commercial law to bear on, among others, a case for SBM Offshore involving damage to the legs and topside of a North Sea rig.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Simon Kerr7 King’s Bench Walk