Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC > Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Commercial law, including professional negligence, shipping, insurance and international arbitration. Current cases include: Cattles v PwC (audit negligence), ICC arbitrations concerning oil exploration rights, Teal v Berkley (reinsurance; preliminary issues were determined by the Supreme Court in 2013) and a number of LCIA and LMAA arbitrations. Reported cases include: ICSOP v Equitas (2013 – reinsurance; conflict of laws); Quadra v Ergo (2012 – cargo insurance claim); Atlasnavios v Navigators (2012 – war risks insurance); Rok Plc v. S Harrison Group (2011 – share sale agreement); Orient Express v Generali (2009 – hurricane Katrina); Curtis v Lockheed Martin (2008 – share sale agreement), Calvert v William Hill Credit Limited (2008 – bookmakers’ duties of care); BBC Worldwide v Bee Load (2008 – recording archive agreement); Hollywood 4 and 5 (2002 – film finance insurance).


Called 1993; Silk 2012.


COMBAR (former executive committee member).


Winchester College; New College, Oxford (MA).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC7 King’s Bench WalkVery hard-working. Totally unafraid of challenging witnesses and experts. Charming on her feet and reads a courtroom very well.

7 King’s Bench Walk stands out for its ‘huge strength in depth at junior and silk levels‘ and ‘deep experience of professional negligence work‘. The ‘excellent‘ set has particular expertise in accountants’ and auditors’ negligence claims, but also handles claims against solicitors, barristers, insurance brokers and financial consultants, among other professionals. Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC and Harry Wright will appear in the Supreme Court in Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton, which relates to the scope of auditors’ duties, and, along with Alexander MacDonald, are also representing various parties in ABN AMRO Bank v Various underwriters, Edge Brokers and others, a high-profile insurance and broker negligence claim.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC7 King’s Bench WalkHas excellent judgement on tactical points, very personable, down to earth and easy to work with.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC7 King’s Bench WalkA brilliant advocate, who is exceptionally well organised, very intelligent, and able to cut through enormous amounts of detail.

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 5

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC7 King’s Bench WalkA brilliant advocate, exceptionally well organised and very intelligent.