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Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC
7 King's Bench Walk


Richard Sarll is a barrister specialising in commercial and admiralty law, with particular expertise in the shipping and insurance sectors.  His distinctively commercial approach to cases sees him ranked in the legal directories as a Leading Junior, noted in particular for his  “real effort to understand the commercial realities of the business”. Richard’s unique combination of professional qualifications adds significant value to a case, having sat exams of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and the Association of Average Adjusters. Whichever industry is involved, Richard is keen to listen to and absorb the views of the businesspeople instructing him regarding this as instrumental in persuading tribunals of the justice of their position.


Called 2005; Middle Temple (Harmsworth Scholar, Jules Thorne Scholar); tenant of 7 King’s Bench Walk since 2006. Recent notable cases include: The Brillante Virtuoso [2015] EWHC 42 (Comm) appeared for the successful claimants in a claim under a policy of war risks insurance for the total loss of an oil tanker by fire, in which insurers have alleged that the fire was instigated by the insured shipowner; The Owners of the Ship “Stolt Kestrel” v The Owners of the Ship “Niyazi S”  [2015] EWCA Civ 1035 now the leading authority on the Admiralty Court’s in rem jurisdiction; The Longchamp [2016] EWCA Civ 708 the first case concerning the York-Antwerp Rules to have been heard by an appellate court since 1993. 


French, German: accepts documents in those languages without translation. 


Ampleforth College; Jesus College, Oxford (2002 BA Hons, Modern Languages); College of Law (2004 PGDL); Called to the Bar in 2005; Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (2009 Advanced Diploma); Associate of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (Assoc RINA); Associate of the Association of Average Adjusters (2012 Distinction in Qualifying Examinations).


Travel and languages. He has also recently enjoyed collaborating with the Chelsea Society on successful campaigns to save Chelsea pubs from closure by property developers.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Richard Sarll7 King’s Bench WalkExcellent at picking out the important points from the detail, responds quickly and works very hard.

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Richard Sarll7 King’s Bench WalkJust brilliant, he is a powerful advocate who thinks outside the box and sees the bigger picture.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Richard Sarll 7 King’s Bench WalkExcellent at picking out the important points from the detail, and the legal points arising therefrom.

‘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.