Marie Louise Kinsler KC > 2 Temple Gardens > London, England > Lawyer Profile

2 Temple Gardens
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Work Department

Private International Law
Commercial Dispute Resolution
Insurance & Reinsurance
Product Liability
Professional Negligence
Personal Injury
EU Motor Insurance


Marie Louise Kinsler QC specialises in private international law and EU law. She is instructed on jurisdiction, choice of law and related issues in a wide variety of areas including environmental law, human rights, personal injury and commercial law. She has particular expertise on Rome II as well as in cases involving the application of foreign law by English courts.


Marie Louise is frequently instructed in cases raising new issues of law. In the last few years she has appeared in six cases in the Supreme Court including most recently acting for the Defendants in the litigation arising out of the death of Professor Sir Ian Brownlie QC and for the Claimants in Vedanta Resources plc v Lungowe [2019] UKSC 20, a landmark jurisdiction dispute in a group environmental claim concerning copper mining in Zambia.


Alongside her practice and on a part-time basis, Marie Louise lectures at Cambridge University, lecturing on both the International Commercial Litigation LLM course as well as the Conflict of Laws undergraduate course.


Marie Louise was appointed as the National Rapporteur for the UK and Ireland for the European Commission’s review into the application of Rome II in the Member States. The review, which was conducted by the British Institute for International and Comparative Law on behalf of the Commission, looks at how Rome II has operated in practice over the past 10 years since it entered into force.


British Institute for International and Comparative Law
Bar European Group
European Circuit
Franco-British Lawyers Society


Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University
College of Europe, Bruges

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Marie Louise Kinsler KC2 Temple GardensYou would be hard pushed to find a sharper mind at the Bar – she is able to see through the knottiest of problems and explain things simply.

London Bar > Group litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Marie Louise Kinsler KC2 Temple Gardens ‘Marie Louise is a brilliant lawyer, absolutely on top of her game. She provides fantastic analysis with a complete command of her subject area.’

A first-class set with excellent practitioners at all levels of seniority‘, 2 Temple Gardens has ‘a very strong group litigation practice‘ that excels in business human rights, product liability, and personal injury cases in particular. Private international law specialist Marie Louise Kinsler KC is often involved in private international issues in the context of the leading group litigation involving international human rights and civil liberties. A recent case of note has seen her acting for the claimants in large-scale group action by the Ogale farming and fishing community arising out of the activities of Shell in Nigeria. In product liability, Charles Dougherty KC led Anna Hughes acting for the defendant in Various v Oculentis regarding defective intra-ocular lenses.

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Marie Louise Kinsler KC2 Temple GardensYou would be hard pushed to find a sharper mind at the Bar – she is able to see through the knottiest of problems and explain things simply’.

2 Temple Gardens is recognised for its expertise in jurisdiction in cross-border personal injury claims arising from accidents abroad, especially involving serious injuries or death. It also stands out for its expertise in international law. The team has been involved in leading cases recently. Charles Dougherty KC and Benjamin Phelps  work includes appearing in the Supreme Court in Roberts v SSAFA, MoD and Viersen for a German hospital in a claim brought on behalf of a child of a British soldier stationed in Germany who born with cerebral palsy as an alleged result of clinical negligence, with issues including the difference between the British and German limitation periods. Roger Harris  is acting for the German Hospital in relation to the clinical negligence side of the case. Marie Louise Kinsler KC, Howard Palmer KC, Alistair Mackenzie  and Phelps’ work includes appearing in the Supreme Court in Brownlie v FS Cairo, a case concerning the mechanics of cross-border personal injury claims such as if evidence on foreign law is required.

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Marie Louise Kinsler KC2 Temple GardensMarie Louise brings a first class intellect to the analysis of legal issues, resulting in crystalline advocacy, which is enormously persuasive.’

The set at 2 Temple Gardens has a strong reputation for its ‘enormous experience’ in the field of personal injury. Notably, Lucy Wyles KC and the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Rehana Azib KC are both newly appointed silks at the chambers. In addition, Benjamin Browne KC is continuing to act on high-value, complex catastrophic injury matters, namely acting for the defendant care home in the cross-border quantum dispute case of Sullivan v The Care Agency in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar. Marie Louise Kinsler KC is leading for the defence in the case of Peacock v Del Seatek and Hyundai Heavy Industries, involving a diving accident off the coast of India and resultant complex issues of jurisdiction for the claimant. Further, ‘outstanding junior’ Niazi Fetto is developing an impressive reputation for his mesothelioma work, and has also led juniors on international maximum severity matters. Also at the junior end, Helen Bell and the ‘well-regarded’ Jack Harris are up-and-coming in this practice area.