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Global Guide 2022
UK Energy & Natural Resources
3
Band 3

3 Ranked Lawyers

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Energy & Natural Resources - UK
3
Band 3

39 Essex Chambers is a respected set offering a breadth of experience across energy mandates, including construction, engineering, environmental and planning disputes, as well as regulatory work and the representation of public bodies. Tenants are additionally qualified to handle international arbitrations for energy sector clients and others. Cases undertaken by barristers at the set range from those arising in the oil industry to disputes relating to nuclear power stations. Demonstrating regulatory capability, members continued to advise Nuclear Risk Insurers on a revision to its terms of insurance to comply with the revised Paris Convention on Nuclear Liability.Interviewees say: "39 Essex is a great set offering an extremely high-quality service."

Client service

"The clerks are extremely responsive and straightforward to deal with." "The clerking service is always efficient and they get back to you straight away." The clerking team is overseen by chief executive and director of clerking Lindsay Scott and senior clerk Alastair Davidson. 39 Essex Chambers provides its clients with a range of multimedia extras, including podcasts, webinars and case notes.

Notable Practitioners

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Duncan Sinclair
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Duncan Sinclair
3
Band 3

Duncan Sinclair specialises in the regulatory and competition aspects of energy law and has frequently been involved in judicial review procedures. He handles both contentious and advisory work, representing major electricity suppliers and undertaking investigations for public authorities.

"He is a very hard-working and persuasive advocate." "He is really an expert in his field."

Acted for United Gas and Power in a dispute with Hudson Energy, resisting a claim for a debt and making a claim for breach of contract. 

Stephen Tromans KC
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Stephen Tromans KC
3
Band 3

Stephen Tromans KC is an outstanding name in the environmental and planning spheres, who brings these skills to the energy sector. He is also known for his pre-eminent expertise in legal matters pertaining specifically to nuclear energy. Tromans is commended by peers for the strength of his regulatory practice.

"If you need advice on an area of nuclear law you instruct him. Stephen is extremely knowledgeable and has genuine sector expertise which is invaluable." "He is very easy to talk to and discuss ideas with, and he has a very measured but very experienced manner so clients get a lot of confidence from his advice."

Advised EDF on various aspects of the proposed nuclear power station at Sizewell.

Karim Ghaly KC
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Karim Ghaly KC
4
Band 4

Karim Ghaly KC is a respected silk held in high regard for the quality of his representation in disputes relating to construction, engineering and energy. He is frequently engaged by large-scale international clients to deal with issues all over the world, and he regularly handles arbitrations. He has a particularly strong practice concerning the legal fallout from the construction, hire and failure of heavy-duty oil and gas facilities.

"He is strategic about how he cross-examines; he really digs deep and does the work and knows the documents backwards, forwards and upside down." "He has that gravitas that you expect from a KC but is also very personable." "He coveys really complex ideas in a really accessible way."

Ranked Barristers at
39 Essex Chambers

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Silks (KC)

UK

Energy & Natural Resources

Stephen Tromans KC
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Stephen Tromans KC
3
Band 3
Karim Ghaly KC
4
Karim Ghaly KC
4
Band 4

Juniors

UK

Energy & Natural Resources

Duncan Sinclair
3
Duncan Sinclair
3
Band 3