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39 Essex Chambers

Energy & Natural Resources

4 ranked barristersBand 3UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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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. Demonstrating regulatory capability, members recently advised Nuclear Risk Insurers on a revision to its terms of insurance to comply with the revised Paris Convention on Nuclear Liability. One impressed client reports: "All the barristers we have met and worked with are qualified professionals with deep knowledge of law and they were always valuable additions to our team."

Client service:

"The clerks are helpful and approachable."  The clerking team is overseen by chief executive and director of clerking Lindsay Scott and senior clerks Alastair Davidson and Michael Kaplan.

Strengths:

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’s very passionate about what he does and obviously wants to do the best for clients. They think he’s a really safe pair of hands."
Recent work: Acted in a statutory review following an adverse decision after an Ofgem investigation.

Strengths:

Karim Ghaly QC
Respected silk held in high regard for the quality of his representation in disputes related 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.
"Thorough, with an excellent attention to detail."

Strengths:

Stephen Tromans QC
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 a client came to me and said they needed leading advice on a nuclear matter, he'd be the go-to." "An excellent barrister on nuclear and public law."
Recent work: Advised Nuclear Risk Insurers on a revision to the terms of insurance to comply with the revised Paris Convention on Nuclear Liability.

Strengths:

Stuart Catchpole QC
Well-respected silk who wins praise for his effective advocacy and his knowledge of the energy sector. He specialises in construction and design disputes concerning various facilities, including power plants and transport infrastructure. Catchpole frequently represents clients in international arbitrations, and has acted in cases relating to some of the biggest mining and drilling projects worldwide.
"He's very good at pressing clients and shaking the tree before getting to the hearing."
Recent work: Acted for Tepe in an appeal to the Privy Council regarding the enforcement of two arbitration awards connected with the construction of a pipeline in Turkey.

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Silks (QC)

UK

Energy & Natural Resources


Karim Ghaly QC
Band 4
Stephen Tromans QC
Band 3
Stuart Catchpole QC
Band 2

Juniors

UK

Energy & Natural Resources


Duncan Sinclair
Band 3