39 Essex Chambers

International Arbitration: Construction/Engineering Department

London (Bar)
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39 Essex Chambers is a go-to set for international arbitration and its barristers have impressive international expertise, receiving high-value and complex instructions in disputes arising in the Caribbean, South-East Asia, Australia and South Africa. Barristers here represent contractors, subcontractors and individuals in a range of disputes, often conducted under the arbitral rules of the LMAA, the ICC, DIAC and HKIAC. Members of 39 Essex Chambers are particularly adept at handling arbitrations for clients in the shipping and engineering sectors. One instructing solicitor appreciates that the set offers "top-quality silks and juniors to do urgent drafting and urgent advisory and strategic work."

Client service: "The clerking is really good and chief executive and director of clerking Lindsay Scott is excellent and genuinely cares." An interviewee describes the clerking service as "progressive, modern, ambitious and international."


Karim Ghaly QC

Regularly appears as sole counsel in various international arbitrations for a number of significant international clients. He is particularly impressive when handling construction and engineering disputes in the Middle East and the Caribbean. He is adept at handling ICC arbitrations, as well as ad hoc arbitrations.
Strengths: "He is extremely effective in cross-examination, fantastic on his feet and has an ability to sift through the intricate details and home in on the key points."


Paul Darling QC

Distinguished for his expert handling of construction and engineering-related international arbitrations, he has been involved in matters heard under the rules of many leading arbitral institutions including the ICC, HKIAC, DIAC, the LCIA and SIAC. His forte lies in handling hearings that require considerable cross-examination of various expert witnesses. In his long-running career he has handled arbitrations in Singapore, the Middle East and Hong Kong.
Strengths: "A very strong advocate who gets to the heart of an issue." "He comes up with innovative answers and is very pragmatic and strategic."


Stuart Catchpole QC

A pre-eminent silk who is renowned for his expertise in international arbitration, specialising in construction and engineering disputes but also covering cases arising in the transport, power generation and energy industries. He provides robust representation in arbitrations under the auspices of the LMAA, ICC and LCIA. He is also highly regarded as an arbitrator.
Strengths: "Stuart understands the commercial and technical details of construction matters. He knows how construction projects proceed and is able to home in on the issues to get to the bottom of a matter. He is personable, easy to work with and incredibly hard-working."