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7 King's Bench Walk

Commercial Dispute Resolution

15 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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A strong set with pronounced litigation experience across the commercial market that boasts widely recognised barristers capable of handling complex pieces of litigation. Examples include Yukos v Lynch, SBM Mopustor, the largest marine case ever heard in the Commercial Court, and SKAT v Solo Capital Partners & Others. This last case was brought by the the Danish revenue authority seeking claims in excess of £1 billion relating to alleged dishonest applications for withholding tax refunds. 7KBW barristers also acted for the Manchester Building Society in its Supreme Court negligence case against Grant Thornton. The lawyers here display a particular acumen for cases involving shipping and insurance, and appeared for the claimants and defendants in the 'Brillante Virtuoso' case, an insurance-based civil fraud litigation claim. They elicit high praise from one instructing solicitor, who states: "They do a fantastic job and are very diligent."

Client service:

"The clerking team, led by Greg Leyden and Bernie Hyatt, is exceptionally responsive." "The clerks are approachable and they all know their way around the courts."

Strengths:

Benjamin Parker
"Benjaming represents a triple threat: his drafting, advices and advocacy skills are all really impressive. He takes complex and detailed information and converts it into clear, sound and practical advice."
Recent work: Acted for Manchester Building Society in a case concerning whether it could recover circa £35 million hedging losses when errors by the auditors, Grant Thornton, meant that its business model was doomed to fail and had to be ended abruptly.

Strengths:

Clara Benn
"Very bright." "Clara Benn is very good to work with; she is very responsive and works brilliantly as part of a team."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in JSN Developments Group Limited v Elegant Hotels Group Plc & BW SL1 Limited, a multimillion-pound dispute arising out of the termination of a ten-year hotel management agreement in relation to Hodges Bay, a luxury resort in Antigua.

Strengths:

David Allen QC
"He looks for interesting and clever angles in cases and is impressive on his feet." "At trial he is on top of absolutely every fact."
Recent work: Instructed by the owners of the Federal Bank of Middle East in suing internal investigators who, despite confidentiality agreements with the bank, started to disseminate thousands of confidential documents to third parties.

Strengths:

David Edwards QC
"He has a no-nonsense approach, is very good technically and is a master of insurance law." "His analysis is excellent, and he is a calm and skilful cross-examiner."
Recent work: Acted for the first defendant in Agents Mutual v Gascoigne Halman Limited and Connells Limited, proceedings concerning Gascoigne Halman's alleged breach of a subscription agreement in relation to its participation in the on-line property portal 'On-The-Market'.

Strengths:

Dominic Kendrick QC
"He is an impressive opponent." "An iron fist in a velvet glove, he is measured, quietly very effective and someone who always makes the right point."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Yukos Finance BV & Others v Lynch & Others, a dispute arising out of President Putin’s vendetta against Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the fabricated bankruptcy of his company, Yukos Oil, in 2007.


Strengths:

Gavin Kealey QC
"Has an encyclopedic knowledge of the law." "He is a gifted appellate advocate and he is charming with clients."
Recent work: Successfully defended CAI (Alitalia) against a circa USD270 million claim regarding a long-term leasing contract for over 60 new Airbus A319/320s.

Strengths:

James Brocklebank QC
"Avery forceful and persuasive advocate who has the ear of the court." "He makes himself available at very short notice and shows excellent judgement."
Recent work: Successfully appeared for the defendant in Cunningham v Ernst & Young, a claim relating to alleged  negligent preparation of an interim financial report.

Strengths:

Jason Robinson
"Very shrewd, very responsive and extremely user-friendly." "He boils things down so they are really easy to understand."
Recent work: Acted for Apache Beryl I in a contractual dispute with Marathon Oil worth around USD130 million.

Strengths:

Jonathan Gaisman QC
"He is the very best, a true star of the Bar." "He combines being very clever with being great at cross-examination. A formidable opponent."
Recent work: Acted for accountancy giant KPMG in resisting a claim brought against it by Carillion.

Strengths:

Keir Howie
"He is unflappable; you can present him with a problem at short notice and he will give you a solution."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in SKAT v Solo Capital Partners & Others, a case brought by the Danish tax authority over alleged dishonest applications for withholding tax refunds.

Strengths:

Michael Holmes QC
"Very user-friendly and very bright." "He is a phenomenally hard-working barrister who gets right into the detail of a case and has the ability to simplify the most difficult matters."
Recent work: Successfully defended Unipec Asia when it was sued for tortious interference over a contract with Tankers International. The case concerned the charter of very large carriers to transport crude oil from West African ports to China.

Strengths:

Michael Ryan
"A pleasure to work with, he is very quick, commercially astute, and someone who goes the extra mile." "He prepares cases beautifully and offers outstanding analysis."
Recent work: Acted for Rangers Football Club in a dispute with Sports Direct concerning the supply of replica football shirts.

Strengths:

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC
"She is skilled at asking the right questions and very good at simplifying the message for the client or the court." "She is good at whatever she turns her hand to and is incredibly hard-working."
Recent work: Acted for the Financial Reporting Council in professional misconduct proceedings brought against Deloitte concerning its audits of Autonomy.

Strengths:

Richard Waller QC
"A very powerful advocate" who is "fiercely bright and thinks around the issues."
Recent work: Acted for war risk insurers Talbot Underwriting, who alleged that an attack on the vessel 'Brillante Virtuoso' comprised major insurance fraud, and that the attack was staged with the connivance and privity of owners Suez Fortune.

Strengths:

Timothy Kenefick
"He is responsive and you can trust the quality of his work completely." "He is very good with clients and both knowledgeable and commercial."
Recent work: Acted for Sande Investments and other related defendants in defending an action brought against them by Equitas for the recovery of sums allegedly paid by reinsurers between 1998 and 2004.

Commercial Dispute Resolution Department

7 King's Bench Walk

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Commercial Dispute Resolution


David Allen QC
Band 3
David Edwards QC
Band 3
Dominic Kendrick QC
Band 3
Gavin Kealey QC
Band 2
James Brocklebank QC
Band 4
Jonathan Gaisman QC
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