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7 King's Bench Walk

International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance

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7 King's Bench Walk is home to a celebrated bench of silk and junior talent, frequently sought out to handle complex commercial and insurance arbitrations. The set offers an enviable breadth of expertise, with members acting for clients in the pharmaceutical, energy, aviation, insurance and shipping sectors in arbitrations under ICC and LCIA rules. The barristers wield strong international capabilities, appearing in arbitrations seated across Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and Europe as both advocates and arbitrators. The set is a go-to choice for Bermuda Form claims and award enforcements.

Client service:

"They have the finest clerking team of any chambers - Bernie Hyatt, senior clerk, has a caring attitude towards the solicitors and the barristers and is the perfect middle man. He doesn't leave issues lingering and is supported by a first-class team."

Strengths:

Alistair Schaff QC
An acclaimed international arbitration advocate and adviser with significant experience in insurance and reinsurance, infrastructure and construction-related matters. He brings his expertise in pharmaceutical and product liability to his arbitration practice, coupled with a strong understanding of Bermuda Form insurance policies. He also takes regular appointments as arbitrator.
"Very clever and imaginative." "Absolutely brilliant and super brainy on insurance."

Strengths:

David Edwards QC
Well regarded for his international arbitration practice, with prowess in handling disputes relating to insurance and reinsurance, pharmaceutical and professional negligence issues. He is adept at advising on or advocating foreign law cases, with particular expertise in the law of Bermuda. 
"Outstanding."

Strengths:

Dominic Kendrick QC
Acts as counsel in international arbitrations, and has particular expertise in disputes regarding matters of jurisdiction and conflicts of law, insurance and reinsurance, finance, shipping and commercial fraud.
"He is extremely thorough, very careful and precise."

Strengths:

Gavin Kealey QC
A celebrated counsel in international arbitration, with the skills to handle multi-jurisdictional insurance disputes. His practice often involves matters of gross negligence and medical malpractice, acting for various insurers across the globe. He has particular prowess acting before foreign tribunals and in arbitrations subject to Bermuda, Brazilian and New York law. He also sits as an arbitrator.
"Gavin is one of the finest advocates I have seen; he has a very relaxed style but also dominates the detail for the judges." "A highly respected advocate and a leading QC in the area."

Strengths:

Jonathan Gaisman QC
Has experience of a range of international arbitrations, including energy and insurance-related disputes. He also handles proceedings before courts in matters linked to arbitration. He accepts regular appointments as an arbitrator.
"A marvellous practitioner and seriously intelligent." "A strong advocate."

Strengths:

Michael Holmes QC
Provides robust representation in international arbitrations and related court applications, and has expertise in the spheres of insurance and reinsurance, telecommunications, energy and natural resources. He has notable experience acting in high-value Bermuda Form arbitrations as well as under the rules of the LMAA and LCIA.
"He's extremely thorough, great to work with, very user-friendly and well liked by clients."

Strengths:

Peter MacDonald Eggers QC
Well-reputed silk with a far-reaching arbitration practice. He is best known for his work in the insurance sphere, handling numerous claims involving reinsurance and D&O policies, as well as charter party and commodities disputes. He acts as both counsel and arbitrator for clients across the world, including in Africa and the Middle East.
"His intellect is second to none, he's incredibly user-friendly and responsive and he takes a collaborative approach."

Strengths:

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC
Highly regarded for her expertise in multimillion-pound LCIA and ICC arbitrations. She is frequently instructed by top-tier law firms and takes instruction as sole counsel.
"Terrific - extremely smart."

Strengths:

Richard Waller QC
Specialises in insurance and reinsurance-related arbitrations, accepting a steady stream of instructions from insurers in high-value disputes including trade credit and political risk policy matters. He is particularly adept acting in arbitrations under LCIA rules.
"He's very impressive on his feet and has the ability to tailor his advocacy. He reads the tribunal well."

Strengths:

Robert Bright QC
Possesses considerable charter party and trade expertise, and attracts a global client base. He is experienced in appearing before tribunals in Europe, Hong Kong and Singapore. He has recently handled LCIA and ad hoc arbitral proceedings for clients in the energy, commodities and shipping sectors.
"He really gets to the root of the issues and doesn't let go. He is excellent."

International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance Department

7 King's Bench Walk

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London (Bar)

International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance


Alistair Schaff QC
Band 1
David Edwards QC
Band 3
Dominic Kendrick QC
Band 4
Gavin Kealey QC
Band 2
Jonathan Gaisman QC
Band 4
Michael Holmes QC
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