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7 King's Bench Walk

International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance

10 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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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:

"The team are excellent - they a run smooth operation and they're responsive and professional." "The clerks are great - they are swift in their response, they deal with things quickly and they are in good contact with the barristers. It is an exceptional team." "The clerks are absolutely brilliant." Greg Leyden is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Alistair Schaff QC
Alistair Schaff QC is 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.
"He is very good at every aspect of a matter, from client handling to legal analysis." "He's very bright and skilled."
Recent work: Represented Ukrnafta in Carpatsky v Ukrnafta, an enforcement action in the Commercial Court concerning a Swedish arbitration award.

Strengths:

David Edwards QC
David Edwards QC is 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.
"His preparation is impeccable, and his written and oral advocacy is brilliant." "He is phenomenally clever and a very effective advocate."

Strengths:

Dominic Kendrick QC
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 has notable experience of handling ICC, UNCITRAL and LCIA arbitrations.
"He's very experienced." "On the insurance side he is fantastic."

Strengths:

Gavin Kealey QC
Gavin Kealey QC is 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 in acting before foreign tribunals and in arbitrations subject to Bermuda, Brazilian and New York law. He also sits as an arbitrator.
"He is an excellent advocate and very rigorous."

Strengths:

Jonathan Gaisman QC
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.
"He takes the time to understand the matter properly and get to know the facts. He is on top of everything."

Strengths:

Michael Holmes QC
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 is thorough and hard-working." "He is reactive and responsive."

Strengths:

Peter MacDonald Eggers QC
Peter MacDonald Eggers QC is a 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 Asia and the Middle East.
"He knows complex, high-value coverage disputes inside out. He is a very effective advocate." "He is knowledgeable and an insurance expert."

Strengths:

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC
Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC is 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. She has notable experience handling disputes arising from the oil and gas sector.
"She is smart, considered and clear in her advice. Clients really like her manner and approach."

Strengths:

Richard Waller QC
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 thorough and an excellent advocate." "He's brilliant in terms of being engaged and forthcoming in a collaborative way. He thinks of the strategy, making sure it is considered and thoughtful."

Strengths:

Robert Bright QC
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's sharp, incisive and very easy to deal with."

International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance

7 King's Bench Walk

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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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