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Brick Court Chambers is well reputed for its international arbitration expertise and has a strong presence across a wide range of commercial disputes. The barristers are highly adept at handling disputes before the full range of arbitral institutions, such as the LCIA, the LMAA, the ICC, UNCITRAL and ad hoc arbitrations. The set is recognised for its diverse offering, acting for an impressive roster of clients across the telecoms, shipping, natural resources, financial services and energy sectors, often with an African or Middle Eastern focus. Members here offer additional expertise in arbitral award enforcement matters.
Client service: Paul Dennison and Tony Burgess are the senior clerks. Dennison is "extremely quick to respond" and Burgess is "fantastic and flexible on fees."
Provides representation in Energy Charter Treaty arbitrations and disputes under the auspices of bodies such as ICSID and UNCITRAL. He has notable expertise in the energy, mining and commodities markets. He takes instruction as sole counsel as well as in his capacity as a junior.
Strengths: "Ed is remarkable. He has attention to detail and is a magician with quantum and industry experts." "Fantastically hard-working, analytical and extremely popular." "He has got gravitas and finesse to his cross-examination skills."
Recent work: Acted for the national airline of Jordan and its subsidiary Royal Wings in a dispute with an Israeli businessman concerning hajj and umrah pilgrimage flights.
Fionn Pilbrow QC
Acts on behalf of a variety of individuals and organisations including oil companies, banks, insurers and reinsurers. He is experienced in disputes conducted under the LCIA and ICC, as well as arbitrations pursuant to LMAA rules. He also has experience obtaining and enforcing arbitration awards.
Strengths: "A very confident and polished advocate with a big future."
Mark Howard QC
Acclaimed for his significant experience in handling a wide range of arbitrations, including those relating to the telecommunications, energy and banking sectors on behalf of international corporations. He has particular expertise acting in LCIA and UNCITRAL arbitrations.
Strengths: "A ruthless cross-examiner." "An outstanding advocate who performs well."
Recent work: Acted for Standard Life Aberdeen in an LCIA tribunal ruling that Lloyds Banking Group was not entitled to terminate a mandate with the client to manage assets worth in excess of £100 billion.
Simon Salzedo QC
Noted for his international arbitration expertise, particularly in disputes under the auspices of the LCIA and LMAA. His practice covers a wide range of markets such as insurance and reinsurance, banking and shipping. He regularly acts on behalf of trustees, wealth funds and other entities across Africa and Asia. Before turning to the law he worked as an accountant.
Strengths: "He is a strong advocate."
Stephen Midwinter QC
Acts as an adviser and advocate in international arbitrations, with substantial experience handling disputes under LCIA rules. He handles a wide array of disputes and has a strong emphasis on insurance and reinsurance claims and extensive knowledge of the energy and banking sectors. The disputes he is involved in are often worth hundreds of millions of pounds. He has developed especial expertise in CIS-related cases.
Strengths: "His advocacy is fantastic, his written work is a thing of beauty and the quality of drafting is brilliant."
Recent work: Acted for Kaztransgas, a Kazakh gas company, in a dispute with a group of sellers over the terms of a sale and purchase agreement of gas from an oil field in Kazakhstan.