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Essex Court Chambers

Dispute Resolution

11 ranked barristersBand 2UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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Instructing solicitors praise Essex Court Chambers as "a top-quality commercial set and one of the first ports of call for top-tier work." Its barristers are noted for their expert handling of complex and high-profile commercial chancery disputes, with the team offering significant strength in civil fraud and banking litigation. The team receives regular instructions to handle cases in offshore jurisdictions, and frequently undertakes complex shareholder disputes involving the Far East and the CIS. Impressed interviewees describe the set's barristers as "very professional, efficient and down to earth."

Client service:

"The clerks are very helpful." "The whole team is very commercial." Joe Ferrigno is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Christopher Lloyd
"Chris is very clever and is a good lateral thinker. He thinks around the problem and will often come up with an idea or suggestion that others don't think of. His written work is excellent and he communicates ideas clearly when speaking."

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Ciaran Keller
"A very, very hard-working and thorough barrister."

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David Peters
"He provides robust advice and gets straight to the point."

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James Sheehan
"An absolutely super junior - he is very, very clever. He has a great manner with clients."

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James Willan QC
"He is spectacular on his feet and has a remarkable knowledge of the law. His paperwork is also fantastic." "He is thoughtful and has a brilliant demeanour in court."

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Joe Smouha QC
"He has a huge reputation and is exceptionally knowledgeable." "His advice is highly pragmatic and the ease with which he simplifies complex facts is very impressive."

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Louise Hutton QC
"Louise is very responsive, hard-working and attentive." "She is very conscientious and dedicated to her work."

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Paul McGrath QC
"Absolutely outstanding - he's a very, very good advocate and is very enjoyable to work with." "Very creative and energetic in his approach to cases. He has a good sense of what the courts want."

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Richard Millett QC
"Very easy to deal with and extremely sharp."

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Ruth den Besten
"She is very thorough, bright and engaging with clients. She's a very good advocate and she cuts to the heart of cases very quickly, which is a useful trait." "She's pleasant and highly intelligent."

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Tim Akkouh
"He is very, very commercially minded. He's incredibly bright, sees the important points straight away, and doesn't get bogged down with irrelevant points. He understands what really matters for the client and has a really good strategic brain." "He has a huge brain but is charming and easy to work with. He is a calm and measured advocate."

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Silks (QC)

UK

Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery


James Willan QC
New Silks
Joe Smouha QC
Band 2
Louise Hutton QC
New Silks
Paul McGrath QC
Band 3
Richard Millett QC
Band 1

Juniors

UK

Dispute Resolution: Commercial Chancery


Christopher Lloyd
Band 4

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