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Essex Court Chambers

Energy & Natural Resources

5 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Essex Court Chambers is a heavyweight set which draws upon particular strengths in international arbitration and commercial disputes to represent clients in a range of energy matters. Members are renowned for their strong international practices and are adept at handling cases relating to oil and gas pricing, climate change, insurance matters and construction problems. Market sources report: "When you work with anyone from Essex Court, you know they're going to be very good." Members of Essex Court Chambers have recently been involved in several high-profile matters, including acting for a large number of Nigerian claimants in Jalla & Others v Shell International Trading and Shipping Company, a dispute following a maritime pollution incident in Nigerian coastal waters.

Client service:

"Their clerks are brilliant and the best I deal with regularly. They are very responsive and they can't do enough for you." "The clerks are very efficient, good at coming back on questions and making relevant suggestions, and they obviously give proper thought to things." Joe Ferrigno is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Claire Blanchard QC
A strong commercial litigator and arbitrator who is very much at home handling energy cases. She is known by market sources for her impressive courtroom demeanour and pronounced insurance expertise.
"Clients are very impressed and give very positive feedback."

Strengths:

David Mildon QC
Experienced at handling an array of energy matters and offering a strong overseas practice, Mildon is an expert in oil and gas, electricity and renewables issues. He is also noted for his work on cases concerning the Climate Change Levy and carbon trading. Acknowledged for his intellectual capacity, he has a particular interest in cases requiring in-depth economic analysis.
"He commands a lot of respect. His strength is that he is really incisive in terms of his legal analysis, makes clients very comfortable with his view and doesn't sit on the fence." "He is extremely diligent, analytical and pays close attention to detail."

Strengths:

Graham Dunning QC
A silk with a strong reputation for shipping litigation, also advising clients in a range of commercial energy disputes. In particular, he is focused on the oil and gas sector and frequently appears in arbitrations at the ICC and LCIA.
"Tenacious, wonderful advocacy style, really laser-focused on the detail, and thoroughly nice to deal with." "A very good tactician and confident advocate."
Recent work: Represented a large group of Nigerian claimants in a dispute following a maritime pollution incident in the Nigerian coastal waters after a tanker leakage at Shell's Bonga oilfield.

Strengths:

Iain Quirk QC
A noted arbitration expert whose practice includes representing clients in renewable energy, oil and gas and mining disputes. He has experience handling disputes in relation to operations in South Asia, Africa and South America.
"He is very impressive, very good in hearings, sensitive to the client, very responsive and very much a team player as well." "He is incredibly easy to work with, he gets into the detail, is very quick and generally impressive."

Strengths:

Siddharth Dhar
Respected barrister with wide-ranging commercial expertise who has experience in significant energy cases in both a courtroom and arbitration context. He is increasingly instructed to act as lead advocate in large arbitrations and in appeals.
"He has an excellent reputation - someone you hear about as a star at Essex Court." "He's very much in demand for arbitration matters. He has a very good manner with international clients."
Recent work: Represented Process & Industrial Developments in its efforts to enforce an arbitration award worth USD9.5 billion against Nigeria following disputes arising out of a natural gas processing project.

Energy & Natural Resources

Essex Court Chambers

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Location

24 Lincoln's Inn Fields

London

Greater London

UK

WC2A 3EG

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Energy & Natural Resources


Claire Blanchard QC
Band 3
David Mildon QC
Band 3
Graham Dunning QC
Band 4
Iain Quirk QC
New Silks

Juniors

London (Bar)

Energy & Natural Resources


Siddharth Dhar
Band 3