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Essex Court Chambers

Arbitration (International)

18 ranked barristersBand 1Global: Multi-JurisdictionalGlobal 2022 View ranking table

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Essex Court Chambers has long enjoyed a reputation as the go-to set for international arbitration. Its barristers are consistently recognised for their truly international practices, receiving instructions from the Middle East, Europe and Africa and acting in some of the most significant and high-value disputes. Members offer unrivalled expertise across an impressive breadth of sectors, and have particular prowess in energy and insurance and reinsurance disputes. The "absolutely stellar" barristers at Essex Court Chambers are regularly called upon to handle complex proceedings and cases involving foreign law under all major institutional rules.

Client service:

"The clerks have been helpful and approachable. They are prompt in responding to queries." "They are very professional, very responsive, and the chambers is well run." "I have a positive impression of the clerking service - they able to adapt to clients needs." The senior clerk is Joe Ferrigno, and the team provides a wealth of multimedia resources for clients, such as webinars and podcasts.

Strengths:

Angeline Welsh
Angeline Welsh possesses a wide international arbitration practice covering a range of commercial claims, including those concerning investment treaties and the banking, technology and construction sectors. She is especially sought after for her expertise in handling disputes arising in emerging markets and in court proceedings related to arbitrations, such as enforcement of arbitral awards and anti-suit injunctions.
"She is thorough, detail-oriented and has a detailed knowledge of the underlying legal elements involved in matters." "She is sharp and responsive and gives great consideration to the issues at play. She also has a mind to the commercial realities which influence her advice."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Montenegro in an ICSID arbitration claim concerning the legislation that compelled the conversion of Swiss franc-denominated loans into euros.

Strengths:

Anton Dudnikov
Anton Dudnikov is regularly instructed as sole counsel on various disputes by enviable clients such as state governments and high-profile individuals. Born in Russia, he draws on his ability to speak Russian and his experience of Russian culture to deal with arbitral disputes arising from the CIS. He also often works on prominent and high-value cases arising in the Middle East and Central Asia.
"He is super bright, he knows the law and authorities inside out, and his drafting is impeccable." "He is very strong on the law, very easy to work with and responsive."

Strengths:

David Joseph QC
David Joseph QC comes highly recommended for his broad commercial international arbitration practice, which covers a wide array of industries including the energy, telecommunications, construction, insurance, shipping and aerospace sectors. He regularly acts as counsel in high-stakes arbitration enforcement cases. He has extensive experience in BIT arbitrations.
"He is extremely experienced and well known. He is a great name for a difficult case." "He's very engaged and familiarises himself with the case well before a hearing."
Recent work: Represented Enka in the Supreme Court in Enka v Chubb, a high-profile case concerning the ascertainment of the law governing an arbitration agreement.

Strengths:

David Scorey QC
David Scorey QC is a respected practitioner with notable experience as a commercial litigator. He is well versed in handling proceedings under ICC rules. He provides counsel on matters stemming from a broad spectrum of sectors including insurance and oil and gas.
"He is a good and accomplished advocate."

Strengths:

Emily Wood QC
Emily Wood QC concentrates her practice on high-value, complex international commercial arbitration and has particular expertise in handling challenges to arbitral awards. She has substantial experience of arbitrations conducted under ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICSID rules. In addition to her work as counsel she also takes sole arbitrator appointments.
"Emily is a superstar." "She has an excellent reputation."
Recent work: Successfully acted on behalf of PAO Tatneft in an enforcement dispute against Ukraine. The matter involved allegations of abuse of process and arose from a USD112 million award made against Ukraine in favour of Tatneft.

Strengths:

Graham Dunning QC
Graham Dunning QC has longstanding experience of appearing before courts and arbitration panels domestically and abroad. He often represents states and state entities in investment treaty claims, and exhibits strong expertise acting in large oil and gas disputes. He has been involved in arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, the LCIA and UNCITRAL, and those brought under the Energy Charter Treaty.
"He is well regarded by the market." "He is the person we call for tricky and complex matters."
Recent work: Instructed in a high-value dispute involving major oil companies and the Government of India.

Strengths:

Iain Quirk QC
Iain Quirk QC is renowned for providing robust representation in international arbitrations under the remit of the ICC, and has acted in a number of Section 68 applications. His international arbitration experience covers a wide array of industries, and he regularly handles matters concerning the oil and gas and construction sectors. He has particular interest in arbitration-related court applications such as injunctions and award challenges.
"You know his analysis is sound." "He is very good in cross-examination with an expert."
Recent work: Advised on an application for an anti-suit injunction in the Commercial Court in order to uphold a jurisdiction and arbitration clause in the context of a USD1 billion insurance dispute.

Strengths:

James Collins QC
James Collins QC is noted for an international arbitration practice focusing on representing clients, including high-profile and foreign corporations, before domestic and international tribunals. He is particularly strong on insurance, financial transaction and international trade disputes. He has appeared in court in London as well as the British Virgin Islands.
"He gets to the point and does it in a way that impresses tribunals." "He is very good on his feet."

Strengths:

James Willan QC
James Willan QC provides robust representation when handling international arbitrations governed by LCIA and SIAC rules. He is also well versed in oil rig disputes under SCMA and LMAA rules. He is also experienced in arbitration-related Commercial Court proceedings for interim relief including freezing orders.
"His cross-examination was incisive and clear. His arguments and the way he deployed them were incredibly impressive." "He's incredibly hard-working and has a very fast turnaround on his work and an extraordinary intellect."
Recent work: Continued to act for Vale to oppose multiple challenges to an LCIA award in the client's favour for over USD1.5 billion arising out of a mining joint venture in Guinea.

Strengths:

Joe Smouha QC
Joe Smouha QC is widely considered to be one of the strongest practitioners at the International Arbitration Bar due to his extensive experience in handling notable commercial disputes under a number of prominent arbitral institutions including the ICC and LCIA. He also takes appointments as a commercial arbitrator. His advocacy experience includes court appearances in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands.
"He's incredibly client-friendly, commercial and a smooth operator." "He stands out in terms of quality. He is excellent and a knowledgeable advocate." "He is pre-eminent in terms of his reputation and he is excellent on his feet."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of International Military Services in a claim for recognition of an arbitration award obtained by the Ministry of Defence of the Islamic Republic of Iran under the New York Convention.

Strengths:

Lucas Bastin QC
Lucas Bastin QC handles a wide range of matters in this field, including international commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration, and work before English (and foreign domestic) courts in aid of enforcement of arbitration awards.
"He has one of the most impressive legal minds." "He's fantastic to work with, really gets into the trenches and works very closely with the team. He is very knowledgeable on matters of international and arbitration law."
Recent work: Represented the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in enforcement proceeding before the BVI courts concerning a USD6 billion ICSID award against Pakistan.

Strengths:

Paul Choon Kiat Wee
Paul Wee acts for governments, major corporations and financial institutions in complex, sometimes high-value arbitrations, particularly in the telecoms, energy and infrastructure sectors. He is also an expert in investment treaty arbitrations and related enforcement proceedings.
"He is very commercial and clients really like him. His drafting is fantastic, he works incredibly hard and he can distil complex legal and technical points into very crisp, clear drafting."
Recent work: Represented the Republic of Kazakhstan in an UNCITRAL investment arbitration brought by a Canadian company under the 1989 Canada-USSR BIT.

Strengths:

Paul Key QC
Paul Key QC specialises in international arbitrations arising in a variety of sectors including oil and gas, shipping, foreign investments and mining. He has an impressive track record of representing large corporate clients in high-profile cases, as well as high net worth individuals and government organisations. He has recently acted in challenges to arbitration awards.
"He has a very good international practice."
Recent work: Instructed in Process & Industrial Developments v Nigeria, a dispute concerning a USD9 billion arbitral award against Nigeria. Key successfully defended Nigeria in the Commercial Court and resisted the award.

Strengths:

Philippa Hopkins QC
Philippa Hopkins QC is well versed in acting in a broad range of domestic and international arbitrations, demonstrating expertise across a number of industry sectors, including construction, shipping and pharmaceuticals. She regularly accepts appointments as arbitrator, and offers advocacy under the auspices of the LCIA, ICC and LMAA.
"Her attention to detail and quality of analysis is impressive." "She is fantastic with clients and extremely bright." "She thinks strategically and she's incredibly responsive."

Strengths:

Richard Millett QC
Richard Millett QC is highly regarded for his handling of high-value international arbitrations for financial clients, significant individuals and international corporations. He handles institutional and ad hoc arbitrations and frequently appears in offshore jurisdictions. He is experienced in energy disputes and investment arbitrations.
"He's a big presence in arbitration market."

Strengths:

Ricky Diwan QC
Ricky Diwan QC is highly regarded for his international arbitration practice, which concentrates on commercial and investment issues. He has significant experience of arguing cases under a variety of laws and regulations and representing clients before national and international arbitral tribunals. He is noted for having helped to draft the Mauritian International Arbitration Act 2008.
"Ricky is highly experienced in dealing with a tribunal and has a very nice manner with them. He performs extremely well." "He gives strong, strategic advice."
Recent work: Advised the Republic of Korea on a challenge to an award brought under Section 67 of the Arbitration Act.

Strengths:

Siddharth Dhar
Siddharth Dhar is a highly distinguished junior who is frequently instructed as lead counsel in cases very rarely seen being undertaken by a barrister of his call. He has established himself as a go-to name for energy sector and investment treaty arbitrations. He has acted in billion-dollar arbitral disputes under the auspices of various institutions including the ICC, ICSID and the LCIA. He counts several sovereign states among his clients.
"He's an arbitration specialist. Clients like him and he is very hard-working." "He is one of the best juniors I have worked with." "He is brilliant - he is very clever, and clients love him because he is calm and approachable."
Recent work: Represented Betamax in an appeal to the Privy Council challenging a decision to annul an award of USD155 million on the grounds of 'illegality'.

Strengths:

Steven Berry QC
Steven Berry QC provides solid representation in international arbitration disputes concerning matters of commodities, shipping and insurance and reinsurance. He is experienced in appearing before tribunals governed by the rules of the LMAA, SIAC, the LCIA and the ICC.
"He is incredibly measured and makes brilliant submissions. Clients love him." "He's exceptionally smart and has intellectual firepower."

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Silks (QC)

Global: Multi-Jurisdictional

International Arbitration - The English Bar


David Joseph QC
Band 1
David Scorey QC
Band 4
Emily Wood QC
New Silks
Graham Dunning QC
Band 2
Iain Quirk QC
New Silks
James Collins QC
Band 4

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