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A set with profound commercial expertise that counts within its ranks a number of the most well-known litigation barristers in the market. Solicitors select One Essex Court for the choicest disputes. Members have been involved in some of the most highly publicised cases of recent times, including Hewlett-Packard/Autonomy v Lynch & Another, The ECU Group Plc v HSBC Bank UK Plc, Various Claimants v G4S, and Deutsche Bank AG v Lehman Brothers (in admin). With its exceptional record across the market, the set is widely held to be "one of the top commercial sets for a reason - it just has incredibly strong barristers."
"The clerks led by the phenomenal, helpful and solutions-oriented Darren Burrows are delightful to deal with. All of them are friendly, approachable and informed; they are just fantastic, particularly Jade Cassell and Jackie Ginty."
"The set provides first-class service at all levels. Rob Smith in particular can be relied on to find me the best person for the case."
"The clerking team at One Essex Court sets them apart and is one of the reason I keep going back. As a group they are commercial, effective and organised."
Laurence Rabinowitz KC "He is one of the top silks at the Bar, and a go-to person for the biggest and most complex cases." "Laurence is an extremely bright and user-friendly silk who presents the most complex commercial advice with good humour." "He has superb judgement and a winning way with clients and instructing solicitors alike."
Alain Choo Choy KC "Alain is a fantastic silk who is impressive in terms of his strategy and technical acumen." "Alain is among the top silks in London for difficult commercial work." "He has a good instinct for the points that will resonate with the court."
Anthony Grabiner KC "A man with an impeccable reputation, who has incredible court presence. He has nothing left to prove in his career."
Emma Jones "Emma is incredibly intelligent, produces brilliant written work and is able to assimilate information very quickly in order to produce very clear advice." "The quality of her written work is exceptional; she is destined to be a star."
Kenneth MacLean KC "He is strategically brilliant and his cross-examination is terrifying if you are on the receiving end of it." "Kenneth is very clever and gets really engrossed in the detail. He is a fantastically good trial advocate as well."
Nehali Shah "Completely forensic and very good at picking the case apart and finding what matters. On a big, complex case she is the best junior." "Nehali is a fantastic senior junior who will go far. Her attention to detail is second to none." "She stands out in a room of legal heavyweights. She has a fantastic legal mind and is a pleasure to work with."
Sonia Tolaney KC "Sonia is a leader in her field; she combines technical excellence and client-friendliness." "She is an excellent advocate who is very effective at reading a courtroom."
Daniel Toledano KC "Daniel is a brilliant advocate who is very insightful and a pleasure to work with." "He is a leader among his peers and a go-to KC for commercial disputes." "Daniel is exceptionally bright and always on top of the detail. He works very efficiently with teams of solicitors."
Stephen Auld KC "A man of great wisdom, who is tactically very astute. He is excellent in client meetings and very detailed in his communication leading up to trial."
Camilla Bingham KC "Camilla is a fantastic cross-examiner and a stand-out commercial silk." "Camilla is brilliant on her feet and second to none in terms of her dealings with clients. She is also immensely clever." "She is incredibly bright and loved by the courts."
David Cavender KC "David is very commercial and fantastic in court." "He is a real trial lawyer who reads the court well and has a really nice way of dealing with judges." "His advocacy is crisp, clear and focused."
Anthony de Garr Robinson KC "Anthony is excellent - he's very commercially minded and measured but brave in his advice to clients."
Neil Kitchener KC "Neil is a phenomenal advocate who strikes a great balance between being authoritative and charming in his submissions."
John McCaughran KC "Very hard-working and a delight to work with." "He is deeply intelligent but also commercial and accessible. John is an excellent advocate whose quiet style produces excellent results."
Richard Mott "Richard has a superb sense for how disputes will develop and the tactical considerations at play." "He is always looking to come up with a new angle to assist the client." "Richard is very good at dealing calmly with complex, multi-jurisdictional matters."
Craig Orr KC "Craig is very measured and calm and gets the judge on side with careful and clear analysis." "Clients love him; he conveys information easily and his legal analysis is second to none."
David Wolfson KC "David is one of the best. He immediately gets to the heart of complex disputes."
David Caplan "David is KC material - his drafting is impeccable, he is calm under pressure and he has exceptional instincts."
Simon Colton KC "Simon is a brilliant cross-examiner and leader. Clients just love him." "He is a completely safe pair of hands and great to deal with."
Charles Graham KC "Charles is an excellent advocate with very good cross-examination skills." "He is consistently excellent." "Charles is engaging, clever and hugely liked by clients. He is also thorough and one of the best silks for logical contractual analysis."
Alexander Gunning KC "Alexander is brilliant. He is all over the detail and incredibly user-friendly." "Alexander is a very diligent and hard-working silk. He is particularly good in complex engineering and construction disputes."
Sa'ad Hossain KC "Sa'ad is a considered advocate who commands the judge's attention and presents cases in a well thought out and logical way." "He stands out as being very clever and an excellent leader." "Sa'ad is incredibly bright and great on his feet."
Sam O'Leary "Sam is a brilliant lawyer whose written advocacy in particular is absolutely exceptional." "He writes beautifully, is very responsive and is all across the detail."
Jeffery Onions KC "An incredibly safe pair of hands and an incredibly hard worker." "He is excellent on the law."
Sandy Phipps "Sandy is a really strong advocate who delivers advice with empathy and compassion." "Sandy is operating at a KC level - he is very approachable, responsive and bright." "His impressive technical analysis is always presented in a user-friendly and clear manner."
Nicholas Sloboda "Nicholas is really user-friendly, calm and technically good. He is well trusted by KCs for good reason." "He is extremely decisive and clear in his advice."
Benjamin Strong KC "His advocacy is very good; he is very detail-orientated and thinks about every angle before he gets up in front of the judge. As a result he never gets any nasty surprises."
Niranjan Venkatesan "His ability to get on top of the issues and complicated matters in a case at speed is astonishing." "Niranjan is brilliant, user-friendly and responsive." "Very clever and highly collaborative."
Anna Boase KC "Anna is extremely clever and a very commercially aware barrister who is user-friendly and generally delightful to work with." "She is an assassin on her feet: she's calm, composed and lethal in cross-examination due to her knowledge of the detail in a case." "Anna is brilliantly prepared and among the most analytical lawyers out there."
Richard Boulton KC "Richard is an absolutely excellent barrister who knows quantum better than anyone." "One of the most pre-eminent damages barristers in UK, he has a complete mastery of this area. He's calm and collected, and there's no sense of stress when you handle a case with him."
Rhodri Davies KC "Rhodri is a calm, assured advocate who is very clear in his advice and excellent to work with." "A real leader who provides strong, sensible advice."
Owain Draper "Owain is an effective team player with lots of courtroom experience, who provides very good strategic insight." "He is brave, commercial and someone who understands clients' needs."
Orlando Gledhill KC "Orlando is robust and emphatic in his advice." "A very safe pair of hands for large, complex litigation. He is an excellent strategist and his advocacy is outstanding." "Orlando is an outstanding draftsman who maintains a meticulous eye for detail."
Henry Hoskins "Henry is a team player whose considered input always strengthens the case." "He is a very strong barrister who gives clear and robust advice."
James Nadin "He has an incredible brain and is just very strategic and thoughtful. The quality of his work is absolutely superb."
Conall Patton KC "Conall is clear, incisive and someone who provides user-friendly advice." "He is an outstanding and first-class barrister in every respect - a future leader at the Bar." "He has utter command of the detail, writes brilliantly and is an effective advocate."
Clare Reffin "She is incredibly knowledgeable and makes complicated matters very easy to tackle." "Clare is an outstanding barrister. She is very intelligent, to the point, and someone who provides strategic vision and great drafting."
Sophie Weber "Sophie is responsive and extremely diligent. She is someone with an extraordinary work ethic who is unbelievably thorough."
Joyce Arnold "Joyce is just incredibly intelligent. She has such a good sense of where the argument is going to go and really rolls up her sleeves and jumps into the trenches with solicitors." "Joyce has an excellent court manner and is very measured and effective."
Abra Bompas "She is extremely client-friendly and works well with all team members to create a one team atmosphere." "Abra is extremely bright and tactically astute. She provides insights beyond her year of call."
Patricia Burns "Patricia is clearly a rising star and is phenomenally talented. Her ability to get up to speed with complex issues and lead complex workstreams is really impressive."
Michael d'Arcy "Michael has x-ray vision for the key issues and leaves no stone unturned."
Steven Elliott KC "Steven provides the intellectual heft and rolls his sleeves up when necessary." "He is down to earth, responsive and great with clients."
Michael Fealy KC "He is an utterly ferocious advocate whose advice and written work are great."
Richard Gillis KC "Richard is meticulously prepared and is a master of every detail of the case."
Jamie Goldsmith KC "Jamie is really fantastic at presenting in an articulate and crisp way. His legal arguments are very persuasive and his cross-examination is great." "An outstanding modern silk - it is like having another top-quality law firm partner alongside you as well as a top-rate barrister."
Tamara Kagan "Tamara is excellent; she is very detail-oriented and she writes very well and persuasively." "Her judgement is excellent."
Andrew Lodder "Andrew is a problem solver of the highest degree." "He's an innovative thinker."
Adam Rushworth "Adam is an excellent lawyer and a great member of any team." "Very precise, very clever and very knowledgeable."
Michael Watkins "He is an excellent junior barrister at the Commercial Bar." "Just completely on top of his case, he produces beautiful written arguments and pleadings."
Sebastian Isaac KC "He produces fantastic written and oral advocacy and is a very effective cross-examiner." "Sebastian is an exceptionally clever silk. If you have a complicated case, he is a barrister to think of."
Simon Gilson "Simon produces clear and precise drafting and is a key team player."
Timothy Goldfarb "Timothy shows great aptitude beyond his years, and is both pragmatic and commercial. He's all over the factual and legal detail of a case."
Maximilian Schlote "Max has excellent judgement and a prodigious work ethic. He is always on top of the detail and provides clear and commercial advice."
Oscar Schonfeld "He is extremely numerate, good with figures and excellent on the detail."
Laurence Emmett KC "Laurence is very bright and focused on the detail. He proactively assesses risk on an ongoing basis in a way that is reassuring." "He is very good technically and a skilled advocate."
James MacDonald KC "James's advocacy is very clear and very measured. He is a fantastic communicator both orally and in terms of his written work and can turn things around very quickly." "James is an excellent lawyer who is extremely smart and great on his feet." "He is absolutely stellar across the board."
Alexander Polley KC "Alexander is excellent in every way." "He is a very effective advocate who has a really nice manner with the judiciary."