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One Essex Court

International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance

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One Essex Court has formidable expertise in international arbitration and is able to draw on a strong bench of renowned practitioners who handle a wide array of commercial and insurance-related disputes. The set enjoys an international reputation, with members appearing in arbitrations seated in London, Singapore, Dubai, Geneva and Stockholm. Barristers at the set appear in a range of high-profile disputes on behalf of clients in the energy and finance sectors, among others. One Essex Court fields both accomplished advocates and notable arbitrators. The barristers are well versed in the rules of major arbitral institutions, including the LCIA, the ICC, HKIAC, ICSID and SIAC, and often handle cases governed by foreign law.

Client service:

"The clerking system is absolutely fantastic - it's the best clerking team I've come across. They are fair on fees and flexible." "The clerking service is good. They are happy to help and try to find solutions." Darren Burrows is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Alain Choo Choy QC
Provides solid advice and representation in commercial arbitrations, particularly those in connection with questions of jurisdiction and conflicting laws. He has notable expertise in banking and civil fraud disputes.
"He's bright, very easy to work with, great with clients and clear and articulate around the most complex contractual cases. He's a good oral advocate and gives clients commercial and practical advice."

Strengths:

Alexander Gunning QC
Handles a number of complex international arbitrations, regularly acting under institutions such as the LCIA and ICC. He is particularly well versed in disputes relating to the mining, energy and financial services sectors for clients based across Asia.
"His knowledge of construction disputes and his ability to analyse and simplify complex matters is invaluable." "A very powerful and effective advocate."
Recent work:  Represented Benxi Iron & Steel in a Section 68 application filed by Xstrata Coal regarding an award relating to a contract for the supply of coal.

Strengths:

Daniel Hubbard
Frequently acts as sole counsel in high-value international arbitrations, with particular emphasis on disputes regarding issues of oil and gas. He has experience handling disputes under LCIA rules.
"A very bright, tenacious and personable barrister. He has a real head for learning the technical aspects of a case and that makes him indispensable."

Strengths:

Daniel Toledano QC
Handles international arbitrations governed by the rules of various arbitral bodies, including the LCIA, the ICC and SIAC. He has notable expertise in cases stemming from the pharmaceutical and technology sectors, and receives particularly strong endorsements from the market for his advocacy in energy-related disputes.
"A very polished and impressive advocate." "He's a real fighter, but extremely easy to work with. He's very sensible and is selective with his points."

Strengths:

Laurence Rabinowitz QC
Widely considered by clients and peers to be a formidable silk. He is celebrated for his broad international arbitration practice and has longstanding expertise in issues relating to the energy and financial sectors, among others. His commercial abilities are devoted to both arbitration and litigation. He is adept at handling arbitrations under the auspices of the ICC, SIAC, UNCITRAL and HKIAC.
"Laurence is a go-to name. He is great on strategy and execution and thinks outside the box. He is truly fantastic on his feet." "He has a sharp legal mind and an ability to cut to the issues."

Strengths:

Nehali Shah
Assists in high-stakes international arbitrations under the rules of institutions such as the LCIA, the ICC, the LMAA and UNCITRAL, as well as enforcement proceedings ancillary to such arbitrations. Her cases concern a myriad of matters including energy, finance and insurance disputes.
"She will be outstandingly successful. She is good at writing, good with clients and has plenty of common sense." "A class act." "She is super impressive. Her written work is excellent, she gets on top of work really quickly and, on top of that, she is super user-friendly."
Recent work: Defended Sacyr in a USD290 million ICC arbitration, arising out of the major infrastructure project for the enlargement of the Panama Canal.

Strengths:

Neil Kitchener QC
Impressive commercial silk whose practice includes a regular flow of arbitration instructions. His cases span numerous sectors, including energy, insurance and intellectual property, and he has recently handled disputes relating to joint ventures.
"He is a brilliant trial advocate and a great cross-examiner. He fights hard for the client's interests and he is down to earth."

Strengths:

Nicholas Sloboda
Comes recommended for his abilities in commercial and energy-related international arbitrations. He has considerable experience acting in high-value oil and gas-related disputes, often handled under SIAC, ICC and LCIA rules and in the Commercial Court. His practice has a particular focus in Africa.
"He's really good - a good advocate on his feet."

Strengths:

Richard Boulton QC
A distinguished practitioner who brings significant international expertise to bear when handling arbitrations, particularly those with a financial element. He has extensive experience appearing before major arbitral institutions, including the ICC, UNCITRAL, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. He also handles disputes brought under the Energy Charter Treaty and often grapples with questions of international law. , "Brilliant and the go-to guy for quantum issues." "One of the best experts for forensics."

Strengths:

Sa'ad Hossain QC
Handles a range of commercial disputes, including international arbitrations of significant value, particularly in the oil and gas and petrochemical sectors. He is well versed in ICC, LCIA and SIAC proceedings, and attracts an international client base. He has deep knowledge of ancillary work, including challenges to arbitral awards.
"He is one of the best barristers on contractual interpretation."

International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance Department

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One Essex Court

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Greater London

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International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance


Alain Choo Choy QC
Band 3
Alexander Gunning QC
Band 3
Daniel Toledano QC
Band 2
Laurence Rabinowitz QC
Band 1
Neil Kitchener QC
Band 4
Richard Boulton QC
Band 4