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Twenty Essex

Energy & Natural Resources

3 ranked barristersBand 3UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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Twenty Essex has a group of highly esteemed litigators and arbitrators with a notable energy focus. Members are equipped to handle the full gamut of oil and gas and mining-related matters, including upstream, midstream and downstream work, construction disputes and corporate issues. The barristers here are frequently active in high-profile international disputes, including those in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

Client service:

"The chambers is efficient and understanding. The clerks are very helpful and responsive." Arron Zitver, Christopher Theobald and Anthony Carroll are the set's practice directors.

Strengths:

David Lewis QC
A well-reputed silk with significant experience as both an advocate and adviser in oil and gas disputes. He has expertise in relation to various operating agreements and production sharing contracts. His practice includes contractual disputes relating to LNG carriers, as well as mining claims.
"Extremely popular with solicitors. Energy and natural resources is his sweet spot." "Very well thought of."
Recent work: Acted in Glencore Energy UK v Socar Trading, a case regarding alleged contamination of REBCO crude oil.

Strengths:

Duncan Matthews QC
A highly experienced practitioner in the energy sector, with a focus on international disputes across the full range of upstream, midstream and downstream oil work. His practice covers large-scale, high-profile litigation and arbitration, and he regularly tackles cases with civil fraud aspects, as well as highly technical considerations. He has specific expertise in relation to disputes concerning onshore and offshore oil and gas drilling, as well as the carriage of goods and commodities in the energy sector.
"Very impressive." "He has fantastic understanding of multi-jurisdictional differences." "He's a very polished performer."
Recent work: Acted in a joint venture dispute between the Industrialisation and Energy Services Company of Saudi Arabia and French geophysical services company CGG. The joint venture was formed to facilitate seismic surveys to the oil and gas industry in Saudi Arabia and surrounding territories, but the dispute includes the question of to what extent each party can work in a particular territory following the dissolution of the joint venture.

Strengths:

Malcolm Jarvis
Respected senior junior who represents clients in high-stakes litigation and arbitration concerning a range of energy sectors, and is particularly strong in cases involving oil, gas and mining concerns. He handles the full range of upstream and downstream work, including matters relating to production-sharing contracts, operating agreements and pollution issues. He is very adept at handling cross-jurisdictional commercial disputes.
"I would pick him out for jurisdictional issues. He is just great at the detail - he is excellent."
Recent work: Acted in a claim for breach of a collateral management agreement for the custody and control of copper inventories at a facility in Morocco.

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Energy & Natural Resources Department

Twenty Essex

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20 Essex Street

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Greater London

UK

WC2R 3AL

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Silks (QC)

UK

Energy & Natural Resources


David Lewis QC
Band 4
Duncan Matthews QC
Band 2

Juniors

UK

Energy & Natural Resources


Malcolm Jarvis
Band 3