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Twenty Essex

International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance

11 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Twenty Essex is a prominent set in the arbitration market, noted for its capabilities in commercial and insurance disputes. The set has a strong international presence, and its barristers appear in complex and high-profile disputes across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Members here are deeply experienced acting under the auspices of various arbitral bodies, including HKIAC, SIAC, the ICC, the LCIA, the LMAA and ad hoc arbitrations. The barristers offer expertise across a range of industries, regularly acting for clients in the insurance, shipping and energy sectors, and are particularly skilled in handling award enforcement disputes. Instructing solicitors highlight the set's "strength in depth."

Client service:

"They have been super helpful and they are very attentive and proactive with the issues." "They are very commercial clerks." "The clerks are very good at being sounding boards for us. They make themselves available and they are terribly professional." Anthony Carroll, Christopher Theobald and Arron Zitver are the practice directors.

Strengths:

Belinda McRae
Belinda McRae has a burgeoning practice which covers a broad range of matters including commercial arbitrations and related appeals. Her recent work has included proceedings under LCIA and ICC rules.
"She is a tremendous junior.""She has gone from strength to strength and is involved in high-profile international arbitration cases."
Recent work: Represented the Republic of Poland in an arbitration arising under US-Poland BIT concerning an investment into the energy sector in Poland.

Strengths:

Charles Kimmins QC
Charles Kimmins QC is a formidable international arbitration counsel, concentrating on arbitrations under ICC, LMAA and HKIAC rules, as well acting in ad hoc proceedings. He advocates before tribunals across the world, acting in arbitrations seated in London, Switzerland, New York and Paris. He has particular experience in the insurance and shipping fields, and offers expertise in private equity disputes. He is skilled at leading teams of barristers in multiple related arbitrations.
"He's fabulous and a technically strong barrister." "He's an experienced, knowledgeable and skilled advocate."
Recent work: Continued to act for the LCIA in its intervention in the UK Supreme Court in an arbitration appeal arising from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe.

Strengths:

David Lewis QC
David Lewis QC is experienced in appearing before courts and arbitral tribunals including the ICC, SIAC and the LMAA. His arbitration practice continues to thrive and he receives notable instructions from clients in Singapore. He is an expert in complex shipping disputes, as well as those arising in the energy and banking sectors. He regularly accepts appointments as the sole counsel in an arbitration.
"He is excellent."
Recent work: Represented Xstrata Coal in a challenge to an LMAA award under Section 68 of the Arbitration Act and successfully reopened arbitration proceedings that had closed ten years ago.

Strengths:

Duncan Matthews QC
Duncan Matthews QC provides robust international arbitration representation in disputes across a broad spectrum of industries. He regularly handles energy, technology and shipping disputes, among others. He is well versed in matters under UNCITRAL and LMAA rules and has acted in ad hoc arbitrations. He also has expertise in anti-suit injunctions in support of arbitration proceedings.
"He is really at the top of his game. He's a super silk, a master strategist, and as an advocate he is marvellous." "Duncan is incredibly hard-working and he carries substantial gravitas with tribunals."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the defendants in a hearing for stay in favour of arbitrations proceedings in London and Switzerland relating to a USD2 billion dispute with the Republic of Mozambique following allegations of bribery in relation to transactions financed using the sovereign guarantees.

Strengths:

Henry Byam-Cook QC
Henry Byam-Cook QC has a practice which covers a broad range of commercial matters including shipping, insurance and professional negligence. He has notable experience handling arbitrations governed by the rules of the LMAA, and regularly acts as counsel under ad hoc, institutional and trade arbitration rules.
"He's methodical and efficient and effective as an advocate."

Strengths:

Luke Pearce
Luke Pearce handles international arbitrations across a range of jurisdictions. He has acted before tribunals in London, Zürich, New York and San Francisco in disputes governed by LCIA, LMAA, ICC and AAA rules. He is well versed in commercial arbitration relating to energy, shipping and insurance disputes, and is adept at handling arbitration award enforcements.
"He is excellent in terms of quality of analysis and written work, and his advocacy is brilliant."
Recent work: Continued to act for the LCIA in the UK Supreme Court appeal regarding apparent bias in the arbitration arising out of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Strengths:

Michael Ashcroft QC
Michael Ashcroft QC is a hugely intelligent practitioner with impressive credentials across a range of markets, including energy and shipping. His work often involves very high-stakes and extremely technical legal points. He has additional expertise challenging arbitration awards.
"He really doesn't shy away from the fight and he gets stuck in with the detail. He has a can-do attitude and an excellent commercial mind."

Strengths:

Philip Edey QC
Philip Edey QC is well regarded for his expertise in international arbitrations, acting in disputes seated in cities such as San Francisco and London under the remit of the ICC and other arbitral institutions. His diverse client base spans the globe and includes companies and individuals in an ever-growing list of jurisdictions including China and Japan. He has significant expertise in shipping arbitrations. He also takes appointments as an arbitrator.
"He is totally on top of everything and he exudes confidence and charm." "Philip is extraordinary in terms of getting all the aspects of the case. He is very proactive and really quite brilliant in his analysis of cases." "He is a first-rate advocate."

Strengths:

Philip Riches QC
Philip Riches QC undertakes a wide array of disputes, with a particular emphasis on shipping matters. His practice also includes oil and gas and commodities arbitrations. He has particular experience in making applications relating to arbitrations that include freezing injunctions, disclosure orders and arbitral enforcements. He is particularly experienced in cases conducted under LCIA, ICC and LMAA rules.
"He is a phenomenal advocate. He's an extremely bright and very good technical lawyer."
Recent work: Instructed in Carpatsky Petroleum Corporation v PJSC Ukrnafta, a case concerning the enforcement in England of a Swedish arbitration award worth USD149 million.

Strengths:

Sara Masters QC
Sara Masters QC has a distinguished practice in the space which encompasses both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. She has notable experience representing clients in disputes under the auspices of the ICC, LMAA and LCIA. She has further experience providing counsel on challenges to arbitral awards. She is renowned for her strength in handling matters concerning shipping.
"She is a wonderfully impressive barrister. She gets stuck in and solves the problem."
Recent work: Instructed to represent the Republic of Poland in an application to set aside an arbitration award on the basis that it is incompatible with EU law following the Achmea decision.

Strengths:

Wendy Miles QC
Wendy Miles QC is respected for her ability to handle complex ICC, UNCITRAL and LCIA arbitral proceedings. A specific area of strength lies in handling issues relating to the energy and natural resources sector. She also acts as an arbitrator.
"She's enormously responsive and the heavyweight on the team because of her expertise in this area." "She is excellent."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Rift Valley Railway Uganda and Africa Railways in High Court proceedings to set aside an alleged jurisdiction decision of an investment tribunal.

International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance

Twenty Essex

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Location

20 Essex Street

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Greater London

UK

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International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance


Charles Kimmins QC
Band 2
David Lewis QC
Band 3
Duncan Matthews QC
Band 1
Henry Byam-Cook QC
Band 4
Michael Ashcroft QC
Band 3
Philip Edey QC
Band 1

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