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Twenty Essex

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Heads of Chambers: Christopher Hancock QC, Duncan Matthews QC
Director of Strategic Development: Jemma Tagg
Practice Directors: Arron Zitver DD: 020 7842 1205 Mobile: 07908 256 043
Christopher Theobald DD: 020 7842 1210 Mobile: 07983 403 900
Anthony Carroll DD: 020 7842 1230 Mobile: 07928 655 787
Practice Managers: Rachael Osborne DD: 020 7842 1204 Mobile: 07860 958 117
George Bennett DD: 0207 842 6707 Mobile: 07921 835 856
Tenants: 69

THE CHAMBERS 20 Essex Street is a leading commercial barristers’ chambers specialising in providing advocacy and expert legal advice to domestic and overseas clients in complex international commercial and financial services litigation, international arbitration, public and private international law disputes. Members are acknowledged experts in the fields of: arbitration; banking and financial services; civil fraud; competition; energy and natural resources; EU law and Brexit; insolvency, international trade, insurance and reinsurance, offshore; public and private international law; shipping and trade regulation. The progressive set has a dynamic client centric clerking team focusing on client’s commercial priorities and providing a high-quality service. The London premises are conveniently located for the Royal Courts of Justice and leading arbitration centres. 20 Essex Street also has a fully staffed office at Maxwell Chambers in Singapore.


Commercial Dispute Resolution: Members advise and act in relation to the full spectrum of commercial disputes and have particular expertise in disputes with an international dimension. Virtually all members deal with aspects of EU law and are amongst the leaders in their field for EU competition law, EU jurisdiction and Brexit advice. Areas of commercial expertise include: ADR, aviation, banking & finance, chancery, company and partnership, civil fraud, construction, energy and natural resources, IT, insolvency and restructuring, insurance/re-insurance, IP, media disputes, professional negligence and sports law.

Insolvency, Company Law & Offshore: Members are well known for their expertise in contentious and non-contentious restructurings, insolvency law and company law, spanning all business and industry sectors. They regularly advise and represent insolvency office-holders, companies, creditors, shareholders and company directors and have been heavily involved in many of the recent major restructurings and insolvencies. Members are valued for their offshore expertise and handle a high volume of instructions in this area.

Public International Law: 20 Essex Street is pre-eminent in public international law. The specialist members regularly provide legal and strategic advice to States and other parties and appear before English courts at all levels in cases in which issues of public international law arise, as well as before international courts and tribunals. Members also have a wealth of experience in investor state disputes.

International Arbitration: 20 Essex Street has a strong reputation as a leading arbitration set. It has a team of 19 leading full time international arbitrators in addition to barrister members who act as advocates and arbitrators in international commercial disputes under the auspices of all of the major institutions as well as ad hoc and specialist commodity tribunals. Members also accept appointments as inquiry chairs, mediators and experts.

Shipping & International Trade: The set has an outstanding reputation for all aspects of shipping and international trade disputes, involving admiralty, construction, energy, finance, insurance, insolvency and restructuring, international trade, commodities and international maritime law.


Iain Milligan QC (1973) (QC-1991)

Alexander Layton QC (1976) (QC-1995)

Timothy Young QC (1977) (QC-1996)

Christopher Hancock QC (1983) (QC-2000) *

Duncan Matthews QC (1986) (QC-2002)

Sir Daniel Bethlehem QC (1988) (QC-2003)

Stephen Atherton QC (1989) (QC-2006)

Paul Lowenstein QC (1988) (QC-2009)

Timothy Hill QC (1990) (QC-2009)

Philip Edey QC (1994) (QC-2009)

Michael Coburn QC (1990) (QC-2010)

Gordon Nardell QC (1995) (QC-2010)

Charles Kimmins QC (1994) (QC-2010)

Michael Collett QC (1995) (QC-2013)

Michael Ashcroft QC (1997) (QC-2011)

Lawrence Akka QC (1991) (QC-2012)

Sara Masters QC (1993) (QC-2012)

David Lewis QC (1999) (QC-2014)

Thomas Raphael QC (1999) (QC-2015)

Sudhanshu Swaroop QC (1997) (QC-2016)

Julian Kenny QC (1997) (QC-2016)

Sir Michael Wood (1968)

Karen Maxwell (1992)

Julie Anderson (1993)

Malcolm Jarvis (1998)

Susannah Jones (1999)

Andrew Fulton (1999)

Zannis Mavrogordato (1999)

Sean Snook (2000)

Henry Byam-Cook (2000)

Socrates Papadopoulos (2001)

Blair Leahy (2001)

Philip Riches (2001)

Angharad Parry (2002)

Colleen Hanley (2003)

Christopher Newman (2003)

Tony Beswetherick (2003)

Daniel Bovensiepen (2004)

Simon Milnes (2005)

Guglielmo Verdirame (2006)

Harris Bor (2006)

Josephine Davies (2006)

Patricia Edwards (2006)

Stefan Talmon (2007)

Luke Pearce (2007)

Charlotte Tan (2008)

Penelope Nevill (2010)

Rupert Hamilton (2010)

Thomas Corby (2011)

Mahnaz Malik (2012)

Oliver Caplin (2012)

Alex Carless (2012)

Thomas Leary (2012)

Andrew Dismore (2013)

Matthew McGhee (2013)

Richard Greenberg (2013)

Andrew Feld (2013)

Nakul Dewan (2014)

Albert Dinelli (2014)

Monica Feria-Tinta (2014)

Belinda McRae (2014)

Alexander Thompson (2014)

John Bethell (2014)

Kate Parlett (2015)

Alistair Wooder (2015)

Sam Goodman (2015)

Jonathon Ketcheson (2016)

Philippa Webb (2016)

Mark Tushingham (2016)

Patrick Dunn-Walsh (2012)

Michal Hain (2017)

Fiona Whiteside (2017)

Paolo Busco

The Honorable Charles Brower +

Michael Lee +

David St John Sutton +

J William Rowley QC +

Malcolm Holmes QC +

Gil Carlos Rodriguez Iglesias +

Anthony Hallgarten QC +

Francisco Orrego Vicuña +

Dr Julian Lew QC +

Dr Michael Moser +

Murray Pickering QC +

Yves Fortier QC +

Sir Bernard Rix +

David Owen QC +

Michael Tselentis QC +

Sir Martin Moore-Bick +

Sir Mark Havelock-Allan +

Clare Ambrose +

Judith Gill QC +

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