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39 Essex Chambers

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39 Essex Chambers is a leading set based in London, Manchester, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Our members offer a depth of expertise in a range of specialist sectors and practice areas.
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Heads of Chambers: Charlie Cory-Wright QC & Richard Harwood OBE QC

Chief Executive Officer & Director of Clerking: Lindsay Scott

Senior Clerk: Alastair Davidson

ADR Appointment Clerk : Chris Jones

Tenants: 154

Languages: English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, Hindi, Gujarati and Afrikaans

Offices: London, Manchester, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur,


THE CHAMBERS

39 Essex Chambers is a long-established set with 50 Queen’s Counsel and 104 juniors dealing with international and domestic dispute resolution. It is a truly international set able to offer leading barristers based not only in London but also in Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, Malaysia and India. The permanently staffed offices in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur enable it to provide a cost-effective, responsive and culturally sensitive service. Its barristers are used to working with large teams of lawyers or alongside lawyers and other professionals qualified in other jurisdictions. Many of its barristers are dual qualified or have been called to the Bars of various international and offshore jurisdictions including Australia, California, Dubai, France, Hong Kong, India, South Africa, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago and the British Virgin Islands. Chambers has experience of acting in disputes in many foreign jurisdictions including Western and Central Europe, Africa, the USA, India, China and Hong Kong SAR, Malaysia, Singapore, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Chambers’ barristers are engaged either as advocates or as arbitrators, adjudicators, experts and mediators in complex cross border disputes around the world.

 

WORK UNDERTAKEN

Commercial : Barristers are instructed on a broad range of commercial work which increasingly has a cross-border element. Its expertise includes insurance and reinsurance, commodities & derivatives, commercial fraud, funding disputes, banking, mergers & acquisitions, general trade & distribution, insolvency, company law, financial services and professional indemnity work for the full range of professionals.

  • International Commercial Arbitrations: Barristers have extensive expertise in international commercial arbitration and court proceedings arising out of international arbitrations including interim-relief, injunctions, specific performance, freezing orders and cross jurisdictional enforcement proceedings. They are regularly engaged in complex matters arising out of global practice areas such as construction & engineering, defence & security, energy, finance & insurance, health & pharma, hospitality, mergers & acquisitions, telecoms, international taxation, specialised technologies and transportation. Chambers has a number of internationally recognised arbitrators, adjudicators and mediators based in London, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Australia. They are appointed in high value and complex disputes which often include emergency arbitration proceedings followed by full-scale multi-party, multi-contract arbitrations. Arbitrators at 39 Essex are not only appointed by the parties, but also by the major arbitral institutions such as the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, AIAC, DIAC & HKIAC.

Construction & Engineering: The majority of Chambers’ construction and engineering work arises out of international arbitration. Barristers act in multi-million and multi-billion dollar construction arbitrations in Africa, Australasia, China, the Caribbean, Europe, India, the Middle East, North and South America and Southeast Asia. These disputes typically arise out of infrastructure (airports, roads, pipelines, rail, sports stadia) or energy & natural resources projects (oil & gas fields, refineries, LNG terminals, mining, offshore wind) but can also result from high value building projects such as palaces and prestige mixed-use developments. It also has internationally recognised arbitrators and adjudicators who are appointed in international disputes across the globe.

Energy & Natural Resources: Chambers has a unique offering in this sector as it can draw on expertise across its practice groups from regulatory barristers to environmental specialists to PPP/PFI specialists to construction specialists. This enables it to offer clients exceptional multi-disciplinary teams and a one-stop solution for the most complex disputes. Its barristers act in international disputes in the electricity, nuclear, oil & gas and renewable sectors.

Administrative & Public: Judicial review and public law, (including civil liberties and human rights); education; local authorities; health trusts; mental health; community care; court of protection; housing; immigration; VAT and excise.

Costs: Appear in every court and tribunal where costs issues arise. Also carry out advisory work on potential funding arrangements and in drafting cost documentation including CFAs, CCFA and legal expenses insurance policies.

Employment: An emphasis is on public law-related work, discrimination, restrictive covenants, wrongful dismissal and breach of fiduciary duties.

Entertainment & Sports: Entertainment and media-related work includes performers’ contracts, passing off, breach of confidence, film & management agreements, and broadcasting regulations. Sports-related work includes public liability of sports clubs for acts of their players, employer’s liability, disciplinary tribunals, disputes concerning control of clubs, transfer fee disputes, disputes at the Tribunal Arbitral du Sport (Court of Arbitration of Sport), EU free movement and other employment issues. Its barristers are regularly appointed to arbitral tribunals, and as mediators, in both entertainment & media and sports disputes both on an ad-hoc and institutional basis.

European: EU law before domestic and EU courts, including competition, discrimination and equality law, public procurement, free movement, state aids and milk quotas.

Human Rights: Regularly appear in domestic Human Rights Act cases and also have extensive experience as advocates before the European Court of Human Rights and in courts overseas. Barristers have appeared in leading cases with a human rights dimension in diverse fields including: civil liberties, commercial law, healthcare, housing, immigration, local government, mental health, community care, planning, police and prisoners.

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence: Sea, air and crowd disasters; group actions; industrial disease; sports injuries; injuries of maximum severity; pharmaceuticals; product liability and high profile and complex matters, ranging from sensitive consent-to-treatment cases to those involving serious disability and death.

Planning, Environmental & Property: Compulsory purchase, contaminated land, civil liability, environmental regulation, EU law and human rights, health and safety and product liability, insurance, international environmental law, licensing, marine environment, parliamentary affairs, planning law, nuisance and rating.

Public Inquiries: Instructed in most of the major public inquiries over the past ten years, including BSE, the King’s Cross fire and more recently Grenfell Tower, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Victoria Climbié, the Saville Inquiry, the Hutton Inquiry, Hillsborough, the Leveson Inquiry and the Bristol Review.

Regulatory & Disciplinary: Appearing in tribunals and hearings; carrying out advisory work across the entire medical sphere; appearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (and in challenges to interventions by the Law Society); social care; education; financial services; broadcasting; communications and media; sport; transport, health and safety; buildings and housing; local government standards and licensing.

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