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Head of Chambers: Gavin Kealey QC
Senior Clerks: Bernie Hyatt 07850 878396, Greg Leyden 07768 008116
Clerks: Eddie Johns, Gary Rose, Joe Clayton
Business Development: Brian Lee
Tenants: 62

THE CHAMBERS 7 King’s Bench Walk (7KBW) has a pre-eminent reputation for excellence and intellectual rigour in all areas of commercial law. Chambers is at the cutting edge of developments in commercial law. 7KBW is known as one of the friendliest commercial chambers. As advocates, members of 7KBW accept instructions to appear in any court, tribunal or board of enquiry in England and Wales. 7KBW specialises in cases before the Commercial Court and in commercial arbitrations in London. With their commercial expertise, members also appear in other jurisdictions, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands and Gibraltar, and before inter- national arbitration tribunals in numerous jurisdictions. Members undertake advisory work and the creation of written submissions and legal documents for litigation and non-contentious matters. Members regularly sit as arbitrators and/or mediators and also as court-appointed examiners for the purpose of conducting deposition hearings. Several members have written or contributed to leading legal textbooks, articles in the press and journals, and contributed to academic research.

WORK UNDERTAKEN 7KBW’s practice areas are exclusively commercial. Members have a respected expertise in the full breadth of commercial law: 7KBW has maintained an enviable reputation and experience in all aspects of insurance and reinsurance; shipping and transport; professional negligence; international trade and commodities; energy, oil and gas; international arbitration; injunctions and arrests; shipbuilding; banking and financial services; product liability; futures and derivatives; aviation; media and communications; construction; conflicts of law; state immunity; international investment and a growing reputation in civil fraud. Recent high profile cases include Simetra Global Assets Ltd -&- Ikon Finance, Brillante Virtuoso, Libyan Investment Authority -&- JP Morgan, Equitas Insurance Ltd -&- Municipal Mutual, OW Bunkers, Ocean Victory, Republic of Djibouti v Boreh, Yukos Finance v Lynch, Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton, Cattles v PwC, Sebry v Companies House, Rathbone Bros v Novae Corp and Excalibur Ventures v Texas Keystone. A large proportion of 7KBW’s practice is of an international flavour and members regularly work with overseas clients and foreign lawyers. In appropriate circumstances members are delighted to accept instructions directly from overseas clients and foreign lawyers.

RECRUITMENT 7KBW attracts pupils of only the highest quality, and pursues a policy of only taking tenants of such quality either from those starting their careers in law or from those in mid-career who have elected to change from another part of the profession. The emphasis on quality has meant a steady but selective growth in the overall number of tenants over the past years.

In 2017 7KBW was “Chambers of the Year for Insurance and Shipping” (Chambers and Partners) and ‘Commercial Set and Shipping Set of the Year’ (Legal 500). 7KBW is the “Insurance Set of The Year”, an accolade awarded by Chambers UK in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. For further information about 7 King’s Bench Walk and the range of work carried out by its members, please visit the chambers’ website at



Gavin Kealey QC (1977) (QC-1994)

Timothy Saloman QC (1975) (QC-1993) A

Francis Reynolds (Hon) QC (1960) (QC-1993)

Jonathan Gaisman QC (1979) (QC-1995)

Dominic Kendrick QC (1981) (QC-1997)

Alistair Schaff QC (1983) (QC-1999)

Stephen Hofmeyr QC (1982) (QC-2000)

Adam Fenton QC (1984) (QC-2003)

Stephen Kenny QC (1987) (QC-2006)

Richard Southern QC (1987) (QC-2006)

Robert Bright QC (1987) (QC-2006)

David Bailey QC (1989) (QC-2006)

David Edwards QC (1989) (QC-2006) A

Julia Dias QC (1982) (QC-2008) A

David Allen QC (1990) (QC-2008)

S J Phillips QC (1993) (QC-2009)

Siobán Healy QC (1993) (QC-2010)

James Drake QC (1998) (QC-2011)

Peter MacDonald Eggers QC (1999) (QC-2011)

Andrew Wales QC (1992) (QC-2012)

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC (1993) (QC-2012)

Richard Waller QC (1994) (QC-2012)

Jawdat Khurshid QC (1994) (QC-2018)

James Brocklebank QC (1999) (QC-2018)

Charles Priday (1982)

Gavin Geary (1989)

Timothy Kenefick (1996)

John Bignall (1996)

Charles Holroyd (1997)

Simon Kerr (1997)

Michael Holmes (1999)

Benjamin Parker (2000)

Anna Gotts (2001)

Alexander MacDonald (2001)

Josephine Higgs (2000)

Jessica Sutherland (2003)

Marcus Mander (2005)

N G Casey (2005)

Richard Sarll (2005)

Emma Hilliard (2006)

Sarah Cowey (2006)

Sushma Ananda (2007)

Sarah Martin (2008)

Sandra Healy (2007)

Adam Turner (2008)

Elizabeth Lindesay (2009)

Tim Jenns (2009)

Jocelin Gale (2009)

Keir Howie (2010) A

Michael Ryan (2011)

Harry Wright (2012)

Stephen Du (2012) A

Jason Robinson (2012)

Clara Benn (2012)

Andrew Pearson (2013)

James Goudkamp (2014) A

Philip Aspin (2014)

Frederick Alliott (2015)

Ralph Morley (2016)

Henry Moore (2016) A

Daniel Corteville (2016)

Henry Ashwell (2017)

Douglas Grant (2018)

Rebecca Jacobs (2018)

Sir Jeremy Cooke +

Sir Stephen Tomlinson +

Lord Mance +

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