7 King's Bench Walk

Gavin Kealey QC

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UK Bar
Aviation - London (Bar)
Band 1
Strengths

Gavin Kealey QC (7 King's Bench Walk)
A significant figure at the aviation Bar who applies his immense commercial experience to a great many high-profile aviation-related cases, a number of which have an insurance slant to them. Noted for his tremendous intellect, he is also proficient in leasing disputes and heavyweight international arbitrations. He is also recognised for his additional role as a Deputy High Court Judge.
"He has a formidable reputation as a man who is utterly charming and has the ear of the court."
Recent work: Led a team defending Alitalia in claim for USD270 million following the allegation that it had thrown up a long-term leasing contract for over 60 new Airbus A319s and A320s.

Strengths

Gavin Kealey QC
Highly-regarded advocate and arbitrator who is head of chambers. He exhibits skill in handling international insurance disputes, including high-value arbitrations. Kealey represents insurers and insured parties in a wide range of disputes, including those relating to aviation, investment risk and pharmaceutical liabilities.
"Very sharp and very client-friendly." "He is incredibly creative and comes up with ingenious arguments."
Recent work: Acted in a claim for millions of dollars in respect of artificial knee implant devices.

International Arbitration: Arbitrators - London (Bar)
Band 1
Strengths

Gavin Kealey QC (7 King's Bench Walk)
Prominent arbitrator in the international commercial disputes sphere, best known for his expertise in insurance and reinsurance matters. He builds on many years of experience as counsel, arbitrator and deputy High Court judge. He is regularly appointed as sole arbitrator and as chair in arbitration proceedings. He often sits in London, New York, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.
"Simply formidable and a real presence to work with."

Strengths

Gavin Kealey QC
A celebrated counsel in international arbitration best known for his focus on contractual disputes arising in a wide array of industries, ranging from shipping and insurance to oil and gas. He has recently appeared before numerous foreign tribunals such as those in Dubai, New Zealand and Bermuda. He also sits as an arbitrator.
"Incredibly creative. He comes up with ingenious arguments and is also a formidable cross-examiner."

Strengths

Gavin Kealey QC
Noted for his distinctive, highly charming style of advocacy. He has years of experience in marine insurance/reinsurance and shipping litigation. He also adjudicates in the Commercial Court in his capacity as a deputy High Court judge. 
"He has the ear of the court and is a real specialist." "Very experienced."

Strengths

Gavin Kealey QC
"A class act who's not afraid of descending into the deep detail of a case." "He's very entertaining and a real pleasure to work with."

Recent work: Defended Alitalia against claims brought by APFL for approximately USD270 million. The case concerned Alitalia's alleged breach of a long-term contract for the lease of more than 60 new Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft.