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20 Essex Street

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20 Essex Street - London
  • 20 Essex Street
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • WC2R 3AL
  • Head of Chambers Iain Milligan QC
  • Senior Clerks Neil Palmer Home (020) 7842 1201 Mobile (0777) 5713 925
  • Brian Lee Home (020) 8642 5865 Mobile (0797) 7590 220
  • Chambers Manager Daniel Clark
  • Tenants 58

THE CHAMBERS This long-established, progressive set of chambers is one of the leading sets in commercial law. Members advise on all aspects of international trade, commerce and finance with specialist expertise in banking, competition, shipping, arbitration, insurance, energy, insolvency, public international law, and European Community law. In light of the increasingly international practices of its members, the set opened an office in Maxwell Chambers in January 2010 (tel: +65 62257230). Simon Milnes and Ben Olbourne are currently practising from the office in Singapore and other members travel there regularly.

WORK UNDERTAKEN 
Commercial Dispute Resolution:
Members both advise and act as advocates in relation to all types of commercial disputes and have particular expertise in disputes with an international dimension. These may be resolved in the English and Welsh Courts, by institutional or ad hoc international arbitration, or by London maritime and commodity trade arbitrations. Members are experienced in representing overseas and large corporate clients and advising in complex, high value and multi-forum litigation.
EU & Competition: A number of members specialise in the substantive law of the EU and in UK and EU Competition law and virtually all members deal with aspects of EU law regularly in their practice. Members appear before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, Competition Commission, European Commission, European Court of First Instance, and European Court of Justice, in addition to domestic courts and tribunals.
International Arbitration: 20 Essex Street has a strong reputation as a leading arbitration set. It has an exclusive team of 18 leading international arbitrators and 58 barrister members who act as advocates and arbitrators under all of the world’s major institutions’ auspices, dealing with all manner of international commercial disputes.
Insolvency & Company Law: 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.
Public International Law: 20 Essex Street is well represented in public international law. Members specialising in this area 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.

Members List

  • Iain Milligan QC (1973) (QC-1991)
  • Prof Sir Elihu Lauterpacht CBE QC (1950) (QC-1970)
  • Alexander Layton QC (1976) (QC-1995)
  • Timothy Young QC (1977) (QC-1996)
  • Michael Tselentis QC (1995) (QC-2003)
  • Stephen Morris QC (1981) (QC-2002)
  • Christopher Hancock QC (1983) (QC-2000) *
  • Duncan Matthews QC (1986) (QC-2002)
  • Andrew Baker QC (1988) (QC-2006)
  • Sir Daniel Bethlehem QC (1988) (QC-2003)
  • Stephen Atherton QC (1989) (QC-2006)
  • Philip Edey QC (1994) (QC-2009)
  • Michael Coburn QC (1990) (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-2-12)*
  • David Lewis QC (1999) (QC-2014)*
  • Sir Michael Wood (1968)
  • Edmund Broadbent (1980)
  • Anthony Thompson SC (1988)
  • David D Caron (1984)
  • Clare Ambrose (1992)
  • Julie Anderson (1993)
  • Sudhanshu Swaroop (1997)
  • Julian Kenny (1997)
  • Malcolm Jarvis (1998)
  • Susannah Jones (1999)
  • Thomas Raphael (1999)
  • Andrew Fulton (1999)
  • Zannis Mavrogordato (1999)
  • Sean Snook (2000)
  • Henry Byam-Cook (2000)
  • Socrates Papadopoulos (2001)
  • Blair Leahy (2001)
  • Angharad Parry (2002)
  • Colleen Hanley (2003)
  • Ben Olbourne (2003)
  • Christopher Newman (2003)
  • Tony Beswetherick (2003)
  • Simon Milnes (2005)
  • Guglielmo Verdirame (2006)
  • Daniel Bovensiepen (2004)
  • Josephine Davies (2006)
  • Patricia Edwards (2006)
  • Stefan Talmon (2007)
  • Charlotte Tan (2008)
  • Sarah Tresman (2008)
  • Luke Pearce (2007)
  • Edward Ho (2009)
  • Penelope Nevill (2010)
  • Rupert Hamilton (2010)
  • Thomas Corby (2011)
  • Mahnaz Malik (2012)
  • Oliver Caplin (2012)
  • Alex Carless (2012)
  • Leonora Sagan (2012)
  • Sir Brian Neill +
  • Sir Philip Otton +
  • Lord Neill QC +
  • The Honorable Charles Brower +
  • Michael Lee +
  • David St John Sutton +
  • J William Rowley QC + M
  • alcolm Holmes QC +
  • Dr Michael Pryles +
  • Gil Carlos Rodriguez Iglesias +
  • Anthony Hallgarten QC +
  • Francisco Orrego Vicuña +
  • Dr Julian Lew QC +
  • Sir Simon Tuckey +
  • Dr Michael Moser +
  • Murray Pickering QC +
  • Yves Fortier QC +
  • Sir Bernard Rix +
  • David Owen QC +

Branches

Banking & Finance - London (Bar)

THE SET 

A robust set that, whilst best known for its shipping and commodities work, has a broad commercial practice and acts in matters of the highest profile and value. It has appeared in a number of recent insolvency-related disputes, and its members have gained instructions in noteworthy cases relating to Lehman Brothers and the Icelandic bank Kaupthing. Other standout matters include involvement in the disputes between various major international investment banks and the local Italian authorities regarding swaps transactions. The set has further had involvement in the RBS shareholder litigation. 20 Essex Street's barristers show proficiency in multinational disputes and win praise for their compelling advocacy and the technical aptitude they display when handling cases concerning complex issues such as derivatives and structured products.

Client service: "The set is a well organised and well clerked by Neil Palmer and Brian Lee's team."

SILKS 

Iain Milligan QC 
A top-quality silk at the forefront of the commercial Bar. He is recognised for his involvement in various disputes arising out of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and for his expertise in international arbitration.
Expertise: "Quite simply one of the best at the Bar, he has tremendous strength in financial services law and handles complex disputes." "He has a very crisp, clear way of thinking and presents his cases authoritatively."
Recent work: Acted for the respondents in Cukurova v Alfa, a multi-jurisdictional dispute regarding the ownership of a telephone company.

Andrew Baker QC 
Focuses his practice on shipping and commodities law, but also earns praise for his technical skill when it comes to disputes arising out of derivatives transactions.
Expertise: "A strong, black-letter technical lawyer. He has a strong economic grasp."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Euro-Asian Oil v Abilo, a case concerning allegations of fraud and non-performance under sale contracts.

Charles Kimmins QC 
A highly reputable commercial silk with a recognised proficiency in banking, shipping and international arbitration. He also demonstrates technical expertise when it comes to derivatives matters and cases concerning the construction of ISDA 92.
Expertise: "A barrister with an agile mind, who takes a ferociously determined approach." "He is very available and hands-on. He's very much a team player and has the intellect to do well."
Recent work: Acted for a number of banks bringing claims against local Italian authorities with regard to the enforceability of certain swap contracts.

JUNIORS 

Julian Kenny 
His recognised strength in banking law complements his notable expertise in shipping matters. He has earned his stripes in recent years acting in cases arising from the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
Expertise: "He is thoughtful, thorough and user-friendly."
Recent work: Led by Iain Milligan QC , he represented Lehman Brothers International Europe in a successful appeal against Lehman Brothers Finance.

Luke Pearce 
Covers a broad range of commercial disputes and is often called upon to handle very significant banking cases. He has regularly appeared in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Recent work: Acted in a significant group action in a claim against RBS relating to an alleged misleading rights issue.

Thomas Raphael 
Has a strong commercial litigation practice that takes in shipping and insurance cases as well as banking matters. He is experienced in complex technical cases of substantial value.
Expertise: "He can turn his hand to a lot of areas, and has a very good client manner." "He has a strong economic grasp."
Recent work: Acted in Greenwood v RBS, a highly publicised multibillion-dollar shareholder group case.

Commercial Dispute Resolution - London (Bar)

THE SET 
Although traditionally known for its insurance, shipping and commodities work, 20 Essex Street has solidified its reputation in recent years as a serious player in the commercial litigation market. Members of chambers are regularly instructed on high-profile litigation and high-value international arbitrations. Recent instructions have originated in sectors as diverse as banking, telecoms, sports and aviation.

Client service: "The clerks were helpful and a good source of advice." Neil Palmer and Brian Lee lead the team.

SILKS 

Iain Milligan QC 
Has a stellar reputation and is regarded as one of the leading silks in commercial litigation and arbitration. Sources consistently highlight his intellectual ability and outstanding advocacy skills. 
Expertise: "Hugely effective, fiercely clever, and clear and concise in court." "He is an absolute legal genius."
Recent work: Appeared before the Supreme Court acting in the matter of 'Alexandros T', which concerned the operation of Articles 27 and 28 of the Brussels Regulation.

Andrew Baker QC 
Well regarded for his broad commercial practice, which spans banking and finance, and shipping and commodities work.
Expertise: "Someone who puts in a huge amount of work, and proves utterly compelling in court."
Recent work: Represented Cargill International in arbitration and at appeal. The case concerned a dispute with NYK Bulkship (Atlantic) relating to the construction of a common off-hire clause and the scope of an employment clause in a common time charter form.

Philip Edey QC
A very highly regarded silk with a strong reputation for handling insurance, shipping and commodities cases. His is praised by market commentators for his assured and engaging advocacy.
Expertise: "He is incredibly able" and has an "enormous reputation for his appellate and Supreme Court work. He is a very, very superior advocate."
Recent work: Represented Hut Group in its claim for breach of warranty arising out of a business sale and purchase transaction.

Duncan Matthews QC
A silk who continues to impress market commentators with his quick understanding and robust advocacy skills. He is particularly noted for his work in shipping, commodities and civil fraud cases.
Expertise: "He's a very strong advocate who has a very, very good understanding of arbitration tribunals. He's a very smooth performer." "Works very hard and is just fantastic - there are no chinks in his armour."
Recent work: Represented Mukhtar Ablyazov in relation to a high-profile fraud dispute with BTA Bank.

Charles Kimmins QC
An impressive recent silk with a strong reputation for his work in shipping and commodities cases, who also handles banking and finance cases.
Expertise: "He is extremely bright, very hands-on and very much a team player."
Recent work: Acted for RMA in relation to claim for breach of agency agreement in respect of logistics services in Afghanistan.

David Lewis QC 
Took silk in 2014, an appointment widely supported by market commentators. He is particularly recommended for his expertise in shipping and commodities cases, and is known for the strength of his international arbitration practice.
Expertise: "An advocate who displays effortless charm." "Very good with the clients, he's supportive and really does make you feel like he's fighting your corner."
Recent work: Acted for Addax Energy in its claim against Fueltrade relating to non-performance of a crude oil sale contract.

JUNIORS 

Thomas Raphael 
Highly regarded for his cerebral and knowledgeable approach to substantial commercial cases, particularly those in the financial sector. His practice also covers shipping and commodities disputes. 
Expertise: "Outstandingly bright and always seems to be a couple of steps ahead of everyone. His paperwork is outstandingly good." 
Recent work: Acted for ATTL, an arm of Alfa, on its multi-jurisdictional dispute with Cukurova over the ownership of Turkcell.

Insurance - London (Bar)

THE SET 

Although well versed in a range of insurance matters, the set has a particularly strong reputation for marine work. Clients praise its members' user-friendly manner, intellectual capacity and focus on their cases. They are equally adept at serving insurer, reinsurer and claimant clients, and handle a raft of cases that are international in scope.  

Client service: "Neil Palmer, Brian Lee and the clerking team have been responsive on administrative matters and often reach out unbidden to the instructing solicitor."

SILKS 

Christopher Hancock QC 
A seasoned operator at the Insurance Bar who tackles the largest and most challenging international work. He is a top commercial litigator who is also noted for his vibrant arbitration practice. 
Expertise: "He's excellent for Bermuda Form work."
Recent work: Successfully acted for The London Steam-Ship Owners' Mutual Insurance Association against the French and Spanish states in a multibillion-dollar oil pollution case.  

Philip Edey QC 
Has a strong practice that centres on advising insurers and reinsurer clients in high-value arbitrations. He is an "extremely polished performer."
Expertise: "He is a very good commercial advocate with very strong advocacy skills who is well liked by clients."
Recent work: Acted for the insured following the hijacking of the 'Chemstar Venus' by Somali pirates and the resulting insurance claim for loss of hire.  

Iain Milligan QC
Venerable commercial silk who is often involved in key insurance and reinsurance matters. A solicitor who regularly instructs him says: "He is very senior and hugely talented. His advocacy is succinct and very precise."
Expertise: "He is ferociously hard-working and a very good advocate with a great nose for an insurance dispute."

JUNIORS 

Charlotte Tan 
Joins the rankings this year given the strength of her flourishing commercial practice. Within the insurance sphere she has been instructed on sizeable cases, many of which have an international flavour.
Expertise: "She is phenomenally intelligent and hard-working, and has a maturity and knowledge beyond her call."
Recent work: Acted for insurance brokers in the High Court on a case relating to claims for USD30 million of cargo damage and theft.

International Arbitration - London (Bar)

THE SET 

20 Essex Street's barristers are noted for their expertise in shipping and insurance arbitrations, and in disputes arising from international trade and the energy sector. The set has expanded in recent years, adding an office in Singapore, and is a base for barristers working across the globe. 

Client service:  "I can rely on the clerks to recommend someone suitable who I may not otherwise know." Brian Lee and Neil Palmer head the clerks here. 

SILKS 

Iain Milligan QC 
Has a wide commercial practice with a particular emphasis on disputes arising from the financial sector. He has recently been involved in a major arbitration that related to an Indian oil and gas field.
Expertise: "His ability to grasp technical detail is of the highest calibre."

Philip Edey QC 
Handles international arbitration for clients in the shipping and chemical industries, amongst others. He often advises on conflict of laws issues, and receives instructions from clients based in jurisdictions across the world, including China, Russia and India.
Expertise: "He's very impressive. He's punchy, lively and a good advocate."

Charles Kimmins QC 
Has a strong commercial practice, and regularly acts in disputes in the international trade and shipping sectors. He has recently handled a number of insurance, banking and contract disputes.

Duncan Matthews QC 
Has a broad commercial practice and regularly advises clients in the shipping and commodities sectors. Recent mandates have included joint venture and insurance disputes in sectors including energy and construction.
Expertise: "He is a very good arbitrator and an effective counsel."

Andrew Baker QC
Represents clients such as charterers and tanker owners in matters related to insurance, international sale of goods and shipping.
Expertise: "He is a very meticulous and aggressive advocate, who is also intellectual and measured in his approach."

Michael Collett QC
A prominent name in the shipping, commodities and international trade sectors. He often appears in arbitrations seated in London and Hong Kong.
Expertise: "He has a very good understanding of the commercial context of businesses and what the client's concerns are above and beyond pure legal issues."

David Lewis QC 
Handles international disputes in arbitration centres across the world. He was based in Singapore between 2009 and 2010 and is still regularly instructed on work in the city-state. Recent instructions have come from the power, commodities and engineering sectors.
Expertise: "David has a great response time and unmatched clarity of thought. It is always a pleasure to work with him."

JUNIORS

Henry Byam-Cook 
Has a broad international arbitration practice encompassing shipping, commodities, insurance and information technology matters. He has recently represented clients in shipbuilding disputes and cargo contamination claims.
Expertise: "He is going to do very well indeed. He is alert and he knows what he is about."

Patricia Edwards
Has a wide commercial practice that focuses on international arbitration and litigation, and is increasingly engaged as sole counsel. She handles contract, international trade and financial disputes.
Expertise: "She is incredibly bright and diligent, and her turnaround time for high-quality and complex submissions or opinions always impresses. A future star."

Luke Pearce 
Has a practice touching on a range of commercial areas, including banking, shipping and insurance. He counts oil and gas companies and banks among his clients.
Expertise: "He strikes me as being very measured, careful and on top of what he is required to do." 

Public International Law - London (Bar)

THE SET 
A natural choice for complex investment treaty cases, 20 Essex Street is a major player in this field. Its prominent, highly experienced barristers tackle a breadth of PIL work and are at the forefront of government advisory matters involving political considerations and state security. Members have noted and are particularly good on cases at the intersection of commercial arbitration and international law. Commentators say they are drawn to the set as it has an exciting mix of both new and established talent. 

SILKS 

Daniel Bethlehem QC 
Renowned for his government representation and advisory work, and also recommended for his extensive WTO expertise. He regularly receives instructions on sophisticated investor-state arbitrations, both as serving counsel and as sitting arbitrator, and is involved in crucial, security-sensitive cases for a diverse client list.
Expertise: "He is a huge name and he has a huge effect when he walks into a room and presents his submissions." "Calm, sophisticated and undoubtedly impressive." 

Elihu Lauterpacht QC 
An esteemed figure in the field of international law with a highly distinguished track record in major ICJ disputes and arbitrations before numerous tribunals. He couples this with an exceptional advisory practice, and is often called on by states and governmental bodies, who value him for his outstanding track record and superior academic knowledge of the sector.
Expertise: "A legendary name in the field who has seen and done it all."

JUNIORS 

Michael Wood 
A former FCO counsel, who offers high-calibre advice to the government. He combines his UN law expertise with deep knowledge of the law relating to boundary disputes, overseas territories and international human rights.
Expertise: "In this area, it's not possible to be effective at the highest level without a hands-on understanding of how international institutions operate, and he brings an abundance of that." "He's a junior but in terms of practice, he probably rivals most silks."
Recent work: Acted for Peru in its ICJ dispute against Chile, a case concerning extensive maritime boundary issues.

Guglielmo Verdirame 
Has strengths in investment treaty arbitration, international trade law and issues surrounding wars. He has a particularly robust advisory practice, and is further noted for his academic excellence in the field. 
Expertise: "Extremely strong, he's very much sought after by certain very senior silks and that's a testament to how good he is. He is a true future star individual."
Recent work: Advised the claimant in a case against Peru heard before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, involving assertions of torture, including sexual assault and wrongful arrest.

Shipping - London (Bar)

THE SET 
This highly regarded commercial set is considered by many to be "the market leader on both the commodities side and the shipping side." It is noted for its depth and quality of expertise, especially amongst its silks, who are consistently involved in the most complex and high-profile dry shipping and commodities disputes in the industry. 

Client service: Neil Palmer and Brian Lee head up a highly regarded and "very service-oriented" clerking team. 

SILKS 

Timothy Young QC
Has a broad practice encompassing a range of issues, including insurance, shipping and commodities disputes. He appears before all manner of fora, including the Court of Appeal and international arbitration tribunals.
Expertise: "His advocacy is smooth, effortless and effective." "He is good at identifying issues and solutions."

Michael Ashcroft QC 
Advises on a range of matters, including shipping, commodities and insurance disputes. His clients include both shipowners and insurance brokers.
Expertise: "He is a brain on legs who has a very succinct way of putting things." "He gets into the detail and masters the papers impeccably."
Recent work: Represented the shipowners of the 'Alexandros T' in a Supreme Court appeal concerning questions of jurisdiction arising out of an insurance dispute. 

Andrew Baker QC 
Represents clients in a variety of cases, including both dry and wet shipping disputes. He is experienced at assisting clients with arbitrations, and is strong on commodities and international sale of goods disputes.
Expertise: "He has a very straightforward analytical approach, which he puts forward in an attractive manner without histrionics." "He needs an incredibly bright judge to follow his incredibly clever arguments."  
Recent work: Acted in a USD5 million loss of earnings claim arising out of a collision between the 'Astipalaia' and the 'Hanjin Shenzhen'.

Philip Edey QC 
Appears for clients in both arbitration and judicial proceedings. He advises on international cases concerning a range of matters, including charter party, shipbuilding and cargo disputes.
Expertise: "He is off the Richter scale in terms of cleverness." "He is very good at putting across a difficult point and making clear." 
Recent work: Acted in Maple Maritime Inc v Wengfu Intertrade, successfully obtaining an anti-suit injunction.

Christopher Hancock QC 
Highly regarded by the Shipping Bar for his work in both dry and wet disputes, he regularly handles shipbuilding contract and collision cases.  He is also noted for his cargo and insurance-related expertise.
Expertise: "He is extremely knowledgeable about all forms of insurance and shipping law." "He is one of the best performers at the Shipping Bar."
Recent work: Acted for the London Steam-Ship Owners' Mutual Insurance Association in a EUR4.5 billion oil pollution case against the Kingdom of Spain and the French Republic. 

Charles Kimmins QC 
Particularly highly regarded for his expertise in dry shipping matters, including charter party and bill of lading disputes. He is also noted for his work in trading disputes concerning petroleum products.
Expertise: "He has a very smooth, attractive way about him and he puts things across very well." "He is very thorough and looks at all the angles in a case."
Recent work: Represented Vitol in a Court of Appeal hearing concerning the alleged unlawful detention of a vessel in Nigeria.  

Iain Milligan QC
Head of chambers, who advises on a wide range of commercial matters. Although his practice is broad, he is particularly well regarded for his work in a range of shipping, commodities and insurance disputes.
Expertise: "His advocacy style is very economical. He speaks clearly and only makes the points he wants to make once."
Recent work: Represented the shipowners of the 'Alexandros T' in a Supreme Court appeal concerning questions of jurisdiction arising out of an insurance dispute. 

Michael Collett QC
A recent silk, particularly noted for his work in commodities and international trade disputes. He also regularly acts on a range of dry shipping disputes, including charter party and bill of lading claims.
Expertise: "He is very good at thinking on his feet." "He is terribly meticulous and polite."
Recent work: Advised on cargo claims and a limitation action arising out of the total loss of the 'Atlantik Confidence'. 

Sara Masters QC 
Has a particularly broad practice with expertise in both dry and wet shipping cases, as well as sale of goods and commodities disputes. Also regularly acts as both an arbitrator and a mediator.
Expertise: "She is very responsive and commercial." "She is very client-friendly and works well in a team."
Recent work: Acted for United Arab Shipping on an application to vary an anti-suit injunction against an insurance company located in Kuwait.

David Lewis QC
Represents a range of clients, including charterers and international energy companies, in international trade and dry shipping matters. He is noted in particular for his international arbitration work.
Expertise: "He is responsive, effective and clear in his analysis of problems." "He is an amazingly easy person to work with and a good strategist."
Recent work: Advised on a USD4 million claim concerning the non-performance of a sale contract to supply crude oil to Ghana.  

Michael Coburn QC 
Advises on a range of international sale of goods, shipping and commodities disputes. He acts in both judicial and arbitration proceedings.
Recent work: Acted in Griffon Shipping LLC v Firodi Shipping Ltd, an appeal concerning the remedies available to a seller when a buyer fails to make a deposit under a Norwegian Saleform.

Duncan Matthews QC 
Acts for a range of clients in an array of shipping and carriage of goods disputes. He is particularly noted for his role in advising shipyards on shipbuilding contractual disputes.
Expertise: "He knows how to take all the good points and really makes it work for him."

JUNIORS 

Julian Kenny 
A particularly highly regarded junior, who advises on a range of dry shipping cases, including shipbuilding, ship sale and charter party disputes.
Expertise: "He distils issues into succinct points." "He is able to go through a set of documents, work out the important issues and provide clear analysis."

Henry Byam-Cook 
Regularly appears in high-profile shipping disputes. He is particularly noted for his expertise in charter party disputes, and is praised for his efforts in a range of other matters, including shipbuilding arbitrations and cargo claims.
Expertise: "He is very thoughtful and hard-working." "He is succinct and to the point."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in Caresse Navigation v Office Nationale de l'Electricité, an appeal concerning whether a jurisdiction clause had been incorporated into a bill of lading.  

Susannah Jones 
Handles a range of dry shipping and insurance disputes, and acts on behalf of charterers and commodities houses, amongst other clients.
Expertise: "She is very diligent and has an impressive command of detail when handling complex cases."
Recent work: Acted for the director general of a major state-owned Russian shipping company in relation to allegations of fraud.

Luke Pearce 
Considered by many to be a rising star, he advises on a range of dry shipping disputes, including matters concerning charter parties and bills of lading. He is also noted for his commodities and insurance expertise.
Expertise: "He drafts very well." "He was unflappable, very polite and quick as a flash with all the detail."
Recent work: Represented Ecom in a Commercial Court claim for an anti-suit injunction arising out of a contract concerning the sale of cotton.

Josephine Davies
An up-and-coming advocate, noted in particular for her involvement in a range of shipping disputes, from piracy to charter party-related matters. She is also active in a number of commodities disputes.
Expertise: "She is able to interpret the technical aspects of a case and put it in a language that the client understands."
Recent work: Advised on Kuwait Rocks Co v AMN Bulkcarriers, an arbitration appeal concerning the meaning of the payment obligation in a NYPE charter party.