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20 Essex Street

London

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 +

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