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Global Guide

Arbitration (International) - The English Bar (The Bar) — Global-wide

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From the Chambers Global guide

THE SET 

Essex Court is the pre-eminent international arbitration set, particularly sought after for its deep bench and historical expertise in representing high-profile clients in disputes arising under the remit of numerous arbitral bodies including the ICC, SIAC, the LMAA and the LCIA. Barristers of the set frequently gain instruction in international cases of great complexity and value, as evidenced by their recent involvement in Pinchuk v Bogolyubov & Kolomoisky. Commentators say: "They are at the top of the league when it comes to international arbitration and they don't disappoint. They deliver high-quality advice quickly and in a way which is accessible to clients."

Client service: "They have some of the best clerks in the city." "They have very good clerks who are very helpful whenever you contact any of them." The senior clerks are Joe Ferrigno and David Grief.

SILKS 

Toby Landau QC 
Widely acclaimed as "a superstar" for his expertise in acting as counsel and arbitrator in national and international courts and tribunals. He is frequently called on for high-value and complex cases involving commercial entities and sovereign states.
Strengths: "Absolutely brilliant in arbitration; he knows it inside out and is one of the best readers of the tribunal." "Phenomenally smart and incredibly thoughtful and reflective. You know he's always ten steps ahead of everybody else."
Recent work: Acted in Astro Nusantara v PT First Media, which concerned the enforcement of a foreign award under the New York Convention 1958 in the Court of First Instance in Hong Kong.

Vernon Flynn QC 
Known for his significant expertise in handling domestic and international commercial disputes, including multi-jurisdictional arbitration. He has appeared before courts and tribunals in various jurisdictions including Dubai, Singapore, Stockholm and the Cayman Islands, acting on behalf of prominent individuals and major corporations.
Strengths: "He has a persuasive charm that makes every member of the team feel valued."

Graham Dunning QC 
A heavyweight of international commercial arbitration with long-standing experience of appearing before courts and arbitration panels domestically and abroad. He often represents high net worth individuals, financial institutions and large companies, among others.
Strengths: "Dunning is a fantastic trial advocate. He is incredibly well prepared, has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and is very good at jurisdictional matters."

David Foxton QC 
Widely acclaimed as a "standout performer" who handles a host of arbitration issues including jurisdictional challenges under Section 68 and applications to appeal under Section 69 of the International Arbitration Act 1996. He appears before tribunals under the LCIA, LMAA, ICC, SIAC and ARIAS rules.
Strengths: "Absolutely amazing, he's an absolute supersilk. He has a phenomenal intellect and I've never seen anyone deal so well with difficult, stressed-out clients. He has a wonderful bedside manner." "Extremely clever, creative, and fantastic to work with."
Recent work: Acted in a high-profile multimillion-dollar dispute between Ukrainian oligarchs Viktor Mikhaylovich Pinchuk, Gennadiy Borisovich Bogolyubov and Igor Valeryevich Kolomoisky.

David Joseph QC 
Comes highly recommended for his broad commercial international arbitration practice that covers a wide array of industries including the energy, telecoms, construction, insurance, shipping and aerospace sectors.
Strengths: "A smooth, confident advocate." "A sound strategist and good at developing case theory."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Astro All Asia Networks in its claim against PT First Media and FM and others. This was an arbitration and subsequent enforcement court proceedings arising from the split of an Indonesian satellite TV joint venture.

Joe Smouha QC 
Widely considered as one of the strongest practitioners at the International Arbitration Bar due to his extensive experience in handling notable commercial disputes under a number of prominent arbitral institutions including the ICC and LCIA.
Strengths: "An incredibly clever lawyer, he's an absolutely first-rate advocate and brilliant at cross-examination."
Recent work: Represented Raytheon in its dispute with the Home Office concerning the remission of a GBP224 million arbitral award previously granted to it.

Richard Millett QC 
Highly regarded for his handling of high-value international arbitrations for financial clients, significant individuals and international corporations. He handles institutional and ad hoc arbitrations and frequently appears in offshore jurisdictions.
Strengths: "He is a bright fellow; he is creative, accessible and easy to work with as part of the team." "He brings a huge amount of experience to his analysis of the situation and he has a good way of seeing the issue the way the Bench is likely to see it. You don't only get a strict legal analysis but also a judicial view of how it is likely to go."

Ricky Diwan QC 
Highly regarded for his international arbitration practice, which concentrates on commercial and investment issues. He has significant experience of arguing cases under a variety of laws and regulations and representing clients before national and international arbitral tribunals.
Strengths: "Ricky is meticulous, extremely hard-working and always on top of all the details."

Salim Moollan QC 
Acts on behalf of a range of clients including pharmaceutical corporations, communication companies and state-owned organisations in commercial arbitrations and related court applications under domestic and international law.
Strengths: "A smooth and assured advocate." "Fantastic and excellent on his feet."

JUNIORS 

James Willan 
Provides robust representation when handling international arbitrations governed by ICC and LCIA rules. He is also well versed in oil rig disputes under the SCMA and LMAA rules.
Strengths: "Clearly frighteningly bright, he's very on the ball and understands very complex issues." "A real rising star."
Recent work: Defended Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation against the efforts of IPCO to enforce an arbitration award for over USD400 million under the New York Convention.

Siddharth Dhar 
Highly distinguished junior who is frequently instructed as lead counsel in cases very rarely seen being undertaken by a barrister of his call. He has established himself as a go-to name for energy sector and investment treaty arbitrations.
Strengths: "Absolutely amazing junior; he is very hands-on and informed. He is accessible, friendly, and very quickly gets the confidence of the client."
Recent work: Acted as the sole lead advocate for the Republic of Albania in Albaniabeg & Others v Republic of Albania. This was a EUR450 million Energy Charter Treaty claim.

Iain Quirk 
Respected for providing robust representation in international arbitrations under the remit of the ICC, LMAA, AAA and LCIA among other arbitral institutions. His international arbitration experience covers a wide array of industries, and he regularly handles matters concerning the oil and gas, construction and telecommunications sectors.
Strengths: "Efficient, responsive, good with clients, and someone with a huge in-depth knowledge of all arbitration matters - he really is a specialist."

Damien Walker 
Well regarded for having an arbitration practice that covers truly international commercial disputes, many of which give rise to issues of conflicts of law. He is experienced at handling proceedings governed by the majority of leading institutional rules.
Strengths: "He was a huge help in pulling together the factual and legal information and assisting with the pleadings."
Recent work: Represented three Cypriot companies, large shareholders of Ukrnafta, in an LCIA arbitration against Naftogaz in connection with a shareholder agreement.

Emily Wood 
Concentrates her practice on high-value, complex international commercial arbitration and has particular expertise in handling challenges to arbitral awards. She has substantial experience of arbitrations conducted under the ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules.
Strengths: "Very clever, sharp and knowledgeable about the law." "Her written advocacy is beautiful and her oral advocacy is pretty spectacular. She's really going from strength to strength."
Recent work: Represented Raytheon Systems in a case initiated against it by the Home Office challenging the arbitration award granted to the company for GBP224 million.

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From the Chambers Global guide

THE SET 

One Essex Court is widely praised for its broad international arbitration practice, representing clients before tribunals based around the world including in Dubai, Geneva, London, Singapore and Hong Kong. Its barristers possess solid expertise in matters connected to a broad range of sectors such as energy, health, aviation, insurance and telecommunications. The set attracts praise from instructing solicitors, who say: "They provide great support and I wouldn't hesitate to go there for my biggest and most difficult cases."

Client service: Darren Burrows is the set's senior clerk. According to market sources, the clerking team is "outstanding and proactive." "The clerks are really superbly on the ball. They don't push the wrong sort of person on you. They don't push on fees. They're absolutely spot-on."

SILKS 

Laurence Rabinowitz QC 
Widely considered by clients and peers to be a "legend of his generation." He is celebrated for his broad international arbitration practice, and has long-standing expertise in issues relating to the energy and financial sectors among others.
Strengths: "Laurence is a completely stellar barrister. He has an outstanding ability to formulate a case in a way which will have a maximum appeal to the tribunal."

David Wolfson QC 
Respected for his expertise in banking and commercial dispute resolution, including expertise in litigation and arbitration. He is well versed in handling arbitrations under the ICC and LCIA.
Strengths: "David is a powerful advocate who communicates well with the tribunal and knows how to deal with difficult points."

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From the Chambers Global guide

THE SET 

20 Essex Street is celebrated for its strong focus on international arbitration covering disputes governed by leading arbitral bodies including the LMAA, LCIA, ICC, HKIAC and SIAC. Its members act on behalf of clients from the Middle East, Europe, the USA, Latin America and Asia and are particularly renowned for their expertise in challenging arbitration awards under Section 69 of the International Arbitration Act. The set impresses commentators with its "very high calibre of barristers." Recently, it was involved in a jurisdictional challenge regarding whether a dispute would be heard before the English High Court or in arbitration in Lebanon.

Client service: "The senior clerk, Neil Palmer, always bends over backwards to provide you with the right barrister at short notice, at the right price depending on the dispute, the client and what you're looking for."

SILKS 

Philip Edey QC 
Well regarded for his expertise in international arbitrations, ad hoc or under various arbitral rules, such as the ICC, LMAA and LCIA. His diverse client base spans the globe and includes companies and individuals in an ever-growing list of jurisdictions including China, Singapore, India, Russia and the USA.
Strengths: "He's someone to whom I take difficult matters where I need a barrister with ferocious intellect and great cross-examination skills. Traditionally he's a man I go to when I can't think my way out of a problem."
Recent work: Involved in a challenge over whether a joint venture dispute should be resolved by means of arbitration in New York or litigation in Jersey.

Charles Kimmins QC 
Formidable international arbitration counsel, concentrating on arbitrations under the LCIA, LMAA and ICC. He is sought after for his significant experience in appeal applications under Sections 67, 68 and 69 of the Arbitration Act 1996.
Strengths: "He had perfect recollection; he seemed to be extremely sharp and extremely adept at understanding the issues, the relevant law and how it would be applied."

Duncan Matthews QC 
Provides robust international arbitration representation in disputes across a broad spectrum of industries. He regularly handles energy, banking and finance, joint venture, insurance and reinsurance, and international trade matters.
Strengths: "Incredibly bright and approachable." "Has backbone and is certainly tough."

JUNIORS 

Henry Byam-Cook 
Has a practice which covers a broad range of commercial matters including shipping and insurance. He has experience in handling arbitrations governed by the rules of a number of bodies including the ICC, LMAA, FOFSA and LCIA.
Strengths: "Very bright. A really good advocate who is hard-working and just a very straightforward individual."

Philip Riches 
Undertakes a wide array of disputes, with particular emphasis on shipping matters. His practice also takes in telecoms, trade, pharmaceuticals and energy arbitrations.
Strengths: "He's somebody who rolls up his sleeves and is also creative with his ideas about how to do things on cases." "Extremely user-friendly and clients like him. He writes very quickly and very well and knows arbitration inside out."

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From the Chambers Global guide

THE SET 

Historically known for its insurance expertise, 7KBW's general international arbitration practice is equally highly regarded by peers and clients, who state: "7KBW is very much at the heart of commercial arbitration." The set handles a wide array of court proceedings related to arbitration issues including applications under the Arbitration Act 1996 and disputes over the validity of arbitration agreements, as well as requests for the enforcement of arbitration awards.

Client service: "The clerking is excellent. I have never seen more supportive clerks in my life. Whether it be responding to questions, requests for numbers, or availability, they really seem to care about their people." The senior clerks are Greg Leyden and Bernie Hyatt.

SILKS 

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.
Strengths: "His mastery of the facts allowed him to demonstrate his very lucid writing skills and flawless oratory to a very impressed arbitral tribunal that was, frankly, spellbound."

David Edwards QC 
Well regarded for his international arbitration practice, with prowess in handling disputes relating to banking and finance, international trade, insurance and reinsurance and professional negligence issues. He is adept at advising on or advocating foreign law cases, particularly when New York law is involved.
Strengths: "Very sharp and an excellent advocate, in terms of both his written and oral addresses to the court. An excellent cross-examiner."

Alistair Schaff QC 
An acclaimed international arbitration advocate and adviser with significant experience in insurance, energy and shipping-related disputes. He is experienced in acting as counsel and as arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. 
Strengths: "He is very user-friendly, hard-working and an impressive lawyer."

JUNIORS 

Michael Holmes 
Provides robust representation in international arbitrations and related court applications, and has particular expertise in the spheres of insurance and reinsurance, international trade and shipping.
Strengths: "Hugely knowledgeable and a terrific team player."

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Star Individuals

Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Toby Landau QC 
Widely acclaimed as "a superstar" for his expertise in acting as counsel and arbitrator in national and international courts and tribunals. He is frequently called on for high-value and complex cases involving commercial entities and sovereign states.
Strengths: "Absolutely brilliant in arbitration; he knows it inside out and is one of the best readers of the tribunal." "Phenomenally smart and incredibly thoughtful and reflective. You know he's always ten steps ahead of everybody else."
Recent work: Acted in Astro Nusantara v PT First Media, which concerned the enforcement of a foreign award under the New York Convention 1958 in the Court of First Instance in Hong Kong.

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Fountain Court Chambers

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Michael Crane QC of Fountain Court Chambers 
Has long-standing experience in handling commercial disputes by means of international arbitration. He is further noted for his expertise in product liability, particularly in relation to the aviation and pharmaceutical industries.
Strengths: "He's excellent - a delight to work with and extremely smooth." "A very polished performer."
Recent work: Represented the Czech Republic in its successful attempt to resist enforcement against it in England under the New York Convention of an arbitration award issued in Prague in favour of the claimant.

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Essex Court Chambers

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Graham Dunning QC 
A heavyweight of international commercial arbitration with long-standing experience of appearing before courts and arbitration panels domestically and abroad. He often represents high net worth individuals, financial institutions and large companies, among others.
Strengths: "Dunning is a fantastic trial advocate. He is incredibly well prepared, has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and is very good at jurisdictional matters."

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Colin Edelman QC of Devereux 
Sought after for his expertise in representing clients in high-value international arbitrations in connection with matters of insurance and reinsurance, energy and life sciences. He has experience of appearing before tribunals around the world including Bermuda, the Far East, Africa and the USA.
Strengths: "He is one of the smartest people I have come across." "He is hugely experienced, user-friendly and tenacious."

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Vernon Flynn QC 
Known for his significant expertise in handling domestic and international commercial disputes, including multi-jurisdictional arbitration. He has appeared before courts and tribunals in various jurisdictions including Dubai, Singapore, Stockholm and the Cayman Islands, acting on behalf of prominent individuals and major corporations.
Strengths: "He has a persuasive charm that makes every member of the team feel valued."

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

David Foxton QC 
Widely acclaimed as a "standout performer" who handles a host of arbitration issues including jurisdictional challenges under Section 68 and applications to appeal under Section 69 of the International Arbitration Act 1996. He appears before tribunals under the LCIA, LMAA, ICC, SIAC and ARIAS rules.
Strengths: "Absolutely amazing, he's an absolute supersilk. He has a phenomenal intellect and I've never seen anyone deal so well with difficult, stressed-out clients. He has a wonderful bedside manner." "Extremely clever, creative, and fantastic to work with."
Recent work: Acted in a high-profile multimillion-dollar dispute between Ukrainian oligarchs Viktor Mikhaylovich Pinchuk, Gennadiy Borisovich Bogolyubov and Igor Valeryevich Kolomoisky.

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

David Joseph QC 
Comes highly recommended for his broad commercial international arbitration practice that covers a wide array of industries including the energy, telecoms, construction, insurance, shipping and aerospace sectors.
Strengths: "A smooth, confident advocate." "A sound strategist and good at developing case theory."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Astro All Asia Networks in its claim against PT First Media and FM and others. This was an arbitration and subsequent enforcement court proceedings arising from the split of an Indonesian satellite TV joint venture.

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7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers Global guide

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.
Strengths: "His mastery of the facts allowed him to demonstrate his very lucid writing skills and flawless oratory to a very impressed arbitral tribunal that was, frankly, spellbound."

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3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers Global guide

Ali Malek QC of 3 Verulam Buildings 
Handles a broad range of international arbitration disputes regarding oil and gas, infrastructure and joint venture matters among others. He has considerable experience of appearing before tribunals in numerous cities including Amsterdam, The Hague, London and Stockholm.
Strengths: "His oversight, years of experience and gravitas are his main strengths. He's an excellent strategist." "A very smooth and persuasive advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the government of Egypt in its long-running dispute with Malicorp arising out of the termination of a ‘turnkey’ contract for the construction of an airport near the Red Sea.

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One Essex Court

From the Chambers Global guide

Laurence Rabinowitz QC 
Widely considered by clients and peers to be a "legend of his generation." He is celebrated for his broad international arbitration practice, and has long-standing expertise in issues relating to the energy and financial sectors among others.
Strengths: "Laurence is a completely stellar barrister. He has an outstanding ability to formulate a case in a way which will have a maximum appeal to the tribunal."

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Joe Smouha QC 
Widely considered as one of the strongest practitioners at the International Arbitration Bar due to his extensive experience in handling notable commercial disputes under a number of prominent arbitral institutions including the ICC and LCIA.
Strengths: "An incredibly clever lawyer, he's an absolutely first-rate advocate and brilliant at cross-examination."
Recent work: Represented Raytheon in its dispute with the Home Office concerning the remission of a GBP224 million arbitral award previously granted to it.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Michael Brindle QC of Fountain Court Chambers 
Highly regarded advocate for international arbitration, whether ad hoc or under the rules of governing arbitral bodies, including the LCIA, SIAC, the ICC and the City Disputes Panel. He is also noted for his experience sitting as an arbitrator in the UK and abroad.
Strengths: "Someone that you would trust to run the case properly, effectively and make the call strategically."

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Ricky Diwan QC 
Highly regarded for his international arbitration practice, which concentrates on commercial and investment issues. He has significant experience of arguing cases under a variety of laws and regulations and representing clients before national and international arbitral tribunals.
Strengths: "Ricky is meticulous, extremely hard-working and always on top of all the details."

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20 Essex Street

From the Chambers Global guide

Philip Edey QC 
Well regarded for his expertise in international arbitrations, ad hoc or under various arbitral rules, such as the ICC, LMAA and LCIA. His diverse client base spans the globe and includes companies and individuals in an ever-growing list of jurisdictions including China, Singapore, India, Russia and the USA.
Strengths: "He's someone to whom I take difficult matters where I need a barrister with ferocious intellect and great cross-examination skills. Traditionally he's a man I go to when I can't think my way out of a problem."
Recent work: Involved in a challenge over whether a joint venture dispute should be resolved by means of arbitration in New York or litigation in Jersey.

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7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers Global guide

David Edwards QC 
Well regarded for his international arbitration practice, with prowess in handling disputes relating to banking and finance, international trade, insurance and reinsurance and professional negligence issues. He is adept at advising on or advocating foreign law cases, particularly when New York law is involved.
Strengths: "Very sharp and an excellent advocate, in terms of both his written and oral addresses to the court. An excellent cross-examiner."

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Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Mark Howard QC of Brick Court Chambers 
Acclaimed for his significant experience in handling a wide range of arbitrations including those relating to the banking, energy, fraud, professional negligence and insurance and reinsurance sectors.
Strengths: "A fantastic cross-examiner who prepares really well and gets on top of the detail."

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20 Essex Street

From the Chambers Global guide

Charles Kimmins QC 
Formidable international arbitration counsel, concentrating on arbitrations under the LCIA, LMAA and ICC. He is sought after for his significant experience in appeal applications under Sections 67, 68 and 69 of the Arbitration Act 1996.
Strengths: "He had perfect recollection; he seemed to be extremely sharp and extremely adept at understanding the issues, the relevant law and how it would be applied."

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20 Essex Street

From the Chambers Global guide

Duncan Matthews QC 
Provides robust international arbitration representation in disputes across a broad spectrum of industries. He regularly handles energy, banking and finance, joint venture, insurance and reinsurance, and international trade matters.
Strengths: "Incredibly bright and approachable." "Has backbone and is certainly tough."

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Richard Millett QC 
Highly regarded for his handling of high-value international arbitrations for financial clients, significant individuals and international corporations. He handles institutional and ad hoc arbitrations and frequently appears in offshore jurisdictions.
Strengths: "He is a bright fellow; he is creative, accessible and easy to work with as part of the team." "He brings a huge amount of experience to his analysis of the situation and he has a good way of seeing the issue the way the Bench is likely to see it. You don't only get a strict legal analysis but also a judicial view of how it is likely to go."

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7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers Global guide

Alistair Schaff QC 
An acclaimed international arbitration advocate and adviser with significant experience in insurance, energy and shipping-related disputes. He is experienced in acting as counsel and as arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. 
Strengths: "He is very user-friendly, hard-working and an impressive lawyer."

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4 New Square

From the Chambers Global guide

Roger Stewart QC of 4 New Square 
Well respected for his international arbitration practice, which covers a wide range of disputes for numerous clients across the globe. He is particularly noted for his expertise in construction and insurance.
Strengths: "He is a formidable advocate who gets to the heart of matters quickly."
Recent work: Successfully set aside an arbitration award for the Home Office and obtained remission to a new tribunal in the case of Home Office v RSL.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Bankim Thanki QC of Fountain Court Chambers 
Well regarded for the breadth of his expertise in relation to international arbitration, he has handled a number of LCIA, SIAC and HKIAC arbitrations.
Strengths: "He is exceptionally good and brilliant at everything he does."
Recent work: Defended Sonera in an appeal by Çukurova Telecom challenging the enforcement of a Swiss ICC arbitration award.

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4 Pump Court

From the Chambers Global guide

Nigel Tozzi QC of 4 Pump Court 
Has a wide-ranging international arbitration practice representing clients in disputes in a variety of areas, including shipping, energy and insurance. He carries an enviable reputation, particularly for the quality of his advocacy.
Strengths: "A blindingly good advocate." "He's really organised, really methodical, highly logical and very thorough."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of an aerodynamic enhancements design company in its challenge against an aircraft manufacturer for breach of confidentiality and wrongful use of its designs.

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One Essex Court

From the Chambers Global guide

David Wolfson QC 
Respected for his expertise in banking and commercial dispute resolution, including expertise in litigation and arbitration. He is well versed in handling arbitrations under the ICC and LCIA.
Strengths: "David is a powerful advocate who communicates well with the tribunal and knows how to deal with difficult points."

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Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Stephen Midwinter QC of Brick Court Chambers 
Acts as an adviser and advocate in international arbitrations, either ad hoc or under the rules of a range of institutions, including the LCIA, ICC and Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. He handles a wide array of disputes, with a strong emphasis on insurance and reinsurance claims.
Strengths: "Exceptionally strong in both litigation and arbitration."

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Salim Moollan QC 
Acts on behalf of a range of clients including pharmaceutical corporations, communication companies and state-owned organisations in commercial arbitrations and related court applications under domestic and international law.
Strengths: "A smooth and assured advocate." "Fantastic and excellent on his feet."

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Ben Valentin QC of Fountain Court Chambers 
Handles an international arbitration practice that focuses on contractual disputes arising in the insurance and aviation industries. He is also an expert on matters concerning M&As and energy and carbon emissions.
Strengths: "He is absolutely terrific. He's terribly calm and understated but really quite impressive."
Recent work: Acted for Hellenic, a Greek energy corporation, seeking to set aside an arbitration award through a Section 67 Arbitration Act 1996 application.

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3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers Global guide

Christopher Harris of 3 Verulam Buildings 
Highly regarded for his expertise in representing clients in disputes relating to a wide array of industries. He is an expert in aircraft leasing, oil and gas matters and infrastructure projects.
Strengths: "His advocacy is very well presented, sleek and convincing."
Recent work: Represented Russia, resisting enforcement of arbitral awards for USD50 billion obtained by former shareholders of Yukos under the Energy Charter Treaty.

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Siddharth Dhar 
Highly distinguished junior who is frequently instructed as lead counsel in cases very rarely seen being undertaken by a barrister of his call. He has established himself as a go-to name for energy sector and investment treaty arbitrations.
Strengths: "Absolutely amazing junior; he is very hands-on and informed. He is accessible, friendly, and very quickly gets the confidence of the client."
Recent work: Acted as the sole lead advocate for the Republic of Albania in Albaniabeg & Others v Republic of Albania. This was a EUR450 million Energy Charter Treaty claim.

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

James Willan 
Provides robust representation when handling international arbitrations governed by ICC and LCIA rules. He is also well versed in oil rig disputes under the SCMA and LMAA rules.
Strengths: "Clearly frighteningly bright, he's very on the ball and understands very complex issues." "A real rising star."
Recent work: Defended Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation against the efforts of IPCO to enforce an arbitration award for over USD400 million under the New York Convention.

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20 Essex Street

From the Chambers Global guide

Henry Byam-Cook 
Has a practice which covers a broad range of commercial matters including shipping and insurance. He has experience in handling arbitrations governed by the rules of a number of bodies including the ICC, LMAA, FOFSA and LCIA.
Strengths: "Very bright. A really good advocate who is hard-working and just a very straightforward individual."

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7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers Global guide

Michael Holmes 
Provides robust representation in international arbitrations and related court applications, and has particular expertise in the spheres of insurance and reinsurance, international trade and shipping.
Strengths: "Hugely knowledgeable and a terrific team player."

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Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Fionn Pilbrow of Brick Court Chambers 
Acts on behalf of a variety of individuals and organisations including oil companies, telecommunication operators, insurers and reinsurers. He is experienced in disputes conducted under the ICC, LCIA, LMAA, ARIAS, the Swiss International Rules of Arbitration and the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.
Strengths: "He's very tenacious and a pleasure to work with."

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3 Verulam Buildings

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Rajesh Pillai of 3 Verulam Buildings 
Provides robust assistance in international arbitrations, and is often sought after for his expertise in offshore and foreign law disputes, particularly in connection with India.
Strengths: "He balances a huge workload with incisive strategic input; he is never too busy to help and excels as a problem solver."

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Iain Quirk 
Respected for providing robust representation in international arbitrations under the remit of the ICC, LMAA, AAA and LCIA among other arbitral institutions. His international arbitration experience covers a wide array of industries, and he regularly handles matters concerning the oil and gas, construction and telecommunications sectors.
Strengths: "Efficient, responsive, good with clients, and someone with a huge in-depth knowledge of all arbitration matters - he really is a specialist."

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20 Essex Street

From the Chambers Global guide

Philip Riches 
Undertakes a wide array of disputes, with particular emphasis on shipping matters. His practice also takes in telecoms, trade, pharmaceuticals and energy arbitrations.
Strengths: "He's somebody who rolls up his sleeves and is also creative with his ideas about how to do things on cases." "Extremely user-friendly and clients like him. He writes very quickly and very well and knows arbitration inside out."

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4 New Square

From the Chambers Global guide

George Spalton of 4 New Square 
Recommended for his expertise in international arbitration and his ability to work on disputes heard by national as well as international tribunals.
Strengths: "He's very well travelled - he's one of those barristers whose practice doesn't just operate out of London."

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Damien Walker 
Well regarded for having an arbitration practice that covers truly international commercial disputes, many of which give rise to issues of conflicts of law. He is experienced at handling proceedings governed by the majority of leading institutional rules.
Strengths: "He was a huge help in pulling together the factual and legal information and assisting with the pleadings."
Recent work: Represented three Cypriot companies, large shareholders of Ukrnafta, in an LCIA arbitration against Naftogaz in connection with a shareholder agreement.

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Essex Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Emily Wood 
Concentrates her practice on high-value, complex international commercial arbitration and has particular expertise in handling challenges to arbitral awards. She has substantial experience of arbitrations conducted under the ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules.
Strengths: "Very clever, sharp and knowledgeable about the law." "Her written advocacy is beautiful and her oral advocacy is pretty spectacular. She's really going from strength to strength."
Recent work: Represented Raytheon Systems in a case initiated against it by the Home Office challenging the arbitration award granted to the company for GBP224 million.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers Global guide

Nik Yeo of Fountain Court Chambers 
Provides solid assistance in international arbitrations concerning a variety of contentious matters including disputes across the IP, energy and insurance sectors.
Strengths: "Gets to grips with the issues of a case very quickly." "He is very committed and hard-working, and is articulate and quick thinking on his feet."

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