His main fields of practice are general commercial and contractual disputes, energy, civil/commercial fraud, jurisdiction and procedure, international trade, insurance and reinsurance, and financial services.
Gavin Kealey is acknowledged to be one of England’s leading Commercial QCs practising at the English Bar. Gavin is a Deputy High Court Judge assigned to the Commercial Court in London (from where he has delivered some important judgments), and also Head of Chambers at 7 King’s Bench Walk.
Silk: 1994 | Call: 1977
Principal areas of practice: shipping contracts, insurance contracts (marine and non-marine), shipbuilding and sale contract disputes, and jurisdiction and injunction disputes.
Tim has extensive experience as an advocate in the UK and overseas courts, and before arbitration tribunals. He has been recognised as a leading practitioner in editions of Chambers and Partners, the Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and Legal Experts.
Silk: 1993 | Call: 1975
Jonathan Gaisman QC is named by Chambers and Partners 2019 as a Star at the Bar. He is one of only five star individuals in the Commercial Dispute Resolution section of Chambers and Partners 2020. He was Chambers’ Commercial Litigation Silk of the Year in 2009 and 2014, and shortlisted again in 2016. He was Chambers’ Insurance Silk of the Year in 2006.
Silk: 1995 | Call: 1979
Dominic Kendrick QC has decided to step back from acting as counsel in large trials to focus more on sitting as an arbitrator, but continues to advise clients in consultation and in writing and will act as counsel in short cases. In this capacity, he is currently (June 2020) engaged in Business Interruption and Event Cancellation insurance claims and aggregation issues, arising out of Covid 19 as well as oil and gas and long term shipping contracts, also affected by the downturn due to Covid 19.
Silk: 1997 | Call: 1981
Alistair Schaff QC practises both as a barrister and as an arbitrator specialising in international commercial law. He is a leading commercial Silk, particularly in the fields of international arbitration, insurance and reinsurance, and shipping/international trade.
Silk: 1999 | Call: 1983
Stephen Hofmeyr QC is a leading commercial barrister with a wide-ranging international commercial law practice.
He is described in the leading legal directories as “one of the commercial Bar’s best all round counsel”with a “keen eye for detail”, “a heavyweight in this field” widely regarded as “one of the nicest insurance silks at the Bar” and one who “fights his corner very hard”. He is very much a “team player”, operates an informal “hands-on” approach and is very accessible.
Silk: 2000 | Call: 1982
Adam is recommended in the current main directories. Under Insurance and Reinsurance in Chambers and Partners 2017 he is known for his “enormous attention to detail” and “is an excellent lawyer, who is very thoughtful and able to assist with the early resolution of matters”.
Silk: 2003 | Call: 1984
Stephen Kenny QC acts as an advocate in commercial litigation and arbitration, and advises on all stages of the conduct of such proceedings. He also has a significant advisory practice, particularly in relation to insurance matters. He is ranked as a leading silk for Shipping and Commodities by Chambers and Partners (2018); and for Commodities, Energy, Insurance and Reinsurance; International Arbitration and Shipping by The Legal 500 (2017).
Silk: 2006 | Call: 1987
Richard Southern specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, including shipping, energy, commodities and international trade, as well as professional negligence, marine and non-marine insurance, and reinsurance.
As a silk, Richard’s work has included a wide range of litigation and arbitration.
Silk: 2006 | Call: 1987
Robert Bright practises primarily as an advocate and case-leader with experience in a broad range of commercial litigation.
He is generally regarded as one of the Bar’s leading Silks in Shipping and Commodities and has a top-tier ranking in both fields (Chambers & Partners, Legal 500).
Silk: 2006 | Call: 1987
David Bailey QC is one of the country’s leading commercial silks. He specialises in all aspects of commercial law and is regularly sought after for his expertise in shipping (including super-yacht), insurance and jurisdictional disputes. High profile cases in which David has recently appeared include leading for the appellants in Enka v Chubb and The Alexandros T in the Supreme Court, acting for Lloyds Bank in relation to PPI, The Atlantik Confidence, the SBM/MPOUstor and the West Tankers litigation. Much of David’s practice is in arbitration.
Silk: 2006 | Call: 1989
David Edwards specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, both as an advocate and as an advisor, in particular in insurance and reinsurance where he is acknowledged as one of the leading silks at the bar, banking and finance, professional negligence, commercial arbitration and shipping and international trade.
Silk: 2006 | Call: 1989
Julia Dias graduated from Cambridge University in 1981 with a triple 1st in law. She joined 7KBW in 1985 as their first female tenant and rapidly acquired a formidable reputation as a leading commercial junior before taking silk in 2008. She is also a member of the Gibraltar Bar, to which she was called in 1994.
Silk: 2008 | Call: 1982
David Allen QC is a leading commercial lawyer in high demand for his well respected court, arbitration and advisory practice.
He is described in the independent legal directories as “a truly brilliant, top quality, heavyweight commercial silk” and an “extraordinarily excellent advocate”. David is “widely respected for his capabilities in all manner of commercial disputes”, he “exudes confidence” and is “very user friendly.”
Silk: 2008 | Call: 1990
Stephen practices commercial law, predominantly insurance and reinsurance, but also has substantial experience in shipping and the carriage of goods, banking and international finance, domestic and cross-border sale of goods and services, oil and gas, information technology and procurement and international credit mechanisms.
Silk: 2009 | Call: 1993
Siobán practises commercial law including arbitration, insurance and reinsurance, international carriage of goods and commodities, shipping, professional negligence, conflict of laws and jurisdiction disputes, and banking.
Siobán acted for the lead Claimants in the litigation arising out of the Buncefield explosion and for the appellant reinsurers in Wasa v. Lexington, one of the last ever judgments to be given by the House of Lords.
Silk: 2010 | Call: 1993
James Drake QC is an experienced advocate and arbitrator specialising in international commercial law, and is qualified in London, New York and Australia. He is also a qualified accountant, and therefore has a deep understanding of the commercial dimensions of legal disputes.
Silk: 2011 | Call: 1998
Peter MacDonald Eggers QC is a “very user-friendly and commercial barrister” who specialises in all aspects of commercial law, with a particular focus on insurance and reinsurance , shipping and transport, energy, commodities and international trade, financial services, professional negligence, and international investment projects.
Silk: 2011 | Call: 1999
Andrew Wales is well known for insurance and reinsurance, energy, shipping and professional negligence.
He also has significant experience in civil fraud and general commercial cases. His practice regularly involves issues of jurisdiction and conflict of laws. He regularly appears in the High Court and in arbitration and has also appeared several times in the Privy Council.
Silk: 2012 | Call: 1992
Rebecca is a leading English Queen’s Counsel. She has a wide ranging commercial practice, focussing particularly on insurance/reinsurance, accountants’ liability and general commercial disputes.
Rebecca is listed as a leading English silk in the 2020 Chambers & Partners UK and Global Directories and the 2020 Legal 500 Directory.
Silk: 2012 | Call: 1993
Richard specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, acting both as an advocate and in an advisory capacity. His practice covers all areas of commercial law, with an emphasis on insurance, reinsurance, shipping, civil fraud, banking and finance, energy, professional negligence and general commercial disputes. He has acted in a wide spectrum of cases of different types and sizes and has extensive experience of litigating in the commercial court and representing clients in all forms of arbitration.
Silk: 2012 | Call: 1994
Jawdat specialises in all aspects commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular prominence in insurance and reinsurance disputes, where he has long been acknowledged as a leading practitioner at the bar, and in cases concerned with civil fraud.
Silk: 2018 | Call: 1994
James has a broad practice encompassing all areas of commercial litigation, including conflicts of laws, energy and natural resources, product liability, banking and finance, international trade, and confidentiality and privilege.
He has a particularly prominent reputation in the areas of professional negligence, insurance and reinsurance, and commercial arbitration (often with an international element).
Silk: 2018 | Call: 1999
Michael specializes in all aspects of commercial law, including insurance and reinsurance, shipping and international trade, professional negligence (including underwriting agents, brokers and solicitors), conflict of laws and jurisdiction disputes, as well as more general commercial disputes. He appears regularly in the Commercial Court, and the Chancery Division of the High Court as well as in arbitration.
Silk: 2021 | Call: 1999
Charles Priday was the recipient of the Shipping Junior of the Year award at the Chambers Bar Awards 2014. He has also been voted one of the top 100 juniors at the UK Bar, out of more than 10,000.
Charles Priday specialises in all areas of commercial law, with a particular emphasis on shipping, shipbuilding, sale and carriage of goods, insurance, all aspects of international trade including banking, as well as general contractual disputes.
Gavin Geary’s practice encompasses most areas of commercial law seen in the Commercial Court and London arbitration, including shipping, trade, and carriage of goods, professional negligence, and insurance and reinsurance, as well as more general contractual disputes and general commercial law.
Tim has been practising as a commercial barrister since 1997 and specializes in a wide range of commercial disputes.
He acts in cases of all shapes and sizes, but has particular expertise in large-scale commercial litigation and is regularly instructed by major City law firms in high-value, high-profile cases.
John specialises in commercial law, in particular in the following areas: General Commercial Disputes, Insurance/Reinsurance, International Trade, Sale of Goods, Shipping, Carriage of Goods, Arbitration, Agency, Fraud, Professional Negligence (not medical). He has extensive experience of disputes concerning a wide range of commercial contracts. In the context of those disputes, he has dealt with a wide range of ancillary issues, including the jurisdiction of the court or arbitral tribunal, and various forms of injunctive relief.
Charles specialises in commercial law. He has a broad practice which includes general commercial disputes, insurance and reinsurance, sale of goods, shipping, international trade and conflicts of law.
Charles has wide experience of shipping arbitrations, including both charterparty and shipbuilding disputes. He has also acted in a number of substantial insurance and reinsurance arbitrations. He has frequently appeared before the Commercial Court.
Simon is a barrister specialising in commercial law and all aspects of commercial litigation and arbitration. He advises and acts in commercial disputes in a broad range of areas, with particular expertise in insurance and reinsurance, shipping, energy and natural resources, and professional negligence, as well as general commercial disputes. Simon is listed in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as a leading junior in insurance and reinsurance and in energy.
Benjamin Parker is a specialist commercial law barrister.
His breadth of experience and excellent reputation across the whole range of commercial disciplines are demonstrated by the fact that the legal directories rate him as a leading junior in all his practice areas—commercial law, insurance, shipping & commodities, and international arbitration. In those directories leading market participants describe him as a “class act” with “star quality”, who is “always a delight to work with”.
Anna specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration. Her practice covers all areas of commercial law, with a particular emphasis on insurance, reinsurance, shipping, sale of goods and general commercial disputes. However, Anna also has experience in a wide range of other areas, including: agency, construction, professional negligence, conflicts of laws, jurisdiction, road transport and energy.
Alexander specialises in all areas of commercial law practised at 7KBW, particularly international arbitration, energy, insurance and reinsurance, shipping and private international law.He is recommended in the legal directories as a leading junior in the fields of Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration, Insurance and Reinsurance, and Shipping. The Legal 500 describes him as ‘one of the stars of the Bar’. Alexander won Insurance Junior of the Year in the Chambers Bar Awards 2018.
Jo specialises in insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence, civil fraud, conflict of laws and jurisdiction and international arbitration. She is recommended as a leading junior for insurance in the current edition of Chambers & Partners where she is described as “absolutely phenomenal”, and also in Who’s Who Legal. In Legal 500 she is recommended as a leading junior for commercial litigation, insurance and reinsurance and professional negligence, and has been described in the directories as “absolutely brilliant”, “very focused” and “ferociously hard-working”.
Jessica has a wide-ranging commercial practice including shipping (particularly shipbuilding disputes), international trade, insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence, professional regulatory work (auditors), and private international law.
She regularly appears in Court and in International Arbitration proceedings (LCIA, LMAA, and Bermuda Form) and has been appointed as a sole arbitrator by the LCIA.
Marcus joined 7KBW in 2005. He specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration and is recognised by the directories as a leading junior. Marcus won the “Junior of the Year” award for Shipping in the Legal 500 UK Awards 2018. He was also shortlisted for International Arbitration “Junior of the Year” in the 2019 Legal 500 UK awards, and for “Shipping Junior of the Year” at the Chambers Bar Awards 2016.
Noel Casey is an advocate and a qualified Chartered Accountant.
He has experience of disputes arising out of a wide range of contracts, from share purchase agreements to reinsurance treaties, from charterparties to derivative instruments. In the context of those disputes, Noel has dealt with all manner of ancillary issues, including the jurisdiction of the court or arbitral tribunal, and various forms of injunctive relief.
Richard Sarll was called to the Bar in 2005 and specialises in disputes relating to commercial and admiralty law. He is particularly well-known for his work in shipping, commodities, insurance and reinsurance, energy, and shipbuilding disputes.
Richard is ranked as a leading junior in the fields of Shipping, Commodities, and Insurance by Legal 500, who place him in their Tier 1 category of juniors for both Shipping and Commodities.
Emma Hilliard has been described as “a rising star” (Chambers and Partners UK Bar 2014) and specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration with particular emphasis on various types of contractual disputes (having previously been a Supervisor in Contract Law at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, 2005-2006).
Sarah is currently on maternity leave and is not available to accept instructions.
Sarah practises in all areas of commercial law including insurance and reinsurance; shipping; international trade; sale of goods; professional negligence and private international law. Sarah has acted in cases on her own, as a junior and as part of a team of counsel, appearing in the High Court, County Courts and in arbitration (both in London and in Singapore).
Sushma has a broad commercial practice with a particular emphasis on insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence, shipping and international trade, and international arbitration.
Sushma has been instructed in a wide variety of commercial disputes both as sole counsel and as a junior. Sushma has appeared in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Commercial Court, county courts and in many international arbitrations.
Sarah joined 7KBW in 2008, following the completion of her pupillage.
Sarah specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, and has appeared as sole counsel in the Commercial Court, the London Mercantile Court and the County Court. Her practice covers all areas of commercial law, with an emphasis on insurance, reinsurance, shipping, admiralty, fraud, professional negligence, and commodities.
Sandra has a broad commercial practice with particular focus on insurance, shipping, commodities and energy.
Sandra regularly appears in Court and in International Arbitration proceedings. She has experience acting as sole advocate and with leading counsel. Recent work includes appearing in the Supreme Court in the jurisdiction dispute between hull & machinery insurers and the mortgagee bank in Aspen Underwriting Ltd and others v Credit Europe Bank NV and others (the Atlantik Confidence) .
Adam is an expert in commercial litigation and arbitration, acting for a broad range of UK and international clients. He has particular expertise in contractual disputes of all kinds; shipping and commodities; insurance and reinsurance; banking and finance; civil fraud; jurisdiction and the conflict of laws.
Liz’s practice covers a wide range of areas of commercial law, with particular emphasis on insurance and reinsurance, aviation, professional negligence and civil fraud. She acts both as an advocate and in an advisory role, both as sole counsel and as a junior, in court proceedings and in arbitration.
Tim joined 7KBW in October 2010. Before joining Chambers, Tim practised for 10 years as a solicitor and solicitor advocate in Clifford Chance LLP’s award winning Capital Markets and Litigation and Dispute Resolution departments in London. Prior to joining Clifford Chance, Tim was the Judge’s Clerk to the Chief Justice of New Zealand, Dame Sian Elias.
Tim has extensive experience in cross-border commercial litigation and arbitration as a solicitor and barrister.
Call: 2009 (New Zealand, 1998)
Jocelin’s practice covers all aspects of commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular emphasis on shipping, private international law, insurance and reinsurance, banking and professional negligence.
Since joining Chambers in 2011, Jocelin has appeared at all levels of the court system, including the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and the Court of Appeal.
Keir maintains a wide-ranging practice in commercial litigation and arbitration. He has particular expertise in civil fraud, insurance and reinsurance, shipping and international trade, and all aspects of private international law. He is frequently instructed in cases involving allegations of dishonesty, corruption and other serious misconduct. He is ranked in multiple practice areas by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.
Michael Ryan is a commercial barrister whose practice encompasses cross-border disputes, banking and finance, contentious company and insolvency litigation, insurance and professional liability.
Michael is recognised in the directories as a leading junior in the following four fields: Commercial Dispute Resolution, Civil Fraud, Insurance and Reinsurance, and Professional Negligence.
Harry is a commercial barrister who specialises in (re)insurance, professional negligence, aviation, shipping & shipbuilding, and other commercial disputes. During 2020, he appeared in the FCA Test Case on business interruption insurance claims arising from Covid-19 (recently decided by the Supreme Court); a Supreme Court appeal in a professional negligence claim against auditors (Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton); a shipbuilding case currently on appeal to the Court of Appeal (Shanghai Shipyard v Reignwood); and in a heavy and valuable High Court insurance trial, acting for the broker (ABN Amro v RSA and others).
Stephen practises in commercial law, with a particular focus in insurance and reinsurance, shipping, commodities, private international law and civil fraud. He is equally comfortable being instructed as sole counsel or as part of a team, and has also provided expert evidence on English law in foreign proceedings. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and is interested in expanding his practice to jurisdictions in the Far East such as China, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Jason has a broad commercial practice, with particular emphasis on shipping, insurance, construction, aviation, financial services, commodities and all aspects of international trade. He regularly appears as sole or junior counsel in both court and international arbitral proceedings and has extensive experience of obtaining freezing injunctions and other urgent relief in the High Court.
Recognised for two years running as one of the Legal 500’s “Top ten under eight years’ call” for Commercial Litigation, Clara maintains a broad practice, with a particular emphasis on private international law, civil fraud, insurance (including marine insurance), and shipping. Since joining Chambers in 2014, she has appeared in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, and the High Court, as well as in the DIFC Courts and LCIA, SIAC, and LMAA arbitration. Clara is one of the most junior appointees to the Attorney General’s Panel, as a result of which she has also gained experience of public law and employment matters.
James Goudkamp practises in all areas of commercial law although his principal interests are civil fraud, professional negligence and commercial tort law more generally. He regularly appears in the Commercial Court in these fields and has a growing appellate practice having recently appeared in the Supreme Court, Privy Council and Court of Appeal.
Philip maintains a broad practice encompassing shipping, insurance, civil fraud, and general commercial litigation. He has appeared as sole counsel in the Commercial Court and County Court, as well as being led in the Commercial Court and in arbitration. To give just a flavour of his practice, Philip’s current or recent instructions include a US$ 100m LCIA arbitration claim arising out of a coal offtake agreement, a Bermuda Form arbitration arising out of extensive criminal wrongdoing in a prominent US religious organisation, and a number of LMAA shipping matters ranging from a time charter safe port dispute to a claim by the bareboat charterers of a fleet of chemical tankers against the vessels’ former managers.
Fred has built up a busy practice in all areas of commercial law, with a particular emphasis on civil fraud, insurance and reinsurance, international trade and carriage of goods, professional negligence and shipping disputes. He is regularly instructed in a wide range of heavy commercial litigation and international arbitration. He is used to appearing on his own (including in the High Court) as well as working as part of a multi-counsel team.
Ralph practises across all areas of commercial law. Recent work has included acting for the successful claimants in a US$300m international arbitration; obtaining strike out of a £39m Commercial Court fraud claim on behalf of Ernst & Young; obtaining (as sole counsel) an asset disclosure order in the Commercial Court; a US$10m shipping arbitration concerning shipment of dangerous goods; appearing in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning the Insolvency Act; acting for a major auditor investigated by the Financial Reporting Council; a political risk insurance claim arising out of the Syrian Civil War and a variety of wet and dry shipping matters.
Henry is a commercial barrister specialising in complex disputes. He acts principally for corporate entities in heavy commercial litigation and international arbitration.
His main fields of practice are general commercial and contractual disputes, energy, civil/commercial fraud, jurisdiction and procedure, international trade, insurance and reinsurance, and financial services.
Daniel maintains a broad commercial practice in line with Chambers’ profile. His experience includes insurance and reinsurance, civil fraud, shipping, international arbitration, professional negligence and private international law.
Daniel accepts instructions as sole counsel and as part of a team. He has acted in his own right on matters in the County Court and High Court. His recent led work includes: acting in Yukos Finance BV & Others v Lynch & Others  EWHC 2621 (a dispute concerning an alleged conspiracy to rig a bankruptcy auction, governed by Russian law); resisting an urgent interim application for the payment of a “specified fund” into court; and advising on insurance coverage for losses arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Henry has a broad commercial practice with experience of Chambers’ core areas of expertise, including insurance and reinsurance, shipping, international arbitration, sale of goods and other commercial work.
Henry has been instructed in a variety of domestic and international commercial matters, including: a multi-million-dollar insurance arbitration, advising in relation to the US-Iran sanctions regime, a large-scale civil fraud case and a multi-million-dollar dry shipping arbitration. He has also completed secondments at several leading City law firms and appears regularly as sole counsel in the County Court.
Douglas joined 7KBW in September 2019 following the successful completion of his pupillage. As a pupil Douglas gained experience in all of Chambers’ practice areas, including shipping, insurance, international arbitration, civil fraud, professional negligence and general commercial disputes.
After joining Chambers Douglas spent three months as a Judicial Assistant in the Commercial Court, where he assisted in an eight-week civil fraud trial involving allegations of misrepresentation, deceit and conspiracy in relation to the sale of a major Ukrainian corporation.
Rebecca has a broad commercial practice, with a particular emphasis on insurance and reinsurance, international arbitration, shipping, conflicts of laws, and general commercial disputes. She has been instructed in matters spanning Chambers’ practice areas, on her own and as junior, in court and in arbitration. She has appeared as sole counsel in the High Court (Commercial Court and Queen’s Bench Division).
Charlotte joined 7KBW in September 2020 following the successful completion of her pupillage under Jessica Sutherland, Michael Holmes, Timothy Kenefick and Simon Kerr. As a pupil, Charlotte gained experience in all areas of Chambers’ practice, including insurance, reinsurance, shipping, professional negligence, international arbitration and general commercial disputes.
Since accepting tenancy, Charlotte has been instructed in both led and unled matters. Recent led work includes acting for international private equity funds in an US$80 million ship financing fraud claim. She is also instructed to appear as sole counsel in the county court in a quantum dispute.
Julia is developing a broad commercial practice in line with 7KBW’s profile. As a pupil she gained experience across a wide range of commercial disputes (including commodities, construction, energy and natural resources, civil fraud, injunctions, insurance, international arbitration, jurisdiction / conflict of laws, professional negligence and shipping) with a particular emphasis on insurance and international arbitration. She accepts instructions in all 7KBW’s specialist areas.
Lord Mance was Deputy President of the Supreme Court. He sat from 1993 to 1999 as a Commercial Judge, was appointed to the Court of Appeal in 1999, and to the House of Lords in 2005 where he spent four years as a Law Lord before becoming a Justice of the Supreme Court on its formation in 2009 and its Deputy President in 2017-2018.
Since joining 7 King’s Bench Walk, Lord Mance has been appointed in a wide range of arbitrations (in a majority of cases as sole arbitrator or chair, but also as a wing arbitrator) under ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICSID Rules and ad hoc in fields including insurance/reinsurance, energy, joint venture, construction and investment.
A former Head of Chambers, Sir Stephen Tomlinson was in practice as a barrister at 7 King’s Bench Walk from 1975 until 2000, appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1988.
In 2000 he was appointed a High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division where he sat principally in the Commercial Court. In 2010 he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal.
Sir Jeremy Cooke retired from the High Court Bench at Easter 2016, having been appointed in 2001. He sat regularly in the Commercial Court presiding over the full gamut of business conducted in that court and being the Judge in charge of that court from 2012 – 2014. He is now an international arbitrator and a Justice of the Dubai International Financial Court and an International Justice of the Singapore International Commercial Court.
Ritin started his career in 1998 as an Associate in the Business Practice Group of Jones Day in its Cleveland office before relocating to India to practice corporate law. He transitioned to a disputes practice in 2004 when he joined the Chambers of Ashok H. Desai, a Senior Advocate and formerly Attorney General for India. Ritin has been designated a Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court of India in 2019.