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Queen’s Counsel

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Gavin Kealey QC

Gavin Kealey QC

Silk: 1994 | Call: 1977

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.

Timothy Saloman QC

Timothy Saloman QC

Silk: 1993 | Call: 1975

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.

Jonathan Gaisman QC

Jonathan Gaisman QC

Silk: 1995 | Call: 1979

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.

Dominic Kendrick QC

Dominic Kendrick QC

Silk: 1997 | Call: 1981

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.

Alistair Schaff QC

Alistair Schaff QC

Silk: 1999 | Call: 1983

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.

Stephen Hofmeyr QC

Stephen Hofmeyr QC

Silk: 2000 | Call: 1982

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.

Adam Fenton QC

Adam Fenton QC

Silk: 2003 | Call: 1984

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”.

Stephen Kenny QC

Stephen Kenny QC

Silk: 2006 | Call: 1987

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).

Richard Southern QC

Richard Southern QC

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.

Robert Bright QC

Robert Bright QC

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).

David Bailey QC

David Bailey QC

Silk: 2006 | Call: 1989

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.

David Edwards QC

David Edwards QC

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.

Julia Dias QC

Julia Dias QC

Silk: 2008 | Call: 1982

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.

David Allen QC

David Allen QC

Silk: 2008 | Call: 1990

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.

S J Phillips QC

S J Phillips QC

Silk: 2009 | Call: 1993

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.

Siobán Healy QC

Siobán Healy QC

Silk: 2010 | 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.

James Drake QC

James Drake QC

Silk: 2011 | Call: 1998

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.

Peter MacDonald Eggers QC

Peter MacDonald Eggers QC

Silk: 2011 | Call: 1999

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.

Andrew Wales QC

Andrew Wales QC

Silk: 2012 | Call: 1992

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.

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC

Silk: 2012 | Call: 1993

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.

Richard Waller QC

Richard Waller QC

Silk: 2012 | Call: 1994

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.

Jawdat Khurshid QC

Jawdat Khurshid QC

Silk: 2018 | 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.

James Brocklebank QC

James Brocklebank QC

Silk: 2018 | Call: 1999

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).

Michael Holmes QC

Michael Holmes QC

Silk: 2021 | 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.

Charles Priday

Charles Priday

Call: 1982

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

Gavin Geary

Call: 1989

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.

Timothy Kenefick

Timothy Kenefick

Call: 1996

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 Bignall

John Bignall

Call: 1996

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 Holroyd

Charles Holroyd

Call: 1997

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 Kerr

Simon Kerr

Call: 1997

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

Benjamin Parker

Call: 2000

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 Gotts

Anna Gotts

Call: 2001

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 MacDonald

Alexander MacDonald

Call: 2001

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.

Josephine Higgs

Josephine Higgs

Call: 2000

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 Sutherland

Jessica Sutherland

Call: 2003

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 Mander

Marcus Mander

Call: 2005

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.

N G Casey

N G Casey

Call: 2005

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

Richard Sarll

Call: 2005

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

Emma Hilliard

Call: 2006

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 Cowey

Sarah Cowey

Call: 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 Ananda

Sushma Ananda

Call: 2007

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 Martin

Sarah Martin

Call: 2008

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 Healy

Sandra Healy

Call: 2007

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) [2017].

Adam Turner

Adam Turner

Call: 2008

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.

Elizabeth Lindesay

Elizabeth Lindesay

Call: 2009

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 Jenns

Tim Jenns

Call: 2009 (New Zealand, 1998)

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.

Jocelin Gale

Jocelin Gale

Call: 2009

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 Howie

Keir Howie

Call: 2010

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

Michael Ryan

Call: 2011

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 Wright

Harry Wright

Call: 2012

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 Du

Stephen Du

Call: 2012

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 Robinson

Jason Robinson

Call: 2012

Jason has an established commercial practice and substantial trial experience. 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.

Clara Benn

Clara Benn

Call: 2012

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.

Andrew Pearson

Andrew Pearson

Call: 2013

Andrew has developed an impressive and diverse commercial practice.  He has about a particular interest in civil fraud, as well as international trade, shipping, insurance and reinsurance.  Many of his cases concern very substantial sums of money.

James Goudkamp

James Goudkamp

Call: 2014

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 Aspin

Philip Aspin

Call: 2014

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$200m+ shipbuilding arbitration, 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.

Frederick Alliott

Frederick Alliott

Call: 2015

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 Morley

Ralph Morley

Call: 2016

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 Moore

Henry Moore

Call: 2016

Henry is a commercial barrister specialising in complex disputes. He acts principally for corporate entities in heavy commercial litigation and international arbitration across the following practice areas: commercial disputes, energy, civil fraud, international trade, jurisdiction and procedure, insurance and reinsurance, and financial services.

Daniel Corteville

Daniel Corteville

Call: 2016

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 [2019] 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 Ashwell

Henry Ashwell

Call: 2017

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 Grant

Douglas Grant

Call: 2018

Douglas is a commercial barrister specialising in arbitration, insurance, civil fraud, commodities, shipping and general commercial disputes.


Douglas’ recent work includes Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance (UK) Ltd and others [2021] UKSC 1, a leapfrog appeal to the Supreme Court concerning insurance cover for business interruption losses arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic; a US$30m claim under an offshore CAR insurance policy; and an LCIA arbitration between two Ukrainian businesspeople involving allegations of fraud and forgery.

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 Jacobs

Rebecca Jacobs

Call: 2018

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 Payne

Charlotte Payne

Call: 2019

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 Gibbon

Julia Gibbon

Call: 2019

Julia practises across all areas of commercial law, with a particular emphasis on insurance, jurisdiction / conflict of laws, professional negligence, shipping, civil fraud, and commodities. She accepts instructions as junior counsel and on her own in all of 7KBW’s specialist areas.

Julia’s current led work includes a jurisdiction dispute in relation to a sovereign debt claim, and a product liability matter. She regularly appears as sole counsel in the County Court.

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James Bailey

Call: 2020

James joined 7KBW on successful completion of his pupillage in September 2021.

During his pupillage, James gained experience in all of chambers’ main practice areas, including commercial disputes, insurance and reinsurance, shipping and civil fraud.  He is currently instructed in claims involving misdelivery of a cargo of oil and an agent’s entitlement to commission on the sale of a super yacht.

Adam van Schaik

Adam van Schaik

Call: 2020

Adam is developing a broad practice across all areas of commercial law, including insurance and reinsurance, shipping and shipbuilding, international arbitration, commodities, jurisdiction and conflict of laws, civil fraud, energy and natural resources, professional negligence and aviation. Adam accepts instructions in all of 7KBW’s practice areas.

Lord Mance

Lord Mance

Call: 1965

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.

Sir Stephen Tomlinson

Sir Stephen Tomlinson

Call: 1974

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

Sir Jeremy Cooke

Call: 1976

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 Rai SA

Ritin Rai SA

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.

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Francis Reynolds QC (Hon)

Francis Reynolds Q.C.(Hon.), D.C.L., F.B.A. is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Oxford, and the writer over a period of 40 years of Bowstead and Reynolds on Agency (which has now been taken over by a colleague, but he remains involved in parts of it); also of parts of Carver on Bills of Lading, Benjamin’s Sale of Goods, Chitty on Contracts and English Private Law.

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Professor Alan Dignam QC (Hon)

Dr. Alan Dignam is Professor of Corporate law at the School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1990, completed the Common Professional and the Law Society Final Exams in 1992 before returning to Dublin to pursue his Doctorate, graduating from Dublin City University in 1995.

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Professor Howard Bennett

Howard Bennett read English and French Law at King’s College, London and the Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne).

After reading for the Bar, he pursued postgraduate studies, again at King’s College, before becoming a lecturer at the University of Nottingham in 1989. He was appointed to the Hind Chair of Commercial Law in 2001.

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