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 on insurance / reinsurance law), and also Head of Chambers at 7 King’s Bench Walk.

Gavin specialises in all areas of commercial law and has considerable expertise in contentious litigation in court and international arbitrations – with particular emphasis on contractual disputes of all kinds:  insurance/reinsurance, financial services and banking, commercial fraud, conflicts of laws, sports law, shipping and oil and gas, corporate/share valuations, and professional negligence. He is known for his meticulous preparation, incisive and effective examination of witnesses, team leadership, and complex legal argument at first instance and at all appellate levels up to the Supreme Court and Privy Council. Gavin also regularly accepts appointments as arbitrator and has vast international experience. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of JAMS International. As a result of his considerable international arbitration practice, Gavin is particularly familiar with New York, French, Colombian and Mexican laws of contract and insurance.  His considerable experience outside England as counsel and as arbitrator extends far and wide to such jurisdictions as New Zealand, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, France, Holland, Dubai, Singapore, Italy and the US. Gavin is accustomed to giving expert evidence on English law, and he has given expert evidence in both Federal and State courts of the United States by affidavit, by oral deposition and in trial, as well as in France, Norway, and Spain. He has also recently (2016) appeared as counsel in Federal Court in Memphis, Tennessee, to argue complex and novel issues of English law in response to the Federal Judge’s invitation to the parties to field English counsel to make the oral arguments

Recent cases include two trusts cases in the Privy Council ([2017] UKPC 44, and [2017] UKPC 34), an oil & gas appeal in the Court of Appeal ([2018] EWCA Civ 25), a four week hearing in the Commercial Court on aviation leasing (judgment awaited, 2018), international arbitrations (as counsel and as arbitrator) in the UK and Bermuda involving toxic chemicals, medical malpractice, pharmaceutical products, (2013 – 2017), US litigation and international arbitration involving medical devices (2016/7), international aviation arbitration (2016/7), Ace Capital v Brit & QBE [2016] LRIR 253, a series of arbitrations in New Zealand (2013 – 2015) on behalf of NZ insureds arising out of the Christchurch earthquakes, acting for BAT Industries in defending billion dollar claims relating to environmental pollution caused by PCBs in Missouri and Michigan (2012 – 2014), claims exceeding $100 million against US manufacturers of toxic products (2013 – 2015), and also acting in punitive damages indemnity claim following a fatal aircraft disaster (2014).