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.

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:  commercial litigation, insurance/reinsurance, aviation, share sales, financial services and banking, oil and gas, civil fraud, conflicts of laws, sports law, shipping, 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, a member of the LCIA, AIAC (Malaysia) and 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 also appeared as counsel in Federal Court (2016) 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 a major case before the Court of Appeal on issues of fundamental importance in the law of contract [2019] EWCA Civ 596, a four week hearing in the Commercial Court on aviation leasing [2018] EWHC 3315 (Comm), a share sale appeal [2018] EWCA Civ 2744, an Insolvency Act 1986 appeal, an oil & gas appeal [2018] EWCA Civ 25, two trusts cases in the Privy Council [2017] UKPC 44, and [2017] UKPC 34, 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).