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 2022 Chambers & Partners UK and Global Directories and the 2022 Legal 500 Directory. The directories describe her as “incredibly bright” and “very talented”, praising her ability as “a fearless advocate…” and recognising that she is “very cool, calm and easy to work with”. She is listed as a leading silk in the fields of commercial dispute resolution, insurance/reinsurance, international arbitration and professional negligence. In 2021, Rebecca won Professional Negligence Silk of the Year having previously been nominated in 2018, and in 2020, was nominated for Insurance Silk of the Year at the Chambers Bar Awards.
Current and recent cases include: instructions in relation to Carillion; ICC arbitrations in Paris acting for a Middle Eastern government concerning oil and gas concession agreements (hearings in each of 2011-2019 and pending in 2020); insurance and reinsurance work, including Teal v. Berkley (Supreme Court 2017: allocation of claims to reinsurance programme) and advice and arbitrations concerning political risks insurance, contingency insurance and D&O cover (2016-2020); Manchester Building Society v. Grant Thornton (appeal to the Supreme Court to be heard in 2020) and the PwC v Cattles litigation.
Rebecca is a supporting member of the LMAA and a member of the LCIA. She is willing to accept appointments as arbitrator. She has been appointed as arbitrator in LMAA, LCIA, SCC and ad hoc arbitrations.
Rebecca has appeared as counsel in ICC, LCIA, LMAA, ARIAS, Bermuda Form and ad hoc arbitrations.
“Rebecca is very bright, highly user-friendly and someone who is developing considerable authority as a silk”.Chambers & Partners 2020 Guide.
Rebecca is listed as a leading silk in the field of Commercial Dispute Resolution in the 2020 edition of Chambers & Partners and the 2020 edition of the Legal 500. Rebecca has a diverse commercial practice. Her expertise and experience includes claims under contracts for oil exploration and production, issues arising from gas supply contracts, letters of credit, hedge fund management, private equity, bond sales, share sale agreements and long term supply contracts. Her clients include banks, hedge funds, private equity funds and major commodities trading companies.
“Very talented” “Political and war risks, professional indemnity and reinsurance disputes form key components of her practice” Chambers and Partners 2020.
“A fearless advocate with outstanding experience of insurance law” Legal 500 2020.
Rebecca is listed as a leading silk in the field of insurance and reinsurance in the 2020 edition of Chambers & Partners and the 2020 edition of the Legal 500. She acts on behalf of both insureds and insurers. She is familiar with a wide range of insurance and reinsurance policies. Recent instructions include cases concerning war risks (2019), contingency insurance (2018), political risk insurance (LCIA arbitration heard in 2016), business interruption insurance, financial institutions insurance (including D&O policies), professional indemnity insurance and a cargo open cover. She has experience of Bermuda Form arbitrations.
“Highly regarded for her expertise in multimillion-pound LCIA and ICC arbitrations. She is frequently instructed by top-tier law firms.” “A very good advocate – clear, persuasive and puts forward the case concisely and in a very attractive way” Chambers and Partners 2020.
Much of Rebecca’s recent work has been in the field of International Arbitration. She has appeared as counsel in LMAA, LCIA, ARIAS, Bermuda Form and ICC arbitrations. She has been appointed as arbitrator in LMAA, LCIA, SCC and ad hoc arbitrations. Rebecca is familiar with issues concerning jurisdiction and the proper conduct of arbitrations. She has settled and appeared on applications for permission to appeal from arbitration awards and applications to remit for misconduct. Rebecca is listed as a leading silk in the field of International Arbitration in the 2020 edition of Chambers & Partners.
Rebecca is willing to accept appointments as an arbitrator. She is a supporting member of the LMAA and a member of the LCIA.
“She is authoritative, superbly well prepared and approachable.” “A very confident, experienced and clever barrister who works extremely hard as a natural extension of the team. She is always unafraid to challenge views. She is super with clients and performed very well on her feet, with detailed and effective cross-examination” Chambers and Partners 2020.
“Very cool, calm and easy to work with” Legal 500 2020.
Rebecca is listed as a leading silk in the field of professional negligence in the 2020 edition of Chambers & Partners and the 2020 edition of the Legal 500. She has exceptional experience of claims against auditors, as well as broader experience of claims for professional negligence against accountants, solicitors, insurance brokers, engineers, bookmakers, valuers and other professionals.
Rebecca appears regularly in the Commercial Court and in LCIA and LMAA arbitrations. Her experience and expertise includes disputes concerning charterparties, bills of lading, long term COAs, shipbuilding, ship sale and ship finance.
Court of Appeal judgment on construction and estoppel in ABN Amro v RSA
7 King’s Bench Walk celebrates success at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2021
7KBW nominated for 8 awards at the Chambers Bar Awards 2021
Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC named Barrister of The Week by The Lawyer
7KBW team succeeds in seminal Supreme Court case on the “scope of duty” principle
Director of Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited
Member of COMBAR. Formerly served on the COMBAR Executive Committee
Supporting member of the LMAA
Member of the LCIA
Bencher of Gray’s Inn