Legal 500

Set Overview

7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘a great pedigree’ with ‘real depth of expertise’. It is ‘renowned as the premier set for insurance disputes’ but is ‘extraordinarily strong and versatile in virtually all commercial practice areas’. ‘Chambers has increasingly recognised the need to reach out to solicitors and has become even more commercial in its approach as a result.’ Practice development and marketing director Brian Lee is ‘a particular asset to the set’; some say ‘there is a noticeable change in the set’s approach to marketing and profile raising since he joined in 2015’. Jointly led by Bernie Hyatt and Greg Leyden, the ‘first-class’ clerking team is trusted by solicitors ‘to provide the right person for the job at hand’, and ‘they adopt a refreshingly straightforward and transparent approach to discussions concerning fees’. Hyatt has been ‘a life-saver on more than one occasion’ and Leyden ‘goes the extra mile’. 

Legal 500 2016

With ‘barristers of the highest standard’, 7 King’s Bench Walk leads in insurance law and also has a strong presence in commercial litigation. The set recently hired practice development and marketing director Brian Lee, who brings wealth of international and commercial connections from his previous position as 20 Essex Street’s joint senior clerk. Solicitors have ‘no doubt his recruitment will make a difference to the profile of the set’, which is considered ‘a quiet powerhouse’. Lee works closely with senior clerks Bernie Hyatt and Greg Leyden, who are ‘always there to help and to respond quickly to requests’. Eddie Johns is ‘a man of his word’, and Gary Rose is ‘highly accommodating’. Together, they make up ‘a very strong clerking team’ that provides ‘an excellent service’, ‘working very hard to find the right person for every job’.
Legal 500 2015
 
7 King’s Bench Walk covers the full spectrum of commercial law, but is ‘without any shadow of doubt the premier insurance and reinsurance set in the country’, with ‘great strength in depth at all levels’. The set has ‘a number of very strong practitioners’, and other areas of strength include international arbitration, commodities, energy and shipping. ‘The clerks are always obliging and helpful – nothing is too much trouble.’ The two senior clerks, Bernie Hyatt and Greg Leyden, are ‘hugely well liked and respected’. They are assisted by the ‘excellent’ Eddie Johns and the ‘fantastically pleasant and efficient’ Gary Rose. Offices in: London 
Legal 500 2014
 

Insurance

7 King’s Bench Walk is the ‘pre-eminent insurance set’, and the barristers are ‘astounding across the board’. The clerks’ room is ‘highly personal’ and ‘they remember you by name and are very friendly to deal with’. Members featured prominently in several recent key trials, including the Alexandros T dispute and Rathbone Brothers v Novae.
Legal 500 2015
 
7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘the highest rated set for insurance and reinsurance litigation expertise’, and fields ‘highly knowledgeable and user-friendly’ barristers. Marine and energy are particular areas of expertise and, in 2013, the set handled numerous disputes arising from the financial crisis, including FSA investigations and mis-selling of financial products. Head of chambers Gavin Kealey QC’s recent highlights include leading trial lawyers from four US law firms for insurers in a major arbitration relating to a $100m professional liability claim. Dominic Kendrick QC has been instructed by the Law Society in a personal injury insurance test case; and Timothy Kenefick is acting for Liberty Corporate Capital Ltd in a $20m professional indemnity dispute. 
Legal 500 2014
 
7 King’s Bench Walk is the ‘pre-eminent’ insurance and reinsurance set, with ‘great strength in depth’ at all levels, and is particularly strong in Bermuda form litigation and marine matters. 
Legal 500 2013
 

Commercial Litigation

7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘perhaps best known for its insurance expertise, but it is impressive too in the general commercial and energy spheres’. Members have been involved on some colossal cases, including Excalibur Ventures v Texas Keystone and Gulf Keystone. As well as the barristers, clients recommend the ‘highly professional and accommodating clerks’. 
Legal 500 2015
 
7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘a really nice set to work with; very helpful and always willing to take on short-notice urgent work’. The counsel, who are particularly strong on the insurance side, are ‘extremely intelligent and knowledgeable’ and there is ‘a strong crop of senior juniors on the rise’. A recent highlight was Excalibur Ventures v Texas Keystone, which involved members of chambers. 
Legal 500 2014
 
7 King’s Bench Walk’s barristers and clerks are praised for their ‘speed of response and reliability’. 
Legal 500 2013

 

Commodities

7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘a highly regarded set and rightly so, as it has many stars and attracts good-quality pupils’. Robert Bright QC recently won a dispute for Glencore against Ghanaian buyers of crude oil contracts; and Richard Southern QC represented Glencore in a $100m crude oil dispute.
Legal 500 2015
 
7 King’s Bench Walk has become ‘one of the pre-eminent sets for complex commodities disputes’. From junior to senior level the set can be ‘trusted to do a good job across the board’.  
Legal 500 2014
 

Energy

‘The premier set for energy-related insurance disputes’, 7 King’s Bench Walk is also ‘strong in commodities trading disputes and shipping-related matters’.

Legal 500 2015
 
7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘very strong in energy matters’, fielding members with notable commodities and insurance related experience. For some, it is ‘a go-to set for marine-related energy matters’. 
Legal 500 2014
 

International Arbitration – Counsel

7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘an excellent set providing excellent service’ and ‘outstanding practitioners at every level’. The members are particularly known for their insurance and reinsurance, shipping and commodities related expertise. ‘The clerks are all approachable and friendly and quick to respond to any queries.’

Legal 500 2015

 

International Arbitration: General Commercial & Insurance

7 King’s Bench Walk is praised for its ‘excellent strength in depth and commercial approach’, and some say that ‘pound for pound it is easily the best chambers at the commercial Bar’. The set contains counsel of ‘varying degrees of experience’, who advise on international trade and commodities, shipping and insurance matters. 
Legal 500 2014
 
Clients rate 7 King’s Bench Walk ‘very highly for the quality of its clerks and barristers’, and it is particularly highlighted for insurance and shipping-related disputes. The set also has ‘a deep bench of juniors to support its star silks’
Legal 500 2013

 

Professional Negligence

7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘one of the foremost sets for professional negligence disputes with undoubted expertise in this area’ and ‘very high-calibre tenants’. It is particularly noted for its expertise in accounting and finance professional negligence. High-profile cases included Cattles and Welcome Financial Services v PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Legal 500 2015
 
7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘really first-rate for finance and accounting related professional negligence claims’. Recent cases include Cattles Ltd and Welcome Financial Services Ltd v PwC, which was an auditors’ negligence claim, and Primary Capital v Ernst & Young, regarding alleged negligence in conducting due diligence. 
Legal 500 2014
 
7 King’s Bench Walk retains ‘a very strong reputation in insurance work’. 
Legal 500 2013
 

Shipping

‘A very strong set’ with ‘great strength in depth’ 7 King’s Bench Walk has a ‘fantastic reputation for shipping’ and a ‘strong conveyor belt of talent coming through’. Headline cases included Ocean Victory, Atlas Navios v Navigators (B Atlantic) and Suez Fortune Investments v Talbot Underwriting (Brillante Virtuoso).
Legal 500 2015
 
7 King’s Bench Walk’s ‘very approachable’ set is ‘excellent for shipping and is also recommended for insurance-related matters’. Recent key work includes appearing in the high-profile case, Alexandros T, as well as Kuwait Rocks v AMN Bulkcarriers, which ruled that the obligation on a time charterer to make punctual payment of hire is a condition. 
Legal 500 2014
 
7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘an approachable set, with efficient clerks’, and has ‘a fantastic reputation for shipping work’. 
Legal 500 2013