International Barristers

International Litigation

Jurisdictions served from 39 Essex Chambers’ international offices

Barristers at 39 Essex Chambers act for clients all over the world, including, among other countries, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and mainland China, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Korea, India, Bangladesh, Ireland, Namibia, the USA, Papua New Guinea, Russia, South Africa, Trinidad, Jamaica and Latin American countries.

39 Essex Chambers offers the services of members based in our Singapore and Kuala Lumpur offices and of members resident in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and South Africa.

We accept instructions on referral from UK or international law firms and directly from foreign law firms or clients.

Practice areas

Civil Liability

  • Clinical negligence
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • International personal injury and conflict of laws
  • Product liability
  • Professional negligence
  • Property damage/material loss
  • Sea and aviation accidents
  • Sport
  • Toxic torts
  • Trust and contentious probate

Commercial law

  • International commercial arbitration
  • High-value commercial transactions
  • Corporate
  • Joint venture and shareholder disputes
  • Construction and engineering projects
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Insurance
  • Product liability
  • Public international law

Environmental law

  • Common law environmental matters
  • Planning law regimes
  • Toxic torts
  • International treaty regimes governing natural resources and land uses
  • Legal issues arising from natural and man-made disasters and catastrophes

Public law

Administrative law issues, including:

  • Judicial review challenge
  • Human rights
  • Constitutional actions
  • Regulatory issues

International Offices

Singapore OfficeKuala Lumpur Office
Maxwell Chambers
32 Maxwell Road #02-16
Singapore 069115
Tel: +(65) 6634 1336
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#02-09, Bangunan Sulaiman,
Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin,
50000 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia
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Singapore Office

Kuala Lumpur Office

Who to contact

David Barnes

David Barnes is the Chief Executive & Director of Clerking for the International Litigation team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


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Call: +44 (0)20 7832 1115


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Simon Goldblatt QC

Simon Goldblatt QC

Call: 1953 Silk: 1972

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

Call: 1969 Silk: 1987

Nigel Pleming QC

Nigel Pleming QC

Call: 1971 Silk: 1992

Augustus Ullstein QC

Augustus Ullstein QC

Call: 1970 Silk: 1992

Hodge Malek QC

Hodge Malek QC

Call: 1983 Silk: 1999

Stuart Catchpole QC *

Stuart Catchpole QC *

Call: 1987 Silk: 2002

Adrian Hughes QC

Adrian Hughes QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Charles Manzoni QC

Charles Manzoni QC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2009

Peter Rees QC

Peter Rees QC

Call: 2014 Silk: 2009

Sean Wilken QC

Sean Wilken QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2010

Hefin Rees QC

Hefin Rees QC

Call: 1992 Silk: 2013

Marion Smith QC

Marion Smith QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2015

Deok Joo Rhee QC

Deok Joo Rhee QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Karim Ghaly QC

Karim Ghaly QC

Call: 2001 Silk: 2017

Karen Gough

Karen Gough

Call: 1983

Loretta Malintoppi
Adam Robb

Adam Robb

Call: 1995

Jess Connors

Jess Connors

Call: 2000

Christopher Staker
Ben Olbourne

Ben Olbourne

Call: 2003

Alexandra Bodnar

Alexandra Bodnar

Call: 2004

Rachael O'Hagan

Rachael O'Hagan

Call: 2006

Rebecca Drake

Rebecca Drake

Call: 2007

Patrick Hennessey
Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Call: 2010

Stephen Kosmin

Stephen Kosmin

Call: 2011

James Potts

James Potts

Call: 2011

Yash Bheeroo

Yash Bheeroo

Call: 2011

Cleon Catsambis

Cleon Catsambis

Call: 2011

Samar Abbas

Samar Abbas

Call: 2011

Jonathan Darby

Jonathan Darby

Call: 2012

Paul Hayes

Paul Hayes

Call: 2005

Vincent Nelson QC

Vincent Nelson QC

Call: 1980 Silk: 2001

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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