Disaster & Group Litigation

Disaster & Group Litigation

What our barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers has acted for one or more parties in nearly all of the disaster and other major group litigation in recent years.

The wealth of such experience both at Silk and Junior level means that 39 Essex Street is able to provide a complete service in respect of any litigation involving disasters or GLOs whether arising from events in the UK or abroad. Chambers’ presence in Singapore and Malaysia gives it further international reach in this area of the law.

Examples of significant cases:

  • Yao Essaie Motto & others v Trafigura Limited & Trafigura Beheer BV.
  • The Bodo Community v Shell.
  • The Marchioness sinking.
  • The Zeebrugge sinking.
  • The Kings Cross Fire.
  • The Northwick Park Hospital drug trials claims.
  • Hepatitis C group action.
  • MMR group action.
  • Benzodiapethane group action.
  • The Linkwise Litigation.
  • The Scania 4 group action.
  • Various recent railway disasters.
  • The Organophosphate litigation.
  • The Miners Knee litigation.

Who to contact

Ben Sundborg

Ben Sundborg is the Senior Practice Manager for the Disaster & Group 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 1179


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Neil Block QC

Neil Block QC

Call: 1980 Silk: 2002

Augustus Ullstein QC

Augustus Ullstein QC

Call: 1970 Silk: 1992

William Norris QC

William Norris QC

Call: 1974 Silk: 1997

Matthias Kelly QC

Matthias Kelly QC

Call: 1979 Silk: 1999

Gregory Treverton-Jones QC

Gregory Treverton-Jones QC

Call: 1977 Silk: 2002

Susan Rodway QC

Susan Rodway QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2002

Colin McCaul QC

Colin McCaul QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 2003

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2015

Derek O'Sullivan QC

Derek O'Sullivan QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2016

Geoffrey Brown

Geoffrey Brown

Call: 1981

David Bradly

David Bradly

Call: 1987

Bernard Doherty

Bernard Doherty

Call: 1990

James Todd

James Todd

Call: 1990

Judith Ayling

Judith Ayling

Call: 1998

Caroline Truscott
Nicola Greaney

Nicola Greaney

Call: 1999

James Burton

James Burton

Call: 2001

Rory Dunlop

Rory Dunlop

Call: 2002

Robert Lazarus

Robert Lazarus

Call: 2004

Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen

Call: 2005

Alexis Hearnden

Alexis Hearnden

Call: 2005

Rebecca Drake

Rebecca Drake

Call: 2007

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

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