39 Essex Chambers Barristers ranked in Arbitration for Who’s Who Legal 2024

39 Essex Chambers is pleased to announce that 10 of our members have been recognized in the Who’s Who Legal’s Arbitration 2024 analysis. 39 Essex Chambers has a diverse and wide-ranging Arbitration practice, as well as more broadly alternative dispute resolution expertise. Our members are experienced arbitrators who are highly regarded and sought after internationally.

Global Elite

Loretta Malitoppi is recommended as a Global Elite Thought Leader in Arbitration. She has carved out an impressive career as an arbitrator, and sits under a variety of arbitration rules as well as regularly appearing as counsel and advocate in State-to-State disputes before the International Court of Justice and in ad hoc inter-State arbitrations.


  • David Bateson - Thought leader in Arbitration and Recommended in Commercial Mediation. He is described as “a strong arbitrator who leads the field”
  • David Brynmor Thomas KC - Thought Leader in Arbitration and Recommended in Arbitration for the UK Bar. David’s specialisation is in high-value, complex commercial disputes domestically and internationally. 
  • Peter Rees KC - Thought Leader in Arbitration, Recommended in Commercial Mediation, and for the UK Bar in both Arbitration and Mediation (Silks). Peter’s extensive expertise extends to handling large scale and complex disputes in many industrial and commercial sectors in diverse jurisdictions.
  • Steven Lim - Thought leader in Arbitration. He is recommended as “fair-minded and extremely capable arbitrator” and “His strength lies in his exceptional analytical abilities.”
  • Vivek Kapoor - Future Leader in Arbitration. Vivek comes highly recommended as he “thinks of every scenario for a case and prepares for each one, including complex and difficult ones”


Among these rankings four of our barristers appeared within the rankings as Recommended. Each of these members have appointments across many different arbitration rules and are internationally recognised in this area, demonstrating the successful practice they have each carved out for themselves. 

  • Edwin Glasgow CBE KC - Commercial Mediation and Mediation (Silks). 
  • Karim Ghaly KC - Arbitration for the UK Bar. 
  • Adrian Hughes KC - Arbitration for the UK bar. 
  • Lindy Patterson KC - Arbitration.