39 Essex Chambers feature in the Legal 500 Middle East: The English Bar Rankings 2024

39 Essex Chambers is delighted to have seven members featured in the Legal 500 Middle East: The English Bar. Described as a “world class institution able to provide top talent in a myriad of practice areas”, we are recognised in both the Construction and Commercial sectors.

Legal 500 particularly noted our set’s "presence in the EMEA region continues [sic] to expand, especially in relation to international commercial disputes concerning fraud and cross-border asset tracing" and that "with a broad construction offering spanning Dubai, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, 39 Essex Chambers is adept in contentious infrastructure as well as energy and natural resources matters."

Congratulations to our members as well as to our clerking team who were recognised as professional, responsive and capable.


  • Karim Ghaly KC, Tier 1 'Karim’s advocacy skills are unparalleled. His cross-examination technique delivers deathly blows. He is also commercially minded and is able to deal with client’s queries practically.’
  • David Brynmor Thomas KC, Tier 2 'David’s advice is very clear and easy to understand for those instructing and clients. He can distil several complex problems into straightforward answers.’
  • Adrian Hughes KC, Tier 2 'Adrian is an exceptional leader. He has superb client handling skills, excellent case management, and a persuasive manner with the court or tribunal. His communication skills and strategic nous are exemplary.'
  • Marion Smith KC, Tier 2 ‘Marion is simply a pleasure to work with, a seasoned international arbitration practitioner respected by all those who have worked with her. She is definitely amongst the elite.'
  • Alexander Burrell, Tier 2 'Alexander is very professional and takes care of his conduct throughout the proceedings. His legal approach and analytical skills to deal with complex issues are extremely impressive.’


  • Karim Ghaly KC, Tier 2 ‘Incredibly bright with excellent advocacy and cross-examination skills.’
  • Karishma Vora, Tier 1 'Extremely astute, focused, and observant. A pleasure to work with.’
  • Jonathan Bellamy, Tier 2 ‘Jonathan is very commercial, on top of procedures in arbitration, and scrupulously fair.’