Arbitration

Arbitration

What our barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers has substantial experience in resolving disputes under most forms of arbitration rules, both domestic and international, including the rules of the AAA, CIETAC, DIAC, HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, SIAC, UNCITRAL and WIPO.

Our arbitration team members have appeared before arbitral tribunals around the world, including the Middle East, the Far East, India, Southern Africa, Europe (Eastern and Central) and the Caribbean.

As advocates and advisors, members of Chambers assist at every stage and level of arbitrations, from preliminary advice through to hearings and in related court work including appeals.

Our experience

Significant cases in which our barristers have represented clients include:

  • representing the employer in a prolongation claim/LAD counterclaim before an ICC Arbitral Tribunal sitting in Dubai
  • acting in three large international arbitrations on behalf of the world’s leading manufacturer of military flight training equipment, against the UK government, the most recent of which, conducted under LCIA rules, involved a $15m claim for damages for breach of a government procurement contract for the design and supply of both hardware and software for aviation maintenance trainers
  • acting for a Chinese investor in an ICC arbitration concerning a joint venture project in a copper mine in Spain
  • advising and representing a major Turkish government agency in arbitration proceedings concerning an EPM contract for a combined cycle gas power station in Turkey
  • advising and representing a Caribbean government agency in ICC arbitration proceedings in a dispute concerning claims brought by a main contractor in connection with a major infrastructure project
  • acting in an LCIA arbitration for a large metals producer and trader in relation to world wide anti-suit injunctions
  • acting in an UNCITRAL arbitration over the development of oil and gas fields in Egypt
  • acting in an ICC arbitration over a US$10m letter of credit supporting infrastructure works in the Middle East.

What the directories say

The Legal 500 2009 describes 39 Essex Chambers as “developing a competitive international arbitration practice”.

Who to contact

Niki Merison

Niki Merison is the Senior Practice Manager for the Arbitration team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


Niki MerisonEmail


Call: +44 (0)20 7634 9011


Mobile: +44 (0)7872 178 645


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Neil Block QC

Neil Block QC

Call: 1980 Silk: 2002

Simon Goldblatt QC

Simon Goldblatt QC

Call: 1953 Silk: 1972

John Tackaberry QC

John Tackaberry QC

Call: 1967 Silk: 1982

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

Call: 1969 Silk: 1987

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 1994

Matthias Kelly QC

Matthias Kelly QC

Call: 1979 Silk: 1999

Paul Darling OBE QC

Paul Darling OBE QC

Call: 1983 Silk: 1999

Susan Rodway QC

Susan Rodway QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2002

Stuart Catchpole QC

Stuart Catchpole QC

Call: 1987 Silk: 2002

Timothy Lyons QC BL

Timothy Lyons QC BL

Call: 1980 Silk: 2003

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Adrian Hughes QC

Adrian Hughes QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Stephen Tromans QC

Stephen Tromans QC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2009

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

Marion Smith QC

Marion Smith QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2015

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2015

Kate Grange QC

Kate Grange QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Karim Ghaly QC

Karim Ghaly QC

Call: 2001 Silk: 2017

Adam Robb QC

Adam Robb QC

Call: 1995 Silk: 2018

Parishil Patel QC

Parishil Patel QC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2018

David Brynmor Thomas QC

David Brynmor Thomas QC

Call: 2011 Silk: 2019

Geoffrey Brown

Geoffrey Brown

Call: 1981

Karen Gough

Karen Gough

Call: 1983

Jonathan Bellamy

Jonathan Bellamy

Call: 1986

John Denis-Smith

John Denis-Smith

Call: 1998

Colin Thomann

Colin Thomann

Call: 1999

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards

Call: 1999

Jess Connors

Jess Connors

Call: 2000

Christopher Staker

Christopher Staker

Call: 2003

Ben Olbourne

Ben Olbourne

Call: 2003

Alexandra Bodnar

Alexandra Bodnar

Call: 2004

Alexis Hearnden

Alexis Hearnden

Call: 2005

Rachael O'Hagan

Rachael O'Hagan

Call: 2006

Rebecca Drake

Rebecca Drake

Call: 2007

Jack Holborn

Jack Holborn

Call: 2008

Patrick Hennessey

Patrick Hennessey

Call: 2010

Rose Grogan

Rose Grogan

Call: 2010

Hannah McCarthy

Hannah McCarthy

Call: 2010

Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Call: 2010

Samar Abbas

Samar Abbas

Call: 2011

Victoria Hutton

Victoria Hutton

Call: 2011

Sarah Bousfield

Sarah Bousfield

Call: 2013

Sir David Foskett

Sir David Foskett

Call: 1972 Silk: 1991

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