Commercial Barristers

Commercial

What our barristers offer

Our barristers include some of the most highly regarded commercial dispute resolution lawyers at the Bar. Chambers offers particular expertise in energy & natural resources, financial services, fraud and insurance.

Examples of recent cases include:

  • the Malaysian 1MDB fraud litigation.
  • the Moldovan bank fraud litigation.
  • General Mediterranean Holding v Qucomhaps Holdings Ltd & Ors[2018] EWCA Civ (where the Court of Appeal clarified the extent of a creditor’s obligations to a surety and a debtor).
  • Statoil v Petrobras (a dispute concerning the parties’ percentage interests in the Agbami Field offshore Nigeria).
  • Seadrill Ghana v Tullow Ghana  [2018] EWHC 1640 (Comm)(where the Commercial Court determined whether a boundary dispute between Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire which had prevented offshore drilling constituted force majeure).
  • sanctions litigation arising from the US withdrawal from the JCPOA (Iran nuclear deal).
  • the first ever UK freezing order over cryptocurrency.

We can draw together teams of barristers, ranging from experienced silks to very junior barristers, so as to provide multi-sectoral knowledge and experience.

Who we act for

Chambers acts for and against:

  • major multi-nationals (including FTSE 100, Dow Jones and SSE listed companies).
  • governments, state owned entities and statutory authorities.
  • banks, financial service providers and financial service regulators.
  • national and independent energy companies.
  • private and public sector healthcare providers.

Where we work

39 Essex Chambers’ barristers litigate, arbitrate and mediate in the UK and across numerous international jurisdictions.  As well as barristers with rights of audience in the UK courts, we are able to offer barristers who have rights of audience in the British Virgin Islands, California, Caribbean, Dubai, Ireland, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New South Wales, New York, Pakistan, Singapore and Queensland.

Chambers’ Singapore and Kuala Lumpur offices enable us to offer a highly responsive and cost-effective service to our Asian client base.

Related practice areas

39 Essex Chambers offers related specialist advice and advocacy services in the fields of commercial public law, public international law, private international law, construction and engineering law, energy law, procurement law and regulatory law.

What the directories say

39 Essex Chambers is recognised for the quality of its commercial, energy and international arbitration barristers.

Legal 500 2019 says “39 Essex Chambers is ‘a go-to for insurance, commercial litigation…The ‘spot on’ set offers ‘a great mix of experience’ and ‘a diverse group of barristers’ who are ‘always willing to get involved as part of the wider legal team’.”

Chambers & Partners 2019 states “Practitioners at the chambers handle a significant number of commercial, regulatory and construction-related energy cases. The set’s client list includes oil exploration and refining companies, governments and regulators, and oil and gas commodity traders, as well as their financiers and insurers. Beyond this focus on the oil and gas industry, members are adept at handling disputes relating to nuclear fuels and renewable energy assets.”

Who to contact

Alastair Davidson

Alastair Davidson is the Senior Clerk for the Commercial team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


Alastair DavidsonEmail


Call: +44 (0)20 7832 1181


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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

Nigel Pleming QC

Nigel Pleming QC

Call: 1971 Silk: 1992

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 1994

Richard Spearman QC

Richard Spearman QC

Call: 1977 Silk: 1996

Paul Darling OBE QC

Paul Darling OBE QC

Call: 1983 Silk: 1999

Stuart Catchpole QC

Stuart Catchpole QC

Call: 1987 Silk: 2002

Timothy Lyons QC BL

Timothy Lyons QC BL

Call: 1980 Silk: 2003

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

James Strachan QC

James Strachan QC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2013

Marion Smith QC

Marion Smith QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2015

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2015

James Ramsden QC

James Ramsden QC

Call: 1987 Silk: 2016

Michael McParland QC

Michael McParland QC

Call: 1983 Silk: 2017

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

Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards

Call: 1978

Karen Gough

Karen Gough

Call: 1983

Jonathan Bellamy

Jonathan Bellamy

Call: 1986

Bernard Doherty

Bernard Doherty

Call: 1990

Duncan Sinclair

Duncan Sinclair

Call: 1996

Christiaan Zwart

Christiaan Zwart

Call: 1997

John Denis-Smith

John Denis-Smith

Call: 1998

Judith Ayling

Judith Ayling

Call: 1998

Colin Thomann

Colin Thomann

Call: 1999

Jess Connors

Jess Connors

Call: 2000

Rory Dunlop

Rory Dunlop

Call: 2002

Ben Olbourne

Ben Olbourne

Call: 2003

Alexandra Bodnar

Alexandra Bodnar

Call: 2004

Robert Lazarus

Robert Lazarus

Call: 2004

Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen

Call: 2005

Peter Mant

Peter Mant

Call: 2006

Rachael O'Hagan

Rachael O'Hagan

Call: 2006

Quintin Fraser

Quintin Fraser

Call: 2006

Jack Anderson

Jack Anderson

Call: 2006

Katherine Apps

Katherine Apps

Call: 2006

Rebecca Drake

Rebecca Drake

Call: 2007

Jennifer Thelen

Jennifer Thelen

Call: 2007

Jack Holborn

Jack Holborn

Call: 2008

Philippa Jackson

Philippa Jackson

Call: 2008

Catherine Dobson

Catherine Dobson

Call: 2009

Benjamin Tankel

Benjamin Tankel

Call: 2009

Vaughan Jacob

Vaughan Jacob

Call: 2009

Patrick Hennessey

Patrick Hennessey

Call: 2010

Rose Grogan

Rose Grogan

Call: 2010

Angela Rainey

Angela Rainey

Call: 2010

Hannah McCarthy

Hannah McCarthy

Call: 2010

Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Call: 2010

Melissa Shipley

Melissa Shipley

Call: 2011

Jonathan Darby

Jonathan Darby

Call: 2012

Nicola Kohn

Nicola Kohn

Call: 2012

Samantha Jones

Samantha Jones

Call: 2012

Adam Boukraa

Adam Boukraa

Call: 2013

Sarah Bousfield

Sarah Bousfield

Call: 2013

Rosie Scott

Rosie Scott

Call: 2013

David Hopkins

David Hopkins

Call: 2013

Michael Standing

Michael Standing

Call: 2013

Rachel Sullivan

Rachel Sullivan

Call: 2015

Stephanie David

Stephanie David

Call: 2016

Daniel Benedyk

Daniel Benedyk

Call: 2016

James Bradford

James Bradford

Call: 2016

Ruth Keating

Ruth Keating

Call: 2017

Gethin Thomas

Gethin Thomas

Call: 2017

The Rt. Hon. Lord  Dyson

The Rt. Hon. Lord Dyson

Call: 1968 Silk: 1982

The Hon. Wayne Martin AC QC

The Hon. Wayne Martin AC QC

Call: 1988 Silk: 1993

Paul Hayes QC

Paul Hayes QC

Call: 2005 Silk: 2018

Denys Hickey

Denys Hickey

Call: 1975

Patrick Lane SC

Patrick Lane SC

Call: 1977

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