International Trade

International Trade

International trade and investment law is a longstanding speciality of a number of QC’s and juniors at 39 Essex Chambers. They have expertise in relation to WTO Agreements, EU commercial, trade and customs law, bilateral investment treaties and relevant domestic law.

GATT 94 and other agreements relating to trade in goods such as TRIMs, anti-dumping, rules of origin, subsidies and countervailing measures are areas of special interest along with GATs and the dispute settlement process. The impact on domestic tax law of WTO law is an area of particularly topical concern.

Disputes relating to commercial and development policy, including its policy in relation to foreign direct investment, together with law on sanctions is an important part of the work within chambers.

Members of chambers are instructed by government authorities and investors from around the world as well as by multinational enterprises and smaller traders. They are instructed by professionals from around the EU and elsewhere as well as by UK-based clients.

The application and operation of the Union Customs Code in Member States is an area on which advice and representation is regularly given. Members represent traders not only in the UK, but also in a number of other countries and in disputes with customs authorities around the EU.  All kinds of disputes are dealt with including, post-clearance recovery demands for customs duty and anti-dumping duty, disputes over the validity of regulations and the conduct of various kinds of investigations.

Members of 39 Essex appear before the CJEU, domestic tribunals and courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings in a variety of capacities, sometimes as arbitrators. When necessary they engage with the European Commission and other administrations or work in supporting roles for professionals in other jurisdictions.

  • WTO law and dispute settlement
  • Trade agreements and bilateral investment treaties
  • EU customs law
  • EU anti-dumping duty and countervailing duty
  • Excise and product duties
  • Litigation, arbitration and mediation

Who to contact

Sheraton Doyle

Sheraton Doyle is the Senior Practice Manager for the International Trade 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 1144


Mobile: +44 (0)7921 880 670


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Timothy Lyons QC BL

Timothy Lyons QC BL

Call: 1980 Silk: 2003

Stephen Tromans QC

Stephen Tromans QC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2009

Marion Smith QC

Marion Smith QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2015

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2015

Deok Joo Rhee QC

Deok Joo Rhee QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Jonathan Bellamy

Jonathan Bellamy

Call: 1986

Duncan Sinclair

Duncan Sinclair

Call: 1996

Sian Davies

Sian Davies

Call: 1999

Christopher Staker

Christopher Staker

Call: 2003

Andrew Deakin

Andrew Deakin

Call: 2006

Andrea Biondi

Andrea Biondi

Call: 2001

Denys Hickey

Denys Hickey

Call: 1975

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

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