International Barristers

International Litigation

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Jurisdictions served from 39 Essex Chambers’ international offices

Barristers at 39 Essex Chambers act for clients all over the world, including, among other countries, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong and mainland China, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Korea, India, Bangladesh, Ireland, Namibia, the USA, Papua New Guinea, Russia, South Africa, Trinidad, Jamaica and Latin American countries.

39 Essex Chambers offers the services of members based in our Singapore and Kuala Lumpur offices and of members resident in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and South Africa.

We accept instructions on referral from UK or international law firms and directly from foreign law firms or clients.

Practice areas

Civil Liability

  • Clinical negligence
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • International personal injury and conflict of laws
  • Product liability
  • Professional negligence
  • Property damage/material loss
  • Sea and aviation accidents
  • Sport
  • Toxic torts
  • Trust and contentious probate

Commercial law

  • International commercial arbitration
  • High-value commercial transactions
  • Corporate
  • Joint venture and shareholder disputes
  • Construction and engineering projects
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Insurance
  • Product liability
  • Public international law

Environmental law

  • Common law environmental matters
  • Planning law regimes
  • Toxic torts
  • International treaty regimes governing natural resources and land uses
  • Legal issues arising from natural and man-made disasters and catastrophes

Public law

Administrative law issues, including:

  • Judicial review challenge
  • Human rights
  • Constitutional actions
  • Regulatory issues

Who to contact

Alastair Davidson

Alastair Davidson is the Senior Clerk for the International Litigation 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 1181


Mobile: +44 (0)7736 154 109


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Edwin Glasgow CBE KC

Edwin Glasgow CBE KC

Call: 1969 Silk: 1987

Nigel Pleming KC

Nigel Pleming KC

Call: 1971 Silk: 1992

Paul Darling OBE KC

Paul Darling OBE KC

Call: 1983 Silk: 1999

Adrian Hughes KC

Adrian Hughes KC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Charles Manzoni KC

Charles Manzoni KC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2009

Peter Rees KC

Peter Rees KC

Call: 2014 Silk: 2009

Marion Smith KC

Marion Smith KC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2015

Deok Joo Rhee KC

Deok Joo Rhee KC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Karim Ghaly KC

Karim Ghaly KC

Call: 2001 Silk: 2017

Adam Robb KC

Adam Robb KC

Call: 1995 Silk: 2018

David Brynmor Thomas KC

David Brynmor Thomas KC

Call: 2011 Silk: 2019

Karen Gough

Karen Gough

Call: 1983

Jonathan Bellamy

Jonathan Bellamy

Call: 1986

Jess Connors

Jess Connors

Call: 2000

Juan Lopez

Juan Lopez

Call: 2002

Christopher Staker

Christopher Staker

Call: 2003

Ben Olbourne

Ben Olbourne

Call: 2003

Rebecca Drake

Rebecca Drake

Call: 2007

Vivek  Kapoor

Vivek Kapoor

Call: 2018

Patrick Hennessey

Patrick Hennessey

Call: 2010

Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Call: 2010

Karishma  Vora

Karishma Vora

Call: 2011

Jonathan Darby

Jonathan Darby

Call: 2012

David Hopkins

David Hopkins

Call: 2013

Joe-han Ho

Joe-han Ho

Call: 2016

Paul Hayes KC

Paul Hayes KC

Call: 2005 Silk: 2018

Augustus Ullstein KC

Augustus Ullstein KC

Call: 1970 Silk: 1992

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

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