39 Essex Chambers Wins The Queen’s Award for Enterprise – The UK’s Highest Accolade for Business

39 Essex Chambers Wins The Queen’s Award for Enterprise – The UK’s Highest Accolade for Business


39 Essex Chambers is celebrating today after being named as winners of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category, the only barrister’s chambers to be recognised this year. The award is acknowledgement of outstanding achievement in this area, highlighting 39 Essex Chambers long-standing commitment to expansion in the overseas market.



Leading barristers’ chambers 39 Essex Chambers is celebrating after being named as winners of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s highest accolade for business success, announced yesterday, 21st April, on the Queen’s Birthday.

With only 152 winners overall, the set received its award following a highly competitive process, in the International Trade category, in recognition of outstanding achievement in this area.

Based in London, 39 Essex Chambers is one of the UK’s largest civil chambers with over 117 barristers, 40 of whom are QC’s, and is widely regarded as being at the forefront of the modern bar. The award win recognises the set’s unique and long-standing commitment to expansion in the overseas market which has led to significant success in recent years, evidenced clearly by an increase in export sales and overseas earnings growth of a staggering 608% between 2009 and 2012.

The set also opened its first international office in Singapore in January 2013. An extension to its already established presence in the Southern Hemisphere, the office acts as a hub to fully service jurisdictions across Asia. The award win recognises the exceptional work by chambers’ staff and members in identifying key territories around the world, generating brand awareness, and consequently expanding the international practice, through the strategic targeting of stakeholders in commerce and government as well as through client recommendation.

David Barnes, Chief Executive and Director of Clerking, says “We are absolutely honoured to have received this award. It gives everyone in Chambers a great sense of achievement to be recognised, by the highest order, for our continued dedication to overseas expansion despite the difficult economic climate. This commitment has enabled Chambers to offer clients an unrivalled legal service, not only here in the UK but across the world.”

The Queen’s Awards are awarded annually for outstanding business achievement in the fields of International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development. The awards are made annually by Her Majesty the Queen, and are only given for the highest levels of excellence in each category. The winners are invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace in July.

The win further highlights the dynamic growth and success of 39 Essex Chambers, The set was recently awarded ‘Chambers of the Year’ at the British Legal Awards 2012 and Robert Jay QC, Joint Head of Chambers, was named ‘Barrister of the Year’ at The Lawyer Awards 2012.

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