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UK Bar: Arbitration 2016

This year 68 practitioners have been identified by our research as the leaders in the field.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Leading Silks
Ali Malek 3 Verulam Buildings
Toby Landau QC Essex Court Chambers
V V Veeder WC Essex Court Chambers
Ian Glick QC One Essex Court
Joe Smouha QC Essex Court Chambers
Julian Lew QC 20 Essex Street Chambers
William Rowley QC 20 Essex Street Chambers


Essex Court Chambers stands out for its extensive expertise in arbitration matters. An incredible 14 silks are featured for inclusion. Toby Landau QC is described as “excellent and effective” as he is “very competent” in handling complex arbitration matters in England and abroad. VV Veeder QC is able to “approach issues clearly and concisely” and “is a favourite among clients”. Joe Smouha specialises in arbitration disputes providing “clear strategic direction” and a “personable approach”. The “extremely able”. David Williams QC is a “a pleasure to work with” having vast experience in in a variety of arbitration related matters. Michael Collins QC is a “talented” lawyer with an “impressive depth of experience” in arbitration matters. Martin Hunter QC is “highly accomplished” and is “renowned for providing creative solutions”. Ian Hunter QC is “simply excellent” possessing an “astute legal mind” and is “incredibly knowledgeable”. Richard Siberry QC is a “huge name” in the arbitration field, possessing “great aptitude and ability”. Vaughan Lowe QC is “highly responsive and a pleasure to deal with”, while Graham Dunning QC earns recognition for his “concise and analytical approach” and “ability to comprehend facts clearly”. The “eminent” David Foxton QC is a “very active” barrister who has extensive experience acting in proceedings in domestic and overseas jurisdictions. Frank Berman QC of Essex Court Chambers is “first class” and takes on “high-stakes” matters while Samuel Wordsworth QC impresses in court and is considered “persuasive” and “unflappable” by peers. Salim Moollan QC impresses with his “astute legal mind” and is a “font of knowledge” in a wide variety of matters.

Ali Malek QC of 3 Verulam Buildings is a “talented silk” who can impress with his “depth of knowledge” and “keen eye for detail”. Elizabeth Birch QC is “extremely able” and a “leading player”. Peers find her to be a “pleasure to work with”. Christopher Harris QC has “top-notch experience” and is described by clients as “very effective and efficient”. Christopher Symons QC is a “strong advocate” who is “highly sought after” while Sophie Nappert QC “hardworking” and “methodical” and stand out for her “extensive experience in an advisory capacity”. Kaj Hobér QC is a “strong advocate” who is “highly sought after”.

Of One Essex Court Ian Glick QC is “outstanding” by all accounts as he is “extraordinarily effective and agreeable” and provides “sensible and sound” advice. Christopher Style QC is “in demand” due to his “poised manner” and “intense intellect”. Peter Leaver QC has a “real way with clients” and is considered a “team player” who “always impresses”. Laurence Rabinowitz QC is a “trusted advisor” and has a “brilliant work ethic”. Daniel Toledano QC is “great to work with” and clients praise him as being “dreadfully effective”. His cross-examination skills make him a particularly “formidable opponent”.

From Keating Chambers John Marrin QC is a “first-rate silk” who “makes it look simple” while John Uff CBE QC is a “pleasure to work with” and is valued for his “winning way” with judges. Richard Harding QC has an “easy way of expressing himself” while Christopher Thomas QC is an “exemplary silk” and receives praise for his ability to “impress clients and peers alike”. Robert Gaitskell QC has a “sound grasp of technical details” and “articulates himself clearly”.

At 20 Essex Street Chambers four silks stand out for recognition.  Julian Lew QC is a “popular choice”  as arbitrator and one that clients turn to for highly complex matters. He is a “font of knowledge” and “really knows his stuff”. William Rowley QC is a “name in the market” for arbitration and a “formidable opponent” for which peers praise him as being a “first class act”. Duncan Matthews QC is “great on his feet” and “a solicitor’s favourite” who is always “well prepared” for a case. 

Brick Court Chambers is represented by Hilary Heilbron QC is a “point of reference” at the bar and has “brilliant strategic awareness”. Mark Howard QC has a “personable demeanour with clients” and is a “leading player”. 

At Atkin Chambers, John Blackburn QC is appreciated for his “commercial insight” and “forensic approach”. Alongside him, Manus McMullan QC has an “impeccable work ethic” and is “incredibly thorough”.

John Tackaberry QC of 39 Essex Chambers is “efficient” and “cuts to the chase”. Stuart Catchpole QC is a “heavyweight litigator” who is “quick on his feet” and “always well prepared”.

At Matrix Chambers, Zachary Douglas QC is “very articulate” and has been involved in a number of cases where his “sharp mind” “personable demeanour” have been highly appreciated. Phillippe Sands QC is most highly regarded, as he provides “excellent advice” in a “friendly and responsive manner”.

4 New Square’s Roger Stewart QC is a “great all-rounder” who is able “extremely personable” and “highly perceptive”. The “eminent” Nicholas Fletcher QC is praised for his “robust advice” and is seen as “definitely a big name” in the field.

Colin Edelman QC of Devereux Chambers has “impeccable judgement”. Clients appreciate his “sensational work ethic” and “amicable rapport with clients”.

Debevoise & Plimpton’s Lord Goldsmith QC stands out for his “astounding arbitration ability” and “rigour under pressure”.

The “accomplished” Michael Black QC of XXIV Old Buildings, provides “practical and solutions-oriented advice” specialising in arbitration matters.

Kenneth Rokison QC of Kenneth Rokison QC is a “top choice”, receiving praise for his “strong intellect” and "great judgment”.

Constantine Partasides QC at Three Crowns boasts an impressive caseload and is “always on top of the details”.

Khawar Qureshi QC at Serle Court is “thoroughly recommended” by peers and is considered an “exceptionally able lawyer” who is “great at problem-solving”.

At 4 Pump Court Nigel Tozzi QC is singled out for his “impeccable reputation” and is known for his “diligent work ethic”.

At 39 Essex Chambers Peter Rees QC is “incredibly talented”, “very intelligent” and “always a key team player”.

Of 1 Atkin Building, Humphrey Lloyd QC is “terrific” and “no stranger to complex cases”. Peers recognise him as an “innovative lawyer” who focuses on “the small and crucial details in a case”.


Four juniors are recommended at 20 Essex Street Chambers. Charles Brower is considered a “smooth operator” and has “top-rate experience” in the field. “Hands-on junior” Michael Lee has been involved in many eminent cases and is  "sensational". Michael Wood is commended by clients for his “very strong analytical skills” and “extremely impressive” presence. Simon Tuckey has “highly apt and experiences” as well as being “good on his feet”.

Of 39 Essex Chambers, David Brynmor Thomas brings “significant insight” and “commercial acumen” to his cases. Karen Gough is a “standout name” in the field while Bruce Brodie is “held in high regard” by peers for his “articulate manner” and “technical understanding”. Rashda Rana is “incredibly innovative” and has a “no-nonsense approach”.

At One Essex Court, Alan Redfern “cannot be praised enough” by solicitors” and is “recommended without hesitation”. Additionally, Andrew Foyle is “stand out” for being “extremely bright” and having an “impressive work ethic”.

At Atkin Chamber Douglas Jones AO has a “calm manner” combined with a “pragmatic, sensible and very through” approach to cases.

Maitland Chambers’ Simon Nesbitt is “always makes himself available” and is known to be “very talented” and “highly responsive”.

In Blackstone Chambers Harish Salve is a “true specialist” who runs a “very active” practice.

Crown Office Chambers’ Roger ter Haar has a “flawless reputation” and is known for his “amicable manner”.

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