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UK Bar: Energy & Natural Resources 2016

This year 34 practitioners have been identified by our research as the leaders in the field.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Leading Silks
Mark Howard QC Brick Court Chambers
Simon Rainey QC Quadrant Chambers
Laurence Rabinowitz QC One Essex Court
Marcus Taverner QC Keating Chambers
Lionel Persey QC Quadrant Chambers
Anthony Grabiner QC One Essex Court
Leading Juniors
Christopher Lewis Atkin Chambers
David Streatfeild-James Atkin Chambers
Paul Buckingham Keating Chambers
Richard Eschwege Brick Court Chambers
Orlando Gledhill One Essex Court


Essex Court Chambers leads the research this year with five silks receiving nominations. David Foxton QC is an “outstanding” practitioner whose energy practice deals with North Sea gas pricing disputes, concession agreements and drilling rig contracts. Gordon Pollock QC is a “huge name” in the field, and is praised for his “astute legal advice”. Alongside him, David Mildon QC is “very experienced” and has written papers on oil, gas and electricity related matters. Simon Bryan QC delivers “practical” counsel to clients who include leading insurance and reinsurance companies, commodity traders and energy companies. He is joined by Richard Siberry QC who has been described by peers as “deeply analytical” and “extremely knowledgeable”.

Atkin Chambers garners five listings this year, including the “brilliant” David Streatfeild-James QC, whose energy work deals with disputes relating to the design and construction of power projects and onshore and offshore fabrication. Nicholas Dennys QC is admired by peers for his “expert handling” of complex domestic and international disputes. The “talented” Stephen Dennison QC is praised by clients for his “creative approach” to dealing with the conduct of major energy projects. Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC’s energy work has included working with oil exploration companies, oil service companies and specialist engineering equipment manufacturers. The “fantastic” Manus McMullan QC acts on behalf of clients who include multinational corporations, government entities and professional advisers.

Four leading silks from One Essex Court achieve listings this year, including Laurence Rabinowitz QC, who is regarded by clients as a “first-rate practitioner”. He is joined by Anthony Grabiner QC, who boasts a “stellar reputation” in the field. Ian Glick QC is recognised for his “dedicated practice”. He is admired by peers who note that his “attention to detail is as strong as ever”. Alain Choo-Choy QC is described as the “go-to silk for complex and technical disputes”.

Marcus Taverner QC is one of four silks from Keating Chambers who garner inclusion in this chapter. He regularly acts on behalf of clients engaged in adjudications, mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. John Marrin QC is praised by clients for his “resolute focus” and “measured advice”. The “highly intelligent” Adam Constable QC specialises in onshore and offshore constructions. Finola O’Farrell QC is regarded as a “superb practitioner”, whose energy work has dealt with an offshore wind farm project, an offshore gas pipeline and power plant disputes.

Brick Court Chambers is represented by the “highly reputed” Mark Howard QC who is described by peers as a “terrific cross-examiner”. Daniel Jowell QC is an “extremely clever and sensible” advocate, whose “sound judgement” is an asset to clients.

At Quadrant Chambers, Simon Rainey QC is revered as “one of the great intellects of the commercial bar”. He is joined by the “formidable” Lionel Persey QC, who is also active as both an arbitrator and mediator.

Christopher Hancock QC at 20 Essex Street Chambers gains recognition for his “exceptional understanding” of the practice area. He is joined by the “excellent” Michael Tselentis QC who delivers “comprehensive advice” to clients.

7 King’s Bench Walk achieves two listings this year. Dominic Kendrick QC gains recognition for his “strategic approach” to cases, and is praised by peers for his “commanding presence in the courtroom”. Jonathan Gaisman QC is widely regarded as one of the “leading lawyers” in the sector and “never fails” to provide clients with “honest and intuitive advice”.

At 39 Essex Chambers, Stephen Tromans QC runs a “prestigious practice” which deals with both regulatory and commercial aspects of environmental and natural resources law.

Timothy Howe QC at Fountain Court is recognised for his “tremendous understanding” of the sector. His work encompasses both domestic and international cases, in jurisdictions including Hong Kong, Singapore and the Caribbean.

At 7 Pump Court, Sean O’Sullivan QC is regarded as a “top-notch” advocate, whose practice deals with energy, shipping and commodities matters.


Christopher Lewis at Atkin Chambers runs a “meticulous” practice, which deals with advisory work, settling pleadings, pretrial advocacy and submissions and notices.

At Keating Chambers, Paul Buckingham acts on behalf of clients in court, domestic and international arbitration, adjudication, and mediation hearings. His previous experience as a chemical engineer allows him to provide clients with “practical and highly effective counsel”.

At Brick Court Chambers, the “resourceful” Richard Eschwege is lauded as a “terrifically fast and hard worker”. He regularly appears before the High Court and county courts on behalf of clients.

Orlando Gledhill runs a “strong commercial practice” at One Essex Court, and is admired by peers for his “technical expertise”.

Daniel Shapiro at Crown Office Chambers has been described by peers as a “wise head on young shoulders”. His practice encompasses commercial litigation, appeals and arbitrations across various practice areas including insurance and reinsurance, energy and product liability.

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