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UK Bar: Energy & Natural Resources 2017

This chapter identifies 34 leading practitioners with a proven track record of representing major energy clients in disputes concerning the exploration, production, marketing and transportation of all types of energy including oil, gas, nuclear and renewables. 

Most Highly Regarded
Silks
Mark Howard QC Brick Court Chambers
David Foxton QC Essex Court Chambers
Laurence Rabinowitz QC One Essex Court

Silks

ESSEX COURT CHAMBERS leads the way this year in our research, with seven silks highlighted – more than any other. This reflects the chambers’ deep experience and levels of specialisation, making practitioners here a top choice for clients requiring strong expertise in international energy and natural resources disputes.
David Foxton QC is described as “an extremely clever and versatile advocate of huge ability”, with particular experience of handling gas-pricing disputes. Our research identifies him as one of the top three silks in the field.
The “very experienced” David Mildon QC’s practice comprises a broad variety of disputes within the international energy industry. He acts as counsel and arbitrator in relation to oil and gas, electricity and renewables matters.
Richard Siberry QC has a reputation for being “deeply analytical and extremely knowledgeable”. He specialises in oil and gas-related disputes, with a focus on international arbitrations in this area. 
Toby Landau QC is lauded by interviewees as “a star of energy arbitration”, with an excellent track record of oil and gas as well as power infrastructure related disputes. A source notes, “The quality and clarity of his oral advocacy is always noteworthy.”

ONE ESSEX COURT follows closely behind with five silks recognised. The chambers has long been regarded as a leading set in energy disputes, with expertise across a broad variety of industries including renewables, water, nuclear, oil and gas, electricity and coal.
John McCaughran QC stands out as “one of the foremost barristers working on energy issues… his performance in court was exceptional”, according to one source. Last year he acted as senior counsel for the claimants BG Global Energy in a High Court dispute against Talisman Sinopec Energy.
Laurence Rabinowitz QC is known as “a complete star” and “one of the leading practitioners in oil and gas disputes”.
Sa’ad Hossain QC is known for the ability to “win cases which seemed unwinnable”. He is active in domestic and international energy related commercial litigation and arbitration.
Orlando Gledhill QC recently took silk, but was previously described as “a heavy-hitting junior” of “near-silk status”. He is active in large multinational litigation and arbitrations, involving carbon trading, oil and gas, and pipelines, among others.

KEATING CHAMBERS’ members are particularly well versed in construction disputes related to the oil and gas, power generation, nuclear and renewables industries. Five silks stand out for their leading statuses in the market.  
Marcus Taverner QC is known for acting in high-profile energy-related construction disputes, in relation to domestic and international nuclear, offshore wind farms and LNG pipeline projects, among others. He is regarded as “a star of the Bar” and “a totally brilliant advocate, who mixes up his style between tough and smooth to great effect”.
John Marrin QC is recommended by sources for being “one of the world’s leading arbitrators in energy disputes” and has extensive experience having handled arbitral proceedings in over 34 countries. 
Adam Constable QC has “an outstanding reputation” in construction and energy disputes, regularly appearing in big ticket international arbitrations.
Veronique Buehrlen QC has a strong focus on complex energy disputes. She has extensive experience appearing in the Commercial Court, TCC and in international arbitrations.
Jane Lemon QC is also a highly regarded name.

Construction-focused set ATKIN CHAMBERS also stands out. Members are regularly instructed on domestic and international construction and commercial disputes arising from large projects in the energy sector.
Andrew White QC impresses one source with his “thorough commitment to our business needs”. He specialises in disputes with an international element, particularly relating to oil and gas projects.
Nicholas Dennys QC receives particular praise for his practice as an arbitrator: “I would not hesitate to recommend him – he was clearly on top of all the issues in very respect.” He has particular experience of being involved in disputes encompassing foreign law; handling disputes across the Middle East, the USA, Africa and Europe.
David Streatfeild-James QC often acts in high-value international arbitrations relating to energy projects as either counsel or arbitrator. One senior peer says, “He is one of the toughest silks to face – meticulous in his preparation, leaves no stone unturned and is an outstanding cross-examiner.”
Until recently taking silk, Christopher Lewis QC placed among the top juniors in the field. He has been active as both junior and sole counsel in domestic litigation and international arbitrations concerning construction disputes over high-value energy projects.

BRICK COURT CHAMBERS is well regarded for commercial and regulatory disputes in the energy sector. Three silks are highlighted.
Mark Howard QC is described as “one of the giants of the commercial Bar”. He regularly acts for major domestic and international energy companies. 
Daniel Jowell QC is a popular choice as lead counsel in major international arbitrations, including two major LCIA arbitrations in the energy sector last year both in excess of $100 million.
Stephen Midwinter QC is frequently called on to handle high-value energy litigation. A source is particularly effusive: “Stephen is a fantastic senior junior who can churn out wonderful work at the drop of a hat”.

Juniors

From BRICK COURT CHAMBERS Richard Eschwege features prominently in our research. One senior peer notes, “He is the absolute model of a great junior counsel: incredibly helpful, understated but absolutely brilliant in his legal analysis and written advocacy.”

ESSEX COURT CHAMBERS is home to Jern-Fei Ng, “a rising star” who is very active in high-profile contractual and commodities disputes in the sector. One source notes: “He works his socks off for the legal team and the client. He is on top of his game, and can draw from a breadth of experience of all manner of commercial matters."

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