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7 King’s Bench Walk

7 King’s Bench Walk is one of the leading commercial sets in the UK, with “renowned expertise” in the areas of insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence, international trade, energy and natural resources and commodities. The set prides itself on its forward-thinking, flexible and commercial approach to dealing with issues brought to them by solicitors or commercial clients. This year, 36 of its leading barristers are recognised for their impressive work.

The set’s insurance and reinsurance practice excels in this edition as 16 barristers achieve listings, an increase of three from last year’s strong performance. For the majority of its members, insurance and reinsurance underpins their practice. It boasts “unparalleled” and “exceptional” expertise in various areas of commercial insurance, including marine, political risks, professional indemnity and property and is regarded as “one of the leading sets” in the field. Head of chambers, Gavin Kealey QC runs a “formidable” practice that deals with a wide range of commercial disputes. Jonathan Gaisman QC is admired for his “wide range of expertise” which is reflected in this year’s research as he also garners inclusion in the areas of international trade and commodities, energy and natural resources and professional negligence. Dominic Kendrick QC is a “standout” figure at the bar, and also gains recognition for his work in the fields of international trade and commodities, and energy and natural resources.

Its international trade practice is also “extremely active” and is considered to be “in a league of its own”. This area of law also forms a part of the work of most members of the set. Its vast experience in the field is demonstrated by the inclusion of 15 members in the international trade chapter. Alistair Schaff QC is “extremely sharp” and a “pioneer” in the field, and is also recognised this year for his “first-class” insurance and reinsurance work. The “terrific” Stephen Hofmeyr QC is also commended for his practice, particularly for his advocacy work. The “junior of choice” at the set is Charles Priday, who is described by peers as an “up and coming talent”.

Siobán Healy QC and the “brilliant” Christopher Butcher QC are revered for their “professional” and “dedicated” practices. They are recognised this year for their “top-notch” work in the areas of insurance and reinsurance, and international trade and commodities, as is Richard Waller QC who is praised by clients for his “technical expertise”.

7 King’s Bench Walk continues to uphold its “stellar reputation” in the fields of insurance and reinsurance, and international trade and commodities, with both leading silks and juniors recognised for their work. 

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