In the latest edition of WWL: UK Bar, we highlight seven outstanding sets for their impressive roster of market leading practitioners.
Essex Court Chambers
Top commercial set Essex Court Chambers is a renowned institution, distinguishing itself in our research this year with 71 listings across 10 different practice areas.
Arbitration is a speciality of the set, with 23 silks and juniors recognised for their experience and expertise advising clients on complex multi-jurisdictional investment and commercial disputes.
The set’s barristers also stand out for their excellence in civil fraud cases, achieving an impressive 12 listings in our corresponding chapter. They excel across a range of matters including fraud litigation, asset recovery proceedings, injunctive relief and freezing orders.
The set’s expertise in disputes pertaining to leveraged financing, syndicated loans and other financial products is highlighted by its seven listings in our banking and finance chapter. Barristers at Essex Court Chambers also secure extensive endorsements for their work on complex insurance and reinsurance disputes, earning an outstanding nine nominations in this year’s research into the market.
Key names to note include Joe Smouha QC and Paul McGrath QC, who are recognised as Global Elite Thought Leaders for their first-rate advocacy in asset recovery disputes. Roderick Cordara QC is highlighted as a go-to corporate tax specialist while Toby Landau QC and Angeline Welsh sit among the finest arbitration practitioners at the bar. Philippa Hopkins QC is recognised for her adept handling of insurance disputes and David Craig QC is a renowned litigator who focuses on high-profile labour and employment cases.
Blackstone Chambers is one of the UK’s most illustrious sets and continues to enjoy a prominent position in the market. In this year’s research, it showcases an impressive total of 67 listings across 11 practice areas.
The set proves itself to be a dominant player in the sports sector, with 12 barristers listed for their stellar work in a wide range of sports-related disputes. its telecoms capabilities are also recognised, with 12 individuals highlighted for their excellent work in regulatory and commercial disputes. A further 12 individuals come widely celebrated for their sterling reputation in media and entertainment issues.
Representing clients in civil fraud matters is another core strength of the set, as it receives 11 inclusions this year. Silks and juniors demonstrate their apt expertise across the gamut of fraud, bribery and asset recovery proceedings.
Key names at the set include Jane Mulcahy QC and Paul Goulding QC, who are recognised as standout advocates in sports, labour and employment disputes. Adam Lewis QC, Nick De Marco QC, Kate Gallafent QC and Ian Mill QC also win high praise for their leading sports law expertise. David Pannick QC impresses peers thanks to his world-class media and entertainment law knowledge, while Brian Kennelly QC is a go-to silk operating in the telecoms sector.
Fountain Court Chambers demonstrates its strong standing in the market with an impressive 67 listings across 11 practice areas in this year’s research.
With a total of 24 barristers listed in our banking and finance chapter, the set cements itself as a leading establishment for the full range of complex and high-value financial disputes.
Civil fraud is another core strength for the set, with 12 barristers listed in our corresponding chapter for their extensive experience advising and litigating in large-scale civil fraud disputes in the UK and abroad.
The set also performs well in our insurance and reinsurance chapter, with nine practitioners singled out for their exceptional work handling contentious matters including contractual claims and liability issues.
Leading names at the set include Anneliese Day QC, who stands out for her expertise in construction arbitration, and David Railton QC, who is renowned for his adept handling of insurance and reinsurance disputes. Richard Handyside QC is noted for his exceptional banking and finance practice while Richard Lissack QC wins praise as a go-to silk for fraud cases, asset recovery proceedings and investigations.
Brick Court Chambers
Brick Court Chambers is one of the leading commercial sets at the UK Bar and home to 63 outstanding barristers whose expertise span a broad range of industry sectors. The set maintains an excellent reputation, with members regularly engaged in high-profile and complex cases.
Brick Court excel in competition disputes, seeing 12 silks and four juniors highlighted for their expertise in claimant and defendant representation across UK and EU cases. The set are also recognised for their impressive work in the banking and finance sector, with 12 barristers noted for their excellence across the full spectrum of financial litigation.
Key names include Mark Howard QC, a leader in commercial matters, who is recognised in an exceptional six areas: arbitration, professional negligence, energy and natural resources, civil fraud, banking and finance and insurance and reinsurance. William Wood QC enjoys a fantastic reputation for his first-class work in mediation, while Simon Salzedo QC is a go-to silk in banking-related disputes. The set’s stellar competition offering includes first-rate barristers Marie Demetriou QC and Mark Hoskins QC, who distinguish themselves across several leading cases.
Monckton Chambers is a market-leading set which demonstrates the strength and depth of its offering with an impressive 57 listings across 10 different practice area chapters this year.
Competition is a key area in which the set excels, with an impressive total of 23 listings for its silks and juniors. These practitioners are recognised for their outstanding expertise across contentious M&A and state aid matters as well as complex cartel investigations.
The set distinguishes itself with a further 10 listings in our telecoms chapter, cementing its place as a go-to establishment for sector-related licensing, contractual and broadcasting disputes.
Government contracts is another area in which the set is highly esteemed, with 12 barristers noted in our corresponding chapter for their excellence in domestic and cross-border public procurement disputes.
Standout figures at the set include George Peretz QC, who is highlighted as a Global Elite Thought Leader for his encyclopaedic knowledge of competition and state aid law. Jon Turner QC and Annelli Howard QC are also highly regarded for their expertise in competition disputes, while Daniel Beard QC enjoys a strong reputation for his work on complex cases arising from the telecoms sector.
One Essex Court
One Essex Court enjoys a strong position in the market, with an impressive 57 listings across nine practice area chapters this year.
The set performs exceptionally well in the banking and finance space with 17 listings in our corresponding chapter. These individuals are well versed at representing banks, funds and financial institutions in complex and high value disputes.
Another key area in which the set excels is energy and natural resources, with a total of 11 barristers highlighted for their excellence in this edition. They earn plaudits for their market-leading work in regulatory and transactional disputes arising from oil and gas and renewables projects.
With eight practitioners noted in our arbitration chapter, the set is established as a go-to for commercial and investment treaty disputes.
Standout figures at the set include Ian Glick QC and Peter Leaver QC, who are held in high esteem for their deep expertise in commercial arbitration. Laurence Rabinowitz QC is a renowned litigator who shines in high-profile cases, while Global Elite Thought Leader Sonia Tolaney QC maintains a stellar reputation for her work on asset recovery matters. Malcolm Gammie QC and Julian Ghosh QC win widespread praise for their exceptional knowledge of corporate tax law.
Twenty Essex stands out as one of the most prominent sets at the bar, earning an impressive 55 listings across 10 practice areas this year.
The set showcases its leading expertise in the international trade and commodities space, achieving a total of 14 nominations in our corresponding chapter. These individuals are endorsed for their expansive knowledge of a broad range of issues including charter party, commodity contamination and derivative disputes.
The set also enjoys a notable arbitration practice with 14 practitioners recognised for their expertise as arbitrator or counsel in large-scale commercial and investor-state disputes.
Another key strength for the set is its strong shipping offering, with 11 barristers listed for their adept handling of charter party disputes, cargo claims and maritime casualties.
Standout names include Global Elite Thought Leader Wendy Miles QC, who is distinguished by her exemplary international arbitration practice. Julian Lew QC and Sir Bernard Rix are also recognised for their extensive experience in arbitration proceedings, while Iain Milligan QC and Blair Leahy QC earn acclaim as go-to litigators. Paul Lowenstein QC is considered an authority on asset recovery matters and Judith Gill QC is highly esteemed for her encyclopaedic knowledge of construction law.