In this chapter, we recognise 102 barristers for their outstanding work handling commercial and investment treaty arbitration proceedings across a range of sectors and arbitral rules.
Most highly regarded
Mainly acting as arbitrator
Mixed practice or mainly acting as counsel
Mainly acting as arbitrator
Twenty Essex performs well with seven listings for its arbitrators.
Judith Gill QC is a “wonderful arbitrator” who excels in international commercial and investment treaty disputes. One peer adds, “I can’t think of a better arbitrator than her, she is just the best.”
Julian Lew QC stands out as “an extremely able arbitrator” with more than 40 years of experience resolving complex disputes across a wide range of sectors.
William Rowley QC is described by sources as “a very well-regarded arbitration silk” with a broad practice spanning competition, banking, energy and insurance disputes.
Charles Brower garners plaudits as “a go-to arbitrator for investment disputes”. He enjoys more than 55 years of experience in the field.
David Owen QC comes highly recommended as “an outstanding arbitrator”, vastly experienced in proceedings under institutional rules as well as ad hoc arbitrations.
The “amazing” Sir Bernard Rix receives plaudits for his top-tier work on shipping, insurance and energy disputes, with one impressed source noting, “He is the best arbitrator I’ve ever come across.”
David Sutton is a seasoned barrister, recognised for his extensive experience as arbitrator in an array of commercial and investment disputes.
Brick Court Chambers sees three of its barristers listed.
The “faultless and incredibly clever” Leonard Hoffmann QC is “an obvious choice” thanks to his extensive experience as arbitrator in high-value investment and commercial disputes.
Klaus Reichert SC is celebrated as “first-rate and very efficient as arbitrator” with an enviable track record spanning more than 250 international disputes.
Hilary Heilbron QC is a distinguished international arbitrator who is regularly engaged in high-value disputes arising from the life sciences, telecoms and energy sectors.
Three practitioners from 3 Verulam Buildings are highlighted here.
Sophie Nappert is “a very clever and experienced advocate who is a pleasure to work with” on complex investment treaty disputes.
Kaj Hobér is considered an authority on international arbitration thanks to his experience as arbitrator in more than 200 commercial and investment treaty proceedings.
Stavros Brekoulakis “is a top name in international arbitration”. He is “very well regarded for his responsive approach and bright mind”.
Douglas Jones AO at Atkin Chambers “is undoubtedly one of the world’s top arbitrators in commercial and construction disputes". Sources effuse: "He is decisive, hard-working, careful and efficient."
Peter Rees QC at 39 Essex Chambers is “an excellent advocate” who is a “go-to for energy arbitration” and considered “one of the very best arbitrators at the Bar”. He has amassed “great experience working in-house and as head of dispute resolution at a major law firm”.
Ian Glick QC from One Essex Court enjoys commendation for his stellar arbitration practice which sees him regularly engaged in contractual and price review disputes spanning from the energy and insurance sectors.
At Matrix Chambers, Philippe Sands QC is identified as “a legend of arbitration practice” thanks to the breadth of his experience working on complex high-value international matters.
Janet Walker from Arbitration Place is a highly respected name in the international arbitration market, described by commentators as "an excellent arbitrator and academic force".
Robert Gaitskell QC of Keating Chambers is revered for his “detailed knowledge of construction and engineering matters” along with his “efficiency, good humour, patience and eye for detail” as arbitrator.
With more than 50 years of experience to his name, Ian Hunter QC from 24 Lincoln’s Inn Fields is highlighted for his “enormous experience in insurance and reinsurance disputes”.
Mixed practice or mainly acting as counsel
Essex Court Chambers earns an impressive 20 listings this year.
Joe Smouha QC garners praise as “a feisty advocate and strong opponent” who is “exceptionally clever but wears his intellect lightly”.
The “outstanding” Toby Landau QC is “a cut above the rest” and “in the pantheon” of top arbitration specialists according to impressed peers.
Angeline Welsh is a “sharp and incisive advocate” who is “brilliant in commercial and investment arbitration” thanks to her “analytical and detail-oriented approach” to proceedings.
Paul Key QC is praised as “a great, hard-working advocate” who is “always good to have on the team” for high-value commercial and investment disputes.
Salim Moollan QC is “totally outstanding in every way” according to respondents who highlight him as a “leading practitioner with a strong vision and extraordinarily powerful intellect”.
David Joseph QC earns acclaim as “a very talented and efficient advocate” with broad expertise spanning insurance, transport and a range of other commercial and investment disputes.
The “excellent” Graham Dunning QC enjoys a sterling reputation for his first-rate handling of complex oil and gas, mining and international trade disputes.
Jern-Fei Ng QC is “incredibly easy to work with” and “gets to the key points quickly during arbitration proceedings”. He has over 18 years of experience working on international commercial and investment arbitrations under most major institutional rules.
James Willan QC is highly sought after for his skill and experience in ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings.
Atkin Chambers receives nine listings.
Riaz Hussain QC “has a great reputation for construction-related arbitration” and is renowned for his encyclopaedic understanding of EPC contracts.
The “excellent” Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC is touted as “a very strong arbitration silk” with exceptional expertise in domestic and international disputes arising from the energy, construction and infrastructure sectors.
David Streatfeild-James QC earns plaudits as “a very skilled advocate” with more than 30 years of experience handling a broad range of infrastructure, construction, energy and IT disputes.
3 Verulam Buildings sees four barristers listed.
Christopher Harris QC is “a real talent” who excels in oil and gas, joint venture and construction disputes.
Jane Davies Evans secures widespread praise as a “very efficient and organised barrister” with “significant experience in international construction arbitration”.
Respondents say Tariq Baloch is “among the very best arbitration practitioners of his generation”. He is regularly retained by private and public parties in a range of commercial and investor-state proceedings.
Ali Malek QC receives plaudits as a “standout name” who shines in bilateral investment treaty disputes and enforcement proceedings.
Wendy MiIes QC from Twenty Essex commands a strong presence in the market thanks to her 25-plus years of experience working on high-value commercial and investment disputes.
David Brynmor Thomas QC at 39 Essex Chambers is renowned for his “very impressive analytical approach” to commercial and construction arbitration proceedings arising from the energy, natural resources and transport sectors.
Karim Ghaly QC is a “strong and sensible choice” for energy, engineering, construction and PPP contract disputes.
At Matrix Chambers, Zachary Douglas QC is “extremely knowledgeable on procedural and substantive issues”. He is highly regarded for his expertise in investment arbitration.
John McCaughran QC at One Essex Court is well versed at representing domestic and international clients in complex energy and finance disputes.
Richard Harding QC with Keating Chambers impresses peers with his “strong Middle East practice” which sees him regularly involved in high-value infrastructure, energy and engineering disputes across the region.
Adam Constable QC stands out as an “unflappable advocate” who “assimilates information quickly and remains calm during tense proceedings”.
4 New Square’s Matthieu Gregoire is singled out as a “first-class orator” with a remarkable understanding of international investment treaty and trade agreements.
At Devereux Chambers, Colin Edelman QC is distinguished by his “impressive range and grasp of detail” as well as his “vast experience in reinsurance disputes”.
Steven Gee QC with Monckton Chambers is celebrated as “a brilliant strategist and advocate with very deep knowledge of law and industry”. One peer adds, “His knowledge of injunctions and pre-emptive remedies is second to none.”
Thomas Sebastian is recognised as a “star practitioner” who shines in domestic and international arbitration.
Simon Rainey QC at Quadrant Chambers comes highly recommended by respondents as “a top-drawer silk” with a fine track record in international arbitration proceedings.