In this chapter we recognise the top 31 silks and six juniors working on energy and natural resource-based disputes.
Most highly regarded
One Essex Court earns an impressive 10 listings.
Orlando Gledhill QC is a “detail-oriented silk with tremendous grasp of the intricacies of any case”, making him a go-to for oil and gas disputes.
Alex Gunning QC is a “big name in the field”, highly esteemed for his skill in cross-examination and expertise in energy and infrastructure cases.
Laurence Rabinowitz QC is an accomplished silk who regularly advises energy-sector clients on multi-billion-dollar disputes arising from oil, gas and power contracts.
John McCaughran QC is highlighted for his significant expertise in oil and gas contracts.
Daniel Toledano QC is a “go-to barrister for complex cases”, with an emphasis on international oil, gas and electricity disputes.
Brick Court Chambers is home to three top-notch silks listed this year.
The “fantastic” Daniel Jowell QC receives glowing praise for his profound expertise in complex cross-border energy disputes.
Mark Howard QC is a “big name at the commercial bar” and “an excellent cross-examiner” who shines in high-value energy cases.
Stephen Midwinter QC is a standout silk with a wealth of experience handling complex oil and gas disputes.
Essex Court Chambers sees two outstanding silks highlighted.
Claire Blanchard QC is a favourite among peers who commend her expertise across the full gamut of energy and natural resources matters.
David Mildon QC earns acclaim as a “well-regarded operator” with a stellar reputation for his decades of experience working on oil and gas cases.
Atkin Chambers receives six nominations.
David Streatfeild-James QC is a top-quality silk, highlighted by interviewees for his extensive experience acting for big-name clients in disputes pertaining to renewable energy projects.
James Howells QC is recognised for his expertise in commercial disputes arising from international power projects.
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC draws plaudits for her first-rate work on drilling, pipeline, electricity and power project disputes.
Jonathan Gaisman QC at 7 King’s Bench Walk earns praise for his “strong reputation in the oil and gas field”.
Nigel Tozzi QC from 4 Pump Court is a “very strong cross-examiner” with a fine track record in oil and gas, damages and commodities disputes.
At Quadrant Chambers, Simon Rainey QC excels across the full spectrum of oil and gas matters, from pricing issues and transactional disputes to drilling, construction and liability claims.
The “brilliant” Richard Eschwege from Brick Court Chambers is lauded as a “big name in the energy sector” who is “extremely capable, hardworking and speedy”.
Michael Watkins at One Essex Court is an “extremely clever energy specialist” according to impressed sources who highlight his extensive experience in oil and gas litigation.
The “excellent” Suzanne Rab from Serle Court is identified as a leading junior with “outstanding intellect” and extensive experience resolving complex energy disputes.
At 4 Pump Court, James Hatt is “an excellent senior junior with a keen eye for detail and disarmingly effective advocacy skills”.
Nicholas Maciolek with Atkin Chambers is “fantastically clever, effective and a pleasure to work with”.
Jess Connors at 39 Essex Chambers enjoys a “strong reputation for her energy work” and “detailed grasp of oil and gas exploration”. She is noted for her “great clarity of thought” and “extraordinary thoroughness”.