UK Bar: Energy & Natural Resources 2018

We highlight 33 outstanding barristers in this chapter who are recognised for their impressive work in disputes across the energy and natural resources sector. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. David Foxton QC Essex Court Chambers
2. John McCaughran QC One Essex Court
3. Orlando Gledhill QC One Essex Court
4. Laurence Rabinowitz QC One Essex Court
5. Simon Rainey QC Quadrant Chambers
6. Sean O’Sullivan QC 4 Pump Court


ONE ESSEX COURT stands out as the foremost set at the UK Bar when it comes to disputes across the energy and natural resources space, with six silks achieving nominations this year.
The “well-respected” John McCaughran QC is “a highly experienced and effective silk”, recognised particularly by peers for his exceptional work in offshore oil and gas disputes.
Orlando Gledhill QC is “incredibly analytical when it comes to disputes” in the energy space and continues to impress sources who note, “He can easily navigate the morass of material that you sometimes find in complex cases.”
Laurence Rabinowitz QC is one of the most highly regarded energy advocates in our research this year. He stands out for his expert handling of both litigation and arbitration proceedings in the sector.
Alain Choo-Choy QC is “an excellent analytical silk” according to market commentators. He is well known across the Bar for his strong expertise in the energy and natural resources space.
Anthony Grabiner QC is internationally recognised as a leading advocate when it comes to energy disputes, boasting vast experience handling both litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Sa’ad Hossain QC is also highlighted for his excellent work on energy disputes, an area in which he is respected for his strong expertise.

ATKIN CHAMBERS performs well in this chapter, with five barristers highlighted for their work in the field.
The “excellent” David Streatfeild-James QC is renowned in the UK market for his outstanding work in the energy space, most notably when it comes to technical construction disputes.
Stephen Dennison QC is “a client-friendly and pragmatic lawyer”, described by peers as “a heavy-hitting courtroom advocate”. He is highly sought after by clients seeking counsel on energy, construction and infrastructure disputes, who consider him “commercially and strategically impressive”.
Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC comes “highly recommended” by respondents for her work on energy disputes, who highlight “the timeliness of her responses” as well as her “practical and diligent advice”. She has recently returned to practice following a year as chairman of the England and Wales Bar.

ESSEX COURT CHAMBERS also sees five individuals recognised for their impressive work in the energy space. 
The “superb” David Foxton QC is the pre-eminent energy barrister at the UK Bar. He stands out as “an incredibly perceptive advocate” who “has full command of the court”.
Claire Blanchard QC is “a very knowledgeable adviser” according to sources who highlight her excellent work in relation to shipping and energy-related disputes.
David Mildon QC is “an outstanding energy practitioner” according to peers who consider him “a true energy specialist” and highlight his strong arbitration work.

BRICK COURT CHAMBERS sees three silks nominated in this chapter.
Mark Howard QC is renowned among peers for his “big energy practice” and strong sector focus in an area in which he is considered a “pre-eminent” practitioner.
Daniel Jowell QC “really stands out” at the Bar according to sources, who comment, “He is always reasonable, concise and carries the court with him.” One respondent effuses: “His advocacy is like poetry in motion.”
Stephen Midwinter QC is “highly rated” by peers, who commend his impressive advocacy in energy disputes.

At QUADRANT CHAMBERS, Simon Rainey QC is highlighted by sources as “a very impressive advocate” who “has the ability to calm the most troubled of waters”. He is “highly experienced and knowledgeable”, particularly when it comes to complex technical energy disputes.
Lionel Persey QC continues to impress sources who consider him “absolutely superb” and “one of the best silks around” for energy and shipping disputes.   

Sean O’Sullivan QC at 4 PUMP COURT is “unflappable” in natural resources disputes, an area in which he is “very knowledgeable” and “has great experience as arbitrator”.

John Marrin QC at KEATING CHAMBERS is a widely respected figure at the UK Bar, renowned for his excellent work across the construction, energy and engineering sectors. One source comments: “He boasts a phenomenal intellect and an astoundingly good reputation to boot.”

Sean Wilken QC at 39 ESSEX CHAMBERS is “an excellent oil and gas lawyer” according to sources who note, “He has considerable experience of the technical aspects of the industry, which he combines with a top-flight intellect.”


Conall Patton at ONE ESSEX COURT is “a rising star” who “really strikes a chord” when handling complex energy arbitration proceedings. One peer notes, “He is an excellent junior counsel, already possessing substantial experience and a big following.”

SERLE COURT’s Suzanne Rab is “among the best” in the energy field according to sources who commend her “tenacity, technical excellence and enthusiasm”.

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