UK Bar: Energy and Natural Resources 2019

In this chapter we recognise 30 silks and eight juniors who stand out as leading names when it comes to handling complex disputes within the energy and natural resources sector.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Orlando Gledhill QC One Essex Court 
2. David Foxton QC  Essex Court Chambers 
3. Laurence Rabinowitz QC  One Essex Court 
4. Daniel Jowell QC  Brick Court Chambers 
1. Richard Eschwege  Brick Court Chambers 
2. Conall Patton  One Essex Court


One Essex Court performs well this year with seven silks recognised for their expertise.
Orlando Gledhill QC is “a go-to silk in this area” say peers who commend his “exceptional attention to detail”. They add, “He reads the mood of judges extremely well and takes time to understand the internal business dynamics and personalities of clients.”
Laurence Rabinowitz QC is identified by respondents as “one of the biggest names in the field”. He commands over 30 years of experience in a broad range of commercial disputes across the energy sector.
John McCaughran QC brings “extraordinary judgement and manner” to his work, say sources who praise his impressive work on complex energy and oil and gas disputes.
Daniel Toledano QC impresses market sources with his superb work handling energy and utilities disputes in litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Alex Gunning QC is described as “a real heavy-hitter and hands-on silk who is very responsive and quick to provide clear and effective advice”. His focus lies on large high-value energy and offshore construction disputes.

Essex Court Chambers performs strongly this year, with four of its silks recognised for their practice.
David Foxton QC is recognised as “one of the best lawyers at the Bar”, who according to sources “is incredibly knowledgeable and has great confidence in court”.
David Mildon QC is highlighted for his experience as both an advocate and an arbitrator in oil, gas and electricity disputes.

Brick Court Chambers sees three silks recognised this year for their outstanding practice in energy and natural resources.
Daniel Jowell QC is “a fantastic commercial advocate with a very impressive court style”. He is particularly well versed in multi-jurisdictional commercial and joint-venture disputes across the energy sector.
Mark Howard QC “stands out as one of the best at the Bar” according to market respondents who note he is “very experienced in energy disputes”
Stephen Midwinter QC is a well-regarded figure among fellow advocates who commend his excellent work handling large energy disputes in the domestic courts.

Atkin Chambers sees six silks listed in this chapter.  

David Streatfeild-James QC earns high praise from peers who say he is “every bit as good as his stellar reputation suggests”. He has advised on a large variety of energy projects, from on and offshore projects to renewable energy schemes.
James Howells QC is “a first-class thinker and a brilliant strategist who is very effective and incisive during cross-examination in court”. His practice focuses on construction and commercial disputes pertaining to on and offshore energy projects.
Stephen Dennison QC enjoys a strong reputation at the Bar for his energy and natural resources practice, which spans litigation and arbitration proceedings.

4 Pump Court has two of its silks listed this year.
Sean O'Sullivan QC is “held in very high regard” by market commentators. He is “extremely knowledgeable and experienced in the offshore oil and gas sector as well as coal, steel and other natural resource disputes”.
Nigel Tozzi QC is recognised by market commentators as “a very hard-working silk in the field”. He has over 30 years’ experience in the energy sector, with a focus on oil and gas disputes.

Keating Chambers sees three of its silks listed for their energy and natural resources practice.
Jane Lemon QC is a “very impressive” energy and natural resources specialist who stands out for her speciality in construction disputes across the gas sector.
Adam Constable QC is a favourite among clients, who highlight his “very clear, well thought-through and tactically astute advice”. His speciality lies in onshore and offshore construction disputes.
John Marrin QC gains recognition for his excellent handling of sophisticated and high-value energy and construction disputes.

Simon Rainey QC with Quadrant Chambers is “an extremely effective advocate” when it comes to oil trading cases and is well versed in advising on offshore construction disputes, exploration projects and negligence matters.

Jonathan Gaisman QC at 7 King’s Bench Walk is “one of the very biggest names in energy practice at the bar”. He has 40 years of experience in a wide range of energy disputes, including oil exploration and arbitration proceedings.


One Essex Court sees four of its juniors achieving a listing this year.  
Conall Patton is identified as a leading barrister for energy and natural resources disputes. He has significant experience in commercial litigation and arbitration in the energy sector, acting for developers, commodity traders and facility operators.
Matthew Cook is a standout name in energy and natural resources work. He is described as “a very impressive senior junior who is friendly, very knowledgeable in the sector, and extremely efficient and responsive”.

Richard Eschwege of Brick Court Chambers is one of the foremost energy and natural resources barristers at the Bar, and is praised emphatically by peers as “one of the future stars in the area”. 

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