Bar top 30 position: 10
7KBW enjoys an impressive reputation for commercial law and is led by Gavin Kealey QC as head of chambers and Bernie Hyatt and Greg Leyden as senior clerks. It is made up of 25 silks and 28 junior barristers.
Gavin Kealey QC is known for his work in contentious litigation and arbitration with an emphasis on banking and finance, insurance and commercial fraud. Jonathan Gaisman QC is also well regarded for his insurance practice.
Dominic Kendrick QC and Alistair Schaff QC specialise in international commercial law and both have strong arbitration practices. Leading juniors with an international practice include the set’s most senior junior, Charles Priday, who focuses shipping, trade and banking. Timothy Kenefick also enjoys an impressive reputation in insurance while Michael Holmes is considered one of the set’s rising stars.
Timothy Brenton QC boasts a strong shipping practice and has also expanded into international trade, energy and insurance law. Stephen Hofmeyr QC is equally well regarded for shipping work and acted in the so-called Nat Rothschild super-yacht dispute Swallowfalls Ltd v Monaco Yachting & Technologies and another .
Briefings from 7KBW
The court determined a number of issues about the nature and effect of a policy of professional liability insurance.
In May 2006, the Alexandros T sank off the shore of South Africa; her owners commenced proceedings in the Commercial Court against the vessel’s insurers for an indemnity.