7KBW

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 [2012].

Briefings from 7KBW

  • The Falkonera (Court of Appeal)

    On 5 June 2014, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal of the owners of Falkonera, a very large crude carrier (VLCC) against the judgment of Mr Justice Eder. 

  • Astrazeneca v XL Insurance A3/2013/0824

    Astrazeneca Insurance v XL Bermuda and Ace Bermuda was the first case in which the English courts had been asked to consider the proper interpretation of a ‘Bermuda Form’ policy.

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Overview

7 King's Bench Walk
Temple
DX: 239 LDE
London
EC4Y 7DS
UK
http://www.7kbw.co.uk

Silks: 25
Juniors: 27
Head of chambers: Gavin Kealey QC
Joint senior clerks: Bernie Hyatt and Greg Leyden