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 .
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As an alternative to an anti-suit injunction, the Commercial Court confirms that an award of damages for breach of an English jurisdiction clause is compatible with EU law.
On 21 June 2008, the passenger cargo vessel Princess of the Stars was lost in the Philippines after sailing into Typhoon Frank.