Essex Court Chambers

Bar top 30 position: 3

  • Overview

Widely recognised as a full-service commercial set, Essex Court Chambers is led by joint head of chambers Richard Jacobs QC and Graham Dunning QC, and has an enviable reputation in shipping, insurance and financial services law. Essex Court Chambers is comprised of 82 barristers, 43 of whom are silks, with David Grief as senior clerk.

Joint head of chambers, Richard Jacobs QC, is a pre-eminent silk in both litigation and arbitration while other barristers of note include Andrew Hochhauser QC and Martin Griffiths QC, who are well regarded in employment law along with David Craig, one of the employment practice’s leading juniors. Joe Smouha QC has a strong reputation in commercial, fraud and international arbitration. David Foxton QC has a highly regarded practice in international arbitration.

Former head of chambers, Gordon Pollock QC, will continue to practice and is well known in the UK for his broad-based commercial practice. He has an international reputation as a leading silk in banking and finance, commercial litigation, energy, insurance and reinsurance.

Joint head of chambers, Graham Dunning QC, along with Steven Berry QC and junior Nathan Pillow are outstanding barristers in the shipping practice. Other notable juniors include Ricky Diwan, admitted to the New York Bar before being called to the bar in England, along with Amy Sander and David Scorey.

Essex Court Chambers welcomed four new silks in 2013. Paul Key QC, Samuel Wordsworth QC, Nigel Eaton QC and Stephen Houseman QC all have expertise in international commercial law.


24 Lincoln's Inn Fields

Silks: 43
Juniors: 39
Heads of chambers: Richard Jacobs QC and Graham Dunning QC
Senior clerk: David Grief