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Kealey, Gavin QC

Gavin Kealey is head of Chambers at 7KBW. 

Gavin Kealey

He specialises in all areas of commercial law and is acknowledged for his considerable expertise in contentious litigation in court and international arbitrations — with particular emphasis on contractual disputes of all kinds, insurance/reinsurance, financial services and banking, commercial fraud, conflicts of laws, sports law, shipping and oil and gas, corporate/share valuations, and professional negligence. Kealey is known for his meticulous preparation, incisive and effective examination of witnesses, team leadership, and complex legal argument at first instance and at all appellate levels.

He also regularly accepts appointments as arbitrator. Kealey is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. As a result of his considerable international arbitration practice, he is familiar with New York, French, Colombian and Mexican law of contract and insurance. Kealey speaks very good French. His many appearances as counsel in court and in arbitrations abroad include The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, France, Holland and the US.

He is accustomed to giving expert evidence on English law, and Kealey has given expert evidence in both federal and state courts of the US by affidavit and by oral deposition, and also in France, Norway and Spain.

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  • Princess of the Stars: typhoon warranties

    On 21 June 2008, the passenger cargo vessel Princess of the Stars was lost in the Philippines after sailing into Typhoon Frank.

  • 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. 

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7 King's Bench Walk
DX: 239 LDE

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