Gordon Pollock QC steps down as head of Essex Court

Essex Court Chambers’ Gordon Pollock QC, one of the longest serving heads of chambers at the bar, is to stand down from the role.

Gordon Pollock QC
Gordon Pollock QC

The Lincoln’s Inn set has named Richard Jacobs QC and Graham Dunning QC as co-heads of chambers, succeeding Pollock after almost 21 years in the role. Pollock, widely regarded as an elder statesman of the bar, is to carry on practising.

Pollock was called to the bar in 1968 having been rejected by the now defunct New York firm Coudert Brothers (11 September 2001). He took silk in 1979 and steadily gained traction at the bar, becoming one of the first to join the so-called millionaires’ club, alongside One Essex Court’s Tony Grabiner QC and Jonathan Sumption QC, formerly a member of Brick Court and now at the Supreme Court (4 May 2011).

Pollock was named head of chambers in 1992 and, two years later, Essex Court became the first major commercial set to leave the Temple. 

His will be a tough act to follow for Jacobs, whose practice focusses on insurance and reinsurance law, and Dunning, a commercial advocate. 

Jacobs said: “Essex Court Chambers has been tremendously served by Gordon Pollock. Many members of chambers have been fortunate to work on cases with Gordon, who is one of the most outstanding commercial barristers of his generation, and whose skills as an advocate and in litigation have been supreme. All members have benefited from his leadership of chambers over so many years.”