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One Essex Court has 66 juniors and 47 Queen’s Counsel. It is a pre-eminent ‘Magic Circle’ commercial set of barristers’ chambers in London. Members provide specialist legal advice, support and advocacy services worldwide, and the barristers’ expertise covers all areas of arbitration, litigation, regulation and dispute resolution.

The principal areas of practice are arbitration, banking and financial services, commercial litigation, civil fraud and investigations, company and insolvency, competition and EU law, energy and natural resources, insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property, media, entertainment and broadcasting, professional liability, public law, sports, gaming and licensing and tax and revenue law.

Chambers is comprised of over 100 full-time practitioners, who regularly appear before the domestic courts and tribunals, dealing with short County Court applications to major trials in the High Court and appeals before the Court of Appeal, the Privy Council and the Supreme Court, as well as the European Courts. They also appear in a wide range of foreign jurisdictions, particularly in the Caribbean (inc. Cayman, BVI, Bermuda and Bahamas) and the Far East (principally Hong Kong and Singapore). Through the Singapore office at Maxwell Chambers, One Essex Court is able to handle enquiries from clients in real-time and provide local support and assistance to visiting barristers and arbitrators from chambers.

In addition to English law, some of the barristers here are also able to offer advice on the laws of Russia, Ukraine, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

Barristers at One Essex Court are drawn from the very best candidates coming to the Commercial Bar each year. Indeed, the ability of the set to continually attract the most talented pupils year-on-year, is a fundamental reason for chambers’ enduring position at the very top of the market. The selection process is naturally focused on intellectual excellence, but prospective pupils and tenants must also exhibit other valuable characteristics which, through a constant process of feedback from clients, we understand are equally valued.

One Essex Court places great emphasis on advocacy skills. Junior tenants are selected not only for their abilities as lawyers but also for their potential as advocates, and for their commercial understanding and ‘user-friendliness’. Advocacy skills are highly prized and encouraged as chambers believes it is essential to develop courtbased skills at the earliest possible stage. Our junior tenants appear regularly in court and are accomplished advocates.


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