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Since the set’s foundation, Members of 20 Essex Street have been at the forefront of providing the full range of world-class contentious, advisory and dispute management services. The Chambers in London and its fully staffed Asia annex in Singapore offer specialist advocates with a broad practice in international and domestic commercial dispute resolution in English court proceedings at all higher court levels, as well as the EU and overseas. Members appear before the world’s leading arbitral and specialist commodity tribunals and have substantial arbitration, mediation and ADR practices. 


Across 20 Essex Street’s London and Singapore offices, barristers of all seniorities have considerable experience in representing both corporate and law firm clients, often advising on complex, high-value and multi-forum litigation. Core areas of work include arbitration, banking and financial services, civil fraud, company law, competition and trade regulation, energy and natural resources, insolvency, insurance and reinsurance, international trade and commodities, professional negligence, public and private international law and shipping. 


20 Essex Street is also home to a number of highly respected domestic and international arbitrators and mediators, some of whom were previously judges either in the UK or overseas and all of whom are pre-eminent in their field.

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Asset-stripping of judgment debtors, freezing injunctions, the limits of tortious liability and reflective loss

David Lewis QC and Richard Greenberg report on Marex Financial Limited v Carlos Sevilleja Garcia [2017] EWHC 918 (Comm).

Law Firm: 20 Essex Street | Published: 04 May 2017 | Practice Area: Business of law

‘Man-in-the-middle’ fraud: how to prevent it, who is at risk, and what to do when it all goes wrong

A form of fraud, colloquially known as a ‘man-in-the-middle' attack, has become common in recent months. Targets of a man-in-the-middle attack range from individual consumers to large multinationals. This briefing examines how to prevent it, who is at risk, and what to do when it all goes wrong.

Law Firm: 20 Essex Street | Published: 25 April 2017 | Practice Area: Financial Crime and Fraud

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After Brexit, what next for the Brussels I Regulation (Recast)?

This article looks at three steps the UK Government should take to assuage fears of upheaval in the system of commercial dispute resolution after Brexit.

Law Firm: 20 Essex Street | Published: 20 April 2017 | Practice Area: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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Disputing jurisdiction in arbitration: a reminder of procedure and tactics

There are various routes by which a respondent to an arbitration claim can challenge jurisdiction. A respondent should consider what actions to take, with a view to the impact on these routes and their differing merits. This briefing looks at some of the key issues to consider.

Law Firm: 20 Essex Street | Published: 04 April 2017 | Practice Area: Arbitration

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I think I'd better leave right now: Brexit and the scope of the prerogative power

This briefing considers the recent Brexit judgment on the Government’s power to give notice under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union for the UK to cease membership of the EU.

Law Firm: 20 Essex Street | Published: 14 November 2016 | Practice Area: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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Apple, State aid and EU competence: were the Brexiteers right?

A recurring theme of the arguments for UK withdrawal from the EU was that the Union’s institutions have never contented themselves with the powers given to them by the Treaties. Does the recent Apple tax decision prove the Brexiteers right?

Law Firm: 20 Essex Street | Published: 06 September 2016 | Practice Area: Central Government

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What will Brexit mean for the Brussels I regulation?

The law relating to civil jurisdiction and judgments has undergone substantial change in recent years, with the entry into force of the Brussels I Regulation (Recast) in January 2015. This regime is likely to be significantly modified due to Brexit - this briefing looks at the possible alternatives.

Law Firm: 20 Essex Street | Published: 18 August 2016 | Practice Area: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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The South China Sea case: chess arbitration?

This briefing looks into the wider questions that the recent South China Sea award raises, such as the merits of an award that cannot be enforced and the role arbitration has in that context, and discusses the award's possible impact.

Law Firm: 20 Essex Street | Published: 03 August 2016 | Practice Area: Arbitration

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Please sir, can I have some more? Topping up security under a P&I club letter of undertaking

This briefing looks at a case which centred around the issue of whether the words “liberty to apply” in a P&I club letter of undertaking issued by a marine insurer gave the owners of a tanker a right to apply to the High Court to compel the insurer to increase the level of security it had provided...view abstract

Law Firm: 20 Essex Street | Published: 26 July 2016 | Practice Area: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Breaking serve: risks when serving English proceedings within the EU

The High Court has handed down judgment in a case which will be of interest to claimants litigating disputes against defendants in the European Union. It centres on the nature of EU Regulation 1393/2007 and the English Court’s approach to curing defects in service under it.

Law Firm: 20 Essex Street | Published: 05 July 2016 | Practice Area: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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