Head of chambers
Mr Gavin Kealey QC
7KBW is a top commercial chambers, with a reputation for excellence, intellectual rigour and providing practical, commercial advice. Its members practise across the full breadth of commercial law and are ranked highly in the leading legal directories. Members appear regularly in the Commercial Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court, the Privy Council and in arbitrations. They also appear in court and arbitrations in a significant number of other jurisdictions including Singapore, Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Dubai and Hong Kong.
7KBW’s practice areas are exclusively commercial and cover the following: all aspects of insurance and reinsurance, shipping and transport, professional negligence, civil fraud, international trade and commodities, energy, oil and gas, agency, injunctions and arrests, shipbuilding, sale of goods, banking and financial services, aviation, construction and private international law. Most of 7KBW’s work has an international dimension.
Candidates with strong analytical and intellectual abilities. 7KBW does not typically interview candidates who do not have a first or a good upper second-class degree. 7KBW offers up to four pupillages per year.
Pupils are allocated a pupillage supervisor for the first two to three months and will change pupillage supervisor more frequently thereafter. A large component of pupillage is assisting in the preparation of trials and applications and attending court with the pupil supervisor. It will also involve drafting statements of case, researching the law, advices and attending conferences. Whatever the nature of the pupil supervisor’s work, a pupil can expect to be fully involved in it. 7KBW also organises advocacy exercises and pleading seminars for its pupils.
Applications should be made via the Pupillage Gateway 2020 season for pupillages commencing in September 2021. Deferred pupillages commencing in September 2022 will also be available but will only be offered in exceptional circumstances.
Two-day mini-pupillages are available. Mini-pupillages do not include any formal assessments and completon of a mini-pupillage is not a prerequisite for applying for pupillage, but it is strongly encouraged. For information about how and when to apply, please refer to the website at www.7kbw.co.uk/join-us/mini-pupillage.
Pupillages are fully funded, with awards of £65,000 for 12 months. 7KBW is willing to advance up to £25,000 of the award on an interest-free basis for use during the BPTC year, on condition that any advance will be repaid if the pupil does not pass the BPTC exams or complete his or her pupillage.
Admiralty & shipping
Shipping law is one of the oldest and most developed branches of commercial law.
An aviation barrister will be used in disputes from everything from aircraft leasing and insurance to disasters, hijackings and theft.
Banking & finance
Barristers and banks generally cross paths when something costly has gone wrong in relation to a transaction or product.
Commercial dispute resolution
The commercial Bar covers a range of areas, including banking, sale of goods and shipping, insolvency, civil fraud, and insurance/reinsurance.
When parties from different jurisdictions come into conflict over commercial relationships, they may decide that arbitration is the best method of resolution.