Head of chambers
Mr David Foxton QC
Essex Court Chambers has been particularly recognised as a leading set in arbitration; commercial litigation, insurance, shipping; aviation, energy and natural resources, media and entertainment and banking. The set also has a strong reputation in international trade; commodities; public international law; professional negligence; tax and VAT and employment.
Members continue to develop expertise in European law; administrative law and judicial review; agriculture and farming; Australian trade practices law; Chinese law; computer law; construction and engineering; customs duty; sports law; Hong Kong law; human rights; immigration and nationality law; industrial relations; injunctions and arrests; insolvency; intellectual property; international commercial fraud; Irish law, public law; rail disputes; sale of goods and product liability; South Asian law and tribunals and inquiries. Members also act as arbitrators and mediators in domestic and international arbitrations.
Administrative & public law
The public law Bar spans the full range of administrative, public and constitutional law.
Admiralty & shipping
Shipping law is one of the oldest and most developed branches of commercial law.
Banking & finance
Barristers and banks generally cross paths when something costly has gone wrong in relation to a transaction or product.
Civil law encompasses a very broad range of legal issues, including those relating to contract, tort, probate and trusts.
Civil liberties & human rights
Human rights law is essential for a fair society where all are protected, including the vulnerable.
Commercial dispute resolution
The commercial Bar covers a range of areas, including banking, sale of goods and shipping, insolvency, civil fraud, and insurance/reinsurance.
Company law is relevant to almost everything a company does, from filing annual returns to proper procedure in relation to board decisions.
Employment lawyers handle a variety of issues, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, equal pay and whistleblowing claims.
European Union and international
Employment barristers may appear before the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, international tribunals and domestic courts.
When parties from different jurisdictions come into conflict over commercial relationships, they may decide that arbitration is the best method of resolution.
Clinical negligence is a type of professional liability involving disputes between patients and healthcare providers.
Tax barristers advise and litigate on all aspects of commercial and personal tax issues.