One of the country’s longest-established sets of commercial and international law chambers, Twenty Essex is a general commercial set with talented barristers who have long been at the forefront of ground-breaking legal precedent in reported cases before apex courts and tribunals.
The set also has a tradition of senior members becoming judges with a number currently serving in the senior courts in London: The Rt Hon Lord Justice Hamblen, The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Males, The Hon. Mr Justice Andrew Baker, and The Hon. Mr Justice Stephen Morris.
- 1930s Set based at 3 Essex Court Sir Henry Willink QC and Sir William McNair QC were members
- 1950s First became associated with public international law when Sir Arnold McNair and Sir Hersch Lauterpacht became door tenants and were later judges of the International Court of Justice
- 1960s The dominant position of the set was such that the Lord Chancellor took the unprecedented step of dividing chambers into two
- 1994 Chambers moved from 3 Essex Court to its current location at 20 Essex Street
- 2006 Twenty Essex was awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, for outstanding achievement in developing and marketing the services provided to overseas clients.
- 2010 Following an invitation by the Ministry of Law, Singapore, Twenty Essex was one of the two sets of UK barristers to open a chambers’ annex in Maxwell Chambers, Singapore and has been investing in building international relationships ever since.