20 Essex Street is pleased to announce the return of international arbitration junior Karen Maxwell as a member of Chambers. Karen practises in arbitration, banking, international trade, private international law, sale of goods, shipping and insurance.
After being called to the Bar, Karen practised at 20 Essex Street, where she developed a commercial law practice, appearing before the High Court, Court of Appeal, House of Lords and in various arbitral proceedings, including LMAA, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICC.
Karen then spent time at Practical Law (PL), establishing and heading Practical Law Arbitration, before returning to the Bar in 2015 at Stone Chambers. At PL, she wrote and developed guidance and current awareness covering all legal and practical aspects of English and international arbitration, including both commercial and investment treaty arbitration. More recently, following the acquisition of Practical Law by Thomson Reuters, Karen was appointed Head of Current Awareness, with responsibility for updates published in Lawtel, Westlaw and Practical Law, and as such was responsible for the development of sectoral current awareness covering life sciences and energy law.
Duncan Matthews QC, 20 Essex Street’s co-head of Chambers says: “We are delighted that Karen is re-joining us at 20 Essex Street to further strengthen our international commercial arbitration practice. We know from past experience that Karen will be a great asset to Chambers.”
Christopher Hancock QC, 20 Essex Street’s other co-head of Chambers says: “After her time at PL, Karen will bring a wealth of international market analysis and current awareness to bear on her legal practice and I’m sure this will be borne out in the development of Karen’s practice over the next few years.”
Karen adds: “I am really pleased to be returning to 20 Essex Street. International arbitration is an exciting and fast-moving practice area, spanning a number of industry sectors and I’m delighted to have the opportunity of joining 20 Essex Street’s outstanding practitioners.”
Karen is also a co-author of London Maritime Arbitration, published by Informa and now in its third edition. She has also contributed to the Arbitration Review section of the LMCLQ International Maritime and Commercial Law Yearbook 2010 – 13.