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Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

For our Singapore office, for client enquiries please contact our BD Director, Asia Pacific, Lara Quie and for all other queries please contact Lynn Quek. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

Twenty Essex
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

Contact

Contact with chambers should be made through the Practice Management Team. They are happy to discuss client requirements and provide further information on such matters as the expertise and experience of individual members, fees, working practices and languages spoken. We have members able to work in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Greek and Chinese (Mandarin).

Outside working hours, a member of our team is always available to be contacted on matters of an urgent nature. Contact should be made using the Chambers main number or email.

For our Singapore office, for client enquiries please contact our BD Director, Asia Pacific, Lara Quie and for all other queries please contact Lynn Quek. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

London

Twenty Essex
London
WC2R 3AL

enquiries@twentyessex.com
t: +44 20 7842 1200
DX 0009 Lond/Chan Lane

Singapore

28 Maxwell Road
#02-03
Maxwell Chambers Suites
Singapore 069120

singapore@twentyessex.com
t: +65 62257230

David Lewis QC

David Lewis QC

Silk: 2014 Call: 1999 (England and Wales); 2017 (British Virgin Islands)

Languages: French (proficient)

David is a specialist advocate who took silk in 2014 at the age of 36. He practises in a wide range of general commercial and private international law disputes, with a particular emphasis on energy and natural resources, civil fraud and the conflict of laws.

A substantial amount of his work is in international arbitration. David has acted as lead counsel in arbitration hearings in numerous jurisdictions worldwide, including frequently in Singapore, where he was based permanently from 2009 to 2010. He was nominated for ‘International Arbitration Silk of the Year 2019’ by The Legal 500.

He has also appeared before the courts of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands and Gibraltar.

David is renowned for his strategic instincts as to how judges and arbitrators think, his incisive intellect and his responsiveness.

He also accepts appointments as arbitrator, and has acted as arbitrator under various institutional rules and ad hoc.

 

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Strategically pitch-perfect. He is very good with clients and a very good advocate.

Chambers UK Bar 2022

He is unperturbable on his feet and a go-to barrister for all shipping and commodities disputes.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022: The English Bar

He is extremely user-friendly and will roll his sleeves up and get stuck into a case - you really feel like he is truly part of your team when you work with him. He is also able to deal with vast number of documents and get to grips with issues very quickly.

Chambers UK Bar 2022

Extremely bright and he has very strong analytical skills. He is unerringly pleasant to work with, always willing to muck-in and be part of a legal team. His advocacy is first-rate.

The Legal UK Bar 2022

He is a meticulous and formidable silk who can cut through complex cases.

Chambers UK Bar 2022

He knows the area inside out, is extremely user-friendly and brings with him strategic brilliance and a formidable intellect.

The Legal UK Bar 2022

As well as being very bright, he is a fantastic team player and a go-to silk for top energy clients.

The Legal UK Bar 2022

It is always a pleasure to work with David. He is extraordinarily bright, has an extensive knowledge of shipping law and wider commercial law, and is someone you want in your team on big cases.

The Legal UK Bar 2022

Absolutely superb. He thinks about things in a careful way and presents them in a very attractive and succinct manner.

Chambers UK Bar 2021

extremely intelligent, fantastic oral and written advocate who conveys complex points succinctly and clearly

Chambers UK Bar 2021

A very deft and clever advocate in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2021

An excellent silk - he is hugely intelligent and can read into complex matters and produce top quality notes of advice, pleadings and other documents with incredible speed.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2021

He is an excellent advocate, hardworking and destined for the top.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2020

He is not destabilised by aggressive opposite numbers or by questionable tactics. 

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020: The English Bar

Efficient, very intelligent, quick at turning things around, very pleasant and good to deal with. His written work is clear, succinct and effective.

Chambers UK Bar 2020

A leader in his field who is destined for the top; he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of case law and exceptional advocacy skills.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2020

His attention to detail is astonishing and his written submissions in particular are some of the best I have ever seen at his level.

Chambers UK Bar 2020

He has a down-to-earth approach to advocacy and is very respectful to all concerned, but still lands the body blows.

Chambers UK Bar 2020

He engages with everything, pays good attention to detail and will fight for his clients.

Chambers UK Bar 2020

He's a very good, very elegant advocate.

Chambers UK Bar 2020

Very effective and incisive. He is hard-working, intellectually gifted and a pleasure to work with.

Chambers UK Bar 2019

A lethal advocate with copious amounts of charm and the ability to disarm the most hostile judges.

Chambers UK 2018

An excellent advocate. He's able to cut through all the things that aren't relevant to find the right solution. He's approachable, practical and efficient.

Chambers UK Bar 2018

Measured and magisterial, he is very bright, responsive and committed; he should go very far.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2018

He is simply exceptional.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2018

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