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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.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. Out of office hours calls will automatically be diverted to our clerking team in London.

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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.

To contact our Singapore office, please contact our BD Director, Asia, Rachel Foxton. 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

Lawrence Akka QC

Lawrence Akka QC

Silk: 2012 Call: 1991

Languages: French

Lawrence’s practice encompasses high value and technically complex commercial and contractual disputes. He specialises in cases involving new technologies, media and telecommunications, frequently with an international element. Lawrence is instructed to appear in courts at all levels. He also acts in numerous confidential IT, shipping, commodity and commercial arbitrations and mediations in the UK and abroad.

In his technology practice, Lawrence has acted in a wide range of disputes involving software and hardware procurement, outsourcing, development, fintech and blockchain technologies, data protection, e-commerce, broadcasting, internet and telecommunications law.

He has been involved with IT for over 30 years and has a thorough grasp of the technical and other issues involved in the industry. Lawrence is a member of the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce of the Lawtech Delivery Panel, and the ICCA-IBA Joint Task Force on Data Protection in International Arbitration, and is the vice-chairman (civil) of the Bar Council IT Panel. He has written domestic and business software applications and is fluent in several computer programming languages.

Lawrence also has a significant wider commercial practice in shipping, banking, commodities, fraud and commercial law.

He sits as sole, party-appointed and presiding arbitrator in both technology and commercial disputes and has accepted appointments under many different sets of rules.

 

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A calm, collected and extremely intelligent barrister with clarity of thought and an ability to articulate complicated concepts in a simple way.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2022

He's a very good advocate, in the rarefied category of people at the Bar who can also code, and he's a leading member of the Bar for cryptocurrency.

Chambers UK Bar 2022

The cleverest person in the room. A pleasure to work with. A very nice guy but a very clever and sharp litigator. You want him to be on your side.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2022

Very accessible, calm and unflappable, he offers creative solutions.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2022

Very good at conveying complex issues easily and quickly, and has a huge ability to absorb large amounts of work.

Chambers UK Bar 2021

Brilliant and highly commercial; a go-to IT silk, in particular for media businesses.

Chambers UK Bar 2021

He is fantastic – approachable, insightful and clear. Very measured; strong analytical skills; expert in IT issues; pleasure to work with.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2021

He has genuine IT experience which is very helpful. He is very easy to work with and very bright, and has a good combination of legal and IT skills.

Chambers UK Bar 2020

He is very able and user-friendly, a top choice for technology disputes.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2020

He has written code and so he has a deep understanding of how technology works. He is also a very good lawyer.

Chambers UK Bar 2020

He is a real star in tech disputes.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2018

Very good at the complex technical side of a case, and great at encapsulating and explaining the technology against the legal backdrop.

Chambers UK Bar 2019

He is an excellent standalone commercial silk but combines that with a deep knowledge of the IT industry and IT, so he can run complex cases very efficiently.

Chambers UK 2018

Skilled at handling complex technical cases.

The Legal 500 2017

He doesn't just look at the law but get involved in the underlying merits, which is very important.

Chambers UK 2017

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