20 Essex Street is delighted to announce that Sam Goodman, Alistair Wooder and Jonathan Ketcheson have accepted offers of tenancy on the completion of their pupillages.
Sam Goodman sat with Sean Snook, Tony Beswetherick and Daniel Bovensiepen. He experienced a wide range of commercial matters and is developing a broad practice across chambers’ practice areas. He was recently instructed as part of a 20 Essex Street counsel team resisting an application for service out of the jurisdiction. He graduated with a First in Law from the University of Cambridge before going on to obtain a Distinction on the BCL from the University of Oxford. Prior to joining 20 Essex Street, Sam taught at University College London as a Teaching Fellow in Private International Law. Sam was also previously an Analyst at Kobre & Kim LLP, where his matters included the representation of Chevron Corporation in relation to the long-running $18bn Lago Agrio litigation.
Alistair Wooder has gained experience of a wide range of commercial disputes, spanning general commercial litigation, shipping, insurance, banking, commercial fraud and cross-border insolvency. More specifically, Alistair assisted with two appeals to the Court of Appeal, heavy multi-jurisdictional fraud litigation and a broad array of other cases, including charterparty claims, cargo claims, and disputes involving swaps and derivatives, indemnities and trade sanctions. Alistair has also worked on a diverse range of issues that can arise at an interlocutory stage, including freezing injunctions, anti-suit injunctions and challenges to jurisdiction. Alistair is currently instructed with Julian Kenny QC in a ship sale arbitration, and was recently instructed as a member of a team of counsel contesting an application to serve committal proceedings outside the jurisdiction. Before joining 20 Essex Street, Alistair graduated from Cambridge with a first class degree in Law, achieved a Masters degree in Commercial Law and attained the highest marks in his law school in Bar finals.
Jonathan Ketcheson initially qualified as a solicitor in Australia, practising in commercial litigation at Clayton Utz before working as an associate to Justice Susan Crennan AC of the High Court of Australia. Jonathan was also a senior associate at Hogan Lovells in London, specialising in investment treaty arbitration, public international law and international arbitration. In that position he built on the experience he obtained working for Professor James Crawford (now Judge Crawford of the International Court of Justice), and completing a doctorate on international dispute settlement under Professor Crawford’s supervision at the University of Cambridge. Prior to moving to the bar Jonathan advised or acted for States and investors in investment treaty arbitrations, under the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules, and companies in international commercial arbitrations under the ICC and LCIA Rules.
Duncan Matthews QC, 20 Essex Street’s co-head of Chambers, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Alistair, Jon and Sam as members of Chambers. Our offer of tenancy is necessarily hard-earned and indicates that all three have achieved the very high standards we demand in pupillage. We have no doubt that they will all be successful at the Bar and wish them well for the future.”