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 High Court in London: The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Gross P.C., The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Hamblen P.C., 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.