Albert comes to 20 Essex Street with considerable experience as a barrister in Victoria, Australia. His English practice comprises a wide range of commercial and other disputes across the spectrum of Chambers’ practice areas, many of which raise questions of private international law. In addition to appearing in the English domestic courts, Albert is available to appear in arbitrations in London and abroad. He has previously been involved in international arbitrations throughout the Asia Pacific region, most notably in Singapore and Hong Kong. Albert said of joining: “I am very excited to be joining 20 Essex Street, from where I look forward to being able to balance a domestic practice in the English courts, particularly in the dynamic and ever-changing area of Private International Law, and arbitral work both here in London and in Singapore.”
Monica specialises in public international law having broad experience both as counsel and as adviser in international litigation before international courts and tribunals, as well as an adviser in non-contentious matters. Her international practice has covered most areas across the field of public international law. Since being called to the Bar, Monica has diversified her practice to address issues of public international law matters before domestic courts in England and private international law, as well as in the area of energy and natural resources, advising on legal issues relating to the exploration of gas in the Amazon and the development of hydro-electrical projects in Guatemala. She has also gained exposure to commercial work, including arbitration and disputes concerning contracts on commodities and sales of goods, as well as competition law.
Co-Head of 20 Essex Street, Duncan Matthews QC, said: “We are delighted to welcome Albert and Monica to 20 Essex Street. They are excellent practitioners and a strong addition to chambers. Also, they add a further international dimension to us, as we expand our multi-party, multi-jurisdiction dispute resolution capabailities, and as such, members of chambers look forward to working with them."