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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.

London

20 Essex Street
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

20 Essex Street
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

Duncan Matthews QC

Duncan Matthews QC

Silk: 2002 Call: 1986

Languages: French (proficient); Italian (proficient); German (conversational)

Duncan is joint Head of Chambers. He is a leading trial advocate with a broad practice in international and domestic commercial dispute resolution.

He helps clients in English higher court proceedings and overseas. He also has a large international arbitration practice, with experience of a wide range of arbitral institutions including the HKIAC, ICC, JCAA, LCIA, LMAA, UNCITRAL and SIAC (ad hoc).

Duncan accepts arbitral appointments and has been appointed sole arbitrator and as chairman of three-member tribunals.

He is a registered foreign lawyer with the Singapore International Commercial Court. He is also admitted to the Bars of the Turks and Caicos Islands (ad hoc), British Virgin Islands, St Kitts and Nevis (ad hoc), and East Caribbean Supreme Court.

Duncan is ranked in the leading legal directories for civil fraud, commercial dispute resolution, energy and natural resources, international arbitration, shipping and commodities, and as an arbitrator.

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One of the very best leading silks for International Arbitration.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2021

A polymath who can turn his hand to anything and is an authoritative advocate.

Chambers UK Bar 2021

Very good and excellent in advocacy and organizing strategy.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2021

He is a thoughtful, conscientious and wise arbitrator.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2021

A vastly experienced silk in shipping and energy matters, be they in the oil, gas or power sectors.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2021

He is brilliant at cross-examinations and has a real presence in the courtroom.

Chambers UK Bar 2021

Very impressive." "He has fantastic understanding of multi-jurisdictional differences.

Chambers UK Bar 2021

His measurement of the court, intellectual ability and cross-examination make him a phenomenal package.

Chambers Global 2020

An excellent seasoned advocate with a wealth of experience.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2020

He's both charming and ruthless; he's very personable and clients love him. You've got to be on your game when he's on the other side.

Chambers UK Bar 2020

Duncan Matthews QC has gravitas, and provides lay clients with the assurance that they are in the very safest of hands.

Chambers UK Bar 2020

Has a powerful intellect and is able to lend his experience as an advocate to the deliberations of a commercial arbitration tribunal.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2020

A commanding and persuasive presence.

Chambers UK Bar 2020

His tenacity and determination are legendary.

Chambers UK Bar 2020

An impressive advocate whose delivery commands the attention of the tribunal.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2020

A silk with excellent skills and a great personality.

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020: The English Bar

Sharp and incisive, he has done very well as the head of chambers.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2020

He has an ability to not let the detail overwhelm a case and plays it well in front of the court.

Chambers UK Bar 2020

One of the most sought after silks, he has a big brain, has great attention to detail, and is a persuasive advocate.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2020

At the absolute top of his game.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2020

He is very courageous under fire; what is impressive is his willingness to roll his sleeves up and really get into the detail.

Chambers UK Bar 2020

He brings a good strategic and commercial mind to the game.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2020

Duncan knows his stuff, he's brilliant.

Chambers UK Bar 2020

He can crystallise the issues with the perfect amount of precision, fluidity and charm.

Chambers UK Bar 2019

In a class of his own, a master tactician, and immensely impressive in court

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2018

An authoritative advocate. When he speaks, courts listen.

Chambers UK Bar 2019

The Plato of the Commercial Bar, at once a dynamic orator and a considered thinker.

Chambers UK Bar 2018

He is in total command when he’s in court. Very assured and very patient. He has a remarkable determination to get the right result for the client.

Chambers UK Bar 2018

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