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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

Henry Byam-Cook QC

Henry Byam-Cook QC

Silk: 2020 Call: 2000

Henry practises in a range of commercial disputes, principally shipping, energy, IT/telecoms, banking, fraud and insurance. He frequently represents clients as sole counsel, but also has considerable experience working as part of a larger team.

Clients and the directories highlight his advocacy (“his oral advocacy is superb”), depth of analysis (“has a very sharp mind”) and user-friendly approach (“absolute pleasure to work with”).

He is regularly instructed on cases in the English High Court (Commercial Court, TCC and Chancery Division) and has also appeared in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. He has extensive experience of jurisdictional disputes and interim applications (including obtaining and resisting urgent injunctive relief, anti-suits and freezing orders), together with acting in trials, often with a complex, technical dimension.

Henry also has a strong commercial arbitration practice. He represents clients in all forms of international arbitration – ad hoc, institutional and trade arbitrations. In addition, he has considerable experience of applications to court in support of arbitral proceedings, appeals against arbitration awards, jurisdictional challenges and enforcement. He accepts appointments to sit as an arbitrator.

 

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Commercial dispute resolution

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Shipping and commodities

Civil fraud and asset tracing

Energy and natural resources

Information technology

Insurance

Banking and financial services

Private international law

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An impressive performer in the arbitration field.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2021

He is incredible: he works phenomenally hard, he's very rigorous and he has excellent judgement.

Chambers UK Bar 2021

A very good new silk who is very well regarded and is an impressive performer in this field.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2021

He has a very sharp mind and a refreshingly modern approach. He is cool, calm, collected and an absolute pleasure to work with. Henry's written advice and pleadings are always spot on.

Chambers UK Bar 2020

Not only is he phenomenally intelligent and hardworking, he is also a delight to work with.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2020

He is very down to earth and good at getting down to the complex issues. He also shows real enthusiasm and is a subject matter expert.

Chambers UK Bar 2020

Bright, thorough, and has a keen eye for the essential legal and commercial points in a matter.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2020

He is universally considered to be first rate. His written advocacy is second to none and his oral advocacy is superb.

Chambers UK Bar 2020

An excellent all-round counsel who is very good on his feet.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2018

He knows how to win cases. His written drafts are extraordinarily persuasive.

Chambers UK Bar 2019

Incredibly bright and user-friendly.

Chambers UK Bar 2018

He's fantastic. He drafts in a way that is utterly compelling and convincing. His advocacy is firm but effective. He's an enormous help on cases because he gets to the bottom very quickly and can provide invaluable advice on how to win.

Chambers UK Bar 2017

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