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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

Twenty 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

Twenty 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

James Gardner

James Gardner

Call: 2018

James has a diverse commercial practice with a particular focus on banking, shipping, international trade, trade finance, civil fraud, energy and companies. He is regularly instructed alone or as part of a team in the High Court, most commonly the Commercial Court, as well as in arbitrations conducted under various institutional rules and ad hoc.

James has experience of high value, complex litigation. He has recently acted for an international bank in a US$16 million Commercial Court trade finance dispute (led by Andrew Fulton QC), a Chinese trading house claiming US$157 million for undelivered iron ore in two related LCIA arbitrations (led by Simon Milnes), and a marine desulphurisation unit manufacturer facing a multi-million dollar claim under an agency agreement in an ad hoc arbitration (led by Simon Milnes).

James also regularly acts as sole counsel, as he did for the respondents in Daly v Ryan [2021] EWHC 976 (Ch), a successful application for an order imposing conditions on the appellants’ permission to appeal against an €8.5 million judgment debt in a fraud claim.

James has experience of applications for emergency relief (particularly freezing injunctions), disclosure applications (including under the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters) and enforcement procedures (such as debtor examinations, contested applications for charging orders, third party debt orders and to enforce arbitral awards). He is especially familiar with making and resisting such applications against the background of allegations of fraud, having spent six months on secondment at a civil fraud litigation boutique in his first year of practice.

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