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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
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
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

Karen Maxwell

Karen Maxwell

Call: 1992

Languages: French; German (conversational)

Karen practises in commercial law and international trade, with a particular focus on arbitration and shipping.

After being called to the Bar, Karen practised at Twenty Essex where she established a commercial law practice. She then spent time at Practical Law Company (PLC), establishing and leading Practical Law Arbitration, before returning to the Bar. At PLC, Karen wrote and developed guidance and current awareness covering all legal and practical aspects of English and international arbitration, including commercial and investment treaty arbitration. Following the acquisition of PLC by Thomson Reuters, she was appointed Head of Current Awareness, with responsibility for updates published in Lawtel, Westlaw and Practical Law. Karen returned to resume her practice at Twenty Essex in 2016.

Karen is regularly instructed to advise and appear in shipping, shipbuilding and arbitration disputes. She has particular expertise in procedural issues relating to arbitration, including award challenges, appointments and arbitrator challenges, costs and enforcement. Karen has recently advised in several cases involving sulphur emissions and MARPOL Annex VI.

She also writes and lectures widely on arbitration, private international law and shipping topics. Karen is the co-author of London Maritime Arbitration, the fourth edition of which was published in 2017. She accepts appointments in maritime and commercial arbitration references.

 

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Karen is efficient and very effective.

Chambers UK Bar 2022

She is personable and down to earth.

Chambers UK Bar 2022

Extremely bright, approachable and knowledgeable.

Chambers UK Bar 2022

Karen is extremely responsive and always on hand for ad hoc queries. She is quick to get to grips with the finer details of a matter and provides robust and clear-cut advice.

Chambers UK Bar 2021

Her written work is phenomenally good and well received.

Chambers UK Bar 2021

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