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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

Thomas Raphael QC

Thomas Raphael QC

Silk: 2015 Call: 1999

Languages: French (fluent)

Thomas is a commercial silk, with a wide commercial practice, and a specialism in work on private international law.

His commercial practice covers banking, financial services, shipping, aviation, commodities, property, offshore energy, insurance and reinsurance, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, and transjurisdictional disputes. Thomas also has a leading practice in cross-over cases involving intellectual property, competition law, commercial law and private international law.

Thomas has argued cases at all levels of the English courts including the Supreme Court.

He frequently appears in commercial arbitrations before the ICC, LCIA, and other trade specific arbitral forums, including the LMAA, LME, and RSA. Arbitrations have concerned subjects including mobile telephone contracts, international construction, superyachts, shipbuilding, charterparties, commodities, patent licensing and FRAND.

Thomas accepts appointments as an arbitrator in international arbitrations. He also acts as an expert witness on English law in foreign courts, including the French, Italian and Belgian courts.

He is the author of The Anti-Suit Injunction, which is the lead work on anti-suit injunctions and related issues in the conflict of laws. This has been cited with approval and adopted by the High Court and Court of Appeal on numerous occasions, and the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice.

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Produces masterful opinions.

Chambers UK Bar 2019

First-rate in the field of conflicts of laws issues and anti-suit injunctions, he is a great advocate.

Chambers UK Bar 2019

He is a great advocate

Chambers UK Bar 2018

Very hardworking, determined and relentless in his pursuit of even difficult points.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2016

Extremely bright and a very strong advocate.

Chambers UK Bar 2016

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