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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

02/04/2020

The evolution of the Commercial Bar

Duncan Matthews QC, co-head, and Jemma Tagg, chief executive, reflect on the evolution of Twenty Essex and wider sector changes across the Commercial Bar.

Reflecting on the past

Twenty Essex enjoys a rich heritage as one of the longest-established sets of commercial and international law chambers. Twenty Essex barristers have always been at the forefront of ground-breaking legal precedent in reported cases before apex courts and tribunals.

Several renowned individuals have influenced and created the foundations of what the set represents today. During the 1950s, the set first became associated with public international law when Sir Arnold McNair and Sir Hersch Lauterpacht became door tenants and were later judges of the International Court of Justice. Twenty Essex also has a tradition of senior members becoming judges with a number currently serving up to the highest level.

In 2010, Twenty Essex was the first UK set to open an annex in Maxwell Chambers, Singapore, servicing clients throughout Asia-Pacific and beyond. Much of the work done by barristers at Twenty Essex is international in nature. The set continues to invest in building international relationships including through having members based overseas.

More recent developments

Today, the culture of Twenty Essex represents a blend of respecting traditions with a firm vision to commit to modern developments needed for the Bar of the future.

A set with a strong maritime and international trade heritage, in recent years Twenty Essex has successfully diversified including through lateral recruitment of barristers. It continues to be recognised as a leading set for international arbitration and public international law and the set is uniquely positioned in relation to investor-state disputes, leading the evolutionary development of a wider range of commercial work at the interface with public international law. Expansion into a broader spread of commercial litigation has also seen Twenty Essex involved in cutting-edge cases in private international law, civil fraud, fintech and energy.

This transition has been achieved in tandem with significant internal change. This included the introduction of a new leadership and management structure, together with the appointment of Jemma Tagg as chief executive in 2017, and a more business-like approach to internal governance. Recognising changes in the legal services sector and evolving demands of an increasingly global client base, investment was made into the practice management and professional support teams ensuring clients receive excellent service. This investment combined with a new approach to business planning for barristers, a considerable increase in marketing activities and a refresh of the visual identity has proven successful, resulting in a 30% increase in the number of enquiries over a three-year period.

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