Daniel Jowell QC

Year of Call: 1995 Silk: 2011

Clerk: Ian Moyler

Daniel Jowell QC

Year of Call: 1995 Silk: 2011

Clerk: Ian Moyler

“One of the outstanding junior silks at the Commercial Bar.”
- Chambers & Partners 2014

“Excellent with clients and a brilliant advocate”
- Legal 500 2015


Daniel Jowell QC has been described as “[e]xcellent with clients and a brilliant advocate” (Legal 500 2015) and as “[o]ne of the outstanding junior silks at the Commercial Bar” (Chambers & Partners 2014).

He has appeared in a number of the most significant commercial cases of recent years. He acted for Roman Abramovich both in the Yugraneft dispute and also in his epic battle against Boris Berezovsky, in which he was described by Chambers & Partners (2012) as having played a "vital role" in Mr Abramovich's successful defence. He has also acted for clients including Oleg Deripaska and Bernie Ecclestone. He is particularly known for his experience in multi-jurisdictional disputes between large corporates involving conflicts of law or foreign law and has extensive experience in the Energy (oil, gas & electricity) sectors, in joint venture disputes and has appeared recently as lead counsel in a number of major international arbitrations.

In addition to his commercial practice, Daniel Jowell QC is known as “one of the best competition silks around” (Chambers and Partners 2016). He has acted in many of the major competition law damages actions of recent years (for  clients including Visa Europe, Exxon, Dow Chemicals, Alstom, Air Canada, Renesas, Nippon and Sharp). He has also appeared in a number of appeals of the decisions of regulators, including those of the OFT and the Competition Commission (now the CMA) for clients including Ryanair, Scottish Power and LafargeTarmac. He was winner of the Chambers and Partners award of Competition law “Silk of the Year” for 2015/2016.

practice areas

Daniel Jowell QC is recommended by Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal as a leading silk in multiple categories including Commercial Dispute Resolution, Competition law, European Law, Tax and Energy & Natural Resources. These legal directories have consistently singled him out for his abilities as an advocate, for the quality of his strategic litigation advice and for being a pleasure to work with (see citations below).


Daniel practises in all aspects of Commercial law and has acted in a number of the major commercial cases of recent years. Notable reported cases include:

  • Peretz Winkler v Angela Shamoon [2016] EWHC 2017 (Ch)
  • Georgian American Alloys Inc v White & Case LLP [2014] EWHC 94 (Comm)
  • Berezovsky v Abramovich [2012] EWHC 2463 (Comm)
  • Berezovsky v Hine & Ors [2011] EWHC 1716 (Ch)
  • Berezovsky v Abramovich [2011] EWHC 1143 (Comm)
  • Berezovsky v Abramovich [2011] EWCA Civ 153 (Court of Appeal)
  • Butters v BBC Worldwide Ltd [2009] EWCA Civ 1160 (Court of Appeal)
  • Friis v Colburn [2009 EWHC 903 (Ch)
  • Yugraneft v Roman Abramovich [2008] EWHC 2613 (Comm)
  • Sibir Energy Plc v Roman Abramovich, Sibneft (Court Of Appeal, Eastern Caribbean, 2006)
  • Heath Lambert Ltd v Corretaje de Seguros (No.2) [2006] 2 Lloyd's Rep 551
  • Legal & General Assurance Society Ltd v Thomas, [2006] EWHC 1770 (Ch)
  • Riyad Bank & Ors v Ahli United Bank (uk) Plc [2006] EWCA Civ 780 (Court of Appeal)
  • Heath Lambert Ltd v Sociedad de Corretaje de Seguros, [2005] 1 Lloyd's Rep 597(Court of Appeal)
  • Days Medical Aids Ltd v Pihsiang Machinery Manufacturing Co Ltd [2004] 1 All ER 991 (Comm)
  • Nelson Group Services (Maintenance) Ltd v BG Plc [2002] EWCA Civ 547 (Court of Appeal)
  • Groupama Insurance Company Ltd v Overseas Partners Re Ltd [2002] EWHC 34 (Comm)
  • Sphere Drake and Alexander Howden v Orion Insurance [2001] Lloyd's Rep 1 (Court of Appeal)
  • Walkinshaw v Diniz [2002] 2 Lloyd's Rep 165 (Court of Appeal)
  • The Indian Endurance (No. 2) [1997] 3 WLR 818 (House of Lords)


Daniel has an academic background in both EU law and economics. He has appeared in a number of the landmark competition law cases of recent years.  He has also acted in a number of claims relating to EU law including for the restitution of tax paid contrary to EU law. Reported cases include:

  • Emerald Supplies Ltd v British Airways [2015] EWHC 2201 (Ch)
  • Arcadia Group Brands Limited v Visa Inc [2014] EWHC 3561 (Comm)
  • Emerald Supplies Ltd v British Airways Plc [2014] EWHC 3514 (Ch)
  • Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Europe Ltd v Dow Deutschland [2014] EWHC 1578 (Comm)
  • HMRC v Philips Electronics UK Ltd (Case C-18/11)
  • AstraZeneca v Commission (Case C- 457/10 P)
  • Nokia Corporation v AU Optronics Corporation [2012] EWHC 731 (Ch)
  • HSBC Holdings and BNY v HMRC [2012] UKFTT 163 (TC)
  • Ryanair v Gatwick Airport (CAA Decision of 21 May 2011 reported at
  • National Grid Plc v ABB Ltd [2011] EWHC 1717 (Ch)
  • Competition Commission v BAA Ltd  [2010] EWCA Civ 1097
  • BAA v Competition Commission [2009] CAT 35
  • HSBC Holdings v HMRC (Case C-569/07)
  • Cooper Tire v Shell Chemicals [2009] EWHC 2609 (Comm)
  • Philips Electronics UK Ltd v Revenue & Customs [2009] UKFTT 226 (TC)
  • R (Cityhook Limited) v OFT [2009] EWHC (Admin)
  • AstraZeneca v Commission (Case T- 321/05)
  • Atheraces v The British Horseracing Board ltd [2005] EWHC 3015 (Ch); [2005] EWHC 1553(Ch); [2007] EWCA (Civ) 38
  • Adidas Lawn v Tennis Association [2006] EWHC 1318 (Ch)
  • Ryanair Ltd v Stansted Airport Ltd [2004] EWHC 3007
  • Texaco North Sea v Heerema Marine Contractors (Comm) (2004)
  • Days Medical Aids Ltd v Pihsiang Machinery [2004] EWHC 44 (Comm)
  • Getmapping Plc v Ordnance Survey [2002] EWHC 1089 (Ch)
  • Tate & Lyle Plc v European Commission (Joined Cases T-202/98); British Sugar Plc -v- European Commission (Case C-359/01P)
  • R v Intervention Board for Agricultural Produce ex parte British Sugar (Case C-101/99)


Daniel has appeared as counsel in a number of significant commercial arbitrations over many years, including those governed by L.C.I.A., I.C.C. and ad hoc rules. In 2015, he acted as lead counsel in two major L.C.I.A international arbitrations in the energy sector, one was a claim in excess of $300m involving issues of Cypriot and Ukrainian law and the other was a dispute between major oil trading companies.


After obtaining a first class degree in PPE at New College, Oxford, a Frank Knox scholarship to Harvard and an LLM at the College of Europe (Bruges), Daniel Jowell was called to the Bar in 1995.  A tenant at One Essex Court from 1996, he joined Brick Court Chambers in 2005.  He was appointed to silk in 2011.

Directory Quotes

  • “An esteemed practitioner who climbs the rankings this year after showing his skills in handling some of the most complex mandates of recent times.” (Chambers and Partners 2016)
  • "Superb, really hard-working, good in court and in cross-examination." (Chambers and Partners 2016)
  • "He's extremely bright, very commercial and he also has the distinction of being extremely likeable." (Chambers and Partners 2016)
  • "He's one of the best competition silks around. He's highly intelligent, has a fantastic manner when dealing with clients and the court and is a pleasure to work with." (Chambers and Partners 2016)
  • “Excellent with clients and a brilliant advocate.”  (The Legal 500 2015)
  • “An excellent reputation for competition law and general commercial litigation” (The Legal 500 2015)
  •  “Bright and client-friendly, and delivers high-quality work every time.” (The Legal 500 2015)
  •  “The “stellar” Daniel Jowell QC is renowned for his “razor-sharp intellect” and “brilliant manner with clients”. Instructing solicitors praise his “first-class” written and cross-examination skills.” (Who's Who Legal UK Bar 2015)
  • “Instructing solicitors hold him in high regard, praising him as a ‘brilliant up-and-coming all-rounder’.” (Chambers & Partners 2015)
  • "A super-bright barrister with an excellent level of responsiveness." (Chambers & Partners 2015)
  • "His opinions are clear and direct, and he is articulate and impressive in front of clients." (Chambers & Partners 2015)
  • "A first class intellect, who is good with clients" (The Legal 500 2014)
  • “Since taking silk in 2011, Jowell has impressed observers with his commercial law and competition/EU practice. He is a high-quality advocate with strong cross-examination skills and an exceptional attitude to client service.” (Chambers & Partners 2014)
  •  “Often called upon to represent clients in damages claims. He is recognised for his commercial expertise and praised for his strong drafting skills.” (Chambers & Partners 2014)
  • "Brings original thinking to the table and is able to stand his ground when challenged."  "Has excellent judgement and writes very well." (Chambers & Partners 2014)
  • "Easy to work with and a man who uses his charm to great effect in court." (Chambers & Partners 2014)
  • "One of the outstanding junior silks at the Commercial Bar. He is a future mega star." (Chambers & Partners 2014)
  • "charming as an advocate and as an adviser" (Legal 500, 2013)
  • "Since taking silk in 2011, Daniel Jowell QC has cemented his position as an excellent choice for those wanting a barrister who is "razor sharp" and "a real joy to work with."" (Chambers & Partners, 2013)
  • "Sources say his cross-examination and his written work are both excellent." (Chambers & Partners, 2013)
  • "viewed by commentators as being someone who is "tipped for the top." "(Chambers & Partners, 2013)
  • "an 'excellent and highly intelligent' lawyer who 'quickly grasps issues and offers astute advice on commercial strategy,' (Chambers UK 2012)
  • "attracting great praise is new silk Daniel Jowell QC. 'Very much on the ball, and highly approachable'," (Chambers UK 2012)
  • "‘richly deserved [his] recent elevation to silk'." (Legal 500 2011)
  • "high-quality advocacy and intellectual rigour" (Chambers & Partners, 2010)
  • a lawyer whose "first-class oral submissions really mark him out."(Chambers & Partners, 2010)
  • "one of the most promising commercial juniors of his generation" (Legal 500, 2010)

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