Daniel Jowell QC

Year of Call: 1995 Silk: 2011

Clerk: Ian Moyler

Daniel Jowell QC

Year of Call: 1995 Silk: 2011

Clerk: Ian Moyler

“an esteemed practitioner...handling some of the most complex mandates of recent times”
- Chambers & Partners 2016

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


Daniel Jowell QC has been described by Chambers & Partners (2016) as “an esteemed practitioner...handling some of the most complex mandates of recent times” and by the Legal 500 (2015) as "excellent with clients and a brilliant advocate".

He is particularly known for his experience in multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes involving conflicts of law or foreign law and has extensive experience in the energy (oil, gas & electricity) sectors and in joint venture disputes. He is a veteran of a number of the heavy-weight commercial disputes in the High Court of recent years, and was part of the team that acted for for Mr Abramovich in his dispute with Mr Berezovsky.  He has also appeared in a number of major international arbitrations and recently secured an arbitral award for over $300m which was upheld by the High Court in 2017. 

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 been instructed on many, if not most, of the major competition law damages actions of recent years and in a number of appeals of the decisions of regulators, including those of the OFT and the Competition Commission (now the CMA). 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:

  • Great Station Properties SA & Anor v UMS Holding Ltd & Ors [2017] EWHC 3330 (Comm)
  • UMS Holding Limited v Great Station Properties [2017] EWHC 2398 (Comm)
  • IPM Energy Trading Ltd v Carillion Energy Services Ltd [2017] EWHC 1399 (Comm) 
  • Peretz Winkler v Angela Shamoon [2016] EWHC 2017 (Ch)
  • Peak Hotels And Resorts Limited v Tarek Investments Limited & Ors [2016] EWHC 333 (Ch)
  • Georgian American Alloys Inc v White & Case LLP [2014] EWHC 94 (Comm)
  • Cherney v Deripaska (2013)
  • 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, with particular experience in numerous cartel damages actions.  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:

  • Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd v Visa Europe Services LLC & Anor [2017] EWHC 3047 (Comm)
  • Iiyama Benelux BV & Ors v Schott AG [2016] EWHC 1207 (Ch)
  • 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 University 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

  • Daniel Jowell QC “really stands out” at the Bar according to sources, who comment, “He is always reasonable, concise and carries the court with him.” One respondent effuses: “His advocacy is like poetry in motion.” (Who's Who Legal - UK Bar: Energy & Natural Resources 2018)
  • "Very client-friendly and commercial. You can go to him with very complex issues and he will come up with something sensible every time." (Chambers & Partners 2018)
  • "An excellent advocate with a very sharp mind." (The Legal 500 2017)
  • "Great strategic thinker." (The Legal 500 2017)
  • "An accomplished advocate, who is commercially minded and highly regarded by clients." (The Legal 500 2017)
  • "Daniel Jowell QC is a popular choice as lead counsel in major international arbitrations, including two major LCIA arbitrations in the energy sector last year both in excess of $100 million." (Who's Who Legal - UK Bar: Energy & Natural Resources 2017)
  • "He is a really excellent advocate. One of the things that he brings to cases is a broader commercial experience." (Chambers & Partners 2017)
  • "He is exceptional all round." (Chambers & Partners 2017)
  • "He is a good advocate and a very very bright lawyer." (Chambers and Partners 2017)
  • "He has a good range of work and can see issues in the wider context. He's very, very good and clients think very highly of him." (Chambers & Partners 2017)
  • "A superstar in the making." (The Legal 500 2016)
  • "Charming and easy to work with." (The Legal 500 2016)
  • “very popular among his clients” and an acknowledged competition law expert among his peers, who praise his “stunning advocacy skills.” (Who's Who Legal, 2016)
  • “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)
  • “Identified by peers as a fine performer…playing a vital role in the Berezovsky v Abramovich cases.” (Chambers & Partners 2013)

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