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Our mediators have established themselves as leaders in the rapidly developing world of commercial mediation both in the United Kingdom and internationally. They have conducted some 250 mediations in the last twelve months and have assisted in settling claims worth over five billion pounds.

The dedication of Tony Willis, William Wood QC, Stephen Ruttle QC and John Sturrock QC to mediation is reflected by their rankings in Band 1 of Chambers & Partners, and the presence of all four, together with Geoff Sharp, in the top ten of the International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation.  50% of the UK ranked mediators in the Who’s Who Legal 2016 are from Brick Court.  Tony Willis is the sole holder of the title Who’s Who Legal Global Commercial Mediator of the Year being awarded the title, based on votes by peers and clients as well as feedback and research, in the five consecutive years since its inception. 

In addition to conducting mediations in London, our mediators often work elsewhere in the UK and have worked in New York, Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore, New Zealand, Trinidad, the Bahamas, Romania, Greece, Ireland, Belgium, Jersey and Guernsey.

Contact Kate Trott with any enquiries on 020 7520 9813 or email

Stay up to date with the latest mediation news and tips by visiting the Brick Court Chambers Mediation Blog. 

Further information about our mediators can be downloaded here

Public Law

  • "The excellent reputation of Brick Court Chambers is founded in part on its deep expertise in public law matters in the context of EU and competition law"

    - Chambers & Partners 2015

  • "Brick Court Chambers maintains its reputation as a set accomplished in providing representation to claimants and defendants across a wide span of issues in the field of human rights."

    - Chambers & Partners 2015

  • "Its members and the clerks are brilliant - when my favourite counsel aren't available, the clerks recommend someone different and then I have a new favourite."

    - Chambers & Partners 2015

  • “Brick Court Chambers continues to command considerable respect for its administrative and public law practice with an emphasis on commercial and regulatory matters.”

    - Chambers & Partners 2014

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Our barristers act over the whole range of public law practice areas in courts and tribunals in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the European courts in Luxembourg and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. We also appear in a range of other common law jurisdictions in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and the UK’s overseas territories. We are experts in the law governing the relationship between persons (natural and legal) and the state. For claimants, we are equally at home representing commercial clients challenging complex regulatory or governmental decisions as acting for individuals or NGOs in ground-breaking human rights and constitutional challenges. We also act for regulator and other public body defendants and many of our QCs and juniors appear regularly in high-profile litigation for the Crown. In the commercial sphere, our work spans subject areas as diverse as aviation, banking, broadcasting & media, energy, financial services, healthcare, pensions, pharmaceuticals, tax, telecoms and transport. More generally, our members have acted in some of the leading cases in education, environmental law, equality & discrimination, local authority powers, national security law and sanctions.

Expertise within Public Law includes:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Data protection and freedom of information
  • Environmental Law
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration & Nationality
  • Judicial Review
  • Media & Broadcasting
  • Medical & Pharmaceutical Regulation
  • Public Inquiries
  • Public International Law
  • Public Procurement
  • Regulatory & Disciplinary Law
  • Transport Law


  • "Brick Court houses a plethora of top-quality barristers with deep experience, who can offer assistance in all areas of competition law."

    - Chambers & Partners 2015

  • "Offering a uniformity of quality at both silk and junior level, it is able to tackle the majority of the leading cases of the field, however complex or challenging."

    - Chambers & Partners 2015

  • "Brick Court's reputation in the market is undisputed."

    - Chambers & Partners 2015

  • “Boasting members with ‘an enormous amount of experience’ and a stellar support system, the set is seen to offer ‘a slick, professional and seamless operation.’”

    - Chambers & Partners 2014

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Brick Court Chambers has an unparalleled reputation in EU and competition law.  This reflects the fact that, for decades, our barristers have been at the forefront of developments in these areas of the law. They have appeared in many of the landmark EU and competition law cases and they have an experience and expertise that is simply second-to-none. Of course, our barristers appear regularly in the UK courts, whether in the High Court, in the Competition Appeal Tribunal, in the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court. But we also have a highly developed practice before the European Courts (where our barristers have had over 1000 appearances) and the European Commission.  Above all, we pride ourselves on our flexibility – our barristers work for a wide range of clients, in a counsel team or as the sole barrister, whether litigating or giving advice. Through the service we give, we hope and intend to remain the ‘go to’ set for all EU and competition law matters.  Our combined expertise in EU, public/constitutional law and commercial law equips us particularly well to negotiate the legal issues thrown up by the Brexit referendum. 

Expertise within EU/Competition Law includes:

  • Commercial Agency
  • Competition Law
  • Energy Regulation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internal Market / Free Movement
  • Media and Broadcasting
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • State Aid
  • Taxation
  • Telecommunications


  • Solicitors regard the set highly for its "superb depth and breadth" and say "everyone there is very bright - you know you'll be getting an exceptionally good lawyer whoever you instruct."

    - Chambers & Partners 2015

  • The set is well stocked with leading silks and highly regarded juniors, and its members are consistently praised for their robust and intelligent advocacy.

    - Chambers & Partners 2015

  • “Brick Court Chambers is a leading destination for instructing solicitors seeking barristers who marry deep analytical ability with tremendous courtroom prowess.”

    - Chambers & Partners 2014

  • “‘you get the impression that you are dealing with a market leader for whom first-class legal advice and representation is a given. The great thing is that they combine this with excellent service as well.’ ”

    - Chambers & Partners 2013

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Brick Court Chambers has long been recognised as one of the top-tier commercial chambers, and that pre-eminence continues today. At the Chambers Bar Awards, Brick Court Chambers has been nominated as Commercial Litigation Set of the Year every year (winning the award five times) and has had at least one member of chambers individually nominated every year as well (winning five awards) – a record that is unmatched.

Underneath the general umbrella of “commercial practice”, Brick Court Chambers offers, through its members, an unparalleled breadth of expertise and experience. Members of Chambers are above all advocates and litigators, whose advocacy and litigation expertise is sought by clients from around the world, in relation to disputes arising in or out of all industry sectors and professions.  Specific “practice areas” (reflecting those adopted by the legal directories) are identified below, but the reality is the cases in which members of Chambers are instructed cover all areas of commercial, business and professional endeavour, and are frequently difficult to categorise as falling within just one “practice area”.

Members of Chambers frequently appear in the most high-value, high-profile, high-pressure commercial disputes. For example, Members of Chambers were instructed on both sides of Berezovsky v Abramovich, and Cherney v Deripaska.  However, members of Chambers are equally at home as a member of a team in a big case or as sole advocate on a smaller case.

Similarly, members of Chambers have experience and expertise both in first-instance trials, and the heavy factual and/or expert disputes, as well as interlocutory disputes, that come with such trials, and in the more refined, legal disputes of appellate litigation at all levels.

A substantial proportion of Chambers’ commercial work takes place in arbitration, and members of Chambers have experience of international arbitrations under all major arbitral rules. In addition, members of Chambers often appear in commercial disputes in the courts of foreign jurisdictions.

Expertise within Commercial Law includes:

  • Aviation
  • Banking and Finance
  • Civil Fraud
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Conflict of Laws / Private International Law
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • General Commercial
  • Insurance and Reinsurance
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Product Liability / Consumer Law
  • Professional Negligence
  • Shipping Law
  • Sports Law
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications

Notable Cases

Animal Defenders International v United Kingdom

Animal Defenders International challenged the UK’s blanket ban on political advertising on TV and radio as incompatible with the right to freedom of expression guaranteed by Article 10 ECHR. In a judgment which effectively overrules its own previous case law, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights upheld the ban by a majority of 9-8 as a proportionate means of preventing the UK political process from becoming skewed towards the interests of those with the deepest pockets.

Kadi v Council & Commission

Mr Kadi was included in the United Nations Security Council’s terrorist asset freezing sanctions just after 9/11, without giving him any reasons.  His challenges in Luxembourg to the European Union’s implementation of those restrictive measures are the leading cases on the relationship between international law and European law, on due process and rights of defence in the European Union, and on judicial review of targeted economic sanctions.

Chagos Islanders v United Kingdom

The Chagossians were evicted from the British Indian Ocean Territories in the early 1970s, to make way for a naval base on Diego Garcia.  The cases they have brought are of constitutional importance.  Bancoult I established that the power to govern for “peace, order and good governance” did not empower the UK to expel the islanders.  Bancoult 2 is the leading judgment on the reviewability of the royal prerogative, and their case in Strasbourg on the extra-territoriality of the ECHR.  The ongoing judicial review of the fishing ban will decide on the UK’s EU obligations to overseas territories, and the admissibility of Wikileaks cables.

Ubamaka Edward Wilson v Secretary of State for Security and Director of Immigration

Ubamaka is a landmark case in the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong. The Appellant successfully argued that Hong Kong has an obligation to offer protection to those facing the threat of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (‘CIHDT’). The highly significant judgment states that those who fear either torture or CIHDT should in fact be afforded protection.

Olympic Stadium Judicial Review

The high-profile judicial review challenge involving Tottenham Hotspurs’ right to use the Olympic Stadium saw football teams competing in the courts. The result was a goalless draw with West Ham having the rug pulled from under them when Newham did not proceed to fund. This is one of a number or cases which show the growing importance of, and high stakes in, cases involving procurement.

Notable Cases


Barristers from Brick Court Chambers represented Gulf Keystone Petroleum Limited, the principal defendants, in a major US$1.7 billion dispute over oil exploration rights in Iraqi Kurdistan.  The Brick Court team successfully obtained a rare injunction to prevent the case from being referred to arbitration in New York and the dispute culminated in a 5-month trial in the Commercial Court in 2012-2013.  It raised a plethora of causes of action under two systems of law and numerous factual and legal issues.  In a 323-page Judgment, the Defendants were successful on every point and they were awarded indemnity costs against the Claimant and its litigation funders.  The litigation was described by the trial judge as “gargantuan in scope” and its outcome as “a resounding, indeed catastrophic defeat” for the Claimant.

Berezovsky v Abramovich

Barristers from Brick Court Chambers appeared on both sides of the Commercial Court trial in this litigation between two “oligarchs” which attracted great media interest and almost daily press coverage. Boris Berezovsky claimed to have entered into agreements with Roman Abramovich to share profits generated by the Russian oil companies Sibneft and Rusal. He alleged that he was forced to sell his stake in the company due to threats. Following a lengthy trial, Mrs Justice Gloster held that there had been no agreement and no threats.


Barristers from Brick Court Chambers represented BSkyB in its action against EDS, in which BSkyB alleged that EDS had made fraudulent misrepresentations during a tender process, as a result of which it had won a contract to replace BSkyB’s CRM system. Negligent misrepresentation and breach of contract claims were also made, which it was agreed were contractually capped at £30 million. Following 109 hearing days over 10 months, Mr Justice Ramsey delivered a 468-page judgment, which held that the fraudulent misrepresentation was made out, and decided various principle issues of quantum. Prior to a further hearing finally to determine quantum, the claim settled for £318 million.


Barristers from Brick Court Chambers were instructed on behalf of Total and Chevron in relation to the consequences of the fire at the Buncefield oil depot in Hertfordshire in 2005, which was reputedly the largest peacetime explosion in Europe and resulted in substantial damage and injuries to persons and property in the vicinity.  The case raised issues of factual as well as legal complexity, resulting in a judgment of the Court of Appeal on the scope of liability for causing economic loss by negligence.

Cherney v Deripaska

Barristers from Brick Court Chambers appeared on both sides in the multi-billion dollar Commercial Court battle between Rusal’s chief executive Oleg Deripaska and Michael Cherney. Mr Cherney alleged that Mr Deripaska agreed to sell his (Mr Cherney’s) stake in Rusal and account to him for the proceeds. Mr Deripaska denied that Mr Cherney had a stake in Rusal, and asserted instead that their relationship was one of krysha. The trial commenced in the Commercial Court July 2012 and was set down for 16 weeks. The litigation terminated in September 2012, prior to oral evidence.

Deutsche Bank v Sebastian Holdings

A team of barristers from Brick Court Chambers were among those instructed in the 2013 Commercial Court trial between Deutsche Bank and Sebastian Holdings.  It involved foreign exchange losses of in excess of $500m, suffered in 2008 under circumstances in which Deutsche Bank’s systems had been wholly unable to value and margin a range of complex exotic derivatives.  Deutsche Bank’s claims succeeded and the counterclaims failed, in particular because of findings that an implied obligation in the FX prime brokerage agreement to report on values and collateral requirements had been waived by the trader.

Fiona Trust v Privalov

Barristers from Brick Court Chambers represented the claimants in this huge Commercial Court dispute (and related arbitration proceedings) concerning alleged bribery of the heads of Russian State-owned shipping companies and the illegitimate diversion of commissions (principally on the sale and purchase of vessels), as well as claims of conspiracy, breach of fiduciary duty and dishonest assistance.  Some of the defendants were held liable for the commission claims, but the claims based upon bribery, determined under Russian law, failed (though it had been held in the main action that benefits that would, in English law, have amounted to bribes had been conferred).

Masri v Consolidated Contractors

Notable for establishing a myriad of legal precedents on jurisdiction and post-judgment remedies, a total of at least 15 barristers from Brick Court Chambers were involved at the various stages of the Masri litigation. There were hearings before the Privy Council, House of Lords, Court of Appeal and Commercial Court. In his judgment on jurisdiction, Burton J observed: “What might be called the Masri Jurisprudence could, by reference to hearings in courts in this jurisdiction alone, almost fill an entire textbook, and indeed has given rise to a number of significant legal decisions of interest to the legal profession.”

VTB Capital plc v Nutritek

Three Counsel from Brick Court appeared in this landmark appeal before the Supreme Court.  The case is now the leading authority on jurisdiction in respect of tort claims and the application of forum conveniens principles. The judgment also contains some very important observations on the doctrine of piercing the corporate veil.



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