International

Kings Chambers provides its clients, domestic and international, with legal advice and advocacy services of the highest quality. The increasing expansion of global trade and the demands of our clients for counsel who can supply those services has led to the set undertaking careful organic growth of its membership, seeking to recruit only the most able practitioners to complement its services.

Using the wide ranging experience of our members as advocates and advisors throughout a number of international jurisdictions, our aim is to provide an outstanding, prompt and efficient professional service to our clients, underpinned by a transparent and competitive fee structure.

We are ranked by several professional publications as one of the leading sets of chambers in the UK and the leading set outside of London. Our client base is national and international and we have an increasing volume of international instructions. Our growth has been in keeping with matching the requirements of our clients for highly regarded barristers who have the flexibility and experience to conduct litigation with an international dimension whilst maintaining a competitive, service-driven and friendly approach.

Our members are highly experienced in commercial litigation and international arbitration, whether involving contract issues, construction disputes, professional liability claims, insolvency and company law or procedural matters. We are able to accept instructions both through law firms in this jurisdiction and directly from international firms and clients for our members to act as advocates or dispute resolvers. Our dedicated team of clerks will be able to assist further about any particular requirements that have to be met to conform with our professional standards.

Our services

We can offer our international clients expertise in – but not limited to - these areas:

International trade

•    banking
•    sale of goods
•    carriage of goods by land, sea or air
•    jurisdiction issues
•    cross border insolvency
•    freezing orders and interim remedies

Civil fraud, including asset tracing and recovery

Commercial dispute resolution

•    arbitration
•    mediation
•    mini-trial
•    early neutral evaluation
•    expert determination

Company law

•    insolvency
•    corporate restructuring
•    shareholder and joint venture disputes
•    breach of duty by directors, officers or trustees

Construction, engineering and infrastructure disputes

Employment law

Environmental law

Competition law

Insurance

International arbitration

Litigation funding and costs

Professional liability

Real property

Sports law, including disciplinary and regulatory work

Our members

Kings Chambers is dedicated to providing its clients with clear, effective and practical advice and representation in all types of disputes, always sensitive to commercial and personal considerations. Our practice is based in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham and in our membership are two Senior Counsel (SC's) in Ireland. Many of our team members, both junior, Senior (SC's) and Queen’s Counsel (QC's), are recognised nationally for their expertise and are highly recommended in the professional directories as leaders in their fields. Several members of chambers have been admitted in foreign jurisdictions including the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre.

The breadth of experience and expertise available in Kings Chambers means that our clients have unrivalled choice in instructing the barrister most suitable for the case. We are able to provide a team of counsel or an individual. Our barristers can assist at any stage of a dispute, whether by way of initial advice, drafting of documents, appearing at a hearing or presenting an appeal. All members of Chambers pride themselves on their ability to work alongside other legal professionals, lay clients and experts. Our counsel can deliver specific advice and assistance as required or can provide the overall leadership for the whole legal team. Our Queen’s Counsel and Senior Counsel have particular excellence in this skill.

Our approach

We provide a flexible and responsive service to meet our clients’ demands. The experienced and knowledgeable clerks are always available to assist and will provide a fast and responsive service to those who instruct us. The clerks will be able to help identify the barrister most suitable to be instructed and give the best possible indications about level of fees.

We have secure, sophisticated IT and communication systems in Chambers. Counsel are able to provide and receive documents by electronic means and to conduct conferences by video or other remote means.

Barristers at Kings Chambers are able to accept instructions from domestic and international law firms and also under the direct access and public access schemes. Because barristers, like consultants, can be instructed on a case by case basis and because they do not have the same business model as law firms, they are able to offer their services at competitive rates. The work is carried out by the barrister personally and not delegated. That means that he or she is always able to focus on the best interests of the client. Barristers do not compete with law firms – and so that makes them the ideal choice for international firms seeking that expertise which they might not have in-house. We can offer a wealth of experience to draw upon when guiding clients through the demands of international litigation and dispute resolution. Coming to Kings Chambers directly – particularly where there is a prospect of a dispute – can save considerable time and expense as the barrister is often then in the best position to give the most effective advice on strategy, the state of the evidence and the chances of success.

Full details of the rules governing international direct access to the Bar can be found at www.barcouncil.org.uk/instructing-a-barrister/information-for-international-clients/

Arbitration and ADR

Aside from expertise in advocacy, many members of Chambers are qualified and able to accept appointments are arbitrators or mediators or adjudicators or as chair or panel members of dispute resolution boards, whether in England and Wales or in other jurisdictions. Several belong to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (including a former President). Many members are included on the panels of international dispute resolution institutions.

All counsel are subscribers to professional organisations relevant to their areas of work.

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