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Stone chambers logoStone Chambers takes on three barristers, Joseph England, James Smithdale and international arbitration specialist Steven Walker

International arbitration specialist Steven Walker and juniors Joseph England and James Smithdale have joined leading commercial and shipping set Stone Chambers.

Steven Walker SCSteven, called in 1999, specialises in international arbitration, focusing particularly on commercial, energy and construction disputes, acting in disputes in the UK and internationally. Steven is recommended in both Chambers & Partners UK Bar and the Legal 500 as a leading barrister for international arbitration and in Chambers & Partners UK Bar for construction. Steven is currently leading Joe in a long running multi-million Euro ICC oil and gas arbitration.

Joseph England SCJoseph England qualified as a solicitor at Allen & Overy and practiced as a litigation associate at US law firm Fried Frank before transferring to the Bar in November 2011. Joe was selected to spend the first year of his junior tenancy at the Supreme Court as judicial assistant to Lord Sumption and Lord Wilson. He practices in commercial and arbitration disputes and, in addition to his own work, is currently junior to Steven Walker in a number of large arbitrations and is junior on a subrogation case to be heard by the Supreme Court.

James Smithdale SCJames Smithdale joins as a new tenant, having successfully completed his pupillage with Stone Chambers. He will be developing a broad commercial practice in line with Chambers’ core practice areas, with a particular focus on shipping and international trade work.

Subject to appropriate regulatory consent*, Steven Walker’s base will be Stone Chambers Singapore where he will be expanding his existing European and African client-base to include the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to his work as a barrister, Steven has also been appointed Seminar Director & Lecturer on the Professional Seminar Training Programme at energy industry think tank ‘the Energy Studies Institute’ at the National University of Singapore.

Steven will add to the expanding Stone Chambers Asia-Pacific presence. Stone Chambers Singapore is headed up by resident silk Andrew Moran QC with Colin Wright and Mary Thomson also based in Hong Kong.

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