We are delighted to announce that Karen Maxwell and Andrew Dinsmore have joined Stone Chambers.
Karen practises in shipping, sale of goods, international trade, banking, private international law, arbitration and insurance. After being called to the Bar, Karen practised at 20 Essex Street where she developed a commercial law practice, appearing before the High Court, Court of Appeal, House of Lords and in various arbitral proceedings including LMAA, LCIA, UNCITRAL and ICC.
Karen also spent time at Practical Law Company establishing and leading Practical Law Arbitration before returning to the Bar. She wrote and developed guidance and current awareness covering all legal and practical aspects of English and international arbitration, including both commercial and investment treaty arbitration.
Karen and Andrew bring the number of new members of Chambers to 6 in as many months.
Late 2014 saw international arbitration specialists Steven Walker and Dr Colin Ong joined as well as Joseph England and James Smithdale.
November 2014 also saw Elizabeth Blackburn QC and Vasanti Selvaratnam QC appointed Joint Heads of Stone Chambers. Making them, we believe the first female joint heads of chambers.
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International Arbitration Specialist Dr Colin Ong joins Stone Chambers
Colin joins us, having previously been an associate member at another leading set of commercial chambers. He is also a partner at Dr Colin Ong Legal Services in Brunei.
Colin is a member of the Brunei, English and Singapore Bars. He has broad experiences as counsel and arbitrator in commercial matters, including banking and finance, construction and infrastructure projects (airports, bridges, pipe-lines; ports; roads), insurance, mining and minerals disputes, energy disputes (coal mining and supply disputes, production sharing contracts, electricity supply, gas contracts and oil exploration joint ventures), information technology, investment matters, shipping, telecoms, technology transfer, and general commercial trade related matters. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in many arbitrations governed under civil law as well as under common law applying most major institutional rules as well as UNCITRAL rules.
Elizabeth Blackburn QC and Vasanti Selvaratnam QC appointed Joint Heads of Stone Chambers
Stone Chambers is delighted to announce the appointment ofElizabeth Blackburn QC and Vasanti Selvaratnam QC as Joint Heads of Chambers. Making them, we believe, the first female joint heads of chambers. Elizabeth and Vasanti are both senior silks and founding members of Stone Chambers.
In a joint comment: “We are honoured to be asked to lead Stone Chambers into what promises to be a new and exciting era. We are looking forward to building on the successful development of Stone Chambers in recent times and to our continued expansion both here and in Asia.”
Stone Chambers Welcomes New Tenant James Smithdale
James joins as our latest tenant having successfully completed his 12 month pupillage at Stone Chambers. James is developing his practice in line with Chambers’ specialist areas.
International Arbitration Specialist Steven Walker and Joseph England join Stone Chambers
We are delighted to announce that international arbitration specialist Steven Walker and Joseph England have joined Stone Chambers.
Steven, 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 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 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.
From early 2015 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 silkAndrew Moran QC with Colin Wright and Mary Thomson also based in Hong Kong.