Alison Macdonald QC has an extensive practice in public international law, arbitration, human rights, and financial crime, in both domestic and international courts and tribunals. She is described in Chambers and Partners as “a sensational advocate” with “killer litigation instincts” and “an intellectual giant”, and in the Legal 500 as “a brilliant oral advocate who performs exceptionally well before the most prestigious international courts and arbitral tribunals.”
Angeline Welsh specialises in international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration. She also has substantial experience in handling disputes involving issues of public law, constitutional law and human rights law. Angeline was formerly a solicitor-advocate (qualifying as solicitor in 2003) and was Counsel in the International Arbitration Group at Allen & Overy before moving to the Bar at the end of 2015. She has been described by “Who’s Who UK Bar” as “a very strong and up-and-coming name” in international arbitration, by Chambers and Partners as “incredibly bright, razor-sharp, and very knowledgeable about arbitration” and in 2017 was identified by Legal Week as a ‘Star at the Bar’, citing her “excellent judgement and leadership qualities”.
Senior Clerk, Joe Ferrigno, said, “The recruitment of these two outstanding practitioners is hugely exciting and they will add enormous value to our Public International Law and Public Law practice groups, and our wider profile in investment treaty arbitration and international commercial arbitration. Whilst in the fraud arena, Alison’s wealth of experience in financial crime will further extend Chambers capabilities across this practice area. They are both at the top of their game.”
Joe Smouha QC and Huw Davies QC, the new Joint Heads of Essex Court Chambers, said “We are delighted to welcome Alison and Angeline to Chambers. They are advocates who have earned formidable reputations, and will enhance Chambers’ offering in mainstream categories of work and a number of complementary areas of practice”.
Alison Macdonald QC said, “I am excited to be joining so many talented friends and colleagues at Essex Court Chambers. Chambers has long been internationally-renowned for its strength in public international law, international arbitration, and fraud-related disputes, and I look forward to working alongside its superb practitioners in these fields. I will always be incredibly grateful for the support I have received from everyone at Matrix Chambers in my career so far.”
Angeline Welsh said: “I am thrilled to be joining Essex Court, unquestionably the pre-eminent set in international arbitration. I am looking forward to working alongside so many talented practitioners in my new home, and the many exciting opportunities this will bring. I remain indebted to the team at Matrix Chambers for their support since my move to the Bar.”