John Lockey QC acts as an advocate in complex commercial disputes before the English courts at all levels and in arbitrations in London, in Europe, and worldwide (including Bermuda, Hong Kong, Canada and Singapore). His clients include leading financial institutions, accountancy firms, energy companies, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers and insurance and reinsurance companies. He works regularly with leading law firms in England, the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and Bermuda. His experience includes leading multidisciplinary and multinational teams in the most complex of international commercial disputes. His arbitration experience and professional skills also mean that he is often appointed as an arbitrator (LCIA, ARIAS and ad hoc).
- What others say
Chambers & Partners 2022
“John has the ability to communicate very difficult submissions in a succinct way. His brevity is impressive.”
The Legal 500 2022
“Highly intelligent, understated in style of advocacy, courteous and witty.”
“Very intelligent, he has a very good sense of humour and is very balanced.”
The Legal 500 2021
“A brilliant silk who always strives to achieve the best for clients.”
The Legal 500 2020
“He gives clear, commercially sensitive advice and always exceeds expectations.”
Chambers & Partners 2019
“He has an encyclopaedic knowledge and he just has that knack of choosing the right phrase which enables him to persuade a judge. Responsive and user-friendly, he’s more than prepared to engage in open discussions with solicitors. Great at navigating a path through cloudy skies, he sees things clearly and has got such an easy manner. A recognised leader in the insurance field.”
1987 Queen Mother’s Fund Scholar, Middle Temple
1987 Scarman Scholar (Inns of Court School of Law)
1985 Frank Knox Fellowship, Harvard Law School
1985 Slaughter & May Prize (Cambridge University, first in class)
- Arbitration & related court applications
Experienced advocate in arbitrations in London and worldwide. Extensive experience of leading a multi-jurisdictional team of lawyers.
Recent experience includes hearings in Hong Kong (HKIAC), Washington DC, Vancouver, New York (AAA), Bermuda and Stockholm as well as numerous Bermuda Form arbitrations in London.
Expert on English arbitration law and anti-suit and anti-arbitration injunctions; recent cases include Weyerhaeuser v Hiscox (Commercial Court, 2019).
Regularly accepts appointment as independent arbitrator (ad hoc, LCIA, ARIAS) and as adjudicator/expert.
- Banking & financial services
Recent experience includes disputes alleging negligent fund management, negligent lending decisions, insurance backed assets, letters of credit, performance bonds, and negligence claims against professional advisers.
- Commercial dispute resolution
Regularly appears as Counsel in the High Court and Court of Appeal in London as well as in arbitrations in London and abroad. Regularly provides advice and assistance on English law in overseas courts and tribunals as expert and as co-Counsel. Recent hearings include jurisdictional battles, trials involving extensive cross-examination of witnesses of fact and experts (actuaries, accountants, insurance brokers, investment advisers, environmental regulators), and points of law.
- Conflict of laws & private international law
A recognised expert in jurisdictional battles.
- Energy & natural resources
Regularly acts for, and against, companies involved in offshore exploration. Recent instructions include SBM YME offshore drilling dispute in English Commercial Court and SIRI offshore appeal before the Danish Court of Appeal. Regularly instructed in onshore and offshore insurance claims (CAR, operational risks, liabilities).
- Insurance & reinsurance
Expertise in insurance and reinsurance law. Former Chairman, British Insurance Law Association. Current member, ARIAS UK Management Committee.
Chambers & Partners Insurance Silk of the Year 2011.
Regularly instructed in the leading domestic and international insurance and reinsurance disputes in arbitrations, in the Commercial Court, and in the Court of Appeal.
Recent cases of interest in the Courts include Weyerhaeuser v Hiscox (Commercial Court, 2019), SBM v Insurers (Commercial Court, 2018).
Regularly acts as advocate in confidential arbitrations in London, Hong Kong, Washington DC, New York, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and elsewhere, in disputes governed by English law, New York law, Bermuda law, Hong Kong law, Singapore law, and other systems of law.
Considerable experience of working with lawyers from other jurisdictions, including the US, as co-counsel and as lead counsel.
Disputes include cyber claims (under cyber policies and other forms of first and third party insurance), contingency claims, property damage and business interruption claims, asbestos related disease insurance and reinsurance claims, silicosis insurance claims, pharmaceutical and medical device claims, satellite reinsurance claims, employment practices insurance claims, investment management liability claims, earthquake claims, adverse weather claims, 9/11 claims, hedge fund trading loss claims, environmental liability claims, marine cargo claims, fidelity insurance claims, accountants’ and solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance, D&O insurance claims, and US Securities claims.
Considerable experience of serving as lead Counsel in Bermuda Form and similar arbitrations. Recent Bermuda Form cases have included pharmaceutical claims including US opioid litigation related claims, medical device claims and other product liability claims, and environmental pollution claims.
- Professional negligence
Regularly instructed as advocate in insurance brokers’ negligence cases.
Considerable experience of accountants’ negligence cases. Acted as Counsel for Coopers & Lybrand in the mammoth Barings audit negligence case.
Expert on professional indemnity insurance (solicitors, IFAs, accountants, brokers etc).
1988 Essex Court Chambers
1987 Call: Middle Temple. Queen Mother’s Fund Scholar.
1987 Inns of Court School of Law. Scarman Scholar.
1986 LLM, Harvard Law School. Frank Knox Fellowship.
1985 BA (Law), Downing College, Cambridge (starred First Class). Slaughter & May Prize for best performance.