David Foxton QC takes over as new Head of Chambers

30 June, 2017

The Members of Essex Court Chambers are delighted to announce the appointment of David Foxton QC as their new Head of Chambers from 1st July 2017. After completing a full four year term as Co-Heads, Richard Jacobs QC and Graham Dunning QC are stepping down. Both will continue in full time practice.

David Foxton was called to the Bar in 1989 and took silk in 2006. He has been consistently ranked as a leading commercial barrister by the professional directories across a range of practice areas. Chambers & Partners 2017 describes David as “Hugely esteemed by solicitors and peers alike due to the strength of his intellect, his depth of experience and his breadth of practice.” In addition, having become a Recorder in 2009, he sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division. David is an experienced lead trial advocate in all types of commercial disputes, both in arbitration and in court. He has acted in some of the most important and high profile disputes in recent years, including Deutsche Bank v. Sebastian Holdings, BAT Industries Plc v. Sequana, Dar Al Arkan Real Estate v Al Refai, Lehman Brothers International (Europe) and Arcadia Petroleum v Bosworth. The Legal 500 UK Bar 2016 quotes David as being “A phenomenal advocate, widely recognised as one of the super-silks of the English Bar.”

On his new appointment, David Foxton said, “I am honoured to have been entrusted with the position of Head of Chambers. I am very grateful for the hard work and leadership provided by my predecessors, Richard Jacobs QC and Graham Dunning QC, during their four years as Co-Heads. Together with my fellow members of Chambers, I look forward to building on their work which has provided an excellent foundation for the challenges and opportunities which the Commercial Bar will encounter over the next few years.”

Graham Dunning QC comments: “Richard and I are very happy to be handing over the reins to David. He is an outstanding barrister, widely admired by colleagues, solicitors, clients and members of the judiciary. He has also devoted much time and effort to the efficient running of chambers over many years. We have no doubt that he will be an excellent Head.”