Sean Aughey joins Essex Court Chambers

22 July, 2020

Members of Chambers are delighted to announce that Sean Aughey will be joining Essex Court Chambers.

Sean has a significant practice in Public International Law, with extensive experience before both domestic and international courts. He has considerable experience in Investor-State Arbitration cases, including under the ICSID Convention, the UNCITRAL Rules and the SCC Rules. Sean also has expertise in Public Law and Human Rights and is a committee member of the Administrative Law Bar Association. His recent notable instructions include three cases before the ICJ (acting for Iran in two cases against the USA and acting for Russia in the case of Ukraine v. Russia), three cases before investor-State arbitration tribunals, and two cases before the UK Supreme Court (Rahmatullah (No. 2) v. MOD and Belhaj v. Straw).

Sean is recommended in the legal directories as a leading junior for Public International Law and International Arbitration. In Chambers and Partners 2020 Sean is described as “An absolutely first-rate mind, excellent sense of judgement and knowledge of PIL.” and “Terrific on detail; He thinks about things very deeply and comes up with convincing arguments.” In The Legal 500 2020 he is described as “Absolutely excellent – he’s got a brilliant analytic mind, he’s extremely hardworking, and a very good advocate. “ and “Very knowledgeable about public international law, rigorous in his research, and good to work with.”

Senior Clerk, Joe Ferrigno, said, “The recruitment of Sean Aughey is very exciting and a brilliant opportunity to add significant value to our Public International Law and Arbitration practice areas, as well as our global profile in Investor-State Arbitration and Public Law. Sean is an exceptional and well-regarded junior barrister, which is already well recognised by the leading legal directories. We are delighted to welcome him to Essex Court Chambers.”

Joe Smouha QC and Huw Davies QC, Joint Heads of Essex Court Chambers, said “We are extremely happy to welcome Sean Aughey into Essex Court Chambers. Across many years, the current and former Members of Essex Court Chambers have built up an exceptional reputation for excellence in the fields of public international law and international arbitration, and Sean will be a perfect fit.”

Sean Aughey said, “I am excited to be joining Essex Court Chambers, which has long held a leading reputation for public international law and investment treaty arbitration. I look forward to continuing to work alongside its outstanding practitioners in these fields. I will always be extremely grateful for the generous support I have received from colleagues and friends at 11KBW.”

See The Global Arbitration Review’s coverage of this news here.