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Jeremy Brier

Called 2004

Essex Court Chambers
24 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3EG
Tel +44 (0)20 7813 8000
DX 320 Chancery Lane

Jeremy Brier

Jeremy has been recognised for a number of years as a leading junior by both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500. Recent commentaries include the following:

“A junior with a strong commercial practice who often appears in cases unled. He handles high-profile, complex cases, including arbitrations, and regularly appears in shipping, technology and contractual disputes” (Chambers and Partners, Commercial, 2015)

“Drafts very well indeed” (Chambers and Partners, Commercial, 2015)

“Excellent work ethic and very able” (Legal 500, Shipping, 2014)

“He is very clever and very bright, and he drafts very well.” (Chambers and Partners, Commercial, 2014)

“Noted for having a broad commercial practice that includes areas such as commercial fraud and marine law.” (Chambers and Partners, Commercial, 2014)

“A standout junior ... highly intelligent” (Legal 500, Shipping, 2013)

“Has a broad-ranging practice with an emphasis on commercial shipping disputes” (Chambers and Partners, Commercial, 2013)

“Quick-thinking with the ability to formulate unique arguments” (Legal 500, Shipping, 2012)

“A genuine class act in the making” (Legal Week, Top Ten Future Stars of the Bar, 2008)”

Jeremy acts frequently as the most experienced junior barrister in heavy and complex cases, as part of a team made up of solicitors, foreign lawyers and/or leading QCs; but he is equally at home acting alone, both as an advocate and in an advisory context. Recent cases before the High Court, the Court of Appeal and international arbitrations have involved:

  • Anti-suit injunctions and conflicts of law (recently acting in the leading case of  RBS v Highland)
  • Contractual disputes related to industry, engineering, commodities and construction
  • Issues concerning information technology, software and data
  • Shipping, shipbuilding and marine insurance
  • Shareholders’ disputes, banking and commercial fraud
  • VAT and accounting matters
  • All matters relating to the Arbitration Act 1996 including section 67, 68 and 69 applications.
  • Employment, wrongful and unfair dismissal, delivery up of goods and data

Jeremy is presently involved in a long-running dispute concerning steel-making in India; a complex software and accounting dispute following a company takeover; a dispute about VAT regulations; and a number of marine-related matters including LMAA arbitrations. Earlier in 2013, Jeremy was the successful Junior Counsel for Scott Law in the Court Appeal, in the leading case of RBS v Highland, where the Court found that the “unclean hands” of RBS meant it should not be granted anti-suit injunctive relief, despite an exclusive jurisdiction clause. 

Jeremy was named as one of the Top 10 Future Stars of the Bar by Legal Week in his earlier years of practice, described as “superbly confident” and “a genuine class act in the making”. Jeremy has also previously been a lecturer in European law (Pepperdine University, 2004-2008) and he is a former winner of the most prestigious debating tournament in the world, the World Debating Championships (2004).

Areas of expertise

  • Arbitration and related court applications
  • Aviation
  • Banking and finance
  • Commercial fraud & and asset freezing/tracing
  • Company law
  • Conflict of laws
  • Employment law
  • Energy & utilities
  • European law
  • Injunctions & arrests
  • Insurance & reinsurance
  • International commercial arbitration
  • International trade & transport
  • Private international law
  • Sale of goods & product liability
  • Shipping (including admiralty work)
  • Sports law
  • Telecommunications
  • VAT, IPT, Duties & Excise

A junior with a strong commercial practice who often appears in cases unled. "Drafts very well indeed."
Commercial Dispute Resolution
“Excellent work ethic and very able”

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