Joe Smouha QC (London)


Telephone: +442-078-138000

Fax: +44 20 7813 8080

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Joe Smouha is an English Queen’s Counsel based at Essex Court Chambers, one of the leading commercial law chambers in London. He has a broad-based commercial practice with a particular emphasis on appearances in international arbitrations and in the UK Courts. He frequently appears in the Commercial Court, Court of Appeal, House of Lords and Privy Council. In the commercial law field he acts regularly for major international corporate clients in all sectors (particularly the financial, energy, insurance and reinsurance, film, television, music, art and advertising sectors). He also acts for many governments and government-related organisations.

He has appeared in arbitrations in many jurisdictions outside England, including the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands and is admitted to the Court of the Dubai International Financial Centre.

He recently received the International Arbitration Silk of the Year Award 2006 (Chambers and Partners Guide Awards).

He is currently involved in a major ICC arbitration with its seat in New Zealand. He is seeking admission to the New Zealand Bar but in the meantime will be able to appear in the New Zealand Courts by means of temporary admission for specific cases. He has a house in New Zealand and is a regular visitor with his family.

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