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Paul Lowenstein QC joins 20 Essex Street

Duncan Matthews QC and Christopher Hancock QC are delighted to announce that Paul Lowenstein QC, previously of 3VB has joined 20 Essex Street.

Paul, a consummate courtroom silk, is renowned for his trial advocacy in complex and often commercially sensitive corporate, commercial, banking, technical and civil fraud disputes.

He has been awarded top rankings by leading legal directories. Chambers UK Bar 2017 states that he is:

A fearless advocate who’s very strategic, very user-friendly and very robust.

Razor-sharp and super-responsive, he’s a team player and a real fighter.

The Legal 500 UK Bar 2017 states that he:

Owns a case from day one.’ and is ‘Fastidious and a brilliant advocate.

Paul most recently appeared as lead advocate for the 12 claimant major retailers in the trials of their competition damages claims brought in the Commercial Court against MasterCard and Visa in the Retailers (Asda, Arcadia, Wm Morrison and others) v MasterCard and Retailers v Visa payment card interchange fee litigation.

His key practice areas are: Commercial Dispute Resolution, Civil Fraud, Banking & Finance; Information Technology and Telecommunications; Professional Negligence and Media and Entertainment. He has acted in many of the top ranked cases listed by The Lawyer for leading clients including Tamara Ecclestone and Lakshmi Mittal as well as numerous instructions for CIS/ Russian parties.

Paul is the third Silk who has changed sets to join 20 Essex Street since it has been under the leadership of Co-Heads of Chambers Duncan Matthews QC and Christopher Hancock QC. He joins a dynamic and thriving set of commercial litigators who are sought after for their commercial acumen and reputation for instructions in high profile heavy actions such as: LIA v Goldman Sachs, The RBS Rights Issue Litigation, Waterfall III and Miller v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

Jane Colston, Partner in Litigation and Arbitration at Brown Rudnick says:

I have worked with Paul since I was a litigator at Baker & McKenzie which is a long time ago. We have litigated many hard-fought injunction cases together. Paul is hugely energetic and an utterly fearless & focussed advocate who fights a case to win.

Paul joins shortly after the recent appointment of Jemma Tagg, 20 Essex Street’s Director of Strategic Development who joined Chambers from Slaughter and May to spearhead the expansion of the set’s international and domestic practices and attract more high quality talent to the Chambers in London and Singapore. The addition of Paul to 20 Essex Street’s roster of impressive Silks and juniors further bolsters the set’s commercial capabilities which are increasingly in demand from international clients managing their business interests in the context of Brexit, increased regulation, political risk and rapid technological advances.

Joint Head of Chambers Duncan Matthews QC, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome an advocate of Paul’s stature to 20 Essex Street.  He has an impressive track record and is an excellent fit with the set’s highly regarded commercial disputes practitioners.’

Paul says: ‘I am delighted to be joining 20 Essex Street at such an exciting time in the set’s progression and development. Its outstanding reputation in complex international commercial dispute work and its truly international outlook makes it well-placed to take advantage of the huge demand from both emerging and developed markets for excellence in this field. I am very much looking forward to being part of its plans.’

A copy of Paul’s full CV can be found here.

For more information please contact Jemma Tagg, Director of Strategic Development (