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Practice Summary

Laurence Emmett’s practice extends over the full range of issues that arise in commercial disputes,  including litigation and international arbitration. His experience covers issues of contractual interpretation, jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments and injunctive relief. He has particular experience in the energy industry (including hydrocarbon-based and renewable resources), banking and finance and the pharmaceutical industry. Beyond our core practice areas, Laurence has particular interest and experience in fine art disputes. He was appointed QC in 2021 and is an experienced trial advocate.

He is ranked by Legal 500 for Energy, Commercial Litigation and Banking and Finance; and by Chambers & Partners for Energy and Commercial Litigation.  Comments have repeatedly stressed his intelligence, user-friendliness and thoroughness. Recent comments include:

"A safe pair of hands and very good forensically." "He gets up to speed very quickly." (Chambers Global 2021, Commercial) 

"He is calm, a safe pair of hands and has an attractive advocacy style." "He's outstanding for big contractual work." (Chambers Global 2021, Energy)

"He represents cases very well and is very impressive." "Incredibly easy to work with." (Chambers & Partners 2022, Chambers UK, Energy)

"He is extremely detailed, highly focused and fantastic at processing complex data." (Chambers & Partners 2022, Chambers UK, Commercial Dispute Resolution) 

"A very astute operator and a brilliant advocate. He gets to the heart of the issue very quickly and can foresee potential challenges and strengths of the parties positions very quickly and often more so than the other side." (Legal 500 2021, Commercial Litigation)

"He gets to the heart of the issue very quickly and can foresee potential challenges and strengths of the parties positions very quickly and often more so than the other side." (Legal 500 2021, Banking & Finance) 

"Laurence is intelligent, knowledgeable and thorough, and he understands clients’ commercial needs." (Legal 500 2021, Energy)

“His advocacy is clear and persuasive, he prepares well and works collegiately with the solicitor team.” (Legal 500 2020, Banking)

“A good and measured advocate who is a serious opponent with good legal instincts.” (Legal 500 2020, Energy)

“A brilliant advocate – his mind is razor sharp and his legal analysis (particularly his written work) and advice is first class.” (Legal 500 2020, Commercial Litigation)

“He is calm, a safe pair of hands and has an attractive advocacy style … Outstanding for big contractual work.” (Chambers & Partners 2020, Energy & Natural Resources)

“A safe pair of hands and very good forensically.” (Chambers & Partners 2020, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

"Has the rare combination of being bright, responsive and practically minded. He adds significant value with his input into a case." "He's very engaging; he gets to grips with the issues and really puts the work in.” (Chambers & Partners 2019, Energy)

"Very commercial and clearly understands the client's commercial objectives." "He's an excellent senior junior who is measured and has sound judgement." (Chambers & Partners 2019, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“Demonstrates a keen sense of detail and a good understanding of difficult technical issues.” (Legal 500 2019, Energy)

“Stands out due to his outstanding legal knowledge and strategic decision making.” “Intelligent, responsive and thorough.” (Chambers and Partners 2018, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“He is thorough, diligent intelligent and easy to work with.” “A responsive junior with strong experience in energy disputes.” (Chambers and Partners 2018, Energy & Natural Resources)

‘Bright, user-friendly and great with clients.’ (Legal 500 2017, Energy)

“He is a very clever draftsman who is creative in his analysis of difficult legal problems.” “He really thinks deeply about the issues, and is not afraid to come up with novel arguments in difficult cases.” (Chambers and Partners 2017, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“He’s very good to deal with as he’s very clever and pragmatic. He has a common-sense approach and is measured.” “He’s very engaged, helpful and enthusiastic.” (Chambers and Partners 2017, Energy & Natural Resources)

‘He has an insightful and analytical mind, along with an eye for detail.’ (Legal 500 2016, Energy)

‘A real star in the making, providing quality, common-sense advice in a relaxed manner.’ (Legal 500 2016, Commercial Litigation)

‘He is collaborative and bright, and takes a constructive approach to solving tricky problems’ (Legal 500 2016, Banking and Finance)

His recent work includes Bilta (UK) Ltd v Tradition Financial Services Ltd, a claim against an inter-dealer broker relating VAT fraud committed in the carbon credit market; Cardiorentis SA v IQVIA UK Ltd, a claim arising out of a major clinical trial relating to a proposed treatment for heart failure; ConocoPhillips Skandinavia A/S v Aker BP ASA, a price review dispute relating to gas produced from the Valhall field in the North Sea; and FM Capital Partners v Marino (civil fraud claim brought by the Libya Africa Investment Portfolio against directors of a fund management company and others).