Ben Juratowitch QC, who was referred to as to the Bar in Could, will be part of the set in November
Freshfields’ associate Ben Juratowitch will be part of Essex Court docket in November
The Paris-based head of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s public worldwide regulation crew Ben Juratowitch QC is ready to hitch Essex Courts Chambers in London.
Juratowitch joined Freshfields in 2008, turning into associate in 2015. He was referred to as to the Bar in Could and can begin full time follow as a barrister in November. His choice to hitch Essex Court docket underscores the set’s attraction to Metropolis solicitors in search of to maximise their advocacy careers with out battle – in addition to growing their arbitrator-only work.
Joe Smouha QC and Huw Davies QC, Essex Court docket’s joint heads of chambers, mentioned: “Worldwide arbitration and public worldwide regulation have at all times fashioned an essential a part of the work of members of chambers, which match with and assist the large vary of worldwide litigation during which members of chambers are concerned… Ben is a widely known and extremely revered advocate and scholar who stands out for his experience in quite a lot of fields.”
Juratowitch’s expertise as an advocate are targeted on three core areas – disputes between states, investor-state disputes and business arbitrations. It’s his work for states and in public worldwide regulation (PIL) that marks him out and justifies his transfer to the set.
His shopper base consists of Slovenia, Belize and Chile, and performing for Italy within the notorious ‘Italian Marines’ case, which was heard earlier than each the Everlasting Court docket of Arbitration and Worldwide Tribunal for the Legislation of the Sea.
Of business curiosity is his investor-state dispute settlement follow, which has seen him signify Romania and Egypt on differing events, African states like Kenya and South Africa, and traders. In distinction, his business arbitration follow spans all of the recognised arbitral establishments and more and more the English and Caribbean courts and worldwide our bodies just like the Worldwide Court docket of Justice.
Essex Court docket’s senior clerk Joe Ferrigno mentioned: “Taking over Ben supplies chambers with an distinctive alternative to develop our already well-established worldwide disputes and PIL practices,” including that Juratowitch is “a flexible practitioner with a wonderful status and caseload who will little doubt contribute significantly to the breadth and depth of experience provided to shoppers.”
Freshfields’ arbitration co-head Nigel Blackaby QC and Juratowitch’s incoming alternative as head of the agency’s PIL group Will Thomas QC, mentioned Juratowitch performed an important position in growing Freshfields’ PIL crew, which they are saying maintains its ‘deep bench of skilled practitioners’ – boasting the best focus of solicitor silks within the Magic Circle.
The Freshfields’ pair added: “Essex Court docket Chambers are lucky to be joined by such an completed advocate, and we stay up for collaborating with Ben in his new position.”
Different PIL arrivals at Essex Court docket embody Angeline Welsh and Juratowitch’s fellow 2017 silk Alison MacDonald QC, who joined from Matrix Chambers in January final yr. MacDonald was one of many authors of a professional bono authorized opinion on the therapy of China’s Uighur minority.
That opinion, condemned by China as “lies and disinformation”, led to the set being sanctioned by the Chinese language authorities – an motion condemned by the UK authorities, the IBA and the four referral Bars of the UK and Eire.
Essex Court docket subsequently noticed three silks leave the set and the end of its relationship with former Singapore Group Follow Essex Court docket Duxton, whose members based a brand new group, Duxton Hill Chambers.