Gavin Kealey, QC, FCIArb

JUDICIAL DECISIONS [fa icon="caret-right"]

Gavin Kealey is one of the very few QC Deputy High Court Judges assigned to the Commercial Court. As a Deputy High Court Judge of the Commercial Court, he has decided the following significant cases:

  • Proton Energy v Orlen [2013] EWHC 334 (Oil sale dispute between Swiss sellers and Lithuanian buyers)
  • Buyuk v Progress [2010] EWHC 442 (challenges for irregularity to maritime arbitration award, and permission to appeal)
  • Datasat v Swindon Town Football Club [2009] EWHC 859 (Comm.) (loans, investments, share sale)
  • Verizon v Swiftnet [2008] EWHC 551 (Comm) (telecommunications network dispute and forgeries)
  • Mulchrone v Swiss Life (UK) Plc [2006] Lloyd’s Rep. IR 339 (liability insurance, third party rights)
  • National Westminster Bank PLC v Bilgin [2004] EWHC 2372 (Comm) (piercing the corporate veil, nominees and resulting trusts)
  • Assicurazioni Generali v CGU [2003] Lloyd’s Rep. IR 725 (probably now the leading case on follow settlements clauses - affirmed by the Court of Appeal)
REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS [fa icon="caret-right"]

Representative Arbitration Matters
Gavin Kealey is regularly appointed as sole arbitrator or as the third arbitrator in insurance and reinsurance and shipping disputes, and as a party-appointed arbitrator in other commercial disputes. Matters include the following:

  • Final hearings in (a) international pharmaceutical arbitration involving Israeli and European companies (sitting in New York) (2012 & 2013); (b) international arbitrations (sitting in London) concerning shipbuilding and oil/gas licensing disputes (2012 & 2013); (c) international arbitration with juridical seat in Paris (sitting in Paris, French law, French and English languages) (2013)
  • Insurance arbitration concerning impact of Icelandic volcanic ash cloud on insurance and reinsurance policies: Award 2012
  • Insurance arbitration concerning destruction of apartment block by fire: Award 2010
  • International reinsurance arbitration concerning the World Trade Center: Awards 2009
  • International arbitration concerning the effect on a contract of the alleged involvement by one contracting party in the production and trafficking of narcotics and counterfeit currency: Award 2008
  • International arbitration concerning ship sales on the Norwegian Sale Form: Award 2008
  • International arbitration between Swiss and UK companies concerning construction and breach of taxation and financial advice agreement: Award 2006
  • Domestic arbitration concerning the effect on a contract of the Damages (Personal Injury) Order 2001, no. 2301: Award 2006
  • International arbitration between UK and Romanian companies as to proper construction of written agreements and liabilities for damages: Awards 2005, 2012, 2013
  • International reinsurance arbitration concerning recoverability of sums under excess of loss reinsurance and impact of commutation agreements: Award 2004
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member of the LCIA
  • ICC Arbitrator
  • Head of Chambers at 7KBW
  • "Chambers and Partners" Insurance QC of the year, 2005
  • Director of the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Ltd, 2001-2010
BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION [fa icon="caret-right"]
  • Deputy High Court Judge of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court, assigned to the Commercial Court
  • Assistant Recorder of the Crown Court 1999. Recorder (Crown Court Judge), 2000-2010
  • Lecturer in Laws, King’s College, London University (Contract, Evidence, Jurisprudence)
  • B.A. (Jurisprudence), University College, Oxford University. First Class. Distinction in Law Moderations, Oxford University. Fletcher Scholar (Oxford)


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"The ‘very well-regarded’ Gavin Kealey QC is applauded for his work as both arbitrator and counsel and offers widespread expertise in commercial disputes."

Chamber & Partners 2009