David Owen QC

QC Barrister & Commercial Mediator

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David has all the qualities of a successful mediator. He is smart, patient, kind, attentive and thoughtful. He is both a good communicator and a sensitive listener.”



David Owen is a Queen’s Counsel with over 30 years of experience of resolving commercial disputes. He mediates cases in a wide range of business sectors, often with an international dimension, including: banking/finance, insurance/reinsurance, shipping, international trade, and general commercial matters.

Professional Background

David’s combined experience as a mediator, arbitrator and barrister gives him an important practical perspective on the most effective ways of dealing with disputes. He has been regularly recommended as a leading practitioner in the UK legal directories. The Chambers’ UK Guide has described him as “a figure right at the heart of the commercial dispute resolution world”. He has mediated in England, continental Europe and the Middle East. He also has considerable experience of dealing with disputes connected with the Far East.

As a barrister, David has practised from 20 Essex Street, a leading set of chambers specialising in commercial law. He has gained experience of a wide range of industry sectors and of a huge number of different types of dispute. He has advised and appeared in many cases concerning shipping, energy and international trade. He acted for the successful party in the first reported case on the mis-selling of derivatives, and has since been involved in numerous banking/finance disputes, often relating to complex financial transactions. He has considerable experience of insurance/reinsurance matters, and co-edited a leading textbook on insurance law. He has also dealt with a diverse range of heavy, general commercial cases. His main areas of expertise are: banking/finance (including derivatives); insurance & reinsurance; international trade; shipping and energy; professional negligence, and other disputes relating to commercial contracts.


  • Banking & Finance
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Corporate Fraud
  • Construction & Engineering
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Environmental
  • ICT
  • Insurance
  • Partnership & Shareholder
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property
  • Sale of Goods & Services
  • Shipping