David Joseph joined Essex Court Chambers in 1985 and has acted as counsel and arbitrator in an extremely wide range of high value commercial disputes.
He is consistently recommended as a leading silk in the field of international arbitration as well as general insurance and commercial litigation.He is the author of Jurisdiction and
Arbitration Agreements and their Enforcement (Sweet & Maxwell, 2nd Ed November 2010) which in a short period of time has become a standard work of reference in this complex field and has been cited with approval by courts in England and Singapore.
He has acted and appeared as Counsel in over 100 complex and lengthy LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL and other ad hoc arbitrations in London and overseas. In addition he has acted as Counsel in numerous LMAA arbitrations. He has also frequently been appointed to act as arbitrator in both institutional (ICC and LCIA) and ad hoc arbitration.
His arbitration practice covers a wide range of work from joint ventures, shareholder disputes, mobile telephones, satellite television insurance, reinsurance, , aerospace, mining, construction and shipbuilding. He has also advised and acted in a series of investment treaty disputes.
In court, his practice covers not only the general range of commercial disputes embraced in his arbitration practice but in addition he has appeared as Counsel in a number of fraud actions involving recovery of stolen property, resolution of disputes between shareholders/ joint venturers, breach of fiduciary duty, restraint of use of performance bonds/ letters of credit. He has also acted in a number of actions giving rise to complex issues as to jurisdiction and the grant of interlocutory relief including anti-suit injunction.
On top of his practice in England, he has a busy international practice appearing in court and arbitration in the Far East and Caribbean.
He is one of a number of barristers who have taken rooms in Singapore's dedicated arbitration facility in Singapore, Maxwell Chambers.