Fountain Court Chambers

London & Singapore

Anthony Boswood QCCall Date: 1970 | Silk Date: 1986

Anthony Boswood QC Arbitrator

Educated St Paul’s School and University of Oxford (BCL MA)

Anthony Boswood QC practised at the Commercial Bar in London as a member of Fountain Court Chambers from 1970 to 2013, becoming Queen’s Counsel in 1986.  Anthony worked chiefly in the fields of insurance and reinsurance; banking; financial services and arbitration.

Anthony retired from practise as an advocate at the end of 2013, in order to concentrate on his increasing volume of work as an international arbitrator, and to pursue other interests.

Anthony is the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Appeal of the British Horseracing Authority and also studying for an external degree in Divinity at London University.

Current or very recent arbitrations include disputes concerning:

  • Alleged breaches of a claims cooperation clause in a quota share reinsurance treaty: Bermuda form
  • The extent of participating interests in various onshore exploration, and development blocks in Iraq: ICC English law and forum
  • Alleged breach of obligations under a contract for the abstraction of water from canals for the purposes of operating a power plant: English law and forum
  • Alleged breaches of farmout agreements and production sharing agreements concerning various offshore blocks in Indian waters: LCIA English law and forum
  • A contract for the external and internal cleaning of Government offices throughout the United Kingdom: LCIA
  • The measurement of quality of crude oil carried in a comingled stream through the Caspian – Black Sea pipeline: English law and forum

Recent engagements include disputes about:

  • Production sharing and farm-in contracts in respect of oil exploration and production in Kenya: ICC Kenyan law; London forum
  • Contracts for property development and building in Dubai: ICC. English law and forum
  • A contract for the design, installation and management of a new integrated transport system for the city of Maputo: ICC. Mozambique law. Paris forum
  • A long term coal supply agreement for a German power station: LCIA. English law
  • A licence agreement for the development and exploitation of a patented wood-processing product in the Far East. Ad hoc. UNCITRAL rules. Singapore law
  • Storage of oil products in Durres, Albania: LCIA. English law
  • Claims under a Columbian Bankers Blanket Bond cover: ICC. Columbian and English law. London forum


Areas of Expertise

  • Banking & finance
  • Commercial dispute resolution
  • Energy & natural resources
  • Financial services
  • Fraud: civil
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • International arbitration
  • Media, entertainment & sport
  • Professional negligence
  • Administrative & public law


“He is very diligent and very professional. Overall, an excellent arbitrator.”

“He is very good at getting through things without wasting time but at the same time ensuring that everyone is heard.”

(Chambers and Partners 2016 edition) 

“Absolutely fantastic” and “an excellent cross-examiner”

an “inspiration to his team,” and is noted for having “a hugely powerful intellect” and for taking a “hands-on approach.”

“outstanding powers of analysis and is never anything less than pragmatic.”

“very powerful advocate who is amongst the very best cross-examiners at the Commercial Bar.”

“intelligent and user-friendly” advice

(Chambers and Partners 2013 edition)

 “First-class strategic awareness and commands the respect of the whole court room.”

“Suitably aggressive”
“highly knowledgeable and experienced.”
(Chambers & Partners, 2010 edition)

 “Anthony Boswood QC is favoured for providing ‘quick, concise advice that gets straight to the point.”

(Chambers & Partners UK, 2009 edition, Banking & Finance)

 “Market commentators heap acclaim on ‘real heavyweight’ Anthony Boswood QC.”

(Chambers & Partners UK, 2009 edition, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

 “Anthony Boswood QC is a ‘formidable advocate with excellent judgment,’ who is ‘brilliant as both a litigator and an arbitrator.”

(Chambers & Partners UK, 2009 edition, Energy & Natural Resources)

 “..having Boswood on your side in heavyweight fraud cases almost guarantees a win.’ That this should be so is down to his ‘careful utilisation of intelligence and innovation when solving the most complex of matters.”

(Chambers & Partners UK, 2009 edition, Civil Fraud)

 “Anthony Boswood QC continues to make good use of his ‘tactical brain,’ whilst also proving ‘good fun to work with.”

(Chambers & Partners UK, 2009 edition, Insurance)

 “Anthony Boswood QC is revered for his ‘amalgamation of technical proficiency, advocacy skills and commerciality.’ A silk who “excels in the art of battle,’ his ‘huge brain and personality’ make him a popular choice among clients.”

(Chambers & Partners UK, 2007 edition)

 He “has built an enviable reputation for his work on North Sea gas supply agreements. He is consistently nominated by peers as a ‘technically sound and legally excellent’ contender.”

“Anthony Boswood QC contributes gravitas and experience to proceedings. ‘Incisive and clear,’ he excels at untangling knotty legal problems.” “Clients say Anthony Boswood QC is ‘amazingly quick’ and very meticulous.”
(Legal 500, 2006 edition)

 “Anthony Boswood QC also ‘impresses in court’, where he has recently been acting for the claimant reinsureds in Aon 77.”

(Legal 500, 2006 edition)

 “Anthony Boswood QC is ‘a silk with authority; a magnificent leader; a heavyweight advocate; you want him to lead you.”

(Legal 500, 2007 edition)


BA (Oxon)
BCL (Oxon)


Anthony is fluent in Italian, and have a working knowledge of French.