Jakob Reckhenrich is a barrister based in the London office. He has completed pupillage at a top commercial set and worked as a judicial assistant to Mr Justice Butcher and Mr Justice Jacobs in the Commercial Court.

Jakob focuses on litigation and arbitration work in the shipping and commodities sector, frequently appearing alongside leading external counsel. He also has substantial experience appearing in his own right.

Prior to becoming a barrister, Jakob worked as an academic philosopher, completing his PhD and teaching at Brown University after studies at University College, Oxford and in Berlin. He also spent half a year working in the corporate strategy department of a major German group of companies.

Jakob works in English and German and has a working knowledge of French.

Outside his work, Jakob keeps trying to become a proficient pianist, alas, with no great success.

Professional Experience:

  • Barrister, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, London/England (since 2022)
  • Barrister, 3PB Barristers, London/England (since 2021)
  • Judicial Assistance, Commercial Court, London/England (2021)
  • Pupil barrister, Monckton Chambers, London/England (2019-2020)


  • Brown University, PhD in philosophy
  • University College, Oxford, BPhil in philosophy
  • Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, BA in philosophy, politics and sociology
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    News from Hong Kong

    Questions to Dr Mariel Dimsey, the Secretary General of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre

    with ZFZ Partner Friederike Schäfer and ZFZ Barrister Jakob Reckhenrich.