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4 Pump Court

Shipping

8 ranked barristersBand 2UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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4 Pump Court is an excellent set, home to members who exhibit strong capabilities in both wet and dry shipping disputes. The chambers provides a wealth of expertise in ship building, cargo claims and sanctions, regularly advising on overseas jurisdictions. Members counsel clients in China and Hong Kong on marine and construction work. Sources speak to its "strength and depth at every level."

Client service:

"The clerks are brilliant. They are super friendly and go out of their way to give you a good service." "It has exceptional clerking. They are commercial and take time to really develop relationships." Carl Wall and Stewart Gibbs are the joint senior clerks.

Strengths:

Alexander Wright
An outstanding junior with a dynamic practice including charter party, contract of affreightment and international carriage of goods disputes. He is also instructed in complex shipbuilding disputes and a range of wet shipping matters. He maintains an impressive practice in China, acting for shipyards.
"He is phenomenally intelligent, brilliant on the details and very good at preparing the leader for advocacy." "Alex Wright has a phenomenal grasp of the law. He is very quick with his work and has a clear, thorough and concise advocacy style."
Recent work: Acted in the 'CV Stealth', a long-running dispute over the detention of an oil tanker by the Venezuelan authorities. The case raises issues of conflict of laws, US law, and allegations of fraudulent conveyances of the substantial assets of a shipping group.

Strengths:

James Leabeater QC
An excellent new silk with notable capability across dry shipping, shipbuilding and offshore construction disputes. He regularly appears in both Commercial Court and arbitration forums. His caseload concerns a diverse selection of matters including shipbuilding, charter parties and cargo contamination.
"James Leabeater is a steady pair of hands. He is very reliable and very easy to deal with." "His level of service is great and his intellect is first class."
Recent work: Represented the owners of the 'Elin', a dispute concerning the exclusion of liability for the carriage of cargo on deck as to whether statements on a bill of lading that the carrier would not be liable for loss of or damage to deck cargo "howsoever arising" were apt to exclude liability for negligence and/or unseaworthiness.

Strengths:

James Watthey
Has a recognised capacity in both wet and dry shipping matters. He is particularly notable for his work in superyacht disputes and his close relationships with shipping lines, P&I clubs and overseas clients. He is also increasingly active in commodities disputes.
"James is very easy to deal with. He takes a commercial approach to litigation and is prompt with papers."
Recent work: Appeared for Monjasa A/S in 'The Alhani', wherein USD4 million worth of oil was misdelivered without production of a bill of lading. This was the first ever English case to consider whether the one-year time bar in the Hague Rules applies in those circumstances.

Strengths:

Neil Henderson
Has a strong practice covering wet and dry shipping disputes as well as commodities matters. He has experience appearing in the High Court and Admiralty Court and in arbitration forums. He has been instructed in numerous anti-suit and freezing injunctions.
"He is very thorough, diligent and always available." "He is commercial, sensible and an effective advocate."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in Turks Shipyard Ltd v Owners of the 'NOVEMBER', an in rem claim against the barge for repairs undertaken to it, involving complicated issues of in rem jurisdiction and agency.

Strengths:

Nicholas Vineall QC
Often highlighted for his technical acumen, he has particular experience in offshore construction and shipbuilding disputes. He has recently been involved in a growing number of arbitration appeals.
"A strong advocate who inspires confidence in the client, he's also very sharp and user-friendly." "Nick Vineall is an extremely good advocate who is intelligent and really gets to grips with the case."
Recent work: Represented Dreyfus in a Commercial Court arbitration appeal concerning document time bar clauses in charter parties.

Strengths:

Nigel Tozzi QC
A respected commercial shipping barrister, he acts as both an advocate and arbitrator. He handles a variety of matters including ship conversion and repair, shipbuilding and ship sale disputes. He has a substantial knowledge of refund guarantees and related issues.
"He is a very experienced silk who brings great qualities to the table."

Strengths:

Rani Noakes
An adroit junior noted for her expertise in shipping and commodities matters. She regularly acts in complex arbitrations and court proceedings, frequently as sole counsel. She has experience handling charter party and bill of lading disputes along with a plethora of wet shipping and shipbuilding concerns.
"She is extremely thorough and knows procedure like the back of her hand."
Recent work: Appeared in the 'Muammer Yagci' on behalf of the respondent in a dispute concerning whether the seizure of cargo by customs authorities constitutes 'government interference'.

Strengths:

Sean O'Sullivan QC
A highly commended barrister with expertise in dry shipping matters including demurrage, charter party and sale of goods disputes. He stands out for his deft handling of shipbuilding disputes in litigation and arbitration.
"He gets straight to the commercial heart of matters, always makes himself available and is a real pleasure to work with." "O'Sullivan has a beautiful advocacy style and he is firm and clear in front of judges and tribunals."

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Silks (QC)

UK

Shipping & Commodities


James Leabeater QC
Band 4
Nicholas Vineall QC
Band 3
Nigel Tozzi QC
Band 4
Sean O'Sullivan QC
Band 1

Juniors

UK

Shipping & Commodities


Alexander Wright
Band 2
James Watthey
Band 3

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