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7 King's Bench Walk

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23 ranked barristersBand 1UKGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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An outstanding chambers that offers first-rate expertise in shipping and commodities. Members of 7 King's Bench Walk have appeared at all levels of court in many recent, high-profile shipping cases, including those involving 'Brillante Virtuoso', 'Atlantik Confidence' and 'Badr'. The set is particularly recognised for its capabilities in insurance coverage disputes, fraud-related cases and loss of cargo claims. Sources describe 7KBW as "an incredible set of very talented barristers."

Client service:

"First junior clerk Gary Rose stands out as approachable and easy to work with. He will do everything he can to ensure matters are dealt with as smoothly as possible." "Senior clerk Greg Leyden is quick to respond and understands our clients' positions." Greg Leyden and Bernie Hyatt are the senior clerks.

Strengths:

Adam Turner
An experienced junior who is well versed in dry shipping matters as well as international trade and insurance. He is instructed both led and unled and has expertise in cases involving commercial fraud, jurisdictional issues and interim relief.
"He takes a holistic approach to cases and has knowledge, gravitas and judgement equal to that of the best junior silks." "Adam Turner is truly impressive. He is never flustered and always in command of the forensic detail without losing sight of the big picture."
Recent work: Represented HSBC in HSBC Bank Plc v (1) Pearl Corporation S.A. and four others [2019], a ship financing dispute in the Commercial Court. It is the second case in which the Commercial Court has given judgment on the effect of frequently encountered Greek-law defences to claims on corporate and personal guarantees.

Strengths:

Alistair Schaff QC
A leading commercial barrister renowned for his ability in shipping, insurance and international trade disputes. An admired advocate, he is also regularly called on to act as an arbitrator. He has been engaged in relation to a wide variety of topics, from charter parties to shipbuilding.
"He is very impressive, a calm and measured advocate." "He is excellent, one of the best QCs at the Bar."
Recent work: Continued to act in a dispute arising from the detention of the 'B Atlantic' by Venezuelan authorities following the discovery of cocaine strapped to the vessel by smugglers. The case is particularly important as the Supreme Court considered whether attempted drug smuggling constituted a malicious act in the context of standard war risks insurance coverage. The Supreme Court held that the malicious acts cover was not engaged at all as the smugglers lacked the necessary spite towards the vessel.

Strengths:

Benjamin Parker
A highly regarded junior, adept at handling a range of commercial shipping disputes. He regularly appears in the Commercial Court and in arbitration, and also has a burgeoning advisory practice. Many of his cases are international in origin or have international elements.
"He is user-friendly and quick." "He is excellent overall, a really bright and hard-working barrister."
Recent work: Appeared for MSC in the MSC 'Tomoko', a claim arising out of a collision between two container vessels in a commercial port in the Far East.

Strengths:

Charles Priday
A highly accomplished and respected junior with an admirable practice covering dry shipping, shipbuilding and international trade disputes. He regularly acts on a sole basis against QCs in litigation and arbitration, and has notable experience advising on charter parties.
"Priday gives fantastic advice and is the man to go to for LMAA arbitrations." "He is very well regarded."
Recent work: Advised Bilgent Shipping on a case involving the right to cancel charter parties when NORs are given before the end of the cancelling period but outside office hours.

Strengths:

Clara Benn
An accomplished shipping and commodities-focused junior noted for her work on high-profile shipping cases including the OW Bunker matter. She is further highlighted for her competencies in ship financing disputes. She appears both in court and arbitration proceedings.
"Clara Benn is excellent on paper, very responsive and easy to deal with." "She is a star in the making, very effective on paper and has really earned the trust and confidence of QCs."
Recent work: Appeared as sole counsel for the successful claimants in a two-day LMAA arbitration stemming from the OW Bunker litigation, in which Benn was also instructed on behalf of the lenders to the OW Bunker group, ING Bank.

Strengths:

David Allen QC
A tough and technically knowledgeable barrister sought after for his forthright advocacy style. His practice encompasses a range of shipping and commercial disputes, and he has particular expertise in offshore and superyacht-related matters.
"David Allen is very good, an entirely fearless advocate." "He has a good courtroom presence and exudes confidence."

Strengths:

David Bailey QC
A strong practitioner with capability in a range of shipping matters in both litigation and arbitration. He is recognised for his experience in shipbuilding and yacht-related disputes.
"His advocacy is absolutely excellent; he is calm, persuasive and has great instincts. His distinguishing talent is his ability to sense what way a tribunal is leading and adapt accordingly."
Recent work: Acted for an airport consortium seeking to recover USD70 million in damages as a result of the deliberate scuttling of the 'Atlantik Confidence'.

Strengths:

Dominic Kendrick QC
An eminent silk with a commercial practice of the highest calibre. He has considerable expertise in sophisticated shipbuilding cases and charter party disputes. He appears in both high-profile court cases and confidential arbitrations.
"Kendrick is astonishingly good at assimilating the details of any matter and appreciating the tiniest nuances, both legal and commercial." "He gets right inside the mind of the judge or tribunal; his huge experience leaves you knowing you are in the most capable hands." "He always produces the goods."

Strengths:

Jessica Sutherland
An effective barrister whose practice covers shipping litigation and arbitration. She acts in matters arising from charter party disputes and general average claims. She upholds an active cross-border practice and has recently taken on cases originating in Hong Kong and South Africa.
"Jessica Sutherland is meticulous in her attention to detail and very quick to respond."
Recent work: Represented claimant owner Repsol Trading in 'MT Aias', a dispute with the charterers over the construction of the INTERTANKO blending clause.

Strengths:

Jonathan Gaisman QC
He is a highly regarded QC who has worked on some of the most significant shipping cases in recent years, mostly notably including the 'Brillante Virtuoso'. With shipping a core strength of his practice, Gaisman advises on high-value and complex cases, with particular excellence in marine insurance fraud.
"Gaisman is a real super silk with a formidable intellect." "The best advocacy I have ever seen, he blew the other side away." "He is reputed to be one of the very best at the Commercial Bar and deservedly so. He out-prepares everyone."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant insurers on the 'Brillante Virtuoso', a constructive total loss claim involving significant allegations of marine insurance fraud, wherein the Commercial Court held that a supposed attack by pirates was a charade.

Strengths:

Julia Dias QC
A highly proficient silk experienced in dry shipping, sale of goods and international trade matters. She is sought after for her expertise in injunctions and letters of credit. She has a busy arbitration practice and also acts as a mediator. She has a profound knowledge of charter parties and is a contributor to academic literature on the subject.
"She is clever and precise, an impressive player in the space." "Her clients are in awe of the quality she provides."

Strengths:

Marcus Mander
A capable practitioner who undertakes cases across the whole range of commercial shipping litigation. He takes on shipbuilding and ship finance disputes in litigation and arbitration.
"He is very good and very experienced for his level of call."
Recent work: Appeared as sole counsel on behalf of ING Bank in two arbitrations seeking to resolve outstanding issues following the Supreme Court decision in the 2016 OW Bunker case 'Res Cogitans'.

Strengths:

Michael Holmes QC
A highly proficient new silk whose practice includes cargo claims, international carriage of goods and a range of charter party disputes including unsafe ports, quarantine and dangerous cargoes. He also acts in yacht-related actions. Holmes has notable experience in LMAA arbitrations with the Commercial Court.
"Michael Holmes is really impressive. He rolls up his sleeves, gets stuck in and has the ability to make complicated things straightforward and comprehensible."
Recent work: Appeared for Unipec Asia in Pan Oceanic Chartering Inc v (1) Unipec UK Co Ltd (2) Unipec Asia Co Ltd, a case raising a number of issues in relation to the Rome I and Rome II Regulations.

Strengths:

N G Casey
An experienced junior with strength in a range of litigation and arbitration cases. He frequently tackles charter party disputes and has a noteworthy specialism in high-value cases involving the design and construction of superyachts.
"He is sensible, insightful, persuasive and has an easy advocacy style." "An excellent barrister who punches above his weight."
Recent work: Appeared on behalf of the successful respondent purchaser in J v K wherein the builder of a luxury yacht brought an application in the High Court under Section 67 of the Arbitration Act 1996, challenging the award of an arbitral tribunal on the basis of a lack of jurisdiction.

Strengths:

Peter MacDonald Eggers QC
A dynamic commercial barrister with capability across shipping, commodities, insurance and energy matters among other areas. He has experience in piracy, sanctions, charter party and sale of goods disputes as well as a niche specialism in losses caused by natural disasters.
"He is a marine insurance specialist." "He is very experienced, knowledgeable of the law and a resourceful problem solver."
Recent work: Acted for hull insurers on a USD22 million claim against owners and mortgagee bank of the vessel 'Atlantik Confidence'. The client was seeking recovery of insurance proceeds paid where the owners were guilty of wilful misconduct.

Strengths:

Richard Sarll
An adroit junior who acts in both commercial shipping and admiralty law and frequently contributes to the academic literature on the subject. He is instructed in charter party disputes, general average cases and collisions. He is adept at handling claims relating to commodities contracts.
"Richard Sarll is an excellent lawyer and fine advocate who prepares his cases very well." "He is a leader in multi-jurisdictional shipping collision disputes." "He is measured, knowledgeable and has an engaging style."
Recent work: Continued to act for Piraeus Bank in the 'Brillante Virtuoso'. The case concerned allegations that the ship owner caused the ship to be deliberately set on fire in order that an insurance claim could be made.

Strengths:

Richard Southern QC
An excellent barrister with marked ability in shipping matters. He has a particular focus on charter party disputes involving such commodities as crude oil and iron ore. An accomplished advocate, he also accepts instruction as an arbitrator. His clients hail from around the world.
"Richard Southern is very highly regarded by everyone at the Bar." "He is always accurate and precise, hitting the nail right on the head." "A go-to QC with a good analytical mind."
Recent work: Represented Classic Maritime in the Court of Appeal in a contract affreightment dispute. The matter concerned the construction of force majeure clauses and the correct measure of damages for breach of contract.

Strengths:

Richard Waller QC
A highly regarded practitioner with experience in a range of shipping disputes. He acts in both litigation and arbitrations under LMAA rules, and easily turns his hand to charter party disputes, piracy cases and port nominations.
"Richard Waller is a big name in shipping."
Recent work: Continued to act for the war risk insurers in the 'Brillante Virtuoso'case, who contended that the alleged piracy attack on the vessel was staged with the connivance and privity of the owners in an elaborate insurance fraud.

Strengths:

Robert Bright QC
An outstanding silk with an exceptional reputation for the quality of his advocacy. He regularly handles some of the foremost cases in the industry and is well versed in charter party, commodities, shipbuilding and ship sale disputes.
"He has a leading reputation in shipping." "His confidence and clarity of thought put him among the best of advocates." "Bright is very responsive and very good at getting to the heart of a matter quickly."
Recent work: Represented a banking consortium in Alkyon, a financing dispute with a ship owner which led to ship arrest. The case was taken to the Court of Appeal for a review of the law regarding the arrest.

Strengths:

Sandra Healy
A strong junior regularly instructed in shipping and commodities matters in litigation and arbitration. She has marked ability in charter party and cargo claim disputes, and has expertise in interim relief and jurisdiction matters.
"Sandra Healy is extremely able and really stands out as a great advocate." "She is bright, hard-working and adds lots of value."
Recent work: Represented Dartmouth Harbour in the 'Saint Christophe 1', a dispute with the owners of fishing trawler. The claim centred on whether the harbour was in breach of certain duties to the trawler or whether alleged negligence on the part of the crew and unseaworthiness of the vessel caused the incident.

Strengths:

Siobán Healy QC
A notable silk specialising in shipping, commodities and international trade matters including dangerous cargoes, demurrage and shipbuilding disputes. She regularly acts in arbitrations as an advocate and is frequently appointed as an arbitrator.
"She is clever, responsive and pays close attention to detail." "She is exceptional: bright, thorough and hard-working." "She is very respected by tribunals and able to wipe the floor with the other side."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant bank and the receivers in Cockett v ING Bank and OW Bunker, multiple arbitrations arising out of the insolvency of OW Bunker.

Strengths:

Stephen Hofmeyr QC
An experienced barrister with expertise in a range of shipping matters including shipbuilding disputes, yacht-related litigation and charter party disputes. He appears as an advocate in Commercial Court and arbitration and also engages in advisory work.
"He is exceptional." "An impressive black-letter lawyer. He looks at complex issues and reduces them to the constituent part of the legal principal."
Recent work: Advised ship owners Delta Kanaris and Delta Harmony in a case concerning two tankers seized by the Venezuelan authorities which led to significant losses. Hofmeyr obtained freezing orders from the Commercial Court against the charterers.

Strengths:

Stephen Kenny QC
Admired for his long experience of dealing with shipping, commodities and international trade disputes, he also handles cases involving allegations of fraud. He is further noted for his work on energy and insurance matters.
"Stephen is a clear expert in marine-related matters; he has excellent analytical skills and understands the commercial pressures." "His advice is consistently thoughtful and commercially practical. Stephen's written submissions are also outstanding."
Recent work: Appeared before the UKSC on behalf of the successful owners in 'The Longchamp'. The case concerned the allowability in general average, under Rule F of the York-Antwerp Rules 1974, of vessel operating expenses incurred during the period while a pirate ransom was being negotiated.

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Silks (QC)

UK

Shipping & Commodities


Alistair Schaff QC
Band 1
David Allen QC
Band 2
David Bailey QC
Band 3
Dominic Kendrick QC
Band 1
Jonathan Gaisman QC
Band 1
Julia Dias QC
Band 3

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