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London (Bar) Shipping & Commodities
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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 Argentum Exploration v Silver and those involving 'Brillante Virtuoso' and 'Badr'. The set is particularly recognised for its capabilities in insurance coverage disputes, fraud-related cases and loss of cargo claims.

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"The clerks are absolutely brilliant. They bend over backwards to help you, and the level of service is second to none." "Their clerks are first rate, always available and clear communicators." "They are friendly and responsive." The clerking team is led by Greg Leyden. 

Robert Bright KC
Robert Bright KC is 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.
"You have to be on your best game when up against Robert Bright KC." "He is very impressive on his feet." "Robert has a planet-sized brain."

Acted for a group of intervening P&I clubs in the 'CMA CGM Libra' case, a UKSC case reviewing the nature of seaworthiness.

Jonathan Gaisman KC
Jonathan Gaisman KC is a highly regarded barrister who has worked on some of the most significant shipping cases in recent years. With shipping a core strength of his practice, Gaisman advises on high-value and complex cases, with particular excellence in marine insurance fraud.
"Jonathan is one of the bigwigs." "He knows shipping law through and through."

Acted for the defendants in Maroil Trading v Cally Shipholdings and others in a breach of confidence claim for sums of over USD85 million.

Dominic Kendrick KC
Dominic Kendrick KC is 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.
"He is a senior heavyweight." "Dominic puts his finger on the key issue time and time again."

Charles Priday
Charles Priday is 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 KCs in litigation and arbitration, and has notable experience advising on charter parties.
"He is very knowledgeable, very experienced and extremely user-friendly." "He is a very senior junior with an interesting practice."

Acted for the claimant in Ocean Prefect Shipping v Dampskibsselskabet Norden in a case determining whether Ocean Prefect had permission to rely on a report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

Alistair Schaff KC
Alistair Schaff KC is 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 one of the go-to silks for big insurance cases in shipping. He is courageous and user-friendly." "Alistair is a class act." "He is fantastically good."

Represented the insurers in Involnert v Aprilgrange, where it was held the insurers were entitled to avoid policy for non-disclosure in relation to the valuation of a superyacht.

David Allen KC
David Allen KC is a tough and technically knowledgeable barrister. His practice encompasses a range of shipping and commercial disputes, and he has particular expertise in offshore and superyacht related matters.
"David is forthright and able." "He is a formidable advocate." "David is a fearless cross-examiner."

Successfully represented US oil conglomerate Apache in Apache North Sea v INEOS FPS, a case concerning the interpretation of long-term commercial contracts.

Siobán Healy KC
Siobán Healy KC is 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.
"Siobán is commercially astute and understands shipping, insolvency and banking law." "Siobán is excellent."

Sandra Healy
Sandra Healy is 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 is brilliant. She is very smart and sees things very clearly." "Sandra is collaborative and a strong advocate with excellent drafting skills."

Acted for the insurers in Quadra Commodities v XL Insurance Company, a commodities dispute arising out of a fraud in the Ukrainian grain industry.

Peter MacDonald Eggers KC
Peter MacDonald Eggers KC is 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.
"Peter is an erudite barrister." "He is an extremely good, conscientious lawyer." "Peter is very considered, approachable and has a real interest in marine law."

Acts for the insurers in Quadra Commodités v XL Insurance, a commodities dispute resulting from the Agroinvestgroup fraud in Ukraine. 

Alexander MacDonald
Alexander MacDonald is a formidable junior with considerable experience in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He advises on international sanctions and shipbuilding contracts, as well as significant cases involving marine insurance cover.
"Alexander is an extremely capable leader."

Represented the owners in Psara Energy v Various Underwriters after a vessel was detained in Venezuela following the discovery of forged shipping documents.

Benjamin Parker
Benjamin Parker is 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.
"Benjamin is extremely bright and hard-working. He is also extremely responsive to clients' demands. He explains complex issues clearly and is meticulous in his attention to detail." "He is extremely bright."

Acted for the shipowner in the 'NYK ORPHEUS' case, following a series of collisions in the Suez Canal.

Richard Sarll
Richard Sarll is 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 is very dedicated and clever." "He is enthusiastic and has a keen interest in shipping." "Richard understands the admiralty side of shipping in a way few others do, and he is very clear and concise in his advice."

Instructed by an average adjuster to advise on the ascertainment of general average contributions in connection with notable shipping casualty case regarding 'Maersk Honam'.

Richard Southern KC
Richard Southern KC is 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 is a cerebral barrister." "He is utterly unflappable. Richard is extremely measured and has a forensic examination style. He is utterly on top of the detail." "Richard is meticulous and very good with experts."

Successfully represented Classic Maritime against Limbungan Makmur in a contract of affreightment case.

Richard Waller KC
Richard Waller KC is 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 and fraud cases.
"Richard is a class performer." "He is incredibly user-friendly, very practical and has great commercial acumen."

Successfully represented the claimants, Yieldstreet Investment, in an USD80 million commercial fraud case arising from the purchase of vessels for scrap.

David Bailey KC
David Bailey KC is 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.
"David is charming and articulate." "He is ingenious." "David knows the market and the industry. He can change tack on the fly and is hugely intelligent."

Acted for MSC in DPW v MSC in relation to a USD30 million dispute arising out of a volume and rebate agreement.

N G Casey
N G Casey is 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 a great barrister able to assist with complicated matters. He is good on his feet and is flexible."

Acted for the buyer in a claim arising out of the purchase of a 58-foot sailing yacht.

Julia Dias KC
Julia Dias KC is 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.
"Julia is fantastic, a delight to work with." "Her knowledge is encyclopedic."

Stephen Hofmeyr KC
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.
"Stephen is a really good advocate; he's incredibly hard-working and good on his feet." "Stephen is a heavy hitter." "He is good on the technical aspects."

Successfully represented the salvors in Argentum Exploration v Silver, a case concerning the recovery of 2,364 silver bars from a ship that was sunk in the Indian Ocean in 1942.

Stephen Kenny KC
Stephen Kenny KC is admired for his long experience of dealing with shipping, commodities and international trade disputes, and he also handles cases involving allegations of fraud. He is further noted for his work on energy and insurance matters.
"Stephen is highly recommended. He is an outstanding advocate." "Stephen provides excellent support on complex matters."

Acted for the claimant cargo interests in Deep Sea Maritime v Monjasa, alleging wrongful delivery of goods.

Marcus Mander
Marcus Mander is 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.
"Excellent on his feet and someone who really delves into the detail of a case."

Acted for Capital Maritime & Trading Corp in disputes arising from a vessel experiencing an engine breakdown.

Jessica Sutherland
Jessica Sutherland is 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 experience taking on cases originating in Hong Kong and South Africa.
"Jessica is particularly good on the detail. She is very forensic and rolls up her sleeves. She is also responsive and exceptionally quick on documents." "She has a wonderful ability to distil complex matters and get to the nub of the issue really quickly." "Jessica is highly reactive and incisive."

Successfully acted for the defendant in EM Ruby v International Marine and Energy DMCC in opposing an application for permission to serve out of the jurisdiction.

Adam Turner
Adam Turner is 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.
"His technical knowledge of shipping law is impressive." "He is incredibly proactive and on top of the latest authorities."

Acted for the claimants, Yieldstreet Investment, in an USD80 million commercial fraud case arising out of the purchase of vessels for scrap.

Clara Benn
Clara Benn is an accomplished shipping and commodities-focused junior noted for her work on high-profile shipping cases. She is further highlighted for her competencies in ship financing disputes. She appears both in court and in arbitration proceedings.
"She is very bright, writes well and is excellent on her feet." "Clara is very approachable, creative and thorough."

Acted for the claimants in Icon Amazing v Amazing Shipping and Geden Holdings as well as Icon Fantastic v Fantastic Shipping relating to claims for breach of sale and leaseback agreements in relation to two bulk carriers.

Jocelin Gale
Jocelin Gale is an expert in commercial litigation and arbitration with a focus on shipping. He has a background in banking and is regularly instructed on cases involving insurance issues or complex financial structures.
"Jocelin is extremely intelligent, very thorough and has a strong understanding of the commercial context."

Represented the underwriters in an action seeking negative declaratory relief against the ship owner following the loss of the 'Mustafa Kan'.

Gavin Geary
Gavin Geary is a well-regarded junior frequently appearing in the Commercial Court on a variety of shipping and commodities disputes. He is also well acquainted with international cases as well as arbitrations.
"Gavin is always good on his feet." "He is incredibly hard-working."

Acted for Teton Shipping against defendant Boconti in a commercial court case which involved allegations of bad faith.

Tim Jenns
Tim Jenns is a barrister with experience handling a broad range of charter party disputes. He has handled arbitrations and boasts a cross-border commercial litigation practice.
"He is incredibly thorough and has real attention to detail."

Acted for FS Algarrobo against Columbia Shipmanagement, a Commercial Court claim in relation to alleged breaches of contract under five ship management agreements.

Gavin Kealey KC
Gavin Kealey KC is the head of chambers and has deep shipping expertise which he puts to use in complex matters. He often receives high-value international instructions and also appears in arbitrations.
"Gavin is incredibly smart, linguistically skilled and has a way of expressing himself that is so precise."

Jawdat Khurshid KC
Jawdat Khurshid KC is a well-respected silk who advises on complex commercial disputes in the shipping and commodities space. He is noted for his presence on significant international matters.
"Jawdat is bright and on the ball. His analysis is thorough and he has a measured delivery." "He is hugely impressive, an outstanding advocate."

Advised Quadra on Quadra Commodities v XL Insurance concerning an indemnity claim under a contract of marine cargo open cover all risks insurance.

Jason Robinson
Jason Robinson is regularly instructed by leading shipping solicitors and P&I clubs to handle high-value cases. He is well known for representing clients in superyacht and shipbuilding cases.
"Jason is completely unflappable, excellent on his feet, confident and assured. He is really effective." "Jason is responsive and very pleasant to deal with."

Acted for the claimant in Ocean Prefect Shipping v Dampskibsselskabet Norden in determining whether Ocean Prefect had permission to rely on a report by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

Stephen Du
Stephen Du is an up-and-coming junior with a standout multi-jurisdictional shipping practice. He is particularly experienced leading cases in Asia.
"Stephen is creative." "He thinks outside the box and is clearly very bright."

Represented defendant charterers in a USD22 million unsafe port claim concerning the VLOC 'Vale Indonesia', which suffered damage during a grounding incident.

Andrew Pearson
Andrew Pearson is an up-and-coming barrister with experience acting on significant shipping cases in the High Court. He is well regarded for his shipbuilding and yachts practice.
"Andrew is extremely good at getting into the detail. His written work is of the highest quality and his client-handling skills are extremely good." "He is an up-and-coming talent."

Acted for Classic Maritime in Classic Maritime v Limbungan Makmur & another discussing whether damages should be assessed at breach or when a contract would actually have been performed.

Michael Holmes KC
Michael Holmes KC is 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 is thorough and experienced." "He is hard-working and very nice to deal with."

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