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Hill Dickinson LLP

Commodities

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What the team is known for

Well known for assisting clients with physicals, covering soft commodities and metals, with particular expertise in sugar and grain. Also expanding its work in the energy sector. Acts in complex arbitrations before major trade association boards and can also draw on significant shipping experience. Also regularly handles court litigation. Demonstrates additional experience handling misappropriation matters.

Strengths

One source states: “They are very pragmatic and they know our business, which is very important. It's like working with a colleague.”

Another adds: “This department operates very much as a team effort. The communication is first class."

An interviewee comments: “They are approachable, efficient and professional. The team are specialised in commodities and have a very high skill set.”

Work highlights

Advised COFCO on a bespoke contractual structure involving physical sugar, OTC sugar derivatives and exchange-traded sugar derivatives.

Notable practitioners

Darren Wall is noted for his expert handling of disputes and has substantial experience representing clients in arbitrations and litigation. He has specialist knowledge of the soft commodities sector.
“Darren’s strength is his ability to advise on complex issues in a way that we can easily understand. His advice is very much results-orientated and he is always available.” “Darren is very well regarded in soft commodities disputes.”

Fred Konynenburg is noted for his expertise in international soft commodities trade disputes. He specialises in trade arbitrations and High Court litigation, with additional expertise in cargo insurance and shipping.
"Fred is intensely intelligent, studious and an excellent individual." “Fred is a thorough thinker and has great analytical skills, and he knows the goal and how to get there best.”

Jeffrey Isaacs is head of the commodities team at the firm and is a renowned lawyer in the field. He is regarded as a leading expert in sugar and has considerable experience advising clients on other soft commodities matters.
“Jeffrey has broad experience. He is a heavyweight in the sense of his knowledge and expertise.” “He has a very strong practice and is well regarded.”

Mark Aspinall advises traders, producers and banks on the trade of crude oil, LNG, metals and other commodities. He has particular expertise in oil and gas. He has additional experience advising on fraudulent financing matters and trade disputes.

Paul Taylor has experience in international arbitrations and disputes concerning physical commodities. He has notable expertise in energy and oil trading and advises international traders, insurers and charterers.
"Paul is extremely knowledgeable. He works hard, is always available and is very shrewd tactically.” “He has good analytical skills and is pragmatic.”

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Overview

The global nature of the commodities market means you need experts who can advise internationally. We have expertise in all links of the distribution chain, from suppliers and shippers to traders and end users. Our size and experience means that many view us as the leading commodities practice in the market.

From drawing up contracts to resolving disputes through mediation or in court, we can work with you to achieve a pragmatic, commercially optimal resolution. Our expertise covers a broad range of goods and commodities including softs, oils and their by-products, and metals. We provide a full range of legal advice, including:

  • International sale contracts
  • Carriage of goods
  • Trade finance
  • Corporate and commercial
  • Sanctions
  • Dispute resolution
  • International arbitration

Commodities Department

Hill Dickinson LLP

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Department location

The Broadgate Tower

20 Primrose Street

London

Greater London

UK

EC2A 2EW

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Commodities: Physicals


Darren Wall
Band 3
Fred Konynenburg
Band 3
Jeffrey Isaacs
Band 1
Mark Aspinall
Band 3
Paul Taylor
Band 4