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A market-leading set, Quadrant Chambers continues to excel, offering a raft of stellar silks and high-calibre juniors who exhibit strong sector expertise in both dry and wet shipping matters as well as significant commodities disputes. Members regularly appear in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in the highest-profile cases, often with far-reaching implications. Recent instructions include the 'Ever Smart', 'Eternal Bliss' and 'Miracle Hope' cases. Sources say: "It is one of the best shipping sets. The team is commercial and engaged."

Client service:

"It is a first-class, client-led and go-to chambers." "The clerks are prompt, commercial and understanding." "Gary Ventura is exceptional. He is a great agent, matching like with like." Gary Ventura and Simon Slattery are the senior clerks.

Strengths:

Andrew Carruth
Up-and-coming junior Andrew Carruth impresses with his wet and dry shipping practice. He has additional expertise in commodities matters.
"Andrew is knowledgeable, thorough and incredibly user-friendly." "He is very good at dealing with a lot of information and making sense of it."

Strengths:

Andrew Leung
Andrew Leung is a notable junior, regularly instructed in complex and high-value proceedings before the Commercial Court, Admiralty Court and Court of Appeal. He is regularly instructed in wet and dry shipping disputes as well as significant commodities claims.
"Andrew is excellent - very efficient, smart and a pleasure to instruct." "Andrew is strong when it comes to attention to detail and dealing with complex legal matters."
Recent work: Acted for charterers in Classic Maritime v Limbungan in defence of a claim by owners for around USD20 million. The case raises issues as to causation and the correct application of the compensatory principle.

Strengths:

Ben Gardner
Ben Gardner is a well-regarded junior with a broad practice covering commodities and shipping matters as well as insurance and conflict of laws. He regularly receives direct in-house instructions from industry clients to appear in courtroom trials and confidential arbitrations.
"He is very bright and goes the extra mile." "Ben is exceptional. He is super bright, very commercial and quick to understand client needs."
Recent work: Acted for the owner of a superyacht in Weco v Loro Piano in a jurisdiction challenge as part of a claim relating to the total loss of a superyacht during carriage.

Strengths:

Benjamin Coffer
Benjamin Coffer is a standout shipping and commodities junior. He has expertise in charter party, shipbuilding and ship finance disputes as well as in both hard and soft commodities including oil, coal, steel, sugar and grain.
"Benjamin Coffer is really clear-sighted, strategic, pragmatic, commercially aware and extremely thorough in his advice." "Ben has a very good instinct for the merits of a case. He is able to quickly cut through complex legal issues and suggest a pragmatic way forward."
Recent work: Represented the cargo interests in resisting a general average claim in the 'CMA CGM Libra' case.

Strengths:

Caroline Pounds
Caroline Pounds is a sought-after junior regularly engaged on a broad range of high-profile wet and dry shipping disputes and commodities cases. She is highly commended for her ability in the High Court and in arbitration, frequently appearing on a sole basis. Her instructions emanate from around the world.
"Caroline is very diligent and thoughtful. She really gets into all the detail." "Caroline has an amazing eye for detail and a huge knowledge of the law. She is outstanding." "She is clear, concise and technically excellent."
Recent work: Acted for the owners of the vessel in a charter party dispute, Shagang Shipping v HNA Group, which culminated in an appeal in the Supreme Court.

Strengths:

Chirag Karia QC
Chirag Karia QC is a barrister with a significant shipping and commodities practice who undertakes work in a variety of areas including cargo claims, collisions and marine insurance disputes. Many of his instructions cross multiple jurisdictions. He has notable experience in cases concerning anti-suit injunctions.
"He is a brilliant advocate, adviser and counsel. He is courageous and thorough." "Chirag is very impressive, effective and particularly skilled in cross-examination."
Recent work: Led on a series of disputes arising out of the collapse of Hin Leong Trading and its chartering arm Ocean Tankers.

Strengths:

Chris Smith QC
Chris Smith QC is an accomplished silk with a wide-ranging practice encompassing dry shipping, commodities, transport and insurance disputes. He is a familiar figure in court and arbitration proceedings.
"Chris has a phenomenally quick mind and a superb memory. He is very efficient and very client-friendly." "Chris is a brilliant lawyer and extremely personable." "He is incredibly bright and is a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the owners, SK Shipping, against Capital Maritime in a dispute arising under four charter parties that were negotiated en bloc.

Strengths:

David Goldstone QC
David Goldstone QC is an excellent barrister with marked ability in shipping law. His practice covers wet and dry work such as salvage, unsafe ports and charter party disputes. He frequently appears in arbitrations and maintains a multi-jurisdictional practice.
"David is extremely intellectually curious. He is very quick and very, very bright."

Strengths:

Gemma Morgan
Gemma Morgan has a broad practice covering wet and dry shipping work as well as matters concerning commodities and international carriage of goods. Morgan has a prominent arbitration practice, regularly undertaking shipbuilding and technical disputes. She is especially adept at conducting arbitrations under LMAA terms. She is further noted for her yachts work.
"Gemma is capable of driving a case herself. She is very, very clever and is very persuasive on her feet." "Gemma is very astute and analytical and is absolutely formidable on organisation." She is extremely user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel for the defendant insurer in Havila Kystruten AS v Abarca Companhia de Seguros.

Strengths:

Henry Ellis
Henry Ellis is highly regarded for his work across both dry and wet shipping matters as well as commodities disputes. He appears in both courtroom trials and arbitrations and is particularly recognised for his experience of dispute resolution in Asia. He is further recognised for his capabilities in international trade work.
"Henry is willing, able and adaptable." "He is very intelligent and can turn his hand to many different scenarios." "Henry is an excellent and user-friendly barrister."

Strengths:

James Turner QC
James Turner QC is a highly recommended barrister regularly instructed in shipbuilding, salvage and marine casualties. He also covers charter parties and trade finance matters including bills of exchange and letters of credit. He is a familiar presence in the Commercial and Admiralty Courts. He also appears regularly in arbitration proceedings.
"James is razor sharp." "He always provides prompt, clear and practicable advice." "He has rich experience representing clients in Asia-Pacific and has a thorough understanding of the cultural, commercial and legal aspects of dispute resolutions in the region."
Recent work: Acted for Osios David against Panamax Alexander in an action following a collision involving three vessels.

Strengths:

John Kimbell QC
John Kimbell QC has a flourishing commercial practice encompassing wet and dry shipping work. He routinely acts in LMAA arbitrations and in the Commercial and Admiralty Courts. He enjoys a substantial following among clients in Germany, where he is a qualified lawyer. He also sits as a GMAA arbitrator.
"John is very commercially minded. He is very approachable with clients and has gravitas which is respected by judges."

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John Passmore QC
John Passmore QC is a highly able silk with a broad practice covering wet and dry shipping as well as commodities disputes. He also takes on ship sale and purchase, shipbuilding and offshore construction matters. His commodities expertise is particularly centred on metals and ores.
"He is an exceptional all-round barrister with a good eye for detail." "John has an excellent grasp of complex technical evidence."
Recent work: Instructed by the owners and liability insurers of the 'Stema Barge II' in limitation and collision claims.

Strengths:

John Russell QC
John Russell QC is a tough advocate whose shipping practice includes charter parties, shipbuilding and piracy claims. He has particular acumen in both cargo claims and yacht-related disputes. He is equally at ease appearing in arbitrations as he is in courtroom trials. He has marked experience in cases concerning force majeure clauses.
"His advice is succinct and on point. He has a balanced and reasoned approach." "John is good at the technical detail." "He is brilliant in the way he is able to distil complicated issues into short and concise advice."
Recent work: Acted for the cargo interests in defending a general average claim in the 'CMA CGM Libra' case.

Strengths:

Koye Akoni  
Koye Akoni is a noteworthy junior who boasts an international commercial practice encompassing both wet and dry shipping matters.
"Koye is fantastic. He is commercial and pragmatic." "He has the ability to grasp fine detail quickly."
Recent work: Acted for The Kingdom of Spain in the long-running case regarding the 'Prestige'. The dispute arose from the 2002 casualty, which caused significant oil pollution in Spain and France.

Strengths:

Lionel Persey QC
Lionel Persey QC ia an excellent silk, deputy High Court judge and Lloyd's arbitrator. He has a first-rate practice covering shipping matters including charter parties, bills of lading, salvage and collisions. He also has significant expertise in energy and insurance-related matters.
"He is very good on technical elements. He is a very effective opponent and a dangerous cross-examiner." "Lionel is pragmatic, experienced, and his knowledge of salvage is second to none."
Recent work: Continued to represent The Kingdom of Spain in long-running case regarding the 'Prestige'. The dispute arose from the 2002 casualty, which caused oil pollution in Spain and France.

Strengths:

Luke Parsons QC
Luke Parsons QC is an esteemed silk who is well respected for his broad shipping and commodities practice covering issues such as shipbuilding, ship sale and charter party disputes. He is highly active in the Court of Appeal, the Commercial Court and the High Court, and is equally adept at arbitrations.
"Luke is an exceptional lawyer and skilled at cross-examination." "He deploys a differen lens that people have not looked through and is good on strategy. He demonstrates inspirational thinking, tenacity and determination."

Strengths:

Mark Stiggelbout
Mark Stiggelbout is a well-regarded shipping and commodities practitioner with additional faculty in insurance, energy and insolvency disputes. He regularly acts in court and arbitration proceedings and has experience obtaining urgent injunctive relief.
"Mark is very bright." "He knows the law very well, and his written submissions are really good. He has very impressive writing skills."
Recent work: Acted for claimant Harren & Partner in a cargo claim regarding the 'Patea'.

Strengths:

Max Davidson
Max Davidson is an up-and-coming junior offering expertise across wet and dry shipping disputes. He has particular experience handling complex LMAA arbitrations. He is further noted for his competencies in commodities cases.
"Max masters complex facts and documents very quickly and provides clear and commercial advice." "Max is very intelligent and incredibly dedicated." "He is very good on strategy and has a nuanced understanding of the commercial aspects of knowing what the clients want."
Recent work: Acted for the successful cargo interests in resisting the ship owners' application to strike out part of the claim in the 'Maersk Karachi' case.

Strengths:

Michael Davey QC
Michael Davey QC is well regarded for his ability in wet and dry shipping disputes including charter parties, bills of lading, salvage and collisions. He also covers related insurance and conflict of law matters. He has significant knowledge of fisheries disputes.
"Michael is very bright and calm under pressure." "He is impressively concise in everything he does." "He is a very good fighter and very good on fisherman rights arrangements."
Recent work: Advised on the Kapitan Veselkov case, a USD50 million marine insurance claim arising out the loss of a freezer trawler.

Strengths:

Michael Nolan QC
Michael Nolan QC manages an extensive shipping practice covering litigation, arbitration and advice. He deals with charter party, bill of lading and shipbuilding contract disputes. He has particular knowledge of the sea-fishing industry as well as harbour law.
"Michael is very concise and has huge experience." "He is a thoughtful advocate who knows his onions."
Recent work: Represented the defendant shipping line in Cocket Marine Oil v MISC Berhad and successfully discharged an anti-suit injunction prohibiting the pursuit of proceedings in Malaysia regarding a contract for the sale of bunkers and the detention of one of the defendant’s vessels for alleged breach of Malaysian law.

Strengths:

Natalie Moore
Natalie Moore is an accomplished junior with capability to act in international trade and in wet and dry shipping matters in the Commercial Court and in arbitration. She has handled cases relating to piracy as well as bills of lading and charter party disputes. She is increasingly instructed in her own right as solo counsel. She has a strong knowledge of anti-suit injunctions.
"She is very approachable, provides very quick responses and can think on her feet." "Natalie is a very conscientious junior."
Recent work: Appeared before the Commercial Court in Daiichi Chuo Kisen Kaisha v Chubb Seguros Brasil obtaining a final mandatory anti-suit injunction requiring the defendant to discontinue proceedings it had brought in Brazil against the claimant and a third party in breach of an undertaking.

Strengths:

Nevil Phillips
Nevil Phillips is an outstanding junior with an excellent and longstanding reputation who frequently appears unled against QCs. He has marked experience covering wet and dry shipping disputes, and he has authored a leading text on the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.
"He is excellent on his feet." "He is charismatic and engaging." "Nevil is great to deal with and knowledgeable on both wet and dry work."

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Nichola Warrender QC
Nichola Warrender QC is an experienced barrister with significant expertise in wet and dry shipping, international trade and commodity matters. She also handles shipbuilding cases and other commercial disputes.
"The volume of work she is able to grind through was astonishing. She never missed a beat." "Nichola is very user-friendly and good on her feet." "She is extremely good."
Recent work: Acted for collateral managers in the commercial court trial Scipion Active Trading v Vallis Group.

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Nigel Cooper QC
Nigel Cooper QC is a well-known silk engaged in both wet and dry shipping work as well as insurance and international trade matters. He frequently advises on shipbuilding and yacht-related disputes. He represents clients both as an advocate in court cases and arbitrations and as an arbitrator. He accepts instructions from law firms, corporations, insurance companies and the UK government.
"Nigel is efficient, well organised and accurate. He is exceptionally easy to deal with." "Nigel has such a clever mind."
Recent work: Advised Insignia 88 in claims brought against Ceratops and others following a collision between two superyachts.

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Nigel Jacobs QC
Nigel Jacobs QC is an esteemed practitioner who frequently tackles collision, salvage and marine insurance matters as well as dry shipping work. He is regularly called on to handle complex international cases across a range of jurisdictions.
"Nigel is pragmatic, a good communicator and proficient at remote hearings." "He is a calm and composed advocate who probes every fact and distils the issues methodically. He is very approachable and a pleasure to work with in a team."
Recent work: Acted for the owners of the 'Ever Smart' in proceedings arising from a collision with the 'Alexandra 1' tanker.

Strengths:

Paul Henton
Paul Henton is an experienced junior with capability in a range of Commercial Court and arbitration actions. His practice encompasses both wet and dry shipping cases, many of which are the subject of considerable press interest.
"Paul quickly cuts through complexity and is able to get to the heart of the matter. He is excellent on his feet and fiercely intelligent." "Paul is enthusiastic and good on the detail."
Recent work: Acted as sole counsel on behalf of Trans-Tec International and World Fuel Services, fuel suppliers to two vessels placed under arrest by order of the Admiralty Court.

Strengths:

Paul Toms
Paul Toms is a highly regarded junior with marked capability in shipping and commodities actions in the High Court and London Mercantile Court and in arbitration. He acts in piracy and charter party disputes, among other areas, and has a burgeoning appellate practice.
"Paul is very bright, thorough and very pragmatic." "He provided fantastic support marshalling technical evidence and drafting powerful skeleton arguments." "He is extremely considered in his approach and style."

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Peter Stevenson
Peter Stevenson focuses on high-value commodities and shipping disputes. His practice covers wet and dry shipping work as well as marine insurance and shipbuilding. He is well known for his ability to take on a range of disputes involving affreightment, dangerous cargo, collisions and unsafe port claims.
"Peter is meticulous in his drafting." "He is a sharp, clever and user-friendly barrister." "He is extremely bright, strategic and commercial."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant shipyard in Shanghai Shipyard v Reignwood Group regarding a claim to enforce a guarantee in respect of a final payment of USD170 million due under a contract for the construction of a drillship.

Strengths:

Poonam Melwani QC
Poonam Melwani QC is a well-regarded silk who approaches shipping and commodities cases within the context of a far-reaching commercial practice. She is regularly instructed in charter party, bill of lading and general contract disputes. Her practice also includes disputes regarding alleged fraud.
"Poonam is clever, imaginative and user-friendly." "She is effective and well known in the market."
Recent work: Successfully overturned the judgment of Zumax Nigeria v FCMB at the Court of Appeal.

Strengths:

Robert Thomas QC
Robert Thomas QC is a switched-on barrister whose varied practice includes shipping and commodities matters and advice on anti-suit injunctions. He is recognised for his ability in both arbitrations and litigation.
"Robert Thomas QC is innovative and assertive in defence of a client's position." "He has a strong practical understanding of ships and how they operate. He is well able to combine this with the applicable rules and judicial considerations."
Recent work: Acted for commodities warehousing company Access World in a USD30 million negligence claim brought by Natixis.

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Ruth Hosking
Ruth Hosking is commended for her practice covering bills of lading, charter parties and commodities disputes as well as anti-suit injunctions. She appears in the Commercial Court and the Admiralty Court as well as in arbitrations. She is regularly instructed directly.
"Ruth is responsive and a pleasure to work with. Her strengths are knowledge, teamwork and the ability and willingness to get stuck in." "She is excellent."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of the owners of the 'Maersk Karachi' in respect of claims arising out of the collapse of a shoreside crane and fire on board the vessel.

Strengths:

Saira Paruk
Saira Paruk is a respected junior with a broad knowledge of the shipping industry. Her practice spans bills of lading and charter party disputes as well as cargo damage claims.
"Saira is impressive on her feet." "She gets her points across in a clever way."
Recent work: Acted as junior counsel in the reference to the Admiralty Registrar in relation to the collision between the 'Maritime Maisie' and the 'Gravity Highway'.

Strengths:

Simon Croall QC
Simon Croall QC is a distinguished barrister with a superb practice that takes in shipping, commodities and international trade matters. He has a fantastic track record in the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the Commercial Court, as well as in arbitrations. He is experienced handling disputes regarding charter parties and matters pertaining to ship detention and shipbuilding.
"He is direct, straightforward and able to explain the most difficult legal issues very clearly. He is at the height of his prowess." "He has an amazing grasp of detail and strategy."
Recent work: Advised the ship owners in Ever Judger v Novae Corporate Underwriting, a claim for constructive total loss following the confiscation of a vessel after an oil pollution incident.

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Simon Rainey QC
Simon Rainey QC is a highly acclaimed silk active across the shipping and commodities spaces. His exceptional practice covers diverse matters including shipbuilding, piracy and explosion, dangerous cargo and charter party disputes. He is further noted for his excellence in superyacht disputes.
"Simon is a superstar of the Bar. He has a razor-sharp intellect." "He is a very clever, cerebral lawyer." "He is a heavyweight advocate who works exceptionally well as a team leader."

Strengths:

Stephanie Barrett
Stephanie Barrett has notable experience across a range of shipping matters. She demonstrates strong ability in shipbuilding and cargo claims as well as charter party disputes including demurrage and unsafe port issues. She acts as an advocate in arbitration as well as in court.
"Stephanie is very enthusiastic and very good at integrating with the team." "She has really good attention to detail." "She delivers detailed advice."
Recent work: Acted for a number of cargo interests in the general average claim arising out of the grounding of the 'Panamax Queen'.

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Stewart Buckingham QC
Stewart Buckingham QC demonstrates considerable expertise across a wide practice area, taking on work in energy commodities, shipbuilding, and wet and dry shipping law. He has notable experience of both highly technical arbitrations and litigation in the Commercial Court. He has acted in numerous cases concerning piracy, collision and salvage.
"Stewart knew the case inside and out and has a measured approach to cross-examination." "He is an excellent advocate."
Recent work: Represented the principal defendant in a case concerning multiple collisions between ships and subsea telecommunications cables in the English Channel.

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Thomas Macey-Dare QC
Thomas Macey-Dare QC is a highly commended practitioner specialising in wet and dry shipping, international trade and insurance disputes. He has particular strength in emergency applications as well as technical issues related to navigation and seamanship. He is a frequent presence both on the courtroom circuit and in trade arbitrations.
"Thomas gave very commercial advice." "He is very thorough and very willing to get to grips with the technical detail. He has a measured, forensic style." "Thomas is very responsive and gives a clear analysis of any issue. He has a strong understanding of often esoteric procedural points."
Recent work: Represented the owners of the 'Delphis Gdansk' in a tripartite collision action.

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Tom Bird
Tom Bird is an impressive junior with a burgeoning dry shipping practice. He regularly acts in charter party, bill of lading and shipbuilding disputes. He represents ship owners and cargo interests in significant arbitrations and court actions. He also has notable expertise in commodities cases.
"Tom is an excellent junior, very sharp and approachable." "He is ferociously bright and a pleasure to deal with. He is a persuasive advocate who is strong in writing and on his feet." "Tom has the ability to cut through fiendish amounts of data and pull out arguments."
Recent work: Successfully acted for ship owners K Line in the Commercial Court case regarding the 'Eternal Bliss'.

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Yash Kulkarni QC
Yash Kulkarni QC is a skilful barrister with an active shipping and commodities practice, who works to resolve disputes through litigation and arbitration. He has marked experience in freezing, search and asset preservation orders as well as anti-suit injunctions.
"His written work is very crisp and to the point." "Yash is excellent in every sense, not just technically. He is very thorough and organised."
Recent work: Acted on the 'MV Evanthia M' case, a marine insurance claim in respect of the constructive total loss of the vessel arising from a breakdown of the main engine.

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