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UK-wide Commodities
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About

Provided by Stephenson Harwood LLP

We have extensive experience of the full trading cycle from raw material to end use and offer a comprehensive range of advisory, transactional and contentious services to clients across the supply chain.

We advise on issues relating to the full range of physical and financial commodities classes - particularly coal, metal ores and minerals, oil and gas (including LNG), renewable energy and soft commodities.

Our clients include mining groups, international oil and gas companies, trading houses, banks, power and utility companies, industrial groups and manufacturers, insurance companies, funds and private equity houses.

We have extensive experience in complex cross-jurisdictional disputes and our lawyers have represented clients in arbitrations under all the major international rules (ICC, LMAA, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SIAC, CIETAC and HIAC), as well as before commodity trade tribunals (including LME, GAFTA and FOSFA).

We can help you with:

  • long term supply and off-take agreements
  • spot and master trading agreements
  • standard form contracts (including SCoTA and EFET annexes)
  • futures and derivatives (including ISDA and FFAs)
  • bills of lading, charterparties and COAs
  • cargo loss and damage
  • Storage and warehousing
  • ports and logistics contracts
  • inventory and “repo” financing
  • documentary credits and standby letters of credit
  • regulation and compliance
  • corporate and tax
  • fraud and asset tracing
  • sanctions advice.

Chambers Review

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Commodities: Physicals - UK-wide
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Band 3
What the team is known for

Stephenson Harwood has a strong physicals practice with expertise across hard and soft commodities, including metals, minerals, coal and oil. The firm represents large international clients across the industry on a range of issues, and has additional prowess in sanctions and fraud. It maintains close relationships with major trading houses. The firm's other clients include international banks, mining, power, oil and agribusiness companies.

Notable Practitioners

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Peter Bennett
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Peter Bennett has a wealth of experience in litigating and arbitrating commodities disputes. He also advises clients on commercial contracts and trade agreements.

"He provides quick responses and a deep knowledge of the market."

Jonathan Spearing
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Jonathan Spearing
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Jonathan Spearing is noted for his expertise in contentious commodities matters, with experience advising clients on arbitration, contractual disputes and fraud-related matters. His practice also spans a range of transactional matters including supply and distribution agreements.

"He knows the commodities sector exceptionally well and can break down complicated issues in a straightforward and useful way."

"He's extremely clever, proactive and can quickly think outside the box, which is invaluable for clients who need practical advice and solutions."

"Jonathan has a great mind that can rapidly analyse the most complex of situations, whilst not losing sight of the commercial realities."

Haris Zografakis
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Haris Zografakis
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Haris Zografakis is head of the commodities practice at the firm. He has considerable experience in dispute resolution and regularly acts for clients in arbitrations. He regularly advises on contractual disputes and has significant cross-border expertise.

"He's technically very good and he's a great person to have on your side in a mediation."

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Commodities: Physicals

Haris Zografakis
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Haris Zografakis
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Jonathan Spearing
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Jonathan Spearing
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Peter Bennett
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Members

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Cristan Evans

David Lacey

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Haris Zografakis

Head of Department

Ingolf Kaiser

Jonathan Spearing

Neil Noble

Rubin Weston