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Principal areas of work are shipping, energy, commodities, commercial litigation, and insurance. Cases include Granville Oils & Chemicals Ltd v Davies Turner Co Ltd [2003] 2 Lloyd's Rep 356; Assimina Maritime Ltd v Pakistan National Shipping Corp (The Tasman Spirit) [2005] 1 Lloyd's Rep. 525; Bandwidth Shipping Corp v Intaari (The Magdalena Oldendorff) [2008] 1 Lloyd's Rep 7; Hashwani v OMV Maurice Energy Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 177; MCH Realty LLC v CFS 915 LLC [2016] EWHC 2877 (Comm); The Zagora [2017] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 194; Glencore Energy UK Ltd v OMV Supply & Trading [2018] EWHC 895 (Comm).

Career

Called to the Bar in 1999. Appointed Silk in 2019.

Professional Memberships

COMBAR

Publications

Butterworths' "Commercial Court & Arbitration Pleadings" (contributor).

Personal

Educated at Lancing College (1989-94), Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge (1995-98), and the Inns of Court School of Law (1998-99). Married with two sons.

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Shipping & Commodities - UK
3
Band 3

Chris Smith KC
Chris Smith KC 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.

Recent work

Acted for the owners, SK Shipping, against Capital Maritime in a dispute arising under four charter parties that were negotiated en bloc.


Energy & Natural Resources - UK
4
Band 4

Chris Smith KC
Chris Smith KC is an impressive commercial silk who has expertise in energy as part of a wider shipping and commodities practice. He is highly skilled in matters pertaining to the oil and gas sector. He regularly acts on behalf of top-drawer energy companies both in court and in arbitration.

Recent work

Represented Mitro as defendant against a claim for wrongful termination of a contract. Mitro then advanced a claim for USD1.5 million damages as a result of the granting of a freezing order which caused a cessation of production at two wells in the relevant oil fields.

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