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Chris Smith QC

London, UK Global Guide 2022 Ranked in 2 departments
Ranked in : Energy & Natural ResourcesShipping & Commodities
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Energy & Natural Resources - UK

Band 4

Chris Smith QC
Chris Smith QC 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.
Strengths: "His advocacy and written work are really good - he has a lovely written style and is sharp on his feet." "He has the combination of legal forensic analysis coupled with a very good grasp of the commercial reality."
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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Shipping & Commodities - UK

Band 3

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.
Strengths: "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.
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Practice Areas

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.

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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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