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Chris Smith QC

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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).


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

Professional Memberships



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


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.