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Provided by Lionel Persey KC

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Lionel Persey is a leading commercial barrister specialising in a wide range of areas, including Energy (upstream, midstream and downstream), every aspect of Shipping (including Shipbuilding), Infrastructure and Engineering disputes, International Arbitration and Insurance. He appears as an advocate both in court and in arbitration worldwide and has considerable experience in running technically and legally complex cases. He is a fearless advocate and cross-examiner. Lionel Persey is also an experienced arbitrator, having received over 330 appointments (as sole arbitrator, party-appointed arbitrator and chair) in ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, LMAA, SMCA, SIAC, HKIAC, AAA and Lloyd’s arbitrations.

Career

Called to the Bar in 1981, took Silk in 1997. Deputy High Court Judge (2010), sitting in the Commercial Court and Queen’s Bench Division. Recorder of the Crown Court (2002). Lloyd’s Arbitrator (2009). Chaired Merchant Shipping Act Inquiries in 2000 and 2006. Supplementary Panel of Treasury Counsel 1992-97. Member of the Gibraltar Bar. Joint Head of Quadrant Chambers (2006-2012).

Professional Memberships

COMBAR, LCLCBA, LMAA (supporting member).

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Energy & Natural Resources - UK
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Lionel Persey KC
Lionel Persey KC is a clear choice for mammoth oil disputes, Persey is highly regarded in the field for the depth of his technical expertise, especially in marine engineering. He specialises in midstream and upstream cases including those relating to pipeline, ship and rig construction, as well as oil production and exploration. He is well versed in cases involving oil majors and national oil companies, and has expertise in a number of Middle Eastern jurisdictions. He also has a significant amount of experience sitting as an arbitrator in shipbuilding disputes.


Shipping & Commodities - UK
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Lionel Persey KC
Lionel Persey KC 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.

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.


International Arbitration - The English Bar - Global: Multi-Jurisdictional
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Band 3

Lionel Persey KC
Lionel Persey KC is instructed by clients for his expertise in handling the gamut of international arbitrations, with increasing visibility across Asia. His areas of expertise include jurisdictional disputes and conflicts of law, and he is experienced across multiple sectors including the shipping and energy fields. In addition to appearing as an advocate, he sits as an arbitrator.

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