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Nigel Cooper QC

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Practice Areas

Areas of practice: shipping and commodities; energy; collision and Admiralty; offshore-construction; shipbuilding and ship finance, superyachts; commercial litigation and arbitration, insurance and reinsurance, shipbroking and related aspects of EU and conflicts of law. Nigel's government work also means that he has experience of administrative law and judicial review. Much of Nigel's work in the energy, shipping and offshore sectors is subject to international arbitration in London or abroad. Reported cases include: Kaefer v. AMS Drilling [2019] 1 WLR 3514, M.H. Progress Lines S.A. v. Orient Shipping Rotterdam B.V. (The "GENIUS STAR I") [2012] 1 Lloyd's Rep. 222; Lloyds TSB Equipment Leasing (No. 1) Ltd v Revenue & Customs Commissioners [2012] UKFTT 47 (TC); Seadrill v. OAO Gazprom [2010] 1 Lloyd's Rep 543 and [2010] EWCA Civ 691; The WESTERN NEPTUNE [2010] 1 Lloyd's Rep. 158 and [2010] 1 Lloyd's Rep. 172, Ferryways v. ABP [2008] 1 Lloyd's Rep. 639, The DORIC PRIDE [2006] 2 Lloyd's Rep. 175, Wise (Underwriting) Agency Ltd v Grupo National Provincial [2004] 2 Lloyd's Rep. 483; Seascope Capital Services Ltd v Anglo-Atlantic [2002] 2 Lloyd's Rep 611. In addition, Nigel was heavily involved in the Fiona Trust Litigation. Nigel was instructed for three of the most recent shipping Formal Investigations - the 'DERBYSHIRE' (2000), the 'MARCHIONESS/BOWBELLE' (2001) and the FV GAUL (2004).


Queen's Counsel (2010), trained mediator, accepts appointments as an arbitrator, member of Treasury Panel of Counsel (A Panel) until taking silk and thereafter member of the Treasury's panel of silks.

Professional Memberships

COMBAR; LMAA (Supporting Member); SCMA; GMAA; Bar European Group and European Circuit. TECBAR, LCIA, IPBA and ICC, AIAC, IBA


Contributor to "The Law of Yachts and Yachting" (2012 & 2017).


University of Leeds (LLB), University of London (LLM), University of Amsterdam (Dip. EI). Languages: French, German and Dutch.