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Nigel Jacobs QC

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Specialising in shipping, admiralty, insurance and general commercial law in court and arbitration. Nigel successfully led the team in The "ATLANTIK CONFIDENCE" in a 29-day “scuttling” trial, the first case in the English Court in which the shipowner's right to limit has been challenged under the 1976 Limitation Convention, and is presently acting for H & M Underwriters in related Dutch proceedings. Appeared in Supreme Court in “ALEXANDRA 1 – EVER SMART” collision (1st collision appeal for 44 years). Overseas cases include commodity/letter of credit dispute in Kuala Lumpur Arbitration Centre and in the Hong Kong Final Court of Appeal in Kulemesin v. HKSAR. Practice ranges across entire spectrum of shipping and international trade disputes from casualty work (collisions, salvage, limitation proceedings and unsafe port claims), charterparty and contract of carriage disputes to insurance/marine insurance cases and contract of sale/commodity disputes. He is frequently instructed in relation to jurisdiction disputes and freezing injunctions in relation to these practice areas. Numerous reported cases on all these issues.


Called 1983; Queen's Counsel 2006. Arbitrator, expert witness in foreign proceedings.

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Married, two daughters. Interests: Holidays, sport, film and theatre.