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Simon Rainey QC

London, UK Global Guide 2021 Ranked in 5 departments

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Global
Energy & Natural Resources - UK

Band 1

Simon Rainey QC
A strong commercial silk with noted prowess in complex, high-profile oil and gas work. He is an expert in maritime and shipping issues, especially those concerning transportation and rig engineering. He frequently appears in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal, as well as in arbitrations, and is highlighted by peers for his skilful advocacy.
Strengths: "He comes with a judicial-like approach and it's hard to resist his submissions." "Deservedly very popular for energy disputes. He has encyclopedic knowledge of case law and is an effective, charming advocate."
Recent work: Represented Teesside in Teesside Gas Transportation Limited v CATS North Sea Limited & Others, a dispute concerning the running of a North Sea gas pipeline.
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Shipping & Commodities - UK

Star Individuals

Simon Rainey QC
A highly acclaimed silk active across the shipping and commodities spaces. His exceptional practice covers diverse matters including shipbuilding, piracy and explosion, dangerous cargo and charter party disputes. He is further noted for his excellence in superyacht disputes.
Strengths: "Simon Rainey QC is widely regarded as one of the very best of the shipping silks, a reputation which is entirely justified." "The best of the best. He's stunning in writing and on his feet, making the most complex of matters seem easy; he can take hundreds of pages of documents and turn them into five killer bullet points." "Simon Rainey is immensely experienced, very personable and outstanding on his feet before a tribunal or judge. He always delivers." "He's smoother than a marble and more polished than a guardsman's jacket button."
Recent work: Appeared for the respondent in the 'Volcafe' case, a landmark two-day Supreme Court proceeding wherein the court set out new guiding principles pertaining to the correct interpretation of the Hague/Hague-Visby Rules as to the burden of proof in cargo claims, generally and in relation to inherent vice.
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Dispute Resolution: Commercial - UK

Band 2

Simon Rainey QC
Strengths: "A very capable and experienced advocate." "He is smoother than a marble and more polished than a guardsman's jacket button."
Recent work: Appeared for the Iranian government in successfully resisting jurisdiction and enforcement proceedings in the Commercial Court regarding an attempt to enforce various US judgments totalling USD600 million obtained against Iran for alleged liability for the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and other terrorist incidents.
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International Arbitration - The Bar - Asia-Pacific Region

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Simon Rainey QC of Quadrant Chambers stands out, in this region, for his work on large-scale disputes arising from the commodities, resources or shipping sectors, with recent experience of matters having Australian, Chinese, Indonesian, Malaysian and South Korean connections. One interviewee, who calls him "absolutely fantastic," places him "near the top of my list of people to recommend - especially for shipbuilding or energy issues." Another, "very impressed by his advocacy," thinks him "top-notch," while a third notes: "He's very busy, very able, and you have to prepare extra hard when you are against him."
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International Arbitration - The English Bar - Global Market Leaders

Band 1

Simon Rainey QC  
Highly regarded for his expertise in handling high-profile arbitrations in connection with complex oil and gas, commodities and trade issues. He appears before a variety of arbitral institutions including the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, and acts in arbitrations seated in Hong Kong, London, Nigeria and Singapore. He is also frequently appointed as an arbitrator.
Strengths: "A truly fantastic advocate." "Very effective in front of a tribunal. He is technical and focused."
Recent work: Represented Unipec, a major Chinese energy provider and oil trader, in a USD100 million jurisdictional dispute with China Sonangol which raised the issue of the interpretation of LCIA rules and Section 69 and Section 68 challenges.
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