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Global UK Shipping & Commodities

This section covers both contentious and non-contentious work. The contentious side involves breaches of charter-party disputes, cargo and bills of lading claims, the arrest of vessels and cargoes, marine insurance claims, collision, salvage and environmental liabilities. On the non-contentious side, law firms advise on contractual arrangements for construction, registration of vessels, customs and licensing, and documentation relating to charter parties and bills of lading. This section covers the regulation and trade of commodities, and any related litigation. It is split into three sub-tables.

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Band 1
  1. Quadrant Chambers
    Quadrant Chambers
  2. Twenty Essex
    Twenty Essex
  3. 7 King's Bench Walk
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Band 2
  1. 36 Stone
  2. 4 Pump Court
  3. Essex Court Chambers

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Band 1
  1. Quadrant Chambers
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    Quadrant Chambers
    Shipping & Commodities
    2023 | Band 1 |
    A market-leading set, Quadrant Chambers continues to excel, offering a raft of stellar silks and high-calibre juniors who exhibit strong sector expertise in both dry and wet shipping matters as well as significant commodities disputes. Members regularly appear in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court in the highest-profile cases, often with far-reaching implications. Recent instructions include Evergreen Marine v Nautical Challenge, a claim arising out of a catastrophic collision, and the Eternal Bliss case, a dispute over shipowners' rights to damages and demurrage where the charterer has failed to load and discharge within the agreed laytime. Sources say: "Quadrant Chambers always has an excellent and broad set of skills that can handle almost any shipping or trading dispute."
  2. Twenty Essex
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    Twenty Essex
    Shipping & Commodities
    2023 | Band 1 |
    Twenty Essex is a standout set offering impressive expertise in shipping and commodities. The set is renowned for its exceptional shipping litigation practice and represents clients at all levels of court and in arbitration. The chambers exhibits extensive experience in claims stemming from shipbuilding, charter parties and bills of lading. Members are also adept at handling disputes relating to ship arrests, cargo damage and collisions. Work highlights for the year include Septo Trading v Tintrade, a fuel oil dispute, and CMA CGM Libra, a Supreme Court appeal on the scope of a shipbuilder's obligation to exercise due diligence to ensure a ship is seaworthy before a voyage. Clients enjoy working with the set as a result of its unique combination of expertise in energy, environmental and maritime law. The set is noted by interviewees as being "infallible" and "at the top of their game in the world of shipping and international trade."
  3. 7 King's Bench Walk
    Shipping & Commodities
    2023 | Band 1
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Band 2
  1. 36 Stone
    Shipping & Commodities
    2023 | Band 2
  2. 4 Pump Court
    Shipping & Commodities
    2023 | Band 2
  3. Essex Court Chambers
    Shipping & Commodities
    2023 | Band 2