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Index of tables

  1. Shipping – Leading silks
  2. Shipping – Leading juniors

Shipping – Leading silks

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    • Simon Croall QC - Quadrant ChambersHe approaches his cases methodically and with clear thinking.
    • Timothy Hill QC - 20 Essex StreetHe appears in challenging dry shipping and serious wet shipping arbitrations.’
    • David Lewis QC - 20 Essex StreetA real team player, who is very good on his feet.’
    • Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersHe appears in multi-faceted matters spanning litigation and arbitration.’
    • Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant ChambersA pleasure to work with: considered, thorough and extremely user-friendly.’
    • Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is a gift to the Bar – he can always think a few steps ahead and understands both the legal and commercial perspectives.’
    • Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump CourtVery practical and pragmatic in his approach, which is reflected his advice.’
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    • Michael Ashcroft QC - 20 Essex StreetHe appears in London litigation relating to Asian shipping disputes.’
    • Nigel Cooper QC - Quadrant ChambersHe appears in dry and wet shipping cases.’
    • Roderick Cordara QC - Essex Court ChambersHe appears in shipbuilding arbitrations.
    • Michael Davey QC - Quadrant ChambersHis work spans shipping and commodities.’
    • Alexander Gunning QC - 4 Pump CourtA popular choice for offshore vessel construction disputes.’
    • Nigel Jacobs QC - Quadrant ChambersHis work includes shipping and commodities arbitrations across Asia.’
    • Chirag Kaira QC - Quadrant ChambersHis work includes a range of chartering and award enforcement matters.’
    • Charles Kimmins QC - 20 Essex StreetInvolved in challenging cases at the interface of shipping and commodities.’
    • Simon Kverndal QC - Quadrant ChambersHis knowledge of shipping law is excellent – he provides prompt responses on complex issues.’
    • Duncan Matthews QC - 20 Essex StreetHe handles matters regarding Korean shipbuilding.’
    • Michael Nolan QC - Quadrant ChambersHis work includes wet shipping matters.’
    • James Turner QC - Quadrant ChambersHe provides clear and authoritative advice’.
    • Robert Thomas QC - Quadrant ChambersHis work ranges from charterparty disputes through to unusual vessel construction.’
    • Timothy Young QC - 20 Essex StreetHe is incredibly experienced and knowledgeable about commercial shipping matters.’

Shipping – Leading juniors

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    • Stewart Buckingham - Quadrant ChambersInvolved in cases regarding some of the world’s most challenging jurisdictions.’
    • Denys Hickey - 39 Essex ChambersKnown for his cool and calm temperament; he is a popular choice for arbitration.’
    • Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court ChambersHis advocacy skills mean he is able to annihilate the opposing witness in cross-examination.’
    • Ben Olbourne - 39 Essex ChambersHe takes a thoughtful and pragmatic approach.’
    • Nevil Phillips - Quadrant ChambersUser-friendly, innovative, proactive, and the best advocate money can buy.
    • Chris Smith - Quadrant ChambersHe is often the equal of silks on the other side.’
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    • Benjamin Coffer - Quadrant ChambersHe appears in cases concerning cargos and charter parties.’
    • Stephen Du - 7 King's Bench WalkA Chinese speaker instructed directly by Mainland firms.’
    • Henry Ellis - Quadrant ChambersA shipping junior with experience in Singapore arbitrations.’
    • Gavin Geary - 7 King's Bench WalkHis clients include Asian shipyards.’
    • Paul Henton - Quadrant ChambersHis work covers shipping and commodities.’
    • Andrew Leung - Quadrant ChambersExcellent on detail, strategy and responsiveness.
    • Thomas Macey-Dare - Quadrant ChambersA dry and wet shipping junior, also admitted in New York.’
    • Simon Milnes - 20 Essex StreetA source of well-thought-through pragmatic advice on marine insurance cases.’
    • Natalie Moore - Quadrant ChambersShe appears in charterparty and cargo claims.’
    • Gemma Morgan - Quadrant ChambersShe is led by top silks in challenging shipbuilding cases.’
    • Caroline Pounds - Quadrant ChambersShe is incredibly thorough and immerses herself in the details of complex cases.’
    • Andrew Stevens - 4 Pump CourtA Mandarin speaker instructed directly by Chinese firms.’
    • Mary Thomson - St Philips StoneEnergetic, intelligent, knowledgeable and always willing to pitch in.
    • Paul Toms - Quadrant ChambersHe regularly represents Chinese shipyards.’
    • David Walsh - Quadrant ChambersHe appears for Asian ship financiers, charterers and builders in London and Hong Kong arbitrations.’
    • Alexander Wright - 4 Pump CourtHe appears on his own and led in challenging cases.’
    • Colin Wright - St Philips StoneHe enjoys a considerable reputation for dealing with the more cerebral shipping problems.’

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4 Pump Court is ‘a strong set in the shipping and commodities sector’. Nicholas Vineall QC and Alexander Wright are instructed in a dispute between a Chinese shipyard and an American drilling contractor regarding an offshore vessel, against a backdrop of allegations of economic duress.

Stephen Du and Gavin Geary are key contacts at 7 King's Bench Walk. The former is only 2012 call but building a solid practice in Asia, thanks in part to his Mandarin language skills.

20 Essex Street is ‘an excellent set, containing a very good choice of barristers specialised in the shipping area’; a particular strength is in matters crossing over with commodities law. Michael Ashcroft QC represented the owners of a vessel in a London High Court case regarding the delivery of Australian iron ore to China without original bills of lading. Andrew Baker QC has gone to the bench.

39 Essex Chambers has a strong presence in shipbuilding matters, with a number of juniors acting as arbitrator or counsel. Ben Olbourne is based in the set’s Singapore office.

Essex Court Chambers’ Jern-Fei Ng appears in a range of shipbuilding disputes, ranging from vessel defect cases through to charterparty matters.

Quadrant Chambers is ‘well known as one of the leading maritime sets in London’. It handles a range of dry shipping work as well as being ‘particularly strong in admiralty matters’. Simon Rainey QC and Andrew Leung are instructed to represent a Malaysian party in a charterparty dispute regarding the closure of an iron ore mine after a dam in Minas Gerais collapsed in 2015.

St Philips Stone includes members with experience in shipping litigation and arbitration. Colin Wright, who is also admitted to the Hong Kong Bar, has expertise in litigation there regarding vessel collisions. Mary Thomson is presiding arbitrator in a Singapore charterparty dispute. Collectively, the set is ‘regarded as one of the best for shipping’.

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