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

Shipping – Leading silks

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

Shipping – Leading juniors

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    • Stewart Buckingham - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Involved in cases regarding some of the world’s most challenging jurisdictions.’
    • Denys Hickey - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜Known for his cool and calm temperament; he is a popular choice for arbitration.’
    • Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court Chambers β€˜His advocacy skills mean he is able to annihilate the opposing witness in cross-examination.’
    • Ben Olbourne - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜He takes a thoughtful and pragmatic approach.’
    • Nevil Phillips - Quadrant Chambers β€˜User-friendly, innovative, proactive, and the best advocate money can buy.’
    • Chris Smith - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He is often the equal of silks on the other side.’
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    • Benjamin Coffer - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He appears in cases concerning cargos and charter parties.’
    • Stephen Du - 7 King's Bench Walk β€˜A Chinese speaker instructed directly by Mainland firms.’
    • Henry Ellis - Quadrant Chambers β€˜A shipping junior with experience in Singapore arbitrations.’
    • Gavin Geary - 7 King's Bench Walk β€˜His clients include Asian shipyards.’
    • Paul Henton - Quadrant Chambers β€˜His work covers shipping and commodities.’
    • Andrew Leung - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Excellent on detail, strategy and responsiveness.’
    • Thomas Macey-Dare - Quadrant Chambers β€˜A dry and wet shipping junior, also admitted in New York.’
    • Simon Milnes - 20 Essex Street β€˜A source of well-thought-through pragmatic advice on marine insurance cases.’
    • Natalie Moore - Quadrant Chambers β€˜She appears in charterparty and cargo claims.’
    • Gemma Morgan - Quadrant Chambers β€˜She is led by top silks in challenging shipbuilding cases.’
    • Caroline Pounds - Quadrant Chambers β€˜She is incredibly thorough and immerses herself in the details of complex cases.’
    • Andrew Stevens - 4 Pump Court β€˜A Mandarin speaker instructed directly by Chinese firms.’
    • Mary Thomson - 36 Stone β€˜Energetic, intelligent, knowledgeable and always willing to pitch in.’
    • Paul Toms - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He regularly represents Chinese shipyards.’
    • David Walsh - Essex Court Chambers β€˜He appears for Asian ship financiers, charterers and builders in London and Hong Kong arbitrations.’
    • Alexander Wright - 4 Pump Court β€˜He appears on his own and led in challenging cases.’
    • Colin Wright - 36 Stone β€˜He enjoys a considerable reputation for dealing with the more cerebral shipping problems.’

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4 Pump Court is β€˜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 β€˜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 β€˜well known as one of the leading maritime sets in London’. It handles a range of dry shipping work as well as being β€˜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.

36 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 β€˜regarded as one of the best for shipping’.

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