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  1. Commodities – Leading sets
  2. Commodities – Leading silks
  3. Commodities – 2018 silks
  4. Commodities – 2019 silks
  5. Commodities – Leading juniors

Commodities – Leading silks

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    • Nigel Eaton QC - Essex Court Chambers β€˜A go-to silk for trading cases, he is able to cut through complex factual and legal issues to give concise and high-quality advice.’
    • Timothy Hill QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜A specialist in international commercial litigation and arbitration who handles complex and high-value disputes.’
    • David Lewis QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Measured and magisterial, he is very bright, responsive and committed; he should go very far.’
    • Peter MacDonald Eggers QC - 7 King's Bench Walk β€˜Very responsive and thorough, he provides clear and well-structured advice and is a very calm presence in court.’
    • Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump Court β€˜A very popular QC who is sensible and clear in his advice on highly technical cases.’
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Commodities – 2018 silks

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Commodities – 2019 silks

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Commodities – Leading juniors

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    • Ravi Aswani - The 36 Group β€˜Bright, user friendly and one to watch; he senses the needs of clients and gives good commercial advice.’
    • Daniel Bovensiepen - 20 Essex Street β€˜A thinker – very user friendly and smart.’
    • Henry Byam-Cook - 20 Essex Street β€˜A pro-active and thorough advocate with extensive experience in FOSFA and GAFTA cases.’
    • Benjamin Coffer - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Intelligent, responsive and well versed in commodities cases, he is a favourite of leading law firms in the sector.’
    • Dominic HappΓ© - The 36 Group β€˜An indomitable advocate who conducts his cases in his own particular stylish manner and with an irresistible sense of humour.’
    • Sandra Healy - 7 King's Bench Walk β€˜Bright, responsive and easy to deal with, she is good in front of the court.’
    • Charles Holroyd - 7 King's Bench Walk β€˜A shipping and international trade specialist with a strong track record in arbitration.’
    • Malcolm Jarvis - 20 Essex Street β€˜Very bright and user friendly, he gives straightforward and practical advice and is a persuasive advocate.’
    • Mark Jones - The 36 Group β€˜Well versed in shipping and commodities disputes, including the sale and carriage of physical commodities.’
    • Susannah Jones - 20 Essex Street β€˜She exhibits excellent attention to detail and is very clever; she has always been willing to roll up her sleeves and work closely with the client.’
    • Angharad Parry - 20 Essex Street β€˜A fantastic junior who is thoroughly recommended.’
    • Luke Pearce - 20 Essex Street β€˜He has significant experience in international trade matters and is often instructed as sole counsel in complex cases.’
    • Philip Riches - 20 Essex Street β€˜A very strong senior junior and a rising star who is quite capable of handling silk-level work.’
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    • Clara Benn - 7 King's Bench Walk β€˜A tremendously hardworking junior who is great at building client relationships.’
    • Oliver Caplin - 20 Essex Street β€˜He is very responsive, organised and proactive and has an impressive work ethic; his calm unflappable demeanour assists him in managing clients and expectations.’
    • Thomas Corby - 20 Essex Street β€˜Excellent to work with, he has a very strong intellect, is extremely hardworking and very responsive.’
    • Josephine Davies - 20 Essex Street β€˜Experienced in high-value international trade matters, notably those involving hydrocarbons.’
    • Ben Gardner - Quadrant Chambers β€˜An excellent barrister – commercial, practical, precise and always quick to respond.’
    • Colleen Hanley - 20 Essex Street β€˜Popular with commodity and energy traders for her experience in international trade disputes.’
    • Paul Henton - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Bright and commercial, he is very responsive and goes out of his way to help.’
    • Marcus Mander - 7 King's Bench Walk β€˜Very hardworking; a phenomenally good barrister who is in enormous demand.’
    • Ben Olbourne - 39 Essex Chambers β€˜His work is thorough and well researched, and he is always willing to consider different views.’
    • Sean Snook - 20 Essex Street β€˜Very easy to work with, he is great at explaining issues in plain English, and he grapples with complex, multifaceted cases with ease.’
    • Paul Toms - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Popular with commodities law firms, he frequently handles GAFTA, FOSFA and ANEC disputes.’

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β€˜First-rate’ 20 Essex Street is β€˜one of the go-to sets for commodities work as it has great strength both among leading counsel and juniors at several levels; the clerking, too, is excellent’. Among its members are some of the leading lights for commodities cases, such as Timothy Young QC, Philip Edey QC and Duncan Matthews QC. Matthews and Susannah Jones acted in Natixis SA v Marex Financial Limited, in which the bank pursued a claim against a commodities broker for breach of a repurchase agreement relating to nickel stored in Asia.

7 King's Bench Walk handles a high volume of both shipping and commodities work, for which experienced silks such as Robert Bright QC and Dominic Kendrick QC, and senior juniors including Charles Priday and Jessica Sutherland, are strongly recommended. They are backed by a β€˜very experienced and able’ clerking team. In Nibulon v AOS Trading, Peter MacDonald Eggers QC acted for the purchaser of a cargo of off-spec Ukrainian wheat for shipment to Egypt.

Quadrant Chambers is β€˜an excellent set with supportive clerks who deliver barristers of the right expertise to suit clients’ needs’. β€˜Strong leader’ Simon Rainey QC is one of the most accomplished silks in the commodities sector, though the set has several members β€˜of extremely high calibre’, including Simon Croall QC, John Russell QC and Stewart Buckingham. Rainey acted for Stemcor in a US$250m LCIA arbitration concerning the supply of coking coal to the Bosnian steel industry.

Essex Court Chambers is β€˜a professional and responsive set with high quality among its barristers and clerks’. Its members include outstanding performers such as Steven Berry QC and Claire Blanchard QC. Leading light Nigel Eaton QC acted for BP Gas Marketing in a Commercial Court action concerning the processing and transporting of liquefied natural gas supplies to the UK. Simon Bryan QC was appointed to the bench.

In June 2018, the former members of Stone Chambers, which in 2016 became part of St Philips Stone, joined the The 36 Group to create "36 Stone". Vasanti Selvaratnam QC is the set’s only silk handling commodities cases, but Charles Debattista is a leading junior in this field, and in Thunderbird v Wellgrain he handled a complex case arising from soybean shipments.

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