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Brian Perrott

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Brian was formerly head of litigation at Cargill, before returning to private practice. Since his return he has developed a large global client base. Brian advises clients all over the world on all aspects of shipping, physical trading and derivative products. Brian has over 20 years experience in this sector and his cases have spanned the 'A to Z' of commodities, shipping and derivatives trading. There have been three significant events in Brian's professional life. The first involved advising a US multinational caught up in the Soya Bean/Red Bean PRC crisis. Ships laden with cargo and numerous commodity contracts required urgent and ongoing attention. Numerous disputes arose, but through arbitration, court proceedings and on occasions mediation, matters were eventually resolved. Brian was also heavily involved in the 2008 freight crash. This resulted in numerous multimillion dollar disputes and the now famous Armada Judicial Management. Brian represented the G7 group of Creditors and went on to assist in the judicial management. Brian was also instructed to advise the largest Asian freight derivatives trading house on all aspects of their paper trading and contractual performance. This resulted in one of the largest books of derivatives litigation and a number of landmark cases. Brian is highly rated in both The Legal 500 and Chambers. Chambers commented in 2014 'Brian Perrott is "devoted to client service", ‚Ķ "He is one of the best people in commodities ‚Äď he is a man of real integrity"'. He is listed as a 'Leading Individual' for both derivatives and physicals commodities work. Brian is a regular and popular speaker at events all over the world. Brian is a CIETAC arbitrator.


Trained Holman Fenwick Willan; head of litigation Cargill; partner Hill Taylor Dickinson 2000; partner Holman Fenwick Willan 2006.


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London: Finance

Commodities: derivatives

Within: Commodities: derivatives

HFW has a bench of lawyers whose expertise covers both physical commodities and derivatives trades. Litigator Brian Perrott has more than 30 years' experience in disputes including those arising from commodity derivatives transactions. Sarah Taylor is highly experienced in both physical and derivative commodity contracts, particularly those relating to energy and metals, as well as handling contentious matters. Damian Honey advises commodity traders, producers, financiers and insurers on all aspects of their business, including disputes arising from energy and metals  derivatives trades. Adam Topping and Judith Prior  also have experience in derivatives. The firm counts trading houses Vitol and Trafigura among its clients, as well as large corporates including BP and ENI, and banks such as JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs.

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Commodities: physicals

Within: Leading individuals

Brian Perrott - HFW

Within: Commodities: physicals

HFW is 'a very strong firm in physical commodities and it provides top-ranking expertise at a reasonable price'. Alistair Feeney is 'a solid lawyer who is not afraid to give an opinion and guidance rather than sitting on the fence'. He is a leading specialist in energy commodities, particularly crude oil, petroleum products, LNG and biomass. Last year, he acted for GarantiBank International in an $8m High Court claim against Drum Risk Management arising from a large-scale misappropriation of coal from storage facilities in Turkey. Brian Perrott is an experienced litigator with more than 30 years' experience. His highlights included acting for defendant Sinocore International in a $4.9m claim brought by RBRG in the High Court for the enforcement of an arbitral award relating to a contract for cold rolled steel coils. Damian Honey advises commodity traders, producers, financiers and insurers on all aspects of their business, including physical and financial sale and purchase agreements and disputes. He handled a $1.5m cargo contamination claim for Socar Trading. Sarah Taylor is also recommended for contentious matters, as is Judith Prior, who handled a $14m arbitration for the Sugar Association of London. Chris Swart is now based in Singapore.

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