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Chambers of Simon Croall QC

QUADRANT HOUSE, 10 FLEET STREET, LONDON, EC4Y 1AU, ENGLAND
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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Quadrant Chambers is the β€˜go-to set for shipping’ matters, but it also has a growing reputation for general commercial work and international arbitration. β€˜Having successfully carved out a particular specialism in the insurance, energy and trade sectors’ the set is β€˜gaining a formidable reputation outside its core areas’. With β€˜good strength in depth and guaranteed quality’, chambers is described as β€˜a very cost effective option’ which β€˜offers real value for money’. Chambers was strengthened this year with the arrivals of a specialist banking and commercial team from 2TG – 2 Temple Gardens; Paul Downes QC, Emily Saunderson, Stewart Chirnside and Joseph Sullivan all joined in January 2018. The β€˜extremely well-run’ and β€˜efficient’ clerks’ room is led by senior clerks Gary Ventura and Simon Slattery. β€˜Knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his barristers’, the β€˜tremendous’ Ventura is β€˜a bit of a legend’ and β€˜a great figurehead’ for chambers; the β€˜great’ Slattery regularly meets client requirements β€˜no matter how unusual some of those requirements might be’. The team is β€˜first rate and always willing to work to urgent deadlines’. Practice managers John Walker and Daryl Hughes are β€˜particularly on the ball; they cannot do enough for you’. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

The barristers at Quadrant Chambers are β€˜far from the "prima donna", hard to work with type – especially at QC level’. It is β€˜a strong set in terms of maritime law and commodity trade disputes, particularly at the senior-junior end and at the junior QC level as well’, with shipbuilding also a particular area of strength. This also crosses over into energy-related engineering disputes with acquatic elements. In the clerks’ room, the β€˜excellent’Simon Slattery is β€˜always working to see how the set can meet the clients’ needs; he is very proactive’, while Gary Ventura is β€˜good at organising the clerks and in particular keeping in touch with instructing solicitors’.

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London Bar

Aviation
Aviation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Quadrant Chambers

Quadrant Chambers has a β€˜deep bench’ and is described as a β€˜go-to set for aviation’. Standout cases include Pieres v Bickerton’s Aerodromes Ltd, which examined the scope of the statutory immunity for nuisance; and Hogg v Qatar Airways, where the claimant is suing the airline for injuries suffered as a consequence of a spider bite which is alleged to have occurred during a flight with the airline.

Aviation – Leading silks

John Kimbell QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Absolutely brilliant; he works well in a team and takes on-board views other than his own.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Passmore QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Very good on paper and very measured in his approach.’

Ranked: tier 3
Aviation – 2017 silks

Robert-Jan Temmink QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 1
Aviation – Leading juniors

Matthew Reeve - Quadrant Chambers β€˜His fierce intellect and commercial acumen are well suited to complex matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Marland - Quadrant Chambers β€˜When it comes to industry knowledge and experience he is streets ahead of the competition.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Chambers - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He is always well prepared.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Henton - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He has a strong intellect.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephanie Barrett - Quadrant Chambers β€˜She is a fierce advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Bird - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He is tenacious and talented.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Stiggelbout - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Very bright and able.’

Ranked: tier 4

Max Davidson - Quadrant Chambers β€˜A strategic thinker and someone who can be a huge help in honing litigation strategy and seizing the initiative on a case.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 5

Quadrant Chambers

Quadrant Chambers enters the rankings following the arrival of highly rated Paul Downes QC, Stewart Chirnside, Emily Saunderson, and Joseph Sullivan from 2TG – 2 Temple Gardens. They add to a strong stable of commercially minded banking litigators with a strong track record in major civil disputes.

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading silks

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜A brave and dogged advocate who reads a judge well.’

Ranked: tier 3
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) – Leading juniors

Stewart Chirnside - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Always willing to express a view and works well with the instructing solicitor.’

Ranked: tier 2

Emily Saunderson - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Technically very strong and able to assimilate large amounts of detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Liisa Lahti - Quadrant Chambers β€˜An extremely able lawyer, fantastically thorough, and really knows the details.’

Ranked: tier 3

Joseph Sullivan - Quadrant Chambers β€˜A star of the future who is not afraid of anyone.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Quadrant Chambers

Quadrant Chambers is a β€˜go-to chambers due to the quality of the members, the set’s specialism in marine/insurance litigation, as well as its commercial approach to litigation’. The chambers is sailing far beyond its traditional shipping horizons thanks to a string of new recruits, including Paul Downes QC and a team of juniors from 2TG – 2 Temple Gardens, who came onboard in 2018. Clients also appreciate the chamber’s β€˜responsiveness and willingness to be sensible regarding fees’.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜A class act who’s proved himself to be a stellar performer; he’s fighting at the top of his game.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜A real street fighter with enormous desire to win and a great forensic mind.’

Ranked: tier 5

Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Incredibly bright and impressive on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 6

Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Highly experienced in commercial shipping, energy and insurance disputes.’

Ranked: tier 6
Commercial litigation – 2017 silks

Robert-Jan Temmink QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Has a commanding presence and is a very capable and intelligent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – 2018 silks

Yash Kulkarni QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Incredibly sharp but also extremely personable.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Jeremy Richmond - Quadrant Chambers β€˜An exceptional junior to work with.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nicola Allsop - Quadrant Chambers β€˜A decisive and thorough advocate who often has the ear of the court.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Commodities
Commodities – Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Quadrant Chambers

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.

Commodities – Leading silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜One of the best commodities barristers – diligent and responsive, he is an excellent example of the modern QC.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Croall QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜An excellent technician who always picks good points.’

Ranked: tier 2

Chirag Karia QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜A safe pair of hands for high-level and complex commodities cases.’

Ranked: tier 4

John Russell QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜A smart and user-friendly advocate with a growing focus on commodities.’

Ranked: tier 4

Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜A user-friendly and effective advocate who provides practical, commercial advice with a no-nonsense approach.’

Ranked: tier 4

Guy Blackwood QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜A good performer in commodities arbitration including GAFTA and LME matters.’

Ranked: tier 5

John Passmore QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He exhibits fantastic attention to detail, especially in technical matters, and has a very quick turnaround time for written advice.’

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Nolan QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Quietly effective, he crosses every t and dots every i.’

Ranked: tier 5

Thomas Macey-Dare QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for his ability to give well-researched advice on complicated legal issues, as well as his approachability and promptness.’

Ranked: tier 5
Commodities – 2018 silks

Yash Kulkarni QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He has a commercial and practical focus, and is both skilled in drafting and thorough in his arguments.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commodities – Leading juniors

Stewart Buckingham - Quadrant Chambers β€˜A leading junior for many years now, he has a can-do attitude and a deep understanding of the legal and commercial issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

Benjamin Coffer - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Intelligent, responsive and well versed in commodities cases, he is a favourite of leading law firms in the sector.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Gardner - Quadrant Chambers β€˜An excellent barrister – commercial, practical, precise and always quick to respond.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Toms - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Popular with commodities law firms, he frequently handles GAFTA, FOSFA and ANEC disputes.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Henton - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Bright and commercial, he is very responsive and goes out of his way to help.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Energy
Energy – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Quadrant Chambers

Widely regarded as pre-eminent in offshore and shipping-related energy work, Quadrant Chambers is also β€˜very strong in commercial energy disputes and international arbitration’; it wins praise for being β€˜user friendly and accommodating’. Luke Parsons QC acted for Novol Banco in a fraud dispute against Petrosaudi Oil Services regarding a drilling contract. Simon Rainey QC and Caroline Pounds, who is particularly strong in disputes involving semi-submersibles, acted in a drilling contract dispute between Transocean Drilling UK and Repsol Sinopec Resources.

Energy – Leading silks

Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜A leader in offshore energy work; one of the big beasts of energy disputes, who engages with the detail of even the most sprawling dispute.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Excellent.’

Ranked: tier 2

Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜A very able and experienced arbitrator – knowledgeable and easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Croall QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Excellent technically.’

Ranked: tier 4
Energy – Leading juniors

Chris Smith - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Very sharp – sees through complex issues to the heart of the dispute, gives very clear advice and reliably delivers the goods.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Financial services
Financial services – Leading silks

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Extremely effective at making a very difficult case.’

Ranked: tier 3
Financial services – Leading juniors

Emily Saunderson - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Deals calmly and effectively with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stewart Chirnside - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Technically excellent; able to absorb and digest complex financial services litigation.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Technically very strong and willing to stick his neck out.’

Ranked: tier 4

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Insolvency
Insolvency – Leading juniors

Jeremy Richmond - Quadrant Chambers β€˜A very clever and determined opponent.’

Ranked: tier 5

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Insurance and reinsurance
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Quadrant Chambers

A β€˜first-rate’ set for marine insurance, Quadrant Chambers can boast involvement in some of the largest cases of the past year. Notably B Atlantic in which Guy Blackwood QC was successful in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court for the underwriters, and Simon Rainey QC was brought in to protect the insurers’ interests in a claim connected to the controversial case of the Brillante Virtuoso. Outside of marine insurance β€˜the standard of the set is excellent’, with cases such as Ted Baker v Axa and others, where Tim Marland successfully represented the well-known fashion retailer in a Β£6m insurance coverage dispute.

Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Guy Blackwood QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Works incredibly hard and his written and oral advocacy are of the highest order.’

Ranked: tier 4

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜A senior QC with gravitas and an ability to provide crystal clear advice that gets to the bottom line.’

Ranked: tier 4

Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜A go-to silk on matters of marine insurance, his breadth of knowledge and ability to grasp complex issues in developing areas is simply outstanding.’

Ranked: tier 5
Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Tim Marland - Quadrant Chambers β€˜An exceptional barrister who quickly masters complex instructions and provides fantastic commercial advice.’

Ranked: tier 3

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel – Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Quadrant Chambers

Quadrant Chambers’ β€˜reputation in arbitration outside maritime work continues to grow apace, and rightly so’. The set has β€˜some particularly outstanding juniors and senior juniors coming through’. β€˜The senior team, both in terms of the silks and chambers management are also excellent.’

International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Absolutely charming and probably the best cross-examiner I’ve ever seen.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He has a remarkable way of getting to grips with a case.’

Ranked: tier 2

Guy Blackwood QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Very user friendly and always available, my go-to silk on insurance/reinsurance related matters.’

Ranked: tier 4

Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Very bright and very impressive.’

Ranked: tier 4
International arbitration: counsel – 2018 silks

Thomas Macey-Dare QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Gives well-researched advice on very complicated legal issues.’

Ranked: tier 1
International arbitration: counsel – 2017 silks

Robert-Jan Temmink QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜A formidable advocate with a great instinct of what to leave and what to pursue.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Product liability
Product liability – Leading juniors

Tim Marland - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Unbeatable depth of knowledge and experience.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence – leading juniors

Stewart Chirnside - Quadrant Chambers β€˜A solid junior.’

Ranked: tier 6

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Quadrant Chambers is the β€˜go-to set for shipping’ matters, but it also has a growing reputation for general commercial work and international arbitration. β€˜Having successfully carved out a particular specialism in the insurance, energy and trade sectors’ the set is β€˜gaining a formidable reputation outside its core areas’. With β€˜good strength in depth and guaranteed quality’, chambers is described as β€˜a very cost effective option’ which β€˜offers real value for money’. Chambers was strengthened this year with the arrivals of a specialist banking and commercial team from 2TG – 2 Temple Gardens; Paul Downes QC, Emily Saunderson, Stewart Chirnside and Joseph Sullivan all joined in January 2018. The β€˜extremely well-run’ and β€˜efficient’ clerks’ room is led by senior clerks Gary Ventura and Simon Slattery. β€˜Knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his barristers’, the β€˜tremendous’ Ventura is β€˜a bit of a legend’ and β€˜a great figurehead’ for chambers; the β€˜great’ Slattery regularly meets client requirements β€˜no matter how unusual some of those requirements might be’. The team is β€˜first rate and always willing to work to urgent deadlines’. Practice managers John Walker and Daryl Hughes are β€˜particularly on the ball; they cannot do enough for you’. Offices in: London

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Shipping
Shipping – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Quadrant Chambers

β€˜A class act’, Quadrant Chambers is β€˜the leading shipping set’, with β€˜excellent strength-in-depth’. It handles the raft of shipping disputes and handles a range of dry and wet shipping matters and marine insurance cases, as well as fraud, insolvency, finance and other commercial disputes in the sector. Notable cases include The Owners of the Cape Bari Tankschiffahrts GMBH & Co KG v Bahamas Oil Refining Company International (the Cape Bari), which considers whether, and in what circumstances, the owners of a vessel may be found to have contracted out of their statutory right to limit their liability.

Shipping – Leading silks

David Goldstone QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He has high-quality experience.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Excellent legal analysis and argument.’

Ranked: tier 1

Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Has a brilliant mind combined with an engaging personality and has the ability to find out-of-the-box solutions to the most complex legal issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Incredibly user friendly; a great advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Croall QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜An excellent technician; excellent on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nigel Jacobs QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He is calm under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Kverndal QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Very experienced and knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 3

John Kimbell QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Very client friendly and has exceptional skill.’

Ranked: tier 4

James Turner QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Has very good technical knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 4

John Russell QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He always picks up the key points of the case.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Davey QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He is a specialist in complex claims.’

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Howard QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Extremely well regarded.’

Ranked: tier 4

Nigel Cooper QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Exceedingly good.’

Ranked: tier 4

Robert Thomas QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He is very effective.’

Ranked: tier 4

Chirag Karia QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He is a quick thinker on his feet and has strong cross-examination skills.’

Ranked: tier 5

John Passmore QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He is immediately approachable and provides concise, useful advice.’

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Nolan QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Has meticulous attention to detail and is very user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 5

Poonam Melwani QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜She has in-depth knowledge and experience.’

Ranked: tier 5
Shipping – 2018 silks

Thomas Macey-Dare QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He is fantastic to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Yash Kulkarni QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Quite brilliant.’

Ranked: tier 1
Shipping – 2019 silks

Christopher Smith QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He is wonderfully direct and honest.’

Ranked: tier 1
Shipping – Leading juniors

Nevil Phillips - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, combined with an extremely high standard of advocacy and commercial understanding.’

Ranked: tier 1

Caroline Pounds - Quadrant Chambers β€˜She is able, responsive and diligent; an outstanding lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 2

Matthew Reeve - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He gets to grips with the details quickly and identifies important points in an intelligent way.’

Ranked: tier 2

Ruth Hosking - Quadrant Chambers β€˜She provides swift and accurate advice.’

Ranked: tier 2

Stewart Buckingham - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He is always very responsive.’

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Leung - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He is a great communicator, thorough and hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 3

Benjamin Coffer - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He is a rising star.’

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Gardner - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He is very smart and focuses immediately on the issues.’

Ranked: tier 3

Gemma Morgan - Quadrant Chambers β€˜She is commercially aware and is technically excellent.’

Ranked: tier 3

Henry Ellis - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He combines a first-class brain, hard work and an easy-going outward manner.’

Ranked: tier 3

Koye Akoni - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He is a rising star; a good public speaker and very personable with clients.’

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Stiggelbout - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He is always approachable and extremely modest despite his clear talent.’

Ranked: tier 3

Natalie Moore - Quadrant Chambers β€˜She has a razor sharp legal mind, is very commercially minded and is an excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Nichola Warrender - Quadrant Chambers β€˜She is extremely detailed and thorough.’

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Stevenson - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He is an extremely able lawyer.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Henton - Quadrant Chambers β€˜Excellent advocate.’

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Toms - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He has a very good written style and attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 3

Stephanie Barrett - Quadrant Chambers β€˜She is a very able junior.’

Ranked: tier 3

Saira Paruk - Quadrant Chambers β€˜She is good on her feet when under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Bird - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He pays detailed attention to all issues, is good on his feet and is very approachable.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)
Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Quadrant Chambers

Quadrant Chambers has a large team specialising in travel-related issues. The set has adopted a policy of β€˜dropping high-volume, low-value claims’ for a greater focus on β€˜regulatory work with multi-jurisdictional issues’. Many of the set’s instructions come for the aviation or shipping industries.

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading silks

John Kimbell QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He is really clever and good with German law.’

Ranked: tier 2

John Russell QC - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He is an experienced and determined advocate who specialiSes in international and marine arbitrations.’

Ranked: tier 2
Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) – Leading juniors

Matthew Reeve - Quadrant Chambers β€˜He handles cases with complex legal and factual analysis with focus on aviation claims.’

Ranked: tier 3

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial

Elite shipping set Quadrant Chambers also handles the commodities area of the commercial space. New silk Yash Kulkarni QC advised a Singaporean company on European sanctions issues concerning the supply of dual use goods to Myanmar. Simon Rainey QC represents claimants in a multi-jurisdictional claim for $150m concerning the repudation of long-term gas supply contracts.

Commercial – Leading silks

Luke Parsons QC Quadrant Chambers β€˜A real-life Perry Mason as a cross-examiner.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Rainey QC Quadrant Chambers β€˜A superstar with very solid and reliable mind for very complicated legal and factual issues.’

Ranked: tier 3
Commercial – 2018 Silks

Yash Kulkarni QC Quadrant Chambers β€˜Prepared to give a view rather than sit on the fence and has a very commercial outlook too.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Energy

Quadrant Chambers handles cases concerning the construction of vessels such as jack-up rigs and drill ships in Asia. Alongside heavyweight arbitration work, Simon Rainey QC represented Mena Energy DMCC (an Emirati company registered in the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre) in a claim against a Pakistani petrol station chain in a Commercial Court case in London.

Energy – Leading silks

Lionel Persey QC Quadrant Chambers β€˜Excellent with detail, a beguiling cross-examiner and very hardworking.’

Ranked: tier 1

Luke Parsons QC Quadrant Chambers β€˜Instructed in heavyweight oil and gas arbitrations.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Rainey QC Quadrant Chambers β€˜Brilliant and user-friendly, he is a stunning advocate and a top-level academic able to understand the most complex of expert evidence.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nigel Cooper QC Quadrant Chambers β€˜A class act: intelligent, sharp, quick on his feet and incisive in his thinking.’

Ranked: tier 3
Energy – 2019 silks

Christopher Smith Quadrant Chambers β€˜Instructed in drill ship and oil rig building disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

The barristers at Quadrant Chambers are β€˜far from the "prima donna", hard to work with type – especially at QC level’. It is β€˜a strong set in terms of maritime law and commodity trade disputes, particularly at the senior-junior end and at the junior QC level as well’, with shipbuilding also a particular area of strength. This also crosses over into energy-related engineering disputes with acquatic elements. In the clerks’ room, the β€˜excellent’Simon Slattery is β€˜always working to see how the set can meet the clients’ needs; he is very proactive’, while Gary Ventura is β€˜good at organising the clerks and in particular keeping in touch with instructing solicitors’.

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Shipping

In addition to various work concerning dry shipping, Quadrant Chambers is also active in vessel collisions and other wet shipping matters. Members were involved on both sides of a dispute between the owners of two vessels which collided 17km off the coast of Busan in 2013, causing $55m of damage; Luke Parsons QC and Gemma Morgan acted for the owners of the Maritime Maisie, and Benjamin Coffer for the Gravity Highway, in the matter which settled before reaching a hearing in the London Admiralty Division.

Shipping – Leading silks

Lionel Persey QC Quadrant Chambers β€˜In the top flight to preside in a technical case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Luke Parsons QC Quadrant Chambers β€˜One of the best out-of-the-box thinkers at the Bar, he leaves no stone unturned.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Thomas QC Quadrant Chambers β€˜A strong advocate who can focus on the key legal issues in cases with many strands.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Croall QC Quadrant Chambers β€˜Instructed by heavyweight Chinese clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Rainey QC Quadrant Chambers β€˜An accomplished advocate whose main strength is that he inspires confidence with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Chirag Kaira QC Quadrant Chambers β€˜Instructed in energy-sector maritime cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

James Turner QC Quadrant Chambers β€˜Instructed in challenging shipbuilding disputes as well as vessel collision cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Nolan QC Quadrant Chambers β€˜His practice includes challenging Asian maritime arbitrations.’

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Davey QC Quadrant Chambers β€˜His work includes wet shipping cases.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nigel Jacobs QC Quadrant Chambers β€˜Very thorough, his knowledge of the law is superb and he is very easy to work with.’

Ranked: tier 2

Nigel Cooper QC Quadrant Chambers β€˜Instructed in challenging disputes, some of which with governmental involvement.’

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Kverndal QC Quadrant Chambers β€˜He had a good overall knowledge of the subject, and is extremely user friendly.’

Ranked: tier 2
Shipping – 2018 silks

Thomas Macey-Dare QC Quadrant Chambers β€˜Very detailed and technicaly strong, he can absorb highly technical documents and add great value.’

Ranked: tier 1

Yash Kulkarni QC Quadrant Chambers β€˜A very level-headed thinker.’

Ranked: tier 1
Shipping – 2019 silks

Christopher Smith Quadrant Chambers β€˜Instructed in high-value cases by some of the world’s leading shipyards.’

Ranked: tier 1
Shipping – Leading juniors

Nevil Phillips Quadrant Chambers β€˜A top QC without the badge – a terrier and the ideal add-on to any winning team.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stewart Buckingham Quadrant Chambers β€˜Highly competent and punching above his call.’

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Leung Quadrant Chambers β€˜A future star of the English commercial Bar.’

Ranked: tier 2

Benjamin Coffer Quadrant Chambers β€˜He has amazing intellectual ability and a unique talent to simplify difficult problems to make them understandable.’

Ranked: tier 2

Caroline Pounds Quadrant Chambers β€˜Instructed in Korean shipbuilding disputes.’

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Jay Quadrant Chambers β€˜He will not shy away from taking sensitive and difficult, but valid, points.’

Ranked: tier 2

Gemma Morgan Quadrant Chambers β€˜She can easily hold her own against QCs on paper and in hearings.’

Ranked: tier 2

Henry Ellis Quadrant Chambers β€˜Instructed in maritime and commodities litigation and arbitration in Singapore.’

Ranked: tier 2

Natalie Moore Quadrant Chambers β€˜She has a first-class mind, is commercially astute and a skilled and persuasive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Toms Quadrant Chambers β€˜He combines strong analytical skills and legal knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Henton Quadrant Chambers β€˜Very responsive, articulate and clear, he thinks commercially rather than in a legal vacuum.’

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Bird Quadrant Chambers β€˜Intelligent, commercial and a nice guy too.’

Ranked: tier 2

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