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Chambers of Simon Croall QC

QUADRANT HOUSE, 10 FLEET STREET, LONDON, EC4Y 1AU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7583 4444
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Fax 020 7583 4455
DX:
292 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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www.quadrantchambers.com

John Russell QC

Tel:
Work 020 7583 4444
Email:
Quadrant Chambers (Chambers of Simon Croall QC)

Position

John Russell is a commercial advocate, specialising in shipping, commodities and international trade, energy and natural resources, and related insurance disputes. He has also recent experience in major civil fraud cases, including payment frauds, warehousing frauds and bribery. He has been ranked in the leading directories for many years. His recent experience encompasses charterparty, bill of lading, sales and financing disputes in both arbitration (LMAA, LCIA and ICC) and the Commercial Court, as well as FOSFA and GAFTA disputes. John has extensive appellate court experience, in both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. John also practices in travel law including litigation and regulatory advice. Recent cases have included successes in the Supreme Court in Volcafe v CSAV, in the Court of Appeal in The Pacific Voyager and in the Commercial Court in The CMA CGM LIBRA.

Career

Called to the Bar in 1993; initially practiced at 5 Bell Yard, moved to Quadrant (then 4 Essex Court) in 1998. Appointed QC in 2014.

Member

COMBAR.

Leisure

Keen cyclist and sailor, and often found in the kitchen.


London Bar

Commodities

Within: Leading Silks

John Russell QC - Quadrant Chambers ‘ Exceptionally commercial and pragmatic and skilled in cross-examinations, he is excellent on his feet. ’

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Shipping

Within: Leading Silks

John Russell QC - Quadrant Chambers ‘ He has a great knack of analysing difficult legal issues and coming up with the right answer in a way that is clear to clients. ’

Within: Shipping

Quadrant Chambers has the 'strongest consolidated offering of shipping skills at the London Bar' and offers a 'very wide range of very able counsel and juniors', according to clients. The set covers a full spectrum of dry and wet shipping mandates, and houses in-depth expertise across marine insurance, fraud, insolvency, finance and other commercial shipping disputes. The set is regularly involved in Supreme Court cases and landmark case Volcafe v Compania Sud Americana de Vapores, where Simon Rainey QC and David Semark faced John Russell QC and Benjamin Coffer, concerned the correct interpretation of the Hague-Visby Rules as to the burden of proof in cargo claims, was a notable highlight. Lionel Persey QC and Benjamin Coffer appeared in the Court of Appeal for Sea Tank Shipping AS v Vinnlustodin HF (‘The Aqasia’), which is one of the leading cases on Hague Rules and limitation of liability. Classic Maritime v Limbungan Makmur SDN BHD, which examined on the correct application of standard force majeure clauses in long-term shipping contracts of affreightment, was a notable case for Simon Rainey QC and Andrew Leung. Elsewhere, Nigel Cooper QC acted against Michael Nolan QC in Kaefer Aislamientos SA de CV v AMS Drilling Mexico SA de CV, which provides guidance on the approach to take in a dispute over jurisdiction.

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

Within: Leading Silks

John Russell QC - Quadrant Chambers ‘ He is very strong on complex cases. ’

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