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Chambers of Luke Parsons QC

QUADRANT HOUSE, 10 FLEET STREET, LONDON, EC4Y 1AU, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7583 4444
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292 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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Simon Rainey QC

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Work 020 7583 4444
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Quadrant Chambers (Chambers of Luke Parsons QC)

Position

Simon Rainey QC is one of the best-known and most highly regarded practitioners at the Commercial Bar with a high reputation for his intellect, advocacy skills, commercial pragmatism and commitment to client care. He has established a broad commercial advisory and advocacy practice spanning substantial commercial contractual disputes, international trade and commodities, shipping and maritime law in all its aspects, energy and natural resources and insurance and reinsurance. He appears mainly in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal and has extensive experience of arbitration, regularly appearing before all of the main domestic and international arbitral bodies and trade associations. He particularly relishes complicated legal disputes and also cross-examination, especially in cases involving heavy expert evidence, of both technical disciplines and foreign law. He is well-known as a cheerful and easy to work with team player who rolls his sleeves up in long and complex trials and arbitrations. He is frequently appointed as arbitrator (LCIA, ICC, LMAA and ad hoc, sitting both sole and as co-arbitrator) and has given expert evidence of English law to courts in several countries. He also sits as a Recorder in the Crown Court and as a Deputy High Court Judge. He has been cited for many years as a Leading Silk in the areas of shipping, commodities, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, international arbitration, energy and natural resources, and insurance and reinsurance by Chambers & Partners and/or The Legal 500.

Career

Qualified 1982; Lincoln’s Inn; QC 2000; appointed Recorder of Crown Court 2000 and Civil Court 2004; appointed Deputy High Court Judge 2008. Publications: ‘Pollution at Sea: Law and Liability’ (2012), ‘The Law of Tug and Tow and Offshore Contracts’ (3rd ed, 2012); ‘The Carriage of Goods by Sea under the Rotterdam Rules’ (2010); ‘The Evolving Law and Practice relating to Voyage Charterparties’ (2009); ‘The Law of Tug and Tow’ (2nd ed 2002); ‘Ship Sale and Purchase’ (3rd ed 1998); contributor Shipbuilding Contracts; ‘The Maritime Laws of West Africa’ (1985).

Languages

French, Italian.

Member

Supporting Member of London Maritime Arbitrators Association (since 1998); Visiting Fellow of Institute of International Trade and Shipping Law, University of Swansea (2010); Honorary Professor in the College of Business, Economics and Law, University of Swansea (2013); Panel Member of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (2012); Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2013).

Education

Cranbrook School; Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (1980 BA 1st Class Hons; 1984 MA); Université Libre de Bruxelles (1981 Licence Spéciale de Droit Européen; plus grande distinction).


Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Energy

Within: Energy – Leading silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersA first-choice QC for the very complicated cases.’

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Shipping

Within: Shipping – Leading silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is a gift to the Bar – he can always think a few steps ahead and understands both the legal and commercial perspectives.’

Within: Shipping

Quadrant Chambers is ‘well known as one of the leading maritime sets in London’. It handles a range of dry shipping work as well as being ‘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.

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London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersClearly now one of the top commercial silks and a delight to work with.’

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Commodities

Within: Commodities – Leading silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersAn absolute star, who is commercial, bright and always provides clear advice.’

Within: Commodities

Quadrant Chambers is ‘an excellent set with supportive clerks, who always deliver barristers of the right expertise and price to suit clients’ needs’. Simon Rainey QC represented Bunge in its landmark Supreme Court appeal against Nidera, while Simon Croall QC acted for Glencore in a $10m claim against Total Kenya concerning contract terms for oil shipments.

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Energy

Within: Energy – Leading silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersA senior silk with gravitas, who provides crystal-clear advice that gets to the bottom line.’

Within: Energy

Particularly recommended for the energy aspects of maritime work, Quadrant Chambers houses Lionel Persey QC, who appeared in Repsol Sinopec Energy UK v Baker Hughes. In other work, Simon Rainey QC represented Statoil in arbitration proceedings against Chevron, Petrobras and other oil major companies, pertaining to the redetermination of shares in oil field production in Nigeria.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance – Leading silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersUser-friendly and approachable.’

Within: Insurance and reinsurance

Quadrant Chambers is highly regarded for marine insurance matters. Guy Blackwood QC acted for the defendant in AXA Versicherung v Arab Insurance Group, while Simon Rainey QC represented a number of London hull market syndicates in the fallout litigation from Brilliante Virtuoso.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersA mixture of brilliance and brevity, his written submissions are like poetry.’

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Shipping

Within: Shipping – Leading silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersHe providing prompt, very practical advice, and clients love him.’

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