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Simon Rainey QC

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Quadrant Chambers (Chambers of Simon Croall QC)


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.


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).


French, Italian.


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).


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).

London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

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

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Within: Commodities – Leading silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersOne of the best commodities barristers – diligent and responsive, he is an excellent example of the modern QC.

Within: Commodities

Quadrant Chambers is ‘an excellent set with supportive clerks who deliver barristers of the right expertise to suit clients’ needs’. ‘Strong leaderSimon Rainey QC is one of the most accomplished silks in the commodities sector, though the set has several members ‘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.

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Within: Energy – Leading silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersExcellent.

Within: Energy

Widely regarded as pre-eminent in offshore and shipping-related energy work, Quadrant Chambers is also ‘very strong in commercial energy disputes and international arbitration’; it wins praise for being ‘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.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersA senior QC with gravitas and an ability to provide crystal clear advice that gets to the bottom line.

Within: Insurance and reinsurance

A ‘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 ‘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 £6m insurance coverage dispute.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersAbsolutely charming and probably the best cross-examiner I’ve ever seen.

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Within: Shipping – Leading silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersIncredibly user friendly; a great advocate.

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