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The 36 Group, Elizabeth Blackburn QC, London, ENGLAND

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Elizabeth Blackburn QC

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Elizabeth Blackburn QC is Joint Head of Stone Chambers. She has been in practice as a specialist shipping and maritime barrister at the Commercial and Admiralty Bar since 1980 and took silk in 1998. Her range of work covers arbitration, shipping and the international carriage of goods; international trade and associated finance; surety, guarantee and performance bond disputes; marine insurance; P&I Club issues; marine pollution; collision, salvage and towage disputes; shipbuilding, particularly superyacht construction, damage to marine/off shore installations, maritime limitation of liability, maritime international law and treaty obligations; and maritime heritage and wreck law. She has particular expertise in large scale casualty work where there are related conflict of laws and jurisdictional issues, and complex expert issues relating to naval architecture, hydrography, geo-technology and meteorology. She was part of the UK delegation at the May 2003 IOPC Supplementary Fund Diplomatic Conference, and has been involved in the finalising and implementation of the Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention 2007. She is also the legal member of the Department of Culture’s Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites and has particular expertise in maritime heritage issues and the law of wreck. Due to her known expertise in the area, along with Jeremy Lightfoot of Stone Chambers, she was invited to prepare a paper for the prestigious Ninth Annual International Colloquium of the Institute of International Shipping Trade Law (which related to offshore contracts and liabilities) on the topic of wilful misconduct and gross negligence in knock for knock provisions in offshore contracts. Their paper has now been published in ‘Offshore Contracts and Liabilities’ [2014], Informa Publishing. Elizabeth Blackburn also has a significant practice as an ICC arbitrator, specialising in commercial contracts, such as large scale supply contracts in the energy section, shipbuilding contracts and international trade disputes. She has been appointed as both chairman and sole arbitrator in a number of such disputes by the ICC International Court of Arbitration on the recommendation of the UK National Committee. She is a panel member of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration. She is also a LOF salvage arbitrator. Elizabeth is a member of the Executive Committee of the British Maritime Law Association and chairs the Pollution Law Sub Committee; a member of the ICC UK Transport Committee; a member of the Commercial Bar Association; and a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators’ Association. Elizabeth Blackburn is a bencher of the Middle Temple and is also actively involved in the London Shipping Law Centre and is a member of the Steering Committee. In June 2013 Elizabeth was named best in shipping and maritime at the LMG Euromoney Europe Women in Business Law Award, and has been nominated again in 2015.


Called Middle Temple 1978; QC 1998; bencher of the Middle Temple 2008; first instance arbitrator on the Lloyd’s Open Forum Arbitration Panel 2009; specialist advocate and adviser at the Commercial and Admiralty Bar since 1980.


Member of the Executive Committee of the British Maritime Law Association and chairs the Pollution Law Sub Committee; Member of the ICC UK Transport Committee; London Shipping Law Centre, member of the Steering Committee.


City of London School for Girls; Manchester University.

London Bar


Within: Shipping – Leading silks

Elizabeth Blackburn QC - The 36 GroupPerforms well under pressure and has excellent instincts.

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