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36 BEDFORD ROW, LONDON, WC1R 4JH, ENGLAND
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The 36 Group, James Shirley, London, ENGLAND

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James Shirley

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Work 020 7440 6900
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Web:
36group.co.uk/members/jps
The 36 Group (The 36 Group)

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36 Stone

Position

James Shirley practises in all areas of commercial law and civil fraud: contract disputes, complex fraud claims, shipping and international arbitration, jurisdiction disputes, the sale and carriage of goods, and insurance. He appears regularly in court and in arbitration, normally as sole counsel.

In 2019, he appeared as sole counsel for the claimant in a complex civil fraud trial in the Chancery Division, Paralel Routs v. Fedotov (awaiting judgment), and as junior in the freezing injunction case of Rogachev v. Goryainov [2019] EWHC 1529 (QB). In 2018, he appeared in the Court of Appeal for the successful respondents in Alexandra 1/Ever Smart [2018] EWCA Civ 2173, which is going on appeal to the Supreme Court in 2020. Other well-known cases include BDMS Limited v. Rafael Advanced Defence Systems [2014] EWHC 451 (Comm), and Aquafaith [2012] EWHC 1077 (Comm). 

James handles dry shipping disputes of various kinds (for example, repudiation claims, cargo claims and bills of lading, off-hire, unsafe port claims, laytime and demurrage, speed and performance, the inter-club agreement and formation/termination as well as a wide range of shipbuilding and ship sale and purchase disputes)

Career

Joined Stone Chambers as a tenant in May 2005. The Stone team became part of The 36 Group in 2018.

Member

COMBAR; LCLCBA; LMAA (Supporting)

Education

University College, London (LLB) First Class; New College, Oxford (BCL) First Class.


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Shipping

Within: Leading Juniors

James Shirley - The 36 Group ‘ He is a very effective junior. ’

Within: Shipping

36 Stone, which is part of The 36 Group, is a dedicated international trade and shipping set which is 'user-friendly' and has a 'wealth of experience'. Vasanti Selvaratnam QC and James Shirley were successful in Nautical Challenge v Evergreen Marine (UK) Ltd, which is a leading ship collision case on the inter-relationship between the crossing rule, the narrow channel rule and the general rule of good seamanship in the approaches to a narrow channel. Ravi Aswani appeared in Dera Commercial Estate v Derya Inc, which examined the dismissal of claims for inordinate and inexcusable delay under section 41 of the Arbitration Act 1996 and whether a geographic deviation would deprive a carrier from the benefit of the limitation period in the Hague Rules.

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