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Robert Bright QC

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7 King's Bench Walk (Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC)


Robert Bright practises primarily as an advocate and case-leader with experience in a broad range of commercial litigation.

He is generally regarded as one of the Bar’s leading Silks in Shipping and Commodities and has a top-tier ranking in both fields (Chambers & Partners, Legal 500). Recent cases of note include successfully defending claims by ship owners in the Supreme Court in PST Energy 7 Shipping LLC v OW Bunker Malta  [2016] A.C. 1034,  (sale of goods) described by Lloyds list as “the most spectacular shipping legal imbroglio so far this century”; Stolt Kestrel v Niyazi S [2015] EWCA Civ 1035 (shipping), now the leading case on Admiralty actions in rem; Great Elephant v Trafigura [2014] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 1 (international trade/energy) now the leading case on force majeure. Robert Bright enjoys engaging as a team-member with solicitors and other counsel and believes that the best advocates are prepared to listen as well as to speak.  He relishes having an active, hands-on role in developing the best possible strategy for the client’s particular needs, alongside the client and the other members of litigation team. He regards it as his duty to commit 100% to the client; having taken on a case he will focus unswervingly on that case and will not accept professional commitments which might detract from that focus and commitment. Much of Robert Bright’s work in recent years has been in arbitrations.  Recent and ongoing arbitrations include a very large number of LMAA arbitrations as well as several LCIA and ICC arbitrations, as well as appointments as arbitrator.  Robert’s work as an advocate has included involvement in several international arbitrations taking place overseas, in Europe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Robert Bright’s practice involves a significant advisory component. He places emphasis on understanding the client’s commercial objectives, so as to be able to give advice that is both realistic and of practical use to the client. Robert Bright also regularly sits as an arbitrator both in London and overseas.


Qualified 1987; silk 2006.


COMBAR; LCLCBA; LMAA (supporting member); LCIA.



London Bar


Within: Leading Silks

Robert Bright QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA first-class barrister, particularly noteworthy in shipping and commodities cases.

Within: Commodities

7 King's Bench Walk is 'an excellent set with some of the best legal minds', remarks a client who sees it as 'our first choice set for shipping, commodities and insurance-related arbitration work'. Another notes that 'the end-to-end service is unparalleled and the clerks ensure availability – you are safe in the knowledge that they have not left a stone unturned'. Robert Bright QC is one of the best-known silks in the commodities sector and in 2018, along with Marcus Mander, Clara Benn and other members, he acted for ING/OW Bunkers in arbitration claims following a landmark Supreme Court decision from 2016. In ED&F Man Sugar v Royal and Sun AlliancePeter MacDonald Eggers QC is currently handling a US$19m claim for lost or damaged sugar which had been stored in a warehouse in Ghana.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Leading Silks

Robert Bright QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA brilliant lawyer who is able to get to the heart of issues quickly.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: Leading Silks

Robert Bright QC - 7 King's Bench WalkLives up to his name.

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Within: Leading Silks

Robert Bright QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHe is a top-flight silk.

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