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Stone Chambers (Chambers of Elizabeth Blackburn QC and Vasanti Selvaratnam QC), Dominic Happé, London, ENGLAND

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Dominic Happé

Work 020 7440 6900
Stone Chambers (Chambers of Elizabeth Blackburn QC and Vasanti Selvaratnam QC)


Dominic Happé’s practice focuses on all aspects of international trade, particularly shipping (both dry and wet) and commodities, as well as ship sale and purchase and shipbuilding. He acts in arbitration, in the Commercial Court and in the Court of Appeal. He has wide experience in interlocutory applications, particularly anti-suit injunctions. He advises on all aspects of his practice, including the drafting of large scale commodity, mining and mineral exploitation contracts. Dominic is particularly experienced in assisting in devising and co-ordinating an effective strategy over multiple jurisdictions. Cases of interest include: OMV v Vector [2014] Lloyd’s Rep. Plus 31 – dispute over recovery of customs penalties paid the opposing party had been engaged in the circumvention of EU anti-dumping penalties and the origin of the goods was concealed; The ‘Bulk Chile’ [2012] 2 Lloyds Rep 594 – the first case to consider the interrelationship between a notices/rights of lien and notices/rights of interception of freight; Christian D [2011] ILPr 38: anti-suit injunctions; whether or not a declaratory arbitration award is enforceable; Easybiz Investments v Sinograin & Anor ‘The Biz’ [2011] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 688: cargo claim, breach of arbitration agreement; Novasen v Alimenta [2011] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 390: commodities; FOSFA Appeal; The “Kallang” No. 2 [2009] 1 Lloyd’s Rep.124; The “Duden” [2009] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 145: anti-suit injunction; scope of arbitration agreement and anti-suit relief in the context of arrest proceedings; Samsun Logix v Oceantrade [2008] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 450: shipping; nature of lien over sub-hire; interrelation of lien and arbitration award.


Called 1993; Gray’s Inn.


Latin, Greek, French.


Corpus Christi College, Oxford (Literae Humaniores).


Cricket, wine, MCC.

London Bar


Within: Commodities – Leading juniors

Dominic Happé - Stone ChambersUnusual in his keen understanding of commercial issues.’

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