Leading Silks

Simon Croall QC - Quadrant ChambersA very excellent and experienced, leading advocate who is a safe option for major maritime cases.
Timothy Hill QC - Twenty EssexA superb big-case heavyweight QC, he works harder and gets involved in strategy and every single detail of a dispute to a greater extent than any other barrister.
Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexHe thinks out of the box in terms of providing not just the legal answer but also a practical solution.
David Lewis QC - Twenty EssexFantastic to work with, he has an incisive intellect and is very responsive.
Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersA litigator with prodigious skill in the court room, one of the leaders of the shipping Bar.
Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant ChambersFew manage so well to combine charm and agility with gravitas and hard work.
Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersHe demonstrates a sharp mind and is able to bring extensive subject-matter expertise.
Robert Thomas QC - Quadrant ChambersHe fully understands the commercial nuances of a case, his advocacy is very robust and also first-class.
Nicholas Vineall QC - 4 Pump CourtEngaging and persuasive advocacy style with a good understanding of scientific and engineering principles.
Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty EssexA leading shipping silk.
Nigel Cooper QC - Quadrant ChambersVery sharp and concise, simplifying complicated cases.
Michael Davey QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is phenomenal for charterparty, ship transaction, collision, salvage and bill of lading disputes.
Nigel Jacobs QC - Quadrant ChambersHis advocacy can be exceptional and he has a manner which goes down extremely well with judges and arbitrators alike.
Chirag Karia QC - Quadrant ChambersHe provides commercial and pragmatic advice, and his attention to detail is excellent.
John Kimbell QC - Quadrant ChambersIntellectually one the brightest counsel around and that combined with the thoroughness of his preparation makes him a truly formidable force.
Yash Kulkarni QC - Quadrant ChambersGood at distilling the facts and legal issues to isolate the relevant matters that need to be dealt with.
Duncan Matthews QC - Twenty EssexExcellent in advocacy and organising strategy of the case, thorough in legal analysis and persuasive in presentation.
Jern-Fei Ng QC - 7BR 'Energetic and thorough, a pleasure to work with and an excellent drafter.'
Michael Nolan QC - Quadrant ChambersClear advice and prompt attendance regarding difficult matters, friendly approach, always ready to assist.
Sean O'Sullivan QC - 4 Pump CourtIncredible work ethic, immediate and timely availability with well-grounded grasp on the law.
John Russell QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is a good, instinctive lawyer with clear views at the outset of a case and is very approachable.
Vasanti Selvaratnam QC - 36 StoneA class act and a good advocate, she will always work with the client and fight their corner for them.
James Turner QC - Quadrant Chambers ‘He is an outstanding silk who is extremely easy to work with and always on the ball.
Timothy Young QC - Twenty EssexKnowledgeable, hardworking and conscientious, recommended without hesitation.

2019 Silks

Christopher Smith QC - Quadrant ChambersA recommended option for both wet and dry shipping disputes.

2020 Silks

Stewart Buckingham - Quadrant ChambersKnowledgeable, organised, rigorous, thorough, practical and a pleasure to work with.

Leading Juniors

Simon Milnes - Twenty EssexProficient in Mandarin and well-connected in Singapore and experienced in Asia Pacific-based arbitrations.
Alexander Wright - 4 Pump CourtHe is very reliable and has a good reputation for cases with a maritime flavours.
Colin Wright - 36 StoneVery easy to work with and practical, an excellent tactician.
Ravi Aswani - 36 StoneHe is pragmatic, learned, erudite, and to the point.
Tom Bird - Quadrant ChambersA first-rate barrister and very precise when it comes to preparing pleadings; very easy to work with.
Oliver Caplin - Twenty EssexExtremely thorough and very responsive.
Benjamin Coffer - Quadrant ChambersHe has a very sound technical knowledge about the commodities trading industry.
Stephen Du -  King's Bench WalkA junior to watch, excellent value and very bright with good judgement.
Henry Ellis - Quadrant ChambersHe has an ability to understand complex technical issues and excellent responsiveness.
Paul Henton - Quadrant ChambersResponsive and decisive, will put up a strong fight for clients.
Christopher Jay - Quadrant ChambersHe can process large quantities of information quickly and goes the extra mile for the client.
Susannah Jones - Twenty EssexShe always impresses as an opponent.
Andrew Leung - Quadrant ChambersA future start of the Bar, he is an excellent junior who gives good and constructive advice quickly.
Simon Milnes - Twenty EssexProficient in Mandarin and well-connected in Singapore and experienced in Asia Pacific-based arbitrations.
Natalie Moore - Quadrant ChambersAn intelligent and persuasive advocate and equally impressive advising on paper or in conference.
Gemma Morgan - Quadrant ChambersShe has a laser-like focus, sees the big picture and is able to set out the approach in a clear and precise way.
Ben Olbourne - 39 Essex ChambersLicensed to practice in Singapore and highly-regarded for an array of shipping disputes.
Saira Paruk - Quadrant ChambersShe is very bright, remains steadfastly calm under pressure, great on her feet and very pleasant to work with.
Nevil Phillips - Quadrant ChambersVery thorough, unflappable and easy to work with.
Caroline Pounds - Quadrant ChambersThorough and sharp, able to provide sound and considered advice as well as practical solutions.
Gideon Shirazi - 4 Pump CourtGood at seeing the wood for the trees and dealing with a slippery defendant, he is approachable and easy to work with.
Andrew Stevens - 4 Pump CourtHe is excellent at getting on top of the detail in a case quickly and providing clear and succinct advice.
Peter Stevenson - Quadrant ChambersHe has an incredibly impressive ability to navigate the complex and deftly get to the heart of any issue, he is razor-sharp.
Mary Thomson - 36 StoneBased full-time in Hong Kong and is also well-connected in Singapore.
Paul Toms - Quadrant ChambersAn insightful and intellectual barrister, he is easy to work with and one of the leading senior juniors at the Bar.
David Walsh - Essex Court ChambersA go-to junior for complex marine insurance coverage cases.

Shipping and commodities in Asia Pacific: The English Bar

36 Stone

Members of 36 Stone are instructed on the full gamut of Asia Pacific-related shipping disputes, including contractual, shipbuilding, collision, and environmental matters among many others. Colin Wright maintains a noteworthy presence in Hong Kong (where he also practices as a member of Gilt Chambers) regularly acting on arbitrations and litigation pertaining to charterparties, the international carriage of goods, and admiralty issues. Vasanti Selvaratnam QC is joint head of chambers; she is an expert on both wet and dry shipping law with a documented involvement in several market-leading cases.

39 Essex Chambers

39 Essex Chambers’s Ben Olbourne holds extensive experience in representing clients across Asia and is licensed to practice foreign law in Singapore. His expertise on the shipping front spans admiralty actions, ship sale and purchase disputes, marine insurance, collisions and on-board incidents.

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court offers ‘an abundance of choices in the shipping area’ with several of its members enjoying a strong reputation with Asia Pacific-base firms, trading houses and P&I clubs, particularly those in Hong Kong and Singapore. In addition, Nicholas Vineall QC, joint head of chambers, has carved out a leading reputation in China with close relations with local shipyard. Elsewhere, Sean O’Sullivan’s practice covers the full array of commodity sales while Alexander Wright recently succeeded in an arbitration appeal concerning, among other issues, whether the Hague Rules serve as an exclusive code for warranties providing in a bill of lading.

7 King's Bench Walk

A native speaker of Mandarin and active in China, Hong Kong, and Singapore, Stephen Du of 7 King's Bench Walk is acclaimed for his work on dry shipping and commodities matters.

Essex Court Chambers

At Essex Court Chambers, David Walsh is instructed for a variety of dry shipping disputes, such as delivery and redelivery obligation matters, incident-related casualties and unsafe port claims. He is well-versed in HKIAC and ICC arbitrations, among others.

Quadrant Chambers

Well-known for its shipping and maritime work’, Quadrant Chambers is home to ‘top-notch barristers at every level’. The set covers the entire array of marine insurance, dry and wet shipping matters, frequently appearing in the market’s most complex and high-profile disputes. One recent example of note being Simon Rainey QC and Nigel Jacobs QC’s current involvement in the United Kingdom Supreme Court matter of Evergreen Marine v Nautical Challenge, a vessel collision appeal in which the court sat with two nautical assessors brought by a Taiwanese party. Elsewhere, Chirag Karia QC is involved in the high-profile Singapore High Court matter of Unipec Singapore Pte. Ltd v Hin Leong Trade (pte) Ltd and others which concerns ownership of $225m of oil cargo distributed across four different ships.

Twenty Essex

Twenty Essex is home to several market leaders for commodities and dry shipping disputes, at both silk and junior level. The set, which has offices in both London and Singapore, has a track record in precedent setting Court of Appeal and Supreme Court disputes and is particularly acclaimed for its handling of ship and rig build-related litigation. Timothy Hill QC is notably engaged for the matter of CMA CGM LIBRA (Alize 1954 and another v Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG and another), a dispute which relates to the grounding of a containership carrying $400m of cargo near the Port of Xiamen in China. Elsewhere, David Lewis QC is currently instructed in the long-running, ultra-high-value LME arbitration claim of Gunvor Singapore Pte Ltd v Uttam Galva Steel concerning the dishonour of numerous bills of exchange. Phillip Riches took silk in the 2020 round.