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.
Shipping and commodities in Asia Pacific: The English Bar
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.
‘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 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.