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  1. Commodities – Leading sets
  2. Commodities – Leading silks
  3. Commodities – 2016 silks
  4. Commodities – Leading juniors

Commodities – Leading sets

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    • St Philips Stone

Commodities – Leading silks

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Commodities – 2016 silks

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    • Julian Kenny QC - 20 Essex Street β€˜Extremely charming and very good on high-value disputes, and his written advice is some of the best around.’

Commodities – Leading juniors

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    • Henry Byam-Cook - 20 Essex Street β€˜Well versed in FOSFA and GAFTA cases as well as arbitrations; a leading junior in the commodities space.’
    • Nicholas Craig - 3 Verulam Buildings β€˜Highly responsive, commercial and hard-headed, he combines incisive advice with fantastic speed of delivery.’
    • Charles Debattista - St Philips Stone β€˜A guru in the commodities field and always a first port of call on novel points.’
    • Dominic HappΓ© - St Philips Stone β€˜Recommended for his understanding of the legal and commercial aspects of commodities cases.’
    • Sandra Healy - 7 King’s Bench Walk β€˜A very impressive advocate, who pursues cases diligently.’
    • Charles Holroyd - 7 King’s Bench Walk β€˜A highly experienced junior with a clear style of advocacy.’
    • Philippa Hopkins - Essex Court Chambers β€˜Very knowledgeable about shipping and commodities, she can be relied upon to provide clear and accurate advice.’
    • Malcolm Jarvis - 20 Essex Street β€˜The most intellectually able barrister; he produces silk-quality work.’
    • Yash Kulkarni - Quadrant Chambers β€˜A commercially astute, creative and technically strong barrister, who is very thorough in his arguments.’
    • Jern-Fei Ng - Essex Court Chambers β€˜An extremely persuasive advocate, who brings considerable intellectual capacity and endless energy to cases.’
    • Luke Pearce - 20 Essex Street β€˜An extremely good advocate with a deep understanding of what is needed in a commodities case.’
    • Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court Chambers β€˜First class, hardworking and committed to cases; one of the best juniors.’
    • Philip Riches - 20 Essex Street β€˜Intellectually very able and an irritatingly competent opponent.’
    • Richard Sarll - 7 King’s Bench Walk β€˜Knows his way around the commodities industry, works quickly and effectively, and his written work it impressive.’
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As a set, 20 Essex Street has β€˜more strength in depth than any other chambers in the commodities sector and always takes a commercial approach’. Members continue to feature in the landmark cases of each year. For example, Charles Kimmins QC represented Macquarie Bank in various claims under back-to-back contracts for the sale of high-sulphur fuel oil. Andrew Baker QC was appointed to the bench.

7 King’s Bench Walk is β€˜a first-rate set and one of the strongest for commodities and shipping’. β€˜It has huge strength in depth with excellent senior and junior barristers’, and a β€˜collegiate atmosphere that is welcoming and supportive’. Robert Bright QC played a key role in the OW Bunkers litigation, which saw a landmark decision by the Supreme Court on the Sale of Goods Act.

Quadrant Chambers is β€˜an excellent set with supportive clerks, who always deliver barristers of the right expertise and price to suit clients’ needs’. Simon Rainey QC represented Bunge in its landmark Supreme Court appeal against Nidera, while Simon Croall QC acted for Glencore in a $10m claim against Total Kenya concerning contract terms for oil shipments.

Clients of Essex Court Chambers are β€˜impressed with the strength in depth of the set, which is able to draw on a wide selection of counsel across all commercial areas’. It is also β€˜gaining prominence in Asia as the leading set internationally’. Nigel Eaton QC won a substantial settlement for the seller in Perenco v Vitol, which concerned the sale of oil from a South American refinery.

St Philips Stone handles both domestic and international commercial dispute resolution. Vasanti Selvaratnam QC and Ravi Aswani represented claimants in a case concerning GAFTA first instance and appeal board awards for sums in excess of $10m.

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