Shipping in London Bar

Chambers of Simon Croall QC

Quadrant Chambers has the 'strongest consolidated offering of shipping skills at the London Bar' and offers a 'very wide range of very able counsel and juniors', according to clients. The set covers a full spectrum of dry and wet shipping mandates, and houses in-depth expertise across marine insurance, fraud, insolvency, finance and other commercial shipping disputes. The set is regularly involved in Supreme Court cases and landmark case Volcafe v Compania Sud Americana de Vapores, where Simon Rainey QC and David Semark faced John Russell QC and Benjamin Coffer, concerned the correct interpretation of the Hague-Visby Rules as to the burden of proof in cargo claims, was a notable highlight. Lionel Persey QC and Benjamin Coffer appeared in the Court of Appeal for Sea Tank Shipping AS v Vinnlustodin HF (‘The Aqasia’), which is one of the leading cases on Hague Rules and limitation of liability. Classic Maritime v Limbungan Makmur SDN BHD, which examined on the correct application of standard force majeure clauses in long-term shipping contracts of affreightment, was a notable case for Simon Rainey QC and Andrew Leung. Elsewhere, Nigel Cooper QC acted against Michael Nolan QC in Kaefer Aislamientos SA de CV v AMS Drilling Mexico SA de CV, which provides guidance on the approach to take in a dispute over jurisdiction.

Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC

7 King's Bench Walk is a 'thoroughbred stable' for shipping work, 'always impresses with its expertise in the sector'. Supreme Court case the B Atlantic, which examined the scope of cover for malicious third parties in marine insurance cover, and the construction of the exclusion of an infringement of customs regulations in the standard war risks form, is a key highlight for Alistair Schaff QC and Alexander MacDonald. Peter MacDonald Eggers QC and Sandra Healy appeared in the Court of Appeal in Aspen v Kairos, a $22m claim relating to the loss of the vessel, the Atlantik Confidence. Richard Southern QC acted in Classic Maritime v Limbungan Makmur Sdn Bhd, a $20m claim for non-performance of a contract of affreightment. Elsewhere, Suez Fortune v Talbot, a marine insurance claim under a war risks policy is a high-profile instruction for Peter MacDonald Eggers QC, Tim Jenns and Richard Waller QC.

Essex Court Chambers

With 'top quality barristers', Essex Court Chambers is seen as a 'pre-eminent set in international arbitration, shipping and commodities'. Major marine insurance dispute, The Panamax Trader, is a key highlight for Steven Berry QC and Jeremy Brier, which concerns whether the shipowners deliberately sank a vessel. Euro-Asia v Credit Suisse, which relates to missing bills of lading and an alleged letter of credit fraud, is a notable case for Jeffrey Gruder QC  and Nathan Pillow QC saw the end of long-running bribery and conspiracy case case Fiona Trust & Holding Corp v Privalov and others in 2018, when permission to appeal was refused. The 'user-friendly' set welcomed David Walsh from Quadrant Chambers in 2018.

Twenty Essex

Twenty Essex is a 'leader for shipping disputes' and highly rated by clients thanks to its 'exceptionally talented' members. Michael Ashcroft QC and Luke Pearce appeared for the insurers in The Swedish Club v Connect Shipping (MV Renos), which examines the law of marine insurance and claims for constructive total loss. The Songa Winds, which concerns letters of indemnity, was also a notable highlight for Michael Ashcroft QC leading Oliver CaplinMaersk Tangier, which examined the applicability of the Hague-Visby Rules, was a key case for Sara Masters QC and Daniel Bovensiepen. Elsewhere, Timothy Hill QC appeared in Lady M, which raised important questions as to the scope and interpretation of The Hague Rules; he also appeared in class action claim Alize 1954 v Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG ('The CMA CGM LIBRA'), which concerned issues as to whether the vessel was seaworthy.

4 Pump Court (Chambers of Nick Vineall QC and Sean Brannigan QC)

4 PUMP COURT offers 'in-depth expertise for shipping disputes'; the set is noted for its' members experience across dry shipping, shipbuilding, marine insurance admiralty and other maritime disputes. Manchester Shipping v Sochin and Balfour Shipping was a key case for Nicholas Vineall QC, a $10m claim for damages for the unlawful diversion of charter hire. The set is particularly praised for its experience in working for a number of Chinese clients; Nicholas Vineall QC and Neil Henderson acted on behalf of a Chinese trading corporation in Sinocore v RBRG, which involved the enforcement of an arbitration award.

The 36 Group

36 Stone, which is part of The 36 Group, is a dedicated international trade and shipping set which is 'user-friendly' and has a 'wealth of experience'. Vasanti Selvaratnam QC and James Shirley were successful in Nautical Challenge v Evergreen Marine (UK) Ltd, which is a leading ship collision case on the inter-relationship between the crossing rule, the narrow channel rule and the general rule of good seamanship in the approaches to a narrow channel. Ravi Aswani appeared in Dera Commercial Estate v Derya Inc, which examined the dismissal of claims for inordinate and inexcusable delay under section 41 of the Arbitration Act 1996 and whether a geographic deviation would deprive a carrier from the benefit of the limitation period in the Hague Rules.