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Jeff Isaacs

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Hill Dickinson LLP

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Commodities and international trade.


Partner with a recognised specialism in commodities, international trade and shipping law, with especial expertise and specialisation in sugar and cotton. Work undertaken includes commodity disputes, international sale and purchase contract litigation and arbitration (principally at GAFTA, FOSFA, ICA and RSA/SAL but also at LCIA and ICC ), and all aspects of international trade, including futures and options and other commodity-based derivatives, together with all forms of dry shipping litigation, including charterparty and bill of lading disputes, cargo claims and ship sale and purchase disputes. Clients are commodity trading houses, commodity trade associations and energy majors. Speaks regularly at seminars on all aspects of his practice, particularly sugar.


Articled Hill Dickinson & Co 1981-83; qualified 1983; associate partner 1987; partner Hill Taylor Dickinson 1989; chairman 2004-06; joined Hill Dickinson on merger 2006.


Dulwich College; Christ’s College, Cambridge (1980 BA Hons law).


Tennis, skiing, rugby, wine tasting, horse riding.

London: Finance

Commodities: physicals

Within: Leading individuals

Jeff Isaacs - Hill Dickinson LLP

Within: Commodities: physicals

Hill Dickinson LLP is 'a market leader for down-to-earth advice and the strength-in-depth of the team'. The firm is a leading adviser in High Court cases and major trade association arbitral forums including GAFTA and FOSFA, notably in matters concerning grains, seeds, pulses, edible oils, fertilisers and cocoa. Soft commodities expert and practice head Jeff Isaacs is 'a market leader in advice in the commodities sector'. Other key figures include Fred Konynenburg, who is 'a brilliant legal mind and a real tactical player'; litigator Darren Wall, who is 'the guy you want to have next to you when going into battle'; Paul Taylor, who has 'rich experience in and knowledge of the trading business, with a well-thought and tactical approach'; and litigator Andrew Buchmann, who is 'very creative, practical and commercial and can second guess what you want'. Isaacs recently assisted the International Cotton Association with a challenge to its code of conduct for its arbitral process. Taylor, who has spearheaded the development of the firm's oil trading practice, acted for Gunvor in a $6m case against sellers of gasoline cargoes. Patric McGonigal joined King & Wood Mallesons Foreign Law Office in Tokyo and David Lucas left the firm to work as an arbitrator.

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London: Transport


Within: Shipping

The team of ‚Äėbrilliant legal minds‚Äô at Hill Dickinson LLP¬†offers ‚Äėprecise and commercially-orientated‚Äô advice. It is active across wet and dry work and its clients include ship owners, charterers, port and terminal operators, shipyards, P&I clubs, underwriters and traders and insurers and reinsurers. It is defending The Lion Group on a $20m dispute alleging non-performance of a long term contract of affreightment and is representing Lakatamia Shipping Company on a judgement enforcement matter. Global shipping head Julian Clark¬†‚Äėalways offers alternative strategies and guides the client in case-handling‚Äô. Other key figures include Adrian Marsh, who heads the cargo and logistics team; Tony Allen, who¬†heads the yachts team; Jeff Isaacs, who¬†is head of commodities and international trade; the¬†'experienced'¬†David Pitlarge; Fred Konynenburg, who¬†is ‚Äėprecise and to the point‚Äô; consultant and admiralty law expert¬†Robert Wallis, who¬†has particular expertise in salvage and collision matters; Russell Gardner, who¬†handles dry shipping disputes and is experienced in cases involving superyachts; Philip Haddon, who¬†handles casualty disputes; Ian Maclean, who is experienced in casualty claims; the¬†‚Äėvery experienced‚Äô¬†Tony Swinnerton; and Lewis Moore. Siiri Duddington¬†recently joined from Campbell Johnston Clark, as did senior associate Winnie Mah¬†and legal director Tom Burdass. Justin Draeger¬† has joined Mays Brown, Rhys Clift¬†has joined Thomas Cooper LLP.

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