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Hill Dickinson LLP

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Hong Kong, Leeds, Liverpool, London EC2A, London SW1Y, Manchester and 3 more

Darren Wall

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Hill Dickinson LLP

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A partner in the commodities team, with over 10 years' experience advising in the field of international trade and shipping, Darren regularly advises companies that trade, finance and transport a wide range of commodities.

He is also vastly experienced in dispute resolution, having been involved in a variety of trade association arbitrations, including the LME, GAFTA, FOSFA, ICA, RSA and SAOL and arbitrations subject to ICC, LCIA and LMAA terms.

Darren has also frequently appeared before the Commercial Court and also has experience at Court of Appeal and Supreme Court level appeals. He regularly contributes articles to legal publications, as well as presenting at a number of industry seminars and training events.

He obtained a postgraduate diploma in law at City University, London in 2005, attending Inns of Court School of Law.


Trained at Mays Brown; qualified 2008. Partner at Hill Dickinson 2014.


Law Society
Supporting Member of LMAA.


University of Southampton (LL.B (Hons) 2002).

London: Finance

Commodities: physicals

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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