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Brian Perrott

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Brian was formerly head of litigation at Cargill, before returning to private practice. Since his return he has developed a large global client base. Brian advises clients all over the world on all aspects of shipping, physical trading and derivative products. Brian has over 20 years experience in this sector and his cases have spanned the 'A to Z' of commodities, shipping and derivatives trading. There have been three significant events in Brian's professional life. The first involved advising a US multinational caught up in the Soya Bean/Red Bean PRC crisis. Ships laden with cargo and numerous commodity contracts required urgent and ongoing attention. Numerous disputes arose, but through arbitration, court proceedings and on occasions mediation, matters were eventually resolved. Brian was also heavily involved in the 2008 freight crash. This resulted in numerous multimillion dollar disputes and the now famous Armada Judicial Management. Brian represented the G7 group of Creditors and went on to assist in the judicial management. Brian was also instructed to advise the largest Asian freight derivatives trading house on all aspects of their paper trading and contractual performance. This resulted in one of the largest books of derivatives litigation and a number of landmark cases. Brian is highly rated in both The Legal 500 and Chambers. Chambers commented in 2014 'Brian Perrott is "devoted to client service", ‚Ķ "He is one of the best people in commodities ‚Äď he is a man of real integrity"'. He is listed as a 'Leading Individual' for both derivatives and physicals commodities work. Brian is a regular and popular speaker at events all over the world. Brian is a CIETAC arbitrator.


Trained Holman Fenwick Willan; head of litigation Cargill; partner Hill Taylor Dickinson 2000; partner Holman Fenwick Willan 2006.


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Commodities disputes

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Brian Perrott - HFW

Within: Commodities disputes

HFW is recognised as a strong player in the physical commodities market and handles the full spectrum of work concerning the international sale of goods, including soft commodities, oil and gas, coal and steel, and non-ferrous and precious metals. Among its clients are multinational energy and chemical companies, coal and metal traders, soft commodity trading houses, trade finance banks, governments and their agencies, brokers, insurers and trade associations. Practice head Alistair Feeney is a leading specialist in energy commodities, particularly crude oil, petroleum products, LNG and biomass. Brian Perrott has more than 30 years' experience in commodities, derivatives and shipping disputes. Damian Honey advises commodity traders, producers, financiers and insurers on physical and financial trading agreements and disputes. Sarah Taylor and Judith Prior are also recommended for contentious matters.

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