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Chambers of Poonam Melwani KC
Quadrant Chambers
QUADRANT HOUSE, 10 FLEET STREET
LONDON
EC4Y 1AU
England

London Bar > Aviation Tier 1

Quadrant Chambers acts for a number of flagship airlines including British Airways and Etihad Airlines in addition to being instructed in major aviation casualties. It is considered to be ‘one of the best sets and certainly the best for all round aviation capability’. John Kimbell KC handles a range of disputes from aircraft sale and leasing to fatal accidents while Matthew Reeve acts for the family of footballer Emiliano Sala, who was killed when the Piper Malibu he was travelling in to his first training session at Cardiff City FC crashed near Alderney. Koye Akoni ‘s practice focuses on contractual disputes arising in the aviation leasing context.

Rising stars

Paul Henton - Quadrant Chambers 'Paul is very efficient and effective in his approach. Quick turnaround times and very thorough on the detail. He gives very clear and concise advice on the complex issues which turn a case. '
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

John Kimbell KCQuadrant Chambers 'Excellent advocate, clear, confident and persuasive. A team player and easy to get along with.'
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 1
Tim MarlandQuadrant Chambers ‘There is no-one at the Bar with a better all round experience of the aviation industry and aviation law.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew ReeveQuadrant Chambers ‘A superb strategic barrister with an excellent eye for detail and a complete understanding of the law in his area of expertise. An excellent advocate who is able to adjust his style for the tribunal in front of him and the different witnesses he needs to question.'
Ranked: Tier 1
Koye AkoniQuadrant Chambers ‘A commanding court room presence, unflappable demeanour and a good legal mind.'
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘One of the strongest sets for aviation, and certainly the one with the most rounded aviation practice and experience – they can cover it all.’

‘A reasonably friendly set with some very good quality barristers and a clerks room keen to accommodate our needs.’

‘Good set, at all levels.’

‘Quadrant Chambers is an excellent chambers for aviation disputes.’

‘Strong in aviation law.’

Clerking

‘Daniel Westerman is very reliable and helpful .’

Work highlights

    London Bar > Shipping Tier 1

    With long-standing experience in the maritime sector, Quadrant Chambers is seen by many clients as the ‘go-to set for shipping work.’ Silks and juniors alike are regularly instructed in market-leading matters across the full spectrum of wet and dry shipping. Simon Rainey KC and Nigel Jacobs KC appeared in the Supreme Court in Evergreen Marine v Nautical Challenge – after becoming the first appeal in a collision case to come before the highest court for almost half a century, the matter has been remitted back to the Admiralty Court. Rainey also led Tom Bird on The Eternal Bliss, which examined demurrage under voyage charterparties. Another Supreme Court case, the CMA CGM Libra, was handled by John Russell KC and Benjamin Coffer  , and concerned if a defective journey plan renders a vessel unseaworthy. Coffer continued to have a strong year in 2021 and was led by Robert Thomas KC on Holyhead Marina Ltd v Farrer, which considered the right of harbours, docks, and marinas to limit their liability for damage done to vessels at their facilities and which also featured Nigel Cooper KC acting on behalf of the defendants. Thomas Macey-Dare KC and Stewart Buckingham KC were both instructed on a number of high-profile wet and dry shipping disputes before various courts and arbitration fora. Gemma Morgan acted as sole counsel in the Commercial Court in Havila Kystruten AS v Abarca Companhia de Seguros SA opposite silks.

    Rising stars

    Jamie HamblenQuadrant Chambers 'He punches above his weight.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Tom NixonQuadrant Chambers 'Excellent attention to detail with out-of-the-box and razor sharp thinking.'  
    Ranked: Tier 1
    William Mitchell  – Quadrant Chambers 'Offers great insights into quantum arguments in particular in relation to multi-jurisdictional banking disputes. Extremely numerically literate.'
    Ranked: Tier 1

    Leading Silks

    Simon Croall KCQuadrant Chambers 'Simon is an absolutely excellent advocate who is at the top of his game.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Luke Parsons KCQuadrant Chambers 'A highly effective trial advocate whose involvement in a case can make the difference between winning and losing.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Simon Rainey KCQuadrant Chambers 'The go-to senior shipping silk. First class.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Robert Thomas KCQuadrant Chambers 'Very smart and approachable.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Nigel Cooper KCQuadrant Chambers 'Just brilliant on his feet. Also very good with clients and down to earth and easy to engage with.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    John Russell KCQuadrant Chambers 'Excellent grasp of the key points and an ability to put them clearly and succinctly in advocacy.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Michael Davey KCQuadrant Chambers 'Absolutely excellent.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    John Passmore KCQuadrant Chambers 'John is an intelligent barrister who communicates in a clear and straightforward manner.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    James Turner KCQuadrant Chambers ‘James is efficient and responsive, with comprehensive knowledge of all kinds of factual and technical disputes under shipbuilding contract.'
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Ranked: Tier 5
    John Kimbell KCQuadrant Chambers 'Eminently sensible and very easy to work with.'
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Chirag Karia KCQuadrant ChambersVery bright, organised and puts his points across to tribunals and clients alike effectively but with charm.'
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Yash Kulkarni KCQuadrant Chambers 'Approachable, knowledgeable and committed. Astonishing powers of recollection coupled with an affable demeanour. The complete package.'
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Michael Nolan KCQuadrant ChambersThere are no weaknesses.'
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Christopher Smith KCQuadrant Chambers 'Strong all round - on paper and as an advocate. Very approachable and down to earth.'
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Ranked: Tier 5
    Thomas Macey-Dare KCQuadrant Chambers 'He is fantastic with highly complex, highly technical or detailed, and document-heavy cases. He has a superb ability to distil huge amounts of evidence into concise and logical arguments.'
    Ranked: Tier 5

    2021 Silks

    Nichola Warrender KCQuadrant Chambers 'A very clear thinker. She is on top of issues very quickly and then expresses views with concision and clarity.'

    Leading Juniors

    Nevil PhillipsQuadrant ChambersAble to win the minds of judges and arbitrators by precise and clear argument supported by a friendly and persuasive demeanor.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Caroline PoundsQuadrant Chambers 'Caroline is an extremely thorough lawyer with a very sharp mind. She is always on top of the documents in a case and provides balanced and commercial advice.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Benjamin CofferQuadrant Chambers ‘Ben is very considered and a reliable pair of hands.'
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Ruth Hosking – Quadrant Chambers ‘Ruth is very knowledgeable and technically proficient. She is able to master vast amounts of evidence quickly and thoroughly and does not shy away from addressing complex technical or expert issues.’
    Ranked: Tier 1
    Koye AkoniQuadrant ChambersKoye has very considerable intellectual and technical skills. He is extremely diligent and hard-working.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Tom BirdQuadrant Chambers 'Remarkably articulate and intelligent. Tom is unfazed by being put up against people many years his senior.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Gemma MorganQuadrant Chambers 'Very strong on technical understanding and case theory, excellent case leader and completely remarkable with clients and experts.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Paul TomsQuadrant Chambers 'Paul is a talented and effective advocate, and is clearly respected by judges. He quickly gets to the heart of the issues and gives first-rate advice.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Paul HentonQuadrant ChambersHe is very assured, has an incredible eye for detail and is very keen to do a great job.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Peter StevensonQuadrant Chambers 'Peter is excellent on his feet, calm, persistent and very persuasive.  He is also always a pleasure to work with - very alert, attentive and resolution-driven.'
    Ranked: Tier 2
    James ShirleyQuadrant Chambers ‘Perceptive, strategic and unflappable under pressure. His advocacy is first class and the easy manner he adopts in making submissions finds favour with arbitrators and judges alike.
    Ranked: Tier 2
    Stephanie BarrettQuadrant ChambersStephanie has a highly forensic mind and absorbs relevant information very quickly. Her analysis is precise and no-nonsense.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Henry EllisQuadrant Chambers  'Henry is extremely bright, imaginative and responsive. He has an agile mind and a great sense of humour.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Christopher JayQuadrant Chambers  'He is exceptionally bright, enormously diligent and industrious, always willing to go the extra mile for his leader and his clients, and forward-thinking - with the result that he plans ahead in order meet the needs of those around him.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Andrew LeungQuadrant Chambers  'Andrew is an incredibly sharp-witted barrister, with a particular knack for being able to see the bigger picture. He does not pull his punches when it is necessary to do get firm with recalcitrant opponents, and his drafting is second to none.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Natalie MooreQuadrant Chambers 'Natalie is extremely intelligent, knows the details of a case and understands commercial needs.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Saira ParukQuadrant Chambers 'Very thorough and hard-working with no stone left unturned. Intelligent and persuasive on paper and on her feet.'
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Mark StiggelboutQuadrant Chambers ‘Mark punches above his weight and can hold his own against much more senior opponents.’
    Ranked: Tier 3
    Max DavidsonQuadrant Chambers ‘A great legal mind with an appreciation of clients’ commercial requirements. A star at all levels.’
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Ranked: Tier 4
    Andrew Carruth Quadrant ChambersAn outstanding junior, very bright and hard-working, with great instincts.’
    Ranked: Tier 4

    Testimonials

    Set

    ‘Quadrant have a good pedigree of juniors and are the premier chambers for shipping matters.’

    ‘Quadrant is a strong set for shipping work. Broad set of experience across silks and junior counsel.’

    ‘ There is a great variety of counsel across the levels of seniority, with differing skill sets.’

    ‘A good set in the shipping space. A lot of talent.’

    ‘Quadrant Chambers are the go-to set for shipping work. They have excellent availability of counsel for any magnitude of dispute.’

    Clerks

    ‘Absolutely top notch, approachable, and efficient. Special praise must be reserved for Mike Wright.’

    Work highlights

      London Bar > Commodities Tier 2

      Quadrant Chambers is ‘a go-to set for international trade and commodities work’ and has ‘good strength in depth amongst juniors and silks’. One source remarks that it its members are ‘commercial in their thinking and easy to work with’. The ‘sharp, charming and persuasiveSimon Rainey KC is among the foremost silks handling commodities cases, as are Simon Croall KC and ‘extremely talented black letter KC’, Chirag Karia KC. Karia KC handled a high-value series of interconnected disputes for Unipec Singapore, the trading arm of Sinopec, concerning the ownership of cargoes of oil laden on four different ships and claims against an oil terminal in Singapore. Among the set’s many talented juniors are the ‘confident yet understatedMax Davidson, the ‘responsive and helpfulKoye Akoni and ‘incredibly quick-thinkingBen Gardner, who acted for Bunge in an arbitration claim brought by Marasca for payment of US$7m allegedly due as the price for a cargo of corn.

      Rising stars

      Jamie Hamblen - Quadrant Chambers ‘Very responsive and accessible, he has a good ability to gauge and engage with the Tribunal and quickly gets to grips with detailed facts and complex law’.
      Ranked: Tier 1

      Leading Silks

      Simon Rainey KC - Quadrant Chambers ‘First-class - the go-to senior commodities silk.’
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Simon Croall KC - Quadrant Chambers ‘Very clear-minded, user friendly, engaging and dynamic, he has an unmatched ability to distil difficult legal and factual concepts into concise and straightforward drafting.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Chirag Karia KC - Quadrant Chambers ‘Reliable, engaged and offering a commercial, analytical approach to law he is a clear thinker and a shameless proponent of his client’s cause.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      John Russell KC - Quadrant ChambersA very impressive and experienced advocate - he is the best on his feet and provides sound, commercially-focused advice.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Luke Parsons KCQuadrant Chambers ‘He is insightful, technically brilliant on his feet and has excellent rapport with the bench.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Yash Kulkarni KC - Quadrant Chambers ‘User-friendly and efficient, he provides very clear and concise advice.’
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Michael Nolan KC - Quadrant Chambers ‘Very thorough, intellectually honest and very smart.’
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Stewart Buckingham KC - Quadrant Chambers ‘Unflappable and as knowledgeable as he is practical, he inspires confidence, and for good reason - he is the calmest of hands on the tiller.’
      Ranked: Tier 5
      Guy Blackwood KC - Quadrant Chambers ‘A very intelligent and creative barrister who is an excellent advocate.’
      Ranked: Tier 5
      Thomas Macey-Dare KC - Quadrant Chambers ‘His undoubted strength lies in his ability to process heavy and highly technical issues, and his advocacy style is calm, considered and forensic.’
      Ranked: Tier 5

      Leading Juniors

      Benjamin CofferQuadrant Chambers ‘Very considered and a reliable pair of hands, he is responsive, user-friendly, approachable and good with clients.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Ben GardnerQuadrant Chambers ‘He shows excellent attention to detail and commercial awareness, and is incredibly quick-thinking on his feet, taking unexpected twists in his stride.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Paul TomsQuadrant Chambers ‘Highly responsive, he works well in a team and his drafting is very good.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Peter StevensonQuadrant Chambers ‘A fantastic advocate with an excellent understanding of the commodities industry, he gives clear, practical advice which cuts straight to the point.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Koye AkoniQuadrant Chambers ‘Very strong in terms of turn-around and accuracy, he is responsive, helpful and good with clients.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Tom BirdQuadrant Chambers ‘Very user-friendly, providing prompt, clear advice with the most affable of manners and dissecting complex issues with ease.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Max DavidsonQuadrant Chambers ‘Confident yet understated, he is thoughtful and precise, has strong advocacy skills and quickly grasps the main issues.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Henry EllisQuadrant Chambers ‘A very capable and clear-thinking junior, he holds his ground and is utterly unphased.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Paul HentonQuadrant Chambers ‘Very efficient and effective in his approach, he is thorough on the detail and gives very clear and concise advice on complex issues.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      James Shirley  – Quadrant Chambers ‘Calm, measured, analytical but also pragmatic.’
      Ranked: Tier 3

      Testimonials

      Set

      ‘Quadrant is my go-to set.  I find they tend to be commercial thinking and easy to work with.’

      ‘A very good for shipping and commodities. They have improved their commodities offering significantly in the past few years. They are also strong in admiralty work.’

      ‘Quadrant has good strength in depth amongst juniors and silks.’

      ‘Always happy to work with Quadrant. My practice focuses on commodities and they have numerous barristers available that have extensive expertise in this area.’

      ‘Quadrant is a go-to set for international trade and commodities work.’

      Clerking

      ‘Daniel Westerman is an excellent clerk. He is responsive and commercial.’

      London Bar > Energy Tier 2

      Quadrant Chambers ‘has an impressive energy practice, with real expertise at all levels’ and it is ‘well regarded, clearly having a broad range of well-qualified barristers to pull from’. Renowned as one of the strongest shipping sets, it is increasingly active in disputes concerning energy infrastructure projects and upstream contractual disputes. Energy is one of the sectors identified as a key area of focus for growth in the set’s new ten-year strategy, which was introduced in 2019. Lionel Persey KC is one of the go-to arbitrators for large and complex energy disputes. Simon Rainey led increasingly prominent junior Henry Ellis in a $100m dispute arising from the US$2.7bn divestment of ConocoPhillips’ UK North Sea oil and gas production businesses to Chrysaor in 2019. In Shell Energy Europe Limited v Metaenergia S.p.A., another promising junior Gemma Morgan acted for Shell in a leading case on the right of a party to have its arbitration award enforced as a judgment under s.66 of the Arbitration Act 1996

      Leading Silks

      Lionel Persey KCQuadrant Chambers ‘Probably the first choice when the case will turn on cross-examination of technical experts because he has a deadly combination of authority and experience.’
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Simon Rainey KCQuadrant Chambers ‘He is incredibly clever and picks up the details of huge cases with absolute ease provides a clear path forward.’
      Ranked: Tier 1
      Simon Croall KCQuadrant Chambers ‘Highly responsive and with a clear and digestible written style, he is a good strategist who is easy to work with.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      Luke Parsons KCQuadrant Chambers ‘A top go-to barrister for knotty, complex claims, he is excellent not only in written work, but also in his advocacy.’
      Ranked: Tier 2
      John Russell KCQuadrant Chambers ‘A highly gifted advocate with a natural flair, he has oodles of charm with clients, arbitrators and judges alike.’
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Chris Smith KC - Quadrant Chambers ‘He has a very commercial, pragmatic and client-friendly approach, and is quick to understand the issues.’
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Nigel Cooper KC - Quadrant Chambers ‘Nigel is incredibly reliable and a deceptively strong advocate who is always well-prepared and never gets fazed.’
      Ranked: Tier 4

      Leading Juniors

      Caroline PoundsQuadrant Chambers ‘She handles a lot of energy work concerning infrastructure and contractual disputes, and is extremely thorough and persuasive.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Gaurav SharmaQuadrant Chambers ‘He has encyclopaedic knowledge of the oil and gas sector, and is exceptionally bright, excellent at strategizing, and speaks the language of the industry.’
      Ranked: Tier 3
      Alexander UffQuadrant Chambers ‘Alexander is outstanding - extremely sharp, strategic and practical – and his presentation is clear and compelling.’
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Henry EllisQuadrant Chambers ‘A very capable junior who can hold his ground and be utterly unfazed.’
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Joseph EnglandQuadrant Chambers ‘The complete package, his advice is precise, thoughtful and practical, and always takes account of the broader strategic picture.’
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Ben GardnerQuadrant Chambers ‘Highly intelligent, diligent, user-friendly, and a really nice guy.’
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Paul HentonQuadrant Chambers ‘He is very efficient and effective, giving very clear and concise advice on the complex issues which turn a case.’
      Ranked: Tier 4
      Gemma MorganQuadrant Chambers ‘Very good with clients, quick to gain their trust and confidence, she is bright and able to grasp the key elements of the case within a short period of time.’
      Ranked: Tier 4

      Testimonials

      Set

      ‘Quadrant is a go-to Chambers for my firm on a wide range of commercial dispute matters. They have an excellent set of seniors and juniors.’

      ‘Quadrant chambers has an impressive energy practice, with real expertise at all levels.’

      ‘I highly recommend Quadrant on shipping and international trade matters. They have a number of incredibly knowledgeable and user-friendly barristers at all levels of qualification. Their rates are highly competitive and the clerking team is excellent. They also show thought leadership in their practice areas and regularly host engaging seminars.’

      ‘Quadrant Chambers is well regarded in the field of shipping disputes and clearly has a broad depth of well-qualified barristers to pull from.’

      ‘Quadrant is an excellent set. If the first choice counsel is not available you know that there are other barristers who will be extremely good.’

      Clerking

      ‘The clerks are extremely helpful and honest about availability and turn-around times.’

      Work highlights

        London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) Tier 2

        Quadrant Chambers’ team acts in cases for a number of leading airlines including British Airways, Ryan Air, and Etihad airlines. Its work varies from arbitrations and inquests through to commercial disputes leases and regulatory matters. John Kimbell KC, who was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 2018, has recently acted as a foreign law expert witness in class action proceedings arising out of a mass outbreak of COVID on a cruise ship. Mark Stiggelbout acts for an airline in a case pivoting on the definition of the term ‘operations of disembarking.’

        Leading Silks

        John Kimbell KCQuadrant ChambersAn excellent advocate: clear, confident and persuasive, a team player and easy to get along with.’
        Ranked: Tier 2

        Leading Juniors

        Matthew ReeveQuadrant Chambers ‘Matthew is excellent. A masterful tactician, excellent on paper, excellent on his feet - the complete barrister.’
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Mark StiggelboutQuadrant ChambersMark punches above his weight and can hold his own against much more senior opponents. He has a calm and composed style of advocacy, which appeals to judges.’
        Ranked: Tier 3

        Testimonials

        Set 

        ‘Quadrant is a very strong set which has for many years been recognised as the top aviation accident set for claimants and defendants alike.’

        ‘A solid core have a good understanding of this area, both practical and legal.’

        London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Tier 3

        Quadrant Chambers is a ‘strong set in general commercial litigation and banking litigation‘ and is commended for its ‘excellent training programmes, courses and technical content and know how’. Members regularly act for and against the banks, including disputes with elements of fraud, trade finance and insolvency. Paul Downes KC leads a team including Emily Saunderson and Simon Oakes in Liberty Steel v Various – acting for Liberty Steel entities in various proceedings against lenders including Trafigura, Arcelormittal, and Greensill Capital, which collapsed in 2021. Nicola Allsop acted successfully as sole counsel for the respondent bank in Sharpoorji Pallonji v I&M Bank Rwanda Plc, an application concerning a demand made on a performance bond.

        Leading Silks

        Paul Downes KCQuadrant ChambersHe is very thorough in his preparation and reads everything. Very quick on the uptake and a forceful and compelling advocate.’
        Ranked: Tier 3

        Leading Juniors

        Emily SaundersonQuadrant Chambers ‘A real expert in the field. Brilliant at simplifying complex issues. Incredibly popular with clients.'
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Stewart ChirnsideQuadrant Chambers ‘Technically excellent and tactically astute - his approach gives clients the edge over their opponents. Brings an objective view to the merits while fighting clients corners as hard as possible.'
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Simon OakesQuadrant Chambers ‘Simon is unflappable; he is realistic; confident and self-assured beyond his years. He was a real asset to the team and much admired by the client.'
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Turlough StoneQuadrant Chambers ‘Marvellous to work with and a smooth operator at the Bar.’
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Nicola AllsopQuadrant Chambers ‘Nicola is extremely bright and has a wealth of experience. Her advocacy is particularly persuasive.'
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Joseph SullivanQuadrant Chambers ‘His judgement and his technical expertise are second to none. He is a great team player.’
        Ranked: Tier 3

        Testimonials

        Set

         ‘One of the pre-eminent sets and very good strength in depth.’

         ‘Well regarded set of leading experts in their fields. Excellent training programmes, courses and technical content and know how – demonstrating that the set comprises a number of thought leaders.’

         ‘Very accommodating set with an array of experience across areas. Their YouTube insights are fantastic.’

         ‘Quadrant are always a pleasure to deal with.’

         ‘Strong set in general commercial litigation and banking litigation.’

         Clerking

         ‘Daniel Westerman is fantastic.’

        London Bar > Commercial litigation Tier 3

        Quadrant Chambers is ‘quality commercial set’ that ‘has moved well beyond its shipping roots‘. The ‘forward-thinking, commercially astute, and user friendly‘ chambers has ‘embraced technology leaving others far behind‘ and has  ‘a number of good options at all levels for commercial litigation‘. Notable cases include DAZN v IMG in which Paul Downes KC is leading Nicola Allsop  for the defendants in a dispute regarding the rights to broadcast Italian Serie A football in Brazil, and whether their disruption due to COVID-19 amounted to a force majeure event. Simon Rainey KC also led Joseph Sullivan  for the defendant in Conocophillips Company v Chrysaor E&P, which concerned the construction of a contract used for the US$2.6bn purchase of the claimant’s UK oil and gas exploration and production businesses.

        Leading Silks

        Simon Rainey KCQuadrant Chambers ‘Simon's approach to advocacy is well-tempered and he oozes gravitas. He is very efficient with his time and gives robust, considered, advice.’
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Paul Downes KCQuadrant Chambers ‘Paul is a powerhouse. He is exceptionally bright and always looking for commercial solutions / strategies to place clients in the best possible position both commercially and in front of Judges.’
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Robert-Jan Temmink KCQuadrant Chambers ‘Rob is an amazing advocate. He has a commanding presence in the court/hearing room even in a virtual hearing. He’s a pleasure to work with.’
        Ranked: Tier 4
        Guy Blackwood KCQuadrant Chambers ‘Very good on the law, commercial and very good with clients.’
        Ranked: Tier 5
        Yash Kulkarni KC - Quadrant Chambers 'Yash has a knack for finding a runnable argument when the issues seem stacked against a client. He is not frightened to wade into technical, complex detail. He has an affable way of communicating with clients and inspires their confidence. Yash is unflappable on his feet in court and knows how far to take cross-examination of a witness.'
        Ranked: Tier 6
        Lionel Persey KCQuadrant ChambersAn excellent silk.
        Ranked: Tier 6

        Leading Juniors

        Nicola AllsopQuadrant Chambers ‘Brilliant technically and commercially, excellent with clients and a pleasure to work with.'
        Ranked: Tier 4
        Joseph SullivanQuadrant ChambersJoe is first class. He is very clever, very astute and very client friendly. He is a also very strong on his feet. The complete all rounder.’
        Ranked: Tier 4
        Emily Saunderson  – Quadrant Chambers ‘Emily is always on the ball and provides robust and clear advice. She has a growing reputation in the market and her star is on the rise.’
        Ranked: Tier 5
        Stewart Chirnside  - Quadrant Chambers 'Stewart is calm, measured and has incredible attention to detail.'
        Ranked: Tier 5
        Simon OakesQuadrant Chambers ‘Simon is extremely hard working, an excellent support to his leader but also able to stand on his own two feet and argue very succinctly in court. He is always well-liked by clients, and is very user-friendly.'
        Ranked: Tier 5

        Testimonials

        Set

         ‘Quadrant has moved well beyond its shipping roots to become a quality commercial set.’

         ‘Forward-thinking, commercially astute, and user friendly. They have embraced technology leaving others far behind. The quad cast series is accessible, personable, and entertaining. A first-class set.’

         ‘Quadrant has really improved their commercial litigation offering in recent years. They now have good strength in depth and a number of good options at all levels for commercial litigation.’

         ‘A strong set and now renowned for commercial litigation as much as maritime work.’

         ‘We regularly use a variety of barristers at Quadrant – they are a strong set. We use Quadrant for the vast majority of our IT and commercial litigation matters.’

         Clerking

         ‘I have had excellent experiences with the clerking team at Quadrant Chambers.  I could not praise Daniel Westerman enough.  He always has a warm greeting and does everything in his power to help assist me with my query and either find options for barristers or assist with any issues that might arise during the court of the litigation – whether with availability, the Court or liaising with the other side.  It is reassuring to know there is someone I can turn to for assistance in these circumstances who I know will get back to me quickly and keep me updated on progress.  A star.‘

        London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance Tier 3

        With an insurance and reinsurance practice that covers both marine insurance and non-marine insurance cases, Quadrant Chambers‘ ‘strength in depth of experience is formidable‘. In recent highlights, Guy Blackwood KC and senior junior Benjamin Coffer successfully acted for the underwriters in Piraeus Bank v. Antares Underwriting (The Zouzou), a high-value claim which required a genuine stress-test by the court of the market’s standard mortgagee interest insurance policy clauses. Elsewhere in chambers, Luke Parsons KC is representing the reinsurers in The Prestige, arising out of a 2022 oil spill off the coast of Spain, the issue being whether the Spanish Government can reclaim the oil spill clean-up costs where there is an English arbitration clause and a decision in Spain. In November 2021 the set appointed its first female head of chambers, Poonam Melwani KC.

        Rising stars

        William Mitchell - Quadrant Chambers 'A hardworking and bright junior, who has a mature approach to litigation.'
        Ranked: Tier 1

        Leading Silks

        Guy Blackwood KCQuadrant ChambersVery good on the law, commercial and excellent with clients.
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Luke Parsons KCQuadrant ChambersLuke is a top go-to barrister, particularly for knotty, complex claims. He is excellent not only in written work, but also in his advocacy, and solicitors value and trust his judgement. Although Luke is a brilliant barrister, he is approachable and respectful – even when solicitors are young and starting out, he treats them like their input is valuable, and that stays with them.
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Nigel Cooper KCQuadrant ChambersNigel is a very good advocate, and provides well-written detailed advice that is easy to understand and read.
        Ranked: Tier 5

        Leading Juniors

        Benjamin Coffer - Quadrant ChambersBen is a very thorough and strategic thinking barrister. His drafting skills and attention to detail are excellent, and he can hold his own against a KC.
        Ranked: Tier 4
        Joseph England – Quadrant ChambersJoseph is fantastic. Barristers at the commercial Bar have a high work ethic, but Joseph takes this to a different level. He turns work around fast and, unfailingly, to a very high standard. He has a wide range of insurance experience and previously worked in house at a leading insurer, which brings an excellent inside knowledge to bear for clients. His advocacy is beyond his call, and he regularly takes on and beats senior silks.
        Ranked: Tier 4

        Testimonials

        Set

        Excellent set of chambers with some very strong barristers.

        Quadrant Chambers is the go-to set for marine insurance matters.

        Chambers’ strength in depth of experience is formidable. It has Counsel available to attend to every type of issue or instruction, and is always accessible.

        Very user friendly, cost effective and always provide suitable Counsel for the job at hand.

        Our go-to set for high-value or complex insurance disputes work. The strength in depth is fantastic. The silks are all highly competent; and, additionally, most of the members of chambers have first-class market knowledge across the sectors that our firm works in. What sets Quadrant apart is its practical and commercial focus. Clients really warm to this.

        Clerking

        Daniel Westerman always goes the extra mile to maintain and ensure a high level of client service, offering practical and commercial solutions to any issues.

        London Bar > International arbitration: counsel Tier 3

        Quadrant Chambers provides ‘first class advice from the most senior silks to the most junior tenants‘. The set is especially known for shipping, trade and commodities-related arbitrations, but many members have ‘first-rate expertisein more general commercial arbitrations. Guy Blackwood KC has been representing Greece in several high value ICC arbitrations against Privinvest concerning the construction of military submarines. Senior junior Gemma Morgan  regularly appears as sole counsel, and in Shell Energy Europe v Metaenergia, concerning a disputed energy supply contract, she is assisting Shell on enforcement proceedings before the courts. Simon Rainey KC remains one of the market’s best regarded advocates and has recently led juniors Gaurav Sharma and Ben Gardner in high value claims in the Middle East and Africa.

        Leading Silks

        Simon Rainey KCQuadrant Chambers ‘A razor-sharp mind, a formidable cross-examiner and elegantly unflappable in a tight corner.’
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Lionel Persey KCQuadrant Chambers  'Probably the first choice for big energy project where the case will turn on cross-examination of technical experts, Lionel has a combination of authority and experience which makes him deadly.'
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Yash Kulkarni KCQuadrant Chambers ‘Yash is brilliant to work with. He is a great team player: direct, clear and always calm. If you have a horrible case, it is lovely to have him on your side because he just gets on with it.’
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Guy Blackwood KCQuadrant Chambers ‘He is a skilful and top class advocate. He knows the facts back to front. ’
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Luke Parsons KCQuadrant Chambers ‘Luke is my top go-to barrister, particularly for knotty, complex claims. He is excellent not only in written work, but also in his advocacy, and I value and trust his judgment.'
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Robert-Jan Temmink KCQuadrant Chambers ‘Robert is an excellent case leader, mixing strong judgment with personality and substantive ability - any he case he leads will be expertly handled indeed.'
        Ranked: Tier 3

        Leading Juniors

        Gemma MorganQuadrant ChambersSuperb advocate with a very clinical, persuasive yet charming style in front of Tribunals. Very able to read points of weakness or doubt in the Tribunal and cover those in submissions. Superb at crafting cross examination and dealing with expert witnesses. Gemma is also very much at the heart of any legal team and a pleasure to work with.’
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Joseph EnglandQuadrant Chambers ‘Nothing is too much trouble, he is always available and will do whatever is necessary to ensure the client receives the very best advice and representation. He is practical and commercial and well liked by clients. His written abilities are strong and advocacy excellent.'  
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Ben GardnerQuadrant Chambers ‘Excellent on his feet, very quick thinking and calm, gets stuck in with the documents, has a feel for tactics and how an arbitrator will view something.'
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Gaurav Sharma - Quadrant Chambers 'Gaurav is an incredibly clever barrister. He is a strategic thinker and leaves no stone unturned.' 
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Koye Akoni - Quadrant Chambers 'Koye is an extremely impressive junior. He combines charisma and charm with incisive ferocity, so when called upon he can deliver a critical hit with style, aplomb, and finesse.'
        Ranked: Tier 3

        Testimonials

        Set  

        ‘Quadrant Chambers is well regarded in the field of shipping disputes and clearly has a broad depth of well qualified barristers to pull from.’

        ‘Quadrant provide first class advice from the most senior silks to the most junior tenants, as one would expect from one of the leading sets at the commercial bar. Chambers has an excellent mix of true specialists across various disciplines which arise in the context of my firm’s disputes practice. Seminars are offered at no cost and on a regular basis to brief the team on developments in case law and practice, which are much appreciated. They host and sponsor numerous events often with Counsel devoting significant time at no charge to travel, preparation and attendance. Again much appreciated. They excel in their commercial and practical approach to resolving the most complex of cases.’ 

        ‘I highly recommend Quadrant on shipping and international trade matters. They have a number of incredibly knowledgeable and user-friendly barristers at all levels of qualification. Their rates are highly competitive and the clerking team are excellent. They also show thought leadership in their practice areas and regularly host engaging seminars.’ 

        ‘Quadrant Chambers offer the first-rate expertise in international arbitration and in particular for shipping and commodities disputes.‘

        ‘One of the pre-eminent sets and very good strength in depth.’

        Clerking 

        ‘The team is expertly led by  Simon Slattery. He has excellent knowledge not only of the particular work streams and specialists of individual Counsel in chambers but wide and in-depth knowledge of the markets in which chambers practice. The clerks understand the pressures solicitors are under and respond accordingly. Mike Wright is an excellent new addition to the team with a helpful and can-do attitude to problem solving. They set the chambers apart from their immediate rivals.’

        London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

        London Bar > Financial services regulation

        Leading Silks

        Paul Downes KCQuadrant ChambersPowerful court advocate - fearless in pursuit of his client's interests. Doesn't sit on the fence’
        Ranked: Tier 3

        Leading Juniors

        Emily SaundersonQuadrant Chambers ‘Emily is a pleasure to work with. Incredibly bright, confident and brings a grounded commercial approach. Her attention to detail is second to none, she leaves no stone unturned in the pursuit of her client's cause.'
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Stewart ChirnsideQuadrant Chambers ‘Strong attention to detail, extremely thorough in analysis, covers all the angles.'
        Ranked: Tier 3

        London Bar > Fraud: civil

        Leading Silks

        Paul Downes KCQuadrant Chambers ‘He is a remarkable advocate and his preparation for trial outstanding. He leaves no stone unturned meaning he is able to tie opponents on the stand in knots. At the same time, his down to earth no nonsense approach to seriously complicated disputes makes him extremely popular with clients alike.’
        Ranked: Tier 3

        Leading Juniors

        Joseph EnglandQuadrant Chambers ‘A very safe pair of hands with excellent attention to detail and first rate client care skills - a hidden gem with a very bright future.'
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Stewart Chirnside  – Quadrant Chambers ‘Stewart is now a go-to barrister for complex fraud work. He is unflappable and his drafting skills are first class. He has the ability to assimilate a large volume of material quickly and efficiently and his skeleton arguments are always well structured and often far superior to his opposing KC.’
        Ranked: Tier 4
        Joseph SullivanQuadrant Chambers ‘Joe is a star: exceptionally bright, always gives straightforward advice and remains calm even with the most difficult of clients and opponents.’
        Ranked: Tier 4

        London Bar > Insolvency

        Leading Juniors

        Nicola AllsopQuadrant Chambers ‘Nicola is an excellent communicator and offers timely and clear legal advice.'
        Ranked: Tier 4
        Joseph EnglandQuadrant Chambers 'He is practical and commercial and well liked by clients.'
        Ranked: Tier 5

        London Bar > Professional negligence

        Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities Tier 1

        Quadrant Chambers continues to be a leading set within shipping and commodities in the Asia Pacific region, with barristers frequently representing all parties in various disputes. The chambers is uniquely positioned to offer their shipping expertise at all levels and matters, from dry and wet shipping matters to marine insurance and fraud. Simon Rainey KC and Nigel Jacobs KC are both highly regarded for their work in the shipping sphere, dealing with issues involving limitation of liability and unsafe ports. In the English courts, Caroline Pounds  was successful in her role in Navig8 Chemicals Pools Inc v Aeturnum Energy International Pte Ltd where she acted on behalf of the claimant seeking to enforce performance of the defendant’s obligations under a Letter of Indemnity in respect of the cargo without production of the original bill of lading.  Lionel Persey KC has a wide-ranging practice, including private international law and arbitration matters in the shipping context.

        Leading Silks

        Ranked: Tier 1
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Luke Parsons KCQuadrant Chambers ‘Luke is a deep-thinking and charming advocate.’  
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Lionel Persey KCQuadrant Chambers  ‘Lionel is a tremendously diligent and his analysis is always spot on.’
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Simon Rainey KCQuadrant Chambers  ‘Brain the size of a planet. Judges and arbitrators love him. Really good with clients.’
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Michael Nolan KCQuadrant Chambers  ‘Michael is very experienced and well versed both in arbitration and litigation matters. He sees the issues very quickly and practically and offers excellent insights which puts the clients at ease immediately. Go-to counsel in an emergency.’
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Michael Davey KCQuadrant Chambers ‘His advocacy is excellent, as is the quality of all of his work.’
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Stewart Buckingham KC – Quadrant ChambersQuick, prompt, flexible and effective.’ 
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Nigel Cooper KCQuadrant Chambers ‘Nigel is focussed and crisp in his advice. Nigel is also very personable in nature and is always up for a challenge.'                                                                                 '
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Nigel Jacobs KCQuadrant Chambers 'Hard working with good humour. Good sensible advice and will always try and make time no matter how busy he is.'
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Yash Kulkarni KCQuadrant ChambersYash is very calm and very thorough.  He is fantastically intelligent and logical and can work through issues in a clear way.  He has the ear of the tribunal.'
        Ranked: Tier 2
        John Russell KCQuadrant Chambers 'John is a highly polished advocate able to cut directly to the heart of the matter both legal and commercial and to put the points succinctly and persuasively before the court. He is also able to do the same on paper and in conference with clients. The advocate you want to have fighting your corner.' 
        Ranked: Tier 2

        Leading Juniors

        Caroline PoundsQuadrant Chambers ‘Detail-oriented, responsive and clever – everything you want in a top-notch commercial junior.’  
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Tom BirdQuadrant Chambers  ‘Tom is as an intelligent and switched-on counsel. He is very diligent and delivers work very quickly. His work is always of high standard.’
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Nevil PhillipsQuadrant Chambers ‘In the context of shipping and commodities cases, Nevil can do any sort of case and make his points well.  He is a great advocate and great fun to work with.  He is highly regarded by the shipping law arena as a superstar senior junior.  He is one of a handful of barristers in London who can claim to have all of those qualities and to be at that standard.'
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Christopher JayQuadrant Chambers ‘Chris is an outstanding junior. He is very bright, hugely industrious, gives 100% to every case, is responsive, calm in the face of adversity, and is an exceptional addition to any litigation or arbitration team. As an advocate, he is measured, careful and effective. Tribunals are attracted by his understated and gently persuasive style.'
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Paul HentonQuadrant Chambers  ‘Blunt and to the point - clients like that as often English is not their first language and they do not have time to read pages of advice. He is not afraid to get stuck in on aspects of a case where other barristers may see it as beneath them.’
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Natalie MooreQuadrant Chambers ‘Good solid junior counsel - reliable and thorough.’
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Andrew LeungQuadrant Chambers ‘Andrew is someone who does not give up easily, but relentlessly pursues his clients’ interests and objectives.  He is practical, solicitor-friendly and definitely easy to work with.’
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Paul TomsQuadrant Chambers  ‘Paul is immensely experienced in shipbuilding contract disputes and it is very reassuring to have him as counsel. He is very responsive and a great pleasure to work with. Excellent drafting and solicitors can totally trust him to present the best possible case for the clients.’
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Gemma MorganQuadrant Chambers ‘Extremely intelligent and excellent at strategy to develop a case theory to run. Extremely calm and persuasive.'
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Saira ParukQuadrant Chambers ‘Saira is very approachable and user-friendly, balancing knowledge of the law with commercial awareness and understanding.'  
        Ranked: Tier 2

        Testimonials

        Set

        ‘Excellent all round chambers.’

        ‘Excellent. My first choice of UK counsel, extremely helpful.’

        ‘Very good. Our first choice of the UK chambers.’

        ‘Leading shipping set.’

        ‘I think Quadrant is the strongest set for shipping and trading counsel. The clerks are very helpful, counsel themselves are very flexible and willing to work to the demands of a case and client (including while on holiday or over weekends if the urgency requires). I think counsel at Quadrant are also generally good at saying if they do not have capacity instead of taking on the work and not being able to deliver in a timely fashion.’ 

        Clerking

        ‘Clerks are excellent. Simon Slattery is particularly helpful.’

        Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial Tier 1

        Quadrant Chambers has a strong international commercial disputes offering and showcases in-depth sector expertise. The set has an established presence in the shipping, trade and marine insurance sectors, in addition to its extensive corporate and commercial disputes practice. Chirag Karia QC specialises in cross-border commercial, shipping and commodities cases, and Guy Blackwood QC is another key individual to note and has an impressive international arbitration practice.

        Leading silks

        Guy Blackwood QC – Quadrant Chambers ‘Guy is an excellent commercial barrister with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law. He is exceptionally personable and modest for a person so talented and as a result a pleasure to work with.’
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Chirag Karia QC - Quadrant Chambers 'His legal opinion is based on a very deep knowledge and practice in English Law.'
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Yash Kulkarni QCQuadrant ChambersA very calm, poised and objective lawyer, Yash can be relied upon for accurate, no nonsense advice.  He is unflappable in hearings and presents in a compelling way.  A go-to junior QC for arbitration work.’
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Robert-Jan Temmink QCQuadrant ChambersA brilliant advocate, technical lawyer and tactician, and a real joy to work with.  Rob is an absolute Rolls Royce of a QC who works hard, delivers when it matters and gets great results.'
        Ranked: Tier 1
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Ranked: Tier 2

        Testimonials

        Set 

        The set have always been extremely helpful and pleasant to deal with. They provide top quality support and back up, to the extent of even being willing to go outside Chambers in the very rare event of their being unable to provide Counsel from the set for a specific task.’

        Increasingly strong commercial set in addition to the traditional shipping strengths that the set is known for.’

        Quadrant remains my chambers of choice for commercial work particularly in international trade.’

        The strengths, I would say, are in shipping, trade and marine insurance, but they are becoming well known for commercial and corporate disputes too.’

        Clerking 

        Gary Ventura – simply the best.’

        Strong. User friendly.’

        Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Construction, energy and infrastructure Tier 2

        Crossing over with the set's shipping expertise, Quadrant Chambers has experienced growth within the energy sector within the last few years, with a good majority of its members acting as advocates and providing advice on aspects of the oil and gas industry, with a large percentage of work coming from international clients in the Asia-Pacific region. Simon Rainey KC has a broad energy practice, having worked in areas such as construction litigation representing major oil production companies. Luke Parsons KC is noteworthy for his extensive experience in arbitrations involving c construction and maintenance of oil rigs, exploration platforms, floating storage platforms and pipelines.

        Leading Silks

        Ranked: Tier 2
        Lionel Persey KC – Quadrant ChambersLionel is a tremendously diligent barrister whose analysis is always spot on.’
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Ranked: Tier 3
        Ranked: Tier 3

        Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial Tier 3

        Quadrant Chambers is a permanent presence within the Asia Pacific region with links to local law firms in the region including elite mainland Chinese firms, with particular expertise in cases touching on the set's strengths in shipping and commodities. Luke Parsons KC is regularly instructed by domestic and international law firms in complex disputes, coming from regions such as Korea and China, and Yash Kulkarni KC is often instructed by large US firms on high value international arbitrations in the region.

        Leading Silks

        Luke Parsons KCQuadrant ChambersBrilliant on his feet. A razor sharp cross examiner. Can think outside the box and find solutions where others can't.'
        Ranked: Tier 2
        Simon Rainey KCQuadrant Chambers 'Brain the size of a planet. Judges and Arbitrators love him. Is now expensive but you get what you pay for. Really good with clients.'
        Ranked: Tier 3

        Testimonials

        Set

        ‘Good set, easy to deal with.’

        Quadrant Chambers is widely recognised as being one of the leading commercial sets. Quadrant’s barristers provide outstanding advocacy in court, arbitration and inquiries, and expert advice across the whole spectrum of commercial law, both nationally and internationally. The set also offers highly experienced arbitrators, mediators and expert witnesses. Quadrant members are renowned for their approachability, responsiveness, for working closely with their clients and for being aware of their concerns and priorities. Chambers uses an external organisation to appraise members’ relationships with clients and uses that feedback to improve service annually. Chambers has a highly motivated support team of clerks and administrative staff who are noted for their commitment to providing the highest level of support and service to all with whom they work. Quadrant has a modern and flexible attitude to structuring fees.

        Type of work undertaken: Quadrant Chambers holds a pre-eminent international position in shipping, commodities, energy, insurance, aviation and travel. Quadrant’ s specialist areas of expertise include: aviation, banking and finance, chancery, civil fraud, commercial litigation, energy and natural resources, insolvency and restructuring, insurance and re-insurance, international arbitration, international trade and commodities, professional negligence, shipbuilding, shipping and maritime. Members of chambers and arbitrator members also accept appointments as inquiry chairs, arbitrators and mediators.

        A large proportion of Quadrant’s work is for international clients or involves international commercial law. Members have appeared as advocates and expert witnesses before courts and tribunals worldwide and several have been called to the bars of other jurisdictions including those of Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Dubai, BVI, Pakistan, Gibraltar, New South Wales, California, New York, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland and South Africa.

        For more details please visit the Quadrant website at www.quadrantchambers.com

        DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
        MELWANI KC, Poonam (1989)
        HOWARD KC, MN (1971)
        PERSEY KC, Lionel (1981)
        RAINEY KC, Simon (1982)
        PARSONS KC, Luke (1985)
        JACOBS KC, Nigel (1983)
        GOLDSTONE KC, David (1986)
        CROALL KC, Simon (1986)
        COOPER KC, Nigel (1987)
        DOWNES KC, Paul (1991)
        THOMAS KC, Robert (1992)
        KARIA KC, Chirag (1988)
        TURNER KC, James M (1990)
        DAVEY KC, Michael (1990)
        RUSSELL KC, John (1993)
        BLACKWOOD KC, Guy (1997)
        NOLAN KC, Michael (1981)
        PASSMORE KC, John (1992)
        KIMBELL KC, John (1995)
        TEMMINK KC, Robert-Jan (1996)
        MACEY-DARE KC, Thomas (1994)
        KULKARNI KC, Yash (1998)
        SMITH KC, Christopher (1999)
        BUCKINGHAM KC, Stewart (1996)
        RICHMOND KC, Jeremy (2000)
        WARRENDER, Nichola (1995)
        REEVE, Matthew (1987)
        PHILLIPS, Nevil (1992)
        UFF, Alexander (1998)
        MARLAND, Tim (2002)
        HOSKING, Ruth (2002)
        ALLSOP, Nicola (2002)
        POUNDS, Caroline (2003)
        TOMS, Paul (2003)
        COLDRICK, Emmet (2004)
        HENTON, Paul (2004)
        PARUK, Saira (2004)
        STONE, Turlough (2004)
        SEMARK, David (2002)
        SAUNDERSON, Emily (2005)
        CHIRNSIDE, Stewart (2005)
        MORGAN, Gemma (2006)
        SULLIVAN, Joseph (2006)
        SHARMA, Gaurav (2006)
        MOORE, Natalie (2007)
        COFFER, Benjamin (2008)
        BARRETT, Stephanie (2008)
        WILMOT-SMITH, Claudia (2008)
        STEVENSON, Peter (2008)
        ELLIS, Henry (2008)
        JAY, Christopher (2009)
        GARDNER, Ben (2010)
        LEUNG, Andrew (2010)
        STIGGELBOUT, Mark (2011)
        BIRD, Tom (2011)
        McWILLIAMS, Emily (2011)
        ENGLAND, Joseph (2011)
        CARRUTH, Andrew (2013)
        DAVIDSON, Max (2013)
        PROCTOR, Michael (2013)
        AKONI, Koye (2014)
        WILLIAMS, Craig (2012)
        HAMBLEN, Jamie (2017)
        MITCHELL, William (2017)
        NIXON, Tom (2017)
        WARD, Robert (2018)
        HONEY, Celine (2019)
        JOSEPH, Benjamin (2019)
        CHILAEVA, Maya (2020)
        GOURGEY, Joseph (2021)
        Chief Operating Officer Peter Blair
        Senior Clerk Simon Slattery
        Senior Practice Manager Daniel Westerman
        Practice Manager John Walker
        Practice Manager Rob Frankish
        Practice Manager Mike Wright
        Assistant Practice Manager Billy Beckett
        Assistant Practice Manager Rhys Durban
        Business Development Director Sarah Longden
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        Koye Akoni photoMr Koye AkoniBarrister with a broad commercial practice encompassing shipping, energy, international trade, aviation,…
        Nicola Allsop photo Nicola AllsopNicola has a modern commercial chancery practice encompassing company litigation (particularly shareholder…
        Stephanie Barrett photoMs Stephanie BarrettStephanie’s practice encompasses a wide range of commercial litigation and arbitration, particularly…
        Tom Bird photoMr Tom BirdTom Bird has a broad commercial practice with a focus on shipping, commodities,…
        Andrew Guy Blackwood photoMr Andrew Guy BlackwoodGuy has a broadly based commercial practice, with particular focus on large…
        Stewart Buckingham photoMr Stewart BuckinghamPractises in the fields of commercial law, including commercial contracts, energy, shipping,…
        Andrew Carruth photoMr Andrew CarruthBarrister specialising in shipping, energy and offshore construction, international trade, general commercial…
        Maya Chilaeva photoMs Maya ChilaevaMaya Chilaeva joined Quadrant Chambers on 1 October 2021 following the successful…
        Stewart Chirnside photoMr Stewart ChirnsideBarrister specialising in commercial litigation, including banking and finance, commercial fraud, professional…
        Benjamin Coffer photoMr Benjamin CofferCommercial litigation with a particular emphasis on shipping, commodities and insurance/reinsurance.
        Emmet Coldrick photoMr Emmet ColdrickSpecialises in commercial law and arbitration, with a focus on shipping and…
        Nigel Cooper photoMr Nigel CooperBarrister; practice covers the fields of shipping, shipbuilding (including superyacht and military…
        Simon Croall photoMr Simon CroallSimon Croall is an established commercial silk who has appeared in every…
        Simon Croall photoMr Simon CroallSimon Croall is an established commercial silk who has appeared in every…
        Michael Davey photoMr Michael DaveyBarrister specialising in commercial and shipping: charterparties and bills of lading; international…
        Max Davidson photoMr Max DavidsonBarrister specialising in commercial disputes, predominantly shipping, aviation, commodities and insurance.
        Paul Downes photo Paul DownesBarrister specialising in commercial law (with specific expertise in banking and finance-related…
        George C Economou photoMr George C EconomouBarrister specialising in arbitration, ADR, finance, shipping, EC, Greek law, Cypriot law.
        Henry Ellis photoMr Henry EllisHenry has a broad commercial practice, with an emphasis on shipping and…
        Joseph England photoMr Joseph EnglandJoe is ranked in the latest edition of Legal 500 as a…
        Ben Gardner photoMr Ben GardnerBen practises primarily in shipping, commodities, energy, insurance and conflict of laws,…
        David Goldstone photoMr David GoldstoneDavid is a highly experienced barrister who has appeared in the High…
        Joseph Gourgey photoMr Joseph GourgeyJoseph Gourgey joined Quadrant Chambers on 1 October 2021, upon successful completion…
        Jamie Hamblen photo Jamie HamblenJamie is developing his practice in line with chambers’ core areas of…
        Paul Henton photoMr Paul HentonPaul’s practice focuses on shipping, international trade, commodities, energy, banking, aviation and…
        Celine Honey photoMs Celine HoneyCeline is developing a busy commercial practice which reflects the breadth of…
        Ruth Hosking photoMiss Ruth HoskingRuth’s practice spans the full spectrum of commercial litigation and arbitration including…
        Michael Howard photoMr Michael HowardBarrister and arbitrator specialising in commercial and shipping law, including carriage, trade,…
        Nigel Jacobs photoMr Nigel JacobsQueen’s Counsel (2006) specialising in shipping, admiralty, insurance and general commercial work…
        Christopher Jay photoMr Christopher JayBarrister specialising in commercial litigation across the full range of chambers’ practice…
        Benjamin Joseph photoMr Benjamin JosephBenjamin Joseph joined Quadrant Chambers in October 2020 on successful completion of…
        Chirag Karia photoMr Chirag KariaBarrister specialising in commercial, shipping, commodities and insurance law, appearing regularly in…
        John Ashley Kimbell photoMr John Ashley KimbellJohn Kimbell QC is a maritime and aviation law specialist. He is…
        Yash Kulkarni photoMr Yash KulkarniBarrister with broad commercial practice covering areas such as international trade, shipping,…
        Andrew Leung photoMr Andrew LeungAndrew has a broad commercial practice which encompasses Chambers core practice areas.…
        Thomas Macey-Dare photoMr Thomas Macey-DareBarrister specialising in commercial litigation and international arbitration, with particular focus on…
        Emily McWilliams photoMiss Emily McWilliamsEmily has a broad commercial practice, with a particular specialism in international…
        Poonam Melwani photoMs Poonam MelwaniPoonam Melwani was called to the Bar in 1989. She practices across…
        William Mitchell photo William MitchellWill has a broad and growing practice in line with chambers core…
        Natalie Moore photoMiss Natalie MooreBarrister specialising in shipping and commercial law.
        Gemma Morgan photoMr Gemma MorganGemma has a broad commercial practice with particular focus on shipping, international…
        Tom Nixon photo Tom NixonTom is developing his practice in line with Chambers’ core areas of aviation…
        Michael Nolan photoMr Michael NolanBarrister specialising in shipping, insurance, sale and carriage of goods, ship sale,…
        Simon Oakes photo Simon OakesSimon practises in commercial dispute resolution, with a particular focus on banking…
        Luke Parsons photoMr Luke ParsonsLuke is a Commercial and Admiralty silk whose practice encompasses insurance and…
        Saira Paruk photoMiss Saira ParukBarrister specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration. Saira practises across the full…
        John William Passmore photoMr John William PassmoreCommercial law, including shipping, international trade, aviation, insurance (marine and non-marine) and…
        Lionel Persey photoMr Lionel PerseyBarrister and arbitrator specializing in: commercial litigation; international commercial arbitration; shipping; energy/oil…
        Nevil Phillips photoMr Nevil PhillipsBarrister specialising in commercial and shipping law, including international contracts of sale,…
        Caroline Pounds photoMs Caroline PoundsBarrister practising in general commercial litigation and arbitration whose areas of specialism…
        Michael Proctor photoMr Michael ProctorBarrister practicing commercial law specialising in Shipping, Aviation and International Trade &…
        Simon Rainey photoMr Simon RaineySimon Rainey QC is one of the best-known and most highly regarded…
        Matthew Reeve photoMr Matthew ReeveCommercial advocate practising in most areas of commercial litigation including aviation, insurance…
        Jeremy Richmond photoMr Jeremy RichmondBarrister specialising in modern chancery and commercial law (including cross-border and domestic…
        John Russell photoMr John RussellJohn Russell is a commercial advocate, specialising in shipping, commodities and international…
        Emily Saunderson photo Emily SaundersonEmily is a general commercial practitioner specialising in commercial fraud, and banking…
        David Semark photoMr David SemarkDry shipping disputes; energy, trade and commodities litigation; insurance and reinsurance. Co-author…
        James Shirley photoMr James ShirleyJames Shirley practises in all areas of commercial law and civil fraud:…
        Christopher Smith photoMr Christopher SmithPrincipal areas of work are shipping, energy, commodities, commercial litigation, and insurance.…
        Peter Stevenson photoMr Peter StevensonPeter has a broad commercial practice with a particular emphasis on shipping,…
        Mark Stiggelbout photoMr Mark StiggelboutCommercial barrister specialising in shipping, commodities, international sale of goods, insurance, energy…
        Turlough Stone photoMr Turlough StoneTurlough practices in general commercial law, with particular emphasis on banking and…
        Joseph Sullivan photo Joseph SullivanBarrister specialising in commercial law, banking and finance, commercial fraud and professional…
        Robert-Jan Temmink photoMr Robert-Jan Temmink
        Robert Thomas photoMr Robert ThomasBarrister specialising in all areas of commercial law including international trade, conflict…
        Paul Toms photoMr Paul TomsBarrister specialising in commercial litigation and international arbitration. His areas of expertise…
        James M. Turner photoMr James M. TurnerBarrister specialising in international commercial and shipping law.
        Alexander Uff photoMr Alexander UffAlexander Uff specialises in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration. Originally qualified…
        Robert Ward photoMr Robert WardRob has developed a busy practice spanning the breadth of Chambers’ practice…
        Nichola Warrender photoMiss Nichola WarrenderNichola Warrender specialises in general commercial, shipping, admiralty, international trade and insurance…
        Craig Williams photoMr Craig WilliamsCraig is developing a broad commercial disputes practice encompassing shipping, energy, international…
        Claudia Wilmot-Smith photoMiss Claudia Wilmot-SmithCommercial litigation; dry-shipping, commodities and transport; insurance and reinsurance; aviation and travel;…