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Chambers of Poonam Melwani KC
Quadrant Chambers


Practises in the fields of commercial law, including commercial contracts, energy, shipping, international sale of goods, commodities, shipbuilding, conflicts of law, insurance, carriage of goods and professional negligence; including interim relief and injunctions.


Called 1996; Middle Temple.


Oxford University (BA); Law Moderations – Distinction; Final Honour School – First Class; Hertford College, Oxford; Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Stewart Buckingham KCQuadrant Chambers  ‘Stewart has the ability to untangle knotty issues and present an apparently straightforward position where sometimes, the position is anything but straightforward.’

Quadrant Chambers remains one of the leading shipping sets in the market, with its members continuously involved in the biggest cases arising out of the maritime industry. The Eternal Bliss, which was set to go to the Supreme Court in 2023 but settled shortly beforehand, included appearances from Simon Rainey KC  and Tom Bird; the former also acted in the limitation action arising out of the fire on board the Maersk Honam in 2018. Another Supreme Court case was the Herculito Maritime v Gunvor International, dealing with ransom payment to pirates, in which Guy Blackwood KC acted on behalf of the insurers. Stewart Buckingham continued to have another busy year in shipping, with cases including the litigation after the Ever Given ran aground in 2021, obstructing the Suez Canal for six days. Matthew Reeve KC was appointed to silk in 2023, while James Shirley joined the set from The 36 Group.

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Stewart Buckingham KCQuadrant Chambers

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Stewart Buckingham KC – Quadrant Chambers