Mr Benjamin Coffer > Chambers of Poonam Melwani KC > London, England > Barrister Profile

Chambers of Poonam Melwani KC
Quadrant Chambers


Ben has a broad international commercial practice, with a particular emphasis on shipping, commodities and insurance / reinsurance. He was named Shipping Junior of the Year at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2019, and shortlisted for Shipping Junior of the Year for Chambers & Partners UK Bar Awards in 2022. He has appeared in several of the leading shipping cases in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal in recent years, including The Thorco Lineage [2023] EWHC 26 (Comm), The CMA CGM LIBRA [2021] UKSC 51 (Supreme Court); Volcafe v. CSAV [2019] AC 358 (Supreme Court); The Lady M [2019] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 109 (Court of Appeal); The Maersk Tangier [2018] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 59 (Court of Appeal); and The Aqasia [2018] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 530 (Court of Appeal). Ben is increasingly appointed as an arbitrator and is a supporting member of the LMAA.


Called 2008; Middle Temple.




LMAA Supporting Member; COMBAR; LCIA Young International Arbitration Group


St John’s College, Oxford (BA in English, first class); The College of Law (Graduate Diploma in Law, distinction); Inns of Court School of Law (Bar Vocational Course, outstanding).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Benjamin CofferQuadrant Chambers ‘Has an excellent perception of how the admiralty bench is likely to view a case. Presents clear arguments that are well received in court.’

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Benjamin Coffer – Quadrant Chambers ‘Brilliant at legal analysis, brilliant at strategy, and brilliant on his feet.’

Quadrant Chambers is ‘a first-rate, go-to set for shipping and commodities disputes with a large number of excellent and extremely capable barristers’. The large number of members skilled in shipping and trade matters frequently act for buyers, sellers and other interested parties in commodities disputes, whether in the courts of England and Wales or in international arbitration. Their work spans matters under the rules of many arbitral institutions, among them LCIA and ICC, as well as trade associations such as GAFTA, FOSFA and the RSA, acting also for large corporates, including many of the world’s leading commodity trading houses. Chirag Karia KC, who recently acted for the claimant in Sharp Corp Ltd v Viterra BV, a section 69 arbitration appeal from the decision of the GAFTA Board of Appeal. Among the juniors, Benjamin Coffer recently assisted the claimant in CM Biomass Partners v Stanley’s Biomass Limited, a dispute concerning failure to supply the contractual quantity of wood pellets.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Benjamin CofferQuadrant ChambersBen is a first-class communicator. His written and oral advice is clear, straightforward, and easy to digest. Ben has a great ability to understand and get to grips with complex matters and issues quickly, and he always delivers considered and commercial advice. He is the go-to junior for marine insurance coverage work.’

Quadrant Chambersoffers a wealth of marine insurance specialists across all levels of the set‘ alongside non-marine insurance cases. Members of the set has been involved in insurance cases across a broad spectrum of issues affecting the globe, such as the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Covid-19 and trade insurance, with members such as Simon Rainey KC representing the IT company in Soteria Insurance Limited v IBM, appealing to the Supreme Court the Court of Appeal’s decision that an exclusion clause limited liability for loss of profit, revenue and savings did not exclude claims for wasted expenditure. Guy Blackwood KC has been active in insurance and reinsurance disputes, both in the English courts and in arbitration, while Benjamin Coffer  is noted for his specialism in reinsurance, having acted on a full range of marine and non-marine coverage disputes.