Mr Gemma Morgan > Chambers of Poonam Melwani KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Poonam Melwani KC
Quadrant Chambers


Gemma has a broad commercial practice with particular focus on shipping, international trade, commodities, insurance, international arbitration and aviation. She appears regularly in the High Court, and has particular experience of jurisdictional disputes and commercial injunctions. Gemma also appears regularly in arbitrations, particularly those held on LMAA and LCIA terms.


MA (Cantab), Double First; BCL (Oxon).




Manchester High School for Girls; Queens’ College, Cambridge (2004 MA Double First); Brasenose College, Oxford (2005 BCL).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Gemma MorganQuadrant Chambers ‘Very strong on technical understanding and case theory, excellent case leader and completely remarkable with clients and experts.’

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.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Juniors)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.’

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

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

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.’

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.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Gemma MorganQuadrant Chambers

‘Extremely intelligent and excellent at strategy to develop a case theory to run. Extremely calm and persuasive.’