Ms Caroline Pounds > Chambers of Poonam Melwani KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Poonam Melwani KC
Quadrant Chambers


Barrister practising in general commercial litigation and arbitration whose areas of specialism include shipping and carriage of goods, energy, shipbuilding, ship-sale and purchase and sale of goods and commodities.


Called 2003; Lincoln’s Inn.




COMBAR; LCLCBA; Young International Arbitration Group of the LCIA; Young Arbitrators Forum of the ICC.


Hertford College, Oxford University (BA Law with French Law, first class honours).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors)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.’

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Caroline PoundsQuadrant Chambers ‘She handles a lot of energy work concerning infrastructure and contractual disputes, and is extremely thorough and persuasive.’

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Caroline PoundsQuadrant Chambers ‘Detail-oriented, responsive and clever – everything you want in a top-notch commercial junior.’


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.