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Chambers of Poonam Melwani KC
Quadrant Chambers


Commercial advocate practising in most areas of commercial litigation including aviation, insurance and reinsurance, international arbitration, dry shipping, commodities, transport, sports and media, energy, ship building and construction, conflicts of laws, product liability, sale of goods, and professional negligence. Significant cases include: Adyard v Serco Denholm Marine Services [2011] EWHC 848 (Comm) – rescission of contracts for the construction of support ships for the Royal Navy; Jet Finance Group LLC v Hawker Beachcraft Limited (2010) – title dispute between the original purchaser of British Aerospace 125 jet – effect of registration on unregistered prior interests; Day v Tasker (2009) engineers’ liability for helicopter crash; Gamit Limited v Saudi Royal Flight (2009) – repudiatory breach of contract for overhaul of engines of Royal Boeing 747; Reinsurance arbitration, seated in Bermuda (2008) – excess of loss treaty – ‘Katrina’ catastrophe claims – misrepresentation of balance of exposures property reinsurance accounts; Datec Electronic Holdings Limited v United Parcels Service Limited [2007] 1 WLR 1325 – House of Lords – effect of standard terms on carrier’s Convention liabilities; Harper Versicherungs AG v Indemnity Marine Assurance Co Limited [2006] 2 Lloyd’s 263 (Commercial Court) – reinsurance dispute concerning treaties written in 1965-68; Sir David Berriman v Rose Thomson Young (Syndicate 255/258) [1996] 5 Reinsurance LR 117 – LMX Spiral claims; Bates & ors v Barrow & ors [1995] 1 Lloyd’s LR 680 – reinsurance – illegality of reinsurance policies made by an English coverholder of a foreign reinsurer; Edwin Arthur Simner v The New India Assurance Company Limited [1995] LRLR 240 – reinsurance – extent of insured’s duty to make investigations for the purposes of making a fair presentation of the risk; Lady Patricia Ashmore v The Corporation of Lloyd’s (No.1) [1992] 1 WLR 446, [1992] 1 Reinsurance LR335; Lady Patricia Ashmore v The Corporation of Lloyd`s (No.2) [1992] Lloyd’s LR 620 – duties owed by Lloyd’s as market regulator.


Called 1987; Inner Temple.


COMBAR; PNBA; an active member of the Inner Temple (Bencher).


Ratcliffe College; Magdalene College, Cambridge (1984 MA Law).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Aviation and Travel

(2023 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Matthew Reeve KC – Quadrant Chambers ‘Matthew is among the best aviation barristers and rightly was made a KC this year. Excellent on paper, excellent on his feet.’

Offering ‘a broad range of talent across the juniors and KCs’ who handle aviation matters, Quadrant Chambers‘ barristers are called upon by the world’s leading airlines and lessors on matters ranging from EC261 claims to major commercial disputes concerning hull damage and non-payment of rent among other issues. John Kimbell KC is frequently called upon in regard to fatal accidents while Robert-Jan Temmink KC is engaged in coverage and leasing disputes arising out of the imposition of sanctions in Russia. Matthew Reeve KC, appointed silk in 2023, acted for the family of the footballer Emiliano Sala in the inquest into his death in a crash near Guernsey in 2019, in addition to work on leasing disputes – Tom Bird acted for the aircraft’s maintenance providers in the Sala inquest. Craig Williams acts for lessors and airlines in a range of commercial disputes, while also handling hull damage and fatal accident claims.

London Bar > Shipping

(2023 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Matthew Reeve KCQuadrant Chambers

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.

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

(2023 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

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