Mr Mark Stiggelbout > Chambers of Poonam Melwani KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Poonam Melwani KC
Quadrant Chambers


Commercial barrister specialising in shipping, commodities, international sale of goods, insurance, energy and aviation matters. Mark regularly acts in litigation and arbitration proceedings, including trials, appellate work and obtaining injunctive relief. Recent notable cases include Deleclass Shipping v. Ingosstrakh Insurance (The Siderfly) [2018] EWHC 1149 (Comm) and [2018] EWHC 1135 (Comm), The Bulk Indonesia [2017] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 385, and the Supreme Court case of Bunge SA v. Nidera BV [2015] 3 All E.R. 1082.


Called 2011; Gray’s Inn. Publications of note: ‘Security for Costs in Disputed Insurance Claims’ (2018) Insurance Day (5 July 2018); ‘The Nature of the Owner’s Charterparty “Lien” upon Sub-Hires and Sub-Freights’ (2013) 9(4) Shipping & Transport lnt’l 18-21; ‘Contractual Remoteness, “Scope of Duty” and Intention’ [2012] LMCLQ 97-121; ‘The Recognition in England and Wales of United States Judgments in Class Actions’ (2011) 52 Harv. lnt’l L.J. 435-501; ‘The Case of “Losses in Any Event”: a Question of Duty, Cause or Damages?’ (2010) 30 Legal Studies 558-585; ‘The Scope and Rationale of the Principle that the Defendant “Takes his Victim as he Finds him”’ (2009) 17 Tort L Rev 140-157; ‘“I’m banking on you”- Rethinking Reliance’ [2008] LMCLQ 258-264.




M.A. (Oxon.), B.C.L. (Oxon.), LL.M. (Harvard), BPTC (BPP Law School).


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Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Mark StiggelboutQuadrant Chambers ‘Mark punches above his weight and can hold his own against much more senior opponents.’

London Bar > Aviation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Mark StiggelboutQuadrant Chambers

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Mark StiggelboutQuadrant ChambersMark punches above his weight and can hold his own against much more senior opponents. He has a calm and composed style of advocacy, which appeals to judges.’

Quadrant Chambers’ team acts in cases for a number of leading airlines including British Airways, Ryan Air, and Etihad airlines. Its work varies from arbitrations and inquests through to commercial disputes leases and regulatory matters. John Kimbell KC, who was appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 2018, has recently acted as a foreign law expert witness in class action proceedings arising out of a mass outbreak of COVID on a cruise ship. Mark Stiggelbout acts for an airline in a case pivoting on the definition of the term ‘operations of disembarking.’