Set Profile > Quadrant Chambers > London, England

Chambers of Poonam Melwani QC
Quadrant Chambers
QUADRANT HOUSE, 10 FLEET STREET
LONDON
EC4Y 1AU
England

London Bar > Aviation Tier 1

With a 'wide range of counsel' and 'excellent barristers', Quadrant Chambers is considered by clients a 'go-to set' for high-profile aviation work in the UK. Members' work extends to cover complex arbitrations, inquests, and commercial disputes. Koye Akoni has been instructed on major international commercial disputes, particularly involving insolvency, while Mark Stiggelbout has represented parties in both court and arbitration proceedings.

Leading Silks

John Kimbell QC - Quadrant ChambersVery clever and assimilates complicated technical details very quickly. Nothing is too much trouble
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Juniors

Tom Bird - Quadrant ChambersTom's strengths are his attention to detail, his highly analytical skills, and his commercial awareness. He is always available and is conscious of the pressures of responding promptly to clients.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Marland - Quadrant ChambersA formidable lawyer and advocate, so far as aviation is concerned. Tim stands head and shoulders above all others at the independent Bar in terms of his knowledge and understanding of the aviation industry and the diversity of his aviation legal experience.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Reeve - Quadrant ChambersWith a strategic understanding of the issues that need litigating and an understanding of complex failures in aircraft, Matthew is an exceptional barrister. Equally at home on paper and on his feet, he is tenacious and pragmatic when needed.
Ranked: Tier 1
Koye Akoni - Quadrant ChambersA towering yet calm presence, Koye has judgement beyond his years and is a true force to be reckoned with. A superstar at the aviation Bar: he is fantastic, really talented, super clever, great with clients, and a joy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 2
Stephanie Barrett - Quadrant ChambersShe is a first-rate and fierce advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3
Emily McWilliams - Quadrant ChambersShe is considered and erudite in her advice. Her advocacy is composed and quick-witted.
Ranked: Tier 3
Max Davidson - Quadrant ChambersHe knows clients’ strengths and weaknesses, always making them feel more knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 4
Mark Stiggelbout - Quadrant ChambersHe has impressive drafting skills.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

Quadrant clearly have a wide range of expertise in the transport arena. They have a wide range of counsel of varying experience and I have been impressed with all the juniors I have used. By in large, counsel at Quadrant are approachable and easy to deal with and are keen to accommodate our needs.’

One of the best, if not the best, for aviation, Quadrant provides strength in depth with unrivalled experience in serving the disparate needs of the industry.’

London Bar > Shipping Tier 1

Quadrant Chambers continues to act on some of the highest-profile shipping cases in the market, with its silks and juniors handling the full range of shipping litigation. A highlight of the year was the firm's involvement in matters before the Supreme Court. Simon Rainey QC and Nigel Jacobs QC successfully represented the appellants in Evergreen Marine v Nautical Challenge, the first collision case to reach the highest court in almost half a century,  and in July 2021 John Russell QC and Benjamin Coffer appeared before the same court in Alize 1954 v Allianz Elementar Versicherungs AG (The “CMA CGM LIBRA”), a matter concerning if deficiencies in a route determined prior to departure rendered a ship unseaworthy. Rainey will also appear before the Court of Appeals in October in Priminds Shipping v K Line Ltd, with Tom Bird also involved in this much-discussed case concerning if a shipowner can claim for damages in addition to demurrage if a charterer fails to load and discharge the vessel within the agreed laytime. Other juniors to note include Koye Akoni, who continues to act for clients in the Admiralty and Commercial Courts as well as in arbitration, and Ben Gardner, who handles a varied caseload including matters involving cargo misdelivery, ship arrests, and groundings. The set's strong bench of QCs was boosted in 2021 as Nichola Warrender QC took silk.

Rising stars

Max Davidson - Quadrant ChambersPhenomenally bright, quick to turn around the work, excellent on paper and very good on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 1
Jamie Hamblen - Quadrant ChambersFerociously bright and very hard working. Definitely a star of the future.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Nixon - Quadrant ChambersEasy to work with, user-friendly and responsive. A team player who makes clever use of legal arguments.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Proctor - Quadrant ChambersAn exceptionally talented and astute barrister with expertise beyond his years. He is excellent on his feet and argues cases with clarity and persuasion in both written and oral submissions.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Simon Croall QC - Quadrant ChambersA very well-known and experienced silk with all the legal knowledge that brings with it. He is at the top of his game.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersA master strategist in litigation with an unparalleled insight into the ways commercial judges and arbitrators think. Highly persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant ChambersExtremely knowledgeable of all matters salvage-related. Understands precisely what is required, what will work and importantly what won’t work.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersUndoubtedly one of the top shipping barristers in London. Phenomenal on his feet and a barrister you can 100% rely on.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nigel Jacobs QC - Quadrant ChambersA pleasure to work with. Nigel is a good communicator and throughout the process gives clear direction to the case. Nigel’s advice has been pragmatic.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
John Russell QC - Quadrant ChambersFantastic on his feet and very analytical. He grasps the technical issues of a matter and can then translate that into incredibly effective cross examination.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Davey QC - Quadrant ChambersVery strong on fishing regulations. He is able to cut through the complexities of the case to focus on the core issues.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ranked: Tier 4
John Kimbell QC - Quadrant ChambersApproachable, good with clients, and gives clear positive advice.
Ranked: Tier 4
John Passmore QC - Quadrant ChambersOne of the sharpest brains I have ever come across. Extremely intelligent together with an ability to translate the most complex of arguments into a structured, succinct and flawless explanation.
Ranked: Tier 4
James Turner QC - Quadrant ChambersWhat James does not know about shipbuilding disputes is not worth knowing - he really is a master in that field. He is eminently user-friendly, fantastic with clients and on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 4
Chirag Karia QC - Quadrant ChambersA strong black-letter Silk who, importantly, is also very commercial. This attribute combined with his legal acumen is extremely valuable in furthering clients’ best interests.
Ranked: Tier 5
Yash Kulkarni QC - Quadrant ChambersExcellent in every sense, not just technically. A robust but polite advocate and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 5
Poonam Melwani QCQuadrant ChambersShe brings a high level of energy to her work and drives things through. She leaves no stone unturned. She is very good on strategy and coming up with killer points.
Ranked: Tier 5
Michael Nolan QC - Quadrant ChambersVery attentive, easy to work with, with deep knowledge of law issues. He understands the factual matrix of the case and is always there to offer assistance when in need.
Ranked: Tier 5
Christopher Smith QC - Quadrant ChambersExtremely bright and able to get to the point of a case very quickly. Dealing with colleagues or instructing solicitors Chris is open, friendly, and pleasant to work with, but insistent when needing to be.
Ranked: Tier 5

2020 Silks

2021 Silks

Nichola Warrender QC - Quadrant ChambersShe has a fantastic eye for detail, is extremely approachable and is very knowledgeable. Nichola delivers every time.

Leading Juniors

Nevil Phillips - Quadrant ChambersA diligent and dedicated barrister with a logical, cogent, coherent and rational intellect. He is an excellent advocate who is able to persuade, not only through the strength of his arguments but also expressed with charm and wit.
Ranked: Tier 1
Caroline Pounds - Quadrant ChambersHighly intelligent, thorough with an incredible eye for detail and yet commercial, quick and very approachable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Koye Akoni - Quadrant ChambersHe has great presence and confidence and the ability to get very quickly to the heart of a matter, focus on the core issues of importance, and deal with them effectively and intelligently.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Bird - Quadrant ChambersHis precision and economy of language is impressive. He is able to break down even the most complex legal and shipping concepts into simple language. His mastery of the detail, and ability to cut through it is a real strength.
Ranked: Tier 2
Benjamin Coffer - Quadrant ChambersHe is able to get to grips with the key issues and produce work very quickly. He is strong in all areas, with excellent drafting and advocacy skills.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Gardner - Quadrant ChambersThorough, well-researched and provides well-written, reliable advice. He has a sound grip on the commercial issues of any given matter.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ruth Hosking - Quadrant ChambersA great all-round lawyer. She has a great grasp of shipping, and marries well her knowledge of the law with practical and technical aspects of any case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Gemma Morgan - Quadrant ChambersShe is able to lead cases whether acting as sole counsel or led by a QC. Despite being a natural leader, she is also a superb team member and genuinely galvanises the team in terms of lawyers, experts and witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew Reeve - Quadrant ChambersAn insightful and tenacious barrister - advocacy is a particular strength as is attention to detail. Matthew has a bullish charm to get the job done.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Toms - Quadrant ChambersHe has a keen, probing intellect. He is very pleasant to work with and is quick to cut to the chase.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 3
Henry Ellis - Quadrant ChambersVery user-friendly and responsive, both on substantive advices but also as a sounding board and sanity check on a more ad hoc basis.
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Henton - Quadrant ChambersHis handling of arbitration hearings is expertly done and his cross-examination is incredibly impressive, demonstrating an ability to think quickly on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Jay - Quadrant ChambersFiercely intelligent, hugely diligent, hard-working, free thinking, and prompt. His work is thorough and comprehensive, and he will always go the extra mile.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Leung - Quadrant ChambersHe makes very cogent and compelling sense in drafting and is very practical.
Ranked: Tier 3
Natalie Moore - Quadrant ChambersVery bright, approachable and good to work with. Commercial and strategic in her advice..
Ranked: Tier 3
Saira Paruk - Quadrant ChambersTop-notch, always approachable and on hand to assist, and is measured and commercial in her approach.
Ranked: Tier 3
Peter Stevenson - Quadrant ChambersExtremely user-friendly, very clear and concise both in writing and orally, always prompt, and thinks outside of the box with a view to finding a solution to problems, as opposed to just highlighting the problems.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Stiggelbout - Quadrant ChambersHe has a fantastic eye for the detail. Mark has always managed to identify and grasp the fundamental issues in dispute and provide helpful advice whenever needed.
Ranked: Tier 3
Emily McWilliams - Quadrant ChambersVery meticulous, good with the black-letter law, responsive and sensible, quick on her feet, and comes more than very well prepared.
Ranked: Tier 4
David Semark - Quadrant ChambersSharp, strong academically but simultaneously practical and commercial. His former life as a solicitor means he really understands the clients' perspective too.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Sets

‘Forward thinking, commercially astute and user friendly. They have embraced technology leaving others far behind. The quad cast series is accessible, personable and entertaining – even my children watch it.’

‘Quadrant is a first class set. There is always a counsel to offer help even at short notice. They are all brilliant. Their webinars are also very interesting, dealing with modern topics.’

‘The set is clearly the leading set when it comes to shipping disputes. They do however do a lot else very well and I have instructed them on many non-shipping matters. They always seem to have someone at the right level.’

‘Quadrant Chambers tends to be my go-to Chambers. The clerks room is second to none and they make huge efforts to assist with identifying the right barrister for the particular matter/client. Service is at the top of their agenda. Clerks and barristers alike are there to make solicitors’ and clients’ lives easier. They are alive to changes in the market and consequently seeking to adapt whilst ensuring that that professional and academic excellence remains outstanding.’

‘Quadrant is the leading set in my view for shipping and shipbuilding disputes. The juniors are superb, and are led by some of the top QCs in the market. The more junior level is coming through now too with some really good juniors at the bottom end. One key feature of most Quadrant barristers I have worked with is the team mentality – the barristers are unstuffy and team players however senior.’

Clerks

‘Gary Ventura is the best clerk in the City.’

‘The clerking team offer excellent service. I often rely on the guidance and recommendations of the senior clerking team when I am looking for the right counsel to help on a case.’

‘Very good, probably the best overall service of the clerking teams I work with. Daniel Westerman, Billy Beckett and John Walker very helpful. Also fees are realistic and reasonable.’

‘The assistance from the Quadrant Chambers clerks’ room is always first class. Gary Ventura will always make sure that your needs are immediately and properly catered for. Daniel Westerman, Paul Bloxham and John Walker are always ready to help and have good knowledge about the Quadrant team.’

‘The clerks room is second to none and they make huge efforts to assist with identifying the right barrister for the particular matter/client. Service is at the top of their agenda. Clerks and barristers alike are there to make solicitors’ and clients’ lives easier. Daniel Westerman, in particular, is outstanding.’

London Bar > Commodities Tier 2

Quadrant Chambers is ‘an excellent set for commodities trading, trade finance and shipping matters’ and clients praise the ‘responsive, down to earth counsel and clerks who deliver a first-class service with a personal touch’. The set’s commodities practice handles litigation and arbitration concerning international sale contract disputes, and its members have extensive experience in acting for buyers, sellers and other interested parties in disputes in the courts of England and Wales and in international arbitration, including under the rules of arbitral institutions such as the LCIA or the ICC, and in connection with trade association arbitrations such as GAFTA, FOSFA and the RSA. The ‘sharp and effectiveSimon Rainey QC is a leading light in cases concerning international trade and commodities, including oil trading, metals and softs. Stewart Buckingham QC, who took silk in 2020 having been among the leading juniors in this area, and the ‘very user-friendlyBenjamin Coffer also have stellar reputations in commodities cases.

Leading Silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersAn excellent advocate - sharp and effective, and always such a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Croall QC - Quadrant ChambersOne of the most creative and intellectually formidable QCs at the commercial Bar.
Ranked: Tier 2
Chirag Karia QC - Quadrant ChambersCommercial, pragmatic and user-friendly, he knows the commodities sector inside and out, and is excellent on feet and ferocious in cross-examination.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Russell QC - Quadrant ChambersVery straightforward and persuasive, he is a fantastic advocate with great style, who is calm and very capable on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 2
Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersHis clean and precise approach in court leaves nothing to be desired.
Ranked: Tier 3
Yash Kulkarni QC - Quadrant ChambersVery client-friendly and always remaining calm, he is able to think on his feet and deal with the most difficult clients with charm.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Nolan QC - Quadrant ChambersHe has such vast experience and depth of legal knowledge that you feel you are always learning from him.
Ranked: Tier 4
Guy Blackwood QC - Quadrant ChambersA top-class legal brain combined with an unbelievable ability to assimilate the facts of a case.
Ranked: Tier 5
Thomas Macey-Dare QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is excellent at explaining difficult matters and concepts in simple terms to both solicitors and clients.
Ranked: Tier 5

2020 Silks

Stewart Buckingham QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is very pragmatic and cuts through issues to address what really matters with an easy-going, logical style of cross-examination.

Leading Juniors

Benjamin Coffer - Quadrant ChambersHe has an ability to cut straight to the point in clear terms and provides sound advice from both a legal and tactical perspective.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Gardner - Quadrant ChambersDown to earth and easy to work with, he gets fully immersed in the details without losing sight of the bigger picture commercially.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Toms - Quadrant ChambersHe is very responsive and user-friendly, providing excellent legal analysis.
Ranked: Tier 2
Koye Akoni - Quadrant ChambersHardworking and pleasant to deal with, he is exceptionally strong in grasping the legal points in a case and providing timely, commercial advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Tom Bird - Quadrant ChambersHe is clearly an excellent lawyer, but more importantly he is collaborative, patient and utterly unflappable.
Ranked: Tier 3
Max Davidson - Quadrant ChambersConfident, eloquent, hard working and good on his feet, he the ability to grasp highly complicated matters with ease.
Ranked: Tier 3
Henry Ellis - Quadrant ChambersHe is very thorough and is able to come up with arguments that are easy to understand and accept, even when they are quite creative.
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Henton - Quadrant ChambersHe is very approachable, very knowledgeable and prompt.
Ranked: Tier 3
Peter Stevenson - Quadrant ChambersA real superstar, he is highly intelligent and a forensic advocate - someone you really want on your side.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Our go to shipping chambers with strength across the board from the most junior to the most senior counsel. Responsive, down to earth counsel and clerks who deliver a first-class service with a personal touch.’

‘In our experience, Quadrant continues to be a leading commercial set with a great depth of expertise from junior counsel to the level of silk. Quadrant Chambers and its members generally are readily available when needed, and are adept at advising on urgent matters as required.’

‘The best shipping and commodities set bar none.’

‘Quadrant is undoubtedly a very strong set of chambers, with an array of top-quality barristers at all levels. Quadrant has pushed more than any set I think to promote its knowhow during the pandemic with Quadcasts (as they have termed them) and very regular seminars.’

‘Quadrant is one of my two go-to sets in the fields of commodities and shipping. They have size, depth and always seem to be promoting various aspects of their knowhow.’

Clerks

‘The clerks are very personable, responsive and reliable.’

‘Quadrant Chambers’ clerks are responsive, professional, polite and attentive and, above all, helpful.’

‘Daniel Westerman and Paul Bloxham are extremely helpful and always reliable to assist when called upon.’

‘Generally good. Daniel Westerman, John Walker and Billy Beckett very helpful and responsive. Gary Ventura runs an excellent team.’

‘The clerks in this set are brilliant. They are responsive and are always able to come up with solutions if any issues arise as to counsels’ availability. They also appear to have very good relations with the Court which is helpful. We have worked closely with Daniel Westerman in particular, who has gone above and beyond to ensure that clients’ needs are met and there is clear communication with the barristers.’

London Bar > Energy Tier 2

Quadrant Chambers is ‘a fantastic set that has the marine and offshore world fully covered’. Known for its strength in shipping and commodities, the set has become increasingly involved in energy disputes, particularly in the upstream and downstream oil and gas sectors. Clients note that is has ‘excellent shipping and offshore oil & gas barristers, and there is generally always someone good available’. Among its top-performing members are Lionel Persey QC, who is a go-to arbitrator for large complex energy disputes, and Simon Croall QC, who recently acted for Petraco in a dispute arising from the financial collapse of the Antipinksy Oil refinery in central Russia. The set also has a number of prominent juniors in its ranks, among them Caroline Pounds, who has a rapidly expanding energy practice, and Gemma Morgan, who acted for Shell Energy Europe Limited in an arbitration for unpaid charges and breach of contract arising from a long-term contract to supply electricity to Metaenergia S.p.A.

Leading Silks

Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant ChambersHe knows the energy market inside-out, and he has such presence and understanding that he is an incredibly effective cross-examiner of technical experts.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersA go-to sector doyen for the most complex energy disputes, he really has seen it all and is a real star of the best kind.
Ranked: Tier 1
Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersVery clever, with the gift of expressing complicated issues and arguments in extremely concise and simple terms, Luke is one of the top QCs for marine and energy disputes.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Croall QC - Quadrant ChambersReliable, very user-friendly, good-humoured and accessible, he keeps things simple and is happy to explain his viewpoints and talk issues through.
Ranked: Tier 2
John Russell QC - Quadrant ChambersIncredibly bright but also very user-friendly, he is very good at working out from a commercial point of view what clients want.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Caroline Pounds - Quadrant ChambersVery diligent and hardworking, she is extremely thorough with a great attention to detail.
Ranked: Tier 3
Gaurav Sharma - Quadrant ChambersVery user-friendly, positive, bright and commercial, you know you are getting a specialist in the entire energy space, not just on the contractor side.
Ranked: Tier 4
Alexander Uff - Quadrant ChambersSuperlative, practical, commercially sensible, to the point and strong on the law, he provides hard-hitting analysis and compelling presentation.
Ranked: Tier 4
Henry Ellis - Quadrant ChambersVery bright and down to earth, he is a trusted pair of hands who can turn his hand to anything.
Ranked: Tier 4
Joseph England - Quadrant ChambersResponsive, user-friendly, client-focused, approachable and commercially practical, he is excellent at analysing complex facts and ensuring that the clients understand them.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ben Gardner - Quadrant ChambersA trusted and always outstanding member of the team on the largest and most complex commercial arbitrations, and a joy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4
Paul Henton - Quadrant ChambersA real star and a joy to work with, calm under pressure and clear in his analysis.
Ranked: Tier 4
Gemma Morgan - Quadrant ChambersShe is exceptional in her ability to find a way to make the most effective arguments, and quickly gets to grips with both the legal and factual parts of a case.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Quadrant Chambers has an impressive depth of expertise in the energy sector at all levels. Alexander Uff is a great addition to this team! They have been great to deal with.’

‘Quadrant has lots of excellent shipping and offshore oil & gas barristers. There is generally always someone good who is available.’

‘The barrister’s sheer grit and clear purpose to find a way to win each argument was unmatched.’

‘A great specialised chambers with good availability of good-quality counsel.’

‘A fantastic set. It has the marine and offshore world fully covered.’

Clerks

‘Simon Slattery has been responsive and easy to deal with.’

‘Clerks are very good, Simon Slattery, Gary Ventura and Sarah Longden are all excellent.’

‘The clerks at Quadrant Chambers give an excellent service both in terms of speed of response and flexibility on fees.’

‘Good, fast and efficient service.’

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) Tier 2

Demonstrating ‘a wide range of experience within the sector’, Quadrant Chambers is particularly renowned for its expertise within the aviation and marine sectors, with members of chambers acting for notable clients in the space including British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair and Jet2.com among others.

Leading Silks

John Kimbell QC - Quadrant ChambersHe quickly grasps complicated, complex issues of liability.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Ranked: Tier 3
Emily McWilliams - Quadrant ChambersShe can provide a brilliant analysis of an extremely complex set of facts and document, and a very pleasant manner.
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Reeve - Quadrant ChambersPragmatic and easy to deal with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘A wide range of experience within the sector. ‘

‘By and large the barristers are experienced, approachable and friendly.’

Clerking

‘They appear to be extremely efficient.’

‘Clerks are easy to work with and keen to provide a decent service to instructing solicitors.’

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Tier 3

Quadrant Chambers has been steadily building up a impressive cohort of banking and finance barristers. Paul Downes QC is especially-well regarded in this area and is currently involved in Deutsche Bank v CBA, one of a series of disputes concerning the enforceability of interest rate swaps. Downes QC is also leading Emily Saunderson in Williams v Capitalbond, a Consumer Credit Act claim concerning debts of over £20m. Stewart Chirnside has also developed a strong name in this area, and is representing the defendants in a cryptocurrency fraud claim Blockchain Optimization SA & Anor v LFE Market Ltd & Ors.  Liisa Lahti recently left to join 3 Verulam Buildings.

Leading Silks

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersTenacious, fearless and excellent advocate. Incredibly hard-working. Forthright and clear in advice. Top of the list for anything involving injunctions.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Stewart Chirnside - Quadrant ChambersHe consistently delivers advice and sets out arguments on paper and in court in a well-structured, logical manner that is easy to absorb for lawyers and clients alike.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Oakes - Quadrant ChambersSimon has excellent technical expertise, is always up to date on case law in the area and is willing to think outside the box to push the boundaries of a case as far as legitimately possible.
Ranked: Tier 3
Emily Saunderson - Quadrant ChambersA pleasure to work with. She is capable of distilling complex facts into concise and effective legal arguments and is a skilled oral advocate. She is very user friendly and a real team player. Very on top of the law.
Ranked: Tier 3
Turlough Stone - Quadrant ChambersSimply excellent. Extremely bright and user friendly with brilliant client facing skills.
Ranked: Tier 3
Joseph Sullivan - Quadrant ChambersA fantastic barrister who gets to the heart of issues, and expresses advice in a clear, concise and digestible manner. A first rate advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nicola Allsop - Quadrant ChambersVery pleasant and approachable and very popular with clients. Thorough and with a good attention to detail but still sees the big picture.
Ranked: Tier 4

Testimonials

Set

‘Very strong set with extremely capable barristers at all levels.’

‘Quadrant Chambers have an excellent reputation in this area and beyond. They always have counsel available to assist and they offer excellent webinars and marketing materials.’

‘Excellent strength in depth across all levels of call. Generally can always offer Counsel at the level of call being requested.’

Clerking

‘Always very helpful and efficient with Daniel Westerman being a stand-out performer.’

‘The clerks are always a delight to speak to.’

‘The clerks are very helpful.’

‘Very personable and willing often to be commercial when it comes to fees.’

‘Quick to turn things around and pragmatic. ‘

London Bar > Commercial litigation Tier 3

Quadrant Chambers is 'a strong set' with 'a particularly strong reputation for complex contract disputes in sectors such as shipping, technology, corporate and financial litigation'. The set has an impressive roster of silks and juniors at all levels of experience, and bring a diverse array of skillsets to the table. Notable cases include DAZN v IMG, where Paul Downes QC is leading Nicola Allsop for the defendants in a case concerning the COVID-19 linked force majeure termination of licensing agreements for the broadcast of Italian football matches in South America. Guy Blackwood QC and Joseph Sullivan are also acting for the claimant in ABT Auto Investments v Aapico, a dispute concerning the enforcement of a share pledge.

Leading Silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersExtremely intelligent, fantastic on his feet and an absolute pleasure to work with - a truly superb silk.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersA really really impressive silk. Very easy to work with and hugely experienced. Paul has a good way with the court - he gets them to listen to him.
Ranked: Tier 3
Guy Blackwood QC - Quadrant ChambersGuy has a top class legal brain combined with an unbelievable ability to assimilate the facts of a case. He is a master cross-examiner and has a huge work ethic.
Ranked: Tier 5
Robert-Jan Temmink QC - Quadrant ChambersA super advocate, a fantastic tactician and a real pleasure to work with. He represents the next generation of top QCs in London - incredibly bright but able to work collaboratively as part of much bigger teams. A real gem of a silk.
Ranked: Tier 5
Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant ChambersHe has real insight into the issues in a case and cuts to the heart of it.
Ranked: Tier 6

2020 Silks

Jeremy Richmond QC - Quadrant ChambersA great combo of a hard hitter and a deep thinker. Ideal choice for clients who face a real fight.

Leading Juniors

Nicola Allsop - Quadrant ChambersFantastic with clients and with an excellent manner, she keeps clients reassured in all conferences and responds quickly to all queries clients have. All work is done quickly and diligently and with complete competence.
Ranked: Tier 4
Joseph Sullivan - Quadrant ChambersA fantastic barrister who gets to the heart of issues, and expresses advice in a clear, concise and digestible manner. A first-rate advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Simon Oakes - Quadrant ChambersSimon has a very good brain and thinks outside of the box - one to watch.
Ranked: Tier 5

Testimonials

Set

‘We use Quadrant Chambers a great deal for IT and commercial work. The quality and strength of their commercial counsel is terrific, the clerks are easy to deal with and we are always given good information about fees and availability.’

‘Quadrant is my go to for commercial litigation and trading in particular.’

‘A set that is on the ascendancy and which is clearly having a great year despite the pandemic. A lot of talent available.’

‘The Chambers are our go to for all maritime and commercial matters. They have a good mix of barristers of varying levels, without compromising on quality.’

‘Quadrant is a class act throughout. A really clever and slick operation.’

Clerking

‘Always helpful, Gary Ventura is a legend obviously, but the others are all good.’

‘Gary Ventura is a brilliant senior clerk. He is straight and direct to deal with and always looks at the wider relationship.’

‘The clerks are fantastic. The level of service is absolutely first rate – head and shoulders above other top sets.’

‘The Clerks are very efficient, hands on and have good relations with the Court and their clerk colleagues within the commercial court system.’

‘Very good. Simon Slattery is sensible and commercial taking the right line between getting the best deal for his tenants and not abusing a position. Daryl Hughes is increasingly confident and a calming presence.’

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance Tier 3

Consistently instructed in significant reported cases, Quadrant Chambers' insurance and reinsurance practice includes both marine insurance and non-marine insurance cases. In recent work, Luke Parsons QC  acted in Icestar BV v ABN Amro Bank NV (on behalf of London market insurers), a five-week Commercial Court trial that was noteworthy because it considered a broker’s duty of good faith to explain orally the risk the client seeks to place; and Guy Blackwood QC acted in the Commercial Court in MS Amlin Corporate Member and others v Flora Shipping and others, a large scuttling case, in which serious allegations of fraud were levelled.

Leading Silks

Guy Blackwood QC - Quadrant ChambersHe quickly gets to the heart of the issues and provides good strategic advice.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersQuality advice and very prompt in responding to matters.
Ranked: Tier 3
Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersA skilled cross-examiner who is always in full command of his brief. 
Ranked: Tier 4
Nigel Cooper QC - Quadrant ChambersProduces brilliant pleadings and is thorough.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Tim Marland - Quadrant ChambersGreat experience, and very practical and pragmatic.
Ranked: Tier 3
Benjamin Coffer - Quadrant ChambersOne of the best advocates I have seen.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel Tier 3

Quadrant Chambers is 'a first class set for commercial and shipping dispute resolution, made up of a group of the most outstanding minds in the UK'. The international arbitration expertise of its members now goes well beyond the set's traditional strengths of shipping and commodities disputes. Among the more high profile cases has been Malaysian Government v 1MDB, in which Luke Parsons QC led the Malaysian government's challenge to a $5.8 billion LCIA settlement agreement negotiated by the country's former prime minister with an Abu Dhabi government-owned entity. Guy Blackwood QC also successfully represented the appellant in a bit to overturn an arbitral award in Herculito Maritime Ltd v. Gunvor International. Alexander Uff, who joined recently from Shearman & Sterling LLP is one of several with experience at elite firms of solicitors in this space.

Leading Silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersAn excellent advocate - sharp and effective. Always such a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
Guy Blackwood QC - Quadrant ChambersHas a top class legal brain combined with an unbelievable ability to assimilate the facts of a case. He is a master cross-examiner and has a huge work ethic.
Ranked: Tier 3
Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersSharp and strategic.
Ranked: Tier 3
Robert-Jan Temmink QC - Quadrant ChambersA true leader of cases - someone who is always well prepared, on top of all aspects of the case, and leads with decisiveness.
Ranked: Tier 3
Yash Kulkarni QC - Quadrant ChambersVery client friendly and always remains calm. An excellent advocate - able to think on his feet and deal with the most difficult clients with charm.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Joseph England - Quadrant ChambersHas an engaging enthusiasm for arbitration, dispute resolution and the law. He has an excellent, down to earth, practical and highly commercial outlook.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Gardner - Quadrant ChambersA trusted and always outstanding member of the team on the largest and most complex commercial arbitrations. A joy to work with and his rapidly growing profile is very well-deserved.
Ranked: Tier 3
Gemma Morgan - Quadrant ChambersShe has massive strength in assessing a case to see where the focus of argument and evidence needs to be, and building a strategy to deliver that. Extremely intelligent but also hugely client focussed and practical.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Quadrant Chambers has an impressive depth of expertise in international arbitration, at all levels. The addition of Alexander Uff seriously enhances their offering and shows they are committed to growing arbitration as a specialist practice area. ‘

‘Excellent team work with determination and self-discipline. ‘

‘A very talented set of chambers, the barristers and and the clerking team provide seamless service and are very friendly. ‘

‘Quadrant has come along leaps and bounds in recent years. A number of my go to counsel in the past year or two have been drawn from that set.’

‘Much of Quadrant’s work is highly international by nature and there is a significant growing practice in the international arbitration market especially at the mid level/senior junior end.’

Clerking

‘Top rate. Their support and commercial staff are extremely professional and good to deal with also. Simon Slattery is excellent.’

‘Gary Ventura is a force of nature. He really knows how to manage a set and get the best out of his barristers.’

‘Very user friendly and pragmatic.’

‘First rate. Daryl Hughes in particular cannot do enough for you. We have always felt supported from the clerks room and know they can be relied on to meet deadlines.’

‘Everything perfect – as it should be. All the work is made timely and with no errors at all. What else could one expect?’

 

 

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

London Bar > Financial services regulation

Leading Silks

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersA ferocious and fantastic silk in really difficult cases.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Stewart Chirnside - Quadrant ChambersA proactive barrister who thinks for the solicitor and is very much a team player.
Ranked: Tier 3
Emily Saunderson - Quadrant ChambersA junior who is very on top of the law. She can distil complex facts into concise and effective legal arguments. Very user friendly, and a real team player.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Fraud: civil

Leading Silks

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersA robust advocate. Always one step ahead, always forward thinking. He fights cases with real grit and misses nothing. Clients love him.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Joseph England - Quadrant ChambersHe is inventive, bold, and tenacious. Joseph is vastly experienced in fraud but is fearless about taking on any other field or adversary.
Ranked: Tier 3
Joseph Sullivan - Quadrant ChambersA stellar junior who is utterly dependable, hard-working and incredibly quick thinking and incisive. No doubt he will go far.
Ranked: Tier 4

London Bar > Insolvency

2020 Silks

Jeremy Richmond QC - Quadrant ChambersA great combo of hard-hitter and deep thinker, he leaves no stones unturned when it comes to legal analysis.

Leading Juniors

Nicola Allsop - Quadrant ChambersExcellent at dealing with tricky situations in court and reads the court well.
Ranked: Tier 4
Joseph England - Quadrant ChambersHe listens carefully and explains clearly and authoritatively. He is also an excellent advocate.
Ranked: Tier 5

London Bar > Product liability

Leading Juniors

Tim Marland - Quadrant ChambersA barrister with plenty of real world experience, at home with technical detail and able to distil it in an attractive and simple way, coupled with a solid and dependable style.
Ranked: Tier 3

London Bar > Professional negligence

Leading Juniors

Stewart Chirnside - Quadrant ChambersHe has nerves of steel, and the ear of the court, which is a winning combination. A go-to for the tough cases.
Ranked: Tier 6

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities Tier 1

Praised as ‘market leaders with a reputation for excellence’, Quadrant Chambers provides leading expertise on the full range of shipping and commodities mandates, from dry and wet shipping matters, marine insurance to fraud, finance and other commercial disputes. The set houses ‘strong teams of counsel at different levels of seniority, who are competent in maritime and international commodities disputes’ and are frequently called on to appear in the market’s most high-profile cases and arbitration hearings. The Evergreen Marine v Nautical Challenge matter is worthy of noting, as Simon Rainey QC and Nigel Jacobs QC acted for Taiwanese Evergreen Marine in an unusual collision action heard before the United Kingdom Supreme Court, the first case of its type to be heard by the court since its transformation from the Appellate Committee of The House of Lords. Chirag Karia QC is engaged in arbitral and litigation matters arising from the Hin Leong and Ocean Tankers fraud in Singapore, working with lawyers in Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Leading Silks

Simon Croall QC – Quadrant ChambersHe is able to grasp the core elements of the case in a very short time and his advice is always very reliable.
Ranked: Tier 1
Luke Parsons QCQuadrant ChambersAn excellent advocate and one of the leaders in the shipping space.’  
Ranked: Tier 1
Lionel Persey QCQuadrant ChambersA solid advocate in this field.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Rainey QCQuadrant ChambersAn expert in maritime and shipping issues, especially those concerning transportation and rig engineering.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert Thomas QCQuadrant ChambersTechnically excellent with good advocacy skills, which combine an easy style with a quiet confidence, and an ability to cut through irrelevancies to get to the nub of a matter.
Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 2
James Turner QCQuadrant ChambersHis strengths are excellent advocacy skills, technical abilities and cultural sensitivity.
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher Smith QCQuadrant ChambersHis drafting is first-class; both concise and eloquent.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nigel Cooper QCQuadrant ChambersHe is always well organised, prepared and can deal with the most challenging tribunals.
Ranked: Tier 2
Michael Davey QCQuadrant ChambersHe has a very sharp mind, is extremely thorough and is always utterly well prepared.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Nigel Jacobs QCQuadrant ChambersHis strength is his incredibly detailed and thorough forensic preparation of cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Chirag Karia QCQuadrant ChambersHis advice is clear, to the point and his availability is commendable.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Yash Kulkarni QCQuadrant ChambersExcellent at getting to grips with detail.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2

2020 Silks

Stewart Buckingham QCQuadrant ChambersHe is thorough, commercial and pragmatic.

Leading Juniors

Nevil PhillipsQuadrant ChambersHe has a high level of expertise in his area, and is very responsive and has excellent litigation skills and commercial judgement.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom BirdQuadrant ChambersAn excellent junior, highly intelligent and produces helpful advice on difficult legal issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul HentonQuadrant ChambersExcellent on his feet and highly strategic.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Christopher JayQuadrant ChambersHe is fiercely bright, hugely diligent and hard-working.
Ranked: Tier 2
Andrew LeungQuadrant Chambers ‘He has a a first-rate legal mind and a remarkable talent for digesting case materials at speed and providing focused, strategic analysis.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Gemma MorganQuadrant ChambersAn excellent advocate who instils a strong sense that the case is in the right hands and who fiercely presents and defends a client's position.
Ranked: Tier 2
Saira ParukQuadrant ChambersShe is very bright and is able to get up to speed quickly on a complex application for permission to appeal.’  
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul TomsQuadrant ChambersVery diligent, bright and thorough.
Ranked: Tier 2

Testimonials

Set

‘As always, a very reliable chambers with strong teams of counsel at different levels of seniority, who are competent in maritime and international commodities disputes.’

‘Quadrant are the leading maritime set with experts in every sub-category of maritime law, so you are always assured to get excellent availability.’

‘One of the “go to” shipping and (increasingly) commodities sets.’

‘It is an outstanding chambers that offers first-class expertise in shipping and commodities. The chambers exhibits extensive experience in claims stemming from shipbuilding, charter parties and bills of lading.’

‘Quadrant Chambers are market leaders with a reputation for excellence in their areas of commercial disputes, commodities and shipping.’

Clerking

‘Simon Slattery is extremely friendly and helpful when it comes to choosing barristers.’

‘Gary Ventura is fast achieving legendary status, the standard by which all clerks are judged.’

‘The clerks are very approachable, and efficient. Simon Slattery is very user-friendly and always eager to help.’

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Construction, energy and infrastructure Tier 2

In addition to its well-known position as an elite set for marine work, one of Quadrant Chambers’ primary areas of focus is the energy and natural resources sectors, where its experienced members act as advocates on a broad spectrum of mandates, particularly in the oil and gas industry, including both upstream and downstream matters. Simon Croall QC is active in Southeast Asia and China, and is instructed on energy disputes involving the exploration and extraction of natural resources, the construction of offshore infrastructure and the financing of energy projects.

Leading Silks

Simon Croall QCQuadrant ChambersHe is experienced and his way of advocacy is very persuasive.
Ranked: Tier 2
Luke Parsons QCQuadrant ChambersAn excellent advocate. Luke is insightful and focuses on the key points.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Lionel Persey QCQuadrant ChambersA solid advocate in energy disputes.
Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Rainey QCQuadrant ChambersStrategic, forensic, leaving no stone unturned and his advocacy is top drawer.’
Ranked: Tier 2
Nigel Cooper QCQuadrant ChambersA highly engaging and effective advocate, who is very quick on his feet and effective in cross examining expert witnesses.
Ranked: Tier 3
Yash Kulkarni QCQuadrant ChambersExcellent at getting to grips with the detail.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Smith QCQuadrant ChambersHe is incredibly approachable and easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3

Testimonials

Set

‘Quadrant is breaking out of the mould of being known as a “shipping” set.’

Clerking

‘Simon Slattery stands out as approachable, flexible and always able to find the right person for a case.’

‘The clerking service is very professional and impressive.’

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

Marine work is a key area for Quadrant Chambers in the Middle East, with Chirag Karia QC among members of chambers handling arbitrations on instructions from firms in Dubai and elsewhere in the Gulf. Guy Blackwood QC 's cases of late have included insurance matters, and other recent instructions include working with UAE firms on litigation before the London courts. The set's arbitrator wing also includes Sir David Steel, Deputy Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts from 2011 to 2018.

Leading silks

Guy Blackwood QC-Quadrant ChambersHe identifies how to win a case and how to neutralise any weaknesses. He advises on difficult areas and how to overcome them so there are no surprise, and has experience of the Dubai International Financial Centre courts and its judges. '

Ranked: Tier 1
Ranked: Tier 1
Yash Kulkarni QC - Quadrant ChambersVery calm and considered, he knows what appeals to tribunals and is unflappable under pressure.
Ranked: Tier 1
Robert-Jan Temmink QC - Quadrant ChambersA great advocate in every sense, he rolls up his sleeves and gets stuck in - he has a great presence in court, able to read the mood and is listened-to attentively.
Ranked: Tier 1
Christopher Smith QC - Quadrant ChambersHis advice is extremely informative, and tailored to provide all possible arguments that could be run by the parties, including any potential counter arguments to address the legal issues. Further, his knowledge and expertise in understanding pure marine technical issues are also very helpful.
Ranked: Tier 2
Robert Thomas QC - Quadrant ChambersHe has the sort of strong of overall academic and technical abilities which are to be found in any top class commercial silk allied to an ability to draft quickly and concisely, and backed up by persuasive and instinctive advocacy skills. A first class communicator, both in writing and orally.
Ranked: Tier 2

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

Leading Silks

Luke Parsons QCQuadrant ChambersA brilliant legal brain, very commercial and an extremely skilled cross-examiner.
Ranked: Tier 2

 

Quadrant Chambers is widely recognised as being one of the leading commercial sets. Quadrant’s barristers provide outstanding advocacy in court, arbitration and inquiries, and expert advice across the whole spectrum of commercial law, both nationally and internationally. The set also offers highly experienced arbitrators, mediators and expert witnesses. Quadrant members are renowned for their approachability, responsiveness, for working closely with their clients and for being aware of their concerns and priorities. Chambers uses an external organisation to appraise members’ relationships with clients and uses that feedback to improve service annually. Chambers has a highly motivated support team of clerks and administrative staff who are noted for their commitment to providing the highest level of support and service to all with whom they work. Quadrant has a modern and flexible attitude to structuring fees.

Type of work undertaken: Quadrant Chambers holds a pre-eminent international position in shipping, commodities, energy, insurance, aviation and travel. Quadrant’ s specialist areas of expertise include: aviation, banking and finance, chancery, civil fraud, commercial litigation, energy and natural resources, insolvency and restructuring, insurance and re-insurance, international arbitration, international trade and commodities, professional negligence, shipbuilding, shipping and maritime. Members of chambers and arbitrator members also accept appointments as inquiry chairs, arbitrators and mediators.

A large proportion of Quadrant’s work is for international clients or involves international commercial law. Members have appeared as advocates and expert witnesses before courts and tribunals worldwide and several have been called to the bars of other jurisdictions including those of Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Dubai, BVI, Pakistan, Gibraltar, New South Wales, California, New York, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland and South Africa.

For more details please visit the Quadrant website at www.quadrantchambers.com

 

Department Name Email Telephone
MELWANI QC, Poonam (1989)
HOWARD QC, MN (1971)
PERSEY QC, Lionel (1981)
RAINEY QC, Simon (1982)
PARSONS QC, Luke (1985)
JACOBS QC, Nigel (1983)
GOLDSTONE QC, David (1986)
CROALL QC, Simon (1986)
COOPER QC, Nigel (1987)
DOWNES QC, Paul (1991)
THOMAS QC, Robert (1992)
KARIA QC, Chirag (1988)
TURNER QC, James M (1990)
DAVEY QC, Michael (1990)
RUSSELL QC, John (1993)
BLACKWOOD QC, Guy (1997)
NOLAN QC, Michael (1981)
PASSMORE QC, John (1992)
KIMBELL QC, John (1995)
TEMMINK QC, Robert-Jan (1996)
MACEY-DARE QC, Thomas (1994)
KULKARNI QC, Yash (1998)
SMITH QC, Christopher (1999)
BUCKINGHAM QC, Stewart (1996)
RICHMOND QC, Jeremy (2000)
WARRENDER, Nichola (1995)
REEVE, Matthew (1987)
PHILLIPS, Nevil (1992)
UFF, Alexander (1998)
MARLAND, Tim (2002)
HOSKING, Ruth (2002)
ALLSOP, Nicola (2002)
POUNDS, Caroline (2003)
TOMS, Paul (2003)
COLDRICK, Emmet (2004)
HENTON, Paul (2004)
PARUK, Saira (2004)
STONE, Turlough (2004)
SEMARK, David (2002)
SAUNDERSON, Emily (2005)
CHIRNSIDE, Stewart (2005)
MORGAN, Gemma (2006)
SULLIVAN, Joseph (2006)
SHARMA, Gaurav (2006)
MOORE, Natalie (2007)
COFFER, Benjamin (2008)
BARRETT, Stephanie (2008)
WILMOT-SMITH, Claudia (2008)
STEVENSON, Peter (2008)
ELLIS, Henry (2008)
JAY, Christopher (2009)
GARDNER, Ben (2010)
LEUNG, Andrew (2010)
STIGGELBOUT, Mark (2011)
BIRD, Tom (2011)
McWILLIAMS, Emily (2011)
ENGLAND, Joseph (2011)
CARRUTH, Andrew (2013)
DAVIDSON, Max (2013)
PROCTOR, Michael (2013)
AKONI, Koye (2014)
WILLIAMS, Craig (2012)
HAMBLEN, Jamie (2017)
MITCHELL, William (2017)
NIXON, Tom (2017)
WARD, Robert (2018)
HONEY, Celine (2019)
JOSEPH, Benjamin (2019)
CHILAEVA, Maya (2020)
GOURGEY, Joseph (2021)
Chief Operating Officer Peter Blair
Senior Clerk Gary Ventura
Senior Clerk Simon Slattery
Senior Practice Manager Daniel Westerman
Practice Manager John Walker
Practice Manager Rob Frankish
Practice Manager Tara Shah
Assistant Practice Manager Billy Beckett
Assistant Practice Manager Lucie Rowsell
Assistant Practice Manager Rhys Durban
Business Development Director Sarah Longden
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Mr Koye Akoni  photo Mr Koye Akoni Barrister with a broad commercial practice encompassing shipping, energy, international trade, aviation,…
 Nicola Allsop  photo Nicola Allsop Nicola has a modern commercial chancery practice encompassing company litigation (particularly shareholder…
Ms Stephanie Barrett  photo Ms Stephanie Barrett Stephanie’s practice encompasses a wide range of commercial litigation and arbitration, particularly…
Mr Tom Bird  photo Mr Tom Bird Tom Bird has a broad commercial practice with a focus on shipping, commodities,…
Mr Andrew Guy Blackwood photo Mr Andrew Guy Blackwood Guy has a broadly based commercial practice, with particular focus on large…
Mr Stewart Buckingham  photo Mr Stewart Buckingham Practises in the fields of commercial law, including commercial contracts, energy, shipping,…
Mr Andrew Carruth  photo Mr Andrew Carruth Barrister specialising in shipping, energy and offshore construction, international trade, general commercial…
 Maya Chilaeva  photo Maya Chilaeva Maya Chilaeva joined Quadrant Chambers on 1 October 2021 following the successful…
 Stewart Chirnside  photo Stewart Chirnside Barrister specialising in commercial litigation, including banking and finance, commercial fraud, professional…
Mr Benjamin Coffer  photo Mr Benjamin Coffer Commercial litigation with a particular emphasis on shipping, commodities and insurance/reinsurance.
Mr Emmet Coldrick  photo Mr Emmet Coldrick Specialises in commercial law and arbitration, with a focus on shipping and…
Mr Nigel Cooper photo Mr Nigel Cooper Barrister; practice covers the fields of shipping, shipbuilding (including superyacht and military…
Mr Simon Croall photo Mr Simon Croall Simon Croall is Head of Chambers and an established commercial silk who…
Mr Michael Davey photo Mr Michael Davey Barrister specialising in commercial and shipping: charterparties and bills of lading; international…
Mr Max Davidson  photo Mr Max Davidson Barrister specialising in commercial disputes, predominantly shipping, aviation, commodities and insurance.
 Paul Downes photo Paul Downes Barrister specialising in commercial law (with specific expertise in banking and finance-related…
Mr George C Economou  photo Mr George C Economou Barrister specialising in arbitration, ADR, finance, shipping, EC, Greek law, Cypriot law.
Mr Henry Ellis  photo Mr Henry Ellis Henry has a broad commercial practice, with an emphasis on shipping and…
Mr Joseph England  photo Mr Joseph England Joe practises in a wide range of international commercial disputes. He has…
Mr Ben Gardner  photo Mr Ben Gardner Ben practises primarily in shipping, commodities, energy, insurance and conflict of laws,…
Mr David Goldstone photo Mr David Goldstone David is a highly experienced barrister who has appeared in the High…
 Joseph Gourgey  photo Joseph Gourgey Joseph Gourgey joined Quadrant Chambers on 1 October 2021, upon successful completion…
 Jamie Hamblen  photo Jamie Hamblen Jamie is developing his practice in line with chambers’ core areas of…
Mr Paul Henton  photo Mr Paul Henton Paul’s practice focuses on shipping, international trade, commodities, energy, banking, aviation and…
Miss Ruth Hosking  photo Miss Ruth Hosking Ruth’s practice spans the full spectrum of commercial litigation and arbitration including…
Mr Michael Howard photo Mr Michael Howard Barrister and arbitrator specialising in commercial and shipping law, including carriage, trade,…
Mr Nigel Jacobs photo Mr Nigel Jacobs Queen’s Counsel (2006) specialising in shipping, admiralty, insurance and general commercial work…
Mr Christopher Jay  photo Mr Christopher Jay Barrister specialising in commercial litigation across the full range of chambers’ practice…
Mr Chirag Karia photo Mr Chirag Karia Barrister specialising in commercial, shipping, commodities and insurance law, appearing regularly in…
Mr John Ashley Kimbell photo Mr John Ashley Kimbell John Kimbell QC is a maritime and aviation law specialist. He is…
Mr Yash Kulkarni photo Mr Yash Kulkarni Barrister with broad commercial practice covering areas such as international trade, shipping,…
Mr Andrew Leung  photo Mr Andrew Leung Andrew has a broad commercial practice which encompasses Chambers core practice areas.…
Mr Thomas Macey-Dare photo Mr Thomas Macey-Dare Barrister specialising in commercial litigation and international arbitration, with particular focus on…
Mr Tim Marland  photo Mr Tim Marland Prior to joining chambers, Tim worked for a number of years at…
Miss Emily McWilliams  photo Miss Emily McWilliams Emily has a broad commercial practice, with a particular specialism in international…
Ms Poonam Melwani photo Ms Poonam Melwani Poonam Melwani was called to the Bar in 1989. She practices across…
 William Mitchell  photo William Mitchell Will has a broad and growing practice in line with chambers core…
Miss Natalie Moore  photo Miss Natalie Moore Barrister specialising in shipping and commercial law.
Mr Gemma Morgan  photo Mr Gemma Morgan Gemma has a broad commercial practice with particular focus on shipping, international…
 Tom Nixon  photo Tom Nixon Tom is developing his practice in line with Chambers’ core areas of aviation…
Mr Michael Nolan photo Mr Michael Nolan Barrister specialising in shipping, insurance, sale and carriage of goods, ship sale,…
 Simon Oakes  photo Simon Oakes Simon practises in commercial dispute resolution, with a particular focus on banking…
Mr Luke Parsons photo Mr Luke Parsons Luke is a Commercial and Admiralty silk whose practice encompasses insurance and…
Miss Saira Paruk  photo Miss Saira Paruk Barrister specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration. Saira practises across the full…
Mr John William Passmore photo Mr John William Passmore Commercial law, including shipping, international trade, aviation, insurance (marine and non-marine) and…
Mr Lionel Persey photo Mr Lionel Persey Barrister and arbitrator specializing in: commercial litigation; international commercial arbitration; shipping; energy/oil…
Mr Nevil Phillips  photo Mr Nevil Phillips Barrister specialising in commercial and shipping law, including international contracts of sale,…
Mr Caroline Pounds  photo Mr Caroline Pounds Barrister practising in general commercial litigation and arbitration whose areas of specialism…
Mr Michael Proctor  photo Mr Michael Proctor Barrister practicing commercial law specialising in Shipping, Aviation and International Trade &…
Mr Simon Rainey photo Mr Simon Rainey Simon Rainey QC is one of the best-known and most highly regarded…
Mr Matthew Reeve  photo Mr Matthew Reeve Commercial advocate practising in most areas of commercial litigation including aviation, insurance…
Mr Jeremy Richmond  photo Mr Jeremy Richmond Barrister specialising in modern chancery and commercial law (including cross-border and domestic…
Mr John Russell photo Mr John Russell John Russell is a commercial advocate, specialising in shipping, commodities and international…
 Emily Saunderson  photo Emily Saunderson Emily is a general commercial practitioner specialising in commercial fraud, and banking…
Mr David Semark  photo Mr David Semark Dry shipping disputes; energy, trade and commodities litigation; insurance and reinsurance. Co-author…
Mr Christopher Smith photo Mr Christopher Smith Principal areas of work are shipping, energy, commodities, commercial litigation, and insurance.…
Mr Peter Stevenson  photo Mr Peter Stevenson Peter has a broad commercial practice with a particular emphasis on shipping,…
Mr Mark Stiggelbout  photo Mr Mark Stiggelbout Commercial barrister specialising in shipping, commodities, international sale of goods, insurance, energy…
Mr Turlough Stone  photo Mr Turlough Stone Turlough practices in general commercial law, with particular emphasis on banking and…
 Joseph Sullivan  photo Joseph Sullivan Barrister specialising in commercial law, banking and finance, commercial fraud and professional…
Mr Robert-Jan Temmink photo Mr Robert-Jan Temmink
Mr Robert Thomas photo Mr Robert Thomas Barrister specialising in all areas of commercial law including international trade, conflict…
Mr Paul Toms  photo Mr Paul Toms Barrister specialising in commercial litigation and international arbitration. His areas of expertise…
Mr James M. Turner photo Mr James M. Turner Barrister specialising in international commercial and shipping law.
 Robert Ward  photo Robert Ward Rob has developed a busy practice spanning the breadth of Chambers’ practice…
Miss Nichola Warrender  photo Miss Nichola Warrender Nichola Warrender specialises in general commercial, shipping, admiralty, international trade and insurance…
Mr Craig Williams  photo Mr Craig Williams Craig is developing a broad commercial disputes practice encompassing shipping, energy, international…
Miss Claudia Wilmot-Smith  photo Miss Claudia Wilmot-Smith Commercial litigation; dry-shipping, commodities and transport; insurance and reinsurance; aviation and travel;…