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London Bar

Set overviews: England and Wales

Although best known for its shipping expertise – with ‘the strongest consolidated offering of shipping silks at the London Bar’ – Quadrant Chambers also provides ‘a premier service’ in respect of commodities disputes, contains ‘the kings and queens’ of aviation work, and has a ‘strong’ travel practice. ‘Barristers are very user-friendly and more importantly, they understand instructing solicitors’ and clients’ needs very well,’ said one source. Since publication of our last guide, Christopher Smith took silk in 2019, commercial litigator Simon Oakes arrived from Outer Temple Chambers, former HFW managing partner Marcus Bowman joined as an associate member, while Michael McParland QC joined 39 Essex Chambers. The ‘second-to-none’ clerks’ room is ‘on the ball’; ‘responsive, helpful, and reliable, they know their client and so recommend the right barrister for the right case, and generally at the right price.’ The ‘great team’ is led by ‘two of the best in the business’: ‘the ever-charming’ Gary Ventura, who is ‘all you look for in a clerk’, and Simon Slattery, who is ‘proactive, engaging, and responsive’; both ‘understand client pressures’. At practice manager level, Paul Bloxham and Daniel Westerman (‘very helpful and efficient’); Daryl Hughes (‘standout; he cannot do enough for clients’); John Walker (‘very accurate, easy to work with, and responsive’); and James Tanner (‘very helpful, quick to response, and clear’) are all worthy of note, as is first junior Billy Beckett. Offices in: London

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Market overview

The barristers at Quadrant Chambers are ‘far from the "prima donna", hard to work with type – especially at QC level’. It is ‘a strong set in terms of maritime law and commodity trade disputes, particularly at the senior-junior end and at the junior QC level as well’, with shipbuilding also a particular area of strength. This also crosses over into energy-related engineering disputes with acquatic elements. In the clerks’ room, the ‘excellent’Simon Slattery is ‘always working to see how the set can meet the clients’ needs; he is very proactive’, while Gary Ventura is ‘good at organising the clerks and in particular keeping in touch with instructing solicitors’.

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London Bar

Aviation
Aviation - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Quadrant Chambers

Quadrant Chambers has 'considerable strength in aviation' with 'very experienced members'; it is praised by clients as a 'responsive set that gets results'. Key highlights for the set included Vandeputte v Egyptair, which was a significant claim arising out of the crash of Egyptair flight MS804. Here, Tim Marland acted for IATA as an intervener, John Ashley Kimbell QC appeared for Vandeputte, and Koye Akoni was instructed on behalf of Egyptair. Marland also led Akoni in Bahamasair v Messier Dowty, an appeal to the Privy Council from the Court of Appeal of the Bahamas, which involved allegations that a landing gear was defective.

Leading Silks

John Kimbell QC - Quadrant Chambers'Has an excellent grip on the detail and is always ready to roll up his sleeves and assist in all aspects of a case'.

Ranked: tier 2

John Passmore QC - Quadrant ChambersVery practical and provides excellent legal insight.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Matthew Reeve - Quadrant ChambersGood with clients, good on his feet and very easy to work with.

Ranked: tier 1

Tim Marland - Quadrant ChambersHis experience, strong industry knowledge, expertise in aviation insurance and skilful legal analysis are all highly impressive.

Ranked: tier 1

Tom Bird - Quadrant ChambersHe is concise, responsive, extremely intelligent and a pleasure to work with.'

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Henton - Quadrant ChambersHe is very able and provides practical advice.

Ranked: tier 3

Stephanie Barrett - Quadrant ChambersShe is first-rate.

Ranked: tier 3

Emily McWilliams - Quadrant ChambersShe is astute, composed and prepared.

Ranked: tier 4

Koye Akoni - Quadrant ChambersHe is unflappable and calm under fire.

Ranked: tier 4

Mark Stiggelbout - Quadrant ChambersHe has impressive drafting skills.

Ranked: tier 4

Max Davidson - Quadrant ChambersVery approachable and great at getting into the details.

Ranked: tier 4

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Banking and finance (including consumer credit)
Banking and finance (including consumer credit) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 5

Quadrant Chambers

Quadrant Chambers has invested heavily in the banking and finance arena and now boasts an impressive cohort of well-respected and highly experienced silks and juniors. The set's members can be increasingly found on some of the most significant banking claims to hit the markets, including N v Royal Bank of Scotland, where Paul Downes QC led Emily Saunderson on behalf of the claimants.

Leading Silks

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersA highly skilled advocate and a devastating cross-examiner, he absolutely hates to lose and clients can really tell that.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Liisa Lahti - Quadrant ChambersShe is excellent – very hardworking and thorough.

Ranked: tier 2

Stewart Chirnside - Quadrant ChambersA very bright, solid, persuasive, reliable and pleasant general commercial counsel.

Ranked: tier 2

Emily Saunderson - Quadrant ChambersAn accomplished and confident advocate, her ability to effectively communicate the finer points of the case to the court is invaluable.

Ranked: tier 3

Joseph Sullivan - Quadrant ChambersVery knowledgeable, hardworking, responsive, and really easy to work with.

Ranked: tier 4

Turlough Stone - Quadrant ChambersVery strong, especially on asset finance disputes.

Ranked: tier 4

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Quadrant Chambers

Quadrant Chambers has 'excellent strength in depth' and many solicitors report they have 'not felt the need to look beyond the set for commercial litigation work in the past couple of years'. The set has traditionally been a major player in the shipping, trade, and commodities arena, but is now an increasing force in more broader commercial disputes. Recent cases demonstrate this, including West Ham v E20 Stadium LLP, the first televised civil appeal in the Court of Appeal, in which Paul Downes QC lead a team of three members representing West Ham. In Atlas Navios-Navegacao Lda v Navigators Insurance Co Ltd and others, which went before the Supreme Court, Guy Blackwood QC and Simon Rainey QC were among those successfully representing the respondents.

Leading Silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersRemains brilliant – his cross-examination was excruciatingly superb.

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersQuite simply, in a league of his own.

Ranked: tier 4

Guy Blackwood QC - Quadrant ChambersHis cross-examination is forensic, his submissions are persuasive and he is one of the hardest working QCs in the market.

Ranked: tier 6

Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant ChambersHis experience of heavyweight disputes is second to none.

Ranked: tier 6
2018 Silks

Yash Kulkarni QC - Quadrant ChambersExtremely analytical, very commercial, and always responsive, no matter how trivial the query may be.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Jeremy Richmond - Quadrant ChambersHe is excellent – tactically astute, client-friendly and knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 4

Nicola Allsop - Quadrant ChambersVery hands-on and user-friendly, she is a real team player and integrates very well.

Ranked: tier 5

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Commodities
Commodities - Leading sets - ranked: tier 2

Quadrant Chambers

'I consider it to be the best shipping and trading set', remarks a client of Quadrant Chambers who adds that 'frankly the range of talent available is now so good it is very strong set in terms of maritime law and commodity trade disputes, particularly at the junior end'. Clients also note that 'the clerks are responsive and helpful; they give an excellent service in terms of speed of response and finding suitable counsel whenever required'. Simon Rainey QC, who frequently handles appeals following commodity arbitration awards by trade bodies such as GAFTA and FOSFA, represented Sucden Financial in a landmark appeal in the Commercial Court regarding the standard governing the sale and carriage of sugar. Respected junior Stewart Buckingham handled a large matter concerning the quality and condition of soybeans sold to buyers in Iran.

Leading Silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersOn the top of his game and clients love him – he is as good as his reputation suggests.

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Croall QC - Quadrant ChambersA very smooth, calm and considered advocate with a masterful grip on the issues.

Ranked: tier 2

Chirag Karia QC - Quadrant ChambersA leading legal mind, he always seems to take the right points and is an excellent counsel for complex and high-pressure disputes.

Ranked: tier 3

John Russell QC - Quadrant ChambersExceptionally commercial and pragmatic and skilled in cross-examinations, he is excellent on his feet.

Ranked: tier 3

Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersA delight to work with, he has great technical knowledge and a practical approach.

Ranked: tier 3

Guy Blackwood QC - Quadrant ChambersRecommended for metals and mining matters, he is trusted with GAFTA appeals.

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Nolan QC - Quadrant ChambersAn effective and meticulous advocate.

Ranked: tier 5

Thomas Macey-Dare QC - Quadrant ChambersRecommended for complex shipping, international trade and insurance matters.

Ranked: tier 5
2018 Silks

Yash Kulkarni QC - Quadrant ChambersFast in both understanding the issues and preparing submissions.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Stewart Buckingham - Quadrant ChambersStraightforward, calm and user-friendly, he is never intimidated and puts his points forcefully.

Ranked: tier 1

Benjamin Coffer - Quadrant ChambersHis response times are exceptional and he has a calm and considered approach to urgent and legally difficult questions.

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Toms - Quadrant ChambersA barrister of intellect and mature judgement - a person befitting his profession.

Ranked: tier 2

Ben Gardner - Quadrant ChambersA very capable junior with an exceptional understanding of both the commercial and legal aspects of a case.

Ranked: tier 3

Max Davidson - Quadrant ChambersExtremely thorough, well-reasoned, persuasive and articulate, he is always quick to respond and enthusiastic.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Henton - Quadrant ChambersQuick to respond, clear, bright and to the point.

Ranked: tier 3

Tom Bird - Quadrant ChambersA calm and sound strategic mind matched with a sympathetic approach to the underlying commercial issues.

Ranked: tier 3

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Energy
Energy - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Quadrant Chambers

Quadrant Chambers is 'simply an excellent set, with a number of strong energy practitioners'. Among its international commercial litigation and arbitration work, energy has been a significant growth area with members handling both upstream and downstream oil and gas matters. Another client comments that 'the clerks are always helpful and approachable, and they understand client pressures'. In DSME v Songa Offshore and (now) TransoceanSimon Rainey QC acted for Songa in a dispute concerning the construction of three new state-of-the-art North Sea exploration semi-submersible drilling rigs and allegations of fundamental design failures which made the rigs too heavy and unsuitable for use. Lionel Persey QC continues to be a leading light in the energy space and was recently involved in high-value disputes concerning the supply of vessels to offshore drilling sites, and the cancellation of orders for drilling vessels. Ben Gardner is building his reputation in the energy sector and is currently involved in a high-value dispute concerning a long-term gas supply agreement by a state entity.

Leading Silks

Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant ChambersTremendous gravitas – one of the best cross-examiners of expert witnesses, he will roll up his sleeves as required.

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersAlways superb – a brilliant lawyer and cross-examiner who hones in on the key issues with amazing focus.

Ranked: tier 2

Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersA scrapper who fights his corner but also really thinks through his strategy.

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Croall QC - Quadrant ChambersUndoubtedly one of the top silks for big energy cases, his cross-examination is forensic.

Ranked: tier 4
2019 Silks

Chris Smith QC - Quadrant ChambersAn excellent advocate who argues robustly and swiftly masters the nuances of complex factual cases.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Ben Gardner - Quadrant ChambersQuickly processes a high level of technical detail and works extremely hard.

Ranked: tier 4

Caroline Pounds - Quadrant ChambersProvides an excellent service.

Ranked: tier 4

Paul Henton - Quadrant ChambersHardworking, pragmatic and cool under pressure.

Ranked: tier 4

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Financial services regulation
Leading Silks

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersHe gives firm advice and will tackle issues head on.

Ranked: tier 3
Leading Juniors

Emily Saunderson - Quadrant ChambersA meticulous litigator, she is very good at pinning down the key points.

Ranked: tier 3

Stewart Chirnside - Quadrant ChambersUser friendly, fantastic with clients, and consistently delivers.

Ranked: tier 3

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Fraud: civil
Leading Silks

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersWhen it comes to hard-fought heavyweight litigation he is the go-to silk, there is no one you would rather have beside you in the trenches.

Ranked: tier 4

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Insolvency
Leading Juniors

Jeremy Richmond - Quadrant ChambersHe is excellent; tactically astute, client-friendly and knowledgeable.

Ranked: tier 5

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Insurance and reinsurance
Insurance and reinsurance - Leading sets - ranked: tier 3

Quadrant Chambers

Quadrant Chambers' provides an 'excellent service' for insurance work and its expertise spans marine and non-marine cases.  Luke Parsons QC represented Lloyd's Syndicate 1221 in Englehart CTP (US) v Lloyd's Syndicate 1221, a US$10m commodities insurance dispute, and Guy Blackwood QC sucessfully represented the underwriters in Supreme Court case The B Atlantic. Tim Marland represents a number of reinsurers in Kapital Insurance v Various Reinsurers, a claim by a Russian insurer to enforce judgment against reinsurers arising out of the fatal crash of a Sukhoi Superjet.

Leading Silks

Guy Blackwood QC - Quadrant ChambersAn absolute legend when it comes to insurance law; he is calm and composed.

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersIncredibly knowledgeable, very practical and pragmatic; he manages to make the complex seem simple.

Ranked: tier 3

Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is is a very capable, knowledgeable and persuasive lawyer and advocate.

Ranked: tier 5
Leading Juniors

Tim Marland - Quadrant ChambersHe is very down to earth, bright and thorough, as well as commercial.

Ranked: tier 3

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International arbitration: counsel
International arbitration: counsel - Leading sets - ranked: tier 4

Quadrant Chambers

Quadrant Chambers is a popular choice for major arbitrations in the commodities, energy, maritime, and infrastructure sectors, and fields a strong cadre of experienced counsel and arbitrators. Members such as Simon Rainey QC and Luke Parsons QC have been involved in several significant disputes in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Leading Silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersTruly a super silk – devastatingly sharp and exceptional on his feet.

Ranked: tier 1

Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant ChambersExcellent in the context of FPSO and similar offshore construction disputes.

Ranked: tier 2

Guy Blackwood QC - Quadrant ChambersVery approachable, efficient and available around the clock.

Ranked: tier 3

Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersAn excellent, down-to-earth counsel who has both a high level of technical knowledge as well as a sensible and pragmatic approach.

Ranked: tier 4
2018 Silks

Thomas Macey-Dare QC - Quadrant ChambersExcellent on his feet and is a compelling and persuasive advocate.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Gemma Morgan - Quadrant ChambersExtremely bright and diligent, she is a clear future star in this field.

Ranked: tier 3

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Pensions
Leading Juniors

Simon Oakes - Quadrant ChambersAn effective and valuable junior counsel, who is a very competent young barrister with the ability to think quickly.

Ranked: tier 4

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Product liability
Leading Juniors

Tim Marland - Quadrant ChambersHe is listened to by judges, respected by peers and is in huge demand.

Ranked: tier 3

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Professional negligence
Leading Juniors

Stewart Chirnside - Quadrant ChambersHe is a very bright junior barrister.

Ranked: tier 6

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Set overviews: England and Wales

Although best known for its shipping expertise – with ‘the strongest consolidated offering of shipping silks at the London Bar’ – Quadrant Chambers also provides ‘a premier service’ in respect of commodities disputes, contains ‘the kings and queens’ of aviation work, and has a ‘strong’ travel practice. ‘Barristers are very user-friendly and more importantly, they understand instructing solicitors’ and clients’ needs very well,’ said one source. Since publication of our last guide, Christopher Smith took silk in 2019, commercial litigator Simon Oakes arrived from Outer Temple Chambers, former HFW managing partner Marcus Bowman joined as an associate member, while Michael McParland QC joined 39 Essex Chambers. The ‘second-to-none’ clerks’ room is ‘on the ball’; ‘responsive, helpful, and reliable, they know their client and so recommend the right barrister for the right case, and generally at the right price.’ The ‘great team’ is led by ‘two of the best in the business’: ‘the ever-charming’ Gary Ventura, who is ‘all you look for in a clerk’, and Simon Slattery, who is ‘proactive, engaging, and responsive’; both ‘understand client pressures’. At practice manager level, Paul Bloxham and Daniel Westerman (‘very helpful and efficient’); Daryl Hughes (‘standout; he cannot do enough for clients’); John Walker (‘very accurate, easy to work with, and responsive’); and James Tanner (‘very helpful, quick to response, and clear’) are all worthy of note, as is first junior Billy Beckett. Offices in: London

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Shipping
Shipping - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Quadrant Chambers

Quadrant Chambers has the 'strongest consolidated offering of shipping skills at the London Bar' and offers a 'very wide range of very able counsel and juniors', according to clients. The set covers a full spectrum of dry and wet shipping mandates, and houses in-depth expertise across marine insurance, fraud, insolvency, finance and other commercial shipping disputes. The set is regularly involved in Supreme Court cases and landmark case Volcafe v Compania Sud Americana de Vapores, where Simon Rainey QC and David Semark faced John Russell QC and Benjamin Coffer, concerned the correct interpretation of the Hague-Visby Rules as to the burden of proof in cargo claims, was a notable highlight. Lionel Persey QC and Benjamin Coffer appeared in the Court of Appeal for Sea Tank Shipping AS v Vinnlustodin HF (‘The Aqasia’), which is one of the leading cases on Hague Rules and limitation of liability. Classic Maritime v Limbungan Makmur SDN BHD, which examined on the correct application of standard force majeure clauses in long-term shipping contracts of affreightment, was a notable case for Simon Rainey QC and Andrew Leung. Elsewhere, Nigel Cooper QC acted against Michael Nolan QC in Kaefer Aislamientos SA de CV v AMS Drilling Mexico SA de CV, which provides guidance on the approach to take in a dispute over jurisdiction.

Leading Silks

David Goldstone QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is very experienced in shipping-related work.

Ranked: tier 1

Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant ChambersHe brings an aura that only comes from a top flight silk operating at the very peak of their game.

Ranked: tier 1

Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersVery user-friendly, gets into the detail and exceptional on his feet.

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is incredibly knowledgeable, very practical and pragmatic; he manages to make the complex seem simple.

Ranked: tier 1

Nigel Jacobs QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is very good on his feet and his forensic preparation of the case is incredibly thorough and detailed.

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Croall QC - Quadrant ChambersHis cross-examination is forensic, his submissions are persuasive and he is one of the hardest working QCs in the market.

Ranked: tier 2

John Russell QC - Quadrant ChambersHe has a great knack of analysing difficult legal issues and coming up with the right answer in a way that is clear to clients.

Ranked: tier 3

Nigel Cooper QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is very experienced and commercial in his thinking; his advice and suggestions are concise and very helpful.

Ranked: tier 3

Robert Thomas QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is a real fighter and an exceptional advocate.

Ranked: tier 3

Simon Kverndal QC - Quadrant ChambersHis advocacy is notably impressive.

Ranked: tier 3

James Turner QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is able to crunch through the details of a very technical case.

Ranked: tier 4

John Kimbell QC - Quadrant ChambersHe has an excellent grip on details and is always ready to roll up his sleeves and assist in all aspects of the case.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Davey QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is a highly experienced barrister, with a deep understanding of the dynamics of shipping cases.

Ranked: tier 4

Michael Howard QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is well-known for his longstanding experience in shipping work.

Ranked: tier 4

Chirag Karia QC - Quadrant ChambersHis grasp of the law and his ability to apply it to any given case is second to none.

Ranked: tier 5

John Passmore QC - Quadrant ChambersHe has an impressive ability to engage with large amounts of detailed technical material.

Ranked: tier 5

Michael Nolan QC - Quadrant ChambersHe easily understands the commercial background of legal disputes and his replies are concise and easily understood.

Ranked: tier 5

Poonam Melwani QC - Quadrant ChambersShe is robust and rigorous in her preparation and she manages to combine this with a very personable approach.

Ranked: tier 5
2018 Silks

Thomas Macey-Dare QC - Quadrant ChambersVery hardworking and his attention to detail is excellent.

Ranked: tier 1

Yash Kulkarni QC - Quadrant ChambersVery bright and persuasive.

Ranked: tier 1
2019 Silks

Christopher Smith QC - Quadrant ChambersBright, hardworking and pragmatic.

Ranked: tier 1
Leading Juniors

Nevil Phillips - Quadrant ChambersHas an excellent manner and ability to get across complicated legal issues.

Ranked: tier 1

Stewart Buckingham - Quadrant ChambersHe has experience, is tenacious and is incredibly hardworking.

Ranked: tier 1

Benjamin Coffer - Quadrant ChambersHe has the ability to simplify the trickiest of legal problems in a way that is readily understandable.

Ranked: tier 2

Caroline Pounds - Quadrant ChambersExtremely diligent and intelligent.

Ranked: tier 2

Gemma Morgan - Quadrant Chambers'She is very clever and focussed, with a really strong commercial approach'.

Ranked: tier 2

Matthew Reeve - Quadrant ChambersHe is excellent to deal with.

Ranked: tier 2

Ruth Hosking - Quadrant ChambersHer legal advice is practical, accurate and straight to the point.

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Bird - Quadrant ChambersHis command of the relevant law is impressive and his advocacy skills are first-class.

Ranked: tier 2

Andrew Leung - Quadrant ChambersHe is an incredibly sharp junior advocate with an enormous capacity for hard work and the ability to consistently deliver under pressure.

Ranked: tier 3

Ben Gardner - Quadrant ChambersHe provides prompt, concise, practical advice.

Ranked: tier 3

Christopher Jay - Quadrant ChambersHardworking, capable and is resourceful in exploring arguments.

Ranked: tier 3

Henry Ellis - Quadrant ChambersHas a great eye for detail and can get up to speed with complex disputes in a short period of time.

Ranked: tier 3

Koye Akoni - Quadrant ChambersHe provides thorough and well-reasoned advice and responds quickly.

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Stiggelbout - Quadrant ChambersUser-friendly, very clever and has excellent attention-to-detail.

Ranked: tier 3

Nichola Warrender - Quadrant ChambersHer attention-to-detail is outstanding, she is highly personable, and is a persuasive orator.

Ranked: tier 3

Natalie Moore - Quadrant ChambersAn intelligent and persuasive advocate and is equally impressive advising on paper or in conference.

Ranked: tier 3

Peter Stevenson - Quadrant ChambersVery reliable, thorough, diligent and extremely hardworking.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Toms - Quadrant ChambersImmensely knowledgeable, commercially aware and meticulous.

Ranked: tier 3

Paul Henton - Quadrant ChambersA fantastic junior who really gets into the detail.

Ranked: tier 3

Saira Paruk - Quadrant ChambersShe is beautifully eloquent and extremely firm in her pleadings.

Ranked: tier 3

Stephanie Barrett - Quadrant ChambersShe is excellent.

Ranked: tier 3

David Semark - Quadrant ChambersHe is very level headed and measured in his advice.

Ranked: tier 4

Emily McWilliams - Quadrant ChambersDown-to-earth, prompt and manages expectations well.

Ranked: tier 4

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)
Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) - Leading sets - ranked: tier 1

Quadrant Chambers

Quadrant Chambers is 'highly regarded' for cross-border disputes and its members are regularly involved in high-profile aviation and shipping-related mandates. Matthew Reeve advised Captain Wayne Bayley on his recent application, commenced in the Administrative Court, for a judicial review of the CAA’s position in respect of the prohibition for commercial pilots flying over the age of 64. Tim Marland appeared in Court of Appeal test case, Gahan v Emirates, Buckley v Emirates, which examined the applicability of EC261 in missed connection cases involving non-EU carriers.

Leading Silks

John Kimbell QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is approachable and impressive with clients.

Ranked: tier 2

John Russell QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is very strong on complex cases.

Ranked: tier 2
Leading Juniors

Emily McWilliams - Quadrant ChambersShe is a is a real aviation specialist; her knowledge in this area is invaluable.

Ranked: tier 3

Mark Stiggelbout - Quadrant ChambersHe is great to deal with and has fantastic knowledge.

Ranked: tier 3

Matthew Reeve - Quadrant ChambersHe identifies the main issues quickly and has great attention to detail.

Ranked: tier 3

Tim Marland - Quadrant ChambersHe is a star junior.

Ranked: tier 3

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Asia Pacific: The English Bar

Commercial

Elite shipping set Quadrant Chambers also handles the commodities area of the commercial space. New silk Yash Kulkarni QC advised a Singaporean company on European sanctions issues concerning the supply of dual use goods to Myanmar. Simon Rainey QC represents claimants in a multi-jurisdictional claim for $150m concerning the repudation of long-term gas supply contracts.

Commercial – Leading silks

Luke Parsons QC Quadrant ChambersA real-life Perry Mason as a cross-examiner.

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Rainey QC Quadrant ChambersA superstar with very solid and reliable mind for very complicated legal and factual issues.

Ranked: tier 3
Commercial – 2018 Silks

Yash Kulkarni QC Quadrant ChambersPrepared to give a view rather than sit on the fence and has a very commercial outlook too.

Ranked: tier 1

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Energy

Quadrant Chambers handles cases concerning the construction of vessels such as jack-up rigs and drill ships in Asia. Alongside heavyweight arbitration work, Simon Rainey QC represented Mena Energy DMCC (an Emirati company registered in the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre) in a claim against a Pakistani petrol station chain in a Commercial Court case in London.

Energy – Leading silks

Lionel Persey QC Quadrant ChambersExcellent with detail, a beguiling cross-examiner and very hardworking.

Ranked: tier 1

Luke Parsons QC Quadrant ChambersInstructed in heavyweight oil and gas arbitrations.

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Rainey QC Quadrant ChambersBrilliant and user-friendly, he is a stunning advocate and a top-level academic able to understand the most complex of expert evidence.

Ranked: tier 1

Nigel Cooper QC Quadrant ChambersA class act: intelligent, sharp, quick on his feet and incisive in his thinking.

Ranked: tier 3
Energy – 2019 silks

Christopher Smith Quadrant ChambersInstructed in drill ship and oil rig building disputes.

Ranked: tier 1

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Market overview

The barristers at Quadrant Chambers are ‘far from the "prima donna", hard to work with type – especially at QC level’. It is ‘a strong set in terms of maritime law and commodity trade disputes, particularly at the senior-junior end and at the junior QC level as well’, with shipbuilding also a particular area of strength. This also crosses over into energy-related engineering disputes with acquatic elements. In the clerks’ room, the ‘excellent’Simon Slattery is ‘always working to see how the set can meet the clients’ needs; he is very proactive’, while Gary Ventura is ‘good at organising the clerks and in particular keeping in touch with instructing solicitors’.

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Shipping

In addition to various work concerning dry shipping, Quadrant Chambers is also active in vessel collisions and other wet shipping matters. Members were involved on both sides of a dispute between the owners of two vessels which collided 17km off the coast of Busan in 2013, causing $55m of damage; Luke Parsons QC and Gemma Morgan acted for the owners of the Maritime Maisie, and Benjamin Coffer for the Gravity Highway, in the matter which settled before reaching a hearing in the London Admiralty Division.

Shipping – Leading silks

Lionel Persey QC Quadrant ChambersIn the top flight to preside in a technical case.

Ranked: tier 1

Luke Parsons QC Quadrant ChambersOne of the best out-of-the-box thinkers at the Bar, he leaves no stone unturned.

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Thomas QC Quadrant ChambersA strong advocate who can focus on the key legal issues in cases with many strands.

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Croall QC Quadrant ChambersInstructed by heavyweight Chinese clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Rainey QC Quadrant ChambersAn accomplished advocate whose main strength is that he inspires confidence with clients.

Ranked: tier 1

Chirag Kaira QC Quadrant ChambersInstructed in energy-sector maritime cases.

Ranked: tier 2

James Turner QC Quadrant ChambersInstructed in challenging shipbuilding disputes as well as vessel collision cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Nolan QC Quadrant ChambersHis practice includes challenging Asian maritime arbitrations.

Ranked: tier 2

Michael Davey QC Quadrant ChambersHis work includes wet shipping cases.

Ranked: tier 2

Nigel Jacobs QC Quadrant ChambersVery thorough, his knowledge of the law is superb and he is very easy to work with.

Ranked: tier 2

Nigel Cooper QC Quadrant ChambersInstructed in challenging disputes, some of which with governmental involvement.

Ranked: tier 2

Simon Kverndal QC Quadrant ChambersHe had a good overall knowledge of the subject, and is extremely user friendly.

Ranked: tier 2
Shipping – 2018 silks

Thomas Macey-Dare QC Quadrant ChambersVery detailed and technicaly strong, he can absorb highly technical documents and add great value.

Ranked: tier 1

Yash Kulkarni QC Quadrant ChambersA very level-headed thinker.

Ranked: tier 1
Shipping – 2019 silks

Christopher Smith Quadrant ChambersInstructed in high-value cases by some of the world’s leading shipyards.

Ranked: tier 1
Shipping – Leading juniors

Nevil Phillips Quadrant ChambersA top QC without the badge – a terrier and the ideal add-on to any winning team.

Ranked: tier 1

Stewart Buckingham Quadrant ChambersHighly competent and punching above his call.

Ranked: tier 1

Andrew Leung Quadrant ChambersA future star of the English commercial Bar.

Ranked: tier 2

Benjamin Coffer Quadrant ChambersHe has amazing intellectual ability and a unique talent to simplify difficult problems to make them understandable.

Ranked: tier 2

Caroline Pounds Quadrant ChambersInstructed in Korean shipbuilding disputes.

Ranked: tier 2

Christopher Jay Quadrant ChambersHe will not shy away from taking sensitive and difficult, but valid, points.

Ranked: tier 2

Gemma Morgan Quadrant ChambersShe can easily hold her own against QCs on paper and in hearings.

Ranked: tier 2

Henry Ellis Quadrant ChambersInstructed in maritime and commodities litigation and arbitration in Singapore.

Ranked: tier 2

Natalie Moore Quadrant Chambers ‘She has a first-class mind, is commercially astute and a skilled and persuasive advocate.

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Toms Quadrant ChambersHe combines strong analytical skills and legal knowledge.

Ranked: tier 2

Paul Henton Quadrant ChambersVery responsive, articulate and clear, he thinks commercially rather than in a legal vacuum.

Ranked: tier 2

Tom Bird Quadrant ChambersIntelligent, commercial and a nice guy too.

Ranked: tier 2

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