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Aviation Tier 1
'With considerable strength, depth and experience’, Quadrant Chambers ‘remains the go-to counsel for aviation accident disputes for claimants and defendants alike'. John Ashley Kimbell QC is acting for the claimants in Tonkinson v Cavaciuti, a compensation claim brought against the designer, manufacturer, and engine supplier of the aircraft involved in a fatal crash by dependents of the deceased. Members' work also ranges from arbitrations and inquests through to commercial disputes hinging on leases and aviation regulations. Mark Stiggelbout was instructed by British Airways in Ms Pamela Greene and Mr Marcus Greene-Christie v British Airways PLC, a sensitive claim concerning the disability and discrimination rights of autistic passengers.
Shipping Tier 1
Praised by clients as the ‘go-to chambers for shipping disputes’, Quadrant Chambers continues to be involved in major cases involving the full range of shipping matters. Simon Rainey QC continues to act at the highest level, as he appeared alongside Andrew Leung in the Court of Appeal for Classic Maritime v Limbungan Makmur SDN BHD and is also handling the Supreme Court case Evergreen Marine v Nautical Challenge with Nigel Jacobs QC. Lionel Persey QC and Koye Akoni’s representation of the Kingdom of Spain in The Prestige before the Commercial Court was another notable instruction. Elsewhere, Simon Croall QC and 2020 silk Stewart Buckingham QC acted against John Russell QC in the Court of Appeals case CSSA Chartering and Shipping Services v Mitsui OSK Lines (Pacific Voyager). The future looks bright for the set, with Max Davidson and Michael Proctor being rising stars of the shipping Bar.
Simon Croall QC - Quadrant Chambers ‘He is exceedingly commercial and an excellent problem solver, who provides insight which a diverse base of clients from all around the world can comprehend and agree with.’
Commodities Tier 2
Quadrant Chambers is 'a very commercial set and has an increasing status and presence in the commodities and shipping markets' and is considered by some to be 'at the top of the list for international trade disputes, including those concerning commodities'. The set frequently acts for major commodities trading houses in matters relating to the full range of hard and soft commodities and the carriage thereof. Simon Rainey QC is 'at the very top of the league' and he recently led promising junior Ben Gardner in a dispute relating to the performance of a 25-year contract for the supply of LNG worth $350m. Yash Kulkarni QC, who took silk in 2018, and new 2020 silk Stewart Buckingham QC are among the set's other outstanding practitioners. Clients praise the 'excellent and prompt service' from the clerks who are 'responsive and friendly – nothing is too much trouble'.
Quadrant Chambers is well-known for its specialisation in aviation and shipping-related disputes. As well as acting for large international airlines, its members are also instructed by major tour operators and is active in fatal accidents involving air travel; Matthew Reeve has been retained by the family of late international footballer Emiliano Sala, who died in a light aircraft crash in 2019, raising a wide range of issues in the areas of travel regulation and personal injury. John Ashley Kimbell QC acts for the estate of Mr Tonkinson in Tonkinson v Alpi, an ongoing claim involving 13 parties arising out of a major UK aviation casualty.
Quadrant Chambers has 'a number of barristers who have well-deserved reputations for excellence in banking and finance work'. Paul Downes QC has a strong reputation, particularly for disputes with a fraud element, and recently led Emily Saunderson in N v RBS. Among the juniors, Liisa Lahti has established a very strong reputation, and was part of the team representing the claimants in Aldersgate et al v Bank of Scotland, in which four separate claims were heard concurrently. Stewart Chirnside also represented the claimant in Saxo Bank A/S v Gaitameonline Co Ltd.
Commercial litigation Tier 3
Quadrant Chambers is 'an excellent set' with 'good strength not only in the core areas of shipping; aviation and oil & gas but also in commercial disputes generally', as well as 'real depth of expertise in contractual matters and also IT'. Clients appreciate how the barristers are 'down to earth, intelligent, commercially minded and helpful'. Significant cases involving several members include Damazien Global Investments Limited v (1) Salamanca Capital Limited and (2) Rupert Hayward, where Robert-Jan Temmink QC and Max Davidson are representing Mr Hayward. In West Ham United v E20 Stadium LLP, Paul Downes QC led the West Ham team, including Joseph Sullivan.
Energy Tier 3
Quadrant Chambers is 'one of the go-to sets for shipping and energy disputes', and its members are praised for 'understanding clients' needs and internal procedures'. Energy is an increasingly prominent focus for its members, notably upstream and downstream matters in the oil and gas industry. Lionel Persey QC is a leading light in upstream oil and gas cases involving drilling, design, construction and maintenance of offshore and onshore structures and vessels. Chris Smith QC, who took silk in 2019, represented the operator in Golar-Nor UK v BP Exploration, a Commercial Court claim concerning the operation of an FPSO in the Foinaven field. Senior clerks Simon Slattery and Gary Ventura are 'a terrific double act and they build really deep relationships with solicitors whilst taking care of business very effectively'.
Insurance and reinsurance Tier 3
Quadrant Chambers 'provides excellent service and commerciality, while joint senior clerk Gary Ventura stands out as one of the best clerks in the city'. The set's insurance and reinsurance practice includes both marine insurance and non-marine insurance cases. In recent work of note, Andrew Guy Blackwood QC is acting for the underwriters in a large, six-week-long scuttling case, which is fixed to be heard in the latter part of 2020 and involves serious allegations of fraud; Tim Marland's experience includes insurance issues that arise in multi-jurisdictional aviation disasters; Luke Parsons QC represented the cargo underwriters in a claim that related to nickel fraud, and involved four parties in a 16-day Commercial Court trial.
Quadrant Chambers is 'great for international commercial disputes' and 'the set is strong throughout'. Clients note that 'the QCs are less stuffy and more commercial than at other sets which is a real selling point. Most of the juniors are very capable across the arbitral sector and most have extensive knowledge of most sets of arbitral rules'. Simon Rainey QC is widely considered a leader in the field and represented Unipec in Unipec China v China Petroleum Sonangol. Andrew Guy Blackwood QC is also representing Greece in Privinvest (and others) v The Hellenic Republic of Greece, an ICCC arbitration concerning the construction of military submarines.
Joseph England - Quadrant Chambers ‘A up-and-coming star in civil fraud litigation. He has an intuitive feel for how the court will see cases. His grasp of the law and how to put legally complicated points is also excellent. He is a dangerous adversary, constantly looking for weaknesses in his opponent's position and clients love him.’
The clerking is first class. The clerks are well organised, easy to deal with and supportive. There are never problems with double-bookings or over-commitments, not in more than 20 years of working with them.
The clerks are ready to assist at all hours and it is a pleasure to work with them.
Excellent. Gary Ventura runs a tight ship. Responsive and fully appreciate the demands and commercial realities faced by instructing solicitors.
John Walker and Gary Ventura are most helpful. They have an infallible gut feeling to recommend the right counsel for the right legal team. Yes, it sounds like a dream, but it is the reality.
Efficient and well run clerking room, with an excellent executive leadership group of Gary Ventura, Sarah Longden and Simon Slattery who run a tight ship.
Simon Slattery is extremely client focussed and stays on top of the instructions that we give so that he can ensure that we continue to be taken care of.
Daniel Westerman – always available to help, very good to deal with and will always endeavour to find a solution.
Daryl Hughes is extremely switched on. Always professional and always very user friendly. They will regularly go the extra mile to help.
Quadrant are an excellent set at every level, with a very high degree of efficiency and professionalism from all clerks which is matched by a friendly and common sense understanding of, and pragmatic approach to, the commercial rigours of case management.
Undoubtedly the leading shipping set and has been for some years now, huge strength in depth.
Quadrant are a delight to work with, counsel and clerks are approachable and user-friendly. The quality of legal advice is first-rate and the clerks offer a flexibility which supports our solicitor/client relationship.
Quadrant are head and shoulders above other sets who hold themselves out as specialists in arbitration work.
Quadrant Chambers are an excellent set – not only are they top of the game from a legal point of view, but they are also fun to work with.
A very commercial and user friendly chambers. Excellent training sessions which are focussed and commercial. Strong performance at all seniority levels.
They are an innovative set, unafraid to embrace technology and to do things a bit differently, which is hugely welcome.
Great set of chambers-the leading transport set – not just aviation but shipping as well. Real bench strength at all levels.
Quadrant Chambers has real depth of expertise in contractual matters and also IT (which is our area of expertise). We know and work with a number of their silks and juniors. We really see them as a chambers with strength in depth and a “go to” place on contractual matters.
Quadrant has cornered the marine disputes market and has many of the top name barristers in the industry. Very approachable set which understands the commercial sensitivities of the shipping market. Very high quality service and provide great support to the industry through frequent seminars and events.
Quadrant is for our firm the go-to set for shipping and commodities work. Great strength in depth, superb expertise and a culture of being very easy to work with. A first-rate service all round.
Very good strength in depth – Counsel always available at short notice. Recent “Quadcast” presentations are particularly excellent.
Quadrant Chambers > Set Profile
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.
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|CROALL QC, Simon (1986)|
|HOWARD QC, MN (1971)|
|RUSSELL QC, Jeremy (1975)|
|PERSEY QC, Lionel (1981)|
|RAINEY QC, Simon (1982)|
|KVERNDAL QC, Simon (1982)|
|PARSONS QC, Luke (1985)|
|JACOBS QC, Nigel (1983)|
|GOLDSTONE QC, David (1986)|
|COOPER QC, Nigel (1987)|
|DOWNES QC, Paul (1991)|
|MELWANI QC, Poonam (1989)|
|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)|
|REEVE, Matthew (1987)|
|PHILLIPS, Nevil (1992)|
|WARRENDER, Nichola (1995)|
|BUCKINGHAM, Stewart (1996)|
|RICHMOND, Jeremy (2000)|
|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)|
|ECONOMOU, George (1965)|
|MOORE, Natalie (2007)|
|COFFER, Benjamin (2008)|
|BARRETT, Stephanie (2008)|
|WILMOT-SMITH, Claudia (2008)|
|STEVENSON, Peter (2008)|
|ELLIS, Henry (2008)|
|JAY, Christopher (2009)|
|LAHTI, Liisa (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)|
|Chief Operating Officer||Peter Blair|
|Senior Clerk||Gary Ventura|
|Senior Clerk||Simon Slattery|
|Practice Manager||John Walker|
|Practice Manager||Daniel Westerman|
|Practice Manager||Paul Bloxham|
|Practice Manager||Daryl Hughes|
|Practice Manager||James Tanner|
|Practice Manager||Jordan Elliott|
|Mr Koye Akoni||Barrister with a broad commercial practice encompassing shipping, energy, international trade, aviation,…||View Profile|
|Nicola Allsop||Nicola has a modern commercial chancery practice encompassing company litigation (particularly shareholder…||View Profile|
|Ms Stephanie Barrett||Stephanie’s practice encompasses a wide range of commercial litigation and arbitration, particularly…||View Profile|
|Mr Tom Bird||Tom Bird has a broad commercial practice with a focus on shipping, commodities,…||View Profile|
|Mr Andrew Guy Blackwood||Guy has a broadly based commercial practice, with particular focus on large…||View Profile|
|Mr Stewart Buckingham||Practises in the fields of commercial law, including commercial contracts, energy, shipping,…||View Profile|
|Mr Andrew Carruth||Barrister specialising in shipping, energy and offshore construction, international trade, general commercial…||View Profile|
|Stewart Chirnside||Barrister specialising in commercial litigation, including banking and finance, commercial fraud, professional…||View Profile|
|Mr Benjamin Coffer||Commercial litigation with a particular emphasis on shipping, commodities and insurance/reinsurance.||View Profile|
|Mr Emmet Coldrick||Specialises in commercial law and arbitration, with a focus on shipping and…||View Profile|
|Mr Nigel Cooper||Barrister; practice covers the fields of shipping, shipbuilding (including superyacht and military…||View Profile|
|Mr Simon Croall||Simon Croall is Head of Chambers and an established commercial silk who…||View Profile|
|Mr Michael Davey||Barrister specialising in commercial and shipping: charterparties and bills of lading; international…||View Profile|
|Mr Max Davidson||Barrister specialising in commercial disputes, predominantly shipping, aviation, commodities and insurance.||View Profile|
|Paul Downes||Barrister specialising in commercial law (with specific expertise in banking and finance-related…||View Profile|
|Mr George C Economou||Barrister specialising in arbitration, ADR, finance, shipping, EC, Greek law, Cypriot law.||View Profile|
|Mr Henry Ellis||Henry has a broad commercial practice, with an emphasis on shipping and…||View Profile|
|Mr Joseph England||Joe practises in a wide range of international commercial disputes. He has…||View Profile|
|Mr Ben Gardner||Ben practises primarily in shipping, commodities, energy, insurance and conflict of laws,…||View Profile|
|Mr David Goldstone||David is a highly experienced barrister who has appeared in the High…||View Profile|
|Jamie Hamblen||Jamie is developing his practice in line with chambers’ core areas of…||View Profile|
|Mr Paul Henton||Paul’s practice focuses on shipping, international trade, commodities, energy, banking, aviation and…||View Profile|
|Miss Ruth Hosking||Ruth’s practice spans the full spectrum of commercial litigation and arbitration including…||View Profile|
|Mr Michael Howard||Barrister and arbitrator specialising in commercial and shipping law, including carriage, trade,…||View Profile|
|Mr Nigel Jacobs||Queen’s Counsel (2006) specialising in shipping, admiralty, insurance and general commercial work…||View Profile|
|Mr Christopher Jay||Barrister specialising in commercial litigation across the full range of chambers’ practice…||View Profile|
|Mr Chirag Karia||Barrister specialising in commercial, shipping, commodities and insurance law, appearing regularly in…||View Profile|
|Mr John Ashley Kimbell||John Kimbell QC is a maritime and aviation law specialist. He is…||View Profile|
|Mr Yash Kulkarni||Barrister with broad commercial practice covering areas such as international trade, shipping,…||View Profile|
|Mr Andrew Leung||Andrew has a broad commercial practice which encompasses Chambers core practice areas.…||View Profile|
|Mr Thomas Macey-Dare||Barrister specialising in commercial litigation and international arbitration, with particular focus on…||View Profile|
|Mr Tim Marland||Prior to joining chambers, Tim worked for a number of years at…||View Profile|
|Miss Emily McWilliams||Emily has a broad commercial practice, with a particular specialism in international…||View Profile|
|Ms Poonam Melwani||Poonam Melwani was called to the Bar in 1989. She practices across…||View Profile|
|William Mitchell||Will has a broad and growing practice in line with chambers core…||View Profile|
|Miss Natalie Moore||Barrister specialising in shipping and commercial law.||View Profile|
|Mr Gemma Morgan||Gemma has a broad commercial practice with particular focus on shipping, international…||View Profile|
|Tom Nixon||Tom is developing his practice in line with Chambers’ core areas of aviation…||View Profile|
|Mr Michael Nolan||Barrister specialising in shipping, insurance, sale and carriage of goods, ship sale,…||View Profile|
|Simon Oakes||Simon practises in commercial dispute resolution, with a particular focus on banking…||View Profile|
|Mr Luke Parsons||Luke is a Commercial and Admiralty silk whose practice encompasses insurance and…||View Profile|
|Miss Saira Paruk||Barrister specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration. Saira practises across the full…||View Profile|
|Mr John William Passmore||Commercial law, including shipping, international trade, aviation, insurance (marine and non-marine) and…||View Profile|
|Mr Lionel Persey||Barrister and arbitrator specializing in: commercial litigation; international commercial arbitration; shipping; energy/oil…||View Profile|
|Mr Nevil Phillips||Barrister specialising in commercial and shipping law, including international contracts of sale,…||View Profile|
|Mr Caroline Pounds||Barrister practising in general commercial litigation and arbitration whose areas of specialism…||View Profile|
|Mr Michael Proctor||Barrister practicing commercial law specialising in Shipping, Aviation and International Trade &…||View Profile|
|Mr Simon Rainey||Simon Rainey QC is one of the best-known and most highly regarded…||View Profile|
|Mr Matthew Reeve||Commercial advocate practising in most areas of commercial litigation including aviation, insurance…||View Profile|
|Mr Jeremy Richmond||Barrister specialising in modern chancery and commercial law and corporate and personal…||View Profile|
|Mr John Russell||John Russell is a commercial advocate, specialising in shipping, commodities and international…||View Profile|
|Emily Saunderson||Emily is a general commercial practitioner specialising in commercial fraud, and banking…||View Profile|
|Mr David Semark||Dry shipping disputes; energy, trade and commodities litigation; insurance and reinsurance. Co-author…||View Profile|
|Mr Christopher Smith||Principal areas of work are shipping, energy, commodities, commercial litigation, and insurance.…||View Profile|
|Mr Peter Stevenson||Peter has a broad commercial practice with a particular emphasis on shipping,…||View Profile|
|Mr Mark Stiggelbout||Commercial barrister specialising in shipping, commodities, international sale of goods, insurance, energy…||View Profile|
|Mr Turlough Stone||Turlough practices in general commercial law, with particular emphasis on banking and…||View Profile|
|Joseph Sullivan||Barrister specialising in commercial law, banking and finance, commercial fraud and professional…||View Profile|
|Mr Robert-Jan Temmink||View Profile|
|Mr Robert Thomas||Barrister specialising in all areas of commercial law including international trade, conflict…||View Profile|
|Mr Paul Toms||Barrister specialising in commercial litigation and international arbitration. His areas of expertise…||View Profile|
|Mr James M. Turner||Barrister specialising in international commercial and shipping law.||View Profile|
|Miss Nichola Warrender||Nichola Warrender specialises in general commercial, shipping, admiralty, international trade and insurance…||View Profile|
|Mr Craig Williams||Craig is developing a broad commercial disputes practice encompassing shipping, energy, international…||View Profile|
|Miss Claudia Wilmot-Smith||Commercial litigation; dry-shipping, commodities and transport; insurance and reinsurance; aviation and travel;…||View Profile|
Quadrant Chambers > Set Profile
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