Set Profile > Quadrant Chambers > London, England

Chambers of Simon Croall QC
Quadrant Chambers
QUADRANT HOUSE, 10 FLEET STREET
LONDON
EC4Y 1AU
England

Insolvency

2020 Silks

Jeremy Richmond QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is one of the rising stars at the bar. He has a superb grip of technical issues and is a go-to counsel.

Leading Juniors

Nicola Allsop - Quadrant ChambersWell-respected in the market.
Ranked: Tier 4
Joseph England - Quadrant ChambersHe is becoming a formidable opponent in court.
Ranked: Tier 5

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.

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 ChambersA fine mind and a convincing advocate. A reliable pair of hands for even the most complicated of issues.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tim Marland - Quadrant ChambersA silk in all but name. A real all-rounder who understands the industry, and an opponent who should be feared.
Ranked: Tier 1
Matthew Reeve - Quadrant ChambersHe is a well-known, experienced and highly regarded junior who is go-to counsel for a number of solicitors handling contentious aviation matters.
Ranked: Tier 1
Emily McWilliams - Quadrant ChambersShe is considered and erudite in her advice. Her advocacy is composed and quick-witted.
Ranked: Tier 3
Koye Akoni - Quadrant ChambersA formidable presence and an agile mind - on track to greatness.
Ranked: Tier 3
Stephanie Barrett - Quadrant ChambersShe is a first-rate and fierce advocate.
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

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.

Rising stars

Max Davidson - Quadrant ChambersHis strengths include his exceptional attention to detail and thorough understanding of the law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Michael Proctor - Quadrant ChambersRecommended for his excellent written and oral advocacy and his ability to provide clear, concise and well-reasoned advice.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

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.

Ranked: Tier 1
David Goldstone QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is very experienced in shipping-related work.
Ranked: Tier 1
Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersA first-class advocate at the top of his game.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant ChambersA superstar of the shipping bar.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersA first-class all-round silk.
Ranked: Tier 1
Nigel Jacobs QC - Quadrant ChambersHe has a manner which goes down extremely well with judges and arbitrators alike.
Ranked: Tier 2
Nigel Cooper QC - Quadrant ChambersSuccinct in his advice, astute in his views and savvy in the commercial dynamics of the shipping business.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Russell QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is emerging as one of the leading shipping silks.
Ranked: Tier 3
Robert Thomas QC - Quadrant ChambersVery user friendly and understands the commercial pressures that clients are under and the pace of response needed.
Ranked: Tier 3
Michael Davey QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is an excellent silk.
Ranked: Tier 4
Michael Howard QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is well-known for his longstanding experience in shipping work.
Ranked: Tier 4
John Kimbell QC - Quadrant ChambersHis advices are concise and punchy, and one is left feeling that help is always at hand and that he is a genuine team player.
Ranked: Tier 4
John Passmore QC - Quadrant ChambersHis insight, written work and advocacy for a complex case was exceptional.
Ranked: Tier 4
James Turner QC - Quadrant ChambersVery responsive and very analytical.
Ranked: Tier 4
Chirag Karia QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is someone who I am always happy to have on my side rather than against me.
Ranked: Tier 5
Poonam Melwani QC - Quadrant ChambersHer strengths include an intelligent, thorough and detail-driven approach and a capacity to handle complex, high-value matters.
Ranked: Tier 5
Michael Nolan QC - Quadrant ChambersClear advice and prompt attendance regarding difficult matters.
Ranked: Tier 5

2019 Silks

Christopher Smith QC - Quadrant ChambersHis willingness to roll up his sleeves and work closely and persistently together to forge a way through some of the difficulties we faced was much appreciated.

2020 Silks

Stewart Buckingham QC - Quadrant ChambersKnowledgeable, organised, rigorous, thorough, practical and a pleasure to work with.

2021 Silks

Nichola Warrender QC - Quadrant ChambersThorough, hard-working, and able to adopt independent positions.

Leading Juniors

Nevil Phillips - Quadrant ChambersHighly experienced in maritime disputes and familiar with the latest development of law.
Ranked: Tier 1
Tom Bird - Quadrant ChambersA first-rate lawyer and very precise when it comes to preparing pleadings.
Ranked: Tier 2
Benjamin Coffer - Quadrant ChambersHe is always impressive.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ruth Hosking - Quadrant ChambersHas a quick grasp of complex issues.
Ranked: Tier 2
Gemma Morgan - Quadrant ChambersA star junior, extremely intelligent and focused on the detail of every case.
Ranked: Tier 2
Caroline Pounds - Quadrant ChambersVery thorough and brilliant on the detail of cases.
Ranked: Tier 2
Matthew Reeve - Quadrant ChambersTenacious and compelling in court.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Toms - Quadrant ChambersExcellent on technical points.
Ranked: Tier 2
Koye Akoni - Quadrant ChambersHe has a tenacious work ethic and nuanced ability to articulate finer points of law in the manner one would expect of a top-level junior counsel.
Ranked: Tier 3
Stephanie Barrett - Quadrant ChambersShe is a very good junior counsel.
Ranked: Tier 3
Henry Ellis - Quadrant ChambersA very bright guy who is not afraid to roll his sleeves up.
Ranked: Tier 3
Ben Gardner - Quadrant ChambersHe produces high quality written work.
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Henton - Quadrant ChambersAlways available on a case when needed and turns around high quality work quickly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Christopher Jay - Quadrant ChambersHe goes the extra mile for the client.
Ranked: Tier 3
Andrew Leung - Quadrant ChambersBright, hardworking, and a good team player.
Ranked: Tier 3
Natalie Moore - Quadrant ChambersA very good junior.
Ranked: Tier 3
Saira Paruk - Quadrant ChambersHer advice is always commercial and reflects the client's needs.
Ranked: Tier 3
Peter Stevenson - Quadrant ChambersSharp, focused and results-driven.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Stiggelbout - Quadrant ChambersHe has an excellent knowledge of shipping law, and is approachable and charming to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Emily McWilliams - Quadrant ChambersEfficient and unflappable, with a lovely courtroom manner.
Ranked: Tier 4
David Semark - Quadrant ChambersClever, knowledgeable, hard-working, and well-organised.
Ranked: Tier 4

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'.

Leading Silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersUnquestionably a super silk. a first-class advocate with a very powerful mind who breaks a problem down into its constituent parts and leaves no stone unturned.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Croall QC - Quadrant ChambersA best-in-class advocate with a deep mastery of all aspects of international arbitration, he is exceedingly commercial and an excellent problem solver.
Ranked: Tier 2
Chirag Karia QC - Quadrant ChambersAn excellent QC who picks the right points and handles complex disputes well.
Ranked: Tier 3
Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersA first-class advocate at the top of his game, he sets a strategy on a case quickly and effectively and follows through.
Ranked: Tier 3
John Russell QC - Quadrant ChambersA very good, practical silk who thinks very well on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 3

Andrew Guy Blackwood QC - Quadrant Chambers ‘He is great on his feet and can bring judges with him, and he puts his head on the block with clear advice.

Ranked: Tier 5
Yash Kulkarni QC - Quadrant ChambersExtremely thorough and completely on top of the brief, he is a bright and intelligent young QC who is impressive and measured on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 5
Thomas Macey-Dare QC - Quadrant ChambersHe masters the detail and gives firm and clear advice.
Ranked: Tier 5
Michael Nolan QC - Quadrant ChambersAn effective advocate with a meticulous approach.
Ranked: Tier 5

2020 Silks

Stewart Buckingham QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is knowledgeable, organised, rigorous, thorough, practical and a pleasure to work with.

Leading Juniors

Benjamin Coffer - Quadrant ChambersHe has a very sound technical knowledge about the commodities trading industry.
Ranked: Tier 2
Ben Gardner - Quadrant ChambersHe is reassuringly confident on difficult legal points.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Toms - Quadrant ChambersHe has a brilliant mind and balances being completely on top of the law and procedure with an approachable and commercial slant.
Ranked: Tier 2
Tom Bird - Quadrant ChambersHe is very responsive and adaptable, his composure is reassuring and his easy-going manner makes him easy to work with.
Ranked: Tier 3
Max Davidson - Quadrant ChambersHe is very bright, he grasps the legal issues and commercial aspects of a dispute quickly, and he works at an impressive pace.
Ranked: Tier 3
Henry Ellis - Quadrant ChambersDiligent, hardworking and personable, he effortlessly manages to strike the right balance between technical legal expertise and a commercial and strategic attitude.
Ranked: Tier 3
Paul Henton - Quadrant ChambersHe is very bright, client-friendly and practical, and he masters the facts of the case quickly.
Ranked: Tier 3
Peter Stevenson - Quadrant ChambersHe is razor-sharp, very commercial and excellent with clients, and he has an impressive ability to deftly get to the heart of any issue.
Ranked: Tier 3

International arbitration: arbitrators Tier 2

Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant ChambersA no-nonsense Presiding Arbitrator with a tremendous capacity for the complex dispute.

Travel law (including jurisdictional issues) Tier 2

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.

Rising stars

Max Davidson - Quadrant ChambersHe knows clients’ strengths and weaknesses, always making them feel more knowledgeable.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

John Kimbell QC - Quadrant ChambersOne of the brightest around. A truly formidable force.
Ranked: Tier 2

Leading Juniors

Tim Marland - Quadrant ChambersHis advice is technically accurate and commercially sensible.
Ranked: Tier 3
Emily McWilliams - Quadrant ChambersVery sharp and has quickly mastered the subtleties of complex disputes. Her advocacy to be excellent.
Ranked: Tier 3
Matthew Reeve - Quadrant ChambersHe is easy to work with, bright, thoughtful and analytical, with a desire to get to the real nub of every matter.
Ranked: Tier 3
Mark Stiggelbout - Quadrant ChambersHe is great to deal with and has fantastic knowledge.
Ranked: Tier 3

Banking and finance (including consumer credit) Tier 3

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.

Leading Silks

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersHas an impressive grasp on the legal aspects of a case, but perhaps more importantly is very commercial and strategic.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Stewart Chirnside - Quadrant ChambersSuperb on paper and on his feet, excellent turnaround, and very responsive.
Ranked: Tier 2
Liisa Lahti - Quadrant ChambersAn outstanding barrister, she is exceptionally hard-working and has excellent commercial instincts.
Ranked: Tier 2

Emily Saunderson - Quadrant Chambers ‘Has a core of steel and her work ethic is impressive.

Ranked: Tier 3
Turlough Stone - Quadrant ChambersVery user-friendly and thorough, available at all hours, extremely adept at spotting the little details that make all the difference.
Ranked: Tier 3

Simon Oakes - Quadrant Chambers ‘Miles above his call level when it comes to his experience and offering, both from a client perspective and from that as instructing solicitor.

Ranked: Tier 4
Joseph Sullivan - Quadrant ChambersA stand out junior with experience and an ability beyond his call, he is extremely diligent and reliable and a pleasure to work with.
Ranked: Tier 4

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 LLPPaul Downes QC led the West Ham team, including Joseph Sullivan.  

Rising stars

Max Davidson - Quadrant ChambersHe has a great command of the commercial aspects to a dispute, excellent on his feet and ready to argue the client corner and will not shy away from a court room fight.
Ranked: Tier 1

Leading Silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersConsummate advocate who thinks many steps ahead and reads the court and opponents very well.
Ranked: Tier 2
Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersHe was decisive in terms of strategy to be adopted and his impressive eloquence and effective style of advocacy gave a lot of comfort to the clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Andrew Guy Blackwood QC - Quadrant Chambers ‘Excellent analytical skills, solid cross-examination, and readily available.

Ranked: Tier 6
Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant ChambersA high quality performer.
Ranked: Tier 6
Robert-Jan Temmink QC - Quadrant ChambersA fantastic silk - he is popular with clients, works well as part of a wider team and when the pressure is on he really delivers.
Ranked: Tier 6

2020 Silks

Jeremy Richmond QC - Quadrant ChambersVery impressive junior silk who is user friendly and really gets stuck in.

Leading Juniors

Nicola Allsop - Quadrant ChambersVery personable, easy to instruct, down to earth, gets on with clients well and is very responsive.
Ranked: Tier 5
Joseph Sullivan - Quadrant ChambersBrilliant junior - intellectually superb, but also has a great feel for the strategy and tactics of a case.
Ranked: Tier 5

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'.

Leading Silks

Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant ChambersA real expert in energy cases, he is a top choice for complicated disputes that requires an industry expert.
Ranked: Tier 1
Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersHe has an unrivalled ability to communicate complex ideas in a way that seems intuitive – he always wins the narrative battle.
Ranked: Tier 2
Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersA litigator with prodigious skill in the courtroom and a commercially-minded legal advisor who cuts to the key issues.
Ranked: Tier 3
Simon Croall QC - Quadrant ChambersA best-in-class advocate who always impresses with his knowledge of the industry and has a deep mastery of international arbitration.
Ranked: Tier 3

2019 Silks

Chris Smith QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is lucidly clear, forensically detailed and very well prepared, and he has the ability to give sagacious advice.

Leading Juniors

Henry Ellis - Quadrant ChambersHe combines a strong work ethic and good analytical abilities with a very natural and engaging manner.
Ranked: Tier 4
Joseph England - Quadrant ChambersVery conscientious, hardworking and enthusiastic, he is good on his feet and should go far.
Ranked: Tier 4
Ben Gardner - Quadrant ChambersAn extremally polite and proactive barrister who understands clients’ needs.
Ranked: Tier 4
Paul Henton - Quadrant ChambersHe is one to watch - very user-friendly, always available and able to turn around high-quality work quickly.
Ranked: Tier 4
Caroline Pounds - Quadrant ChambersHardworking and diligent with the ability to absorb a mass of technical details, she is a fierce and insightful advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Gaurav Sharma - Quadrant ChambersUser-friendly, thoughtful and measured in everything he does, he brings invaluable commercial experience and insight to the table.
Ranked: Tier 4

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.

Leading Silks

Andrew Guy Blackwood QC - Quadrant Chambers ‘Has a talent for making complicated concepts easy to understand, and communicates clearly and in a way that is accessible to lawyers and clients alike.

Ranked: Tier 2
Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersA first-class, all-round silk.
Ranked: Tier 3
Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersImpresses with his graceful manner in court, aptitude and knowledge. I have nothing but respect for this formidable advocate.
Ranked: Tier 4
Nigel Cooper QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is knowledgeable, straightforward, hardworking and successful.
Ranked: Tier 5

Leading Juniors

Tim Marland - Quadrant ChambersGreat ability to process incredibly complex information quickly, is excellent on his feet, and my go-to junior on all matters pertaining to insurance coverage disputes.
Ranked: Tier 3

International arbitration: counsel Tier 3

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.

Leading Silks

Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersHe has a real mastery of his game, just beautifully smooth, his oral submissions are the closest thing to music in advocacy.
Ranked: Tier 1
Lionel Persey QC - Quadrant ChambersHis experience of heavyweight disputes is second-to-none.
Ranked: Tier 2

Andrew Guy Blackwood QC - Quadrant Chambers ‘Very thorough, excellent at cross-examination, an analytical legal mind, gets to the heart of the matter in a very succinct way.

Ranked: Tier 3
Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersA user-friendly, down-to-earth and very skilled barrister.
Ranked: Tier 4
Robert-Jan Temmink QC - Quadrant ChambersHas the great ability to be versatile and yet thoroughly expert across a broad spectrum of cases.
Ranked: Tier 4

Leading Juniors

Joseph England - Quadrant ChambersJoe is conscientious and has a deep knowledge of arbitration law - he's someone to watch and is going places.
Ranked: Tier 3
Gemma Morgan - Quadrant ChambersLaser-like focus on contract terms and the big picture of interpretation and able to set out the approach in a clear and precise way that is easy for a Tribunal to understand and adopt.
Ranked: Tier 3

Product liability

Leading Juniors

Tim Marland - Quadrant ChambersHe is an absolute star, understands the aviation industry inside out, can grapple with any case, however complex, and is a stunning advocate.
Ranked: Tier 3

Financial services regulation

Leading Silks

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersExtremely hardworking, meticulous and quick on the uptake.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

Stewart Chirnside - Quadrant ChambersHe is very thorough and knowledgeable and provided detailed, well reasoned and considered advice.
Ranked: Tier 3
Emily Saunderson - Quadrant ChambersTechnically very strong but also has a real commercial common sense in terms of the long term best interests of the clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Fraud: civil

Leading Silks

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersHe was a pleasure to work with as he was really au fait with the voluminous documents and affidavits despite being instructed at relatively short notice. He was decisive in terms of strategy to be adopted and his impressive eloquence and effective style of advocacy gave a lot of comfort to the clients.
Ranked: Tier 3

Leading Juniors

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.

Ranked: Tier 4

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

Professional negligence

Leading Juniors

Stewart Chirnside - Quadrant ChambersSuperb on paper and on his feet.
Ranked: Tier 6

Set overviews: England and Wales

Quadrant Chambers' reputation at the apex of the London shipping Bar segues in to expertise in aviation, commodities, energy banking and a broader range of commercial disputes often involving the underpinnings of the global economy. Following his retirement from the Admirality Division, Sir Nigel Teare returned to the set's arbitrator wing (Arbitrators at 10 Fleet Street). Door tenant Bruce Harris is now the chairman of the LMAA, and Stewart Buckingham   and Jeremy Richmond   are 2020 Silk appointments.

Testimonials

Clerks:

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.

Set:

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 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
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
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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 QC photo Mr Andrew Guy Blackwood QC 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…
 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 QC photo Mr Nigel Cooper QC Barrister; practice covers the fields of shipping, shipbuilding (including superyacht and military…
Mr Simon Croall QC photo Mr Simon Croall QC Simon Croall is Head of Chambers and an established commercial silk who…
Mr Michael Davey QC photo Mr Michael Davey QC 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 QC photo Paul Downes QC 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 QC photo Mr David Goldstone QC David is a highly experienced barrister who has appeared in the High…
 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 QC photo Mr Michael Howard QC Barrister and arbitrator specialising in commercial and shipping law, including carriage, trade,…
Mr Nigel Jacobs QC photo Mr Nigel Jacobs QC 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 QC photo Mr Chirag Karia QC Barrister specialising in commercial, shipping, commodities and insurance law, appearing regularly in…
Mr John Ashley Kimbell QC photo Mr John Ashley Kimbell QC John Kimbell QC is a maritime and aviation law specialist. He is…
Mr Yash Kulkarni QC photo Mr Yash Kulkarni QC 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 QC photo Mr Thomas Macey-Dare QC 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 QC photo Ms Poonam Melwani QC 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 QC photo Mr Michael Nolan QC 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 QC photo Mr Luke Parsons QC 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 QC photo Mr John William Passmore QC Commercial law, including shipping, international trade, aviation, insurance (marine and non-marine) and…
Mr Lionel Persey QC photo Mr Lionel Persey QC 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 QC  photo Mr Simon Rainey QC 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 and corporate and personal…
Mr John Russell QC  photo Mr John Russell QC 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 QC photo Mr Christopher Smith QC 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 QC photo Mr Robert-Jan Temmink QC
Mr Robert Thomas QC photo Mr Robert Thomas QC 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 QC photo Mr James M. Turner QC Barrister specialising in international commercial and shipping law.
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;…