Mr Benjamin Coffer > Chambers of Simon Croall QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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

Position

Commercial litigation with a particular emphasis on shipping, commodities and insurance/reinsurance.

Career

Called 2008; Middle Temple.

Languages

French.

Memberships

COMBAR.

Education

St John’s College, Oxford (BA in English, first class); The College of Law (Graduate Diploma in Law, distinction); Inns of Court School of Law (Bar Vocational Course, outstanding).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

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

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.

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.

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

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

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Benjamin CofferQuadrant ChambersVery good for advisory work.