Mr Matthew Reeve > Chambers of Simon Croall QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Simon Croall QC
Quadrant Chambers


Commercial advocate practising in most areas of commercial litigation including aviation, insurance and reinsurance, international arbitration, dry shipping, commodities, transport, sports and media, energy, ship building and construction, conflicts of laws, product liability, sale of goods, and professional negligence. Significant cases include: Adyard v Serco Denholm Marine Services [2011] EWHC 848 (Comm) – rescission of contracts for the construction of support ships for the Royal Navy; Jet Finance Group LLC v Hawker Beachcraft Limited (2010) – title dispute between the original purchaser of British Aerospace 125 jet – effect of registration on unregistered prior interests; Day v Tasker (2009) engineers’ liability for helicopter crash; Gamit Limited v Saudi Royal Flight (2009) – repudiatory breach of contract for overhaul of engines of Royal Boeing 747; Reinsurance arbitration, seated in Bermuda (2008) – excess of loss treaty – ‘Katrina’ catastrophe claims – misrepresentation of balance of exposures property reinsurance accounts; Datec Electronic Holdings Limited v United Parcels Service Limited [2007] 1 WLR 1325 – House of Lords – effect of standard terms on carrier’s Convention liabilities; Harper Versicherungs AG v Indemnity Marine Assurance Co Limited [2006] 2 Lloyd’s 263 (Commercial Court) – reinsurance dispute concerning treaties written in 1965-68; Sir David Berriman v Rose Thomson Young (Syndicate 255/258) [1996] 5 Reinsurance LR 117 – LMX Spiral claims; Bates & ors v Barrow & ors [1995] 1 Lloyd’s LR 680 – reinsurance – illegality of reinsurance policies made by an English coverholder of a foreign reinsurer; Edwin Arthur Simner v The New India Assurance Company Limited [1995] LRLR 240 – reinsurance – extent of insured’s duty to make investigations for the purposes of making a fair presentation of the risk; Lady Patricia Ashmore v The Corporation of Lloyd’s (No.1) [1992] 1 WLR 446, [1992] 1 Reinsurance LR335; Lady Patricia Ashmore v The Corporation of Lloyd`s (No.2) [1992] Lloyd’s LR 620 – duties owed by Lloyd’s as market regulator.


Called 1987; Inner Temple.


COMBAR; PNBA; an active member of the Inner Temple (Bencher).


Ratcliffe College; Magdalene College, Cambridge (1984 MA Law).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Matthew ReeveQuadrant ChambersHe is easy to work with, bright, thoughtful and analytical, with a desire to get to the real nub of every matter.

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.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Matthew ReeveQuadrant ChambersTenacious and compelling in court.

London Bar > Aviation

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Matthew ReeveQuadrant ChambersHe is a well-known, experienced and highly regarded junior who is go-to counsel for a number of solicitors handling contentious aviation matters.