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

Position

Simon Rainey QC is one of the best-known and most highly regarded practitioners at the Commercial Bar with a high reputation for his intellect, advocacy skills, commercial pragmatism and commitment to client care. He has established a broad commercial advisory and advocacy practice spanning substantial commercial contractual disputes, international trade and commodities, shipping and maritime law in all its aspects, energy and natural resources and insurance and reinsurance. He appears mainly in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal and has extensive experience of arbitration, regularly appearing before all of the main domestic and international arbitral bodies and trade associations. He particularly relishes complicated legal disputes and also cross-examination, especially in cases involving heavy expert evidence, of both technical disciplines and foreign law. He is well-known as a cheerful and easy to work with team player who rolls his sleeves up in long and complex trials and arbitrations. He is frequently appointed as arbitrator (LCIA, ICC, LMAA and ad hoc, sitting both sole and as co-arbitrator) and has given expert evidence of English law to courts in several countries. He also sits as a Recorder in the Crown Court and as a Deputy High Court Judge. He has been cited for many years as a Leading Silk in the areas of shipping, commodities, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, international arbitration, energy and natural resources, and insurance and reinsurance by Chambers & Partners and/or The Legal 500.

Career

Qualified 1982; Lincoln’s Inn; QC 2000; appointed Recorder of Crown Court 2000 and Civil Court 2004; appointed Deputy High Court Judge 2008. Publications: numerous – see website.

Languages

French

Memberships

Supporting Member of London Maritime Arbitrators Association (since 1998); Visiting Fellow of Institute of International Trade and Shipping Law, University of Swansea (2010); Honorary Professor in the College of Business, Economics and Law, University of Swansea (2013); Panel Member of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (2012); Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2013).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

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

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.

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

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

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.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

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

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.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Simon Rainey QCQuadrant ChambersTruly a super silk – devastatingly sharp and exceptional on his feet.

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.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

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

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 > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

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

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Simon Rainey QCQuadrant ChambersHe can always give fantastically sensible advice on both legal and practical levels.

Quadrant Chambers ‘is a very strong set for maritime law and commodity trade disputes‘. Alongside a large number of members instructed in complex international arbitration in the shipbuilding and commodities arenas, the set is well-equipped to handle more esoteric dry and wet shipping matters. Simon Rainey QC and Nigel Jacobs QC are instructed for the appellants in the Evergreen MarineNautical Challenge case, due to be heard by the UK Supreme Court concerning a collision between a Marshallese-flagged crude oil carrier and a Taiwanese-owned container ship in the entrance to the Jebel Ali port in the UAE. In the Singapore International Commercial Court, Thomas Macey-Dare QC represented Yaw Chee Siew, the former chairman of Otto Marine in claims brought by entities owned by ICBC concerning ship financing arrangements allegedly containing personal guarantees. Michael Nolan QC is noted for instructions in India- and Korea-related cases.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Construction, energy and infrastructure

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Simon Rainey QC  – Quadrant Chambers ‘Very considered, thorough and user-friendly.’

In addition to a range of work in the space concerning vessels such as drill ships and other vessels used by the maritime industry, Quadrant chambers’ members handle a number of mandates concerning the supply and extraction of hydrocarbons on a global level. In one recent standout instruction, Simon Rainey QC  represented SK in a multi-jurisdictional dispute over Everglory’s repudiation of long-term gas supply contracts, including allegations of economic torts.