Mr Nigel Cooper QC > Chambers of Simon Croall QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Simon Croall QC
Quadrant Chambers


Barrister; practice covers the fields of shipping, shipbuilding (including superyacht and military build projects), insurance/reinsurance, energy and offshore, and commercial disputes (including international trade and conflicts of law). Full practice details are available at or by contacting chambers. Nigel is an experienced advocate appearing regularly in the Commercial and Admiralty courts, arbitrations and in the appellate courts; he has acted for the government at three major formal investigations as well as appearing as an expert witness in overseas proceedings. Recent cases include major arbitrations and commercial court actions in all areas of Nigel’s practice but particularly, shipbuilding in the commercial and yacht sectors, sanctions and fraud, unsafe ports, oil and gas and commodities. Reported cases include Kaefer Aislamientos SA v. AMS Drilling Mexico SA [2017] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 575 (rig repairs and jurisdiction); Bug-5 Shipping Ltd v. Allia Systems Ltd. SA [[2015] EWHC 2550 (Comm) (sale of damaged cargo) BHP Biliton Marketing AG v. TMT Asia Ltd [2012] EWHC 3913 & [2016] EWHC 287 (Ch) (liability under a series of FFAs);  Seadrill Management Services Ltd v Gazprom [2010] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 543 and [2010] EWCA Civ 691 (claims arising out of the collapse of an oil rig); the Western Neptune [2010] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 158 and 172 (collision accident); Ferryways NV v Associated British Ports [2008] 1 Lloyds Rep 639; Almatrans SA v Tutova Shipping Co Ltd [2007] 1 Lloyds Rep10; The Doric Pride [2005] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 470 and court of Appeal (unreported) – charterparty dispute; WISE Underwriting Agency Ltd and Ors v Grupo Nacional Provincial SA [2004] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 483 (CA) – reinsurance dispute; Great North Eastern Railway Ltd v Railcare Ltd [2003] – claim for losses arising from a derailment; Seascope Capital Services ltd v Anglo-Atlantic SS Co Ltd [2002] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 611 – ship financing; reopened formal investigations into the loss of the bulk carrier MV ‘Derbyshire’ (2000) and the fishing vessel FV ‘Gaul’ (2004); formal investigation into the collision between the ‘Marchioness’ and the ‘Bowbelle’ (2001). Nigel was also heavily involved in the Fiona Trust Litigation


Called 1987, Lincoln’s Inn; internship with legal service, European Commission 1988-89; German Academic Exchange Service’s Young Lawyer’s Programme 1989-90; member A Panel of junior counsel to the Crown; accredited mediator; accepts appointments as arbitrator.


Dutch, German, French.


COMBAR; LMAA; Bar European Group; British German Jurists’ Association; European Circuit; Bar Council 1997-2001


Brentwood School; Leeds University (1986 LLB Hons); University of Amsterdam (1988 Diploma of European Integration, Business Law); Queen Mary & Westfield College, London (1992 LLM).


Sailing, walking.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Nigel Cooper QCQuadrant ChambersHe is very experienced and commercial in his thinking; his advice and suggestions are concise and very helpful.

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.

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

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Nigel Cooper QCQuadrant Chambers ‘Very commercial and practical in his advice.’

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Nigel Cooper QCQuadrant ChambersHe understands exactly what his clients want.