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Luke Parsons QC

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Quadrant Chambers (Chambers of Simon Croall QC)


Luke is Head of Quadrant Chambers and a Commercial and Admiralty silk whose practice encompasses insurance and reinsurance, international trade, energy, sale of goods, banking, commercial contracts, and shipping. Luke is often called in to handle the highest value, most complex claims, involving coordinating large teams of experts and has acted on many precedent-setting cases in the High Court, and Court of Appeal; recent and reported cases include: BHP Billiton v TMT Asia (Ongoing), Borco v Phillips 66: ‘Cape Bari’ (2016); W Ltd v M Sdn Bhd [2016]; Shagang Shipping v HNA Airlines (2016); Bloehm & Vos v Enquest Britain: 2014; E D and F Man Sugar Ltd v Unicargo Transportgesellscaft GmbH, E D and F Man Sugar Ltd v Unicargo Transportgesellschaft GmbH [2013]; Itochu Corporation v Johann MK Blumenthal GmbH & Co & Ors [2012]; Berezovsky & Anor v Edminston & Company [2011]; JSC Bank v Solodchenko [2011]; Vitol SA v Capri Marine Ltd [2010]; Cosco Bulk Carrier Co Ltd & Anor v MV Saldanha [2010]; Raiffeisen Zentralbank Oterreich AG v. China Marine Bunker (Petrochina) Co Ltd [2008]; Shipping Co. SA v. Trafigura Beheer BV & Anor (The "MSC Amsterdam") [2007]; Anton Durbeck GmbH v. Den Norske Bank ASA [2006]; Mediterranean Den Norske Bank ASA v. Acemex Management Company Ltd [2004]; Mamidoil-Jetoil Greek Petroleum Co. SA v Okta Crude Oil Refinery AD [2003]; Canara Bank v Standard Bank [2002] Luke has extensive experience in dealing with foreign law and multi-jurisdictional disputes and  frequently acts in arbitrations with a cross-border element and is experienced in making applications to the High Court in support of English arbitrations and also in support of foreign arbitrations in the English courts and advises on the enforcement of awards under the New York Convention.


Called 1985; Inner Temple; QC 2003.




LLB Bristol


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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersIncredibly bright and impressive on his feet.

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Within: Commodities – Leading silks

Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersA user-friendly and effective advocate who provides practical, commercial advice with a no-nonsense approach.

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Within: Energy – Leading silks

Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersA very able and experienced arbitrator – knowledgeable and easy to work with.

Within: Energy

Widely regarded as pre-eminent in offshore and shipping-related energy work, Quadrant Chambers is also ‘very strong in commercial energy disputes and international arbitration’; it wins praise for being ‘user friendly and accommodating’. Luke Parsons QC acted for Novol Banco in a fraud dispute against Petrosaudi Oil Services regarding a drilling contract. Simon Rainey QC and Caroline Pounds, who is particularly strong in disputes involving semi-submersibles, acted in a drilling contract dispute between Transocean Drilling UK and Repsol Sinopec Resources.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersA go-to silk on matters of marine insurance, his breadth of knowledge and ability to grasp complex issues in developing areas is simply outstanding.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersVery bright and very impressive.

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Within: Shipping – Leading silks

Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersHas a brilliant mind combined with an engaging personality and has the ability to find out-of-the-box solutions to the most complex legal issues.

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