Steven Berry QC > Essex Court Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Essex Court Chambers
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Has specialised since 1985 in the associated fields of insurance and reinsurance, shipping, international banking, international sale of good and arbitration. Extensive experience as counsel in the courts up to and including the House of Lords, and in arbitrations before LCIA, ICC, LMAA and other tribunals. Since taking silk recently he has been involved in two heavy total loss trials in the Commercial Court; in film finance, political risk and other insurance and reinsurance disputes, including insurance fraud disputes, in the courts and in arbitration; and in charterparty, shipbuilding, and ship sale arbitrations. Recommended in the 2006 ‘Chambers & Partners Guide to the UK Legal Profession’ in the categories of arbitration, commercial litigation, energy, insurance and shipping. Also sits as arbitrator in suitable cases. Publications: ‘Computer Software Deficiency’, January 2000.


Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR); London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; London Maritime Arbitrators Association (supporting member).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Steven Berry QCEssex Court Chambers

‘A leading commercial set with a strong shipping practice’, the barristers at Essex Court Chambers are frequently instructed on wet and dry shipping disputes, in court and in arbitration. Christopher Smith QC had another strong year, handling complex litigation including the CCNI Arauco, a case in the wake of an explosion on a ship caused by a dangerous cargo of paint thinner.  In this he led Stephen Donnelly, and acted opposite David Walsh; one of a number of cases in 2020 in which Walsh acted as sole counsel against silks. 2018 silk Philippa Hopkins QC continues to act on dry and wet shipping matters both in English courts and in arbitration. Elsewhere, Steven Berry QC and John Robb acted together on several cases, including the bills of lading dispute FIMBank plc. v Polaris Bulkship SA, and Halis Holdings v Revelry Limited, which involved issues of force majeure related to the COVID-19 pandemic. David Davies QC is a 2021 Silk appointment.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 5

Steven Berry QCEssex Court ChambersHe has an outstanding reputation.