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Specialises in international and domestic commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on insurance and reinsurance and shipping. Insurance and reinsurance practice covers both marine and non-marine business in a range of areas, including property, P&I, liability, professional indemnity, and political risk. Reinsurance experience includes both proportional and non-proportional business. In shipping, he has substantial experience of disputes under bills of lading, contracts of affreightment, voyage charters, and time charters. Has also advised and acted in litigation in the related areas of ship sale and purchase and shipbuilding. In addition to these core practice areas, he is experienced in international trade and transport, oil and gas, and professional negligence disputes. Also regularly deals with conflicts of law issues. His practice encompasses advocacy, drafting and advisory work. Has appeared in the Queen’s Bench Division (and particularly in the Commercial Court), Chancery Division, Court of Appeal, Privy Council and House of Lords, and before both ad hoc and institutional (including ICC, LCIA and LMAA) arbitral tribunals.


Essex Court Chambers 1992 to date.


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


Magdalen College, Oxford (BA; BCL).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Nigel Eaton KCEssex Court ChambersOne of the leading QCs in the fields of shipping and commodities, he is very strong analytically and an incisive and persuasive advocate.

Essex Court Chambers is ‘very strong, particularly at the senior end, and it has incredible pedigree in commodities and shipping work with a host of names you would want to turn to for high-value, heavy and contentious disputes’. The set has a long track record of involvement in shipping, shipbuilding and commodities cases, with particular expertise in wet and dry shipping, as well as high-value fraud cases touching on those issues. Nigel Eaton KC is among the set’s standout silks and he recently includes high-value international commodities arbitrations and matters concerning ore and oil shipments. David Walsh is a prominent junior in this area of law, and he frequently assists for major trading houses with pricing disputes concerning energy commodities. He recently acted as sole counsel in a $15m claim against commodity insurers following a fire at a warehouse in Zambia.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 5

Nigel Eaton KCEssex Court ChambersOne of the leading QCs in the fields of shipping and commodities. Very strong analytically and an incisive and persuasive advocate.