Nicholas Craig QC > Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Ewan McQuater QC and Adrian Beltrami QC
3 Verulam Buildings
GRAY'S INN
LONDON
WC1R 5NT
England
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Position

Barrister specialising in commercial litigation, in particular arbitration, civil fraud, banking, shipping, aviation, commodities, insurance and professional negligence. Reported cases include: Celestial Aviation Trading 71 Ltd v Paramount Airways Private Ltd [2010] EWHC 185 (Comm); Tarkin AG v Thames Steel UK Ltd [2010] EWHC 207 (Comm); Jackson Distribution Ltd v Tum Yeto Inc [2009] EWHC 982 (QB); Dunlop Haywards (DHL) Ltd v Erinaceous Insurance Services Ltd [2009] EWHC 2900 (Comm); Michael Wilson & Partners Ltd v John Forster Emmott [2008] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 616; P&O Nedlloyd BV v Arab Metals [2007] 1 WLR 2288; CSAV v MS ER Hamburg Schiffahrtsgesellschaft [2006] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 66; Heesens Yacht Builders BV v Cox Syndicate Management Ltd [2006] Lloyd’s Rep IR 103, [2006] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 35, CA; World Trade Corporation v Czarnikow Sugar Ltd. [2005] Lloyd’s Rep 422; The ‘Jordan II’ [2005] 1 WLR 1363; Cadre SA v Astra Asigura [2005] EWHC 2504; IOPC v Milford Haven Port Authority [2003] EWHC 1246 Admlty; the Marchioness Formal Investigation; R v SOS for the Home Dept ex parte Balbo B&C Auto Transporti Internazionali [2001] 1 WLR 1556.

Career

Called 1998; Inner Temple.

Memberships

COMBAR.

Education

King’s College London (BA Hons); Oxford University (MPhil); City University (Diploma in Law); Inns of Court School of Law; Inner Temple Major.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Energy

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Nicholas Craig QC3 Verulam BuildingsEasy to work with and a great advocate, he is adaptable and able to advocate well in factually complex matters.

3 Verulam Buildings is ‘evidently a strong set with breadth and depth of quality‘ and clients report that its members are ‘very user-friendly‘. The set is known for its expertise in banking and commercial litigation but its members also appear frequently in court and arbitration cases concerning oil fields, mines and technical issues related to the operation of oil and gas pipelines. New silks Christopher Harris QC, who represented the claimant in Forum International v OOS International which concerned high-value oil exploration assets in Brazil, and Nicholas Craig QC are among the set’s most active members in energy disputes. Juniors Paul Wee, who appeared in English enforcement proceedings concerning the $50bn arbitral awards obtained by former shareholders of Yukos under the Energy Charter Treaty, and Jane Davies Evans are highly recommended; Mark Wassouf is a rising star in chambers. ‘The clerks are good – responsive, approachable and keen to help‘, remarks one client.

London Bar > Shipping

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Nicholas Craig QC3 Verulam BuildingsAn excellent advocate with a great feel for the courtroom. He is strong on paper and engenders confidence.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Nicholas Craig QC3 Verulam BuildingsA powerful and highly experienced advocate. Advice is always clear and realistic. Response times are excellent and clients love him.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Nicholas Craig QC3 Verulam BuildingsA very good advocate that is able to identify and focus on facts that will be compelling to a tribunal – he is easy to work with and responsive.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Nicholas Craig QC3 Verulam BuildingsA great advocate for factually complex matters, where the tribunal may not have the same experience in the subject matter. He is also very good at reading tribunals.

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Nicholas Craig QC3 Verulam BuildingsClear, concise advice, unflappable and reassuring, with an ability to quickly develop a mastery of the detail of a case.

London Bar > Commodities

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Nicholas Craig QC3 Verulam BuildingsUnflappable and reassuring, both in court and before a tribunal, he is decisive, persuasive and strategic.

London Bar > Aviation

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Nicholas Craig QC3 Verulam BuildingsExcellent judgement. Great at simplifying things and putting clients at ease.

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Commercial

(2019 Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Nicholas Craig QC3 Verulam BuildingsHe has an ability to quickly develop a mastery of the detail of a case.

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Nicholas Craig QC3 Verulam BuildingsA very talented advocate in hearings that is able to quickly come to grips with fact heavy matters. Very easy to work with.