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The 36 Group
Gray's Inn, 4 Field Court

Work Department

36 Stone


Elizabeth Blackburn QC has been in practice at the Admiralty/Commercial Bar since 1980 and took silk in 1998. She is one of the most experienced QCs at the Bar in the field of large scale casualty work and regularly advises on and acts in high profile maritime cases. Most recently she has been heavily involved as Counsel in the major MAERSK HONAM and EVER GIVEN incidents.

Her professional standing as an international arbitrator has also been recognised internationally: she is an appointed panel member of the HKIA, KLRCA, SIAC, SHIAC, BVI IAC, and LCIA Europe. 

She has been appointed as both Chairman and sole Arbitrator by the ICC International Court of Arbitration in numbers of international commercial disputes, including not only international trade disputes and shipbuilding contracts, but also large scale supply contractual disputes in the energy sector. 

In the maritime arbitration sphere, she is a LOF Salvage Arbitrator, a Member of the Baltic Exchange, a supporting member of the LMAA; and an appointed panel member of the SCMA.


Called Middle Temple 1978; QC 1998; bencher of the Middle Temple 2008; first instance arbitrator on the Lloyd’s Open Forum Arbitration Panel 2009 – specialist advocate and adviser at the Commercial and Admiralty Bar since 1980.


Bencher of the Middle Temple and a Member of the Baltic Exchange.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Elizabeth Blackburn KCThe 36 GroupA thorough, fair, careful and professional advocate. She masters the detail.

Excellent advocates in dry and wet shipping’, the members at 36 Stone (part of The 36 Group) are involved in some of the most complex and prominent shipping matters to come before the courts. In October 2020, Vasanti Selvaratnam KC and James Shirley acted in the Supreme Court case Nautical Challenge v Evergreen Marine (UK) Ltd, the first vessel collision case to reach the top level of UK courts system since 1976. Elsewhere, Rachel Toney represented a number of Bangladeshi shipbreakers in cases against ship management companies including Begum v Maran UK, a High Court case placing further focus on safety and environmental issues in the ship recycling industry. Charles Debattisti is also active in the High Court, while Elizabeth Blackburn KC and Ravi Aswani continue to handle complex arbitrations.