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Barrister specialising in shipping, insurance and reinsurance. Shipping work includes bill of lading and charterparty disputes, ship building and ship sales, arrests, salvage, general average. Insurance and reinsurance work includes marine and non-marine insurance, facultative and treaty reinsurance, Lloyd’s, insurance broking. Also handles disputes involving aviation insurance, energy supply, carriage by road and air, sale of goods, trade financing, and professional negligence (brokers, solicitors, accountants). Recent cases include The “Alhani” [2018] EWHC 1495 (Comm); [2018] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 563 (Hague Rules Art. III Rule 8); The “Longchamp” [2017] UKSC 68, [2018] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 1 (York Antwerp Rules, Rule F); Khakshouri v Jimenez [2017] EWHC 3392 (QB) (deceit – loan to football club); The “Brillante Virtuoso” [2016] EWHC 1085 (Comm) (scuttling – owners’ claim struck out);  The “Maersk Neuchatel” [2014] 2 Lloyd’s Rep. 377 (general average – charterers’ letter of undertaking); Glencore Energy v Cirrus Oil Services [2014] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 1 (sale of crude oil); The “Gaz Energy” [2012] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 211 (charterparty – speed and consumption); Air Transworld v Bombardier [2012] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 349 (sale of private jet – exclusion of conditions); PK Air Finance v Chartis Insurance, settled 2010 (aviation insurance); CNA Insurance Co Ltd v Willis Ltd, settled 2009 (reinsurance broking – alleged deceit).  For further detail see



Qualified 1987; silk 2006.




Combar; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; British Insurance Law Association.


MA, BCL (Oxon) First Class.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Stephen Kenny QC7 King’s Bench WalkThe assistance rendered was nothing less than brilliant – you could hardly find a better lawyer in the field of marine insurance.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Stephen Kenny QC7 King’s Bench Walk

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Stephen Kenny QC7 King’s Bench WalkA very likeable and exceptionally able barrister who is clever and inventive, and who plays with a very straight bat.