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Robert Bright practises primarily as an advocate and case-leader with experience in a broad range of commercial litigation.

He is generally regarded as one of the Bar’s leading Silks in Shipping and Commodities and has a top-tier ranking in both fields (Chambers & Partners, Legal 500). Recent cases of note include successfully defending claims by ship owners in the Supreme Court in PST Energy 7 Shipping LLC v OW Bunker Malta  [2016] A.C. 1034,  (sale of goods) described by Lloyds list as “the most spectacular shipping legal imbroglio so far this century”; Stolt Kestrel v Niyazi S [2015] EWCA Civ 1035 (shipping), now the leading case on Admiralty actions in rem; Great Elephant v Trafigura [2014] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 1 (international trade/energy) now the leading case on force majeure. Robert Bright enjoys engaging as a team-member with solicitors and other counsel and believes that the best advocates are prepared to listen as well as to speak.  He relishes having an active, hands-on role in developing the best possible strategy for the client’s particular needs, alongside the client and the other members of litigation team. He regards it as his duty to commit 100% to the client; having taken on a case he will focus unswervingly on that case and will not accept professional commitments which might detract from that focus and commitment. Much of Robert Bright’s work in recent years has been in arbitrations.  Recent and ongoing arbitrations include a very large number of LMAA arbitrations as well as several LCIA and ICC arbitrations, as well as appointments as arbitrator.  Robert’s work as an advocate has included involvement in several international arbitrations taking place overseas, in Europe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Robert Bright’s practice involves a significant advisory component. He places emphasis on understanding the client’s commercial objectives, so as to be able to give advice that is both realistic and of practical use to the client. Robert Bright also regularly sits as an arbitrator both in London and overseas.


Qualified 1987; silk 2006.


COMBAR; LCLCBA; LMAA (supporting member); LCIA.



Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Commodities

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Robert Bright QC7 King’s Bench WalkCalm, methodical and creative, he approaches legal argument with an innovative mind and is always a dangerous opponent.

7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘a market leader in this area and has great strength in depth‘, according to one client. ‘It has experts in commodities plus expertise in insurance and shipping, which strengthens its involvement in commodities disputes‘, says another. Members are skilled in all aspects of the trade of goods, including cargo damage and theft, bill of lading fraud, and breach of obligations under contracts of international sale and purchase. Robert Bright QC has a stellar reputation in the commodities arena and he recently led outstanding junior Sandra Healy in Septo v Tintrad, an $11m dispute concerning the supply of contaminated and off-spec fuel oil. Peter MacDonald Eggers QC, Jessica Sutherland, and the ‘unfailing responsiveClara Benn are among the set’s highly respected practitioners. ‘The clerks are, without exception, outstanding and absolutely committed to providing a first-class service‘.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Robert Bright QC7 King’s Bench WalkReaches a firm view and then is confident and delivers, he charms Tribunals every time.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Robert Bright QC7 King’s Bench WalkVery aware of clients’ commercial needs and always committed to deliver what the client needs.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

Robert Bright QC7 King’s Bench WalkCalm and methodical whilst also creative and approaches legal argument with an innovative mind where needed.

‘A very good set with barristers of a very high standard’, 7 King’s Bench Walk is noted for its work on high-profile shipping matters. A particular highlight of the last year for the set was the 52-day Commercial Court case Brillante Virtuoso (Suez Fortune Investments Ltd & Piraeus Bank AE v Talbot Underwriting Ltd & others), featuring Peter MacDonald Eggers QC, Tim Jenns and Richard Sarll against Jonathan Gaisman QC and Richard Waller QC. In other work, litigation related to the Atlantik Confidence involved Robert Bright QC and David Bailey QC, while Siobán Healy QC and Marcus Mander acted in the long-running OW Bunker litigation. Andrew Pearson is a rising star in the set.