Stephen Hofmeyr QC > Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC
7 King's Bench Walk
TEMPLE
LONDON
EC4Y 7DS
England
Stephen Hofmeyr photo

Position

Barrister specialising in insurance, reinsurance, banking, international trade, shipping, professional malpractice; cases: Manifest Shipping v Uni-Polaris (‘The Star Sea’); Royal Boskalis Westminster v Mountain; Glencore International AG v Bank of China; Brown v KMR; Petrotrade v Smith; Shell UK Ltd v CLM Engineering; Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich v Crosseas Shipping Ltd; Bergen Industries v Dalmore Product; Seashore Marine v Phoenix Assurance; Glencore v Metro Trading; Shell v CLM Engineering; Kiriacoulis Linesssa v Camat; Kastornavigation v Agfmat.

Career

Qualified 1982; Gray’s Inn; practised as an Attorney and Conveyancer with Bisset, Boehmke & McBlain, Cape Town 1984-86; practised as a barrister in current chambers from 1987; took silk 2000; appointed to Securities and Futures Authority Arbitration Panel 2000; Recorder 2005.

Languages

Afrikaans, an understanding of Flemish and Dutch.

Education

Diocesan College, Cape Town (Theron Scholar); University of Cape Town (Abe Bailey Travel Scholar); University College, Oxford (Rhodes Scholar); (1976 BCom; 1978 LLB; 1981 MA Juris); called to the bar by the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn 1982; Attorney and Conveyancer of the Supreme Court of South Africa 1984; Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa 1986.

Leisure

Birdwatching, walking, tennis, skiing, water sports; member Vincents.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 6

Stephen Hofmeyr QC7 King’s Bench WalkAuthoritative, personable and extremely intelligent.

London Bar > Energy

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Stephen Hofmeyr QC7 King’s Bench WalkHe takes a very measured, methodical approach to argument and cross-examination which is very effective.

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Stephen Hofmeyr QC7 King’s Bench WalkAuthoritative, personable and extremely intelligent.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Stephen Hofmeyr QC7 King’s Bench WalkTakes a very measured, methodical approach to argument and cross-examination, which is very effective.

London Bar > Shipping

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Stephen Hofmeyr QC7 King’s Bench WalkAuthoritative, personable, and extremely intelligent.

7 King’s Bench Walk is praised by clients for its ‘excellent strength in depth for shipping, insurance and shipbuilding’, with the sets’ silks and juniors engaged in high-profile matters in court and arbitration. Robert Bright QC continues to act at the highest level on matters such as CMA CGM Libra, a Supreme Court case concerning the test for seaworthiness in which he and Richard Sarll represented the International Group of P&I Clubs as interveners. Elsewhere, Stephen Hofmeyr QC was instructed on Argentum Exploration Limited v Silver, a case relating to silver recovered from the wreck of the SS Tilawa. The set is also active on marine insurance cases, including Psara Energy vs Lancashire Insurance, a disputed war risks claim which saw Peter MacDonald Eggers QC leading Marcus Mander and Benjamin Parker, with Hofmeyr QC and Alexander MacDonald on the opposing side. Sushma Ananda also had a strong year, acting in a number of dry shipping disputes.