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 maritime casualty and collision work, and in recent years has advised on such major incidents as Mol Comfort; Corvus J/Baltic Ace; Bareli; Nordlake; Yusho Regulus; Kaminesan/Hyundai No 105; Msc Chitorlaiv; A ; Sea Angel/Tasman Spirit; Tricolor; Ievoli Sun; and Nakhoda, which along with the Prestige matter was one of the largest oil pollution cases ever dealt with by the IOPC Fund. Elizabeth was part of the UK Delegation at the May 2003 IOPC Supplementary Fund Diplomatic Conference, and was also involved in the drafting and implementation of the Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention 2007. She has been a Lloyds Form Salvage Arbitrator since 2009, she is a panel member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration, the Pacific International Arbitration Centre, and the International Malaysian Society of Maritime Lawyers. She is also regularly appointed as an ICC Arbitrator, specialising in commercial contracts, such as large scale supply contracts in the energy section, shipbuilding contracts and international trade disputes. Elizabeth is a member of the LCIA European Users’ Council.
Elizabeth is a bencher of the Middle Temple and a member of the Baltic Exchange.
Having commenced practice when they were very few women at the Admiralty and Commercial Bar, in 2013 Elizabeth was delighted to be named as best in shipping and maritime at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards. She was honoured to be asked to present the 34th Donald O’May Lecture in Maritime Law in 2016 where she dealt with recent key decisions on damages and mitigation.
WWL says: Elizabeth Blackburn QC is a shipping and maritime law specialist, and is first choice for many clients who value her vast experience in the area.
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