Here we highlight 44 silks and 20 juniors for their outstanding work in international trade and commodities disputes.
Most Highly Regarded
Twenty Essex stands out with a total of 11 silks recognised.
Christopher Hancock QC is a go-to commodities silk with prolific experience representing clients before courts of all levels.
Timothy Young QC earns plaudits for his first-rate practice in international trade, insurance and sale of goods disputes.
Michael Collett QC possesses considerable experience in his role as arbitrator across contentious shipping and commodity matters.
Philip Edey QC is held in high esteem for his longstanding profile as lead counsel in complex, multi-jurisdictional trade and insurance disputes.
Sources commend Michael Ashcroft QC’s adept handling of cargo loss liability and charterparty matters.
Julian Kenny QC has built an impressive practice in banking and international sale of goods disputes.
Duncan Matthews QC ranks highly among peers thanks to his first-rate work across international trade disputes at various arbitration tribunals, including HKIAC and the ICC.
Charles Kimmins QC is applauded for his stellar practice, which spans an array of cases involving commodities such as petroleum and natural gas.
Quadrant Chambers receives 13 listings this year.
Simon Rainey QC is looked upon with enormous favour thanks to his outstanding work across all aspects of commodity disputes, including oil and metal trading issues.
Peers hail Lionel Persey QC as “a go-to name ”for complex international cases spanning the shipping, energy and natural resources sectors.
Luke Parsons QC is lauded for his adept handling of commercial disputes involving standard commodity forms, such as GAFTA and FOSFA.
Robert Thomas QC wins praise as “a robust advocate”, highly sought after for his specialist knowledge of commodity sales and technical disputes.
A total of nine silks from 7 King’s Bench Walk are highlighted in this chapter.
Sources recognise Robert Bright QC as a leading light in the field and herald him as someone who “has seen it all before”.
Dominic Kendrick QC has 25 years’ experience in a wide range of commercial disputes, and is notably active in arbitrations that span LCIA, ICC, LMAA and Bermuda Form rules.
Alistair Schaff QC is a top-tier figure across insurance, shipping and global trade disputes and has a wealth of experience in complex, high-value cases.
Claire Blanchard QC from Essex Court Chambers is a first-rate silk with notable expertise in commodities sale disputes, ranging from right of rejection to SGA terms.
Peers dub Philippa Hopkins QC as “exceptionally clever” in her role as counsel on cases concerning international sale of goods matters.
Respondents celebrate Maya Lester QC at Brick Court Chambers for her “unsurpassed knowledge of sanctions” and her “unparalleled drafting skills”.
With over 25 years’ experience, Richard Lord QC is a pre-eminent silk in shipping, trade and insurance disputes before courts of all levels.
7 King’s Bench Walk sees six juniors recognised here.
Benjamin Parker enjoys a fine reputation as “hugely knowledgeable” in appellant trade and commodity cases.
Sandra Healy is highly esteemed by peers who note her “very impressive CV of cases” across the insurance, commodity and shipping sectors.
N G Casey is a standout lawyer who excels at representing clients in complex contract disputes and shipbuilding issues.
Charles Priday is revered for his top-tier work on banking-related trade disputes. His practice also extends to arbitration, with a focus on shipping matters.
Quadrant Chambers performs well with an impressive six listings for its juniors.
Christopher Jay is widely acknowledged as a key player in shipping-related damages claims and settlement agreements.
Peers commend Ruth Hosking for always being “well prepared for her cases”. She possesses a wealth of experience in contentious matters concerning commodities including grains, fertilisers and iron ore.
Peers say Thomas Sebastian from Monckton Chambers is “very experienced in WTO matters” and recently acted for Gazprom in a multi-billion-dollar arbitration.
At Twenty Essex, Josephine Davies earns plaudits as a renowned commercial litigator with significant experience representing clients before the High Court and Court of Appeal.
Luke Pearce wins significant endorsements for his international trade and derivatives work.
Alexander Wright at 4 Pump Court is “always thoroughly prepared” in shipping and commodity sale and purchase agreement disputes.
Ravi Aswani of 36 Stone is regularly instructed in commodity disputes under various institutional rules.