UK Bar: International Trade and Commodities 2018

In this chapter, we highlight 41 silks and 25 juniors for their broad expertise in international trade and commodity disputes. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Simon Rainey QC Quadrant Chambers
2. Sean O'Sullivan QC 4 Pump Court
3. David Lewis QC 20 Essex Street Chambers
4. Michael Collett QC 20 Essex Street Chambers
5. Michael Coburn QC 20 Essex Street Chambers
1. N G Casey 7 King's Bench Walk
2. Henry Byam-Cook 20 Essex Street Chambers
3. Neil Hart Essex Court Chambers


With 13 listed silks, QUADRANT CHAMBERS illustrates its position as a prominent player for international trade and commodity disputes.

Simon Rainey QC is a leading lawyer in the international trade space who is regarded as “a very fluent advocate” who “is fiendishly bright and always has the answer”. 
Lionel Persey QC enjoys a superb reputation for his vast experience in high-stakes trials and arbitrations and impresses market commentators with his sophisticated lines of argument in complex commercial disputes.
Luke Parsons QC “is in very high demand for his easy and engaging style, which makes him very persuasive,” according to peers who add, “He always does incredibly well."
Simon Croall QC is a distinguished shipping and commodities advocate who “is just brilliant at cutting through a complex problem”, according to sources.
David Goldstone QC is a highly persuasive advocate, respected by peers who note, “He speaks with a great voice of authority and has a lot of gravitas."
Andrew Guy Blackwood QC is “tremendously successful” in the commodities and shipping space. Sources note, “He has a very laid-back advocacy style, which judges and tribunals find attractive.”

20 ESSEX STREET CHAMBERS sees an impressive ten silks achieve listings this year.
David Lewis QC is “a very personable and straightforward advocate” and wins praise from one source who comments, “He is one of the nicest guys at the Bar and an excellent and stimulating opponent."
Michael Collett QC “is a very impressive and urbane barrister” with deep commercial expertise and broad experience in disputes concerning commodities and the sale of goods.  
Michael Coburn QC is highlighted as “a very cerebral advocate" and is an esteemed expert in the international sale of goods.
Michael Ashcroft QC draws praise as “an excellent barrister who is incredibly thorough and relentless” when it comes to complex commodities disputes.  
Philip Edey QC is a sophisticated advocate who stands out for his strategic arguments and “incisive” commercial insights.
Charles Kimmins QC “covers all the issues and his analysis is spot on”, according to peers, who commend his impressive expertise in commodity disputes.

Nine barristers from 7 KING'S BENCH WALK are highlighted here.
Dominic Kendrick QC is “completely unflappable” when it comes to handling shipping and commodities disputes. Peers note, “He gets on with a difficult case and is very impressive."
Alistair Schaff QC boasts deep knowledge of international trade issues and stands out as “a serious advocate with a lot of gravitas”.
Robert Bright QC is a revered dispute resolution lawyer who “really gets on top of a case” and is renowned for his strong expertise in the shipping and commodities arena.
Richard Southern QC enjoys “a fantastic reputation” in the international trade and commodities market and is highly sought after by clients who note, “He is always very quick and on the ball.”

ESSEX COURT CHAMBERS is home to six leading silks.
Steven Berry QC enjoys “a sterling reputation as a very smooth and polished advocate with a very nice and effective manner”. He focuses his world-class practice on shipping, insurance and commodities disputes.
Claire Blanchard QC is a renowned expert in shipping law and is held in high esteem as "a tough and formidable opponent".
David Joseph QC “really impresses” sources who commend him for his expert handling of high-value commercial disputes, most notably in relation to international trade matters.

At 4 PUMP COURT, Sean O'Sullivan QC stands out as one of the foremost advocates in the shipping and commodities space. He impresses market sources with “his very relaxed and conversational advocacy style which is extremely impressive and effective".

At BRICK COURT CHAMBERS, Richard Lord QC is “wonderful to work with” and stands out as "an extremely good listener and a very deep thinker”.  He is renowned for his specialism in shipping, commodities and insurance disputes.


7 KING'S BENCH WALK sees six impressive juniors listed here.
N G Casey is absolutely brilliant in all respects” according to peers, who effuse, “He is a perfect combination of being an excellent technical lawyer and advocate. He is always completely on top of the detail and keeps a keen commercial eye on the overall case.”
Richard Sarll stands out as "a very good, hard-working barrister who gets great results". He is experienced in multibillion-dollar disputes and has a strong practice in the Admiralty Court.
Gavin Geary is widely endorsed for his expertise in international trade and commercial law and is highlighted as “an extremely persuasive advocate”.
Charles Priday is “a very successful advocate” who is “highly regarded as a superb lawyer”. He receives widespread plaudits from peers who commend his broad expertise across the full gamut of international trade disputes. 

ST PHILIPS STONE achieves four listings in this chapter. 

Ravi Aswani is a highly regarded junior at the set who is “always on top of the case”. One source effuses: “He has great written advocacy and will be an astounding QC."

Charles Debattista draws praise for his deep expertise in international trade disputes and often acts for large commodity houses, with peers speaking highly of his work in the space.

4 PUMP COURT sees two top juniors listed here.
Alexander Wright is widely endorsed as “an excellent advocate” with fantastic drafting abilities and wins high praise for his expertise in the shipping and commodities arena.
James Leabeater is “very hard-working” and is commended as "an invaluable junior" in complex international disputes.

At 20 ESSEX STREET CHAMBERS Henry Byam-Cook is highlighted as a go-to barrister in the field due to his “great and easy-going courtroom manner coupled with really impressive subject knowledge."

ESSEX COURT CHAMBERSNeil Hart is “precise, very analytical and hardworking” and is well regarded for his experience in complex commodity disputes.

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