UK Bar: Shipping 2018

In this chapter we highlight 22 market-leading silks and nine prominent juniors. The individuals listed in this chapter have been recommended for their top-quality advocacy abilities and deep expertise spanning charter party disputes, cargo and carriage of goods claims and maritime casualties. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Michael Ashcroft QC 20 Essex Street Chambers
2. Stephen Hofmeyr QC 7 King's Bench Walk
3. Simon Rainey QC Quadrant Chambers
4. Timothy Young QC 20 Essex Street Chambers
5. Alistair Schaff QC 7 King's Bench Walk
1. Nevil Phillips Quadrant Chambers
2. Angharad Parry 20 Essex Street Chambers


QUADRANT CHAMBERS is home to eight impressive silks.
Simon Rainey QC is a leading name in the shipping space with a distinguished reputation as an “excellent and extremely clever” advocate.
The “outstanding” David Goldstone QC impresses market sources with his pragmatic counsel and encyclopaedic knowledge of shipping law.
James Turner QC is highlighted as “a superb advocate and a fantastic opponent” in shipping disputes by peers who note, “You know he will give you a good run for your money.”
Nigel Jacobs QC receives wide-ranging endorsements for his pragmatic commercial advice and vast experience in high-value casualty, insurance and joint venture disputes.

Six impressive barristers from 7 KING'S BENCH WALK are featured in this chapter.
Stephen Hofmeyr QC is “a very well-recognised figure in the market” who respondents regard as “an extremely clever lawyer”. He is well versed in handling a wide range of shipping disputes from shipbuilding through to cargo claims.
Jonathan Gaisman QC is a go-to barrister for complex commercial disputes in the maritime space. Peers say, “He is a sharp mind and a stellar inquisitor.”
The “excellent” Alistair Schaff QC boasts vast knowledge of shipping law. He receives wide-ranging endorsements for his sophisticated advocacy skills and deep commercial expertise.
Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC stands out as “a superb advocate” who is “great to work with” and presents complex facts seamlessly. 

Four silks from 20 ESSEX STREET CHAMBERS are listed in this chapter.
Michael Ashcroft QC is one of the leading names in the shipping market. He has “a great analytical mind” and impresses peers with his excellent performance in large and complex cases.
Timothy Young QC is “a great mind” with a superb reputation for his expertise in shipping and ship building disputes.

Two leading individuals from ESSEX COURT CHAMBERS are listed here.  
Claire Blanchard QC is a revered practitioner who is highlighted for her fantastic knowledge of maritime insurance claims.
Huw Davies QC stands out as “a natural and straightforward advocate” with deep expertise in shipbuilding disputes.

This year’s research identifies two leading experts at ST PHILIPS STONE.
The “very clever and diligent” Elizabeth Blackburn QC is an esteemed specialist in shipping law. With vast expertise in large and complex cases, she is a go-to at the Bar for sector-related disputes.
Vasanti Selvaratnam QC is an accomplished litigator who is “hugely knowledgeable” when it comes to both wet and dry shipping disputes.


20 ESSEX STREET CHAMBERS sees four impressive juniors recognised for their work in shipping.
Angharad Parry impresses peers with her “ability to provide thorough and practical advice.” They note, “She has excellent advocacy skills and is quick to grasp difficult and technical issues.”
Oliver Caplin is “an absolutely outstanding litigator” with impressive expertise in dry shipping disputes.

QUADRANT CHAMBERSNevil Phillips wins praise from sources who consider him “a superstar of the Bar” and comment, “He has a great courtroom manner and always manages to get the tribunal on side.”  

At 4 PUMP COURT, Alexander Wright draws praise for his impressive shipping practice, as well as his “excellent” advocacy and meticulous written submissions.

ESSEX COURT CHAMBERS is home to James Willan who, according to sources, handles complex legal issues with ease and impresses with his commercial insights and thorough analysis.

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