UK Bar: Shipping 2019

In this chapter we recognise 25 silks and 10 juniors for their deep expertise spanning charter party disputes, cargo and carriage of goods claims and maritime casualties. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Simon Rainey QC  Quadrant Chambers 
2. Timothy Young QC   20 Essex Street Chambers 
3. Alistair Schaff QC  7 King’s Bench Walk 
4. Stephen Hofmeyr QC  7 King’s Bench Walk 
1. Oliver Caplin  20 Essex Street Chambers
2. Charles Priday  7 King’s Bench Walk  


Quadrant Chambers performs well this year with 10 silks recognised for their excellence in the shipping space.
Simon Rainey QC is one of the foremost shipping silks at the UK Bar. He stands out for his top-tier advocacy work on major commercial and contractual disputes across the sector.
Luke Parsons QC draws high praise from respondents who note he is “probably the best out-of-the-box thinker at the Bar and a stunning advocate”.
Nigel Jacobs QC focuses his practice on insurance, shipping and international trade and commodities disputes, areas in which he is considered a go-to barrister.
James Turner QC is known among peers for his impressive handling of contractual and commercial disputes across the shipping sector in both litigation and arbitration proceedings.
David Goldstone QC continues to impress market sources with his superb work representing clients in sophisticated international trade and shipping disputes.

At 7 King’s Bench Walk, five silks are highlighted for their work in the field.
Alistair Schaff QC is recognised as one of the most prominent shipping specialists in our research this year. His leading expertise spans a range of matters including complex insurance claims.
Stephen Hofmeyr QC is a well-respected figure at the commercial Bar who comes highly recommended for his excellent work handling contractual and insurance disputes across the shipping sector.
Jonathan Gaisman QC is recognised for his top-notch work on marine insurance cases and is praised by respondents who say, “You always want him on your side.”

20 Essex Street Chambers sees six silks recognised here.
Timothy Young QC is lauded for his “huge experience” handling complex commercial disputes, which span shipping, insurance and sale of goods cases.
Michael Ashcroft QC is an “outstanding” advocate who peers highlight as “a great performer” when it comes to representing clients in large shipbuilding and ship sale disputes.
Philip Edey QC is “a real star” according to sources, who commend his “excellent analytical skills” and consider him “an effective advocate and very pleasant opponent”. 

At Essex Court Chambers, Claire Blanchard QC is highlighted by market commentators for her excellent work on marine insurance claims, an area in which she is a firm favourite among clients.
Huw Davies QC is well versed in representing clients in complex commercial disputes, and is highlighted here for his extensive experience in shipbuilding, insurance and international trade matters.

Vasanti Selvaratnam QC at 36 Stone is an “incredibly efficient” advocate with an “effortless advocacy style”. She is highlighted for her “excellent grasp and command of very technical issues surrounding ship design, construction and operation”.
Elizabeth Blackburn QC is a well-established figure in the shipping space where she is recognised for her deep knowledge of carriage of goods, marine insurance and liability disputes.


At 20 Essex Street Chambers, Oliver Caplin is one of the most prominent shipping juniors at the Bar, gaining recognition for his adept handling of complex dry shipping and commodities disputes.
Angharad Parry is “fantastic in cross-examination” say sources who note she is “very experienced in shipping matters and really knows the business”.

At 7 King’s Bench Walk, Charles Priday is “always very popular” with clients according to sources, and is highlighted for his strong expertise when it comes to ship building claims, collisions and charter party cases.
N G Casey is “calm under pressure, good with clients and an excellent lawyer” according to sources. One client effuses: “He has the ability to really get on top of the details and outshine his opponents as a result.”
Gavin Geary is a well-recognised figure at the Bar who stands out for his “excellent attention to detail” when it comes to handling international trade, insurance and shipping disputes.

Nevil Phillips at Quadrant Chambers is “a definite name” in the shipping space say peers who consider him a top choice for shipbuilding, contractual, charter party and bill of lading disputes.

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