David Goldstone QC

Called: 1986 Silk: 2006

Practice Overview

David Goldstone QC was called to the Bar in 1986 and joined  Quadrant Chambers in 2002. He is a calm and unflappable advocate whose practice extends across the full spectrum of commercial and shipping law. He has appeared in the High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords and has acted for most of the UK`s leading commercial and shipping solicitors. He also does a great deal of arbitration work, including LMAA, LOF, LCIA and ICC.

He has worked closely with foreign lawyers from many jurisdictions including Italy, Germany, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, New York, Greece and Gibraltar. From 1999 until 2006 he acted as First Standing Counsel to the Admiralty and regularly advises and acts for the British Government in relation to shipping and related matters. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 2006 and was described as “outstanding” and “for some, the brightest man at the Bar” in the 2014 edition of the Legal 500.

  • What the directories sayView More

    • "...Smart and incisive, he sees clearly to the heart of the issue..."

      (Legal 500, 2016)
    • "...He has a very strong technical background and is very academic in his approach..."

      (Legal 500, 2016)
  • Banking & Financial Services K View More

    David regularly advises in relation to ship-finance related issues, including (in particular) banking related litigation arising out of shipbuilding contracts such as Bankhaus Wolbern AG v. China Construction Bank Corp [2012] which concerned enforcement of a US$ 10 million refund guarantee against a Chinese Bank. He also has expertise in the emerging field of digital currencies and is a founding member of the UK Digital Currency Association.

  • Commercial Dispute Resolution K View More

    Although primarily a shipping and international trade specialist, David’s commercial practice also includes representing individuals and companies in relation to other substantial matters, such as claims for commission, claims arising out of options and futures contracts, intellectual property disputes and joint ventures.

  • Shipping & Maritime K View More

    Dry Shipping

    David is one of the leading shipping and commodity barristers at the English Bar. He was for many years recommended by Chambers UK and the Legal 500 as one of the top two or three juniors in the country in shipping and international trade and is familiar with virtually every aspect of the field. He was "rightly rewarded with silk" (2007 Legal 500 - shipping) in 2006 and since then has gone from strength to strength. In recent years, he has been described as "a first-class brain who is exceptionally clever, analytical and incisive" (2007 Chambers UK - shipping and commodities), as "absolutely phenomenal", "runs rings around the opposition and can grasp complex issues exceptionally quickly" (2009 Chambers UK - Shipping and commodities) and as “outstanding” and “for some, the brightest man at the Bar” (2014 Legal 500). He is currently in the top rank for Shipping and Commodities QCs (2014 Chambers UK).

    Recent reported court cases include The Ocean Victory (2013), a U$ 160 million unsafe port claim in the Commercial Court and Far Eastern Chartering v. Great Eastern Shipping Co Ltd (2012), on the enforcement of letters of indemnity  under the Contracts (Rights against Third Parties) Act. He has also been involved in many high value (US$ 10 million to US$ 50 million) shipping and commodity arbitrations in recent years.  He is comfortable with technical cases including engineering, chemistry and related disciplines.

    Wet Shipping

    David is a leading Admiralty practitioner. Between 1999 and 2006 he was the Admiralty Junior and in that capacity was responsible for advising and acting for the United Kingdom Government in relation to admiralty and related shipping matters. He has a solid understanding of the technical issues that arise in “wet” shipping litigation and has acted in countless LOF salvage arbitrations as well as having extensive experience of claims arising out of collisions and groundings.

  • Insurance & Reinsurance K View More

    David regularly advises and acts in insurance matters, primarily (although not exclusively) in relation to marine-insurance related issues. He was counsel for the assured in the NORTH STAR litigation which involved a total loss claim arising out of the loss of a bulk carrier in Piraeus by bombing and is currently acting for underwriters in relation to the US$ 90 million BRILLIANTE VIRTUOSO litigation.

  • International Arbitration K View More

    David has acted in countless arbitrations (in particular but not limited to LMAA, LOF, LCIA and ICC). He is able to advise on all aspects of arbitration law and practice and is pleased to accept appointments as an arbitrator.

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution K View More

    David is an accredited CEDR mediator.

  • Shipbuilding K View More

    David regularly advises clients (primarily buyers and banks) in relation to ship sale and construction disputes.

  • Energy & Natural Resources K View More

    David's energy-related practice includes claims arising out of the carriage and sale of oil cargoes, oil pollution issues and claims for oil and gas pipeline damage.

"...Smart and incisive, he sees clearly to the heart of the issue..."

(Legal 500, 2016)


MA (1st Class Hons, Law) Cantab, BCL Oxon


Open Scholarship to Emmanuel College, Cambridge
Sweet and Maxwell Prize awarded for highest First in Part 1A Law Tripos


First Standing Counsel to the Admiralty 1999-2006

ADR Chambers accredited Mediator


Commercial Bar Association, London Maritime Arbitrators Association (supporting member)


German (conversational), French (restaurant)

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