Called: 1995 Silk: 2015
John Kimbell specialises in aviation and maritime law. He represents a wide range of international clients in these two areas as well as in general commercial litigation and arbitration (in particular ICC, LCIA and LMAA arbitrations). Since 2001 he has been qualified to practice as a lawyer ('Rechtsanwalt') in Germany. He uses his knowledge of German law to provide a specialist service not only to German, Austrian and Swiss clients but more generally to clients from civil law countries.
In the aviation field he has handled a wide range of disputes from aircraft financing and security disputes to fatal accidents (in the UK and abroad). John specialises in advising clients on jurisdictional, private international law and foreign law aspects to aviation disputes. He recently successfully represented Thomas Cook in the Court of Appeal and in the Supreme Court in Stott v Thomas Cook  2 Lloyd’s Rep 207 on the exclusivity of the Montreal Convention. In January 2014 he appeared in the Court of Appeal in Rogers v Hoyle  3 WLR 148 - a case concerning the admissibility of air accident reports in civil proceedings.
His shipping work encompasses both 'wet' collision and other Admiralty Court matters and 'dry' bill of lading and charterparty disputes. He regularly appears in the Commercial and Admiralty Court as well as in maritime (LMAA) arbitrations in London and in Hamburg (GMAA). He has recently been involved in the first West-African piracy case to be litigated in the High Court (“CAPE BIRD”) and has advised and acted for Owners and Charterers in relation to claims and interpleader proceedings arising from the insolvency of OW Bunkers - Stena Bulk AB v Copley  Lloyd’s Rep Plus 5. He is the joint editor (with Nigel Meeson QC) of Admiralty Jurisdiction & Practice (4th edition, 2011) Informa.
John is fluent in German and accepts instructions in German.
John is recommended in the current editions of The Legal 500 and Chambers UK as a 'Leading Junior' in the fields of Shipping and Commodities, Aviation, and Travel.
"Intelligent, fearless and a superlative tactician in court"(Legal 500, 2016)
"A very clever, tough and tactically shrewd advocate" “Absolutely brilliant, he is a very robust litigator. Wonderful with clients”. “Has the drive to deliver successful strategies." “A commanding presence and precise intellect when it comes to complex, multi-jurisdictional matters"(Chambers UK, 2016)
a 'top-flight lawyer who comes with the whole kit'; "Peers were quick to praise his 'diligence, persuasiveness in court and excellent eye for detail'" ; 'he brings much added value to all of his instructions'; 'a very capable court performer'(Chambers UK 2014)
“Absolutely brilliant, he is a very robust litigator. Wonderful with clients, he will not get browbeaten when people bring in formidable barristers against him”Chambers 2014)
"John Kimbell has a 'commanding presence and precise intellect when it comes to complex, multi-jurisdictional matters'; 'smooth and polished'; 'a very tenacious, forthright litigator'"(Chambers UK, 2011)
Band 1 (Chambers UK, 2015)
Tier 1 (Legal 500, 2014)
John is recommended by the legal directories as a leading junior in the fields of Aviation and Travel. He is instructed in a broad range of disputes especially those involving jurisdictional points, foreign law and the application of international conventions. John has recently been instructed in, amongst others, the following matters:
John Kimbell is a popular choice for shipping solicitors in London. He has appeared in a wide range of cases including charterparty and bill of lading disputes both in court and in arbitrations. He has appeared in the following litigation:
'Leading Junior' (Chambers UK, 2013)
'Leading Junior' (Legal 500, 2012)
John regularly appears in the Admiralty Court and marine arbitrations in London and Hamburg. He has particular experience in collision cases. He is the joint editor (with Nigel Meeson QC) of Admiralty Jurisdiction & Practice (4th ed. 2011) Informa. He has recently appeared in:
A large proportion of John's wide ranging arbitration practice features an international element. He regularly appears before a variety of institutional arbitral tribunals such as the ICC and LCIA as well as a variety of ad hoc panels.
John has extensive experience in dealing with arbitrations outside London including significant involvement in arbitrations with their seats in Hamburg, New York, Frankfurt and Zurich. He has acted as an arbitrator in London and Hamburg.
John is regularly instructed in a variety of Insurance and Reinsurance disputes, especially in respect of cross-border transactions, jurisdictional and coverage disputes.
John advises in relation to Shipbuilding disputes concerning both the market standard vessel sale and purchase forms (such as Saleform) and also custom drafted MOAs.
John is also instructed to advise on non-contentious matters relating to the drafting of MOAs and other commercial agreements. He has recently been instructed in the following related matters:
B.A. (Hons.) (Cantab); M.Phil (Cantab); BCL (Oxon)
Princess Royal Scholarship (Inner Temple)
Rechtsanwalt (Hamburg, Germany) since 2001 - quallified to practice as a lawyer in Germany.
Combar; LMAA (supporting member); GMAA (German Maritime Arbitration Association); DVIS (German Association for International Sea Law); BGJA (British-German Jurists Association).