Max undertakes work in a broad range of commercial disputes, including wet and dry shipping, sale of goods, international arbitration, conflicts of law, aviation, energy, insurance and banking. He regularly appears in the County Court and has appeared as sole counsel in the Commercial Court, Admiralty Court and Companies Court.
Prior to joining Quadrant Chambers, Max studied law at King's College London, Oxford and Harvard. He was also a Visiting Tutor in Contract Law and Trusts Law and an Examiner in Commercial Arbitration at King's College London during 2012-2013.
Max has extensive experience of advising on and drafting pleadings in a wide range of charterparty and bill of lading disputes, including cargo claims, off-hire, laytime and demurrage, general average, unsafe ports and dangerous cargo. These disputes are typically in either the Commercial Court or LMAA Arbitration and involve charterparties or bills of lading on the main forms (NYPE; Shelltime; Gencon; BPVoy). He also frequently acts in commodity and international trade disputes (typically international sale of goods on FOB, CIF, C&F and other terms). Max also has experience of freight forwarding disputes and disputes concerning the carriage of goods by road, typically governed by the CMR Convention or BIFA or RHA terms.
Illustrative cases include:
Max has experience of a variety of salvage and collision disputes. Recently drafted an application for an order for appraisement and sale of a vessel under arrest.
Max has experience of a wide range of both domestic and international commercial disputes in both court and arbitration, including sale of goods, supply of services, international trade and fraud.
Illustrative cases include:
Max has recently advised fidelity insurers on subrogated claims against third party recipients of money misappropriated from insureds as a result of employee and director fraud. These cases involved questions of whether or not there was sufficient evidence to plead fraud and dishonesty against third party recipients of company funds and whether or not to pursue freezing injunctions against those potential defendants. Relevant causes of action advised on included knowing receipt, dishonest assistance of breach of fiduciary duty and unlawful means conspiracy.
Max has recent experience in obtaining, and resisting, worldwide freezing orders, an important remedy where dishonest parties may seek to dissipate assets.
Max recently completed a placement at a leading London insurer and reinsurer and has experience of advising on a range of insurance and reinsurance disputes. Illustrative cases include:
Max has experience of a wide range of aviation and travel disputes involving jurisdictional and choice of law issues, the Montreal/Warsaw Convention and Regulation 261/2004. Max is regularly instructed by a number of major airlines, including Ryanair, British Airways, Emirates, Monarch and Thomas Cook.
Max recently successfully represented Ryanair in an appeal against the Home Office’s decision to impose a charge upon Ryanair pursuant to section 40 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1996 for the carriage of two passengers who travelled into the United Kingdom on false passports. The appeal, which was the first such appeal brought in relation to section 40, considered the question of whether the falsity of the passports used by the passengers was “reasonably apparent”.
Max accepts instructions to act in international commercial and investment arbitration (including under LMAA, ICC and LCIA Rules).
Max has previous experience of assisting on advising on the merits of an investment treaty arbitration and has studied International Dispute Settlement and Investment Treaty Arbitration at Oxford and Harvard respectively. Recent work includes:
Max accepts instructions in this field. Recent work includes:
Max has experience of a number of banking and finance related issues, including matters involving letters of credit, loan agreements and financial product misselling.
Max has previous experience of drafting arbitral awards for the Court of Arbitration for Sport (in both Ordinary and Appeal procedures), including a case involving a contractual dispute between a football club and player.
Max recently acted as sole counsel to obtain a worldwide freezing order against a Premier League footballer who had failed to pay judgment sums outstanding.
LLB, King’s College London (Highest First Class Honours – ranked 1st in both 2nd and 3rd years).
BCL, Oxford University (Distinction).
LLM, Harvard Law School.
BPTC, BPP Law School (Outstanding – 3rd in Year).
Visiting Tutor in Contract Law and Trusts Law, KCL (2012-13)
Examiner in Commercial Arbitration, KCL (2013)
Stagiaire, Cleary Gottlieb, Brussels (Summer 2012)
Placement in leading US insurance law firm
Placement in leading London shipping firm
Placement in leading London insurer and reinsurer
Gray’s Inn Prince of Wales Scholarship; Judges and Silks Award; Sweet and Maxwell Book Prize; Zafrullah Khan Prize; Oxford University Press Book Prize; Helen Gibbons Prize in Commercial Law; KCL scholarships for excelling in academic studies and contribution to student life (08/09 and 09/10)
COMBAR, London Shipping Law Centre, LCLCBA.
Protecting and extending time in collision actions: The Stolt Kestrel (Shipping and Transport International Vol 10 (2))