Called: 1983 Silk: 2006
Nigel Jacobs QC is a specialist in shipping, insurance, commodity and commercial disputes. His work covers the full range of such disputes from casualty work (collisions, salvage, unsafe port and limitation) through to marine insurance, joint venture, guarantee, and letter of credit, as well as "traditional" charterparty and contractual claims. His appears both in the High Court and in arbitration. He is regularly instructed in (worldwide) freezing injunction, anti-suit injunctions and jurisdictional disputes. His recent arbitrations include the termination of a substantial Middle Eastern joint venture and a successful challenge to the conclusion of a long-term charterparty. He is currently involved in an unsafe port case (South America) and a number of other casualties. He is also increasingly appointed as an arbitrator.
Over the past two years Nigel has been heavily committed in the substantial "ATLANTIK CONFIDENCE" litigation. In a 29 day trial he led the team (on behalf of cargo interests) which successfully challenged the shipowner's right to limit under the Limitation Convention 1996 on the grounds that the vessel was the subject-matter of a deliberate casualty. This was the first occasion in which the right to limit had been successfully challenged in this jurisdiction.
Consistently ranked as a 'Leading Silk' in Chambers UK, Chambers Global and The Legal 500 directories where he has been praised as "...excellent under pressure with good judgement and an effective courtroom manner...,"
Praised by Chambers UK 2014 as "...a guru in jurisdictional disputes...,” Nigel has a strong international practice. He was specially called to the Hong Kong bar to represent the Master of the NEFTEGAZ 67 in his appeal against conviction arising from a collision in Hong Kong waters; he has appeared in the Kuala Lumpur Arbitration Centre representing a substantial Malaysian company in a commodity and letter of credit dispute. He has also given expert evidence in international jurisdictions and acted as an arbitrator including in marine insurance disputes in the Spanish High Court (Madrid and Tarragona).
Nigel has acted on many ground-breaking cases during the past few years, including The “ATLANTIK CONFIDENCE", Kulemesin Yuriy v. HKSAR  2 Ll.R. 367 where Nigel appeared for the Master of the "NEFTEGAZ 67" in a criminal appeal involving a dispute as to the application of the narrow channel and the crossing rules, the "IKARIAN REEFER" and the Marchioness Public Inquiry.
Nigel lectures on Litigation and Arbitration at the World Maritime University's Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Law and also gives talks and seminars to firms and P&I Clubs.
He was also Chairman of Chambers' Management Committee from 2011 to 2015 and has regularly served on other Chambers' Committees.
..."He did a fantastic job on his feet."... "He's very hard-working and good with juniors."...(Chambers UK 2016)
..."excellent under pressure with good judgement and an effective courtroom manner"...(The Legal 500, 2015)
..."He is very responsive and his advice is strategically very good."(Chambers UK, 2015)
..."First class advocate"...(The Legal 500, 2014)
..."He is very responsive, not grand, and has a commercial attitude.”…"He is a guru in jurisdictional disputes."...(Chambers UK, 2014)
..."Incredibly hardworking and dedicated"...(Legal 500, 2016)
Nigel is regularly instructed in whole range of dry shipping and commodity disputes including charterparty and bill of lading disputes (unsafe port, off-hire, unseaworthiness, identity of carrier claims and alternative liability in tort and bailment), and ship sale/MOA disputes in both Court and arbitration. In the past few years he has been instructed in cases involving the carriage of dangerous goods and the application and scope of the IMDG and BC Codes. He has also been instructed in GAFTA and RSA disputes (including appearance before the GAFTA Board of Appeal) and in disputes involving commodities, foodstuffs and oil trading. He recently appeared in a ‘rice’ dispute in the Kuala Lumpur Arbitration Centre. Illustrative cases include:
Nigel is regularly instructed in marine casualties, including safe port disputes, collision, salvage, towage and pilotage disputes and limitation cases. Illustrative cases include:
Nigel is currently involved in a number of collision and unsafe port cases.
Nigel has been involved in cases involving the construction of the Pilotage Act 1987 and local harbour authority statutory powers, in the context of claims for breach of statutory duty, judicial review and public misfeasance.
Nigel is instructed in a wide range of shipbuilding and related construction projects, including ship repair cases and pipeline construction and damage incidents.
Nigel is also regularly instructed in oil trading contracts: see, for example, The "Mercini Lady"  1 Ll.R. 442 (a leading case on FOB contracts and implied terms). He regularly acts in relation to other commodities: e.g. grain, sugar, and fertilisers.
Nigel has substantial expereince in the field of energy and natural resources and off and on shore construction. Recent illustrative cases include Cho Offshore v. PDVS, which concerned the provision of offshore tugs to the Venezuelan oil industry and Greatship Dhriti, involving tug supply vessels in the Gulf of Mexico.
Marine and Non-Marine Insurance and Reinsurance: including coverage disputes, non-disclosure and misrepresentation, fraudulent claims and scuttling. Nigel has also been involved in disputes involving P&I cover under Club Rules and liability between Clubs under the International Pooling Agreement. Recent cases include:
Nigel has substantial experience in letters of credit, guarantees, loan agreements and ship mortgages and related financial instruments and insurance products. He regularly appears and/or advises in cases involving liens on hire and sub-freight. Illustrative cases include:
A substantial proportion of Nigel’s practice involves international arbitration proceedings, including LMAA, ICC and ad hoc proceedings. He recently appeared (as counsel) in the Kuala Lumpur Arbitration Centre. He also acts as sole arbitrator (oral hearing and documents alone) and as a member of panel.
He recently appeared in Shagang South-Asia (Hong Kong) Trading Co Ltd v Daewoo Logistics  1 Lloyd's Rep. 504, a case which concerned whether the seat of the arbitration was London or Hong Kong.
Nigel is regularly instructed in general contractual and related disputes. Illustrative cases include:
Nigel has acted as mediator and as counsel in mediations on several occasions (in shipping and insurance disputes) during the past few years.
Nigel has substantial experience in insurance fraud including claims in respect of the fraudulent presentation of claims and the use of fraudulent devices. Illustrative cases include:
..."incredibly hardworking and dedicated"...(The Legal 500, 2016)
M.A. (Pembroke College Cambridge)
LL.M (Trinity College Cambridge)
Middle Temple Entrance Scholarship
Lecturer (Litigation, Mediation and Arbitration): Diploma in Maritime Law (World Maritime University)
Arbitrator, Mediator, Examiner (for foreign proceedings), expert witness on English law in foreign proceedings.
Regularly presents seminars at solicitors’ offices. Recent talks have included:
Liens on Freight and Hire, Time Limits and Charterparty Indemnity Claims; Damages for Breach of Charterparty and Related Issues; Recent Developments in relation to the prosecution of claims under the Inter-Club Agreement; The Single Liability Principle (in the context of collision actions); The "Astra" and the obligation to make puntual payment.
Married with two daughters.
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