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  • Guy Blackwood Nominated in The Lawyer’s Top 100View More

    Tue, 26 January, 2016

    Guy Blackwood is a member of The Lawyer's Hot 100 for 2016

    Guy Blackwood has been added to The Lawyer's 'Hot 100 2016'. He was recognised partly for his handling of a case in which he defended Arab Insurance Group (Arig) against claims from Axa Versicherung that material non-disclosures from Arig had led Axa to write two reinsurance treaties in a specific way. His skills in handling a number of high profile sovereign immunity cases was also mentioned.

    Guy said, "I'm delighted to be have been nominated as a member of the list. It's a great honour".

    The Hot 100 is published annually by The Lawyer and highlights 100 lawyer who "have made an impact not just on the performance of their firms, companies or chambers, but also the wider business community".

    The full list is available from The Lawyer's website.

  • Three New Members Joining QuadrantView More

    Mon, 04 January, 2016

    Quadrant Chambers are delighted to announce that Henry Ellis, Peter Stevenson & Joseph England will be joining Chambers.

    Quadrant Chambers are delighted to announce that Henry Ellis, Peter Stevenson & Joseph England will be joining Chambers. All three were previously members of Stone Chambers. Luke Parsons QC, Head of Chambers, said “We are looking forward to welcoming these three outstanding new tenants. Each has a very strong practice and I know that the skills and experience we have here at Quadrant will help them to develop their practices even further”.

    Henry, Peter and Joe said “We are delighted to be joining Quadrant Chambers at this exciting time. We are looking forward to working with the members of chambers and with their award-winning support team”.

    Henry Ellis (called 2008) has a broad commercial practice, with an emphasis on shipping and international trade litigation. He has appeared in the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal and regularly acts in confidential arbitration. Henry is recommended in Legal 500 2015 as a leading junior barrister for shipping, where he is described as “sharp, articulate and responsive”. In 2014-2015, Henry primarily practised from Singapore, and he is licensed by the Singapore Attorney General to practice there.

    Peter Stevenson (called 2008) has a busy commercial practice with a particular emphasis on shipping, marine insurance, private international law, insolvency law and commercial injunctions. He is recommended as a leading junior for shipping in The Legal 500 and in Chambers & Partners UK in which he is variously described as being ‘bright and punchy on his feet’ as well as ‘very savvy, quick and sharp’.

    Joseph England (called 2011) practices in a wide range of international commercial litigation and arbitration, with a particular specialism in oil and gas. Joe began his legal career at Allen & Overy LLP, during which time he decided to transfer to the Bar. Joe spent the first year of practice at the Supreme Court, having been selected as the Judicial Assistant to Lord Sumption and Lord Wilson. Since commencing practice in August 2013, Joe has built up a strong international arbitration practice, including several major oil and gas arbitrations and related Court litigations across the world, and returned earlier this year to the Supreme Court as junior counsel in Menelaou v Bank of Cyprus [2015] UKSC 66.

  • The Rome I Regulation on the Law Applicable to Contractual ObligationsView More

    Thu, 10 December, 2015

    Michael McParland’s book, The Rome I Regulation on the Law Applicable to Contractual Obligations (Oxford University Press, 2015) has been very favourably reviewed by Professor Adrian Briggs in Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly ([2015] LMCLQ 597-598).

    Professor Briggs, the very distinguished Professor of Private International Law at Oxford and a practising barrister himself, says: “This is a marvellous book, an absolute must for anyone who is seriously concerned with the private international law of what we once called contracts but now have to call contractual obligations. There is no need to read any more of this review: just buy it”.  Professor Briggs concludes his review of Michael’s book in the following terms: “This book is a magnificent achievement, for which all serious commercial lawyers will be in the author’s debt. There is no more to be said”.

    This substantial 976 page text provides a comprehensive guide to the Regulation, an instrument of EU private international law that contains the harmonized conflict-of-laws rules for most contractual obligations with a cross-border element which has been described by the European Commission as "a central element of the Community acquis in the area of civil justice". In his foreword to the book The Hon. Mr Justice Teare describes it as "… a book which will be an essential addition to the library of the advisor, the advocate and the academic in their respective searches for the true meaning and effect of the Regulation..."

    A copy of the review is available via the following link.

  • Simon Rainey QC recognised in Chambers UKView More

    Fri, 30 October, 2015

    Simon Rainey QC has been ranked Star Individual in the Shipping & Commodities category in this year’s Chambers UK Guide. He is described as "very concise and insightful. He impresses with his mastery of the brief" and "exceptionally gifted, he has the strong confidence of his clients, and is an excellent presenter of complex material"

  • Success at Chambers UK Bar Awards 2015View More

    Fri, 30 October, 2015

    Once again Quadrant Chambers is recognised for it's preeminence in shipping at the Chambers Bar Awards.

    We are delighted to announce that Quadrant Chambers has again been awarded Shipping Set of the Year. Congratulations are also in order for Caroline Pounds on being awarded Shipping Junior of the Year.

    The ceremony was held last night at Old Billinsgate. Further details are available via the attached link.

  • Legal 500 UK Awards Winners 2015View More

    Wed, 30 September, 2015

    Quadrant Chambers are recognised for both shipping and clerking at this year's ceremony.

    We are delighted to announce that Quadrant Chambers has been awarded the Legal 500 UK 2015 Awards for Shipping Set of the Year and for Clerking / Practice Management Set of the Year.

    The awards dinner will be held at the London Guildhall Crypts in London, on 10th November. See a full list of the Bar Awards winners.

  • Quadrant Chambers nominated in the 2015 Legal 500 AwardsView More

    Wed, 23 September, 2015

    One again Quadrant Chambers has garnered nominations in multiple categories in both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK bar awards.

    Quadrant Chambers are delighted to announce the following nominations for both the Legal 500 Awards 2015 and the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2015:

    Legal 500 UK Awards 2015

    International Arbitration Set of the Year
    Shipping - Set of the Year
    Shipping - Silk of the Year: Luke Parsons QC, Lionel Persey QC and Simon Rainey QC
    Clerking/Practice Management - Set of the Year
    Clerking/Practice Management - Senior Clerk of the Year: Gary Ventura

    Chambers UK Bar Awards 2015 

    Shipping Set of the Year
    Shipping Silk of the Year: Simon Rainey QC
    Shipping Junior of the Year: Chris Smith and Caroline Pounds

    The 2015 Legal 500 UK Awards winners will be announced on their website, on Wednesday 30th September. The awards dinner will be held at the London Guildhall Crypts in London, on 10th November. Full details of the nominations can be viewed here.

    The 2015 Chambers UK Bar Awards will be held at Old Billingsgate, 1 Old Billingsgate Walk, London EC3 on Tuesday, 27th October 2015.  Full nominations can be viewed here.

  • AXA Versicherung AG (successor to Albingia) v. Arab Insurance Group (B.S.C.) [2015] EWHC 1939 (Comm), Commercial Court, Males JView More

    Wed, 09 September, 2015

    This reinsurance trial involved the attempted avoidance, by AXA, of two first loss energy reinsurance treaties on the grounds of material non-disclosure and misrepresentation.

     Guy Blackwood Q.C. represented the reassured, Arig and was responsible for putting Arig’s case on inducement. At trial, AXA was able to establish that material non-disclosures had occurred on placement of the first loss treaties, which comprised the failure to disclose previous loss records on energy construction risks and previous loss incidents. Notwithstanding these material non-disclosures, AXA failed in its attempt to avoid the treaties. Following Guy’s cross-examination of Albingia’s underwriter, Mr Holzapfel, Males J concluded that the material non-disclosures had not induced Albingia to write the reinsurance treaties.

  • Involnert Management v Aprilgrange – M/Y Galatea [2015] EWHC 2225 (Comm)View More

    Wed, 19 August, 2015

    The Commercial Court has just upheld a successful avoidance defence by the London insurance market in a case in which the superyacht “Galatea” was badly damaged by fire while berthed at a marina.

    Mr Justice Leggatt held that the yacht had been over-insured for an agreed value of €13m in circumstances where the owner and its yacht managers knew that she had previously been valued at about €7-8 and that she had just been put up for sale at a price of €8m. The judge agreed with underwriters that there had been an unintentional non-disclosure of material facts which had induced the writing of the policy for the agreed but inflated insured value. This was a complete defence to the claim.

    Insurers were also entitled to decline the H&M claim for the assured's failure to comply with the policy requirement to file a sworn proof of loss within 90 days and for its failure to serve a timeous Notice of Abandonment.

    David Walsh was junior counsel for the successful underwriters. A copy of the judgment can be viewed via the attached link.

  • A warm welcome to new members of ChambersView More

    Fri, 17 July, 2015

    Quadrant Chambers are delighted to announce that Koye Akoni and Craig Williams will join Chambers as full tenants in September 2015, following the successful completion of their pupillages.

    Luke Parsons QC, Head of Chambers, said:  “We look forward to warmly welcoming our two outstanding new tenants. They both combine warm and engaging personalities with academic excellence and have both excelled in our pupillage process. We are confident they will develop successful and accomplished practices in the future.”